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So You Want to Try a Tri (Part 3)

In the final article of this three-part series, we go over everything you’ll need to complete the run portion of your first triathlon

Thinking about participating in your first triathlon this summer? In the final article of this three-part series, we go over everything you’ll need to complete the run portion of your first triathlon. (For a list of the swim and bike gear you’ll need, see part one and two.) Run Gear Triathlon-specific running shoes Although any properly fitted pair of running shoes will suffice for the run portion of a triathlon, you might want to invest in a pair of triathlon-specific running shoes to help make T2 (the transition from bike to run) as painless as possible. Triathlon-specific running shoes have smooth and seamless liners so you can wear them without socks, which can save you some time during transition. They also have elastic laces, so you can pull on and cinch up your shoes without having to sit down in transition to tie up your laces. Running belt Ahead of race day, you’ll receive a sign with your race number to attach to the front of your bike and a race bib you need to wear during the run portion of the triathlon. Instead of trying to pin your race bib to your tri top in transition, save time by attaching your race bib to a running belt ahead of the race so all you have to do in transition is clip it around your waist and go. A running belt can be a simple elastic belt with a clip or have pockets and holders to carry your gels and water. Visor or hat Since you’ll still be rocking the trisuit and cycling sunglasses you swam and biked in, the only other piece of gear you may want to have on hand in T2 is a running visor or hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and the sweat off your face during the final leg of your race. A running-specific hat or visor that’s made out of a lightweight, sweat-wicking material is ideal.