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What to Wear for Triathlon Training vs Racing

What to Wear for Triathlon Training vs Racing

By Coach Jim Rowe


With three disciplines to train and then race back to back to back, choosing the right clothing for training and racing can take some serious mental energy. Good news, though - as the official bike shop of Ironman and being a coaching company of over 20 years, Playtri has a long history of helping athletes make informed decisions about the best clothing to meet their training and racing needs.


Below are lists for racing and training to help get you started. 


Race Day:

  • Three pair of goggles with different tints for various weather conditions.

  • Triathlon wetsuit for when water temp is below 76.1 degrees.

  • Swim skin for when water temp is above 76.1 degrees.

  • Tri suit that you wear for the entire race day.

  • Lightweight, wicking socks if you are concerned about blisters.

  • A hat/visor for the run.

  • Run shoes with quick laces for the run.

  • A race belt to hold your race number on the run.

  • Sunglasses for the bike and run.

  • A helmet and tri shoes for the bike.




If you have any questions about anything in this article, or want to learn more about our different coaching options, please feel free to contact met at Happy training and racing!


Jim Rowe is a Playtri Level 4 Coach and Coach Education Lead, a USAT LI Certified Coach, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and an Ironman and 70.3 World Championship Qualifier who works with adult athletes of all abilities from beginners to IRONMAN World Championship qualifiers. Learn more about Jim at

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