My favourite part of any triathlon is the swim but it is one section of the race that puts a lot of people off triathlons.
Why is that?
Mainly because they think they have to be a strong swimmer to even consider competing in a tri.
This is far from the case and for my first year or so racing I could only swim the breaststroke.
See, I was never a strong swimmer and it’s only over the past few years I have gotten the hang of the front crawl.
This has made a noticeable difference to my swim split times and has seen me become more comfortable in the water – both in the sea and in river races.
Today we are going to take a look at the gear you need to complete a triathlon swim.
The main piece of kit you need is a wetsuit.
Most races, because of water temperature won’t let you compete without a wetsuit so it’s a must if you want to get into the sport at all.
Now you don’t have to spend a fortune on a suit or even get a triathlon specific wetsuit when you start out first.
For my first race, I work an O’Neills wetsuit that was like a scuba diving suit. It served me well but did restrict my swim stroke a fair bit. I was, however glad of the additional buoyancy it provided at the time.
The race was in a river and that particular day there was a strong current. Because of this, the full race was downstream. This was great because I was able to float down the river every time I got tired – I did mention that I couldn’t really swim at the time so happy days…
Take a look online and you will see literally hundreds of different types of wetsuits to choose from.
When you start out you should invest in an entry level wetsuit first, just in case you decide not to take up the sport long term. These run from about $150 or so and upwards to the more specialized suits.