Triathlon accessories for training and competition
In addition to the right clothing, such as a one-piece suit, the right accessories are indispensable for triathletes. Since the conditions in the second discipline of triathlon, cycling, are different than in a classic bike race, special triathlon equipment is also used. The most important parts of the equipment are, as in road cycling: Goggles, shoes and the helmet. Another important component during the race or training is the supply of nutrients. This is ensured by a selection of nutritional supplements.
Triathlon helmet for best aerodynamics
As with "normal" road cycling, special triathlon helmets are used for triathlon. In addition to the common feature of protection in the event of a fall, aerodynamics plays a major role in triathlon. Since the course of the triathlon often uses straight roads, it is important to use the right accessories to tickle out the last percent. Perfect for this is a time trial helmet, which is also used in individual or team time trials in road cycling. This reduces air resistance and thus helps the athlete to bring his full potential to the road. Since high speeds are reached on the time trial bike in triathlon, both in training and in competition, you should be able to rely on your bike helmet in the event of a fall. So here should not be saved!
The right triathlon glasses
The choice of the triathlon helmet decides whether the triathlete puts on his glasses already while cycling or only while running. With a time trial helmet, which usually has a visor installed, no glasses are needed. At the latest, however, when it goes from the time trial bike to the running course, the triathlon goggles come into play. Those who use a helmet without a visor often rely on the same goggles for cycling and running, also to save extra time in the transition area.
Triathlon goggles should protect against UV radiation as well as wind and foreign objects that could enter the eye. In addition, an important requirement for the glasses is a high slip resistance, so that they do not slip on the nose during cycling or running. When running, in addition to proper eyewear, headgear, such as a visor, is also part of the basic equipment.
Nutritional supplements for triathlon
For triathletes, it is essential to provide the body with sufficient fluids and nutrients during training or competition in order to avoid the well-known hunger pangs. Without sufficient supply of carbohydrates by means of sports nutrition, the metabolism collapses and a drop in performance occurs. To prevent this, you should stock up on gels and bars and also carry a carbohydrate-rich drink in your water bottle