First triathlon: What do you need

January 6, 2019

So…you want to do your first triathlon, but you’ve got no idea what you actually need to do it. Unfortunately, triathlon has the cost of 3 different sports… each of which are very expensive in their own right!

How expensive triathlon is, Is completely relative to the person and where they’re at in their triathlon journey. Basically, it’s as expensive as you want to make it – there will always be a new super-duper bike that can help you shave seconds off, new tech to help you with the numbers, and the most expensive baby food labelled up as magic sports nutrition.

I’ve listed the basics below for what you’re actually going to need – I’m going to dedicate a whole post to help you choose your bike… it’s a tough decision to make (I care more about my bikes than I do my car!), so stay tuned for that one. Remember, you can always borrow from people for your first one, or buy second-hand to keep the cost low before you’ve decided to fully commit! So, here it is:

  • Wetsuit (depending on course)
  • A trisuit (this can be cycling shorts and top)
  • Goggles
  • Ear plugs (optional)
  • A bike
  • A helmet
  • Cycling shoes (optional but encouraged)
  • Sunglasses (optional but encouraged)
  • Trainers


  • Bike repair kit
  • Spare tubes
  • Cycling kit
  • Run clothing
  • Turbo trainer
  • Pool membership
  • Race belt
  • A million more things that you can find in my Ironman kit checklist blog here.

It’s a fair list – and the chances are I’ve forgotten something, because you always need something else! As I mentioned, most people don’t go out and buy all this at once, they build it up over years of doing it, and borrowing where they can. It’s also really natural to start at the cheaper end of the scale and invest as your passion grows.

Be warned… triathlon is addictive. I never thought I would become the kind of girl who gets more excited about new cycling shoes than a pair of Louboutins, but here I am.

Em x

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