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Triathlon Equipment I Can’t Train Without

Triathlon Equipment I Can’t Train Without


– Five critical pieces of
triathlon training gear. My beloved, floaty pants. How dare you call him little. What’s up trainiacs? By popular demand, I’ve been getting a few thousand questions about gear. Power meters, heart rate monitors, shoes, what bike brand I like, what
kind of floaty pants I use, what Speedo’s are the best Speedo’s? Actually, nobody asked
me that but they should. So I figured, why not go through the five critical pieces of triathlon training gear that I can’t do without. It’s the stuff that makes
my training more enjoyable, makes my training more consistent, makes my training more
purposeful, keeps me injury free, and keeps my, yeah we won’t
talk about down there just yet. Let’s go look. First, most favorite item, not the bike actually I love the bike but it’s the PowerTap P1 Power Pedals. (pedals clicking) And when I got these, I knew
that I needed a power meter because when you start
really purposeful training it’s important to have a
power meter on your bike because it gives you
really defined metrics that you can structure
your training around. Because this gives you exact readings that you know when you’re going easy, when you’re going hard, when you’re going the exact
right race pace for you even if you are on the trainer and it takes all of the variables of heat, wind, incline, heart rate, whether you had
a good pee in the morning, yada yada yada, all that out
of it, it’s just a number that bam, you know a 100% that you’re either hitting
it at the right number or you’re not. These pedals specifically I went with because I wanted to be able to switch them from bike to bike easily. I didn’t wanna have to take
off an entire bottom bracket or entire wheel and I went
with the PowerTap ones because even though I’ve said
that they look kinda clunky, apparently they’re the most
reliable power pedals out there. But I’ve found the
PowerTap P1 Power Pedals, besides having a bunch of p’s in the name and being super awesome,
they’ve been totally reliable. That’s number one. The second most important
most critical piece of training gear that I’ve got is heart rate monitoring enabled GPS watch. In the early parts of
training you’re doing a lot of structuring around
heart rate for your pacing. So at your heart rate will
often figure out your run pace that you can sustain over
a long period of time without blowing up. With the GPS watch, not only am I looking
at specific pace times but I’m referring it to the
heart rate that I’m putting out. And that heart rate that I’m putting out, allows me to have kinda standard measure that I can check depending
on whether I’m at this altitude in Winnipeg
and this climate in Winnipeg or I go down to Austin where
it’s probably gonna be hotter, it’s gonna be hillier and heart rate is a really
good indicator on the run of how hard you’re pushing. In addition to that, in the
beginning parts of the season you wanna do a lot of
low heart rate controlled base-building type of work and if you don’t have a
heart rate monitored watch, you ain’t gonna be doing that. Right now I’m using the Garmin 920xt. When I bought it, it
was the top of the line and now it’s still really good. It’s got almost all the
features that you want. However, it’s not Garmin’s
number one, premier, put it on a cover kinda watch, but it’s a really good bang for your buck at about $280 instead of the Fenix 3 which I think is four to $500. That’s number two. Now, while I’m down here, the third most critical piece of gear is running shoes and not
just any running shoes, a new set of running shoes
that still have a fair bit of cushion in them and
a fair bit of spring. I find that as soon as a running shoe loses that structure in the sole and just in general goes
from a new running shoe to an old running shoe I find
it usually happens around 150 to 200 miles I start getting
small little injuries that start often right here on the outside of my ankle
and then transfer out my knee. That to me is the very first
indication that it’s time to upgrade my running shoes to a new set. And I was always somebody
that thought you know what, I don’t need new running shoes. Everyone with their new
running shoes, like no. Injury free is key because
then you can be consistent and consistency is how you build speed. The ones that I’m using
right now are Sketchers. These are the GOmeb Razors. But basically in my case
I’m not overly fussy on what brand of shoe I’ve got
or what model of shoe I’ve got if it’s a neutral, light, slightly cushioned, but not overly squishy,
doesn’t have to be a zero drop but a minimal drop, maybe a two to six millimeter
drop from heel to toe and it’s comfy and I don’t
get blisters, I go with it. New running shoes it’s number three. Now the fourth most critical piece of training gear for me is my beloved, haven’t made a big appearance in the blog lately, floaty pants. Yeah these were a bit of a dark horse. I didn’t think that they’d
make it but I thought about it and I went, what is the
number one swim training piece of gear that keeps me
coming back more regularly. It’s not goggles, I don’t
get psyched up about it. Pull buoy, yeah I like the pull buoy but it’s not like I got
my favorite pull buoy. Kick board, I have a love-hate
relationship with them. Paddles, meh. Snorkel, very important
but I don’t love it. However, floaty pants, they keep me coming back
to the pool more regularly. Basically the deal that I
make with myself is any day that I’m feeling like I suck
and I don’t wanna get up and I don’t wanna go to the
pool I say, you know what Taren, you can go to the pool if
you wear your floaty pants. And I’m like, yeah I love
a good floaty pants swim. So much easier, sign me up! So while I don’t say that these are a very excellent piece of gear for you to
become a better swimmer, consistency will make
you a better swimmer. So if I’ve got to make a
choice between not swimming and not wearing floaty pants, or swimming because I’m
gonna wear floaty pants, that choice is really easy. So these are like a good
incentive to keep me swimming. Hence, floaty pants made the list. Now these ones specifically
are the ROKA SIM Shorts, but there’s no reason that
it can’t be any other brand. Basically just a wet suit
bottom is all you need. Okay now the fifth and
final critical piece of gear that help me be a better
triathlete in this case, for consistent purposes is DZ Nuts Chamois Cream. Yeah, that’s right I said it and there’s nothing in
particular about DZ Nuts that is the be all end
all of chamois cream. I found that it consistently
fends off saddle sores, infections, around my
little terrain region, how dare you call him little, and if you can make your time
in the saddle more comfortable you’re gonna ride more. And I ride five times a week
to work and back commuting. I do two weekday morning rides, I do a big workout on the weekend and then a small workout on
the weekend so I’m on the bike, (tapping) upwards of 10 to 12 hours
a week and you can be sure that this is a big help. I’ll save you the details
of why it’s a big help but it’s a really big help. In general with chamois
cream, you want something that’s antibacterial,
antimicrobial, is soothing, this stuff is numbing,
and ideally, smells good. So there you go trainiacs. Those are the five bits
of triathlon training gear that I can’t go without. And if you notice there’s a trend there. It’s typically about being
able to keep me consistent. You might be saying, hey Taren what about the
power pedals and the watch? Those are gadgets and those
aren’t about consistency. Well they kind of are because
it’s about consistently doing just enough of right
workout that you have to, to get the proper training effect. It’s not about going out
and smashing yourself over and over and over, it’s
about doing little bits of workout that are
purposeful over and over. And then the other three, the
SIM shorts, the fresh shoes, the DZ Nuts Chamois Cream, it’s all about keeping me injury free and keeping me training
day after day after day. So there, I will put links
in the description below to where you can find
all of these on Amazon. If you wanna support the
channel it’s an easy way to do that by clicking through those links. Anything that you buy in the 24 hours after clicking those links
won’t cost you a cent extra but Amazon sends us some
loose commission chains. So, helps us out quite a bit. There you go trainiacs,
favorite gear done.

20 comments on “Triathlon Equipment I Can’t Train Without

  1. Hi Taren getting great info from all you vids. On the Garmin watch you spoke about hrm and heart rate training have you done a video on these for first time triathletes ???

  2. OK Taren… Speedo ?   You use the shorter style opposed to the jammer style shorts. IS that just a personal preference or a performance thing?

  3. Hi Taren, Amir from Malaysia here.

    What are your Screen 1 data fields that you use in each run, bike, swim modes?
    E.g. Timer, Dist, Speed/Avg.Speed

  4. Should I get the 920xt with the tri bundle or the run bundle? I'm a week runner, a decent swimmer and pretty good on the bike depending in the amount of hills there are so which one will be better for me?

  5. Hey Taren, I love your channel – I watch it almost everyday. I have a question for you: in your opinion, is a good alternative for Brick Workouts using a stationary bike and treadmill combo? I live in an apartment, so it's a little hard to coordinate a brick workout – you don't see too many triathlons using elevators in transition zones. Thanks!

  6. Anyone else feel like 150/200 miles on a pair of shoes is a little fast for wear? Maybe there's a reason? Definitely like to change my shoes often, but I typically get 300-400 miles before I have wear.

  7. really love all your videos great stuff. Your top five are great tips, I'd add a foam roller as well. Really good after swimming well good after running and cycling too when I think about it.

  8. Dear taren,
    Absolutely love your videos. My question is: can girls use floaty pants and saddle cream? Dumb question maybe, but I am struggling finding girl triathlete specific "stuff"

  9. What is the difference of the Garmin 920xt and the Garmin Comp that you have mounted to your handle bars? Is having both a convenience?

  10. Taren, I train religiously with a heart rate monitor. However, I am wondering whether I should wear a chest strap during my Ironman Race (principally for comfort reasons). I noticed that a lot of pros don’t wear chest straps during their races. Thanks for answering. Guy

  11. I have a floaty pants bought it 2 months ago and haven't worn it yet. Reserving it for an open water swim where I have a need to swim fast. My concern is those floaty pants might not improve my swim as it elevates my hips. If It elevates your hips you don't need to rotate your hips properly to get a breath. You develop poor swimming form.

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