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Five things you REALLY need for a triathlon

These five pieces of equipment can be easily overlooked, even by veterans of the sport.

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You have all the essentials – a wetsuit, goggles, bike, helmet and running shoes – but you’re missing the things you wish you had at the transition zone before the race. These five pieces of equipment can be easily overlooked – even by veterans of the sport – but having them may make all the difference.

Canada Man/Woman. Photo: Michel Caron

1. Body Glide

Body Glide makes getting your wetsuit on and off a little easier. Apply the glide to your shins, knees, shoulders, elbows and neck.

2. Toilet Paper

This may seem odd, but it’s a genius idea. Don’t get stuck with the thin portapotty toilet paper, bring your own. You’ll be thankful you did.

3. Flip-Flops

Depending on the location of the swim start, you may have to walk around a bit before you jump in the water. Do yourself a favour and pack a pair of old flip-flops. You can discard them into your morning clothes bag or hide them in a bush.

Whistler X Triathlon. Photo: Scott Robarts

4. Sweater

Despite it being summer, race mornings can be a bit chilly. Stay warm with a comfortable sweater.

Whistler X Triathlon. Photo by Scott Robarts

5. Electrical/Hockey Tape

One of the most known pro tips in the triathlon world is taping your gels to the top tube of your bike. Don’t sell yourself short though, invest in a roll of electrical or hockey tape.