Tri Talk Tuesday – Must Have Gear

Howdy, and welcome back Tuesday! I am once again all linked up with the lovely Cynthia from You Signed Up For What for another Tuesday filled with banter and chatter all about triathlon!

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Today we’re chatting about our favorite must have gear. I’m pretty excited because frankly, I love a lot of my gear. And the thing about Triathlon is there is a heck of a lot of gear to have!

My most die hard, could never in a million year live without, favorite piece of gear is my Garmin 310XT. Sure, it might not be quite  as fancy as the 910XT, but it still give me way more data than I can even wrap my head around. I don’t know how I’ve been a runner for 14 years and never owned a GPS watch before this one. And I think about all my races pre-310XT and wonder how I ever managed to not care about my progress down to every detail. I have become a data junkie since finding this thing and I love it so much I’ve opted to skip workouts when I get to the gym or pool and realize I forgot it. Not even kidding. It’s like that old saying “if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Except it more like, if a workout goes unrecorded did it really happen? In my mind, apparently, the answer is no, ha!

Garmin 310XT triathlon watch

I think my next favorite thing is probably my gear bag. Before this year I just haphazardly shoved everything into a gym duffle bag. But my husband surprised me with my Ogio Endurance 9.0 for Christmas last year and I was delighted. A transition bag was never on my radar. I guess I’ve always just thought I’d hold out until I get one for my first 140.6, but I am so grateful my husband beat me to the punch. This bag has the most incredible storage and every nook and cranny has a purpose and it’s labeled! There’s a special helmet pocket, a ventilated and lined pocket just for your wet wetsuit, a separate space for grimy wet shoes, everything! This bag was made with so much intention for triathletes it is just incredible. Sadly, it looks like they don’t carry the fabulous white orange and blue colored one I have, but don’t let the boring colors deter you, it is worth every penny and then some.

Ogio Endurance 9.0 transition bag
Last year’s Christmas haul including my beloved Ogio transition bag

Have I mentioned I’m not much a swimmer? If you know me you totally know what I’m talking about because I mention it every chance I get. But this year AudioFlood kindly sent me a waterproof ipod shuffle to review and giveaway and my life in the pool has been forever changed. This little thing has turned lap swimming into a complete joy and has made me look forward to my time in the pool more than ever. Seriously, coolest toy ever.


I can’t not mention my bike. My impulse buy, my little green machine, who I picked up as an unloved two year old model, the last one sitting on the show room floor looking to be homed. I was so happy to have gotten a fantastic deal, below entry level price, on a bike that has some stellar upgrades beyond that of an entry level bike. Finley has gotten me through a tough season this year and I can’t wait to get to race her again. I’m sad we’ll be missing FLT this year, but I know this bike and I have many, many years of riding together ahead of us. And she’ll most likely spend her winter warm and cozy on the trainer in the basement, so it’s not like I won’t keep riding.


I have so much gear. Seriously, so much. I’ve put a lot of effort and research over the years into my gear collection. The thing about triathlon is there is so much stuff that it takes a few years to really build your gear base. There’s always room for the newest toy or gadget, but honestly, I’m pretty content with where I sit right now.

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What’s your favorite piece of gear you own?

If you could upgrade one item what would it be and what would you get?

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10 Replies to “Tri Talk Tuesday – Must Have Gear”

  1. Great topic today on gear! I am a newbie – did my first tri — Iron Girl. Trained w/Fleet Feet. It was a fantastic experience. During the whole process I questioned the need for the transition bag as well as for the garmin. Guess what — both items are on my Christmas list! I’d like the Blue Seventy transition bag and garmin 310. Why the Blue Seventy ? One of the tri athletes at practice had one and showed me the bag. I like the idea that the wetsuit is located at bottom — separate compartment. It appears roomy. The garmin watch will be most helpful in the water — I picked up a lap counter for the pool & wouldn’t you know it – I either to forget to click the button or I click it too hard! With the garmin I certainly couldn’t screw that up- I hope.

    I have a Specialized Dolce … We are still getting acquainted. Experiencing issues w/gears….most likely the issue is with me. I picked up a trainer and am training w/Fleet Feet for the fall & winter.

    1. Which IG did you race? I was at Syracuse =)

      Cynthia has the Blue Seventy transition bag and loves it if I do recall. Enjoy getting to know your bike and welcome to the beautiful, wonderful world of triathlon!

    2. I have that Blue Seventy bag and I really like it!!! I love that the wetsuit compartment is on the bottom and doesn’t get the rest of the stuff wet or gross. It has pockets inside and is sturdy carrying it around. Once I get a wetsuit, water bottles in the pockets, a helmet in the outer pocket, and cycling shoes stuffed in there it fills up fast! 🙂 I also have a Specialized Dolce bike!
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    1. Seriously, I don’t know how I raced for so many years without a watch!? I am so obsessed with mine now!

    1. The waterproof ipod is incredible! And yes to Garmin! I seriously don’t know how I’ve been running for 14 years and only got one last winter for the first time.

  2. Two peas in a pod, right here. I have a Garmin, Ogio bag, and waterproof iPod Shuffle (thanks to you), all of which I could not live without. I love my tri bike and find that I ride it a lot more now than my road bike. They feel so different. I think if I could upgrade and purchase one thing right now it would be a fancy pair of race wheels. What about you? What would you upgrade?
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    1. Ha! My next must have is totally race wheels! I’ve been on the prowl for deals lately!

  3. I am in my 32nd year of competing in triathlons – have a road bike with bars, compete in my swimsuit most races and don’t have a Garmin or music to help me through my workouts. What gear I do have I put in a regular backpack that I take to races. “Essential” gear is wayyyy overrated in my mind.

    I would like a nice race bike some year with fast wheels though. But I have to get up to and maintain a certain MPH to justify buying them….Maybe when I retire next year…

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