Last updated on June 29th, 2016 at 02:09 am
My identical twin sister Julie and I live 500 km apart, however, we are training for our first triathlon sprint together in Iron Girl Grimsby, in August. We are writing weekly updates of our tri-training on Wednesdays in an 8 week series called Trials & Tribulations of Triathlon Twins.
A triathlon is not a cheap sport to get into. You definitely need a lot of gear for swimming, biking and running. As Julie and I are progressing in our training, we’ve accumulated a lot of equipment. The biggest cost for each of us was our bikes, followed by our tri kits.
This week, Julie and I are revealing our tri kits. The tri kit, for those who are not familiar with triathlons, is the gear you wear from swimming to biking to running. It’s light weight and fast drying. The shorts are padded for biking. My tri coach says that if you are going to splurge on anything, a good pair of tri shorts is really important.
Above is Julie in her new tri kit. She bought it over the weekend while visiting the City of Barrie for her sons’ Lacrosse Tournament. The store “Running Free” was conveniently next door to her hotel. I’m not familiar with many triathlon brands, but Julie’s tri kit is a Sugoi. Julie described the colours as “you and me colours” meaning, that it’s her favorite blue and my favorite pink! She sure looks good in it!
I purchased my tri kit from TriSport Niagara where I take my tri clinics. I snatched this one when they were offering 50% off all Pearl Izumi. Even at that discount, it still cost a pretty penny. I real love it so far though. I chose a grey, pink, purple and orange tri kit. I don’t usually gravitate towards orange, but this whole triathlon thing is about getting outside my comfort zone, so why not go outside my colour comfort zone too! Plus the colours matched my bike (not important, but definitely bonus points)
Both Julie and I got to try our new tri kits out this week. Julie planned a fun workout during her lunch hour where she was going to run to the beach, swim some laps, then run back to her office, but unfortunately her plans didn’t workout due to severe winds, but she’ll be giving it another try soon.
I tested out my new kit during this Monday’s tri clinic, which was all about biking. Since I’m new to biking and swimming, I have to admit to learning lots of tips and tricks from my expert teacher. In this week’s bike lesson, we learned about gear shifting and the cadence. Now I have to learn how to measure my cadence since I don’t think my Garmin Vivoactive GPS watch measures that. Also, I happy to see that I won’t be the only one racing with a hybrid bike. There were others in my class who also had hybrids, or even mountain bikes!
With our bikes and tri kits bought, Julie and I are now done with our big purchases (I hope). We are going to have to justify buying all this new equipment. I guess we’ll just have to compete in more triathlons. What do you think?