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Whether you’re attracted to the pool swim for the PB potential or because you’re new to triathlon, all levels of triathlete are welcome at the Haslemere Triathlon on 9 June and Guildford Triathlon on 13 July. Both triathlons are proudly sponsored by Salming.

If you require some new kit ahead of race day, keep scrolling to read our Beginner and Experienced Triathlete kit lists… but first, we recommend which Salming shoe models to consider for each event.



Salming Shoes

For the 5km trail run at the Haslemere Triathlon, choose the Salming Trail 5 shoes.

 



This award-winning performance trail shoe has been designed to provide maximum grip and comfort on all surfaces thanks to the Vibrams Megagrip™ outsole.

View Men’s Trail 5Poseidon Blue/Safety Yellow
View Men’s Trail 5Grey/Black

View Women’s Trail 5Poppy Red/Safety Yellow
View Women’s Trail 5Grey/Black


For the 5km road run at the Guildford Triathlon, choose the Salming enRoute2 or Greyhound shoes.


No matter what footstrike or running form you display, the enRoute2 is an exceptional choice for those seeking a lightweight yet cushioned running shoe thanks to Salming’s holistic Natural Running Support System™ – NRSS™. The fully integrated ExoSkeleton™ has been refined and optimized to enhance the flexibility characteristics of the front foot upper in this second edition of the enRoute model.


View Men’s enRoute2
View Women’s enRoute2

The Greyhound model features Salming’s most durable performance outsole material to date. it has a racing slick design with minimized outsole pattern for excellent traction on dry and wet hard surfaces such as tarmac, asphalt and concrete.

View Men’s Greyhound
View Women’s Greyhound


 


Beginner Triathlete Kit List

 

If you’re taking part in your first triathlon with us this year, congratulations for taking that first step into the world of triathlon! The beauty of a pool swim means that you don’t have a wetsuit to contend with, but you will need a range of other equipment to enable you to complete all 3 swimming, cycling and running elements of the triathlon. Unless you’re positive that you’re going to enjoy triathlon and participate fairly regularly, there is no need to buy a “tri suit” right away if you want to save some money. We do however recommend that you have the following kit…

 

SWIM


Goggles.
Test out your goggles before race day to ensure that they don’t leak! Goggles come in many colours/styles – it’s best to try a few pairs on to decide which are most comfortable for you. Goggles with a clear lens let in the maximum amount of light so provide superb clarity of vision for swimming indoors – so these are what we would recommend. However,  the pools at Haslemere Leisure Centre and Surrey Sports Park are well lit so if you’d prefer to wear goggles with a tinted (heighten contrast) or smoke (reduce brightness) lens they will be perfectly suitable. Wear glasses? You can purchase prescription goggles which work like prescription glasses to correct and support your vision, allowing you to enjoy the same clarity of vision you have wearing your glasses during your swim.

Swim Hat. Not compulsory, but generally leisure centres appreciate it if you do wear a swim hat.

Costume (F). Ladies, if you don’t own a tri suit just wear a swimming costume with your sports bra underneath it. In transition, you can then slip on shorts (such as these Salming Triathlon Shorts) over your wet costume – and a top if you like (Salming Triathlon Singlet). If you want to purchase a tri suit, we recommend this Salming Triathlon Suit.

Trunks (M). Gentlemen, if you don’t own a tri suit just wear a pair of trunks which you can either continue cycling in (like these Salming Triathlon Shorts) or that you can slip a pair of cycling shorts over. If you want to purchase a tri suit, we recommend this Salming Triathlon Suit.

TRANSITION


When you first enter transition, take a mental note of a static landmark (ie not a bike which may or may not be there during the race!) to help you identify the location of your belongings during the event. Lay out your equipment as best as possible in your allocated space so that everything is ready to go – you don’t want to be unzipping lots of pockets searching for that missing sock!

Bag. Before you consider your transition storage solution, please be advised that the BTF (British Triathlon Federation) changed their rules in 2016 to stipulate that only soft-sided bags – not boxes – are permitted to remain in transition during the event. Your bag must not impede the progress of another competitor – so please make sure that it is not too big. We recommend choosing a brightly-coloured or easily identifiable bag because transition looks very different during the event than it does when you first enter it to drop off your belongings!

Towel. Cut down your transition time by multi-tasking! Stand on a small or folded towel to dry your feet whilst you fasten your helmet etc. Then put your socks and shoes on last – some triathletes like to put talcum powder on their feet or in their shoes to make this process easier.

Water & Nutrition. You shouldn’t need to take on gels in T1 (Transition 1 – post swim) but you may wish to consider having additional water and/or energy ready for T2 (Transition 2 – post cycle).

 

CYCLE

Bike. Bikes must be road legal. Make sure your tyres are fully pumped up and puncture free; and that it’s been serviced recently.

Helmet. Helmets are compulsory. Ensure that your helmet is fastened before you leave T1.

Shoes. To save time, make sure they are unfastened. Cleats are optional. If you wear cleats you will need to change shoes twice in transition, but they do give you more power because you can pull up on the pedal as well as push down. If you don’t want to clip in, wear your running trainers for the cycle. If you want to benefit from maximum pedalling power in trainers, consider attaching pedals with toe straps to your bike so that you can pull up when you pedal as well as push down. Scroll back up to view our shoe recommendations.

 

RUN

 

Shoes. Make sure they are well worn-in so that you know they don’t cause discomfort. To save time, make sure they are unfastened. Consider sprinkling talcum powder inside them before the triathlon starts to make them easier to put on. Scroll back up to view our shoe recommendations.

 



Experienced Triathlete Kit List

 

SWIM

 

Goggles. You may enjoy the psychological advantage mirrored lenses may give you in a competitive environment. Although they reflect light away to provide a darker view, the pools at Haslemere Leisure Centre and Surrey Sports Park are well lit. Goggles with a tinted lens (heighten contrast) or smoke lens (reduce brightness) will also be suitable. Orange lenses heighten contrast in both high and low light conditions. Pink lenses offer the best contrast against green and blue objects. Purple lenses reduce glare in bright conditions.  Polarised lenses are most effective at filtering glare. Wear glasses? You can purchase prescription goggles which work like prescription glasses to correct and support your vision, allowing you to enjoy the same clarity of vision you have wearing your glasses during your swim.

Swim Hat. Not compulsory, but generally leisure centres appreciate it if you do wear a swim hat.

Tri Suit. We recommend this Salming Women’s Triathlon Suit and Salming Men’s Triathlon Suit. Salming’s tri suits are breathable and quick drying, and feature silicone leg grippers, accessible pockets and thin padding.

Sports watch. If it’s not recorded, does it even count? That’s up to you! But don’t forget that our triathlons are chip-timed.

 


TRANSITION

 

Bag. BTF (British Triathlon Federation) changed their rules in 2016 to stipulate that only soft-sided bags – not boxes – are permitted to remain in transition during the event.

Towel. Stand on a small or folded towel to dry your feet whilst you fasten your helmet etc. Then put your socks and shoes on last – some triathletes like to put talcum powder on their feet or in their shoes to make this process easier.

Water & Nutrition. You shouldn’t need to take on gels in T1 (Transition 1 – post swim) but you may wish to consider having additional water and/or energy ready for T2 (Transition 2 – post cycle).


CYCLE


Bike. Bikes must be road legal. Make sure your tyres are fully pumped up and puncture free; and that it’s been serviced recently.

Helmet. Helmets are compulsory. Ensure that your helmet is fastened before you leave T1.

Shoes. Cleats are optional. If you prefer to cycle in trainers, scroll back up to view our shoe recommendations.

 


RUN


Shoes. Make sure they are well worn-in so that you know they don’t cause discomfort. Consider sprinkling talcum powder inside them before the triathlon starts to make them easier to put on. Scroll back up to view our shoe recommendations.

 

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