Ironman 70.3 Gear List | Prepping for Cold Weather

As I head into my first half Ironman race weekend, I’m looking at my gear laid out on our guest bed and it occurs to me: this is a ton of stuff! In fact, a couple people messaged me and said that they had no idea how much gear is used in a triathlon, so I figured I’d outline what I’m taking with me to the event in Palm Springs this weekend.

Every race will vary slightly, with a major consideration being the weather. Right now the weather conditions are a bit chilly (there are talks of shortening the swim, fingers crossed this doesn’t happen) early, which is a major consideration for the swim and bike segments. For the run, I’m not really concerned because it’ll be in the mid-60s and that’s incredible running weather.

 

Swim:

Age group rolling start for the swim is planned for 7:10am on race day and will be held in a reservoir (open water, but flat, calm conditions and no current). The water temperatures this time of year vary between 50 – 62 degrees Fahrenheit, which is cold by most people’s standards. The air temperature will likely be in the high 40s, so I’m planning on a chilly start to the day.

Bike:

Everyone has different setups for their bikes, I’m not really going to cover that here. I’ll be riding my Specialized Allez road bike that I’ve modified for triathlon and I covered that conversion in a separate post, which can be found here. Here is the gear I’ll be putting on in transition to prep for the bike.

Run:

Here we go, I’ve made it to the run, I should be dry and feeling good at this point! Hopefully I haven’t overcooked the bike and have spring left in my legs to carry me through the 13.1 miles with the tenacity that I bring to my training sessions!

*these items were gifted to me by the respective companies. I reached out to them inquiring about them, so I would’ve chosen the products anyways.

 

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