ShoesIt seems there are two camps on this one - either running shoes / cleated shoes or just running shoes. For now, as a novice, I will be using just one pair of shoes to start my training. The main thing I want my shoes to do for me is offer support, some cushioning and to be comfortable. My legs will need all the help they can get and my footwear seems to be the only piece of kit that can help them!
Whichever I choose, they will need to be close fitting to ensure they don’t slow me down on the bike. Either a pair of duathlon / triathlon shorts or a gel padded seat cover will need to be included to ensure maximum comfort as my (untested) prediction tells me I may be on the bike for a couple of hours!
Top of my list are - a helmet, sunglasses and water bottle. The rules state that riders are not able to compete without a cycling helmet - goes without saying - safety first. Sunglasses will keep my view clear and remove any glare making it easier to both run and cycle during the event. Finally, my water bottle will be housed in a water bottle holder on my bike; post my first 10km of running I will need to rehydrate and doing so on my bike will save time!
If you have any kit suggestions or tips for me please leave me comment below, via Facebook or Twitter! I have a lot to learn and I’m sure my training will aid in this over the next few months…