Designed to keep all your gear in quick access compartments, this is the go-to bag for any aspiring triathlete.
A transition bag helps you organise your various equipment for the multi-sport challenge that is a triathlon. While for beginners you can get away with a single bag to store your gear, when the competition becomes serious, you want to shave as many seconds off your time as possible; this is where organisation, aerodynamics, lightweight bikes and running shoes come into the mix. Organisation wise, a transition bag is your first stop in making difference to your race time.
Separate to Save
A transition bag is specifically designed to speed up your transition points in the race, these are the points in which you remove your wetsuit (if chosen, or allowed), stick on your cycling gear and lastly get into your running-ready footwear (and socks). The main design flare here is the compartments, keeping everything divided and ready for your switch in between sections on the competition. Let’s run through them:
Generally, your aquatic essentials will be stored at the bottom of the bag, due to its size. Your swimming compartment is going to hold your wetsuit, goggles and towel (unless you’re venturing out of our generally cold, wet and rainy country). But, don’t forget that sometimes we can be blessed with the heat of the Gulf Stream. Always stick a bottle of sunscreen in your bag, but best to store that in the next compartment.
This is where you’re going to store your helmet, your water bottle, your sunglasses, your sunscreen and possibly your cycling shoes. The importance of this order is up for argument, but let’s avoid that and include all five. Cycle shoes aren’t essential, but if you’ve been practicing with them you aren’t going to be very happy with yourself if you’ve left them in the shed.
Your running compartment is going to be holding your running shoes, a fresh pair of sport-specific socks and case-dependently a hat and extra water. What will be really useful here is some carbohydrate boosting consumables. It may be advisable to take an energy drink, gel or bar at every transition point depending on the length of the race, but here it is really essential. Make sure you practice your pre-race routine as it really can be essential in #LivingYourBestTriathlon on the day of the race.
The Bear Necessities
You don’t need a triathlon bag to perform well, your results are going to come down to your training and nutrition regime during the weeks before the big day. When it comes down to it, make sure you have your race day routine down, regardless of what you are using to carry your gear. The most important part of competitive sports is that you are stepping out your comfort zone into a new challenge, you’ll soon find you are excelling in areas outside of health and fitness, and finding a new way to tackle the daily grind.