Although the combination of swimming, biking and running as a single discipline has been around for roughly 100 years, for all intents and purposes the sport’s modern history dates back to 1978, when 15 people started (and 12 finished) the first Ironman in Hawaii. It’s dumbfounding to think that it wasn’t until the 2000, in Sydney, that triathlon became an Olympic sport. It’s been growing in The States ever since. USA Triathlon reports that membership grew from 130,000 in 2000 to 550,000 in 2012. We’ve certainly dipped our toes in it.
For gearheads and Quantified Selfers the sport is a chance to ride bikes that look like DARPA prototypes and collect more personal information about themselves than a Stasi collaborator, respectively; for Alphas it’s a chance to get ripped and grab bragging rights; for some people it’s just a fun way to get in shape. Whatever the reason, the tri gear is abundant.
Sure, you could swim in your skivvies, hop on your Schwinn for the bike leg and run in some old Nike Mac Attacks — but that’s not why you’ve come to us. Behold, our serious tri kit. Learn more about each individual item on the next page.