From Triathlon to Marathon

Everything the USA’s Top Triathlete Packs in Her Gym Bag


June 6, 2018 Buying Guides By Photo by Talbot Cox

Gwen Jorgensen is one of the world’s top triathletes. In 2014 and 2015, she was the World Champion in the ITU Olympic Distance Triathlon. She qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team after she won the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Qualification Event, and went on to become the best female triathlete at the 2016 Olympics, and the title of the first ever triathlon gold medal for Team USA.

After she returned home from the Olympics, Jorgensen quickly decided it was time to change gears and she laced up her running shoes and competed in one of the toughest marathons in New York City. She placed 14th with a time of 2:41:01, and then took some time off. In August of 2017, she gave birth to her first son and in November of that same year, she put it out into the world that her next goal is to win another Olympic gold — this time in the marathon. Since then, she joined the Bowerman Track Club and trained with Alberto Salazar, the Nike coach famous for training athletes like Shalane Flanagan and Galen Rupp. While the 2020 Olympics are still a couple of years away, Jorgensen is already training hard. With two-a-days, she logs hours of training, pushing all her gear to the limit. We asked Jorgensen what gear she’s using now to train.

Gwen Jorgensen’s Gear

Polar M430

A wrist-based heart rate monitor and GPS is necessary for anyone running, training and swimming. “To monitor my heart rate, time, cadence and distance.”

Visor or Hat

Follow along on Jorgensen’s Instagram and you’ll see her rocking an Island House visor or hat on almost every run. It protects her skin from the sun since she’s outdoors for training.

Oakley Radars

“Oakley Radars protect my eyes from the sun, dust and bugs,” Jorgensen says. These high definition optics lenses provide you with a crisp field of vision — whether you’re running on the track, trails or road.

Specialized Purist WaterGate Water Bottle

Jorgensen reaches for a Specialized water bottle to hydrate during and after the workout. A squeezable bottle is the easiest way to go.

Bowerman Track Club Backpack

“It’s easy to stuff with multiple shoes, outfits and gear, but also easy to throw on my back and ride to the gym with.” A fold-over top and buckle makes for easy access. And the zippered shoe compartment keeps stinky shoes away from your clean change of clothes.

Nike Air Zoom Structure 21

Jorgensen runs in Nike Air Zoom Structures during training periods, but for race day she’ll pull on the Nike 4%. “My walk around shoes are always different than my run shoes,” Jorgensen says.

Endurance Shield SPF 45 Sunscreen

With all the time she spends outdoors, it’s important to load up on sunscreen that works with sweat, and doesn’t just wash away. She reaches for Endurance Shield sunscreen to protect her skin.

Pete & Gerry’s Hard Boiled Eggs

These come pre-boiled and ready to eat. They’re Jorgensen’s preferred post-run snack.

Apple iPhone

Whether she’s in Mammoth Lakes, California or Woodland Park, Colorado, Jorgensen’s iPhone is always handy, “in case my son Stanley needs me,” she says.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Jorgensen is diligent about her stretching and rolling out, which is why she packs a ball with her, as well as resistance bands.

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