Why do triathletes dress like this?

We know that we are not like the others. In fact, we thrive on that fact. We do more workouts than almost everyone, our runs are way longer than almost everyone except those ultra guys (but luckily there are so few that we’re still the coolest athletes in the gym) , and, most of the time we even dress the part. So if you’re wondering why we dress the way we do, well, here’s why:

Running Tees

Hey, if you just finished a run that took you between 9am and 5pm, wouldn’t you want the whole world to know about it? Even being able to say to someone, “Oh yeah, that’s from the half-IRONMAN I did last weekend,” is also enough to engender a lot of respect.

Bright colors

While we’d love to tell you the bright color is because we want to be seen by cars and trucks when we’re biking and running, that doesn’t explain the neon yellow jacket we like to wear as a team. met. Yes, we want you to ask what this team jacket is all about – we can’t wait to tell you about our training and how many of our teammates will be joining us at Ironman Canada’s Ironman Mont-Tremblant later this year.

Compression socks

Come on, really? Don’t you know why it is essential that we have those long knee-length socks, even on the hottest days of summer? Traffic, baby! It helps us to recover, because recovery is essential when you are a triathlete. You’re only as good as your last workout, and that was either this morning or last night (if you talk to us before 6am).

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big sunglasses

It’s all about protection. Sun, wind and other things that might fly into our eyes while biking or running. OK, there is also a fashion component. Basically we have to wear huge shades because the powers that be at Oakley, Bolle, Scott and Smith (to name a few) have made it clear that these are the coolest shades to wear right now .

Sleeved tri suits

Yeah, we know they might look like a giant onesie, but when it comes to speed, these three suits are the real deal. Sure, the aero advantages might only provide a few seconds of advantage, but seconds is seconds, right?

Little swimsuits

Although very few of us race in a “Speedo” these days, we wouldn’t be caught dead in the pool with anything else. Smaller swimsuits mean less drag, which means faster times, which means… we can brag about that 100 split we hit at the end of that last workout!


Yes, we know the rest of you wear full hats, but for us triathletes, everything we wear has a function. We need something to protect our face from the sun, but it still keeps our heads cool. Then there’s the added bonus that the band can keep the sweat out of our eyes…so many benefits!

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