I love gear. From simple things like goggles to custom bike setups, I think every piece is awesome. Often times companies & brand managers will send stuff for me to try & review. This has given me a unique opportunity to really find what “works” for me on race day. For the 2017 season I was lucky enough to be selected at a Pearl Izumi Ambador (takes the “ass” out of ambassador). I’ve been wearing Pearl gear since I started racing, and I’m excited about being able to represent a brand I love.
Here’s what I bring into transition.
Wetsuit – I have two suits I use. The XTERRA Vortex 4 sees most of the wear, I use it for OW training swims and shorter distance races. It’s really durable and buoyant to get the job done. For longer distance swims I use the TYR Freak of Nature: This is the lightest wetsuit I’ve ever put on. It’t extremely buoyant, very flexible and looks awesome!
Goggles – TYR Special Ops: I have 3 pairs of goggles in my bag, but these are the only ones I ever use. Great comfortable fit.
Jammers – TYR Firerock Splice Jammer: I wear these in the pool. They’re very comfortable.
Bike – Felt B14 Tri Bike. I’ve gotten to demo a couple different Felt bikes over the years and for the money (and my ability) this one can’t beat. For recreational riding I also have a Trek Madone 4.5, this was my first road bike and it’s never let me down. I also ride a Felt DD30 Fat Bike that I play around with on trails and use to commute to and from work.
Seat – ISM TT Saddle: I never believed there was a comfortable bike seat, then ISM sent me this & blew me away! The key is getting it properly fit too (see below).
Pedals – Speed Play Zero: I use the Cro-Moly version primarily because of cost. I like these because you can lock in on either side of the pedal.
Shoes – Pearl Izumi Tri Fly P.R.O. v3: I like these PI’s cause they’re SUPER light, and are vented at the bottom which helps prevent that swampy feeling.
Helmet – I have two, both from Rudy Project. The Sterling for training and recreational riding. The Wingspan TT for race day. I have yet to find a “con” about either of these.
Shoes – Peal Izumi EM Road M3
Kit: Pretty much everything I wear from tri suit, to shorts, tops and even cycling comes from the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. and Elite Collection.
Sunglasses: Oakley. Usually the Flak Jacket on race day.