Triathletes, no matter the distance, understand the crucial role hydration plays in optimizing performance. As you hit the pavement or trail during the run leg, staying properly hydrated can make the difference between crossing the finish line with a smile or struggling through the last miles.
We break down the best equipment to stay hydrated during your triathlon run and training.
- Ideal for shorter distances like sprints.
- Provides easy access to small amounts of water.
- Lightweight and minimally intrusive.
You could run with a standard water bottle, but I find the wrist water bottles are less cumbersome and east to carry on a sprint triathlon or short training runs. An example is this one from Tifoss.
- A compromise between handheld bottles and hydration packs.
- Perfect for mid-range distances like the Olympic or long training runs.
- Convenient for carrying essentials like gels and keys.
I like these style of belts as you know you are covered if on course hydration and nutrition is running low – this belt means you are fully self-sufficient. The belt also doubles as a number belt. It is also ideal for training and can even hold your phone.
- Suitable for longer distances like Ironman 70.3 or longer training runs.
- Offers a larger water reservoir without hindering performance.
- Allows for hands-free drinking through a tube.
The Osprey Dyna 6 for women and Duro 6 for men make ideal Ironman hydration pack. They have an industry leading 6L of storage capacity, but they have managed to distribute it evenly making comfortable to run in.
It features three back compartments, easy-access side pockets and front stretch pockets with bottle compartments for storage, with the front zip pocket a nice touch for valuables. Meanwhile, the Dyna’s light mesh breathes well and aids comfort.
The pack has two 500ml soft flasks with straws are well secured in front pockets by elastic loops. The bottles create a vacuum when you drink from them, which means no loud sloshing of water like other packs I’ve used.