Triathlon Gear Must-Haves for Training in the Rain

Just because it's pouring rain doesn't mean you can't keep your training on track. With advances in wicking technology and tech fabrics, today's endurance athlete has a ton of choices when it comes to gear that keeps them dry and comfortable in the rain.

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Here, Brittany Olsen of Athlete's Lounge in Portland, shows you the hottest gear that'll keep you comfortable and performing your best—even in a downpour.

#1: Fenders for Your Bike

Bike fenders will greatly reduce the amount of rain splatter you get onto your bike, which is key to keeping you dry.

Getting them onto race bike can be hard, especially if the fenders are larger. That's why it can be advantageous to choose a set of fenders that are smaller in size, but still allow for water bottle storage.

Tip: Make a courtesy flap for your fenders. It's easy, just slice a water bottle into a ? piece and then bolt it on to an existing rear fender to protect your friends.

Athlete's Lounge Recommends:

  • SKS Raceblade Fender Set $59.99

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#2: Shoe Covers

The trick with riding in the rain is that there are holes drilled into the bottom of your shoes. This can lead to lots a rather uncomfortable cycling experience.

The best shoe covers, according to Athlete's Lounge, are made from neoprene—which use the same technology that wetsuits do. There's no way to avoid getting your feet wet, but at least they'll be warm with adequate shoe cover protection.

Note: They are heavier than normal booties, but well worth it if you plan to train in wet conditions.

Athlete's Lounge Recommends:

  • Shimano Pro Ventura Shoe Cover $70.00

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#3: Gloves

Blame gravity. Because your hands are below you while you ride, often times the rain from your coat drips down into your hands. So having a 100 percent waterproof pair of gloves won't necessarily keep you dry.

That's why Athlete's Lounge suggests you go with gloves made of neoprene. They are bit heavier, but will definitely keep you warm—the Glacier Cycling Glove was originally made for icefishing.

Tip: Put newspaper in gloves after working out in the rain. Gear will be quite dry by the next day

Athlete's Lounge Recommends:

  • Glacier Cycling Glove $39.99

#4: Rain Cap

When it comes to head gear for your training, it isn't just about keeping you dry. It's also about keeping you comfortable.

You'll want something light and breathable, a rain cap that bottles in all your heat will make your rides unpleasant. (And your training will suffer.)

Athlete's Lounge Recommends:

  • Assos Rain Cap $45

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