Training for a triathlon is physically demanding, but it is equally important to have the right gear for the event. Triathlons can vary in surfaces and requirements, so the first step to selecting appropriate running shoes for the event is to review the course conditions. Race routes with off-road and trail components will have different shoe requirements than courses that are strictly black top or concrete.
Once you understand what the conditions will be, it is important to consider what your particular shoe needs are. Many running shoes are designed for neutral runners so be sure to investigate the characteristics of a shoe’s support system if you have specific needs. At this point you should have a good idea of the sole construction, tread pattern and support system that should be incorporated in to your selected shoe. Now you must consider weight and fit.
Never sacrifice fit for weight. In a long distance race, it is critical that shoes fit properly. Slight annoyances and rubs can develop into injuries over the course of a triathlon run phase. Once you have selected a shoe based on these decisions, it is important to train in the shoe you plan to race in.