When I started triathlon training, I had no idea how much or how specific the equipment I needed was. Of course I knew I needed a bike, running shoes and some clothes, but I had no idea of watches, cycling shoes, airplane helmets, airplane wheels, wetsuits or other countless items. Actually, my first running shoes were just a few that I bought for little money in a local sports shop. I had no idea.
When I started to take my race seriously and run more seriously, I knew that I had to buy shoes that I could use to make the best mileage. Again, I was not sure where to focus in order to start this process. I searched online and searched for various articles about running shoes. I found a lot of information especially about running marathons or endurance races. I haven’t found much information yet about specific ideas for triathlon shoes. I have taken on board some ideas from the information I found and started buying shoes.
On the way I discovered several ideas for the choice of shoes, which I want to present in this article.
Get Fit – No, this is not an unnecessary idea to get physically fit, but to adapt to the type of shoe you need. Most specific stores will help you find out which shoe is best for you. Many of these stores will guide you through a series of tests to determine which shoe suits you best. Now that we have done this a few times, the process continues as follows. First, your sales representative will talk to you about what you’re doing to run, how long you’ve been running, and what your goals are. I look for and ask someone who has been in the company for a while to get the best kind of discussion about my needs as a runner, especially because I focus on triathlon specific running. Second, they are either electronic, using a special path on which you stand, or manual, using the old dimensioning metal platform, which is always cold, they will determine your foot size and width. Thirdly, they go back to give you an example shoe where you can train. I always know the salespeople are choosing a shoe they like, so I’m confident that I’ll lock the first shoe. The test shoe is a neutral shoe without buoyancy or support to keep the foot straight. Fourth, the seller will take you on a treadmill and walk for 5-10 minutes while they guide the way your feet fall. You want to wear something that you can walk comfortably. In the last session I had, the Lord also took me from the side to make sure I landed correctly. At the end of this short session, the salesperson will watch the video with you. He searches for the supination, which is opposite to the pronunciation and refers to the outer role of the foot in normal movement. If you have too much supination, you’ll need a shoe that will help you balance your feet. I have a fairly neutral suitcase at my feet, so that was no problem for me. At one of the places I visited I stood on a glass plate on which the pressure points of my foot were measured. This helped to understand the height of the arch. After all this data has been collected, the seller selects a shoe to try out. This adjustment process is very important.
get Choosy – The process of selecting your shoe with the data you have provided by your representative is a process that you need to take time with you. I have noticed that the choice of the look and feel of the shoe is very important. If you don’t like the look of the shoe, you’ll feel less excited about running. If you don’t like the feeling, you won’t run. This choice is crucial. You may be a bit picky about the brand, but for me I want something that gives me the support and comfort for many miles. Most trainers keep you 300-500 miles, so choose which shoe you want to take with you. Often you can walk on the treadmill in the shop or on a mini-piste in the shop, some even let you walk outside to walk in the shoes. Take enough time to see where you believe these are the shoes you walk in for the duration of your training and race.