If you asked me to describe what my workout drawer looked like in one word, it ‘d be “girly.” Pink on pink on pink. Whenever I buy new tri gear or running shoes, I always look to get the “girliest” colors possible. My Garmin is pink, my bike speedometer is pink, my headphones are purple, my shoes are neon blue/green with pink laces — you get the picture.
Female triathletes are definitely outnumbered by their male counterparts and this is reflected in the clothing/gear selections. It’s always hard for me to find apparel that’s not black and to find tops that are somewhat stylish. So every time I come across gear that’s pink and girly, I snatch it because I know I may never see it again.
So… how are we girls supposed to deal with the lack of female-friendly triathlon commodities? Don’t worry, I have a few suggestions 🙂
First off, if you’re a member of YoungTri, you have access to a huge number of female triathletes! Reach out to members through the Facebook group. You can make new friends, get tips on triathlon in general, and realize that you’re not alone as a girl in the tri world. When I first started racing, the only triathletes I knew were guys… but then I met President Caity (lol) 2 ½ years ago. I finally had a girl triathlete to talk to, which was very exciting!
In addition to talking to YoungTri members, check out BettyDesigns.com. Betty sells cute two-piece racing bathing suits, stylish race kits, and other awesome cycling clothing! You can even order custom race gear for yourself or your team. Another great website is TeamEstrogen.com. They have a great selection of colorful swim caps, bike shorts, and all the accessories in between.
For well thought-out and extra chic running clothes, make your way to Lululemon Athletica. Although pricey, Lulu offers great breathable, smell-absorbing running shirts that make you want to go workout just so that you can wear them. They have great shorts and running tights as well: I’ve noticed that the tights are especially popular at my school. Occasionally they have cycling jerseys and shorts too. I’m a huge Lululemon fan and it’s quite evident on my Christmas list each year. Their clothes ensure that I will never be mistaken for a guy while I’m working out!
So now that you’ve discovered a few ways to “run like a girl,” what’s next for female triathletes? Well, according to USAT, the percentage of female triathletes has increased from 27% to 37% in the past 12 years. The sport of triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and it’s bringing tons of females along with it! I definitely don’t mind competing in a male-dominated sport, but it’s certainly exciting to see the growth of female athletes. 🙂
Now go run like a girl!