It started out innocently enough – your triathlon gear bag became a gear closet. Then the gear closet wasn’t enough, so it became a gear room. Or a gear garage. Now there’s gear everywhere, including your gym locker, the office, and the trunk of your car. Consider this article an intervention for how to organize your triathlon gear.
We’re not saying you have to go all Marie Kondo on your stash (because let’s be real – all triathlon gear sparks joy, right?) but we are saying a little organization can go a long way. Having a place for everything means you’re not scrambling to find socks before a 5 a.m. long run; it also makes it less likely you’ll forget your soaked wetsuit in the trunk of the car until a horrendous odor wafts into the driver’s seat three months later. With just a few gadgets (and a few hours dedicated to sorting through the stuff), you can organize triathlon gear and turn your training space into an area that truly sparks joy.
Kradl Bike Storage
Take back your floor space with this easy-to-use pulley that gets bikes up and up out of the way with a simple tug. Unlike other ceiling harnesses, which can require reinforcements, the Kradle requires only two screws for installation and can hold bikes up to 40 pounds.
Blawsome Wetsuit Dryer
Instead of leaving your soaked wetsuit in your shower for days (or worse, the trunk of your car) until it dries out, stash this portable dryer in the neck of your wetsuit. The air will circulate through the suit, drying it in 20 minutes or less.
Clybourn Cubby Bench
An entry bench with built-in storage allows for a place to take a load off after a hard workout. For extra organization, designate each cubby for a certain sport – running shoes, hat, and visor; bike helmet, sunglasses, and cleats; swim bag and chamois towel.
Helmetor Helmet Holder
Keep your head – er, helmets – straight with this wall-mounted helmet holder that clips into the air vent of your helmet in one swift, single-handed movement.
Droog Elastic Storage Straps
Add some method to your madness with elastic storage straps mounted on the wall. These straps allow for storage of everything from running shoes to swim googles, meaning you’ll never again ask a question beginning with “Where are my…?”
Keep track of all your tech and their charging cords with this basket-weave sheet of elastic straps, which allow for endless configurations of headphones, GPS watches, and USB cords. Toss it into a gym bag, and everything will stay in place.
PEET Ultra Dryer & Deodorizer
If “wet and muddy” is your idea of a good run, you’ll want to drop these inserts into your running shoes when you get home. In addition to drying out your shoes in time for your next run, the PEET dryer will dispense charged electrically-charged air to eliminate odors.
Phillips 3-Outlet 2 Port USB Surge Protector Wall Adapter
Instead of using whatever outlets are open, designate one charging area and plug in this adapter, which converts a standard two-plug outlet into a three-plug outlet plus two ports for USB charging.
Speedo Deluxe Ventilator Mesh Bag
Keep your fins and goggles dry and mildew-free with a mesh bag, which allows for air circulation (even if you forget to take it out of the locker for a week). Got more than one swimmer? Speedo offers the same mesh bag in nine different colors, so you can ensure your spouse never “borrows” your pull buoy again.
IRIS Large Stacking Baskets
Wire mesh baskets help organize everything from socks to swimsuits. Opt for large wire mesh, which allow you to see when you’re running low on clean socks.
InterDesign Pantry Food Storage Organizer Bin
If you buy gels and bars in bulk, keep everything organized with clear, stackable boxes that let you see when it’s time to re-up your nutrition order.
Keep your race wheels protected and off the ground with this simple device that mounts to the wall, holding up to two bike wheels. The hooks are lined with soft pads to prevent scratching on the rims.