If you’re training for your first triathlon, skip the big ticket purchases and try these affordable alternatives.
Gear for the Triathlon Newbie
If youâ€™re new to triathlon, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the gear and lingo that gets thrown around by the more experienced triathletes, a.k.a. tri-geeks, a.k.a. hardos. But hereâ€™s a little secret: You donâ€™t need to spend a lot to race in your first triathlon. If you run, bike or swim already (and you probably do, since theyâ€™re mandatory for doing a triathlon) you may have some items already at home. So skip the fastest bike in the wind tunnel, the aero helmets, and the $500 multisport watch. Instead, get the gear to get the job done and worry about upgrading later. From gels and glides to suits and shoes, hereâ€™s your race-day packing list on a budget.