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Gear Up for Your Triathlon

Training for a tri? Check out the running, biking, and swimming gear that helped writer (and triathlete!) Rachel Sturtz cross the finish line.

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First Leg: Swimming

Cap
You'll be the belle of the beach in the Tyr Graphic Swim Cap, made of silicone for easy-on-the-hair removal. ($10, tyr.com)

Goggles
Speedo Air Seal Tri goggles with extended lenses cut glare and fog. ($20, speedousa.com)

Wetsuit
Channel your inner Dara Torres in the Aqua Sphere WRacer wetsuit, with special panels that maximize buoyancy. ($400, aquasphereswim.com)

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Second Leg: Biking

Bike
The women-specific Specialized Amira Comp bike has a lightweight carbon-based frame with a lower center bar for more comfort. Attach clip-in pedals and you're unstoppable. ($2,700, specialized.com for dealers)

Shoes
Shimano SH-WT51 women's triathlon shoes boast sock-free comfort and a weightless carbon fiber outsole. ($190, bike.shimano.com for stores)

Helmet
The 21 vents in the featherweight Bell Bellisima Luxe Pink Slice helmet help keep you cool. Tighten the fit with a dial in back. ($45, bellbikehelmets.com)

Top
The chafe-free Zoot TRI Racerback top has side pockets for gels; the comfy Zoot TRI 4 shorts have extra grip on the leg bands to prevent them from riding up. ($65 top, $60 shorts, zootsports.com)

Gloves
Protect your paws with padded Specialized Women's BG Gel Gloves. ($35, specialized.com)

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Third Leg: Running

Sneakers
Superlight Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7 neutral sneakers have a cushy midsole to absorb shock and help propel your foot forward with each step. ($130, saucony.com)

Watch
Tap the screen on the Timex Sleek 150-Lap watch to mark splits. If you go too slow or fast, the target time pacer will sound off to keep you on track. ($90, timex.com)

Coach's Tip: Pre-race, sprinkle baby powder in your socks and running and cycling shoes. It's a quick way to absorb sweat and prevent blisters.

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jstorkamp wrote:

This article bothers me as she makes it seem like you need to spend thousands of dollars to do a triathlon. Most people cannot afford a $2700 bike, $190 bike shoes, $400 wetsuit AND a swim coach. A couple years ago, I did my first sprint tri and there were plenty of people out there just like me that didn't have fancy equipment and just did it to challenge themselves.

5/31/2011 12:12:19 PM Report Abuse

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