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Get In Gear!

 

 

One of the things that has held me back from attempting a triathlon in the past: So. Much. Gear! I guess that’s the downside of competing in three sports at one time. But now that I’ve finally committed, I’m starting to gather all the items I’ll need to succeed. 
 
We highlighted three must-haves in our May issue, so I started with those first. I’ve got my Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Tri Suit ($145; shop.pearlizumi.com) and my Zoot Ultra TT 5.0 Triathlon running shoes ($140; zootsports.com) set aside for raceday, although I’ll definitely start training in them a few weeks before. (One of the best racing tips I ever received was, “Nothing new on raceday!” from my Team in Training marathon coach Christine Luff, who promoted the importance of testing everything—from your socks to your energy gel—before you get to the starting line.) Tomorrow I’m going to get my Raleigh Capri 1.0 bike ($700; raleighusa.com) fit to my body, so I can start riding it sans injury (another great piece of advice courtesy of pro triathlete Sarah Haskins). 
 
Before I dive into our 12-week plan on Sunday, I’m spending this week picking up bike shorts and bathing suits, too. (Since I’m already a runner, I have more than enough apparel to hoof it in, but if you want info on the styles I love, let me know in the comments.) Check out Schwaggle.com for deals on athleticwear in your area (active.com members get even bigger discounts!). Since I haven’t swum laps since middle school and my most recent experiences on a two-wheeler include a SoulCycle class and a whirl on a beach cruiser, I’m definitely nervous about both of those sports! But at least I know I’ll be outfitted like a champ, which always boosts my confidence. And going into a race confidently means half the battle is already won. 
 

 

Danielle McNally is the associate fitness editor at SHAPE magazine, where she reports on the latest news, trends, and gear in the exercise world, along with the occasional travel and pop culture piece. She was previously an assistant editor at Food Network Magazine, but left shortly after completing the ING New York City Marathon, when she realized her passion for working out. She’s run seven half marathons, and regularly practices yoga and pilates. This summer she’ll be competing in the New Jersey State Triathlon (her first!) and blogging about it here!

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