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Before you hit the road or dive into the pool, make sure you have these training essentials.

drinkA drink that does you favors

Fuel your training with Gatorade’s new G Series Pro line—previously only available to top athletes. A half hour after you’ve polished off your routine, grab the Protein Recovery Shake ($4.29, price may vary by location; available exclusively from GNC); it will replenish your glycogen reserves and give you a wallop of protein to help your muscles recoup.

bikeA lightweight road bike

This Giant Aeryn 0 ($1,750; for stores) has smooth—not knobby—tires to help you ride faster.

watch Sports watch

Clocking your workouts doesn't just help you keep track—it motivates you to speed up and increase your endurance. The Timex Ironman Sleek 50 ($35; is durable and waterproof, and can time your laps and splits.

shorts Padded shorts

You've probably noticed that backside soreness increases as you amp up your cycling time. Shorts with a padded chamois at the crotch and tailbone, like the Craft Women's active ($75; put a welcome layer of cush between the saddle and your tush.

lap counter Lap counter

Was that 6 or 7? If your head spins when you're swimming and trying to count laps, let a gadget do it for you. Simply tap the SportCount LapCounter ($25; each time you finish a lap and never lose track again.

gogglesGreat goggles

They improve your vision underwater. And mirrored lenses, like the ones in the Barracuda HydroBat Mirror ($17;, also reduce sun glare when you swim outdoors.

shoesRunning shoes that fit

A specialty shop can fit you for a pair of sneakers. Many triathletes opt for a shoe like the Zoot Ultra TT 3.0 ($140; for stores), with a no-tie lacing system—you can slip them on after your ride and be on your way fast.

suitThe right suit for swimming

Any one- or two-piece that stays put will do. A style like the TYR Splice Trisuit ($106; allows you to go from swim to ride to run without changing clothes.


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