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How to do a Triathlon on a Shoestring

Posted On : Nov-15-2010 | seen (650) times | Article Word Count : 507 |

With the number of participants rising fast each year, the entire industry of equipment and nutrition solutions providers is sprouting around trying to cater to the needs of success-hungry athletes.
Triathlon has a reputation for being a rather costly diversion, strengthened by the fact that the average contestant is a high-income middle-aged man who is more willing to spend as a sort of therapeutic practice. Entry fees can be a few times higher than in a typical marathon, especially when the event takes place among some scenic landscape, possibly as a result of steeper costs of preparing and managing the course and the race itself. With the number of participants rising fast each year, the entire industry of equipment and nutrition solutions providers is sprouting around trying to cater to the needs of success-hungry athletes. From bikes to wetsuits to running shoes, the costs of the kit can run into five-digit figures rather easily. They can, but they by no means have to as long as you follow some of these creative tips for budget triathletes.

One: Rent whenever it makes sense.

No everyone is fond of hiring equipment, but the fact is that this can be the source of large savings, especially if you are not a frequent participant or just want to try things out before you plunge deeper into the discipline. In place of a hefty investment that buying a good bike might mean, you can ask around among friends for vehicles that qualify as triathlon machines. If necessary, you can make a couple of simple adjustments, like taking off excess parts, to fine-tune it before the big day. When friends or family cannot help you out, there are rental services which might prove a better bargain than purchasing the vehicle. You can do the same trick with the wetsuit and, again, there are dedicated providers of hire apparel.

Two: Join the community.

It is amazing how much you can save off regular training and equipment costs by joining a local triathlon club or an online community. A big part of it is the ability to compare prices and have access to information about discounts or promotions. Reviews of different products are another asset. But the biggest gain is in securing exposure to cheaper or free training programs, tutorial and other such materials. An accredited coach has the power to break your bank with their hourly rates and being part of a larger community is able to cushion this effect.

Three: Scale down on whatever is not a big asset.

From triathlon gear to nutrition, you can look closer in how useful different solutions really are, especially in comparison to their price tag. A colorful ribbon you attach to your bike to speed up the process of identifying your bike during transition is probably a great deal, but stocking up on hydration and nutrition products is much less value for money, especially that these products tend to be expensive. You can play an SEO expert of sorts by optimizing your kit selection and cutting back on pricey solutions by making some things at home, for example energy drinks from common ingredients that are plentiful in every fridge.

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