Gearing Up For Triathlon: What Every Beginner Needs

(CNN) — Triathlon has a reputation for being expensive. In fact, the perceived costs are enough to stop some prospective participants from taking up the challenge.

There’s no doubt that triathlons are harder on the bank balance than other sports, such as running, soccer, baseball or swimming. But believe me when I say that you don’t need to max out your credit card to do triathlon, to enjoy triathlon and even to succeed in triathlon.

In 2007, I raced my first Ironman on a road bike (not the normal TT bike used for Ironman racing) with regular wheels. I borrowed my friend’s race kit, and wore a $20 pair of sunglasses I bought from a gas station in New Zealand three years prior to the race.

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