Triathlon On A Budget
Top cash saving tips for triathlon.
As a self-confessed triathlon addict, I spend every spare second running, cycling or swimming while every spare penny gets spent on the latest must-have tri kit. As the sport gets increasingly popular, kit is getting more technical and prices are going up. Not good news even if the kit does promise to shave valuable seconds off our PBs.
So as we aren’t all millionaires (sadly) with buckets of spare cash to throw at our beloved hobby, I have put together my top five cash saving tips.
1. Go open-water swimming – Once the weather has warmed up, ditch your costly swim membership at the gym and just swim outside. If you live near an open access lake or in spitting distance to a beach then its totally free and a hell of a lot more fun than lane swimming. Just remember to stay safe and take a swim buddy along.
2. Shop smarter – You don’t have to pay extortionate prices to get the kit you want. Check out this cracking little website, SportPursuit, that offers triathletes limited-time discounts on new gear from all the top brands – Blue Seventy, 2XU, Orca, High Five, Inov8 and Sugoi to name just a few. The only downside is that products sell very quickly so you have to get in there quick to guarantee your bargain.
3. Make your own energy bars – With such a vast array of energy bars and gels on the market these days, there is little excuse for bonking on a long ride or run. But with a hefty price tag of around £1.50 per bar they are likely to put a serious hole in your pocket. So why not make your own? Healthy homemade flapjacks work just as well and can be easily rustled up by anyone – even the most culinary-challenged like myself.
4. Race close to home – you don’t have to re-mortgage your home or dip into your savings to enter a triathlon. The big branded commercial events in the exotic locations are always going to be expensive, but there are hundreds of smaller ones that are just as much fun, cost significantly less and don’t make you any less of a triathlete. Check out our race calendar here.
5. Get leaner – It’s pointless spending all your spare cash on the lightest kit and fastest wheels if you’re out of shape and carrying too much body fat – you still have no chance of keeping up with a lean guy on a second-hand vintage 10-speed bike up those hills. There’s only one solution: stop eating chocolate, cut out the alcohol and check out our collection of triathlon training plans that should help make 2013 your best season yet.
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