Editor Debbie Marco lets us know what issue 85 of Triathlon Plus has in store

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The countdown to Kona, the Ironman World Championships on 10 October has begun and we’re all beginning to get quite excited here at Triathlon Plus HQ.

Kona is an iconic race that brings the best long course racers together, all of whom have fought hard to qualify for the event. We spoke to top age grouper Claire Shea-Simonds and pro Frederik Van Lierde to find out what it’s really like to race in Hawaii and their tactics for this year’s race.

Even our Tested section has a touch of Kona magic about it as we checked out four bikes that wouldn’t look out of place on the Queen K’ highway, although they do have a dream price tag to match.

But don’t worry, we’ve pulled our heads out of the clouds and brought you a much asked for feature on how to train for triathlon without breaking the bank.

So many people often complain that while they’d love to do a triathlon, the cost of the kit makes it prohibitively expensive. We’ve gleaned insider tips from industry experts including Chrissie Wellington who reveals she raced her first iron distance on a basic road bike and borrowed gear.

To help you on your way, we’re giving away 20 Aqua Sphere + speed swim caps worth £14.99 so don’t forget to enter.

Good luck to everyone racing their season finale this month. Let us know how you get on via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Debbi Marco, Editor

As well as Triathlon Plus Issue 84, you can also view other issues in our magazines section.