So You Have $1500…

  • By Scott Fliegelman
  • Published Apr 30, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Pro Linsey Corbin gets a bike fit with Retul and Mat Steinmetz.

The Shotgun Approach

If you don’t want to part with a good chunk of dough, consider a combo of these lower-priced options.
A professional bike fit ($150–$300): These two hours may represent your best investment when it comes to pedaling with more power, better aerodynamics and enhanced comfort in the saddle.

An aero helmet ($150–$250):
Testing shows that an aero helmet may shave as much as a minute off the bike during an Olympic-distance race, and far more in an Ironman.

Lab testing ($100–$200): While VO2max testing is good for determining how well you’ve chosen your parents, more effective lab time is spent doing a lactate threshold and/or fuel test, either of which will help you define your optimal training and racing zones.

Regular massages ($500+ annually): Recovery is the time when you actually get fitter and faster. Commit to getting at least one sports massage a month, ideally after a hard training block, and you’ll feel fresher and stronger in time for your next big workout or race.

Scott Fliegelman is the owner and head coach of FastForward Sports ( in Boulder, Colo.

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