Saucony Women's Mirage 3
$110, Saucony.com Thick, robust cushioning doesn't always lead to fewer running injuries—finding a comfortable match for your specific run form is key. The Mirage 3 provides ample protection from the road while conforming to the runner instead of forcing an unnatural stride.
Zoot Women's Z Force 3.0
$325, Zootsports.com Full-sleeve wetsuits are warmer, more buoyant and make a swim- mer more efficient than sleeve- less ones. But finding one that fits comfortably can be challenging. The Z Force 3.0 is moderately flexible and fits tightly without constricting.
$1,449, Feltbicycles.com While some road bikes can be had for a few hundred dollars less, this is one you will not out- grow. Its comfortable, tri-friendly fit helps many athletes find an efficient position, and the durable Sram Apex components will last for years.
X-1 Women's Momentum Ultra Light Headphones
$50, X-1.com These slender earbuds fit securely enough to stay in place while running. Sweat or even a rainstorm won't damage them.
Shimano 105 (PD-5600) Pedals
$110, Bike.shimano.com Upgrading to clipless pedals—the coun- terintuitive name for pedal-cleat systems that snap the shoe and pedal together—is the best way to improve the connection between you and your bike. They increase control, efficiency and speed. Shimano’s durable, reliable 105 pedals are easy to use with a little practice.
$125, Specialized.com Fit trumps all else when it comes to cycling shoes, and Specialized has that nailed. Its shoes are built for feet of moderate width and have a few design features that further tune a comfortable fit.
Pearl Izumi Attack Short
$80, Pearlizumi.com Supportive shorts make cycling more fun by reducing the potential discomfort that comes from sitting on a saddle for more than an hour. These tailored shorts and con- toured pad offer solid cushioning (that's not bulky) for long rides.
Garmin Forerunner 10
$130, Garmin.com Pacing is key to getting the most out of your body, but developing an intuitive sense of speed takes years. Garmin’s Forerunner 10 uses GPS to display your speed. It’s a bit more complicated to use than a standard timekeeper but worth the learning curve.
Ample tri-specific gear ranging from “must have” to “nice to have” is out there to enhance your training and racing. A few key items can help you train effectively and race comfortably without going broke.