Inside My Gear Bag With Heather Jackson

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  • Published Mar 24, 2016
Photo: Oliver Baker

American Heather Jackson, who bases her training out of Bend, Ore., impressed triathlon fans when she earned her first pro Ironman win in Coeur d’Alene last summer (in temperatures upward of 100 degrees no less), and then went on to finish an impressive fifth place in her pro debut at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. While Jackson has won her age group before as an amateur in Kona, she had made a pro triathlon career out of racing half-Ironmans, including two victories at Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside, three wins at the Wildflower Long Course Triathlon and a 2013 victory at Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Last year was a big year for Jackson, as she also married her long-time boyfriend and manager Sean Watkins, the founder of apparel company Wattie Ink, last August.

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Herbalife24 Rebuild Strength ($80, “For after every workout.”

Herbalife24 Hydrate ($32, “All day every day. It’s a 10-calorie electrolyte drink tab that you just add to water to get electrolytes.”

Herbalife Best Defense ($12, “It’s basically the same thing as Airborne.”

Blueseventy Silicone Swim Cap ($12) and Nero Race goggles ($18,

Krave Beef Jerky ($7, and Planters Mixed Nuts ($6.98, “I snack on these a lot.”

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road Uranium Collection ($220, “For racing and training.”

Wattie Ink Women’s American Punk Aero Tri Short ($130) and Women’s American Punk Aero Tri Top ($130, “I helped design them, and they are the most comfortable tri shorts out there. I pretty much train in them, race in them, wear them to yoga, to and from the pool. I train for and race 70.3’s and Olympics in this top.”

GoPro Hero4 Black ($500,

Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
($200, “I bring it everywhere because I have a White Noise app on my phone, and I turn that on every night to sleep.”

10 Barrel Brewing Apocalypse IPA ( “I love anything 10 Barrel Brewing. My brother is their brewer.”

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly ($3.67, “Vaseline everywhere.”

Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45 ($15, “I have used it in all three Ironmans and have not had a single sunburn—it lasted the entire race!”

Bumble and Bumble Sumotech hair wax ($29, “To spike the hawk up.”

Orbit Spearmint Gum ($1.98 for three-pack,

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