Now that we’ve been through the very basics of what you need, I’ll go through some of the more advanced triathlon triathlon running equipment that you might want to consider. First, let me say that any beginner triathlon triathlon running program should probably include a minimum of equipment. As a beginner, triathlon triathlon running doesn’t require all kinds of fancy equipment – as I said in Step 5, start off with nothing more than a good pair of shoes and comfortable clothes. There’s one main reason I say this – remember the story I told you about in Step 1, a friend of mine who decided he’d get into triathlon triathlon running went out and bought all kinds of expensive equipment, and then when it turned out to be harder than he thought, he got discouraged – and seeing all of his expensive, dusty, unused equipment didn’t help his morale any. So, as I’ve said before, at the start of any beginner triathlon triathlon running program it’s important to take it slow, and buying equipment is no exception.
BUT: there are some higher-end, optional triathlon running accessories that I’ve found to be useful. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll find them useful, too; the advice you’ll get from different runners is as individualized as the individuals giving out the advice. But these are some things I’ve found helpful.
Portable Music Players – there are tons of these to choose from, and you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on one. What kind you buy and use should really depend on how confident you feel about your ability to load them with music. The days of portable cassette and CD players are (almost) over, and everything’s digital now, meaning you take music on a computer and load it onto a small portable player that digitally stores it with no moving parts.
The most famous of these is the Apple iPod – this product has become so popular that the term “iPod” has almost become a generic term for any digital music player. The iPod comes in several different versions, ranging from $79 to over $200, depending on whether it has a color display and how many songs it can hold in its memory. There are other brands, too – Microsoft has a product called Zune, and another popular brand is made by Creative. But there are too many choices to list here, and way too many other sources of advice on this subject elsewhere on the internet.
The obvious advantage of using a music player is that the music tends to keep your mind off the fact that you’re exercising, and faster-paced music will, kind of amazingly, tend to keep you moving faster without even knowing it. Other people I know (but not me) even listen to audio books and podcasts (kind of like talk shows for your iPod) while they run.
Heart Rate Monitors – these do just what the name implies, and monitor your heart rate. They work by wearing a strap around your chest that senses how fast your heart is beating; the signal is then sent to a receiver (usually a wristwatch) that tells you how many beats per minute your heart is going. Almost all of these will tell you what your “ideal” heart rate is during triathlon triathlon running (based on a few factors including age, sex and weight), and will beep to tell you if you’re not going fast enough or if you’re going too fast. The most recognizable name brand is Polar (a lot of treadmills and other inside exercise equipment even have the Polar logo on them and have a receiver built in for the wireless signal), but others are made by Nike and a few other brands. They’re also a pretty good tool for monitoring your progress.