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7 Best Value Triathlon Upgrades | Race Faster For Less

7 Best Value Triathlon Upgrades | Race Faster For Less


(robotic soundtrack) – Now then, just in case you’re confused. I think that triathlon is superb and I will be a fan for
life without question. However, there’s no denying that one of the very real downsides of
the sport is its expense. I mean, the required kit list
alone can just seem to be, never ending and much of
that equipment can seem to be frighteningly out of budget. Now, although there are lots of shiny bits of equipment out there, and we
have joked in the past about the magpie stereotype here in the channel. You needn’t feel you must have
lots of expensive equipment, simply to be able to
take part in a triathlon. So today, I’m going to
run through what we hear at GTN feel are your best value upgrades to get some more speed for your spend. (upbeat music) Right, So I get things
started with these upgrades in the water, With the swim leg. And kicking off is the wetsuit,
because this is essentially the first bit of equipment
that you’re going to need when you’re towing the
start line on your race day. Now, interestingly, with
wet suits an upgrade needn’t necessarily mean
spending lots and lots of money. And an awful lot of people do
fall into the trap of assuming that they need to buy the
top of the range wetsuit, assuming fairly so that
spending lots of money will be the best option. But actually, this isn’t always the case and that might not be the
most suitable option for you. What do I mean by that? Well, a lower range or
less spec wetsuit tends to be constructed from
neoprene that is thicker, and those thicker neoprene
panels equal more buoyancy, which is a big advantage for those who don’t have the best
position in the water. So that is a big plus. And that is much different
to a top of the range wetsuit that tends to be constructed from neoprene that is much thinner,
especially around the arms and up into the shoulder regions. Because of general,
stronger swimmers will tend to have better flexibility. So what’s the best bet for trying to get a wet suit that fits you? I would say that you need to make sure that through the shoulders,
the neck and the arms, you’ve got good fit to your wetsuit. And they’ll stop lots
of water flooding down the back of your neck
when you’re swimming. And that will ensure if you get
it right, that you’re going to have a lot of time savings if you opt for an upgrade on your wet suite. And that, I bet will take
plenty time of your swim split. (upbeat music) Right and I’m still sticking
with the swimming theme. And, although this might seem
like a little bit of a luxury. I’m going to suggest a new
pair of goggles for race day. Now I’ll be honest, I remember years ago, friend of mine telling me
that he had brand new goggles every time he race. And I couldn’t believe it. But, hear me out here for
a moment because there is a lot of upsides to having a brand new set of goggles when you’re swimming. Nolly is the perfect
vision that you get out of a lens that’s never been used before. And that means, not only are
you hopefully you can be able to see all those marker
boys to get your running the course much easier. You should also have a vastly
improved spatial awareness. Meaning that you should be
far more comfortable knowing where all the other swimmers
are right about you. Hopefully, preventing you
from bumping into people a lot more often which
should save you a chunk of time when you’re out
there and the water. Now To be honest, I
amn’t suggesting you have to have brand new goggles
every time you race. But if you do want to have
race specific goggles, that would be a pretty good idea. Pop them back in a box and just keep them to next time your swimming. For all of your regular
swim training sessions, just use some old swimming
goggles doesn’t really matter what happens to the lenses and nose. But honestly, I really
think that if you invest in some new goggles for race day, you will definitely notice, this has been a very good value upgrade. Give it a try. (uptempo beat) Now moving on, to the bike. But with this upgrade
suggestion, am not actually going to be adding anything
per say, onto my bike. Because what I’m talking
about just now is how to be as comfortable as
possible whilst riding it. And the easiest way to do that. Is well, to get yourself a good quality professional bike fit. Now, it’s only a few years ago that there wouldn’t have
been anyone other than the very committed even considering doing
something like this. But it’s become a very
mainstream notion these days, and for some very good reasons too. Now granted, you will hear
or read a lot about being as aerodynamic as possible. And yes, here on the channel,
we will talk about all the latest bikes and
fancy bits of gear as used by the pros to try and access
those coveted aero gains. But the truth of the matter
be told, for the vast majority of you out there. What you won’t be able to do, is be as comfortable as you can. And that’s what a bike fit comes in. Because ideally what
that fit will provide is an aero position that
you can stay in longer, because you’re able to maintain
that position, comfortably. Whether that be for a sprint
distance, or the full Ironman. And that means, that you’re
then hopefully, going to be able to get off that bike in T
two and run far more easily because of that comfortable bike position. So in that reason alone, I’d say a bike fit is a
very sensible upgrade. (hiphop beat) Now happily admit, I have
just talked about the fact that aerodynamics aren’t
necessarily the Beal and Angle when we’re sitting on the bike. However, we can’t discount
the fact that it is us, the rider that presents the
most amount of drag to the wind. So we have to try and do our level best, to try and reduce how
much of our frontal area we do present to the wind. So, if you don’t have a full
time trial set up on your bike. Fear not. Because with a good set of
these and clip on aero bars, that are well fitted to your position. You can go a long way
to juicing how much of that frontal later you’re
presenting to the wind. And as a result, go quite
a bit faster indeed. Sure, a top end arrow full
TT set up on your cockpit, would be the end goal. But, if you choose your
clip home bars wisely, then, you can be going a good
bit faster without nearly as much of the expense. And, I guess for that reason alone, I’d say these are a seriously
good upgrade to consider. (hiphop beat) Okay, so this next upgrade,
I’m going to touch on, quick quickly because helmet choice can be a little bit more personal. But what we’ll see is, it is
quite easy to see pictures of the pro and elite athletes, wear full tailed long aero
helmets with full visors and, feel the need that you have to
get something like that too. But, in actual fact these
can be well quite negative in their impact on your race time. And that is because it’s quite
hard to keep those helmets in the right position for
the duration of your race. Especially if it’s an Iron Man. You can start moving your
head right and especially if you like down that tail
is going to be pointing up in the air and actually
start acting as a drag or an anchor rather than a sail. So a good option is actually
some of these types of helmets, which are essentially a hybrid
between a regular road helmet and those full aero versions. Now, these are suppose are
called aero road helmets, and they’re nice and that they still have a bit of a vented option,
but not as many events as a road helmet, a little bit more aero in
their construction design. So I think they take that
bracket quite nicely. So, I would give these think about as your helmet upgrade option. (soft pop music) I’m going to finish with
this bike specific section of upgrades, by talking about what is, a most expensive option. And these here are some aero wheels or as they’re often described,
deep section, carbon wheels. And there’s no denying that the
type of wheels that you have on your bike are going to
have a significant impact on how fast you’re able
to travel in your race. And as with many of these
upgrades I’ve already talked about in this video, the
longer that that race is, the more of an impact that
these can potentially have on influencing how fast
your finished time is. When it comes to describing
these types of race wheels. They are often referred to with
regards to their rim depth. And that can start anywhere for race wheels around about forty mils. And that number can more
than double as riders are seeking evermore aero
gains from their wheel sets. (tecno music) So, I’m just going to finish
up here with a fairly simple, but I’d say really worthwhile upgrade. And that is elastic
laces for your lunches. Now, there is less of a
point in wasting all of the hard earned, time savings
you’ve just hopefully gained from perhaps listening to the
upgrades I just talked about on the swim and the bike. Only to hit t to plunk yourself
down and meticulously tie your shoelaces up and
effectively fritter away a lot of those hard earned gains, because you’ve now got elastic laces. Now a simple thing that I
used to do when I was racing, was just double check that these were nice and secure before race day,
before I maybe put all my stuff in transition, I’d have
a quick double check that the tension wasn’t too tight. Bear in mind, you’re probably
going to have socks on too. So don’t forget that. Do a couple practice runs
that you can slip your feet in a nice and easily, and also make sure that both shoes match up too. Cause you don’t want to
have one nice and tight and the other one far too floppy and falling off of the heel. These are really simple upgrade, I think you’ll save some time with them. So case off the velocity laces. Well, that’s been my quick
and fairly distilled list of good value upgrades, that
will hopefully make you go a little bit faster in your next race. But crucially without
breaking the bank either. And of course, these are
simply my ideas and thoughts on what could be good value upgrades, but if you’ve got some
that you can suggest. And please get involved down there in the comments and let me know. I would love to hear about those. Hopefully you have enjoyed this
video and it’s been useful. So please hit that thumbs up light button. Find the globe on screen to
get, all the other videos that we’ve made GTN. And if you want to see a video
about that magpie stereotype and many others that we
talked about in six types of triathletes, we all know,
you can find that here. And for choosing your type of wetsuit, well there’s been a video
of all about that made here.

19 comments on “7 Best Value Triathlon Upgrades | Race Faster For Less

  1. For me the best Upgrade is an indoor trainer and a bike fit…and can I just say how stunning the paint on Frasers bike looks! (Motivational upgrades count too 😉 )

  2. The best upgrades I have made to my bike was replacing all my bearings with Ceramic ones BB, Jocky Wheels, Wheels & Free hub are they better than standard bearings, don't know but it definitely personally feels a whole lot nicer and a lot less maintenance.

  3. Hey all,

    What are your suggestions for a specific wheel set that I can use for both training and racing, that are durable enough to last me thousands of miles, and, of course, are not too expensive ($1000 or less for the group set).

    Cheers!

  4. A free upgrade: stretching.
    One good on the budget upgrade: a coach. Knowing how you are training gives way more what’s than a wheelset.
    Other one, a recovery massage every month or so. Preventing hurting yourself over the limit.

  5. With anything, Triathlon can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. I am the largest variable in my race day performance.

  6. My favourites: 1 Indoor trainer (got my smart trainer for 200 Euros)
    2 Bike Fit (around 250)
    3 Coach (depends a lot)
    4 skinsuit (saves a ton of watts if you buy a great one 200-300)
    5 Probably Next % (275)

  7. Hello, thank you for the suggested upgrades. I’m not a triathlete, nor do I compete against other triathletes. Kinda difficult to do at 60…I compete against death, a battle that, I’m afraid, we will all eventually loose. Yet, the idea is to make as difficult as possible for it to catch me (after two heart attacks in 2017) with as much cardiovascular exercise as I can get in. I ride my road bike every day for about 16 miles (about 28 km) and other than the idiot drivers amongst whom I must ride, the wind is my biggest enemy. Therefore, I’ve taken to heart some of your suggestions and put aero bars on my road bike just to make it a bit easier to deal with the wind. As you know, we all need as much help as possible to endure our exercise routines and your suggestions have helped make my daily battle easier. Thank you very much!

  8. What language is this, tho? 😅

    Seriously, no offense. Quality content but as a non-native speaker I'm having a hard time getting behind this thick accent…

  9. +1 on the race day goggles suggestion. For my first Tri I wore the pair I trained in and they were too foggy to see out of and my swim was miserable. After that race I bought a brand new pair of a XTerra goggles on sale for only $9 and only wore them for 4 races. Had perfect vision every race. After that I bought a second set of goggles also for $9 to be my backup. Super cheap investment worth every penny.

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