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Very helpful, thanks Joe. I'm wondering why you wouldn't get a power meter much earlier, though - somewhere between late Newbie and early Intermediate? Especially once you start buying/sticking to an ATP.

PS - appreciating the ride info on Twitter, too.

Sheila Leard

I agree with hiring a nutritionist, but it should be a sports dietitian. Anyone can be a'nutritionist'. An RD that is CSSD,Board Certified in Sports Dietetics is trained to go in depth to the nutritional needs of a Triathlete.You can find one in your area at www.scandpg.org.

Sarah Trejo

I just posted this to Facebook, Joe. A fantastic write up that I think would really help new people (and folks at any level) focus on what to spend their hard-earned money on. Triathlon isn't cheap and this is a really fantastic way to help zero in on what is important at each level. Thank you as always for taking the time to share your thoughts and knowledge with us. Even though I'm not racing much these days, I still love reading your blog because it's always so informative.

(p.s. love all the work Jim Vance is doing for Training Bible coaching, as well!)

dylan watson

Sheila, that is a good point you make about the Sports Dietician, as a nutritionist would not necessarily know anything about the needs of a triathlete.

greg Hinrichsen

I know the truth when I see it, Thanks for the post. Guess I will have to splurge for that power meter soon. Are they easy to move between bikes?

Joe Friel

Greg--PowerTap is the easiest to move between bikes. Just swap out rear wheel.


which is the best heart rate monitor?

Joe Friel

Luis--HR is the same on all of them. So comes down to what features and functions you want.


Hello Joe,

I'm currently in my second year of triathlon. I've read 'Your first tri' to complete my first sprint triathlon and I've bought and read 'Triathlete training bible' to create my-self an ATP. My goals for this seasons are to improve my time on a sprint and to run my first olympic distance by the end of the season.

I'm currently in my prep period and I live in quite hilly place. That means it's sometimes difficult to stay in HR-Z1 and Z2. Moreover it rains often and the wind is often strong.

So my question is this one :

I've enough money for only one choice. What should I buy between a combo "Powertape SL + Edge 800" and good indoor trainer ?

Thank you

Joe Friel

Clement--A Powertap SL built up into a wheel will cost at least US$1200. Once you have that you can get a cheap trainer for less than US$50. The power meter makes any trainer much more useful.

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