As you make the dash from swim to bike, speed is of the essence. Check out these fast-paced additions to your training arsenal.
Oakley Radar Pace
$570 Anyone remember Oakley’s Thump glasses that played music while you ran? Oakley has taken that concept oh so much further with the release of the Radar Pace, which provides a real-time, voice activated coaching and workout monitoring system that gives you all the information you want during a workout by simply asking a question. Developed with Intel, all you have to do is ask “what’s my heartrate,” for example, and you’ll have the answer through the comfy earplugs in a jiffy. Its hard to believe that the frames are as light as they are considering all the stuff inside – removable earphones, three microphones, an accelerometer, gyroscope, humidity sensor and even a barometer, all of which can measure and guide your performance.
There’s even a special wind block that you can put on for biking, making this a viable option for riding, too. (Especially those who can never see their computer screen because they don’t have their reading glasses.) The Radar Pace pair with heart rate monitors, foot pods, power meters and other sensors through Bluetooth or ANT+.
Zoot Ultra Tri Bag
$140 This lightweight trispecific bag has enough storage and organization options to make the most intense, Type-A triathlete happy on their travels. There’s a moulded helmet protection compartment, a removable wetsuit (or wet clothes) compartment, two exterior water bottle compartments, a fleece lined top pocket for shades and divided mesh interior storage pockets along with an exterior zippered pocket to keep you organized. It’s airline carryon compatible, so there’s no need to ever arrive at a race without the basics.
Pearl Izumi Transfer Long Sleeve Baselayer
$110 Use this base layer to keep you cool in the summer or under your clothes as an extra layer during chillier rides in the fall or spring. The super-soft material is extremely comfortable and does a great job of wicking perspiration away from your skin regardless of the temperature.