As an Ultra-endurance athlete, I get lots of questions about the gear I use. Here's a rundown of the most frequently used items:
- H2O Audio waist belt and headphones. Totally waterproof headphones and a case for my iPhone is awesome for long swims or paddleboarding in the surf.
- Blue Seventy googles with yellow lenses. Nice and comfortable, and that's what counts.
- Polyester jammers. They cost a little bit more than nylon/spandex ones, but they last much longer.
- Silicone swim cap. They don't grab and pull like the latex ones and also keep some heat in when swimming in cold water.
- Beater road bike for riding rollers. 1995 Specialized Allez Sport, all steel, including the fork.
- True North custom titanium road bike for road miles. Aside from the frame, the rest of the parts came from Outside Projects.
- BMC TT02 Time Trial Bike. Zipp, PowerTap, and Dura-Ace equipped.
- Jamis Durango 29er mountain bike. Great for getting offroad and having some fun.
- Rollers. These are like riding a stationary trainer on ice. An incredible workout.
- Nike Air Vomeros. Great shoes that fit right.
- Vibram 5 Fingers KSOs. Allow me to run 99% like barefoot.
Other important training gear
- H2O Audio waterproof headphones. I wear these for nearly every single bike and run workout and they are AWESOME! They even work underwater, so you know sweat is not going to ruin them.
- Suunto T6c with GPS, Foot, and Bike Pods. This system revolutionized my training. Period.
- Training Peaks. Online workout software.
- iPhone. Maps, MP3 player, Twitter, email, and phone all in one. Put in a ziplock to keep protected from sweat, but in the H2O Audio waist band if it's raining.
- Underarmour Heat Gear. Great stuff for zero chaffing.
- 2XU long distance racing shorts. No chaffing. Awesome.
- Skinsake anti-chaffing medicated lubricant.
- Stay out of the sun! Train at night or indoors when possible and use tons of sunscreen.
- Polarized driving sunglasses. I get cheap pairs at the corner drugstore and they rock! Perfect for cycling and running and you're not out a ton of money if you lose or break them.
- Amy and Brian's Coconut Juice. Each serving has twice as much potassium as a banana, it hydrates you really well, and the cans are easily recyclable. I love the stuff and try to drink one daily to aid with replacing electrolytes naturally.
- Vegan/Raw foodist (as much as possible). I eat raw vegan to stay lean and energized. I eat raw fruits and veggies whenever possible to get the most nutritional punch out of what I eat. I do eat meat, but it's only occasionally and I try to stick to grass-fed land critters, wild salmon, healthy eggs, and the whey protein in Fluid Recovery Drink. The definition of this diet is officially "flexitarian", but it's a broad spectrum and I lean way towards the raw vegan end of that.
- Fluid Recovery Drink - Protein drink to get back out there faster. You can get 20% off anything in their store by using discount code "ZenTri" at checkout on their website.
- Hornet Juice. This stuff WORKS! Great for added boost when going long. Get some here.
- Perpetuem. Great way to accurately get in the carbs needed for longer races.
- Superfoods. Avocado, spirulina, kale, maca root, dates, Men's bread, all to get in super healthy nutrition.
- Vita-Mix blender. Great for taking the green foods you should be eating and blending them with the fruits you love. Makes awesome "green smoothies."
- Total roughly between 12 and 22 hours per week of swimming, biking, running, and core work.
- Lots of push ups, pull ups, and squats mixed in with running to build a strong core. Works far better than you can imagine!
- Bike commuting to work. Easy way to get in recovery rides.
- TRX suspension trainer. Holy straps, Batman! This thing is insane. I got the idea from pro Jessi Stensland and it works your core like crazy.
- Door mounted pull up bar. I use the Iron Gym brand. Pull ups make you a very strong swimmer.
- Shovelglove. This "sport" is essentially swinging a sledge hammer around to give you an amazing all-around workout. Find out more at the website. I use a 16 lb. hammer I got at Lowe's for just under $50.