The Gear Junkie's Top 10 Triathlon Gear for Beginners |

Experts interviewed for this story all recommended getting a book to learn about tri in-depth. Written by Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg, The Time Crunched Triathlete (Velo Press, 2010) offers training programs, nutrition advice, and methods for preparing for your first tri in as few as 8 hours a week. If you want something a little more 2012, check out Matt Dixon’s Sprint Triathlon Training Plan for The Outside Challenge, which comes complete with videos and daily workout advice.

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