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The Real Cost of Completing a Triathlon

By Bloomberg Rankings and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-11-10T23:16:07Z

Photograph by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

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Hiring a Coach

To improve your swimming, you want large muscles in your back and shoulders. Yet to improve your biking and running, you want to be lighter on top and stronger in your legs. Chris Lieto, 40 years old and a three-time Ironman winner, says a coach can help with the quandary and keep you motivated. "You don't want to get burned out, and training shouldn't take time away from family and your job," he says. Gwen Jorgensen, a member of the 2012 Olympic Team for the triathlon, says joining a triathlon club such as the Rocky Mountain Tri Club in Denver makes a big difference. It provides support and makes training fun. One way to find a coach in your area is through the USA Triathlon's website.

$1,200: Coaching for four months ($75 per session, once per week) --
$50: Triathlon club membership, one year --

Running Tally: $1,250