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The Real Cost of Completing a Triathlon

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

Photograph by jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP via Getty Images

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The Transition

The transition point is not the time to slow down, at least not for more than a few seconds. Here, tempers flare, drinks fall and everyone is in a rush to get in and out. "Unzip your wetsuit while you run to the transition area," says Houston. "The clothes underneath will dry fast once you start biking."

$75: Zoot 2012 Sports Performance Transition Bag --
$10: Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Spray Sunscreen --
$0: A few squares of toilet paper (the porta-potties eventually run out)

Running Tally: $4,400