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The Real Cost of Completing a Triathlon

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

Photograph by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Whether you are competing in an Ironman or a sprint triathlon, you need fuel to keep you going. Lieto likes to munch on a sandwich beforehand but also supplements with gels and sports drink powder. Jorgensen takes along a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "I fit all my food into my jersey pocket," she says. Houston recommends bars and gels for quick sustenance.

$1 Powerbar Performance Bar --
$4: Gatorade powder, 20 ounces --

Running Tally: $4,466