Ben Greenfield's Top Triathlon Gear Picks for 2013

Runervals: When it comes to running, I'm a guy who's pressed for time, and I've found that coach Troy Jacobson shouting in my face while I run on a treadmill is a great way for me to get the most training bang for my buck. Before I knew they actually had an iPhone app, I transferred my Runervals DVDs onto my iPhone.

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Recovery

Heart Rate Variability: Technology has come a long way when it comes to tracking markers of overtraining and adequate recovery, and one of my favorite tools is called "Heart Rate Variability" (HRV). I take my HRV for 5 minutes every morning, and while you can read the technical details, all you need for HRV monitoring is a phone app—I use SweetBeat, a compatible chest strap, and compatible ANT+ adapter.

Rumble Roller: Foam rollers are excellent for removing muscle adhesions and restoring mobility. I call them the "poor man's massage therapist." And while most foam rollers are way to soft or just don't dig into your muscles adequately, I swear by my weekly Rumble Roller sessions. The Rumble Roller is very hard and is covered in ridges, which makes it feel like you're actually accomplishing something when you roll.

I hope you get a chance to try a few of these triathlon training tools during 2013. In the meantime, what's on your list? Leave your comments or questions below.

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