Inside My Gear Bag With Brent McMahon
A member of the star-studded Bahrain Endurance 13 tri team, McMahon will next look to defend his Arizona this Sunday in Tempe.
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After racing in his second Olympic Games in 2012, the Canadian, 35, made the jump to long-course racing. He quickly made his mark with a victory at the 2013 Ironman 70.3 St. George and has earned several 70.3 titles since. Last November, he broke the record for the fastest Ironman debut (and shattered the course record) with his 7:55:48 victory at Ironman Arizona. He then finished ninth at his Ironman World Championship debut last month. A member of the star-studded Bahrain Endurance 13 tri team, McMahon will next look to defend his Arizona this Sunday in Tempe.
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1 Specialized Apparel (Deflect Vest, $90; Therminal 1.5 Knee Warmers, $40; Therminal 1.5 Arm Warmers, $35, Specialized.com) “My favorite training apparel while traveling. I can never count on the weather, but I can count on the flexibility of easily taking on and off arm warmers and a vest.”
2 PowerBar Perform Lemon Lime ($24, Powerbar.com) “I always travel with a tin. I drink it to keep electrolytes up pre-race.”
3 Oakley Sunglasses (Prizm Road Flak 2.0, $170; Chainlink, $150, Oakley.com) “My go-to glasses for running is the new Flak 2.0, and my favorite casual pair for any occasion is the Chainlink in black.”
4 Garmin Forerunner 910XT ($400, Garmin.com) “I am now on my third 910 after one flying off my handlebars in the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines and one dying a horrible death before that.”
5 PowerBar Nutrition Products (PowerGel, $1.35; Harvest Long Lasting Energy Bar, $1; Energy Blasts Energy Chews, $2.19, Powerbar.com) “I have been eating PowerBar gels and bars for as many years as I have been racing—that’s at least 20 years now.”
6 Compressport Full Leg Sleeves ($120, Compressportusa.com) “To speed recovery from flying once I arrive at my race destination.”
7 Compressport Compression Calf Sleeve R2 ($50, Compressportusa.com)
8 Specialized Turbo Cotton Tire ($80, Specialized.com) “A necessity for my bike. I use these for racing.”
9 Specialized All Condition Armadillo Elite tire ($55, Specialized.com) “To train on before the race.”
10 New Balance 890V5 ($115, Newbalance.com) “I have run in what has worked best over the years. I’m now settled into the 890 for Ironmans.”
11 Nathan Hydration (Mercury 2 Hydration Belt, $40; QuickShot Plus, $30, Nathansports.com) “I always bring both so I have the option of one bottle or two come race day.”