How much did I spend on triathlon in 2020?

Inspired by Emma’s ‘True Cost of Running‘ post, I thought I’d keep track of all my triathlon related expenses for the year. Obviously it’s not…

How much did I spend on triathlon in 2020?

Inspired by Emma’s ‘True Cost of Running‘ post, I thought I’d keep track of all my triathlon related expenses for the year. Obviously it’s not been a normal year in terms of training and racing, but I’ve still managed to spend a small fortune!

A couple of things to note…

  • I haven’t included anything I pre-paid in 2019, such as triathlon coaching and race entry fees.
  • Some of my race entry fees were refunded and some have been transferred across to next year.
  • My biggest single expense was a bike which I bought second-hand from a member of my triathlon club.
  • Online classes became more of a thing in 2020, I tried out several different instructors for yoga, pilates, strength and conditioning classes to try and support them while gyms were closed.
  • I seem to have an addiction to Funkita swimwear!
  • Triathlon doesn’t need to be this expensive, I have some tips on training and racing on a budget here.

So how much did I spend on triathlon this year?…. £4244.79!
I dread to think of how much more this would be if I had actually raced this year!

The itemised list is below, for those who want to see where exactly my money went…

Clothes and Shoes

4Performance cap- £15
Adidas Runfalcon trainers- £35
Adidas Supernova Glide trainers- £67.50
Bioracer Vesper bib shorts- £85
Bioracer Vesper jersey- £52.50
Dryrobe towelling robe- £45
Endura lines jersey, bib shorts and socks- £147.05
Fabletics Mila leggings (2 pairs)- £27.95
Fabletics Lacey open back tank top- £33.95
Fabletics Blake tank top, sweatpants, sports bra and Pure Luxe leggings- £67.18
Fabletics Trinity jacket- £69
Fizik RB4 cycling shoes- £125
Funkita Eye Candy swimming costume- £36
Funkita Squiggle Piggle swimming costume- £43.49
Funkita Still Red swimming costume and hat- £52.94
Funkita Strapped In swimming costume and hat- £43.39
Pongo cycling socks (3 pairs)- £63.20
Pour Moi sports bra- £23.80
Stolen Goat Evol trisuit- £50
Stolen Goat Rise jersey and Bodyline bib shorts- £155.70
Sweaty Betty Glisten long sleeve top- £37.50
T-Rex T-Shirt custom printed long sleeve top- £15
Victoria’s Secret sports bras (4 bras)- £80.04
Zone3 Fleece Parka Changing Robe- £94.94
Total: £1466.13

Swimming costume and tow-floats were new purchases this year


CooSpo heart rate monitor- £33.35
Stretch cords- £4.99
Arena Strength booty bands- £9
Cobb V Flow saddle- £24.10
Continental bike tyres (4 tyres)- £51.60
Liv bottle cages- £28.98
Liv Langma Advanced 1 road bike- £850
Pedals, inner tubes, cleats and saddle bag- £83.68
Supacaz top tube cap- £6.19
Supacaz bottle cages- £49.98
Tow-floats (2)- £25.99
Wahoo bike mount- £13.99
Yoga mats (2)- £17
Zefal bike protective stickers- £21.98
Total: £1259.82


My Fitness Pal premium (1 month)- £7.99
The Sufferfest cycling app (11 months)- £126.91
Training Peaks premium (3 months)- £36.49
Zwift cycling app (7 months)- £90.93
Total: £262.32


British Triathlon annual membership- £46
Everyone Active gym membership (6 months)- £198
Havering Triathlon Club annual membership- £40
NOWCA Open water swimming annual membership- £20
Total: £304

Races and Virtual Challenges

Tour of Sufferlandria- £7.62
Saxons Vikings and Normans 10k run- £30
Polar Bear Challenge- £11
Timing Monkey Challenge- £25
Total: £73.62

Classes and Personal Training

Online foam roller class (2 classes) with Elle– £9
Online hardcore class with Elle– £3.50
Online kettlebells class (2 classes) with Elle– £7
Online yoga class with Lisa– £5
Outdoor yoga class (2 classes) with Anastasia– £14
Personal Training (10 sessions) with Emma– £200
Pilates classes (11 classes) with Darren– £55
Online pilates class with Anna– £8
Online pilates class (2 classes) with Darren– £10
Vinny’s Summer Bootcamp (6 weeks) with Emma– £50
Vinny’s Summer Bootcamp (6 classes) with Emma– £30
Online Strength & Conditioning class (2 classes) with Sophie– £6
Total: £397.50

Yoga with Anastasia in the park


Safeguarding course (for LiRF course)- £10
Booking fee protection and bike insurance (for Hever Castle Tri)- £17.89
Yellow Jersey bike insurance for Liv Langma- £28.64
Registration for Team GB Age Group qualification- £10
Total: £66.53

Self Care

Sports massage (3 sessions)- £75
Physiotherapy- £20
Nutrition coaching (6 week plan)- £40
Total: £135

Nutrition and Hydration

OTE Hydro tabs- £16.80
MyProtein whey protein powder- £34.22
Total: £51.02


Open Water swimming at Grangewaters (7 sessions)- £70
Open Water swimming at Hadleigh- £6.50
Open Water swimming at Stubbers (5 sessions)- £50
Open Water swimming at the Royal Docks- £8
Open Water swimming at Trifarm (3 sessions)- £26
Pool swimming at Becontree- £5
Pool swimming at Aquatics Centre- £5.35
Pool swimming with Havering Tri (8 sessions)- £58
Total: £228.85

Grand Total: £4244.79

Have you ever added up how much you spend on your sport over the course of a year?

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