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What's the dumbest stuff you ever bought?<br><br>
Besides my helmet rear view mirror...<br><br>
probably the Polar Power Meter. Not that it's bad, but because I'm too much of a 'tard to install it and I didn't actually know anyone who COULD at the time. Expensive and I simply wasn't ready for it.
 

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When you first get into this sport you buy stuff without really thinking it out. My dumbest purchase was a wireless computer. Can't use it in the trainer and here in Seattle we use the trainer alot!
 

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Camelback. It is still in the box. I think I have a fanny camelback pack for running to still in the box.
 

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You can donate it to me as a tax write-off or something. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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The polar power meter was my best investment I have seen considerable improvements in 6 weeks starting from a 180 W FTP it is now at 236 W FTP. Use it, it is a superb training tool
 

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These....unfortunately I bought them off eBay and couldn't return them when I realized how stupid they were.<br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>Are you wasting valuable time in the transition area?</b></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Whether you currently take 3 Minutes or only 30 Seconds to change shoes, PYRO Platforms can streamline your transition times to give you a competitive edge!</span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>PYRO Platforms turn your running shoes into cycling shoes.</b></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Top pro and age-group athletes win with PYROs on long, hilly cycling courses as well as on short, flat ones! Riders also report greater comfort using PYRO!</span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>New, improved design for 2003!</b></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">PYRO's 10th birthday brings some exciting enhancements to the original design. Some features include: better adjustability, improved motion control, and more sizes!</span><br><br><br><br><div style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.4pyro.com/images/pyro-img1.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></div>
 

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I bought a Computrainer. that way, even a MoRon like me can use it <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Too many Polar accoutrements. If I had to do it all over again, I would have purchased a 625 or 720 but I bought the CS200 before I got hooked and then I picked up a running computer...I love the product. I just want it more streamlined.
 

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I'm a pretty good spender and have, for the most part, used everything I've bought with the exception of two items, one of which I guess wasn't a bad purchase, as I had to find out for myself by trying it, and the other is still too early to tell but is looking like wasted money:<br><br>
1. Carbo Pro - Bought one cannister when I first got into triathlon and learned about nutrition. Used it twice. Hated it. Too pasty. Finally tossed out contents after it sat for two years. I much prefer Gu's and PowerBar and salt tabs and Gatorade and water and a few other things over a one bottle solution that is way pasty and yucky and not appealing to me.<br><br>
2. Disk Wheel - Jury is still out. Went to Clearwater without it and kicked ass on the bike, averaging 23.24 mph over 56 miles, and although on that course on that day the way the weather was I think I could have benefited from the sail effect of the disk, the turth is, without perfect conditions I don't think I'm any faster. And plus, the only truly flat course I would ever ride would be if I travelled to Florida or some other flatter state to race. I'm just not strong enough to use it. However, I will be purchasing an aero helmet, mainly because of the aero benefit, and also because I get a kickass discount on helmets through my sponsor, Rudy Project. I would have gotten one anyway, so now with the steep discount, it's only a matter of time before I'm sporting one of those.
 

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Some of those little walkie-talkie things so my wife and I could communicate on long runs since we don't run anywhere close to the same pace. They were supposed to be good for 6 miles or so, but in the real world anything over a mile and they were just about useless unless you're in an area completely devoid of foliage and buildings - like a desert.
 

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OK, so this isn't specifically a tri purchase, but a running purchase.<br><br>
Many moons ago, when I was new to running and preparing for my first marathon I bought a pair of running shoes that had a removable sole. No, really! They came with a pair of soles for the road and another for the trail. They velcro'd on. "What a great idea" I thought. Now I only need one pair of shoes for road and trail running.<br><br>
I remember that at about mile 20, the heel part of one sole started to come undone and flapped around with each step. In the end, it really didn't matter because I was extremely under prepared for that marathon and I walked in the last four miles anyway.<br><br>
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