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If you haven't already, this is a great time to look at what you’ve accomplished and to start planning for 2015.


Most swimming improvements happen in the pool with a focus on technique and building aerobic fitness, but don't ignore the need for open water familiarization. Here are three tips to reduce anxiety.

Newest Articles

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Degenerative Disk Disease
My doctor said that he doesn't see anything that would take me out of IMTX, but he also doesn't have anything that can make it better, so basically, I can train, but it is going to hurt.
Persistent Plantar Fasciitis
I've had plantar fasciitis issues for a few years now. I've been using generic plantar fasciitis insoles. I'm having some custom insoles done tomorrow. Is there anything else that will help?
The Old Fat Triathlete
At 63 years old and 50 lbs overweight I decide to do a triathlon.
Should Athletes Avoid Junk Food?
Many athletes go to great extremes to eat healthfully. There is no such thing as a “bad food.” There is a bad diet, yes, as judged by looking at the whole day’s intake.
Newbie to Heart-Rate Training
While running, I've been really struggling to keep my heart rate down in the zone 2-3 range as frequently prescribed in the plan. This seems too slow?
Compression Fracture and Lingering Back Muscle Pain
Can you give me any information as to why those muscles are still feeling sore and if this will affect my training long term? I'm planning on doing a full Ironman in 2016.

Gear Reviews

Polar A300
(4.3)
Really glad with this purchase. Functional, cool looking, bluetooth, waterproof. So far it's been great for triathlon training and keeping motivated.
Adalid Hydration Belt
(4.1)
Overall this is a good value and the belt is adjustable and comfortable to wear. It is great for intermediate distances and will hold a nice amount of fluid, gels, keys and a small[...]

Race Reports

Ball State Spring Sprint Triathlon
(3)
Good race to open the season. The weather was awesome: 77F, sunny, and little wind. Problems with timing system and posting results have delayed awards ceremony. Many contestants in[...]
Mini Mighty Man Pool Triathlon
(4)
The only thing that stops me from giving a 5 is my hatred for the mass pool swims. *Technically, this was my first official triathlon. Having been doing enough du/biath/aqua dua[...]
2015 LA Tri Series: Event #2
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Only thing I didn't like was the smoke. Couldn't tell if there was a fire nearby or the locals having early BBQs.
  • The Old Fat Triathlete

    Last August I turned 63. At 6' tall I was over 245 lb. I had always been somewhat athletic (a scholarship football player in college) but certainly never anything close to an elite athlete. As I got older I was able to hold my own in the local touch football league, and during the first running craze in the '70's when [...]

  • My First Triathlon, Where I Learned That I Am Indeed a Land Mammal

    I started to worry when I noticed the wetsuits. Hanging over the bars where we had to rack our bikes in the transition area were several wetsuits. Hmmm. The website said the water would be in the mid-70s, and you can trust anything you read on the Internet, right? But there were all those wetsuits. Well, whatever, I th[...]

  • My 1st Triathlon!

    I had set my eyes on the Naperville all women's sprint triathlon four years ago and I trained with a beginner's training program from beginnertriathlete.com for four months for the 750k swim, 14 mile bike, and 5k run. Cut to a week before the race, and I get the biggest news of my life...I'm pregnant! Although obviousl[...]

  • My First Tri

    Go to the bar or go to the workout?  It all started late last summer, I was looking back at what my life had become over the past few years.  I figured out that I was one of the citie's biggest bar-stars, going out 4-6 nights a week, somehow staying out until 2am and getting up in the morning, going to work, [...]

  • Holy Cow, I'm A Triathlete!

    The Distance:  600 meter swim.  18 mile bike.  A 5k run.  The race, Iron Girl Syracuse.  Experience...amazing.The day before. Starting out calm, but feeling my nerves increase like the tide coming in.   My sister-in-law, God bless her, drove up with her youngest (15 years old) to chee[...]

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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]
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    Thank You! This site is all good!! Now all I have to do is just get pass the s[...]
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    BT is an essential resource. 
    Awesome site!  Full of helpful info. I did a super sprint last summer. Got total[...]
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    I just LOVE LOVE LOVE BT
    I used to be a blob - now I love doing triathlons! And I just want to send thank[...]