First Ironman: Ironman Cozumel
Mother Nature continued to sing loud here in Cozumel, reminding us who was boss. This morning was no different, the wind howled in our ears, stung our eyes and the ocean slapped the shore with vigor.


The majority of new triathletes see the open water swim as their biggest stumbling block. Here are four steps to help you have a better swim experience in your first (or next) triathlon.

If you're a triathlete that competed in your first triathlon this season, you may be wondering what to do next.

Newest Articles


How to Train for an Ironman - Part 4 - Running
The running aspect of an Ironman triathlon is a marathon. Most people take on a marathon as a single event and the training for this uses up a lot of their time. Here are some tips for the run.
On Your Left!
I think the biggest thing I've learned is to quit worrying about what everyone else thinks. If I let that get to me too much I would not be the fine triathlete I am today!
Training Fatigue - Are You Recovering Enough?
Do you find that your heart-rate drops and your breathing gets labored during a workout? This may be a sign of overtraining, undernutrition or even heart disease.
Warning Signs for Plantar Fasciitis
I ended up in the ER in the middle of the night due to unbearable foot pain which they think is PF since the x-rays came back negative. I'm wondering if I missed some warning signs?
Prostate and Biking
Has anyone else had a PSA (blood test for prostate cancer) test come back elevated and have it be blamed on too much time bouncing around on a bike seat?
Will I Lose Fitness?
If I were to take 3-4 months off from training, in which I would probably lose most of my fitness, would I get back to my former level quicker, or would it take me just as long as the first time?
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

CEP Compression Socks
These are a game-changing product for me. I have CVI in my legs, and after years of avoiding the inevitable I have to wear compression stockings on a regular basis. I wear these [...]
Motobecane Nemesis
Love them or hate them, Bikes Direct has a great value entry level tri bike with the 2013 Motobecane Nemesis at only $799 with free shipping. I only have four rides on this thing, [...]

Race Reports

Rumba on the Lumber 5K
great chili cook off
Rock and roll
Great race activities. They started it a little late though, not that it made a difference. The hills were tough and Im glad I didnt do the full like I was supposed to. I think I di[...]
Boston Marathon
The city of Boston is amazing as the host of this race. No matter where we went and who we talked to, the people made you feel like a celebrity. The day before the race, while sco[...]

Newest Beginner Race Reports

  • On Your Left!

    “I think the biggest thing I've learned is to quit worrying about what everyone else thinks.  If I let that get to me too much I would not be the fine triathlete I am today!” These were the words I wrote recently in an email to a friend and I was only being somewhat self-deprecating[...]

  • My First Tri - A Story of Success

    With only one month to train, I wasn't expecting to do very well.  I had become very good at road biking, and I knew I could run the 3.1 miles, but I had never tried swimming a distance over 100 meters.  I spent only one hour a week training for each discipline, and another few hours researching tips for begi[...]

  • Strong Women of Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Creating a training community

    A few years ago, Liz O’Hara Williams began a life-changing journey that she never could have anticipated -- an adventure filled with strength and struggle, exhaustion and empowerment -- the journey toward becoming a Mighty Mujer.In countless ways, Liz has always been a Mighty Mujer (Spanish for ‘woman&[...]

  • My First Triathlon: Tejas Triathlon

    I had only started training for about a month before I decided to try my first triathlon.  I'm 6'3", 325 lbs and still recovering from three ligament tears in my ankle from several months ago.  A few months later I felt strong enough to start working out again.  I had a background of being in the militar[...]

  • My First Triathlon! (Oh what a day!)

    I did it! I completed my first triathlon this year.  Right after I ran my first 10K, my friend Lauren approached me about the upcoming Cleveland Triathlon.  I laughed at her. Little did I know that only four months later I would be crossing the finish line.After I convinced myself I was going to compete in th[...]


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