Sprint Tri to Olympic Tri - My Lessons Learned
This year I trained for and completed my first Olympic distance triathlon. Prior to this, I had completed a Sprint. I learned many things on my journey to this Olympic and wanted to share a few.


As the weather warms up, it’s time to get your bike ready for riding outside. So let’s discuss what’s important from the time you pull your bike out until the time you park it after a ride.

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

Newest Articles


Shorter than Planned but Still Sweet
The night before the race when we dropped our bikes in transition we saw the swim course laid out in the water and those buoys looked SO FAR APART!
Half Marathon and Tri Training: Too Tired
Training for a specific running event is not as easy as it might seem. Here are some tips and a weekly plan to avoid overtraining and to improve your performance.
The Latest Sports Fueling and Training Research
The benefits of beet juice, chocolate milk and caffeine in enhancing endurance activities. Are slow or fast carbs better? Also, what is the best way to stay strong?
Tri-training Post Lumbar Microdisectomy
I tried to get on my bike three weeks post op, lasted ten minutes, and have been paying for it ever since. A new MRI just shows inflammation but no re-herniation. When can I start biking?
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?

Gear Reviews

Polar A300
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
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

Long Island 10K
Good race. Key is to get there early and use bathroom. Then get to start and check bag, they will close the bag check lines early.
Esprit de She Tri Tempe - International Course
This is a great race, especially for beginners. I said that I wouldn't do this race next year but now that I did well, I may change my mind. The bike course is so congested with p[...]
White Lake Spring International Triathlon
"Back in the day," this event sold out on January 1 when it opened. It was so popular that the had weekend 1 the first weekend of May and weekend 2, the following weekend and both [...]
  • Shorter than Planned but Still Sweet

    My first tri experience was initiated from watching The Biggest Loser tv show. I saw one of the contestants participate in an Ironman triathlon after competing on the show. However the real story started about eight years ago.I have battled with my weight throughout my life and as a senior in college I topped out at 36[...]

  • 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, [...]

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    I used to be a blob - now I love doing triathlons! And I just want to send thank[...]
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    They're astonishingly brilliant!
    Just took advantage and got a gold membership. Then I set about making a custom [...]
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    BT is THE site for triathletes
    BT is THE site for triathletes - new and seasoned! I've been tracking my workou[...]