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Marathon Training: Add These Strength Workouts
5 Strength Exercises You Should Add to Your Training for a Marathon


A beginning triathlete's guide to conquering the swim

You Won’t Believe What The Second Triathlon Was!

Newest Articles


Athletes Badmouthing Food
The way we talk about food and enjoy food is important.
Triathlon Training vs Weight Loss?
Why it's difficult to have both goals at the same time.
An Unshakable Urge: Part 2
From smoking like a chimney to triathlon training
Calf Tightness/Pain
Painful calf tightness causes worry before a triathlon
Coach-recommended Swim Equipment
Key equipment for improving on the swim

Gear Reviews

Felt DA4
The Felt DA 4 is an extremely high quality bike. If you are looking for a top triathlon bike for long course, the B2 is probably a better fit. It is easier for a short-torso person[...]
Sava Bicycle Helmet with Eye/Sun Shield
As an entry level helmet, this is a good buy for the price. If you are going to be riding out on roads with traffic or at high speeds, I would really recommend you get a helmet tha[...]

Race Reports

Ironman Louisville
The volunteers made this race spectacular.
Ironman Chattanooga
This was the second year at Chattanooga and I was glad to have gone back. I doubt I'll be back since I have done it twice but it really is an incredible venue. The beauty on the c[...]
Ironman Louisville
Great Race! Probably one of the best finishes. IM has no control over the weather and the wind and rain at the end of the bike was brutal. Overall a good race venue, a worthy venue.[...]
  • Making a Comeback

    I haven't been on BeginnerTriathlete.com in a long time. I kind of fell out of the training mode. Life seemed to just always get in the way. Well, that didn't fare too well for me. I have never really been way overweight but I had slipped up to 215 in early May and well, on May 4th, I started to feel a little pressure [...]

  • Beginner Tale: First Tri

    I hadn't gotten good sleep the entire week because I was diagnosed with Shingles 5 days before the race and the pain in my right leg made sleeping difficult. I rested as much as I could that week, mainly because I felt so exhausted and I only got a short bike workout in that week. I woke up at 4:30am and ate a ban[...]

  • I tried triathlon and can't get enough

    Three years ago, I stood on the shores of my first triathlon. I was intimidated, unsure of what to expect and cold as a chilly rain storm hit central Ohio that morning.I had never swam in open water. I had never even watched a triathlon. I had been running for a year and at 5-foot-11 could only run 12-minute miles. I d[...]

  • What Running My First Triathlon Taught Me About Life

    The following is excerpted from the full story, available at the blog link below.The story began when, together with three friends, I spontaneously signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon (sounds fancy but it’s just the standard triathlon distance; 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) only seven weeks prior to th[...]

  • First Triathlon!

    In August I completed my first triathlon.It was a sprint but WOW was it hard and exciting for me. Over the years I completely let myself go. I was overweight and turning 30. With five months to go before my wedding day, I decided to make a change. I knew I wanted to lose weight for the wedding but more importantly I wa[...]

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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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    The interface is much easier to use...
    Just wanted to say that I REALLY like all the changes made to the Training Plans[...]
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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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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]