About BeginnerTriathlete.comBeginnertriathlete.com's philosophy is to make healthier people and to promote an active lifestyle throughout the world. Triathlon is that perfect lifestyle. In a fast-paced world where available personal time is short, stress runs high and lifestyle preventable diseases are on the rise, BeginnerTriathlete.com is transforming the unhealthy to the healthy, the couch-potatoes into athletes. With a large library of articles, a superb training log, a busy online forum, great members and several training plans, BeginnerTriathlete.com has all the necessary tools to provide people with the information and motivation to get out the door and begin training today.
The people that make it happenMy name is Ron, I created BT...but I have a little LOT of help. But before I get into a long and boring story of how we got started, I want to recognize the people that currently are involved in the week-to-week activities of article editing, publishing and the promotional aspects of the site. This site and all it's features is truly a community endeavor. The following three people started out as new triathletes on BT.
A brief historyBesides the users making the site the greatest tri site and the most functionally loaded free site, here is a little history on how it got going and who some of the other players are. Thanks to all for making this a great site!The site started years back under a different moniker: 'Mind, Body and Soul' - a horrible banner-ridden-free-tripod site. Very crude and my first experience at this web stuff. It was basically an ode to my first tri and some tips. Plus I needed a topic for a website. I leisurely started adding sections and a unique couch-to-5k program and a sprint based on what I had learned and experienced. The site never had a forum back then...well, it had a very horrible 'Frontpage' generated forum - a post a week maybe. Nevertheless, encouraging emails kept the evolution going, albeit slowly. I just got married, started my first 'real' job and started grad school. I also have to give thanks to a few key links from other sites...looking back, I don't really know why 'Mind, Body and Soul got any links - it was totally newbie-ish. I had a few people requesting to write. A guy named Freddy and my mom wrote some articles and then Michael Pate ( www.whenbigboystri.com ) approached me. That was too cool! Someone with a book! Scott Herrick (sherrick) has also helped me out a lot with donating the time to write the heart-rate training articles and several training plans.In Spring 2003, we switched from Tripod to a .asp platform as I created some training logs via Frontpage and had 20 users using them. I always am one for functionality. It was very time consuming and cumbersome as I had to create each one. This is also when we changed names to Beginnertriathlete.com as Mind, Body, Soul was taken in every form possible. I started publishing monthly content at this time. Soon after, I found this forum software and set it up. It was slow (not a lot of posts - a big room with nobody in!) I had no grand plan for the site, just still messing around. Every week there would be a post or two and I would be like 'cool! A post!' I did a lot of research back then on many posts as I do not and still don't know all. Lara_SD came on to the forum in 2003 sometime and has been a regular. She is quite resourceful and has helped answer a lot of posts - same with Michael Pate. I then decided I wanted to integrate training logs with the new webhit 'blogs' and this forum - something i hadn't seen done yet but sounded like the coolest idea. This is the first time I had to actually dump huge amounts of money into the site for programming to do this. Lucky for you, I roofed for about a month on the weekends to save up...not to mention convincing the wife that credit card debt is good - everybody has it. ;) It was totally worth it though.Durning Christmas 2003 Malvey came on the scene as our motivational writer. He is awesome. Enrico (smeeko) has donated several training specific articles too...many thanks. Plus we thank 'The Steves' and many others for content. Right before vacation in Christmas 2003, I decided to up the ante and get serious - people's wonderful success-story emails just fueled me. I decided to come out with some olympic programs and more sprints - kind of choose what fits your lifestyle - plus a redesign. December 2003 was when the forum started taking off. I guess with new design, training plans and new years resolutions. Needless to say, vacation Christmas 2003 was no vacation at all - lots of late nights in front of the computer screen for two weeks. All through early 2004 we came out with more new log features. I was addicted to programming and new stuff. The anticipation still kills me. The race reports were new based on a paper version from www.endurancecoach.com. Lara_SD helped me immensely on testing the software before we went live...many thanks. Also several others contributed to crucial elements, bug testing and comments (those others listed in the 'instructions' in the training log forum - thanks to you!) We also added the 'directory' at the top for addition of links. About 20 people have helped put in links to fill it up this year, notably Kgart, dhlundblad, cameronw, Tri-Wog StL, Pro_rider, royj, geoffs, shaundeane, Machiavelo, snikpos, robbertcj, Pro_rider and more. Ljschicago(askmrsbt) has contributed some monthly articles on a new editorial concept. Soupaman has donated some time to get some new 'skins' and graphics in the forum for our old site - thanks to him too. We still use his cool, unique buttons for the forums.
Everybody who has helped had done so on donated time-many thanks again. Thank you
Thanks to all of you for making BT a welcoming, unique place. Beginnertriathlete.com's philosophy is too make healthier people and promote a active lifestyle throughout the world. All of your support is getting us to our goal.