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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

Newest

Half Marathon Race Pacing Zones
One of the hardest races to ‘pace’ is a half marathon. We know a 5k is pretty much a ‘best effort’ type of race and a marathon is usually run at a long run pace - what about in the middle?
Returning to Triathlon with Tarsal Coalition
I have tarsal coalition and it is affecting both of my ankles. Ankle fusion surgery could take away some of the pain but what about my ability to walk, cycle or swim?
Dealing with Persistent Plantar Fasciitis
Five years later, I'm still fighting it. Plantar fasciitis. It's back again in both feet. Running is out. I have been swimming and cycling only the last five years. How do I deal with this?
Good Grains
Are grains really all that bad for us? To listen to some athletes talk, you'd think grain foods are the dieter's demon. Often demoted to being “just carbs,” whole grains are more than that.
Embracing the Treadmill
Here are some guidelines and four treadmill workouts to maximize your winter run training while embracing the time indoors.
Race Directors and Members: Map Your Race and Embed it on Your Site
You can now map your complete triathlon course including parking, aid stations and the race course all on one map.
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

Apple iPod Nano 4th Generation
(4.6)
Love it - when it dies I'll buy another one.
H2O Audio Interval 3G Waterproof Headphone System for iPod shuffle (3rd Gen)
(2.1)
Fortunately I received this as a gift for Christmas. I read the reviews on other websites and looked at what I might be doing wrong. I followed the instructions as carefully as I[...]

Race Reports

USAT Age Group National Championship - Sprint Distance
(5)
Awesome experience. Highly recommend to anyone.
Tri Indy - Sprint Course
(5)
The race is great but it is on the verge of being a bit disorganized. Glad to see the bike course was patched up a little this year.
Beach2Battleship Half Iron Distance Triathlon
(5)
I love this race. This being my first HIM, I really had no idea what to expect. The logistics are complicated for the first timer, but everything was well thought out and executed[...]
  • 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[...]

  • Bridging the Generation Gap

    By Phil DarleyWhat could make a Father prouder than his 15-year-old daughter agreeing to participate with Dad in a local YMCA-sponsored Sprint Triathlon? Having it held on Father’s Day Weekend, of course!In the fall of 2012 I made the decision to train for my first Sprint Tri.  I got pumped up as I read seve[...]

  • Strong Women of Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Conquering Fear

    Three years ago, Jessica Melendez-Carrillo never imagined she would one day be considered an athlete. Now, after six triathlons, several 5Ks, and a half marathon, her story of determination and perseverance has inspired women across the border region to push themselves further than they ever thought possible. Her [...]

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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]
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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[...]
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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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    They're astonishingly brilliant!
    Just took advantage and got a gold membership. Then I set about making a custom [...]