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First Tri Experience, Start to Finish
This was the question I got pretty frequently, with some variations that included, “why the heck” and “what were you thinking?” Honestly? I really don’t know what specifically sparked the idea.
A Low Carb Diet for Athletes???
Have you been hearing stories that fats are better than carbs as fuel for endurance athletes? Maybe you have wondered if scientific research supports those stories?
WATTS UP! Bike Workouts for your 'A' Race
So you are approaching your A race for the season, and you want to have that personal best day, especially on the bike where you can make up the most time. Here are four key workouts for improvement.
Staying Motivated to Train
I am currently on week eight and I have lost motivation. The next few weekends are going to be busy and as the summer goes farther, it isn't going to get better. How do I stay motivated?
Building Rest Weeks in Training Plans
What does research suggest on the proper amount and type of 'rest' during a training plan? This article will go into the specifics of duration and intensity of rest weeks.
Hip Pain: Identification and Treatment Options
Of all the major joints, the hip joint remains the most difficult to evaluate for most orthopedic and sports medicine clinicians.

Gear Reviews

Look Keo Carbon Pedals
(4.6)
The top of the prev generation Keo line (i.e. pre "Blade" pedals). A bit of a 'luxury' vs other Look pedals of the era but worth it if you can spare the $$. I got mi[...]
Saris Powertap P1 Power Pedals
(5)
I have waited for these to hit the market for a couple months and although I wanted them sooner, I am very happy with these pedals. I like the fact that there is not a one sided re[...]

Race Reports

Catfish Sprint Triathlon
It's a nice little local race, fun for both newbies and experienced triathletes.
Ironman Lake Placid
(4)
Training was really a struggle with a pregnant wife and two small kids. Then my mother-in-law was hospitalized during the peak training weeks. I just didn't get enough training in t[...]
Challenge Roth
(5)
This is an incredible race that lives up to its reputation. Between the beautiful Bavarian villages and country side, along with the amazing crowd and volunteer support, this is the[...]
  • First Tri Experience, Start to Finish

    “So, why did you decide to do a triathlon?”  This was the question I got pretty frequently, with some variations that included, “why the heck” and “what were you thinking?”  The second question I got was always, “You’re going to swim in the Schuylkill river?!&rd[...]

  • An Addiction is Born

    Six years ago I was 44 years old and weighed over 260 pounds.  If anybody had suggested to me that at age 50 I would complete a sprint-length triathlon I would have rolled my eyes at them and grabbed another doughnut.Fast forward to last year. I’ve lost over 100 pounds, been teaching spinning for three years[...]

  • 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[...]

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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]
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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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    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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    Your plan worked like a treat!
    I followed your 20 week IM training plan pretty much to the letter and completed[...]