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Winning the War Against Snack Attacks
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Your Sports Diet: Quality Calories for Weight Management?
12/29/2019 | Ultra-processed foods and their impact on nutrition goals for runners and triathletes
New Year's Reminder: Be Kind to "Resolutioners"
12/29/2019 | Why being a jerk to triathlon newbies is ultimately counterproductive
Recipe for Super-Seedy Granola Bars
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Off Season is the Best Season
11/30/2019 | Six key performance factors for triathletes in the off season.

Gear Reviews

IvaMichele The Aspire Triathlon Shorts
These are cute, functional, and very long. Technically they are well built and the materials are good. More colors would be nice, but I do like the butterfly logo. These shorts wer[...]
Wahoo Kickr Snap
I was a little worried that I wouldn't like it as much as the kickr. But so far so good, and since I am only at this residence for 4 months a year, and half of that is either on t[...]

Race Reports

Swansea Bay Parkrun
Good event as ever
Manitoba Marathon
Was a really good run, well organized. Great weather, fast race for me because I hadn't completed one for a while. Definitely coming back!
Army Run Half Marathon
This was a very warm day. It went well until the last 5 kms then the heat overcame me. My last 5 kms slowed down by 40 seconds. Better luck next year.
  • How I Became A Triathlete

    Published from the archives of member-submitted articles that were never previously published.When I saw my first triathlon competition on television in the winter of 2008, I was lounging on the couch in my oversized sweats, eating pepperoni pizza.  Out of shape, clearly not a nutritional role model, and with no a[...]

  • First Tri - Mary Miller

       It was 2009 and I was going to turn 50 soon. I wanted to feel like I at least accomplished something in my life before I hit the big 5-0. So, hey, why not do a triathlon?! I was overweight by about 100 pounds. I trained by myself and followed one of Beginner Triathlete’s training plans, wh[...]

  • First Triathlon - James Keefe

      It has been a bucket list item for me for years. Every time I started a new workout routine (or tried to), it has been geared towards completing a sprint tri. Three years ago, I even registered for a local race, but chickened out the night before. Thanks to a recent career move, around the start of the Ne[...]

  • First Tri: A bit too cocky

    One night in mid February, I mentioned to my son that he ought to do the Xterra Xticer race at Oak Mountain State Park in May of this year. This should be easy – 200m swim, 11k mountain bike, and 2k run. He said he would do it if I would, so we registered and the challenge was on. I printed out the bike course fr[...]

  • I finished. And it took something.

    I slowly approached the finish area of the Lewisburg, PA Sprint Triathlon. As I prepared to turn left at the approaching road and finish the last 100 yards in the direction of the large, red inflated finish tube, a volunteer stepped forward to tell me to continue straight ahead to the next street before turning left. "[...]

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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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    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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    BT is an invaluable resource
    I've done a lot of running in the past three years but only started triathlons l[...]
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    THANK YOU for a brilliant program!
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a brilliant program for my first Ironman in C[...]