FeaturedAnnette Snedaker

The Race I Didn't Finish
10/27/2018 | An amazing set of circumstances ... Only in triathlon!


10/30/2018 | The triathlon is known to be one of the most physically demanding sports it’s possible to take part in

10/30/2018 | How to get the most out of your treadmill training

Newest Articles


New! Add strength training to any training plan
10/31/2018 | Enjoy our new feature with our training plans
The Sugar Debate: Is Sugar Evil or OK for Runners?
10/31/2018 | Is sugar just plain bad? Or does being very physically active mean it's OK?
First Tri: A bit too cocky
10/31/2018 | It fell apart, but I didn't give up
Body Composition Basics for Endurance Athletes
10/31/2018 | How muscle mass, bone density and fat percentage can inform your training
First Aid for Triathletes
10/30/2018 | Be prepared to help yourself and help others when training goes bad
Confused About Hydration? Don't Sweat It
10/28/2018 | How to know how much to drink, without damaging your performance or getting sick.

Gear Reviews

Compex Sport Elite 2.0 w/TENS
This unit was provided to me by Compex in exchange for an unbiased review.

When I was first approached to do this review, I was more than a little bit skeptical. Afte[...]
Atom Compression Compression Milk Fiber Classic Socks
The compression socks are very soft and easy to pull on, but still provide as much compression as the stiffer compression socks I've used before. These were provided by the company[...]

Race Reports

Holiday Half Marathon
Very organized race. Lotsa energetic volunteers, challenging course but not so challenging to hate it and never return, nice massage and free beer after finishing. :)
Ironman Florida 2018
WTC had two weeks to pull together an IM in a different city after PCB was hit by a hurricane. BIG TIME tip of the cap to the organizers/the host city/the volunteers for getting th[...]
American Family Fitness Half Marathon
Always a great race with awesome medal, finisher's t-shirt, blanket and cap.
  • 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. "[...]

  • First Triathlon: Toppling

    Congratulations to BT User MikeyNC81, who shared his story of his first triathlon:Well, after many years of wanting to do a triathlon, I finally did one at Patagonia Lake, AZ. I participated in the sprint distance race. I had only been swimming for about 6 weeks but felt confident I could complete the 500m. T[...]

  • My First Multi-Sport Event

    Most people these days can say they’ve run at an organized 5k, 10k, or even half marathon event. Running is something that’s accessible to nearly everyone and you can just get out and run without much training. Having a go at a multi-sport event, however, is an entirely different ball game, which requires c[...]

  • 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 [...]

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    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a brilliant program for my first Ironman in C[...]
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    Best site I've found on the web.
    I just thought I'd drop a line.  Having only taken up the sport 18 months ago I [...]
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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 love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]