SWIM FASTER: 3 Keys to Your Next Swim PR
It's time to improve upon your weakness in the water and start swimming faster. Instead of ignoring your swim skills (or lack thereof), it’s time to face them head-on.


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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

Orbea Orbea Ordu
So far, exactly what I was expecting and a few good things I was not. The cassette is an 11 speed and has one more low gear than my road bike (11/28 vs 11/25<[...]
Look Keo Carbon Pedals
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[...]

Race Reports

Fort De Soto Triathlon Series #2
Ft Desoto closed those FABULOUS Showers/bathrooms of theirs. (Repair?) "Expect the unexpected." No cars traffic is Great!!!! Bumpy, Rickety-rackety roads are not. When they ever [...]
Holly Rec End of Season Triathlon 2015
Well supported with many volunteers. Course is challenging both on the bike and run. Full of hills. Makes it fun!
Lake Tahoe Triathlon - Half Iron Course
This was a very tough race. it turns out I was the oldest male finisher. If I knew it would be this much of a challenge, I probably would not have done it, but I'm glad I did now [...]
  • 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 just completed my first 70.3
    I just completed my first 70.3 in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, 7/21. It [...]
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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[...]
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    BT is THE site for triathletes
    BT is THE site for triathletes - new and seasoned! I've been tracking my workou[...]
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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]