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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

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Weight-related Research from The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Exercise is medicine. Given that two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese, we need to figure out how to turn this ship around.
My First Triathlon, Where I Learned That I Am Indeed a Land Mammal
An ultrarunner tries her first triathlon and realizes there's a lot more to open water swimming than she'd thought!
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.
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

Tri the Creek Triathlon - Sprint Course
(4)
Seemed better organized than in the past. Great weather for racing.
Mighty Mississinewa Triathlon
(5)
This is a great race that should be growing. The RD is super organized, they have cool awards, and the course is challenging but fair.
Hooters to Hooters Half Marathon
(4)
Good race as always. My 3rd one. One of these days, I hope to get "nice" weather!
  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

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    Awesome site!  Full of helpful info. I did a super sprint last summer. Got total[...]