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An Addiction is Born
Six years ago I was 44 years old and weighed 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 and grabbed a doughnut!
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As the weather warms up, it’s time to get your bike ready for riding outside. So let’s discuss what’s important from the time you pull your bike out until the time you park it after a ride.


If you haven't already, this is a great time to look at what you’ve accomplished and to start planning for 2015.

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What Are Pull Buoys and How to Use Them to Help Improve Swimming
A pull buoy is an excellent tool to help any level of swimmer improve their technique and power. When used correctly and regularly, the buoy can build core strength and stroke consciousness.
Big Time Sinker
How should I approach swim training? The only way for me to have good form is to swim faster. I have to swim fairly fast in order to keep my body/legs high. This of course makes me tired faster.
Traveling Athletes & Gas Station Nutrition
Performance starts with good nutrition. If you make the effort to travel to sports events, you might as well make the effort to eat well. No amount of training will outperform a bad sports diet.
Do Compression Socks Really Work? The Science Behind The Claims
Over the last several years there has been increasing interest in, and use of, graded compression socks by athletes for training, racing, and recovery. Advertisements for these garments claim much.
Tight Calves Beginning Each Run
Tightness in the calves is a common complaint amongst triathletes and runners. There are many potential causes of this problem and this article will address some treatment options.
Shorter than Planned but Still Sweet
The night before the race when we dropped our bikes in transition we saw the swim course laid out in the water and those buoys looked SO FAR APART!

Gear Reviews

Shimano PD-R540
(4.7)
Outstanding value clipless road pedals for beginners, budget-concious, and commuters.
Saris Cycleops Fluid2
(4.1)
I would recommend the Fluid2 to anyone looking for a bike trainer. Great value for the price and Saris/Cycleops stands by their product. Throw in a Trainerroad subscription, and[...]

Race Reports

Ironman Coeur d'Alene
(5)
This race is now in the top three of the hottest Ironmans in North America. Mike Reilly said out of the 140 races he's announced, this was the hottest he's ever done (yes, includin[...]
San Diego International Triathlon - Sprint Course
(4)
Results Sadly, I was sort of robbed. The timing company switched and missed a guy, so I got bumped off the podium at aw[...]
Challenge Atlantic City presented by Caesars Triathlon - Half Distance
A fast race course. Overall a good race and I did very well. Race was organized well but there are a couple things that can be improved upon as there are in any race and this team w[...]
  • 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[...]

  • 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[...]

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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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    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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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]
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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[...]