First Ironman: Ironman Cozumel
Mother Nature continued to sing loud here in Cozumel, reminding us who was boss. This morning was no different, the wind howled in our ears, stung our eyes and the ocean slapped the shore with vigor.


The majority of new triathletes see the open water swim as their biggest stumbling block. Here are four steps to help you have a better swim experience in your first (or next) triathlon.

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Newest Articles


Training Fatigue - Are You Recovering Enough?
Do you find that your heart-rate drops and your breathing gets labored during a workout? This may be a sign of overtraining, undernutrition or even heart disease.
Warning Signs for Plantar Fasciitis
I ended up in the ER in the middle of the night due to unbearable foot pain which they think is PF since the x-rays came back negative. I'm wondering if I missed some warning signs?
Prostate and Biking
Has anyone else had a PSA (blood test for prostate cancer) test come back elevated and have it be blamed on too much time bouncing around on a bike seat?
Will I Lose Fitness?
If I were to take 3-4 months off from training, in which I would probably lose most of my fitness, would I get back to my former level quicker, or would it take me just as long as the first time?
How to Train for an Ironman - Part 3 - Biking
This is part three of a five part series on how to train for an Iron distance race. In this article I would like to try to offer up some information about how to get through the bike unscathed.
My First Tri - A Story of Success
When I found out there was going to be a small sprint triathlon in a month, I signed up and I decided I would try to do my best.
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

Motobecane Nemesis
Love them or hate them, Bikes Direct has a great value entry level tri bike with the 2013 Motobecane Nemesis at only $799 with free shipping. I only have four rides on this thing, [...]
Pearl Izumi H3 Running shoe
I love the H3's and will be wearing them for the forseeable future.

Race Reports

Carl Touchstone Memorial MS 50 Trail Run
Hope to return someday to run it properly, without IT band making me walk.
Ironman 70.3 Florida
Loved this event so much I believe I'll have to do it again next year. My youngest sister lives down there as well as my parents. My other sister was there for the event and told [...]
Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon
Medal weighs a ton. Expo was simply amazing. Beautiful course. Found myself wondering why some local races missed this route. Hilly, but fair as I said above. Medical tent ever[...]

Newest Beginner Race Reports

  • My First Tri - A Story of Success

    With only one month to train, I wasn't expecting to do very well.  I had become very good at road biking, and I knew I could run the 3.1 miles, but I had never tried swimming a distance over 100 meters.  I spent only one hour a week training for each discipline, and another few hours researching tips for begi[...]

  • Strong Women of Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Creating a training community

    A few years ago, Liz O’Hara Williams began a life-changing journey that she never could have anticipated -- an adventure filled with strength and struggle, exhaustion and empowerment -- the journey toward becoming a Mighty Mujer.In countless ways, Liz has always been a Mighty Mujer (Spanish for ‘woman&[...]

  • My First Triathlon: Tejas Triathlon

    I had only started training for about a month before I decided to try my first triathlon.  I'm 6'3", 325 lbs and still recovering from three ligament tears in my ankle from several months ago.  A few months later I felt strong enough to start working out again.  I had a background of being in the militar[...]

  • My First Triathlon! (Oh what a day!)

    I did it! I completed my first triathlon this year.  Right after I ran my first 10K, my friend Lauren approached me about the upcoming Cleveland Triathlon.  I laughed at her. Little did I know that only four months later I would be crossing the finish line.After I convinced myself I was going to compete in th[...]

  • First Olympic Tri: The Angels and Demons of DFL

    For anyone who’s ever heard that voice of doubt while training or racing, this is for you. On the morning of July 8th, I didn’t know anything about a triathlon except that a few people I knew did them. I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Sprint or Olympic, I had no idea what a transition[...]


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