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Ironman and the Light at the Finishline
My race report is different. My motivating factors go back seven years. I have lived in denial for seven years. Depression. I registered for Ironman Texas even though I felt like a complete failure.
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Beginners


The open water swim can be one of the scariest or most fun parts of your race. Use these four tips to take a little fear out of the water and turn it into more of an enjoyable experience.


There are many bicyclists out there who struggle through turns - slowing unnecessarily and being uncomfortable. Learn how to turn properly when riding your bicycle.

Newest Articles

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Calculating Your Sweat Rate
What should you do if you train in hot weather and you sweat a lot? Do you drink more water, more sports drink...what about electrolyte supplements? Use this guide to enhance your training.
Holy Cow, I'm A Triathlete!
As I entered the transition area, I got body marked. It was, for me, pretty intense. It made it so real...I was doing this! A triathlon!
The Best Ironman Taper Plans
There are a lot of flavors to an Iron distance taper plan. Do you reduce the volume, the frequency or both? This article will go over some tried-and-true taper plans.
To Eat—or Not to Eat: The Pre-Exercise Question
What should you eat before exercise? The following information can help you figure out the best way to fuel your body before you exercise.
Training After Chemotherapy
I am about to begin a six month course of chemo. I am bound and determined to continue full steam ahead with training for next year's roster of events. Can I train under these conditions?
How to Make a Comeback in Swimming
If you have ever taken a month off in swimming, this article and short training plan will get you feeling the water again and back to your original yardage.
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

EnduroPacks vitamin supplement
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It was free so I'll use the stuff til it's gone, but my workouts didn't get better, my energy/recovery time didn't seem to improve. Again, if my upcoming blood tests show some mir[...]
Garmin Fenix 2
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This is a highly versatile multisport watch/GPS. Moving up from the 310XT, I now have more than a stopwatch when I'm in the pool, I can sync workouts right afterward using my smar[...]

Race Reports

Got The Nerve
(5)
First tri ever! Main goal was to finish intact, i.e. don't drown, don't crash, don't trip. Goal accomplished!
Westport Half Marathon
(5)
fairly well organized. Started just a few minutes late but everything went smoothly after that. Plenty of water stations. Plenty of volunteers Live music Very well put togeth[...]
Pilgrimman Triathlon - Olympic Course
Race recap: http://onceandalwaysarunner.com/2014/09/30/pilgrimman-triathlon-race-recap-the-ok-the-good-and-the-ugly/

Newest Beginner Race Reports

  • 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[...]

  • Strong Women of Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Conquering Fear

    Three years ago, Jessica Melendez-Carrillo never imagined she would one day be considered an athlete. Now, after six triathlons, several 5Ks, and a half marathon, her story of determination and perseverance has inspired women across the border region to push themselves further than they ever thought possible. Her [...]

  • First Triathlon - Starting My Next Life After Rehab

    It’s 4:00 am on June 1, 2014, my alarm rings and I spring awake. It’s here… today…THE day. I sit on the edge of the bed, and for a moment I think about how far I’ve come in a very short time.  Convincing myself that I’m ready, dispelling the thoughts that I’ve had for th[...]

  • Grace Happens - First Triathlon

    I skipped church last Sunday to compete in my first (and last) Ironman Triathlon.  It consisted of a 2.4 mile swim in Lake Erie (which I did with my ankles strapped together), a 112 mile bike race (handcycle, for me), and a full 26.2 mile marathon (for which I used a racing wheelchair).  That’s 140.6 mi[...]

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