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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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I just did a sprint triathlon and want to sign up for my first olympic in six weeks. Is this enough time to train?

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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.
Heavy Sweater and Fluid Needs
I drink during my runs but I am a profuse sweater and it seems like I just can't keep up with my fluid needs. Would it be helpful to switch to an electrolyte drink for my fluid needs?
Going Slow
Because I'm not that fast going slow is, well, really slow - especially when I'm trying to train by heart rate. It feels like I'm going backwards. Is this normal?
ADHD, Athletes & Appetite Issues
Athletes need steady energy to be able to concentrate and perform at their best. Hence, athletes with ADHD need to vigilantly monitor their bodies for early signs of hunger and fatigue.
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

Garmin Fenix 2
(4)
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[...]
Play Harder 110% Double-Life Shin/Calve Sleeves
(4.3)
These sleeves have been a great tool for recovery from long runs. We all know the benefits of compression socks, but 110% sleeves have the bonus of allowing the insertion of ice pa[...]

Race Reports

Pete Glavin Upstate NY XC-1
(3)
We had an incomplete team because one member backed out at the last minute. She wasn't feeling her best; but also, and sadly, she is feeling her outstanding speed decline with age a[...]
Savageman 70.0
(5)
This race is hands down the hardest event I've ever done. Period. It was brutal. But ... at the same time, it was one of the best events I've ever done. Very well organized, BEA[...]
Rose City Triathlon
(4)
Would do this race again.

Newest Beginner Race Reports

  • 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[...]

  • No More Excuses!

    As with probably ninety percent of people on this website my story starts with,"I've always wanted to do a triathlon..." I hit a breaking point which inspired me to get into shape: 300 lbs. I was officially fat. I became one of those middle aged men who used to be in such good shape, but now because of lackluster excus[...]

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