Avoiding Open Water Panic
Learn how to prepare and avoid the cold water freak-out


Could you do a tri with a titanium rod in your spine?

Triathlete-in-the-making collapses, emerges from open heart surgery, and completes tri at long last

Newest Articles


Making the Most of BT's Community
Using the forums, making friends, sharing logs
What Should I Weigh?
A healthy weight for runners
Frayed Meniscus
Knee problems needn't mean the end of the road.
Tibial Tendon Injury?
Rest, though unwanted, may be only answer
New Moms Tri Training
Getting back in shape after childbirth
Coming Back
Getting back in the race after a massive injury

Gear Reviews

Xterra Vector Pro
I cannot recommend this wetsuit or Xterra as a company. The zipper broke on my Vector Pro on the first fitting. Xterra refused to replace the wetsuit or repair the zipper under w[...]
Jamis Xenith T
Very happy with its performance on my second Triathlon Race. I'm planning to upgrade its tires to carbon aeros soon but I'll definitely be using this bike as a beginner triathlete [...]

Race Reports

white lake spring sprint
Good race, great venue, nice people organizing, great volunteers. Nice flat course, lake was great for swim ( cold enough for wetsuit, not so cold as to be chilling ). Want to try[...]
Calgary Police Half Marathon
I have run this race every year since getting off the couch. 8 years to go from 1:55 to 1:28 - still room to go!
Boston Marathon
Third Boston. I'm coming back for more -- it is still probably the best marathon I've ever run. It feels personal -- the whole city comes out to cheer for you. It is an absolute mus[...]
  • First Tri: Don't Fall Off Your Bike

    I needed to reduce my BMI for health reasons and I spent all winter in spinning class and swimming back and forth in the pool, keeping up with my steps on FitBit until one day I asked my step-brother, a Triathlete, what are my goals?  How much riding in place, pool laps and steps are “good”?  With[...]

  • First IM: Racing after breaking a toe

    Hello, my name is Corey Pesson aka CPesson and this is my journey and story. It all started about three years ago when several friends talked me into getting a road bike and start training and racing. After doing so, it wasn’t very long I was asked to do my first sprint triathlon. Now although it was a bit of a s[...]

  • First: Done. On to the Second!

    So, I finished my first sprint triathlon. I enjoyed it and want more. In preparation for the next one, which is going to be held in March, I created a training plan to balance of what I can do better in training and racing.I did my first triathlon in October 28th 2015. It was the 5th race of the Copa Brasil Triathlon c[...]

  • Race To The Race

    Vineman 70.3 race report I am writing this for myself and my family, friends and acquaintances who may or may not know about triathlon, or what the process was like for me to get to this point. This year was the 20th anniversary of the Vineman, and the race would be my first 70.3 distance triathlon. The Vineman[...]

  • First Tri Experience, Start to Finish

    “So, why did you decide to do a triathlon?”  This was the question I got pretty frequently, with some variations that included, “why the heck” and “what were you thinking?”  The second question I got was always, “You’re going to swim in the Schuylkill river?!&rd[...]

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    Your plan worked like a treat!
    I followed your 20 week IM training plan pretty much to the letter and completed[...]
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    Just wanted to say that I REALLY like all the changes made to the Training Plans[...]
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    BT is THE site for triathletes
    BT is THE site for triathletes - new and seasoned! I've been tracking my workou[...]