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The Best Head Position for Swimming
Is there an ideal head position? The criteria below will give you a general idea of when you know you have found your sweet spot for head position.
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Beginners


Have you finished your first triathlon and are about to do your second? This article will give you several tips to improve.


Deciding to do a triathlon is a commitment. Some people just decide to do it and never think about training. Others come from a swimming, biking or running background and just fall into the sport.

Newest Articles

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Fitness After Blackout
A week prior to the race, I was diagnosed with strep throat and placed on antibiotics. I decided to race anyway. Since that event, I have struggled to get back the fitness.
Extreme Hamstring Tightness: Should I Stretch?
I am constantly tinkering with my bike setup but in the morning, my fingertips can just barely touch my kneecaps upon bending forward. Should I stretch my hamstrings?
Knee Reconstruction Recovery and Training
In order to set yourself up for the best chance for a safe return to triathlon you should adhere to all your surgeon and physical therapist’s recommendations. Direct your energy into each rehab goal.
Fueling on a Budget
The name of the fueling game is: How can you buy enough healthy calories with the least amount of money? These practical tips can help optimize a low-budget sports diet.
Strong Women of Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Conquering Fear
“I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know how to swim, I would be dying after running a mile, I didn’t have any coordination or endurance; every time we trained, I was the last one.”
Ask the Coach: Ironman Wisconsin Bike Gearing
I'm a fairly good climber but don't want to blow up on the run. I'm 60 and have a FTP of 230 watts. Any suggestions?

Gear Reviews

FitBit Flex
(3.8)
I received the FitBit Flex as a gift. It seems to measure 'activity level' fairly accurately even if it only reports out in steps or calories expended. I think it is best used in[...]
Pearl Izumi eMotion N2 Trail
(4.9)
i have completely fallen in love with the PI eMotion line of shoes. They are natural feeling, yet protective and supportive, too. Going sockless is tooo easy.

Race Reports

Algodones Time Trial Series #1
(3)
I don't want to disparage this race. It's just a no frills, bare bones time trial. They have drinks and a few snacks at the finish but there is no pomp and doesn't need to be.
Triathlon Trimemphre - Olympic Course
(5)
The only thing that was missing from this race was gels at aid stations. They only had water and a gatorade-type drink. So if you do this race make sure you bring everything you nee[...]
Triangle Triathlon
(5)
It's taken me 10 years since my first Tri to finally do my "hometown" race. I had a blast, and really hope to work it into my schedule again for next year!

Newest Beginner Race Reports

  • 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[...]

  • On Your Left!

    “I think the biggest thing I've learned is to quit worrying about what everyone else thinks.  If I let that get to me too much I would not be the fine triathlete I am today!” These were the words I wrote recently in an email to a friend and I was only being somewhat self-deprecating[...]

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    I've done a lot of running in the past three years but only started triathlons l[...]
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    I just completed my first 70.3
    I just completed my first 70.3 in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, 7/21. It [...]
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    I have used several BT training programs and have had great success with them.