Mental Rehearsal for Success
Increase Confidence with Race Simulations in Training


Diane LeMay's Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

A beginning triathlete's guide to conquering the swim

Newest Articles


Win With Brainpower
If you can't win with power or stamina, win with smarts
My First Multi-Sport Event
Using duathlon as a stepping-stone for triathlon.
Graduated Compression
From Legend Compression: The latest in graduated compression gear and apparel
Recovery: The sport after the run
Transitioning from your "A race" back to training again
Chocolate and Your Sports Diet
Good news and bad news
Wrist Pain and Cycling
Wrist pain threatens to take triathlete out of half-ironman

Gear Reviews

GearBest 3-Mode LED Safety Reflective Band
This is a fun little gadget that can help improve safety when running or riding at night. I've always used small clip-on lights, but they can rotate around to the opposite side of [...]
GearBest Breathable Windproof Headgear
Good cold-weather gear for a beginner on a budget. Can be used on the bike or run in cold weather. It's bulky and thick, so if it becomes too hot, you have to figure out where to p[...]

Race Reports

New York City Marathon
Despite my issues with the post-race slowness (which I read about prior to the race), this race was amazing. I loved every minute, even the last painful 6 miles. There is nothing [...]
Turkey Triathlon
This is a pretty long sprint tri. I've done it several times and always enjoy it. Pumpkin pie for finishers and beer glasses for age group award winners.
Ironman Florida
Thoroughly enjoyed this race. The community was very supportive. If I ever do another full, it will be Florida. I got a massage at the Expo area on Sunday (the day after the race[...]
  • My First Multi-Sport Event

    Most people these days can say they’ve run at an organized 5k, 10k, or even half marathon event. Running is something that’s accessible to nearly everyone and you can just get out and run without much training. Having a go at a multi-sport event, however, is an entirely different ball game, which requires c[...]

  • Making a Comeback

    I haven't been on BeginnerTriathlete.com in a long time. I kind of fell out of the training mode. Life seemed to just always get in the way. Well, that didn't fare too well for me. I have never really been way overweight but I had slipped up to 215 in early May and well, on May 4th, I started to feel a little pressure [...]

  • Beginner Tale: First Tri

    I hadn't gotten good sleep the entire week because I was diagnosed with Shingles 5 days before the race and the pain in my right leg made sleeping difficult. I rested as much as I could that week, mainly because I felt so exhausted and I only got a short bike workout in that week. I woke up at 4:30am and ate a ban[...]

  • I tried triathlon and can't get enough

    Three years ago, I stood on the shores of my first triathlon. I was intimidated, unsure of what to expect and cold as a chilly rain storm hit central Ohio that morning.I had never swam in open water. I had never even watched a triathlon. I had been running for a year and at 5-foot-11 could only run 12-minute miles. I d[...]

  • What Running My First Triathlon Taught Me About Life

    The following is excerpted from the full story, available at the blog link below.The story began when, together with three friends, I spontaneously signed up for an Olympic distance triathlon (sounds fancy but it’s just the standard triathlon distance; 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run) only seven weeks prior to th[...]

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