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How Much Does the Engine Matter?
Work ethic has a lot to do with how far you can take your talents. The best athlete doesn’t always win, but the best athlete who works the hardest, usually does.
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Beginners


Most swimming improvements happen in the pool with a focus on technique and building aerobic fitness, but don't ignore the need for open water familiarization. Here are three tips to reduce anxiety.


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.

Newest Articles

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My 1st Triathlon!
This was my 2nd time training but 1st time competing in the Naperville Sprint Triathlon!
Bicuspid Aortic Valve and Triathlon Training
Triathlon would be something to discuss further with your cardiologist, as cycling is an activity potentially associated with a high static load on the heart.
Calf Pain and Varicose Veins
Varicose veins plague an estimated 20% of our population and those who are fit and active are unfortunately not immune. These tortuous veins are early manifestations of chronic venous disease.
Giving Up Cycling: Concussion
A concussion is a complicated injury. Recovery can be several days to weeks. There are several things that you can do to minimize future or repeated risks of a concussion.
Why Some People Eat Lots— But Don’t Get Fat
Fidgeting, not a 'slow metabolism,' may help explain why your just-as-active peers can eat more and not gain weight.
Stress Reaction vs Stress Fracture
How does a stress reaction differ from a stress fracture? This article goes into the diagnosis and treatments of both.
Gear Reviews

Gear Reviews

Polar V800
(4.3)
This is the first experience with the device. I will update this as I learn more.
Garmin Forerunner 305
(4.4)
Great for its time. Time has passed with continuing upgrading of features and models by Garmin

Race Reports

Living History Farms Off Road Race
(5)
This race while done off road makes me appreciate the blacktop and gravel that I train on.
Turkey Tri
(4)
This is a well-organized race in its 10th year. RD primarily does Xterra events. Nice touch with pumpkin pie at the finish every year.
  • My 1st Triathlon!

    I had set my eyes on the Naperville all women's sprint triathlon four years ago and I trained with a beginner's training program from beginnertriathlete.com for four months for the 750k swim, 14 mile bike, and 5k run. Cut to a week before the race, and I get the biggest news of my life...I'm pregnant! Although obviousl[...]

  • My First Tri

    Go to the bar or go to the workout?  It all started late last summer, I was looking back at what my life had become over the past few years.  I figured out that I was one of the citie's biggest bar-stars, going out 4-6 nights a week, somehow staying out until 2am and getting up in the morning, going to work, [...]

  • 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 [...]

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    Just took advantage and got a gold membership. Then I set about making a custom [...]
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    THANK YOU for a brilliant program!
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for a brilliant program for my first Ironman in C[...]
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    I have used several BT training programs and have had great success with them.
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    BT is an essential resource. 
    Awesome site!  Full of helpful info. I did a super sprint last summer. Got total[...]