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Building a Better Bike Cadence
A common mistake by a lot of new cyclists and triathletes is to ride in too big a gear with low cadence ranges of 75-80rpms. Every athlete is different and we all have our own cadence “sweet spot."
Negative Buoyancy
I'm VERY negatively buoyant. It's so bad that if I exhale I will sink like a rock - I've literally sat down at the bottom of a 14 ft. pool numerous times. What can I do?
Fruits & Veggies: Do you eat too few?
When hunger strikes, a piece of fruit is unlikely to be your snack of first choice because it is not very hearty. That is, calorie-dense apple pie with ice cream can easily be far more appealing.
Pain in Middle of Back While Riding
I have been having pain slightly to the right side of my back for the past month. I am worried about my upcoming IM and having to climb hills and be on the bike for 7+ hours!
Desperate with Hip Injury
Of all the major joints, the hip joint remains the most difficult to evaluate for most orthopedic and sports medicine clinicians.
Hyperlordosis and Triathlon Training
One of the common types of excessive natural curvatures is hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine. Many times lordosis requires no treatment if it is not causing any symptoms.

Gear Reviews

Orbea Orbea Ordu
(4.5)
So far, exactly what I was expecting and a few good things I was not. The cassette is an 11 speed and has one more low gear than my road bike (11/28 vs 11/25<[...]
Look Keo Carbon Pedals
(4.6)
The top of the prev generation Keo line (i.e. pre "Blade" pedals). A bit of a 'luxury' vs other Look pedals of the era but worth it if you can spare the $$. I got mi[...]

Race Reports

Challenge Maine - Olympic Course
(4)
Great venue -- drink stations on run was evenly spaced out and lots of helpful volunteers!
Monster Mash Marathon
(4)
Very flat & fast!
Challenge Maine - Half Course
(4)
This was a great race. If you're reading this and thinking should I sign up - the answer is Yes! I'd rather give my money to Rev #/Challenge anyway. Good people. Great course!
  • 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[...]

  • An Addiction is Born

    Six years ago I was 44 years old and weighed over 260 pounds.  If anybody had suggested to me that at age 50 I would complete a sprint-length triathlon I would have rolled my eyes at them and grabbed another doughnut.Fast forward to last year. I’ve lost over 100 pounds, been teaching spinning for three years[...]

  • Shorter than Planned but Still Sweet

    My first tri experience was initiated from watching The Biggest Loser tv show. I saw one of the contestants participate in an Ironman triathlon after competing on the show. However the real story started about eight years ago.I have battled with my weight throughout my life and as a senior in college I topped out at 36[...]

  • The Old Fat Triathlete

    Last August I turned 63. At 6' tall I was over 245 lb. I had always been somewhat athletic (a scholarship football player in college) but certainly never anything close to an elite athlete. As I got older I was able to hold my own in the local touch football league, and during the first running craze in the '70's when [...]

  • My First Triathlon, Where I Learned That I Am Indeed a Land Mammal

    I started to worry when I noticed the wetsuits. Hanging over the bars where we had to rack our bikes in the transition area were several wetsuits. Hmmm. The website said the water would be in the mid-70s, and you can trust anything you read on the Internet, right? But there were all those wetsuits. Well, whatever, I th[...]

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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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    I have used several BT training programs and have had great success with them.
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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 just LOVE LOVE LOVE BT
    I used to be a blob - now I love doing triathlons! And I just want to send thank[...]