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Sprint Tri to Olympic Tri - My Lessons Learned
This year I trained for and completed my first Olympic distance triathlon. Prior to this, I had completed a Sprint. I learned many things on my journey to this Olympic and wanted to share a few.
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As the weather warms up, it’s time to get your bike ready for riding outside. So let’s discuss what’s important from the time you pull your bike out until the time you park it after a ride.


If you haven't already, this is a great time to look at what you’ve accomplished and to start planning for 2015.

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Do Compression Socks Really Work? The Science Behind The Claims
Over the last several years there has been increasing interest in, and use of, graded compression socks by athletes for training, racing, and recovery. Advertisements for these garments claim much.
Tight Calves Beginning Each Run
Tightness in the calves is a common complaint amongst triathletes and runners. There are many potential causes of this problem and this article will address some treatment options.
Shorter than Planned but Still Sweet
The night before the race when we dropped our bikes in transition we saw the swim course laid out in the water and those buoys looked SO FAR APART!
Half Marathon and Tri Training: Too Tired
Training for a specific running event is not as easy as it might seem. Here are some tips and a weekly plan to avoid overtraining and to improve your performance.
The Latest Sports Fueling and Training Research
The benefits of beet juice, chocolate milk and caffeine in enhancing endurance activities. Are slow or fast carbs better? Also, what is the best way to stay strong?
Tri-training Post Lumbar Microdisectomy
I tried to get on my bike three weeks post op, lasted ten minutes, and have been paying for it ever since. A new MRI just shows inflammation but no re-herniation. When can I start biking?

Gear Reviews

Plantronics Bluetooth Headset
(5)
Can't go wrong with this headset, easy to use, nano-coating for moisture and micro USB charging like my phone.
Polar A300
(4.3)
Really glad with this purchase. Functional, cool looking, bluetooth, waterproof. So far it's been great for triathlon training and keeping motivated.

Race Reports

KC Chiefs 5k
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This was a very well-run event with plenty of pre- and post-race activities and entertainment. I'm a huge Chiefs fan (in case you couldn't tell), so this was the perfect 5k race fo[...]
Hammonton Sprint Triathlon
(4)
Just a well-run, solid small sprint triathlon/duathlon. Everything was on time and no problems during the race. Well put together.
Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
(4)
There is a lot of distance between the registration, transition, swim start, finish line, transition gear bag. Count on doing an extra 2-3 miles of walking on race day. You really[...]
  • 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[...]

  • 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, [...]

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    BT is an essential resource. 
    Awesome site!  Full of helpful info. I did a super sprint last summer. Got total[...]
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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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    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 love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]