Mental Tools for Triathlon Success
Train your mind for success


From smoking like a chimney to triathlon training

What triathletes can focus on measuring during their swim training.

Newest Articles


IM: From Completer to Competitor
Moving up from a goal of finishing the race to wanting to perform well
Knee Surgery Aftermath
Long term outcomes after major knee surgery
Respiratory Infection: How Long to Rest?
Member inquires about rest period and recovery from respiratory infection
Water Retention During Endurance Sports
Member asks about source of measurable weight gain during events
Technique: Propulsion
The third phase of swimming pillars (podcast)
How to Make Lap Swimming More Enjoyable
Lap swimming can be dull--here's three easy ways to spice things up.

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Race Reports

Niagara Falls Barrelman Half Iron Triathlon
This has all the making of a very fast PR course if the weather cooperated. The event is well organized but with the increased field size they need to make some adjustments to thin[...]
Marshman Triathlon
This was my first triathlon back in over 8 years. A friend of mine wanted to do this and I agreed to do it with him. I have only been training for less than three months, but I was [...]
Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City
Delmo puts on nothing but top notch races and this was another one. Just so super organized and the vibe always so exciting and positive. Just a super experience when you can thin[...]
  • 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[...]

  • First Triathlon!

    In August I completed my first triathlon.It was a sprint but WOW was it hard and exciting for me. Over the years I completely let myself go. I was overweight and turning 30. With five months to go before my wedding day, I decided to make a change. I knew I wanted to lose weight for the wedding but more importantly I wa[...]

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    I just thought I'd drop a line.  Having only taken up the sport 18 months ago I [...]
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    Awesome site!  Full of helpful info. I did a super sprint last summer. Got total[...]
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