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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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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?
Degenerative Disk Disease
My doctor said that he doesn't see anything that would take me out of IMTX, but he also doesn't have anything that can make it better, so basically, I can train, but it is going to hurt.
Persistent Plantar Fasciitis
I've had plantar fasciitis issues for a few years now. I've been using generic plantar fasciitis insoles. I'm having some custom insoles done tomorrow. Is there anything else that will help?
CAN'T
Can you remove 'Can't' from your vocabulary? Learn how to remove obstacles to clear your way to your goals.
The Old Fat Triathlete
At 63 years old and 50 lbs overweight I decide to do a triathlon.
Should Athletes Avoid Junk Food?
Many athletes go to great extremes to eat healthfully. There is no such thing as a “bad food.” There is a bad diet, yes, as judged by looking at the whole day’s intake.

Gear Reviews

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.
Adalid Hydration Belt
(4.1)
Overall this is a good value and the belt is adjustable and comfortable to wear. It is great for intermediate distances and will hold a nice amount of fluid, gels, keys and a small[...]

Race Reports

Paul's Ride for Life
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A lovely ride and Mommy and Baby Girl's first.
westshore triathlon
(5)
thanks to all of the staff that set this race up. it was my first of many. I hope to come back next year and do much better
Golden Pride Run to London 5K
(4)
This was a good race. I hope they keep doing it. Lots of vendors and food trucks with a variety of stuff to choose from.
  • 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, [...]

  • 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[...]

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    Thank You! This site is all good!! Now all I have to do is just get pass the s[...]
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    Best site I've found on the web.
    I just thought I'd drop a line.  Having only taken up the sport 18 months ago I [...]
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    I love the Beginner Triathlete site. Thanks for developing and maintaining a gr[...]
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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 [...]