This is the part where you can help
others. Send me your pics, before and during if you have them, and tell us
how your training is going, what has helped you, your routine and anything else
you care to elaborate on. I will post them on this page. Hope to
hear from you.
I am overcome with
emotion after completing my first Tri Sprint today. I had a great time at
1:33+. 1/3 mile swim, 11.5 mile bike, 3 mile run. I cried when I completed
the swim and I sobbed as I crossed the finish line. Several times I had to
hoop and hollar it was so much fun. By the way- I am a 5'3, 185 pounds and
I DID IT!
Thank to BT for the wonderful training program, the great tips on the
forums, awesome articles, etc.
Keep Tri'n everyone!
Just wanted to drop you a note to say that I completed the aggressive
couch to 5km program yesterday and it has been an enormous success. I am
29 and a type 1 diabetic. After I stopped playing competitive team sport
my weight got up to about 88kg before I finally decided to do something. I
found beginnertriathlete.com through Google and decided your programs
looked achievable even for a person like me who hated jogging.
I missed only 2 sessions over the four months and with dietary changes as
well, I am now fitter than I've ever been. My weight is 72kg, my resting
heart rate is down to around 65 (from somewhere in the high 80s) and best
of all I've halved the amount of insulin I need to take.
I really wanted to thank you for the inspiration your website gives and
for giving average joes like me exercise programs that work. I am now
looking forward to continuing jogging and starting on the bike next week.
I still hate jogging but I love the results!
Thanks again, cheers.
This is a great
website. I am participating in my first sprint this month. It is one week
before my 44th birthday. I started running late last year and in February
of this year I ran a ˝ marathon. After my ˝ marathon I was ready for my
next challenge. So, needless to say, I am jazzed about my upcoming tri and
know that I will not be satisfied until I have made it and completed an
Ironman event. I have planned to participate in 4 (sprint) triathlons this
year and will train for a ˝ Ironman for next year. I know I will visit
your website many times and take advantage of all its resources.
I've been doing your 1/2 ironman training for
4 weeks now and have seen a huge improvement. I was an army paratrooper for
4 years, ran my butt off and have bad knees and whenever I tried training I
always ended up with shin splints and hurt knees. Well, my knees are doing
alright because I am only running on treadmills right now, but the big
improvement is in my swim and bike. I started your training and on the
first swim day I had to do a 200 straight and couldnt do it. Today I did a
1500 straight with no problem and am looking forward to a 2000 next week.
My bike has also gone from shaky to rock solid for me, doing about 20-25
miles an hour. I just wanted to say thanks for supplying all the programs.
I would never have been able to come so far without the plans. I will one
day do the ironman in hawaii, but thats a couple years down the road
Thanks for all the help.
I just wanted to let you know how glad I am I
After having a semi-regular walking routine for two years and still being
100lbs. overweight I began a thirty minute treadmill followed by weight
training workout 3-4 times a week. I have made this routine a priority for
the last two months (minus a couple of weeks with a really bad stomach
virus) and have lost ten pounds. Last week the flyers went up at the gym
for a very short sprint triathalon
geared toward beginners on May 1st. While that's a little too soon for me
to get into shape I set the goal to race in 2005.
I started with week 1 of month 2 on your conservative run program this
week. Your site is helping me learn about the sport and the gear that I
will need. It has also helped me see that I have set a reasonable goal and
that I can achieve it if I am willig to put forth the effort.
I just wanted to thank you for your awesome web site. Last summer I did my first
triathlon in Kelowna B.C. and immediately became hooked on this sport. I have
enjoyed running for years but have never experienced such friendly people and
support in my running races as I did at this triathlon. My fiancé is also into
the sport and did his first olympic distance the day after my race. We have now
started training again for our first race of the season in March. Your website
has proven to be very useful for motivation, training tips and training logs.
Last July, I was sitting by the neighborhood pool, and decided to
get off my fat butt and swim. One lap totally winded me. Feeling ashamed, I
challenged myself to run the Reston Triathlon in 2004. BTW, I am a 41-year-old
woman, 5'5", 200#, who has never been an athlete. 5 years in the Navy made me
I found your Conservative Program and started walking. I got up
to 30 minutes walking. In September 2003, I ran 2 minutes, walking 28. I thought
I was gonna die. I persevered, though. Today, for the first time, I ran 30
minutes nonstop at a 11:30-12:00-minute pace. I feel great.
I've tweaked the program a bit and have tied it into Steve Jonas'
recommended preparations for his Ordinary Mortals program. After the new year,
I'll learn how to ride the 15-speed mountain bike that has been collecting dust
in the corner. If I finish Reston next year, my gift to myself will be a new
Thanks for the website and the program.
I'm a runner now.
Thanks man! The race
went really well. I was pleased with my time: 1.27.02
There's another sprint coming up in December that I'll be training for again!
I'm pretty excited!
Your website has been extremely helpful! Thanks for having it!
I just wanted to say that I love your website and I find it so helpful. It is
packed with awesome information and it is coming from just the right angle for
someone like me who is entirely new to the sport and knows absolutely nothing.
There have been a couple of days where I am just not feeling keen to train at
all, so I have read the website and within minutes I am bouncing into my sports
gear and hitting the road, freshly motivated.
I am a 23 year old New Zealand girl, and planning to do my first triathlon early
next year. I have conviced a friend to do it with me, so I have a training buddy
and someone to share the experience with. We have chosen the sprint distance so
that we won't kill ourselves and can hopefully have some fun on the day!
I am moderately fit and run about 12 miles a week normally, but the swimming is
a real challenge and I have dug my brother's old mountain bike out from the
basement, dusted off the cobwebs and am trying to fix it up and begin riding for
the first time in about 10 years! I'm already having a blast and can hardly wait
for my first triathlon! Thanks for your help and inspiration.
A FEW WEEKS AGO I BELIEVE WE
TALKED ABOUT RUNNING AFTER SWIMMING. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I DID MY
FIRST TRI THIS WEEKEND I WITH THE HELP OF THE BEGINNER WEB SITE MANAGE TO
FINISH IN A DECENT TIME, WILL LET YOU KNOW THE OFFICIAL TIME IN ABOUT A WEEK
OR SO. I HAD A LITTLE FALL AT THE END OF THE RUN BUT ASIDE FROM THAT
EVERYTHING WENT FIND. THANKS FOR HAVING THE SITE AND WILL KEEP IN TOUCH.
Just a note to tell you what a wonderful resource your website is for beginners.
I am a veteran triathlete who is dedicated to bringing people into the sport.
Your website is a terrific asset in doing that. I learned of your site from the
links on cooltri.com. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to the sport.
wanted to say how much I enjoy your website. I actually just found it
today. I am 31 and have been working on a healthier lifestyle for the last
year. Recently, I decided I would enjoy doing a triathlon, however I have
found limited resources for information. My local library has books on
running, books on biking, books on cycling, but not on triath. then when I
began searching the web I found many sites requiring a fee to participate.
So thanks for all the useful tips and information.
How often do you update your website? (I did notice your workout
journal is updated regularly) - Tami
I just ran across your site
while looking around at tri material online. My wife and I have signed up
for our first two triathlons (committment!) and are looking forward to our
I am a very busy guy and
literally have to schedule time to train. I am in the Navy and am a flight
instructor in Northwest FL (Pensacola to be exact). We are signed up for
the 4th Annual My First Tri on June 28 and the Santa Rosa Island Tri on Sept
27...two attainable goals I hope. It's great seeing incremental gains, I
have been swimming and lifting for around a month now and can already start
to see some results. My wife has been swimming for around 9 months. She
began after knee surgery sidelined her running efforts, but is now back on
I don't know if you would be
interested in any kind of "busy guy's training journal" but if so, I could
get motivated to give you guys a weekly diary. If not the kind of thing you
would want or use, then I'll shut up and color. In any case, your website
is great, and we spent a good deal of time there tonight and plan on
learning more as the months progress.
I thought as you have helped me in my swimming, my weakest event, however
getting better weekly, I would let you know how I am getting on and maybe help
others to see that what you write may help them also.
Swimming has never been my strong point, I didn't learn until I was about 17/18.
When I decided to enter a triathlon I thought the swimming would be my let down,
but if could only get through it...
I started at with breaststroke, the only stroke I could do without getting
laughed off the face of the planet (well thrown out of the pool for splashing
everyone!). After a short warm up attempt half a dozen or so lengths (25m) with
say 10second rest at each end. I would attempt this same routine 2 or 3 times a
week before attempting the same technique but with two lengths (50m) between
rests. Stepping up the overall distance by 2 lengths each week. In theory now I
could swim the English Channel breaststroke.
However, it wasn't until I started reading Triathlon books/magazines/websites
etc., that I realised that freestyle is most
certainly the recommended stroke. I look like a bad extra on baywatch, arms
flailing, legs flapping, water going everywhere, me going nowhere. But
then I read your introduction to your swimming section and incorporated the idea
of a ratio of breaststroke to freestyle lengths, in a similar way as you would
speed/rest work with running. I have just returned from a lunch time swim where
I have just completed my first 100m straight freestyle (I am currently doing
4freestyle to 2 breaststroke or as I call it 'reststroke). My first event
(novice distance) is coming up in mid July I still have seven weeks to train, at
this rate I should have no problem with 200m freestyle, who knows I may be first
out of the water!
Hello - my name is Becky! About 6 months
ago I realized - hey, I want more energy, and want to feel better about
myself. So, I began to eat better and workout. 6 months later, I am sick
of running on the treadmill with no goal in mind. Thus, as of last week, I
have made a commitment to myself to do a triathlon. There is a club at our
college campus that is geared toward this, however, this is there last
semester because it is not very organized and people are going there
separate ways. I have recently stepped in to say - I will help with the
organization - BUT, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS SPORT besides the fact that
I want a good ol' challenge. So - that is were things stand now. I wanted
to write you and let you know that your web sight in giving me the
encouragement to learn more, work hard and realize that I can do this. Even if I have little to NO direction to my training at this moment,
motivating and informative web sights like yours is keeping me going. Thanks again! Keep it up!
thanx becky. you should set a
date for your first tri, then giddy-up!!! all the learning about the
sport you can handle. feel free to write about your experiences!
we want to know. knowledge is power.
I would like to start by
saying that your website is very informative. I am interested in Tri-training. I
purchased a road bike in April 02 just to mix up my normal training which
consists of running/walking and lifting weights. I have now got the bug to do a
triathlon. I have been lifting weights for about 10 years and I competed at
powerlifting for about 3 years. I got tired of lifting weights so much and
that’s when I began to find other ways of staying fit.
the reply! I am going to start today after work on the new workout. I decided to
do my running and swimming after I weight train. One question though,” How long
should each cardio session last?” Should my goal be distance or time? I have
been biking on Saturdays already and I usually ride around 21 miles. Also how do
you keep from Burning muscle vs. fat when training in the tri exercises? I ran
into this problem this past summer when I was biking at too high of a heart
rate. I backed off of the intensity but I always seem to go over my target heart
rate when biking or running. Just for your info. I live in South Carolina and
the weather is pretty training friendly all but a couple of months per year. I
go to a fitness center that has all the latest cardio equip so when time changes
and daylight decreases I should be o.k. as for as indoor training.
I don’t mean
to be a dope about this stuff but I am lost when it comes to getting the most
out of training for an event like this and most books that I have bought just
skim the surface or are geared for the pros.
experiences or advice that you think would be helpful for me would be greatly
The best way
to learn is from someone who has been there and you are the man at this.
for your help!
I've just been on your internet page on triathlon and I really liked it. Your
comments are great and encourage me to continue my training for my first
triathlon. I have only started seriously thinking about this three months ago
when I decided that my studies (I'm doing a PhD in economics) should not take
up all of my time but that I should find a good balance between studying and
having fun. Well anyway, keep up the good work and I hope you get lots more
Jacques 27, from Luxembourg
P.S.: although the background pictures on your site are great, I didn't
find it easy to read the black text on a black-and-white background (I
highlighted the text to read it) - maybe you should think about changing
the colour of the text.
- Point taken Jacques, it is now easier to read (no
more background pics). Thanx
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