Being a devoted triathlete — and all that comes with it — can seem quite overwhelming. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin. Here’s how I would approach getting started for a newcomber to the sport of triathlon.
A rundown of the most popular triathlon watches, plus tips for buying your first triathlon watch. Here’s what you should be looking for in a sports watch.
I used to get blisters on my feet after 24+ hour ultramarathons. Then I learned this secret to prevent blisters when running: wrapped feet! No more blisters.
I successfully endured (and finished) this horrible, transformational, very bad, epic race! See what it’s like running A Race For The Ages in Manchester TN.
Running can be expensive. Shoes, registration fees, headlamps, tents, fuel & hydration items, running gear & apparel – it all adds up! Here are 5 great buys
I ran 100 miles in the Holston River Endurance Challenge. This 100 mile race was difficult, eye-opening, life-changing. See what I learned + My 5 best tips.
For timed ultramarathons you’ll need a tent as a personal staging area during the race. Here’s how to pick a tent for your trail running gear & support crew.
You’ve heard of the runners high, but have you experienced it yourself? Is it a fact or just an urban myth? Here’s what I’ve learned about the runner’s high
The 24-hour run has become popular, so I’ve decided to share my best tips and recommendations based on my own experience running 24-hour ultramarathons.
As an ultrarunner, once you get past the marathon and 50-mile distance, you need to add walking in your race strategy. Here’s how to run-walk effectively.
I started running many years ago, and never stopped. Running is my religion. Why do you run? What are your reasons? Here’s why I run.
On the one hand, every ultraruuner’s path is different. On the other hand, I have also seen a common progression that goes something like this: A runner trains and runs a half-marathon. They get a taste of long-distance running and seek the holy grail of the marathon. After running multiple marathons, they want a new […]
Embrace your inner-gypsy. Get addicted to healthy living. Make ultrarunning about something bigger than you. 3 simple things I’ve learned from Catra Corbett.
Here are 5 ways to embrace the true spirit of ultrarunning. But to do this, you’ll have to unlearn a few things you’ve been told or picked up along the way.
It’s time to be epic! Let David Goggins help you as he’s helped me. 3 powerful David Goggins quotes to break free from the prison of ultrarunning training!
I’m an ultrarunner. If you want to run farther and last longer, you need a strong core. Try these core strengthening exercises for runners 2-3 days a week.
Social media for runners consists of many different things. Here are 5 fun ways you can use social media to support your efforts and goals as an ultrarunner
An extreme ultrarunner transcends ordinary physical & mental limits and achieves extraordinary feats of toughness and endurance. Is this you?
While reading a book on Zen, I thought of several ways that Zen relates to ultra-distance running. Here’s my take on Zen running.
What’s the difference between a runner and an ultra runner? Mental toughness. Here are 3 ways to build your mental toughness in sports — including running.
Taking time off does NOT mean doing nothing. Here’s a fact: Careless ultramarathon training is hazardous to your health. Here’s how to train in the off season.
Ultra running shoes tend to fall into 2 categories: minimalist or maximalist. Here are some things to think about before choosing the best shoes for you.
I don’t want to talk about the I-word. I’d prefer to ignore it and get on with my training. I have miles to log, races to run, and PR’s to break. I don’t have time for… well… you know… ‘that.’ Besides, that’s the stuff that happens to other runners, not me. Any problem I have […]
The low carb high fat diet (or ketogenic diet) is growing in popularity in the ultra-running community. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.
The fruitarian diet plan is usually a natural progression — from omnivore to vegetarian, vegan, raw foods, and finally fruitarian.
While training for a 50-mile ultramarathon, I signed up for my first 12-hour endurance race. Here are 5 of my ultra-running takeaways – helpful for newbies.
Beyond the marathon distance, 50k and 50-mile running events are where most people with ultramarathon aspirations begin. All ultramarathon training programs involve incrementally increasing the distance of your long runs. The training plan I recently followed for a 12-hour running event included doing several 20+ mile runs, consecutive weekends of running the marathon distance, and […]
Yes you can be an endurance athlete AND be vegan! Here are 7 simple ways for vegan athletes to get protein and other important nutrients in your diet.
Ultramarathon training is the next natural step after you’ve done a marathon or two. You can train and run an ultramarathon in 16 weeks. Here’s how!
Do you have an opinion about barefoot running? Have you experimented with barefoot running? I do barefoot running at a YMCA soccer field. Here’s the scoop behind athletes running barefoot.
Here’s an overview to get you ready for the biggest cycling event of the year, with lots of fun ways to stay in the loop with all things Tour de France. Plus, interesting trivia and race facts for Tour de France spectators and fans.
The moral to the story is: as a triathlete you must be mindful of the official triathlon rules. By reading this post, you can knock ‘ignorance’ off the list of things that would contribute to you getting disqualified from a triathlon event.
It appears there’s enough ammo for any triathlete to at least experiment with compression socks to see if they are beneficial. Here are the most popular compression socks used by triathletes.
ChiRunning is a running technique that results in: injury-free and pain-free running, increased running efficiency, effortless hill running, increased running speed with reduced effort, and greater enjoyment of running.
If you are interested in exploring the world of endurance sports beyond or as a complement to triathlon, here are some areas worth investigating.
It’s not uncommon for a triathlete to drag a nutrition myth or two into the sport. Some of these myths could easily prevent a triathlete from performing optimally. Here are 4 nutrition myths that triathletes may be in danger of believing.
The Ride of Silence is an annual bike event that honors cyclists who have died in accidents with motor vehicles. It seeks to raise awareness of cyclists’ right to the road. Participants ride no faster than 12 mph for no longer than an hour, and they maintain silence as in a funeral procession.
Triathletes spend countless training hours swimming laps and covering many miles by bike and foot. Listening to music makes triathlon training more enjoyable and may even give you a slight training edge! You probably already listen to music while you bike and run. Why not listen to music while you swim?
Here are the pros and cons of speedsuits compared to wetsuits — to help you determine if you need a speedsuit for triathlon events or not. Plus, the top 11 speedsuits and what makes each speedsuit different from the rest.
I’ve learned firsthand that these are some simple ways to save big bucks on gear, equipment, events, and other things that triathletes typically spend a lot of money on.
One of the most significant mental or psychological disruptions for a triathlete is anxiety. Here are some common triathlete anxieties, as well as signals that anxiety may be affecting your triathlon performance.
Here we delve into matters of sports psychology and the mental side of the sport of triathlon. Athletes often say about their sports performance, “It’s mostly mental.” In the sport of triathlon this is particularly true. Here’s how to build your confidence as a triathlete.
A study just came out which states that triathlons pose twice the risk of sudden death as marathons do. Here’s how to reduce your triathlon risk, especially when swimming — which is commonly viewed as the most dangerous aspect of the sport.
When it comes to sports drinks, bars and gels, it’s in your best interest to avoid products with high fructose corn syrup in them. Here’s why… plus some alternatives to consider.
When it comes to anti-inflammatory and pain relief products for an athlete’s aches, pains, muscle strains and pulls, NSAIDs are not the only game in town. I want to encourage you to explore natural alternatives like essential oils. Here’s why I use them.
I’m not an anti-medical establishment guy, but it was a little worrisome to discover the following trends in conventional healthcare…
Following are some of the most common triathlete injuries and how to treat them…
There is a lot of gear you have to pack and carry to a triathlon. With the exception of your bike and the few items stored in your saddle bag, all the rest has to be packed in something. You could cram everything into 2 or 3 different bags, or you could purchase a triathlon gear bag that compartmentalizes it all for you.
Here are some tips to help you prepare your triathlon bike for the upcoming triathlon season. Tips include: how to change a flat tire, how to clean your bike and lube your bike chain, how to tune-up your bike, and other basic bike maintenance tips.
Here are a few of the latest high-tech bike gear options for triathletes, including: triathlon bikes, triathlon shoes, cycling socks, LED bike lights, Lace locks for shoelaces, and gel bottles for cyclists.