In a nutshell, a triathlon bike has incorporated changes to a typical road bike that make it lighter and more aerodynamic. You can make some of these changes to your road bike by adding aero bars and aero wheels. This may be step one as you get started in the sport of triathlon. After you move past the exploration phase and decide to continue doing triathlons, I would encourage you to purchase a triathlon-specific bike.
Here are some unique ideas for triathlon gifts for that special triathlete in your life. Plus, tips for picking out the perfect triathlon gift, based on your triathlete’s personal goals and interests.
Diane is a newbie triathlete who shares some tips about getting into the sport of triathlon and how she is dealing with her swimming phobia. Turns out, the fear of swimming in open water is not at all uncommon. Here are some solutions…
There are an increasing number of triathlon resources just for women. To get you started, take some time and explore the following women’s triathlon training tips. Plus ideas for triathlon gear and equipment you’ll need.
I just returned home from a triathlon trip; I competed in an Olympic distance triathlon a few hours from where I live. With it fresh in my mind, what follows are some tips regarding race day of your triathlon — including what to pack and how to prepare the night before the event.
A person could easily spend in the thousands of dollars for a year of triathlon training and triathlon events. What follows are some ideas on cutting tri costs.
I’d encourage you to take some time and investigate the specifics of a sound triathlon nutrition plan. If you are a newcomer to triathlons, this may involve a major diet overhaul.
This morning when I woke up, being a triathlete felt like a burden. The triathlete blues often hit around August when you’re a little worn out, and your most important goals are still ahead of you. Your body has acquired its aches and pains, the summer heat begins to wear on you, and all kinds of frustrations get into your head. Here are some tips for dealing with triathlon blues.
Are you ready for the 2008 USA Olympics?! With just a few days to go, I thought it might be helpful to break down the details on the 2008 Beijing Olympics triathlon competition.
Want to make fast gains in tri training? There are no secrets, and yet there are ways a person can maximize their progress in triathlon training. Here are a few to consider:
What is a Sprint Triathlon? How do you know where to start? What is on-site registration like? Those are a few of the questions you’re likely to have as a new triathlete. It’s also quite possible there will be times when, despite all your training and preparation, there will be a voice in your head as you swim, bike, or run that will call into question whether or not you are going to be able to do it. You CAN do it… here’s how!
When establishing a triathlon training plan, you need to train in 3 different sports: swimming, biking, running. There are an endless number of training plans to choose from. I would encourage you to think of triathlon training as both a science and an art. Here are some triathlon training plans to consider.
Do you over train? Is it okay to over train… sometimes? I’m a Triathlete and I over train. It’s hard for me to take a day off. Here’s what you should know about overtraining for triathlons — or any sport for that matter!
Let’s discuss 5 of the most common questions newbie triathletes have about triathlon training and triathlon events. The topics include: wearing underwear, drinking water, airing up bike tires, signing up for the Hawaii Ironman, and drinking energy drinks vs sports drinks. Here’s what you need to know.
A day in the Tri Life consists of making mistakes — it happens when triathletes are training, as well as on the day of the big event. Mistakes are expected and natural. Here are 3 you might be able to avoid… from someone who’s been there, done that.
Times have changed. These days, ‘old timers’ over 40 are kicking butt and taking names. It’s never too late to start training for triathlons! Here are some inspirational people who’ve done it… over 40.
What is living the Tri Life like? It’s living an ‘I Can’ life. It’s living a ‘Wellness’ life. It’s living a ‘Purposeful’ life. It’s all of that an a whole lot more. Here’s why I’m enjoying every minute of being a triathlete and what it’s like to live the Tri Life… to me.
Triathletes are especially susceptible to injuries because triathlon training and competition pushes the human body to its limits. That’s why you should incorporate an injury prevention mentality into your training. Here are some suggestions for preventing triathlete injuries, plus some homeopathic treatments for sports injuries you can try.
Whether you’ve just decided to do a triathlon or you’ve already done 30 of them, it’s important to identify a specific triathlon race that you are training to compete in. Doing so gives you a solid goal to work towards, and a focal point to build your training program around. Here’s how to choose a triathlon event, and what you need to know about triathlon races.
There was once a time when I worried about eating too much. Now, I worry about eating too little. I used to weigh 210, now I weigh 166. If you want to get your body in shape for triathlons — or life in general — the trick is eating the right food in the right quantity.
Where do you start to begin training for your first triathlon? Fortunately, you can find some great online triathlon training, as well as triathlon coaching online. There are also a number of triathlon training guides in the form of triathlon training books, DVDs, and lecture series. Here are some beginner triathlon training programs to consider when you are establishing your triathlon training plan.
Along with cycling shorts, it’s a good idea to have a couple of cycling jerseys. Other bike stuff that would be nice to have: a wireless bike computer, bike rack for your car, bike chain, bike lock, water bottles, aero bars, a bike light, a way to store your bike, an indoor trainer, and a mirror.
Cycling shoes and clipless pedals allow your feet to be secured into the pedals, so your pedaling motion can utilize both the downward push of your quads and the upward pull of your hamstring. Here is some advice for using clipless pedals for the first time.
As far as cycling gear goes, there are the Must-Haves, things that are A Good Idea, and items that Would Be Nice. The most basic necessities for all cyclists fall under the Must Have category and they are all covered here.
The longest leg in every triathlon is cycling, which means you’re going to be spending a lot of time training on a bike. Biking, compared to swimming and running, also involves the most gear. The first thing you need is a bike, and there is a LOT to consider. Do you want a road bike or a triathlon bike? What about new vs used? Here are some tips for buying your first triathlon bike.
I thought I was a pretty good swimmer until I joined the Masters Swim class at our local YMCA. There I was – Mr. Triathlon man, ready to show everyone just how triathlony I was! But I was humbled during that first swim class, and I realized I had a lot to learn and a long way to go. I’m so thankful that I decided to stick with the class, despite the rocky start. Here’s why…
While training for triathlons, try to be fully present in the moment and what’s going on around you. Let yourself enter into the full sensory experience of sight, smell, and sound around you. Your triathlon training will be much more enjoyable
What makes triathlons fun? Well, it’s going to sneak up on you, but one day you are going to come across someone who is right where you are right now. Suddenly, it’s going to hit you that you did make it, that you persevered through all the challenges and obstacles, you accomplished your goal, you have become a stronger person — YOU did it!
I feel overwhelming gratitude for the people I have met and the new friends I have made along the way of training and competing in triathlons. These people have greatly impacted my life. I learned an important life lesson: don’t judge people, because there is always more you don’t know about someone than what you do know.
There will be times as a newcomer when you will be tempted to reconsider doing triathlons. Here are some of the situations that made me think twice about doing triathlons… Plus, how I eventually got healthy and fit.
One big reason why you will be glad you finished your first triathlon is: The person coming out of the water will not be the same one who went in. After completing the swim, doing the bike, and running across the finish line, it will be a different you. Maybe it is not so much a ‘different’ you, but a part of you that has only now been awakened.
The bottom line is this: If a middle-aged man addicted to Zebra Cakes who doesn’t own a bike or know how to swim can do a Triathlon, so can you! Here are 5 reasons to try a triathlon, and why you’ll be glad you did…