Though muscle cramps can come during the swim or bike portion, they are more common during the run since a person is more susceptible to fatigue or dehydration nearing the latter states of a triathlon. Here’s why you get muscle cramps, plus what you can do to prevent them, and ultimately treat them.
Triathletes invest a lot of time determining the brand of bike to purchase, the correct bike fit, the bike’s components, and the right tires for your triathlon bike. Plus, a new bike obviously comes with a seat, yet typically people don’t really question or investigate whether their bike seat is the best bike seat for them. Mistake! Here’s what to look for in a bike seat or bike saddle for triathlons.
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.
I have two hill-climbing strategies that get me through most every type of hill on a bike: 1. Focus on your pedaling motion, find a groove. 2. Switch gears a lot when pedaling up hills. Here’s how I switched from fearing hills to conquering them!
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.
My best tips for new — or returning — cyclists are perfect for newbies in training, as well as those who are looking for a fun new way to get fit, and cyclists who’ve been away from the sport for awhile. Whether you’ll be doing short- or long-distance rides, if you’ll be riding on the road — rather than a bike path or offroad — then these tips will come in handy.
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.
I used to be a long-distance cyclist. Not a great one. Nor a fast one. Just an average one — who had a ball every time my wheels were spinning. Fast-forward to today. And even though I’ve biked a bit around here since we moved to Tennessee, as I kept getting busier and busier, I kept pushing my bike farther and farther into the corner of our garage. Here’s how I got re-motivated to get back into cycling. Lots of great tips.
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.