No matter how much research you do, there will still be some things you learn on the day. Here are a few tips on transition that I picked up the hard way. Pack everything, but keep most of it in your bag I tend to overpack for triathlons, so I have this large hiking backpack … Continue reading Tips For Not Looking Like an Idiot in Transition
I’ve been putting off writing about transition because it tends to be the topic most “beginner” articles cover first. And rightfully so- transition is a weird unknown for those who are used to just swimming, biking, or running. For me, transition is one of the things that drew me to triathlon. I am a person … Continue reading Let’s Transition for a Moment…
Last weekend I competed in my last race of the season and it rained. Seriously? I live in San Diego, land of 72 and sunny. What was I supposed to do with rain?? Now I get that you’re already wet from the swim, and you’re basically wet throughout the entire race. But I knew rain was … Continue reading We’re Racing in the Rain
Like any sport, triathlon is governed by a number of rules. Penalties can range from having to stop in a penalty box or having time added to your overall finish, to disqualification. Unfortunately, there isn’t one governing body for all triathlon, so rules can vary race to race. Be sure to check your race’s website … Continue reading Triathlon Basics: Rules Made Simple
In my first race, the cross wind on the bike was terrible. I often felt like I was pedaling to nowhere, and I was getting passed by faster cyclists at an embarrassing rate. But on the homestretch, I found myself pushing to pass someone. Anyone. Passing in a triathlon can be a tricky business- per … Continue reading My First Race: The Guy who Didn’t Know the Rules.
I get so excited to see people reading the blog, and I'm so honored when someone tells me that the blog is helping them with their tri training. My goal is to get other people excited about triathlon and to take the mystery out of things. My email is always open for your questions about training … Continue reading Reader Question!
Already on the blog we’ve covered basics to get you swimming, biking, and running. You may be thinking, okay! Let’s get on to the race already! But here’s my question to you: What’s your fitness level? Can you walk a 5k? Can you run it? Can you hang through an entire 60 minute spin class? … Continue reading How’s Your Baseline?
Running is the last event of the triathlon race. You’re tired, sweaty, and really ready for a beer. But alas, you still have 3, 6, 13, or 26 miles to go. In my first race, my back was cramping, my calves were cramping, and I felt like I was just running in place. Half a … Continue reading My First Race: The end is near!
Going into my first race, I thought the bike would be the quickest and easiest portion of the day. I learned to ride a bike when I was a kid. I averaged 23-26 miles on the spin bike during a 50 minute class. The course organizers promoted the bike course as a “flat and fast … Continue reading My First Bike Race: Am I Done Yet?
Going into my first tri, I had one open water swim practice under my belt. I knew it wasn’t the best idea, but I figured it was close enough to pool swimming that I’d be fine. My swim start was first thing in the morning and the sun was just rising over the mountains, right … Continue reading My First Open Water Swim: Look like an idiot or drown?