Getting Started

If you’re thinking of doing a triathlon but you’ve never done one and you have no idea how to get started then you’re just where I was the summer of 2007. I’m trying to post as much as I can here about my experience buying gear and starting workouts so that you can see what I did and trust me, if I did this then you can do this.

06
Jan

What to wear for your first triathlon.

I still remember my first triathlon like it was yesterday, although it has now been over three years. I had only seen one triathlon before, and that was before I got involved in triathlon so I wasn’t paying attention to the details. Luckily I had a good friend who was coaching me through getting started […]

23
Jun

Winter Clothing for Triathlon Training

I live in Utah, which means I get to train through the winter. And since I’m not a huge fan of the bike trainer or the treadmill, that means running and biking outside in the cold, and that means winter clothing. And as anyone with any sense knows, the best time to buy your winter […]

09
Jun

What’s the difference between a triathlon suit and a triathlon wetsuit?

A triathlon wetsuit is thick neoprene material primarily designed to keep you warm, although buoyancy and hydrodynamics are huge added benefits. A tri suit or triathlon suit is an outfit made of thin polyester-like material (I’m actually wearing one right now, coincidentally, as I’m writing this just before going to do a workout). While a […]

28
Aug

What’s a brick?

Nobody is born doing triathlons, and so most of us remember hearing someone say “I’m going to do a brick tomorrow” and thinking “Wha…?” But of course we’re too embarrassed to ask “What’s a brick?” and so we go on the Internets and use the Google to try and figure it out. Well, here you […]

19
Aug

What’s the Difference Between an Ironman and a Triathlon?

Yeah, what is the difference between a triathlon and an Ironman anyway? The question doesn’t really make sense, because an Ironman is a triathlon, the same way a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not necessarily a square, you know? There are four standard distances when it comes to triathlons, and an Ironman […]

19
Aug

The Triathlete’s Training Bible

I just barely started reading The Triathlete’s Training Bible, so maybe it’s premature to be doing a review but it’s already the best triathlon training book I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen two! But seriously, it’s awesome. I mean, it’s got just about everything you would need to know about triathlon in it, along with […]

07
Jul

Before and After Photos

Guilt can be powerful motivation. That’s what happens when you first put a “before” photo of yourself on the mirror in the bathroom so that you’ll see it every morning when you get up. You see yourself in your fat, bloated, lazy condition and think “Do I really look like that?” And then you go […]

06
Jul

Should I Shave My Legs?

If you’re a woman, yes. If you’re a man…I don’t know. My friend who got me into triathlon shaves his legs all the time. Maybe he can chime in here with some tips. But after listening to one of the Tri-Talk podcasts wherein host David Warden says he got a staph infection from shaving (and […]

24
Jun

Learning the Lingo

If you’re like me, getting started with triathlons is incredibly overwhelming to the point where you say “How about if I just swim some laps, ride my bike around, run a little, and then go run a race?” I have friends who, when they start something new, go out and buy all the books, read […]

19
Jun

Triathlon Podcast TriTalk

I just found out about TriTalk, a podcast about triathlons and made for triathletes, and it’s great stuff. It’s the #1 podcast about triathlon stuff, and is hosted by David Warden, a free-lance journalist, with articles appearing in Triathlete and Inside Triathlon magazines. He is on the Regional Board of Directors for USAT and the […]

16
Jun

Wait, not so fast.

Well, sometimes getting started again can be a challenge. I visited my physical therapist today because my lower-right back has been hurting as well as my left hamstring, and they seem to be connected. If I try to stretch my left hamstring even a tiny bit it just kills my lower right back. I mean […]

08
Jun

Getting Started…Again.

It has been two years since I started doing triathlons. At the same time I’m both impressed and dissappointed in what I’ve accomplished. I went from having never run over a mile in my life, having never ridden a road bike, and having not swam much since age 10, to completing the Oceanside Ironman 70.3–all […]

09
Jan

14-week Marathon Training Plan?

Whatever my injury started out as, it definitely appears to be irritation of the sciatic nerve at the moment. It seems to be recovering quickly now that I’m back from Christmas vacation, which involved a lot of driving which seemed to irritate it a lot more, so I don’t think I’ve got a disc injury, […]

22
Sep

Get a Physical Therapist

When I first started getting into triathlons my trainer referred me to a physical therapist. I didn’t have a problem that needed to be fixed, but he told me to go anyway. I went to a therapist who had experience with running and biking. He tested me for flexibility, making me do all sorts of […]

14
Aug

How to Buy a Triathlon Bike

If you’re just getting started and know nothing about bikes then buying one can be a frightening proposition. How much should I pay? Should I buy new or used? Do I really need to worry about aerodynamics when I’m just starting? What are those handlebars people have that allow them to lean forward and rest […]