SparkPeople TriSport:Triathletes, Swimmers, Cyclists and Runners Team Messageboard Anything triathlon! Everything Swimming, Biking, Running and Cross-training. Members from beginners to Iron Man competitors are welcome. SparkPeople TriSport:Triathletes, Swimmers, Cyclists and Runners Team Messageboard Chamois Butt-r and the Transition - What to do? I have question that has been nagging me for a while. I asked the guy at the bike shop about this, but he doesn't do tris - he is a cyclist. <BR> <BR> Whenever I ride for more than 30 minutes I need chamois butt-r and I always put it on right before getting on the bike. What do you do during a tri? I am afraid if I put it on before the race, it will wash out during the swim and I'll get chafed on the ride (I'm doing a HIM). <BR> <BR> What do you do? Is there a subtle way to squeeze a glob... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 18:31:49 EST Newish to the team, new to triathlons. I've been a member of the team for awhile but I've never posted. My first sprint triathlon is this weekend and I'm feeling very anxious. I can swim, but I'm slow; I can bike, but I'm slow; I can run, but (you guessed it!) I'm slow. I'm worried that I won't be able to finish or that I'll be so slow that I'll be last. I feel like I should drop out. I'm not used to feeling this defeated. Does anyone have any tips for building my confidence back up? Or tri stories that will make me feel be... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:31:38 EST Half Ironman Help I have registered for my first HIM which is scheduled for November. Although I am 55 I know I can do this distance. I have run a couple of marathons, a bunch of half marathons, and a number of sprint tris. I spend a decent amount of time in the water, and am currently training for a distance race (18 miles). My weakest event will be the cycling but I have worked with a coach in the past and was taught some decent cycling habits. <BR> <BR> I really can't afford a coach right now so I am looki... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:53:08 EST 2015 Race Schedule With the new year I'm busy starting to sign up for races - and stepping on the scale for the first time in months. Need to make changes. <BR> <BR> What is your race schedule for the year? Here's my plan so far - <BR> Early May - Duathlon - 3 miles/14/2.5 <BR> Late June - Olympic triathlon <BR> Early August - Triathlon Nationals - Olympic distance <BR> Late August - Sprint Triathlon - close to nationals but a race and distance I love. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:05:56 EST Master's Swimming For everyone who swims, this is a great link for information on Master's Swimming programs. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> United States Master's Swimming. They have info about everything for the older swimmer. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 11:31:54 EST Getting started in the water I've made a goal to do a sprint triathlon in 2015. I've got the running down (finished my first marathon this year!), I'm a slow but capable cyclist, but my swimming is little more than a doggie paddle. My fiance is a former swim coach and has done the relay portions of triathlons; he is willing to work with me to at least get the basics down. We're starting our swim sessions in a couple of weeks and I'm wondering how we should start out. Does anyone have any tips for where to begin to lea... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:21:10 EST Foot pain Recently had some foot pain. Found out it was PlantarFaciitis. Here are a couple of links that helped me. <BR> <BR><BR>Eo <BR> <BR><BR>q8 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:43:08 EST Running my 1st race of 2014-15 Season Running my first race of the season this weekend in preparation for a Triathlon next weekend. Just a little tune up before a bigger event next week. <BR> <BR> Last year I won the swim for my age group and the two younger age groups below me. Have a new bike for that leg of the race, not sure about the run. I haven't done the 15K distance in more than 10 years. Didn't do the run in last year's event because of shin splints. Looking forward to improving my time from last year. <BR> <BR> Wis... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:58:32 EST Help - Turbo Trainers (Newbie!) Hi all <BR> <BR> I've just joined the team as even though I'm not planning on doing a triathlon, I thought that I might be able to pick up some cycling tips. <BR> <BR> I'm about to buy a hybrid bike because I want to take up cycling. I want to get a Turbo Trainer as well to use at home because I know that I am more likely to work out if I can just come home and do it without any excuses in the bad weather or in the evening after work. Has anyone used a turbo trainer to get fit / stay fit / ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:23:21 EST Welcome to the Team Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thanks for joining our team Multisport - Triathletes, Duathletes and more. Our team focuses primarily on Swimming, Biking and Running. But we also branch out into all types of cross training for both the body and mental endurance. <BR> <BR> We will be posting many links to other websites to help you with your training goals, race/event schedules, and more. <BR> <BR> This is YOUR team, so let me know what information you would like to see. <BR> <BR> Good luck in... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:24:31 EST Manatee River Run 5 Mile Dec 22, 2013 Another Race in the Bradenton area <BR> .<BR>tee-river-run-5-mile-florida-palmetto/ <BR> <BR> This race is along the Manatee River in Palmetto Florida. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 12:03:00 EST Frosty 5K on Dec 21, 2013 This race is in Downtown Bradenton on Saturday December 21st. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:59:16 EST Jingle Bell Run 5K If you are in the Sarasota/Bradenton Florida area on December 21st, 2013 here is another race in the area. <BR> <BR> It's in Lakewood Ranch Florida. Should be a good time. It's a evening race through the Christmas lights. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:56:26 EST Sandy Claws 5K Here is the next race in Sarasota Florida. It's the Sandy Claws 5K on December 14, 2013. It runs along the beach on Siesta Key, voted #1 beach in the United States for the past 10 years. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:51:03 EST 29:52 Ran my first 5K this weekend. Been 33 years and a couple of weeks since the last one. Wow! Am I getting old or what? <BR> <BR> Ran the Turkey Trot in Sarasota Florida this weekend in 29: 52. Not too bad considering it was a balmy 40 degrees and I have exercise induced asthma which is greatly effected by cold air. <BR> <BR> I hadn't run a race in a long time so I started at the back of the pack, I didn't want to get trampled by all of the teenagers and college kids who were looking to fini... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:25:22 EST My first 5K in 33 years Ran my first race since I was on the Cross Country team in high school. In fact my last race was November of 1980. <BR> <BR> Ran the Turkey Trot in Sarasota Florida on Thursday and finished in 29:52. A far cry from the 16 minute times I ran when I was in high school. <BR> <BR> Next race is in 2 weeks, Looking to shave 30 seconds off of my time and be under 29:30. Can't wait. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:07:38 EST Where is Everyone? I know I've been gone a few months, but does that mean everyone had to take the summer off? <BR> <BR> What's everyone been doing? Let's hear some Success Stories! Who did what event in how much time? <BR> <BR> I missed you guys! <BR> <BR> Jonny Mac Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:12:06 EST Little Help here Please Hi, I would like to know what all of you are looking for in the way of information. Please share with me and I will try to find and post what you are interested in. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Pat <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:41:29 EST From volunteer to triathlete hopeful.... Here we go again -- <BR> <BR> My name is Holly, and yep, starting again. When I first found Sparkpeople, I weighed 238. Through great community and online friends, I got down to 160 pounds (10 pounds from my goal weight!!). That was 5 years ago. Then, as things go, I fell off and over the course of time, I've gained 20 back. Several false starts, and nothing has changed. This year, I began a part time job with a multi-sport company, thinking that it would inspire and encourage me to get back... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:07:15 EST My first 70.3... Hello fellow multisport athletes! So, I registered for the Galveston 70.3 which is taking place next April. I've only ever done sprint races before (8 to be exact with my last of the season in 2 weeks) and I know I should have hit some Olympic distances first but I'm moving out of Texas next year and wanted my first 70.3 to be here. And hey, I've got 7 months to train right!? <BR> <BR> Yeah. So I'm just wondering if anyone has any tips or training secrets that they'd like to send my way.... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 23:02:20 EST Fun looking race for Albany Area folk<BR>vents.html <link><BR>ents.html </link> <BR> <BR> This is a Run, Bike Inner Tube triathlon and it looks like *so much durned fun* but I am already committed to another race the same weekend (West Point Triathlon). Its in Lake Luzerne in the Glens Falls (Warren County) area. Race format is a 5K/3.1M run, then 7,5M bike and then an inner tube race across the Hudson River. The distances arent too long and it ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 06:04:19 EST Time For A Change Guess I am supposed to introduce myself here. Here goes: <BR> Hi, I am John. I am a little (OK, a lot) heavy and I guess it's time for a Change. I've been a rather large guy for all my life and I just got used to it, and even joked about it. Lately though, I've been feeling the need to do something different and get in shape. This may sound funny, but I seriously want to participate in a Triathlon. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that the tools/resources/community here are SparkPeople will help me to ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:06:45 EST Just a few more weeks.... My first 70.3 is right around the corner. Taper starts Aug 1st. Race day is August 11th, Wisconsin Dells. <BR> <BR> Feeling fairly confident that all will be well. Need to work on my bricks and running in general. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:08:33 EST The Six Habits of the Highly Effective Triathletes This summer I have introduced several people to triathlon. I came across this article written by Bethany Leach Mavis. Let me know what you think. <BR> <BR> 1. They turn experiences into tools for racing. Learn from your races and race to win. Practice in less than perfect conditions and develop ways to deal with those conditions. <BR> <BR> 2. Focus on the process. Making lists before the race and during races allows one to keep focused on the task at hand. Mentally running through your list... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:18:16 EST Graston Techinque Has anyone here ever had graston technique done? <BR> <BR> If you don't know what the Graston technique is, basically they take this metal bar and grind it into you skin, wherever you have pain, and try to dig out the scar tissue and then the muscles are supposed to heal again properly so that you no longer have any pain. <BR> <BR> I went for the first time last night for my knees. It hurt a lot - but I am hoping to have success. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a success story to tell me abou... Fri, 10 May 2013 09:19:22 EST I got featured on Ben Greenfield fitness.. I was pretty excited to see this in my inbox this morning :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm just sharing my woo hoo moment.... <BR> <BR> Link to my post... <BR> <link><BR>1 </link> <BR> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:41:37 EST Let The Healing Begin: Running Still Matters This article was written by Brian Metzler as the result of the tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon. I am sure at one time we have all wondered...what if? <BR> <BR> I heard something like a loud but muffled clap of thunder. Nothing remarkable until, moments later, a second blast sent screaming people running in all directions. <BR> <BR> Now, it is two days later and its hard to put it all into perspective. It is clear now that marathon running, and running in general, still matters. Perha... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:14:26 EST swimming videos I posted my Terry Laughlin swimming DVD on You Tube.. it really helped me alot.. I hope it helps someone else... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:25:23 EST March Miles OK -- so there has been no March miles challenge. I say we should still brag about miles for the month. I still have two runs left to do this month, but I have swam and road more miles than I have ever done in a month. <BR> <BR> Swim - 19475 yds (11 miles) <BR> Bike - 251 (bike trainer and outdoors) <BR> Run - 65 (about 10 left to go today and tomorrow) <BR> Total - 327 <BR> <BR> How about you?? <BR> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:31:33 EST Swimsuit I am doing a sprint triathlon with an indoor swim. Do most people wear their regular swimsuits or do they wear those trisuits? My goal for the swim portion is to not embarrass myself. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:34:50 EST How Fast Do You Swim So, I'm training for my first 70.3 triathlon. I'm just curious how fast/slow other team members are in the water. I'm currently swimming a 38 minute mile doing laps in a 25 yard pool. So, how fast do you swim? Sat, 16 Mar 2013 22:14:48 EST Motivation? This is my second year doing Tri's . I have at least three this year and two half marathons...I am struggling to stay motivated to train...some days I am so ready and some days I can not seem to wrap my head around doing much of do you stay motivated, focused or disicplined to train? Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:54:35 EST Six Steps to an Awesome Triathlon Written by Nicole Drummer, this article appearred on USAT <BR> 1. Why are You Doing the Race? <BR> To develop the right mindset, you need to know why you are racing. Is it for fun, training, or the most important event of the season? <BR> <BR> 2. Have Specific Goals <BR> Write them down and place them where you will see them. They can be subjective-finish the race with a smile, or specific-a certain time on the bike split. It is common to have three goals: a "super achievable", then a "solid... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:05:20 EST If The Bike Fits Wear It This article was written by Jennifer Sherry and includes topics addressed by numerous individuals that own or work in bicycle shops. <BR> <BR> "Sometimes, the simplewst adjustments have the most impact." <BR> <BR> Everything Must Fit Properly-Matt Ladder <BR> He starts from the ground up on a bike. He starts with the shoes, then the cleat position, then saddle height, saddle fore and aft and finally the handlebar. <BR> <BR> You Have to Play to Win-Mike McKovich <BR> He breaks bikes into tw... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:37:55 EST Training for the SWIM Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have started several threads for swim training on the SWIM FANS team page. They are designed to get people back in the water and develop endurance in the water. Later, I will develop threads for open water training and others for increasing speed in the water. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any specific questions regarding stroke mechanics, workouts, cross training for the swim, weight training for swimming or anything else regarding swimming, please email your question... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:36:13 EST Bought a new bike At least it's new to me. <BR> <BR> I bought a vintage 1978 Schwinn Caliente. I had one in high school and it was stolen from the bike racks in front of my dorm on the 2nd day of school. Took the bike and left the cut cable and lock. I liked this bike because it changed gears without peddling. <BR> <BR> Got the bike on Ebay for $100 bucks. Can't wait for it to get here and go for a ride. It's heavy by today's standards so I'll use it for training and use my other bike for race days. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:09:25 EST New to tris Hi Everyone - I am new to spark people and new to tris. My plan is to complete my first sprint tri in September. I love to swim but never learned how to swim with my head in the water so I started swim lessons. This is going to be a challenge. I love to bike, but my biggest challenge will be running. I have always hated running, but I am determined and am hoping I will start to like it. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading your posts and seeing your successes. I know you will inspire me... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:30:42 EST February 2013 Miles Challenge Welcome to the February 2013 Miles Challenge! <BR> <BR> Set your own mileage goal for the month! Run, jump, walk, bike, swim -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> The goal tracking works like this. Add your name to the list in ALPHABETICAL order and your goal for the month. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> Your User Id: Miles Completed Today/ Monthly Total Miles Completed/Total Monthly Goal <BR> <BR> ***Example*** <BR> IRUN4FUN 250/1000/12,000 <BR> DDUCK 3/7/25 <BR> IMA... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 21:52:56 EST First Brick! I did my very first Brick workout today...45 minute bike, 10 minute run. I know it doesn't sound like much, but for me, this is huge. It's the first time I've taken any tri-training seriously and been consistent! I have been on cloud 9 all day because of it! I just had to put it in writing...kind of documents it...just in case I've set the apocalypse in motion or something... <em>20</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:17:32 EST I can't wait for the 1st I can't wait for the 1st of the month. It's both the day of reckoning AND the first day for a fresh start to the month. It's the day I MEASURE! <BR> <BR> You'll notice I didn't say "WEIGH." While I do weigh-in, it's only one of several things I measure, because weight loss isn't one of my goals, at least not directly. My goals are to get physically fit and healthy again, and if I increase my muscle mass, lower my BMI and drop a few pounds in the process, so be it. But I only weigh-in so I ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:10:09 EST Nutrition and Clavicle Fractures I broke my right clavicle during a cx race on Saturday. Is there any nutritional things I can do to promote healing? What leaches calcium from the bones? Should I take calcium supplements? What should I avoid and what should I add? Appreciate any and all advice. Thanks. Mark Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:30:09 EST What did you find at your workout today ***** This is a running forum for anyone, at any level, with any workout, to post what they found DURING that workout, whether it was motivation, inspiration, frustration, and/or real physical objects ******* <BR> <BR> ****** Post the date and type of workout and then tell us what you found when running, biking, rowing, walking, skipping, lifting, or swimming (might be creepy!) ********** <BR> <BR> KEEP THEM COMING - these will be great! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:53:43 EST Welcome new Team Members Sending a hello and shout out to our newest team members. So glad you joined our team... <BR> <BR> SBALAS1 <BR> COFFEE_123456 <BR> REVITALIZINGUS <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:41:24 EST 15 Things a Beginning Cyclist Should Do This article brought back fond memories for me that I thought a new cyclist might want to experience. Most of us have "been" there but the article has some great info and reminders for all levels of cyclists. Doug Robertson wrote this article for Active. <BR> <BR> 1. Get Lost <BR> Ride somewhere you have never been. Explore and rediscover like you did as a child. <BR> <BR> 2. Fix a Flat <BR> Be sure you are on the side of a road with multiple cars zipping by. You might ride most of the day ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:19:32 EST Holiday Season How was your Holiday? Did anyone get new equipment, and if so what did you get? Did you find time to exercise of did you take time off? Tell us about your Holiday Season. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:09:02 EST Congratulate Our December 2012 Team Leaders Give a shout out to our December 2012 Fitness Leaders <BR> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> LESLIELENORE <BR> LKEITHO <BR> BRIGHTCRAYON <BR> WANNABFIT34 <BR> JUNEPA <BR> <BR> Don't forget to congratulate our December 2012 Spark points leaders as well: <BR> <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> LESLIELENORE <BR> LKEITHO <BR> GOING-STRONG <BR> MANDALYNROX <BR> DKWETZEL <BR> <BR> So, who is going to knock them off of the list in January? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:24:30 EST JANUARY 2013 Miles Challenge Welcome to the JANUARY 2013 Miles Challenge! <BR> <BR> Set your own mileage goal for the month! Run, jump, walk, bike, swim -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> The goal tracking works like this. Add your name to the list in ALPHABETICAL order and your goal for the month. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> User Id Miles Today/ Monthly TotalMiles Completed/Total Goal <BR> <BR> ***Example*** <BR> IRUN4FUN 250/1000/12,000 <BR> DDUCK 3/7/25 <BR> IMAWINNER 0/0/60 <BR> MMOUSE 2/... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:39:14 EST January Birthdays Celebrations Anniversarys We'd like to know if your birthday is this month, or your celebrating an anniversary, even a fitness birthday or anniversary (so many years at goal, 10th event, SP anniversary, etc.) so that we can celebrate with you! <em>383</em> <em>205</em> <em>410</em> <em>503</em> <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:36:36 EST Suggested reads... houghts? Add more to the list Runner's world had a list of suggested reading material, of which I think would be great gifts for readers and runners. The 4 they listed were: <BR> <BR> 1. Tread Lightly <BR> 2. The Little Read Book of Running <BR> 3. Superbodies <BR> 4. Cardio or Weights <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the article: <BR> <link><BR>ience-holiday-book-list?cm_mmc=NL-Wome<BR>ns-_-1127122-_-12052012-_-Recommended-<BR>Reads-for-Runners </link> <BR> <BR> My additions: ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:00:30 EST IM New Orleans 70.3 Anyone doing this? Registration deadline for the discount ($199) is Dec 31. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 13:49:18 EST December 2012 Miles Challenge Welcome to the DECEMBER 2012 Miles Challenge! <BR> <BR> Set your own mileage goal for the month! Run, jump, walk, bike, swim -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> The goal tracking works like this. Add your name to the list in ALPHABETICAL order and your goal for the month. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> User Id Miles Today/ Monthly TotalMiles Completed/Total Goal <BR> <BR> ***Example*** <BR> IRUN4FUN 250/1000/12,000 <BR> DDUCK 3/7/25 <BR> IMAWINNER 0/0/60 <BR> MMOUSE 2... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:28:55 EST December Birthdays/C elebrations (Belated November We'd like to know if your birthday is this month, or your celebrating an anniversary, even a fitness birthday or anniversary (so many years at goal, 10th event, SP anniversary, etc.) so that we can celebrate with you! <em>383</em> <em>205</em> <em>410</em> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> And since I was missing in action during November, let's see the November milestones too! Sorry, I missed those! Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:26:57 EST Heptathletes Decathletes? Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been in the team for awhile but not actually done anything until now! Anyone here a Heptathlete or Decathlete? I finished 5th in California at my college's State competition this past year in the Heptathlon, and I'm really interested in meeting any other multi's on here! For those who don't know, the Heptathlon consists of the 100m Hurdles, 200m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, and Javelin. You get points for your time or mark, and whoever has the most points at t... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 20:13:47 EST Time for a Nutritious Snack? This recipe and nutritional information was provided by chef Sandy Dominguez, pro triathlete Jenny Fletcher and registered dietitian and tri coach Marni Sumbal for Active. I tried the recipe and really like it. Let me know what you think. <BR> Three items are used in this trail mix snack: Goji berries, Cacao nibs, and raw almonds. Pick these items up at the store, dump them in a bowl and mix them up. You will have a batch that will last for the week. This mix is low fat and offers great nutr... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 11:00:42 EST NOVEMBER 2012 Miles Challenge Welcome to the NOVEMBER 2012 Miles Challenge! <BR> <BR> Set your own mileage goal for the month! Run, jump, walk, bike, swim -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> The goal tracking works like this. Add your name to the list in ALPHABETICAL order and your goal for the month. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> User Id Miles Today/ Monthly TotalMiles Completed/Total Goal <BR> <BR> ***Example*** <BR> IRUN4FUN 250/1000/12,000 <BR> DDUCK 3/7/25 <BR> IMAWINNER 0/0/60 <BR> MMOUSE 2... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:56:23 EST Great article on Compulsive Eating I just read this article on about compulsive eating and why we do it. It also had some helpful tricks and tips. Overall, very good article. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ulsion-refined-food-addiction.html </link> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:36:23 EST REV3 Half Aug 11th, 2013 Wisconsin Dells.. Is there anyone from this team that will be participating in this event? I just signed up today, this is my first 70.3 :) Fri, 5 Oct 2012 18:51:49 EST Good SP article - Don't miss reading it! Don't miss one of today's articles on racing. It is one of my favorites... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=263 </link> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:52:01 EST Too Much of a Good Thing This article was written by Morgan Johnson and appears in the USAT Multisport Lab. <BR> <BR> Recovery may be the most common catch-phrase in the endurance sports industry today. But what does recovery actually mean? Recovery is the most basic principle of effective endurance training. This principle is formally termed the "supercompensation cycle", and it teaches us that increased fitness occurs after stress is applied to the body (exercise), and the body properly recovers from the incurred ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 10:58:02 EST Triathlon Poem_Enjoy The pain/ the wait is over ready to go again: by Rosemary <BR> <BR> The pool is still, slow <BR> but I just think to myself I'm a waterbaby <BR> but my swim is slow <BR> slow is good <BR> for me, <BR> I tell myself <BR> I need to save my legs for the bike and run <BR> <BR> run is what i do best, <BR> I'm out of the pool <BR> and it's freezing, I then find myself at the end of my bike leg <BR> almost at the start ready to get my favourite shoes <BR> <BR> And I say to my legs "if you babies ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:07:51 EST Video about Alcohol's effect on training Decent video about the effect of alcohol on your training and remaining lean. It is from an advertised program, so ignore that, but overall, interesting. Let me know if the link doesn't work. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p </link> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:05:44 EST September 2012 Points Leaders - Congrats Congratulations to our top 5 leaders for September 2012 in Spark Points and Spark Fitness. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Way to go team and keep working towards your goals. If anyone wants some new team goals added, please let me know! <BR> <BR> Points <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> LESLIELENORE <BR> LKEITHO <BR> BSHELTON1 <BR> AMANDA82 <BR> LDRICHEL <BR> <BR> Fitness <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> LESLIELENORE <BR> LKEITHO <BR> LILPAT3 <BR> PIGLETSMALL <BR> OILMANDREW Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:14:02 EST OCTOBER Birthdays/C elebrations We'd like to know if your birthday is this month, or your celebrating an anniversary, even a fitness birthday or anniversary (so many years at goal, 10th event, SP anniversary, etc.) so that we can celebrate with you! <em>383</em> <em>205</em> <em>410</em> <em>503</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:01:10 EST OCTOBER Miles Challenge Welcome to the OCTOBER Miles Challenge! <BR> <BR> Set your own mileage goal for the month! Run, jump, walk, bike, swim -- just move -- your way through the month. <BR> <BR> The goal tracking works like this. Add your name to the list in ALPHABETICAL order and your goal for the month. It will look like this: <BR> <BR> User Id Miles Today/ Monthly TotalMiles Completed/Total Goal <BR> <BR> ***Example*** <BR> IRUN4FUN 250/1000/12,000 <BR> DDUCK 3/7/25 <BR> IMAWINNER 0/0/60 ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:30:54 EST Anyone want to be the Administrator? Hello! <BR> I started this group in a previous life when I could tell people I was an athlete. ;-) I learned so much from everyone who contributed and hopefully was able to pass on a lot of knowledge to others. I've since moved twice, gotten married, and just had my first baby. I'm very hopeful that I will one day be able to call my self and athlete again and return to this team for helpful information, but I'm ready to stop telling myself that I'll be a good administrator for this team ... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:43:24 EST Resistance training? I've recently started training for a (as yet hypothetical) triathlon. The trouble is I've been trying to do some research, and am getting contrary information. I've had 2 personal trainers (who admittedly have never completed a triathlon) tell me that I need to maintain a programme of strength training at least 3 times a week. But I also have a training guide from an experienced triathlete that recommends avoiding strength training as it takes time away from sport-specific training. I per... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:48:38 EST Just starting I have decided to start now to train for a triathlon next summer. I went and swam laps for 20 minutes this week after not swimming for at least 10 years. Still need to work towards running a full 5k (I still walk part of it), and my brother is getting me a bike. I found a website for beginner triathletes for training, but would definitely be open to suggestions. Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:34:23 EST Triathlon vs. Half Marathon Training? So, I'm working on my triathlon skills, even though I don't see a triathlon in my future until next year. But, I've just picked up swimming and biking and I'm enjoying both. They've done some great things for my body. <BR> <BR> I was out on injury for 4 weeks (non-weight bearing) so I couldn't run, which is where the interest in swimming and tri came from in the first place. But, now I'm working back into running and I have my first ever half marathon scheduled for October 20th. <BR> <B... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:06:04 EST Eat Like an Olympian This article was written by Chrissy Wellington, M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N., C.P.T. and fantastic triathlete for Active. Interesting little reminders. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: omega-3 rich eggs or egg whites, low-fat organic dairy, lean and clean meats, high protein, whole grains like steel cut oatmeal or quinoa. <BR> <BR> Olympians Eat Organic <BR> Here is the dirty Dozen list; be sure to make sure these items are well cleaned. Apples, celery, bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes,... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:31:16 EST Video links - transition and swimming.. Here are a couple of links that can prove useful in swimming and transition.. <BR> <BR> Swimming <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Transition <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this helps.. <BR> <BR> Robert <BR> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:48:55 EST Swimming Technique Books or DVDS Does anyone have any recommendations for books or DVDS that have helped you with your swimming technique? Thank you Karen <BR> <em>237</em> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:46:48 EST Triwear Who likes separate tops and bottoms versus an all in one suit? What brands do people like? Who has a wetsuit? What brand? Thanks! <em>332</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:30:35 EST Bricks/Training I am curious how often people do bricks in their training...please share. I am also wondering how many people take a rest day. I am finding it difficult to do so and still fit in all the workouts for all 3 sports. Thanks! <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:28:09 EST Vineman triathlete died. <link><BR>17/ARTICLES/120719628/1036/business?p=<BR>1&tc=pg </link> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:40:02 EST jUST WHEN YOU THINK IT IS SAFE Check this story out <link><BR>b/2012/07/15/regional/otter-attack/?ut<BR>m_source=Buzz+Ryan+Last+Call&utm_campa<BR>ign=Buzz+Less+this+weekend&utm_medium=email </link> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:41:54 EST At least 5 disciplines As I progress, I am discovering that triathlon has more than 3 disciplines: <BR> The fourth: nutrition and electrolyte management. This part is almost as hard as the swim/bike/running. One must study the research, listen to experienced people you trust, and do trial-and-error discovery on your own. <BR> <BR> The fifth: dealing with your demons, be they fear, self-concept, resistance to success, or other internal issues holding you back. For myself, I found that the mild anxiety that open-wat... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:57:12 EST Sprint Triathlon Hey! <BR> <BR> I've just signed up for a sprint Triathlon 2 months away but have very poor basic fitness and have never done anything like this before. <BR> <BR> Has anyone trained for a sprint triathlon from nothing before? Have you got any tips? <BR> <BR> I still need to buy a bike! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:54:24 EST Please HELP! I am doing my first triathlon in 3 weeks and I am experimenting with what I should wear for the swim that will be the most comfortable throughout all three events. Since I am so interested in this subject I am also doing an analytic report for my English class comparing the different triathlon swimwear options. Please copy and paste the following questions and answer them in your response. I really need your help <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 1.What did you wear for the swim? <BR> One piece... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:41:31 EST New to the Team Hi! My name is Julie. I am a mom of 4. I joined SparkPeople several years ago to shed weight and keep it off for good. In the process, I have found challenges that keep me motivated and moving. I've done some half and full marathons, as well as some 10k and 5k events. I did a duathalon last year and it was a very challenging experience. I wanted to try a Sprint Tri, so I'll be doing that in late September in my area. Looking forward to chatting with other folks who have participated in the Sp... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 15:23:43 EST Summer Time Blues Not sure about anyone else but I am having a rough time keeping up with all of my tracking this summer. Does anyone else have this problem and can you offer any solutions? <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:16:44 EST Hi I'm Kim and I'm Clueless! Hi! I'm Kim and I'm very, very, very new to this. <BR> <BR> I'm a runner, and I really want to be a biker. I love the water and although I've never been a swimmer (with good form and breathing and all of that), I'm excited to be taking an adult swim class this summer. I've had 4 classes so far, and I feel confinent that by the time I've had 12 classes I'll be able to do it. I'm feeling more and more confident. <BR> <BR> My next goal is to buy a bike. I would LOVE some suggestions. I'... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:16:49 EST Crossing fingers for late entry... They are trying to find some space for late entries into the Great South Bay triathlon so keep your fingers crossed! If they squeeze me in I'll be doing a sprint tri this weekend, if not 2 mile open water training swim. Either way... WINNER! ;-) Tue, 29 May 2012 12:39:21 EST Triathlons in the Seattle area I'm considering moving to Seattle and am wondering how the triathlon scene is out there as far as races and club?? <BR> <BR> Any info would be fantastic! thanks! <BR> Sat, 26 May 2012 18:53:59 EST Hello I really love the multi sport idea. I previously had a hip injury from marathon training and since then became addicted to multi sport training! I have done a few Tri's and also some duathlons along with my running events. Fri, 25 May 2012 17:33:38 EST Magnesium supplementation during an event.. If you have issues with muscle cramping, is it a plausible solution besides using electrolytes, to also mix up some magnesium citrate in with your water for an extra boost? Specifically, I was looking at Natural Calm powdered mag supplement appx 230 mg. Per pkg. <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> Taking a supplement prior to start rather than during the course. <BR> <BR> Thanks... <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 21:22:42 EST Training Tips The best training tip I have ever learned over the years is: <BR> ENJOY what your doing and make your training fun. Thu, 3 May 2012 03:50:01 EST Today's Workout... What was your workout today? <BR> I ran 8 miles and swam 2200 yards, and I feel grrrrreat! <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 3 May 2012 03:47:40 EST lap counter/gps watch.. is there a reliable lap counter for tracking laps/distance training indoors and also is there a GPS watch out there that is good for all 3 diciplines when I start my open water swimming? so far I am not having much luck on either front. <BR> <BR> the lap counter is especially important since I totally start to lose track after about 1/4 mile (11 laps). Its kind of a pain trying to mentally track laps when I am also trying to focus on my form. <BR> <BR> any info would be appreciated. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:51:32 EST 10 Tips for Injury-Free Running Thad McLaurin wrote this article for Active. <BR> <BR> 1. Track your shoes' mileage. Best rule of theumb is to change shoes every 300 to 500 miles. <BR> <BR> 2. Have more than one pair of shoes. Have a pair of shoes for long runs and another pair for shorter speed workouts. Alternating the shoes increases lifetime and helps with wet and mud conditions because if one pair is wet or muddy, the other pair is good to go. <BR> <BR> 3. Only run in your running shoes. Wearing the shoes for everyd... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:06:18 EST Bought a bike! I am a runner and swimmer. I ride on a 3 speed bike pulling a trailer with my 2 kids. A workout in its own way, but I've never biked as exercise. I've been to a few spin classes, but again, nothing regularly. <BR> <BR> Well, my running group talked me into making the plunge to triathlon. I signed up for an Olympic distance, August 25. I bought a cheap road bike yesterday. I am so excited!! Sun, 22 Apr 2012 07:56:06 EST Swimming I am training for my first tri-and I have chosen the Ironman 70.3 in Belgium. I have taught myself to swim through youtube videos, it is going okay, but I need lessons for sure. A lot of people tell me to use my legs mostly...but dont I want to save my legs for the run and bike portions?! Is tri swimming different from just swimming? <BR> Any advice will be greatly appreciated :) Thu, 19 Apr 2012 04:16:39 EST Completed my 1st Half Marathon... Woot Woot! Completed my 1st Half Marathon today.. and it won't be my last! Check out my blog posting to get all the details... Yip! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 22:54:27 EST Race discount codes... Racing can get expensive! Let's share whatever discount codes we find for triathlon - I'll start... <BR> <BR> I live in Denver, so I'll post what I can find around here, but for now "MGRP10" will get you $10 off the Denver Triathlon any time between now and when online registration closes Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:00:19 EST Balanced Plate Method Katie Jeffrey-Lunn, MS, RD, CSSD, registered dietitian wrote this article for Active.. <BR> <BR> The balanced plate method is a user-friendly method that does not require you to count grams. It is only a guideline aand as such it may not meet the needs of everyone, but I found it helpful as a starting point. <BR> To maintain energy and health as an athlete, you need to eat a carb-rich meal plan every day. You should consume anywhere from 3 to 5 grams of carbs/pound of body weight. Approximat... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:31:38 EST First Tri in 20 weeks Hello all! <BR> <BR> New to the team, been sparking for 2 years now. Before 2008 I had never ever been active but amazing things happen when you quit smoking! I've fell in love with biking which started the whole thing. Now, to celebrate turning 50 this summer, I am entering my first triathlon - The Lactic Edge which is put on by our YMCA just a few blocks from my house! <BR> <BR> Oh, and my name is Maud and I'm from Wisconsin... about 100 miles west of Green Bay. <BR> <BR> I have neve... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 10:49:58 EST Refueling After a Hard Workout How should a hungry athlete fuel their body for recovery? Not a super easy question to answer, yet there are several items to keep in mind. Obsessing with rapid fueling leads many athletes to grab commercially formulated foods when standard foods are more effective. <BR> Providing your body with a steady influx of adequate carb-based meals and snacks will allow your muscles to refuel within 24 hours. Athletes doing a second intense work workout within six hours of their first workout are the... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 13:42:38 EST Free TNT registration! Kind of last minute... Who said you can’t get something for nothing? You can! From the stroke of midnight on 01/02/2012 to the stroke of midnight on 01/08/2012, you can register for absolutely free for Team In Training (TNT) —- that’s a savings of $100! <BR> <BR> The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) TNT is the industry leader and most successful endurance sports training program for charity. With more than 2,300 professional coaches, clinics on nutrition and equipment, and a dedicated team to train with yo... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:13:23 EST HELLO, for the love of racing. Since I couldn't delete this post I am changing it. I just guilted 3 more friends into doing the duathelon with me in April :) My skinny friends are great and are seeing how much hard work it takes. Working out in the group is so much better than doing it alone, people to complain to when you pull a muscle, "glisten" down your shirt (cause girls don't sweat) and those bad workout days. Good luck to everyone making 2012 the best year ever! May you beat your best times! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:31:44 EST To Athena (or Clydesdale) Or Not? I am having a dilemma... and I would love some other input or opinions on this. <BR> <BR> I am at 160 pounds - only 5 pounds away from leaving the Athena category. I had hoped to place in the top 3 this season in my weight group, but now I cannot decide if I should: <BR> <BR> 1. Stop losing weight and focus only on training so I can place in the top three for Athena. It would feel really good to be on a podium after 2 seasons of triathlon in which I carried obese and morbidly obese BMIs, wo... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:34:31 EST New To Training Hello from a new teammate! <BR> <BR> I made my goal last year to complete a 10K, and this year, I want to kick that up! My goal is to finish a triathlon! It may be slow and sloppy, but that's ok! :) <BR> <BR> I am working pretty much from the ground up - haven't gone swimming in ages, my bike is old and falling apart so I'll need to learn how to pick out a new one... and I haven't run more than 5K in several months. <BR> <BR> Looking to learn and be motivated, and hopefully meet some new... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:38:35 EST 3 Questions for the Offseason.. Bruce Hendler of PezCycling News wrote this article for the Active Cyclist. I think all athletes stress over these questions regardless whether they run, bike, swim, etc. <BR> <BR> 1. What is the meaning of break and how long should it be? Unless you are totally spent and over-trained, the body does not need that much time to recover. Most athletes can take 4-6 days off the bike and feel pretty good. <BR> Mentally? It takes different people different amounts of time. YOU need to be honest wi... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:13:39 EST Do You Need a Pre-Race Warm-Up? This article appeared in Competitor and was written by Matt Fitzgerald. <BR> <BR> Researchers at the University of Western Australia recently compared the effects of 2 different warm-ups to no warm-up prior to both a swimming time trial and a simulated sprint triathlon and came up with surprising results. <BR> <BR> Each participant in the study completed four separate training testing sessions: a swim time trial and 3 simulated sprint triathlons. The sprint triathlons consisted of a 750 m ... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 11:07:51 EST Stretching or Foam Rolling? This article appeared in Competitor magazine and was written by Scott Jurek. <BR> <BR> Both foam rolling and stretching can be beneficial and it is hard to pick a winner. The best way to find out which one might be more beneficial would be to have a physical therapist or a massage therapist determine if muscle and tendon flexibility or myofascial restrictions are more of an issue for your body. <BR> <BR> If both need work, alternating both methods helps with time constraints. Dedicate foam ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:17:32 EST Triathlon OFF Season Ideas? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am just curious as to what everyone does in their off season to keep some of their base & endurance. Since running is my first sport I'm thinking of adding longer road races but keeping up with swimming & biking one day per week. Also I'm looking into buying computrainer for the winter months for my bike but those things look kinda dangerous! <BR> <BR> What do you do? Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:29:26 EST 3 Roadside Stretches for Cycling This article was written by the editors of Bicycling and Uma Kleppinger, author and creator of BikeYoga. These three stretches help offset the tightness and muscle tension that comes with long ride. Practice them daily and you will build strength and flexibility, and you can use them on short breaks during epics. <BR> <BR> Crouching Pigeon, Hidden Firebird <BR> Stand and cross right foot just above your left knee and flex your right ankle, pressing it lightly into your left knee. Bend your l... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:29:00 EST First Mini Tri on Saturday I am probably underprepared but I will be happy just to complete it! <BR> <BR> It's 250 meter swim <BR> 7 mile bike <BR> 2 mile run <BR> <BR> I can do all of these individually pretty easily but haven't really tried to string them together. I am going to try a "brick" of bike + run tonight and see how it goes. Wish me luck! More than the physical aspect I am worried about forgetting some gear or not knowing where to go, etc! Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:06:38 EST Running faster Great article from the website: <BR> <BR> Three Ways to Improve Your Half-Marathon Time <BR> September 8, 2011 10:00 am <BR> <BR> I'm training for my second half-marathon. Do you have any advice on how to improve my finish time? Thanks. – Dana <BR> <BR> Hi Dana! Why, yes I do! Now that your body knows the distance, you can focus on building on that foundation to improve your race performance. Here are three ways to do so: <BR> <BR> Run faster. Early in the season (w... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:58:10 EST Finding a race I'm trying to figure out which triathlon(s) I want to run next spring/summer but can't find any listed near me. <BR> <BR> I've tried using runners world, and google. I can find previous ones from this year but none for next - is it too early??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:53:33 EST For you diehard HIM and IM fans In case you don't know you can follow the HIM and IM championship races alive on <BR> <BR> The HIM is this weekend in Las Vegas - and Kona is August 8 Thu, 8 Sep 2011 21:38:41 EST Sluggish Taper Week Man, I am not feeling the love from my body this week. I'm tapering for a tri on Saturday, and I feel so sluggish. <BR> <BR> I find this happens during recovery weeks as well. <BR> <BR> Anyone else get this way? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Melody~ Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:58:35 EST Most fun swim workout ever I had the pleasure of a lunch swim workout date with my hubby today and we had so much fun. We did a lot of drills and totally turned them into serious drills by racing each other. We're not that far apart in our skills overall. But I totally creamed him in kickboard drills. LOL I guess he must just have too much drag. I figured his long powerful legs would give him the advantage, but apparently my short powerful ones were better in this case! The only time he beat me during kickboard ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:35:43 EST Healthy Relationship with Food This article appeared in USA Triathlon and was written by Marni Sumbal, a certified Sports Nutritionist. It is a great reminder! <BR> <BR> We are in a society where we are encouraged to try the latest fad diet and food trend in an effort to lose weight. Our society has a deep obsession between body image and numbers on a scale. In all honesty, when was the last time you ate a tomato and found yourself thinking about preventing macular degeneration? <BR> <BR> It is important that athletes se... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:03:57 EST thinking about doing a 70.3 race sept 11, advice? i have been thinking about doing a 70.3 race in a few weeks. i am not worried about the swim or the bike. i need some advice about the run. i have not been a runner, i tend not to "train my weakness". <BR> So i have been running 2-3 miles a couple times a week, a few weeks ago i upped my mileage of a long run one time per week to 4 miles, the next week 6 miles, then this week 7 miles, in addition to running at least 1-2 times for 2-3 miles. my pace is around 12 min miles, i am not concerned ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 20:51:08 EST 10 Do's and Dont's for Better Runs This article was written by Jessica Smith and appeared in SHAPE and Active. Some sound advice that might stir a discussion. <BR> <BR> Don't Run Heel First: <BR> *Heel landing can contribute to back and knee pain. <BR> <BR> Don't use a Long Stride: <BR> *Stand tall and lean forward until you feel like you are going to fall, step forward to catch yourself. This should be the length of your stride. <BR> <BR> Do Take Short Effective Strides: <BR> *Less motion throught the joints means less wea... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 00:06:46 EST Garmin 310XT I won a Garmin 310XT with the heart rate monitor this evening at our WIN for KC Triathlon Finisher's party. Just wondering if anyone else here has one, or has used one, that can give me some inside scoop or tips. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 23:23:50 EST Hi all Hi folks. I'm a runner training for my first Tri. It's in 2 weeks actually. EEEEEK! LOL <BR> I've been running regularly for about 1.5 years (since my youngest was 6 months old) and did my first half marathon in May. I plan to do another one this fall. Right now it's all about the tri though. It's a sprint tri with a 500 meter swim, 12.4 mile ride & 3.1 mile run. It should be fun! Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:41:30 EST Do I need gatorade? I have been working out at least 45 min a day... some days over to 2 hours (like today). I went for a 65 min walk/jog and when I got home I was RAVENOUS!!!! I already had food planed, but I couldn't eat it quick enough (3/4 cup blueberries, 2 egg whites and 2 cups spinach) I also downed about 16 oz of water. I went off my diet and had a slice of pizza (100 cal) and 3 cookies. I just really needed carbs! <BR> <BR> Before my work out I had a cup of oatmeal with half a cup of blueberries and ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 23:11:26 EST 10 Race-Day Tips for the Sarcastic Triathlete Read this article this morning from USA <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sport-zone/multisport-lab/10-race-day-<BR>tips-for-the-sarcastic-triathlete </link> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:01:24 EST Total And Utter Newb Here Hey All. <BR> <BR> Just signed up to the group this morning. <BR> <BR> I am still undecided if i ever will compete in a triathlon or even a running race. I basically started running about a month ago and have basically went from couch to 2.5 miles in that time. So i am really happy at how that has progressed. When i can run 5k comfortably i was thinking about joining a local athletics club. I would absolutely love to run a marathon and have added it to my lifelist. <BR> <BR> I am seriousl... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:48:50 EST Advice for Switching Up TRI Training Hi! <BR> <BR> I hope some of you could give some advice... <BR> <BR> I did my first Olympic Tri on 6/18/11, it wasn't exactly the stellar performance that I wanted. Then right after that I went on vacation for a week. Hacked out some training but not as focused as before. I have another race scheduled 7/31/11, not as hard though, flatter course, less miles on the bike which is also an Olympic Distance & this time I want to shine. However, my heart hasn't been in it since returning from ... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 13:21:21 EST emotional issues after hard workout... is it common to have some sort of emotional crash after a hard workout or major fitness accomplishment? in my case, i pushed out 61 miles on the bike and felt like a champ, next day not so good and today, crash and burn... not sure what the deal is.. <BR> <BR> also, is it common to actually gain weight a day or so after a long run (15 miles or more) or a long cycle? My weight can swing pretty wild sometimes. im sure it is just water weight since no one can legit gain 9 lbs in a week if they ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 18:20:24 EST Questions for first ever Triathlon I just started training for my first triathlon, it will be a Sprint (.50 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run). I am in ok shape and have 16 weeks to work on stamina and put it all together (I found 2 in my area for the end of Oct). <BR> <BR> What kind of equipment to I HAVE to have? I have a beach cruiser bike (not the fastest I know) and no wet suite. I will be swimming in the gulf of Mexico in FL. I don't have much money to spend on things that will be "helpful", I just want to kno... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:47:36 EST 5 Little Things That Make a Big Difference Here are five important practices that are often overlooked on the way to the start line. This article was written by Amanda McCracken and appeared on Active. <BR> <BR> #5 Check Your Gear <BR> <BR> Tires pumped up, spare tube and CO2 cartridge? Extra pair of goggles, body glide? Are your shoes laced with elastic laces? Ladies, do you have extra tampons in your bag? If you are using deep wheels, be sure to bring the adapter to pump your tires. <BR> <BR> #4 Rehearse transition and warm up be... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 21:49:17 EST Drafting and Being Drafted on the Swim I understand the concept of drafting, and I know if you can pull it off during a race, you're going to go faster with less effort. Unfortunately for the person being drafted, they are now dragging you along. <BR> <BR> In my last open water (ocean) tri, I had a couple of women who were drafting off of me. I don't know how long they were back there, but I can say that I was swimming my butt off and not going anywhere near as fast as I thought I could. I even wrote the race director because ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 11:17:21 EST Are There Wetsuits for Larger Women ??? I'm having trouble finding a wetsuit for my post middle age female body! I'm 5'6, 175 lbs, 42" chest, a tad hippy, flat butt! So far, all the female wetsuits seem to stop at 170ish and tell you in general that if you are at the upper end of a range, go the next size up. Well, the next size up for me doesn't exist. I look at the man's wetsuit sizes and the height range isn't in the same range as the weight and/or chest. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking the women's wetsuits have the bust and hip a... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:47:38 EST Training Advice I'm currently training for my first sprint, and I'm a stickler about my workouts. Right in the middle of my training schedule I'm going backpacking for 5 days. Will this drastically effect my training? Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:01:20 EST Indoor Training <link><BR>ining/the-endangered-outdoor-ride_31264 </link> <BR> <BR> Very interesting article on Pro Triathletes that Train on Indoor Bike Trainers. So... Do you train a lot on Indoor trainers? Do you go to spinning classes? OR... are you an OUTDOOR bike rider all the way? Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:14:11 EST Good Strong Tri-Bra Needed I need suggestions for a good sturdy tri-bra. I got the Zoot one, but even with my top over it and zipped shut, I still had a lot of bounce. Any suggestions for a fast drying but powerful bra? Normally for exercise I wear a Moving Comfort Fiona bra which does the trick quite nicely. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:19:35 EST Open Water Swim Advice I'm going to race in my 1st olympic distance tri but have never raced in open water. I've watched a few and was wondering if anyone had advice on how I can avoid feet to the face and/or how to stay focused and calm in all that chaos. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:28:14 EST OLY done...2 more sprints and a 70.3! Yikes! Wow, I've had an interesting few months. In the back of my brain is the fact that I'm signed up to do my first ever HIM the 1st weekend in August. Yet I've also signed up for a few of the local races I've always done. I'm consumed with the knowledge that I really need to up my distances, and do it soon. <BR> I didn't do any tri activities all winter except swim 2X/week with a master's swim group. I cross country skied all winter, instead, and even did 3 races, 2 of them were 20 miles long... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:00:18 EST training for 1st Adventure race! I have just started training for an exciting adventure race that includes mountain biking, trail running, whitewater kayaking, rapelling and swim. It takes between 3.5-5 hours depending on ability level. Although this is my first adventure race, I have the advantage of living here so I will be able to train on the exact trail and stretch of river. <BR> <BR> I have heard the most difficult stretch of the race is the biking portion, which is the start. Any advice on how to train for a mtn bike... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:21:34 EST Daily Check~In <em>249</em> <BR> Yes, I am one of the team leaders of this group, and I am ready to inspire, be inspired, and get this group more active. <BR> <BR> What did you do today? Mon, 6 Jun 2011 20:56:29 EST Nutrition for Olympic Tri Please help! <BR> <BR> I have only done Sprint triathlons so nutrition hasn't been as important during the event. Basically all I have done in the past is eat some Gu Chomps while riding. BUT, seeing as this event is far longer I am looking for suggestions as to what to eat? I'm thinking I may need "real" food such as a peanut butter sandwich etc. <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:27:27 EST What's the secret to consistency and performance? I am of the Clydesdale ilk. Done a few sprint triathlons and half marathons. However I lose motivation after an event. Looking to be a more consistent year around multisport athlete and shed the weight (260#) to allow me to be competitive for my age group and not just a finisher! Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Especially anything nutrition related, cause that is my weakness and lack of discipline. Mon, 30 May 2011 18:09:51 EST Butt Butter My long distance charity ride is next week and a local rider gave me a few tips for the ride. One of them was to apply ofte,n Butt Butter. I didn't have the courage to ask what it was and Where does it go. I am assuming by the title its goes on the bottom but that's about it. I figure I could ask this safely behind the walls of the computer to avoid be embarrassed at the store. Mon, 30 May 2011 09:10:56 EST 1st Olympic Triathlon - 6/18/11 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am officially in freak out mode! I have been training for my first Olympic Triathlon & yesterday I clicked on the button & officially signed up! I have done 5 Sprint Tri's so I think I understand how this tri thing works but I KNOW that the increase in distance is going to be HARD! Looking for advice from peoople that have takent he plunge from a Sprint to an Oly. Now that I am signed up I'm freaking out that my training is just not enough... <BR> Right now I'm d... Wed, 25 May 2011 12:53:30 EST Outer Banks Tri & Swimming in the Sound Considering racing in the OBX Triathlon near Nags Head, NC in Croatan Sound. (choosing the Olympic Distance) <BR> <BR> Anyone familiar with this triathlon or this area? <BR> <BR> I have ZERO experience with swimming in salt water (other than frolicking in it) but I'll have a week in the area before the event to somewhat acclimate myself. <BR> <BR> Anyone here experience swimming a tri in salt water when you live far inland and only experience fresh water or chlorinated water? <BR> <BR>... Sun, 22 May 2011 21:47:09 EST fort custer xterra 5.22 i did the race this morning near battle creek michagan. we drove up yesterday checked out the water temps, it was cold, i figured 62 degrees. we didnt pre ride the course since it was drizzling, and we have done this race before. the trails at fort custer dry pretty quick due to the sandy nature. the trails are super fun, roller coastery, and weave in and out of dug outs that the army used to use to train in prior to the land being donated to the park. <BR> <BR> race time was 9 am, we arriv... Sun, 22 May 2011 18:59:45 EST Ironman Global vs. Forerunner 310XT Ok, I'm kinda a gadget geek, BUT, I have found that because I enjoy using gadgets and taking advantage of the information they provide me, I have become stronger, and better, and more efficient at my workouts in general, and my running and biking specifically. <BR> <BR> I've been eye-balling the Timex Ironman Global Trainer (with a heart rate monitor) for some time, BUT - I'm also big on supporting a home-town company (Garmin) - and like the reputation that Garmin has. <BR> <BR> I'm in th... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:32:35 EST Hand edema question.... I am a easy runner-5K is a comfortable distance though I can and do go a little farther at a slow pace-and love to swim and tolerate biking for my training. <BR> <BR> I was doing great with training for a 1/2 marathon when it was interrupted by my mothers sudden stroke/hospitalization and death. I started training again after a month off, but not as I should have. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran/walked the 1/2 marathon. I drank water at every stop and had 2-3 Clif gel bloks with the water, ab... Mon, 16 May 2011 14:55:01 EST Half Ironman Time Committment? I have done shorter distance triathlons in the past but I want to do my first half-Ironman triathlon in the Fall. <BR> <BR> I've run a bunch of marathons before - what would you say is the approximate weekly time commitment for half Ironman training versus a marathon? 2x? Or more? I run about 45-50 miles a week. <BR> <BR> I ran a marathon about a week and a half ago, I'm going to take another couple weeks of easy training to fully recover and then plan to train for 18-20 weeks before the tr... Thu, 12 May 2011 20:46:13 EST Changing a Bicycle Tire I've read that a good professional triathlete can change a tires in under 2 minutes from dismounting the bike to getting back on the road. This means that while their chances at victory are reduced, they are not completely out of the race. This is why you'll see most pro's and elite carrying spare tubes/tires (if tublulars) and CO2 inflators. <BR> <BR> Hers' a link to Michelin's site on mounting a tire. Changing a tube is the same except 1/2 the tires stays on the rim. <BR> <BR> <link>... Thu, 5 May 2011 14:37:31 EST The Athlete's Omelet This recipe was presented to Active by Gale Bernhardt. I don't usually share recipes, but this is a keeper! It is incredibly easy to adjust this recipe for personal likes and dislikes. <BR> <BR> This meal is colorful, rich in vitamins and minerals, and it is versatile. Best of all, it tastes great. Before you start this recipe, you'll need to cook brown rice ahead of time and then chill it in the refrigerator. This gives you the best results. Steaming the rice is a good idea but you can cook... Wed, 4 May 2011 13:02:00 EST Swimming For Recovery This article appeared on triathlete webpage and is written by Matt Fitzgerald. Matt is a senior editor an Competitor Group and has written 17 books, and counting, including Brain Training For Runners and Racing Weight. <BR> <BR> Triathletes do all kinds of strange things to accelerate muscle recovery after hard runs. We stretch, take ice baths, wear compression socks, get massages, strap on Normatec boots, drink recovery shakes and so forth. A recent study suggests that something many of us ... Mon, 2 May 2011 12:29:27 EST How to prevent excercise nausea For some reason every time I do a long run (over 7 or 8 miles) I get sick within 30 minutes of finishing. I did 14 miles this last week, I added some salt to my Gatorade, but still about 2 hours later, everything that I drank, came back up. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking about 16 OZ of sports drink and 8 OZ of water per hour. <BR> <BR> Any ideas? Mon, 2 May 2011 10:50:02 EST Hello everyone & question about nutrition tracker Hi there! I have recently joined the spark and have already found its guidance incredibly helpful. I have done quite a few 70.3 triathlons and two full Ironman races, and am currently training for my third full. <BR> <BR> I am just trying to lose those eight pounds to be at my ideal "race weight", and was wondering if anyone could shed light on the nutrition tracker. I have adjusted it to reflect the amount of training I am doing (currently burning 8750 calories a week, with the goal of l... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 07:06:31 EST Do you write on your arms? My first tri is June 11, and I'm already starting to think about what I want to write on my arms to help keep me focused. <BR> <BR> Do you write on yourself and what do you write? Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:16:52 EST Has anyone done XTERRAs? Signed up for my first XTERRA in June @ Scales Lake, IN. Just wondering if anyone has ever done one and can tell me what the big differences are besides the obvious: shorter distances & more difficult course (mountain bike). If you have any advice, I'd love to hear it! We are doing the shorter race ...swim 800m, bike 5.5 miles, and run 3 miles. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 21:11:39 EST FAU Sprint Tri - a PR! I did the FAU Wellness Triathlon this morning, and got a PR. Distances were: .25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run. <BR> <BR> Splits were as follows: <BR> Swim: 16:18 (best course time 12:05 in calm seas swimming with the current) <BR> T1: 2:15 <BR> Bike: 32:02 (18.7 pace – a PR by 1.1 average mph) <BR> T2: 1:28 <BR> Run: 29:07 (9:24 pace, a triathlon PR) <BR> Total: 1:21:08 – a PR! <BR> <BR> This was my worst swim time EVER! It makes me wonder what I could have done if we were swimming wi... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 17:01:54 EST 5 Common Hydration Mistakes While Cycling This article appears in Bicycling Magazine and was written by Selene Yeager as a result of an interview with Monique Ryan, RD, author of Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes. <BR> <BR> Hype: REPLACE EVERY LOST OUNCE <BR> Truth is, your body can't absorb fluids as fast as it loses them, and not every ounce of weight is lost through sweat anyway. <BR> <BR> Truth: KEEP UP WITH SWEAT LOSS-MOSTLY <BR> Replace about 75% of sweat lost during a long ride. To do this you need to know your sweat r... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 13:29:52 EST 5 Tips to Tackle Any Run This article appeared on Active and was written by Jeff Galloway of Runner's World. Plain and simple! The below tips are perfect for beginners and a great reminder for others. <BR> <BR> At some point, all new runners realize that they are capable of tackling just about anything-whether it's hills, speedwork, long runs, or even races. But if you struggle with some workouts more than others, these strategies will help you complete every running challenge with success and confidence. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 13:26:01 EST Newbie needing help I'm new to this group (and have only completed 3 triathlons). This weekend is my 4th scheduled tri and the weather forecast has taken a turn for the worst. Starting temps are predicted to be in the mid 40's and will only increase a few degrees during the race. The swim is indoor (sprint) but the ride is through some tough hills and run is cross country. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how to dress for the bike and run?!!? Does anyone have any suggestions? <em>40</em> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:14:29 EST How to Swim Faster After my last triathlon, I made the comment that I need to learn to swim faster. I was dead last on the run because I walk and can't run. I made up 9 minutes on the bike and went into the pool in first place in the Athena division and ended up third after the swim. I have only been swimming for a year and I am using this article as a starting point. The article was written by Marty Gaal of USA Triathlon and it ran in Active dot com. I like this article because it narrows down what is really i... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 10:44:47 EST Countdown to First Race of the 2011 Season 25 days out! I'm stoked! I've dropped 40lbs since the fall, 33lbs since I raced last year. My last trianing ride, I averaged 1mph faster than my pace in my one and only race last year. ( new TT bike helps, compared to a road bike with clip-ons). <BR> <BR> I'm putting in more trianing time and better quality and directed trainnig than ever before. I've done research into diets for endurance athletes. I feel like all the pieces are comming together for one fun and fast race season. <BR> ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 12:21:11 EST Newbie Hello! I am new to the group and new to triathlons. This year I made the decision to try it out. Right now I am working on getting back to my summer body (running, spinning, and lifting to build muscle and lose winter weight) but my tri training in SW Michigan starts thru a local running shop in May. The main tri that I am going for at this moment is a sprint in August (750m swim. 12mile bike. 5k run). I do plan to do more of them throughout the summer once I get some training in. Running rig... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:37:59 EST Minimize Repetitive Stress Injuries <BR> This article was written for Active by Dr. Hamid Sadri, a sports Chiropractor. <BR> <BR> Being active and exercising helps to improve health and it also increases the risk of injury. The most common type of athletic injuries are repetitive stress injuries or (RSI). These aren't single-event traumas but injuries caused by accumulative and repetitive activities that are part of any sport. <BR> <BR> The general intention of exercising is to force the body beyond what it is capable of at ... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:00:18 EST Tire Pressure Myths I don't know if this info has been posted before. <BR> <BR> It's a myth that you should always use the highest tire pressure writtne on the side of the tire. For example, in Mountain Biking, you might only use max pressure for a very dry, hardpacked, smooth course taht's not too dusty. You also might use max pressure if you're over 200lbs and ride "hard" to prevent pinch flats. You cna also run higher pressures with full suspension bikes. <BR> <BR> On road and tri bikes, max pressure is ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:50:04 EST Dealing with Spring Roads For those in the northern 1/2 of the country, we must content with sandy pot holed filled roads until half way through April. Some folks love their traininer and have no problem riding tempo for even 2 hours in the basement watching TV. NOT ME! With warm clothes, you can get out and trian by early ot mid Feb. on warmer days. <BR> <BR> One of the best solutiosn is to have a 2nd bike liek a Cyclocross bike, Mountain Bike or Hybrid, set-up with heavy duty rims and tires. <BR> <BR> If you ha... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:41:08 EST Half Ironman Distance advice Okay, I need some advice! I consider myself primarily a runner, I have done a marathon and multipul half marathons, but I have also done a couple of sprint triathlons. For the last few years, I've been wanting to do a local half ironman distance tri. I think this is my year! So my first question is the tri is 19 weeks away. I have been training for another marathon, so I have the mileage for the run, but I haven't been in the pool for a couple of months, and I haven't been on my bike for... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:26:29 EST Everyone Ready for Early Season Races? I know I'm pretty excited. My first race of the season is 6-1/2 weeks away. Then they come fairly quick after that. They follow 2, 4, 1, and 4 weeks apart. It gives me time to do a 4 weeks cycle of strength, speed then taper for the 3 sets of races with at least 2-3 days of recovery after each race. Probably a full week rest after the 3rd race doing mostly recovery rides and otherwise drills, short bricks and short speed work. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to practice those transitions. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:36:40 EST 6 Rules for Running Faster This article is written by Elizabeth Waterstraat and originally appeared on <BR> <BR> 1. Start out Slowly <BR> In both training and running, take your time to build toward your goal. In training, spend <BR> time building aerobic fitness and strength before speedwork. At races, include a warmup <BR> to activate your muscles and gradually build into your race speed. <BR> <BR> 2. Focus on Form <BR> Time invested in focusing on form will pay off in free speed. Proper form is effici... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 18:24:22 EST Nutrition question Just getting back into training. I completed my first sprint tri last year and signed up for it again. I am planning on adding more running races this year. I have been training for the runs/tri recently. <BR> <BR> Last year I went from couch potato to Iron Girl finisher. This year I want to actually lose weight as I didn't lose an ounce last year. <BR> <BR> My question-what would you suggest I read or do concerning my nutrition so I can lose weight while training? <BR> <BR> Any sugges... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 15:54:38 EST 10 Cycling Training Fundamentals This article appeared in Bike magazine and is written by Selene Yeager. After reading the article it dawned on me that you can use these fundamentals for any sport...just change "cyclist" to whatever your pleasure and you will be on your way to serious improvement and health. <BR> <BR> 1. Have a plan. <BR> You might get fit by winging it, but truly remarkable accomplishments, whether upgrading to Cat 3 or scoring a belt buckle in the Leadville 100, require careful execution of a training pro... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:44:41 EST 4 Drills to Improve Pedaling Technique Gale Bernhardt wrote this article for She is a USA Triathlon Coach. She currently coaches and was at the 2003 Pan Am Games and 2004 Athens Olympics. <BR> <BR> Anyone can ride hard-not everyone can ride fast. Most effective use of force during movement, to create power, depends not only on strength of muscles involved, but also on a series of coordinated neuromuscular patterns. <BR> <BR> Want to excel at cycling? You need to possess many aspects of fitness. One aspect is ef... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:03:59 EST Buying my first road bike....reco mmendations? I'm looking into buying a road bike that I'll be using for long distance riding and triathlons. I've currently got a Trek 7.3FX,(hybrid) which has served me well for many years, but I'm now looking to take the next step and get a roadie. <BR> <BR> I'm interested to know what kind of bike to you have? What factors helped you decide to buy your bike? <BR> <BR> The trouble I'm having is that I can't predict how a 10-15 minute test ride will translate into how I'll feel on the bike after 2-3 ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 09:25:40 EST First Ironman 140.6 Hey team, I'm Will. I am doing the Beach to Battleship IM this year. I have done a few HIMs but the 26.2 mile run has kept me attempting a full. Last year I didn't do any triathlons and only 1 half marathon. I am looking forward to this challenge! Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:28:43 EST How to Create Your Own Interval Workouts This article is an example provided by Jessi Stensland for Jessi is a professional Triathlete and has produced videos on movement efficiency and true athleticism. <BR> <BR> Interval training is a great way to help you achieve specific improvements as you work to reach your true potential. <BR> <BR> Here is a great example of an interval progression with a basic premise that can be applied to any endurance sport. This example has 2 goals that are key to increasing your capacity ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:05:23 EST Roadside Diagnosis Written by Christine Mattheis for Bicycling Magazine <BR> <BR> There are 3 simple steps to take after a bike crash. Remember it is not if but when you crash. Stay calm but act quickly and keep in mind these 3 tips. <BR> <BR> 1. Clear the Road: If the cyclist can walk, help them move away from traffic and clear bike and belongings off the road. If the cyclist is unconscious, block traffic and dial 911, perhaps flag down a vehicle for help? <BR> <BR> 2. Ask Questions: Examine the ride... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:42:42 EST How to Wash Your Bike There are four common missteps and three tips to a fast bike cleanup. Here are the 4 bummers to avoid along with three tips to make tidying up a cleaner experience. <BR> <BR> 1. Too-quick Start: <BR> *Don't skip initial rinse <BR> *Use light shower setting on spray nozzle, spray off entire bike top to bottom before going near a bike with a soapy sponge. <BR> <BR> 2. High-pressure Hazard: <BR> *Too much pressure and you can force water (soapy degreaser-laden water) into... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:42:35 EST 3 Ways To Relax Your Run Written by Sara Cox Landolt as a result of an interview with Paul Greer, thisarticle appears in Very easy tips! <BR> <BR> Good form gets you to the finish line and these three tips keep you relaxed and in good form on the run. <BR> <BR> 1. Lightly press your thumb and forefinger together. <BR> *allows you to focus <BR> *making a fist turns into tight shoulders which tend to pull the body backward <BR> <BR> 2. Don't cross your arms across your body. <BR> ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 13:31:31 EST 7 Ways to Improve Your Race Time This article appeared in It was written by Paul <BR> <BR> Coach Joe Friel: "Goals should be event outcomes, not a vague statement about your dreams of success. They should be well-defined by including one basic element: what you want to achieve in given races." <BR> <BR> Consider listing your objectives into 2 categories: <BR> 1. Outcome-oriented goals <BR> -focus on highly-measurable results...absolute <BR> race times, place out of water,... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:28:20 EST That Tingling Feeling...... This article was written by Matt Allyn for Bicycling Magazine. I hope it sheds some light on a popular bike problem. <BR> It starts with a tingle in your big toe or possibly your pinkie and before you know it, you are squirming to get comfortable for the rest of your bike ride. Most numbness issues are caused by poor fit. Here's how to adjust you set up. <BR> <BR> FEET <BR> Ill-fitting footwear is the root cause. Shoes are all made differently. Shoes with greater height for example, allo... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:05:56 EST I'm Ready to TRI Hey folks! <BR> <BR> I'm a runner at heart and have decided to take the plunge this year and focus on overcoming my fear of drowning...since I almost did as a kid. Anyway, I'm GOING TO DO A TRI this year! SERIOUSLY. Of course, sprint tri would be the way to go for me right now, but maybe an Ironman one day. I'll let you know after I get comfortable in the water. My goal is to fall in love with swimming like I have for running and cycling. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this SoCal girl just wanted t... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 21:46:43 EST NEW RACE IN CT!! Hey Athletes!! If any of you are living in or around CT you should check out "The Savin Rock Half Marathon and 5k." This course has been run previously by my team (The Shoreline Sharks)and now has been made into an official race. It's going to be a fantastic race with bib timing, t-shirts, custom finisher medals for the half marathon, aid stations with gel, REAL bathrooms, and post race food sponsored by Olive Garden. <BR> <BR> The race will be capped at 500 so register now! I've run this c... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 08:47:17 EST Survive Indoor Cycling Workouts This Winter! Bruce Hildenbrand wrote this article for and it can be viewed there along with some sample cycling workouts. <BR> <BR> Most of us feel that indoor cycling is like running around in circles in a jail cell. There are a few things you can do to keep the bordom factor to a minimum. <BR> <BR> 1. Cycling Classes <BR> *Spin Classes <BR> *Motivation--a lot like chearleading meets cycling and it works for many people <BR> <BR> 2. Cycling Clubs <BR> *Some clubs meet at a bike shop, ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:19:21 EST 5 Moves For Ridicuously Powerful, Sexy Pistons! Doing 2 sets of 10 to 12 reps twice a week is suggested. The exercises themselves are different and quite interesting but you probably need to visit the website for further instructions if you don't know what these exercises are. Selene Yeager wrote this article for Bicycle Magazine and you can read the entire exercise explanations at <BR> <BR> 1. Single-leg Lift Off <BR> 2. X Lunge <BR> 3. Hip Hinge <BR> 4. Speed Skater <BR> 5. Stuck Jumps <BR> <BR> I tried these ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:28:53 EST 9 Cross Training Tipsfor Cycling These reminders appeared in the December issue of Bicycling Magazine. You should be able to add your own exercises for more variety. <BR> <BR> 1. Try Yoga: for maximum cycling power <BR> <BR> 2. Follow the Fit Chick- Selene Yeager and her exercises <BR> <BR> 3. Work the whole body- core, flexibility, and high impact exercises <BR> <BR> 4. Exercise ball- for core exercises <BR> <BR> 5. Stretch- a few minutes everyday <BR> <BR> 6. Jump Rope- high impact and cardio <BR> <BR> 7. Lun... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:55:29 EST Training Plans? This year will be my first attempt at several new things including my first tri (Rambling Rose) and maybe a sprint distance tri. I am looking for training plans that I can incorperate into my plans for running a half and later a full marathon this year as well. The half is in spring and the full next Dec, the tri's will fall in the middle...obviously running is my strongest event, next to that is cycling... <BR> Any suggestions for a training plan? What about weight training and core training... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 10:34:49 EST Kona 2010 on NBC 12/18/10 In case you haven't seen it - the NBC annual special on Kona will air next Saturday on NBC (check your local listings). If you did not watch it live - there are some interesting twists (Rasmus Henning - the Danish pro), Chrisie Wellington (UK) - the men's last 8 miles is a nailbiter ... and then there are all the people with challenges - this year a person who participated after a heart transplant. - So, take two hours out of your holiday stress and enjoy the show from Kona. Sun, 12 Dec 2010 10:17:28 EST Cold Weather Gear Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I am new to your group. I live in Florida which is usually a pretty great place to train outdoors. But we are getting some pretty cold days and I find myself in need of some winter training gear. What better place to get some great ideas (and meet you guys as well!) <BR> <BR> what are your favorite pieces of cold weather gear - and why? Sun, 12 Dec 2010 08:55:22 EST Kona 2010 NBC will have a 2 hr program on Dec 18 of the highlights of Kona ... check local listings. <link><BR>how-airs-on-december-13-from-230-4-pm-<BR>est/dont-miss-the-dramatic-coverage-of<BR>-the-ford-ironman-world-championship#a<BR>xzz17BXtVCj9 </link> Sat, 4 Dec 2010 17:57:01 EST Great Core Workout- cyclists and others Dimity McDowell wrote this for Bicycling Magazine. I have a lot of fun working through this workout. It has helped me tremendously. <BR> We all know that our legs provide the most tangible source of power when cycling. The abs and lower back are the vital foundation from which all movement, including the pedal stroke, stems. A solid core will help eliminate unnecessary upper-body movement, so that all the energy produced is delivered into a smooth pedal stroke. <BR> Try this routine 3 tim... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 15:38:21 EST Danskin Registration is open!! Hi all you ladies out there. I just wanted to let you know that the Danskin triathlon series registration is OPEN for 2011. Holy cow! It hasn't ever opened this early before and at least in Seattle, the race usually sells out. <BR> Here's a link to their web page: <BR><BR>ml <BR> <BR> Good luck! Can you believe that we should already be thinking about this?? Wed, 17 Nov 2010 15:42:18 EST 2011 Triathlons! Are you making your plans for next year's triathlon season? I'm hoping to do 2-3 sprints next year. Haven't nailed down exactly which ones yet...what's on your calendar next year? Wed, 17 Nov 2010 07:45:08 EST Tri Newbie from Maryland Hello team! I completed my first ever sprint triathlon in October, and I'm looking forward to doing a few more next summer! My first tri experience was incredible! The swim was terrifying, but once I got through that, I felt much better! :) I finished in 1:42:58...well under my goal of 2 hours! <BR> <BR> Now that the season is through, I'm still trying to get into a good offseason workout routine. Any suggestions are welcome! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know the team! ... Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:54:05 EST Treadmill for Training? <BR> Some athletes don't like training on a treadmill. It mitigates the stimulus, fresh air and even the social aspects of running outdoors. However, it is a viable tool you can use in a variety of ways. <BR> <BR> Treadmills cause a slightly different muscle recruitment pattern compare to outdoor running particularly in the hip flexors. Putting the treadmill on a one to two percent grade will closely approximate outdoor running and outdoor wind resistance. <BR> <BR> Treadmills are a grea... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:01:26 EST Why Triathlon? I got this information from the Triathlete articles on These are 10 performance tips from Chrissie Wellington. If you have ever watched her compete she always has a pleasant facial expression. Maybe the following will tell you why. <BR> <BR> Tip #1 Passion gets you further than gear. <BR> *should be passionate and enjoy the sport and never lose sight of that <BR> *keep the love of sport in mind <BR> <BR> Tip #2: More isen't always better. <BR> *err on the side of quality an... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:35:32 EST 3 Long Run Principles To Remember Ed Eyestone of Runners World wrote this article that appeared in Active Runner at <BR> <BR> Improvement in runners largely due to cardiovascular development. <BR> 1.Long runs deliver a slew of physiological benefits: heart gets stronger, ventilatory capacity increases. <BR> 2. Muscle strength and endurance improves because mitochondria and capillaries become more dense. Body is taught to use fat for fuel rather than stored glycogen. <BR> 3. Going long calluses you mentally an... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:58:35 EST Anyone track the 2010 Ironman World Championships? Did anyone follow the worlds in Kona this past weekend? I was quite surprised by the results. It was a shock to see Crowie come in 4th. He's amazing, and I'm sure he'll do his best to take his crown back next year. Poor Chrissie Wellington. That has to be horrible (getting sick and having to pull out of the race). Miranda Carfrae put on an awesome performance to grab the crown. Tue, 12 Oct 2010 14:32:15 EST Favorite Pre-competition Meal I love fish and salad but I try to eat some sorta of pasta before competing. How about you? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:13:17 EST 9/12 Rev 3 cedar point 1/2 IM distance aquabike I did the REV3 1/2 IM distance aquabike yesterday. thats 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike, then done(vs the 1/2 Iron man includes a 13 mile run) My running just hasn't come along this year and i also havent done anything longer than a sprint so figured this would be a nice intro to long course racing. I have fairly good endurance and am able to hold a steady pace, but am not superfast. so long course is prob more my race. <BR> i actually didnt even do any on road racing this year, only off roa... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:22:02 EST Off-season training Now that summer is sadly almost over, what are some of the things you all work on during the winter? Should I just move it indoors and go to spin class and run on a treadmill, or should I focus more on weight/strength training? I want to be ready come next tri-season! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:58:17 EST belfastbiker here. Triathlon is scary! Belfastbiker here, Started at 327lbs, lost 80.5, so still overfat. :) <BR> <BR> Like walking, now cycling, starting to run a little, will start swimming next month when I can afford the pool. :) <BR> <BR> Lok forward to taking part in the various discussions here as I do my first triathlon next year, my first Ironman too. :) Sun, 29 Aug 2010 18:53:18 EST Using a Garmin during a race I have a Garmin 305 but its not waterproof. <BR> I also have a low end HRM watch (no gps) as well. The watch is waterproof but not the strap. <BR> <BR> Is it worth the extra time to put the Garmin watcha nd strap on before the bike ride or should I just wear the cheap watch thru the whole thing? Based on time, I can gauge my pace on the run. My bike has a computer so I can tell my time, speed, pace and distance. <BR> <BR> Lovey Sat, 21 Aug 2010 15:19:39 EST Duathlon training advice needed So I have decided to train for a duathlon. I have not done ANY multisport events (adventure racing) for over 2 years so I consider myself starting out as a newbie. There are only a few of these events in my area but since I don't swim, I'd really like to one of these. <BR> <BR> So the largest is a 2m/16m/2m. So I plan to break the training down into quarters - which means I will start with .5m/4m/.5m, increasing as I feel ready. <BR> <BR> What I am wondering is if I should only do this once... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 22:21:58 EST Tri Watches? I looked back at some of the old thread topics and didn't see one regarding timing devices. Sorry if this was already discussed. <BR> <BR> I am considering purchasing one to help me with my time, distance etc. I would really like one that works well with swim, bike and running. Do you use one and if so what do like and not like about yours? <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 19:35:52 EST Bad Tri Performance - Need Feedback I posted this on my blog, but am seriously trying to figure out where I went wrong. I felt like I did everything right in training but still had a poor performance. The distances and splits were as follows: <BR> <BR> Swim – 3/8 Mile: 12:26 <BR> T1: 2:24 <BR> Bike – 13 Miles: 48:01 <BR> T2: 1:46 <BR> Run – 5K: 34:51 <BR> Final Time: 1:39:27 <BR> <BR> I screwed up on the swim as I started too far outside. I misjudged the current, thinking it was pulling more from south to north, but it was ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:01:39 EST Craig Alexander & Miranda Carfrae Training Talk Pro Triathletes Craig Alexander (Crowie) and Miranda Carfrae visited a Tri/Running store in Arlington Heights, IL recently (Runner's High & Tri store). Someone reported on the event and the link is found below. It was interesting to read how VERY LITTLE IRONMAN experience these two champions have! I know people who push early to go for an Ironman. Same with a marathon. I know one guy who just picked up running last late winter and signed up for the Chicago Marathon in his first year of r... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 08:48:32 EST Iron Girl Columbia MD - anyone doing this? I am competing in this event next weekend. Just curious if anyone else here is too? It looks to be a great event, over 2000 women! Tue, 10 Aug 2010 09:08:33 EST Aquatic Edge Just wondering if anyone has taken an Aquatic Edge Faster Freestyle Clinic? There is one coming up at my gym and I'm tempted. For $135 it includes before and after video review. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 11:05:27 EST Sprint to Olympic - some questions I did my first sprint in May and was bitten by the Triathlon bug! I had plans to do another sprint in the beginning of September, but due to a change of circumstances, I now have a lot of time on my hands and the first thing that came to my mind was the possibility of signing up and doing the Olympic distance instead. <BR> I have a good aerobic base and can do each of the distances individually (but not that fast). However, I'm wondering what would be the best way to train to <BR> <BR> 1. c... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:35:09 EST Running advise needed I feel like I am becoming a slower runner lately. I have never been a fast runner, mind you, however, I usually average under 9mm. Lately, it's tough just to get to a 9mm. I have been reviewing my training logs and notice that the days my legs are stiff and "tired" feeling usually follow ST. I often get up early and do ST before work then do my tri training in the afternoons. Maybe I am over doing it? <BR> I try not to run on my ST days. <BR> <BR> I am competing in an IronGirl race in 3 wee... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:24:53 EST A GREAT article "The Accidental Athlete" Enjoy....Especially for middle aged and up athletes.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>*9uhPVKU<BR>*k1uPWYCHfAhliyi8xjp2IU33rhfFByxjGFjZC<BR>QViKe8SExkIZWqi9ibU7Pamc16sj0kmmMQxIUL<BR>UR6vlT/AccidentalAthlete.PDF </link> Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:39:53 EST Ironman 70.3 - What's in a name? Last week in Racine they ran an "Ironman" 70.3 triathlon. <BR> <BR> I am looking for opinions on the name. In my mind, the name Ironman has always meant 2.4 mile swim - 112 mile bike - 26.2 mile run. By making the race half as long and still calling it an "Ironman" even with the 70.3 trailer has a different implication than calling it a "Half-Ironman". After all, we don't call a true Ironman race an Ironman 140.6 do we? I've heard of a similar phenomenom with Half-Marathons calling thems... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 14:23:57 EST I did it & it happened just like you told me... First ride last night being clipped in. Yep- I fell. I practiced before I went out, no problem getting in and out. Started out on a 12.5 mile route,heading to my in-laws for dinner. About 1/2 way thru, I decided to cut it short (it was brutally hot and ALL hills). So that basically meant going thru town which I really didn't want to do because of traffic. All was going well. Came to a stop sign during the last mile, thought I could cruise thru it until a truck pulled out of his driveway, so h... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 08:19:38 EST Bike Strategy Advice Needed Hi all. I tested the bike route for my upcoming tri and the first half is mostly flat and the second half is a combo of rolling hills and 1-2 steep hills. The route is 12 miles. Do I go hard on the flats and do my best on the hills at the end (to make time) or just go easy but steady to leave me enough "gas" for the hills? I will be doing a walk/jog for the 5K and want to try to make time on the bike since I know I'll be slower on the final leg of the tri. I'd love to hear others advice/... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 17:32:06 EST Southern California Sparkpeople event August 14th! Two Part Event <BR> <BR> EVENT #1 <BR> Participate with team members and friends in the 5/10K race or walk. <BR> <BR> Please use the following information to register for the walk/run on August 14, 2010: <BR> <BR> 31st Annual Run Through the Pines (or walk) <BR> Saturday, August 14, 2010 @ 8:00 AM local time <BR> Around Lake Gregory in Crestline <BR> 24740 San Moritz Way Crestline, CA <BR> Here’s the link to register: <BR> nnual-run-through-the-pi... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:56:30 EST train your weakness We've all heard the expression "train your weakness," but what does it really mean? How do you know what your weakness is? Is it the sport you like the least? The one you have the least experience in? The one you are slowest at? Is there any way of knowing which is your weakest sport before your first triathlon? Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:58:18 EST Vibram 5 Fingers Has anyone done a tri in these shoes? I'm new to triathlons. I did 2 last summer, one yesterday, and I have one coming up August 8th. I was thinking about purchasing them to use because they have a pair that can be used for watersports. It would make the transition time non-existent because I could keep the same shoes on. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:01:14 EST New & Questions (long) Hi, everyone. I'm new to the team. I am reviving my dream to do a tri! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I first had the desire back in 2003. I started running on a treadmill, doing spin classes, and took semi-private swim lessons for 8 weeks. I ended up doing 2 5Ks, but I had never tried running outside. I had times of 49 mins and 46.5 mins. <BR> <BR> Anyway, "life" got in the way. (Basically, my 3yo dd hated going to the gym and I decided I couldn't keep it up.) <BR> <BR> So, about 6 weeks ago my ... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 20:00:32 EST Emergency Sock Question! I'm doing my 2nd sprint tri this Saturday and at both my first tri and at my brick training, I keep running into a problem putting on my socks after the swim. My feet aren't ever completely dry (my hair drips!), and the socks get stuck and all bunched up, and I waste a lot of time in transition - on SOCKS! Powder won't help - it will just get wet and clumpy. I can't run without the socks. ANY IDEAS??? Tue, 6 Jul 2010 21:49:18 EST Think I've lost my mind - signed up for Ironman! After swearing that I would never do a full Ironman, I signed up for my first one yesterday - IM Germany. Yikes, what was I thinking?!? I've done 2 half Ironman races, and will do a 3rd next month, so I guess it was the logical next move. And a small group from my triathlon team are going. It's a great group, all low maintenance people that I'll love spending time with. I'm sure that I'll go through phases of being excited, then freaking out for the next year! Tue, 6 Jul 2010 11:04:01 EST Building Bike Endurance and Speed (sorry, posted on cycling board as well) <BR> <BR> Building Bike Endurance and Speed: <BR> <BR> I aim to bike 2-3x a week. I want to build endurance, speed and master my triathlon route. I ride around 10mph (yes, slow). <BR> <BR> My triathlon course is a hilly 17.5 mile course. I try to do the course once a week and barely avg 10mph on that course, more like 9.5 or 9.75mph. I go faster on the downhills of course and slightly faster on the flatter portions but lose it all on the hills. <... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 03:38:00 EST Greetings from Louisiana Getting ready to buy my first bike and looking forward to being an active part of this group. I'm going to be 42 in September. Mother of two boys, ages 4 & 5, stay at home mom who homeschools. Married 16 years to my college sweetheart. I did a sprint triathlon a few years ago on my husband's Walmart special mountain bike and loved the triathlon experience but swore I would buy a better bike one day. Now I have saved up and am looking forward to being an active cyclist. Any recommendations wou... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 19:45:55 EST New Season... first tri tomorrow I am going to treat this as my training tri of the year. I have 3 scheduled this year with my "A" race being in September. The weather has been cold and rainy here in the Pacific Northwest this year... only finally getting over 70F after 296 days below that temp. So as you can imagine not a lot of open water swimming practice so far this year... as in NONE YET. <BR> <BR> As much as I know I am going into this one as a training event I am worried about finishing last. <BR> <BR> Luckily I h... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:34:25 EST Feeling let down cuz I didn't PR... I gave it all I got and still didn't PR! How do you get over that feeling of unjustified disspointment? I should just be happy that I finished as well as I did, RIGHT??? <BR> <BR> I didn't PR this weekend in the Woman's Y-Tri (sprint- pool swim), and I am feeling really let down by this. Last year was my first year doing Tri's so no expectations. So far this year I have finished slower in each race. <BR> <BR> But it was a scortcher this weekend.Probably 10+ degree's hotter than last year a... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:48:05 EST Hi and so new here.... I love to ride my road bike, started running last year and currently training for my 1st half marathon this Fall.... I am intrigued by the idea of a tri. I am not a "swimmer" (but was a life guard when I was 16, so explain that) but the idea of a tri sounds interesting. <BR> <BR> I am a person that needs something "every year" to train for or I feel I will stop exercising. So I put my email address in a few newsletters and maybe, just maybe I will try one next summer. <BR> <BR> So if yo... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:29:24 EST 2011 USAT Sprint Triathlon National Championships Okay gang, who wants to go to the USAT sprint triathlon National Championships in 2011? There are no qualitfications for this event. Don't know where it will be yet. To late to go to this years. at least for me. Fri, 25 Jun 2010 17:12:07 EST Excellent Articles on Injury Prevention I'm posting this on both the Multisport and the Road Runners forums, so my apologies if you receive this in duplicate. <BR> <BR> I found this on Here is the link to Part I. There is a link to Part II at the end of this article. Make sure to read them both. <BR> <BR> Part I focuses on how to identify a potential injury and what to do about it <BR> <BR> Part II focuses on training for injury prevention <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sten-to-Your-Body-t... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 08:53:37 EST Race Report - WASHINGTON DC SPRINT TRIATHLON THE INAUGURAL WASHINGTON DC SPRINT TRIATHLON <BR> June 20, 2010 (Sunday) <BR> TRIATHLON: 800 meter swim ( Potomac River ), 12.4m bike, 4.2m run <BR> Washington DC @ West Potomac Park <BR> <BR> <BR> This was my second attempt at a sprint triathlon. My attempt last summer, I didn’t complete the swim course. <BR> <BR> Saturday, my friend Debi and I went to packet pick up, the expo, rack my bike in transition and get body marked. Debi wasn’t competing but she was lending her morale suppor... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 21:56:48 EST Open Water Swim Tip As tri season ramps up for many people, I wanted to share a tip that I learned at an open water group swim class that I attended. This pertains to racing with buoys where you need to make a turn. It's a technique that allows you to make the turn smoother and faster. <BR> <BR> Pretend that you're approaching a buoy where you need to make a left turn. Normally you would come up to the buoy and pause for a second while you adjust your body to make the turn. After you make the turn, you have t... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:06:46 EST Tri Shoes - Cycling and Running I know I can shave some real time off of my transitions by going with more triathlon conducive shoes. My last tri I wasted about 5 or 6 minutes fooling around with shoes and socks. <BR> <BR> What cycling shoe do you use for racing? I was thinking of changing to Pearl Izumi's TriFly <link><BR>=view&pc_id=103&product_id=1503698&out<BR>let= </link> . The pair I have now would not be very comfortable barefoot, and in fact sometimes the strap digs into the to... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 21:26:28 EST Should I clip in now, or wait? I have two sprints coming up June 27 and July 3. My Big race of the season is August 22 (Iron Girl MD). I got a road bike last year but have not "clipped in" yet. <BR> <BR> So do I try them now and risk falling and huring myself a couple weeks out? Or wait until after July 3 to clip in?? I feel confident on my bike and can balance at stop lights etc. I really would like to do it for these races but am sceptical after hearing peoples stories of falling the first time. <BR> <BR> I appreciate ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 14:38:31 EST I got a new (used) bike! I bought my first tri bike last night! I still need to add pedals to it, but I'm so excited!! I have a 70.3 race next weekend, so the new bike will have to wait until that race is over (which might be good, because there's so much steep climbing in this race, and my road bike has a granny gear that (I'm embarrassed to admit) will be useful). Check out my blog for a picture <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3274370 </link> <BR> <BR> Then this mornin... Thu, 27 May 2010 15:53:14 EST Question about the team goal--1 tri/month Hi! When a person signs up for this team goal does it mean that they personally want to shoot for a tri every month, or is the goal that the team has at least one tri completed every month? <BR> <BR> Am interested in joining but am not committed to doing a race every month! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 24 May 2010 23:03:07 EST Running Bra for Swimming? Have you ever worn a bra top and tri shorts as a regular swim suit outside of just race days? I am short waisted and have a broad back and as a result I'm having a dickens of a time finding a one-piece athletic swim suit that fits me properly. To fit my back, every suit is too long. Tankinis lead to a lot of drag in the water and are no fun at all for Aquafit. None of the shops here sell short one-piece suits. I really don't want to shop for petite-length suits online. I want to try things on... Mon, 24 May 2010 18:28:52 EST bike question Hey everyone, I know that my bike needs new cables (they are getting worn out with age) and my rear brake is squeaking pretty good. So here's my question: Should I just buy the cables and new brake pads to do the job myself or should I pay to have it done. I know that I can buy the supplies for about $10-15. To get a complete tune-up with the new supplies, my local bike shop will charge me about $120-130. I have adjusted cables and gears before but i've never completely changed them. What do ... Sat, 22 May 2010 17:28:59 EST First Sprint Tri is finished! The full report is in my blog, with pics. <BR> <BR> Parts that I expected to be hard were easy (the swim, which I trained the most for) and some easy parts were hard (the bike, just not enough time to training while training for my HM earlier this month). But I finished in 1:39:08, which was faster then I expected. Go me! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help, it really made a difference for me. <em>252</em> Sat, 22 May 2010 13:06:17 EST wetsuit and wetsuit rentals wetsuit and wetsuit rentals: <BR> <BR> I have a tri in June with a river swim. The race organizers say the water is usually around 70 degrees making it wetsuit legal. However, they cannot assure the participants until race morning when the temps are tested. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ahve never worn a wetsuit and I dont want to buy one the first out. The average rate is about $35 per week rental fee (one week minimum). <BR> <BR> How many days or weeks should I rent the suit for because I will ... Thu, 20 May 2010 11:49:47 EST Plus-Size Triathalon Noob - need clothing help Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> So I just signed up for my very first Tri. . . I'm ridiculously excited. But I'm having heart palpitations about what to wear. :) <BR> <BR> I'm a VERY curvy girl . . I've lost 100 lbs . . . so I have loose skin and all that fun stuff. And I have a large stomach 'tire' and I'm very large chested. <BR> <BR> I KNOW I'm going to have to wear something unflattering. I just don't know WHAT the best thing for someone like me would be! <BR> <BR> Do I wear a sport... Fri, 14 May 2010 20:43:00 EST Swim Zero to One Mile in Six Weeks Swim Zero to One Mile in Six Weeks. It's not really zero since you start at 700 yards. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> If swimming 100 yards is not yet possible go to Zero to 700. The ZERO TO 700 is an Easy Preamble to the 0-1650 Plan <BR> <link><BR>e-zero.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I never went past week two and still can’t swim the distance of my tri. I improved my technique and stroke with swim classes but still lac... Tue, 11 May 2010 15:10:02 EST Itching to do a tri - but need a bike! advice? Hi all - I am training for my first marathon in Nov. and have included swimming for cross-training as part of my training plan. The thing is, the more I go and swim the more I think - I could totally do a sprint triathlon! There is one not far from me at the end of Aug., part of the SheROX series, that I am interested in. My problem is that I don't have a road bike, and digging up the funds to get even an entry level one is causing some friction with the hubby as funds in general are tight... Tue, 11 May 2010 13:53:57 EST Wildflower triathlons Just about a week ago, I was getting ready to wake up and getting ready to do the long course (70.3) at the Wildflower triathlon in CA. <BR> <BR> It was an incredible experience to be part of. Close to 8000 participants, and about 25.000 spectators around Lake San Antonio. <BR> <BR> - it was my first open water swim, except for a couple of practice swims the days up to the event. Water 61 degrees (thank goodness for neoprene) <BR> - the bike course - hot and hilly <BR> - the run ... my grou... Sat, 8 May 2010 06:46:55 EST Check~in May Hi fellow Triathletes, <BR> <BR> This is the time a lot of people are really motivated and getting ready for triathlon races. <BR> <BR> Let's start encouraging others by posting our daily workouts. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend!!! Run, Bike, Swim and Stay fit for life!!! Fri, 7 May 2010 07:15:24 EST Two triathlons one week apart--what to do? I have two sprint-distance triathlons coming up and they are one week apart. I've done them two weeks apart before, but never one week. I am trying to figure out what workouts I should do during that week, realizing that largely it needs to be rest. I was thinking one bike ride mid-week, one 30 minute run, and maybe 2 short swims. I would appreciate anyone's experienced assistance!! I certainly don't want to overdo! Thu, 6 May 2010 00:24:31 EST First Tri Clothing Help! I am a MUCH larger sized woman and am getting ready for my first tri next month (oy!). I have been unable (via online searching) to find really large tri shorts/tri top and without them, I don't know what to wear. <BR> <BR> Anybody have ideas for where to buy stuff (BIG stuff)? Or any other creative clothing combos that might work (since the money is tight, too). I'm just praying that the water is warm enough in Maine in June to not require a wetsuit because I don't want to buy one and I ... Tue, 4 May 2010 19:51:06 EST Transition Area and changing clothes Hi all. I'm doing my first sprint triathlon in July 2010. I'm a little concerned about changing clothes. In the transition area, is it screened off from public view? I want to take off my swim suit and put on underwear before putting on my shorts for the bike/run. I plan to wear a sports bra under my swimsuit, but I cant imagine wearing the wet suit under my shorts. I'm afraid of chafting on the bike/run. Mon, 3 May 2010 07:48:19 EST Happiness is... Cheering on others even when you've failed to achieve!!! Go St. George Ironman Athletes!!! Incredible :) Sat, 1 May 2010 08:34:11 EST Saddle Seat Pad - Have You Used? I was surfing around and came across a saddle seat pad advertised as a triathlon tool. Basically it's a slightly padded, waterproof seat cover (lycra and neoprene) that you put over your bicycle seat in lieu of wearing padded shorts. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever used this? If so what's your experience with this versus triathlon shorts? If not, would you consider using this? <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:32:40 EST New to Team Hi, I joined this team to get more involved with people that are into Tri's. For the past several years I have walked in half and full marathons. I really like these but they are not a challenge any more. I came across an email that was advertising a local Triathlon and its sparked an interest. I have looked over several in my area and picked an all womens super sprint for Aug. 22. I am now a member of gym so I use the pool, weights and classes. I am so excited to try something new. <BR> <... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 20:24:30 EST Bronchitis & Training My training has been on hiatus since last Monday (after doing a 10K race Sunday) when the last thing I did was a long, hard swim. That afternoon, the dry cough I've had for two weeks suddenly became worse. Doc thinks it's bronchitis, but could have been the start on pneumonia. On antibiotics and Advair. I think it's viral...Now it's moving up to sinuses as well! <BR> <BR> Anyway... my question is.... How long do you think it takes to lose everything? No running for a week! I was up to... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 09:07:50 EST Tips for Bricks? (say that fast 5 times, lol) I had my first Brick workout on Wednesday. I did 6 miles on the bike, averaged 11mph pace. I was feeling great with this. My dad put new pedals on my bike (with straps) so I had some more power. I'm still playing around with the gears and cadence but I'm about a 85 rpm. I felt pretty confident at the end of my ride. <BR> <BR> I jumped off my bike, tore off my helmet, took a second to re-set my Garmin from bike to run and took off. I attempted to run 2 miles. This is where it all headed sout... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:26:53 EST FAU Sprint Tri - Finished Well, not my best tri, but I am proud of finishing a very difficult swim. I also finished 4th in my age group, but I'm not too excited about that since the gap between me and the 3rd place finisher was about 7 minutes! <BR> <BR> My race report is on my blog if you would like to read it. Get a cup of coffee. It's kind of long, as y'all know by now I can be a bit wordy: <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=GLADGAD </link> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:40:10 EST Wet suits you have used Hello! I've been doing tris for about four years but have never used a wet suit in a race. I bought one a few years ago - a used sleeveless one - and used it to train but didn't like it much so I just swam without. <BR> <BR> In August, however, I am doing the Point to LaPoint open water swim in Bayfield, Wis., Wet suits are required. <BR> <BR> I am not very tall (5'4") and not very slim (yet!) - does anyone have a wet suit they would recommend? I am asking because I just got an sale flier ... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 20:09:05 EST Cute MadTV Triathlon Sketch For those that like sketch comedy and/or MadTV: <link><BR>triathlon </link> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:40:57 EST Canadian tri virgin Well... <BR> I signed up for my first (in August 2010). <BR> I'm nervous and SO excited already! <BR> <BR> And yet WOW-- so many questions.... <BR> <BR> Will I be dizzy coming out of the open water swim? <BR> How long will it take to recover from a sprint? (750m swim, 30k bike, 7.5k run) <BR> What in the heck do I wear? <BR> Will my mountain bike hold up? <BR> How do I handle and prepare for transitions? <BR> What do I pack & what will I need on race day? <BR> <BR> (am I gonna regret this... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 15:33:03 EST What races are you training for? Hi i'm new to the site and was wondering what races have the members signed up for. I want to do a 1/2 ironman in late september, i just have not picked the one i want yet. I live in PA and would not want to travel too far (within 250 miles is good)and suggestions on fun, beginner friendly races? Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:42:03 EST What do you wear? So I'm just kind of getting into this whole Triathlon stuff. I'm planning on doing my first one in September. I started by buying some bike shorts for training and a one piece swimsuit, then started looking at Triathlon clothes, pretty hefty price tag on that stuff. Do most of you wear the Tri wear? I'm assuming the difference is the dry time so you can wear the same thing for swimming, biking and running? Any preference on brands and why you like a certain one over the other? Any feedb... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:22:17 EST The BEST thing I did was join my local tri club! A month ago, I joined my local tri club for annual fee of $45 for a family membership and let me tell you I have already gotten my $$ worth. In the short month, they have put together a mentoring group for newbies like me, have a free masters swimming clinic (monthly), and I just attended our monthly meeting tonight where they invited a local bike shop (who also sponsors the tri club) to put on a clinic between road bikes and tri bikes and what think about when riding, purchasing, tips on rid... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:00:09 EST First Tri is a week away...I'm feeling unprepared! I'm doing my first tri next Saturday and I am feeling totally unprepared!!! It's a reverse sprint consisting of a 5k run, 9k cycle and 150 meter pool swim!!! Being in Southern California, weather shouldn't be an issue!!! <BR> <BR> While I know I will have no problem with the run or cycling part, the transitions and swim part have me a bit flustered!!! <BR> <BR> I went to a workshop a few weeks ago put on by the event organizers and I felt okay with the information at the time but now that... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:10:55 EST Indoor tri - good for a first one or disappointing I'm researching tri's in my area and I had no idea that there were indoor tris. 10 min swim, 30 min bike, 20 min run. <BR> I'm considering doing one of these as my first tri. It's only $40. I'm a distance runner and already have spent $400 in race fees this year. I guess I want to see how I like it before committing to an outdoor tri. <BR> But I also don't want to be disappointed by my experience either. Thoughts? Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:41:56 EST Figured I'd give it a tri I'm a distance runner but I'm starting to train for a few sprint tri's this summer. Swimming is not my strong point, by far! But I'm improving each time I get in the pool. <BR> I find that I'm so exhausted after a few laps in the pool that I just don't understand how I'm supposed to bike and run after that. Seems like my legs feel like jello. I'm hoping that will change as I improve on my swimming. <BR> Looking forward to learning some tips from experienced triathletes! Mon, 8 Mar 2010 10:39:57 EST Off-road tri? Anybody done one of these? I'm thinking about doing an Xterra race (Swim/ run) this August. <BR> <BR> I did my first "regular" tri last year (IronGirl, sprint distance) and really enjoyed it. I'm more of a mountain biker than a road biker though (actually used my mtn. bike for the road bike leg of the IronGirl!), and I love trail running, so I thought an off-road tri might be a good fit for me. <BR> <BR> Any experiences or advice you could share would be fantastic. I'... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 16:00:24 EST Just Joined! Hello everyone! I'm Raine, and I joined this team because it is my goal this year to do a sprint triathlon over Labor Day Weekend. I found a 20 week plan that I just started this week (even though the race is more than 5 months away, bc I have a weird travel schedule for work, and I want to give myself some extra cushion time!) I also just signed up for an indoor triathlon that my gym is doing next month - 10 minute swim; 30 minute cycling; 20 min treadmill - winners are based on how much ... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:47:10 EST Signed up for my 1st Sprint Triathlon Well, I did it. I signed up for my first sprint triathlon, Tour de Kirkwood, July 25th. The good news is that I chose my first to be in my home town. The swim is at our City pool and the bike and run is around town. All places that are familiar to me. My goal is to get through the swim and finish. I just took my mountain bike in this weekend to get smooth tires and went to my first Master's Swim Class with the local tri club. The classes are on Sunday and FREE. I am in the beginner swim gr... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 21:41:26 EST Hi All!!! I am looking to do my first tri in june, july or august(all sprint), i have 3 picked out so i will base it on my training(would like to do june and august). i am here to learn as much as i can because i know little to nothing about doing a tri. <BR> <BR> i have been running for about 1.5 yrs and have been injured several times so doing a tri is a way to force me to cross train. i have about 20 races under my belt from 5k's to a half marathon. <BR> <BR> one of my concerns is the transitio... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:16:57 EST Hi! Well I've committed to doing my first triathlon! Initially I started down this path because my husband wanted to do one and asked me to join him -- I wasn't too excited. Now that I've started running more and signed up for swim training I'm getting more excited about it. Not sure if I'm going to do a Sprint or an Olympic one yet. The Tri is Labor day so I have plenty of time to train for it. Has anyone jumped straight to an Olympic one as their first? I have run a 5k, but never run a 10... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:12:26 EST bike issue...hoping for suggestions Hello all, I am having an annoying problem with my bike and really don't want to pay to fix it. It is not a fancy bike, just a basic $100 bike. I decided I would pay for it and now I can't find a decent priced shop to take it to in my area. <BR> <BR> The front has 3 gears (1,2,3). When I am riding I have trouble getting it to go into all 3. It likes to stay in the 2nd gear. Every now and then I'll try to shift and it will go into one or the other but not both. I've read online that you just ... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 20:10:00 EST Is this time limit reasonable? I don't think it is A YMCA about 45 minutes away from here is holding it's 2nd annual triathlon. Last year it was shorter and I don't think they quite knew what to expect. <BR> <BR> I checked their website and it's on again but they have made it 300 meter pool swim, 10 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run so the bike ride and run are longer than last year. <BR> <BR> They have stated that there will be an hour time limit. I find this totally unreasonable! I am not an experienced triathlete but I have done 2 triathlon... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 23:24:37 EST Journey Health is a journey! Always uphill, but the view at the top is amazing! Never stop climbing! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:04:53 EST How to change my eating while training I will start really training hard for the Nations Olympic Distance Tri in May (race in Sept). Some of the workouts should burn up to or more than 1000 calories. Spark People food plans only have me eating 1200-1500 calories/day. <BR> Any idea what I should up my calories to, in order to train properly (with enough energy) and still lose the last 10 pounds? <BR> Any advice is appreciated! Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:01:24 EST Indoor Tri - First race of 2010 *** Done! Season 2 is under way. <BR> <BR> I "raced" my first Tri of the season yesterday. I look at it as a Pre-season event and it was such a learning experience. I have my work cut out for me and know now that I can do better and push myself harder than I thought I could. <BR> <BR> Swam 21 laps (25 meter lengths) in 10 mins; <BR> bike- 9.29 in 30 mins; <BR> ran 2.31 miles in 20 min. <BR> <BR> Don't know how I measured up against the competion. The bike was by far the most disappointing. We we... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:45:56 EST Two-a-Day Triathlon Workout Schedule -good article For us newbies who are trying to juggle our workouts and determining which ones to do together and in which order. <BR> <BR> Two-a-Day Triathlon Workout Scheduling: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>le-detail.asp?articleid=1709 </link> <BR> <BR> Lovey Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:31:31 EST Hello Team I guess it’s time to quit lurking and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I still see myself, in my mind anyway, if not in the mirror, as a triathlete. I have done 25 triathlons, but I haven’t done one in over 10 years. I have been doing all three disciplines for over 20 years now, at varying degrees of consistency and intensity. My exercise amounts and my weight have always rollercoastered, but the past 10 years, my exercise consistency has not been good, but my eating has not slowed a bit, s... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 14:18:39 EST New FB type site for Triathletes hey! <BR> <BR> check out <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Excellent networking site similar to FB but geared towards triathletes! <BR> <BR> Add me as a friend! Tons of great groups support etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:07:32 EST Choosing the best option for a Triathlon I have my major triathlon, Iron Girl Women's Sprint on August 22nd. Its a .62 mile swim (1100 yds), 17.5 mile bike and 3.4 mile run. Its longer tham most sprint. My first attempt last year was a DNF because I exceeded the swim time limit with 200 yards to go. Race officials felt I was too exhausted and a safety liability to allow me to finish. <BR> <BR> I plan to do a sprint in June or July to help boost my confidence. I had 4 to choose from but eliminated two because I would have to overni... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:23:21 EST NEW INAUGURAL WASHINGTON DC TRIATHLON <BR> TRITOWN USA LAUNCHES INAUGURAL WASHINGTON DC TRIATHLON TM <BR> Sunday, June 20, 2010 Race in the Nation's Capital Features Sprint and Olympic Distance Courses; Registration Opens February 1st <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON, DC -- Washington, DC, now home to two major triathlons, is known as TriTown USA. The Inaugural Washington DC TriathlonTM joins The Nation's TriathlonTM to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, now in its 5th year, as two of the country's most distinctive races in o... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:18:54 EST Tri Bike or Road Bike? I'm hoping to finally purchase a new bike this weekend! I'm going to a bike shop highly recommended by my swim team buddies, mostly who also do triathlons. One thinks I should get a Tri bike since I plan on keeping my hybrid bike (there are nice crushed limestone bike trails near me which are not good for road bikes and I'd like to still ride on those for fun). BUT...I hear that Tri bikes are not good for bike TOURING....Like if I wanted to join our local bike club, they do a lot of tours.... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:31:20 EST Heart Rate Monitor options I have a very inexpensive basic HRM now that tracks calories. The HR and calorie calculation seems to be way off. A slow 4 mile run where my maxHR was 196 on the screen but the final record showed maxHR at 240 and 708 calories. <BR> <BR> Calories burned per mile is an average of 100 calories so my calories burned should have been a max of 500 calories. Plus it says not to be used in swimming. <BR> <BR> I am in the market for a new HRM with the following features: <BR> <BR> 1. heart rate ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 20:16:24 EST Hey! I'm new to spark people and this team and as a triathlete, I hope to learn more and teach some of what I know to newbies. <BR> <BR> The triathlon I competed in was a 750m swim, 13mi. bike, and a 3mi run... pretty simple sprint distance. I've also participated in a charity swim where I swam 1 mile total. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you guys better... <BR> <BR> Good luck and remember - take it easy on the swim, peddle fast and run like hell. =) Sat, 23 Jan 2010 05:12:50 EST how do you fit it all in? In the last couple of years I expanded my repertoire from strictly running to include swimming and cycling. I am hoping to participate in my first triathlon this summer. My problem is, there is so much that I want to do and not enough time to do it all! I am recently back to running again after an injury that took me out for over a year, so right now I am focusing on that. I just can't seem to figure out a schedule where I can do everything, including pilates, which I believe is very importan... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:30:55 EST Hello team Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm 33, living in Lancaster county, PA, and I signed up for my first triathlon(s) in July/August. This group looks like a good resource to meet people and learn. My guide for this journey is Friel's Triathlon Training Bible and I have already started strength training and created a macro cycle for the year. <BR> <BR> My scheduled events so far are: <BR> <BR> March 21-Shamrock half marathon in VA Beach <BR> April 10-the Cherry Blossom 10 mile <BR> July 11-Philly women'... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:04:46 EST Carb Breakfast before morning training session Looking for ideas for a carb loaded breakfast before training. I hit the gym for my first daily workout at about 5:30am. <BR> <BR> For the past few months all I eat before is a protein heavy shake, but now that I am adding endurance I find I run out of fuel in the am vs pm workout. <BR> <BR> What do you have for carb breakfast that does not cause digestion problem about 30 minutes before a run/swim or spin? <BR> <BR> Thx <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 10:01:59 EST Who is attempting a new distance this year? Be it a sprint distance, olympic, half-iron, or full IM, who is going to race a tri longer than what they've done in the past? <BR> <BR> I am and am anxious about it and want to know who else is in the same boat. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:51:33 EST Swim Fins Hi, <BR> My swim coach strongly recommends fins and uses them in specific drills for about 25% of our workout. <BR> <BR> I have a horrible kick and it is slooowly getting better. That inefficient kick forced me to use a lot upper body strength causing me to tire easily. When I started and did kickboard drills without fins I went backwards. Now I go forward very slowly and I still struggle. <BR> Sometimes she has me do extra kicking drills alternating with and without fins. <BR> <BR> Any... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 00:48:01 EST Biathlon Does anyone know of an event in Seattle this coming summer? And if so what's a good website to go to? <BR> I appreciate any info I can get....thanks..!! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:55:46 EST USAT Triathlon- Swimming stroke Does anybody know if there is any restriction on swimming stroke in USAT triathlons? I just registered for the Lake Las Vegas Irongirl, and I am a much stronger breast-stroker than freestyler, and I am planning to work on my freestyle, but I want to make sure to train properly if there is a rule about it. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 13:56:58 EST 14K Triathlete Jewelry? With the holidays on our heels, I'm still looking for a 14K triathlete pendant. Does anybody have a good source? I've only seen one online and didn't like the design. A new year ahead of birthdays, Valentines, Mother's Day and Tri Season! <BR> Happy New Year to All! Fri, 25 Dec 2009 17:15:33 EST Bike Trainer I am thinking about buying a bike trainer since it is to yucky to go outside and ride my bike. How exactly does it work? What should I look for? I am new to this whole biking thing <em>24</em> Thanks! Fri, 25 Dec 2009 11:09:57 EST Help! Bike Troubles! Hey y'all! <BR> <BR> I noticed this week that I am not improving on the bike at all even as I am improving rapidly with the swimming and running. I do swim and run more than I bike (3-4 x/week). While I aim for 3 rides a week I am lucky if I get in two. <BR> <BR> I thought that working on the swim and run would improve my cardiovascular fitness and that losing weight would give me less weight to haul up those hills. But here I am 20 pounds down and my longest rides are still 6 miles--that... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:33:53 EST Feeling anxious - need advise I was just notified that I was selected in the lottery for the Escape from Alcatraz!!!! It is being held early this year, on May 2, 2009. This is so exciting. I feel like I may be in over my head, on the one hand, and, on the other, that I may never get another chance to do this. I really want to do this, but I have a knot in my stomach. Can I get trained to do this? (I did two Olympic distance tri's last summer, but slow.) <BR> <BR> Where I live I will have no chance to do any open wate... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 16:51:25 EST Gift Ideas? Hubby started doing tris last season. He enjoys the swimming and the biking most, plus all the gadgets that go with that. I'm looking for Christmas gift suggestions. <BR> <BR> ...Pam Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:05:37 EST When to wear HRM? When to wear HRM? <BR> (question cross-posted) <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose weight. I track what I eat so I can monitor my calories, fat, protein, carbs and fiber using a journal. I try to exercise everyday with my rest day being an active rest day like walking. <BR> Anyway, I wear my heart rate monitor (HRM) during exercise and burn anywhere from 300 calories to 1000 calories (long runs). Some of the other people in my weight loss group wear their HRM all day. <BR> I have been only trac... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:50:57 EST I think I belong here! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found this spark team. I am a triathlete in the Boston area. I have three kids and have been struggling for years to lose the "baby weight". Even before I had kids I used to struggle constantly to stay in a healthy weight range, and was always at the very top of that range! Now I'd like to lose 30 pounds and I need help! <BR> <BR> As I posted on the Road Runners board, the more I exercise and set big workout goals (half-marathon, olympic distance tri, etc) the ... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 10:18:00 EST Olympic Distance Recommendations for Next Year? Hi! <BR> <BR> I've done a couple of sprints, and though I wouldn't say I've mastered the sprint (I'm pretty slow, and don't love hills), I want to have a goal of an Olympic distance tri next season, mid to late season. I really wanted to do the Nation's Capital one, but the entry cost is scaring me away (175 + 175 for my husband + hotel costs). I live on Long Island, in New York. I thought of the New York one, but that's closed out. Can anyone recommend a nice olympic tri? Or, is the DC... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 07:40:13 EST December Check-In Here's the thread for December, can't believe it's nearly the end of the year already. I may even get out the tree this weekend in anticipation! We have a small one, with fibre-optic lights so I don't even need to decorate it - just remember where I put it, unbox, unfurl and voila! <BR> <BR> Cyclocross season is over for this year, it's a bit of a shame as I've really had a blast. However, every race this year was held in good weather - none of that mud and snow that happened in the secon... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 16:34:38 EST Just saying, Hey!! Im new... just began training for my first tri... HI ALL!! Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:39:04 EST need advice Hi everyone, I'm new to this group, and need some advice. I'm going to post on the Road Runners group too, so I apologize if you see this twice. <BR> <BR> I am having shoulder surgery next month. It's just arthroscopic, but it's the first time I've ever had surgery (except getting my wisdom teeth removed!). I'm very nervous. Plus, I'm still recovering from other injuries and my marathon, so I'm having to take it pretty easy right now. <BR> <BR> You can read my blog for all the details <l... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 17:08:37 EST