6 Tips on Qualifying for the 70.3 World Champs
The Ironman 70.3 World Championship is an annual half-Ironman-distance triathlon competition that is held in a different location every year, usually in August, September, or October. To qualify, athletes must compete in one of the Ironman 70.3 events held around the world, and earn one …
5 Ways to Qualify the Ironman World Championships in Kona or Nice
There are several ways for triathletes to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, or Nice, France: Ironman Qualifying (IMQ) Races: Athletes can qualify for Kona by finishing in one of the top spots in their age group at one of the designated …
The Main Thing to do to Increase Your FTP
The #1 thing to know about how to increase your FTP (functional threshold power) is that consistency and gradual progression are key. To improve your FTP, you need to consistently train and gradually increase the intensity and volume of your rides over time. This can …
8 Mental Skills Every Triathlete Must Master
It's been said that endurance sports like triathlon are more mental than physical. So, it would be wise to identify the mental and mindset skills you need to develop. Here are the top skills we believe you need to master: Mental toughness: Mental toughness is …
10 Great Reasons to do a Triathlon
Sense of accomplishment: Finishing a triathlon is a major accomplishment that you'll be proud of for years to come. The sense of satisfaction and pride you'll feel as you cross the finish line is unlike anything else. You'll be able to look back on your …
Basic Nutrition Plan for Half Ironman Fueling
Mmmm…gels… Here is a sample nutrition plan for fueling during a half ironman race with specific calorie, carbohydrate, hydration, and electrolyte guidelines: Before the race: Eat a carbohydrate-rich meal the night before the race, including at least 500-700 calories and 70-100 grams of carbohydrates.Have a …
10 Tips to a Faster Run
I can't promise you'll be as fast as Lionel, but you can try.Image used with permission from the PTO. There are several ways that a triathlete can work to become a faster runner: Incorporate speed work into your training routine. This could include intervals, hills, …
10 Things Beginner Triathletes Should Watch out For
Here are 10 things that a beginner triathlete should watch out for: Overuse injuries: Make sure to cross-train and vary your workouts to reduce the risk of overuse injuries.Dehydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially during hot weather or long workouts.Poor nutrition: Make …
Are you Playing the Infinite Game?
A sudden, searing pain exploded in my right ankle and I fell to my hands and knees in the deep, uncut grass. The black and white painted concrete curb was inches from my face and I could smell the wet grass and soil. I had …
Top 10 Pro Female Triathletes
What are the female pro rankings as of July 25, 2022? Here they are. Keep in mind, that these are based on their recent results, and really do not mean that one athlete is 'better' or 'faster' necessarily, and the results can change often and …
Top 10 Female Pro Swimmers
If you follow triathlon at all, you likely think you know who the #1 female swimmer is. Lucy, I suspect. But when I watched the Collins Cup, I was impressed, to say the least, to see another woman stick to her heels for the entire …
Top 10 Pro Male Swimmers
We hear a lot about the fastest overall pros or even the top cyclists and runners, but less about the top swimmers. In fact, there may be some names here you don't recognize. Following are the top 10 male pro swimmers, as ranked by the …
10 Fastest Full Distance Courses
Looking to set a personal best in a full-distance Challenge or Ironman race? Choose from these races – they're the top 10 fastest full-distance Ironman and Challenge courses. Ironman BarcelonaIronman TallinnIronman BrasilIronman CopenhagenIronman FloridaChallenge RothIronman SwedenChallenge AlmereIronman AustriaIronman Western Australia Source: Course Ratings | TriRating
You don’t pee on the bike?
If you've ever raced a half or full Ironman, you've probably needed to pee during your race, probably even before the swim. While all organized races will have toilets before the swim and on the bike and run courses, it's much easier to just do …
6 Rules of Thumb for Tri
You may have heard of Occam's Razor – also known as the principle of parsimony – that suggests that simpler explanations are more likely to be correct that those with unnecessary or improbable assumptions.In training, and racing especially, I have often been conflicted about certain decisions I had …
Moving up from Sprint to Olympic Distance
Interested in moving from sprint distance up to Olympic? This short guide will get you started.
Banning Russian Triathletes is Not Right
Moscow You may have read posts or news from Ironman, Challenge Family, Super League, and World Triathlon on what measures they’re taking with the crisis in Ukraine. "In line with the recommendation by the International Olympic Committee and World Triathlon regarding the participation of Russian …
Fast Fashion – is it Coming to Tri?
In the late 70s, I remember cross-country skiing with my parents. I was only 5 or 6 years old. My dad would always wear maroon wool pants that ended right below the knee, and tall off-white socks. He had a matching hat with a pom-pom …
Reducing Friction to Improve Training
Not long after I began running seriously, I started getting my running stuff ready the night before. Shoes, shorts, shirt, socks, watch, heart rate monitor, whatever I needed. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this was all about reducing friction, or unnecessary effort …
Choosing a Triathlon Suit
Many beginners wonder what to wear in a triathlon. Some know that a triathlon suit is what's worn, but what is a tri suit, how necessary is it, and when should it be worn? A triathlon suit is Lycra shorts that connect to a top …

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