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 …
Triathlon for Beginners
If you're just getting started in triathlon, you may want to refer to some of these resources. We've compiled a series of topics based on common questions around getting started in triathlon, multisport, and Ironman races. Intro To Triathlon First things first. If you are …
Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike
This can be a confusing topic for many people. What's the difference between a triathlon bike and a road bike, and which should I buy? Here's a quick video to explain the differences. https://youtu.be/eVkfLMQL7cg And here's a chart to guide you on which to buy: …
Triathlon Order: Swim, Bike, Run
Swim, bike, run. The Triathlon Order. That's the typical order of the events in a triathlon. The swim is first as it's not a good idea to be swimming while very fatigued as you might be after cycling or running. This reduces the risk of …
I Discovered the Best Running Shoes
Here are some of the best running shoes for triathlon, marathons, half marathons, 10ks, and training. For years, I've loved Hoka One Ones. The first time I saw them, I didn't think they looked very attractive – they were big, funny-looking, and probably heavy. Pretty …
Win free UCAN nutrition
Want a chance to win some free UCAN nutrition products? UCAN is giving away two UCAN Energy Tubs and two boxes of UCAN Energy Bars to two IronmanHacks subscribers. All you have to do is: Subscribe to the IronmanHacks newsletter.Subscribe to IronmanHacks on YouTube AND post …
They Told Me Not to Eat It
When I did my first Ironman in Busselton, Australia, I thought quite a lot about what to put in my special needs bags. You know, the bags you get to pick up halfway through the ride and run. Some people put extra gels, sunscreen, band-aids, …
Finding Your Breaking Point
“Forget it! I quit! I’m not going to race!” That’s what I told my wife during a particularly long set on the trainer once, just a week away from a full Ironman I had been training for all year. That’s when I had found my …
Managing Optimism Bias
Have you ever set a race target that you didn't meet? I have. I thought I'd do my first marathon in under four hours (a 10k each hour is easy, right?). I expected to do my first 70.3 in just six hours. But that disastrous …
The Glamorization of Pain
“It doesn't get any easier; you just get faster,” is the famous phrase uttered by Greg LeMond. Fausto Coppi was more to the point when he said, “Cycling is suffering.” And Eddy Merckx was more precise: “Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it …

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