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5 ways to run smarter
Runners should pay attention to their bodies when training and may need to take days of rest.
July 6th, 2012
01:29 PM ET

5 ways to run smarter

After completing more than 150 marathons, running coach Jeff Horowitz got sick of running himself ragged with 70 to 100-mile weeks during training.

In order to avoid injury and burnout, he designed a less-is-more, quality over quantity philosophy in his book "Smart Marathon Training." Adapt some of his principles into your triathlon training program.

1. Ditch the junk miles.

Only add workouts that have a purpose.
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7 skills for controlling your bike with confidence
June 22nd, 2012
09:34 AM ET

7 skills for controlling your bike with confidence

Knowing how to ride a bike is one thing, but having the ability to comfortably and safely share the road with other cyclists requires another level of skill.

These basic handling techniques will help you enjoy the transition from bike rider to full-blown cyclist, and, as an added bonus, can help save a little time on race day.

Hold a straight line

Whether riding on an open road or in a race, always look over your shoulder before swinging from one side of the road to the other. Before carving through a corner, always check your blind spot, especially in a race since the noise created by fellow cyclists isn’t always enough to alert you of their presence.
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Tools you'll need for your first triathlon
June 8th, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Tools you'll need for your first triathlon

You don’t need any fancy triathlon-specific gear to finish a triathlon. A swimsuit, any bike (and helmet) and pair of running shoes are really all it takes.

But there are limitless triathlon accessories (triathlon cufflinks, anyone?) if you want to look sharper, go faster or be more comfortable.

Consider your race goals before pulling out the credit card.

I want to finish

Instead of relying on questionable tires, swap them for a new set designed for durability, such as the Specialized Armadillo or Continental Gatorskin. After equipping your ride with dependable tires, take it to a mechanic to check the chain, derailleurs, shifters, bolt tension and cables before race day.
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Learning the running lingo
May 25th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Learning the running lingo

Did that fartlek workout lead to a major bonk instead of runner’s high? Need a glossary just to understand what we’re talking about? We demystify some of the most common running terms.

Bonk

Verb: To become utterly exhausted and depleted and unable to keep moving forward at a desired pace. This occurs when your glycogen stores are depleted.

Example: “I didn’t think I’d bonk so hard during the race, but it felt like I hit a brick wall and my legs were made of concrete.”

Triathlete: Running vs. triathlon running

Fartlek

Noun: A Swedish word that means “speedplay.” A run where you speed up and slow down several different times during the workout. You must keep running during the entire workout for it to be considered a fartlek.
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Choosing your first triathlon race
May 11th, 2012
07:12 AM ET

Choosing your first triathlon race

One of the first things you’ll want to do after deciding you want to be a triathlete is pick a goal race so you can plot your course of action.

We recommend starting with a sprint-distance race (or even a shorter super-sprint), which will offer a solid challenge to newbies without being too overwhelming.

Your race choice should be guided by answering a few other key questions:

What’s your athletic background?

Perhaps you are a runner who’s grown weary of pounding the pavement and want to mix up your training and racing. Or maybe you’ve been inspired to do your first triathlon after watching the NBC broadcast of Ironman, athletic prowess be damned.
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Open-water swimming tips from the pros
April 27th, 2012
07:13 AM ET

Open-water swimming tips from the pros

Editor's note: In this post from Triathlete magazine, pros Julie Dibens and James Cunnama share five rules of a successful open-water swim.

Rule 1: Keep your space

“In the pool, you’re in a lane by yourself. In a triathlon, you have 50, 100, even 200 people trying to get to the same spot. It’s hard to stay in a straight line. You have to figure out how to make the most of it and get a draft,” says Dibens.

“Don’t hang on to a boat, kayak or buoy [before a deep water start],” adds Cunnama. “It doesn’t make a good start because something is in your way. It’s hard to get a good kick in. Get some space.”
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How to fuel for your first triathlon
April 13th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

How to fuel for your first triathlon

Nutrition is key to becoming an overall healthy triathlete, but it becomes even more important on race day for fueling performance, avoiding GI issues and recovering from your efforts.

Follow this sample menu, suggested by nutrition and performance coach Krista Austin, Ph.D., for guidelines on how to eat on race day.

You will want to test-run your nutrition/meals during training so there are no surprises. A cardinal rule in triathlon: Don’t do or try anything new on race day.
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Getting to the starting line of your first tri
Women run into the surf at the start of the 2012 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on March 25 in Australia.
March 30th, 2012
07:37 AM ET

Getting to the starting line of your first tri

We could fill every inch of a year’s worth of Triathlete issues with training advice - there’s that much information and that many approaches to triathlon training.

But you don’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of the sport to get a successful start. We compiled some of the most common training questions we hear and had veteran coach and successful former pro Jimmy Riccitello weigh in with his expert opinion.

How many months/weeks of training will I need?

“If you’re a reasonably fit person who can swim a bit, you could do a sprint triathlon tomorrow,” says Riccitello. Recommended? No. But doable? Yes.
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Triathlon training: Are you really 'lean enough?'
July 14th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

Triathlon training: Are you really 'lean enough?'

Since January, we've been tracking the training of Dr. Sanjay Gupta and six iReporters as they prep for the August 7 Nautica New York City Triathlon. Now we're adding expert advice from our friends at Triathlete.com

Swiss exercise scientists recently focused their attention on 42 recreational female runners who participated in a half marathon. They quizzed the runners on their training habits and also took various anthropometric measurements and then attempted to correlate this data with their race finish times.

The researchers found that body-fat percentage was among the best predictors of race finish times - an even better predictor than training volume.

This finding isn’t too surprising. We all know that being lean is critical to running performance.

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7 tips for balancing training with life
July 1st, 2011
09:08 AM ET

7 tips for balancing training with life

Since January, we've been tracking the training of Dr. Sanjay Gupta and six iReporters as they prep for the August 7 Nautica New York City Triathlon.  Now we're adding expert advice from our friends at Triathlete.com

Lack of time is the most commonly cited excuse for not exercising. But surveys suggest that those who exercise regularly are just as busy with their jobs, families and other responsibilities as those who don’t work out. So the time excuse is just that: an excuse.

Yet time is a challenge for most endurance athletes. Training is a time-consuming pursuit, and our lives are busier than ever these days. So while it might not be hard to find time to get some exercise daily, finding time to train as much was we would like to train is difficult. Use the following tips to better fit your training into your hectic life.
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