Swimming and Triathlon Training for Swimming
Ask yourself how important it is to win the swim portion of a triathlon compared to how you will perform overall. The longer the race, the less likely it is that the winner of the swim is the winner of the triathlon. But if it takes all you've got just to get through the swim, you are going to face a big challenge completing the bike and run....
Swim Training for a Half-Ironman Distance Triathlon Swim
The swim leg of a triathlon (sprint, Olympic, half-ironman/Ironman 70.3, or Ironman distances) could be the easy part - or the hard part - of the triathlon. It depends upon your swimming ability; a combination of swimming skill and swimming fitness. A shorter triathlon might require more swimming speed, a longer triathlon more swimming endurance, but no matter what the distance, swimming skill or…
Basic Training Ideas for a Sprint Distance Triathlon
Triathlons are a swim, bike, and run to the finish, a "multisport" race. Sound intimidating? It should not be. Many races are short, sprint distance events, challenging for experienced triathletes and short enough for newbies to have fun meeting that challenge. There are other multisport races, aquathlons (run-swim-run) and duathlons...
Guide Review - Weight Training for Triathlon by Ben Greenfield
This weight training guide for triathletes covers more than just the basics. I recommend it.
blueseventy to Send a Triathlete to the 2009 Ironman in Kona, Hawaii
blueseventy, a maker of wetsuits, swimskins, and other swimming accessories, is hosting a raffle contest to triathletes competing in four iron distance triathlons. Any athlete who demos a blueseventy wetsuit at several iron distance events this summer will automatically be entered to win two roundtrip tickets to Kona for the Ford World...
What Do You Do to Swim Better in a Triathlon?
The swim leg of a triathlon is not the most important leg, but it needs to be good enough to get you to the bike and the run. What do you do to get better at the swim leg of a triathlon?
10 Steps for Swimmers to Improve Open Water Swimming
As technical as the sport of triathlon and open water swimming can be, it is tough to narrow down the answer to the often-asked question, "what should I concentrate on to become better at open water swimming?" Here is a "top ten" list of steps for swimmers to improve their open water swimming. These could go a long way in helping you achieve...
2008 Olympic Triathlon Slots on the Line this Weekend for Team USA Triathletes
It is only fitting that the first triathletes to earn a spot on the 2008 US Olympic Team are doing so this weekend on the same course they will race in Beijing, China 11 months from now. The results of the International Triathlon Union BG 2007 Beijing World Cup on September 15-16 will guarantee one male and one female triathlete a spot on the 2008 USA Olympic Team at the Beijing Olympic Games in August 2008.
About swimmers kicking like runners
Do you have the dreaded runner's kick? Have no fear, there are things you can do to beceome a better kicker and a better swimmer. Even the worst of kickers can develop an adequate kick for freestyle, which is all you need for a triathlon swim.
About Swimming and Running
Did you know there are aquathletes - swimming and running athletes? If your body allows you to run and swim, this is a great way to cross train, adding some extra variety, training gains, and scenery to your workouts. Can't run, swimmer? You can still add some walking to your training mix. Swimming has some good things for runners, too.
About Swimming in the Triathlon
The first part of triathlons is the swim (if it is run in a standard order). This may help you get through it successfully.
About Triathlon Swimming - Tips and Tactics for Triathletes
For a triathlete, a fast triathlon swim takes more than great swimming technique. It also takes a smart triathlon race plan, and these tips and tactics can help a triathlete get faster race results, from the swim through the transiton regardless of their overall swimming ability.
About Triathlons and Cross Training
The About.com Running Guide can help triathletes with everything from workout ideas to equipment choices.
About Triathlons from About Bicycling
Another leg of a triathlon; the About.com Bicycling Guide has a wealth of information to help you improve.
American Triathlete Laura Bennett Finishes Third in Beijing Test Event
Second alternate in 2000. First alternate in 2004. Olympian in 2008. The third time was the charm for American triathlete Laura Bennett (N. Palm Beach, Fla. / Boulder, Colo.), who claimed the first spot on the 2008 US Olympic Team with a third-place finish at the ITU BG Beijing World Cup in Beijing, China. Bennett, who earned the spot by being the first American to finish, accomplished the feat on the same course she will now race for an Olympic medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Americans Earn 21 Medals at 2007 Aquathlon World Championships
A strong contingent of American athletes represented themselves and their country well at the ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Ixtapa, Mexico on Saturday 12 May 2007. Team USA grabbed a total of 21 medals at the event, including 12 gold, 6 silvers, and 3 bronze. Among the totals were 19 medals earned by age group athletes on the 2.5k run, 1k swim, 2.5k run course. Sarah Groff (Boulder, Colo.) and Kelly Cook (Marietta, Ga.) finished first and second, respectively, in the women's elite race.
Bennett, Reed Lead Americans at 2007 Mooloolaba ITU World Cup Triathlon
Laura Bennett opened the 2007 ITU World Cup campaign with an eighth place finish in Mooloolaba, Australia. For the American men, the top finisher was Matt Reed in 27th place.
Triathlon Wetsuits - Buying Advice on Triathlon Wetsuits and Triathlon Swimming
Wearing a triathlon wetsuits should give you a potential or an actual swimming speed boost. You do not have this free swim speed boost in a non-triathlon wetsuit or without a triathlon wetsuit. Want to be a faster swimmer in a triathlon? Get a triathlon-type, swim-specific wetsuit.
Excited All Over Again: Getting Back Into Swimming Workouts
So, Triathlon is on your mind again, and you're revving up your training to prepare for the next racing season. Swimming has been on the backburner during the off-season, and some of you may be a bit disoriented about how to begin. No need to fear. You're in an enviable position to re-discover your swimming with a clear and open mind. You have...
How to Master the Top 5 Challenges to Breathing in Freestyle Swimming
The most common question I hear in the triathlete world about the mysteries of swimming efficiently usually involves something with breathing. In freestyle, it is the first step to get your body position right. Then, for many, you throw in breathing and everything goes haywire! This has to do with lack of balance, using your head instead of your...
Important Swim Workouts for a Triathlete
Important swim workouts for a triathlete involve race simulation, swimming skill proficiency, sustainable swimming speed, and time to recover after a swim. These factors, along with the athletes experience and goal race distance, will help a swimmer balance the types of swimming workouts done in the swimming pool (or lake, river, or ocean) among...
Ironman-distance Triathlete's Training Patterns
The results from a survey-based research project that looked at annual training patterns and ironman-distance triathlon race results showed a few things that triathletes may want to consider when laying out a training plan for the year.
Potts, Swail Sweep Triathlon Golds for U.S. at 2007 Pan American Games
It was an American sweep of the gold medals as Julie Swail and Andy Potts won Pan American Games triathlon titles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, July 15 2007. Swail, the 2007 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion, won in a time of 1 hour 57 minutes and 23 seconds. Andy Potts (Princeton, N.J. / Colorado Springs, Colo.), the 2007 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion, led for most of the men's race, crossing the line in a time of 1 hour 52 minutes and 31 seconds.
Sara McLarty's Elite USA Triathlon Update from Australia
Several members of the USA Triathlon National Teams program have spent the past month in Australia preparing for the 2007 racing season. Last year’s USAT U23 National Champion Sara McLarty reports on the team’s progress after the first weekend of racing, which included the opening ITU BG World Cup event in Mooloolaba. US Triathlete Sara McLarty shares some of her experiences from Australia.
Sleeves or Sleeveless Wetsuits for a Triathlon Swimmer?
A reader asked for some wetsuit buying ideas. "I'm a good swimmer. It's my strength in triathlons. I'm doing an IronmMan race, and the water temperature is supposed to be about 70 degrees. Would I be okay in a sleeveless wetsuit? At what temperature do you recommend wearing a suit with sleeves? Who makes the best wetsuit"
Starts, Turns, and Sighting in an Open Water or Triathlon Swim
Swimming in a triathlon can be an unpleasant experience. Your swim is going to be disrupted by dozens (or hundreds) of other triathletes churning the water. The mental focus, so simple during a pleasant lap swim at the local swimming pool, becomes almost impossible. Visibility sucks, there is no wall to push off, and the 10 degree drop in water...
Swimming in a Triathlon
The first leg of a triathlon is the wettest, even on a rainy day, but it should also be the most enjoyable and relaxed part of the race. A good swim can lead to a great race. Some tri's are short, some are long, but all require you to swim. From my perspective as a competitive swimmer, coach, and triathlete, the swim is not the hardest portion...
Tips to Help a Swimmer Survive the Start of a Triathlon
The start of a triathlon can be nerve-wracking, tiring, intimidating, frustrating, and even discouraging (why do we do this sport??). But don't let all this get to you! The start for everyone is a crazy cluster of splashing, starts and stops, physical contact, and swimmers trying to separate from each other. Here are some tips to deal with what some consider being the toughest part of any triathlon.
Top 6 Swimmer's FAQ’s on Triathlon Swims
What questions do triathletes frequently ask about the swim portion of a triathlon? Should I wear a wetsuit? May I swim another stroke besides freestyle? Where should I line up at the start of the swim? Should I use a heart rate monitor? How often should I "sight"? How often should I breathe during the swim? TriSwim Coach Kevin Koskella reviews the his top 6 FAQ's from swimmers on the swim leg of a triathlon.
Top Ten Newbie Triathlon Mistakes
They say the best way to learn is to make mistakes. As a newbie and Clydesdale, in my first year of competing in triathlons, I've made my share of mistakes. Here is my Top ten list of newbie triathlete mistakes. (Roman Mica/Everyman Triathlon)
Triathlons and Overtraining - Don't Do it!
Many coaches subscribe to the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. More is better, faster is better, tighter intervals are better, etc. This is not my method! Overtraining can be worse than undertraining.
USA Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker Punches Ticket to 2008 Beijing Olympics
US Triathlete Jarrod Shoemaker knew he would have to have the race of his life to earn a spot on the 2008 US Olympic Triathlon Team. The 25-year-old did just that, earning the first spot for the U.S. men with an 11th place finish at the 2007 ITU BG Beijing World Cup on Sunday. No one was close to champion Javier Gomez of Spain, who finished in 1:48:41. Australian Courtney Atkinson outsprinted Bevan Docherty of New Zealand to claim second.
What is the Least Training Needed to Complete Your First Triathlon?
Ruth Kazez thinks it is about 5 hours a week, and she tells you how to plan your week to get the least amount of training accomplished to help you finish your first triathlon. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and this is a great way to begin.