Thinking about going the 140.6-mile distance? Here's how to start training for your first Ironman--whether you're an experienced triathlete dreaming of Kona or a newbie looking to tackle the ultimate multisport challenge.
Are you ready for 140.6 miles of racing? Active Expert Gale Bernhardt explains what to expect when training for your first Ironman.
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Does a 140.6-mile race seem crazy for an age-group triathlete with a full-time job, family and life? Fear not! With a some preparation and planning, you can go the distance.
Active Expert Gale Bernhardt answer readers' questions on subjects such as Ironman-readiness, establishing a training routine and more.
It can be enlightening to read how a real athlete trains. The following is by Justin Daerr, an age-group triathlete. In the 2004 Hawaii Ironman he was the first American amateur in only his third Ironman-distance race.
Are you thinking about hiring a coach to improve your race performance? Before turning over your training, consider these questions.
Training and nutrition? Check. Now don't derail your goal of completing an Ironman with negative thoughts. Use these three simple mental-training tips to keep your edge.
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There's no shortage of training information, tips and tricks circulating in the triathlon universe. A well-trained coach can help you filter out the nonsense and keep you focused on your goals.
Training for a triathlon can be a bit overwhelming to someone new to the sport. Finding a good program is the best way to balance workouts and time commitments as you start your training regime.
You've decided to make the leap from Olympic-distance to long-course triathlon racing. Now how do you fit the training into your busy schedule?
Stop trying to predict race performance based on training volume. Speed in your workouts equals speed in your racing. Here's why.
Overwhelmed by the training volume for a long-course race? Take a step back and examine why traditional training methods need not ruin your life outside triathlon.
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