August 1, 2016

TRIATHLON 101: Triathlon training tips for the beginner triathlete

Triathlon 101: Triathlon tips for the beginner triathlete. Beginner's guide to triathlon training with tips for your first sprint triathlon.


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Triathlon 101: Triathlon gear and product tips


Triathlon Gear List: Training gear you need for your first sprint triathlon
What gear is essential for triathlon training and what is not? Beginner triathletes training for a first sprint triathlon may find this list to be especially helpful for some triathlon tips to reach your fitness goals!

What triathlon gear is essential for triathlon training and what is not? What are triathlon necessities and what can you do without? This triathlon gear list includes swimming gear, biking gear, and running gear, and it can help you decide what clothes to wear and what gear is best to buy! Beginner triathletes training for a first sprint triathlon may find the list to be especially helpful for some triathlon tips to reach your fitness goals!


Tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your open water swim
What’s the difference between a cheaper entry-level wetsuit and a more expensive high-end wetsuit? Here are tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your swim!

What’s the difference between a cheaper entry-level triathlon wetsuit and a more expensive high-end triathlon wetsuit? Factors include buoyancy, flexibility, and speed. Here are tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your open water swim!


Wetsuit repair kit: How to fix a wetsuit tear
How to be prepared when you discover a tear in your wetsuit right before you’re ready to start swimming!

Wetsuit maintenance care kit, including wetsuit repair sealant glue to fix a wetsuit tear or hole. Good for taking care of your neoprene triathlon wetsuit or scuba diving wetsuit! Have the supplies on-hand so your triathlon training and training for open water swimming for that ironman triathlon or sprint triathlon won't be interrupted when your triathlon gear isn't ready to go! Here are wetsuit repair tips! Use anti-chafing balm on your wetsuit for a faster triathlon transition too!


High visibility cycling outfit: Clothing guide for safer biking
This is a beginner’s guide to cycling gear, with a high visibility twist so you can be a safer cyclist and be seen better on the road!

Beginner's guide to cycling gear, using high visibility cycling clothes as an example of what type of bike apparel is out there for you to wear! If you're buying cycling gear anyway, why not buy a few pieces of high visibility clothes for bike safety! Whether it's road cycling, city bike commuting, mountain biking, bike touring, or triathlon training, here are some ideas for your cycling outfit for safe biking! This is a list of fitness gear to consider for your outdoor travel adventures.


Bike repair kit: Emergency bike tools you need for flat tire
With longer outdoor cycling workouts, an emergency bike kit becomes essential cycling gear. Here are some flat tire bike repair tools to have in your kit!

With longer outdoor cycling workouts, an emergency bike repair kit for a flat tire becomes more considered essential biking gear and essential bike accessories. Make sure to have the right tools and pump in your bike seat bag, handlebar bag, or top tube bag, whether you’re road cycling, mountain biking, triathlon training, bike touring, or bicycle commuting! Here are some flat tire bike repair tools to have in your kit!


How to choose a bike rack for your car
Is the best bike rack for your car a trunk rack, roof rack, or hitch rack? Here are some tips to help you choose the best bike rack to get your bike to your race or training ride!

Is the best bike rack for your car a trunk rack (rear rack), roof rack, or hitch rack? Or maybe a truck rack, RV rack, or spare tire rack? Here are some tips to help you choose the best bike rack for your biking fun and outdoor travel adventures!


Winter biking gear: What to wear for cold weather cycling
Winter biking takes a different approach. Part of it is knowing how to dress for cold weather and wearing proper winter cycling gear. Here are some tips!

What to wear for cold weather biking as part of your winter cycling outfit for warmth and comfort, suggestions from head to toe. Dress in layers if you're mountain biking or fat biking in the snow on the trails! Layering for cold weather cycling will do the body good!


Cycling jerseys: Common features of a cycling-specific shirt
Most cycling jerseys are designed with common features, with the biking position of a cyclist in mind. Here are common features of a cycling-specific shirt.

Cycling jerseys: Features of a cycling-specific shirt


Running hydration: How to stay hydrated on a long run
With a bit of planning, carry no water at all on your long run, or go with options to carry or wear your water! Pre-run and post-run preparations are important for your runs too!

Part of your running workouts and training plan is to get benefits of good nutrition with food and water! Here are running tips for beginners on ways to stay hydrated during your run, whether it’s on the road or for trail running! With a bit of planning, carry no water at all, or go with a hydration pack or running belt with water bottle carriers. Some running gear and products you may want to start training with! Pre-run and post-run preparations are important for your long runs too!


Running in the dark: Essential gear to be a safe runner
Running in the dark at night or before dawn requires extra precautions. Here are tips for safe running with ideas on running safety gear.

Running in the dark at night or early morning before dawn requires extra precautions. Here are tips for safe running with ideas on running safety gear including different types of reflective gear and running lights.


Tips to choose the best winter running jacket for cold weather
What do you look for in a running jacket as a part of your winter running gear? Here are some qualities of the best winter running jackets for cold weather!

Here are running tips for cold weather running clothes to be comfortable and warm during your winter running workout. These are some things to keep in mind when choosing a winter running jacket for cold weather, whether it be a long distance marathon training run or short run in the cold! Fitness gear to make a part of your winter running outfit!


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Triathlon 101: Swimming tips


Tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your open water swim
What’s the difference between a cheaper entry-level wetsuit and a more expensive high-end wetsuit? Here are tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your swim!

What’s the difference between a cheaper entry-level triathlon wetsuit and a more expensive high-end triathlon wetsuit? Factors include buoyancy, flexibility, and speed. Here are tips to choose the best triathlon wetsuit for your open water swim!


Common mistakes adult beginners make with their swimming technique
Sinking legs are a problem for many adult beginners with their freestyle swimming technique. Suggested balance drill to avoid mistakes with body position.

How NOT to swim: Sinking legs and sinking hips create drag as you're swimming. This freestyle swimming technique mistake that many adult beginners make produces more water resistance which means you're putting in a lot more effort to move yourself through the water. You can improve your body position through swimming drills like balance drills. This visual demonstration is from Tri Swim Coach.


Tips to take off your wetsuit fast
Take off your wetsuit in an efficient way to save time and energy. Here are some tips for a faster swim-bike transition time.

Triathlon training tips: Easy to implement tips for a faster swim-bike transition time


Tips to prevent a common swimming injury
Here are ways to prevent one of the most common swimming injuries, to help you avoid shoulder pain caused by swimming.

Here are ways to prevent one of the most common swimming injuries, to help you avoid shoulder pain caused by swimming. (Swimmer's shoulder.) Swimming is pretty low-impact, but the repetition of swimming brings a risk for injury. 


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Triathlon 101: Biking tips


Biking gear list for triathlon training: What you need and don’t need
What gear is essential for bike training and what is not? This beginner’s guide is geared towards people training for their first sprint triathlon so it contains relevant information for beginner cyclists too, even if you’re not training for a triathlon!

What cycling gear is essential for bike training and what is not? What are necessities and what can you do without? This biking gear list is geared towards beginner triathletes training for their first sprint triathlon, so it includes relevant information for beginner cyclists too, even if you're not training for a triathlon!


High visibility cycling outfit: Clothing guide for safer biking
This is a beginner’s guide to cycling gear, with a high visibility twist so you can be a safer cyclist and be seen better on the road!

Beginner's guide to cycling gear, using high visibility cycling clothes as an example of what type of bike apparel is out there for you to wear! If you're buying cycling gear anyway, why not buy a few pieces of high visibility clothes for bike safety! Whether it's road cycling, city bike commuting, mountain biking, bike touring, or triathlon training, here are some ideas for your cycling outfit for safe biking! This is a list of fitness gear to consider for your outdoor travel adventures.


Bike repair kit: Emergency bike tools you need for flat tire
With longer outdoor cycling workouts, an emergency bike kit becomes essential cycling gear. Here are some flat tire bike repair tools to have in your kit!

With longer outdoor cycling workouts, an emergency bike repair kit for a flat tire becomes more considered essential biking gear and essential bike accessories. Make sure to have the right tools and pump in your bike seat bag, handlebar bag, or top tube bag, whether you’re road cycling, mountain biking, triathlon training, bike touring, or bicycle commuting! Here are some flat tire bike repair tools to have in your kit!


Tips to prevent common cycling injuries
Foot, ankle, knee, hip, neck, hand. The good news is that most of the common cycling injuries are preventable. Causes and prevention tips.

Common cycling injuries and how to prevent them. The good news is that most of the common cycling injuries are preventable. Causes and injury prevention tips for biking. Foot, ankle, knee, hip, neck, hand.


How to adjust bike seat to prevent knee pain
Avoid common cycling injuries. DIY bike fit techniques about how to adjust your bike seat to the right height to prevent knee pain.

Avoid common cycling injuries. DIY bike fit techniques about how to adjust your bike seat to the right height to prevent knee pain.


Tips to prepare for a rainy race day on the bike
Don’t let wet weather stop you from getting out for a bike ride! Here are some riding tips for cycling in rain to prevent injuries and disaster.

Tips for cycling in rain


Winter biking gear: What to wear for cold weather cycling
Winter biking takes a different approach. Part of it is knowing how to dress for cold weather and wearing proper winter cycling gear. Here are some tips!

Winter biking gear: How to dress for cold weather cycling


Cycling jerseys: Common features of a cycling-specific shirt
Most cycling jerseys are designed with common features, with the biking position of a cyclist in mind. Here are common features of a cycling-specific shirt.

Cycling jerseys: Features of a cycling-specific shirt


Benefits of tart cherry juice for recovery: Tart cherries as superfood
If your bike session got your muscles working hard, you may want to consider tart cherry juice as a part of your post-workout recovery. Research shows tart cherries may help cyclists with training and recovery.

Tart cherries may help speed up your recovery from muscle soreness after a workout. Whether cycling, running, swimming, or another form of exercise that got your muscles working hard, here are reasons to consider tart cherries and tart cherry juice as your post-workout recovery drink or food!


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Triathlon 101: Running tips


Running hydration: How to stay hydrated on a long run
With a bit of planning, carry no water at all on your long run, or go with options to carry or wear your water! Pre-run and post-run preparations are important for your runs too!

Part of your running workouts and training plan is to get benefits of good nutrition with food and water! Here are running tips for beginners on ways to stay hydrated during your run, whether it’s on the road or for trail running! With a bit of planning, carry no water at all, or go with a hydration pack or running belt with water bottle carriers. Some running gear and products you may want to start training with! Pre-run and post-run preparations are important for your long runs too!


Running in the dark: Essential gear to be a safe runner
Running in the dark at night or before dawn requires extra precautions. Here are tips for safe running with ideas on running safety gear.

Running in the dark at night or early morning before dawn requires extra precautions. Here are tips for safe running with ideas on running safety gear including different types of reflective gear and running lights.


Tips to prevent common running injuries
Running injuries are no fun. Here’s what you can do to prevent common running injuries. Causes and injury prevention tips for runners.

Running injuries are no fun. Here's what you can do to prevent common running injuries. Causes and injury prevention tips for runners, including plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, runner's knee, IT band syndrome, and hamstring strain.


Tips to choose the best winter running jacket for cold weather
What do you look for in a running jacket as a part of your winter running gear? Here are some qualities of the best winter running jackets for cold weather!

Here are running tips for cold weather running clothes to be comfortable and warm during your winter running workout. These are some things to keep in mind when choosing a winter running jacket for cold weather, whether it be a long distance marathon training run or short run in the cold! Fitness gear to make a part of your winter running outfit!


Running in the heat: Tips for your hot summer run
You step outside for a run. So hot. So humid. Should you go out running in the heat and humidity? If you’re heading out the door, here are tips for your hot summer run!

Running in the heat: Tips for your hot summer run! You step outside for a run. So hot. So humid. Should you go out running in the humidity and heat and humidity? If you’re heading out the door, here are tips for your run in the sun!


Beach workouts for runners: Training during your beach vacation
Take advantage of the beach to improve your running! Running on the sand gives you a chance to work muscles different than your typical road running. Here are some workout ideas for the beach!

Take advantage of the beach to improve your running! Running on the sand gives you a chance to work muscles different than your typical road running. Here are some workout ideas for the beach!


Benefits of tart cherry juice for recovery: Tart cherries as superfood
If your run got your muscles working hard, you may want to consider tart cherry juice as a part of your post-workout recovery. Research shows tart cherries may help long distance runners with training and recovery.

Why tart cherries are good for runners, with research to back it up! Runners and cyclists who drank tart cherry juice showed benefits in their training and recovery of muscles. Tart cherries can also be considered a superfood which makes tart cherry juice a good post-workout recovery drink too.


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Triathlon 101: Transition tips


Tips to take off your wetsuit fast
Take off your wetsuit in an efficient way to save time and energy. Here are some tips for a faster swim-bike transition time

Triathlon training tips: Easy to implement tips for a faster swim-bike transition time


Brick workouts: The good and the bad
Brick workouts can be good and bad for triathletes. Here are tips for including the bike-run training method into your triathlon training plan, with benefits and drawbacks of a brick workout.

Brick workouts can be good and bad for triathletes. Here are tips for including the bike-run training method into your triathlon training plan, with benefits and drawbacks of a brick workout.


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Triathlon 101: Recovery tips


Tips to prevent common triathlon injuries
Common injuries triathletes sustain during training and how to prevent them – swimming injuries, cycling injuries, running injuries.

Common triathlon injuries and how to prevent them - swimming injuries, cycling injuries, running injuries


How to plan an active recovery day to make the most of your training plan
The repetitive nature of cycling creates a greater risk of injuries. Use your rest day to focus on injury prevention through active recovery.

Use your rest day to focus on injury prevention through active recovery. The repetitive nature of cycling, running, and swimming creates a greater risk of injuries, so help to minimize that risk! Include active recovery as a part of your training plan.


Benefits of tart cherry juice for recovery: Tart cherries as superfood
If your training session got your muscles working hard, tart cherries may help you with post-workout recovery.

Tart cherries may help speed up your recovery from muscle soreness after a workout. Whether cycling, running, swimming, or another form of exercise that got your muscles working hard, here are reasons to consider tart cherries and tart cherry juice as your post-workout recovery drink or food!


Post-workout recovery drink: Peach smoothie recipe
Make this peach smoothie recipe for a solid post-workout recovery drink after your training session!

Peach, pineapple, banana, honey, greek yogurt (plain/vanilla), and milk! Make this peach smoothie recipe for a solid post-workout recovery drink after your bike ride!


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HAPPY TRIATHLON TRAINING!

Triathlon 101: Triathlon tips for the beginner triathlete. Beginner's guide to triathlon training with tips for your first sprint triathlon.

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- One of these types of wallets for safer travel. RFID-blocking feature stops thieves from scanning your credit card info when they are close to you. You can get one designed more for passports too, with one of these cute passport holders. Good gift! ;)
- These types of small backpacks perfect for a day out so you can carry essentials... and snacks!
- This phone case so you can cheaply waterproof your phone for those water adventures.
- And these popular packing cubes can help you quickly find everything that you packed away in your suitcase luggage set! ;)

Your footwear is important too!

- Walking: These types of hiking sandals. For walking in hot weather, they are more breathable than shoes, while still giving you necessary traction on the trails. Also see these travel sandals.
- Beach: These types of beach shoes. For beach walking and wading in the water, they can prevent cuts from hidden rocks under the sand or when bumping into coral reef.

see more: what to wear hiking - what to wear snorkeling

And for your beachwear + more...!