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Swimming in big water
Many triathletes spend hundreds of hours training in indoor YMCA pools. But when it comes to racing season, the majority of the swim legs at event take place in inland lakes. Swimming in large bodies of water, like Lake Michigan, can be far different experience.
Three times the fun
USA Triathlon, the sport's governing body, sanctions more than 2,000 triathlon events and has enjoyed more than a decade of steady growth in participation. The slow economy hasn't changed that growth curve.
More speed, less effort
Should a newcomer to the sport of triathlon upgrade their road bike, add triathlon-oriented accessories to their current road bike or buy a triathlon-specific model?
Don't be afraid of the water
No matter the distance, every triathlon starts in the water. For people new to the sport, the swim leg can be daunting. Even athletes who have years of experience running or cycling can be apprehensive.
Like all athletes, triathletes are motivated to train and compete for different reasons. It can be as simple as a goal to get fit and lose 15 pounds or joining a group of friends to raise money for a charitable cause. On a much deeper and intimate level, pushing your limits of physical endurance or dedicating to a loved one the effort to cross the finish line provides the inspiration.
Triathlon's fourth discipline
It's becoming increasingly common for triathletes to hire coaches to help them improve their swimming, cycling or running techniques.
Taking the plunge
Oh, the pain. In mid-July, 2,000 triathletes participated in the Ironman Racine 70.3 event. By the end of race day, many competitors were hobbling on sore, tired and overextended legs. M
any people, like me, wondered just how badly our legs would hurt over the next few days. My daughter Claire suggested taking an ice bath.
Keep the beat
"The idea that you have to be an elite athlete with a professional coach to benefit from heart rate training is something people are realizing is a myth," Garmin International spokesman Jake Jacobson says. "Everyday athletes can use the same technology as elite athletes use and get as much out of their training even if they are not going to set an Olympic record."
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