The Streak Continues, 25 Years and Counting

Back in the summer of 1989 the only connection I had to triathlon was maybe something I read in Sports Illustrated or saw during the limited coverage of this crazy event held in Hawaii called Ironman. I swam for fun on hot summer days in the ocean, commuted to work on my bicycle with an…

Bike Out/Bike In Safety

Anyone that has stood at bike out or bike in at a triathlon has likely seen many different approaches to how to get on and off a bicycle to start and end the bike leg of a triathlon. Some of them are very good; some of them are not so good. On the eve of…

Doing the Double, Two Days, Two Tris

Most people will say that racing a triathlon is tough enough to do and never consider getting up the next morning and doing another race, albeit a shorter one. They wonder why anyone would even consider it? The simple answer, because they can, and because the Race Director (RD) offered it. As races and race weekends have…

To Shave or Not To Shave

I’ve had this topic on my to do list for a while, so when I read Jessie Thomas’ article Secrets of the Wind Tunnel in the July issue of Triathlete magazine, I knew the timing was right. To shave or not to shave, that is the question. Now for many of you this is a…

Race Day Swim Anxiety

I want to focus on something that is more common than a lot of people might think, a triathletes anxiety/fear on race day morning before and during the swim.  And I’m not talking about just pre-race butterflies, did I bring all the right gear, or the normal jitters. I’m talking about multiple trips to the porta-potty, increased…

Bilateral Breathing, Why is This Debatable?

I’m not superstitious in any way, but when things happen in threes I start to take notice. A while back I read the first article I had ever seen that responded to an athlete’s question if it was necessary for them to learn to bilateral breathe, and the first response was NO. The author then…