Triathlons aren't just long races; they are a test of an athlete's drive and endurance. Once a person completes a triathlon, it usually sparks an obsession.

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Are you a hard-core triathlete who enjoys swimming, cycling and running? Then you've probably heard of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of triathlons and related multi-sports. But what does the ITU entail?

By Marie Willsey

With their swimming, running and cycling legs, triathlons are the ultimate tests of physical and mental endurance. Successful triathletes train for countless hours, but how do they balance all three triathlon sports with living their lives?

By Mark Boyer

As the popularity of triathlons has grown over the years, so has the amount of garbage generated by participants and spectators. Now some organizers and athletes are working to lessen their impact on the environment.

By Joanna Burgess


Freestyle swimming is not only good fun, it's also great exercise. But getting the breathing down can be tricky. Here's a how-to for all you budding Michael Phelpses out there.

By Jill Becker

A bad dive off the blocks during a swimming race can cost you valuable seconds. It may even cost you the race. But do you know the best way to dive into a shallow river or lake while running a triathlon?

By Patrick E. George

If you're training for the swimming portion of a triathlon in an indoor pool, it could seem unnecessary to perform a flip turn. But even though you might not use them during a triathlon, flip turns can actually help triathletes during training.

By Martha Barksdale

The swimming section of the triathlon is most people's weakest spot -- that's why it comes first in the big race, before cycling and running. How can you get a good start and surge ahead of the pack?

By Jill Jaracz


You've probably seen them on the road -- packs of cyclists speeding past as you sit in traffic. They're astonishingly close together, they're dressed in tight-fitting regalia, and they're usually accompanied by choruses of ringing bells.

By Tristin Hopper

While we're not all genetically predisposed for greatness on hill climbs, they are a fact of life for cyclists everywhere. So how can you improve your hill climbing skills? Do you need strength, agility or both?

By Jeff Harder

Slow and steady might win the race, but speed and endurance are the perfect teammates in the world of competitive cycling. By learning to pedal more efficiently, you'll get the most out of each rotation.

By Jennifer Sellers

Huge, rippling muscles may look good at a bodybuilding competition, but they usually make for a poor endurance athlete. You can be strong, you can be fast -- but if you're lugging around just a few more pounds, it could make the difference between success and failure.

By Tristin Hopper


There are a number of ways to improve your swim stroke, but the best way is through stroke drills and practice. Even world-class swimmers continue to improve their swim strokes using these simple methods.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Practiced swimmers seem magically better than the rest of us at gliding through the water. Olympian swimmers seem almost to defy physics. What do great swimmers do differently from the rest of us?

By Nicholas Gerbis

Swimmers hold pull buoys between their legs while training to stop themselves from kicking. This strengthens the muscles in their upper bodies. But how do you get used to training with a pull buoy?

By Nathan Chandler

Kickboards aren't only for beginning swimmers -- they're for anyone in the water at any skill level. Even competitive athletes use them. In fact, a kickboard can be a valuable part of your water workout.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler


So you've decided to train for a triathlon. Sure, the swimming, cycling and running will be grueling, but are you set for the really hard part? The part that could end with you lost and searching for your stuff amid piles of gear?

By Craig Haggit

Triathletes tend to be very, very focused on training and competition, but their families can cheer them on and even race with them. It may be a bit intense, but turning a triathlon into a family vacation may be easier than you think.

By Linda C. Brinson

Misery loves company. No, wait, that's not how it goes. Strength in numbers -- that's it! Triathlon training groups are as varied as the athletes themselves, and finding one that's right could be the first step in helping you stick with the sport.

By Lance Looper

Whether you're a seasoned triathlon veteran or just someone considering testing your swimming, cycling and running skills for the first time, the help of a coach can help improve your performance. But finding the right mentor takes more effort than randomly selecting someone from the phone book.

By Colleen Cancio


Just as different types of cars have different fuel needs, triathletes have different nutritional requirements from the rest of the population. How many protein bars, energy gels and calorie-heavy meals do triathletes need to pack into their training program?

By Julia Layton

Triathlons are unparalleled endurance tests. Because they're so competitive and physically punishing, the governing bodies of the sport have implemented strict and detailed rules to ensure the enjoyment and safety of everyone involved.

By Dave Roos

Most triathletes, before getting obsessed with the competition, start out as runners. But from the sprint distance triathlon to the ultimate Ironman, there are several different ways to train for the running section.

By Gerlinda Grimes

Think you have what it takes to compete in a triathlon? Chances are you do, but before signing up for the next available race, you'll want to be adequately prepared for the challenge ahead.

By Caitlin Uttley


As you might expect, a triathlete has to be in great shape. But even someone in excellent physical condition has to spend weeks training for a competition. What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

By Christopher Lampton

Deciding to run a triathlon, whether it's the sprint version or a full-fledged Ironman, is a major commitment. Making sure your body gets the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and hydration can mean the difference between a successful race and a painful ordeal.

By Meghan E. Smith