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.
A picturesque run through the cool, breezy mountaintops, a potential boost in performance -- what's not to like about high altitude training? Along with the inconvenience for a large number of runners who live at sea level, high altitude training isn't for everyone.
Changing running styles is not something to be taken lightly. But if you're looking to reduce your risk of injury while emphasizing proper form, consider the benefits of the chi- and pose running techniques.
You know the expression "it's like riding a bike?" It means once you've learned how to do something, it's hard to ever forget. Unfortunately, the same goes for bad cycling habits. What's mashing, and why do training coaches frown upon it?
Athletes in search of an extreme physical challenge need look no further than the Ironman Triathlon. How demanding is this event? Well, a full marathon only makes up one part of the race.
Training for a triathlon isn't easy, and the last thing you need is an injury to put a wrench in your plans. How can low intensity training help you meet your goals?
If you've been bitten by the triathlon bug, you're signing up for races left and right! But even if you've got the stamina to reach the finish line, how many triathlons can you safely compete in per season?
Most athletes find that massage can help with their performance. Due to thorough, rigorous workouts and a great deal of mental stress, however, triathletes in particular benefit from a good session on the massage table.
Physical strength is obviously important for athletes about to attempt a triathlon. But many argue that mental toughness is just as important. How do you prepare your mind for the event?
So you've been working out for months and eating right day in, day out. Now it's race day. How do you keep your energy up during the grueling, three-sport race?
If you enter a swimming race, you probably want to give 100 percent the entire time, right? Some coaches don't think so. Negative split swimming involves finishing the second half of a race faster than the first.
Triathlons are becoming more popular by the day. Despite the sport's grueling nature, more than a million people signed up for a traditional triathlon in 2009. But what about triathletes who want something a little different -- or tougher?
Triathletes allow themselves an off-season to recuperate and rebuild even stronger for the next season of competition. But is it OK to stray far from fighting-trim when there are no races on the horizon?
Humans have been swimming in lakes and oceans far longer than they've been swimming in pools, and there remains a certain primal attraction to open water swimming. A far cry from clean, orderly time trials -- open water swimming is a messy free-for-all of kicking feet and splashing arms.
Cyclists are only as good as their pedaling, so what's the best pedaling technique for both power and speed? And does the type of pedal you use really make that much difference?
In preparing for triathlons, people often go to great lengths to give themselves a competitive edge. While many tend to overlook aspects such as core body strength and flexibility, the smart triathlete will utilize Pilates to build a powerful core and balance the body.