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General Triathlon Resources

Below is an archive of all general questions we’ve recieved along with all of the general resource articles we’ve posted. We’re sure they will answer a majority of your questions, if not all!

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Energy: Where it has gone and how to get it back (Part I) – Where does our energy go? Is it really our age, or can we get it back?

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Confused with Triathlon Gear– I’m still a little confused on what to wear.

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Question Below the Belt– This is kinda embarrassing but what do you as a guy do with your,well you know what…

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Balancing Weight Loss and Nutrition– While I’m doing this I also want to loose 10 pds but I want to eat correctly too.

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Following Training Guides– Should I continue to follow the program or scale back my biking and concentrate on the other phases?

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Dealing with Dogs While on Your Bike – My husband and I have been having problems with loose dogs chasing us on our bike rides.

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Rhythm Breathing in Triathlons – Our breath is completely different in the water than out of the water and finding your breathing rhythm is critical.

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Breathing / Rhythm / Transitions– Are you pushing too hard? Trying too hard to go faster? Lifting too much weight in the gym?

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TTri Shorts (for men) – So is it possible to just wear the same shorts for every event?

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Scheduling Triathlons with Other Races– I just need advise on training or balancing my races so I don’t get in over my head!

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Age Range for Triathlons– if I am turing 50 on May 9 but do a Tri on May 6, what age category will I be placed in?

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Off Season Cross Training! – Cross training for triathlon may sound crazy. We already train for three sports, aren’t we are already cross training?

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Triathlon Training & Scheduling -So my question is, how long in between races is to soon? I’m hoping to do a sprint on Feb 18, then olympic…

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Triathlon Tips-We asked our readers to post triathlon tips on our Facebook page and here’s what advice they’d like to pass on to you..

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Looking for a Triathlon Training
Group in Minneapolis

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hanks for your great site!

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Have I Trained Enough for My First Triathlon?– Am I just really unprepared d/t lack of training at the distances that I need?

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Documenting your First Triathlon – Two super easy ways to document your first triathlon so you can remember it forever.

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Sore Leg Muscles While Training– my leg muscles are constantly sore and tired.

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Supporting “The Two Girls”

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Training for Your First Triathlon– Do you have any tipss? Right now my routine is M-Strength Training, T- Swim, W-Bike, Th-Run, F-Brick, S-Swim, Sun-Bike

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What to Eat Before a Triathlon– What type of breakfast is the best the morning of the race?

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Triathlon Training in the Extreme Heat – If you live anywhere in the USA right now, you’re experiencing unbelievable heat. Check out these guidelines for training.

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Triathlon Approved Electronics– Are the bike computer things allowed?

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Triathlon Transistions – Do you wear your transition bag during the entire race or do you stash it somewhere between the swim and bike transition?

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Knowing When You’re Ready for a Triathlon

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Panic at the Triathlon Start – had a panic attack in the water…

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Average Triathlon Times – Could you tell me if my times are reasonable…

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Gifts From The Heart For Downs – Let your used/lightly-used/new sneakers make a difference for children with Down Syndrome.

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Tri It Out with Coach Liz Flynn (Maryland) – Check out this recommendation from a reader.

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Over the Cut-Off Triathlon Event Time– I will take longer than the 30 minutes that is allotted…

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Triathlon Age Limits for Kids – My twelve year old daughter…is interested in participating in a mini triathalon – is there an age limit for participation?

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Halfway through your first Triathlon Training– This is the first step in achieving what most of the population will never be able to do…SWIM, BIKE, RUN….back to back to back.

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Transition 1 for Men – I’m thinking of just pulling my bike shorts over my Speedo at T1. Will this be uncomfortable?

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Swimming with Ear Plugs– I thought that ears naturally built up a forcefield against the water over time and…

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Ironman Cut-off Times – On a full Ironman how much time is given for each step of the race? How long for the whole thing? Start time and End time

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Training for Marathons and Triathlons Simultaneously– I am battling to get the balance right with eating enough after my swim…

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Triathlon Stores in Naples/Fort Myers Florida – – Recommendations needed!

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Natural Cold Remedies From Your Kitchen Cabinet

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Why Muscles Hurt After Working Out– Nutshell Version

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Average Triathlon Times– I am a 70 year old female. Need to find the times for swim, bike run for my age group…

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Coaching Others, Coaching Yourself – Inspiring words for the beginner triathlete

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A Winter Way Of Eating – Healthy Food Flavor Suggestions for the Season

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Pass the Salt– Learn the differences betweens salts and which one has the most nutrients for a healthy triathlon diet.

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The Progression to Longer Distance Triathlons – A beginner triathlete guide to navigating triathlon distances

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How You Cook Effects How You Feel– With the cooling temperatures of Fall, the vegetables we harvest are ones of a more grounding and warming nature

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Triathlon Race Recovery Time– I just finished my first triathlon at age 51. I competed in the sprint distance. How long of a recovery should someone take after a race?

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Triathlon Song Video and Inspirational Triathlon Words by the Songwriter

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Recovery is Key, A Detailed Strategy for the Beginner Triathlete– Nutrition, rest and hydration are major factors in any athlete’s program for success, but have you examined yours carefully?

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15 Tips for New Triathletes That Will Shave Time Off Your Next Race

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Connecting the Dots– Are you satisfied with your race results? Do you feel like there’s something missing in your training that’s keeping you from performing at your best; speed workouts, long days, etc?

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Don’t always rely on “Gadgets” to train – As we grow s triathletes so does the need or want for more sophisticated gadget/gear that aids in this progression.

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Choosing Living Food– When choosing food it is helpful to ask yourself the question “How close is this food to its original source of life?

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Iron Gifts– You’ll feel so proud of yourself for completing the thing that you’ll want more of it…because it makes you feel good!

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“Smashing” From Merseyside, England– Your website is just amazing nearly all of my questions have been answered

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Are You For Real?Choosing a healthy diet means choosing a natural diet. Natural foods come in various forms…

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Got Milk? Milk has become a hot topic in the world of health and wellness. Some believe dairy to be the healthiest of foods while others believe it to be a major culprit of disease.

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Nutrition and Triathlon – I need advice on diet and what to eat. I signed up for my first Sprint Tri September 11th.

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Triathlon Over 50 – Is there a mini triatholon competition for the over 50? I can\’t jog because of my knees but I enjoy walking.

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Crisis of Confidence– HELP!! Doing my 1st tri on Sun. I’m very scared and nervous about the swim.

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Triathlon Coach in Orlando– Can you recommend a coach here in Orlando for a person who is exercising but not running yet, needs to learn how to swim and get a tri bike??

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Encouraging Tips – Whenever I think I can’t do my first sprint triathlon in June, I read your encouraging tips and suggestions and regain my confidence.

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Diabetes and Triathlon – Do you have any suggestions on how I can maintain nutrition both during my training and the race, that will not adversely affect my diabetes??

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Triathlon Blogs – I am a 53 year old vertically and horizontally challenged (5\’0 / 160.2 lbs) female desk jockey preparing for my first (hopefully of many!) mini triathlons

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Healthy Lifestyles Through Triathlons – One of my lifetime goals has been to participate in (at least) a minitriathalon, and more recently to do it before turning 45.

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Purely for Self Gratification and Accomplishment – I am deploying to Iraq for my second combat tour with the infantry. This is something I want to do purely for self gratification and accomplishment. I guess my only question is do you think I will be able to finish.

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Brand New and Ready to Get in Shape! – I am very out of shape–yet, I’ve worked out on and off my whole life.

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Triathlon Plan for a Healthy 2010– I want to get healthier for the new year and maybe do a triathlon this summer. Do you have any suggestions that can help me?

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Triathlon Specific Diets– I am having a hard time finding a general outline for a regualar daily diet. Where do I start on what and how much intake.

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What are the Age Groups in a Triathlon Race?– I am a 57 year old college student my question is: are there age groups?

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Above and Beyond Triathlon Race Organizers – Several “what to expect” clinics have been offered in addition to race site swim clinics…all free of charge!

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TriathaLadies: Healthy Triathlon Dinner – I am participating with a group of friends in our first mini triathlon. We are gathering from all over the west and the only time we have to get together is the night before the event after the orientation. What do you suggest I serve for dinner?

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Sprint, Olympic or Ironman Distance for a First-timer – Should I stick with the sprint and then do an international after more practice

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I just finished my first mini-triathlon– I just finished my first mini-triathlon … with just a few bumps in the road.

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I’m doing my first mini triathlon tomorrow!!!– Its a 70 m swim, 9.5 mile bike, and 2 mile run. I\’m super nervous and was wondering if you had any last minute tips.

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Late Summer/Early Fall Triathlons in New York – I want more info about what’s coming up in August or Sept.

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Where do I begin?– I haven’t officially started training for triathlons yet. I haven’t even figured out what kind of bike I am going to get yet

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Fall Triathlons in Maryland– I am looking for a mini treathlon near the Maryland area for the early fall. Can you suggest any?

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The Food Pyramid: What Should You Eat?! – You’re Navigation Guide

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Enhancing Metabolism Through The Power of Breath – Did you know that you could control your stress levels?

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I am doing my first mini triathlon!!– I am 42 and am just preparing to start training for my first mini tri in September. I have a questions about the swim to bike transition. Do women remove their swimsuits, or put bike/run wear over them?

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Stretching Tips for Sore Muscles – So I’m in the middle of my training for my first mini-triathlon and I\’m finding I’m sore most of the time. Do you have any stretching tips?

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Triathlon Distances – How long is a sprint race? What does the race consist of?

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Mini-Triathlons for Kids – Can you give me any tips for training for a triathlon, and helping me convince my parents i can do one? I’m thinking of training for a year or two first… generally cary tri clothing.

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The Intuitive Source of Eating – Leanring How to eat by understanding how our brains work

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Eat Your Attitude?
– There is no doubt that diet plays a huge role in our health. Our food choices provide the nutrients from which our bodies build and sustain themselves. If eating junk food, a “junk body” results.

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Fire Your Metabolism with Breath– A calorie is simply a measure of heat that is released when something is burned. The amount of energy, or heat, that is released from the foods we eat is the measurement of how many calories those foods contain.

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Canadian Friends– I am JUST starting out and wondering how important is it that I get tri-bars on my bike and clipless pedals on my bike? They are expensive and I am a little nervous about using them.

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Training Groups in Hillcrest KZN, South Africa – I’m a mom in Hillcrest KZN, South Africa looking for anyone else in the area that are already training or thinking of training for a triathlon.

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How Do I Know I’m Ready?– I’m a gym rat and am in good shape. I put hundreds of miles on my bike, my swim is ok and my running is improving but is tough.

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Broken Toe
– I recently broke my 4th toe and am scheduled to do my first sprint tri in 3 weeks. I have been training and can still bike but currently ahve a lot of pain walking and have not ran at all. Any info on how long it\’ll take to heal and suggestions about running with the pain.

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Are You Living on the Edge?While we may recognize how an emotional state can lead to certain eating habits, we haven’t paid much attention to how the foods themselves can create certain emotions or stress.

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Mother and Daughter Team– My daughter and I are interested in training for our first mini-triathlon

Triathlon Swim : – Get the low-down on gear and read tips for training and events.

Triathlon Bike: – Learn how to structure bike workouts, find safety tips and read recommendations on great bike gear.

Triathlon Run : – Get the ultimate skinny on running sneakers, running gear, safety tips and much more.

“Triathlete Profile
Read interviews of people like YOU who give advice on training, balance and much more.

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Top Ten Newbie Mistakes – They say the best way to learn is to make mistakes. As a newbie and Clydesdale, in my first year of competing I’ve made my share of mistakes Here is my Top ten list of Newbie mistakes

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The “Natural” Choice – When walking down the aisles of a supermarket it can be very confusing to figure out what we should eat in order to be maximally healthy. The shelves are stocked with edible food-like substances packaged in pretty boxes and decorated with endless amounts of “health claim” advertisements.

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Starting a Triathlon Team – I am trying to find out information about joining or starting a women’s Triathlon Team

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Knee Surgery and Triathlon Training – I have had complete knee joint replacement of both knees in May of 07

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Ho Ho Ho Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz – With more obligations, less sleep and a natural attempt of our body to slow down, we may be feeling the need for an extra boost of energy

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First-Time Triathlon Fears – I have read just about every article you have posted..I now know that I’m normal with my fears!

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Triathlons and the Physically Challenged – I’m starting to train and a workout would be helpful. I plan on doing it in a year so I have a little bit of time. I’m 120ibs and already do 6 miles on the stationary bike and one mile on the treedmill walking.

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Replacing Strength Training with Yoga – Can one hour of yoga count as strength or do I need to do a sculpting class or free weights?

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Triathlon Newbies: From No Clue to Training with Ease – Do you have a day by day training for a REAL newbie? I am just starting to workout. Can swim about 8 laps only, run about 1 mile! Need help. thanks so much.

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Snacking – When it comes to snacking, there are various views on whether or not it’s beneficial to health. Some theories say snacking is bad as it never gives the stomach time to fully rest and completely digest its previous meal and that snacking between meals leads to weight gain.

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Dieting Culture – There are two things that disturb me when I think of diets: I don’t believe diets marketed to an entire population are effective. Each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how can one diet be right for everyone?

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Ready for an Ironman – Ok so my question is about when do you decide you are ready for a full Iron Distance Tri?

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Average Triathlon Times – I would like to know, in general, what the race times are like (fast and slow) for a mini triathlon In my case it will be a .5 mile swim 12 mile bike and 5K run.

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Where to Begin – Where do I get started and when would I be physically able to enter one?

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Cut-off Race Times – I am considering a full ironman. My swim is really slow. Do these races have swim cutoff times that you have to be in by? If so, what is it?

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Seasonal Nutrition for Triathletes – As a triathlete, should I be changing my diet through the year depending on my training? Like eating more protein in the winter, more carbohydrate in the summer, etc? In other words, do I change my diet throughout the training year?

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Play More Eat Less – Do you remember being a child and getting so wrapped up in creative play that you didn’t want to stop when it was time to eat or left your meal half-finished to get back to your game?

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The Pros of Protein – What is Protein? Protein is found throughout the body. It is in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part…

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Average Triathlon Times – What is the “AVERAGE” times for a first time S-B-R for a mini tri?

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Food Focus: Water – Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking sufficient water.With the body made up of 75% water, it is essential that we continuously replenish this source. Drinking more water helps all of the body’s systems to run smoothly, enabling our organs to comfortably perform their functions. When the body is too dry it contracts.

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Did you know that you could control your stress levels as well as achieve your ideal weight by simply learning to breathe deeply? I think it is safe to say that in life we all have stress which we need to address. What many of us do not realize is that breathing is a major factor in controlling stress: It can either relieve it or create it.

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GREAT SITE!!

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Canadian Friends – I know i am from Canada but i was wondering exactly how long is a mini triathlon the running,biking and swimming??

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I am doing my first mini triathlon!! Ok..I am doing it..I am doing my first mini triathlon!! I am 48, in good physical shape and pumped to achieve my goal of finishing this event. I have read your website over and over and keep referring to it for information and inspiration.




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