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Triathlon SwimBelow is an archive of swim questions we've recieved along with all of the Swim articles we've posted. We're sure they will answer a majority of your questions, if not all! Visit our Triathlon Swim Page for complete information on how to approach your triathlon swim training and events.

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Swim ResourcesTriathlon QuestionWasting Time During Transition 1 (T1) - am I likely to waste by putting bib shorts and a bike top...

Triathlon QuestionCold Water Triathlons - I recently tried swimming in a very cold lake and it took my breath away, scaring me about the tri.

Triathlon QuestionTriathlons in a Pool - In a pool swim, will slower swimmers stay the right or anything? Any unspoken rules, or etiquette I should know about?

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

Triathlon QuestionTriathlon Transition 1, from Pool to Bike - I have no clue what to expect. Help/Advice would be VERY appreciated.

Triathlon QuestionTriathlon Racing Category - How do I know which group I should (race) in?

Triathlon QuestionOver the Cut-Off Triathlon Event Time - I will take longer than the 30 minutes that is allotted...

Triathlon QuestionBathroom Needs During a Triathlon Event - What happens if you have to go to the bathroom?

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Triathlon QuestionTri Suits and Wetsuits - What's the advantage of using a wetsuit rather than a tri-suit?

Triathlon QuestionTransition 1 for Men - I'm thinking of just pulling my bike shorts over my Speedo at T1. Will this be uncomfortable?

Triathlon Question Using Electronic Devices During Triathlon Events - While reading the USAT rules, saw that headphones, mp3s, etc are prohibited.

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

Triathlon ResourceSwimming with Ear Plugs - I thought that ears naturally built up a forcefield against the water over time and...

Triathlon QuestionIronman 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

Triathlon QuestionBenefits of a Tri Suit - What's the advantage of using a Tri-Suit? Can I swim, bike and run in it without having to change at the transition points?

Triathlon QuestionSports Bras and Well-Endowed Triathletes - When do you change into it?

Triathlon QuestionHibrid Triathlons - I have been doing my indoor practice by running up in down doing laps in the pool. Will I be looked at strange?

Triathlon ResourceWhy Muscles Hurt After Working Out -- Nutshell Version

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

Triathlon QuestionBackstroke During a Triathlon - I read your reply to a question about using the backstroke in a triathalon. Your suggestion was to not use this stroke, but to learn to crawl for the event.

Triathlon QuestionSwim Distances - Are all swimming portions in the ocean and are they all about 1 mile? I need training suggestions...

Triathlon ResourceHeadphones during Triathlon Races and Training - I ran across “the top ten violated rules” during a triathlon event on the USAT website...the rule that changed the way I trained and raced most came was #8

Triathlon QuestionFoot Wear for Tranisitions - What do I wear on my feet to transition from the swim to the Bike part of the triathlon?

Triathlon NutritionHow 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.

Triathlon QuestionBackstroke in a Triathlon - I can't swim and put my head underwater. I read a few articles on your website about first time TriathaNewbie's doing the backstroke

Triathlon QuestionUsing a Snorkle During the Swim Leg of a Triathlon - My dad swims over a mile each day but needs to use a snorkle as he has arthritis in his neck and can't turn his head to the side.

Triathlon ResourceSeven Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes - OK, some of you might be "Accidental Triathletes", barely remembering how and why you got into this sport. For some of you, it may have become a way to stay fit, or you like the image or lifestyle or like the friends you've made along the way. Even so, the majority of you are still drawn by the competition and want to actually get better.

Triathlon QuestionWetsuit and Transition 1 (T1) Tips - After an ocean swim where do you put your wet suit and what should be worn under it?

Triathlon QuestionGetting your Wetsuit Off during Transition 1 (T1) Video - I get stuck in my wetsuit and almost kill myself trying to get the darn thing off during my swim transition.

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

Triathlon QuestionBackstroke During a Triathlon - I read your reply to a question about using the backstroke in a triathalon. Your suggestion was to not use this stroke, but to learn to crawl for the event.

Triathlon QuestionBackstroke in a Triathlon - I can't swim and put my head underwater. I read a few articles on your website about first time TriathaNewbie's doing the backstroke

Triathlon QuestionAfter Trying to "Fake" the Swim - I actually made up some ground on the bike and run, and finished 23rd out of 86 overall (5th out of 14 in my AG), not a bad showing for a first triathlon and a truly miserable swim.

Triathlon QuestionTrying to "Fake" the Swim - The first 50 yards were OK. Then I turned my head to breathe and caught a mouthful of water. Coughing I tried to recover the best I could just in time to get my goggles kicked.

Triathlon ResourceTriathlon Swim - What is "Spotting"? - "Spotting" is a term used to describe the process of staying on track in an open water swim...

Triathlon QuestionTraithlon Swim: Safety First - Because of my body type I sink instead of float. Should I invest in a wetsuit so I can be able to swim longer?

Triathlon QuestionTriathlon Swim: Freestyle or Breast Stroke? My swim, is not the strongest,my breast stroke, is much stronger, than my crawl.

Triathlon QuestionThrow Away" Shoes for Swim to Bike (T1) - It is a paved road. Should I run this distance in my cycling shoes, or go in socks/barefeet and put the shoes on at the mount point?

Triathlon ResourceThe Fourth Discipline – Mental Ability - so why was I only thinking negative thoughts and why did I have a sick feeling in my gut? Does this sound familiar? For most athletes this happens to us at least once before a big race.

Triathlon ResourceRace Day Preparation -On race day they are more fit than they were before their training started. In most cases they feel confident that there bodies can handle the challenge ahead but there is one piece of preparation that many novice triathletes neglect to address which can turn a good race into a great race.

Triathlon QuestionTake a bad swim and make it better - I just completed my first sprint triathlon. Although I felt prepared for the swim, I found it to be the hardest and most frustrating activity. As I sized up the distance of the out and back swim, I didn't think I'd have any problems completing the distance.

Please take a few minutes to look through these articles and feel free emial us if you have any questions.

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Triathlon QuestionTriathlons and Water Quality Concerns - The swim is taking place in a man-made, stagnant water lake with water temps in the mid 80s. I am concerned about dangerous amoeba bacteria in the lake.

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Triathlon QuestionThe Gun: What to do at the start - Wetsuit, goggles and swim cap on, you are anxiously standing in the sand looking through the sea of participants waiting for your turn. You've never done a mini-triathlon and, frankly, you are nervous about all of those people charging into the water at the same time. What should you do?

Triathlon QuestionWater Shoes in a Triathlon - I'm a 44 year old female runner venturing to compete in my first triathlon.Here's a dumb question-in the swim portion can you wear water shoes??

Triathlon ResourceSeven Habits of Highly Effective Triathletes - OK, some of you might be "Accidental Triathletes", barely remembering how and why you got into this sport. For some of you, it may have become a way to stay fit, or you like the image or lifestyle or like the friends you've made along the way. Even so, the majority of you are still drawn by the competition and want to actually get better

Triathlon ResourceHow to Cross the Finish Line - So you’ve swam, you’ve biked and you’ve run. You are about 25 yards away from the finish line and are thinking, “There it is: The Finish Line!” Now what?

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Triathlon ResourcePennsylvania Triathlon - Connellsville Parks and Recreation Triathlon - Great sprint triathlon for beginners!

Triathlon ResourceNew York Triathlon - Brooklyn Sports Club Mini Indoor Triathlon - This unique indoor event is perfect for first-timers
Triathlon QuestionIs My Bike Ready for a Triathlon? ...My concern is I will start ramping up my training and my bike won't last...

Triathlon QuestionBuying a Triathlon Bike - Learn how to buy the right bike without breaking the bank from experts in the field

Triathlon QuestionRunning: Good for the Body and the Brain - Could running make you smarter? The answer may surprise you.

Triathlon QuestionWalking Instead of Running in a Triathlon - The race promoters presented an award to a 69 year old female who had had 2 knee replacements...
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Triathlon EventNew York Triathlon - Brooklyn Sports Club Mini Indoor Triathlon - This unique indoor event is perfect for first-timers

Triathlon EventGeorgia Triathlon - Tri for the Shelter Sprint Triathlon - USAT sanctioned, This triathlon takes place in the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Recreation...

    Triathlon InspirationMy First Triathlon, Nicholas D'Angelo - It was the end of my life as I knew it and the beginning of the beginning. I decided that I wanted to live. I wanted to be a better husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend...

Triathlon InspirationFirst Triathlon Story - Greg H. from Texas - just to raise your arms at the finish line and know that you accomplished a triathlon is such a great feeling.
   

Triathlon ResourceAge Groups - Can you tell me why the age groups are 25 to 34 ... while most races use 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 to 49?

Triathlon ResourceWhat to Wear for a Triathlon - Is it insane to think I can bike/run in shorts and a sports bra that I swam in?

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