Swim Longer, Faster, and Calmer with Distances & Breathing Drills

11 July, 2013 Bek

I’ll tell you a slight secret–I’m rather prone to panic attacks, and there’s something about swimming that can trigger panic like nobody’s darn business. When I first started triathlon, I struggled to swim any real distance without popping out of the water like a sputtering whale. I would swim 50 […]

Learning to Stop the Panic in Open Water Swimming

7 May, 2013 Bek

During my first bunch start triathlon, a woman locked her arms around my leg and shouted, “Please, help me back to shore!” Needless to say, she was panicking–her panic cued my own panic, and we both ended up floating on surfboards as our wave swam farther and farther out to […]

Why You Should Join a Local Cycling or Triathlon Team

25 April, 2013 Bek

You’ve probably seen them in their matching team uniforms swimming, cycling, or running in large groups. The local club out practicing for their next race, and looking good doing it. As a long-time member of two different teams, I can attest to the benefits of joining your fellow cyclists or […]

Building Proper Running Form

7 April, 2013 Bek

Let’s face it–running sucks. I have heard the myth called the runner’s high, but I have mostly experienced the runner’s low. Often, I have participated in so-called “fun runs” and wondered, “Where is the fun? This just feels like a horrible idea.” If you’re like me, the last leg of […]

Why You Should Eat Pizza Before Your Next Swim

5 April, 2013 Bek

You’ve got an hour or two before your swim workout, and you need to get fueled up properly for all those meters you’ll face. Naturally you grab a nice, healthy salad with plenty of veggies, right? Nope! What you should reach for is that greasy, cheesy pizza that smells so […]

Preventing Cramps in Cycling and Triathlon

3 April, 2013 Bek

The other day, I had just finished swimming a quick 800 meters. As I pushed off the wall to start a few drills, my right calf seized up in an agonizing cramp. My friend helped me to the side of the pool, and I was able to stretch it on […]

Using Baby Wipes on Your Bike & Powder in Your Triathlon Kit

26 March, 2013 Bek

Whether or not you have kids, there are a few baby supplies you should keep in your bike room. Baby powder  and baby wipes have several uses from cleaning the grime off your frame to making race-day transitions smooth (pardon the pun). Transitions: Besides keeping you smelling fresh during your […]

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