Should You Buy a USAT Membership?

For any race that you do, you have to sign a waiver.  For a triathlon, you have to purchase a membership to the USA Triathlon association in addition to signing a waiver.  You have the option to either purchase an annual membership or buy a one-day pass. Side note: my favorite part of the triathlon [...]


Yes, You Can Do A Triathlon

Somehow, I have roped my brother-in-law Nick into doing a triathlon.  I’m pretty excited because Nick lives with us, and that means that we can hold each other accountable on a day-to-day basis.  Our schedules might not always match up for workouts (he works full-time; I spend all day chasing after Henry) so our intention [...]


Last night, I found myself in my gym’s pool, trying to teach my brother-in-law Nick how to swim freestyle.  I think I’ve only briefly mentioned this, but Nick actually lives with us.  He moved in last August.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember Nick from the Orlando days.  He wanted to [...]


Taper Time

You know how last night I discussed pathetic excuses v. legitimate excuses?  I forgot one really good legitimate excuse for dialing back on workouts:  the taper! A taper is a period of time in which you reduce intensity, volume, or intensity and volume of exercise immediately before a race.  There are no hard and fast [...]


Race Prep: T-Minus 3 Days

For more, check out:  Race Prep:  One Week Out Ah.  Three days to go.   I’m nervous.  Whenever I say, “I’m nervous,” my mom says, “Are you nervous or just excited?” and the answer is usually, “Oh, I’m actually excited.”  I am excited for this triathlon, but yes – I’m nervous, too.  It’s okay to [...]


Race Prep: One Week Out

I am SUPER PUMPED because next weekend, I’ll be doing my first post-partum triathlon!  I’m really excited to get back into my hobby and thankful that I can squeeze in a race before the season ends for winter.  I can’t wait to cross the finish line and give Henry a big, sweaty momma beast kiss. [...]


The Problem with Bricks

I thought it would be wise to end the week with a brick workout.  What is a brick, you may ask?  Well, a brick refers to one workout that encompasses two sports of the triathlon, usually a bike and then a run, but it can be any combo of the three sports.    Bricks are [...]


Do Not Buy Your Spouse a Bike

The other day, I was at a party and began to chat with a women who is just getting into triathlons.  She told me she was about to buy a bike, and I remarked that I was so jealous that she was going to buy a new bike. “I would love a new bike,” I [...]


How to Take Care of Your Swim Gear

Toes are almost out of sight. Great swim this morning!  DadHTP and I headed to the pool bright and early and did 0.5-mile.  We’ve figured out that we have to work around the water aerobics schedule – they close down one of three lap lanes to accommodate the old ladies and gents doin’ their thang [...]


The Athena and Clydesdale Category

Recently, I got an interesting email from a reader that prompted an even more intriguing Google hunt and conversation with DadHTP. Sharon emailed me to say, “While researching some upcoming races I discovered that one had a Clydesdale/Athena category. I had heard of the Clydesdale runner before but Athena? I figured it must be the [...]


Trisuits: One Piece or Two?

Did you read that as triscuit? (Source) We’re not talking about the crackers… we’re talking about tri-suits.  As in the suit you wear to do a triathlon in.  A trisuit! ‘Tis race season.  A bunch of my Charlotte friends are gearing up for the city’s big half marathon, and very soon, all of Charlotte’s spring [...]


Check out  So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Swimming, So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Cycling, So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Running, and So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Transitions I’ve really enjoyed writing this post series.  It has kind of made me feel like I’m currently gearing up for a triathlon.  Hah.  This [...]


Check out  So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Swimming, So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Cycling, and So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Running   Writing these posts really, really makes me want to do another triathlon!  There are two transitions during a triathlon: Transition 1 and Transition 2, known as T1 and T2 for [...]


Also check out  So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Swimming and So You Wanna Do a Triathlon: Cycling Many first-time triathletes began their racing career as runners (like me!).  For that reason, I think the running leg is the least feared of the three triathlon sports – but the truth is that a triathlon run [...]