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In this section, we provide a listing of resources pertaining to triathlons and fitness in general. We’re constantly seeking reputable sources for the latest available research and interesting information relating to the sport. New information will be added as warranted, and we check links on a regular basis to verify that the provider has not altered or removed them.

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Triathlon-related Links

General

Gssiweb.com Gatorade Sports Science Institute website with many interesting articles pertaining to sports nutrition and exercise science.

Insideoutsports.com The exclusive retailer at all Ironman North America Events.

Mulitsports.com Specializing in triathlon-related services. Offers comprehensive coaching, camps and experience in the sport.

Nytro.com  Supplier and advisor to many top pro triathletes. Great selection, well-designed site.

TriJungle.com Triathlon store offering triathlon gear, triathlon equipment and triathlon clothing for swim, bike, run, racing and training needs.

Tri-zone.com Good source for anything tri-related. Great customer service and fast delivery.

Getting Started

Beginnertriathlete.com Lots of content and many varied articles.

Trinewbies.com Good site for those just getting their feet wet and the well-seasoned alike. Good selection of articles.

Clothing

Desotosports.com Tri clothing site founded by triathlete Emilio De Soto II; now in the wetsuit market. Great tri wear and tremendous customer service. Nice saddle cover for a most comfortable ride (5 mm neoprene).

Tricosports.com Home of Trico seats and clothing. I’ve used their Split Rail Saddle and swear by their Lycra gel-padded shorts for long rides (no seam; very good quality).

Coaching, Forums and Commentary

Byrn.org Website of pro triathlete Gordo Byrn. Much more than tri articles, with a great section offering personal insights. Coaching services offered.

Markallenonline.com Coaching services from one of the best. Several links to training articles.

Slowtwitch.com Started by Dan Empfield the founder of Quintana Roo.  Site is packed with great articles, reviews, forum and commentaries.

Xtri.com Geared mainly toward long-course triathlon’s around the world, one of the oldest continuously updated triathlon web sites on the Internet, featuring many good articles and first-person perspectives.

EnduranceNation  “More than five thousand athletes have trained and raced the Endurance Nation way since 2007. From stay-at-home mothers of four to high-powered executives with insane travel schedules, we have a proven system that will get you from registration day to race day with the support and guidance you need to be your best. Our articles have been featured in Inside Triathlon, Triathlete magazine, Lava magazine, Active.com, Xtri.com, and TriFuel.com.” Free E-books - Triathlon 2.0: Building A Proper Season and Endurance Nation OutSeason eBook.

Events

Active.com The national online registration for just about everything these days, a good resource for all types of training articles.

Ironmanlive.com The official site of Ironman Triathlon. Excellent site loaded with info.

Ultramanlive.com Triathlon covering a total distance of 320 miles on the big island of Hawaii. Day 1: 6.2 mile (10k) ocean swim + 90 mile (145k) bike; Day 2: 171.4 mile (276k) bike; Day 3: 52.4 mile (84k) run.

Health

Julstro.com "Pain-free" e-book series (runner, triathlete and swimmer) written by Zev Cohen, MD, and Julie Donnelly, LMT. Presents information and resources for the self-treatment of repetitive strain Injuries. I have this e-book and refer to it often.

Polarusa.com Website offering the Polar heart rate monitor.

Motivational

Enduranceworld.org Information and comprehensive resources for ultradistance racing. Excellent motivation page containing quotes that put into words what is sometimes hard to explain—why anyone would do this insane stuff. Well worth a visit.

Nutrition

E-caps.com Home of Hammer Nutrition Products. Wealth of information and articles. An interesting free guide, The Endurance Athlete's Guide, and many other useful articles available in their knowledge library.

Gusports.com Online site of GU Energy Labs. Product offerings include GU Energy Gel.

Other Products

Bodyglide.com Nongreasy, nonoily, no mess; wetsuit safe. Official product of USA Triathlon, the national governing body for triathlon and duathlon in the United States.

Fuelbelt.com Billed as the #1 hydration belt in the world. I have one and it works great; very little movement.

Platypushydration.com Platypus flexible water bottles; large selection. Small bottles are great when you only need a small amount of fluid (19 ozs). Folds for easy storage.

Speedlaces.com Shoe lacing system; I have a pair and love them. Completely eliminates any pressure across the top of the foot, not to mention never having to tie your shoe again.

Timex.com Website of Timex product line.

Trifuel.com Huge manufacturers’ product list and many interesting articles.

On-Line Publications

220magazine.com Online version of Britain's leading triathlon magazine.

Triathletemag.com Online version of Triathlete Magazine.

Triathlon Organizations

Redline Triathlon Club Local tri club that I belong to in my hometown, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; caters to all levels.

Triathlon.org Website of the International Triathlon Union. Set the standard Olympic distance of 1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle and 10 km run.

Usatriathlon.org USA Triathlon is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,500 diverse events, ranging from grassroots to high-profile races nationwide.

Cycling-related Links

General

Cross Chaining Article on the hazards of creating extreme chain angles by riding in improper gear combinations.

Roadbikerider.com Good all-around site. Informative advice column, with free e-book with lots of good tips from pro riders.

Sheldonbrown.com Lots of good information on bike repair; a good site to learn from with many visuals.

JogTunes.com - Here's is some info about biking to the beat and making a personal playlist for safe cycling to the beat.

SchwinnFitness.com “At Schwinn, we make bikes that allow riders of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of riding. From "walk 'n' roll" kid’s bikes to the Le Tour Legacy, we offer a comprehensive line of bikes that suit the needs of riders across the United States and around the world. Our bikes are built to the Schwinn Quality standard, with over 100 years of cycling heritage, passion and expertise. This standard is the foundation of our commitment to creating the best bikes available today, and we are confident that you will experience our devotion to cycling every time you ride a Schwinn.” Free E-books Welcome To Fitness and Schwinn Cycling: Tabata Trek.

TripBuzz.com "The Ultimate Bike Safety Guide"

Events

The508.com The Furnace Creek 508 is the world's premiere ultramarathon bicycle race. This is a brutal 508-mile race in Death Valley and the Mojave Desert with a total elevation gain of 35,000 feet. This race is to biking what the Badwater is to running.

Ultracycling.com Ultramarathoning cycling, with information about serious stuff like RAAM (Race Across America) San Diego, California to Atlantic City, New Jersey; very interesting.

Products

Campagnolo.com Home of Campagnolo Bike Products.

Coloradocyclist.com Large selection, lots of pro-quality gear.

Nashbar.com Similar to Performancebike.com.

Performancebike.com General selection of bike apparel and supplies.

Shimano.com Home of Shimano Bike Products.

Publications

Bicycling.com Online version of Bicycling Magazine.

Cyclingnews.com The World Centre of Cycling. Worldwide cycling news; many good articles.

Velonews.com Journal of competitive cycling; loaded with info.

Running-related Links

Clubs and Organizations

50statesmarthonclub.com If your sights are set to run a marathon in all 50 states, here is a club for you. You can join after you’ve run a marathon in at least 10 states.

Americanultra.org Nonprofit organization promoting the sport of ultrarunning (foot racing beyond the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles) in America.

Fdlrc.com Fond du Lac Running Club website. Local running club that puts on many fine events in my hometown, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Rrca.org Road Runners Club of America. Over 600 running clubs and 130,000 members.

Runningnetwork.com National running club directory and many articles.

Runtheplanet.com Largest worldwide running community on the Web. Over 3,000 descriptions of places to run in 2,247 cities around the world. Thousands of related links. Very interesting site.

Usatf.org The national governing body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking.

Events

Badwaterultra.com 135-mile race from Badwater in Death Valley (elev. 200 ft. below sea level) to Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney (elev. 8360 ft.). Complete this race and "The 508" ultracycle and become a member of the elite Death Valley Cup Finishers.

Bostonmarathon.org Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon.

Racingtheplanet.com Ultra site featuring races like the seven-day, 155-mile Gobi March in China, dubbed by Runner's World as "The World’s Toughest Race.”

Products

Joetrailman.com Lycra gaiters (shoe covers) for trail running, keeps debris out of your socks and shoes. For me they are a must for off-road running - great customer service.

Nationalrunningcenter.com Another good source of online running shoes, clothing, etc.

Roadrunnnersports.com Excellent online source for shoes, running apparel and nutrition products. Great customer service.

Publications

Runnersworld.com Online version of Runner's World magazine. Wealth of online info.

Runningtimes.com Online version of Running Times magazine. Similar to Runner's World. Good articles.

Ultrarunning.com Online version of UltraRunning Magazine; for 50k (31.07 miles) and up. Many links.

Training Systems and Methods

ChiRunning.com ChiWalking and ChiRunning help you to create healthy, balanced and efficient movement. I’ve used this method and find it helpful in making my running times not only faster but more relaxing. Offers e-books.

Halhigdon.com Online training guides for marathons and many other races. Wealth of free running information.

Jeffgalloway.com Offers run/walk training for half/full marathons. Many articles and good advice.

Marathonguide.com Great site. Complete national and international race list along with tons of information pertaining to marathons.

Posetech.com Running taught as a skill; adopted by many triathletes. Focus is on running in an "S-like shape", interesting especially if you’re a heel-strikes-first runner.

Ultrunr.com Tons of articles and information related to serious running, great resource even for an average runner.

EvolutionRunning.com Run Faster and Farther With Fewer Injuries.

JogTunes.com - Here's is some info about running to the beat and making a personal playlist for running to the beat.

BarMethod.com - The Bar Method® is a one-hour, non-impact total body workout. It starts with a warm-up, free-weight exercises and push-ups and then moves on to intense, isometric leg work at the bar, followed by abdominal work at the bar and on mats. Every exercise includes active stretching to elongate the targeted muscles.

Barefoot Links

Vivobarefoot.com The original barefoot shoe company. Download the free complete guide to barefoot running  “Proprioception: Making Sense of Barefoot Running" by Lee Saxby.

Barefootrunning.com The Original Running Barefoot website (since 1997 May) home of Barefoot Ken Bob Saxton, author of the excellent book  - “Barefoot Running Step by Step”

Barefootrunning.fas.harvard.edu Run Faster and Farther with Fewer Injuries - website of Daniel E. Lieberman, PhD - Professor in the Department Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. See also The Skeletal Bio Lab for a wealth of free info.

ChrisMcDougall.com Author of the National Bestseller, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”  .

EvolutionRunning.com Run Faster and Farther With Fewer Injuries

Barefootted.com Barefoot Ted’s Adventures - follow Barefoot Ted on his active vacations across the world. Barefoot Ted is founder of Luna Sandals below.

LunaSandals.com “Hand-crafted, minimalist sandals that preserve the age-old
connection between the Human Foot and the Earth”, I have a pair of these and they feel like an extension of my feet.

BirthdayShoes.comThis site was created in mid-April 2009 to be a central hub for reviews, pictures, ideas, experiences, activities, and everything else relating to Vibram FiveFingers. It has since evolved into a site that covers all minimalist shoes or "barefoot shoes" including footwear from manufacturers Vivo Barefoot, Merrell Barefoot, New Balance (NB Minimus), Luna Sandals, Invisible Shoes, and more (see them all here).”

WillPowerMethod.com The Original Foot Fitness Program - Sole Training™.

Swimming-related Links

General

Swim-city.com Great articles and many good links. Well-designed site.

Swiminfo.com The world's largest independent resource for swimming.

Clubs and Organizations

Nycswim.org Manhattan Island Foundation brings the sport of marathon swimming to New York City's unique waterways.

Usswim.org USA Swimming official website.

Usms.org United States Master Swimming. National organization of over 42,000 members. Lots of information relating to events and workouts.

Products

Kiefer.com Everything swim-related and a nice selection of tri suits.

Skylinenw.com Skyline Northwest Corporation, makers of Barracuda swim goggles. Large selection and many different styles.

Endlesspools.com Home of the Endless Pool. If I had a million dollars...

Training

Totalimmersion.net Home of "Fishlike Freestyle." Teaches you to glide through the water on your side, similar to a fish. Popular with many triathletes.

Oceanswims.com Many links and personal stories about ocean swimming.

Other Sites of Interest

Free Information Resources and Free E-books on Fitness/Health Topics

ConsumerFreedom Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices.     Please check out their free, thought provoking E-Books - An Epidemic of Obesity Myths and Small Choices, Big Bodies: How Countless Daily Decisions Contribute to America’s Burgeoning Waistline.

DrugAbuse.com  Centralized resource on the dangerous relationship between weight, alcohol and other drugs.

Stumptuous.com Great resource for women’s health and fitness tips and advice and the free, entertaining, useful guide to everything eating F*ck Calories and Other Dietary Heresies.

Vitamins and Supplements              

Arizona Health Foods Large selection of their own line and many other name brand products. Also great service.

ConsumerLab.com Provides independent test results and information to help consumers and health care professionals evaluate health, wellness and nutrition products. Lots of free content and a subscription service available.

General Nutrition Centers Operates more than 5,000 retail outlets throughout the United States and in 29 foreign markets.

N101 Nutrition, Health & Sport Huge selection of almost everything from sports nutrition, herbs, vitamins to food products. Their site is full of info.

Puritan's Pride Great offers such as "buy 2, get 3 free" and "buy 1 get 1 free."

Swanson Health Products Great service, large selection of their own line and many other name brands.

Vitamin Shoppe Online site of over 300 brand names and almost 200 store locations. I buy Organic Vegan Food Bar from this site. A tasty, all-organic energy bar that is actually good for you!

Vitamin World Good online store. Over 500 stores nationwide.

Fitness Systems for Sale

Beachbody Home of the well-known programs below and many others listed here.

    P90X 2 The sequel to popular P90X, the revolutionary home fitness program.

    Asylum The sequel to Insanity workout; plyometric drills on top of nonstop intervals of strength, power, resistance, and ab and core training moves.

    Body Reset The Beachbody Ultimate Reset™

    Tai Cheng Comprehensive fitness program based on the movements, concepts, and theories of traditional Yang-style Tai-Chi.

    21 Day Fix  Simple Fitness. Simple Eating. Fast Results.

    Focus T25  Get It Done in 25 Minutes A Day!

Free Fitness Techniques and Fitness/Health Related Info

Beast Skills Website devoted to body weight strength training, acrobatics and gymnastic skills. Great resource with a lot free content and clear, high-quality how-to info.

Marks Sisson's Daily Apple As the site states: "Serving up health and fitness insights (daily, of course) with a side of irreverence." Interesting, sometimes controversial, always entertaining.

CheckInsitute.com Website of Paul Chek an internationally-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology, offing interesting free special reports.

Complementary and Alternative Approaches 

ButeykoBreathing.org The Buteyko (pronounced Bu-tay-ko) Breathing Method is most commonly used as a treatment for those with asthma and other breathing disorders. However, I recently have begun using this technique during exercise sessions and I am seeing positive results. I purchased the book - Close Your Mouth: Buteyko Clinic Handbook for Perfect Health which has provided excellent instructions. This site has some testimonials from people who have applied this breathing method in their sport. TheBreathingMan.Com is also a great resource pertaining to Buteyko Breathing. An informative article about incorporating this breathing method into interval exercise can be found at Mercola.Com written by Dr. Mercola titled How the Buteyko Breathing Method Can Improve Your Health and Fitness.

Tai Chi: An Introduction Tai chi incorporates the Chinese concepts of yin and yang (opposing forces within the body) and qi (a vital energy or life force). Practicing tai chi is said to support a healthy balance of yin and yang, thereby aiding the flow of qi.

FoundationTraining.com "Relieve Pain, Improve Athletic Performance and Prevent Injuries with one revolutionary program." Foundation Training is a set of movements and positions designed specifically to teach our individual muscles to act within strong, flexible chains of muscles. This allows us to disperse weight more evenly and keep our postural alignment, even under load. The Founder Position is the core of the training. Another great video to watch Dr. Eric Goodman explain his methods to a large audience can be found here.

Cool Fitness Toys

KamagonBall.com About The Kamagon Ball

TorqueAthletic.com American Made high-quality items. I like their push-up spikes and push up pipes.

AgainFaster.com Many items to choose from. I like their new (unbreakable) slam ball.

LebertFitness.com High-quality products, I like the Lebert Equalizer.

RogueFitness.com  Home of the Rogue Log.

Equipment and Clothing Resources 

Skatingfitness.com Buy hockey equipment, inline, ice and roller skates, skateboards, plus all types skating and fitness information.

Campmor Great online source for anything related to the outdoors.

GymSource.com Fitness equipment. Gym Source is a leading distributor of home gym equipment, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, arc trainers and more.

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