Resources on the Sport of Triathlon

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History, Facts and Benefits of the Triathlon Wetsuit
Originally, the wetsuit was introduced to the sport of triathlon as a safety tool to help the triathlete survive cold waters and prevent hypothermia during the swim portion of a race. However, it was soon discovered that the wetsuit provided the necessary buoyancy to lift a swimmer high enough in the water to enhance the overall swimming performance. Since then, wetsuits have been an important piece of triathlon equipment. The article suggests taking your geographic location into consideration when purchasing a wetsuit, as wetsuits can leave you dehydrated in warmer waters.

Choosing a Wetsuit for a Triathlon
This triathlete's home page gives practical tips on how to choose a wetsuit. Her article is in bulleted format, and very easy to read and understand. She had attended a wetsuit clinic and typed up her notes, adding personal commentary. In them she says wetsuits are needed to keep warm in cold water and enhance swimming speed. The buoyancy, weight and drag of legs and hydrodynamic material helps speed up your swimming time. She discusses wetsuit construction and materials, and the differences between surfing wetsuits and triathlon wetsuits. Full vs. sleeveless wetsuits vs. two-piece wetsuits is also discussed, as is how to ensure a proper fit. She lists water temperatures that are appropriate for various types of triathlon wetsuits.

Heart Monitor Training
Many triathletes and other active people find that using heart rate monitors can help them effectively train for a big event. Heart monitors are devices that are designed for wear during strenuous exercise, and serve the purpose of measuring and recording your heart rate, while giving you instant feedback about the work level of your heart. The fitness of the heart is the key to one's aerobic endurance - sometimes called 'cardiovascular respiratory endurance'. Both for health and racing reasons, aerobic endurance is a point of focus for almost any runner. The author says heart rate monitors are ideal for accuracy and ease, monitoring fitness levels, preventing over training and under training and keeping pace during training. This article also offers tips on how to use a heart rate monitor, including formulas to compute your maximum heart rate, calculate training zones and tips on how to measure results. It discusses basic heart rate monitor features to help the reader figure out what kind of heart rate monitor is best for him or her.

Heart Rate Monitors and other Triathlon Must-Haves
Training is important before entering a triathlon. This website offers first-hand articles about energy, heart rate monitors, beating jet lag, hydration, swimming, and aerodynamic bike frame design. The triathlete shares personal triathlon training tips, including how to slow down, swim with pull-buoys, make sure you're rested, finding the perfect nutrition bars and choosing good triathlon training books.

Texas Runner & Triathlete
Triathletes who specialize in running will enjoy this publication that offers useful articles, an events calendar and triathlon product reviews. There are reviews of racing apparel and tips on how to improve your face. Regional and national running news is included, as are training tips for running. A forum for runners is also available, as well as listings of events and local running clubs.

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