My Favorite Triathlon Websites
The internet abounds with information about training, preparing, and planning for a triathlon. Through my years taking part in the sport, I have come across many websites, among the best websites for triathletes, especially those age 50 and over.
As its title implies, this post includes information about the websites I have found to be the ‘go-to’ sites for my triathlon journey.
Favorite Websites for:
- Planning Your Next Triathlon
- Sleep and Your Athletic Performance
- Swim and Other Triathlon Training Gear
- Nutrition and Hydration for Training and Racing
Best Website for Planning Your Next Triathlon
RunningintheUSA.com is my first choice when searching for triathlons across the USA.
Why I Started Using It
As soon as Joy and I decided to do triathlons in each of the states of the USA, I started searching the internet for websites that listed various races. I found several sites, some with a regional focus. Over time, I found that I relied more and more on Running in the USA.
Who is Behind the Website?
“Mary is an avid runner, and Bill is sane. Mary does the website programming. Bill takes the pictures that are featured on the home page. We work many many many many hours scouring the internet, maintaining the information in the directories. This is our full-time life work. We don’t have other jobs. We barely do much else besides maintain this website. It is our life, and we love it.”
Video Demo of RunningintheUSA.com
The site can currently be used to search a database of over 41,000 running races such as 5k, 10k, half marathon, and so on and over 2,700 multisport events like triathlons.
- Search for triathlons by
- Type of multisport event (e.g. Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon)
- Distance (e.g. Supersprint, Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Ironman)
- Date (e.g. month, date range)
- Search for races in adjacent states on consecutive dates
Apparently, there is an important population of those who share an interest in completing races in multiple states. For this group, the site developers included a feature under the Multisport Events tab called ‘Double Stater’.
Other Sites for Finding Upcoming Triathlons
This review was first published in January 2019.
Best Website about Sleep and Your Athletic Performance
Whether you are stepping up to the plate at a softball game or waiting for the starting gun at your next triathlon, the quality of the sleep you have had will affect your performance.
And as a triathlete, sleep will have played a critical part in your training. As I have noted in the post titled ‘Rest and Recovery – Why It’s Important for Senior Triathletes, sleep should be a key part of your training plan.
Tuck.com is a valuable website for those who are looking for better sleep or have questions about getting the rest needed for proper recovery.
Video Tour of Tuck.com
Pages Highlighted in the Video Tour
Pages of the Tuck.com website highlighted in the video review are:
- “How Sleep Works“
- “Sleep and Athletes“
- “Can you become an Early Bird if you’re a Night Owl?“
- “Sleep and Aging – Senior Sleep Guide“
Please check out Tuck.com and share your comments below.
Best Website for Swim and Other Triathlon Training Gear
Triathlon is sometimes referred to as a rich man’s sport. This comes in part from the expense of registration fees, even though there are race organizations who are offering reduced fees. But that’s a story for another time.
Another reason that triathlons can be an expensive sport is because of the amount of clothing and equipment one needs purchase for training and racing in three quite different sports. Of course, much of it is unnecessary. As long as people have basic training wear, they should be fine to train and compete in triathlons. People can get some athletic clothing from websites like Imprint, they offer custom t shirts that are ideal for sports. Runners can get their clothing customized with their name or the marathon name, for example. That’s a great way of letting people know that you’re running the marathon. Perhaps seniors should just look for basic training wear, they don’t need to splash out lots of money on unnecessary clothing.
SwimOutlet.com is the first place I go when looking for a new or replacement item for triathlon training or racing. This is also where my wife, kids, and grandkids go for their swim clothing and equipment. This comes from several years of shopping many sites and ending up purchasing items from the Swim Outlet site.
While you should shop around, I have consistently found Swim Outlet to offer a full range of products in a range of quality and price points. And, prices are competitive and, many times, the lowest. Plus, they offer a price match.
Following is a quick tour of the SwimOutlet website.
If you prefer, you can watch the video on YouTube.
Here we are at SwimOutlet.com website. To help you get started on your journey here, I want to highlight a few areas in which triathletes may be most interested.
First of all, at the ‘Gear’ then ‘Swim Gear’ tab, you can find everything imaginable for swimming no matter if you are a beginner or professional triathlete. With so many products to choose from, Swim Outlet helps shoppers zero-in on the right ones using product-specific filters such a size, brand, color, material, and price.
The site also includes several guides such as the one for sun protection shown here. You can find the link to this and other pages in the SeniorTriathletes.com post about my favorite triathlon websites (this post for those watching the video on SeniorTriathletes.com).
The ‘Triathlon’ link beneath the ‘Gear by Sport’ area under the ‘Gear’ tab, takes you to pages where you can find triathlon, biking, and running specific items. By the way, Swim Outlet is a USA Triathlon certified multisport retailer.
And if you are a Value shopper looking for the best deals, click on the SALE tab from the Home page. Here you will find good quality at the most competitive prices. For example, if you are looking for low cost jammers for your swim training, check out their grab bags by typing ‘grab’ in the search bar.
Take a stroll through the SwimOutlet site. I think you will enjoy it and be amazed at the wide range of products and their good prices.
Thank you for watching.
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Featured SwimOutlet Pages
Pages of the SwimOutlet website highlighted in the video review are:
Disclosure: Please note that SeniorTriathletes.com is a participant in the SwimOutlet.com affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to SwimOutlet.com. As an affiliate, I will receive a small commission for any purchases made at SwimOutlet.com when you use the link in this post.
Please check out SwimOutlet.com and share your comments below.
This review was first published in May 2019.
Best Website for Nutrition and Hydration
If you have done a triathlon, there is a good chance you are already familiar with Hammer Nutrition since they sponsor many triathlons and endurance sporting events. In fact, you likely received in your swag-bag a sample of a Hammer Nutrition product – a Hammer Gel, Endurolytes Fizz, or one of their Energy bars.
I was introduced to more of the Hammer Nutrition products and how to use them by Senior Triathlete James Chapman at the Rocky Gap Triathlon in Maryland.
Then, when training for my first half marathon, I exchanged emails with Steve Born. Steve laid out a fueling plan for both my training and the race itself. Without the right fuel, an otherwise enjoyable challenge can become a disaster. I don’t go out on a long bike ride without a few Hammers gels – just in case.
Since I sweat a lot during exercising of every kind, Hammer Endurolytes capsules are also great for maintaining electrolyte levels.
You can take a quick tour of the Hammer Nutrition website by clicking on the frame below.
If you prefer, you can watch the video on YouTube
I am on the Hammer Nutrition website. You can see its contents by hovering over the four top-level headings – Top Sellers, Fuels & Supplements, And More, and Education.
Hovering over ‘Fuels & Supplements’ shows you the range of products for training and racing and for daily consumption. You can explore these further by clicking on one of the red sub-heads.
The ‘And More’ shows you ‘Gear’, including Clearance items and Electro Stimulation products which I have used and really enjoy. It also includes ‘Clothing’, ‘Coffee’ and ‘Body Care’ products with which I have less experience.
The fourth heading is ‘Education’ which contains a whole host of articles and quick-read advice pieces to help you learn about and fine-tune your fueling and hydration approaches for both training and racing.
As you can see, the site is easy to navigate. I recommend taking at least a few minutes to take a look around it. I am confident you will come away with some new and useful information.
Thank you for watching.
Featured Hammer Nutrition Pages
Pages of the Hammer Nutrition website highlighted in the video are:
If you want to receive a 15% discount on your first order with Hammer Nutrition, enter Customer Number 203519 when prompted.
To be transparent, that Customer Number is assigned to me. I will also receive a credit on my next order under the Hammer Nutrition Referral Program. If you like, you can also participate in this program once you have become a customer.
Please check out Hammer Nutrition and share your comments below.
This review was first published in July 2019.
Coming Soon: Favorite Websites for
- Triathlon Training
- Racing Advice