Tag Archives: Triathlon

Sage Rountree: A dozen thoughts for novice triathletes

Sage Rountree enlightens a wrapt audience on the basics of triathlon Thursday evening at Great Outdoor Provision Co.'s Cameron Village store.

“For how many of you is this your first triathlon?” Sage Rountree asked the 70 or so women who had shown up for last night’s informational meeting on the Ramblin’ Rose women-only triathlon series.

Nearly every hand shot up.
Predictable, but a good thing considering Rountree’s presentation was a Triathlon 101 primer for newbies. Of course, Rountree being perhaps the Triangle’s best-known and accomplished trainer/coach/yoga practitioner, she likely would have done fine had nary a hand gone up.
So, what does a first-time female triathlete need to know? Here are a dozen thoughts on the subject from Rountree. read more

This weekend: Tri, or try yoga paddleboarding

Swim is in a pool; full Marine regalia optional.

Explore Cherry Point via a triathlon, participate in the VIII Lake Lure Olympiad or try your hand (and feet and sense of balance) with yoga on a paddleboard. Just another summer weekend in North Carolina.


I’m partial to events on military bases, in part because it gives civilians such as myself access to the otherwise inaccessible, to a world we otherwise don’t get a chance to see. That exposure is compounded when the event is a triathlon, which lets you run and ride through these forbidden lands. read more

Tri it, you may like it

TriItForLifers at last month's Ramblin' Rose Raleigh.

I wrote the following for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer of Raleigh; it appeared in both papers yesterday, Tuesday, June 12. It appears here, with links.

The idea of getting someone with zero interest in running to up and do a 5K seemed crazy not that long ago. But in the past several years, 12-week programs designed to do exactly that — the so-called zero-to-5K programs — have flourished. read more

Triathlon support groups help you try one, or get better at it

Triathlete Lance Armstrong. Word is he's strong on the bike.

In today’s Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, I write about a Charlotte group (about to expand into the Triangle) called TriItForLife. The nonprofit’s goal is to take not particularly active women and make triathletes out of them. In six years, it’s produced more than 700 triathletes. But it is limited to women and until next year, only those in the Charlotte area. So what are the rest of us supposed to do? read more

Just getting in the toughest challenge of some races

My bib from the inaugural Monster Dash in 2009. Such bibs could be hard to get for the race's 2012 running.

The hardest part of a race? Anymore, it’s just getting in.

This morning, at 7:59, I sat at the keyboard, my right index finger poised of the Enter key. In the window of my browser was this address: http://www.sportoften.com/events/eventDetails.cfm?pEventId=7902 — the site to register for the Feb. 4 Uwharrie Mountain Run. The site was set to go active at 8 a.m. today, Nov. 1, 2011. read more