Hey, We’re New!
If you’re new to the sport or a veteran, there is stuff in here for you! If you’re a triathlete racing in Texas, there is stuff in here for you!
You are probably reading this because you are related to me, are dating me or are on my racing team and I could personally send you a social media message about this new website. If someone sent a link your way already and you are here and don’t me know me, well this is already going better than I planned, so thanks! (Now Don’t stop reading please).
Why does this website exist? The simple answer – to be a Texas-specific triathlon resource. For as big as Texas is, we don’t have web resources focused specifically on Texas training and racing. In the grand scheme of things, I am fairly new to the sport/hobby of triathlon. I started in the spring of 2014 when I said “oh crap I need to get in shape” and then saw some ad somewhere for a triathlon. Knowing nothing about triathlon, (was this a shooting sport? No that was biathlon someone told me, minus the swim, biking and running and with ski’s) moments after registering for my race, my next “oh crap” moment was how do I do this? I had a gym membership, so I could learn to bike by going to spin classes, I did some swimming decades ago and could figure that out again (like riding a bike isn’t it?), and there were enough YouTube videos on how to run.
I lucked my way into owning a Garmin device, and Garmin had free training plans for sprint and Olympic distance triathlons. So I loaded up the beginner plan, set my race date 14 weeks out and began a progression throughout 2014 that would lead to me signing up for two more triathlons in 2014, a total of 8 in 2015 and on my way to my first Ironman in 2016.
But 2014 was weird. It was lonely out there despite what I had read in various articles about the comradery and inclusiveness within this sport. If you’ve been racing for a while you may note remember how intimidating it can be to simply try and decipher the Google results for “how to do triathlon” or “beginner triathlete”. Sure there are good resources out there but there are at least four differing opinions on every single topic. Now almost two years into the sport, I get it, Triathletes are many things, but stubborn about their opinion on which aero bottle to use has got to top the list. This is just not very helpful to the new guy or gal on the scene who is simply trying to find a start line and get to that finish line.
Let’s be honest, a lot of the advice out there is International and National focused. It is propagated across the Internet by companies with a vested interest in getting you across that Ironman/Rev/Challenge/Xterra finish line. And those resources are great. But how helpful are they if you’re a first timer racing The Rookie in 2016 in Dallas, Houston or Austin or trying to finish the Bayou Tri series?
What if you aren’t new to the sport? What if you’re like me, stumbled your way through a year, looking at next season and finding no resources to guide you forward? How do you meet people that you can talk to in your area? The easy answer can be as simple as talking it up with a friendly check out dude at your local bike shop. But what if that shop if far from your house or you’re like me and don’t really have that particular set of social skillz. This is not to say that TXMS is your new Tinder for triathlon, but it is my hope you do find something useful here to advance your multisport network, knowledge base and resources here in Texas.
The goal here will not be to rehash nutrition articles that you can find on Slowtwitch or Triathlete. We will not try and cover race reports in Kona for Rinny. But we will try and be a Texas based online community resource to help you navigate your way through triathlon right here in Texas. Maybe with a little bit of organization, time and help we will introduce you to the pro’s living and training here in Texas. We will try and guide you to the right bike fitter, not just the first you hear about and maybe a new route to run or ride in your area.
So come on into the site, take a look around. Sign up for the weekly newsletter if you want updates and news about triathlon stuff in Texas. If you are a coach, team leader, shop owner, pro or someone covered by a section of this website and information is missing, I promise it’s not intentional. Right now it is just me compiling this information from deep Google, phone calls and emails to folks across Texas. Please feel free to email me anything you want posted on the site, if it needs to be corrected or you just want to help add to the resources available to Texas multisport athletes.