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Challenge Rancho Cordova draws strong field

Challenge Rancho Cordova draws strong field

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

In keeping with Challenge Family's tradition of presenting spectacular events in iconic destinations, on 5 October the inaugural Challenge Rancho Cordova will take place just on the outskirts of California's state capital of Sacramento. more

Diana Riesler impressive Ironman Malaysia Champion

Diana Riesler impressive Ironman Malaysia Champion

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Diana Riesler’s already impressive 2014 season continued with her first Ironman Championship Title at Ironman Malaysia. Coming out of the swim in 3rd position with a 59mins swim time, Diana then dominated race once she took the lead on the bike at the 25km mark and from that moment onwards there was no competitor able to respond to Diana’s 4hrs 58mins bike ride (6th overall bike time male and female) and a marathon fastest time of 3hrs 23mins under extremely hot and humid conditions for which Ir more

Timo & Niclas, tough race in Majorca

Timo & Niclas, tough race in Majorca

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

At the first edition of the Ironman Mallorca, Timo Bracht finished in tenth place, whereas his team mate Niclas Bock had to give up the race after the 180 k on the bike. Although both athletes failed to live up to their expectations, they were deeply impressed by the beautiful and yet demanding courses and by the great atmosphere among the spectators. more

Spaceman to Ironman Astronauts to Compete at IRONMAN World Champs

Spaceman to Ironman Astronauts to Compete at IRONMAN World Champs

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Having already conquered “the final frontier” many times over, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano have accepted a new mission and will reach for the stars at the 2014 IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon presented by GoPro on October 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. more

Challenge Family arrives in Poland

Challenge Family arrives in Poland

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of Challenge Poznan, a half distance triathlon in Greater Poland’s historic capital, taking place on 26 July 2015. Poznan is a modern city of business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings the Polish statehood. They include the historic old market square with the city hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica – the first cathedral in Poland. more

Dirk Bockel, How to increase your Kona Performance

Dirk Bockel, How to increase your Kona Performance

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

There are less than two weeks till the big dance in Kona, and this is a specific and crucial time. Every athlete is now in taper mode or about to start the real tapering before the race. Fatigue is still pretty strong and the body is crying for more rest and sleep. Most athletes are in Kona or starting to travel to the island now. Training in race like conditions is an absolute by this point. more

Naeth and Hanson Charge in Chattanooga

Naeth and Hanson Charge in Chattanooga

Monday 29 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Taking their first IRONMAN Championship titles, Angela Naeth and Matt Hanson dominated at the inaugural Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon. Thanks to a speedy downstream swim, all of the 2,327 competitors who started the inaugural Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon finished the first leg of the race, setting up what turned out to be a fantastic day of racing that included first-time wins for the overall men's and women's champions. more

Elbaman Italy celebrates new Champions

Elbaman Italy celebrates new Champions

Monday 29 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

A beautiful sunny day accompanied Sunday, September 28, the tenth edition of Elbaman, the unique and inimitable iron distance triathlon which takes place in Italy, Isola d'Elba. The two days of Marina di Campo (Isola d'Elba), who welcomed the 700 triathletes and all the companions, began the day before, with the ElbaKids for children aged 6 to 13 years. A perfect prologue for the intense Sunday with two races: Elbaman "iron distance" (3.8K swim, 180K bike and 42.2K run), and Elbaman73, "half dis more

McMahon and Barnett Tee Off in Augusta

McMahon and Barnett Tee Off in Augusta

Monday 29 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Brent McMahon and Lauren Barnett master the course and their competition at the 2014 intermedix IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta. Crazy Canuck just too fast Brent McMahon (CAN) was the class of the field, exiting the water of the Savanah River and scrambling his way up the boat ramp at the Augusta Rowing Complex in 18:55. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR), Justin Metzler (USA), Jacob Rhyner (USA) and Justin Park (USA) emerged from mild current 1:04 to 1:46 after of the leader. more

Don and Mullan Take Inaugural IRONMAN Mallorca

Don and Mullan Take Inaugural IRONMAN Mallorca

Sunday 28 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Britain’s Tim Don and Eimear Mullan ran to impressive victories at the inaugural IRONMAN Mallorca. Thanks to a tough course, a lot of spectators and a strong pro field, the inaugural IRONMAN Mallorca marked a great new event on the European IRONMAN tour. “This course is absolutely unique,” said the 36-year-old Tim Don (UK) after the race. “Although I live in the U.S., I decided to come over to Europe to race here in Alcudia.” more

The Kona Contenders 2014 – The Men’s Threats

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Admin
A626E07F6C38443AAF1379E13EEDAF80   Tim Bradley In part one of the 2014 Kona Contender Series, the focus was on the dark-horses who could shake up this year’s Ironman World Championship. In this article, the spotlight moves to those who are genuine threats to upset the favourites. Photo: Finisherpix.com Ivan Raña (ESP) The Path to Kona Ivan Raña’s qualification campaign to return to Kona in 2014 began with last year’s respective World Championship events. Coming into the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in September after completing an Ironman events in July, Raña gritted his teeth to a 14th-place finish. Despite missing out on a prize money placing,  he at least walked away from the experience with some valuable Kona Pro Ranking (KPR) points. At the 2013 Ironman World Championship Raña could only muster the 16th-fastest bike split, but from the ashes rose the phoenix and he went on to crush a 2:47:54 marathon. The spirited effort rescued sixth-place finish and secured the Spaniard some prize...

Terenzo Bozzone Returns To Kona

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Triathlete.com
After a four-year hiatus from the Ironman World Championship, New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone says that he’s hopeful this will be a big transition year. Hear from the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion with this pre-Kona video feature. Video and production by Aether Films. RELATED: 4 Pieces Of Advice From The Pro Ranks More 2014 Ironman World Championship coverage. The post Terenzo Bozzone Returns To Kona appeared first on Triathlete.com.

Challenged Athletes Foundation's IRONMAN Connection

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Jake Frank and Roderick Sewell. Photo: Challenged Athletes Foundation/ Tim Mantoani For 20 years the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has been making a difference for athletes with disabilities. IRONMAN is proud to be part of their journey.

Astronauts to Reach for New Stars in Kona

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Photo courtesy of NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano will compete at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro.

Challenge Family Announces New Race In Poland

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Triathlete.com
Photo: Malta Trybuny Poznań RB1/Wikimedia CommonsChallenge Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of Challenge Poznań, a half distance triathlon in Greater Poland’s historic capital, taking place on July 26, 2015. See the announcement from Challenge Family below: Poznań is a modern city of business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings the Polish statehood. They include the historic old market square with the city hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica – the first cathedral in Poland.The hub of the event is located at the picturesque Maltańskie Lake, home to World and Europe Championships in canoeing, rowing and dragon boat races. While Challenge Poznań is the first edition of the event in the Challenge Family, it is third edition of the triathlon in Poznań, one of the largest triathlon events in Europe, attracting over 2,600 triathletes from all over the world. The course is flat and fast with memorable...

Two Astronauts To Race Ironman World Championship

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Triathlete.com
Photo provided by NASA. Having already conquered “the final frontier” many times over, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano have accepted a new mission and will reach for the stars at the 2014 Ironman World Championship triathlon presented by GoPro on Oct. 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Read the announcement from Ironman below: Cassidy and Parmitano will be among 2,000-plus top athletes from around the world competing in the iconic event’s 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile run. Despite their millions of miles in space, the World Championship will be both Cassidy and Parmitano’s first attempt at the 140.6 mile Ironman triathlon. “There are certainly parallels between preparing for a space mission and training for the Ironman World Championship,” said Cassidy, who served in the U.S. Navy SEALs for 10 years. “Both require a great deal of mental and physical tenacity. That said, I am sure there will be moments during...

Apolo Ohno Set To Take On The Ironman World Championship

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Julia Polloreno
Photo: John David BeckerThe Winter Olympics speed skating superstar has swapped his blades for a tri bike. Fitter than ever and fired up to tackle Kona, Ohno is realizing new athletic goals via the swim, bike and run.  Apolo Ohno is best known as an eight-time Olympic medalist in speed skating and a “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy winner, but his competitive drive is narrowly focused on a new piece of hardware: the Ironman finisher’s medal. And not just any Ironman medal—Ohno has swapped the frozen track for the lava fields of Kailua-Kona. “Nothing will ever replace what I did in short track—the 40 seconds of pure mayhem that I used to train for—but I love triathlon because I’m so out of my comfort zone,” says Ohno, 32, the most decorated American winter athlete of all time. “I couldn’t have asked for a more different sport to provide a challenge and require me to adapt and do things I never thought my body was designed to do, especially from an endurance...

One-Hour Workout: Jacob’s Ladder Swim Workout

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.comEvery Tuesday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 minutes (or less!). This week’s swim workout comes from Atlanta-based coach Andrew Shanks, who is pursuing his Masters in Exercise Science at George State and works for Dynamo Multisport. Dynamomultisport.com Shanks gave two options for swimmers of different speeds. Jacob’s Ladder: 2600 swim workout Warmup 200 swim 200 streamline kick w/ fins 200 pull 2×50 drill of choice Main Set Do three rounds of the following, with 10 secs rest between each interval, 40 secs between each round. All freestyle (minus the noted 100 kick at the end of each round) with a hard but clean effort. 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 100 / 75 / 50 / 25 / 100 kick Cooldown 100 easy RELATED – One-Hour Workout: All 50s Swim Workout Jacob’s Ladder extended: 3100 swim Warmup 200 swim 12×75 w/ fins as 50 drill/25 swim #1-4: Fly kick with freestyle stroke #5-8: Straight Arm Recovery #9-12: Single...

From Spacemen…To Ironman: Chris Cassidy & Luca Parmitano to Compete at 2014 IRONMAN World Championship

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Becca Jackson
Having already conquered “the final frontier” many times over, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano have accepted a new mission and will reach for the stars at the 2014 IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon presented by GoPro on October 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Cassidy and Parmitano will be among 2,000-plus top athletes from around the world competing in the iconic event’s 2.4-mile open water swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and 26.2-mile run. Despite their millions of miles in space, the World Championship will be both Cassidy and Parmitano’s first attempt at the 140.6 mile IRONMAN triathlon. “There are certainly parallels between preparing for a space mission and training for the IRONMAN World Championship,” said Cassidy, who served in the U.S. Navy SEALs for 10 years. “Both require a great deal of mental and physical tenacity. That said, I am sure there will be moments during the 140.6 mile race that my muscles will be begging for a...

3 positions to build your running stance

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 David@blitzmag.com.au (Andrew Read)
Running-long-distance-delly   Good running technique can be likened to an art form. To acquire it, the basics need to be learned and understood, says strength and conditioning coach Andrew Read.

A day in its entirety…

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 Lsanderstri
Bike Workout I put a plug out in my last post for some ideas on what to write about. The topic that seemed to come up most is nutrition. I thought about just writing a few days worth of what I eat, but I thought that might be a little boring, and a bit far removed from everyday reality i.e. when each item is consumed. So instead I figured I would do a post something to the tune of “a day in the life…” (Thanks Stephen C. for the idea!). In this post I have included just about everything I did today, but in the interest of taste, I omitted washroom breaks. So here it goes: Alarm went off at 7:15 a.m. Hit snooze. Got out of bed at 8 a.m. Ate a big bowl of frosted flakes and a coffee with three sugar and two cream (460 cal.) At 9:15 a.m. I started my run workout. Run workout: 5mi w/u to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.17miR@7.0mph) to 5.0mi@10.5mph with 1miR@8.0mph to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.17miR@7.0mph) to 2x(2.5mi@10.5mph with 0.5miR@7.0mph) to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.27miR@7.0mph) to 4x(1.25mi@10.5mph...

Hands on Coaching

Monday 22 Sep 2014 Noreply@blogger.com (MarkyV)
(Riding in Bend, OR)While the general medium that many coaches work in, including the best coaches in the world, is that of the internet and emails, text messages and Race Day/Training Peaks files, the most immersive medium is seeing an athlete with your own eyes and getting some one on one time with them.  With that in mind I headed up to the Pacific Northwest two weeks ago to meet with my Seattle crew.  I've got a collection of athletes (current, former, and future) in the area and such a trip allows me to get to know them better, evaluate various elements of their training approach, and nitpick on the technical aspects of swim and run form as well as bike fit and aerodynamics.  This isn't the first time I've had such trips but the first time I've decided to talk about it.  While it would seem that doing some of these things via FaceTime or Skype would be possible it's not the same as being there and being able to manipulate body positions or evaluate form from a...

An open letter to Ironman CEO.

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Pete Jacobs
To Andrew Messick CEO World Triathlon Corporation I wish I wasn’t wasting my time writing this. But I’ve already wasted far too much energy dwelling on this since it was said and I don’t want it to be an issue between us any longer as it is Kona race week next week and we will surely cross paths. Well I know we will cross paths since I am invited to the pre race press conference as your 2012 Ironman World Champion. It’s been 7 weeks since you alluded that I was unprofessional in that infamous slowtwitch.com article referenced below. http://www.slowtwitch.com/Interview/Messick_explains_the_changes_4511.html I waited, and a tiny part of me thought perhaps you would make contact to clear the air, and perhaps even apologize for suggesting my painful 11:42 Ironman validation unprofessional, and for comparing me, and indirectly all professional triathletes, to a professional cyclist. For you to suggest the two sports are even remotely similar and requiring similar effort to compete in was...

A quick bike change

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Tim
Alstonville_NSW Nothing like noticing something just before a big race. Well, thankfully I noticed a very small crack in my frame before getting my Giant Trinity on the plane bound for Kona. Ohh the perils of travelling with bikes. Thankfully Giant were able to source a new frame for me and now I’m ready to power along the Queen K. While my frame was getting replaced by the folks at CYC in Brisbane, I headed out for a quick spin on my super-fast Giant Propel.

Ironman Training

Monday 29 Sep 2014 Lsanderstri
Bike Portion of Brick These first few weeks of Ironman training have certainly been a learning experience. I thought the transition from 70.3 to 140.6 would be smooth and seamless, but it has not been. What I have struggled with most is how to organize the training properly, and what sort of progression to utilize. It is so long and submaximal that it is difficult to ascertain what types of workouts are most important. The first few weeks have been nothing but trial and error. One thing I have definitely learned is that the body needs time to adapt. At the beginning of this block I thought I would be able to just instantly increase the mileage in a lot of my workouts, particularly my bike workouts. Unfortunately, this has proven to be an unrealistic endeavour. I now think a realistic and sustainable number to be able to increase workouts by is 30 minutes each week. Going into 70.3 Worlds my bike workouts tended to last about 2 hours 30 minutes. I had intended on increasing them instantly to 4 hours, but the...

My Time in Kona – Sept 26

Monday 29 Sep 2014 Luke McKenzie
photo 1 Started the day with a relaxed open water swim in Kailua Bay Then went on a little adventure up to the Mauna Loa road and had an amazing long run with Clint Kimmins. This road went forever through the lava field up in the clouds.  

How to increase your Kona Performance: Two Weeks Out

Sunday 28 Sep 2014 Dirk
000_D4S2626 There are less than two weeks till the big dance in Kona, and this is a specific and crucial time. Every athlete is now in taper mode or about to start the real tapering before the race. Fatigue is still pretty strong and the body is crying for more rest and sleep. Most athletes are in Kona or starting to travel to the island now. Training in race like conditions is an absolute by this point. Many athletes are getting a bit tense and starting to seek privacy. I believe this is pretty normal given the stress that the body is going through at the moment. Not to mention, for the pros, several media requests will be rolling in and race week will already be jammed packed with appointments. The best thing to do at the moment is to focus on getting the last few big sessions under your belt and not making too many appointments to meet up with friends and fellow athletes. It is nice to see each other on the island and there are many stories to be told about the past few weeks and races, but...

My Time in Kona – Sept 27

Sunday 28 Sep 2014 Luke McKenzie
photo (11) Two weeks to race day. Last simulation session with Clint Kimmins and Troy Drinan went well. Humid run off the bike!

My Time in Kona – Sept 24

Sunday 28 Sep 2014 Luke McKenzie
First real windy day on the Queen K today. Good ride with Crowie and Tyler Butterfield  

My Time in Kona – Sept 21

Sunday 28 Sep 2014 Luke McKenzie
kona-sept21 It’s not all training. Fun to take my daughter Wynne for her first swim here in Hawaii! Beth is off to Ironman Malaysia tomorrow so it was good to get one last quality long run together before her race.

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Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Challenge Rancho Cordova draws strong field

Challenge Rancho Cordova draws strong field

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

In keeping with Challenge Family's tradition of presenting spectacular events in iconic destinations, on 5 October the inaugural Challenge Rancho Cordova will take place just on the outskirts of California's state capital of Sacramento. more

Diana Riesler impressive Ironman Malaysia Champion

Diana Riesler impressive Ironman Malaysia Champion

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Diana Riesler’s already impressive 2014 season continued with her first Ironman Championship Title at Ironman Malaysia. Coming out of the swim in 3rd position with a 59mins swim time, Diana then dominated race once she took the lead on the bike at the 25km mark and from that moment onwards there was no competitor able to respond to Diana’s 4hrs 58mins bike ride (6th overall bike time male and female) and a marathon fastest time of 3hrs 23mins under extremely hot and humid conditions for which Ir more

Timo & Niclas, tough race in Majorca

Timo & Niclas, tough race in Majorca

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

At the first edition of the Ironman Mallorca, Timo Bracht finished in tenth place, whereas his team mate Niclas Bock had to give up the race after the 180 k on the bike. Although both athletes failed to live up to their expectations, they were deeply impressed by the beautiful and yet demanding courses and by the great atmosphere among the spectators. more

Spaceman to Ironman Astronauts to Compete at IRONMAN World Champs

Spaceman to Ironman Astronauts to Compete at IRONMAN World Champs

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Having already conquered “the final frontier” many times over, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano have accepted a new mission and will reach for the stars at the 2014 IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon presented by GoPro on October 11 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. more

Challenge Family arrives in Poland

Challenge Family arrives in Poland

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of Challenge Poznan, a half distance triathlon in Greater Poland’s historic capital, taking place on 26 July 2015. Poznan is a modern city of business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings the Polish statehood. They include the historic old market square with the city hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica – the first cathedral in Poland. more

The Kona Contenders 2014 – The Men’s Threats

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Admin
A626E07F6C38443AAF1379E13EEDAF80   Tim Bradley In part one of the 2014 Kona Contender Series, the focus was on the dark-horses who could shake up this year’s Ironman World Championship. In this article, the spotlight moves to those who are genuine threats to upset the favourites. Photo: Finisherpix.com Ivan Raña (ESP) The Path to Kona Ivan Raña’s qualification campaign to return to Kona in 2014 began with last year’s respective World Championship events. Coming into the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in September after completing an Ironman events in July, Raña gritted his teeth to a 14th-place finish. Despite missing out on a prize money placing,  he at least walked away from the experience with some valuable Kona Pro Ranking (KPR) points. At the 2013 Ironman World Championship Raña could only muster the 16th-fastest bike split, but from the ashes rose the phoenix and he went on to crush a 2:47:54 marathon. The spirited effort rescued sixth-place finish and secured the Spaniard some prize...

Terenzo Bozzone Returns To Kona

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Triathlete.com
After a four-year hiatus from the Ironman World Championship, New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone says that he’s hopeful this will be a big transition year. Hear from the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion with this pre-Kona video feature. Video and production by Aether Films. RELATED: 4 Pieces Of Advice From The Pro Ranks More 2014 Ironman World Championship coverage. The post Terenzo Bozzone Returns To Kona appeared first on Triathlete.com.

Challenged Athletes Foundation's IRONMAN Connection

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Rudy Garcia-Tolson, Jake Frank and Roderick Sewell. Photo: Challenged Athletes Foundation/ Tim Mantoani For 20 years the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has been making a difference for athletes with disabilities. IRONMAN is proud to be part of their journey.

Astronauts to Reach for New Stars in Kona

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014
Photo courtesy of NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano will compete at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro.

Challenge Family Announces New Race In Poland

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Triathlete.com
Photo: Malta Trybuny Poznań RB1/Wikimedia CommonsChallenge Family today arrived in Eastern Europe with the announcement of Challenge Poznań, a half distance triathlon in Greater Poland’s historic capital, taking place on July 26, 2015. See the announcement from Challenge Family below: Poznań is a modern city of business, also abundant in green areas and the relics of the beginnings the Polish statehood. They include the historic old market square with the city hall, the emperor’s castle and the ninth century Arch-cathedral Basilica – the first cathedral in Poland.The hub of the event is located at the picturesque Maltańskie Lake, home to World and Europe Championships in canoeing, rowing and dragon boat races. While Challenge Poznań is the first edition of the event in the Challenge Family, it is third edition of the triathlon in Poznań, one of the largest triathlon events in Europe, attracting over 2,600 triathletes from all over the world. The course is flat and fast with memorable...

A day in its entirety…

Wednesday 01 Oct 2014 Lsanderstri
Bike Workout I put a plug out in my last post for some ideas on what to write about. The topic that seemed to come up most is nutrition. I thought about just writing a few days worth of what I eat, but I thought that might be a little boring, and a bit far removed from everyday reality i.e. when each item is consumed. So instead I figured I would do a post something to the tune of “a day in the life…” (Thanks Stephen C. for the idea!). In this post I have included just about everything I did today, but in the interest of taste, I omitted washroom breaks. So here it goes: Alarm went off at 7:15 a.m. Hit snooze. Got out of bed at 8 a.m. Ate a big bowl of frosted flakes and a coffee with three sugar and two cream (460 cal.) At 9:15 a.m. I started my run workout. Run workout: 5mi w/u to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.17miR@7.0mph) to 5.0mi@10.5mph with 1miR@8.0mph to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.17miR@7.0mph) to 2x(2.5mi@10.5mph with 0.5miR@7.0mph) to 2x(0.63mi@11.5mph with 0.27miR@7.0mph) to 4x(1.25mi@10.5mph...

Hands on Coaching

Monday 22 Sep 2014 Noreply@blogger.com (MarkyV)
(Riding in Bend, OR)While the general medium that many coaches work in, including the best coaches in the world, is that of the internet and emails, text messages and Race Day/Training Peaks files, the most immersive medium is seeing an athlete with your own eyes and getting some one on one time with them.  With that in mind I headed up to the Pacific Northwest two weeks ago to meet with my Seattle crew.  I've got a collection of athletes (current, former, and future) in the area and such a trip allows me to get to know them better, evaluate various elements of their training approach, and nitpick on the technical aspects of swim and run form as well as bike fit and aerodynamics.  This isn't the first time I've had such trips but the first time I've decided to talk about it.  While it would seem that doing some of these things via FaceTime or Skype would be possible it's not the same as being there and being able to manipulate body positions or evaluate form from a...

An open letter to Ironman CEO.

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Pete Jacobs
To Andrew Messick CEO World Triathlon Corporation I wish I wasn’t wasting my time writing this. But I’ve already wasted far too much energy dwelling on this since it was said and I don’t want it to be an issue between us any longer as it is Kona race week next week and we will surely cross paths. Well I know we will cross paths since I am invited to the pre race press conference as your 2012 Ironman World Champion. It’s been 7 weeks since you alluded that I was unprofessional in that infamous slowtwitch.com article referenced below. http://www.slowtwitch.com/Interview/Messick_explains_the_changes_4511.html I waited, and a tiny part of me thought perhaps you would make contact to clear the air, and perhaps even apologize for suggesting my painful 11:42 Ironman validation unprofessional, and for comparing me, and indirectly all professional triathletes, to a professional cyclist. For you to suggest the two sports are even remotely similar and requiring similar effort to compete in was...

A quick bike change

Tuesday 30 Sep 2014 Tim
Alstonville_NSW Nothing like noticing something just before a big race. Well, thankfully I noticed a very small crack in my frame before getting my Giant Trinity on the plane bound for Kona. Ohh the perils of travelling with bikes. Thankfully Giant were able to source a new frame for me and now I’m ready to power along the Queen K. While my frame was getting replaced by the folks at CYC in Brisbane, I headed out for a quick spin on my super-fast Giant Propel.

Ironman Training

Monday 29 Sep 2014 Lsanderstri
Bike Portion of Brick These first few weeks of Ironman training have certainly been a learning experience. I thought the transition from 70.3 to 140.6 would be smooth and seamless, but it has not been. What I have struggled with most is how to organize the training properly, and what sort of progression to utilize. It is so long and submaximal that it is difficult to ascertain what types of workouts are most important. The first few weeks have been nothing but trial and error. One thing I have definitely learned is that the body needs time to adapt. At the beginning of this block I thought I would be able to just instantly increase the mileage in a lot of my workouts, particularly my bike workouts. Unfortunately, this has proven to be an unrealistic endeavour. I now think a realistic and sustainable number to be able to increase workouts by is 30 minutes each week. Going into 70.3 Worlds my bike workouts tended to last about 2 hours 30 minutes. I had intended on increasing them instantly to 4 hours, but the...

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