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"Easier Than Chemo" Half Full Olympic Triathlon race report

Tuesday 08 Oct 2013 Jocelyn Wong (noreply@blogger.com)
My bib # was pi, or technically 100pi, which amused me to no end since I'm a total nerd and math geek. Last Sunday was the Half Full Triathlon, which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. I did their Olympic distance edition, which was 0.9 miles of swimming, 25 miles of biking, and 6.7 miles of running. Like a standard Olympic tri but with a slightly longer run. I had

CELEBRATE!

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 Ben Hoffman
Party! It’s time to party, people! In celebration of my 2nd place finish in Kona, we will be having a viewing party for the NBC coverage on November 15th at The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery with support from Tender Belly. We will kick things off around 10 a.m., and coverage begins at 11:30. There will be food and drinks, and part of the proceeds will go to supporting our men’s health efforts at www.menoftriathlon.com  See the flyer for more details, and mark your calendars! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ironman-world-championship-viewing-party-meet-eat-watch-and-celebrate-tickets-14003505863  

Coaching Update!

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 Haley
coaching At the end of last year I jumped into the world of triathlon coaching.  My very official marketing campaign! Nearly twelve months later, I’m happy to report the experience has been AMAZING! I lucked out with some truly wonderful athletes. Lauren started the year on crutches, but finished with a SUPER solid race (including the run!) at Ironman Louisville. Stephanie posted a HUGE best time at Ironman Chattanooga and Tiencia came in second OVERALL female at Great Floridian, her first ever Iron distance race in just her first year in the sport! I even got to guide Barbara “Wild One” Chandler through her final prep for her Age Group WIN at Ironman 70.3 Augusta! I am so proud of these superstar women and had the BEST time watching their hard work pay off throughout the season. I am super psyched to continue coaching in 2015. I am taking on a few new athletes, so if you’re interested, drop me a line at haleychura@gmail.com and we can chat! I can promise a very...

48 Hours of Lessons from Taiwan

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
I have been in Taiwan for about 48 hours now, and already, I have learned so much.  I will, of course, have a much longer blog when my experience is over, including a culinary tour of the place, which, to put it mildly…will be exciting.  But in my first 48 hours, I have been fascinated again and again and again. In no particular order; Coastal and “countryside” Taiwan are stunningly beautiful.  City life?  Pretty much like some of the less scenic parts of NYC. Starbuck was a welcome site in Hong Kong after 24 hours of travel. There are more 7-11 stores in Taiwan than there are Dunkin Donuts in Massachusetts. While most 7-11 stores in the US smell like hotdogs, 7-11 stores in Taiwan do not.  I can’t say quite what the smell was…but it was like fish.  They also serve boiled duck eggs like the US stores sell Slurpees. There are hundreds of temples, many of them gorgeous.  Anthony says that they are encouraged to leave money in the temples as an offering...

MVA Racing: the last four years

Tuesday 17 Sep 2013 Noreply@blogger.com (MarkyV)
Over these first four years of devoting myself solely to coaching (still working on getting back to my own racing tho) I've been very fortunate to have had the chance to work with a multitude of talented, driven athletes.  This has resulted in 24 athletes having qualified for the big hula dance in that time and three podium appearances and umeke bowls.  While that seems to be the standard that so many set as the goal to be obtained the fulfillment that I've gotten from it all is far more.  It's the daily interactions with my athletes both locally and around the globe.  The curiosity they have towards self improvement, the elation they experience when success is found and seeing the fruits of their labour laid out before them after a great race.  Having the chance to make a change in people's lives to improve them, to help them achieve their athletic ambitions but also to help them view the world through a different lens.  There's a reason I say my work is...

And that’s a wrap…

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
Two posts in one week - are you holding onto your hats?

Kona 2014

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014 Admin
Sometimes you cross the finish line and you almost immediately have perspective on your race. My Kona 2014 race has taken a little longer to find that.  I went in with the smoothest preparation I have had probably for any race.   I felt fit, strong and in a good place to really challenge for the win.  Missing that goal is of course disappointing but I’ve always had the attitude though that you can’t be disappointed if you put your best foot forward. So why disappointment? Finding perspective was difficult because I kept wondering “Could I have done more; physically or mentally to make myself perform better on that day?”.   I felt like I was in my best running shape going into the race.  My bike data doesn’t suggest that I rode outside myself.  I didn’t run out of energy.  Yet I didn’t run as fast as I know I can.  Of course performing to your full potential on the day that matters is a real puzzle.  There are so many factors to consider…to get it right is not a...

IM Hawaii Race Report 2014

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014 Noreply@blogger.com (Sara Gross)
  Doing my final pre-race ride. The narrow front and deeper rear wheel turned out to be the perfect combo in the wind! Photo by Tessa CapistranoI’ve always loved the Hawaii Ironman. After 10+ years in the sport, I still “buy into” all the hype on many levels.  And the race never disappoints. There is the usual carnage in the pro race. This year we had maybe 25 or 30 girls who could have finished in the Top 10. There was no room for error. Champions were brought down and others emerged.  It was epic. It always is. This is one of my fave pics of the day, Catriona and I in T1. Photo by witsup.comMy expectations going into the race were not huge. I have been around the block a few times and I know enough to know that a season that includes back-to-back Ironmans in May and a big win in August isn’t exactly a perfect set up for Kona. My expectation was simply to go out and do my thing one more time in 2014 fueled by a belief that anything can happen. On race...

Ironman Frankfurt

Sunday 06 Jul 2014 Gina Crawford (noreply@blogger.com)
Today I raced Ironman Frankfurt and came third in 8 hr 58 on a very hot day. The week had been a struggle for me to be honest. Last Sunday I had an amazing day training, then on Monday went for a recovery ride and my right leg was incredibly sore and weak. I had a massage on Tuesday and apparently I was in a bad state, very tight with transferring all around. I didn't do much training during the weak, just tried desperately to release this tension which kept changing, first my attachments at top of leg, quad, shin, butt and then the day before the race it still wasn't right I found the last point of tension was the middle of butt but I couldn't get it right for the race. It was sore in the swim, on the bike and on the run and I can barely walk now but I put together a good performance considering.In my last blog I talked about this race and the need for a separate pro start away from the age group. I contacted various people to put my point of view across that a P4000 race needs to be...

Gearing up for Europe!

Tuesday 08 Apr 2014 Gina Crawford (noreply@blogger.com)
I've got just over 2 weeks left here in New Zealand before we head away to Europe. I am super excited about racing in Europe. It could be with Benji starting Kindergarten next year that it will be our last really long trip away as a family. We were thinking of doing the US but in the end I just could not say no to Europe. I love the whole race vibe over there. It's exciting, racing is aggressive, the crowd support is just fantastic on each course and I love being able to move from country to country, from culture to culture. Heading over in early May means I can race 4 half distance races. The European women are such strong competitors and always when I first get to Europe I am a bit off the pace, but with each race I learn and get stronger and more aggressive and this is what I want in order to have one really good strong Ironman race. I will start at Challenge Rimini in Italy which will be our first time in Italy (outside of travelling through Italy on the autobahn to get to France),...

Team BSR 2015 Applications Are Open! Join The Fun

Monday 27 Oct 2014 Bigsexy
Welcome to the 2015 application for Team Big Sexy Racing! Are you ready to be a part of the Big Sexy racing movement? We are looking for athletes from all over the United States who have had success in their area and have an influence in their local triathlon community. Team BSR members will serve...

Cairns 70.3 Race Report

Wednesday 06 Jun 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Sam Appleton)
I decided to race Cairns 70.3 about 9 weeks out from the race. I thought that this would have been enough time to prepare myself and condition my body to cope with the demands of racing a 70.3 at a high level and post a solid result. My training leading into the race was solid, and I could see myself getting fitter as I trained through the two months. I was happy with how I was progressing, especially in my run. I increased my volume and was able to train harder and post some really quality run sets that gave me confidence leading into the race.There was some good names lining up for the 70.3 which included Pete Jacobs, Josh Rix, Luke Mckenzie and Tim Berkel to name a few. I wasn’t intimidated by these big names, but more excited to test myself against some of the best 70.3 athletes in Australia. I got off to a good start in the swim and was leading the first 500m. I have been trying to do as little swimming as I can but making sure i maintain some level of fitness and speed (usually...

Reflections from an athlete a year in

Monday 27 Oct 2014 Noreply@blogger.com (MarkyV)
Some good stuff from the other side of the pond here-----------------------------------------------------------------------I thought it was time to send you some general feedback about mytraining in case it helps.Swimming:Right now I'm really pleased with my swimming. During the longer sets,I'm really feeling a good level of fitness such that I can knock outlong continuous sets without incurring fatigue. I'm still constantlyworking on my stroke, but I don't beat myself up too much with it asit's hard to make changes without a 'second eye' on deck. I alsorealise that a HUGE improvement in my technique will only yield me afew minuets in an IM swim, so while I am constantly looking fortechnique improvement, my general swimming fitness is what is verypleasing right now.Cycling:The best thing I've noticed with my cycling is that every time I'veasked my legs to do some intervals, or a test, they've never failed todeliver really good power.  I always head out for a ride withintervals and...

First 70.3 win at Wimbleball

Wednesday 18 Jun 2014 Will
Freddy and me It felt great to finally get that win this weekend in Wimbleball. When you race big races every time it can be a long time between winning races unless you’re the best! We had beautiful weather in Exmoor finally, even hot at times and the whole course glistens when it’s like this. It has to be one of the most beautiful 70.3’s out there…maybe one of the worst when it’s raining though! My bike was really well prepared by our BMC mechanic David, thanks for that! I went for Shimano C75’s on front and back due to the steep nature of the hills and I think it was a good decision. The swim is where I knew I had to try to do some damage. I prepared to swim fast in the weeks before because if I could help it I didn’t want the boys at the front getting away from me and I wanted to try to leave Ritchie Nichols in my wake because I know what he can do on his best days. I felt great in the swim and managed to exit with my training mate Mark Threlfall and...

Making Enemy Contact with a Little Bedazzle

Monday 17 Feb 2014 Jessica Meyers (noreply@blogger.com)
Lately I've had a lot of time to think. Yes, it's true I actually think. I generally like my eyes focused on the present, and the best way to set myself up for a successful future. And like any human, I can lose sight or falter or just kick myself in the butt and wonder, "What the heck was I thinking?" But such is life, learning and growing, and all that jazz. I sometimes do have to remind myself to take a look back, not only to see how far I've come, but also some of the incredible experiences I've been through. And some of those experiences are not ones that I would repeat, but definitely made me a better and stronger person for doing them. My mind of late drifts back to 10 years ago. I often feel like my life is ruled by 2 six year olds, who are naturally demanding just based on their age. I laugh to myself thinking about what I used to be in charge of; the responsibility that I was given. My kids will never know that girl, and I can't help but smile and think, "They have...

New Orleans 70.3, errrr, 62.18725

Tuesday 19 Apr 2011 Jessica Meyers (noreply@blogger.com)
New Orleans, New Orleans! I did this race 2 years ago and absolutely loved it. I knew if I could fit it on my schedule for 2011 that I'd be back. There was some question after my bike crash if I could be ready for Galveston, and I felt one extra week of healing/training would do me well so I went ahead and signed up. It actually turned out well. After about 3 weeks down from Costa Rica, I got a great block of training in and came into New Orleans feeling very fresh and surprisingly fit. I love it when a plan comes together at the last moment! I absolutely love my Kestrel 4000, it fits me so much better than my previous bike, and it's just so smooth. Also, Zipp was kind enough to send me some new race tires and I couldn't believe how much better (and faster!) the bike felt. I digress...I left on Thursday afternoon and made it out before all the tornadoes hit Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Lucas and the kids had to camp out in the basement for awhile! No damage, everything was fine. I got to the...

Micha gewinnt Ironman 70.3 Miami – kurioses Finale

Monday 27 Oct 2014 Julia Böttner
Florida 2014Hervorragende Leistung bei schnellem Wettkampf in Florida – Rostocker setzt sich beim Laufen von starker Konkurrenz ab – Wichtiger Schritt auf dem Weg zurück Miami. Michael Raelert hat beim City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami ein starkes Rennen gezeigt. In 3:43:38 Stunden feierte der Rostocker einen überragenden Sieg und schaffte damit einen weiteren wichtigen Schritt auf dem Weg zurück in die Weltspitze. „Ich kann mit dieser Leistung sehr zufrieden sein“, erklärte der 34-Jährige, „besonders freut mich, dass ich mich gerade im läuferischen Bereich deutlich verbessern konnte.“ Michael Raelert setzte sich im Laufen vom Australier Richie Cunningham ab, der in 3:47:16 Stunden Zweiter wurde vor dem Ukrainer Viktor Zyemtsev (3:48:11).Bereits beim Schwimmen gehörte Michael Raelert von Beginn an zu den bestimmenden Akteuren. Auf der 1,9 Kilometer langen Strecke setzte sich letztlich der US-Amerikaner David Kahn als ehemaliger Olympiakader-Schwimmer leicht ab und kam nach 25:04 Minuten...

The Great Debate: 50 Women to Kona

Monday 27 Oct 2014 Jessica Meyers (noreply@blogger.com)
I sat on the pier waiting for the Ironman World Championships to start.  The professional men took off and then the professional women lined up waiting for their cannon.  A woman that came to Kona to watch a mutual friend race turned to me and asked, “Why are there less women than men out there?”  I told her because the men’s field has 50 participants while the women have 35.  Mind you, this woman is not involved with triathlon at all.  As a spectator this is the first and probably last she’ll watch.  She looked at me completely perplexed and asked, “Why?”  I explained the rationale behind it; there are less professional women than men, thus a smaller championship field.  She continued to stare at me perplexed and said, “That makes absolutely no sense.  What year do we live in?”So of course I had already thought about the equal slots to Kona.  But I come from a background where you don’t make a lot of fuss, you respect decisions made...

Final IMFLA Training

Monday 27 Oct 2014 Lsanderstri
Bike Workout 1 I’ve put in a lot of hard miles this season. Florida will be my final race of the season, and potentially may also be the hardest race of the season (and my life!). It is with these thoughts in mind that I decided to give myself a bit of extra recovery after my block of training in Kona. It should be noted that Kona was actually the third week straight of hard training, so my body was really starting to crave some recovery. As well, travelling home from Kona took 18 straight hours, which is the longest I’ve ever travelled for, so the next day I was feeling super fatigued and super jet-lagged. Thus, I decided to listen to the body and take a few days very easy. This meant taking some recovery from Thursday October 16th all the way to Sunday October 19th. In that time I did one swim and one run, both nice and easy. By Monday October 20th I was feeling better and getting the itch to train again, so I decided to put in one more week of training, at a moderate volume and intensity. In a...

bike love...

Sunday 22 Jun 2014
Picture When I first started in Triathlon I had a pretty standard road bike, it was heavy, it was cheap, but it did the job. My old coach Brett Sutton use to call it the tractor! When you start off with such simple equipment anything that you receive from that point onwards is a rocket ship and a prized possession. I have always managed to perform on whatever equipment I have. I was always a strong swimmer and runner, the bike for has always been a work in progress. But it’s true what they say; time on the bike is all you need. I think it took a good 13 years before I considered myself a stronger cyclist! But it did happen. When I started performing on the bike it was more about belief and attitude, rather than the type of steed I chose to ride.  When I decided I would come back and give it good crack I had one of my favourite bike brands a Cannondale, but I was tad too big and with my short torso I ended up having to use a...

New Partnership with OSMO Nutrition

Tuesday 08 Jul 2014 Bevan
Having been derailed by stomach and gastrointestinal issues for over 7 months, Bevan Docherty overcomes his sports nutritional challenges with guidance from exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist, Dr. Stacy Sims (Fairfax, CA – July 7th, 2014) – OSMO Nutrition, creators of sports hydration and recovery products specifically optimized for male and female physiology and based on peer-reviewed science and fieldwork with athletes, is pleased to welcome Pro Triathlete, two-time Olympic Medalist and World Champion, Bevan Docherty to their team. Osmo will be the official hydration and recovery drink mix sponsor for the decorated triathlete and father of two. New Zealand born Bevan Docherty recently won Ironman Texas after several months of disappointing race performances as a result of stomach distress and cramping. Up until this race, Docherty was very public about his challenges with nutrition. He explains, “Despite years of race experience and success, I have always struggled with...

Going With The Flow

Wednesday 20 Aug 2014 Bellalux
Melbourne Now walk towards a river…pick up a leaf…place your thought on the leaf….watch it float down the stream…let it go…let it drift away.   Coastal trails in Melbourne Those were the words of a psychologist who I recently had some interactions with. She was helping me with mindfulness mediation.  Mindfulness isn’t always easy. In this instance, her cue words didn’t quite resonate with me (maybe I’m too cynical) ..…in fact the little voice in my head blurted out, “the current is too strong for my thoughts to float down the river.’’  I guess my mind on that day was behaving like a river with a class III rapids classification- moderate, irregular waves that may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe.   By no means is my life anything but charmed.  I do not pretend that I suffer anything more than first world problems.  Put into the context of what is happening in Gaza, the Ukraine or even Ferguson Missouri, I am lucky, incredibly lucky.  Yet, there is no point in...

Rev 3 Portland

Thursday 26 Jul 2012 Meredith Kessler
Great event at 'Athletes Lounge' in Portland--a wonderful place with fantastic people. If you ever need anything cycling or triathlon or a friendly place--stop in AL for sure, you cannot go wrong! Thank you GARY for sharing your vino with AK too! Best 'meet+greet' he has been to yet! Hanging with Terenzo--great guy...and loving his fiance's jewelry line: www.zabbana.com If you are ever in Portland, check out RIFFLE in the PEARL DISTRICT--awesome food and especially wine, namely the BOW AND ARROW PINOT--thank you Dana Bea! Amazing Rev 3 Portland Pro Panel--pleasure to be up there with these athletes. The one and THE only--Mary Miller--social media guru for Rev 3+ much more--thanks Mar!! This is how Rev 3 rolls-our own little vanity space! Anxiously awaiting the massive climbs! Thx Orbea, Reynolds Wheels, CycleOps, ISM, Shimano + Challenge Tires for this combo to help get me up + down those bad boys. Start of the run..it's getting warm--thank you CLIF for the fueling! Sweet...

XTERRA Worlds 2014 tomorrow

Sunday 26 Oct 2014 Conrad
conrad stoltz caveman xterra worlds 2014   XTERRA Worlds is tomorrow. Follow it live here on XTERRA website. Look for the well camoflaged Caveman.     The inspiration for my race kit (leaves and tyre tracks) I got from the Delicious Monster plants here in Maui. Fantastic gear from Nimblewear. Light, comfortable, hydrophobic yet breathable, UV 40 protection, and best of all- it didnt arrive the day berofe race- like it usually does with other manufacturers / printers. We’ve had some rain this year. A lot of rain. As you can see below, the earth here is quite clay-y. It has dried out quite a bit since this pic was taken (a week ago) but we may get some showers again tonight… Fun & games! I drowned my phone in the ocean this am, so dont expect much tweeting or phone calls.  The Lifeproof case was not #CavemanProof after all… Stay tuned.

Post-Kona chat with First Off The Bike

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Tim
run12 Always great to chat with the guys at First Off The Bike. http://firstoffthebike.com/interviews/tim-berkel-riding-kona-wave/


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Midlands Ultra

Midmar Dam / KZN Midlands, South Africa

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Mornington, Australia

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Florianopolis, Brazil

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70.3 Taiwan

Kenting, Taiwan, China

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70.3 Mandurah

Mandurah, WA, Australia

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70.3 Ballarat

Ballarat, Australia

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Pucon, Chile

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Auckland, New Zealand

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70.3 South Africa

Buffalo City, South Africa

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Geelong, Australia

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Ironman Florida preview

Ironman Florida preview

Friday 31 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

One of the most storied North American races, IRONMAN Florida began in November, 1999. It takes place in Panama City Beach, which is known for pristine beaches and moderate fall temperatures. Just as the summer season winds down, it's the perfect time of year to visit northwest Florida—and the event is as much a destination vacation as it is a race. more

IRONMAN Great Takes on Defending Champs in Taiwan

IRONMAN Great Takes on Defending Champs in Taiwan

Friday 31 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

The champions are back along with one of the sport’s true champions amid the stunning surrounds of Kenting in Taiwan this weekend. IRONMAN ambassador Cameron Brown, who has raced in most triathlon countries around the globe, makes his Taiwan debut at the BMW IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan this weekend. Brown, an 11-time IRONMAN winner, will take on a strong field alongside both of the 2013 winners Fredrik Croneborg of Sweden and Michelle Wu of Australia this Sunday at the resort playground of Kenting. more

Vietnam joins IRONMAN family

Vietnam joins IRONMAN family

Friday 31 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Vietnam, one of the most popular and must-see tourist destinations, will become the 30th country announced to host an IRONMAN event. The growth in popularity of IRONMAN in the Asia-Pacific region continues with the exciting addition of the VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam triathlon. The inaugural race, on 10 May next year, will be the eighth Asia Pacific country to host an IRONMAN event, and will be organised in partnership with Sunrise Events, the Philippines’s leading sporting event company. more

Dede Griesbauer 48 hours of lessons from Taiwan

Dede Griesbauer 48 hours of lessons from Taiwan

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

I have been in Taiwan for about 48 hours now, and already, I have learned so much. I will, of course, have a much longer blog when my experience is over, including a culinary tour of the place, which, to put it mildly…will be exciting. But in my first 48 hours, I have been fascinated again and again and again. more

Linsey Corbin 2014 thats a wrap

Linsey Corbin 2014 thats a wrap

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

I wanted to share that my 2014 season is in the books. I have had several notes asking if I’d be at Ironman Arizona - a staple of mine from 2009-2012. The answer is no, which is good and bad. The bad news is no, I am not racing, and that’s kind of hard. I love to race. I love that race. And I felt a bit (okay, a lot, not a bit) lack-luster after Ironman Kona. more

Set your off-season swim goals

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Paul Moore
Photo: José Luis Hourcade | In this photograph entitled “The Jump,” a tide of triathletes snaked toward the edge of the ferry to start the 3.8K swim in the Norwegian fjord during the 2013 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. In the background is the town of Eidfjord, where the athletes transitioned to the 180K bike and 42.2K run, which combined feature a total ascent of 5,000 metres. Spain-based Argentinian photographer José Luis Hourcade used a tripod and a long exposure to shoot the image from the second deck of the ferry. “I liked the result,” Hourcade says. “I think that the yellow caps were a beautiful contrast to the dark sky of Eidfjord." | Raw Data: Camera: Canon 5D Mark II Lens: Canon 17–40mm f/4 Exposure: 2.5 sec, f/10, ISO 400Every athlete should take a mental and physical break after the race season. But, after a two- to four-week hiatus for rest and recovery, it’s time to dive back in the water with fresh objectives. Get personal stroke instruction. Look for private coaching from...

Five essential pre-ride bike checks

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Paul Moore
Photo: John David BeckerBeing aware of the condition of your bike’s moving parts will save you time and money, as neglected parts can be pricey to replace and potentially dangerous if overlooked (think large gash in the sidewall of your tire). Run through this five-point checklist before every ride. Check tyre pressure. In addition to checking how much air is in your tyres (it’s personal preference, but it’s best to not let tires get lower than 80–90 psi), you should also examine the shape and condition of the rubber and tread. If the tire looks squared off or if you see any cracks or gashes, it may be time for some new tires. Test wheels and brakes. Give your wheels a spin and make sure the rims don’t rub on the brake pads or frame. Also keep an eye on the rim to see if the wheel wobbles, which indicates that the wheel is out of true and the spoke tension needs adjusting. Make sure your brakes are working properly by grabbing them to stop the spinning wheel. Lube the chain. The single...

Triathlete of the Year 2014

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Norsemen
vo2 Banner ad It’s been another amazing year for long distance triathletes across Britain and Ireland again, with major titles being won across the Ironman and Challenge series and some awe-inspiring achievements at age group level and in domestic competition. Each month I have been awarding a Triathlete of the Month award to pro’s and age groupers who have put in some inspiring performances, but now it’s up to you to vote for the triathlete of the year. The shortlist has been selected. Last year it was Scott Neyedli and Catherine Faux who were the eventual winners after 3,500 votes were cast, both impressing with world class performances on an age-groupers schedule. Who will it be this time round? You decide! Cast your vote for the coveted Beyond Going Long Triathlete of the Year 2014 award. Before you do so, you might like to read a little bit about the athletes below. Voting closes Friday 28th November at 9am. Triathlete of the Year 2014 – sponsored by VO2 Cycling Take Our Poll Take...

60 minutes session: Bike-run race prep

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Paul Moore
Germany's Jan Frodeno on the bike. Every Friday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 minutes (or less!). This week’s swim workout comes from coach Mike Ricci, owner of D3 Multisport (D3multisport.com). “This is a great workout to add some speed to your training as you are getting ready to race an Olympic or sprint-distance race, but maybe you are short on time,” Ricci says. “You hit a few key areas during this workout: Efficiency with the one-leg drills, VO2 max with the majority of the set, and then of course pacing as you learn to hold back as you know the set is only going to get tougher. Tune up for your next race with this set and get some speed into those legs!” Warm-up 13 minutes total, as: 10 min easy After 5 min, add in 4×30 sec each leg of one-leg drill Then 4×30 sec all-out with 30 sec rest Easy spin 1 min Main Set 5x through: 30 sec on/off, 45 sec on/off, 1 min on/off = 4.5 min per set After the last rep, get off the bike and run a 3 min warm-up,...

Steven Lord blog: End of season

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Paul Moore
I’ve just started back in training after my end of season break. Boy! Did I need the break. Thirteen days after OtillO I was racing Ironman Wales. I decided that I wouldn’t do any running in that period but had to get out on the bike as I’d done very little riding in August as I prepared for OtillO. A week out from the race I was so tired I still couldn’t face training. Then the Monday of race week I felt great and actually looked forward to racing. I did some longish steady rides that week but nothing more. Come race day I knew I had to be very conservative in my pacing so I cruised the swim and then held back for the first 120k of the bike, after which, I allowed myself to push. It was such good fun to arrive at that point in the race with very little fatigue. I even managed to run well for about 20k before it got a little painful. Having finished I started to question my sanity at having entered Ironman Barcelona which was only three weeks away. I’d been tempted into doing it as it...

"Easier Than Chemo" Half Full Olympic Triathlon race report

Tuesday 08 Oct 2013 Jocelyn Wong (noreply@blogger.com)
My bib # was pi, or technically 100pi, which amused me to no end since I'm a total nerd and math geek. Last Sunday was the Half Full Triathlon, which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. I did their Olympic distance edition, which was 0.9 miles of swimming, 25 miles of biking, and 6.7 miles of running. Like a standard Olympic tri but with a slightly longer run. I had

CELEBRATE!

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 Ben Hoffman
Party! It’s time to party, people! In celebration of my 2nd place finish in Kona, we will be having a viewing party for the NBC coverage on November 15th at The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery with support from Tender Belly. We will kick things off around 10 a.m., and coverage begins at 11:30. There will be food and drinks, and part of the proceeds will go to supporting our men’s health efforts at www.menoftriathlon.com  See the flyer for more details, and mark your calendars! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ironman-world-championship-viewing-party-meet-eat-watch-and-celebrate-tickets-14003505863  

Coaching Update!

Wednesday 29 Oct 2014 Haley
coaching At the end of last year I jumped into the world of triathlon coaching.  My very official marketing campaign! Nearly twelve months later, I’m happy to report the experience has been AMAZING! I lucked out with some truly wonderful athletes. Lauren started the year on crutches, but finished with a SUPER solid race (including the run!) at Ironman Louisville. Stephanie posted a HUGE best time at Ironman Chattanooga and Tiencia came in second OVERALL female at Great Floridian, her first ever Iron distance race in just her first year in the sport! I even got to guide Barbara “Wild One” Chandler through her final prep for her Age Group WIN at Ironman 70.3 Augusta! I am so proud of these superstar women and had the BEST time watching their hard work pay off throughout the season. I am super psyched to continue coaching in 2015. I am taking on a few new athletes, so if you’re interested, drop me a line at haleychura@gmail.com and we can chat! I can promise a very...

48 Hours of Lessons from Taiwan

Tuesday 28 Oct 2014
I have been in Taiwan for about 48 hours now, and already, I have learned so much.  I will, of course, have a much longer blog when my experience is over, including a culinary tour of the place, which, to put it mildly…will be exciting.  But in my first 48 hours, I have been fascinated again and again and again. In no particular order; Coastal and “countryside” Taiwan are stunningly beautiful.  City life?  Pretty much like some of the less scenic parts of NYC. Starbuck was a welcome site in Hong Kong after 24 hours of travel. There are more 7-11 stores in Taiwan than there are Dunkin Donuts in Massachusetts. While most 7-11 stores in the US smell like hotdogs, 7-11 stores in Taiwan do not.  I can’t say quite what the smell was…but it was like fish.  They also serve boiled duck eggs like the US stores sell Slurpees. There are hundreds of temples, many of them gorgeous.  Anthony says that they are encouraged to leave money in the temples as an offering...

MVA Racing: the last four years

Tuesday 17 Sep 2013 Noreply@blogger.com (MarkyV)
Over these first four years of devoting myself solely to coaching (still working on getting back to my own racing tho) I've been very fortunate to have had the chance to work with a multitude of talented, driven athletes.  This has resulted in 24 athletes having qualified for the big hula dance in that time and three podium appearances and umeke bowls.  While that seems to be the standard that so many set as the goal to be obtained the fulfillment that I've gotten from it all is far more.  It's the daily interactions with my athletes both locally and around the globe.  The curiosity they have towards self improvement, the elation they experience when success is found and seeing the fruits of their labour laid out before them after a great race.  Having the chance to make a change in people's lives to improve them, to help them achieve their athletic ambitions but also to help them view the world through a different lens.  There's a reason I say my work is...

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