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Challenge Philippines – Tough Racing, Open Arms

Saturday 28 Feb 2015 Admin
Zoot Felt Signing I’m a bit of a control freak. I like to eliminate the potential of added stress and I prefer that things flow as smoothly as possible. This is a large reason why I often choose races that are close by or, if not close in location, simple to travel to. I guess this isn’t anything to be ashamed of, as I view racing as a “job”; hence I consider the cost/benefit analysis before choosing events. But I have to admit, it felt kind of good to opt in for Challenge Philippines less than 6 weeks before the event; to embrace the adventure of it all, and to realize that yes while this is a job, there can also be a little room for adventure; and it isn’t a bad thing to ease your grip on control every so often. This event was a first in a few ways; first Challenge race, but also our first time traveling to Southeast Asia. The opportunity came up somewhat last minute, and I decided why the hell not…being so early in the year, I figured it may be smaller event,...

Micha startet stark ins Jahr 2015

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Julia Böttner
Platz 2Zweiter Platz bei der Challenge Dubai – Harte Bedingungen und ein schneller Rennverlauf prägen Saisondebüt  – Neuseeländer Terenzo Bozzone gewinntRostock. Mit einem starken Ergebnis bei der Challenge Dubai ist das Team Raelert-Brothers in das Wettkampfjahr 2015 gestartet. Michael Raelert lief nach einem harten Rennen als Zweiter ins Ziel und knüpfte damit fast nahtlos an seine Erfolgsserie aus dem vergangenen Herbst an. In 3:42:49 Stunden belegte er Rang zwei knapp hinter dem Neuseeländer Terenzo Bozzone, der das Premierenrennen in Dubai in 3:41:45 Stunden gewann. "Natürlich hätte ich sehr gerne gewonnen, aber Terenzo war heute einfach noch ein Stückchen besser", sagte Michael Raelert nach dem Zieleinlauf, "meinen herzlichen Glückwunsch an ihn, er hat die Bedingungen am besten im Griff gehabt." Der Schweizer Manuel Küng belegte in 3:45:39 Stunden Rang drei. Bei starkem Wind wurde die Erstauflage der Challenge Dubai bereits beim Schwimmen zu einem anspruchsvollen Unterfangen....

Raelert-Brothers fahren auf Swiss Side ab

Thursday 26 Feb 2015 Julia Böttner
Neuer PartnerNeuer Partner für Team Raelert-Brothers – Rostocker setzen ab sofort auf Laufräder des Schweizer Herstellers  – Überzeugende Produkte einer starken jungen MarkeRostock. Die Raelert-Brothers starten am Freitag bei der Challenge Dubai mit einem neuen Partner in die Saison 2015. Erstmals wird Michael Raelert bei dem Mitteldistanzrennen in den Arabischen Emiraten auf die „Hadron“-Aero-Laufräder des Schweizer Unternehmens Swiss Side vertrauen. „Wir sind sehr glücklich über diese neue Partnerschaft”, sagen Andreas und Michael Raelert. Die beiden Rostocker haben vor wenigen Tagen einen Zweijahresvertrag mit Swiss Side unterzeichnet, weil sie von der Qualität der Produkte überzeugt sind. „Für Triathleten sind Eigenschaften wie Aerodynamik, Bremsverhalten, Gewicht, Laufruhe und Steifigkeit bei den Laufrädern extrem wichtig“, sagen die Raelert-Brothers, „die Laufräder von Swiss Side erfüllen diese Ansprüche in höchstem Maße.“ In neutralen Tests unabhängiger Experten haben die...

Time to call it a day...

Friday 05 Apr 2013 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Given that my last race was Auckland 70.3 at the end of January I appreciate that this is long overdue. Since then other priorities have been keeping me busy and the enthusiasm to write this hasn’t really been there… It is with a sad but content heart that I’ve decided to retire from racing triathlon; at any level for now at least, but certainly for good as a ‘Pro’ (in the loosest sense of the word – more on that later). Auckland was the final “test” to see what condition my body was in and what kind of performance level I was able to achieve with the heart, lungs and legs that have served me so well for nearly a decade in triathlon. Sadly though, the answer I got was a very clear “no” in terms of reaching anything like or beyond the levels I’ve seen in the past. I’m simply not able to compete at the world class level anymore… not even close! Having finally got to the bottom of my health issues, allergies and such I had strung together a very strong and solid 5 months of training under...

70.3 Switzerland - Fed up with feeling fragile

Friday 15 Jun 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Training leading into Switzerland 70.3 had in general, been going really well. Some great, solid sessions had been logged and both Tom (my coach) and I were looking forward to progressing in terms of result in my next 70.3 of the season.Race morning arrived grey and damp but nothing too bad for us Brits. The only surprise for me was just how many Pro's there were lining up on the start line... Nearly 100! As the start gun went a pretty hectic and rough first 500m then ensued but I felt ok as things settled down and was happy with where I appeared to be (2nd main pack I thought). I stayed there until about 300m from the end where I seemed to drop off the back for some reason; I didn't loose too much time though and by the time I was through transition and on to my VO2 Victory TT I'd caught up the guys just ahead.We all settled in after the first 5km or so and I tried to stick to my planned wattage goal that Tom and I had discussed. It was however, harder to do that it should have been,...

Majorca 70.3 Race report

Wednesday 16 May 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
There’s something very amusing about travelling to a race on a 6:30am flight, all concerned about compression, hydration and stretching whilst half the passengers are already getting boozed for a stag or hen do. Powerbar drink or double vodka… hmm?!The season proper (post the San Juan 70.3 test race) kicked off for me at the 2nd 70.3 Majorca and I was not only looking forward to the race, but just to get some warm sun on my back. My girlfriend Jen had also travelled out with me (and organised travel/accommodation for us) so short though the trip was, it was exciting to be heading to the beautiful port of Alcudia for the race.I knew the course from a previous training trip back in 2008 and was looking forward to a hard fought race in a big and strong men’s pro filed that included the current Ironman distance WR holder, Michael Raelert. Everything leading up to the race had gone well (ignoring the previous weeks food poisoning) and my coach and I were very happy with where we were at...

Thames Turbo Sprint Race 1

Monday 16 Apr 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
After San Juan 70.3 a couple of weeks ago, we’d (my coach Tom Bennet) and I had sat down to talk about what it meant for the first main goal of the season, Ironman South Africa. We decided that one good way to check up again on the body would be another short race such as the first Thames Turbo Sprint, which would be two weeks before IM SA, on the Easter Bank Holiday Monday. These races are local to me and always fantastically well organised by Thames Turbo Tri club. They offer a great way for novices to dip their toe into the water (literally speaking, in the nice and warm Hampton Lido swim) as well as attracting plenty of local high calibre athletes too. I’d raced it at the same time last year too and won, so I’d have a great marker against which to compare my race this year.It was a pretty cold and drizzly morning, but with me going in the 2nd wave of the race for the 426m swim, things had warmed up a little… at least that’s what I convinced myself of before the start. I was 7th to...

70.3 San Juan 2012 Race Report

Friday 30 Mar 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
They say in life that “when you get lemons, you shouldn’t be “sour” but instead make yourself some lemonade”. But what happens when you make sure you buy apples and oranges and then you open the bag back at home, you’ve still got lemons!?San Juan 70.3 was a bit of a last minute race choice. After a long winter of working full time and training as much as this would allow (circa 18hrs a week), both my coach (T2 Coaching) and I wanted to race to see exactly where we were at in our preparation for the first important race of the season, Ironman South Africa at the end of April. It was a long way to go for a “test” but we needed a decent standard or racing and a 70.3 distance race to really ask and answer some questions. We had worked very hard in the previous 3 months and expected to see some fruit from this labour.The week leading into the race went pretty well with the exception of having my credit card details stolen and ripped off!!! But physically, everything over in Puerto Rico was...

The G-Factor

Monday 02 Jan 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
After last weeks little “miss-hap” I thought it was about time I explain it all a little more. If you’re not a twitter follower (@JonHotchkiss) then just to explain, the miss-hap wasn’t anything to do with failing to make it to the toilet in time but rather a nutrition related problem.For about 5 years now I’ve suffered with an intolerance to gluten. It first arose shortly after I went through a very intense 6 or so months, where I basically stretched my body beyond its limits and something “gave in”. As an endurance athlete, I was rightly subscribing to the school of thought that I needed to “fuel the engine” and this meant loads of carbs. In our western diet this tends to equal, bread, pasta, cereal etc etc. When my body began to give in to the demands I was placing on it, the excess of carbs and in particular wheat based carbs, resulted in my body beginning to reject things. Some people are born with this, which is known as Coeliac’s disease; others like me develop intolerance to...

Working 9-5.... err more like 5-9!

Friday 16 Dec 2011 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
I recently decided to take the plunge during the off season and head back to a "normal" job. It often makes me laugh when people don't think what I normally do (the lycra wearing, training and self-inflicted suffering that is being a full time athlete) is "work". In truth, whilst I love it and it has many, many great benefits, its the hardest job I've ever done. Don't get me wrong, I'm fully aware that there are jobs that are FAR harder and more demanding -teachers, nurses policemen or being a full time mum to name but a few that I admire immensely- but the demands we must make on ourselves as full-time athletes, both mentally, physically and emotionally are huge and at times VERY tough. But I digress.... After (as you'll know if you read my previous blog) deciding to make some much needed changes for next season in order to get my performances back on track, I needed to put in place a number of things... and some of these, as with most things in life, required money. Hands-up MY...

How did I get here…

Monday 31 Oct 2011 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Once again, the time between posts is too long!!! This time, I think I need to be honest with myself and recognise why this is though. The season from the midway point onwards didn’t go well for a number of reasons and I’ve simply not felt like I had anything that anyone would want to read… that no body would want to bother. It's funny how the brain works sometimes isn’t it, and how easy it can be to let (if and when we choose to) external factors determine our thinking, attitude, actions and reactions. I always say, “You always have a choice, even if you don’t have control” and yet for some time now, I’ve not remembered this for myself.You see, I’ve been forced to do a lot of what I guess some would call “soul searching”… I’d rather call it honest [very] critical assessment and what I’ve realised isn’t something I’m happy with; not in the slightest am I happy with it! As I’ve looked back upon the last 6 months of racing, training and life, I’ve had to follow the trajectory well beyond...

The log in my own eye...

Wednesday 02 Mar 2011 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Started this yesterday, but only finished it this evening and decided it was still worth posting :-) ... Hope it is...I’ve felt moved today to write something in response to one of the major news stories currently filling our papers and TV screens. Whilst the Middle East tears itself up in revolution, we find ourselves oddly miss-focussed on two young sportsmen –Mr Cole and Rooney- and contemplating their recent behaviour.For simple contextualisation purposes, Ashley Cole, the Chelsea and England defender is currently having to explain how and why he ended up shooting a young work experience kid with an air riffle, at the Chelsea FC training ground. Wayne Rooney, also an England international has been somehow cleared of a clear-as-day act of violence in Saturdays game with Sunderland (?) where he is shown to deliberately elbow an opponent without any obvious justifiable (if there could ever be) motive.But I don’t want to talk so much about the actual incidents themselves, but more the...

Race Report - the "bigger picture"

Friday 17 Dec 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
I said after my win at Taiwan 70.3 that there "[was] SO much MORE to last Saturdays win than what simply went on in the 4h09min of racing..." I wanted to write about EVERYTHING that had gone into achieving that result, but decided to wait until after IM Western Australia as this helps give extra dimension and further "body" to all of it, maybe for some of you reading this, extra credibility too. You can read race reports for both those races below & on my website to hear about the race days themselves; what's here though, to me, is FAR more important and significant than the normal post-race waffle I might give about 'race strategy and the nutrition I took onboard etc'. Both these race performances have been a LONG time coming and despite MANY setbacks, something I always believed I was capable of. Yes there has been a LOT of hard work and perseverance but SO many people have been involved in getting me through some very tough times and to those results... I'll try to mention as many...

IM Western Australia 2010 Race Report

Thursday 09 Dec 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Having been away from home for so long prior to this race (since just before my win at Taiwan 70.3 back in October) there's a LOT I could write around this race... but I'll save that all for a later post. In short though I'd had a fantastic 4 week build up to this race staying with my good friends Andy and Melissa (and their boys Noah & Lucas) on the Goldcoast. The weather was great - certainly better than the snow back home and with 50m open air pools, runs along the beach and awesome riding up in the hills I couldn't have asked for a better prep for my 3rd and I hoped 1st successful (result) Ironman.I'd also had a great time with my Homestay hosts Dennis and Liz; who'd welcomed me into their home so warmly and run around after me all week. With the picturesque town of Bussleton as the setting for the race, perfect race conditions and a flat fast course, I had no excuses not to be excited before the race.With everything going smoothly the morning of the race, I found myself standing...

Taiwan 70.3 Race Report Part 1 - "the bare bones"

Wednesday 03 Nov 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
This is part one of my race report and will be a very simple (but maybe not so short ha ha) "how the race went" type of affair. I'll post again soon with what I'll call "the bigger picture" race report as there's SO much MORE to last Saturdays win than what simply went on in the 4h09min of racing... and there's A LOT of people without who's help i couldn't have got there. Whilst i know this isn't the be-all and end-all in terms of results - its not Kona - it does mark a point (and i hope the start) that I've been working towards for A LONG time and so is incredibly valuable to me and SUPER exciting.Taiwan 70.3Riding the short 3 mile trip to race start at 4.30am and actually just happy to even have a bike full stop (mine had only arrived from delayed luggage on my flight at 11pm the night before!) i noticed two things: 1. it was still very, VERY WINDY and 2. my legs felt GREAT!Having got to the transition area, racked my bike and set everything up i headed off for a short 15min jog to...

Update from Taiwan

Friday 29 Oct 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
I'm sat on the bus leaving T1 heading back to the race hotel for the "carbo dinner" and thought I'd use the time for a brief blog update.I'm in the first few days of a pretty long trip away, culminating I hope with a great performance at IronMan Western Australia in December. That race is the main focus of this trip, with 4 weeks of training prep in Australia near Brisbane leading into it, but first I've "stopped off" in Taiwan for the 70.3 race here this weekend. I've not "tapered" for this race and as IM Oz is the focus, nor has my training focused on a "peak" performance. However IF I can have one of "those days" that you sometimes get during training (when you feel really good) then hopefully I can have a decent race.The last 2 days haven't in truth been ideal for a great race though. A LONG journey in time, distance, flight changes and energy drain so close to a race isn't the best. Worse still is that as I sit here now, my bike...

Getting Retul'd

Wednesday 08 Sep 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Those of you that follow the world wide side of triathlon will have heard the word “Retul” a lot recently. Over the past couple of years it has been more and more widespread to hear of some of the best athletes in the world seeking out the advice of the specially trained Retul bike fitters to tweak and perfect their positions. The likes of Norman Stadler, Craig Alexander and Mirinda Carfrae cant be wrong and more recently the newly formed Trek / K-Swiss Triathlon team (including top Brits Julie Dibens and Fraser Cartmel) have been publically showing off their new bikes whilst receiving the Retul treatment.But what is all the fuss about and what exactly does it involve? Fortunately, through my new sponsors this year ‘PureTri’ I was recently able to head up to VeloMotion in Milton Keynes and receive a Retul bike fit for my Ceepo Venom. Right now in fact, PureTri are offering either a FREE Retul bike fit with every “Blue Triad & Triad SL” or a discount of £40 with all other “Blue”...

Ironman Pro changes...the proposal

Thursday 01 Jul 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Below is a statement/email that's been sent to all IM Pro License holders concerning proposed changes that the WTC wish to implement to "improve" the sport. I'll post my response and thoughts, along with those of others tomorrow... but for those who haven't read any of this elsewhere on the internet here it is... This has HUGE potential to be VERY good... or VERY VERY BAD!!! (I'm afraid some of the formatting isn't great as it requires tables so I've put them in as a image file - click on this to see it in more detail)PROFESSIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING,PRIZE MONEY & POLICIESAthlete Comment Distribution DraftIronman Professional AthletesIntroductionWTC is circulating this document to all its pro members. The policies and rules changes stated in this document are not final.Before announcing a final version of these rules and procedures, WTC will take into consideration all constructive comments from our pro members. Comments must be submitted to promember@ironman.com no later...

The Hurt Locker

Thursday 11 Mar 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
With “The Hurt Locker” doing so well at the Oscars recently I thought I’d write a little about the phrase used as the award winning films title, that is generally part of my day to day life. It has also been inspired somewhat by a recent photo my friend over in the states posted from his first race of the season.Mikkel was doing an Olympic distance triathlon (1.5k/40k/10k), and finished the 10k final run without any noticeable pain in his foot… well not that wasn’t being over-come by the general pain you endure (by choice – we are a strange breed) during a triathlon and the adrenaline that accompanies it. It was only after finishing that someone pointed out to him that his shoe was literally saturated in blood! Upon taking his running shoe off, he discovered that somehow, the flesh between his little toe and the next one in, has completely split between the bones!!! As you can see from the “after” photo below… it was nasty!!!I’m well known by my friends for having bad feet, but Mikkel,...

Back on form

Wednesday 17 Feb 2010 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Well, my goodness me, even by my standards it's been a long time since I’ve posted. For many of you who know me or follow triathlon in the UK, you’ll know the reason; but for those who don’t I had to take a LONG extended break from pretty much everything last autumn when it became clear I was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. I could barely get out of bed some days I was so exhausted. It was a real test of my faith and resolve for a long time… but so much was learnt through it too. I’ll post more on it all in the next few weeks, the when’s, how’s and why’s etc.For now though a quick update on things currently.Outside of triathlon much in my life has changed. Some good some bad, some easy some not so easy. But change opens as many doors as it closes so I’m excited about this next year. I’ve moved out into “Hombro Institute of Sport” as we affectionally call it. It's basically this great MASSIVE house in Putney, SW London that is something of a home from home for triathletes....

Vitruvian Race report - from the other side!

Sunday 06 Sep 2009 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Vitruvian Race reportThis is probably the strangest “race report” I’ve ever written... seeing as I didn’t actually race!!! But I have to say its one of the best days I’ve ever had since getting involved in Triathlon many moons ago!Having sadly withdrawn from competing a few weeks ago after being diagnosed with stress related chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue, I had decided that as the Vitruvian (and the peeps from PaceSetter Events) had been so good to me over the years, I still wanted to be there for the race and give a little back by helping out.So on Saturday morning, instead of racking my bike, I was directing competitors to their racks and helping check bikes for numbers and working brakes. There were a surprising number of shall we say… sub-optimal brake set-ups going on. Peoples were oddly surprise at being asked to go and adjust the brakes so that they actually STOPPED the wheels. As was the number of people who turned up to the transition area with less than 5 minutes before...

Banking it

Wednesday 01 Jul 2009 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
I guess it would be amiss for me to write something at the moment without mentioning Wimbledon. It struck me at the start of last week that it is exactly high my lifetime ago (15 years) when I was first a ball boy at the Al England Club. They were great times that I remember fondly, but its incredible to think just how long ago it was!Murray mainier has of course hit once again, and rightly so I think. He’s number 3 in the world after all and so has a genuine chance this year. His game the other night finishing at near 11pm (I was long tucked up in bed) was an epic match by all accounts and shows a real maturity in Murray over the last 2 years; both physically and mentally. The funny thing is though, that listening to a phone in on the radio the following morning on “if Murray could win Wimbledon” I had to switch off with frustration at the “British” mentality to knock and undermine our successful sports people. Caller after caller, focussing on the negatives, saying how he’s not “like...

ITU Asian Long Course Champs - Korea

Monday 29 Jun 2009 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
ITU Long Course Champs 2009 – KoreaI arrived in Korea on the Thursday before the race. I decided to do this race pretty late but thought it would be a great way to earn a little money and also test the new nutritional strategy I’d been working on with Chrissie. All expenses paid and some great prize money on offer meant that despite the distance and HUGE amount of travelling (both getting to Korea and also once there) it was a good race to do. Unfortunately a LOT of other TOP Pro’s had the same idea and the field was much stronger and deeper than most of us expected.The course was largely uphill on the bike, with a split transition meaning the run was up at over 1400m altitude. Not a problem for me though, having spent the last few weeks training in Boulder. However, the drive of the course with all the other athletes had opened our eyes to a MUCH harder bike that we expected. The first 40k was flat with a small amount of ascension but the final 40km was almost completely up, up, up...

Staring at the jigsaw puzzle too long…?

Thursday 04 Jun 2009 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Well I’m back in the UK now having completed my near 7 weeks training in Boulder. I’m really happy to be back home, its great to see family and friends but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be back in Boulder. If you’ve read any of my post whilst I’ve been away you’ll be more than aware of all the reasons why. Needless to say, it’s now time to put “pedal to the metal” so to speak and start the real reason for why I went to Boulder in the first place – RACING!My race schedule is somewhat undecided right now as so much depends upon the two main goals for the first part of the year - The ITU Long Distance Champs in Korea and then IM Japan. There are two priorities from these two races; Money and a slot at Kona (the world champs in October).I raced last month at 70.3 Florida and had something of a mixed race. The result was disappointing, more so the implosion I once again experienced having ridden and run myself into the top 10. But there were still positives to found and the...

Florida 70.3 Race Report

Friday 22 May 2009 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Florida 70.3 Race reportWell the first race of the year is done and dusted and is always the case, there’s plenty to mull over. Good and bad, questions answered and some still left open, but here’s how it went for me.I got to Florida on the Thursday; flying in from Boulder (Denver) where we’d had a couple of warm (mid 70’s) days, but mainly pretty mixed and mild. So the first thing that hit me was the humidity. The weather was in the mid 80’s and the humidity was up to 90% making it feel even hotter. I was staying with Dion Harrison for a night in a Holiday Inn Express, before moving on the Friday to another place arranged by his friend, Mikkel Bondesen from Denmark/L.A.We’d totally landed on our feet, with the place we ended up in looking more like an “MTV crib’s” apartment than the type of place I stay in when travelling to a race (fully fitted kitchens and MASSIVE flat screen TV’s aren’t what I’ve grown accustomed to at races). Mikkel is a great guy and super enthusiastic about...


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Challenge Dubai draws million-dollar field

Challenge Dubai draws million-dollar field

Wednesday 25 Feb 2015 [Triathlon News]

The focus turns to the Middle East this weekend for the inaugural Challenge Dubai on Friday 27 and the event has drawn out a million dollar field and triathlon royalty. As the first race in the Triple Crown Series encompassing Challenge Dubai, Challenge Oman and Challenge Bahrain, which is offering the male and female athlete that wins all three events a guaranteed USD 1 million dollars. more

Marais, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa Champs

Marais, Duffy win XTERRA South Africa Champs

Tuesday 24 Feb 2015 [Triathlon News]

Stuart Marais and Flora Duffy took home the titles at the 12th annual TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South Africa Championship in front of a packed house at the magnificent Grabouw Country Club on Sunday. Both Marais and Duffy grinded out convincing wins to claim the lions’ share of the new and improved R249,000 prize purse but the day’s story lines ran much deeper. The drama started early with a magical African sunrise lighting up the skyline in bright orange and yellow coupled with word that four-time XTE more

McNeice & Crawford extend Challenge Wanaka dominance

McNeice & Crawford extend Challenge Wanaka dominance

Monday 23 Feb 2015 [Triathlon News]

Dylan McNeice of Christchurch and Whanganui resident Gina Crawford today extended their phenomenal record at Challenge Wanaka by scoring their third and sixth victories respectively at what is regarded as the world’s most scenic long distance triathlon. more

Passuello, Pooley claim tough wins at Challenge Philippines

Passuello, Pooley claim tough wins at Challenge Philippines

Sunday 22 Feb 2015 [Triathlon News]

Italian Domenico Passuello and Great Britains Emma Pooley took on the challenging hills of Bataan and endured the scorching heat to win the second edition of the Yellow Cab Challenge Philippine Subic-Bataan on Sunday 21 February. more

XTERRA South Africa Attracts a Stellar Field

XTERRA South Africa Attracts a Stellar Field

Friday 20 Feb 2015 [Triathlon News]

The Grabouw Country Club will be a hub of excitement this coming weekend when multi-sport athletes young and slightly more senior gather to partake in the largest XTERRA triathlon in the word, the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA Grabouw presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT. more

What’s Up With Daniela Ryf’s “Ballet” Bike Shoes?

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Jené Shaw
Challenge Dubai winner and current Ironman 70.3 world champion Daniela Ryf sported some interesting ballet-like cycling shoes during today’s race that raised some eyebrows. As Ryf’s coach Brett Sutton wrote in a post on Trisutto.com recapping her race, “The bike innovations with Dani are a work in progress as we look to develop her bike leg. Not to be able to cycle faster [most would agree she’s already pretty solid in this area] but to be able to run faster off the bike. So the new ‘ballet’ shoes, which were noticed by many, are part of the process of helping a great deal in this area. They also look pretty cool.” Behind the minimalistic shoes, called the biomxc2, is Götz Heine, an innovator and chiropractor known for popularizing the mid-foot cleat position. He gives a short explanation of the shoes here. In an interview done in 2011, Hines explains the origin of his shoes and the pros and cons of a mid-foot position. Furthering his beliefs about the benefits was the outcome of a...

Moffatt, Densham Both Healthy And Ready To Race

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Triathlete.com
Erin Densham earned bronze in London. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.orgOlympic medalists Emma Moffatt and Erin Densham have been fixtures on Australia’s triathlon team and both are now intent on returning to the Olympics in Rio next year after overcoming significant health challenges. Neither athlete was at her best last year, both believe they are back on track now. Dual world champion Moffatt had an unusually off race at last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games and revealed yesterday that she was struggling at the time with the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormone imbalance that raises insulin levels and causes weight gain). Moffatt was diagnosed before the Games but the condition was not under control when she finished seventh in Glasgow. Since then she has cut sugars out of her diet and restored her equilibrium. “I have found the right balance now,’’ she said yesterday, at the launch of the Gold Coast world series race on April 11. “Last year my body went crazy, I was...

Bontrager Unveils New Wheel Lineup

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Triathlete.com
The Bontrager Aeolus 9 tubeless-ready clincher has a rim depth of 90mm, weighs 1,812g and retails for $3,000. All Aeolus wheels retain their D3 rim shape but receive a wider internal width of 19.5mm. Photo provided by Bontrager.Wider, lighter and tubeless ready. Those are the main upgrades to Bontrager’s new collection of Aeolus race wheels. With four rim depths available ranging from 30mm to 90mm and two disc-compatible models, every cyclist should be covered for every possible course profile. Aeolus wheels are now 2mm wider with an internal width of 19.5mm between the bead hooks to increase rider comfort and control. The wheels retain their D3 shape, which aims to reduce drag at the front, tire-leading side and the rear, rim-leading side. Despite the extra width, each model is lighter, shaving up to 110 grams off the previous set. The tubeless-ready Aeolus 7 (70mm rim depth) and 9 (90mm rim depth) models are of most interest to triathletes with the decreased rolling resistance and...

How Do I Tame My Hunger?

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Triathlete.com
Q: I recently upped my triathlon training to 10–12 hours per week, and now I’m starving all the time. I eat three meals, plus snacks, including a snack before workouts. What can I do to tame my hunger? A: For some athletes, perpetual hunger can be attributed to an inadequate intake of overall calories, or missing meals or snacks, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for you. More likely in this case, your hunger can be traced back to an imbalance in macronutrient intake (carbs, protein, fats) versus needs. Do you think you might be eating fewer carbs, protein or fat than you need? If you keep track of everything you eat and drink for a few days, you just might be able to figure it out. After keeping your “food log,” review what you have eaten. You should see per day: - At least three servings of quality protein (lean meat, eggs, tofu, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or vegetarian bean/grain-based dishes) - 5–9 servings of “good fats” (avocado, nuts, seeds, olives,...

Photos: 2015 Challenge Dubai

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Triathlete.com
1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai James Cunnama of South Africa prepares for the start of the race. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge TriathlonView Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai The pro men begin the swim wave in Dubai. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge TriathlonView Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai The pro men exit the water and get ready to start another lap. View Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai The pro men in the swim. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge TriathlonView Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai Athletes exit and re-enter the water. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Challenge TriathlonView Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai Athletes make their way toward T1. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for Challenge TriathlonView Larger Image.2015 Challenge Dubai Javier Gomez was in the front group coming out of the swim. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images...

Challenge Philippines – Tough Racing, Open Arms

Saturday 28 Feb 2015 Admin
Zoot Felt Signing I’m a bit of a control freak. I like to eliminate the potential of added stress and I prefer that things flow as smoothly as possible. This is a large reason why I often choose races that are close by or, if not close in location, simple to travel to. I guess this isn’t anything to be ashamed of, as I view racing as a “job”; hence I consider the cost/benefit analysis before choosing events. But I have to admit, it felt kind of good to opt in for Challenge Philippines less than 6 weeks before the event; to embrace the adventure of it all, and to realize that yes while this is a job, there can also be a little room for adventure; and it isn’t a bad thing to ease your grip on control every so often. This event was a first in a few ways; first Challenge race, but also our first time traveling to Southeast Asia. The opportunity came up somewhat last minute, and I decided why the hell not…being so early in the year, I figured it may be smaller event,...

Micha startet stark ins Jahr 2015

Friday 27 Feb 2015 Julia Böttner
Platz 2Zweiter Platz bei der Challenge Dubai – Harte Bedingungen und ein schneller Rennverlauf prägen Saisondebüt  – Neuseeländer Terenzo Bozzone gewinntRostock. Mit einem starken Ergebnis bei der Challenge Dubai ist das Team Raelert-Brothers in das Wettkampfjahr 2015 gestartet. Michael Raelert lief nach einem harten Rennen als Zweiter ins Ziel und knüpfte damit fast nahtlos an seine Erfolgsserie aus dem vergangenen Herbst an. In 3:42:49 Stunden belegte er Rang zwei knapp hinter dem Neuseeländer Terenzo Bozzone, der das Premierenrennen in Dubai in 3:41:45 Stunden gewann. "Natürlich hätte ich sehr gerne gewonnen, aber Terenzo war heute einfach noch ein Stückchen besser", sagte Michael Raelert nach dem Zieleinlauf, "meinen herzlichen Glückwunsch an ihn, er hat die Bedingungen am besten im Griff gehabt." Der Schweizer Manuel Küng belegte in 3:45:39 Stunden Rang drei. Bei starkem Wind wurde die Erstauflage der Challenge Dubai bereits beim Schwimmen zu einem anspruchsvollen Unterfangen....

Raelert-Brothers fahren auf Swiss Side ab

Thursday 26 Feb 2015 Julia Böttner
Neuer PartnerNeuer Partner für Team Raelert-Brothers – Rostocker setzen ab sofort auf Laufräder des Schweizer Herstellers  – Überzeugende Produkte einer starken jungen MarkeRostock. Die Raelert-Brothers starten am Freitag bei der Challenge Dubai mit einem neuen Partner in die Saison 2015. Erstmals wird Michael Raelert bei dem Mitteldistanzrennen in den Arabischen Emiraten auf die „Hadron“-Aero-Laufräder des Schweizer Unternehmens Swiss Side vertrauen. „Wir sind sehr glücklich über diese neue Partnerschaft”, sagen Andreas und Michael Raelert. Die beiden Rostocker haben vor wenigen Tagen einen Zweijahresvertrag mit Swiss Side unterzeichnet, weil sie von der Qualität der Produkte überzeugt sind. „Für Triathleten sind Eigenschaften wie Aerodynamik, Bremsverhalten, Gewicht, Laufruhe und Steifigkeit bei den Laufrädern extrem wichtig“, sagen die Raelert-Brothers, „die Laufräder von Swiss Side erfüllen diese Ansprüche in höchstem Maße.“ In neutralen Tests unabhängiger Experten haben die...

Time to call it a day...

Friday 05 Apr 2013 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Given that my last race was Auckland 70.3 at the end of January I appreciate that this is long overdue. Since then other priorities have been keeping me busy and the enthusiasm to write this hasn’t really been there… It is with a sad but content heart that I’ve decided to retire from racing triathlon; at any level for now at least, but certainly for good as a ‘Pro’ (in the loosest sense of the word – more on that later). Auckland was the final “test” to see what condition my body was in and what kind of performance level I was able to achieve with the heart, lungs and legs that have served me so well for nearly a decade in triathlon. Sadly though, the answer I got was a very clear “no” in terms of reaching anything like or beyond the levels I’ve seen in the past. I’m simply not able to compete at the world class level anymore… not even close! Having finally got to the bottom of my health issues, allergies and such I had strung together a very strong and solid 5 months of training under...

70.3 Switzerland - Fed up with feeling fragile

Friday 15 Jun 2012 Noreply@blogger.com (Jonathan Hotchkiss)
Training leading into Switzerland 70.3 had in general, been going really well. Some great, solid sessions had been logged and both Tom (my coach) and I were looking forward to progressing in terms of result in my next 70.3 of the season.Race morning arrived grey and damp but nothing too bad for us Brits. The only surprise for me was just how many Pro's there were lining up on the start line... Nearly 100! As the start gun went a pretty hectic and rough first 500m then ensued but I felt ok as things settled down and was happy with where I appeared to be (2nd main pack I thought). I stayed there until about 300m from the end where I seemed to drop off the back for some reason; I didn't loose too much time though and by the time I was through transition and on to my VO2 Victory TT I'd caught up the guys just ahead.We all settled in after the first 5km or so and I tried to stick to my planned wattage goal that Tom and I had discussed. It was however, harder to do that it should have been,...

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