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8X IRONMAN Champion Luke McKenzie Joins Gatorade Endurance Team

Monday 14 Mar 2016 Luke McKenzie
Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes test at GSSI in Barrington Illinois Luke McKenzie testing at GSSI in Barrington Illinois March 14th, 2016 Sports Fuel Company to Help Pro Triathlete Improve Fueling for Races CHICAGO, Illinois – March 14, 2016 – Gatorade Endurance announced the signing of eight-time IRONMAN® Champion, Luke McKenzie, to its official athlete roster. McKenzie, one of the leading professional triathletes in long-distance triathlon, is joined by partner and IRONMAN® Champion, Beth Gerdes, who joined the team late in 2015 before the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. “After a disappointing race in Kona in 2015, it’s a priority for me to get my fueling and hydration right for this season and beyond,” said McKenzie. “I’m excited to work closely with Gatorade Endurance and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to learn how to adjust my sports nutrition plan so I can set myself further apart from my competitors.” “Luke McKenzie is one of the most respected athletes in the endurance community,” said Jeff Kearney, Head of Gatorade...

Expectations, Integrity, & Necessity

Wednesday 29 Jun 2016 Admin
20151012_153819_resized I often find when I’m struggling to digest my feelings after a race, it’s best to write and just be honest; with myself and with the world of my friends, family and fellow tri-people. It seems in this world we live in, we love to broadcast of all the great; social media allows us to put out the persona we choose, to make our life look to be ‘something’ that it may or may not be. But we often post what is appealing, positive, and feel-good inducing. I tend to prefer to talk to people personally, and I like to communicate what is “real” as much as possible. I went into Coeur d’Alene 70.3 somewhat haphazard; not in my lack of wanting to perform well, but in my preparations. Some of this was due to extenuating circumstances, but some by choice. I took a good rest after Ironman Texas which was needed. I got back into training but did so in a relaxed manner, still dealing with some foot pain. At times I opted to ride with friends rather than hammer alone for hours on end. It was fun. We...

Mont Tremblant 70.3 2016

Thursday 30 Jun 2016 Lsanderstri
Swim Start Mont Tremblant holds a special place in my heart. This is where I started to truly believe that I could compete with the best in the world, after finishing fourth at the 70.3 World Championships behind Javier Gomez, Jan Frodeno and Tim Don. It also happens to be where Erin did her first Ironman, and where my mom did her first full Ironman (after finishing the swim cancelled Ironman Florida in 2014). My mom, Erin and myself were all competing again this year in the 70.3, so it was sure to be a memorable experience. I put in four solid training blocks after St. George. My training blocks look like this: Day 1: Hard Day 2: Easy Day 3: Hard Day 4: Easy with long run Day 5: Brick Day 6: Easy with long bike Day 7: Hard Day 8: Active recovery Day 9: Off Day 10: Active recovery I will say, I did not give the active recovery days enough respect after the first two blocks. I went to bed late, woke up early, and did not hydrate / replenish nutrients adequately. By the third block I was feeling...

FirstOffTheBike – LUKE MCKENZIE – WARMING UP TO A KONA BATTLE

Monday 05 Oct 2015 Luke McKenzie
FirstOffTheBike caught up with Kona veteran and resident darkhorse Luke McKenzie as he prepares for another battle in Kona. Listen Here at FTOB

A pregnant pause

Tuesday 24 May 2016 Admin
22 week bump It’s safe to say that life has changed quite a lot since my last blog. My last update came in January fresh from my return from Chile and the Cayman Island: two half ironman in two weeks and I was setting out my race plans for 2016. Soon after coming home to Boulder we learnt I was pregnant! Big news for us! Big excitement! And, big changes ahead! It’s taken me a while to write an update about pregnancy life and that’s for a few reasons. Early on we wanted to keep things quiet. I found the first trimester to be a….I think confusing is the right word…time. We were massively excited and felt great joy seeing the positive pregnancy result, seeing our baby on the scan, hearing the heart beat but that excitement was coupled with a nervousness. During the first trimester the risk of miscarriage is at it’s highest and I felt like I was balancing a desire to plan and imagine the adventures ahead whilst at the same time feeling a certain reserve to not let myself get too far ahead of myself....

Boulder Sprint Tri

Sunday 24 Jul 2016 Noreply@blogger.com (Donna Phelan)
Happy to finish 2nd female and 11th overall at the Boulder Sprint Triathlon today (750m swim/28km bike/5km run). "Fun" waking up the fast twitch fibers, but yikes, I forgot how hard short races are!Congrats to Amy Quirion from Boulder on the win and Sally Wang from Taiwan on taking 3rd.

Moments of Kona – Go on a final training run with Luke and Beth before the big show in Kona.

Tuesday 06 Oct 2015 Luke McKenzie
Long runs are a must when training for an Ironman. The majority of the professionals include one every week in order to prepare for their races because the physical costs of these sessions are comparably high. In order to reduce the stress on the joints, these runs are ideally done on gravel roads instead of tarmac. Moments of Sport followed Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes on one of their last long runs in the back country of Kona. View on Moments of Kona

Triathlete – Kona Bikes: Luke McKenzie And Beth Gerdes

Tuesday 06 Oct 2015 Luke McKenzie
Pro couple Beth Gerdes and Luke McKenzie will both take their Scott Plasma 5 bikes out on the Ironman World Championship course next Saturday. The pair has custom kits, helmets and shoes to match their motifs from head to toe on race day. Photos by Steve Godwin. View on the BIkes on Triathlete.com

RACE REPORT – PUCON IRONMAN 70.3

Friday 23 Jan 2015 Luke McKenzie
IMG_2230 I had first raced at the Pucon Ironman 70.3 two years ago and it went straight to the top for my favorite races list. This classic event has been around for a long time and is definitely one I would encourage every triathlete to experience. It isn’t just the event itself but the location, the town, the people and the atmosphere that make it so enjoyable and fun. I was disappointed to miss the race in 2014 because I had just completed a 6 day, 1300km charity ride in Australia a week prior and obviously Beth was pregnant so we stayed home in California. When the opportunity to travel to the 2015 race came several months ago I mentioned it to Beth and it didn’t take much convincing on my part for her to agree. I will probably never arrive in Pucon in good race shape as it is tough to start racing so early in the season and post holidays. I will continue to compete at this race in the future regardless because I think the enjoyment factor of racing for the pure love of it will win out on...

FAST & FURIOUS IN OCEANSIDE

Friday 31 Oct 2014 Luke McKenzie
photo (14) I enjoyed jumping in the final race of Lifetime Fitness series in Oceanside this past weekend. It was awesome to have such a high profile race so close to home and it was a great opportunity to utilize some post Kona fitness. Well … I was more “hoping” the fitness was still there. I hadn’t really done much training since Hawaii but I know in the past I seem to carry good form for a week or two after Ironman so it was worth a shot. Much to the theme of this year my swim wasn’t in front group which meant I had to ride my way back into the race. I felt really strong on the bike and by the time I racked my Scott Plasma 5 I was in 3rd place having recorded the second fastest bike split. The fatigue from Kona was still definitely in my legs on the run and the twisty, turny, up and down nature of the course wasn’t all that kind on tired legs but I stayed strong and was happy to finish a respectable 9th in a very strong short course field. Life Time...

IRONMAN CAIRNS 2015 – A MEMORABLE WEEK IN NORTH QLD

Monday 29 Jun 2015 Luke McKenzie
11429879_10206563458023224_5382439133372000839_n Ironman Cairns 2013 will still always remain one of my most memorable wins in my career. To win on home soil in front of family and friends was definitely a very special day. I was always looking forward to returning to Cairns to race one of my favorite events on the Ironman triathlon circuit. In 2015, Beth and I were the ambassadors for the event which also added excitement to returning to tropical North Queensland. Beth’s parents were also making their first trip to Australia so it was with great pride and pleasure that we got to play tour guide for the week and show them my country. Back on the big bird and back over the pacific Beth, Wynne and I were happy to be back in beautiful Port Douglas. Unfortunately, when we arrived, I wasn’t feeling well and spent a lot of time in bed. By the next morning it was evident I had picked up some kind of stomach bug during our travels and I spent most of the day laying in bed. However, I was optimistic that I would be OK to race the Coral Coast...

2016 Ironman UK, Bolton

Saturday 23 Jul 2016 Fraser
image 9th place (7th MPro) – 9:24:31 This is my ‘glad to be finished’ face after a long day of racing. This was my 5th time racing in Bolton since 2010 and given it was my first full distance event since Ironman Hawaii last October I was looking forward to being back and certainly ready to get back on the horse, so to speak. Sometimes however, it just doesn’t quite pan out on the day as you had hoped it might.  Having not raced a whole lot so far this season, the event has always been my main goal for the summer, and first portion of the season. Mostly because it’s a race that I have always fared well at, and obviously enjoyed racing – it’s a home race after all – but also because I am racing for a new sponsor for 2016, Pewag Racing Team, who were keen for me to target the race too. Having won here in 2010, and finished 2nd both in 2012 and last year too (plus having actually always been the first runner to leave T2) I have genuine confidence...

Scottish Duathlon Champs 2016

Thursday 31 Mar 2016 Fraser
image 2016 is a new year, and this weekend saw me start this new season wearing new racing colours. – I am now a part of the Pewag Racing Team, which is Austrian sponsored and based, but is composed of an international group of 9 professional athletes. I look forward to wearing the kit and promoting the brand in international competition over the coming months. The Stirling Duathlon has many times been a season opener for me, and as long as I am at home and in the country, I will do my best to race. I might not entirely enjoy the idea of running and biking (and running some more) in the mud, wind, rain, hail and cold… But I’ll get on with it  As part of the team we have a range of partner sponsors which means some changes for me in terms of the equipment I’ll be racing with during the year. Thankfully I continue to race in the superb Castelli clothing but the Stirling Duathlon will have been my last race aboard a Trek. I have been incredibly fortunate to have had...

Ironman World Championships; Kona, Hawaii 2015

Friday 23 Oct 2015 Fraser
image 38th place (391st overall) – 10:07:08 The infamous ‘Hawi Express’ pulls out of the station There had been a long time between drinks. It was 5 years since my last (and only) race on the Big Island – the biggest race of them all in non drafting triathlon; Ironman Kona. This goal of qualifying for Kona once again had essentially started two years beforehand when I was on the island supporting Ali on her very first attempt at the distance, but started for me in serious earnest just over one year ago at IM Wales. However, with some reasonable reflection since returning home I can now grasp why it was this very (drawn out!) process that resulted in my finish time being over an hour slower than ever before in an M-dot. Undeniably, once I had qualified for Kona it was ‘head down, bum up’ territory. You believe in yourself to be able to ready on that given day, which admittedly was not that far away anymore. But you tell yourself it’s far enough...

Ironman UK, Bolton 2015

Wednesday 22 Jul 2015 Fraser
image 2nd place – 8:51:06 L-R: Myself, David McNamee and Joe Skipper With a quick glance you would be forgiven for reading this blog and believing I only write a race report when I’ve completed the Ironman distance and also managed to finish 2nd… however I have simply been rather tardy on the writing side of things these past 10 months. Back on track now! I have fond memories of racing in Bolton, and with good reason – five years ago I won this event, and although on the one hand it seems like only yesterday it often seems a lifetime ago too. Having also finished 2nd in 2012 I know that there is something about racing IMUK that suits me and my style of swim/bike/run. Bearing that in mind I set about coming back this summer for another attempt at getting to the city centre finish line before anyone else. – No easy task given the list of athletes who had signed up to race; between those of us on the start list there were 4 of us who had won won an Ironman event...

Pictures; IM Wales – Tenby

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 Fraser
pic13 2nd place – 9:10:16 Tenby is a wonderful little seaside town – and when the tide is out it certainly leaves behind an expansive beach! On the Friday before race day we had our Pro brifing and the tv crew also did some pre-race interviews out on the beach front. Looking at this picture I could easily be anywhere on the Spanish or French coastlines in summer time, not autumn in the UK! To see the tv coverage look out for Ch4 on the morning of Sunday 5th Oct. It was an incoming tide on the morning of the race as you can see from the photo above – this bouy only floated in the half hour before our race start… We had an impressive sunrise to greet us on the beach just before the start. Not to mention an angry sea! I mentioned previously in my earlier blog that the swim was not something I found enjoyable, and I feel that this image typifies that! It was simply a case of ‘just get through it’ out there. Rarely on the Tenby bike course were there...

Ironman Wales 2014

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 Fraser
DGT_IMWALES_2014_0850 On my 2nd attempt at finishing Ironman Wales I crossed the line in… 2nd place. – After more than 9hours of racing on a course best described as ‘brutal’ I think this shot best reminds me of the considerable amount of relief to have just gotten it done! The weather is always a factor when racing in the UK and this weekend the gods couldn’t have been much kinder. – Save however for the easterly wind which coupled with an incoming tide created a formidible looking sea on race morning. Below on the left I appear to be figuring out exactly where the first swim bouy is… I really feel for all of the athletes who worry about getting through the swim leg of an Ironman – it’s a long old way in calm waters, but I’m afraid on Sunday morning it was anything but calm or indeed ‘flat’ and I for one didn’t enjoy it very much at all. Indeed I was sure (probably for the first time during my years racing) that after we had...

British Middle Distance Champs 2014 – Aberfeldy

Thursday 21 Aug 2014 Fraser
Aberfeldy Middle Distance Triathlon 2014 1st place – 4:16:22 This year Aberfeldy not only hosted the Scottish Middle Distance Championships but it also incorporated the British titles too, and by getting to the line first I managed a sneaky little double number and my first National Title across any distance I believe. – It wasn’t all plain sailing though! I really enjoy racing at or indeed just being in Aberfeldy. It’s a fantastic part of the world and I think the location is just superb for a Half Ironman event. The swim in Loch Tay is ‘refreshing’ I suppose I could say (others would say freezing) but otherwise stunning if you take a moment to view the scenery before wading into the murky depths. My own swim wasn’t particularly notable, however I was luckier than others who unfortunately had to make use of the safety staff/canoes out on the water – the cold water can really shock the body and when the wind also whips up waves that you would normally expect to experience in...

Castle Howard – Gauntlet 2014

Friday 01 Aug 2014 Fraser
Howard6 3rd place – 4:22:07 The finish line back drop of Castle Howard in Yorkshire is one of the more stunning you will find for a triathlon event – great work yet again from the Castle Triathlon Series events team. Last year the Castle Howard event was my first experience of the Castle Triathlon Series and I was mightily impressed with the whole event and especially the surroundings that the venue is hosting amongst. Ali and I had only two weeks previously raced The Bastion Ironman event at Hever Castle in Kent, but given Yorkshire is only! a 4 hour drive for us, we wanted to get down the road and race what is the most ‘local’ of these races for us. As ever with these races in this series, there are hills aplenty on the bike course plus an off road element to the run section of the races. I was racing the ‘Gauntlet’ half ironman distance event and Ali gave the olympic distance a go. We both thought that the resepective loops out in the countryside...

The Bastion, Hever Castle

Friday 18 Jul 2014 Fraser
Bastion-74 1st place – 9:56:54 The ‘Bastion’ Iron distance on Sunday was my longest day of triathlon to date and I hope that it remains that way for the forseeable future! Having raced the Half distance ‘Gauntlet’ last Septmber over much of the same course I felt confident I had a good idea of what lay ahead, but 140.6 miles certainly adds a new dimension to racing particular (off road and lumpy) terrain! Having raced and enjoyed a number of the Castle Triathlon Series events last year including the Half distance at Hever Castle in September, I was keen to try the new challenge that they had brought to their racing portfolio – The Bastion. Being the first edition of this race, the field size was small but this made for a ‘family orientated’ feel which coupled with the multi loop format of each discipline ensured a really friendly atmosphere throughout the day. Smiling faces greeting you at each aid station plus as you passed through the...

IM France, Nice 2014

Wednesday 16 Jul 2014 Fraser
😉 From Briancon in the Alps with two train journeys under my belt and I was on the Cote d’Azur and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Ali had planned this event as her qualification race for hopefully getting back to Kona later this year and I was chief supporter for the trip. I’d rested hard on the trains in anticipation Although we came to have a look at the bike course at Easter, this was my first stay by the coast and in the city itself. – The views were spectacular!   We had a great little place to stay just off the main promenade front where all the expo and race shennanigans were going on, and having arrived on the Wednesday we had plenty to time to familiarise ourselves with the area and all things triathlon. Nice is an iconic race for many reasons, and you really got a sense of how big an event it was from a few days out. I wasn’t surprised in the slightest, given how superb races of all distances are in the country. France likes its Triathlon and it...

My Desert Storm

Sunday 24 Jan 2016 Noreply@blogger.com (Sara Gross)
Around the time of my fourteenth birthday, my dad took a job as the director of a women’s college in the United Arab Emirates. Back then, no one knew anything about the Middle East and most of my friends thought we were moving to Saudi Arabia.Saddam Hussein had gone into Kuwait. My grandmother worried we were moving to a war zone.Over the years my dad held many positions. The Minister of Higher Education in the Emirates had a dream of building a men’s and a women’s college in each of the seven Emirates. A noble task for which he turned to my father to help complete. Piece by piece, they built colleges from the ground up. My dad had been in the Emirates long enough at that point to help build the necessary relationships between the Emiratis who owned the place and the Westerners who were brought in to teach.When I was offered a contract to race and do media work for Bahrain Endurance I wasn't sure what to do. On one hand, there’s the complicated political situation to be navigated and...

Breakfast with Bob

Thursday 09 Oct 2014 Luke McKenzie

I am in Iceland!!!

Friday 22 Jul 2016 Haley
IMG_5848 You read that right, I’m in ICELAND to race Challenge Iceland tomorrow!! Iceland Selfie! Swim Course Bike Course Run Course Downtown Reykjavik Challenge Iceland is a half distance triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and possibly the most beautiful course I’ve ever seen! I asked some people for a BIG word to describe being here and had some great suggestions, but my favorite was Theresa from Facebook who called it simply “A Gift.” That’s an extra special term since tomorrow is my 31st birthday and my coach called this race my “birthday present to myself.” This country is every bit as beautiful and magical as you might imagine and I have SO much more to say about my trip here, but it’s about time to pull down the blackout shades (I have yet to see “night” here, the days are so long!) and get some sleep before I swim, bike, and run through the amazing landscapes. The race starts at 10am Iceland time...


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Denis Sketako & Ewa Bugdol ETU European Champions Long Distance

Monday 25 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

European Championships in Poznan will definitely go down in history as one of the most exciting. Nobody could be sure who was going to win the first place and the fans were supporting loudly the triathletes along the entire route. The European Champions were finalny Denis Sketako from Slovenia and Ewa Bugdol from Poland. more

Potts Unbeatable in Canada

Potts Unbeatable in Canada

Monday 25 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

Andy Potts put the hammer down on the swim and bike and then cruised the run for a well executed race plan at the Subaru IRONMAN Canada. Andy Potts (USA) put his swim prowess to good use in Alta Lake as his 47:03 swim clocking had him run into T1 with advantages of 2:47 to 3:06 on Trevor Wurtele (CAN), Pedro Gomes (PRT), Mike Aigroz (CHE), Maik Twelsiek (DEU) and Elliot Holthan (CAN). more

Collington, Wurtele win world‘s northernmost half distance race Challenge Iceland

Collington, Wurtele win world‘s northernmost half distance race Challenge Iceland

Monday 25 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

Situated in the stunning “Bay of Whales” in Iceland, the world‘s northernmost half distance triathlon race, CHALLENGEICELAND, took place on Saturday 23 July 2016. The 1.9km swim course took place in the crystal clean Meðalfellsvatn fresh water lake (temperature was 15C), and the one loop 90km bike race with rolling hills and short climbs on the old main road of Hvalfjörður is one the most iconic bike routes in Iceland (total elevation 920m). Another beautiful country road with long hills of Kjós more

Ryf and Schildknecht Shine in Switzerland

Ryf and Schildknecht Shine in Switzerland

Monday 25 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

Daniela Ryf and Ronnie Schildknecht took sensational wins at the 20th IRONMAN Switzerland. While Ryf set a race record in 8:51:50 in Zurich, the 36-year old race legend Schildknecht celebrated his ninth win in 8:17:04. Both champs highlighted a great anniversary race on a brand new course including a marathon which led athletes into the heart of the city for the first time in history. more

Jackson Crushes Lake Placid

Jackson Crushes Lake Placid

Monday 25 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

Heather Jackson was in a league of her own in her dominant course record win at IRONMAN Lake Placid. Alicia Kaye (CAN) was first to emerge from the water of Mirror Lake after pulling away from South Africa’s Annah Watkinson by over five minutes and putting close to six minutes on the race favorite Heather Jackson (USA). The remainder of the field was well over six minutes behind as they headed towards T1. more

Tyler Butterfield's Cervelo P5

Wednesday 27 Jul 2016
Tyler Butterfield came to the 2016 Datev Callenge Roth with fitness doubts after a lengthy injury time, but he finished 6th aboard this distinctive Cervelo P5.

The Rio Crystal Ball

Wednesday 27 Jul 2016 Liam Bromilow
Liam Bromilow | pic Janos Schmidt With the Rio Olympics now less than a fortnight away, we dust off firstoffthebike.com’s crystal ball and delve into the men’s race on August 18, and the women’s race on August 20. With the men’s race thrown into some sort of chaos after the withdrawal of Javier Gomez, and the women’s race finally seeing the Jorgensen v Spirig battle, Rio will be one of the most highly anticipated races over triathlon’s short Olympic career. Men The tension was rife, early on the Thursday morning, as the water glistened as it rolled onto the sand at Fort Copacabana. The 56 men, representing the 31 nations from across the globe, were all staring daggers at the Brownlee brothers, who were at short odds to repeat their podium performances from four years earlier. Immediately from the starters gun, it was déjà vu from London, as Richard Varga opened the throttle and was a lead out train for the main stars. Aaron Royle, Joe Maloy, Vincent Luis and Igor Polyanskiy, among...

Should My Pre-Race Meal Differ From What I Eat In Training?

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Triathlete.com
The food you eat from five minutes up to four hours before activity helps refuel your muscles and brain, which are depleted overnight—on average, athletes can lose up to 25 percent of their glycogen stores by morning. Whether it is the “A” race or a big training day, your sports nutrition practice and routines are critical for improving your performance. Pre-event meals should emulate those on training days. Pre-activity meals should consist primarily of carbohydrates and fluids. Aim for 100–150 grams of easy-to-digest carbohydrates in the 2–3 hours leading up to an event, allowing enough time for digestion and absorption. A sample meal would be a bagel (salted if a hot day) with nut butter and honey plus 20–24 ounces of sports drink. My go-to is a smoothie made with protein powder (10–20 grams maximum, only used for blood sugar regulation) and fruit, with an English muffin with almond butter and honey. Be mindful that as the amount of food and fat (nut butters or nuts) consumed...

USAT Youth And Junior National Championships Set For This Weekend

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Triathlete.com
For the fifth straight year, nearly 900 young triathletes ages 7-19 will return to West Chester, Ohio, and Voice of America Park this Saturday and Sunday for the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships. Read the preview from USA Triathlon below: Swim, bike, run action begins on Saturday, July 30, at 8 a.m. ET with the draft-legal championship races for junior elite (ages 16-19) and youth elite (ages 13-15). Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), the 2015 ITU Junior World Championships silver medalist and defending women’s Junior Elite National Champion, and Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), the defending men’s Junior Elite National Champion, highlight the nine Youth and Junior Elite Nationals medalists from 2015 who will compete this weekend in search of more hardware. Competing on a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course, the returning medalists include Page Lester (Washington, D.C.), 2015 Junior Elite Nationals bronze medalist; Darr Smith...

Pedal Pusher: Finding The Right Pedals For You

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Triathlete.com
Make the right decision about your most important contact point.  Few gear choices come with higher levels of partisanship for experienced cyclists and triathletes than pedals. Perhaps the most important contact point you have with your bike, pedals have the critical role of transferring power from your legs to your drivetrain. Which system is most efficient is a hotly debated topic, but figuring out the best option for your needs should come down to a few key features: float, ease of entry and exit, weight and price. Here’s an overview of the three most popular pedal brands among triathletes: Shimano, Speedplay and Look. Shimano Benefits: Secure standby, trickle-down performance Shimano is the market leader in pedals and cleats. Their pedals are known for their extra-wide platforms and they also have trickled down carbon pedal bodies from Dura-Ace to Ultegra and 105 models. Different cleat options offer varying amounts of float, which is how much your foot can rotate around the...

8X IRONMAN Champion Luke McKenzie Joins Gatorade Endurance Team

Monday 14 Mar 2016 Luke McKenzie
Luke McKenzie and Beth Gerdes test at GSSI in Barrington Illinois Luke McKenzie testing at GSSI in Barrington Illinois March 14th, 2016 Sports Fuel Company to Help Pro Triathlete Improve Fueling for Races CHICAGO, Illinois – March 14, 2016 – Gatorade Endurance announced the signing of eight-time IRONMAN® Champion, Luke McKenzie, to its official athlete roster. McKenzie, one of the leading professional triathletes in long-distance triathlon, is joined by partner and IRONMAN® Champion, Beth Gerdes, who joined the team late in 2015 before the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. “After a disappointing race in Kona in 2015, it’s a priority for me to get my fueling and hydration right for this season and beyond,” said McKenzie. “I’m excited to work closely with Gatorade Endurance and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to learn how to adjust my sports nutrition plan so I can set myself further apart from my competitors.” “Luke McKenzie is one of the most respected athletes in the endurance community,” said Jeff Kearney, Head of Gatorade...

Expectations, Integrity, & Necessity

Wednesday 29 Jun 2016 Admin
20151012_153819_resized I often find when I’m struggling to digest my feelings after a race, it’s best to write and just be honest; with myself and with the world of my friends, family and fellow tri-people. It seems in this world we live in, we love to broadcast of all the great; social media allows us to put out the persona we choose, to make our life look to be ‘something’ that it may or may not be. But we often post what is appealing, positive, and feel-good inducing. I tend to prefer to talk to people personally, and I like to communicate what is “real” as much as possible. I went into Coeur d’Alene 70.3 somewhat haphazard; not in my lack of wanting to perform well, but in my preparations. Some of this was due to extenuating circumstances, but some by choice. I took a good rest after Ironman Texas which was needed. I got back into training but did so in a relaxed manner, still dealing with some foot pain. At times I opted to ride with friends rather than hammer alone for hours on end. It was fun. We...

Mont Tremblant 70.3 2016

Thursday 30 Jun 2016 Lsanderstri
Swim Start Mont Tremblant holds a special place in my heart. This is where I started to truly believe that I could compete with the best in the world, after finishing fourth at the 70.3 World Championships behind Javier Gomez, Jan Frodeno and Tim Don. It also happens to be where Erin did her first Ironman, and where my mom did her first full Ironman (after finishing the swim cancelled Ironman Florida in 2014). My mom, Erin and myself were all competing again this year in the 70.3, so it was sure to be a memorable experience. I put in four solid training blocks after St. George. My training blocks look like this: Day 1: Hard Day 2: Easy Day 3: Hard Day 4: Easy with long run Day 5: Brick Day 6: Easy with long bike Day 7: Hard Day 8: Active recovery Day 9: Off Day 10: Active recovery I will say, I did not give the active recovery days enough respect after the first two blocks. I went to bed late, woke up early, and did not hydrate / replenish nutrients adequately. By the third block I was feeling...

FirstOffTheBike – LUKE MCKENZIE – WARMING UP TO A KONA BATTLE

Monday 05 Oct 2015 Luke McKenzie
FirstOffTheBike caught up with Kona veteran and resident darkhorse Luke McKenzie as he prepares for another battle in Kona. Listen Here at FTOB

A pregnant pause

Tuesday 24 May 2016 Admin
22 week bump It’s safe to say that life has changed quite a lot since my last blog. My last update came in January fresh from my return from Chile and the Cayman Island: two half ironman in two weeks and I was setting out my race plans for 2016. Soon after coming home to Boulder we learnt I was pregnant! Big news for us! Big excitement! And, big changes ahead! It’s taken me a while to write an update about pregnancy life and that’s for a few reasons. Early on we wanted to keep things quiet. I found the first trimester to be a….I think confusing is the right word…time. We were massively excited and felt great joy seeing the positive pregnancy result, seeing our baby on the scan, hearing the heart beat but that excitement was coupled with a nervousness. During the first trimester the risk of miscarriage is at it’s highest and I felt like I was balancing a desire to plan and imagine the adventures ahead whilst at the same time feeling a certain reserve to not let myself get too far ahead of myself....

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