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Wins in Rio and the Philippines crown the weekend for the Bahrain Endurance 13

Wins in Rio and the Philippines crown the weekend for the Bahrain Endurance 13

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

The minimum Javier Gomez needed to do was get on the podium at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Olympic test event, but the Spaniard went above and beyond by taking top honors to earn himself and Spain a sure spot in the 2016 Olympics men’s triathlon start list. He said, “I was saving some energy for the last two laps of the run because I am training for World Championships, so it was nice to win. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was controlled so I am really happy.” more

Reed, Steffen Sparkle in Stunning Cebu

Reed, Steffen Sparkle in Stunning Cebu

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

The Asia-Pacific Champion and a Warrior Princess lived up to their names at a remarkable Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines. Asia-Pacific IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Tim Reed withstood a withering sprint finish to edge out close friend and compatriot Tim Berkel to claim the men’s honours amid the passion and colour at Cebu today. more

Marais, Edwards Stamp Names on Inaugural 70.3 Durban

Marais, Edwards Stamp Names on Inaugural 70.3 Durban

Monday 03 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

South Africa’s Stuart Marais and Parys Edwards of Great Britain were crowned the champions on a warm day in Durban. Edwards takes the win It was no surprise to see Lucie Reed (CZE) lead out of the of the swim with more than two minutes on Andrea Steyn (RSA) with Parys Edwards a further minute back going into T1. Both Steyn and Edwards are notable cyclists with each cutting into Reed’s early lead. more

Gomez golden at 2015 Triathlon Test Event

Gomez golden at 2015 Triathlon Test Event

Monday 03 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) added to his collection of titles and accolades when he crossed the finish line first at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Test Event, ensuring he would line up again in 2016 as he fulfilled both his National Federation’s requirements for Olympic qualification and earned Spain a spot on the start list. more

Dutch Athletes Fly in Maastricht

Dutch Athletes Fly in Maastricht

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Two Dutch athletes celebrated great wins at the inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg. Thanks to outstanding performances Yvonne van Vlerken and Bas Diederen took home the victories in their home race. Diederen continues strong season In the men’s race, it was a group of five that dominated the race for a long time. Dutch Martijn Dekker set off for a fast swim split early in the water and exited the river Maas after 46:17. Within only 7 seconds more

Jorgensen punches automatic ticket to Rio 2016

Jorgensen punches automatic ticket to Rio 2016

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Gwen Jorgensen (USA) has won herself yet another gold medal, but this time the gold means a little bit more—she has automatically qualified herself for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games next summer. Breaking away on the third lap of the run, she was able to claim her spot at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event on Sunday in front of crowds of local Brazilian people on the beautiful beach side of iconic Copacabana Beach. more

Hovda, Lie win 13th annual Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Hovda, Lie win 13th annual Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Norway’s Allan Hovda successfully defended his 2014 title in fast, chilly conditions at the Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon in Eidfjord, Norway, on Saturday. He took 9:43 to cover the epic point-to-point course, overhauling countryman Lars Petter Stormo on the run to come home the winner with six minutes to spare. Third place went to another Norwegian, up-and-coming youngster Lars Kristian Vold, who was another five minutes in arrears. more

Bahrain Endurance 13 racing for more than just titles

Bahrain Endurance 13 racing for more than just titles

Friday 31 Jul 2015 [Triathlon News]

Javier Gomez will line up in Rio for the 2015 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event this weekend. Should he secure a win or a top-three finish at this test event, he will gain an Olympic quota spot for Spain and almost guarantee his spot on the Spanish team for Rio. However, he has to go through the world’s top triathletes such as Alistair Brownlee as well as his compatriots Mario Mola and Fernando Alarza, who sit just below Gomez in the ITU world rankings. more

70.3 Durban, South Africa preview

70.3 Durban, South Africa preview

Friday 31 Jul 2015 [Triathlon News]

Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban, set in one of the new "Seven Wonder Cities" of the world, offers athletes and their families the chance to enjoy Durban’s Golden Mile with sun-kissed beaches, a warm subtropical climate and an unrivaled city pulse. The race hub (registration, expo, race office and transition area) is situated at the gorgeous Suncoast Casino, with Tsogo Sun the official accommodation partner. more

Deep Field for Philippines 70.3 Cebu

Deep Field for Philippines 70.3 Cebu

Friday 31 Jul 2015 [Triathlon News]

A total of 2,500 triathletes gather from over 45 countries, including former world champions and rising stars of the sport. You may even bump into Apl de Ap of the black eyed peas or Formula 1 race car driver Jenson Button. Both have participated in this race. The event also boasts of the one biggest and most complete triathlon expo to date. Local celebrities, actors and actresses, local politicians are also avid supporters of this race, making it THE biggest and brightest race in Asia. more

Triathlon Podcast Season 4 Episode #3

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 Admin
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Norseman via nxtri

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 Admin
Photo Credits: José Luis Hourcade Agurtxare Concellon Dag Oliver Kai-Otto Melau The article Norseman via nxtri was first published on firstoffthebike.com.

Four Ways To Use … Peaches

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Triathlete.com
Photo: John David Becker Peaches are the ultimate treat during the summer months—that’s when they peak in flavor and sweetness. And as a powerhouse of vitamins A and C, which are both strong antioxidants known to boost immunity, they’re good for you too. Peaches also contain a significant amount of selenium, a mineral that has been shown to lower the risk of certain cancers as well as promote thyroid health. In addition to being a tasty ingredient in green salads, smoothies and fruit salsas, there are other creative ways to take advantage of this in-season stone fruit. Make sure to explore the varieties of white and yellow peaches, as they both work well in these four recipes. Summery Peach Couscous Juicy peaches make a great addition to rice, quinoa, farro and couscous salads. Cook 1½ cups dry couscous according to the instructions. Let cool slightly and toss with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, the juice and zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon sea salt and ½ teaspoon...

How To Nail The Tempo Run—Plus 3 Workouts To Try

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.com Want to control your race pace? Nail that tempo run in training. Although it’s described slightly differently by many coaches (“Zone 3” or “uncomfortably hard,” for instance), the ever-important tempo run is an essential part of run training to get you race-ready. In Hansons Half-Marathon Method (VeloPress, $18.95), the authors point out the purpose of the tempo: “Tempo runs teach you an important skill: control. Even when the pace feels easy, these runs train you to hold back and maintain.” The Hansons coaches recommend doing tempo runs at goal race pace for the half-marathon distance. The purpose of a tempo run is to increase your running economy at your desired race pace and to raise your lactate threshold, that fine line where your body switches from burning fat to burning carbohydrates. Tempo runs are also when you’ll learn if you went out too hard (or too easy), and they serve as the perfect opportunity to experiment with the nutrition and gear you...

Inside My Gear Bag With Michelle Vesterby

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Triathlete.com
Photo: John David BeckerDanish pro Michelle Vesterby has had consistent top performances since her first season as a pro in 2012. That year, she won Ironman Lanzarote and placed 12th in her Ironman Hawaii debut. She’s since followed that up with multiple Ironman podium finishes (in Cozumel, Arizona and Los Cabos) as well as a top-10 Kona finish in 2013. Despite a rocky start to 2015, partly due to a bike crash in Monaco, Vesterby is optimistic about her 2015 season. The globetrotting pro (and lover of pink) offers a look at her triathlon essentials. RELATED – Breakfast With Bob Champions’ Edition From Challenge Denmark: Michelle Vesterby 1. TYR Catalyst Contour Training Paddles ($17, Tyr.com) 2. Garmin Forerunner 920XT ($450, Garmin.com) “I simply can’t live without it. I’m addicted to the numbers. I don’t feel my training is done properly if I forget it.” 3. Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola ($6.99, Purelyelizabeth.com) “I love this granola, and you can’t buy it in Denmark...

A Frenchman's Long-Term Love with Kona

Monday 03 Aug 2015
Gilles Reboul is one of the best IRONMAN athletes from France in history. Last year he came to Kona to discover something new as an amateur athlete—and took away the title in his division.

Is barefoot running effective?

Monday 03 Aug 2015 David@blitzmag.com.au (Graeme Turner)
Is barefoot running efficient - PHOTO - Triathlon & Multisport Before you make the decision to run in ‘barefoot’ or minimalist shoes, it’s good to understand what this actually means, and how it can impact your likelihood of injury.

First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Paul Moore
The 2016 Scott Foil has been redesigned with new aero tube shapes and an integrated cockpit. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews 1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil The 2016 Scott Foil has been redesigned with new aero tube shapes and an integrated cockpit. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNewsView Larger Image.First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil Scott bought Syncros in 2012 with the intention of designing products specifically to meet their bikes' needs, and this one-piece cockpit showcases that process. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNewsView Larger Image.First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil The flattened top of the handlebar also provides a comfortable hand position. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNewsView Larger Image.First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil The integrated stem features spacers for up and down adjustment. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNewsView Larger Image.First look: Scott’s 2016 Foil Underneath the handlebar, a port allows access to...

Monday Minute: Stability Ball Push-Up

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Triathlete.com
This week, Tim Crowley and friends show us the stability ball pushup, an excellent exercise that works the upper body and engages the core, helping improve form while reducing injury risk. More “Monday Minute” videos from Triathlete.com. RELATED VIDEO: A Core Stability Ball Exercise The post Monday Minute: Stability Ball Push-Up appeared first on Triathlete.com.

Seven tips for stronger running

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Paul Moore
Photo: Kurt HoyBrian Mackenzie, a strength and conditioning coach and the creator of CrossFit Endurance, shares skills and drills to help athletes run with greater efficiency and speed. Pull with the hamstring Consider your form like a piston in an engine—after your foot touches the ground, pull the ankle and foot up with your hamstring. The more compact your form, the more efficient it becomes. Imagine your stride can only be as long as the area in a phone booth. Maintain proper posture and position To promote better posture, keep your head up, eyes focused down the road and core muscles engaged. This will take the load off your knees and place it on your trunk (hips and hamstrings). Your proper running position can be found by first placing your body weight on the ball of one foot. Slightly bend your knee over your planted foot and hold your ankle below your hip. Hold for one minute on each leg. Keep your stride quiet The less time each foot spends on the ground, the better. Listen...

Post-op update: give me back my broken parts

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 Noreply@blogger.com (Jennie Hansen)
   Well, I had a good 30 year run of no major dental work, no acutely broken bones, no surgeries, and never even taking painkillers for anything.  I guess that's a good enough track record, given that I've spent ~25 years in organized sports of some sort.  Then I turned 30 on 9/29.  On 10/1, dental implant #1 went in; on 10/29, it fell out (1+29=30).  11/30 was my crash.  I was sick on 12/30.  Dental implant #2 went in on 3/30.  5/30 was the last long bike/run I did before the ominous hip pain started.  Then, yesterday, 7/30, I had my hip scoped.  Thankfully, there's only one more 30 in a month before I turn 31 (which gives me a little pause, because Dave is racing Muskoka that day-hopefully he'll turn this stretch around).  Anyways.  That surgery thing.  As I mentioned in my last post, I'd had all of the hip imaging done, and was waiting on one final step to try to figure out if my pain was intra-articular or...

A Healthy Active Lifestyle – The gift that just keeps giving

Saturday 01 Aug 2015 Jaimie Jacobs
:) Prevention Vs Cure – This is a term I often read! I imagine it being said with that tone that principals speak so well, in a lecture like tone. That is how I perceive it anyway! If only the powers to be could somehow enlist our mental fortitude to see all statements relating to the ‘Prevention is better than Cure” statement as less lecture like. Oh how I wish a wise soul within our thoughts could convert the ‘Prevention is better than Cure” statement to “A healthy active lifestyle rewards ‘your future you’ with freedom! If one could ideally read it as a ‘Get out of Jail’ card if you like where one isn’t imprisoned by limitations imposed by a disease! Or perceive it is a free pass to the Carnival of the Living! Where one can say ‘Yes’ to cycling with the grandchildren. ‘Yes’ to chasing after the furry family member on the beach. ‘Yes’ to simply walking faster across the road without fear of bones breaking due to the silent disease that now afflicts up to 200 million women world wide...

It’s Show Time!!

Friday 31 Jul 2015 Admin
:-) Just a quick update, I have settled in Penticton and it is the night before Day 1 of Ultra520k Canada. Am I nervous…..you bet! Am I excited…..absolutely! So many emotions all rolled into one but more importantly I can’t wait to get out there and experience the high’s and lows of what the next 3 days are going to offer. I am so lucky to have an amazing crew here in Canada with me: Ruth Chang – Personal Physio, GKEndurance coach but most importantly friend, who knows me so well. I have apologised already to her for what might happen over the next few days Marian Brennan  – More commonly known as Mazzy…..who has taken time out from her Holiday in Canada to come and chase me around over 3 days and 520km! At least she will get to see some great scenery along the way! I am trusting Ruth and Mazzy with all my nutritional and emotional needs! Jeff Shilt – Coach and Friend! I know how difficult I can be at times to deal with….unfortunately I can be very stubborn....

Buffalo Springs & Racine 70.3: Nuggets of Gold

Wednesday 29 Jul 2015 Admin
20150718_162851_resized The past two races were slow to get put into writing. Sometimes you have those events whereby while you’re proud of the effort, the result in your opinion is just ‘meh’. That is how I feel about both Buffalo Springs and Racine 70.3. That said, there was a similarity in both races which is something I am proud of and that is the attitude I managed to maintain throughout and how it helped get me to the finish line; in what I feel are less than stellar 3rd and 4th places, but in reality are nothing to hang my head about. Both events, I went in rested and with a strong desire and excitement to race. I’ve done them both a few times in the past, and each one brings back great memories from when I was still cutting my teeth at the 70.3 distance. I knew I would have to swim strong and back it with a solid bike to be able to use my run for a top slot. While neither race was too large (about 8 women in Lubbock and ~20 in Racine), they both had quality fields. So nothing would come easy; but...

2015 Ironman Canada

Wednesday 29 Jul 2015 Melanie@racergirl.com (melanie)
bike riding IMC This quote sums up my 2nd place debut Ironman Canada performance and why I am so happy with what happened but hungry, motivated and determined for more: “A win doesn't feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn't last as long as the bad. Not even close.” – Andre Agassi Coming that close to winning my first Ironman was insane.  But losing the race that late in the race leaves me with the belief that I could maybe win an Ironman.  I don’t know that I truly thought I could win Sunday.  I don’t really feel “bad” about anything on Sunday because I truly gave my best on the day.  The fact I made some mistakes and didn’t win means there is still unfinished business and I am so glad.  It is what drives us. Danielle Mack executed a super strong race under terrible conditions to win her second Ironman.  Although I love a lot of the girls I race against- because they are amazing people I admire so much- having a former XTERRA age group World Champ...

I’m on the Rivet and loving it

Monday 27 Jul 2015 Tim
Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 5.42.16 pm I’m excited to be talking about the new helmet that’s protecting my noggin, because my association with Giant goes back a long way. They’ve kept me at the front of the pack when it comes to state-of-the-art, cutting-edge bikes and now they’re doing the same with my helmet. The Rivet TT is the result of Giant’s commitment to investing time, energy and expertise into helmet design. And it’s a beauty. It’s their most aerodynamic helmet yet – tuned using a process called Computational Fluid Dynamics and tested extensively in the wind tunnel and in real-life on the heads of the Team-Giant-Alpecin pro riders. Keeping cool in the mountains I’m currently in Boulder, Colorado for altitude training and the Rivet TT is what I’m rocking through the Rockies… All puns aside, the new helmet is working out well in training and I think it’s going to be great for Kona. The strategically placed dimples on the helmet improve laminar flow and the ‘drag-neutral’ ports and internal channels do a great job...

Conrad Stoltz’s Fatbike beach riding Adventure – video

Monday 27 Jul 2015 Conrad
I LOVE adventure! Which, after a few laps too many around the athletics track, is what drew me to triathlon at age 14. Two decades later, that same “Adventure” also drew me to XTERRA. This video is about me (Conrad Stoltz aka The Caveman) taking my FatBoy on a beach Adventure along the South African South Coast. (Brenton-on-Sea to Sedgefield and back- 53km in 5h10) Stunning scenery, challenging coastal terrain, the rising tide (nearly got swept out to sea) and riding & crashing off a dune because of darkness… Plenty of adventure! The ride was made possible by the amazingly capable Specialized Fatboy Pro: A Fatbike with 4.6inch (12cm) wide tyres, ridden at super low pressure, which allows you to ride terrain never thought ride-able. Tyre pressure: 6-12psi (0.4 -.08bar) depending if its firm or soft beach sand. The ride is recorded on my GPS enabled SUUNTO Ambit3. Check out my “big ride, incl 120min at Tempo” ride details and flyover movie on Movescount:...

July Update

Monday 27 Jul 2015 GC80 (noreply@blogger.com)
We are back now in New Zealand. It is the middle of winter, but I think we have been pretty lucky with our timing, it has been quite lovely. I can never really believe that this is winter in the North Island, having lived in Christchurch my whole life, winters were a lot tougher. It has definitely meant adjusting from coming home from a Germany in a heat wave has not been such a shock! I had a pretty relaxed couple of weeks (training wise, still plenty of house renovations being done) and then this week I have started with a new coach, Kristian from TriSpecific Kristian has been quite a mentor these last couple of months, getting my gut health back on track, which I will be eternally grateful for as I can only but say it has been life changing for me. And I promise I will be writing a series of a few blogs soon outlining the changes we have made. I say we as my husband and son as well have made changes to the way they are eating, and I have been taking notes on changes to all...

Andy gewinnt Müritz-Triathlon

Sunday 26 Jul 2015 Julia Böttner
MitteldistanzErfolgreicher Test auf der Mitteldistanz drei Wochen nach Ironman-EM in Frankfurt – In zwei Wochen steht EM im Ironman 70.3 an – Preisgeld geht an Mike MöwenherzRostock. Mit einem Sieg ist Andreas Raelert in die zweite Saisonhälfte gestartet. Drei Wochen nach seinem sechsten Rang bei der Ironman-Europameisterschaft in Frankfurt hat der Rostocker mit einem Start-Ziel-Erfolg beim Müritz-Triathlon seiner Vorbereitung für die Europameisterschaft im Ironman 70.3 am 9. August in Wiesbaden eingeläutet. „Natürlich steckt einem auch noch etwas Müdigkeit in den Knochen drei Wochen nach einem Ironman, aber mit meinem sportlichen Wiedereinstieg kann ich wirklich zufrieden sein“, sagte Andreas Raelert. In 3:29:33 Stunden entschied er das Rennen über 2 Kilometer Schwimmen, 80 Kilometer Radfahren und 20 Kilometer Laufen vor Mathias Dietze (3:43:40 Stunden) und Andre Stübs (3:50:48 Stunden) für sich. Bei orkanartigen Böen entwickelte sich der Wettkampf zu einer Herausforderung für...

70.3 Racine – 3rd

Sunday 26 Jul 2015 Andrew Starykowicz
20150318-DSC_2377-2 This was the fourth time in my career that I was pulling the Ironman/half ironman double and every time I have finished better in the second race. I was hoping that this trend would continue. Unlike most of the times in the past I felt ready as race day neared and not wasted from the weekend before. When the cannon fired I was ready to race. The level of competition in the field looked to be hotter than the weather forecast. Sanders, Chrabot, Griffin, Cunningham, (Drew) Scott, Hanson, & Giardini…one thing was for sure, the bike was going to be blistering fast. We all did a partial dolphin dive at 7am when the cannon fired and quickly we were strung out single file. Giardini first then a small gap to Chrabot followed by Andrew Nielson with Drew Scott & I wrestling for his toes. After 200 meters of this I eased up and gave Drew Nielson’s feet and faded behind Drew. Next thing I know he let a gap open up, are you kidding me. Damn me for being nice. I busted around Drew and spent...

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Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Wins in Rio and the Philippines crown the weekend for the Bahrain Endurance 13

Wins in Rio and the Philippines crown the weekend for the Bahrain Endurance 13

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

The minimum Javier Gomez needed to do was get on the podium at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Olympic test event, but the Spaniard went above and beyond by taking top honors to earn himself and Spain a sure spot in the 2016 Olympics men’s triathlon start list. He said, “I was saving some energy for the last two laps of the run because I am training for World Championships, so it was nice to win. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was controlled so I am really happy.” more

Reed, Steffen Sparkle in Stunning Cebu

Reed, Steffen Sparkle in Stunning Cebu

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

The Asia-Pacific Champion and a Warrior Princess lived up to their names at a remarkable Cobra Energy Drink IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines. Asia-Pacific IRONMAN 70.3 Champion Tim Reed withstood a withering sprint finish to edge out close friend and compatriot Tim Berkel to claim the men’s honours amid the passion and colour at Cebu today. more

Marais, Edwards Stamp Names on Inaugural 70.3 Durban

Marais, Edwards Stamp Names on Inaugural 70.3 Durban

Monday 03 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

South Africa’s Stuart Marais and Parys Edwards of Great Britain were crowned the champions on a warm day in Durban. Edwards takes the win It was no surprise to see Lucie Reed (CZE) lead out of the of the swim with more than two minutes on Andrea Steyn (RSA) with Parys Edwards a further minute back going into T1. Both Steyn and Edwards are notable cyclists with each cutting into Reed’s early lead. more

Gomez golden at 2015 Triathlon Test Event

Gomez golden at 2015 Triathlon Test Event

Monday 03 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) added to his collection of titles and accolades when he crossed the finish line first at the 2015 Rio de Janeiro Test Event, ensuring he would line up again in 2016 as he fulfilled both his National Federation’s requirements for Olympic qualification and earned Spain a spot on the start list. more

Dutch Athletes Fly in Maastricht

Dutch Athletes Fly in Maastricht

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 [Triathlon News]

Two Dutch athletes celebrated great wins at the inaugural IRONMAN Maastricht-Limburg. Thanks to outstanding performances Yvonne van Vlerken and Bas Diederen took home the victories in their home race. Diederen continues strong season In the men’s race, it was a group of five that dominated the race for a long time. Dutch Martijn Dekker set off for a fast swim split early in the water and exited the river Maas after 46:17. Within only 7 seconds more

Triathlon Podcast Season 4 Episode #3

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 Admin
You need to enable Javascript to view this video The article Triathlon Podcast Season 4 Episode #3 was first published on firstoffthebike.com.

Norseman via nxtri

Tuesday 04 Aug 2015 Admin
Photo Credits: José Luis Hourcade Agurtxare Concellon Dag Oliver Kai-Otto Melau The article Norseman via nxtri was first published on firstoffthebike.com.

Four Ways To Use … Peaches

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Triathlete.com
Photo: John David Becker Peaches are the ultimate treat during the summer months—that’s when they peak in flavor and sweetness. And as a powerhouse of vitamins A and C, which are both strong antioxidants known to boost immunity, they’re good for you too. Peaches also contain a significant amount of selenium, a mineral that has been shown to lower the risk of certain cancers as well as promote thyroid health. In addition to being a tasty ingredient in green salads, smoothies and fruit salsas, there are other creative ways to take advantage of this in-season stone fruit. Make sure to explore the varieties of white and yellow peaches, as they both work well in these four recipes. Summery Peach Couscous Juicy peaches make a great addition to rice, quinoa, farro and couscous salads. Cook 1½ cups dry couscous according to the instructions. Let cool slightly and toss with 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, the juice and zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon, 1 teaspoon sea salt and ½ teaspoon...

How To Nail The Tempo Run—Plus 3 Workouts To Try

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.com Want to control your race pace? Nail that tempo run in training. Although it’s described slightly differently by many coaches (“Zone 3” or “uncomfortably hard,” for instance), the ever-important tempo run is an essential part of run training to get you race-ready. In Hansons Half-Marathon Method (VeloPress, $18.95), the authors point out the purpose of the tempo: “Tempo runs teach you an important skill: control. Even when the pace feels easy, these runs train you to hold back and maintain.” The Hansons coaches recommend doing tempo runs at goal race pace for the half-marathon distance. The purpose of a tempo run is to increase your running economy at your desired race pace and to raise your lactate threshold, that fine line where your body switches from burning fat to burning carbohydrates. Tempo runs are also when you’ll learn if you went out too hard (or too easy), and they serve as the perfect opportunity to experiment with the nutrition and gear you...

Inside My Gear Bag With Michelle Vesterby

Monday 03 Aug 2015 Triathlete.com
Photo: John David BeckerDanish pro Michelle Vesterby has had consistent top performances since her first season as a pro in 2012. That year, she won Ironman Lanzarote and placed 12th in her Ironman Hawaii debut. She’s since followed that up with multiple Ironman podium finishes (in Cozumel, Arizona and Los Cabos) as well as a top-10 Kona finish in 2013. Despite a rocky start to 2015, partly due to a bike crash in Monaco, Vesterby is optimistic about her 2015 season. The globetrotting pro (and lover of pink) offers a look at her triathlon essentials. RELATED – Breakfast With Bob Champions’ Edition From Challenge Denmark: Michelle Vesterby 1. TYR Catalyst Contour Training Paddles ($17, Tyr.com) 2. Garmin Forerunner 920XT ($450, Garmin.com) “I simply can’t live without it. I’m addicted to the numbers. I don’t feel my training is done properly if I forget it.” 3. Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola ($6.99, Purelyelizabeth.com) “I love this granola, and you can’t buy it in Denmark...

Post-op update: give me back my broken parts

Sunday 02 Aug 2015 Noreply@blogger.com (Jennie Hansen)
   Well, I had a good 30 year run of no major dental work, no acutely broken bones, no surgeries, and never even taking painkillers for anything.  I guess that's a good enough track record, given that I've spent ~25 years in organized sports of some sort.  Then I turned 30 on 9/29.  On 10/1, dental implant #1 went in; on 10/29, it fell out (1+29=30).  11/30 was my crash.  I was sick on 12/30.  Dental implant #2 went in on 3/30.  5/30 was the last long bike/run I did before the ominous hip pain started.  Then, yesterday, 7/30, I had my hip scoped.  Thankfully, there's only one more 30 in a month before I turn 31 (which gives me a little pause, because Dave is racing Muskoka that day-hopefully he'll turn this stretch around).  Anyways.  That surgery thing.  As I mentioned in my last post, I'd had all of the hip imaging done, and was waiting on one final step to try to figure out if my pain was intra-articular or...

A Healthy Active Lifestyle – The gift that just keeps giving

Saturday 01 Aug 2015 Jaimie Jacobs
:) Prevention Vs Cure – This is a term I often read! I imagine it being said with that tone that principals speak so well, in a lecture like tone. That is how I perceive it anyway! If only the powers to be could somehow enlist our mental fortitude to see all statements relating to the ‘Prevention is better than Cure” statement as less lecture like. Oh how I wish a wise soul within our thoughts could convert the ‘Prevention is better than Cure” statement to “A healthy active lifestyle rewards ‘your future you’ with freedom! If one could ideally read it as a ‘Get out of Jail’ card if you like where one isn’t imprisoned by limitations imposed by a disease! Or perceive it is a free pass to the Carnival of the Living! Where one can say ‘Yes’ to cycling with the grandchildren. ‘Yes’ to chasing after the furry family member on the beach. ‘Yes’ to simply walking faster across the road without fear of bones breaking due to the silent disease that now afflicts up to 200 million women world wide...

It’s Show Time!!

Friday 31 Jul 2015 Admin
:-) Just a quick update, I have settled in Penticton and it is the night before Day 1 of Ultra520k Canada. Am I nervous…..you bet! Am I excited…..absolutely! So many emotions all rolled into one but more importantly I can’t wait to get out there and experience the high’s and lows of what the next 3 days are going to offer. I am so lucky to have an amazing crew here in Canada with me: Ruth Chang – Personal Physio, GKEndurance coach but most importantly friend, who knows me so well. I have apologised already to her for what might happen over the next few days Marian Brennan  – More commonly known as Mazzy…..who has taken time out from her Holiday in Canada to come and chase me around over 3 days and 520km! At least she will get to see some great scenery along the way! I am trusting Ruth and Mazzy with all my nutritional and emotional needs! Jeff Shilt – Coach and Friend! I know how difficult I can be at times to deal with….unfortunately I can be very stubborn....

Buffalo Springs & Racine 70.3: Nuggets of Gold

Wednesday 29 Jul 2015 Admin
20150718_162851_resized The past two races were slow to get put into writing. Sometimes you have those events whereby while you’re proud of the effort, the result in your opinion is just ‘meh’. That is how I feel about both Buffalo Springs and Racine 70.3. That said, there was a similarity in both races which is something I am proud of and that is the attitude I managed to maintain throughout and how it helped get me to the finish line; in what I feel are less than stellar 3rd and 4th places, but in reality are nothing to hang my head about. Both events, I went in rested and with a strong desire and excitement to race. I’ve done them both a few times in the past, and each one brings back great memories from when I was still cutting my teeth at the 70.3 distance. I knew I would have to swim strong and back it with a solid bike to be able to use my run for a top slot. While neither race was too large (about 8 women in Lubbock and ~20 in Racine), they both had quality fields. So nothing would come easy; but...

2015 Ironman Canada

Wednesday 29 Jul 2015 Melanie@racergirl.com (melanie)
bike riding IMC This quote sums up my 2nd place debut Ironman Canada performance and why I am so happy with what happened but hungry, motivated and determined for more: “A win doesn't feel as good as a loss feels bad, and the good feeling doesn't last as long as the bad. Not even close.” – Andre Agassi Coming that close to winning my first Ironman was insane.  But losing the race that late in the race leaves me with the belief that I could maybe win an Ironman.  I don’t know that I truly thought I could win Sunday.  I don’t really feel “bad” about anything on Sunday because I truly gave my best on the day.  The fact I made some mistakes and didn’t win means there is still unfinished business and I am so glad.  It is what drives us. Danielle Mack executed a super strong race under terrible conditions to win her second Ironman.  Although I love a lot of the girls I race against- because they are amazing people I admire so much- having a former XTERRA age group World Champ...

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