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70.3 becomes Two Day Event

70.3 becomes Two Day Event

Wednesday 27 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process – Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event – with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and a more

Ospaly & Lehtonen Crowned Euro Champs at Challenge Rimini

Ospaly & Lehtonen Crowned Euro Champs at Challenge Rimini

Monday 25 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

Filip Ospaly (CZE) and Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) were today crowned the ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Champions at CHALLENGE RIMINI on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. After days of rain, the morning dawned fine with a 1,600 strong field ready to take on CHALLENGE RIMINI’s spectacular course. Among the pros, Italy’s Giulio Molinari was preparing to defend his European title that he gained last year at CHALLENGE MALLORCA, more

Riesler and Degasperi Storm Lanzarote

Riesler and Degasperi Storm Lanzarote

Sunday 24 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

Extraordinarily tough conditions made this year's edition of IRONMAN Lanzarote a bigger challenge than usual. Italian Alessandro Degasperi and German Diana Riesler took the wins. Strong performances are one way to respond to stormy conditions. Italian Alessandro Degasperi and German Diana Riesler took great victories at the 2015 IRONMAN Lanzarote. The wind was as painful as had been predicted, allowing 1,671 athletes to showcase remarkable fortitude. more

Ben Hoffman, Don’t Mess with Texas

Ben Hoffman, Don’t Mess with Texas

Friday 22 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

It’s not often, especially in recent times, that I sit down to compose an Ironman race recap where I have been completely humbled and disappointed. There were some pretty poor races in Kona earlier in my career, but I’ve been very consistent in my ability to prepare properly and execute well over the past few years of racing. more

Ironman Lanzarote preview

Ironman Lanzarote preview

Friday 22 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

This Saturday marks the 24th edition of the prestigious IRONMAN Lanzarote, held in the Canary Islands and is famous for being one of the toughest courses on the global IRONMAN circuit. The race is known for its Kona likeness: heat, strong winds, and climbing. It seems to be Hawaii’s little sister of Europe. more

Chris McDonald, A Letter to Ironman Texas

Chris McDonald, A Letter to Ironman Texas

Thursday 21 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

Dear Ironman Texas, I wanted to write you this letter and talk about our relationship! When we first started courting, I had so many high hopes for what we would be able to have in terms of a relationship. Things started off very rocky in year one, but I knew deep in my heart we would be able to make it work. After some long talks, year two of our relationship was solid, more

Challenge Rimini preview

Challenge Rimini preview

Thursday 21 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

CHALLENGE RIMINI is ready to welcome a flood of triathletes from all over the world, heading to Italy to compete in the event that will crown the ETU European Half Distance European Champions. More than 2,600 athletes from 25 countries will compete in what has become the leading half distance triathlon event in Italy. more

Lucy Gossage 70.3 Barcelona

Lucy Gossage 70.3 Barcelona

Wednesday 20 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

It’s been two years since I’ve raced a 70.3 properly and I’d kind of forgotten how much fun they can be. Short (relative to ironman), hard (relative to ironman) and done and dusted by lunchtime. What’s not to like? I went into Barcelona 70.3 with no real expectations of a great performance and felt absolutely no pressure to do well. more

Matt Hanson, IMTX North American Champion

Matt Hanson, IMTX North American Champion

Wednesday 20 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

First things first, apologies for the length of my report but this win was a pretty emotional one all round!! I am not going to lie. I REALLY wanted this race. I absolutely love The Woodlands. The local triathlon community has embraced me as one of their own. Since both coaches David Tilbury-Davis and Tim Floyd live in The Woodlands, I spend quite a bit of time training there. I took full advantage of this for the North American Championships. more

Terenzo 70.3 Vietnam & Chattanooga 3rd Place

Terenzo 70.3 Vietnam & Chattanooga 3rd Place

Tuesday 19 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

As my month on the road draws to a close I reflect on the amazing places I have visited and competed in and I am really happy with my solid performances – one Victory, one 2nd and two third places and the invaluable amount of learning I can take away from it all. Although there was a substantial amount of travel and racing in this block, I feel I still have a lot in reserve and can walk away into a small break without having to be dragged off the sidelines on my death bed. more

Auction of Autographed ITU Flag to Benefit Nepalese Earthquake Fund

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
USA Triathlon is offering fans a chance to own a unique piece of memorabilia through an auction of an autographed International Triathlon Union flag, the proceeds of which will provide support to ITU’s Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign. The flag includes signatures from Olympic medalists Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP), ITU World Champions Gwen Jorgensen (USA) and Non Stanford (GBR), four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper, and more than 120 others who competed on May 16 at WTS Yokohama. USA Triathlon facilitated the project, and the autographed flag is up for auction now on eBay.com. Bidding will be open until Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. GMT. All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign. “USA Triathlon’s initiative to auction off the ITU flag signed by elite athletes is a fantastic example of one National Federation helping...

2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to Return to U.S.

Tuesday 26 May 2015
Three U.S. cities are announced as finalists for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, a new two-day format.

Sprint-Distance WTS London Set For Sunday

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Triathlete.com
Gwen Jorgensen will look to defend her London title. Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.orgLondon this weekend marks the sixth race and start to the European leg in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series. Serving as the host city for the second sprint-distance race of the season for the elites, the Great Britain capital will also see the likes of Paratriathlon across multiple sport classes. While Gwen Jorgensen (USA) tops the start list in the hopes of continuing on in her nine-time undefeated winning streak, London may bring her toughest competition yet. A star-studded women’s race will also feature compatriot Katie Zaferes, Great Britain’s own Non Stanford and Vicky Holland and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt. In the men’s race, brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) will face off head-to-head for the first time this season and with Javier Gomez (ESP) taking a break from the WTS, fellow Spaniard Mario Mola will be sporting the No. 1 in an attempt to claim another London gold as he...

GALLERY: IRONMAN Lanzarote

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
photos by Michael Rauschendorfer An up close and personal look at the beautiful yet brutal day of racing from IRONMAN Lanzarote. Alessandro Degasperi had an impressive day on the bike to post a 8:56:49 finish, good enough to take the men’s title. Meanwhile, Diana Riesler dominated throughout to take an impressive win for the women. 15 IM Lanzarote

Challenge Family Americas and Skechers Performance Division Kick Off North American Partnership

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
Challenge Family Americas proudly announces a new partnership with Skechers Performance Division, naming the high performance footwear brand the Official Running Shoe of Challenge Quassy and Challenge Atlantic City. Skechers, the second largest sports footwear company in the U.S., brings powerful brand recognition to the Challenge Family Americas with the Performance Division partnership.  Notable athletes representing the Skechers Performance Division include elite marathon champion and 2014 Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, and elite runner Kara Goucher. Podium-topping professionals Lionel Sanders and Sarah Haskins lead Skechers’ triathlete roster. Rick Higgins, SVP, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance Division, spoke enthusiastically of the newly formed partnership.  “The Skechers Performance Division is strongly committed to running and, by extension, triathlon. We’re excited to grow our involvement in the triathlon space and introduce our technologically advanced...

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships returns to the U.S. in 2017 with new two-day event

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process – Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event – with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other. “With the global explosion of IRONMAN 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us globally and, after consulting with members of our Women For Tri Board, felt that having a separate race for female...

One-Hour Workout: Backwards Hill Repeats

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.comEvery Tuesday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 minutes (or less!). This week’s run workout comes from Kenley Ferrara Potts, a running coach in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was previously the run coach for the Brooklyn Triathlon Club in New York and now serves as the track coach for the Special Olympics Orange County. Potts says she loves this workout because it is unusual—running backwards, uphill!—and incredibly challenging, but it helps to reduce the risk of injury to the knees while incorporating speedwork. RELATED: Hill Repeats You’re Not Sick Of One-Hour Workout: Backwards Hill Repeats Warm-up 5 mins of foam rolling 1 mile easy jog 10 mins of dynamic stretching (check out our favorite pre-run warmup here) Main Set - Find a challenging hill warm up to the bottom. Face backwards up the hill. Set your watch for 30 minutes, and press the start button. – For your first repeat, maintain a slower pace to get the feel...

70.3 Worlds Return To U.S. In 2017, 3 Finalists Announced

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Triathlete.com
St. George currently hosts the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive ImageIronman today announced that the 2017 Ironman 70.3 world Championship will take place in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host Ironman or 70.3 events, have need named as the finalists to host the event. Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah) will be vying for the opportunity to host what will, for the first time, be a two-day event – with the professional women and age-group women racing on one day and the professional men and age-group men racing on the other. “With the global explosion of Ironman 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman in the press release. “We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us...

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Returns to the U.S. In 2017

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Tjnick
im703worldchamppromo580.jpg Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lake Placid, New York, and St. George, Utah Named as Finalists IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process - Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event - with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other. "With the global explosion of IRONMAN 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing," said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us globally and, after...

What Happens At The Back Of The Pack?

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Triathlete.com
An athlete finishes 4 seconds after the cutoff at the 2011 Ironman World Championship. Photo: Nils NilsenIronman and Challenge Family explain cutoff times, removing slower athletes from the course. During 2014 Ironman Arizona, Larissa Lewis knew her odds of finishing before the 17-hour cutoff were slim. Still, she made her way down the dark sidewalks of Tempe. “I felt horribly nauseous, my legs were finished working, my brain was completely fried, and boy, did I want to finish. But I never wanted to quit,” recalls Lewis of bringing up the back of the pack, “I didn’t care if the gates were shut and the lights were off once I got there. I was going to run down the dark sidewalk until my watch hit 26.2.” Lewis was shocked to round the final corner and still hear Mike Reilly’s voice. Though she crossed the finish line two minutes past the cutoff time and is not documented as an official finisher in Ironman records, Lewis counts Arizona as the most memorable of her eight Ironman...

"Head full of doubt, road full of promise"

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Noreply@blogger.com (Jennie Hansen)
  Here's the thing about comebacks, if that's what we want to call them.  They're not the nice, clean, linear journey back up to glory that we think they should be.  You get knocked down, you think that you've paid your dues to karma, the universe, whatever it is, and that it's going to be a steady trip up back above where you've started as long as you put in your time, and do your work.  But that's not true.  One bad thing happening doesn't automatically build up immunities to other setbacks.  It's like a long climb on a ride, when you're not sure where the top is, and you're not quite sure if you're ever even going to make it there.  Sometimes, the road dips back down again, and while it's a momentary relief, deep down you're cursing it, because it's just taking you further away from where you want to be.  But, the steepest, hardest, most challenging portions are the ones that pack the most punch in getting you there.   Anyways, this...

Ironman Texas: It’s the Size of Fight in the Dog

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Admin
FullSizeRender1_resized I’ve never quite understood it when people say they are “going to defend their title” upon returning to a race as the previous year’s winner. It seems more appropriate “I’m going with the goal of defending my title.” So when many asked me if I was ‘going to Ironman Texas to defend’, I guess I just saw it differently. The goal was, as with any race, go out and execute the absolute best of my ability; if that landed me on top, all the better. But I’ve often found it dangerous to become too focused on the top step of a podium, especially in an event such as Ironman, with so many variables that come into play. Becoming too fixated on a ‘title defense’ to me just seems misguided. While I found it a huge honor to return to The Woodlands after last year’s race, I knew that wouldn’t make the task of a similar performance any easier. I’ve often said, resumes don’t matter when we toe the start line; it’s about focus, preparation, execution, and how much fight we’re willing to bring to the...

Debut Ironman Experience – Lanzarote

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Will
sands beach crew Well, I can officially call myself an Ironman I guess, what a huge day trip that was in Lanzarote. I felt like preparation went ok for my debut Ironman. I can’t say I was in top shape at all, just didn’t have the time to get that, lets say I was inconsistently good!  I personally thought it was enough to get a good result here but not this time. The swim was fine, I didn’t know what to expect from a 3.8k swim, I thought it’d probably bore the hell out of me but actually it went very quickly and wasn’t too bad! It was almost backstoke-able at times so really it was more of a warm up for what was to come. Pointer to all the athletes who raced! Did you see that GIANT Manta Ray that swam under us? T1 went smoothly and we spit the pack into 2 groups. I was with some strong guys and to be honest they were riding a bit too hard for my liking. I had the aim of finishing the bike with 285w best case scenario. 280w maybe more realistic. That meant probably being on...

Barcelona and onwards.

Wednesday 11 Jun 2014 Will
Before ride Hello everybody, thanks for tapping in. Things are going well for me as we hit half way through the season. I’m just getting stuck into a meaty taper for UK 70.3 down in Wimbleball and I think I’m probably coming into some of my best shape of the season so far. It’s all very nice when you’re resting up knowing that you have good legs. Not a bad gig sitting on the sofa super-compensating, getting fitter as you chug through your cup of tea! I’m pretty happy with the season so far. I’ve managed to bag three 2nd places in 70.3 events. Most recently from the Barcelona 70.3 which was a fantastic race! Probably about time I turn it around and get a win, but already this season is better then last year. It’s a brilliant race down in Barcelona, nice point to point sea swim, very very solid hilly bike course and flat run along the Med. We had another quality field of athletes with Victor Del Corral, Terenzo Bozzone, Jan Van Berkel, Bruno Pais, Sylvain...

Introducing the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team

Monday 20 Jan 2014 Lizblatchford
I am extremely excited to announce my joining the Uplace BMC Professional Triathlon team. This year the team has expanded from a purely Belgian team of the previous years to an truly international team. Personally the team offers me incredible … Continue reading →

Balancing life one beer at a time – Omission and my training

Sunday 24 May 2015 Timothy O'Donnell
TO_Omission Triathlon is a tough sport and to have a long career you need some balance in your life. Having a casual drink with friends at the end of a hard training day, or as a celebration after a race helps me keep the sport in perspective, appreciate what I get to do for a living and helps contribute to that balanced life. Recovery is crucial in a long career too, and that is more than physical… it’s also mental. Being able to get into recovery boots, have a beer, watch the playoffs and zone out allows me to step away from triathlon, so when I get back to training the next day I am ready to wrap my head around it all again. Of course on the physical side, with big training comes big caloric needs and a beer at night actually helps replenish those glycogen stores!  At the end of the day a balanced life definitely places me in a positive state of mind. Training and racing while being happy in life correlates to success and for me that comes from enjoying training, life, loved ones and a...

The Importance of Aero

Monday 25 May 2015 Tim
RDodson__IronManMelb15_021 What do fish, F1 cars and fast triathletes all have in common? It’s all about the aero. (Technically, with fish it’s actually about the hydrodynamics, but bear with me) Athletes go to a lot of trouble to reduce drag and increase their aerodynamic efficiency. You may think that some go overboard in the quest to be aero, but as you’ll see, the little things add up. Not everyone can afford to spend a fortune on the latest gear, but there are definitely plenty of things you can do to get more aero and watch your times come down. When it comes to talking aero for triathletes, there’s a lot of stuff out there, both written and on video. The science can get extremely complicated, with talk about rolling resistance, drag coefficients and air density. But I believe there’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple. Instead of getting bogged down in the details, I’m going to strip it back and give you five principles that anyone can apply to lift their performance. They can help you to make more...

Memorial Day

Friday 22 May 2015 Jessica Meyers (noreply@blogger.com)
My incredible sponsor Coeur Sports (check out coeursports.com) wrote me and asked to write a blog on Memorial Day.  Of course the motto of Coeur is heart and courage.  At first I wasn’t sure which way to run with it.  Memorial Day conjures up so many meanings to me it can be difficult to nail down just one.  Memorial Day is for remembering the people who died while serving in our Armed Forces, which is the ultimate use of heart and courage.  When I was younger, it meant eating hamburgers and hotdogs and to celebrate the kick off of summer.  Obviously as a veteran, and one that is getting older at that, it holds a much greater meaning.  I started thinking about where I started my career, as a fresh out of high school showing up for R-Day at West Point.  I thought it would be fitting to memorialize my classmates no longer with us. It’s hard to describe the feeling when you actually start to personally know the people you are honoring. ...

IM Hawaii Race Report 2014

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

Some thoughts before the big day

Thursday 09 Oct 2014 Noreply@blogger.com (Sara Gross)
Final prep run on Ali'i Drive. Photo by www.tessacapistrano.ca It really has been one helluva year. My race season started with food poisoning in Monterrey Mexico which wiped out Ironman Los Cabos as well.  Though I know that “these things happen”, the setback hit me mentally harder than it should have. As a mom, I have made sacrifices that involve being away from my daughter and somehow, it seemed like too much. Kona became a distant dream and so I refocused on doing two Ironmans just one week apart in May with the completely unexpected result of bombing on the first one and winning the second one. This is when I really learned that if your head is the right place, anything really is possible. Because I had so many things stacked against me heading into IM Brasil (3 consecutive IM DNFs, tired legs from the week before, etc, etc…) I found it was best just to blank my mind and not think at all. Rather than try to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts, I just...

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70.3 becomes Two Day Event

70.3 becomes Two Day Event

Wednesday 27 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process – Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event – with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and a more

Ospaly & Lehtonen Crowned Euro Champs at Challenge Rimini

Ospaly & Lehtonen Crowned Euro Champs at Challenge Rimini

Monday 25 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

Filip Ospaly (CZE) and Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) were today crowned the ETU European Half Distance Triathlon Champions at CHALLENGE RIMINI on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. After days of rain, the morning dawned fine with a 1,600 strong field ready to take on CHALLENGE RIMINI’s spectacular course. Among the pros, Italy’s Giulio Molinari was preparing to defend his European title that he gained last year at CHALLENGE MALLORCA, more

Riesler and Degasperi Storm Lanzarote

Riesler and Degasperi Storm Lanzarote

Sunday 24 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

Extraordinarily tough conditions made this year's edition of IRONMAN Lanzarote a bigger challenge than usual. Italian Alessandro Degasperi and German Diana Riesler took the wins. Strong performances are one way to respond to stormy conditions. Italian Alessandro Degasperi and German Diana Riesler took great victories at the 2015 IRONMAN Lanzarote. The wind was as painful as had been predicted, allowing 1,671 athletes to showcase remarkable fortitude. more

Ben Hoffman, Don’t Mess with Texas

Ben Hoffman, Don’t Mess with Texas

Friday 22 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

It’s not often, especially in recent times, that I sit down to compose an Ironman race recap where I have been completely humbled and disappointed. There were some pretty poor races in Kona earlier in my career, but I’ve been very consistent in my ability to prepare properly and execute well over the past few years of racing. more

Ironman Lanzarote preview

Ironman Lanzarote preview

Friday 22 May 2015 [Triathlon News]

This Saturday marks the 24th edition of the prestigious IRONMAN Lanzarote, held in the Canary Islands and is famous for being one of the toughest courses on the global IRONMAN circuit. The race is known for its Kona likeness: heat, strong winds, and climbing. It seems to be Hawaii’s little sister of Europe. more

Auction of Autographed ITU Flag to Benefit Nepalese Earthquake Fund

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
USA Triathlon is offering fans a chance to own a unique piece of memorabilia through an auction of an autographed International Triathlon Union flag, the proceeds of which will provide support to ITU’s Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign. The flag includes signatures from Olympic medalists Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP), ITU World Champions Gwen Jorgensen (USA) and Non Stanford (GBR), four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper, and more than 120 others who competed on May 16 at WTS Yokohama. USA Triathlon facilitated the project, and the autographed flag is up for auction now on eBay.com. Bidding will be open until Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. GMT. All of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Triathlon Family Nepalese Earthquake Emergency Fundraising Campaign. “USA Triathlon’s initiative to auction off the ITU flag signed by elite athletes is a fantastic example of one National Federation helping...

2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to Return to U.S.

Tuesday 26 May 2015
Three U.S. cities are announced as finalists for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, a new two-day format.

Sprint-Distance WTS London Set For Sunday

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Triathlete.com
Gwen Jorgensen will look to defend her London title. Photo: Janos Schmidt/Triathlon.orgLondon this weekend marks the sixth race and start to the European leg in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series. Serving as the host city for the second sprint-distance race of the season for the elites, the Great Britain capital will also see the likes of Paratriathlon across multiple sport classes. While Gwen Jorgensen (USA) tops the start list in the hopes of continuing on in her nine-time undefeated winning streak, London may bring her toughest competition yet. A star-studded women’s race will also feature compatriot Katie Zaferes, Great Britain’s own Non Stanford and Vicky Holland and New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt. In the men’s race, brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) will face off head-to-head for the first time this season and with Javier Gomez (ESP) taking a break from the WTS, fellow Spaniard Mario Mola will be sporting the No. 1 in an attempt to claim another London gold as he...

GALLERY: IRONMAN Lanzarote

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
photos by Michael Rauschendorfer An up close and personal look at the beautiful yet brutal day of racing from IRONMAN Lanzarote. Alessandro Degasperi had an impressive day on the bike to post a 8:56:49 finish, good enough to take the men’s title. Meanwhile, Diana Riesler dominated throughout to take an impressive win for the women. 15 IM Lanzarote

Challenge Family Americas and Skechers Performance Division Kick Off North American Partnership

Tuesday 26 May 2015 LAVA Editors
Challenge Family Americas proudly announces a new partnership with Skechers Performance Division, naming the high performance footwear brand the Official Running Shoe of Challenge Quassy and Challenge Atlantic City. Skechers, the second largest sports footwear company in the U.S., brings powerful brand recognition to the Challenge Family Americas with the Performance Division partnership.  Notable athletes representing the Skechers Performance Division include elite marathon champion and 2014 Boston Marathon winner, Meb Keflezighi, and elite runner Kara Goucher. Podium-topping professionals Lionel Sanders and Sarah Haskins lead Skechers’ triathlete roster. Rick Higgins, SVP, Merchandising/Marketing, Skechers Performance Division, spoke enthusiastically of the newly formed partnership.  “The Skechers Performance Division is strongly committed to running and, by extension, triathlon. We’re excited to grow our involvement in the triathlon space and introduce our technologically advanced...

"Head full of doubt, road full of promise"

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Noreply@blogger.com (Jennie Hansen)
  Here's the thing about comebacks, if that's what we want to call them.  They're not the nice, clean, linear journey back up to glory that we think they should be.  You get knocked down, you think that you've paid your dues to karma, the universe, whatever it is, and that it's going to be a steady trip up back above where you've started as long as you put in your time, and do your work.  But that's not true.  One bad thing happening doesn't automatically build up immunities to other setbacks.  It's like a long climb on a ride, when you're not sure where the top is, and you're not quite sure if you're ever even going to make it there.  Sometimes, the road dips back down again, and while it's a momentary relief, deep down you're cursing it, because it's just taking you further away from where you want to be.  But, the steepest, hardest, most challenging portions are the ones that pack the most punch in getting you there.   Anyways, this...

Ironman Texas: It’s the Size of Fight in the Dog

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Admin
FullSizeRender1_resized I’ve never quite understood it when people say they are “going to defend their title” upon returning to a race as the previous year’s winner. It seems more appropriate “I’m going with the goal of defending my title.” So when many asked me if I was ‘going to Ironman Texas to defend’, I guess I just saw it differently. The goal was, as with any race, go out and execute the absolute best of my ability; if that landed me on top, all the better. But I’ve often found it dangerous to become too focused on the top step of a podium, especially in an event such as Ironman, with so many variables that come into play. Becoming too fixated on a ‘title defense’ to me just seems misguided. While I found it a huge honor to return to The Woodlands after last year’s race, I knew that wouldn’t make the task of a similar performance any easier. I’ve often said, resumes don’t matter when we toe the start line; it’s about focus, preparation, execution, and how much fight we’re willing to bring to the...

Debut Ironman Experience – Lanzarote

Tuesday 26 May 2015 Will
sands beach crew Well, I can officially call myself an Ironman I guess, what a huge day trip that was in Lanzarote. I felt like preparation went ok for my debut Ironman. I can’t say I was in top shape at all, just didn’t have the time to get that, lets say I was inconsistently good!  I personally thought it was enough to get a good result here but not this time. The swim was fine, I didn’t know what to expect from a 3.8k swim, I thought it’d probably bore the hell out of me but actually it went very quickly and wasn’t too bad! It was almost backstoke-able at times so really it was more of a warm up for what was to come. Pointer to all the athletes who raced! Did you see that GIANT Manta Ray that swam under us? T1 went smoothly and we spit the pack into 2 groups. I was with some strong guys and to be honest they were riding a bit too hard for my liking. I had the aim of finishing the bike with 285w best case scenario. 280w maybe more realistic. That meant probably being on...

Barcelona and onwards.

Wednesday 11 Jun 2014 Will
Before ride Hello everybody, thanks for tapping in. Things are going well for me as we hit half way through the season. I’m just getting stuck into a meaty taper for UK 70.3 down in Wimbleball and I think I’m probably coming into some of my best shape of the season so far. It’s all very nice when you’re resting up knowing that you have good legs. Not a bad gig sitting on the sofa super-compensating, getting fitter as you chug through your cup of tea! I’m pretty happy with the season so far. I’ve managed to bag three 2nd places in 70.3 events. Most recently from the Barcelona 70.3 which was a fantastic race! Probably about time I turn it around and get a win, but already this season is better then last year. It’s a brilliant race down in Barcelona, nice point to point sea swim, very very solid hilly bike course and flat run along the Med. We had another quality field of athletes with Victor Del Corral, Terenzo Bozzone, Jan Van Berkel, Bruno Pais, Sylvain...

Introducing the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team

Monday 20 Jan 2014 Lizblatchford
I am extremely excited to announce my joining the Uplace BMC Professional Triathlon team. This year the team has expanded from a purely Belgian team of the previous years to an truly international team. Personally the team offers me incredible … Continue reading →

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