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Denis Sketako & Ewa Bugdol ETU European Champions Long Distance

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

European LD Champs set for Sunday at Challenge Poznan

European LD Champs set for Sunday at Challenge Poznan

Saturday 23 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

ETU has a packed weekend with the focus on Poznan, where the titles will be fought over at the 2016 Poznan ETU Challenge Long Distance Triathlon European Championships. After the rather disappointing show last year in Weymouth, where finding anyone who was not British was in itself a challenge, we see a start list in Poznan that truly represents the variety that the European Federations are. more

Pro Men take on Whistlers Wilderness at Ironman Canada

Pro Men take on Whistlers Wilderness at Ironman Canada

Friday 22 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

Building on the legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, IRONMAN Canada offers athletes a majestic course in a world-class destination. The namesake race was part of the IRONMAN circuit for over 30 years before moving to its current location in 2013, where it has enjoyed a successful two years. more

Who will be the Swiss Miss……& Mr at the 20th Edition Ironman Switzerland ?

Who will be the Swiss Miss……& Mr at the 20th Edition Ironman Switzerland ?

Friday 22 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of IRONMAN Zurich Switzerland 2016 the athletes can profit from a brand new run course which will include the major parts of downtown Zurich for the very first time. This race offers a symmetrical one-loop swim course in the crystal clear water of Lake Zurich. After the 3.8k swim portion, a spectacular bike course leads you through the city center and then out of town along the lake shore; 30km later on the bike you wouldn’t think there was a city even clo more

Ladies lead the way at Ironman Lake Placid

Ladies lead the way at Ironman Lake Placid

Friday 22 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN Lake Placid is the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Located in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, it's an accessible event every athlete should put on their bucket list. Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. It's also the home of one of the most challenging IRONMAN courses with its famous Adirondack climbs. more

Giddy up and Get ready to ride 70.3 Calgary

Giddy up and Get ready to ride 70.3 Calgary

Thursday 21 Jul 2016 [Triathlon News]

This course is one of the most challenging in the IRONMAN 70.3 series and has been voted one of the top-ten most scenic triathlons in the world by Triathlete Magazine. Athletes will begin with a 1.2-mile wave-start, one-loop swim that will start and finish at the beach of Auburn Bay Lake in south Calgary. A 56-mile bike course will take cyclists point-to-point through a tour of Alberta's spectacular ranch country, featuring views of the Rockies. The course is challenging, but fast 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...

Swim Vocabulary 101

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Triathlete.com
Feeling lost during your Masters workout? Brush up on common pool workout terms with our glossary. Descend (ex: “4×100 on 2:00, descend 1–4”): The goal of this set is to decrease the time it takes to swim each 100. Swim the first 100 at a conservative effort, No. 2 a bit faster, the third even faster and No. 4 your fastest. This type of set is best for learning how to control pace so you finish strong. Build (ex: “8×50 on :60, build each 50”): This term refers to effort and means to build from an easy effort at the beginning of each 50 to a strong effort by the end of the 50. Typically, this term is found in a warm-up set to gradually increase your heart rate to prepare for the main set. Breathing Pattern (ex: “5×150 on 3:00, 3/5/7 breathing pattern by 50”): This set instructs you to swim the first 50 breathing every third stroke, the second 50 breathing every fifth stroke, and the final 50 of each 150 breathing every seventh stroke. RELATED: Learn To Love The Pool...

Updated Top 10 Ratings, Course Ratings and Kona Odds

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Thorsten
After the first round of Kona qualifying has been completed, I have updated the pages on the Top 10 Rankings (overall and in each of the legs), the Course Ratings and the Kona Odds. The main change on the female side is that Miranda Carfrae and Jodie Swallow are now back in my rankings – they had more than one full year without an Ironman finish before finishing in Austria and Cairns. Rinny takes the #2 spot in the overall rankings and is still the best runner in the sport, while Jodie is the best swimmer and #5 overall. The changes on the men’s side have been small, Frodo is still the #1 rated athlete, but even with his great race in Roth the distance to Sebi and Brent has gotten a bit smaller.

One-Hour Workouts: 7 Track Sessions To Try

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Triathlete.com
1 of {count} Back to Start View Larger Image.“The 24” Track Session This workout comes from John Heuisler (@racebetter), co-owner of Between the Lines Coaching in Baltimore. “I like this workout because it has both a speed and an endurance component while also training the athlete to run fast on tired legs,” Heuisler says. “It can also be easily tailored to the type of racing an athlete is competing in—short course or long—and where he or she is in their build cycle.” Get the workout Photo: ShutterstockView Larger Image.Track Workout From A Top Age Grouper This track workout comes from age grouper Kirsten Sass, who won five national titles in 2015, including the Olympic-distance title at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago. Sass works with coach Suzanne Atkinson and, in 2014, USA Triathlon named her Amateur Athlete of the Year. Get her favorite track workout here Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TriathlonView...

Positivity for better swimming

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Paul Moore
Your mental outlook toward swimming can have a tremendous effect on your results in the water. When things get challenging, do you stay positive and motivated or tend to go through bouts of negative self-talk? Negative thinking creates stress and destroys your self-confidence, which can hinder performance. The process to change your feelings about swimming is more than just “think positive.” Self-talk for success must be positive, but it also needs to be believable and achievable. The first step is to be aware of your thoughts and actions before, during and after a swim practice. Listen to your internal monologue and make notes of how you are talking to yourself. Observe how you are presenting yourself to the world. Would you say the same things or act the same way toward your best friend while watching him or her swim? The next step is to look at each negative thought with rational thinking. Challenge each one with a rational answer or explanation: “I am a terrible swimmer.” Are you...

Don’t Dread The Descent!

Tuesday 26 Jul 2016 Paul Moore
The Stelvio, Velonews.comThe Stelvio, Velonews.com Does riding downhill make you skittish? Read these tips. It’s a simple law of gravity: what goes up must come down. On a bike, however, going downhill can be scary. A steep descent can produce some of the highest speeds most triathletes will reach on a bike—a notion that leaves even the steeliest of triathletes feathering their brakes. “Nothing is scarier than a high-speed crash,” says Scott Wilkinson, professional triathlete and coach with OutRival Racing. However, Wilkinson says the potential for crashing can be reduced greatly with preparation and practice. Descend like a pro with these tips from Wilkinson. Do Course Recon Before any major ride—especially one with significant climbing and descending—drive the route. “Know the road as well as possible beforehand,” suggests Wilkinson. In addition to getting an idea of what you’re about to undertake, this course recon will allow you to confirm your route is safe. Look for areas with...

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...

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Denis Sketako & Ewa Bugdol ETU European Champions Long Distance

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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