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Akerson, Paterson win XTERRA Costa Rica

Akerson, Paterson win XTERRA Costa Rica

Monday 30 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship crowns on a hot day at Playa Conchal on Sunday. In the men’s race Akerson, the hometown favorite, had the fastest bike split of the day and held off a hard-charging Josiah Middaugh on the run to take the tape in 2:19:04. more

Swallow and Van Lierde Capture African Championship

Swallow and Van Lierde Capture African Championship

Monday 30 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Frederik Van Lierde and Jodie Swallow dominated the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. After leading the swim, an uncharacteristically circumspect display on the bike and measured run saw Britain's Jodie Swallow, achieve an emotional victory at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. Earlier, Belgium’s Frederik Van Lierde put in a display which underlined his championship credentials as he slipped through the gears to get stronger as his race wore on, taking the title of IRONMAN more

Brownlee brilliance delivers Auckland win

Brownlee brilliance delivers Auckland win

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Great Britian’s Jonathan Brownlee was determined to not take another ITU World Triathlon Auckland silver medal on Sunday as he produced a breakout run to earn him his first WTS title of the season. His four-lap run went uncontested as he out-ran the reigning WTS Auckland champion Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) who took the second-podium spot. For Frenchman Pierre Le Corre it was a career best result for bronze and just reward for a great race. more

Appleton, van Vlerken superb at Challenge Bateman’s Bay

Appleton, van Vlerken superb at Challenge Bateman’s Bay

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) has backed up after a second place in Melbourne just two weeks ago to outsprint Liz Blatchford (GBR) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA) to win Challenge Bateman’s Bay from a world class field. Australian Sam Appleton continues to impress as he led from the front to grab his first win of the season in commanding style from Peter Robertson (AUS) and Per Bittner (DEU). more

Gwen Jogensen secures first WTS Auckland win

Gwen Jogensen secures first WTS Auckland win

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

American Gwen Jorgensen finally got a long awaited win at the 2015 World Triathlon Series in Auckland on Sunday after three attempts. The victory rocketed the American to 10 WTS wins and cemented her place at the top of the Threedneedle leader board after her win in Abu Dhabi. more

Runaway Wins for Frodeno and Jackson in Oceanside

Runaway Wins for Frodeno and Jackson in Oceanside

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Jan Fredeno and Heather Jackson used blistering run splits to capture the prestigious Accenture IRONMAN Frodeno goes two for two Five-time Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California champion Andy Potts (USA) led the men’s field out of the water with his 22:44 swim time. Last year’s winner in Oceanside, Jan Frodeno (DEU), was within seconds of the leader, while the rest of the contenders were looking at one to two and half minute deficits as they ran into transition. more

70.3 California preview

70.3 California preview

Friday 27 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

IRONMAN 70.3 California started out as an IRONMAN in 2000. Two years later it was turned into one of the first IRONMAN 70.3 events and helped launch the popularity of the distance. Oceanside, California offers triathletes a chance to race in the region that birthed the sport in the early 1970s in Mission Bay. Oceanside is located at the northern end of San Diego's North County, which includes the beach communities of Del Mar, Cardiff, Encinitas, and Carlsbad—home to surf, triathlon, and beach cu more

Male Champions Grace African Soil

Male Champions Grace African Soil

Friday 27 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

The first IRONMAN African Championship features a stellar men's field. The deepest and strongest IRONMAN professional field ever assembled in Africa is set for a fierce battle at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship on Sunday March 29. The men’s field at the inaugural Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship features continental and world championship winners, together with some of South Africa’s most promising talents. more

African Champs: Swallow and Corbin Headline Women's Field

African Champs: Swallow and Corbin Headline Women's Field

Friday 27 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

The Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship features an incredibly competitive women's field. The women’s field at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship has never been this open. There are obvious choices for favorites, but with so much quality in the field, picking a winner is a guessing game. more

Star-studded line up set for women’s WTS Auckland

Star-studded line up set for women’s WTS Auckland

Friday 27 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

The second stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series touches down in Auckland this Sunday, which includes a roster of the highest star-studded potential all vying to take home the next circuit title in the season’s first standard distance race of the year. The world’s finest will battle it out on a choppy two-lap harbour swim, hilly eight-lap bike and finish it off with a four-lap run course. more

Want to run faster? Burn more carbs!

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
On April 20, more than 30,000 runners will run the 2015 Boston Marathon. Which one of these 30,000 athletes will burn energy at the highest rate during the race? That’s easy: the winner—probably. How do I know this? Because the rate of energy consumption during running is largely a function of speed. The faster an athlete runs, the more rapidly his or her body burns energy. And, of course, the athlete who runs the fastest in any given race is the winner. Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Body weight and movement efficiency also affect the rate of energy use during running. Heavier runners burn more energy at any given pace while efficient runners burn less. But these other factors actually cancel themselves out: heaviness by slowing runners down so they burn less energy and efficiency by allowing runners to go faster so they burn more. In the final analysis, I can’t guarantee that the first person across the finish line of the Boston Marathon will have burned energy at...

McConnel, Hitchings crowned National Cross Duathlon Champs at Hole Park

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Whilst it was a busy weekend internationally on the XTERRA and Ironman circuit, domestically there was a Triathlon England championship to settle at the Hole Park Mtb Duathlon, organised by TriSpirit Events and doubling as the Triathlon England National Cross Duathlon Championships. A petite but very talented field assembled for the championships, which included the country’s most successful off-road triathlete Sam Gardner (who was coming out of retirement for this race), 7-time world champion Richard Stannard, XTERRA pros Jon Heasman, James Walker and Jim McConnel, regular off-road winner Philip Westoby and former international Jez Cox. The women’s field was lacking familiar ‘names’ but the race was still wonderfully competitive at the sharp end. In addition to the championship race, there was also an open category, a sprint duathlon and a long course duathlon – as well as two trail runs and a doggy dash – making for a fab atmosphere across two days in what is a stunning country...

Allen, Slack win XTERRA Saipan

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Ben Allen from Australia and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain won the 14th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship race in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday. It’s the fourth year in a row Allen won the title, matching Olivier Marceau’s streak from 2004-07.  For Slack, it’s her second Saipan victory in three years. Both led from wire-to-wire in wet conditions that made the already difficult jungle bike and run courses all the more treacherous. “Some of the worst conditions I’ve ever raced in. The rain didn’t let up and it made for super slippery conditions,” explained Allen. Allen, one of the sports best swimmers, used those skills to bridge an early one-minute gap over Bradley Weiss and backed it up with the fastest bike and run splits of the day to win in convincing fashion with a time of 2:40:25, more than six-minutes ahead of Weiss. “The climbs on the bike where the only place to really push because you had to be so careful on the descents not to...

Fernandez, Poor win XTERRA Malta

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Nicolas Fernandez and Brigitta Poor took home the elite titles at the inaugural XTERRA Malta off-road triathlon on Sunday. It’s the first major XTERRA win for both, and puts them atop leader board of the XTERRA European Tour standings as the first race of the season. In the same race, Lou Fox was the best placed Brit in 5th. We will be interviewing Lou in the coming days about this race. XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report: “Look Out there is a new Nico in town. No sooner does Nico Lebrun retire to become XTERRA’s technical director than Nico Fernandez puts in a dominating performance winning his first XTERRA here on Malta. Fernandez races for Monaco and I have this theory he is a Monegasque but truly he lives in France. Another wonderful surprise today was Brigitta Poor’s first XTERRA win in the woman’s race. Brigitta was first out of the water, built a great lead on the bike and was able to stay well in front...

Lesley Paterson wins XTERRA Costa Rica

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship crowns on a hot day at Play Conchal on Sunday. In the men’s race Akerson, the hometown favorite, had the fastest bike split of the day and held off a hard-charging Josiah Middaugh on the run to take the tape in 2:19:04. Middaugh, who finished as the runner-up for the second straight year, was 53-seconds behind and Mauricio Mendez came in third just 12-seconds later. “Rom was on fire today,” said Middaugh. “I pre-rode the course with him and could tell he was fit and ready for the course. I had some leg cramping issues early in the bike, but it hurt less to pedal than to coast and stretching on the side of the trail didn’t seem to help. I usually never cramp but it was good to experience once. We had some tight racing up front since I didn’t catch Mauricio until the end of the bike. Rom stayed strong on the run though and we couldn’t catch him.” Pro Men Pl Name Final 1 Rom Akerson, CRC...

Tips for running faster off the bike

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
Photo: Steve GodwinTriathlon has evolved into many distances and formats since its creation, but one of the biggest challenges has always been the ability to run fast off the bike. Considering the run is the finishing segment, its importance cannot be relegated to simply an equal to the swim and bike. I know this will raise alarm bells for some triathletes and coaches, but the fact is we all run across the finish line. My experience as an athlete covered the full spectrum of formats from age group sprint races to Olympic drafting legal events, and through that experience I have formulated three key methods to running faster off the bike. These methods will improve your run without sacrificing your cycling or swim training by adjusting your training schedule, specificity of training, and race simulation workouts. This article first appeared on the TrainingPeaks website. 1. Planning Your Schedule The first step to improving your run is to plan your training schedule in the order you...

Monday swim set: Get fast!

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
Photo: ShutterstockTriathlete Europe contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty has a blog with more than 500 creative workouts used in her Masters swim program. We’ll feature a workout every Monday so you have new ideas to take to the pool. On her blog (Mastersswimworkoutsbysaramclarty.blogspot.com), you can pick a Monday set for a long distance focus, a Wednesday set for sprint training, or Friday for creative open water skills. A: 4×200 w/ 20 sec rest (1 swim/1 pull, repeat) 8×75 on 1:15 (25 non-free/25 free/25 FAST!) 9×50 on 1:00 (1 FAST kick/2 choice drill) 5x[50 swim on :45 (FAST!) 50 kick on 1:00 (FAST!) 250 pull w/ 30 sec rest (easy)] 4×100 on 1:20 (pull, descend 1-4) 4×100 on 1:20 (swim, descend 1-4) 200 cool-down *4600 total* B: 4×200 w/ 20 sec rest (1 swim/1 pull, repeat) 6×75 on 1:45 (25 non-free/25 free/25 FAST!) 9×50 on 1:15 (1 FAST! kick/2 choice drill) 4x[50 swim on :55 (FAST!) 50 kick on 1:10 (FAST!) 200 pull w/ 30 sec rest (easy)] 3×100 on 1:50 (pull, descend...

Swallow & Van Lierde win Ironman African Champs

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
Frederik Van Lierde and Jodie Swallow earned the victories at the Ironman African Championships in South Africa. Van Lierde turned in a monster effort on the bike and backed it up with a solid marathon to take the men’s win, while Swallow (who finished fourth in Kona last year, giving her a wealth of KPR points) turned in a stellar all-around effort to earn the victory on the women’s side. The Men’s Race France’s Sylvain Sudrie led the strong field out of the 2.4-mile swim with a time of 51:05. Switzerland’s Mike Aigroz was on his heels at four seconds back, with a large group that contained many of the pre-race favorites—including Van Lierde and Rana—following only a few seconds later. The athletes jumped onto the bike course under ideal conditions that would eventually shift to hot and windy. After some shuffling a front group of Van Lierde, Sudrie, Kyle Buckingham (RSA) and Bertrand Billard (FRA) was established as others struggled to keep pace. At the midway point of the 112-mile...

Frodeno & Jackson win 70.3 California

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
On a foggy morning that turned into a typical beautiful sunny day in Oceanside, it was two past course champions who took the wins today at the competitive Ironman 70.3 California—Germany’s Jan Frodeno with a repeat of last year’s win, and the 2013 champion, American Heather Jackson. The Men’s Race Accompanied at the start by a pack of sea lions in unusually warmer water temps (67 degrees versus the typical mid-50s), Andy Potts (USA) emerged from the harbor first in 22:44, followed closely by Frederic Belaubre (FRA) and defending champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno (GER). Frodeno and Potts split up the work leading the race with Balaubre and Brent McMahon (CAN) close behind until Maik Twelsiak (GER) attacked on a climb around mile 30 to build a small gap. Coming out of T1 over four minutes back was Canada’s Lionel Sanders, a proven bike-run threat, who started making up minutes fast in the chase pack. By mile 50, he took the lead from Twelsiak and finished the bike...

Van Lierde, Swallow rule IM SA

Monday 30 Mar 2015
Frederik Van Lierde captured the 2015 Standard Bank Ironman African Championships title and Jodie Swallow grabbed a hard earned win in the women's race.

My new ride

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Gina Crawford (noreply@blogger.com)
My 2015 Ceepo Katana has arrived! I have been riding Ceepo nearly my entire career, they were my first sponsor and I partnered with them after my first Ironman Victory at the end of 2007, so I have had 12 iron distance victories on their bikes. I have been riding the Katana since 2010. Every year Ceepo makes subtle changes, and the bike just keeps on improving, slightly lighter, slightly more aero. I love working with Ceepo as they are such a great team of people, that are just so passionate about their bikes. This year I have been particularly lucky. My former components sponsor SRAM did not wish to resign me at the end of last year, so Ceepo very kindly stepped in and helped me out with Shimano Di2 components. Quite a few people had been telling me just how good Di2 was, but I was slightly hesitant, as to be frank I am very much a laggard when it comes to technology, the simpler the better is typically my motto. But having ridden my new Ceepo now for only a number of days, I can say...

Ironman- It’s Such a Long Way

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Bellalux
Bella Bike IM Melbourne On possibly one of the best autumnal days, Melbourne could offer, I embarked on the biggest challenge of my fifteen years as a professional triathlete – Ironman Melbourne. As the Asia Pacific Championship event, the field was star studded with Ironman World Champions, Half Ironman World Champions, Olympic medalists and athletes seasoned over this distance. No one ever talks about Frankston as a place filled with talent, but as the sun rose, and the start horn sounded from the pier, the crystal waters of Frankston were filled with more talent than nearly any race outside Kona.   Exiting the water with a handy one-minute lead over the rest of the field, I had time to get through transition smoothly and enjoy the cheering of the crowd. Looking back on the swim, I wish that I had pushed myself harder. In my last few races, I have been fortunate to race with athletes, like Jodie Swallow who has a great swim pedigree, pushing the pace at the front. When racing Jodie, you certainly...

2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Jesse Thomas
Yoooooooooooooooooo Crazy Ass Fans! So I raced Oceanside 70.3 yesterday. Here’s what happened: Swam like a donkey. Rode like a horse. Ran like a really tired human being. Overall, I’m very happy with a 5th place finish in a stacked field. It was a great start to the year and a real confidence builder after . . . → Read More: 2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Jesse Thomas
Yoooooooooooooooooo Crazy Ass Fans! So I raced Oceanside 70.3 yesterday. Here’s what happened: Swam like a donkey. Rode like a horse. Ran like a really tired human being. Overall, I’m very happy with a 5th place finish in a stacked field. It was a great start to the year and a real confidence builder after . . . → Read More: 2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Quick Q&A with Grant

Saturday 28 Mar 2015 Tim
maxresdefault I thought it would be interesting to get a coach’s perspective on the athlete/coach relationship, so I’ve grabbed the microphone, put on the interviewer hat and asked my coach, Grant ‘Gilesy’ Giles, some hard-hitting questions about coaching in general and coaching me in particular. TB: So Grant, coach of Tim Van Berkel and Director of the Aeromax Team, welcome to this interview. Are you ready to go deep? GG: Fire away! TB: The athlete/coach relationship develops over time. Can you tell us how your relationship with Tim has changed through the nine years you’ve been together? GG: It’s evolved from working on everything to working a lot more selectively on what needs to improve in the moment to move the whole thing forward. For a younger athlete it’s about building the platform to create a stable and consistent athlete. Once that’s achieved, like it is with Tim, at 30, then I look a lot more at what we need to get him to do not just to be consistent, but to place in world-class...

Anatomy of an athlete/coach relationship

Saturday 28 Mar 2015 Tim
220-triathlon-front-cover-March-2015 Get it right and it can be an athlete’s greatest asset, get it wrong and it can have the destructive power of a marriage made in hell, with the details splashed all over the media. I’m talking about the relationship that an athlete has with their coach. This is a follow-on piece from my recent article in 220 Triathlon where I talk about the importance of the athlete-coach relationship. If you are like me you’ll probably want to subscribe and read the whole magazine on your iPad.   For me personally, my relationship with Gilesy (Grant Giles) has been a long-term partnership, now 9 years, and definitely worth moving across the country for. I started working with Gilesy as a fresh-faced 21 year old. Over those years our relationship has changed and developed, but it continues to give me a competitive edge. The Key to Success A Canadian study, conducted after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, interviewed 27 elite athletes and 30 coaches about the factors that they believed...

Ironman Melbourne - Asia Pacific Championship

Thursday 19 Mar 2015
Picture photo by witsup.com    1st   -   8:52:51   swim   -   54:44 (7th)   bike     -   4:48:01 (5th)   run      -   3:06:32 (2nd) photo by Joanne Baxas I'm not sure how many times I visualized just how my race in Melbourne would pan out but every time it had me crossing the line first with a huge smile on my face. It wasn't just the finish line that I imagined. I went through my entire race section by section. My final visualisations were what I thought would be conservative. In brief, I'd have a decent swim exiting the water around 3min behind the leaders. I'd get off the bike with a 5min deficit. In past races with long bike legs, I've always hammered the first half of the bike to try get to the lead ASAP but this time I really wanted to conserve a little energy to have a good run. And then for the run I had strict instructions from Jared to run no faster than low 4's (4min/km). "4:0-...

Why I Resigned from the Women For Tri Board

Friday 27 Mar 2015 Hillarybiscay
Over a week ago now, I made the disappointing decision to resign from the Women for Tri board. This was not a decision that I took lightly, as when I commit to something, I have every intention of following through. But in this instance, ultimately I had to make the call to cut my losses. Time is my most precious resource and I was willing to donate a significant amount of it to this project if it meant working on a project that would leave our sport better, particularly for the women in it. I love ironman. So much so that ironman completely changed the trajectory of my career, and in turn, my life. And I do not want to see everything that made me fall in love with this sport 14 years ago slowly fade away. As the only professional triathlete on the board and a coach of up-and-coming professional female triathletes, I felt a great responsibility to look out for this group. Unfortunately, I realized very quickly that my intentions would be much better served and time better spent...

XTERRA Rotorua in New Zealand- 2014 highlight video.

Friday 27 Mar 2015 Conrad
XTERRA Rotorua 2014

Repost of “The magic of XTERRA New Zealand” from 2014

Friday 27 Mar 2015 Conrad
Conrad Stoltz Caveman XTERRA New Zealand Rotorua hoka one one rapa nui, Specialized, suunto, clif bar, Caveman wins XTERRA New Zealand. I cant believe that after 22 years of pro racing this was only my 2nd race in NZ. Last time was ITU World Cup in Auckland in 1995 or 96. Draft legal road triathlon. After a rocky start to 2014 (2 punctures in 2 races, a biomechanical at XTERRA South Africa, a random injury, and some minor health issues- eye & skin cancer surgeries) its good to finally get the monkey off my back with a good win in Rotorua. What a phenomenal course and venue! Beautiful blue lake called “Blue lake” surrounded by green mountains covered with dense tree fern growth 20ft tall. I was out the swim in 5th or 6th, about 35” behind some Kiwi roadie, followed by Roger Serrano (ESP) and Ben Allen (Aus). After a fair bit of climbing Ben and I filed into Billy T neck in neck- some of the very best and unique single track I’ve ever ridden. Rain showers over the last few days added some extra fun and games and I couldnt wipe the smile off my face. This is the adventure and...

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Akerson, Paterson win XTERRA Costa Rica

Akerson, Paterson win XTERRA Costa Rica

Monday 30 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship crowns on a hot day at Playa Conchal on Sunday. In the men’s race Akerson, the hometown favorite, had the fastest bike split of the day and held off a hard-charging Josiah Middaugh on the run to take the tape in 2:19:04. more

Swallow and Van Lierde Capture African Championship

Swallow and Van Lierde Capture African Championship

Monday 30 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Frederik Van Lierde and Jodie Swallow dominated the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. After leading the swim, an uncharacteristically circumspect display on the bike and measured run saw Britain's Jodie Swallow, achieve an emotional victory at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship. Earlier, Belgium’s Frederik Van Lierde put in a display which underlined his championship credentials as he slipped through the gears to get stronger as his race wore on, taking the title of IRONMAN more

Brownlee brilliance delivers Auckland win

Brownlee brilliance delivers Auckland win

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Great Britian’s Jonathan Brownlee was determined to not take another ITU World Triathlon Auckland silver medal on Sunday as he produced a breakout run to earn him his first WTS title of the season. His four-lap run went uncontested as he out-ran the reigning WTS Auckland champion Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) who took the second-podium spot. For Frenchman Pierre Le Corre it was a career best result for bronze and just reward for a great race. more

Appleton, van Vlerken superb at Challenge Bateman’s Bay

Appleton, van Vlerken superb at Challenge Bateman’s Bay

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) has backed up after a second place in Melbourne just two weeks ago to outsprint Liz Blatchford (GBR) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA) to win Challenge Bateman’s Bay from a world class field. Australian Sam Appleton continues to impress as he led from the front to grab his first win of the season in commanding style from Peter Robertson (AUS) and Per Bittner (DEU). more

Gwen Jogensen secures first WTS Auckland win

Gwen Jogensen secures first WTS Auckland win

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 [Triathlon News]

American Gwen Jorgensen finally got a long awaited win at the 2015 World Triathlon Series in Auckland on Sunday after three attempts. The victory rocketed the American to 10 WTS wins and cemented her place at the top of the Threedneedle leader board after her win in Abu Dhabi. more

Want to run faster? Burn more carbs!

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Paul Moore
On April 20, more than 30,000 runners will run the 2015 Boston Marathon. Which one of these 30,000 athletes will burn energy at the highest rate during the race? That’s easy: the winner—probably. How do I know this? Because the rate of energy consumption during running is largely a function of speed. The faster an athlete runs, the more rapidly his or her body burns energy. And, of course, the athlete who runs the fastest in any given race is the winner. Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Body weight and movement efficiency also affect the rate of energy use during running. Heavier runners burn more energy at any given pace while efficient runners burn less. But these other factors actually cancel themselves out: heaviness by slowing runners down so they burn less energy and efficiency by allowing runners to go faster so they burn more. In the final analysis, I can’t guarantee that the first person across the finish line of the Boston Marathon will have burned energy at...

McConnel, Hitchings crowned National Cross Duathlon Champs at Hole Park

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Whilst it was a busy weekend internationally on the XTERRA and Ironman circuit, domestically there was a Triathlon England championship to settle at the Hole Park Mtb Duathlon, organised by TriSpirit Events and doubling as the Triathlon England National Cross Duathlon Championships. A petite but very talented field assembled for the championships, which included the country’s most successful off-road triathlete Sam Gardner (who was coming out of retirement for this race), 7-time world champion Richard Stannard, XTERRA pros Jon Heasman, James Walker and Jim McConnel, regular off-road winner Philip Westoby and former international Jez Cox. The women’s field was lacking familiar ‘names’ but the race was still wonderfully competitive at the sharp end. In addition to the championship race, there was also an open category, a sprint duathlon and a long course duathlon – as well as two trail runs and a doggy dash – making for a fab atmosphere across two days in what is a stunning country...

Allen, Slack win XTERRA Saipan

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Ben Allen from Australia and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain won the 14th annual XTERRA Saipan Championship race in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on Saturday. It’s the fourth year in a row Allen won the title, matching Olivier Marceau’s streak from 2004-07.  For Slack, it’s her second Saipan victory in three years. Both led from wire-to-wire in wet conditions that made the already difficult jungle bike and run courses all the more treacherous. “Some of the worst conditions I’ve ever raced in. The rain didn’t let up and it made for super slippery conditions,” explained Allen. Allen, one of the sports best swimmers, used those skills to bridge an early one-minute gap over Bradley Weiss and backed it up with the fastest bike and run splits of the day to win in convincing fashion with a time of 2:40:25, more than six-minutes ahead of Weiss. “The climbs on the bike where the only place to really push because you had to be so careful on the descents not to...

Fernandez, Poor win XTERRA Malta

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Nicolas Fernandez and Brigitta Poor took home the elite titles at the inaugural XTERRA Malta off-road triathlon on Sunday. It’s the first major XTERRA win for both, and puts them atop leader board of the XTERRA European Tour standings as the first race of the season. In the same race, Lou Fox was the best placed Brit in 5th. We will be interviewing Lou in the coming days about this race. XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas was on-site to take in all the action and brings us this report: “Look Out there is a new Nico in town. No sooner does Nico Lebrun retire to become XTERRA’s technical director than Nico Fernandez puts in a dominating performance winning his first XTERRA here on Malta. Fernandez races for Monaco and I have this theory he is a Monegasque but truly he lives in France. Another wonderful surprise today was Brigitta Poor’s first XTERRA win in the woman’s race. Brigitta was first out of the water, built a great lead on the bike and was able to stay well in front...

Lesley Paterson wins XTERRA Costa Rica

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Norsemen
Rom Akerson and Lesley Paterson captured the XTERRA Costa Rica Championship crowns on a hot day at Play Conchal on Sunday. In the men’s race Akerson, the hometown favorite, had the fastest bike split of the day and held off a hard-charging Josiah Middaugh on the run to take the tape in 2:19:04. Middaugh, who finished as the runner-up for the second straight year, was 53-seconds behind and Mauricio Mendez came in third just 12-seconds later. “Rom was on fire today,” said Middaugh. “I pre-rode the course with him and could tell he was fit and ready for the course. I had some leg cramping issues early in the bike, but it hurt less to pedal than to coast and stretching on the side of the trail didn’t seem to help. I usually never cramp but it was good to experience once. We had some tight racing up front since I didn’t catch Mauricio until the end of the bike. Rom stayed strong on the run though and we couldn’t catch him.” Pro Men Pl Name Final 1 Rom Akerson, CRC...

My new ride

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Gina Crawford (noreply@blogger.com)
My 2015 Ceepo Katana has arrived! I have been riding Ceepo nearly my entire career, they were my first sponsor and I partnered with them after my first Ironman Victory at the end of 2007, so I have had 12 iron distance victories on their bikes. I have been riding the Katana since 2010. Every year Ceepo makes subtle changes, and the bike just keeps on improving, slightly lighter, slightly more aero. I love working with Ceepo as they are such a great team of people, that are just so passionate about their bikes. This year I have been particularly lucky. My former components sponsor SRAM did not wish to resign me at the end of last year, so Ceepo very kindly stepped in and helped me out with Shimano Di2 components. Quite a few people had been telling me just how good Di2 was, but I was slightly hesitant, as to be frank I am very much a laggard when it comes to technology, the simpler the better is typically my motto. But having ridden my new Ceepo now for only a number of days, I can say...

Ironman- It’s Such a Long Way

Monday 30 Mar 2015 Bellalux
Bella Bike IM Melbourne On possibly one of the best autumnal days, Melbourne could offer, I embarked on the biggest challenge of my fifteen years as a professional triathlete – Ironman Melbourne. As the Asia Pacific Championship event, the field was star studded with Ironman World Champions, Half Ironman World Champions, Olympic medalists and athletes seasoned over this distance. No one ever talks about Frankston as a place filled with talent, but as the sun rose, and the start horn sounded from the pier, the crystal waters of Frankston were filled with more talent than nearly any race outside Kona.   Exiting the water with a handy one-minute lead over the rest of the field, I had time to get through transition smoothly and enjoy the cheering of the crowd. Looking back on the swim, I wish that I had pushed myself harder. In my last few races, I have been fortunate to race with athletes, like Jodie Swallow who has a great swim pedigree, pushing the pace at the front. When racing Jodie, you certainly...

2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Jesse Thomas
Yoooooooooooooooooo Crazy Ass Fans! So I raced Oceanside 70.3 yesterday. Here’s what happened: Swam like a donkey. Rode like a horse. Ran like a really tired human being. Overall, I’m very happy with a 5th place finish in a stacked field. It was a great start to the year and a real confidence builder after . . . → Read More: 2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Sunday 29 Mar 2015 Jesse Thomas
Yoooooooooooooooooo Crazy Ass Fans! So I raced Oceanside 70.3 yesterday. Here’s what happened: Swam like a donkey. Rode like a horse. Ran like a really tired human being. Overall, I’m very happy with a 5th place finish in a stacked field. It was a great start to the year and a real confidence builder after . . . → Read More: 2015 Oceanside 70.3 Race Report

Quick Q&A with Grant

Saturday 28 Mar 2015 Tim
maxresdefault I thought it would be interesting to get a coach’s perspective on the athlete/coach relationship, so I’ve grabbed the microphone, put on the interviewer hat and asked my coach, Grant ‘Gilesy’ Giles, some hard-hitting questions about coaching in general and coaching me in particular. TB: So Grant, coach of Tim Van Berkel and Director of the Aeromax Team, welcome to this interview. Are you ready to go deep? GG: Fire away! TB: The athlete/coach relationship develops over time. Can you tell us how your relationship with Tim has changed through the nine years you’ve been together? GG: It’s evolved from working on everything to working a lot more selectively on what needs to improve in the moment to move the whole thing forward. For a younger athlete it’s about building the platform to create a stable and consistent athlete. Once that’s achieved, like it is with Tim, at 30, then I look a lot more at what we need to get him to do not just to be consistent, but to place in world-class...

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