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IRONMAN Australia Champions Back to Defend Titles

IRONMAN Australia Champions Back to Defend Titles

Friday 29 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Australian Paul Ambrose and New Zealand’s Michelle Bremer will both return to the scene of their 2015 triumphs when they attempt to go back to back at IRONMAN Australia on 1 May. Paul Ambrose won his first IRONMAN Australia title in 2012, but was unable to defend it the following year. This time, he’s focussed all his energies on racing well as defending champion. "I wanted to go back in 2013 to defend my title, but problems with my race schedule meant it didn't work out. This year everything ha more

California’s Wildflower blooms for its 34th time

California’s Wildflower blooms for its 34th time

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Wildflower Triathlons, one of the most historic race series in the sport’s history, will host several elite, world-class triathletes competing for the championship against each other and the merciless elements surrounding Lake San Antonio. Presented with a modified drought-tolerant course for the third year in a row, both the Men’s and Women’s 2015 Wildflower Champions will return to defend their title while conquering one of the toughest courses in triathlon more

Southern France plays host to Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix

Southern France plays host to Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix

Wednesday 27 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

The Community of Pays d'Aix, known as a training paradise to many cyclists and triathletes, plays host to a spectacular qualifying race for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d'Aix will take place on the city of Aix en Provence. Aix en Provence is rich in history and arts combine to create some of the most beautiful museums and local architecture in the world. more

Crowie adds Hustle to 70.3 Busselton

Crowie adds Hustle to 70.3 Busselton

Tuesday 26 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Ironman 70.3 Busselton, Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is excited to announce the addition of 5 x World Champion Triathlete, Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander to the Professional start list for the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, Sunday 1 May 2016 more

Bocherer & Beranek battle to the titles at Challenge Fuerteventura

Bocherer & Beranek battle to the titles at Challenge Fuerteventura

Monday 25 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Andi Böcherer won today the 6th Edition of Challenge Fuerteventura in an exciting and demanding race Will Clarke and Timo Bracht his mail opponents. The multiple middle distance race winning German triathlete recorded a time of 3.59.00 beating Timo Bracht in little more than one minute and Will Clarke by just 35 seconds! more

Fernando Alarza captures first-time WTS gold

Fernando Alarza captures first-time WTS gold

Monday 25 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

It was a day of firsts in the elite men’s race, as Spaniard Fernando Alarza earned his first-ever career World Triathlon Series win at the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town on Sunday. Showing no sign of weakness over the entire five-kilometre run, Alarza’s victory meant the WTS circuit remains dominated by the Spaniards as Cape Town becomes the third consecutive race to be won by Spain this year. more

Non Stanford debuts 2016 season with a gold

Non Stanford debuts 2016 season with a gold

Monday 25 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

For the third consecutive year the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town event has been captured by a Great Britain woman, as Non Stanford opened up her 2016 season with a victory. Showcasing her power in the final kilometre of the run, Stanford signaled the start of her competition year by collecting the gold and seizing the first sprint-distance WTS race of the season. more

Lizzie Orchard goes 3-for-3 to win XTERRA Asia-Pac Champs

Lizzie Orchard goes 3-for-3 to win XTERRA Asia-Pac Champs

Saturday 23 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Lizzie Orchard isn’t a surprise winner anymore. Last year she finished an amazing 5th in a stacked field at the XTERRA World Championship. To start this season she won her first XTERRA major in the Philippines, and just last weekend she won the XTERRA New Zealand Championship. Today, she solidified all those results with her third win of the year to take a commanding lead in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour standings. more

Braden Currie wins XTERRA Asia-Pac Championship

Braden Currie wins XTERRA Asia-Pac Championship

Saturday 23 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

It’s the ninth XTERRA win of Currie’s career and for the second year in a row he won XTERRA New Zealand and the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship races on back-to-back weekends. “For me it’s the end of five years of solid racing, and I’m just so stoked to finish on a good race,” said Currie. “You know that feeling of being smooth and consistent the whole race and finishing with a good result, when you race professionally it doesn’t get much sweeter than that.” more

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Returns for its 33rd Year

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Returns for its 33rd Year

Saturday 23 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

The Olympic distance Triathlon and the Sprint Triathlon will be Sunday, April 24, Approximately 40 professional stars of the sport, including Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye, the 2015 men’s and women’s winners of St. Anthony’s, have registered for this year. The 2016 field includes the women who earned the top four fastest times in 2015. They are, respectively, Kaye, Magali Tisseyre, Heather Lendway and Carla Moreno. more

Island House Tri Returns With Exciting Changes For 2016

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Jené Shaw
Last year’s inaugural Island House Invitational Triathlon put some of the world’s best competitors head-to-head in a three-day race in the Bahamas, and this year’s race will add even more excitement to the mix. Starting on Oct. 28, 40 professional triathletes—double the amount from 2015—will race over the course of three days in various formats. This year, all races will be non-drafting, and to level the playing field, long-course athletes can opt to race on their time-trial bikes. For the final day, only 10 men and 10 women will make the cut-off to race on the private island of Highbourne Cay (the first two days will be held on Nassau, home of The Island House hotel). According to a press release, invitees will include 2016 Olympians and long-course champions from all over the world, and last year’s winner Gwen Jorgensen will be back to defend her title after she races in her second Olympic Games in Rio in August. The prize purse will again be $500,000, with $60,000 designated for the...

3 Ways To Improve Your Swim Posture

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Key in on these focus points to get the most out of your stroke. Growing up, you likely were told to stand up straight or not to slouch. That same advice should be carried to the water, where your posture significantly affects body position. Pay attention to these key postural focuses to help reduce excess drag and increase lift and speed. Use the concepts below to help create better posture in the water. Have a friend or swim coach video your stroke. You may be humbled by what you see, but you will have an honest look at how you’re moving in the water and the areas that need the most focus. Remember, swim proud! 1. First, pay attention to your head position. If your head is too high or too low, your hips and legs will drop and cause drag. You’ll find the sweet spot while gazing underwater a few feet in front of you at the black line until the waterline breaks at the top third of your head. This creates a bow wave off of your head and a subsequent pocket of air to easily breathe...

Jesse Thomas Going After Sixth-Straight Wildflower Win

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Americans Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles return to the Wildflower Festival weekend to defend their long course titles.  This weekend, elites and age-group triathletes will travel to Lake San Antonio to take part in the 34th running of the Wildflower Triathlons. All athletes will compete on a “drought-modified” course for the third year in a row. Along with its marquee long course triathlon (1.2-mile swim, 2.2-mile run to T1, 56-mile bike, 10.9-mile run), Wildflower will host sprint, Olympic and mountain bike triathlons as part of its famous weekend festival that is expected to welcome up to 7,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators. For the last five consecutive years Jesse Thomas (USA) has dominated the men’s field, and now holds the record for the most Wildflower wins. Thomas will race this Saturday, with his eye on an unprecedented sixth-straight championship. Thomas will again have to bring his best to the starting line, as he will be competing again against his hometown buddy,...

Defending Champions Return To Ironman Australia

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Australia’s Paul Ambrose and New Zealand’s Michelle Bremer will return to Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia to defend their Ironman Australia titles this Sunday, May 1. Read the preview from Ironman below: Ambrose won his first Ironman Australia title in 2012, but was unable to defend it the following year. This time, he’s focussed all his energies on racing well as defending champion. “I wanted to go back in 2013 to defend my title, but problems with my race schedule meant it didn’t work out. This year everything has pointed to me to Ironman Australia,” he said. Bremer enjoyed a career year in 2015 following her Ironman Australia win with a third at Ironman Cairns just over a month later. “I can’t wait to race again at Port Macquarie. Last year was an incredible experience and I feel honored to be able to come back as defending champion this year,” Bremer said. “This race feels like my home away from home race (I’m originally from NZ and now living in...

Recipe: Butternut Squash, Spinach & Charred Tomato Hash

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
This comforting breakfast recipe can triple as lunch or dinner. Add some crispy bacon and a slice of hearty bread for a satisfying and replenishing post-training meal. Ingredients Makes 2 servings 2 cups butternut squash, diced (about ½ medium squash) 8 heaping cups fresh spinach 2 tomatoes-on-the-vine, cut into segments 1 shallot (or ¼ red onion), finely diced 2 TBSP olive oil 2-4 eggs Salt and pepper RELATED: Four Ways To Use … Eggplant Preparation 1. Heat 1 TBSP oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the squash, shallot and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes until the squash is golden and starting to soften (lower heat if it starts to blacken). Add any fresh or dry herbs you like to the pan. 2. Add the spinach and tomatoes to the pan with another sprinkle of salt and pepper, cook about 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted, and the tomatoes have a nice char on them. 3. Remove ingredients from the pan on to two plates. 4. Return the pan back to...

National Triathlon Show Makes Its Mark At Olympic Park

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Norsemen
Immediate Media have announced results from the 2016 edition of their National Triathlon Show, confirming 72 exhibitors and 6,107 dedicated triathletes took part. The show is exclusively supported by Immediate’s portfolio of sports titles – 220 Triathlon, Cycling Plus, Pro Cycling and BikeRadar. Big names in the triathlon industry exhibited including HUUB, Quintana Roo, Garmin, Zone 3, Storck, IMG, PowerBar, High5, Alton Sports, Pearl Izumi, Compressport and A1 Multisport. Alison Worthington, Publisher of Immediate’s Sports Portfolio, said: “We’re delighted with the success of our first show at Lee Valley VeloPark. Visitors loved the iconic venue including the opportunity to get on the track itself, plus exhibitors traded very well, giving us a perfect base for us to build the show in years to come. Crucially the audience came ready to spend, with many exhibitors remarking on the high quality of the audience compared to other events.” Helen Webster, Editor of 220 Triathlon, added:...

How Much Do You Drink On Race Day?

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Paul Moore
Photo: ShutterstockAsk any multisport competitor how much nutrition he or she consumes during a race, and you’ll likely get a classic Type-A triathlete answer: “X bottles of fluid for Y calories every Z minutes.” That answer is probably inaccurate, says a new study out of the University of Minnesota. According to lead researcher Patrick Wilson, triathletes’ ability to gauge fluid intake during a race is fallible, which could lead to race-day complications such as dehydration, hypo- or hypernatremia, and insufficient calories to meet the body’s energy demands. The study of 53 triathletes on the run leg of a half Ironman race found discrepancies in self-reported fluid intake compared to measured fluid intake. “There were a number of individuals that were off by 10 to 20 ounces when comparing their self-reported intake to measured intake,” says Wilson. Factors contributing to triathletes’ inaccurate recall include the number of aid stations, the duration of the event, the size and shape...

Running Low: Iron Deficiency Anaemia Explained

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Paul Moore
Learn how to keep this essential mineral in check throughout your season.   There’s one big bad threat to success that even the fittest, most well-prepared athlete will not be able to push past: A condition known as iron deficiency anaemia. Defined as low blood iron levels, iron deficiency anaemia affects an estimated 20–50 percent of female athletes, while 4–50 percent of male athletes suffer from depleted iron stores, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) II. Left untreated, iron depletion can develop into iron deficiency aneamia (IDA), which impairs the body’s aerobic processes, brain and muscle metabolism, endurance performance, and normal immune response. Iron—a key factor in aerobic capacity and directly linked to sports performance—is necessary for producing haemoglobin and myoglobin. And guess what haemoglobin does for you? It carries oxygen from every panting breath you take on the track to your hard-working tissues. It...

Master The Mental Game When Anxiety Hits

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Master the mental game when anxiety hits. Tight muscles, choppy breathing, negative self-talk—these are just some ways anxiety manifests in triathletes. Though a small case of nerves can be useful (fear can be a powerful motivator!), too much is a recipe for disaster. Dr. Jim Taylor, author of Triathletes’ Guide to Mental Training, says anxiety affects more than emotions—frequently, anxious athletes see physical hindrances in performance, such as a shortened stride while running or “spinning squares” on the bike. As such, it’s important to learn to reduce anxiety to increase performance. “Optimal sports performance occurs in the present moment with a positive mindset,” says Karen Quigley of True Form Coaching. “Since it’s inevitable that anxiety will happen at some point, when you are prepared for how to handle it, it won’t have to knock you off your game.” Panic button: A bad training day “It’s all about perspective,” Taylor says. “Never judge your overall fitness based on...

Redefine Your Goals

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Paul Moore
After crossing the finish line of a local sprint race last season, I was walking around congratulating fellow racers when one of them asked me about my race. I responded enthusiastically, “I was pleased to be able to race to my fitness.” Given the funny look I received, I clarified by explaining that I view the primary purpose of training as getting as fit and smart as possible, given real-life challenges such as family and work. My run preparation was weak and the time showed it, but that didn’t detract any from the effort I put forth and my feelings of satisfaction, pride and smiles. After all, that’s the main reason we race, right? Having completed more than a hundred multisport races with finish-line scenes reminiscent of this one, I’ve unfortunately learned that many triathletes race for different reasons, and they often finish feeling disappointed and unsatisfied with their accomplishments. Triathletes can do a better job of defining success. Goal-setting experts tell us we need...

Challenge Fuerteventura

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Will
swim I’m really happy, and relieved to be sitting here in Fuerteventura on my post race ‘Over Drive’ training camp with a close 2nd place finish in Challenge Fuerteventura under my belt and as a result confidence back where it needs to be to be successful in this game.   It’s only 2nd place, I’ve had many of these before in 1/2 distance races and it becomes more and more apparent to me that the guy who wins these is half of the time the person who is willing to go to a different level of hurt to elk out that last 30 seconds. I don’t think that there was that much difference between myself and Andi Bocherer in the race so congrats to him for the win. This was a training race and a process goal for me heading into Ironman Brazil next month and I just didn’t quite have that smark and race fitness to jump the gap and take the win. I arrived the week before the race, it’s such an easy place to base yourself with a short flight with easy...

South Africa

Thursday 25 Feb 2016 Will
team photo Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well. At the moment I’m sitting in my apartment with my feet up in South Africa trying to ride out a bit of illness picked up somehow/somewhere. I’m not sure what it is with this place. I really love it, the weather is unbeatable, you have amazing food and wine, natural beauty, good friends. 24 Rand to the £ also helps but I do find it super hard here to put in the work. I’m off home next week back to my house in Leicestershire where I hope to get my consistency back that I had before I came out here with the Charnwood Riot. In general the winter has gone pretty much perfectly to plan, I’ve had a couple of great camps in Lanzarote at Sands Beach including our annual team camp. It was amazing to catch up with the gang again, and of course receive all the amazing new product from our top sponsors. Big thanks to the Wolfs for organising another great few years for the team, I’m excited to be part of it. At the end of...

Winter training, Laurent Vidal, Sands Beach.

Saturday 05 Dec 2015 Will
laurent All in all it’s been a fairly decent start to my winter training. I had around 8 weeks of un-interrupted training with the Luc Van Lierde programme and I was chuffed because I didn’t miss a thing and I was going pretty well as a result of it. I took a trip to Belgium to visit Luc and we did some lactate testing for Swim, Bike and Run and actually we identified that even after a 13 week lay off aerobically I was still in pretty good shape but my max lactate was low and that is what i’ve been working on since. So not heaps of volume and some quite intense training to get that back up. I’m now in Lanzarote for a 17 day camp at home from home, Sands Beach. Weather wise it’s a solid 20-25’c, the warmest possible in Europe at this time of year. I really love it here. 25m pool literally on my door step, great riding in the mountains and some interesting off road running. It has everything you need and now i’ve been here so often I know the island and many people on the island to make it...

Enjoying the time off

Wednesday 05 Aug 2015 Will
poppy ride pic I’ve enjoyed this first 4 weeks away from sport. Nothing that exciting so far, just hanging out with my family and I just payed a visit to legendary Irish Triathlete Conor Murphy and family who’s also been struggling this year, thanks to shitty coaching and support. Nice to compare notes! Slowly but surely I’m starting to get bored and more and more determined to get back into it but that’s not for a while longer yet. I have to say it’s really nice to be able to step away and take the time and gain perspective to analyse all the little things I’ve been struggling with that led me to need a career break.  Triathlon is quite tough and I’ve had my foot firmly on the gas ever since I was a junior, rejuvenating the mind and body again is really important if I want to go on for another successful 5/6 years. When you’re in the thick of racing and training you’re so focused on the work that it can be a struggle to notice the aspects...

Taking some time out

Thursday 09 Jul 2015 Will
Biking in the hot Canary Islands sun! Well it’s been an interesting and un-expected end to this first part of the year that’s for sure. I knew that things were not going well for me this year for some reason. I felt like my training was going quite well, perhaps quite inconsistent but on the whole I didn’t see much problem with my fitness. Which left me and my team baffled when I was posting results like 30th in Dubai, 8th in Lanzarote Ironman, 4th in Staffordshire 70.3 and then a DNF in Norway 70.3. Coming from someone relatively consistent, that’s a bad start to the season! You’ll usually blame this on your training and race form. If you’re strict with yourself you’ll knock off a race or two and take a week off to freshen up the body before building back probably with even more effort then before! After Norway 70.3 I wanted to cancel my plans to race in Bolton Ironman, I just couldn’t imagine the idea of getting around that race. Ironman isn’t a joke. It’s a...

Will Clarke Coaching Launches!

Saturday 27 Jun 2015 Will
Will Clarke Coaching Click on the picture to find out more…  

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...

Some nice photography from Uplace BMC Mallorca camp.

Tuesday 12 May 2015 Will
swimming best We had a decent camp in Mallorca, big thanks to the Best Centre for having us. Great pool! We did some really big days. Like the 6.5 hr day before the Mallorca 70.3 Champs.  Then the 180km ride at close to average race power. Didn’t feel great but Ironman pace isn’t that fast and most important thing is I didn’t blow up thanks to the great nutrition from Etixx. Then the Marathon we ran the next day. 10km over my longest ever run. Ended up going 2hr53. Mostly a steady run but picked it up a bit in the end. Other then that we mostly shut it down, I guess its pointless doing these days unless you recover and adapt from it. So was slightly strange being on a camp and sitting around! Ironman Lanzarote in 11 days now! Can’t wait… See you there if you’re one of the crazy guys taking part.      

Update

Monday 04 May 2015 Will
IMG_8602 Hey everyone! It seems it’s been quite a while since I last updated my blog which leaves me with quite a bit of gossip! Since I last checked in I was getting all excited about going to Challenge Dubai and posting a solid performance there before running off with the Triple Crown Bonus! It didn’t happen…On a tough windy day in the desert I just didn’t have the legs at all on the bike and had 35 guys ride past me and then it doesn’t matter how fast you run, I was well out of the game. It was a bit frustrating at the time and not really the race I’d like to do that at but I know the reasons why I rode so badly, fixed it and learnt from it. However it did make me re-think my plans for my first Ironman which was going to be South Africa. I just wasn’t confident about my form at all and it didn’t make sense for me to go there any more. It was lucky I did cancel because for the next month I was in and out of sickness caught from my son Freddy,...

Ironman Taupo 70.3 & the Breathtaking Poronui Lodge

Saturday 13 Feb 2016 Meredith Kessler
Lush Cool day in Taupo heading out on the bike! First loop of the run & raining a bit - I am ok with this! What a tremendous inaugural Ironman 70.3 Taupo! Women's podium with Amelia and Sid! Our cabin at Poronui The fabulous lodge & where meals are served A look at all the cabins in the distance at Poronui View from our cabin; Aaron contemplating his next fly fishing expedition The pool room at the stables to unwind Beautiful horse hanging out in the Poronui...

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IRONMAN Australia Champions Back to Defend Titles

IRONMAN Australia Champions Back to Defend Titles

Friday 29 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Australian Paul Ambrose and New Zealand’s Michelle Bremer will both return to the scene of their 2015 triumphs when they attempt to go back to back at IRONMAN Australia on 1 May. Paul Ambrose won his first IRONMAN Australia title in 2012, but was unable to defend it the following year. This time, he’s focussed all his energies on racing well as defending champion. "I wanted to go back in 2013 to defend my title, but problems with my race schedule meant it didn't work out. This year everything ha more

California’s Wildflower blooms for its 34th time

California’s Wildflower blooms for its 34th time

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Wildflower Triathlons, one of the most historic race series in the sport’s history, will host several elite, world-class triathletes competing for the championship against each other and the merciless elements surrounding Lake San Antonio. Presented with a modified drought-tolerant course for the third year in a row, both the Men’s and Women’s 2015 Wildflower Champions will return to defend their title while conquering one of the toughest courses in triathlon more

Southern France plays host to Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix

Southern France plays host to Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix

Wednesday 27 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

The Community of Pays d'Aix, known as a training paradise to many cyclists and triathletes, plays host to a spectacular qualifying race for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d'Aix will take place on the city of Aix en Provence. Aix en Provence is rich in history and arts combine to create some of the most beautiful museums and local architecture in the world. more

Crowie adds Hustle to 70.3 Busselton

Crowie adds Hustle to 70.3 Busselton

Tuesday 26 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Ironman 70.3 Busselton, Triathlon Western Australia (TWA) is excited to announce the addition of 5 x World Champion Triathlete, Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander to the Professional start list for the SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, Sunday 1 May 2016 more

Bocherer & Beranek battle to the titles at Challenge Fuerteventura

Bocherer & Beranek battle to the titles at Challenge Fuerteventura

Monday 25 Apr 2016 [Triathlon News]

Andi Böcherer won today the 6th Edition of Challenge Fuerteventura in an exciting and demanding race Will Clarke and Timo Bracht his mail opponents. The multiple middle distance race winning German triathlete recorded a time of 3.59.00 beating Timo Bracht in little more than one minute and Will Clarke by just 35 seconds! more

Island House Tri Returns With Exciting Changes For 2016

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Jené Shaw
Last year’s inaugural Island House Invitational Triathlon put some of the world’s best competitors head-to-head in a three-day race in the Bahamas, and this year’s race will add even more excitement to the mix. Starting on Oct. 28, 40 professional triathletes—double the amount from 2015—will race over the course of three days in various formats. This year, all races will be non-drafting, and to level the playing field, long-course athletes can opt to race on their time-trial bikes. For the final day, only 10 men and 10 women will make the cut-off to race on the private island of Highbourne Cay (the first two days will be held on Nassau, home of The Island House hotel). According to a press release, invitees will include 2016 Olympians and long-course champions from all over the world, and last year’s winner Gwen Jorgensen will be back to defend her title after she races in her second Olympic Games in Rio in August. The prize purse will again be $500,000, with $60,000 designated for the...

3 Ways To Improve Your Swim Posture

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Key in on these focus points to get the most out of your stroke. Growing up, you likely were told to stand up straight or not to slouch. That same advice should be carried to the water, where your posture significantly affects body position. Pay attention to these key postural focuses to help reduce excess drag and increase lift and speed. Use the concepts below to help create better posture in the water. Have a friend or swim coach video your stroke. You may be humbled by what you see, but you will have an honest look at how you’re moving in the water and the areas that need the most focus. Remember, swim proud! 1. First, pay attention to your head position. If your head is too high or too low, your hips and legs will drop and cause drag. You’ll find the sweet spot while gazing underwater a few feet in front of you at the black line until the waterline breaks at the top third of your head. This creates a bow wave off of your head and a subsequent pocket of air to easily breathe...

Jesse Thomas Going After Sixth-Straight Wildflower Win

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Americans Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles return to the Wildflower Festival weekend to defend their long course titles.  This weekend, elites and age-group triathletes will travel to Lake San Antonio to take part in the 34th running of the Wildflower Triathlons. All athletes will compete on a “drought-modified” course for the third year in a row. Along with its marquee long course triathlon (1.2-mile swim, 2.2-mile run to T1, 56-mile bike, 10.9-mile run), Wildflower will host sprint, Olympic and mountain bike triathlons as part of its famous weekend festival that is expected to welcome up to 7,500 athletes and 30,000 spectators. For the last five consecutive years Jesse Thomas (USA) has dominated the men’s field, and now holds the record for the most Wildflower wins. Thomas will race this Saturday, with his eye on an unprecedented sixth-straight championship. Thomas will again have to bring his best to the starting line, as he will be competing again against his hometown buddy,...

Defending Champions Return To Ironman Australia

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
Australia’s Paul Ambrose and New Zealand’s Michelle Bremer will return to Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia to defend their Ironman Australia titles this Sunday, May 1. Read the preview from Ironman below: Ambrose won his first Ironman Australia title in 2012, but was unable to defend it the following year. This time, he’s focussed all his energies on racing well as defending champion. “I wanted to go back in 2013 to defend my title, but problems with my race schedule meant it didn’t work out. This year everything has pointed to me to Ironman Australia,” he said. Bremer enjoyed a career year in 2015 following her Ironman Australia win with a third at Ironman Cairns just over a month later. “I can’t wait to race again at Port Macquarie. Last year was an incredible experience and I feel honored to be able to come back as defending champion this year,” Bremer said. “This race feels like my home away from home race (I’m originally from NZ and now living in...

Recipe: Butternut Squash, Spinach & Charred Tomato Hash

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Triathlete.com
This comforting breakfast recipe can triple as lunch or dinner. Add some crispy bacon and a slice of hearty bread for a satisfying and replenishing post-training meal. Ingredients Makes 2 servings 2 cups butternut squash, diced (about ½ medium squash) 8 heaping cups fresh spinach 2 tomatoes-on-the-vine, cut into segments 1 shallot (or ¼ red onion), finely diced 2 TBSP olive oil 2-4 eggs Salt and pepper RELATED: Four Ways To Use … Eggplant Preparation 1. Heat 1 TBSP oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the squash, shallot and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and sauté for about 10 minutes until the squash is golden and starting to soften (lower heat if it starts to blacken). Add any fresh or dry herbs you like to the pan. 2. Add the spinach and tomatoes to the pan with another sprinkle of salt and pepper, cook about 5 minutes until the spinach is wilted, and the tomatoes have a nice char on them. 3. Remove ingredients from the pan on to two plates. 4. Return the pan back to...

Challenge Fuerteventura

Thursday 28 Apr 2016 Will
swim I’m really happy, and relieved to be sitting here in Fuerteventura on my post race ‘Over Drive’ training camp with a close 2nd place finish in Challenge Fuerteventura under my belt and as a result confidence back where it needs to be to be successful in this game.   It’s only 2nd place, I’ve had many of these before in 1/2 distance races and it becomes more and more apparent to me that the guy who wins these is half of the time the person who is willing to go to a different level of hurt to elk out that last 30 seconds. I don’t think that there was that much difference between myself and Andi Bocherer in the race so congrats to him for the win. This was a training race and a process goal for me heading into Ironman Brazil next month and I just didn’t quite have that smark and race fitness to jump the gap and take the win. I arrived the week before the race, it’s such an easy place to base yourself with a short flight with easy...

South Africa

Thursday 25 Feb 2016 Will
team photo Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well. At the moment I’m sitting in my apartment with my feet up in South Africa trying to ride out a bit of illness picked up somehow/somewhere. I’m not sure what it is with this place. I really love it, the weather is unbeatable, you have amazing food and wine, natural beauty, good friends. 24 Rand to the £ also helps but I do find it super hard here to put in the work. I’m off home next week back to my house in Leicestershire where I hope to get my consistency back that I had before I came out here with the Charnwood Riot. In general the winter has gone pretty much perfectly to plan, I’ve had a couple of great camps in Lanzarote at Sands Beach including our annual team camp. It was amazing to catch up with the gang again, and of course receive all the amazing new product from our top sponsors. Big thanks to the Wolfs for organising another great few years for the team, I’m excited to be part of it. At the end of...

Winter training, Laurent Vidal, Sands Beach.

Saturday 05 Dec 2015 Will
laurent All in all it’s been a fairly decent start to my winter training. I had around 8 weeks of un-interrupted training with the Luc Van Lierde programme and I was chuffed because I didn’t miss a thing and I was going pretty well as a result of it. I took a trip to Belgium to visit Luc and we did some lactate testing for Swim, Bike and Run and actually we identified that even after a 13 week lay off aerobically I was still in pretty good shape but my max lactate was low and that is what i’ve been working on since. So not heaps of volume and some quite intense training to get that back up. I’m now in Lanzarote for a 17 day camp at home from home, Sands Beach. Weather wise it’s a solid 20-25’c, the warmest possible in Europe at this time of year. I really love it here. 25m pool literally on my door step, great riding in the mountains and some interesting off road running. It has everything you need and now i’ve been here so often I know the island and many people on the island to make it...

Enjoying the time off

Wednesday 05 Aug 2015 Will
poppy ride pic I’ve enjoyed this first 4 weeks away from sport. Nothing that exciting so far, just hanging out with my family and I just payed a visit to legendary Irish Triathlete Conor Murphy and family who’s also been struggling this year, thanks to shitty coaching and support. Nice to compare notes! Slowly but surely I’m starting to get bored and more and more determined to get back into it but that’s not for a while longer yet. I have to say it’s really nice to be able to step away and take the time and gain perspective to analyse all the little things I’ve been struggling with that led me to need a career break.  Triathlon is quite tough and I’ve had my foot firmly on the gas ever since I was a junior, rejuvenating the mind and body again is really important if I want to go on for another successful 5/6 years. When you’re in the thick of racing and training you’re so focused on the work that it can be a struggle to notice the aspects...

Taking some time out

Thursday 09 Jul 2015 Will
Biking in the hot Canary Islands sun! Well it’s been an interesting and un-expected end to this first part of the year that’s for sure. I knew that things were not going well for me this year for some reason. I felt like my training was going quite well, perhaps quite inconsistent but on the whole I didn’t see much problem with my fitness. Which left me and my team baffled when I was posting results like 30th in Dubai, 8th in Lanzarote Ironman, 4th in Staffordshire 70.3 and then a DNF in Norway 70.3. Coming from someone relatively consistent, that’s a bad start to the season! You’ll usually blame this on your training and race form. If you’re strict with yourself you’ll knock off a race or two and take a week off to freshen up the body before building back probably with even more effort then before! After Norway 70.3 I wanted to cancel my plans to race in Bolton Ironman, I just couldn’t imagine the idea of getting around that race. Ironman isn’t a joke. It’s a...

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