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Challenge Forte Village-Sardinia preview

Challenge Forte Village-Sardinia preview

Saturday 25 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

If Sardinia looks like the Garden of Eden for its amazing contrast of red rocks and green forests on one side and turquoise seas and white sands on the other, the south west end of the island seems drawn for triathlon. This crystal clear water is worldwide renowned as one of most colorful and perfectly combines with the white beach of the Forte Village Resort in Santa Margherita di Pula. more

XTERRA Pro Athletes Competing for the $105,000 Prize Purse

XTERRA Pro Athletes Competing for the $105,000 Prize Purse

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

It is a "winner take all" race, with one of the richest pro purses in multisport at $105,000, and it is awarded solely on the basis of the Maui performance. Since this race is a stand-alone event, it offers a unique opportunity to competitors as even those who have had a less than stellar season are given an opportunity to redeem themselves and earn the coveted title of XTERRA World Champion. more

Luke McKenzie, My Thoughts on Kona

Luke McKenzie, My Thoughts on Kona

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

I have had a week to think about Kona 2014 and a day that didn’t go to plan. Going into the event with high expectations after finishing second in 2013 I guess only a repeat result (or one better) was going to appear a success. more

70.3 Austin preview

70.3 Austin preview

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Nicknamed the "live music capital of the world," Austin, Texas plays host to one of the only indoor finishes on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. Ranked as one of the fittest cities in the country, Austin not only provides the perfect landscape for swimming, cycling and running, but serves as the perfect tourist destination. From shopping, and entertainment to sporting events and historical sites, Austin is packed with a variety of choices for athletes and spectators alike. more

World’s best ITU women go long in Bahrain

World’s best ITU women go long in Bahrain

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Bahrain has attracted the greatest line up of world-class athletes ever seen over the half distance. This includes three of the best women on the ITU circuit - Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Erin Densham (AUS) and Nicky Samuels (NZ), all making their long course debut at Challenge Bahrain on December 6. more

Sunny Garcia will race XTERRA Maui

Sunny Garcia will race XTERRA Maui

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Legendary pro surfer Sunny Garcia will join in the fray at XTERRA Worlds next Sunday. The former world surfing champion has been wanting to race XTERRA for years but says that now is the time to test out his new Cannondale 29er. more

Michael Raelert, Next stop 70.3 Miami

Michael Raelert, Next stop 70.3 Miami

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Michael Raelert is looking forward to take the next step at the City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami on Sunday. After his long break from racing he started late into this season and ranked third at the Challenge Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl in early September. Two weeks after this event in Austria he took the victory at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Ruegen. “I would like to go on with this,” says Michael Raelert a few days out of the race in Miami. “But I absolutely know that the Ironman 70.3 Miami on Sunday is a more

Michelle Vesterby, One step back – 2 steps forward

Michelle Vesterby, One step back – 2 steps forward

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Not everything in life goes as you expect it to do!! – Sometimes you have to dare to take one step back to be able to take two steps forward. I choose to take an optimistic view on the recently ended world championship in Hawaii, and be pleased with my 14th place, even though the placement didn’t live up to my expectations. more

70.3 Miami preview

70.3 Miami preview

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

City Bikes IRONMAN 70.3 Miami presented by Fit2Run is unlike any race due to its competitors, who come from over 58 countries united by their passion for triathlon. Every year, triathletes are drawn to a city as diverse as they are—where nationalities and cultures melt and mix in the abundant nightlife and beautiful beaches that have made Miami famous as one of the sultriest cities around the world. more

Samuels set to defend XTERRA World title

Samuels set to defend XTERRA World title

Wednesday 22 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

New Zealand Olympian and ITU road triathlon star Nicky Samuels returns to Maui to defend her XTERRA World Championship crown next Sunday. This time, she’ll have a bulls-eye on her back. “It’s always easier going into a race with no expectations. Last year I was there for my family and the race was a bonus. This year it will be different, definitely have a target on my back but I’ll give it my best to keep it there,” said Samuels. more

5 Things We Like About Mark Allen’s New Book

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Triathlete.com
After a successful campaign on Kickstarter.com, six-time Ironman world champion Mark Allen (this year marks the 25th anniversary of his “Iron War” race with Dave Scott) released his new book, The Art of Competition, in August. An intriguing juxtaposition of nature photographs and Allen’s philosophical musings, The Art of Competition addresses themes such as overcoming challenges, dealing with fear and embracing possibility in improbable moments. “The book came out of years of racing triathlons, out of immense personal reflection, and addresses the simple premise that behind all great performances there is a personal or human element that is a great force we can all learn to embrace and harness for creating excellence,” Allen says. Here’s what we like about this new coffee table book. 1. The inspired quotes from a triathlon legend. Allen came up with the idea while on a retreat with shaman Brant Secunda in Japan. “The day before we were going to do our pilgrimage to Mount Fuji, I was...

Life Time Tri Finale Set For Sunday In Oceanside

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Bethany Mavis
Collins and Kaye won the 2014 Panasonic NYC Triathlon. Americans Ben Collins and Alicia Kaye will look for the series’ titles this weekend in Southern California. The final event in the 2014 Life Time Tri Series will take place this Sunday, Oct. 26 at Oceanside Harbor near San Diego, the same venue used for the popular Ironman 70.3 California every spring. Nearly 1,000 athletes will be participating in the two distances: international/Olympic (1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run) and sprint (400-meter swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). Professional athletes, who will be racing the Olympic-distance race will be competing for their share of a $450,000. This is the second year the final race of the Life Time Tri Series, presented by Toyota, will be held in Oceanside, and the race also serves as the final event in the Toyota Triple Crown Series. The individual race awards will total $200,000, while an additional $200,000 will be awarded to the overall series (male and female)...

6 Quick Brick Tricks

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Liz Hichens
Craig Alexander running in Boulder, Colo. Photo: Nick SalazarBike-to-run transitions require specificity—it takes time for the brain and spinal cord to adjust to the new neuromuscular patterns needed for running off the bike. With practice, efficiency increases, along with your ability to pace yourself better. Try these tips from Lifesport coach Dan Smith during your next brick workout. Brick Training Tips: - Use brick sessions to practice race nutrition at race-specific heart rates. Make sure you are fueled and hydrated. - Finish off 1–2 rides per week with at least a short run off the bike. - Have mental cues ready for the run, such as “quick feet,” “loose shoulders,” “open lungs.” - Commit to the run, regardless of how you feel on the bike. Often a lack of energy can be attributed to low fuel. Have a gel 15–20 minutes before getting off the bike. - The legs often feel heavy because they’re fatigued and now have to support the body as well as propel themselves forward. Leg fatigue is...

Great Floridian Triathlon Celebrates 25 In A Unique Way

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Triathlete.com
Photo: Mark E. LepowIn celebration of the 25th running of the Great Floridian Triathlon (GFT) on Oct. 24, 2015, all official finishers of the full distance race, from 1991 to present, will receive a complimentary entry into the 2015 race. This special complimentary entry offer is available to all official individual finishers of the full, 140.6 mile course, from 1991-2014. Also as part of this 25th birthday promotion, new entrants can enter the full distance race for only $250. That’s about one third of the cost of a typical iron-distance race. Both offers expire Nov. 12, 2014. “The Great Floridian Triathlon has always been the peoples race,” race founder and director Fred Sommer said in the announcement. “In appreciation of the tremendous support offered by age group athletes over the past 24 years we felt it would be great if we gave something back to the athletes. At the same time we are hoping the excitement associated with the 25th birthday celebration will...

Quick Set Friday: Some IM And Speed Bursts

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.comTriathlete contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty has a blog with more than 500 creative workouts used in her Masters swim program in Clermont, Fla. We’ll feature a workout every Friday 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: 600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick/200 swim/100 drill) 8×50 on :60 (easy swim, kick hard on wall until next interval) 4×200 pull on 2:50 (descend 1-4) 4×150 on 2:30 (fly/free/back/free/breast/free by 25) 4×100 w/fins on 1:30 (50 dolphin kick on back/50 swim free) 4×50 w/ fins on :60 (kick as FAST as possible!) 50 easy swim 20×25 swim (1 FAST/1 ez/2 FAST/1 ez/3 FAST/etc. Fast on :20/easy on :30) 600 snake cool down swim *4150 total* RELATED – Ask Coach Sara: The Optimal Strokes Per Breath B: 600 warm up...

Don't Miss ''Inside Kona'' on NBC Sports

Friday 24 Oct 2014
A special preview of the 2014 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship will air on Monday, October 27 at 9 p.m. EST.

The Check-In: Recapping and Looking Ahead

Friday 24 Oct 2014
Pro Kona recaps, race previews, Lottery and Legacy programs, and the Asia Pacific summer race season is upon us.

Master the Course: Austin

Friday 24 Oct 2014
Race your best in the land of the big, with these tips from the ones who train and race there all year round.

Nine nutrition rules for novice triathletes

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Paul Moore
Photo: Jason R. Budd/TriRock ClearwaterA solid nutrition strategy will help your body make the most out of all your hours swimming, biking and running. We asked registered dietitian (and multiple Ironman finisher!) Lauren Antonucci for her top nine rules for beginner triathletes looking to maximize their training. She shared advice she gives many of her multisport athletes through her business Nutrition Energy in New York City. 1. Keep a food log for 3–5 days at least twice per year for a nutrition “reality check.” Seeing your habits written down may clue you in on what you might be missing or going overboard on. 2. Eat carbs, every day, with most meals and always before and after workouts. 3. Don’t forget your fruits and veggies! Although we’ve heard this over and over, sometimes you get busy and the produce is the first thing to slip out of your diet. Eat 2–3 fruits and 4–6 veggies per day to optimize your weight and nutrient intake. 4. Be realistic about weight loss. Losing five...

Triathlife With Jesse Thomas: Trioracle, At Your Service

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Triathlete.com
Illustration by Matt Collins.Everything you ever wanted to know about triathlon in one article! Believe it or not, after writing 30 “Triathlife” articles, sometimes I struggle to find something to write about. And when I’m stuck, I usually reach out to my dozens of readers on Twitter and Facebook for ideas. Sometimes, you guys give me pure gold—an idea or question that sparks a debate-provoking piece that lights the entire triathlon world on fire, like “how to take your best race photo.” But a lot of times, I get the same short-answer questions that even my tangential-wandering imagination and verbose writing style couldn’t stretch to an 1,100-word column. For example, “Do you lift weights?” OK, yeah, I might be able to make that a full column, but you wouldn’t want to read it (soooo many cutoff T-shirt references). But it is an important question, and one that a lot of people ask me. So this month, I decided to appease my rabid, inquisitive readers by ditching the long-winded story...

I’m now an Endurance Junkie

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Tim
Ironman Bolton I had a great chat with Peter on the endurance Junkie Podcast.

Kona SMASHfest 2014

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Hillarybiscay
smash booth with belinda In the past couple years Kona has become my biggest work week of the year. It is a crazy non-stop 7-10 days going full bore on the SMASH and coaching jobs. I always end up getting verrrrrry minimal training done myself yet coming home feeling like I’ve been run over by a bus. As I sit here on a plane to Texas for the next stop in our SMASH roadshow, I am still not sure I have recovered from the Kona madness. But it was well worth it! The only bummer of this new schedule is that my catch-ups with some of my besties are limited to their time stopping by our SMASH expo booth. Gone are the leisurely coffee chats and long dinners out during race week. Thankfully, as you can see, Belinda and my crew came by and visited and even got outfitted in the latest SMASH gear! We introduced a bunch of new stuff (see bikinis below) in Kona and were pretty stoked with how it was all received. This year was a huge year for TeamHPB with our biggest group of athletes racing yet—6 in total. I always...

MY THOUGHTS ON KONA 2014

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Luke McKenzie
luke-run-alli I have had a week to think about Kona 2014 and a day that didn’t go to plan. Going into the event with high expectations after finishing second in 2013 I guess only a repeat result (or one better) was going to appear a success. In the days post race it was a little frustrating that people kept saying to me “sorry you had a bad race”. I know it wasn’t a win, a podium or top ten but I also think that 15th on a rough day isn’t all that “bad” at the Ironman World Championships. On a day where over 20 pro men didn’t finish it was satisfying to fight and not take the easy option. I owe more to my family, friends, sponsors and supporters than to quit simply because I wasn’t contending for the win. The truth about my day was I never fired. My swim had been struggling all year and I thought I had addressed issues there to get it back to where it should be. Clearly that wasn’t the case and I started the bike three minutes behind the...

Wineglass Half Marathon Girls' Weekend race report!

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Jocelyn Wong (noreply@blogger.com)
It's Thursday night and we are waiting for traffic to die down a bit before we drive to NORTH CAROLINA FOR BEACH2BATTLESHIP! So I'm going to try to eek out a race report quickly as race week has consisted more of drinking pumpkin beer, watching the World Series (GO GIANTS!) and only swimming for one hour (but really hard!) and testing out the racing bike set-up for 30mins. When I taper, I taper

Kona 2014: Still Seeking

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Admin
IMG_0588 I believe that one should only be disappointed when they give less than their best. When you look back with regret, and accept that at a certain point, you gave up on yourself, conceded hope, and stopped fighting. Based on this description, albeit a less than desired result, I cannot genuinely say that I’m disappointed with myself; yet, I accept that on the day, the result I was seeking simply wasn’t meant to be. Some may call this ‘fate’; I call it the simple fact that some days you’ve got it, others you don’t. Despite great preparations, you cannot force an inner confidence, calm, and the ultimate sense of preparedness; most of all, you cannot control when the body will ‘show up’ 100%. I was grateful to be back in Kona competing for the fourth time. I was excited and eager at the prospect of what the day would bring, at the opportunity to push my body and see where it may take me. But truthfully, I had some doubts. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve been an athlete long enough to...

Kona 2013 Race Report

Sunday 20 Oct 2013
pier on race morning Welp, that was a day!  A tough, but rewarding day... The circus begins well before dawn... The swim was interesting. I had a great start, but a tactical error left me flying solo for a good portion of the swim. On the way back in, as I approached the pier, I was swallowed by the chase pack. As frustrating as that was, it was even more encouraging – I was able to get off the line much faster than I ever have before. In years past, I have had to work very hard to hold onto the chase pack. This year, although I was not with the lead girls, I was being chased by the chase pack!                         A little pre-race fun...                                    ...

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Thursday 25 Apr 2013
The past two and a half weeks have been quite the adventure! It started out with the usual race-centered escapades, but shortly thereafter tailspinned into a full-blown Lewis Carrol novel! We flew down to TX on April 3rd for Galveston 70.3. Our pal, Sgro, picked a few friends and us up at the airport in his sweet, new, double-cab pick-up truck. Originally from Brockton, he’s just a cowboy hat and bolo tie short of a true Texan, now, folks!   Our suitcase did not make it to Houston with us, but Southwest had it delivered to us before we went to bed that night. Because that suitcase held all of the training clothes that we had packed, we needed to get creative for the little run we had planned. We both borrowed shorts from our buddy, Matt Curbeau, and I bought a cheap sports bra at the local sporting goods store. I made a mistake with the size, and basically ...

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Challenge Forte Village-Sardinia preview

Challenge Forte Village-Sardinia preview

Saturday 25 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

If Sardinia looks like the Garden of Eden for its amazing contrast of red rocks and green forests on one side and turquoise seas and white sands on the other, the south west end of the island seems drawn for triathlon. This crystal clear water is worldwide renowned as one of most colorful and perfectly combines with the white beach of the Forte Village Resort in Santa Margherita di Pula. more

XTERRA Pro Athletes Competing for the $105,000 Prize Purse

XTERRA Pro Athletes Competing for the $105,000 Prize Purse

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

It is a "winner take all" race, with one of the richest pro purses in multisport at $105,000, and it is awarded solely on the basis of the Maui performance. Since this race is a stand-alone event, it offers a unique opportunity to competitors as even those who have had a less than stellar season are given an opportunity to redeem themselves and earn the coveted title of XTERRA World Champion. more

Luke McKenzie, My Thoughts on Kona

Luke McKenzie, My Thoughts on Kona

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

I have had a week to think about Kona 2014 and a day that didn’t go to plan. Going into the event with high expectations after finishing second in 2013 I guess only a repeat result (or one better) was going to appear a success. more

70.3 Austin preview

70.3 Austin preview

Friday 24 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Nicknamed the "live music capital of the world," Austin, Texas plays host to one of the only indoor finishes on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. Ranked as one of the fittest cities in the country, Austin not only provides the perfect landscape for swimming, cycling and running, but serves as the perfect tourist destination. From shopping, and entertainment to sporting events and historical sites, Austin is packed with a variety of choices for athletes and spectators alike. more

World’s best ITU women go long in Bahrain

World’s best ITU women go long in Bahrain

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Bahrain has attracted the greatest line up of world-class athletes ever seen over the half distance. This includes three of the best women on the ITU circuit - Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Erin Densham (AUS) and Nicky Samuels (NZ), all making their long course debut at Challenge Bahrain on December 6. more

5 Things We Like About Mark Allen’s New Book

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Triathlete.com
After a successful campaign on Kickstarter.com, six-time Ironman world champion Mark Allen (this year marks the 25th anniversary of his “Iron War” race with Dave Scott) released his new book, The Art of Competition, in August. An intriguing juxtaposition of nature photographs and Allen’s philosophical musings, The Art of Competition addresses themes such as overcoming challenges, dealing with fear and embracing possibility in improbable moments. “The book came out of years of racing triathlons, out of immense personal reflection, and addresses the simple premise that behind all great performances there is a personal or human element that is a great force we can all learn to embrace and harness for creating excellence,” Allen says. Here’s what we like about this new coffee table book. 1. The inspired quotes from a triathlon legend. Allen came up with the idea while on a retreat with shaman Brant Secunda in Japan. “The day before we were going to do our pilgrimage to Mount Fuji, I was...

Life Time Tri Finale Set For Sunday In Oceanside

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Bethany Mavis
Collins and Kaye won the 2014 Panasonic NYC Triathlon. Americans Ben Collins and Alicia Kaye will look for the series’ titles this weekend in Southern California. The final event in the 2014 Life Time Tri Series will take place this Sunday, Oct. 26 at Oceanside Harbor near San Diego, the same venue used for the popular Ironman 70.3 California every spring. Nearly 1,000 athletes will be participating in the two distances: international/Olympic (1500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run) and sprint (400-meter swim, 15-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). Professional athletes, who will be racing the Olympic-distance race will be competing for their share of a $450,000. This is the second year the final race of the Life Time Tri Series, presented by Toyota, will be held in Oceanside, and the race also serves as the final event in the Toyota Triple Crown Series. The individual race awards will total $200,000, while an additional $200,000 will be awarded to the overall series (male and female)...

6 Quick Brick Tricks

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Liz Hichens
Craig Alexander running in Boulder, Colo. Photo: Nick SalazarBike-to-run transitions require specificity—it takes time for the brain and spinal cord to adjust to the new neuromuscular patterns needed for running off the bike. With practice, efficiency increases, along with your ability to pace yourself better. Try these tips from Lifesport coach Dan Smith during your next brick workout. Brick Training Tips: - Use brick sessions to practice race nutrition at race-specific heart rates. Make sure you are fueled and hydrated. - Finish off 1–2 rides per week with at least a short run off the bike. - Have mental cues ready for the run, such as “quick feet,” “loose shoulders,” “open lungs.” - Commit to the run, regardless of how you feel on the bike. Often a lack of energy can be attributed to low fuel. Have a gel 15–20 minutes before getting off the bike. - The legs often feel heavy because they’re fatigued and now have to support the body as well as propel themselves forward. Leg fatigue is...

Great Floridian Triathlon Celebrates 25 In A Unique Way

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Triathlete.com
Photo: Mark E. LepowIn celebration of the 25th running of the Great Floridian Triathlon (GFT) on Oct. 24, 2015, all official finishers of the full distance race, from 1991 to present, will receive a complimentary entry into the 2015 race. This special complimentary entry offer is available to all official individual finishers of the full, 140.6 mile course, from 1991-2014. Also as part of this 25th birthday promotion, new entrants can enter the full distance race for only $250. That’s about one third of the cost of a typical iron-distance race. Both offers expire Nov. 12, 2014. “The Great Floridian Triathlon has always been the peoples race,” race founder and director Fred Sommer said in the announcement. “In appreciation of the tremendous support offered by age group athletes over the past 24 years we felt it would be great if we gave something back to the athletes. At the same time we are hoping the excitement associated with the 25th birthday celebration will...

Quick Set Friday: Some IM And Speed Bursts

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Jené Shaw
Photo: Shutterstock.comTriathlete contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty has a blog with more than 500 creative workouts used in her Masters swim program in Clermont, Fla. We’ll feature a workout every Friday 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: 600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick/200 swim/100 drill) 8×50 on :60 (easy swim, kick hard on wall until next interval) 4×200 pull on 2:50 (descend 1-4) 4×150 on 2:30 (fly/free/back/free/breast/free by 25) 4×100 w/fins on 1:30 (50 dolphin kick on back/50 swim free) 4×50 w/ fins on :60 (kick as FAST as possible!) 50 easy swim 20×25 swim (1 FAST/1 ez/2 FAST/1 ez/3 FAST/etc. Fast on :20/easy on :30) 600 snake cool down swim *4150 total* RELATED – Ask Coach Sara: The Optimal Strokes Per Breath B: 600 warm up...

I’m now an Endurance Junkie

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Tim
Ironman Bolton I had a great chat with Peter on the endurance Junkie Podcast.

Kona SMASHfest 2014

Friday 24 Oct 2014 Hillarybiscay
smash booth with belinda In the past couple years Kona has become my biggest work week of the year. It is a crazy non-stop 7-10 days going full bore on the SMASH and coaching jobs. I always end up getting verrrrrry minimal training done myself yet coming home feeling like I’ve been run over by a bus. As I sit here on a plane to Texas for the next stop in our SMASH roadshow, I am still not sure I have recovered from the Kona madness. But it was well worth it! The only bummer of this new schedule is that my catch-ups with some of my besties are limited to their time stopping by our SMASH expo booth. Gone are the leisurely coffee chats and long dinners out during race week. Thankfully, as you can see, Belinda and my crew came by and visited and even got outfitted in the latest SMASH gear! We introduced a bunch of new stuff (see bikinis below) in Kona and were pretty stoked with how it was all received. This year was a huge year for TeamHPB with our biggest group of athletes racing yet—6 in total. I always...

MY THOUGHTS ON KONA 2014

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Luke McKenzie
luke-run-alli I have had a week to think about Kona 2014 and a day that didn’t go to plan. Going into the event with high expectations after finishing second in 2013 I guess only a repeat result (or one better) was going to appear a success. In the days post race it was a little frustrating that people kept saying to me “sorry you had a bad race”. I know it wasn’t a win, a podium or top ten but I also think that 15th on a rough day isn’t all that “bad” at the Ironman World Championships. On a day where over 20 pro men didn’t finish it was satisfying to fight and not take the easy option. I owe more to my family, friends, sponsors and supporters than to quit simply because I wasn’t contending for the win. The truth about my day was I never fired. My swim had been struggling all year and I thought I had addressed issues there to get it back to where it should be. Clearly that wasn’t the case and I started the bike three minutes behind the...

Wineglass Half Marathon Girls' Weekend race report!

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Jocelyn Wong (noreply@blogger.com)
It's Thursday night and we are waiting for traffic to die down a bit before we drive to NORTH CAROLINA FOR BEACH2BATTLESHIP! So I'm going to try to eek out a race report quickly as race week has consisted more of drinking pumpkin beer, watching the World Series (GO GIANTS!) and only swimming for one hour (but really hard!) and testing out the racing bike set-up for 30mins. When I taper, I taper

Kona 2014: Still Seeking

Thursday 23 Oct 2014 Admin
IMG_0588 I believe that one should only be disappointed when they give less than their best. When you look back with regret, and accept that at a certain point, you gave up on yourself, conceded hope, and stopped fighting. Based on this description, albeit a less than desired result, I cannot genuinely say that I’m disappointed with myself; yet, I accept that on the day, the result I was seeking simply wasn’t meant to be. Some may call this ‘fate’; I call it the simple fact that some days you’ve got it, others you don’t. Despite great preparations, you cannot force an inner confidence, calm, and the ultimate sense of preparedness; most of all, you cannot control when the body will ‘show up’ 100%. I was grateful to be back in Kona competing for the fourth time. I was excited and eager at the prospect of what the day would bring, at the opportunity to push my body and see where it may take me. But truthfully, I had some doubts. I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve been an athlete long enough to...

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