Turtleman's Return & Other Stuff...
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:10
TURTLEMAN IS BACK – In 2011, at the age of 28, the Turtleman Triathlon dropped off the Minnesota calendar. Why? Turtle Lake had become too shallow to support a triathlon. Well, the water level has risen, as has the enthusiasm for reviving the classic event, which will be produced by TriFitness Events. The Shoreview event will happen on Saturday, August 8. Stay tuned for more information.
Photo - A guy from Kentucky who calls himself Turtle Man. He has nothing to do with the race.
RACE NEWS – Grand Forks’ Sean Cooley has won five of the six editions of his hometown Ice Man Triathlon. FYI, Coolio did not win the inaugural race for a very good reason. He wasn’t there.
The Ice Man, which is one of the coolest events ever, is actually a quadrathlon. It starts with a cross country ski segment, followed by a mountain (or Fat) bike leg and run. Then participants jump on their sleds and slide to finish line. Cool, huh? ...
Ideal Racing Weight Debate: When to Eat Cheesecake...
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:10
ED. This is a fascinatingly awesome article.
Brett Sutton reacts to Chris McCormack’s article on finding the ideal racing weight for optimal performance on the race course. This response originally appeared on Trisutto.com.
By Brett Sutton (triathlon.competitor.com - Feb. 25, 2015)
I would like to take the time to further explain a very important, if not the most important, item in our sport. This concerns the matter of an athlete’s weight.
Last week many people alerted me to a re-release of an article written by Chris McCormack discussing optimal weights for individual athletes.
I’d like to thank him for his words and intelligent insight into this matter. However, I would also like to clarify some observations about my own thoughts on the weight debate given the very real implications for athletes reading such material....
Stuff About Embracing Pain...
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:10
Take your performance to the next level by learning to embrace discomfort.
By Mackenzie Lobby (triathlon.competitor.com)
Compared to the general populace, multisport buffs are as tough as they come. There’s even research to back up that contention. To gain an understanding of what accounts for that tenacity, a new study sought to examine the important link between pain and performance. Indeed, those who are able to push harder and longer are usually the ones who end up atop the podium on race day.
Published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers had a group of cyclists perform sprint interval tests on bikes, giving them either 1.5 grams of acetaminophen (pain reliever, aka generic Tylenol) or a placebo prior to exercise. They then monitored their power output and heart rate during each sprint, finding that when they took acetaminophen, the participants had a significantly greater mean power output....
Heather's 2015 Pro Schedule...
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:10
Photo - From Heather Lendway's first triathlon at Elysian in 2012. L - R - Cheryl Johnson(5th) , HL (4th), winner Sarah Haskins and April Morgan (2nd).
By Heather Lendway (gearwestbike.wordpress.com/blog)
With my move to the professional ranks in 2015 I still plan to concentrate on Olympic Distance non-draft racing as I have done in the past. Having that said, with an always changing racing environment, i.e. the announcement of 5i50 Championships no longer occurring, I’ll likely fill in my schedule with some draft legal races along with more local sprint and Olympic distance events.
I’m planning to start out my season during early March racing back to back weekends in Clermont and Sarasota, Florida, both draft legal sprint distance races. These races typically draw a couple top pro athletes and many up and coming professionals. I was excited to see I will be racing Sarah Haskins for my first race in Clermont. She happened to be racing at my very first triathlon back in July 2012 at Elysian’s...
Keys to Your Best Season...
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:10
Gain fitness and have fun doing it this year
By Jason Gootman and Will Kirousis (usatriathlon.org)
Are you using awesome training principles? Or just logging lots of miles? These are the ways the best triathletes in the world train. And you can adopt them today! Are you ready to stop just logging miles and really get fast?
Swim, ride and run enough to stimulate adaptation, not to fill all available time.
One of the first areas we investigate with a new athlete we’re starting to coach, and that we monitor in an ongoing sense for the athletes we coach, is how much time they have available for workouts. Highly motivated athletes often look at their day and suspect that any time not taken up by work, chores and family/friends can and should be used for swimming, riding and running.
This approach results in no down time, no real rest and greatly impedes recovery. Without strong recovery, plateaus are inevitable. You will train and train and train — and stay the same. Poor recovery also makes you more susceptible to injuries. And when you’re injured, you can’t do any of this fun stuff. And not taking any downtime is a road paved to burnout. When you are always pushing forward and always need to be...
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