Can You be a Fast Ironman?

ironman_racetype_ironman.pngScientists noted the common features in the best Ironman racers.


By Susan Lacke (triathlon.competitor.com)

Are there variables that can predict an athlete’s success at long-course triathlon? Scientists in Switzerland say yes. In a review of 76 studies on Ironman triathletes, researchers noted common themes in determining a successful outcome at the 140.6 distance...

When Triathlon Becomes an Unhealthy Compulsion...

night_runner.pngTenacity is an admirable trait when it comes to chasing your triathlon goals, but how do you know when your commitment has become an unhealthy compulsion?

By Mackenzie Lobby Havie (triathlon.competitor.com)

To be sure, balancing three athletic disciplines requires dedication. When you’re so focused on fitting it all in—or chasing your next PR—it can be easy to become consumed by the challenges (and rewards) the sport presents. While commitment is a good thing, compulsion is not. An addiction to training can have detrimental consequences for your relationships, finances, and physical and mental well-being....

Stuff That Successful Swimmers Do...

HL_pool_jump.pngNot seeing meaningful progress in the pool? Review these rules of successful swimmers to see where you might be standing—or swimming—in your own way.

By Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)

1. Technique comes first. Always.

My favorite adage when working with new swimmers is, “You can put 100 motors onto a barge, and it still won’t be a speed boat.” The only thing that is guaranteed when you spend more energy in the water is that you will tire quicker. Swimming, much like golf, is a skill sport, meaning that success comes more from technique than from effort. Spend time mastering the fundamentals of the stroke before focusing on power and speed. ...

Rooting For Dani....

Dani_triumph.png2015 Minnesota Rookie of the Year DANI VSETECKA (pronounced "Sheh-teska"--it's an Eastern European deal) will be racing, along with more than 3000 others, including 94 pros, at the 7th annual Ironman Miami 70.3 on Sunday.

Dani excels at 70.3 and will be a podium favorite in the amateur women's race. Check out her half IM resume:

- 1st @ 2015 Door Country Half - 4:46:29

- 1st amateur @ 2015 Pigman Half - 4:41:34

- 2nd amateur @ 2016 ronman Texas 70.3 4:34:56

Our research revealed that no American woman has yet broken 4:40 at Miami, though one Perevian athlete --Elise Portugal (4:38:09 in 2015)--and Mexico's Alina Hanuschke Busch have done so. The talented Ms. Hanschke Busch has actually cracked 4:40 twice in South Florida. Her amateur CR is 4:36:34. (Her PR is 4:26:01 in a winning effort at Monterrey 70.3 in 2015.)...

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