Ironman World Champs wrap up; building your personal knowledge library; the new Specialized Shiv; 25 pics of Kona.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
- The Ironman World Championships was Saturday, and as expected the race did not disappoint. Cooler temps and low winds resulted in a record setting day for both the men's and women's race. Patrick Lange repeated as the men's champion, shaving another 9 minutes off his course record performance from last year. The top 3 men all went under course record pace. Women's pre race favorite Daniela Ryf was stung multiple times by jellyfish during the swim, and exited the swim ~9 minutes down on super swimmer Lucy Charles. After a somewhat slow start on the bike, Daniela eventually took control of the women's race by crushing the old bike course record by 18 minutes. Daniela never looked back after that, and went on to win in record setting time, with Lucy Charles in 2nd.
-All Idaho athletes finished the World Championships. Margaret Hepworth and Liza Rachetto both took top 5 in their respective age groups. Congrats to all who competed in this historic race!
-Sunday's Ironman Louisville was a wet and messy affair, with the swim shortened and most athletes in survival mode. Jennifer Spieldenner won the women's pro race, and Chris Leiferman won the men's race.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
Arizona 70.3 is Sunday, Oct 21st with a solid group of locals making the trip to compete.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Watching a major race like Kona is fun, but I especially look forward to reading the athlete's post-race reports. Inevitably, I find some gems of information, advice, and experience that adds to my understanding of the sport. I take the best information, put in onto a notecard, and categorize it in my commonplace book- a place where I keep short snippets of information on all categories that interest me. Some categories that interest me are triathlon, coaching, business, mechanics, philosophy, woodworking, and personal development. Overtime, you'll develop a wealth of information that acts not only as a great resource for reference, but also helps you retain information better than simply reading. To learn more about how to make your own commonplace book, start by reading this article
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
Specialized released an updated version
of their popular triathlon bike, the Shiv. With an integrated hydration reservoir that can hold 50oz of fluids, and a built in bento box that can hold 10-12 gels, Specialized has taken triathlon-specific integration one step further than anyone else in the market.
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Quote that Struck a Chord-
Speaking about continuous learning, this gem from Mark Twain comes to mind:
"I never let my schooling interfere with my education."
If you have a few moments to spare-
that sum up the record setting day in Kona.
Have a great week!