The Tri Town Times: 11/18/19

The Tri Town Times: 11/18/19

ASU win's 4th NCAA Division I triathlon championship; Anna Megale racing World Cup cyclocross in Czech Republic; Gatorade sweat patch and sweat rate testing; Cameron Wurf on the differences between ITU and long-course racing.

Hi all,
 
Here is your weekly TT Times newsletter:
 
Weekend Race Report-

> Arizona State University won the Women's Collegiate National Championships at Tempe Town Lake this weekend (home to Ironman Arizona this coming weekend). This is the 4th Division I win for ASU. In 2014 triathlon was approved by the NCAA as an emerging sport for women, and now 31 schools across the nation have a varsity triathlon program.

> Speaking of amazing women: Anna Megale, who some of you may remember as a dominate local triathlete, made the transition to elite cyclocross racing a few years back. Over this time Anna has chipped away at her national ranking, ultimately earning enough points to race the International World Cup event in the Czech Republic this past weekend.

 
Events We're Looking Forward To-
The last major event of the season- Ironman Arizona, is this Sunday in Tempe. Good luck to all the athletes competing this weekend.
 
Gear That Caught Our Attention-
Gatorade appears ready to launch a wearable 'sweat test patch'. Measuring your sweat rate is a relatively simple and common practice to determine sweat loss at a variety of temps, humidity, and intensities, with the intent to adjust your hydration strategy accordingly. But the missing factor has always been how much sodium you lost in that sweat. This patch promises to help bring clarity to the whole equation.
 
If you're interested in learning more about measuring your sweat rate, check out this article from Asker Jeukendrup.
 
Quote that Struck a Chord-
The common denominator of success --- the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful --- lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do.” -Albert Gray
 
If You Have a Moment to Spare-
Cameron Wurf is by no means an emerging athlete: he has an Olympic appearance in rowing, and competed in multiple Grand Tours as a professional cyclist. But he has once again re-tuned his world class engine to become one of the most promising and exciting Ironman distance athletes in the world, with a top 5 finish in Kona this year.
 
One thing I like about Cameron is that he's not afraid to lay it on the line in both his goals and racing. With that said, Cameron has taken the unusual step to attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Triathlon for his home country of Australia. Unusual in the sense that Cameron is considered a long-course specialist: 7-8 hour racing is his jam. His race report from his first Olympic Distance test event is both humorous and insightful to how the two disciplines (long course vs short course) may both technically be triathlons, but in actually require drastically different engines and skillsets.
 
 
Have a great week!
 
Antonio Gonzalez
Tri Town
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