The Tri Town Times: 12/10/18

The Tri Town Times: 12/10/18

70.3 World Record broken; 70.3 Indian Wells; Sarah Barber's 5 Off- Season Tips; running gait issues; why bike trainers feel harder than riding outdoors; Dr. Steven Seiler on intensity; Sebastian Kienle bike fit video.

Hi all,
 
Weekend Race Report-
It was a busy weekend with 4 half ironman races this weekend:

- Local pro Jocelyn McCauley took 2nd place overall at 70.3 Taupo on Saturday.

- Norwegians swept the podium at 70.3 Bahrain in world record pace. Kristian Blummenfelt won the race with a stunning 3:29:04 finishing time, with Gustav Iden (3:29:25) and Casper Stornes (3:33:31) rounding out the podium. In the women's race, Holly Lawrence made her long awaited reappearance after an injury last spring, and took the tape with a sub 4-hour time of 3:59:24 closely followed by fellow British athlete Sarah Lewis (4:00:13). 

- I've been down in California helping support athletes for 70.3 Indian Wells. This inaugural race did not disappoint- the swim was a cold 57 degrees, the bike was flat and fast on near perfect roads (race winner Lionel Sanders averaged 27mph!), and the run was deceptively hard with punchy and constant hills. I'd recommend this race if you want a late season 70.3 on calendar for 2019.

- Challenge Daytona had all three legs of the race shortened due to rain, but athletes still got to race their bikes on the famous Daytona race way.

 
 
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Some great stuff this week:

- I'm grateful for the fabulous and fast Sarah Barber for writing a guest blog post for us this week titled "Top 5 Off Season Training Tips".

- A recent study highlights a couple running gait issues that appear to cause injury.

- Have you noticed how much harder it feels to hold power on your indoor trainer? They may be a reason for that, highlighted well in this article from TrainingPeaks.

- As a follow up to the popular Steven Seiler podcast on how elite athletes actually train, here is a podcast with his recommendations on that 10-20% of the time you should be doing high intensity training.

 
 
Quote that Struck a Chord-
As a typical "Type A" triathlete, it can be frustrating when a workout, race, work project, or job doesn't go just perfect. There are times when the extra time and effort to get one step closer to perfect is worth it, and times when it's not. I've personally been struggling with this a bit lately, and these two quotes have been in mind during those times:
 
"Done is better than perfect."
and
"Don't let perfect be the enemy of good."
 
 
If You Have a Few Moments to Spare-
A little bike fitting fun with Sebastian Kienle.
 
Have a great week!
 
Antonio G
Tri Town

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