Image: Anna Megale training in the Boise foothills.
This week: Anna Megale makes a splash in cyclocross; Blummenfelt's Ironman record not recognized by PTO; athletic development as a marathon, not a sprint.
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Weekend race report:
Local swimmer, triathlete, and cyclocross racer Anna Megale has been making a splash on the international racing scene this season. She recently won her first UCI Cyclocross race, and just yesterday took 5th overall in the elite field at Cycloross Nationals. You can read an interview with Anna here.
The Professional Triathlon Organization has chosen not to recognize Kristian Blummenfelt's Ironman record time clocked at Ironman Cozumel on November 21st. The flat course with a point-to-point current-assisted swim is exceptionally fast on the right day. The PTO finds itself in the difficult situation of having to define and determine what constitutes an "official course"- something that is notoriously difficult to do considering the diverse terrain and the distances covered.
Quote that struck a chord:
"If you have early success, do your best to ignore praise and keep pushing yourself to the edges of your ability, where improvement happens. If you don’t have early success, don’t quit. Instead, treat your early efforts as experiments, not as verdicts. This is a marathon, not a sprint." Daniel Coyle in the Little Book of Talent.
This quote reminds me of my friend, Anna Megale (mentioned above). I cannot think of anyone who has taken the "marathon" approach to athletic development as well as Anna. To some, she may have "come out of nowhere" to win UCI-level events. But what they do not see is the 20+ years of thoughtful, daily practice and training she put in to get there.
Have a great week!
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