Ironman Tulsa added to calendar; benefits of plyometrics and high weight lifting; hamstring stretching benefits questionable at best; Ironman World Championships swim changed to wave start; Chris Froome crashes in training.
- Ironman has announced a new full distance event for 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa will be the only Ironman in the central United States and is the first new Ironman added to the US calendar since 2014. Registration opens this Wednesday.
- Ironman Boulder, held just a week ago in the iconic endurance city, has been cancelled for future events.
- Lower leg stiffness is critical for efficient running performance (a stiff spring returns energy more efficiently than a soft spring), and plyometrics and high weight/multiple joint strength training (>75% of 1 rep max) are some of the best ways to improve leg spring stiffness.
- A new study shows questionable at best benefits of hamstring stretching on athletic performance.
- Local coach Michelle Wiens has a variety of clinics and classes coming down the pipeline ranging from transitions, open water swim, run technique, etc. Check out her schedule and sign up here.
- Ironman has changed the iconic mass start format for the Ironman Hawaii World Championship race. The race will no longer send the amateur male and female participants out in two massive waves. Instead, the age group field will be broken into 11 waves and sent out in 5min intervals with the intent to improve safety and spread out the field on the bike.
- Chris Froome, 4x winner of the Tour De France, crashed while blowing his nose in a training accident and is out of this year's Tour.