Ironman Frankfurt; Y Not Triathlon; Rolf Prima at the Grove; Training and Life Stress; Coeur d'Alene photo album; Ceepo Shadow R; Bradley Wiggins documentary.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
- The Ironman European Championship race in Frankfurt, Germany was held on Saturday with Jan Frodeno dominated the men's race despite crashing hard two weeks ago. In particular, he beat 2017 Ironman World Champion Patrick Lange and Run World Record holder Patrick Lange at his own game... running 8min faster than Patrick in the marathon in a time of 2:39:00 (6min per mile pace!)
- Even more impressive than Frodeno's win is 3x Ironman World Champ Daniela Ryf's dominating performance at Frankfurt. Her record winning time of 8:38 was ~25min faster than second place, and would have put her in 7th place overall for the men's field!
- The Tour de France is underway with the exciting Team Time Trial today. Pre-race favorite Chris Froome has already lost significant time in a Stage 1 crash, and Peter Sagan (who's insane strength routine I highlighted earlier this year) is currently in the Yellow Jersey.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
This weekend doesn't get much better for the local endurance athlete:
- Friday: Chrono Kristin Armstrong
- Saturday morning: YMCA Y-Not Triathlon
- Saturday evening: Twilight Criterium (awesome event to watch if you've never made it downtown for this before).
- Saturday, July 21st the Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove will be held in Eugene, Oregon. With a shortage of triathlons in the Treasure Valley it may be worth to 8hr drive to compete in a race voted one of the best olympic triathlons in the country.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
- The insane amount of data being collected by GPS devices allow coaches to run predictive modeling scenarios to determine ideal training patterns, predict injury, recommend appropriate low intensity vs high intensity balance etc. Most common scenario for causing injury? High training load (more than 125TSS points per week) combined with high life stress. This serves as a good reminder that doing quality training is not enough- make sure all parts of your life are in order before tackling a big goal like Ironman. Article here.
Popular Social Post-
- We have the full Ironman Coeur d'Alene album posted. Congrats again to everyone who competed, and thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your journey.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
- Ceepo has stepped up the beam-bike game by shielding the front wheel with their new "Shadow R". Love it or hate it, this bike is just another nod towards the importance of aerodynamics over weight when it comes to triathlon bike racing.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
After reading a few articles on the importance of finding the right training load based on your life-stress, this quote from Steven Covey seemed more than appropriate:
"Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to one another."
If you have an hour to spare-
The fame and attention that comes with winning the Tour de France must be overwhelming. Bradley Wiggins, one of the most successful cyclist in English history and winner of the 2012 Tour, may also be the most reluctant hero I've ever seen. This documentary follows Bradley for a year as he prepares for his highly successful 2012 season. We get an deep, personal look into a someone who in many ways just wants to ride his bike, and struggles to find balance with the compounding responsibilities of being a national celebrity and the expectations that implies.
Have a great week!