USAT Age Group Nationals; Challenge Turku; 70.3 World Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay; benchmark testing workouts; champion's mindset.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
- Cleveland, Ohio hosted the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals this weekend. Over 5,000 athletes competed with a strong contingent of locals making the trip to compete against the country's best. The Olympic distance race was held on Saturday, with the Sprint distance event on Sunday. Weather forced the Sprint race to be changed to a duathlon. Results and tracking here.
- Sebastian Kienle won Challenge Turku in Finland yesterday. He set a Half Ironman personal record for the 56mile bike leg with a time of 1hr 55min. Average speed? 29mph. He still managed to average 5min 30sec per mile pace on the run with a time of 1hr 12min for the half marathon. Crazy.
Events We're Looking Forward To-
The 70.3 World Championships will be held September 1st and 2nd in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. To spread out the field and help create fair racing conditions the race will be a two day event, with women racing Saturday, and men racing Sunday.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Benchmark workouts are used to confirm your fitness and training are on track to meet your racing goals. Examples may include a cycling FTP test, MAF testing, lactate threshold testing, etc. Alan Couzens has put together an impressive benchmarking chart that takes into consideration your age, gender, body weight, and training response. This chart can help determine if your training is indicating your racing goals are within reach.
The Tri Swap is just a few weeks out. Need to sell some gear? Drop it off at Tri Town between Monday, August 27th through Friday, Aug 31st. Sale starts Saturday, September 1st at 10am and continues through Sunday, September 2nd.
Popular Social Post-
Fingers crossed "Hug a Bike Shop Owner Day" may become a real thing!
Quote that Struck a Chord-
"Life doesn't reward you for what you know, but for what you do." Ben Hardy
If you have a few moments to spare-
It's worth watching the whole video, but possibly one of the best looks into a champion's mindset starts at the 7min mark of this video (fair warning: some profanity).
Have a great week!