2018 Bogus Basin Hill Climb; Xterra McCall; Ironman Mont Tremblant and Lionel's reflection; the benefit of plyometrics; Tianna Bartoletta's blog on multi-sport athletes; Lauf suspension forks; breaking the 2hr marathon.
Here is your weekly TT Times update:
Weekend Race Report-
- The popular Bogus Basin Hill Climb was Saturday. I can't find the results site, but I believe Kai Applequist won the men's race, and Erin Green represented the triathletes well by winning the women's race.
- Xterra McCall took place Sunday in Ponderosa State Park. This beautiful event is a great race if you've been thinking about off-road triathlon racing.
- Ironman Mont Tremblant was Sunday, with Cody Beals putting together a course record performance to win over Lionel Sanders. Liz Blatchford won a much more tightly contested women's race. Lionel's heartfelt review after the race has some powerful lessons for anyone who thinks dieting and "getting lean" at all cost is the key to optimal performance.
Training Thoughts and Updates-
Plyometrics and hill bounding have been some of the few 'cross training' activities in which I've noticed a direct correlation with racing performance (especially with running). Plyometrics are nothing new, originally used by Eastern bloc countries almost 100 years ago with track and field athletes, and famous run coach Arthur Lydiard recommending this type of training over 70 years ago for his distance runners. Different sports have slightly different takes on the same thing, all with similar benefits. Start slowly, and build into it over time, but just 10-15min per week of focused plyometric and hill bounding work can make a big difference in your racing performance.
The Tri Swap is just 2 weeks out. If you want to sell gear please drop it off at Tri Town between Monday, August 27th through Friday, Aug 31st. Sale starts Saturday, Sept 1 at 10am and runs through September 2nd.
Popular Social Post-
This is a must-read blog post with many powerful lessons from an Olympic champion.
Gear that Caught Our Attention-
I love seeing old technology be reimagined in new and creative ways. In this case, leaf springs used to create a super-lightweight suspension fork.
Quote that Struck a Chord-
"Comparison is an act of violence against oneself." - Tianna Bartoletta, 3x Olympic Track and Field Gold Medalist.
If you have a few moments to spare-
4 minutes, 37 seconds per mile. That is the average pace needed to break 2 hours for the marathon. Currently the world record pace is at 4min, 44sec per mile. 7 seconds per mile is no small task, but there is little doubt that someone will break 2 hours in our lifetime.
Have a great week!