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I've been hunkered down on the big island for two and a half weeks now and have witnessed the amazing transformation from sleepy town to full-on Iron village. The past few weeks, I logged some very solid training, taking advantage of the...
I've been hunkered down on the big island for two and a half weeks now and have witnessed the amazing transformation from sleepy town to full-on Iron village. The past few weeks, I logged some very solid training, taking advantage of the harsh conditions (wind & heat) for riding and running- I think it's making me tough! The only thing that's not harsh here is the swimming.... Swimming at the Kona pier is ridiculous- perfect temperature and plenty of #fishporn all around. Just like swimming in an aquarium. The morning scene at Dig Me BeachFrom 6 to 9 am, the pier is a busy place on race weekAfter 2+ really hard weeks of training, I'm able to take this week a little easier and enjoy race week. I've been helping Luke get race ready and with his media/sponsor stuff.Interviews for Luke... (btw- this is at Daylight Mind - the awesome new coffee joint) Photo shootsI've also been spending some time visiting with my own sponsors and triathlon family from around the world. Last I checked out the expo and went to a fun dinner at the Bonk Breaker house.Vintage trisuits at ZOOT expo booth to complimentThrowback Zoot tri kits! love this!visiting myself at the Cannondale booth...With just 3 days until race day, it's almost go time and I'm so excited for this spectating adventure! What else would you like to see from the big island as the big race approaches?
about 3 hours ago
Leanda Cave’s pre-Kona blog shows defending champion’s defiant attitude Leanda Cave says she’s 100% pain free and fired up for Kona (Photo: LeandaCave.com) Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave has opened up via a blog on...
Leanda Cave’s pre-Kona blog shows defending champion’s defiant attitude Leanda Cave says she’s 100% pain free and fired up for Kona (Photo: LeandaCave.com) Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave has opened up via a blog on her website, talking about this year’s race in Kona and what happened at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas. In an entry entitled ‘I’m Only Human’, Cave starts off by saying that the race in Hawaii “is the one that really counts”. The champ admits that “I have questioned my own ability a number of times, most of those after my disappointing performance in the 70.3 World Champs in Las Vegas 4 weeks ago”, but still believes that great things can happen. With a note of defiance, she writes: “I know that the word on the street amongst my fellow athletes is that I am not a threat. I thank those athletes for taking the pressure off me and putting it on themselves.” The reigning champion also thanks all those who still have faith in her and adds: “There is no part of me that will ever quit and I’m ready to fight on October 12. I am 100% pain free as I write this and I have never felt so fired up to race.” Cave’s blog continues by scrutinising her Ironman 70.3 World Championship performance. She says she felt relieved to make the start line at all, and expounded on the lack of consistency in her training due to injury and then training with an injury. “Ideally I should have stopped training completely when symptoms became chronic, but I was too far into the season to take that option. So I had to resort to a cortisone injection immediately after Vegas. This is nothing more than a band aid to get me through the rest of the season, but it was the best decision I could have made.” She adds: “I hope that I can encourage anyone reading this to get on top of injuries right away.” Read the whole of Leanda Cave’s blog here   See the rest of our 2013 Ironman World Championship coverage here. We’ll be updating regularly in the run up to Kona.  
about 7 hours ago
Zipp announce new limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc at Kona The new Impress printing system means any design is possible Zipp have unveiled this new limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc with custom graphics at the Iro...
Zipp announce new limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc at Kona The new Impress printing system means any design is possible Zipp have unveiled this new limited edition Super-9 Carbon Clincher Disc with custom graphics at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The new design on the wheel shows off their new “Impress” direct printing process, which can put any design onto the entire disc. Zipp says to “Think of it as a way for any triathlete or time trialist to increase his or her coolness-to-weight ratio.” Double Ironman 70.3 World Champion Sebastian Kienle of Germany used a Super-9 Disc in Vegas sporting striking circular world championship stripes using the Impress technology. The Super-9 Disc weighs in at 1,155g, is 11-speed compatible only and has a US retail price of $2,500 (UK pricing TBC), which is about $125 more than a standard Super-9 Disc, and goes on sale at the end of November. There are bound to be a few of Zipp’s sponsored athletes showing off new Super-9 designs on Saturday – we can’t wait to see what defending champion Pete Jacobs has on his.   See the rest of our 2013 Ironman World Championship coverage here. We’ll be updating regularly in the run up to Kona.    
about 9 hours ago
We had the opportunity today to look closer at the Argon 18 E-118 of Ironman Cozumel champion Iv?n Ra?a. He could surprise some folks on Saturday.
We had the opportunity today to look closer at the Argon 18 E-118 of Ironman Cozumel champion Iv?n Ra?a. He could surprise some folks on Saturday.
about 12 hours ago
We encountered Chris Legh on the Queen K highway during the 2013 Ironman Kona week and he kindly stopped and let us look closer at his Trek Speed Concept.
We encountered Chris Legh on the Queen K highway during the 2013 Ironman Kona week and he kindly stopped and let us look closer at his Trek Speed Concept.
about 12 hours ago
Ironman beefs up commitment to anti-doping with social media and children’s education Ironman have reaffirmed their anti-doping stance with the creation of new @IMAntiDoping Twitter and Facebook pages designed to be key components...
Ironman beefs up commitment to anti-doping with social media and children’s education Ironman have reaffirmed their anti-doping stance with the creation of new @IMAntiDoping Twitter and Facebook pages designed to be key components of the expanded education, outreach and information sharing as part of the WTC’s ‘I Am True’ campaign. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Ironman teamed up for outreach activities targeting the nearly 2,000 professional and age group athletes competing in the 2013 GoPro Ironman World Championship. Ironman also welcomed the Chief Executive Officer of South African Institute for Drug Free Sport, Khalid Galant, as part of Ironman’s outreach team this year. “We believe strongly in clean sport and are committed to being a leader in this area,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “We are continuously working together with various anti-doping agencies, including WADA, to further ensure the integrity of Ironman and the sport of triathlon as a whole. Our World Championship is a fantastic platform to highlight this commitment and help influence future generations in a positive way.” The outreach team also shared its anti-doping message with the next generation of triathletes at the ‘Keiki Dip ‘n’ Dash’ children’s event, where the young athletes received anti-doping information and promotional materials designed to educate them on how to make the right decisions later in their triathlon careers. “WADA thrives on strong collaborations with its partners to help communicate anti-doping and promote the values of clean sport,” said WADA President John Fahey. “Ironman and its ‘I Am True’ partnership is a good example of a partner sharing the anti-doping message with not just current athletes, but those from future generations, too. I have no doubt this initiative will once again prove successful in educating and informing those who believe in fair play.” Another important aspect of the Ironman Anti-Doping Program’s work in Kona is the execution of in- and out-of-competition testing, which includes the collection and analysis of blood and urine samples as part of the Ironman and WADA Code compliant anti-doping program. All athletes participating in the GoPro Ironman World Championship, and all other Ironman events throughout the year, are subject to testing under the Ironman Anti-Doping rules. Ironman also partners with key National Anti-Doping Programs around the world to coordinate testing on some of the sport’s top professional and age group athletes.   To learn more about the ‘I Am True’ campaign and the Ironman Anti-Doping Program, visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/anti-doping.aspx or www.facebook.com/IMAntidoping. Visit www.wada-ama.org to learn more about The World Anti-Doping Agency.   See the rest of our 2013 Ironman World Championship coverage here. We’ll be updating regularly in the run up to Kona.    
about 12 hours ago
We profile the men’s race favourites for this weekend’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii The men’s race at this year’s Ironman World Championship has a number of question marks hanging over it like if ...
We profile the men’s race favourites for this weekend’s Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii The men’s race at this year’s Ironman World Championship has a number of question marks hanging over it like if Pete Jacobs has managed to recover from early-season injury to winning form or if Craig Alexander can prove a 40-year-old Kona winner is possible despite his sub-par race at Las Vegas. Can Sebastian Kienle dominate the bike to create enough of a buffer on the run to hold on for the win? Is Eneko Llanos in the winning shape he was earlier this year or going into Kona overtired? Can Andreas Raelert finally move up to the top step of the podium? All these questions will be answered on Saturday, but for now here’s a look at the fortunes of the top men. Pete Jacobs (AUS) Top finish in Kona: 1 Defending champion Pete Jacobs has had a mixed year. Running injury hampered training in March and April and Jacobs hasn’t shown last year’s Kona-winning form since he left the Big Island last October. After a couple of top-10 Ironman 70.3 performances, the champ’s legs popped during the run at his validation race at Ironman Frankfurt. We’ve seen this from Jacobs before however, with 2012’s early season blighted with a stress fracture – and we all know how things turned out by Hawaii last year. The Aussie tends to keep a low profile and plan his peak to coincide perfectly with Kona, and considering the strength shown during his mid-September jaunt to Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast, where he destroyed the field with a time of 3:39:59 despite illness the previous day, Jacobs is very much in shape to defend his crown. Swim 10/10 Bike 8/10 Run 10/10 Overall 28/30   Craig Alexander (AUS) Top finish in Kona: 1 After a disappointing 12th place in Kona last year – contributed to by a back injury – 2011 champ Crowie has had a string of good results in 2013. The Australian came third at the Ironman Asia Pacific Championships and went on to win a trio of 70.3 events in Hawaii, Kansas and Lake Stevens. He suffered a setback at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, coming 20th after a bike penalty on the waterlogged course. This is only likely to have made his desire to prove himself even greater and could actually play into his hands in Kona if the other pros aren’t looking as closely at him this year. Swim 9/10 Bike 9/10 Run 10/10 Overall 28/30   Andreas Raelert (GER) Top finish in Kona: 2 Following an excellent second place in Kona last year, Raelert has built on his already-impressive points tally by winning Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, coming third in Ironman 70.3 Mallorca and winning Ironman Austria in 7:59:51. After four podium finishes in Kona, he’ll be doing absolutely everything he can this year to cross the line in first place. If he can manage to hold onto the leading pack during the swim, he could avoid the catch-up he had to play last year before putting in the day’s fastest run split to finally clinch victory. Swim 8/10 Bike 9/10 Run 10/10 Total 27/30   (Photo: Wouter Kingma) Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) Top finish in Kona: 3 Third in Hawaii last year, Van Lierde is an incredibly consistent performer all year around. His season began early with a win in Abu Dhabi and he’s since won Ironman Nice – one of the toughest M-dot races there is – for the third time, setting a new course record and running a 2:42 marathon. He also sharpened his speed with a second place finish in the Olympic-distance 5150 race in Marseille. He’ll certainly be a danger for the other top contenders and will be well rested too, making the Belgian even more of a threat. Swim 9/10 Bike 9/10 Run 9/10 Total 27/30   (Photo: Rocky Arroyo) Bevan Docherty (NZL) First time in Kona Ex-ITU star Bevan Docherty blasted into the Kona contenders list by winning his first ever Ironman in New Zealand and smashing the course record in the process. Docherty suffered from illness in May, but bounced back with second place in 5150 Columbia
about 13 hours ago
With these ingredients to hand, you’ll be able to whip up a nutritious meal in no time, says Kate Percy, author of FuelSmart for Race Day Too busy to shop for fresh ingredients? No time to make meals from scratch? No worries, beca...
With these ingredients to hand, you’ll be able to whip up a nutritious meal in no time, says Kate Percy, author of FuelSmart for Race Day Too busy to shop for fresh ingredients? No time to make meals from scratch? No worries, because healthy meals don’t always require daily shopping expeditions. A carefully selected stash of store cupboard essentials plus a smidgen of imagination will allow you to rustle up impressive, tasty and nutritious meals to power you through your training. Here are some to add to your shopping list. Clever carbs   You should stockpile plenty of slow-release carbohydrates for every occasion, such as porridge oats, risotto and brown basmati rice, pasta, polenta, couscous and quinoa. You should also store several fast-acting carbohydrate foods to quickly replenish depleted energy stores after exercise, such as white jasmine rice, pudding rice and potato gnocchi (buy fresh and freeze). Fats for fitness Unsaturated fats are good for your heart and boost your health. Try peanut, almond or cashew butter for energy-boosting sandwiches on the bike, and nuts and seeds for snacking or to add to salads, porridge or homemade flapjacks. Tinned oily fish such as tuna, sardines or salmon gives a healthy, omega-3-rich lunch in place of processed meats from the deli counter. Spice up your training Dried spices and herbs, such as chillies, turmeric, ginger, paprika, oregano and marjoram, are packed with minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to promote optimum health and help repair muscle tissue, as well as add zest to your food. Deli delight Search the deli shelf for ‘superfood’ store cupboard treats to add nutrients, flavour and variety to meals. Examples include dried mushrooms, jars of red peppers, capers, pesto, olives, anchovies, fancy mustards and sun-dried tomatoes. They’re all packed with vitamins and minerals to fuel workouts. Dress for dinner A selection of healthy oils and vinegars will help stave off viruses, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and can even improve mood and brain power. Nutrient-packed rapeseed oil gives fried food amazingly crispy results. Coconut oil works wonders with oriental food. Olive, walnut or pumpkin seed oils make delicious salad dressings. Whisk them with balsamic or cider vinegars, as they’re packed with minerals, flavonoids, anti-oxidants and potassium. Bulk up Triathlon training makes you hungry! Tinned lentils and pulses such as chickpeas, kidney beans and butter beans will help fill you up, adding bulk to couscous, soups, casseroles and curries as well as a massive boost of protein, carbs, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Fresh from the freezer Packs of prawns, squid and clams are quick to defrost for last-minute protein-packed pasta sauces and risottos. Defrost frozen blueberries and raspberries for quick and easy desserts with yoghurt or ice cream, or to liven up a few post-training pancakes. MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU Here’s how to make quick and tasty mushroom gnocchi… (serves 2-3) Cover 40g porcini with boiling water for 30mins and drain, saving the water Saute a chopped shallot and 1 clove garlic in olive oil until soft Add the porcini, 1tsp white wine vinegar and the small glass of porcini water, and bubble for 2mins Add 2tbsp creme fraiche, 1tsp wholegrain mustard, 1 dried chilli and 1tsp oregano, and leave to bubble Cook 500g gnocchi and serve with the sauce, parmesan shavings and pine nuts.    
about 16 hours ago
Last week, after hitting the month's mileage goal, I promptly caught a cold. With an accompanying low-grade fever. Admittedly, I internally freaked out a bit with the fever since last year at this time, I got sick with a virus whose pr...
Last week, after hitting the month's mileage goal, I promptly caught a cold. With an accompanying low-grade fever. Admittedly, I internally freaked out a bit with the fever since last year at this time, I got sick with a virus whose principle symptom was a low grade fever and it wound up undoing the streak I had going back then. Thankfully, by Friday, the fever had passed and so had most of my other symptoms and I was feeling better.But, I did take advantage then of a "bye" week in terms of mileage. I ran no more than 3 miles a day, and totaled the week with 19.64 miles, almost half of the previous week's effort.Honestly, it's been nice giving myself a little running "break," as the decreased effort spilled into this week too. A streak never affords a runner an entire break, but it's funny how such a descrease in mileage really does feel like one.
1 day ago
Keep yourself motivated this winter by entering the Lanzarote marathon in December.   On the 8th of December 2013, the 3rd edition of the Lanzarote International Marathon will take place, in Costa Teguise – Lanzarote. The race off...
Keep yourself motivated this winter by entering the Lanzarote marathon in December.   On the 8th of December 2013, the 3rd edition of the Lanzarote International Marathon will take place, in Costa Teguise – Lanzarote. The race offers three distances (10km, half and full marathon) as well as a competitive wheelchair race. The prices are very reasonable, with the full distance race costing just €40 (£33.80). In 2012, pro Ironman triathletes Stephen and Bella Bayliss took the wins in the marathon, and both will be returning to the start line this December attempting to retain their titles. Lanzarote is known to offer the most consistent good weather of the seven Canary Islands and, even in December, sun stricken Lanzarote will continue to boast sunny skies and warm temperatures. The race takes athletes along the coast, with a neutral profile, road surfaces and staggering views. The athletes start at the host venue Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, run along the coastline through Arriciefe, Playa Honda and turn just before reaching the beachfront town Puerto Del Carmen. For registration, more information and contact details please visit www.lanzaroteinternationalmarathon.com   2012 RESULTS 10km                                                                                                            31.11 (Jose Carlos Hernández) 38.12 (Sofie Goos) Half Marathon 1.14.06 (Víctor Manuel Del Corral Morales) 1.26.37 (Aroa Merino) Marathon 2.43.23 (Stephen Bayliss) 3.00.54 (Bella Bayliss) Wheelchair 1.42.37 (Roger Puigbo Verdaguer) 3.06.45 (Jane Egan)  
1 day ago