Ironman Chattanooga, & End-of-Season Update

2.4 mile swim, 116 mile bike, 26.2 mile run – 8:54:45.  18th place.

 

Two days ago, I raced Ironman Chattanooga.  It was a great race, with a great course, and we were welcomed warmly by the entire Chattanooga community.  I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about the event.  The highlight was my homestay with Jim & Sandra Brewer. In addition to me, they also hosted Andrew Fast, Angela Naeth Duncan and Paul Duncan.
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“50 Women to Kona” brings up the point of, “Is Kona even worth it?”…

There is a big push lately on social media to get “50 Women to Kona”, because right now, male pros are allotted 50 Kona slots, whereas female pros are allotted only 35 slots.  This is because there are 1.5-2 times as many male pros as there are female pros.  Some people think women and men should have the same number of Kona slots, and that’s perfectly fine.  I see the merits of their argument.  Unfortunately, I think there’s a much bigger argument to be made, on a larger scale*:  Chasing Kona, and going to Kona, is a complete waste of time & money for most professionals. Continue reading

Thoughts on the pro triathlon market…

First off, let me start this with a couple of disclaimers:

You may get the impression that I “dislike” the WTC, and Ironman, by writing this article.  But that is patently false.  I love Ironman.  I have given up everything else in my life, in pursuit of winning an Ironman. Also, I derive great joy from helping the athletes I coach achieve their Ironman dreams.  You don’t do what I’ve done, for something you “hate”, or think is “bad”.  There is no drug on earth that can match the wonderful satisfaction of nailing an Ironman race.   But… that doesn’t mean I think Ironman is perfect.  It can be improved.

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Finding the Right Mindset

(this post is a modification of an email I recently sent to a friend of mine who is a successful pro triathlete and super awesome person, when our email chain got onto the topic of “fun” vs “discipline”)

The end goal of all that we do, of course, is maximizing race day performance.  By and large, you improve your race performance by making positive adaptations in training.  At the core of these adaptations are two things:  1) workout quality, and 2) how you recover from those workouts.  Everything that happens in your life, both mentally and physically, affects those two things.
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