I kicked off 2018 by jumping into the elite race at the Bear Mountain Canada Cup on Saturday. It was a lot of fun for every minute of racing I had.
I was happy to see my old pals from mountain biking out racing at Bear Mountain Canada Cup either in the elite or masters category. Catherine Pendrel absolutely demolished the field so it is great to see her not slowing down one bit. Kate Button is working her way through the pro xc field after deciding a few weeks ago to really focus on her cycling and put the triathlon on the backburner. I am stoked to help her in her goal to race World Cups.
It was a pleasure working with a large group of the juniors and under 17s from all over Canada while coaching the Cycling Canada junior camp. Seeing them put it all together to have great races on Saturday is amazing. The future is bright in this sport. Thanks to Ian Hughes for some coaching mentorship this week – the experience was invaluable.
Working on technical skills is important if mixing some off road triathlon in an otherwise paved season is in your race plans Off road racing technical skills are important as the course is a challenge in itself. Once you have the technical skills in place you can then plan your strategy to best the competition.
On December 16-17th, I am hosting a swim and run camp in Victoria, BC. You might be thinking: “Why the heck would I want to go train hard RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS?” or “I’m not interested in training before Christmas.” Those are fair comments and I get that it is hard to do camps when racing is a LONG WAY AWAY but I am going to explain why I think this camp is valuable at this point in the year.
I won the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship Elite title. I dedicate this to all of the ladies in my 40+ age-category and beyond. Your best races are not behind you -unless you are certain you have done everything possible to maximize your potential already. Not everyone sees the potential they have and takes the opportunity. I hope to continue demonstrating being in your 40s is an advantage, not an obstacle.
After a perfect day at the Penticton ITU Multisport World Championship I took my fifth world title in off-road racing. Mountain biking allowed me to become a professional athlete and triathlon gave me a viable career. I have so much gratitude for everyone at XTERRA, the ITU, and all of the local off-road bike, run, and triathlon race organizers for supporting off-road racing. Thank you!
A hitch mount bike rack was on my wish list for a long time. It took me five years to convince my partner that we needed one. He drives the road tripping travel adventure machine with larger cargo space and snow tires. Without a bike rack, I was always complaining about disassembling wheels and seatposts and he would say: “Nature loves a vacuum.” He did not want the rack as he figured the more space we had, the more I would fill with stuff. But then came STEVIE!
Whether you race cross triathlon or Ironman, you should be using plyometrics for triathlon training. A beginner to advanced triathlon training program should include some plyometrics to improve form, economy, and durability, and a functional strength program.
Plyometrics for triathlon training benefits include:
Greater durability/injury resistance
Eccentric overloading helps with downhill running and agility
Improves speed without training sprint work
Improves running form and economy (decreases ground contact time)
I made the following video describing how to incorporate stretch cords into your swim routine. Many professional triathletes use swim cords as part of their warm up on race day. This is only one of three ways the cords are beneficial and I outline in the video below how to use swim cords for triathlon training.
Racing triathlons in Australia is so fun. This is my fifth visit to the country including two other occasions to race mountain bikes (a World Cup and the World Championships). On this trip, I raced the 2016 IM 70.3 West Sydney, which saw Annabel Luxford take a convincing win.
The event is held at the Olympic Rowing Stadium in Penrith where the 2000 Sydney Games were held. Penrith is a town in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia near the Blue Mountains. Highlights of the town include a gorgeous walking trail next to the river, a picturesque park filled with mulberry and jacaranda trees, lots of cafes, an outdoor 50m pool, and a bunch of really cool people. Continue reading “Racing Triathlons In Australia”
I did a lot of lap swimming in Austin before the Ironman event in October 2016. After visiting a variety of pools in the city I’ve written a tourist guide for other swimmers and triathletes who find themselves in Austin wanting to know where to swim at the best lap swimming pools in Austin. This is not an exhaustive list but does include some of the highest rated options.