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!
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)
In this article I compare road triathlon to off-road triathlon gear. Athletes trying off-road triathlon (or ‘cross triathlon’ as the discipline is now defined) for the first time often find they need some new gear to start competing.
This is the typical pre-race gear organization photo for an Ironman event: