The problem of a large pro field was evident at the Ironman World Championships on October 10th. Even though the professional fields consisted of only 58 on the men’s side and 42 on the women’s side (please ignore the elephant!), the commentators were unable to recognise the whole field (even those first out of the… Continue reading Does Triathlon Really ‘Need’ More Pros?
I didn’t write about it in the race review, but the Ohio Duathlon was a somewhat muddy affair. It rained all day the day before the race. This meant the transition area was essentially water-logged. Beyond wet feet, which I diligently avoided during T1 by stepping out of my running shoes directly into my cycling… Continue reading Good Habits – Keep Your Tools Clean
This morning I experienced what I imagine is the reality of being a pro triathlete. It started as usual. Up around 3:30, I headed downstairs to add water to my pre-prepared bowl of oatmeal, ground flaxseed, and salt. Put that in the microwave for a minute and a half, and fill the kettle. Cup of… Continue reading day 133 – reality
This morning I ran on the treadmill. As Kara Goucher told Runner’s World a while ago: “Sometimes workouts go by quicker because the treadmill does the thinking for you,” Goucher says. “For instance, in a tempo run, you don’t have to think, ‘I need to pick it up now’ or ‘I need to hold this… Continue reading day 132 – leak
Today was a lifting day. But it was also Super Bowl Sunday! That meant we we visited my wife’s parents. (They have cable, we dont.) That, in turn, meant that I worked out at the Y there. A lot’s changed in the weight room since i was there last. They have a new torture device… Continue reading day 107 – cluttered
This morning didn’t go well. First off, I overslept. That’s always a good start. So I woke up at 4:08. The whole ‘polyphasic’ thing is taking a while to get used to. Then, on the way to the Y, I realised that I’d forgotten my water bottle. Then, when I got to work, I realised… Continue reading day 103 – naked
“The moment an artist turns pro is as epochal as the birth of his first child. With one stroke, everything changes. I can state absolutely that the term of my life can be divided into two parts: before turning pro, and after.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art. “Forget about being an expert or… Continue reading On Becoming An Amateur