Ready for this? At the Ironman World Championships I watched an athlete in the pre-dawn hours of race morning pump up his tires. He had deflated them the previous day using the antiquated custom of "letting some air out of them so they don't pop" in the afternoon Hawaiian sun. Not his best choice on race day.
Below is a piece by motivational speaker Jim Rohn. It's particularly well suited to the triathlete as he/she is reflecting on 2018 and planning the upcoming year.
The title of this piece comes from an article by Valerie Ross in Men's Journal magazine. I feel it goes hand in hand with the blog post I put up previously, Why I Say You Shouldn't Bother With Supplements. We seem to be at a cross roads in athletic performance asking for data or evidence to support the things we do, or those we choose not to.
In 2005, Michellie Jones made her foray into long distance triathlon by competing in her first race in Kona. She had previously established herself as a world power in the shorter races and felt confident that she could do the same at the iron distance. She was almost right. Coming out of T2 with a 5-minute lead over multiple World Championship winner Natascha Badmann, Jones, respected for her running ability, was able to hold off the charging Badmann...for a while. Sadly for her, Michellie was passed in the late stages of the marathon to lose by only two minutes over the difficult 140.6 mile Hawaii course.
Ready for this? On Saturday at the Ironman World Championship I watched an athlete in the pre dawn hours of race morning pump up his tires. He had deflated them the previous day following the antiquated custom of “letting some air out of them so they don’t pop” in the afternoon Hawaiian sun. He was using his own pump from home not one of the ones supplied by WTC. But the pump was broken. Had been broken for awhile. The needle on the gauge was broken off so he chose to pump the tires up until they felt right. When I discussed this technique with one of the panic mechanics on the pier, a gent who works in a bike store and does this every day, he mentioned, “Once the pressure gets to 90 or 95 psi I can’t tell if it’s 195. I doubt he can either.”