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.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been “nipped” by jellyfish during an open water ocean swim. More than 20 times I’d bet. Kona, Boston, Chesapeake Bay, Florida, SC, come to mind quickly. Many of us have run into a jellyfish or two either training or racing in ocean water. More of an inconvenience than anything usually, some poor souls have a more significant reaction. I received a note from an athlete a couple years ago who stated a jellyfish sting allergy and she wondered about the legality of wetsuits in an important ocean swim she has in her future, I suppose thinking the wetsuit a shield of sorts.
"Who cares about sleep when you can do it in school?"
You never know when you can help a fellow triathlete. I've known a local gent for a couple years, good athlete - especially swimming - very dedicated to his training. So it surprised me a little when I got to the pool later than the group today, sat down to share a lane with him, and as I was prepping my goggles, he swam up and asked, "Is that the fog stuff?" "Yes" I replied, "anti-fog, dilute baby
This is a repost of a blog I wrote last year. I looked at the Ironman website and was almost startled at the number of races this year. In fact, on almost every weekend between now and December there's either a 70.3 or IM event, frequently multiples of both.
I live in a small town. But I still know more than a dozen people who’ve raced an ironman-distance event. About half have done a second, or more. As one who’s in that 2nd group, I obviously have a bias.
I wrote this for Ironman a couple years, still true today.
Popular Tri coach Gordo Byrn, https://coachgordo.wordpress.com/, co-author of Going Long, Training for Ironman-Distance Triathlons, is one of the great thinkers of our sport. Before doing or recommending something, he always wants to know why. Take a quick look at his blog and this will become more clear.