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Is it “normal” to feel an off-season funk?

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 4 hours ago

It’s that time of the year — the time where many athletes, especially those living in colder climates, find themselves in the midst of a funk. You’ve had some time off following your main race, and now you’re trying to find a groove, but you miss your routine and feeling fit.

Take one of our “IRACELIKEAGIRL” athletes who I was talking to the other day. She shared that since finishing her season and taking some time off, she’s had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things.

Angela Naeth racing at the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

“Getting up at 5:00 AM to workout used to be no problem, now getting out of bed at any time is exhausting,” she shared. “My body feels like crap, and I have almost no motivation to do anything… starting every workout is a struggle.”

The off-season funk: Feeling unmotivated to train, yet craving routine and the strength of being fit again. Putting on the stretchy pants you have in your closet and wanting your bed more than the 5:00 AM alarm, all are symptoms of an off-season funk.

5 AM alarms aren’t as appealing as they once were.

So, is it “normal” to be feeling this way? The short answer is yes, and it’s totally fine.

Taking time off

Let’s talk about the off-season. Typically, taking a standard 1-3 weeks to let your body heal up and rest is taken following your last race of a season. If you haven’t done this, consider taking 1-2 weeks of nothing. It’s a time to recharge, in all aspects. This may be difficult for some, but once you hit that reset button, it gets easier.

Related: Ten tips for your offseason

While time off is necessary, there’s one little issue it can cause for athletes, and that’s a loss of momentum. As they say, an object in motion stays in motion. Once at a stop, we sit like rocks. It’s very hard to find the momentum to start going again. This is where the off-season funk can start. Of course, the cold weather, shorter days and busier schedules don’t help. Motivation is hard to come by even on a good day.

Doing some other activities in the winter can help you recharge and gain motivation.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many athletes find they feel more tired and sluggish during the winter. The lack of sun and shorter days can disrupt your sleep and cause you to feel lethargic, low-energy, or just all-in-all drained.

Don’t force it

So, how do we break it? The short answer is we don’t. Let the energy and motivation come back naturally. Forcing yourself to do workouts is not the way to get that energy and vitality back. If anything, it could leave you worse off.

The better option is to create an environment that is less structured and find a balance until you start to find your spark again. This “away time” from the standard training sessions provides you with a mental recharge and takes the pressure off. Instead of getting angry or thinking negatively about yourself because you lack motivation, be ok with skipping a planned workout or cutting it short during this time of year.

Related: Six activities for the offseason

I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure it’s in our DNA to want to hibernate and fatten up. The rest of the land mammals on this planet put on that extra layer.

What you can do

Be ok with gaining a few pounds. Focus on strength. With the extra weight and less time working out, my focus turns to strength. Triathlon is a strength sport just as much as it is an endurance one. The offseason is the best time to build on this.

Adding some strength training into your winter routine will help your performance next year.

Related: The strength training you should be doing

Most importantly, let your physical, mental and emotional energy come back to you naturally. You’ll be fighting a losing battle if you keep trying to force it. Your fitness will come. Afraid it won’t? Why? The answer to that question might be your golden ticket in determining what’s really creating part of this off-season funk.

Be kind to yourself this holiday season. Trust the process. You’ll enjoy it way more.

Angela Naeth is a Canadian professional triathlete with multiple sub-9-hour Ironman performances and 30+ podiums at the 70.3 and Ironman distances. Recently, Naeth finished eighth at the 2018 Ironman Worl Championship. She has also created a women’s triathlon/cycling community in 2017, IRACELIKEAGIRL. Growing in numbers, IRACELIKEAGIRL gives Naeth the ability to support others in the sport of triathlon. 

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A triathletes “running” wish list

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 8 hours ago

Besides a new pair of shoes this holiday season, triathletes love their running gadgets and apparel. Here are some suggestions you might want to look at heading into this holiday season.

Related: 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Running Kicks

Under Armour Athlete Recovery Track Suit $240

Under Armour Athlete Recovery Track Suit $240Under Armour Athlete Recovery Track Suit $240

We all know that as important as training is, how you recover from all that training is truly the key to your success. Under Armour’s Recovery Track Suit uses a special pattern inside the fabric to return infrared energy to your body, increasing blood oxygen to your muscles to help them recover quicker. The soft lightweight knit is extremely comfortable and breathable, wicking away moisture and drying quickly. There are secure zip pockets for valuables and a phone, so you’ll be all set to grab a coffee while you’re starting your recovery after your workout.

Polar Vantage V $680

Polar Vantage V $680

Polar’s new Vantage V is designed to be much more than just a tool to measure your training data. While it does all that well, providing GPS info, running power measurement and accurate HR measurement thanks to the new Precision Prime sensor technology, you also get sophisticated tools designed to optimize your training. The Vantage V helps you balance training and rest, and it will even help you figure out just how hard you went in your last workout thanks to the Training Load Pro software. Syncing to the Polar Flow software is easy and you can also automatically sync all your training data to Strava or TrainingPeaks.

Related: Review: Polar Vantage V

Salomon Fast Wing Aero M $180

Salomon Fast Wing Aero M $180

Weighing just a scant 110 g, this fitted jacket from Salomon will give you lots of protection from the elements and keep you warm through your cold-weather efforts this winter. There’s a fixed hood for some added protection, while the smart vent allows for some air flow as you ramp up the effort. The active fit makes this both comfortable and streamlined, while there are a couple of pockets for some gear while you’re out on the trails or roads.

Garmin 645 Music $580

Garmin 645 Music $580

Now you can get all your training data and music on your wrist during your next run workout. (There’s also contactless payments, too, so you can leave your cash and card at home for that post-workout coffee or tea.) The 645 includes all the regular training features you’d expect from a Garmin GPS watch and even offers running dynamic information like ground contact time, stride length and more. The wrist-based HR sensor means you don’t have to wear a strap around your chest. The five-hour battery life in GPS mode with music should be more than enough for all but the most avid of ultrarunners.

2XU Custom Tri Suit FROM $185

2XU Custom Tri Suit FROM $185

The official team supplier for Triathlon Canada, 2XU can now set you up so you can have your own look at your next big race. Teams will love 2XU’s easy-to-set-up custom program, and we loved the fact that you can get a rear-zip suit like the Canadian elites use at WTS races, or a long-distance oriented aerodynamic wonder that will help you nail a personal best at your next Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event. Regardless of the distance you’re racing, you get an extremely comfortable chamois, along with an aerodynamic suit thanks to the unique blend of compression and fabric bonding technology used in the suits.

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Athlos Triathlon Store Move

Triradar 1 week 3 days ago

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Tara Norton: “I was just thankful to be racing”

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 3 days ago

On Nov. 25, Tara Norton was crowned Ultraman World Champion in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was a remarkable accomplishment on its own, but few know her story of perseverance and her determination to return after she broke a femur in 2016.

Tara Norton crosses the line with her daughter at the 2018 Ultraman World Championship. Photo: Bob Babbitt.

Two years ago, Norton competed in her first Ultraman World Championship. “To qualify, you either have to have done an Ultraman before or have been part of a crew,” says Norton. “I had already crewed at Ultraman Florida, so I applied and was put on the waitlist for the 2016 event.”

Months went by, and Norton thought she didn’t get a spot. Then, in September, just weeks before the race, she got the call and accepted her spot. “Once I got word that I was going to be able to race, I did exactly what I tell my athletes not to do – I really ramped up my mileage,” says Norton, a coach for Team Atomica in Toronto, Ontario.

The sudden increase in mileage caused a stress fracture in her femur. “What’s crazy is that no x-ray picked up the fracture,” says Norton. With just three weeks before the race, Norton decided to take three weeks off from running and hoped the pain would subside.

The first two days of the Ultraman World Championship are solely swimming and biking. Day one is the 10K open water swim, followed by 145K of the 430K bike. Day two is the remaining 285K. “Day one and two went great,” says Norton, “but day three was going to difficult with my leg.”

Tara Norton and her family before the start of Ultraman.

With 84K left to become an Ultraman, Norton pushed the limits of her endurance and pain tolerance. “Ten kilometres into the run I knew my leg was not OK,” says Norton. Despite the pain, the Canadian Ultraman found a way to get to the finish. “I managed to come second, but I was over an hour behind first, and my leg was in agony.”

Again, Norton had an x-ray done, but no fracture was shown.

“Four days later, while hiking, I slipped and heard my femur snap in two,” says Norton.

Immediately, surgery was performed to repair the bone and a year of rehab followed to help restore her strength. “I cannot say enough about the surgeon who operated,” says Norton, “They knew I wanted to be able to run again and the steps were put in place to help me return.”

Tara Norton with her support crew at the 2018 Ultraman World Championship. Photo: Bob Babbitt.

After a full year of rehab, Norton began to plan her return to Ultraman, with the intention of racing the 2018 Ultraman World Championship. Along the way, Norton was given the opportunity by the Dóxa Threelay organizers to compete in the event, solo, becoming the first Dóxawoman.

Related: Tara Norton: The First Ever Dóxawoman

Tara Norton at the 2018 Dóxa Threelay race in Utah.

She also did the Revelstoke five-day trail race in Revelstoke, British Columbia.

Then, on Nov.23, 2018, Norton returned to the Ultraman World Championship with an amazing performance with many highs and lows. “With a 12-hour cut-off each day, there is a significant physical and emotional toll on your body,” says Norton. “In the tough moments, I reminded myself how thankful I was to be back racing.”

Tara Norton running a section of the 84K run on day three of the 2018 Ultraman World Championship.

“Some of the hardest moments came on the 285K bike, with over 13,000 feet (4,000m) of climbing, plus the wind, heat and humidity – it was tough to keep going,” says Norton. But, at the end of the three days of competition, Tara Norton crossed the finish line with her daughter to become the 2018 Ultraman (or Ultrawoman) world champion.

Related: Canadian triathlete becomes Ultraman world champion

When asked, why does Norton do this? She responds by saying, “I enjoy the challenge of putting the swim, bike and run together, and as I get older, I enjoy pushing the higher limit of going longer.”

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Running Kicks

Triathlon Magazine Canada 1 week 3 days ago

A new pair of shoes as a gift this holiday season is very likely to be well received by the multisport athlete in your family – we always seem to be in need of a new pair of shoes. Here are a few shoes we would love to get our hands on, from racing flats to trainers that make all the difference in our weekend long runs.

Reebok Floatride Runfast Pro Shoes – $300

Reebok Floatride Runfast Pro Shoes – $300

As you’d expect from any shoe that has the word “pro” in its name, the Floatride Runfast Pro shoes pull out all the stops to ensure you can go fast in your next tri or training session. Extremely light (100 g), you also enjoy excellent grip thanks to the high-traction outsole. The low profile Floatride foam midsole somehow manages to keep your foot low to the ground while also providing just enough cushioning that’s enhanced by the EVA sockliner. Add in the reduced seam construction and soft lining and you get a nice combination of comfort and speed.

Saucony Ride ISO – $160

Saucony Ride ISO – $160

This neutral shoe offers a great balance of cushioning and responsiveness so you get the best of both worlds – a fast feeling shoe (it weighs in at just 275 g) that offers a comfortable ride that will get you through longer efforts with ease. The shoe is also designed to adapt to your foot shape so you get a personalized fit, while the Everun layer and Pwrfoam cushioning in the midsole absorbs impact and provides some much-appreciated energy return. The woven heel counter provides an extra bit of support, too.

Related: Review: Saucony Ride ISO

361° Meraki – $170

361° Meraki – $170

Comfort is everything when you’re put- ting in those long base miles through the winter, and the Meraki provides lots of that. This neutral shoe is designed for high mileage, giving you lots of cushioning thanks to the QU!KFOAM material in the midsole, while specially designed mid-foot support keeps your foot secure. The seamless mesh upper and Pressure Free Tongue are extremely comfortable, too.

Related: What we think of the new SPIRE 3

Asics Noosa FF2 – $180

Asics Noosa FF2 – $180

Noosa is an Australian triathlon mecca where many of the world’s best train, but has also been the name of one of Asics’ most triathlon-friendly shoes for almost a couple of decades now. The latest iteration, the FF2, retains the Noosa’s reputation as a responsive, lightweight, comfortable and very fast shoe. The seamless upper uses technical mesh so it’s easy to skip socks, while the specially designed heel and tongue make it easy to fly through transition.

New Balance 860v9 – $165

New Balance 860v9 – $165

The holiday season in Canada typically brings some colder weather, so you don’t always want a lightweight trainer or racing shoe for your training sessions at this time of year. Those looking for a supportive shoe with lots of cushioning will want to have a look at the ninth version of the 860. The midsole uses New Balance’s TruFuse technology to deliver a plush ride, while the dual-density post will ensure you get all the stability you need. This isn’t just a winter shoe – the engineered mesh upper is extremely breathable and comfortable.

Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit – $330

Nike Vaporfly 4% Flyknit – $330

Nike says it’s their fastest running shoe ever, and it’s hard to argue after Eliud Kipchoge used a custom version of these speedsters to clock a 2:01:39 marathon. All that speed comes from a midsole that uses Zoom X foam and a full-length carbon fibre plate for stability. The new Flyknit upper is lighter and more breathable than previous versions, too.

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How much does tyre width influence speed

220 triathlon 1 week 3 days ago
Wondering if width really matters when it comes to racing tyres and whether wider tyres better and faster than narrow ones Nik Cook explains

220 Triathlon Awards 2018 Meet the winners

220 triathlon 1 week 4 days ago
The votes are in and have been counted drum roll please so without further ado meet the 220 Triathlon award winners of 2018

January 2019

220 triathlon 1 week 5 days ago
Highlights include 23 mustdo races for 2019 whats next for the Brownlees an 8week indoor training plan and all the latest tri kit tested and reviewed including indepth look at power meters

XTERRA Trail Run Worlds Statistics

DIRT TRI 1 week 6 days ago

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2018 XTERRA Trail Run Worlds by the numbers

Positioned as the crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run Series, the 2018 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, at Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii, has served as the host site since the creation of this prestigious event in 2008.

Held on December 2, 2018, the 21K half marathon world championship course takes runners through some of the most diverse – and scenic – terrain on the planet. Other events taking place around the main half marathon trail world championship include: 10K Trail Run, 5K Trail Run / Walk and an Adventure Walk.

Here is a look at the 2018 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship by the numbers, broken down by gender, home country, state, and age group…


Men: 676

Women: 649

Countries represented: 18
Argentina (5), Australia (7), Brazil (20), Canada (30), Costa Rica (3), France (2), Tahiti (10), Italy (2), Japan (31), Kazakhstan (1), New Caledonia (1), Philippines (1), Spain (2), Sweden (3), Taiwan (3), United Kingdom (6), United States (1196), Uruguay (4)

US states: 44
Alaska (6), Alabama (3), Arkansas (2), Arizona (10), California (50), Colorado (25), Connecticut (1), District of Columbia (1), Florida (5), Georgia (10), Hawaii (954), Iowa (3), Idaho (2), Illinois (5), Indiana (2), Kansas (2), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (3), Michigan (4), Minnesota (5), Missouri (5), Mississippi (1), Montana (3), North Dakota (1), Nebraska (2), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (4), New Mexico (2), Nevada (2), New York (8), Ohio (2), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (5), Pennsylvania (4), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (18), Utah (7), Virginia (3), Washington (9), Wisconsin (5), Wyoming (10)

Racers enjoying their time running at XTERRA Trail Run Worlds. Photo – XTERRA Age Groups

By age group overall
10-14: 49
15-19: 25
20-24: 57
25-29: 167
30-34: 232
35-39: 201
40-44: 163
45-49: 160
50-54: 94
55-59: 64
60-64: 35
65-69: 11
70-74: 12
75-79: 4
80-84: 2
85-89: 1
Physically challenged: 1

By age group in XTERRA Trail Run Championship 21K
10-14: 5
15-19: 5
20-24: 44
25-29: 101
30-34: 127
35-39: 115
40-44: 93
45-49: 88
50-54: 46
55-59: 31
60-64: 20
65-69: 7
70-74: 4
75-79: 3

Physically challenged: 1

Youngest female overall: Rosie Smith, 1
Youngest male overall: Remy Lester, 2

Youngest female in 21K: Nova Stickley, 10
Youngest male in 21K: Alejandro Vasquez, 10

Oldest male in 21K: Hans Unger, 76
Oldest female in 21K: Sandi Kauahikaua, 72

Oldest male Overall: Bill Cunningham, 85
Oldest female Overall: Carolyn Laub, 82