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The 10th Annual & Final World Bicycle Relief Charity Challenge

Slowtwitch 2 weeks 11 hours ago
It's that time... one last time. The 10th - and final - edition of the annual Rappstar Charity Challenge for World Bicycle Relief. Let's go out with a bang.

Douleurs de reprise post blessure, mais pourquoi?!

Trimes 2 weeks 1 day ago
 » Je ne comprends pas Monsieur, ma radiographie de contrôle ne révèle rien d’anormal et pourtant, j’ai toujours mal, que se passe-t-il? » Qui n’a jamais été confronté à cette situation à sa reprise post blessure: la persistance de gênes, voir de douleurs, alors que l’examen clinique et les bilans d’imagerie ne montrent que des voyants…

Why a Crossfit athlete should do triathlons

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 2 days ago

Crossfit is a high-intensity fitness program, that is also organized into competitions. It even has its own “world championship,” the Reebok Crossfit Games. The winner is crowned the “fittest on earth.”

So, why should a Crossfit athlete do triathlons? Here are five reasons why we think Crossfit athletes should get in a pool, jump on their bike and start lacing up their running shoes.

Related: Will a triathlon be featured in the Crossfit Games?

At previous Crossfit Games, cycling, running and swimming have all been included. Only time will tell when a triathlon makes the list of events. 

You say you’re the ultimate athlete, but are you? Sure, you can do a lot of cool stuff, but can you do three different sports, one after the other?

Doing triathlons will improve your cardiovascular endurance. This is a key aspect of any Crossfit workout or regional meet.

Doing triathlons will get you outside and away from the gym. For triathletes, getting to the gym is a struggle, but for Crossfit athletes, you may benefit from doing some outdoor activities.

Triathlon is competitive. Like Crossfit, you can set personal records, compete to win your age group and, if you’re that good, win the overall race.

When you compare triathlons with Crossfit, the two have similar qualities and it would make sense for one to complement the other. Just give it a tri (pun intended).

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Cross-Tri.com Announce February Training Camp In Italy

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 2 days ago
Cross Triathlon Training Camp Will Take Place Feb 22-24

Cross-Tri.com, the portal of the Italian Cross-Triathlon, will host its first cross triathlon specific training camp in Fiuggi, Italy on February 22-24 2019. 

The camp will be lead by coach Alessandro Martelluzzi and will cost €250 which will include swim, bike, and run training and technique instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to demo product from camp sponsors Zoot, Aepicasport, and KeForma

Camp Schedule

Friday 22/02/2019: 

  • Arrival at the hotel and accommodation in the room 
    Following: Dinner and briefing 

Saturday 23/02/2019 

  • 7.45 breakfast
  • 8.30: theory, swimming technique; Alessandro Martelluzzi coach Endurance Training 
  • 9.15: cycling to the swimming pool 
  • 9.30 / 11: swimming training 
  • 11: cycling to the run field 
  • 11.30 / 13: run off road training 
  • 13: refreshment organized by the organization 
  • 13.30 / 15: 30: training mtb technique; Livio Salvatori 
  • 16: return to the facility and free access to the Tangerine spa with free use of sauna, turkish bath, heated pool, water beds, Jacuzzi. Bathrobe kit and slippers included. 
  • 20: dinner 
  • 21.30: videos and stories of Cross Triathlon; Emanuele Iannarilli ceo Cross-tri.com. 
Fiuggi, Italy

Sunday 24/02/2019  

  • 7.45 / 8.30: breakfast
  • 8.30 / 9.30: theory and technique of transitions; Alessandro Martelluzzi 
  • 9.30 / 10.30 
    mtb displacement 
    : cross triathlon transitions trial 
  • 10.30 / 11.30: cross super sprint multi-duathlon test 
  • 11.30 / 15: long mtb training session with refreshments on Lake Canterno 
  • 3.30 pm: return to the hotel 
  • Dinner
Fiuggi, Italy

According to Cross-Tri.com “Fiuggi is a town well known for its water and spas. No coincidence that we preferred this location to combine physical well-being given by training and post-workout well-being with spa and massages available to participants. “

The use of the spa is included in the price of the camp. After all training sessions there will be time to relax inside the luxurious Hotel Ambasciatori

Info and Registration

All registration information can be found at Cross-Tri.com and on their FaceBook page HERE. 

Spartan Race Announce Spartan Trail Series

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 3 days ago
Spartan Trail Series Will Feature 11 Races of 10 and 21k

Forefather of obstacle racing and by far the largest brand in the “adventure race” market, Spartan has announced they will be moving into the more traditional race format of trail running for 2019 with an 11 race (for now) series of what they brand as “Spartan Trail, where the only obstacle is the great outdoors”.

Spartan state, “We’re ditching the barbed wire and setting you loose on the most rugged terrain for an epic run you’ll never forget.” But are quick to remind “Spartan Trail isn’t your average Spartan Race. We’ve taken away all of our traditional obstacles, and replaced them with technical terrain, churning rivers, and lush forests for you to explore.”

Photo – Spartan.com

Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena commented to SGB Media “The ancient Spartans were known to run on the mountainous trails of Sparta, so it’s a natural extension of our brand as we work to motivate people everywhere to step outside of their comfort zones and learn there’s no limit to what they can achieve. Spartan Trail will provide a new opportunity for our racers while offering the trail running community an event like they have never experienced before.”

The Races

The Spartan Trail Series will series will kick of April 14th in Seattle and will offer 10k distances at all events and 21k distances a select events. 

According to the Spartan website:

The 10k (6.2 mile) race is offered at each of our Trail events, as it’s the perfect way to dive into the world of trail running. Whether you’re a roadrunner new to the Trail, or a seasoned Spartan ready for a new challenge, the 10k‘s the perfect competition for a wide variety of ability levels.

The 21k (13 mile) is an exclusive course offered at select Trail locations, with double the challenge and beautiful views. It’s the ultimate test of endurance and willpower. You’ll be fighting for your place in the rankings while competing against your own stamina.

Age Group competitors will fight for pride and a finisher medal while Elite racers will have a purse with money paying three deep of $250, $100, and $50. 

SeattleApril 14 201910KSoCalMAY 19 2019
10KAustinMAY 19 201910K and 21KMonterreyJUNE 2 2019
10KPalmerton JULY 14 2019
10K and 21KFort CarsonJULY 14 2019
10K and 21KAshevilleJULY 28 2019
10KTahoeSEPT 29 2019
10KVirginiaOCT 27 201910K and 21KSoCalOCT 27 201910KTri-State NJNOV 2 201910K and 21K

Find more information on the Spartan Website at https://www.spartan.com/en/trail

USA Triathlon Launches Compete Clean Campaign

DIRT TRI 2 weeks 3 days ago
USA Triathlon Compete Clean Campaign Launched to Expand Anti-Doping Efforts

USA Triathlon has increased its investment in anti-doping efforts for age-group athletes as part of an initiative launched earlier this year with support from the USA Triathlon Board of Directors. The USA Triathlon Compete Clean campaign, implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), focuses on education, awareness and accountability for amateur triathletes competing in USA Triathlon sanctioned events. 

As part of the program, USA Triathlon has expanded its testing at age-group races across the country, including but not limited to national championships and ITU World Championship qualifiers in several multisport disciplines.

“I am really thrilled with the progress we’ve made over the past year in expanding our anti-doping programs to an entirely new level for age-group athletes,” said Chuck Graziano, USA Triathlon Board Member, Certified Coach and head of USA Triathlon’s Anti-Doping Steering Committee. “We are not only testing and deterring the intentional use of performance-enhancing substances, but also providing education and resources to our athletes on the ill effects of doping and what constitutes doping. Many athletes may not be aware that a prescription they’re taking might be banned — unless an exemption is granted — or that a supplement they’re taking might contain a banned substance. This important new program helps to protect the health of our athletes and ensure a level playing field.”


Many athletes may not be aware that a prescription they’re taking might be banned — unless an exemption is granted — or that a supplement they’re taking might contain a banned substance.

Chuck Graziano, Head of USA Triathlon’s Anti-Doping

USA Triathlon supported the formation of an Anti-Doping Task Force to evaluate the organization’s clean sport programs and provide recommendations for future direction. The eight members included Graziano, who served as the Task Force Chair; Chris Bowerbank, USA Triathlon former Level II Race Director and Regional Chair; Matthew Fedoruk, Chief Science Officer at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Andrew Getzin, USA Triathlon Head Team Physician; Courtney Kulick, USA Triathlon National Team Program Manager; Kate Mittelstadt, Director of the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program; Steve Sutherland, Chair of the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee; and Jon Whiteman, USA Cycling Risk Protection Manager.

The USAT Off Road Triathlon National Championship will take place in Waco, TX on June 8th

Based on the recommendations of the Task Force, the Board of Directors approved $100,000 in funding for USA Triathlon to implement significant new programming in 2018.

The Steering Committee, which is overseeing the timeline and implementation of that programming, retains many members of the initial Task Force — including Bowerbank, Fedoruk, Graziano, Kulick, Mittelstadt and Whiteman. Leslie Buchanan, Director of Anti-Doping at the International Triathlon Union, has also joined the effort.

“USA Triathlon is proud to have the support of the Board of Directors, as well as a diverse Steering Committee, in our efforts to protect clean athletes and prevent issues of doping in multisport,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “We look forward to driving awareness among our age-group community, while at the same time elevating the organization’s clean sport outreach as a whole.”

“We are very supportive of USA Triathlon’s efforts to promote clean sport across all levels of competition,” said Travis Tygart, USADA CEO. “In addition to its regular USADA-run anti-doping program, it is investing in anti-doping education for both elite and amateur triathletes. This not only helps ensure that athletes, coaches and others are prepared to compete clean, but also helps create a culture of clean sport.”

USA Triathlon has implemented the following as part of the Compete Clean campaign:

  • Hiring of Full-Time Staff Member Dedicated to SafeSport and Anti-Doping Initiatives: Shelbi Meyer was hired in June and serves as a direct liaison to USADA, working closely with USADA’s education and testing departments to implement best practices and coordinate testing at USA Triathlon-sanctioned events.
  • Education and Awareness Resources: USA Triathlon has communicated with its members on anti-doping topics throughout the year via e-newsletter, the quarterly USA Triathlon Magazine, social media and a promotional video featuring IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Andy Potts and 2016 Paralympic gold medalist Allysa Seely. USA Triathlon is also sharing printed educational materials and video content to address age-group athletes’ most common anti-doping questions and concerns, such as checking medications, obtaining a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and making smart choices around supplements. Athletes at the elite and age-group levels have been involved in the campaign as ambassadors, wearing “Compete Clean” shirts at events around the world including the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia, and the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
  • USADA Education Staff at National Events: Representatives from USADA’s education department were onsite at the 2018 USA Triathlon Sprint and Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships in Cleveland; the Art & Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium in Tempe, Arizona; and the USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships in Miami. At these events, USADA staff presented informational sessions to coaches and athletes, shared educational resources and answered questions at an expo booth. USA Triathlon will continue to coordinate with USADA for education and awareness at competitions and industry events through the 2019 season and beyond. 
  • Increased Testing for Age-Group Athletes: Age-group athletes are now tested with more frequency and in higher numbers at collegiate and national championship events, especially those that qualify top finishers for the ITU Age Group World Championships. If an athlete has reason to believe a competitor is using performance-enhancing substances, he or she can submit a tip to USADA’s Play Clean Tip Center at usada.org/playclean with an option to remain anonymous. 
  • Industry Collaboration: The organization continues to work closely with USADA, other Olympic sport National Governing Bodies, IRONMAN and additional triathlon industry partners to share resources, best practices and experiences in promoting clean sport.

Beyond its outreach to age-group athletes, USA Triathlon is also offering detailed educational opportunities to coaches, race directors, USA Triathlon staff, medical personnel and support staff. 

For more information about USA Triathlon’s clean sport efforts, and for a list of USA Triathlon members currently serving sanctions for anti-doping violations, visit usatriathlon.org/antidoping.

Additional anti-doping resources are available at usada.org. For educational content geared toward youth athletes, visit truesport.org.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 3 days ago

Just because these toys aren’t swim-, bike- or run-specific, it doesn’t mean the triathlete in your life isn’t coveting one of these this holiday season. Whether it’s an awesome GPS watch, a pair of cool-looking and high-performing sunglasses or even just a special training and racing treat, you can’t go wrong with these choices this holiday season.

ClifBar Hot Chocolate and Spiced Pumpkin Pie – $1.69, BAR

ClifBar Hot ChocolateClifBar Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Renowned for its tasty, nutritious and easily digested bars, ClifBar has long been a mainstay for triathletes during training and racing. With 70 per cent organic ingredients and 23 vitamins and minerals, you’re getting lots of healthy energy inside each tasty bar that’s made with organic rolled oats and is a great source of protein and fibre. For those who love pumpkin pie, the seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie Bar is a must, while the Hot Chocolate bar tastes like a fresh-baked brownie you can take along with you for your next workout.

Continental Competition Tubular – $175

Continental Competition Tubular

While the industry is steadily turning to clincher and tubeless wheels these days, there are still more than a few diehards who aren’t willing to give up their tubular tires quite yet. While gluing tubulars to a rim can be both time consuming and messy, there’s still a lot to be said for the ride you’ll enjoy on a high-end tubular tire. Continental Competition tubulars have long been the choice of the world’s top pro triathletes and cyclists because of their excellent reputation for offering comfort, performance, puncture protection and low rolling resistance. The Vectran puncture protection insert will give you a bit more ease of mind as you head out of T1, while the BlackChili Compound rubber used in the tire provides excellent grip and will get you through a surprising number of miles.

Picky Bars Cookie Doughpness – $40, CASE OF 10

Picky Bars Cookie Doughpness

You know that a company started by a pair of elite athletes (Ironman champion Jesse Thomas and elite runner Lauren Fleshman) is going to offer up performance-oriented products, but that’s hardly the only reason you’ll enjoy the new Cookie Doughpness bar from the company. Featuring all-natural ingredients like dates, rice protein and sea salt, the 4:1 carb-to-protein ratio in this great-tasting bar helps you replenish muscle glycogen during training, racing and recovery.

Zwift Academy

Zwift has taken the indoor training world by storm over the last few years. Now, there’s more to do than just ride with (and race, if you’re so inclined) athletes from around world. Zwift is offering an eight-week training camp that puts cyclists (and triathletes) of all levels together for social rides and training sessions put together by pro coaches.

Subaru Outback 3.6R – FROM $37,795

Subaru Outback 3.6R

Subaru has been the largest sponsor of the sport in Canada for over 20 years, so it comes as no surprise that you see lots of Subaru vehicles at races across the country. The title sponsor of all the Ironman events in Canada is renowned for being, well, just like an Ironman athlete – tough, high-performing and always pushing the limits. The Outback 3.6R offers a nutty amount of power in a roomy and plush station wagon that can also take on the toughest of terrain and is a dream to drive in winter, thanks to the all-wheel drive and high clearance. You’ll have no problem getting all your gear into the back, either making this a tri- athlete’s dream car. Of course, you’re not getting this sucker into a stocking, but the keys will fit just fine.

Suunto 9 – $650

Suunto 9

While Garmin rules the roost when it comes to market share in GPS watches, you’re likely to see a lot of Suunto watches on the wrists of triathletes these days, too. The latest multisport GPS watch from the Swedish company is the 9, which offers up to 120 hours of continuous exercise tracking. Like the Spartan series, the 9 is extremely durable and offers all the data you could want or need in just about any sport or activity you can think of. This is a watch that will help you excel in your workouts, while also serving as a helpful companion on other extreme adventures, too.

Oakley Jawbreaker Splatterfade collection – $268

Oakley Jawbreaker Splatterfade collection

If the already-cool Jawbreaker frame from Oakley doesn’t make you stand out enough, the Splatterfade version might just do the trick. The hand-crafted splashes of colour offer a unique look to these high- performance glasses that come with all the high-performance features we’re used to seeing in Oakley glasses in a frame that makes it really easy to switch out lenses. The Prizm lenses are specially designed for triathlon training and racing, enhancing visibility and maximizing contrast so you’ll see even the subtlest contours of the road or trail.

Smith Reverb Sunglasses – $200

Smith Reverb Sunglasses

These medium-fit sunglasses from Smith are feature-packed to ensure you’ll get the most out of your biking and running, all while looking good, too. The TR90 frame material is extremely light, while the hydrophilic temple and two-position nose pads ensure you get a secure, comfortable fit, no matter how much you sweat along the way. The Chromapop lenses (you even get an extra Contrast Rose Flash lens for darker days) use a 7×4 toric lens curvature that provides excellent contrast and colour differentiation, and have a hydrophobic coating, too. TR90 frame material

Bollé Shifter – $300

Bollé Shifter

Inspired by Bollé’s Chronoshield, the Shifter offers lots of style packed with lots of high-tech features to provide the ultimate training experience. The curved temples and vented lens ensure you get lots of comfortable coverage while you’re biking or running. The Phantom lens uses NXT, a material that provides excellent visual acuity and uses a photochromic filter to adapts to light, so you’ll see clearly in a variety of lighting conditions

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Triathlon Magazine Canada 2 weeks 3 days ago

— by Seanna Thomas

Sometimes a rainy day will throw your nutrition goals off track. When it’s really cold and grey outside, I just want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of mashed potatoes. But, if you make this smoothie, you’ll have the best of both worlds — the comfort of a blueberry muffin and the great nutrients from hemp hearts, kefir and spinach, as well as antioxidants from blueberries. Plus, the oats will fill you up, so you won’t be craving those mashed potatoes all day.

Needless to say, don’t judge a smoothie by its colour. The most delicious smoothies typically fall into “Cement Mixer” categories. Mixing any sort of berry with the bright green from spinach leaves is a nasty rainbow combination. Just close your eyes and imagine it’s purple, pink or whatever you want. Or put it in an opaque container so you don’t have to look at it. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this goodness.

This recipe makes one smoothie that’s so delicious, you won’t care what it looks like.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1⁄4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 cup cashew milk unsweetened
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp plain kefir
  • 1 tsp lemon zest from 1⁄2 lemon
  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 3 small pitted dates pits removed
  • 2 ice cubes

Directions

Blend all ingredients until smoothie is reminiscent of a rainy day.

Nutritional Facts  Per Serving

Calories

355

Fat

13 g

  • Polyunsaturated

7.4 g

  • Monounstaurated

2.6 g

Cholesterol

1.5 mg

Sodium

203 mg

Potassium

399 mg

Fibre

8.7 g

Natural Sugar

20 g

Protein

13.3 g

% of Daily Recommended Values

Vitamin A

58%

Vitamin C

18%

Folate

22%

Magnesium

39%

Manganese

95%

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