News – TriSports University https://university.trisports.com The place to learn about triathlon. Thu, 04 Oct 2018 22:53:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://university.trisports.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-tsu-button-32x32.png News – TriSports University https://university.trisports.com 32 32 Back to the Big Island – Kona ’18 https://university.trisports.com/2018/10/04/back-to-the-big-island-kona-18/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:52:40 +0000 https://university.trisports.com/?p=8903 Whether you have been in the sport for many years or you’re just starting out. This race is a big reason our sport has continued to thrive for 40 years. I believe this race to be the heartbeat of our sport.]]>

It’s October and The Ironman World Championships are just around the corner. We’ve been watching this race since 1978 when Gordon Haller won in a time of 11:46. Nowadays the men and women are finishing in well under 9 hours and in some cases the men are breaking the 8 hour mark.

October in the Triathlon world marks the culmination of all the year’s work and this event remains the ultimate bucket list for all of us. Every athlete has a story of how they came to this great event. There is so much work put into this very one day. There is much that can go wrong. You don’t get a do-over the next day. This single day in October is the day you put everything on the line. This alone is what makes it so special.

If you haven’t been to the Big Island of Hawaii to witness this event in person, I highly recommend it. The energy alone will affect you. What happens when 2,000 Athletes of this caliber show up in one place? Amazing things! Most athletes when not training or preparing are eating. The restaurants of Kona are packed with healthy appetites. These are the places you’ll spot a pro as well as an age-group athlete.

Patrick Lange

Last year German triathlete Patrick Lange beat a field of veteran winners and strong young newcomers. His marathon of 2:39 was the fastest of the day. Let me tell you, that time is truly exceptional. The women’s race was won by Daniela Ryf, a Swiss native. This was her 3rd time to win this race – in a row. Both of these athletes are racing again in 2018. While Daniela is favored to take the win again, she’s got some very good competition on her heels. Patrick’s #1 competitor is Jan Frodeno, previous 2 time winner. I’m guessing that Jan doesn’t want to lose to Patrick this time. He’s going to have to have the marathon of his life. Both Women’s and Men’s fields will be something to witness.

Daniela Ryf

Whether you have been in the sport for many years or you’re just starting out. This race is a big reason our sport has continued to thrive for 40 years. I believe this race to be the heartbeat of our sport.

This year’s race is October 13th, and as usual promises to be day filled with some serious action.

NBC does a 90 min recap of the race sometime in November. It’s fun to watch, but keep a box of Kleenex near. They really know how to intensify the drama. My 1st choice is the Ironman website where you can watch the race in real time with great commentary. The site is live until Midnight Hawaii time when the event finishes. Most competitors return to the finish line at this time to cheer in the last of the Athletes. An emotional journey to the finish.

 

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SwimRun San Juan Islands – Sunday, September 23, 2018 https://university.trisports.com/2018/09/06/swimrun-san-juan-islands-sunday-september-23-2018/ https://university.trisports.com/2018/09/06/swimrun-san-juan-islands-sunday-september-23-2018/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:45:55 +0000 https://university.trisports.com/?p=8884 Remaining true to the originators of the ÖTILLÖ, San Juan Islands SwimRun is a two-person team event. (Limited slots are available for a special, solo athlete category.) Not a relay, teammates must race the entire course together.]]>

SwimRun USA

PresentsSwimRun San Juan Islands 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Orcas Island, WA

 

Inspired by the international swimrun race series OTILLO (island to island), originating in Sweden in 2006,  SwimRun USA is pleased to bring this epic event to the Pacific Northwest.

Situated on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands, this adventure will be an instant hit with those looking for their next big challenge.  Endless trails, panoramic views and crystal clear lakes serving swim crossings, this course will test each and every team to its core.

Remaining true to the originators of the ÖTILLÖ, San Juan Islands SwimRun is a two-person team event. (Limited slots are available for a special, solo athlete category.) Not a relay, teammates must race the entire course together. Rules permit swim aids such as hand paddles, pull buoys, wetsuits and even swim fins to name a few. Certain safety gear is mandated by race rules and hydration and race fuel can be carried too, but what one starts with, so too must they finish with. Changing from trail shoes to swim fins, or tending to awkward gear can chew up valuable time. Having the right teammate and equipment can make all the difference.

The Long Course will feature 18 miles of trail running and 2.5 miles of swimming broken up over 25 different sections, 13 runs, and 12 swims. The race starts at Camp Moran with a dash and splash across Cascade Lake before taking athletes on trails over to Rosario Marina.

Are you ready to climb? You will do the majority of your running on trails, broken up by pristine lake swim crossings, through Moran State Park and up to the summit of Mount Constitution, the tallest peak in the San Juans. Your effort will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the San Juans, of the mainland and of Canada!

The next few miles are downhill, with swim crossings of the Twin Lakes, before another climb starts up to Mount Pickett. Your return route will take you past Mountain and Cascade Lakes before finishing at Camp Moran.

The Short Course and Solo will be 8+ miles of running and 1.5+ miles of swimming broken up over 13 different sections, 7 runs, and 6 swims. This course will likely take faster teams at least 2-2.5 hours to complete. Be prepared for a challenge!

To register for this event click on this link.

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