Getting to the pool is the hardest thing ever! Not to mention convincing three kids to come with and making it all happen within the random inconvenient windows of the Y schedule. BUT happy to report after 9 months away it felt like home with a healthy dose of tricep twinging. 💦
🔧 Bike Fit Changes Big & Small!
🚲 Bike fitting to get someone comfortable on his bike can mean big changes in position.
⚠️ But sometimes a seemingly small change can make a huge difference for how the cyclist or triathlete contacts the bike.
📌 This custom-built Tri-bike has electronic shifting on the ends of the aero bars. Traditionally the buttons are on the inside of the bars as shown in the first picture.
👍🏼 During the fit, as we got to adjusting his aero bars, he commented that he didn’t like having to twist his hands around to reach the shifting buttons because he rides with his thumbs on top.
🔩 So the buttons were moved and put on top of the bars so he could reach them naturally. He didn’t have to stretch his hands or wrists and all in all he was a very happy client with the fit on his new bike!
🆒 He let us know today that he did one of his typical rides 3mph faster with his new bike and bike fit! 😃
VER, DISFRUTAR, RESPIRAR. 🙌
Perfecto lema para aplicar al ciclismo. Espectacular mañana en la Sierra de Madrid subiendo Morcuera y Cotos.
Qué poquito se necesita para ser feliz. Dos ruedas, unas piernas (si son buenas mejor) e ilusión por superar en solitario estos dos colosos madrileños. Morcuera (1763m) y Cotos (1863m).
Y es que sarna con gusto, no pica 😜🔥💪
I've been into sports since the moment I could walk. After some serious injuries in football, I switched to no-contact sports & ended up running & biking. 6 years ago, it was a colleague at work who was organizing a small, local Olympic-distance Triathlon, & he invited all of us for the event. I thought, "why not?" So I just gave it a try. But after I ended up finishing 3rd in my AG that day - I was hooked. I had found something I could become really passionate about again.
I soon realized that my strengths are in the longer distances, so I did my first 70.3 in Zell 2015, where the WC was held on the same weekend. I was so fascinated by that event, I almost couldn't enjoy my own race day because I wanted to see the best in the world the next day. It was unreal for me, at that moment, to even think that I could be part of the WC at some point.
Now, a few years later, I’m still fully into Triathlon. It just gives me so much energy! And I use it as the perfect counterpart to my office job - where I'm not moving at all throughout the day. I can reboot my systems within minutes of training, & I’m fresh at work again.
However, as a really competitive human being, I challenged myself over the years from season to season & my old memories came back last year, & I noticed that I really could do it on a perfect day. I could become part of the Worlds. So the project was born – #RoadToNice2019. I want to start at the World Champs once in my life. At Bahrain last year in December, I launched my first serious attempt, where I ended up 10th with a total time of 4:29.
At the slot allocation, I needed to face life the hard way when I was the first in my AG to not get a coin for Nice. And the guy who placed 9th was in front of me by only 43 seconds!
That moment was a huge setback, but I told myself that - it must not make you stop chasing your dreams. I'm still on my mission, I’m still burning for Nice, & I know I can do it! So can you! Go out & prove the naysayers wrong! ~ Patrick Sibetz [@pat.sibi]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Patrick! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃
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After a winter of hibernation, Team Ripley have the sun on our backs once again for a long weekend of warm weather training in Lanzarote! So good to be swimming in an outdoor pool again! #triathlon#challengeroth#imbarcelona
You know it’s been a long winter when you need to air up the tires on your indoor setup!
This year's mantra (let's be honest, it's been my mantra for more than one year😅). Had a Valentines Day date with my bike tonight. One workout closer to Ironman Texas! #imtx2019#140point6#trilife (my perfect 👕 from @africaandbeyond)
On this 💜holiday, taking a different aspect/approach to exercise today!
ISO-EAA from Mansports. This stuff is great, has all of the electrolytes you need for a great workout without the calories when you’re focusing on lipolysis. I’ll add in Gels when needed. I’ll still switch to whatever will be provided on the race course a month or two out to ensure my race day nutrition is dialed in.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly... 🤦♂️ A 3rd best ever 10 Mile Run is as good as Feb is going to get, this mornings recovery run was a good start to the day however the old capn glass ankle has struck again but this time not even training but on the way to a train 🤦♂️🤦♂️ Just as it’s all starting to click that’s a third ankle injury in 6 months but the first on the left and feels like the worst 😢😬 not good during the build phase. Somewhere between an Avulsion Fracture and Grade II Inversion, never mind! If anyone has a remedy to prevent glass ankles please let me know 😂
Otro momento romántico entre #miascensoryyo ❤️
No puedo más que sonreírle. 😎Compañero inseparable. Otro día más de buenos entrenamientos, sobre todo en el agua donde ya hoy por fin he nadado sin dolor.
Eso sí, hoy me ha dicho que dónde voy con la mochila a las 06:45 am para ir a nadar. Pobre, Él no entiende que está locura del IRONMAN sólo lo sacas con sacrificio. Bueno, ni él, ni casi ningún otro morral que no esté infectado por el Virus del triatlón. 😜
VALENTINE’S TREATS! Want one?
So if you’re an injured runner then you have OPTIONS. Yes, that’s right. I’m showing you one of them in this video. You can always RUN on the Spinner bike like I am in this video. This is a great way to get your #cardio on without the impact of running. .
You can manipulate the resistance knob and create a ROLLING HILLS workout, a tempo run, or an endurance pace workout. Most of these bikes have a cadence monitor and a HR monitor. .
Other options for non weight bearing running:
Run in the pool.
Use the Alter G machine if you have access to one.
Roller blades (haven’t heard that one in a while)
Any other suggestions? Comment below!
#throwbackthursday to my last (and one my only) races of 2018. As I move into my last 2.5 months before Ironman Texas, I am thinking about how amazing that day was and trying to hold on to it to push myself through those workouts I really don’t want to do. I’m reminding myself just how lucky I am to have my health and the ability to swim, bike, and run. I never want to have to experience again how terrible it was to not have the ability to do what I love. Which is race and wear sparkle @sparkleathletic skirts. #teamsparkle#triathlete#swimbikerun#tbt
Thank you for being on this crazy journey with me my love. I wouldn't change it for the world. And thank you for wanting to train with me to actually compete in 2 ironmans together. P.s. I beat him both times, but i ain't one to gossip 🤣😂 #wynrepublic#fitness#couples#fitfam
LOVE YOURSELF, TOO ❤️ Show others love this Valentine’s Day. ❤️ But also love yourself. I’m so thankful for @ironkiki26 for extending a simple invitation to get into tri. It has changed me immensely on the outside but it’s also taught me to love myself on the inside.
A year ago, I came home one day and asked my wife if she wanted to do a Triathlon. I have no clear recollection of why I felt the urge to suddenly do something that I have never done before. But she said yes, and so our journey started.
We are adventure seekers and we always try our best to live life to the fullest. Which usually drives us to jump head first into challenges. So this sudden urge to do a Triathlon was tackled with that same drive. Off the bat, we entered for an Olympic distance race and washed the dust off our hybrid bikes.
Neither of us has ever done endurance sports, but we took baby steps in all 3 disciplines and got a training plan online. 5 months later, we completed our Olympic distance just a few minutes before the cutoff time. It wasn’t pretty, and the 4 hours included a whole lot of swearing and yes...crying! But somehow we got over that finish line, and I guess that is where the love for this sport really manifested itself.
We have had endless conversations as to why we are suddenly planning our lives to fit in with new training schedules, saving all our pennies for new bikes and why are we living with a new found purpose? From an objective perspective, it does not really make sense. Why are we making all of these sacrifices and changes for something that will always be just a hobby?
We are still trying to find the perfect answer, but we think it boils down to finding out that your body is capable of doing so much more than just work, eat, & sleep. Overcoming boundaries that you have set for yourself are so freeing. Getting through tough training sessions and races that you once thought were impossible gives you a sense of pride and self-worth that is hard to explain.
We are already so grateful for what Triathlon has taught us. We are overwhelmed by the sense of community among triathletes. In a world full of hate and animosity, it is refreshing to be part of something that drives and inspires you to be your best self! Onwards and Upwards! ~ Anya & Minandi Zandberg [@anya_and_minandi]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, ladies! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃
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Ladies and gentlemen! Episode 1 is LIVE on iTunes and Soundcloud! Click on the link in the bio above to take a listen to the story of @theblacktriathlete in his journey to his first IRONMAN 70.3.
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Fasted bike ride on the trainer this morning, then a run this evening on the treadmill. Keeping the miles flowing!
Reflections on my #RoadToIronman -
“Discipline Over Motivation”
Motivation is so wonderful, but it is NOT something I can control. It comes, and it goes. Some days, I really don’t want to put in that swim/run/bike/gym session. I’m tired, I didn’t sleep enough, work has me stressed, I didn’t eat well etc. Some days I just don’t have it in me. And if I were to train based solely on how motivated I feel at any given moment, there would be very little chance I finish this #140Point6 in August.
Discipline feels awful, but it IS something I can control. Discipline is a choice. I can CHOOSE to put in the work even when It’s the LAST thing I want to do.
Motivation has not and will not always be there, so I’m learning to lean on Discipline to keep me going.
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🌧💨❄️☔️Weather has been yucky all over for awhile now. On this #WellnessWednesday what’s your preference for a relaxing getaway?
Comment 🏖 or ⛰ below!
15 days till #ComebackDay 🙌🏻😱 YESSS #ExcitedAF 👊🏼 15 days till the best weekend in TN to start your year strong 💪🏼🏃🏽♂️I have been looking for this day since August 14th when I got injured 🙏🏼 now looking forward to show up and cross that finish line no matter what! This year will be special because I will be running in honor and memory our fallen heroes supporting @memoriesofhonor and donating my medals to their family members. Thank you to my Team @semperfifund for the continuous support and sponsorship 🙏🏼 I couldn’t do it without you! Join me March 1st to the 3rd in Chattanooga for the 2019 @chattanooga_marathon#chattanooga#marathon#halfmarathontraining#5ktraining#endurance
#throwbackthursday to one, being able to swim and two, swimming in amazing places. •
We all lack motivation sometimes, for me it’s happened since my surgery I’ve been struggling to find the extra time, which I usually am able to. I’ve been trying to figure out why that is and I think it’s partly because I’m not allowed to swim yet. Swimming has always been a big part of my training and it’s usually what gets me going in the mornings. I have only 4 more days until I can get in the pool again, but I feel they will go very slowly. On the plus side, I’ll get to swim in this pool later this month!
What do you use to motivate yourself?
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Back Status Update: L5 S1 disc tear, kyphosis & non-activated glutes all contributing to spasms across back and around core. It's taken more than 3 months, non-stop tests, and seeing and consulting with more medical professionals than I can count. But I have a plan now and can see a path forward. For that at least, I'm grateful. The frustration, fear, and loss of identity we feel as endurance athletes during severe injury is all too real - I know many of you have gone through this too. The process of recovery is long and it will be filled with self-doubt often and success sometimes. For now, thankful for the few times a week I can withstand a cycling session on the road bike, and really appreciate the messages of support from all you athletes and friends! #backinjuriessuck#inneedof#mondaymotivation#speedsherpanation
In January 2013, I weighed 110kgs (242lbs), was unhappy & depressed, drank far too much alcohol & was in a career that didn't excite me even in the slightest way. I wasn't exercising, eating awful food & pretending to the world I was "happy". It was time to change. Through the help of a trainer, a professional psychologist & a great team of friends & family around me, I lost 30kgs (66lbs) in 3 months & did my 1st Sprint Triathlon. Already at this point, I decided I would do an Ironman, a goal I had for over a decade. 14 months later, in Mar '14, I completed my 1st IM & then went on to complete 2 more in the next 12 months. In May '16, I became one of only 800 people in the world to complete Ultraman (Australia). Ultraman is a 3-day event with a 10km swim, 420km bike ride & then a double marathon of 84.4kms. A real test of mind over matter. Many stages tested my will to continue, but again with a solid team around me, I pushed on to finish.
I wanted more though, I wanted to test the limits & continue to inspire! So in Sep. '16, I left my home in Sydney & rode my bike around Australia, a 14,000+km journey taking 78 days with an average distance of 185kms (114 miles) per day. This was a huge mental test with temps of up to 45 degrees (113 Fahrenheit), humidity over 90% & headwinds that would blow a small city away.
My goal now is to qualify for Kona in 2019. My goal in Triathlon is simple. I want to encourage & inspire everyone that anything can be achieved by following a solid plan, having the right goal & a heap of desire.
My journey has been somewhat of a fast one, but it's also been one that anyone can have. My message is - move one step closer to your ultimate goal each day. Always move forward through constantly having a goal to follow.
I'm a "normal" person. I still struggle some days to get moving, I have other things in life that can take my time, & I like to enjoy other things in life, but having the desire to achieve means that I limit the bad days & always look to have more good days in my training & life. ~ Greg McDermott
H.o.T Podcast # 36 🔥🎙 is live (link in bio)! 🎧 -
Thank you, @gregmcdermottcoach! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃 #humansoftriathlon
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In 2015, I decided to pursue Triathlon after seeing close friends finish the 70.3 distance. I was inspired by their achievement, to the point that I made a conscious effort to live a healthier lifestyle by getting into Triathlon. Since then, I was able to race in various parts of the Philippines where I only used to hear & see photos of, & I met similarly-minded individuals who equally shared the same passion of the sport.
What motivates me to continue is that - I really want to inspire girls, friends, & family members alike that it's never too late to get into sports & be more conscious of getting healthier because if I was able to do it, so can they. There are definitely days when it is hard to keep a certain pace, achieve a target time, & overcome a challenge such as improving skills or getting up early to show up during training, but I realized that if I don’t show up & put in the effort to improve on the skills required to improve my performance, then there is no one to be blamed but me. In this sport, I learned to be patient, determined & consistent with what I do.
The community is such an encouraging group of individuals where people help one another become better versions of themselves. I am constantly being inspired by the people that I look up to in the sport & always work my way up to the best version of myself - by being consistent & disciplined. Triathlon has definitely changed my life for the better, I was able to prove to myself that nothing beats hard work & dedication for as long as I put my heart & mind into it. What started as aiming to finish a 70.3 distance has now turned into me having finished a full-distance IRONMAN 3 years after I started Triathlon. It may be a short journey for most people but throughout the process, I craved for something more because that is what Triathlon means to me - that I am limitless. Lastly, I TRI because I know that I can & so can others who are willing to try this very fulfilling sport. ~ Hygeia Chi [@supercheekee]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Hygeia! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃 #ordinarypeopleextraordinarypassion
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