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Articles from the best members of 2021 – Triathlete

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With a focus on premium content in our subscription this year, our writers and editors delved deeper into the sport than ever, and our members loved it! Our contributors have researched races around the world to find the fastest, slowest, most scenic and best races triathlon has to offer. We’ve decoded the many supershoe deals; we learned how the fastest swimmers, runners and triathletes got there; we’ve lifted the lid on fad diets.

Below are ten of our most popular and widely read membership stories, compiled so you can catch up on what you might have missed (or take a peek). At the bottom, triathlete the editors each picked one of their favorite membership stories that might have gone unnoticed.

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Love ’em or hate ’em, supershoes are here to stay. Some have carbon soles, others use plastic; some are squishy and bouncy, others are super responsive like catapults. But most of them are (quite) different. Without shelling out over $200 to try on a pair, it’s hard to know what will work for you. Harder still, is there a pair of training shoes that you should be using for the majority of your miles that look like your perfect super shoes?

Author Adam Chase decodes the super shoe conundrum with expert recommendations such as: “If you want to run in the super popular Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, you should train in Nike’s Air Zoom Pegasus 37 or you might also like Hoka’s Rocket X.”

Rob Sturridge thought he was doing everything right, but only felt bad. He had qualified several times for Kona, performed well in practice and seemed to have no trouble maintaining a lean figure in his 30s. “I should have felt good, but something was wrong.”

After spending time with a therapist, he was shocked when she suggested he see a nutritionist. Although Sturridge was convinced that his incredibly controlled diet was responsible for his success, it turned out to be the cause of both his altered mood and low testosterone. “It wasn’t easy to admit that my idea of ​​a perfect diet for an athlete was destroying me.”

Do you want to see breathtaking red rock vistas as you soar through the aerobars on your next tri? Or maybe you want to swim in lake water “so clean you can drink it?” Maybe an old-school European village would shake the dial on your family’s willingness to travel so you could sort it out.

We asked some of the most traveled pros to give us their picks for the world’s eight most scenic tris, and the resulting list is a mix of vistas, leaf-filled tunnels, and views of the volcanoes lining the landscape. If you’re looking to plan your next tri-cation or just want to indulge in a multi-sport dream in the dead of winter, this list has it all.

See also: Editors’ Choice: The Best Triathlons in the United States

Katrina Matthews knew she was having a great race at Ironman Tulsa earlier this year, but looking back, she thinks she could have gone faster. She completed the 26.34-mile race in 2:49:49 and finished in 8:45:34, just five minutes behind world champion Daniela Ryf.

In only his third Ironman, Matthews entered rarefied business with his race split under 2:50. While Kristin Moller’s 2:41:57 effort at IM UK in 2011 is widely considered the fastest women’s Ironman race on record, only Chrissie Wellington and Mirinda Carfrae ran faster than Matthews that day at Tulsa.

On the professional men’s side, marathon times have also dropped like flies, but why? Brian Metzler explores the recent trend, why we’re seeing it, and what it means for the future.

Sure, it’s fun to watch superhuman feats of endurance like we saw at the Tokyo Olympics this year, but what do they mean for the rest of us? Susan Lacke took a look at two of this year’s most incredible swimming and running performances – Katie Ledecky’s gold medal-winning 1500m swim and Eliud Kipchoge’s Olympic marathon – and asked experts to find out what makes them so fast and how we can learn from the way they move.

Ledecky’s success revolved around his running in motion, his pulling, his kicking, his body position, his strength and, above all, his concentration. Kipchoge was all about his form, strength, cadence, training, lifestyle and strategy. Check out both stories for tips on how to apply this list to your own training and racing.

To help you decide if an iron distance race is in your future, this article explores the benefits and costs of training and attempting to complete those legendary 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running. Dr. Jim Taylor lists 16 “commandments” on how Ironman will consume your life.

Whether you’re contemplating your first Ironman or you’re an iron expert, Dr. Taylor’s near-humorous take on various multi-sport obsessions and “afflictions” provides an insightful mirror to our sport.

While the men’s Olympic event was tough until the last few miles, there were no surprises in the women’s individual race in Tokyo. Flora Duffy of Bermuda essentially held a master class in legal triathlon, flying through each leg to inevitably win gold.

Duffy’s perfect ride earned her our “2021 Female Performance of the Year” and we asked exercise physiologist and triathlon coach Alan Couzens to analyze her bike power record. The results (and the takeaways) might surprise you.

See Also: An Expert Look At Blummenfelt’s Gold Medal-Winning Bike Record

At the end of the 2016 Ironman World Championship, Swiss professional Jan Van Berkel knew he needed a change. Just weeks before the big race, he had crashed his bike and on race day he was not fully recovered. He had to give up.

But Van Berkel felt there was also something about his refueling and nutrition structure that was not working. And that’s why he reached out to trainer and exercise physiologist Dan Plews, who was known for using a Low-Carb High-Fat (LCHF) approach to long-distance triathlons. Two years later, Plews himself would set the Kona age group record with a time of 8:24.36.

We reached out again to exercise physiologist, data analyst and trainer Alan Couzens to help us look at what it took from a training and physiology perspective for Blummenfelt to realize a 7:21 first Ironman and Iden a 2:34 first Ironman Marathon at Ironman. Cozumel in November.

The data accessed came from their Strava files and training logs. We also asked Blummenfelt’s coach for some additional information. Spoiler alert: Aside from their phenomenal talent, the answers, from a training and physiology perspective, are much simpler than you might think…

Of course, there’s something to be said for an epic day of racing on a super tough (and possibly super scenic) 70.3 iron or distance event. But sometimes you just wanna leave quick. Maybe you’re looking to finish your first long course event on a course that won’t punish you (more than you already will); maybe you are looking to qualify for the 70.3 or Ironman World Championships; maybe you just want a new PR.

Whatever your reasons, we’ve made it easy to find the easiest Ironman and 70.3 courses in the world. Our writer looked at factors like weather conditions, historic times, and even course profiles to find the fastest courses for your (potentially) best finish. All you have to do is train and run fast!

The Olympic men’s race was hard to believe even when it was happening. It was, as our editor put it in this article, “a beautiful disaster.” But what I really enjoyed about Chris’ commentary on the race was how he recounted the same craziness we all go through at our local triathlons, the same stereotypes, the same mistakes, to the best at the world. Strangeness is the rule.

– Managing Editor, Kelly O’Mara

For all triathletes (myself included), the reasoning is: if I can run X in the marathon during an Ironman, I must being able to run X-minus-Y in a stand-alone marathon. The reality is not so simple. Ironman is complicated, marathon is also complicated, but the transitive property does not apply here.

This piece begins by evoking a powerful image of iron legend Mark Allen naively believing he could run a sub-2:20 marathon because he ran 2:40 off the bike at the Ironman World Championship in 1989. Like many between us, it failed. epically. The author goes on to dissect why this happens, even for the best of us, and how we can save ourselves from ourselves when trying to tackle a standalone marathon.

– Managing Editor, Chris Foster

This interview with Taylor Knibb’s coach is a powerful reminder that while triathlon is an individual sport, no one really does it alone. Coach Ian O’Brien (and his deep faith in his athletes) is someone everyone should have on their team – may we all be so lucky to have that kind of support in our corner, whether either from a coach, workout buddy, spouse, or even an aloof bystander who knows exactly what to say.

– Digital Editor, Susan Lacke