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Top 20 Triathlete Articles of 2021 – Triathlete

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After a strange 2020, most of us didn’t really know what to expect for 2021. Would the races return or would they be canceled again? Would the Olympic and Paralympic Games really take place? And how about these virtual events – were they pandemic fad or the future of racing? Most of us entered 2021 with high hopes but low expectations – and it turns out that was probably the best strategy. After all, who would have expected the iron distance world record to fall twice in the same year? Or that the mixed triathlon relay would become the most exciting event of the Olympic Games? Or that every 2021 North American Ironman would sell out, thanks to renewed entries from previous years combined with renewed interest in multisport? Or that the Ironman World Championship would finally feature separate race days and equal sized courses for men and women? As we prepare for 2022, here’s a look at the best stories you’ve all read triathlete This year.

Goofs and blunders are almost a rite of passage in triathlon, teaching us what works (and perhaps more importantly, what absolutely doesn’t work at all). From on-the-bike buffets to panic workouts, steer clear of these very dumb things trainers have seen over the years.

On Friday, August 27, blind triathlete Kyle Coon made his Paralympic Games debut in the visually impaired (PTVI) division. The guide at his side? Andy Potts, the highly decorated pro and Ironman champion, who at 44 remains one of the fastest long-lasting athletes in the game. The experience bonded them as good friends and offered Potts unexpected bonus time on the world stage in the twilight of his professional career.

Low-carb, high-fat diets can be popular, but there’s a lot to know about how LCHF applies to triathlon training and racing. We dig deeper into the tricky risk/reward proposition.

It has been a very good year for British triathlete Beth Potter. After a victory at the Super League Arena Games this spring, Potter set a world record for a 5k road race in 14:41. Our British correspondent analyzes what the future holds for the 29-year-old and why she chose triathlon over running (at least for now).

Some took a few weeks or months off from swimming when the pools were closed; others took a few years off for reasons unrelated to the pandemic. Whatever the reason, we’re just glad you’re back in the pool – and to help you out, we’ve put together this three-week training plan to get you back in the water.

Dealing with a pesky tic in your shoulder? Do you have trouble moving your arms or unhooking yourself before swimming? A tight shoulder can be the culprit, and these yoga moves can help relieve it.

Norwegian teammates Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden’s Ironman 2021 debut not only saw the world’s best times crumble, it also made jaws drop and people asking, “How the hell did they do that? ?” We asked the experts, including Blummenfelt’s coach, to analyze the training behind the massive performances.

Iron distance demands respect. What does it take to be ready for one of the longest days in triathlon? And who probably shouldn’t?

You did it! You have registered for your first triathlon! Now what? We have your complete guide to crossing the finish line of your first triathlon. With an influx of new triathletes this year, Getting Started has been one of our most popular reads. Share this with your tri-curious friends and don’t forget to invite them to join you on your next run!

We’ve crunched the numbers and asked the pros so you can find the easiest 70.3 races in your area. Here’s our list of half-distance iron races with some of the fastest routes to the finish line!

After some Instagram exchanges between Frodeno and Sanders earlier this summer, the Battle Royale was created as a showcase for the two athletes: a two-man race on empty roads in the Allgäu region of southern Germany , chosen specifically for its speed. That day, Frodeno set a new world record of 140.6 miles: 7:27:53. This record was quickly broken by Kristian Blummenfelt, who clocked 7:21:11 at Ironman Cozumel (see article #14).

This is the announcement that made everyone vibrate. After Ironman canceled the 2020 Ironman World Championship race due to Big Island travel restrictions, Ironman CEO Andrew Messick suggested the event could be moved out of Kona for the first time. in almost 40 years. The announcement sparked heated debate: are there better locations for the Ironman World Championship event, or is Kona the only real home for the race?

A week after Messick’s announcement, it was official: St. George, Utah was announced as the host of the 2021 Ironman World Championship race, which will take place in May 2022. The World Championship event will return to the Big Island in October 2022 – this time as a two-day event with separate days and equal sized fields for men’s and women’s races.

Ahead of the Olympics, contributor Sarah Wassner Flynn recalled how a show of sportsmanship between two compatriots upended the rules of triathlon.

Debating dry January? Sports nutritionist Scott Tindal experimented with giving up alcohol for a month and was surprised at how beneficial it was for him.

Thirty minutes is only 2% of your day, but that’s all it takes for successful strength training for triathletes. Make the most of that time with these expert tips for strength training. Want even more information? Visit our complete guide to strength training for triathletes.

Let’s go and get rid of it: no 140.6 mile race is “easy”. But among the marquee Ironman races on the circuit (there are currently 54), some courses lend themselves to faster times than others.

In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Schweizer Illustrierte, the nine-time world champion said she’s struggled with the pressure since winning Kona in 2018 and evaluating what makes her happy. Most remarkably, she revealed that she had fallen in love with a woman, which also surprised her since she had only loved men before. “I don’t want to hide,” she said. “I also want to lead by example and say: live and let live. Love and let love.

In a startling announcement on Aug. 12, multiple-time Ironman and 70.3 champion and 2019 Kona runner-up Tim O’Donnell revealed he had suffered a major heart attack six months earlier when he participated in the Miami Challenge. His genetic predispositions put O’Donnell at risk for a “widowmaker”, but now he says he has been cleared to return to full training.

A lot of people were curious about triathlon this year and wanted to know how long a race is supposed to last. This introduction broke down the basics of the sport, from super sprint to ultra distance. Welcome to the vast world of swim-bike-run. As you can see, triathletes cover a lot of ground!

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