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30.3.2013 Propozice na jablonecký plavecko-běžecký duatlon, který se bude konat 25. dubna naleznete zde

5.10.2012 Výsledky z lékařského triatlonu naleznete zde.

 31.7.2012  TJ Bižuterie Jablonec n.N. uspořádá  dne 22.září 2012 opět triatlon pro mládežnické kategorie. Podrobnější infromace již brzy v sekci Libereceký kraj.

    8.7.2012 Zážitky Petry Kuříkové - 5.té   z akademického MS si můžete přečíst zde.

28.3.2012    13.Jablonecký plavecko-běžecký duatlon se uskuteční ve čtvrek 12.dubna v plaveckém bazénu ( ul. Sv.Čecha ) a jeho okolí. Prezentace od 13 do 13,30hod. Bližší informace uvedeme v nejbližší době.

29.1.2012 Ve druhém závodě ČP v ZTT v Hlinsku si vedll skvěle Martin Hušek, když stejně jako před týdnem získal 2.místo. Lepší byl pouze Pavel Jindra. Ostatní závodníci našeho oddílu nestartovali. Po dvou závodech je Martin celkově druhý a tým TJ Bižuterie na 2.-3.místě výsledky zde.


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Coach Noor Khouja using triathlon to bring positivity in Aleppo

Út, 07/07/2020 - 11:00

On the next episode of the World Triathlon podcast, we speak to the inspirational Noor Khouja, one of the key figures at the heart of the triathlon community in Aleppo, Syria’s war-torn second city. For the past decade, the sport has managed to grow despite the numerous obstacles and tragedies in its way. Khouja and the rest of the volunteers coaches’ irrepressible spirit and passion is the reason why.

It was in the aftermath of the tragic death of his younger sister when his family home was hit by a bomb in 2015 that Noor made a positive decision out of the sorrow.

“Triathlon was what kept me going. Every stroke in the pool or pedal on the bike eases my pain. I started to coach an independent female team, starting with two athletes and now we are eight, all aged between 14-20. With the religion and ideology here in the Middle East this is important. When a young lady now sees there is a special team for them, they can feel more confidence to take part. So now every time I improve a young lady’s lifestyle, I feel i have found my peace and done something I couldn’t do for my own sister.”

Like the city itself, Aleppo’s triathlon community has continued to fight adversity. In 2016, just as a local race was due to start, machine gun fire meant a panicked halt to the event. The following year, the team regrouped and Aleppo staged its first National Championships since the war began.

This time, the competition was a big success. With the confidence of that event, the team took it upon themselves to create an open water section for the swim in the shallow River Qwayq for 2018. “The Aleppo staff worked as usual, cleaning the river course, plugging one end with tree trunks and plastic curtains and the water level rose and became swimmable.”

Local hero Mohamad Maso is now hoping to achieve a tripartite place and represent Syria at Tokyo 2020 along with compatriot Mohamad Alsabbagh, something that would provide an incredible boost to the Aleppo triathlon community.

“It is my dream to make our athletes able to compete at the Elite level and achieve their dream of competing like Gomez and Brownlee. What we do is more than coaching for these young people who have no little more than war for the last 10 years. Training is a bond, it is entertainment to cheer them up. Triathlon lets us run from our reality and our fear.”

Listen to the full interview in Episode 7 of the World Triathlon podcast on Spotify, Apple and Google.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon resumes the Mentorship Programme

St, 01/07/2020 - 10:34

World Triathlon Development, together with the Women’s Committee, is delighted to announce the launch of a re-envisaged World Triathlon Mentor Programme to be delivered virtually, with the goal to increase and sustain the number of women and people with disability in leadership roles in coaching, technical officiating and governance in the sport.

“This is one of the projects that I am more proud of and I can be happier of re-launching the Mentorship Programme, especially now that we are making it even more accessible for everyone”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “Our goal has always been to identify the talent that is out there, and help these persons to participate more in the sport, as coaches, technical officials and administrators. I am sure that the next generations of leaders of our sport, from the grassroots to the top level, will come out from this programme, and we will do all that we can to support them, educate them and invest in their future, as it will be the future of our sport”, she said.

“In sport, as in most endeavours in life, it helps to have people around you that can support, mentor, and guide you on your journey. The World Triathlon mentor programme will provide a skilled cadre of mentors that will help support the next generation of top triathlon coaches, technical officials and administrators, encouraging more women, people with disabilities and individuals from developing nations to become leaders in the sport. The team at Brook Sports Consulting are in turn looking forward to providing training and on-going support to the World Triathlon mentors over the next two years,” said Norman Brook, lead facilitator of the Mentorship Programme.

The World Triathlon Mentor Programme will be delivered in two blocks commencing August 2020 and January 2021. Each block will be made up of three courses starting four weeks apart – each six weeks duration. Each course will comprise of pre-course work, weekly e-learning, weekly exercises and weekly webinars. It is expected that this will involve between two and nine hours of commitment per week to complete the course. Two or three Mentees will be assigned to each Mentor at the end of each course.

A material change is that the virtual delivery of the course allows us to have participants from all Continental Confederations in a single course. It is intended that the first course will be comprised of the five Continental Mentor Leads, and three participants from each of the five continents. The second and third courses (September 2020 and October 2020 respectively) will have between three to five participants from each continent.

World Triathlon will re-launch the application process for mentors and mentees on Wednesday, 1 July 2020, and National Federations will have until Friday, 17 July 2020 to apply. The re-launch will predominantly focus on mentees, as we have capacity for two or three times the number of mentees as we do mentors. Four of the five Continental Confederations already launched the application process in February 2020 for Mentors and Mentees.

Those applications already received will remain valid.  World Triathlon will work with the nominated Continental Mentor Leads (Africa: Rick Fulton (ZIM); America: Katia Colina (URU); Asia: Adele Cheah (MAS); Europe: Marуia Charkouskaya-Tarasevich (BLR); Oceania: Michelle Cooper (AUS) to communicate with all current applicants to advise them of the changes in the programme. The programme has inclusivity targets with regards to gender, developing countries, triathlon disciplines and disability. These are:

Inclusivity Criteria                           Mentor Target                 Mentee Target
Discipline (Coach, TO, Governance)       Minimum 25% each     Minimum 25% each
Gender Balance                           Minimum 33% Female     Minimum 66% Female
Developing Countries (NF Group 1, 2, 3) Minimum 33%                 Minimum 66%
Disability (or working with Para Athletes) Minimum10%                 Minimum 10%

Please find below the links to the on-line application forms:

Mentors’ On-line Application form (English): Mentor Application Form
Mentees’ On-line Application form (English):  Mentee Application Form 
Aplicación On-Line de tutores en español (Spanish):  Aplicacion de Tutores
Aplicación On-line de aprendices en español (Spanish): Aplicacion de Aprendices

An essential element of the programme is the Continental Selection Committee. The Continental Confederations have established a Selection Committee who will pre-qualify all mentor and mentee applicants, and who will select those successful applicants for each of the mentor training courses and the subsequent 9-month mentee period.

The Continental Selection Committee is asked to be mindful of the inclusivity targets that the programme has set. The Continental Mentor Leads will support the administration of their respective Continental Selection Committees. 

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World Triathlon moves Montreal WTS and WPS to October 3-4

Pá, 26/06/2020 - 16:33

The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved the new date for the 2020 Montreal event, that will now be hosted, if all conditions are met as of the end of July, on the weekend of October 3-4. The event will include the Montreal World Paratriathlon Series as well, on the same weekend.

Montreal WTS was originally planned to take place on June 28, but the organisers decided to postpone the event due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With the conditions improving in most of the countries, the Montreal organizing Committee and World Triathlon are looking forward to welcoming all triathletes in the Canadian city on early October, always putting in place all the safety measures needed to limit the risk and securing the health and safety for all participants.

The World Triathlon Executive Board, on a meeting hosted virtually this Thursday, has also approved the dates for the Arzachena World Cup, originally scheduled for May and that now will take place in the magnificent beach of Sardinia on October 10.

The Board has also given the green light to a new event, Alhandra Paratriathlon World Cup, in Portugal, to take place on the weekend of October 10-11.

“We are delighted to have more events added to the calendar, which means that triathletes and paratriathletes are given opportunities to race after the summer, when the conditions for training and travelling are improving in most of the countries”, said World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.

World Triathlon is still working with organizing committees, National Federations and all stakeholders to add more events to the calendar in the last months of the year.

Kategorie: Triatlon

Avignon ‘89 World Champion Erin Baker guest stars on latest World Triathlon podcast

Pá, 26/06/2020 - 11:03

For this week’s World Triathlon podcast, we take a trip back to the early days of the sport, from New Zealand and Australia across to Nice and Hawaii via the first ever ITU World Championships in Avignon 30 years ago. Going into that race as favourite was Erin Baker, a New Zealander who, as the outspoken, principled and fiercely focused embodiment of triathlon’s early years, had already become one of the stars of the sport.

But as well as the fanfare surrounding the Avignon event, there was the pressure.

“It was pretty huge in many ways,” says Baker, “not just because it was the first official world championships, but because it was in France. Le Coq Sportif had supported me for five years, so there was an awful lot of pressure.”

The TriathlonLIVE footage of Baker taking the tape in Aviator shades and a steely glare reflects both her huge relief at winning, as well as her different approach to sport in general.

“It’s always been business for me. So my feeling was I’d done my job. Won for my sponsor, won for New Zealand and, ‘goodness me, it’s over!’ There was a US athlete, Jan Ripple, and I remember thinking what the hell was she still doing with me on the bike? And then she ran with me for a few km on that run and I thought ‘You’re not meant to be here with me!’”

Baker admits she owes a lot to the sponsors that helped turn racing into a viable career and who, possibly remarkably by her own admission, never turned their back on the non-conformist champion who rarely toed the establishment line.

“They say sport and politics don’t mix but the exact opposite was ingrained in me by my mother. I didn’t compete sometimes and the sponsors must have thought ‘what the hell is she doing’? I didn’t go to Nice one year because they weren’t giving equal prizes for men and women, so I probably didn’t even realise how easily the sponsor could have dropped me.”

It is a sentiment that feeds into Baker’s feelings around social media, something that she has no interest in but is well aware of how it has become central to today’s athletes building their profile, developing a sponsor-friendly brand and interacting with their fans. However, there is one thing she is pretty certain of when it comes to the likes of Twitter and Facebook - had it been around 30 years ago, that glittering career might have looked rather different.

“Because of my personality type, I would have got in so much trouble with the social media side of things. Everyone knows everything now. To have been critiqued more than I was, I don’t know how I would have coped with that. It’s all part of being an athlete now and it’s another department you have to deal with, and that probably could have been my swift ending.”

Listen to the full interview in Episode 6 of the World Triathlon podcast on Spotify, Apple and Google.

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon Olympic Day Roundtable with Olympic Legends

Út, 23/06/2020 - 03:54

“The Olympic Day is always something we all look forward to in our calendars, and this year it will be even more special than ever. This will be the year of celebrating the power of sport, how sport in general, and triathlon in particular, can help us overcome difficult times no matter where we live and who we are, and how we can help the society to come out of this pandemic stronger and more united than ever”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “I welcome everyone to join us to celebrate the Olympic Day, remembering our past Olympic experiences and looking forward the Tokyo Games. Stay tuned to our digital channels and feel the Olympic experience with us and our athletes.”

Tune in LIVE at 11am CEST on Tuesday 23 June via this link.

This Olympic Day, 11am CEST on Tuesday 23 June, TriathlonLIVE.tv will host a special World Triathlon Olympic Day Roundtable and provide viewers with the exclusive opportunity to hear directly from Olympic gold medallists Emma Frodeno (AUS), Jan Frodeno (GER), Nicola Spirig (SUI), triple Olympians Helen Jenkins (GBR), Andrea Hewitt (NZL) and Olympians Non Stanford (GBR) and Aaron Royle (AUS), as they reflect on what the Olympics means to them. The Olympic legends will be LIVE on-screen and answering viewer questions.

Olympic Day (June 23) is a celebration of the inspiring moments and values of the Games, uniting the world. This year Olympic Day takes on an even greater meaning – rather than preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in one month, athletes are dealing with a postponed Games. Please join us to unite, stay strong and follow along on TriathlonLIVE.tv to celebrate Olympic Day with some of the sport’s greatest athletes.

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PTWC World Champion Lauren Parker on staying positive… and fiercely competitive

Pá, 19/06/2020 - 16:07

Australia’s Lauren Parker has achieved more in her 31 years than most people manage in a lifetime. She has also endured considerably more pain. From a promising young swimmer with Olympic-sized dreams she moved on to the ITU circuit, 70.3 and Kona before the 2017 training accident that brought it all to such a sudden and dramatic halt. Along with training partner Brad Fernley, sport, she admits, saved her life.

By never allowing her competitive edge to blunt, Lauren Parker is finally number one as the 2019 PTWC World Champion and busy setting herself new challenges. In true style, the one-year delay to the Tokyo 2020 Games was only a brief set-back. Now, it is an opportunity for not just one, but three shots at Paralympic gold.

“Having another year to prepare, i’m now trying to qualify for the Australian hand-cycling team, so hopefully i’ll be able to compete in the road race, the time trial and the triathlon. The triathlon is at the start of the programme, and the hand-cycling are a few days later, so the calendar would work out well.”

At the same time, the lack of a wheelchair category in triathlon and no hand-cycling at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games leaves her without an opportunity to follow up the remarkable bronze she secured on the Gold Coast at the start of 2018, just months after her accident. “Maybe i’ll just have to take up rowing or something!” she says. And you probably wouldn’t want to bet against it.

The love of hand-cycling has been another side-effect of the Covid-curtailed 2020 season, where indoor training has taken off and provided her with more chances to bike against able-bodied athletes, albeit in a virtual world.

“I’ve hand-cycled close to 400km a week and I love it. Zwift shows me as an able-bodied rider so I look like everyone else. I enter into rides that might be a bit too hard but it pushes me.”

The moment Brad told her that paratriathlon was an option for her to continue to pursue her passion was another life-changer as Parker began the long route to recovery in 2017. Delighted to be able to start, thrilled to podium but still not satisfied with bronze, just being able to compete at the 2018 World Championships was an enormous achievement.

Just five weeks before, Parker spent nearly 9 hours in surgery after a spinal complication saw her close to becoming quadriplegic. Having had great preparation, she was once again at the mercy of fate.

“I was in hospital for two weeks but through that time I was thinking about getting on the start line, and I was there and got a bronze medal. So i’ve had to overcome a lot of complications, but I couldn’t be in a better place to where I am now. Winning the World Championships in 2019 was the most special achievement after what I had been through.”

You can listen to the full interview with Lauren Parker in episode 5 of the World Triathlon Podcast, available on Apple, Google and below on Spotify


Kategorie: Triatlon

Outbreak Prevention Taskforce launches online risk assessment tool for endurance event organisers

Pá, 19/06/2020 - 11:31

The Outbreak Prevention Taskforce formed by World Athletics with the International Institute for Race Medicine (IIRM), and including the medical chairs from five other global sports federations including World Triathlon, has today launched an online risk assessment and mitigation tool for endurance event organisers.

Representatives from the International Cycling Union, World Triathlon, International Ski Federation, World Rowing, the International Paralympic Committee, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert group on mass gatherings, joined the taskforce. The WHO and the International Olympic Committee attended as observers, while an advisory group including event organisers and stakeholders from a range of other endurance sports was also consulted.

Derived from the WHO’s general advice for mass gatherings, the tool is intended to help organisers assess the risk of staging an event, establish the preparedness of the community and the event organisation for the risks of Covid-19, and clarify any necessary steps to further mitigate and reduce the risk.

Once details have been entered into the tool, it generates a document that event organisers can use in making the right decisions to protect the local community, the participants, the volunteers, workforce, and staff involved. It does not advise on spectator management.

The tool is applicable to all mass participation endurance events, regardless of the sport, competition level and size.

It outlines mandatory mitigation measures to be undertaken by the event organisers, based on their particular circumstances, as well as recommended and desired measures, and emphasises that all of the mandatory measures and most of the recommended measures should be adopted if the event is to take place.

There is no guarantee that the suggested actions will sufficiently reduce the risk to allow the safe staging of an event, but they will guide event organisers through a process that the taskforce hopes will become a standard part of the preparation for staging mass events.

Competition organisers are strongly encouraged to coordinate with local public health authorities when planning events and to discuss the results obtained through the tool. Local and/or national laws and regulations will always take precedence over the results obtained from this tool and its guidance documents.

“Using the tool will not solve the COVID-19 outbreak, or other infectious diseases, but it will guide event organisers through a process that should become a habit and should be done before every event,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, World Athletics’ medical manager. “There will never be zero risk for infectious diseases but we want to help event organisers to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.”

“For us working together with other major International Federations on how to improve our events to guarantee the health and safety of all participants is extremely important”, explained Gergely Markus, World Triathlon Sport Director. “This tool, combined with the Guidelines that we have already produced for all our event organisers, and the webinars that we are conducting to explain the new measures to all organisers, will help indeed the community to go back to organising events when we return to activity”, he said.

IIRM Executive Director Chris Troyanos said: “The International Institute for Race Medicine is proud to have helped lead this effort. During these uncertain and ever changing times, it was vital for so many organizations to work towards a common goal.  This evaluation tool, which provides immediate feedback,  can be used for all types of endurance events as we return to activities.  But the risk assesment tool is only the first step as we continue to provide practical solutions to the pandemic.”

The tool is available at: idom.worldathletics.org

Kategorie: Triatlon

World Triathlon, In The Top Ten International Federations With Better Governance Practices

Út, 16/06/2020 - 19:58

The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) has published the findings of the third governance review of its member federations, with World Triathlon reaching the top ten International Federations with better governance practices.

The classification is led by the Badminton World Federation, the International Equestrian Federation, FIFA, the International Tennis Federation, the International Cycling Union and World Rugby, all of them in the group A1.

Behind them, leading the list of the Ifs in the A2 group is FIBA, followed by FIA, ITTF and World Triathlon. Closing the list in this group are World Athletics, World Sailing and World Taekwondo.
Another group of eleven IFs are included in group B while other six are in group C.

The report also considers World Triathlon a role model for the publication of disciplinary decisions, the conflict of interests policies, the contracts with Continental Confederations for development funding, the monitoring of these expenses, the resources dedicated to Paralympic sport and data protection.

The World Triathlon Executive Board, chaired by President Marisol Casado, has been implementing strong governance measures in the last years that have put the International federation in a great position, with policies being implemented also on Continental and regional levels.

Almost all International Federations improved their performance since the last assessment, with the highest scores achieved in the area of transparency. Thirty-one IFs replied to the updated self-assessment questionnaire between November 2019 and January 2020. An independent sports governance consultancy I Trust Sport reviewed the responses and moderated the scores.

The IFs were asked to check their governance against 50 measurable indicators covering five sections: Transparency, Integrity, Democracy, Development and Control Mechanisms. Then I Trust Sport moderated the self-assessed scores following a thorough evidence-based evaluation. The questionnaire was slightly revised for 2019-20 with the aim of ensuring it was up to date but also remained comparable to the earlier editions.  It incorporated two new indicators on safeguarding and on data protection / IT security.

IFs were divided into groups based on their total score and for the first time, the performance of each IF is made public. There are still large gaps between the best and weakest IFs.

ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “A lot of progress has been achieved over the past years and the overall trend is clearly positive. Certain reforms take longer to be implemented as they require changes to the statues or the approval of the General Assembly. The results we are sharing today are a snapshot of the current commitment of the IFs.”

He added: “The environment in which IFs operate has become more complex and subject to more scrutiny. The global health crisis further complicates the situation. Sports need to be well-governed to give themselves a better chance of thriving. It is my hope that the momentum will be maintained to tackle a number of areas where there is still significant room for improvement.”

Marisol Casado, World Triathlon President and IOC member, said: “We are extremely proud of the results of this report, and the work, not only now but in the last few years, we have done in this regard within our Federation. Of course, there is always room for improvement, and we will work to be in the top group in the next edition of the report, but it is great to see that our policies and procedures are respected worldwide, and even considered a role model in some other IFs. And that couldn’t have been done without the commitment and the efforts of all the World Triathlon staff, that have been working tirelessly in the last years, and especially in the challenging circumstances that we are all facing lately with the pandemic”.

Kategorie: Triatlon

New podcast launches on Spotify, Apple, Google

St, 10/06/2020 - 15:55

This week sees the full launch of the new World Triathlon podcast on all major streaming platforms and a brand new episode with Tyler Mislawchuk checking in from lockdown at his parents’ home in Canada.

Available now via Spotify, Apple and Google, as well as TriathlonLIVE.tv, the world’s top triathletes will be joining us from around the globe as they return to training, build back up to racing and delivering exclusive post-race interviews.

We’ll also be hearing from legends of the sport, top coaches and leading figures from the World Triathlon family as the build-up and qualification for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games continues, alongside all the latest news on revised calendars for the second half of 2020. 

In episode one, we caught up with Team GB’s Georgia Taylor-Brown as part of the WTS Leeds relive weekend on TriathlonLIVE. The ASICS World Triathlon Team’s Edda Hannesdottir and Ognjen Stojanovic also gave us their tales from life in lockdown, getting used to life at home in Reykyavik and being stranded in Mauritius.

Added this week is a first opportunity to hear from Tyler Mislawchuk as he checks in from his current base in Winnipeg. The Men’s Tokyo Test Event winner began 2020 in suitably unusual fashion with a European Championship duathlon alongside Alistair Brownlee before finally making his way back to Canada, where he has had to quarantine in his parents’ basement for 14 days before getting back out to the bike trails he grew up on.

Check out the latest show below, and subscribe to get notified with every new episode.





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Women of World Triathlon connect during lockdown

St, 10/06/2020 - 03:41

The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented us from training together in a club or squad environment or gather at races like we normally would and we have had to adapt and find new ways to stay connected. The women in the World Triathlon community and ITU Women’s Committee share activities and advice to support each other during this time, to maintain consistency, stay positive, motivated and strong.

“It’s encouraging to see so many women in triathlon around the world, connecting and motivating each other during this time. I hope this continues to evolve, even when the racing season restarts. I continue to support and engage with the great efforts of the ITU Women’s Committee to drive initiatives like this,” said World Triathlon President and IOC member Marisol Casado

Michelle Cooper, President of Triathlon Australia, Secretary General for the Oceania Triathlon Union
“I have been a women in triathlon for the past 10-years and I have also been working from home for the past two-months so I thought I would take you through a couple of sessions that I am running at home for myself and my athletes. It is a little bit of a different scenario at the moment, doing some of our routine at home but we’ve adapted them to fit into a pretty small space and hopefully these will be helpful for you. The things I have replaced doing my extra sessions with is doing a little more strength and mobility, it’s the easiest thing for me to drop when I get really busy so this has been a great chance to really focus on that and have a couple of sessions a week dedicated to making sure I get on top of those things and also ironing out all the little challenges I have had working from home, I am sitting in different chair all day, almost all of my time is spent looking at a computer and having a lot of Zoom meetings and a lot of Teams meetings so the position that I am in on a daily basis changed. I don’t get up and walk around my office to see my team as much as I would normally do, so I need to make a conscious effort to make sure my body is in a position to handle the training sessions that I am doing.”
Michelle Cooper, Tri At Home session on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Riana Robertson, Triathlon South Africa
“I think when we all sat down at the end of December with our New Year plan none of us thought about the position that we are in now where most of us, in different countries, are in lockdown and we can’t do what we like doing and we’re a bit restricted with our freedom. There’s no handbook and none of us have been in this position before, it’s all new and we’re making it up as we go. Everybody in a different region or country is not in the same circumstances so this is quite a unique situation that we are in. During this time there are four points that stand out to me as I go.”
Hear from Riana Robertson on key learnings during lockdown, Tri At Home session on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Shanelle Barratt, Former professional triathlete, New Zealand
Every day to keep myself fit, I do walk 1-hour everyday with my dog and my mum and my brother. What I do also have now is an eBike, this is my latest way of feeling like an Elite athlete. I ride to work every day on my eBike and I am doing about 12km a day. The thing about my eBike is that I can crank it up on level 6, and I always ride on level 6 and at 40km/hr so I kind of feel like an Elite athlete. So this is how my dog and I go to work.
Shanelle Barratt, Tri At Home session on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Pam Fulton, National Coach, Triathlon Zimbabwe
“During these hard times of lockdown I decided I would design a daily program for my athletes where we could focus on strength work, which we normally don’t have time for during the actual racing season and also incorporated some session where they could focus on their bike handling skills. I challenged everyone to create their own little obstacle course, have some fun. No matter how big your garden is, your apartment, you can create your own obstacle course at home.”
Pam Fulton, Tri At Home session on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Natalie Van Coevorden, Elite athlete, Australia
“I really wanted to have my own squat rack during these times which is what I incorporate into my training twice a week. I thought why couldn’t I just build one myself so I found a blog on how to build one for myself and I am really proud of the finished product. Check out the steps I did to build my own squat rack at home.”
Natalie Van Coevorden, Tri At Home session on TriathlonLIVE.tv

Follow along as the ITU Women’s Committee continue to share content with women in triathlon across the continents. Continue watching the exclusive athlete content and races on-demand at TriathlonLIVE.tv.

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World’s best triathletes RELIVE WTS Leeds on TriathlonLIVE

Po, 08/06/2020 - 04:42

TriathlonLIVE.tv continued the RELIVE series, over the weekend, with the playback of the World Triathlon Series Leeds highlights from 2016 – 2019 and integrated expert commentary with elite athletes on the World Triathlon Series (WTS) circuit. Each athlete offered personal reflections on racing WTS Leeds and honoured the biggest festival for British Triathlon, all commenting on the community spirit and the course lined with spectator support.

2019 WTS Leeds Elite women’s champion Georgia Taylor-Brown was joined on the reLIVE stream by 2018 WTS Leeds Elite men’s winner Richard Murray and other top athletes on the circuit, who have featured extensively on the blue-carpet action in Millennium Square, Leeds.

The celebrity athlete line-up included Richard Varga (SLO), Rachel Klamer (NED), Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Jonas Schomburg (GER), Angelica Olmo (ITA), Leo Bergere (FRA) and Mark Buckingham (GBR).

Playback the RELIVE highlights of WTS Leeds and hear from the world’s best athletes as they reflect on their race experience in Leeds, race strategy, tactics and results over the years as well as sharing general triathlon discussion among each other. The athletes admitted that it was refreshing to catch up with one another on a video call, while watching a race, during this time of COVID-19 where races are rescheduled and they aren’t seeing each as as they usually would on the WTS race circuit.

“Good fun, good memories, Leeds is definitely one of my favourite races on the WTS circuit,” said Jonas Schomburg.

Continue watching World Triathlon races and exclusive athlete content on-demand at www.TriathlonLIVE.tv - includes a 14-day free trial on now!

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Pá, 05/06/2020 - 01:41

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Georgia Taylor-Brown: WTS Leeds look-back

St, 03/06/2020 - 14:53

The cancellation of this year’s WTS Leeds due to the Coronavirus was a big blow for last year’s winner and Leeds local Georgia Taylor-Brown. Twelve months ago she became one of the few athletes who would be able to outpace Katie Zaferes in 2019, and had her eye on another big home-town display in the middle of potentially the biggest season of her career.

The global situation saw those plans shift dramatically. After the initial crushing disappointment and despair, last year’s overall Series bronze medallist has found plenty to enjoy during lockdown life.

“The first two weeks were really tough, especially when Leeds was cancelled and then the Olympics, and it hit you quite hard. Irrationally, you think ‘what’s the point in training?’, everything has been taken away. The first two weeks seemed like all the hard work was wasted, but I got my head around it and realised everyone was in the same boat and I could decide what I wanted to do.”

For a self-confessed home-bird, coming to terms with the situation was able to be combined with a rare opportunity to spend more time at home, relax with her partner Josh and dog Alfie, and ease back more than ever.

“I’m always on the go and wanting to do the next thing, and my partner just tells me to try and sit and do nothing, so I have learned I can just sit and read. So I’ve read a book a month which I didn’t think I’d be very good at, got into yoga a bit more, doing my physio and realising I have the time to do the things I should be doing for myself.”

Living close to the course itself, Leeds naturally holds a big place in Taylor-Brown’s heart, even if it wasn’t the most auspicious of starts back in 2017.

“I watched the first WTS Leeds but had only just started back racing after two years out with injury, so I was always thinking about 2017. I didn’t have many points or WTS starts but got on the list. The day before the race I went for a little jog and was 100m from home when I stepped off the curb onto something and my ankle just went and I had to just sit on a wall and burst into tears. It doubled in size and went purple and black and the physio just said there was no way I could race. So I watched from the grandstand with a boot on my foot.”

In 2018 she finished second behind good friend and GBR teammate Vicky Holland, for whom victory was a huge step on the road to what became a championship-winning campaign. Then, last year, it was Taylor-Brown’s turn to put together an imperious race. Well-placed out of the water, the lead pack just kept stretching away on the bike and, feeling good out of T2, she delivered the fastest run since Gwen Jorgensen swept away the competition in 2016.

So, was she feeling ready to mount another push for the world title before the chaos put paid to the start of the season preparations that had begun with a camp in Australia?

“I was going fairly well. Australia was good, I was running well and riding well, it was probably the best I’ve been going pre-season. We learned some good techniques swimming in the sea. That is all still there and I’ll go well again when I need to, so I hope I’ve locked that form away and can access it again.”

Since then, swimming has been a 4km effort up the River Wharfe with another GB pal, Jessica Learmonth.

“The river is nice so we get in at the weir and can do 2km straight up the and back, and it works pretty well. We started swimming there after about eight weeks of lockdown. I’m not the best swimmer so I didn’t miss it too much, but I did start to miss feeling the water and being submerged. The rivers and lakes are a nice reintroduction before the boredom of the pool. The swimming we are doing isn’t going to make us faster or stronger, it’s just moving our arms, but I keep thinking that most of us are in the same position right now. Even if we have races this year nobody will be on top form, we’ll just be getting used to racing.”

And with Hamburg the first WTS race to get put back on the calendar, that first swim is going to be even more of a test.

“It’s so hard there anyway, that will be a bit of a shock. Panic just sets in when you hit that tunnel and it’s so dark! But we still have some time to get back to it and get ready. It’ll be the first race in a year for people, so it’ll be interesting but I think we’ll all be pretty relaxed.”

You can catch the rest of the interview as part of our new podcast series here on TriathlonLIVE, and relive the best of the action from four years of WTS Leeds as we are joined by Georgia Richard Murray, Rachel Klamer, Leo Bergere, Angelica Olmo and Mark Buckingham, from 7pm CEST on Saturday.

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Claudia Beristain maintains team motivation during lockdown with virtual triathlons

Po, 01/06/2020 - 03:54

Claudia Beristain, a triathlete since 1987, an ITU accredited coach on the ASICS World Triathlon Development Team and renowned age-group coach to her own team based in Mexico City. In addition to her role on the ASICS World Triathlon Development Team and her own coaching business, Claudia continues to establish pathway opportunities for women in triathlon, to progress and build confidence through skill-based initiatives before integrating them into mixed training programs.
“I have been a triathlete since 1987. I was swimming competitively for some years but was actually a pretty good runner. When I switched from swimming to running, I became injured and the doctor spoke to me about triathlon. I fell in love with the sport. Since then I have raced as an elite athlete, I have coached children, youth, juniors, elite and age group and I am now involved with the ITU Coach Education program and with my own federation Coach Education program. It has been so rewarding and so much fun,” Claudia said.

While Mexico City has been in lockdown due to the pandemic, Claudia has maintained the positive team dynamics with regular communication with the athletes by hosting virtual-triathlons, training sessions and coaching advice via Zoom online meet-ups. At the start of each online session Claudia introduces the specific session and race they’re aiming for, the coach then shares her screen with the team and replays a race on-demand from TriathlonLIVE.tv. This sets up the athletes with a warm-up, building block and then doing exercises specifically to replicate the pace of the swim, bike and run in race mode. Technical strategy is also applied depending on the course that is being played out. Claudia calls these sessions “mini-triathlons” and has been hosting three sessions, of this kind, per week during lockdown.

During the session which Claudia invited World Triathlon to join, a Triathlon Mixed Relay race was replayed, while the triathletes followed and adapted each exercise to suit the relevant discipline and course, practicing transition between each mode. Each training activity was easily adapted to suit the skill and fitness level of each within the squad. “In every exercise we have a different intensity. For example the push-ups can be simple push-ups, commando push-ups or push-ups with the keens on the ground. The first set is easy as a warmup. The second set is the intensity of an Olympic distance, long-distance. The third and fourth set is done with the athletes of a mixed relay event so if they attacked in the bike or come out of a turn or go up-hill we need to work harder. I share my screen so they actually see the race and we comment on technique, skills or race strategy,” Coach Claudia said.

“My husband (Jose Rivera) and I, we work together, organises Zwift rides and has different challenges each week. On Saturday we have a pair competition to more or less get everyone on a similar level so even the people on the team who aren’t very strong also get to win,” said Claudia.

Prior to the pandemic the team would normally meet and ride weekly with each other and do individual sessions in their own gym set-up. Despite not being able to train outside, the athletes on Claudia's team have stayed motivated during the lockdown period with the online sessions, support and meet-ups.

“Our team is called mind2motion, we thought of this idea thinking that sports not only work with your body but your mind should be involved too. Our team is made from really excellent people, most of them keep juggling sports, work, family or friends. All the members are very supportive for each other so we have a great team environment. I am very proud of all the people I work with. We have fun, we do sports and enjoy our friends.”

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World Triathlon President, Marisol Casado, confirmed in five IOC Commissions

Pá, 29/05/2020 - 17:37

World Triathlon President, Marisol Casado, has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee President to five Commissions: Women in Sport, Olympic Solidarity, Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sport, Coordination Commission of the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad in Paris 2024 and Coordination Commission of the Games of the XXXIV Olympiad in Los Angeles 2028.

Mrs Casado, an IOC member since 2010, is a very active member of the International Olympic Committee, where she also chairs the Gender Equality Review Project Working Group. She is one of the only two female Presidents of International Federations. In addition, she is a member of the ASOIF Council and Treasurer of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

The IOC just announced the composition of its commissions for 2020, which shows a year-on-year progression towards gender equality, with 47.7 per cent of positions across the 30 commissions now held by women, coming from 45.4 per cent in 2019.

“Advancing women in leadership roles in sport is truly a team effort, and I want to thank all those who have contributed to this for their continued support, commitment and inspiration,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “There is always more that can be done, and we can make progress only if we work on this together.”

“It is a great honour and a great responsibility for me to be appointed once again a member of the five Commissions. Not only because what that represents in terms of advancing towards gender balance, but also for the importance that it has to have the vision of the International Federation in these bodies”, explained Mrs Casado. “I commit myself to serve with dedication, transparency and loyalty to help develop not only our sport, triathlon, but also the whole world of sports”, she said.

Since 2013, as a result of Olympic Agenda 2020, female participation in the IOC commissions has more than doubled (coming from 20 per cent in 2013). The 2020 IOC commissions’ composition, which is established by the IOC President working closely with the IOC Executive Board, also brings the total number of commissions chaired by women to 11 out of 30, some 36.7 per cent.

President Bach said: “By increasing female participation in IOC commissions and the number of female chairs on IOC commissions, the IOC is hearing the female voice more and more and ensuring that women and girls can be empowered by using the powerful platform that sport provides to promote gender equality.”

World Triathlon Honorary member and former Vice President, Dr. Sarah Springman, has also been appointed to serve on the Sustainability and Legacy Commission, presided by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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The Almere Multisport World Championships, moved to 2021

Čt, 28/05/2020 - 20:00

During a World Triathlon Board meeting held this Thursday, the Executive Board approved the postponement of the Multisport World Championships, due to be hosted in Almere (The Netherlands) from September 4 to September 13, 2020. The event will now take place in 2021, with dates to be confirmed at a later stage. The Multisport World Championships in Townsville (Australia) will subsequently move to 2022, while Ibiza (Spain) will now host the event in 2023.

World Triathlon wants to thank the three organizing committees and their respective National Federations and local governments for their flexibility and willingness to accommodate the new dates, in order to minimize the impact that the current pandemic will have in the short and medium-term.

“This has not been an easy decision to take for any of us, but considering the situation facing athletes around the world, many of them with insufficient access to training due to lockdown, and with travel restrictions still applying in many countries, we all agreed that the best option for all concerned was to move the events forward by one year”, explained the World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.

“The local organisers in Almere, Townsville and Ibiza have worked tirelessly with our staff to continue with all the preparations, and exploration of the best options for the future. This agreement between us all will ensure that we can provide events in the next three years with the excellence and success that we have enjoyed on previous occasions - perfect scenario for athletes, friends and family to enjoy 10 days of multisport and triathlon at its best”, she said.

Richard Belderok, Almere Multisport World Championships Race Director, said: “For us it’s obviously very sad that we cannot celebrate our 40th anniversary with the ITU World Championships. Together with thousands of athletes we have been looking forward to this all year round. Nevertheless, we are more than happy to welcome everyone next year as we will organise the 2021 ITU Multisport World Championships from September 3 to September 12. For 2020 we still aim to organise a regular race, if possible due to the COVID-19 situation”.

IRONMAN Senior Vice President and Managing Director Oceania, Dave Beeche said that while disappointing, the World Triathlon decision to move all events forward one year is very understandable in these complex, quickly changing, and challenging times of COVID-19. “Changing the scheduling for the Townsville event has been a very tough decision but one made in the best interest of the longevity of this wonderful event. The ten-day Multisport World Championships is one of the most popular and diverse events on the international calendar and we are excited to be bringing it to Australia. The organizing team will put all its energies into delivering an outstanding event for Townsville and the local region, the athletes, families and friends from all over the globe in 2022,” he said.

Vicente Marí, President of the Ibiza Consell, said: “We firmly believe Ibiza is a safe destination, but we also understand that an event like this one deserves to be a true celebration of the sport. And considering the current circumstances around the world, we are in favor of waiting one more year for the Multisport World Championships to arrive to Ibiza, giving also the other organisers a better chance for their events to succeed. It is the best solution so that we all can overcome the crisis and return with an even better event”.

World Triathlon wants to extend its gratitude as well to the European Triathlon Union, who has worked with the organisers of the European Multisport Championships in Soria (Spain) to 2022, so that it won’t clash with Almere or Ibiza.

The Multisport World Championships is a 10-day event that attracts more than 8,000 triathletes, competing at the duathlon, long distance triathlon, aquathlon and cross triathlon world championship races organized together during a week-long festival, both for elite and age-group athletes.

The World Triathlon Multisport Championships made its debut in the ITU calendar in 2017 in Penticton (Canada), a successful event that was followed by Fyn (Denmark) in 2018 and Pontevedra (Spain) in 2019. In 2021 the event will travel to the city of Almere (The Netherlands), to be followed by Townsville (Australia) in 2022 and Ibiza (Spain) in 2023.

Multisport World Cup in Wenzhou

The World Triathlon Executive Board also approved the dates for the second edition of the Wenzhou Multisport World Cup, that will take place on October 17-18, 2020. The Dongtou district archipelago outside the Chinese city of Wenzhou, will be the perfect scenario for the second edition of the Multisport World Cup, a pioneering tier of events for World Triathlon that will see athletes competing in a Long Distance triathlon format and a Duathlon race.

Following on from the success of the Multisport World Championships, the World Cups will be held throughout the season, with events providing new opportunities for top Elite athletes to compete for prize money, as well as mass participation Age-Group races, in multisport disciplines outside of the standard and sprint-distance triathlons. To be considered to host such an event, organisers must offer at least two of the following events; Long Distance Triathlon (including Aquabike), Duathlon, Cross Triathlon, Cross Duathlon and Aquathlon.

The Long Distance Triathlon race in Wenzhou will see a 2km ocean swim in the East China Sea followed by 80km bike and 20km run through the lush, green island of Dongtou. The Duathlon race will be a 5km run, 30km bike and another 5km run.

Viborg Powerman Middle Distance Duathlon World Championships moved to 2021

Due to the continued situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, the local organizer committee of the 2020 Viborg ITU Powerman MD Duathlon World Championships has been forced to move the event to autumn 2021. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.

“This has not been an easy decision and we know this announcement will upset the athletes’ plans”, said the organization. “We are aiming for a world-class event, with participants from all over the world. We, therefore, have to take into consideration that some athletes might not be able or allowed to travel to Denmark in October 2020, furthermore we acknowledge that many international athletes don’t feel safe travelling in these times. We are still looking into an autumn scenario for the World Championships in Viborg next year”, they explained.

Athletes already registered will be moved automatically to next year’s event.

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World Triathlon Development launches series of educational webinars

Út, 26/05/2020 - 14:19

The first edition of a new series of World Triathlon Development webinars will take place on Thursday 28 May at 10am CET, with an in-depth look at recommendations for returning to training following the lockdown period in many parts of the world.

Australia’s two-time World Champion and World Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee Emma Carney and World Triathlon Coaching Facilitator and ASICS World Triathlon Team Coach Vicent Beltran of Spain will share their thoughts and advice on returning to training as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted. There will be a maximum of 100 pre-registered participants for the Zoom-based webinar, and the event can also be followed as it happens on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

“The lockdown period has challenged individuals in many different ways,” said Beltran. “Some countries have applied stricter measures, others have been more flexible, but either way, this unexpected scenario has brought with it a new “normality”. It is vital for coaches and athletes to understand the performance side-effects that lockdown has caused and to focus on the individuals’ needs in training, aiming to meet those specifics as well as to be prepared for whatever comes next. With our first webinar, we want to provide further support and guidance for coaches and athletes as they begin the return to full training.”

To register for the Zoom webinar, please follow the instructions here before midnight on 27 May. Participants also have until that time to submit any advance questions via development@triathlon.org.

You can watch along on TriathlonLIVE.tv here from Thursday 28 May, 10am CET

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Henri Schoeman: working from home, taking nothing for granted

St, 20/05/2020 - 12:39

It has been a whirlwind seven months for Henri Schoeman. After finishing seventh in the 2019 World Series rankings, in September he fell seriously ill. Like most people, at the start of what became a month in hospital, South Africa’s first Olympic triathlon medalist Googled what his doctor was telling him was causing his illness and acute fatigue: a Middle Eastern Strain of Coronavirus known as MERS.

At that time, the virus was a little-known illness and searches turned up few results. Like everyone, he has now seen the COVID-19 strain lock-down much of the planet and Coronavirus in the headlines every day since March. After all the initial uncertainty, that brush with illness has given Schoeman even more reason than most to empathise with those both suffering from and dealing with it, and be grateful that he has been able to settle into a workable routine.

With water access limited to a tethered 45-minute ‘swim’ session in his yard pool every other day, the extended break from racing has given Schoeman an unprecedented window to focus on his running and building back up from treatment on an achilles tendinopathy issue in January. Following the postponement of Abu Dhabi and with lockdown in South Africa looming, a 5km track time trial in 14m16s in adverse conditions before being home-bound was a big indication that things were going in the right direction just as Coronavirus came back into his life.

“I was quite fortunate in that I heard Abu Dhabi was postponed the day before I was due to leave. I was maybe a week or two behind where I wanted to be but the plan and approach this year was to keep building up. Abu Dhabi was going to be a step to another level of fitness and then build and build to the Olympics. Obviously I really wanted a race to see how things were going, but we were thinking just as much about Bermuda and Yokohama.”

The excitement of the news that WTS Hamburg is back on the schedule for September was tempered by the reality of an unknown situation regarding any possible travel restrictions and the logistical upheaval. So, for now, Schoeman is finding happiness cooking with his new wife and working on his new home.

“We’ve been replicating some recipes from a show called The Kitchen on the Food Network and making pizzas or a burger on Sundays together. I’ve been working on the house a bit because suddenly I’ve got all the time in the world to do these things. I’ve actually become a bit of a braai (South African barbecue) master as well.”

There was also the opportunity to relive a classic WTS moment with the Norwegian trio of Stornes, Iden and Blummenfelt as the four athletes watched back the first World Triathlon Bermuda ‘together’ on TriathlonLIVE.tv to kick off a new series of lockdown look-backs.

“The reLIVE was really fun, just to be able to banter with the other athletes, you get that competitiveness and insight and it’s also nice to engage with the fans of the sport and for them to know what we’re thinking, not just what the commentator thinks we’re thinking!”

There has also been time to formulate some plans for the future of triathlon in South Africa, and the possibility of piloting camps for Junior athletes to help bring them through the ITU ranks and bolster the country’s Mixed Relay podium potential for Paris 2024.

“The team was hoping to get an automatic spot from the Chengdu Qualifying event but now we’re just hoping to make use of that chance as soon as we can. It’s difficult to get the A-Team to every race, and one thing we have been brainstorming here is holding some camps to help close the gap between the Elites and the Junior and U23 athletes. Funding for them is difficult so we want to create the camps to educate and train them more about what it takes, and inspire some youngsters to get involved with ITU. If we can get some youngsters who have the speed on the swim and run and we build their technical bike skills, you can put together a really good team.”

You can watch back the 2018 WTS Bermuda with comments from Henri, Casper, Gus and Kristian here

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WTS Yokohama homage sees triathlon stars reliving the action on TriathlonLIVE

St, 20/05/2020 - 11:07

There was sadly to be no live World Triathlon Yokohama action at the weekend, but the stars came out on TriathlonLIVE to revisit some of the very best action from the city that has been a mainstay on the circuit for more than a decade.

It was a who’s who of Yokohama podium power, with some of the most dominant athletes of this flat and fast course offering their unique insights on the racing. Spain’s Mario Mola, Portugal’s João Silva, USA’s Current World Champion Katie Zaferes and teammate Summer Rappaport, New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, legend of Japanese triathlon Ai Ueda and Spain’s Carolina Routier fielding the questions.

The coverage took in eight years of races, with extended highlights from 2012 onwards, offering plenty of opportunities to get the inside track on how the course and racing itself had developed over the years.

MM - Hello everyone! Olá Joao! Hope everyone is doing ok. I look forward to joining this special race reLIVE of WTS Yokohama, and hopefully answer viewer questions if you have any!
JS - Hi, I am João Silva, looking forward to joining this special race reLIVE of WTS Yokohama, reflect on the races and answer questions - Have a special feeling about this race:-D Great memories!
JS – It’s great to go back to places where I did well as it gives you some more confidence. I really like the challenge of returning to places where it was not that good and make it right! And I really enjoy making new memories in new race sites. I just love to race:-D

In 2012, João beat another Spaniard who had enjoyed great success in Yokohama, the great Javier Gomez, to gold.

JS - I was super happy to win that day, and knowing that he was in the race made it even more special because, let’s be honest, he is one of the best ever.
MM - It’s always a good thing to be able to battle great athletes like Alistair or Javi, as it often means you’re having a good race. And you know it’s never going to be easy to finish in front!
JS - Yokohama fans are so committed. It does not matter what the weather conditions are they are there to support us! However, percentage-wise I believe every single person in Bermuda show up to push for the athletes!
MM - In my opinion, apart from the top 8-10 best swimmers, for many of us positions (out of the water) can vary quite a lot just because of a bad start or getting stuck around the buoys. I’ve done more or less the same during the last years (in terms of preparation) with completely different results.

There were also some great insights into the life of triathletes as they travel the world in competition

MM - We try to adapt to the new time zone when we jump on the plane. We travel a minimum 4 or 5 days before the event. And finally, we just ask divinities or anyone who is hearing to make sure we are not going to wake up every hour at night…

Then it was the turn of Ai Ueda and Carole Routier to offer their thoughts as they watched back the highlights of WTS Yokohama 2012-2015, followed by Katie Zaferes, Summer Rappaport and Andrea Hewitt taking us up to 2019. The specifics of the course again came up, starting with the swim.

CR - Water temperature is often at the limit of wetsuit allowance, so we’ve had both in the past. The water is usually choppy, which I like! I normally prefer one lap swims
AU - The swim course was changed from counterclockwise to clockwise from 2015.
The distance to the first buoy became longer.

The bike section of the course also drew plenty of comments, the rain causing a few incidents over the years, including Katie herself who revealed the challenge of getting back up after a crash.

AU - Natalie fell down at that corner right in front of me, and I couldn’t avoid her. Because it began to rain, the road surface got very slippery. There were many chatter bar at that corner and positioning in a bike pack was very important.
KZ - Well first off it’s a challenge! One way is to not let the crash define me or be a reflection of my skills. I also make sure to work to be better and more uncomfortable. After a crash one of the first things I do is make sure I get back on the bike. My husband Tommy helps me a lot with the skills component and we will do a lot of practicing in parking lots and he lets me follow his wheel. Even on a ride like the basic one we did today, he’ll look back after the technical sections and give me a thumbs up if he thinks I did well. In addition, I talk to a sports psychologist. This has helped a lot with learning how to deal with discomfort on the bike.

There was also time to offer some valuable advice to those on lockdown and looking for ways to approach the lack of training opportunities.

KZ - Try and be aware of what helps you on a day to day basis. For me I realize I am much more motivated when I get started early in the day. I’ve really enjoyed exploring especially on the bike. It also has helped included family members with scheduling. Once I get out the door I’ve been good! But for me training does look a lot different than if we were racing.
SR - I think that right now, it’s important to 1) focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do and 2) find ways to make training fun. For me personally, some of the tougher days from a triathlon standpoint were spent trying without luck to find places to swim or trying to guess when X would be possible again. I’ve made a switch the past few weeks to trying to mix things up - like trying a new run trail at least once a week and that’s helped put me in a fresher mindset.
AH - Hi, I know the race calendar has been affected and non-existent at the moment. But training/fitness goals can still be set and achieved. A weekly goal could be to keep consistency in your training which will keep you fit, healthy and happy.

You can follow the conversations and watch back this and hundreds of classic World Triathlon races over the past 30 years on TriathlonLIVE.tv

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Ognjen Stojanovic - living through lockdown 8,000km from home

Út, 19/05/2020 - 15:58

There is no doubt that lockdown can look very different from one athlete to the next, but for ASICS World Triathlon team member Ognjen Stojanovic, the prospect of ten weeks in Mauritus was about as far from his early season plans as it was possible to get.

The Serbian followed February’s gold in Chennai with a hastily organised trip to race the African Cup after several cancellations in China and the Rabat African Cup in Morocco. A good performance saw Stojanovic finish third in Mauritius on 15 March, then things took an almighty turn.

“There was little talk of virus or quarantine at the time because there were zero cases on the island and no threat to the race. Actually, there had been floods and that was the big problem, not the virus. I felt lucky to be able to knowing that my training friends had just had Abu Dhabi cancelled. Then everything changed.”

Having planned to fly home the following day and then head to Brasilia to join the ASICS World Triathlon Team, that night he heard that Serbia had gone into full lockdown: no chance to train, swimming pools would be shut and, most importantly, a 14-day quarantine was imposed on anyone going into the country. With no cases on the island, the decision looked black and white: stay put and keep training. But they did not stay that way for long.

“Just after I chose to stay, the first cases were reported on the island too. The government declared a state of emergency and closed everything. It was 24/7 shutdown, even tighter than it was back home. I still think it was the right decision to stay, but only because, quite by accident, the building where my apartment is had a small pool. Back home I know I wouldn’t have been able to swim. Now, though, with Spring in Serbia training would be perfect.”

Dealing with a global crisis so far from home was made considerably easier by the arrival of his wife the day before the island airport closed. When the shops were ordered to close without warning for a week and a half, things took another turn, but Stojanovic had at least managed to find a turbo trainer and one small market that was able to sell some essentials.

“It was a surprise how serious things got with only a few cases of infection. It made a big difference that my wife was able to get here and that we are together. I think I would have gone crazy on my own for two months. It was a really tricky ten days or so when the police were patrolling and fining people. Then when the shops did reopen, the queues were huge and you could only go on certain days. It was complicated”

Fortunately, the police were flexible when Stojanovic asked for permission to train in the cane fields nearby, where there were no people. That escape helped keep him in shape both mentally and physically.

“The thing with training is you can train 30% less and only lose 5% overall fitness. The tricky thing is that extra 1% you need to be in really top shape. But you don’t lose training just like that, and it really helps I could keep some swimming going.”

The swim was an aspect of his racing that the Serbian had been concentrating on in recent years, and at the start of 2020 he felt as confident as he ever had in his condition. For eight winters in succession he has relocated to Alicante to join a group that this year included Fernando Alarza, Roberto Sanchez Mantecon and Lasse Luhrs and he is all too aware that for everyone, lockdown has been tough.

“It was sad because I had a great winter and I think Fernando was in really top shape, so all the guys were really ready for some big races. We have been in daily contact on the Whatsapp group and I know that the Spanish guys had it really tough mentally, but they did well not to obsess with training. They have live Zoom sessions, do core work, so they stayed in good shape mentally which is important when you have 50 days at home. I can’t imagine how that must have been for them.”

As for the delay to the Olympic Games, Stojanovic knows that the extra year can only help his chances of qualifying in the New Flag position. Currently second in that slot behind Felix Duchampt, if Duchampt gets into the Olympic ranking places then the New Flag place could go to the Serbian.

“Felix also has a great chance for the New Flag but my only chance is if he qualifies through the Olympic ranking list with some good results, which he is very capable of. I think there’s a 50-50 chance to qualify if I stay in shape and depending on Felix. So this has been another chance to get points, otherwise I would have missed out this time around.”

All of which means Stojanovic understandably cannot wait to get home after more than two months away. Mauritius to Novi Sad isn’t the easiest of routes, however, and with tourism at an all-time low, planes in and out were few and far between.

“We are really looking forward to going home and to be able to train without fear of being stopped. Going outdoors on my bike will make me very happy.”

Kategorie: Triatlon