Liz Hichens – Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship Pro Start Lists http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/08/ironman/2016-ironman-70-3-world-championship-pro-start-lists_136112 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:36:06 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=136112

Ryf is a two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Australia will host the Ironman 70.3 World Championship for the first time next month.

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Australia will host the Ironman 70.3 World Championship for the first time next month, and it will welcome a top-notch professional field. Despite the fact that the Sept. 4 event, set to take place in Mooloolaba, Queensland, is just over one month before and nearly 5,000 miles away from the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, several top professionals have chosen to make the start.

A pair of two-time Ironman 70.3 world champions highlight the women’s start list, with 2014 and 2015 winner Daniela Ryf (SUI) coming in as the heavy favorite to make it a three-peat. She’ll face the other two-time winner, Melissa Huaschildt (AUS), as well as another previous winner in Leanda Cave (GBR). Other top names include Heather Wurtele (CAN), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Holly Lawrence (GBR), Lauren Barnett (USA), Alicia Kaye (USA), Linsey Corbin (USA) and Radka Vodickova (CZE).

On the men’s side, defending champion Jan Frodeno (GER) has decided to not to compete, making two-time winner—and last year’s runner-up—Sebastian Kienle (GER) the favorite to reclaim the title. Other past winners include Australia’s Craig Alexander (who has also won it twice) and New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone. Brent McMahon (CAN), Ruedi Wild (SUI), Tim Reed (AUS),  Lionel Sanders (CAN), Andreas Dreitz (GER), Joe Gambles (AUS), Luke Mckenzie (AUS) are a few of several names who could make the podium in a competitive men’s race.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast

See the start list below and check back for a complete preview.

Women

101 Daniela Ryf (SUI)
102 Heather Wurtele (CAN)
104 Magali Tisseyre (CAN)
105 Caroline Steffen (SUI)
106 Annabel Luxford (AUS)
107 Holly Lawrence (GBR)
108 Lauren Barnett (USA)
109 Natascha Schmitt (GER)
110 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)
111 Leanda Cave (GBR)
112 Radka Vodickova (CZE)
114 Alexandra Tondeur (BEL)
115 Alicia Kaye (USA)
116 Heather Lendway (USA)
117 Ricarda Lisk (GER)
118 Sarah Crowley (AUS)
119 Linsey Corbin (USA)
120 Laura Siddall (GBR)
121 Astrid Stienen (GER)
122 Nikki Bartlett (GBR)
123 Andrea Forrest (AUS)
124 Ellie Salthouse (AUS)
125 Lauren Brandon (USA)
126 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS)
127 Laura Philipp (GER)
128 Kirsty Jahn (CAN)
129 Katey Gibb (AUS)
130 Dimity‐Lee Duke (AUS)
132 Caroline Livesey (GBR)
133 Kate Pedley (AUS)
134 Jessica Mitchell (AUS)
137 Renee Baker (AUS)
138 Erika Simon (ARG)
139 Kym Coogan (AUS)

Men

2 Sebastian Kienle (GER)
3 Lionel Sanders (CAN)
4 Ruedi Wild (SUI)
5 Antony Costes (FRA)
6 Tim Reed (AUS)
8 Andreas Dreitz (GER)
9 Tim Don (GBR)
10 Craig Alexander (AUS)
11 Trevor Wurtele (CAN)
12 Jake Montgomery (AUS)
15 Samuel Appleton (AUS)
16 Taylor Reid (CAN)
17 Joe Gambles (AUS)
18 Josh Amberger (AUS)
20 Brent McMahon (CAN)
21 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)
22 Christian Hoerper (GER)
23 Jan Van Berkel (SUI)
24 Maurice Clavel (GER)
25 Casey Munro (AUS)
26 Mitchell Robins (AUS)
27 Mike Phillips (NZL)
28 David Mainwaring (AUS)
29 Matthew Pellow (AUS)
30 Braden Currie (NZL)
31 Paulo Roberto Maciel da Silva (BRA)
32 Tyler Butterfield (BER)
33 Rodrigo Acevedo (USA)
34 Milosz Sowinski (POL)
35 Luke Mckenzie (AUS)
36 Igor Amorelli (BRA)
37 Guy Crawford (NZL)
38 Nicholas Kastelein (AUS)
39 David Breuer (GER)
40 Peter Kerr (AUS)
41 Mark Bowstead (NZL)
42 Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
43 Graham O’Grady (NZL)
44 Nick Baldwin (SYC)
45 Adam Gordon (AUS)
46 Tim George (AUS)
47 Michael Davidson (RSA)
48 Brad Williams (USA)
49 Mitchell Kibby (AUS)
50 Daniel Fontana (ITA)
52 Roberto Rivera (CHI)
53 Paul Schuster (GER)
54 Matt Franklin (NZL)
55 Mauro Baertsch (SUI)

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Gwen Jorgensen To Run New York City Marathon http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/08/news/gwen-jorgensen-run-nyc-marathon_136096 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:46:57 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=136096

There will be no rest for Jorgensen following her gold medal performance. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

The Olympic gold medalist has a busy fall of racing planned.

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Just a few days after winning her Olympic gold medal in Rio, American Gwen Jorgensen is in New York City to talk about the Olympic experience. One of her first stops was CNBC’s “Squawk Box” where she talked about her journey from a full-time Certified Public Accountant to one of the best triathletes in the world.

When asked what was next, Jorgensen dropped a bit of news that will come as a surprise to many. Instead of taking time off, she has a busy fall planned. The American will compete in the 2016 ITU WTS Grand Final in Cozumel on Sept. 11. She is the defending two-time world champion, but with a busy year of focusing on the Olympics she currently sits in third behind Jodie Stimpson (GBR) and Flora Duffy (BER). She will then head to the Island House Invitational Triathlon in the Bahamas to compete from Oct. 28-30 against triathlon stars from across all distances.

She followed that news with the big announcement saying, “I’m really ready for a new challenge and I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be doing the New York City Marathon.”

Jorgensen expanded on her reasons for competing in the marathon in an a press release from the race. “This has been such an incredible year for me, and I thought what better way to continue to challenge myself than by running my first marathon,” said Jorgensen. “The triathlon will always be my first love, but I am really looking forward to the marathon and cannot think of a better place to make my debut than New York City.”

Watch the CNBC interview here

RELATED: Gwen Jorgensen First American To Earn Olympic Gold

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Gwen Jorgensen First American To Earn Olympic Gold http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/08/olympics/gwen-jorgensen-first-american-earn-olympic-gold_135808 Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:41:02 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=135808

An emotional Jorgensen takes the win. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

The pre-race favorite held off a challenge from the defending Olympic champion to earn the biggest victory of her career.

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The pre-race favorite held off a challenge from the defending Olympic champion to earn the biggest victory of her career.

As the 55 athletes lined up for the start of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic event they were greeted with warm and humid conditions, as well as fairly rough waters off of Copacabana Beach. The rough waters did spread out the field, but the majority of the medal contenders made it through the 1.5K swim near the front.

Super swimmer Carolina Routier of Spain led the women out of the water, with a long string of women following her into T1. All three Americans—Katie Zaferes, Sarah True and Gwen Jorgensen—were within striking distance and all made that front group out of T1 and onto the bike. All of the 2012 London Olympic medalists—Nicola Spirig (SUI), Lisa Norden (SWE) and Erin Densham (AUS)—were also part of the mix early on.

Eventually a group of 18 formed and the fiery pace put forward by athletes like Spirig and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy meant that the chase group had no chance to catch up. Jorgensen and Zaferes remained steady in that group, while True’s race quickly started to go downhill. The American, who finished fourth in London, struggled and fell off the back and then crashed on the fourth lap. (Update: True tweeted after the race that it was a leg issue that derailed her race, writing “Thanks everyone for the concern. My leg seized up at the start of the bike. While I fought to ride as long as I could, I had to pull out.) She tried several times to get back on her bike, but the pain was too much and she eventually got lapped and was forced to drop out.

Meanwhile the group of 18, which also included 2015 Rio Test Event podium finishers Non Stanford and Vicky Holland—both of Great Britain—continued to hammer out front. Duffy and Spirig each made attempts to form breakaways, but nothing came to fruition. By the end of the eight-lap, hilly bike course the lead off the front stood at almost four minutes—making it clear that the three medalists would come from that lead pack.

Out of T2, both Jorgensen and Spirig immediately broke away from the rest of the group. The two ran with one in front of the other for the majority of the 10K, with some interesting race tactics taking place on the third lap. With neither wanting to be in the front spot, Spirig swerved across the road and slowed in an attempt to get Jorgensen to take charge. This went on for a while (read both athletes’ take on this interaction here) until Jorgensen decided to break away. Once the American decided to push toward the finish line, there wasn’t much the defending gold medalist could do.

Jorgensen looked comfortable all the way to the famous blue carpet, taking the win in 1:56:16. She is the first American to earn Olympic gold in triathlon. American Susan Williams is the only other American triathlete to earn an Olympic medal—a bronze in 2004.

“It’s pretty crazy to show up on the day—after four years—and be able to accomplish what I wanted to accomplish,” Jorgensen said after the race. “It’s a huge testament to both my husband, Patrick Lemieux, and my coach, Jamie Turner. They have invested way more in me than anyone will ever know, unless they’ve seen us work together. This is as much their medal as it is mine.”

Spirig cruised in for the silver at 1:56:56, becoming the first female to win more than one Olympic medal. The bronze was close, as friends Stanford and Holland sprinted to the line. Holland got the edge to earn third at 1:57:01. Zaferes was the second and final American across the line in 18th.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games – Women’s Race

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games – Women’s Triathlon
Aug. 20, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K Run

1. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 1:56:16
2. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 1:56:56
3. Vicky Holland (GBR) 1:57:01
4. Non Stanford (GBR) 1:57:04
5. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 1:57:29
6. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:57:55
7. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:58:15
8. Flora Duffy (BER) 1:58:25
9. Claudia Rivas (MEX) 1:58:28
10. Rachel Klamer (NED) 1:58:55

18. Katie Zaferes (USA) 2:00:55
DNF Sarah True (USA)

Complete results

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Alistair Brownlee Becomes First Triathlete To Successfully Defend Olympic Gold http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/08/news/alistair-brownlee-becomes-first-triathlete-successfully-defend-olympic-gold_135704 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:10:17 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=135704

Alistair Brownlee makes it back-to-back Olympic golds. Photo: Triathlon.org

The Brownlee brothers set the pace for the day, with Jonathan Brownlee earning silver and Henri Schoeman grabbing a surprise bronze.

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The Brownlee brothers set the pace for the day, with Jonathan Brownlee earning silver and Henri Schoeman grabbing a surprise bronze.

Though race morning greeted the 55 men with warm and humid conditions, it wasn’t nearly as sweltering as many feared it would be. Right at 11 a.m. local time, the athletes ran over the sand of Copacabana Beach and into the Atlantic Ocean for the one lap, 1500-meter swim.

Slovakia’s Richard Varga led out of swim, with a long trail of athletes right behind him. Both Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee were near the front coming out of T1 and together they immediately demanded a fierce pace from those around them. That high speed quickly dwindled the lead group down to 10 as the men took on the tough and hilly eight-lap bike course. Joining the Brownlees in that front pack were Varga, Vincent Luis (FRA), Ben Kanute (USA), Aaron Royle (AUS), Marten Van Riel (BEL), Alessandro Fabian (ITA), Henri Schoeman (RSA) and Andrea Salvisberg (SUI). At this point the race was playing out exactly how the Brownlee brothers had hoped – both part of the lead pack with the fastest runners left to try to keep the gap to a minimum. The group initially looked to be building the advantage with every lap, but the chase pack eventually got organized and was able to minimize the damage.

It was too little too late though as Varga led that group of 10 into T2 with a solid one-minute advantage. Onto the run, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee immediately took control and, as long as they could handle the Rio conditions, it became clear that they would both again be on the Olympic podium. The two ran together out front the first half of the 10K, but eventually Alistair decided to break away and work to reclaim his gold medal. In the 17 times the Brownlee brothers have competed against each other at the Olympic distance, Jonathan has never beaten Alistair and that would be no different today.

Alistair Brownlee carried the top spot all the way to the finish line, becoming the first athlete in triathlon’s 16-year Olympic history to successfully defend an Olympic gold medal. Jonathan Brownlee improved on his 2012 bronze medal, earning the silver right behind his brother. Schoeman, an up and comer on the International Triathlon Union circuit, found peak form at the right time to claim the bronze medal. It could have easily been a repeat of the 2012 Olympic podium, except silver medalist Javier Gomez (ESP) was forced to withdraw from the Olympic competition after breaking his arm in a bike crash one month ago.

Joe Maloy was the top American at the finish line in 23rd, with Kanute following in 29th. Billington finished 37th.

Check back for more from Rio

RELATED PHOTOS: 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games – Men’s Race

2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Aug. 18, 2016
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Men
1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:45:01
2. Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) 1:45:07
3. Henri Schoeman (RSA) 1:45:43
4. Richard Murray (RSA) 1:45:50
5. João Pereira (POR) 1:45:52
6. Marten Van Riel (BEL) 1:46:03
7. Vincent Luis (FRA) 1:46:12
8. Mario Mola (ESP) 1:46:26
9. Aaron Royle (AUS) 1:46:42
10. Ryan Bailie (AUS) 1:47:02

23. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:48:30
29. Ben Kanute (USA) 1:48:59
37. Greg Billington (USA) 1:52:04

Complete results

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Don’t Count The U.S. Men Out Of Rio http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/08/olympics/dont-count-u-s-men-rio_135664 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:02:53 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=135664

Maloy and Billington both finished in the top 20 at the 2015 Rio test event. Photo: Wagner Araujo/Triathlon.org

A tough bike course could help upset the podium

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A tough bike course could help upset the podium

While the U.S. women are all considered podium contenders, the U.S. men are heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics completely under the radar. The good news for them, and for American triathlon fans, is that the Rio Olympic bike course is tougher the one showcased at the 2012 London Olympics. While London’s course was flat, each of Rio’s eight cycling laps feature two climbs of about half a kilometer each that could break up the field and create anything-can-happen race scenarios—including the rise of athletes not currently favored for the podium.

Greg Billington and Joe Maloy each earned top 20 finishes at the Rio test event last year and will be looking to move up the results list at the Olympic competition this Thursday. Meanwhile, team member Ben Kanute is known for his risk-it-all style of racing (he led off of the bike at last year’s WTS Grand Final in Chicago) and has likely gained some confidence as a member of last month’s ITU Mixed Relay World Championship team.

All three gathered on Monday to chat with the media ahead of this week’s competition. Here’s what they had to say about the Rio course:

You’ve raced on this course before, last summer. What makes it challenging for you personally, and how does it play to your strengths?

Greg Billington
Any course, when you go to the Olympics, it’s going to end up being an extremely hard, extremely challenging race. The fact that there is an incredible climb that we do eight times and a really steep, technical descent, really choppy water, and a hot, hard run just adds to that excitement. For me, it’s a swim, bike, run. It’s what I do every day, so I’m just excited to get out there and see what is the best I can do. I’ve been training for this – I mean, I started triathlon 10 years ago, and this is the pinnacle of that, so I’m excited to go out and race a bunch of people.

Joe Maloy
How this course plays to my weaknesses, that’s up for my competitors to figure out, so I won’t answer that one. In terms of my strengths, to tell you the truth, I just really like Rio. I enjoy it here. I enjoy the vibes, I enjoy the atmosphere, the people, the culture, and I plan on soaking all that in and feeding off a little bit of that Olympic energy.

Ben Kanute
It’s an Olympic Games, so no matter what course you’re on it’s going to be very challenging, very fast the entire time. This course is pretty unique with a one-loop ocean swim, a steep, hilly bike, and it’s a hot, fast run at the end. I’m just excited to go out there and see what I can do.

RELATED: Get To Know USA’s Olympic Triathlon Team

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Andy Potts Victorious At Ironman Canada http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/andy-potts-victorious-ironman-canada_134709 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:15:12 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134709

Potts led wire to wire, posting a 47:03 swim, a 4:31:07 bike and a 2:58:19 marathon to earn the win in 8:20:23.

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American Andy Potts claimed the victory at today’s Ironman Canada in Whistler, B.C. Potts led wire to wire, posting a 47:03 swim, a 4:31:07 bike and a 2:58:19 marathon to earn the win in 8:20:23. The finish also validates Potts’ spot on the 2016 Ironman World Championship start line. Portugal’s Pedro Gomes finished second at 8:27:31, with Canadian Trevor Wurtele earning third at 8:30:25.

This weekend marked the first test of having male and female professional fields race at different events—only women competed at Sunday’s Ironman Lake Placid in New York.

2016 Ironman Canada
Whistler, B.C., Canada – July 24, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Andy Potts (USA) 8:20:23
2. Pedro Gomes (PRT) 8:27:31
3. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 8:38:12
4. Justin Daerr (USA) 8:38:12
5. Mike Aigroz (SUI) 8:40:24

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Daniela Ryf Impressive In Second 140.6 In Seven Days http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/daniela-ryf-impressive-second-140-6-seven-days_134704 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:59:12 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134704

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JULY 24: Daniela Ryf of Switzerland celebrates winning the womens race during Ironman Zurich on July 24, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

The Swiss athlete dominates in Zurich just one week after winning the iconic Challenge Roth triathlon.

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The Swiss athlete dominates in Zurich just one week after winning the iconic Challenge Roth triathlon.

Defending Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf simply needed to get across the finish line—in any position—at Sunday’s Ironman Switzerland to validate her spot on Kona’s start line, but she did much more than that. She was strong all day in front of the women’s race to take the victory in an impressive time of 8:53:49, putting together a 55:16 swim, a 4:46:31 bike and a 3:07:31 marathon. She did all of that one week after earning her first Challenge Roth crown in 8:22:04.

“My strategy was to go easy, but Celine (Céline Schärer) was going so good, I just had to follow her (in the water),” Ryf told Iromanlive after the race. “On the bike, I then decided to go hard, and on the run you can’t go easy when there are so many people at the course. My body was working very good today. I said to myself: When I’m surviving this, I’m ready for Hawaii.”

Switzerland’s Emma Bilham (9:21:48) and Austria’s Michaela Herlbauer (9:28:12) earned the other two podium spots.

In the men’s race, it was Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) who earned the victory in 8:17:04. Germany’s Timo Bracht was second (8:24:13), with Switzerland’s Jan Van Berkel rounding out the top three.

2016 Ironman Switzerland
Zurich, Switzerland – July 24, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:17:04
2. Timo Bracht (GER) 8:24:13
3. Jan Van Berkel (SUI) 8:29:12
4. Roman Deisenhofer (GER) 8:32:58
5. David Plese (SLO) 8:36:50

Women
1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 8:51:50
2. Emma Bilham (SUI) 9:21:48
3. Michaela Herlbauer (AUT) 9:28:12
4. Celine Schärer (SUI) 9:35:26
5. Ariane Minticeli (BRA) 9:40:07

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Heather Jackson Posts Course-Record Win At Ironman Lake Placid http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/heather-jackson-posts-course-record-win-ironman-lake-placid_134701 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:35:39 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134701

Images courtesy of Rowan Waldman/Ironman

Jackson put together a 1:00:22 swim, a 4:57:36 bike and a 3:07:00 marathon to take the victory and a new course record in 9:09:42

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American Heather Jackson again showed her ability to impress at the 140.6-mile distance by dominating today’s Ironman Lake Placid in New York. She put together a 1:00:22 swim, a 4:57:36 bike and a 3:07:00 marathon to take the victory and a new course record in 9:09:42. Perhaps just as significantly, the finish validates Jackson’s start in October’s Ironman World Championship—where she’ll look to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. South Africa’s Annah Watkinson was a distant second, finishing more than 35 minutes later at 9:45:00. American Alicia Kaye rounded out the podium at 9:53:31.

This weekend marked the first test of having male and female professional fields race at different events—only men competed at Sunday’s Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia.

2016 Ironman Lake Placid
Lacke Placid, N.Y. – July 24, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Women
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:09:42
2. Annah Watksinson (RSA) 9:45:00
3. Alicia Kaye (USA) 9:53:31
4. Beth Shutt (USA) 10:17:00
5. Nicole Valentine (USA) 10:33:44

Complete results

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4 Lesser-Known Grains And Their Benefits http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/nutrition/eat-right-four-lesser-known-grains_62139 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:30:20 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=62139

Photos by Sue Fan and John David Becker.

Quinoa and bulgur are so 2011. Try these four lesser-known grains high in performance-boosting attributes.

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Quinoa and bulgur are so last year. Try these four lesser-known grains high in performance-boosting attributes.

You probably already know that, nutritionally, whole grains trump refined grains—that’s why you load your grocery cart with brown rice, whole-wheat bread and oatmeal. But maybe you’ve become a bit blasé about these familiar items. Thankfully for carbohydrate-craving triathletes, it has never been easier to find a marvelous assortment of whole grains on store shelves or in bulk bins. Look for them at any well-stocked health food/natural food store, or try Bobsredmill.com or Lotusfoods.com. Many of the following grains have the goods to boost performance and awaken a bored palate. Here are four great grains to stock in your pantry.

Load up on antioxidants with: Black rice

Black rice, an heirloom variety of rice cultivated in Asia with a rich, sweet nutty taste and chewy texture, is the new bastion of the health-food movement. According to scientists at Louisiana State University, black rice, or more accurately, deep purple rice, possesses a surfeit of anthocyanin antioxidants, molecules that sweep through a body looking to knock out disease-provoking free-radicals. These are the same antioxidants responsible for the fetching hues of blueberries and blackberries. Athletes should seek out antioxidant-rich foods to help with muscle repair during training.

In the kitchen: As a general rule, you should simmer 1 cup black rice with 1 3/4 cups water for about 30 minutes. It can make a powerful addition to salads, pilafs, tabbouleh, stir-fries or even sushi rolls. For a healthy dessert, mix cooked black rice with coconut milk, palm sugar, ginger and diced mango.

RELATED: 10 Essential Foods For Endurance Athletes

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Daniela Ryf Racing Second Iron-Distance Race In 7 Days http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/daniela-ryf-racing-second-iron-distance-race-7-days_134631 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:50:06 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134631

The reigning world champion won Challenge Roth last Sunday.
Photo: Paul Phillips / Competitive Image / @compimagephoto

The defending world champion will compete at Ironman Switzerland with the goal of validating her spot on October's Ironman World

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One week after winning the Challenge Roth title, 2015 Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf will compete in another iron-distance triathlon—this time with the goal of validating her spot on October’s Ironman World Championship start line.

The 29-year-old competed at July 3’s Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany, but struggled with the conditions and had to pull out of the race early on the bike.

“Yeah, the water itself wasn’t so crazy, but I think the problem was I really underestimated the temperature difference, so the air was quite cold,” Ryf told Triathlete.com about her Frankfurt performance. “I don’t know if it was just a day where it was hard for my body, but it was definitely hard conditions. In the swim I felt good until maybe 1500-1800 meters, and then it really just started to get me and I knew I had to go quick so I could get out. I’ve never experienced something like this, where you’re kind of starting to—not hallucinate, but everything is in slow motion. That’s how it felt. On the bike too, I pedaled in slow motion! And I tried; I really wanted to finish that race. That was the most important thing, also for the Kona qualification. And to have a DNF is never great.”

Ryf turned lemons into lemonade with a last-minute decision to compete at the iconic Challenge Roth triathlon. She dominated that race to take the victory in 8:22:04. Though Ryf technically completed the 140.6 miles, only a finish at an Ironman event will “validate” her Kona spot. To get that validation before the July qualifying cutoff (which is this weekend), she has chosen to compete at her home country’s Ironman Switzerland in Zurich—a race she won in 2014—this Sunday, July 24.

She chatted with Triathlete.com a little bit about the back-to-back attempt in the lead-up to Challenge Roth, saying “so if I survive these two races—Roth and Zurich—that will make me stronger for Kona. If I’m not able to finish Zurich, then I might have to find other races than Kona!”

Though Ryf will simply need to cross the finish line before the 16-hour cutoff, the triathlon world will be watching closely to see if the reigning world champion will ensure her starting spot. This race isn’t technically her last shot—the final cutoff is Aug. 21—but she implies that she wouldn’t do another Ironman.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2016 Challenge Roth Pro Race

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One-Hour Workout: Race-Specific Swim Skills http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/training/one-hour-workout-race-specific-skills-swim-set_134532 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:45:50 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134532

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This unique swim set is focused on preparing an athlete specifically for the challenges of an open-water race.

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Every Tuesday we’ll feature a different coach’s workout you can complete in 60 minutes (or less!).

This week’s swim workout comes from strength and multisport coach Bjoern Keller of Rehab United in San Diego, Calif. “This swim set is focused on preparing the athlete specifically for the challenges of an open-water race, as well as accommodating to race pace,” says Keller. “Starting off without pushing off the wall mirrors the start of an open-water race while taking off after doing a somersault in the water challenges orientation in the water and thus prepares the athlete for the frenzy of starting off in a group in a triathlon race.”

“The main set also plays with varying the pace, which simulates a race in which the athlete probably has to swim the first 100 yards very hard to find some open space or the slipstream of a another competitor, as well as learning to switch from constant natural pace to a short sprint when passing slower swimmers in the race.”

RELATED: Open-Water Training In The Pool

Warm-up
400 yards easy

6×50 drills as 25 yards drill (e.g. right/ left arm only, fingertip drag), 25 yards free

Main Set
– 3×50 water start (no pushing off the wall) as 25 yards increasing speed, 25 yards easy
– 3×50 somersault start as 15 yards max effort, 35 yards easy
– 8-10×100 fartlek swim (vary your pace within each 100 from very hard pace to your base pace to easy recovery pace)
– 4×100 slipstream swim with partner, base pace (swim right behind your partner and at some point within those 100 yards pass your partner with a short sprint; take turns)

Cool-down
400 easy

More one-hour workouts

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Javier Gomez Out Of 2016 Rio Olympics http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/news/javier-gomez-2016-rio-olympics_134173 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:44:04 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134173

Gomez on his way to victory at last year's Rio Test Event. Photo: Wagner Araujo/Triathlon.org

The 2012 Olympic silver medalist will undergo surgery for injuries suffered in a minor bike crash.

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Spain’s Javier Gomez, a five-time ITU world champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, announced today that he has been forced to pull out of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games due to injuries suffered in a minor bike crash on Wednesday. Gomez shared the news on Instagram, writing that he would be undergoing surgery today. Instead of trying to make a quick comeback, he says that he needs to “be realistic” and will give someone else the opportunity to compete. Gomez is the 2013, 2014 and 2015 ITU world champion and won last year’s Rio Olympic Test Event, making him a favorite to take the gold in Rio.

Though we will likely not see Gomez make the start at another Olympic Games, the Spaniard’s accomplishments in the sport are probably far from over. He already has Ironman 70.3 World Championship (2014) and XTERRA World Championship (2012) titles on his resume, and many believe he’s capable of competing with the best across the Ironman distance as well. Gomez alludes to future plans in his announcement, saying “I still have many goals in this sport, I’m not done yet.”

RELATED PHOTOS: Javier Gomez Wins Rio Test Event

See the complete announcement below:

I’m really sorry to let you all know that yesterday, when I was just about to finish my bike training, I had one of those silly crashes, no faster than 15km/h. Immediately I felt pain in my elbow so we went to the hospital. Scans have confirmed a displaced fracture in the radial head of my left arm. Going into surgery today to fix it.

Unfortunately this has forced me to pull out of competing in Rio. I need to be realistic, there is no time to prepare and to be fit on the start line of the games. The most sensible thing is to open my spot and allow someone else the chance to race.

As you can imagine, this is a really tough time, it’s a goal I have been working for over many years. I will keep fighting, I still have many goals in this sport, I’m not done yet. I feel sad and disappointed to give you this news, thanks for the ongoing support.

RELATED – ProFile: Javier Gomez

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2016 Ironman 70.3 Racine Pro Start List http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/2016-ironman-70-3-racine-pro-start-list_134130 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:38:54 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134130

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Several top pros will compete at Ironman 70.3 Racine this Sunday, July 17, for a chance to earn a share of the $50,000 prize purse.

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Several top pros will compete at Ironman 70.3 Racine this Sunday, July 17, for a chance to earn a share of the $50,000 prize purse (with $10,000 going to each winner) and valuable 70.3 and Kona Pro Ranking Points. Though many of the athletes on the start list (see below) have safely qualified for the world championship eents, there are several that will be fighting hard for every possible point ahead of the first Kona qualification deadline (July 24).

2015 Ironman 70.3 Racine champion Lionel Sanders of Canada will return to Wisconsin this weekend to defend his title, and he’ll be joined by a stellar lineup that includes several athletes who could take the victory. Look for Matt Chrabot (USA), Tim Don (GBR), Richie Cunningham (AUS), Paul Ambrose (AUS), Taylor Reid (CAN), Drew Scott (USA), Michael Weiss (AUT), Ben Collins (USA) and James Hadley (GBR) to all be in the mix on race day.

Race Analysis: Lionel Sanders’ 70.3 St. George Victory

On the women’s side last year’s winner Heather Wurtele has chosen not to compete, placing American Sarah Haskins as the one to beat. Other names to watch for out front include Magali Tisseyre (CAN), Lauren Barnett (USA), Annabel Luxford (AUS), Sarah Piampiano (USA), Jackie Hering (USA) and Jeanni Seymour (RSA).

See the complete professional start list below:

Men
1 Lionel Sanders (CAN)
2 Matt Chrabot (USA)
3 Tim Don (GBR)
4 Richie Cunningham (AUS)
5 Paul Ambrose (AUS)
6 Luke Bell (AUS)
7 Paul Matthews (AUS)
8 Taylor Reid (CAN)
9 Drew Scott (USA)
10 Michi Weiss (AUT)
11 Benjamin Collins (USA)
12 Thomas Gerlach (USA)
13 Robbie Wade (IRL)
14 Raymond Botelho (USA)
15 Patrick Brady (USA)
16 Dan Feeney (USA)
17 Cameron Good (AUS)
18 James Hadley (GBR)
19 Benson Hall (USA)
20 Sam Holmes (USA)
21 Yu Hsiao (TWN)
22 William Martin (USA)
23 Brent McBurney (USA)
24 Justin Metzler (USA)
25 Kyle Pawlaczyk (USA)
26 Ryan Rau (USA)
27 Jonathan Shearon (USA)
28 Mikael Staer Nathan (CAN)
29 Alex Vanderlinden (CAN)
30 Cameron Wurf (AUS)

Women
36 Sarah Haskins (USA)
37 Jackie Hering (USA)
38 Magali Tisseyre (CAN)
39 Lauren Barnett (USA)
40 Annabel Luxford (AUS)
41 Sarah Piampiano (USA)
42 Jeanni Seymour (RSA)
43 Uli Bromme (USA)
45 Whitney Burdzilauskas (USA)
46 Jessica Chong (USA)
47 Kaitlin Donner (USA)
48 Kelly Fillnow (USA)
49 Ericka Hachmeister (USA)
50 Jennie Hansen (USA)
51 Amy Javens (USA)
52 Heather Lendway (USA)
53 Nicole Luse (USA)
54 Kristen Marchant (CAN)
55 Carrie McCoy (USA)
56 Michaela Renner‐Schneck (GER)
57 Darbi Roberts (USA)
58 Jodie Robertson (USA)
60 Lesley Smith (USA)
61 Raquel Torres (DOM)
62 Christen Brown (USA)

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Daniela Ryf To Race Challenge Roth http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/features/daniela-ryf-race-challenge-roth_134014 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:31:36 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=134014

Ryf will still need to validate at an Ironman race. Photo: John David Becker

This Sunday's race will see both defending Ironman world champions make the start.

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In a very last-minute decision, reigning Ironman world champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland has announced that she will compete at Challenge Roth, set for this Sunday, July 17 in Roth, Bavaria, Germany.

The 29-year-old competed at July 3’s Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt, Germany, but struggled with the conditions and had to pull out of the race early on the bike. She’s using that hard-earned fitness to go after a new titleand perhaps a shot at the world record for fastest iron-distance race. The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise because the race will not count toward Kona validation, which means she will have to compete in another Ironman in the coming weeks. Many expected to see Ryf on the start line of her home country’s Ironman Switzerland on July 24.

The addition of Ryf to the lineup increases the pre-race hype surrounding a potential record-breaking day. Fellow defending Ironman world champion Jan Frodeno (GER) is also on the start line and has not been shy about going after fellow German Andreas Raelert’s world record of 7:41:33, which was set on this Roth course in 2011. Ryf’s challenge will be a bit tougher as she’ll attempt to beat out the 8:18:13 that four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington set in that same race in 2011.

As Wellington received news that Ryf would make the start, she Tweeted the following reaction: “So excited to watch @danielaryf line up at the best race in the world! Will world records tumble?! @ChallengeRoth1″

Check back throughout the week as we bring you coverage from Roth.

RELATED: 6 Reasons To Race Challenge Roth

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Photos: 2016 Ironman 70.3 Vineman http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/photos-2016-ironman-70-3-vineman_133953 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:31:07 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133953

Photos: Rocky Arroyo The United States’ Andy Potts edged out a tough men’s field, while Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence continued her

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Photos: Rocky Arroyo

The United States’ Andy Potts edged out a tough men’s field, while Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence continued her 70.3 dominance at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Sonoma County, Calif. Read the race recap here

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Andy Potts, Holly Lawrence Victorious At Exciting 70.3 Vineman Race http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/news/andy-potts-holly-lawrence-victorious-exciting-70-3-vineman-race_133905 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:21:08 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133905

Andy Potts beat out several top names. Photo: Rocky Arroyo

The United States' Andy Potts edged out a tough men's field, while Great Britain's Holly Lawrence continued her 70.3 dominance.

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The United States’ Andy Potts edged out a tough men’s field, while Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence continued her 70.3 dominance at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Sonoma County, Calif.

Men’s Race
American Barrett Brandon led the men out of the 1.2-mile swim at Johnson’s Beach with a split of 24:14, with eight men all following within 20 seconds. That main lead group consisted of Jake Montgomery (AUS), Cameron Good (AUS), Sam Appleton (AUS), Tim Reed (AUS), Terenzo Bozzone (NZL), Craig Alexander (AUS), Potts and Ben Hoffman (USA).

With all of the main contendersincluding four world champions at this distanceout on the bike together, the pace was fiery from the start. One of those former world champions, Bozzone, took charge. The Kiwi turned in the fastest bike split of the day (2:07:12) to earn a 1:25 lead to start the half-marathon.

Trailing Bozzone onto the run course were Montgomery, Appleton, Alexander, Potts, Hoffman and Reed. Bozzone was strong through the first few miles, but Potts, Reed, Alexander and Appleton were running a faster pace behind him. All four of those athletes passed Bozzone at the eight-mile mark, with Potts taking the very narrow lead in the top spot. Potts ultimately used a 1:12:13 half-marathon to shake the rest of the group and take the win, his first here since 2011. Reed was second at 3:48:46, with three-time Ironman world champion Alexander rounding out the top three at 3:49:17. Last year’s winner, Appleton, narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth at 3:50:13. Bozzone faded at the end, but held on for a fifth-place finish at 3:51:47.

RELATED: 20 Things You Probably Never Knew About Andy Potts

Women’s Race
A big story in the days leading up to the race for the pro women was that four-time 70.3 Vineman winner (and defending champion) Meredith Kessler (USA) would not be on the start line, opening an opportunity for a new champion.

Superstar swimmer Lauren Brandon (USA) led the women into T1 with a 24:11 swim split, with Lawrence as the closest pursuer at 24 seconds back. Next out of the water were the United States’ Jennifer Spieldenner (1:17 back) and Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen (2:30 back). Lawrence made quick work of the gap up to Brandon, but the American didn’t let her go easily. Lawrence rode out front, with Brandon trailing not too far back for the majority of the ride.

Lawrence eventually built up a bit of a gap, coming off of the bike with the fastest split of the women (2:20:07) and a 1:44 lead over Brandon, a 6:25 lead over Steffen and a 9:01 lead over Canada’s Rachel McBride. The run is where Lawrence truly put her stamp on this race, building on her lead with every stride. The 1:21:56 half-marathon was the exclamation point on another amazing 70.3 performance by Lawrence, who earned the victory in 4:09:40. Steffen was second at 4:17:48, with Brandon rounding out the top three in 4:22:57. Spieldenner and American Emily Cocks were fourth and fifth, respectively.

RELATED – PROfile: Holly Lawrence

2016 Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Sonoma County, Calif. – July 10, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:48:09
2. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:48:46
3. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:49:17
4. Sam Appleton (AUS) 3:50:13
5. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:51:47

Women
1. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:09:40
2. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:17:48
3. Lauren Brandon (USA) 4:22:57
4. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:22:59
5. Emily Cocks (USA) 4:26:28

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USA Triathlon Launches Prize Money Leader Board http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/news/usa-triathlon-launches-prize-money-list-tool_133868 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:34:01 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133868

Jorgensen was the top earner in 2015. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org

USA Triathlon has debuted its new prize money leader board tool, which is designed to track the earnings of the top triathletes in the

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USA Triathlon has debuted its new prize money leader board tool, which is designed to track the earnings of the top triathletes in the sport. Though USA Triathlon does not guarantee 100% accuracy, it has included prize money from all distances globally from ITU to Ironman and everything in between. The list was created as a “one-stop shop for learning which races offer the largest prize purses and how elite triathletes are making a living at the highest levels of the sport.” It’s important to note that the totals are for prize money only, and don’t include any sponsorship or appearance earnings an athlete may have made.

The tool dates back to 2014 and allows you to filter between all races, non-ITU races and ITU races. Here’s a look at the top 10 earners for 2016 to-date, 2015 and 2014. It also lists the top paying races, with several World Triathlon Series and Ironman Championship events topping the list for 2016 at $150,000. The overall ITU rankings payout ($755,000), Ironman World Championship ($650,000) and the Island House Invitational Triathlon ($500,00) topped the list in 2015.  The leader board, which will be updated weekly, is located at Teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Elite/Prize-Money-Leaders.

2016 To Date Top 10

1. Lionel Sanders Canada $70,000
2. Mario Mola Spain $67,500
3. Gwen Jorgensen USA $56,065
4. Heather Wurtele Canada $53,000
5. Flora Duffy Bermuda $50,000
6. Sebastian Kienle Germany $47,750
7. Timothy Van Berkel Australia $47,750
8. Fernando Alarza Spain $45,800
9. Jodie Stimpson Great Britain $44,900
10. Jonathan Brownlee Great Britain $44,000

2015 Total Top 10

1. Gwen Jorgensen USA $278,000
2. Javier Gomez Noya Spain $245,100
3. Daniela Ryf Switzerland $221,000
4. Jan Frodeno Germany $168,000
5. Richard Murray South Africa $144,400
6. Mario Mola Spain $144,100
7. Vincent Luis France $99,800
8. Meredith Kessler USA $97,852
9. Heather Wurtele Canada $97,500
10. Andrea Hewitt New Zealand $95,600

2014 Total Top 10

1. Javier Gomez Noya Spain $238,900
2. Gwen Jorgensen USA $187,800
3. Sebastian Kienle Germany $148,500
4. Mirinda Carfrae Australia $144,250
5. Daniela Ryf Switzerland $143,000
6. Helle Frederiksen Denmark $138,500
7. Mario Mola Spain $136,500
8. Jan Frodeno Germany $122,500
9. Jonathan Brownlee Great Britain $109,300
10. Hunter Kemper USA $107,300

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Impressive Pro Field Headed To 70.3 Vineman http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/impressive-pro-field-headed-70-3-vineman_133833 Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:35:28 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133833

Sam Appleton will return to defend his title. Photo: Rocky Arroyo

This Sunday, more than 2,500 athletes will compete in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run through Sonoma’s beautiful wine

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This Sunday, more than 2,500 athletes will compete in a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run through Sonoma’s beautiful wine country. A professional prize purse of $50,000 is up for grabs as well as 50 age-group qualifying slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Chattanooga, Tenn.

American Meredith Kessler, a four-time winner at this race and the defending champion, considers this a hometown race and is on the start list again. The biggest competition will come from Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence, who is having a stellar 2016 season. Other top names include Rachel McBride (CAN), Caroline Steffen (SUI), Annabel Luxford (AUS), Helle Frederiksen (DEN) and Lauren Brandon (USA).

There are several all stars on the men’s start list, including defending champion Sam Appleton (AUS). He’ll need to turn in another stellar performance if he hopes to outpace three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander (AUS), 2014 70.3 Vineman winner Tim Reed (AUS), Tim Don (GBR), Terenzo Bozzone (GBR), Andy Potts (USA) and Ben Hoffman (USA).

See the complete professional start list below and check back Sunday for a recap and photo gallery.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Vineman

Men
1 Sam Appleton (AUS)
2 Craig Alexander (AUS)
3 Tim Reed (AUS)
4 Tim Don (GBR)
5 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)
6 Andy Potts (USA)
7 Ben Hoffman (USA)
9 Jake Montgomery (AUS)
10 Pedro Gomes (PRT)
11 Chris Baird (USA)
12 Chris Berg (AUS)
13 Barrett Brandon (USA)
14 Cameron Good (AUS)
15 Brian Hrynkow (CAN)
16 Yu Hsiao (TWN)
17 Matt Lieto (USA)
18 Jim Lubinski (USA)
19 Steve Mantell (USA)
20 Justin Metzler (USA)
21 Brandon Nied (USA)
22 Adam O’Connor (USA)
23 Dylan Oliva (USA)
24 Justin Park (USA)
26 Alex Reithmeier (AUS)
27 Justin Rossi (USA)
28 Sebastian Salas (CAN)
29 Cameron Wurf (AUS)
30 Dantley Young (USA)

Women
35 Meredith Kessler (USA)
36 Holly Lawrence (GBR)
37 Rachel McBride (CAN)
38 Caroline Steffen (SUI)
39 Annabel Luxford (AUS)
40 Helle Frederiksen (DEN)
41 Lauren Brandon (USA)
42 Lisa Roberts (USA)
43 Jennifer Spieldenner (USA)
44 Annah Watkinson (RSA)
45 Jodie Robertson (USA)
46 Anna Buster (RUS)
47 Emily Cocks (USA)
48 Courtney DiNicola (USA)
49 Kimberly Goodell (USA)
51 Christine Hammond (USA)
52 Alycia Hill (USA)
53 Bailey Hinz (USA)
54 Monica Juhart (AUS)
55 Kelly Kosmo (USA)
56 Heather Leiggi (USA)
57 Maria Lopez (USA)
58 Nicole Luse (USA)
59 Mackenzie Madison (USA)
60 Emma McCune (USA)
61 Leslie Miller (USA)
62 Skye Moench (USA)
63 Brittany Pierce (USA)
64 Robin Pomeroy (USA)
66 Jessica Smith (USA)

RELATED: 12 Bucket-List Triathlons

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Kienle, Hauschildt On Top At Ironman European Championships http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/07/ironman/kienle-hauschildt-top-ironman-european-championships_133681 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:49:35 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133681

Sebastian Kienle reclaims the European title. Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images for Ironman

Two athletes with multiple world championships to their names earned the victories on a dramatic day of racing in Frankfurt.

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Sebastian Kienle and Melissa Hauschildt take the victories on a dramatic day of racing in Frankfurt.

Race morning kicked off with news that would ultimately have a big impact on how the day played out. With a water temperature of 74.84 degrees F (23.8 degrees C), the pro athletes would not be allowed to race in wetsuits. (Age groupers were allowed to wear wetsuits, as the temperature cutoffs are different.) Many made it through the swim with no problem, but with the air temperature in the 50s F some struggled to warm up on the bike and had issues. Most notably, defending Ironman world and European champion Daniela Ryf (SUI) had to drop out on the bike after she couldn’t warm up.

Ultimately it was two athletes with multiple world championships to their names, Sebastian Kienle (GER) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), who overcame the conditions and claimed the Ironman European Championship titles, $30,000 winning prizes and automatic qualification to October’s Ironman World Championship.

Men’s Race
Estonia’s Marko Albert led the men out of the 2.4-mile swim at 48:12, with France’s Denis Chevrot on his heels at 48:14. Right after those lead two it was a long string of athletes, including Johann Ackermann (GER), Youri Severin (NED), Ivan Risti (ITA), Tim O’Donnell (USA), Balazs Csoke (HUN), Alexander Schilling (GER), Christian Kramer (GER), Igor Amorelli (ITA), Bas Diederen (NED), Joe Gambles (AUS) and Andi Boecherer (GER). With that lead pack out onto the bike, the attention turned to when Kienle—who won this race in 2014—would exit the water. Kienle came into T1 after a 52:12 swim—putting him exactly four minutes back of the leader.

Ackermann took charge out front early on in the bike, with Boecherer pretty quickly taking over that top spot. Boecherer led a strong group of cyclists, with all of them no doubt aware that Kienle would be approaching soon. The 2014 Ironman world champion found his way to the back of a group of the lead five athletes at around the halfway mark of the race. Kienle settled into the pace of the leaders and at one point suffered a minor mechanical issue. He was quickly back on the road and decided to take control of the bike race. At the 90-mile mark, Kienle held the top spot with Boecherer and Llanos close behind and the next closest chaser four minutes back.

Boecherer gained the slight edge as the leader into transition, with Kienle and Llanos right behind. Albert was the fourth man into T2 at 5:41 back, with Amorelli as the fifth man off of the bike at a more-distant 14:57 deficit. The run quickly became a two-man battle between Kienle and Boecherer. The pace was fiery; with Kienle posting a 1:18:35 split for the first half of the marathon. With about 10K to go, Kienle solidified his spot out front and cruised to the finish line. Ultimately it was a 2:44:12 marathon that helped Kienle take the win in a blazing time of 7:52:43. Boecherer crossed the finish line just over a minute later at 7:53:40 to take the runner-up spot.

“I didn’t believe that Andi would be able to run a sub-2:50 or even next to 2:50, he absolutely proved me wrong today,” Kienle said at the post-race press conference. “My swim was not good today but I’m really happy with my bike and especially with the run. Time for holiday now.”

Despite some strong running behind him, Llanos held on for the final podium spot at 8:09:08. After finishing on the Kona podium last year, many had high hopes for O’Donnell but he had several issues on the bike, including a crash. He struggled to a 25th-place finish, validating his spot on the Kona start line.

Women’s Race
Germany’s Caroline Fey led the women out of the water with a split of 51:05. Ryf was second at 53:45, with Germany’s Natascha Schmitt rounding out the top three into T1 at 55:57. Germany’s Katja Konschak (56:06), Spain’s Saleta Castro Noqueria (56:58) and Germany’s Daniela Saemmler (58:18) were the next closest pursuers with eventual winner Hauschildt finishing the swim in seventh at about eight minutes back.

Ryf started the bike, but it was quickly evident that she was not herself, with several athletes passing the usually dominant cyclist. She ultimately decided to drop out.

“The first few meters in the water were extremely good, but it got really really cold shortly after that,” Ryf said after the race. “My goal was to get as fast as possible out of the water because it was so cold. I haven’t been able to stay in the aero position. It was not my day. It was more about a survival than about a race.”

With the defending champion on the sidelines, the race became wide open. Schmitt took quick advantage, cycling her way to a 4:54:15 bike split and entering T2 with a lead of 5:11 over Saemmler and 6:32 over Hauschildt.

Schmitt started the marathon strong, but Hauschildt—who is known as one of the best runners in the sport—was quickly cutting into her advantage. The two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion took the lead just before the half-marathon mark and cruised to the victory. She used a 59:15 swim, a 4:57:10 bike and a 3:00:12 marathon to take the 9:01:17 win. Before this race, Hauschildt struggled with injuries and sat way down on the KPR list at 138. The win guarantees her a spot on the Kona starting line.

“I tried to pace myself, running not too hard,” Hauschildt said after the race. “I was only running for four weeks. I really wanted to win because I wanted to go to Kona. Daniela had a wonder of a swim, she was six minutes away. The black carpet on the way to the finish line was just amazing.”

Konschak turned in a 2:59:29 marathon to run from sixth off of the bike to second at the finish line in 9:09:58. Saemmler earned the final podium spot at 9:13:23.

2016 Ironman European Championships Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany – July 3, 2016
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Sebastian Kienle (GER) 7:52:43
2. Andi Boecherer (GER) 7:53:40
3. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:09:08
4. Marko Albert (EST) 8:11:38
5. William Clarke (GBR) 8:14:56

Women
1. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 9:01:17
2. Katja Konschak (GER) 9:09:58
3. Daniela Saemmler (GER) 9:13:23
4. Natascha Schmitt (GER) 9:16:40
5. Verena Walter (GER) 9:18:58

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Andy Potts, Heather Jackson Win Again In Coeur d’Alene http://triathlon.competitor.com/2016/06/ironman/andy-potts-heather-jackson-win-again-in-coeur-dalene_133483 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 20:39:35 +0000 http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=133483

Both 2015 Ironman Coeur d'Alene champions Potts and Jackson chose to return to the Idaho vacation town to compete for the half-iron titles.

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Americans Andy Potts and Heather Jackson repeated the victories they earned on this weekend in Coeur d’Alene one year agobut this time it was at half the distance. With the 70.3 taking over the late June weekend and the Ironman moving to August (with no pro option), both 2015 Ironman Coeur d’Alene champions Potts and Jackson chose to return to the Idaho vacation town to compete for the half-iron titles.

Potts put together a 23:27 swim, a 2:11:28 bike and a 1:15:56 half-marathon to take the victory in 3:54:45. Australia’s Josh Amberger was second at 3:56:49, with New Zealand’s Mark Bowstead rounding out the top three at 3:57:16.

Jackson was dominant in the women’s race, posting a 28:10 swim, a 2:23:24 bike and a 1:24:01 run on her way to the 4:19:34 win. Australia’s Ellie Salthouse finished second in 4:27:44, with Canada’s Malindi Elmore claiming third in 4:29:42.

2016 Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – June 26, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Andy Potts (USA) 3:54:45
2. Josh Amberger (AUS) 3:56:49
3. Mark Bowstead (NZL) 3:57:16
4. Ben Hoffman (USA) 4:01:24
5. Luke Bell (AUS) 4:03:02

Women
1. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:19:34
2. Ellie Salthouse (AUS) 4:27:44
3. Malindi Elmore (CAN) 4:29:42
4. Sue Huse (CAN) 4:34:47
5. Skye Moench (USA) 4:35:20

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