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Meet the first grandfather-granddaughter duo to qualify for the Ironman World Championship.

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Meet the first grandfather-granddaughter duo to qualify for the Ironman World Championship.

At the time our story begins, Australia’s Allan Pitman was 36 years old and a father of two. His kids—Maria, 14, and David, 12—were both very good swimmers who had recently gravitated to running. Their coach wanted them to start building a running base, but since they were so young, Pitman felt compelled to run with them, despite not having a background in endurance.

A few months into their running program, Pitman heard about an upcoming short triathlon nearby. He decided to give it a go. Even on a borrowed Kmart bike, he loved the experience, though he admits that at the end he felt like his calves had each been pumped up to about 120 psi.

“I was hooked,” he says. “The second-place finisher was a guy named Greg Reddan, who had finished seventh at the February 1982 Ironman in Kona. When I heard the distances of the Ironman—2.4, 112 and 26.2—I thought someone would have to be some sort of freak to go that far. Could a human being actually do that?”

The next fall, after taking the family to Disneyland in Los Angeles, they flew on to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, to watch the 1985 Ironman World Championship. “I planned the trip around the Ironman because I wanted to see the event for myself,” Pitman says. When Australia’s Greg Stewart came by Pitman and his family on Ali’i Drive as he headed toward the finish line in 15th place, Pitman’s daughter, Maria, ducked under the ropes to hand Stewart an Aussie flag, which he carried with him across the finish line. “I still get goosebumps thinking about that moment,” Pitman says.

Maria went on to become the two-time junior state triathlon champion when she was 16 and 17 years old. At the age of 19, just like her dad, she got married and started a family. Maria and her family stayed connected to triathlon, mainly through 2004 Olympic silver medalist Loretta Harrop, who lived in the area and passed on running shoes and swimsuits to Maria’s daughters Karlie and Ashleigh.

Karlie showed early promise as a triathlete, and was looking for a new challenge when Pitman, her grandpa, suggested the Hell of the West Triathlon, a 2K swim, 80K bike and 20K run.

Pitman had a great reason for suggesting the Hell of the West event on Feb. 2, 2013: It was only a four-hour drive inland from their home in Brisbane, and he had never lost there. That’s right—he had won his age group in that event 20 straight times going back to when he was racing in the 40–45-year-old division. Now in his sixth age division at that race, 65–69, he felt that if Karlie had a big goal staring her in the face, she would commit to do what it took to succeed. “I think it turned something on inside of Karlie,” Pitman says

It sure did. Both grandfather and granddaughter won their divisions that day—her first win at Hell of the West, and his 21st in a row.

On May 4, 2014, Pitman and Karlie made history when they both won their age groups at Ironman Australia at Port Macquarie to become the first grandfather-granddaughter tandem to qualify for the Ironman World Championship, to be held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 11. Pitman’s granddaughter not only qualified, but she “chicked” and “granddaughtered” him with her 11:05:38 finish to his 11:15:47. “I’m so proud of her,” Pitman says. “She would have finished third in the men’s 18–24 age group, she passed 26 men during the run and ran a 3:52 in her first-ever marathon. I actually went 15 minutes faster this year than last year in tougher conditions, and I know that consistently training with Karlie played a huge role.”

This will be Pitman’s 16th trip to Kailua-Kona to participate in the Ironman World Championship and, if all goes well, it will be his 40th Ironman finish. He has been in the top five in his age group four times on the Big Island, and his personal best of 10:20 came at the age of 51.

He also has another moment that he is looking forward to as well. Every year there is a special dinner for the Iron Gents, a group of—shall we say—more “mature” triathletes over the age of 60. “My 86-year-old mum is coming over to watch the race,” Pitman says. “I’m guessing I’ll be the first Iron Gent in history to actually bring his mother to the Iron Gents dinner!”

Bob Babbitt (@bob_babbitt) is an inductee into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.

RELATED: For Chris McDonald, Ironman Texas A Family Affair

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Here are some products to keep you protected on that four-hour ride.

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According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, a sunscreen should be broad spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and have an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapplication is necessary every two hours, and every hour if you’re sweating or swimming. Here are some products to keep you protected on that four-hour ride.

RELATED: 6 Things Triathletes Should Know About Sun Protection

Beyond Coastal Active Face Stick
$7, Beyondcoastal.com
The face stick can slip into your jersey pocket for quick and mess-free application. It protects against UVA rays and 97 percent of UVB rays.

Naawk
$10 (6-ounce tube), Naawk.com
Naawk offers broad-spectrum coverage in both SPF 30 and SPF 50 options. The sunscreen also boasts water resistance for up to 40 minutes.

Endurance Shield
$24 (4-ounce tube), Enduranceshield.com
Professional triathletes Alicia Kaye and Jarrod Shoemaker created this broad-spectrum SPF 45 sunscreen that doubles as a light moisturizer; the company also makes a SPF 18 lip balm.

UV Skinz Sun Sleeves
$20, Uvskinz.com
These sleeves offer UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) 50+ and cover both your arms and hands to protect from the sun and elements.

New Balance Icefil Short Sleeve
$40, Newbalance.com
This moisture-wicking fabric lowers your skin’s temperature while wicking away sweat and offering UPF 40+ protection.

Through MRF, skin screenings are now offered at all Ironman-sanctioned events. Learn more at Melanoma.org.

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These three nutritious, tasty options put the “go” in grab-n-go breakfast.

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These three nutritious, tasty options put the “go” in grab-n-go breakfast.

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

With zucchini, carrot or corn as the first ingredient, these frozen 2-ounce muffins are a healthy treat and easy to eat in a hurry. All individually packaged, they heat from frozen in just 35 seconds (or you can let them defrost and eat at room temperature). The five flavors—ranging from a moist Veggie Blueberry Oat to staff-favorite Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip, a tasty twist on banana bread—are the right amount of sweet, and they each contain 120 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 3–4 grams of protein.

$3.99 for box of four, Gardenlites.com

RELATED: Gluten Free Rise And Shine Muffins

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By strengthening the deep hip flexor muscle known as the psoas, you can increase stride length and reduce injury!

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This edition of Monday Minute introduces an exercise that will help to increase hip flexor strength. By strengthening the deep hip flexor muscle known as the psoas, you can increase stride length and reduce injury!

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Jumping into the world of swimming is more than getting over a fear of water or mastering the art of circle swimming in a crowded pool.

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New to the pool? These are the top three things to focus on as a beginning swimmer.

Jumping into the world of swimming is more than just getting over a fear of water or mastering the art of circle swimming in a crowded pool. Navigating through the vast amount of swim knowledge and resources available can be overwhelming. Should you watch YouTube or read textbooks? Do you hire a local coach or submit videos for analysis? Here are a few things that you should focus on first:

1. Breathing: New swimmers will automatically hold their breath while their face is underwater. Learn to inhale through your mouth when your face is out and exhale through your nose underwater. Practice bobbing up and down next to the wall.

RELATED – Ask Coach Sara: What Is A Normal Breathing Pattern?

2. Body position: Swimming is easiest and most efficient at the surface of the water. Practice floating on your stomach while looking at the bottom of the pool. Take a deep breath and relax your face down in the water. Make small movements with your hands and feet, stay horizontal and feel how your body balances in the water.

RELATED: Pull Buoy Basics

3. Kicking: Mastering the kick is a challenge for many runners and other “land” athletes. Develop a good kick by practicing against the wall, with or without a kickboard, face up and face down. The kick originates at the hips using strong glutes and thigh muscles. Keep knees and ankles relaxed as the top of your feet quickly splash up and down at the surface of the water.

RELATED: Refine Your Swim Kick

Don’t get overwhelmed with advanced concepts—like stroke rate or two-beat versus six-beat kicking—while learning to swim; just stick to the basics until you have become comfortable in the water. Focus on mastering the ability to swim multiple laps of the pool without stopping or being out of breath. When you are ready, seek a professional coach to assist you with the advanced stroke and technique concepts.

More swim advice from Sara McLarty.

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Gomez, Gentle On Top At Beijing International Tri http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gomez-gentle-top-beijing-international-tri_106069 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/gomez-gentle-top-beijing-international-tri_106069#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:20:03 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=106069

Gomez has raced four weekends in a row. Photo: Rocky Arroyo/Endurapix

Coming off of two big-time performances, current ITU world champion Javier Gomez of Spain won Sunday's Beijing International Triathlon.

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Gomez has raced four weekends in a row. Photo: Rocky Arroyo/Endurapix

Coming off of two big-time performances, current ITU world champion Javier Gomez of Spain won Sunday’s Beijing International Triathlon for the second year in a row. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle, also an ITU specialist, took the women’s vicotry. More than 1,000 professional and amateur athletes from more than 40 countries participated in the third annual Beijing International Triathlon.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2014 Beijing International Triathlon

This year’s new race location started and finished inside the Garden Expo Park, in the eco-friendly Fengtai district of Beijing. The new Olympic-distance race featured a 1.5 km swim through Garden Expo Lake, a challenging 40 km bike race through the villages of Fengtai and up Qian Ling Mountain, the highest peak in Southwest Beijing, and a final 10 km run through the lush gardens and scenic trails of the Garden Expo Park, including a 606-step stair climb.

A prestigious field of the world’s top professional triathletes, including Gomez, Matt “Boom Boom” Reed (USA), Greg Bennett (AUS), Mario Mola (ESP), Josh Amberger (AUS), Brian Fleischmann (USA), Graham O’Grady (NZL), Laura Bennett (USA), Ricarda Lisk (GER), Carolina Routier Canigueral (ESP), Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR), Gentle and Yi Zhang (CHN), all competed for $100,000 in prize money.

“This new course was really tough, the bike was technical with lots of hills and turns, I had to really push hard to stay with Josh and Greg during the bike portion of the race,” said Gomez. “I caught them on the first portion of the run, then I powered up the stairs to secure a strong lead. I felt really good at this point so I just kept pushing through the run to hold on to the win.”

“The course was amazing, especially the bike leg, it was quite challenging and that is where I was able to catch Carolina and then Laura,” said Gentle. “I loved the race—the course, the people and the location.”

2014 Beijing International Triathlon
Beijing, China – Sept. 14, 2014
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Men
1. Javier Gomez (ESP) 1:55:32
2. Josh Amberger (AUS) 1:56:51
3. Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:57:28

Women
1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 2:08:12
2. Ricarda Lusk (GER) 2:11:25
3. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:13:35

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Spain's Javier Gomez and Australia's Ashleigh Gentle earned the victories at Sunday's Beijing International Triathlon.

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Spain’s Javier Gomez and Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle earned the victories at Sunday’s Beijing International Triathlon.

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Atkinson, Steffen Win 70.3 Sunshine Coast http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/atkinson-steffen-win-70-3-sunshine-coast_106007 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/atkinson-steffen-win-70-3-sunshine-coast_106007#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:29:46 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=106007

Courtney Atkinson and Dan Wilson sprint to the finish. Photo: Delly Carr

The men's race was decided in a sprint finish.

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Courtney Atkinson and Dan Wilson sprint to the finish. Photo: Delly Carr

The recent dominance of half-Ironman distance racing by ex and current short course athletes continued today in Mooloolaba at Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast.

Two-time Australian Olympian Courtney Atkinson and Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Australian representative Dan Wilson, in his first ever Ironman 70.3 as a professional, produced a sprint finish that delighted the crowd, while defending champion Pete Jacobs had to be content with third place.

In the women’s race it was one for the Ironman athletes with Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen out-pacing former short-course star Czech athlete Radka Vodickova. Defending champion Gina Crawford (NZL) rounded out the podium.

Read the race recap from Ironman below:

Men’s Race
The morning kicked off with a calm ocean producing a fast swim that saw all the pre-race favourites exit the water together. Defending champion Jacobs was joined by; Courtney Atkinson, Luke Bell, Clayton Fettell, Dan Wilson, Brad Kahlefeldt, Casey Munro, Lindsay Wall and Michael Fox.

Onto the bike and conditions were ideal for a fast ride, with Fettell, Bell, Jacobs, Atkinson, Kahlefeldt, Munro and Wilson spending the entire 90km bike leg in close proximity.

Out onto the run and it became foot race with Courtney Atkinson out of transition first, quickly followed by Jacobs, Wilson, Bell, Munro, Kahlefeldt and Fettell.

It was during the second lap of the run that Wilson and Atkinson separated themselves from the field and began a battle royal, culminating with a neck and neck sprint finish.

In the end it was Atkinson’s experience that allowed him to edge Wilson in the final straight by the smallest of margins.

“I enjoyed today because it was a really cool, tactical race,” Atkinson said. “It was tactical racing; we were surging constantly over the last 3km.”

“I’ve been doing a lot of running and concentrating on getting my speed back.

“If the race panned out the way I thought it would, and it did, I knew Dan was going to be my biggest competition.”

Even though he failed to grab the win Wilson enjoyed the day and confirmed he would definitely be on the start line for more Ironman 70.3 races.

“I had a great time out there today, I’ll definitely be back,” he says.

Women’s race
Vodickova is proving to be a threat in every Ironman 70.3 she contests, and coming off a 6th at the last weekends IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Mont Tremblant, Canada, she was riding a wave of confidence.

That confidence carried her through the swim and she exited with a 27-second lead over Switzerland’s Caroline Steffen and defending champion New Zealand’s Gina Crawford a further 2:40 back.

Steffen then used her bike strength to quickly bridge the gap and the two rode together hitting the run course within seconds of each other.

Crawford worked hard on the bike to get back to just one minute behind.

Onto the run and it was the strength and experience of Steffen, who is based on the Sunshine Coast that allowed her to instantly pull away from Vodickova.

“It’s a home race and to be able to race and win in front of all of my friends is just crazy,” she said.

“I am really happy and had a good day out there.”

Vodikova was delighted she has able to spend most of the day within striking distance of an athlete of Steffen’s pedigree.

“I was able to try and stay with Caroline, and she is strong, so that makes me happy.”

“I am really pleased to make the podium here today.”

Steffen’s attention now turns to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 11.

“My focus is now on Kona in four weeks and I came here today to see if my form was ready,” Steffen said.

Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia – Sept. 14, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

Men
1. Courtney Atkinson (AUS) 3:45:35
2. Dan Wilson (AUS) 3:45:35
3. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3:47:47
4. Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS) 3:51:22
5. Luke Bell (AUS) 3:53:25

Women
1. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:12:05
2. Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:16:20
3. Gina Crawford (NZL) 4:19:28
4. Rebecca Preston (AUS) 4:28:47
5. Julia Grant (NZL) 4:28:58

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Top professionals prepare for the 2014 Beijing International Triathlon in China. The race is set for Sunday, Sept. 14.

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Athletes compete at the 2014 USAT Collegiate National Championships, a club-based competition. Photo: Mario Cantu

Three events in 2014 comprise inaugural slate following NCAA Emerging Sport status.

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Athletes compete at the 2014 USAT Collegiate National Championships, a club-based competition. Photo: Mario Cantu

Three events in 2014 comprise inaugural slate following NCAA Emerging Sport status.

See the complete announcement from USA Triathlon below:

USA Triathlon today announced the three events that will comprise the inaugural 2014 women’s collegiate triathlon season, including the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in Clermont, Florida, on Nov. 2.

The three draft-legal exhibition events showcase the season structure that will be implemented next year when triathlon is granted official NCAA sport status. Triathlon received overwhelming approval through a voting process this past January at the NCAA Conference in San Diego by Division I, II and III colleges and universities to be included as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, and has a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability as an NCAA sport option.

Races will feature a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run as outlined in the proposal approved by the NCAA. The season will kick off this Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Triathlon at Pacific Grove Collegiate Elite Exhibition, and continue on Oct. 26 with the Brooklyn Triathlon Collegiate Women’s Invitational Cup. Event details, including registration information, are below.

The Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships will be held on Nov. 2 at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Florida. The National Championships will be an invitation-only event, with the top-10 finishers in the two early-season events automatically qualifying for a spot on the start list. Invitations to the first-ever collegiate women’s championship event will also be based on results from the club-focused 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, the 2014 Junior Elite rankings and athletes who may not be affiliated with a collegiate or junior club team and have posted competitive times in previous draft-legal events.

“We have been working diligently over the past nine months to quickly create a baseline season that demonstrates the talent pool for women ages 16-25 and the impact the sport can make at the varsity level within the NCAA,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “These races are a prime opportunity to show colleges and universities considering the sport for their athletics programs why it is a viable option, and the significant potential for the student-athletes and the community. With a full year to work with schools and build the foundation for women’s varsity triathlon at the collegiate level, we are excited to launch a NCAA season schedule in 2015.”

For more information on triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, visit Usatriathlon.org/ncaa.

RELATED PHOTOS: 2013 USAT Collegiate Championship

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If you get sick during race week, don’t panic.

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If you get sick during race week, don’t panic. Most illnesses are viral, last 48 to 72 hours, and will hopefully resolve by race day. I tell my athlete patients that a fever less than 101 degrees or any infection above the neck is safe to race with. There are times, however, when you must step away from the start line. When you’re really sick—with a temperature greater than 101, chills and weakness—racing can be dangerous.

One risk of racing while sick is myocarditis, a viral infection that affects the heart muscle. The symptoms can be exactly like the ones described above: lethargy, high fever and flu-like symptoms. With increased load placed on the heart from racing, the risk of all types of heart issues, from arrhythmia to myocardial infarction (heart attack) increase.

RELATED: Eat Your Way To Recovery

Here are my pre-race rules:

Because worn-down triathletes have a reduced immunity and are therefore more susceptible to catching viruses, expect to get some kind of viral illness during taper or for several days after a big workout or race.

Try to avoid sick people and make sure to wash your hands frequently as a means of prevention.

If you get sick, make sure you hydrate, relax and take supportive medicines (ibuprofen) to keep your symptoms in check.

If the illness looks more serious (fever higher than 101 or nasty green phlegm), make sure you check in with your doc before you toe a start line.

RELATED: Dealing With An Illness

More from Dr. Jordan Metzl.

Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., is a sports medicine specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Dr. Metzl is a 29-time marathon runner and nine-time Ironman finisher. His new book is titled The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies. Drjordanmetzl.com

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Interbike Report: Why Bonk Breaker Is Turning Heads http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/nutrition/interbike-report-bonk-breaker-turning-heads_105954 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/nutrition/interbike-report-bonk-breaker-turning-heads_105954#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:44:15 +0000 Bethany Mavis http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105954

“From day 1, our goal is to be the Ferrari—we want to be the best product on the market.”

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“From day 1, our goal is to be the Ferrari—we want to be the best product on the market,” Bonk Breaker co-owner Chris Frank says. With that in mind, Bonk Breaker has focused on using whole-food ingredients in its energy and protein bars, and making sure they taste like food, not like some of the highly processed energy bar out there.

Co-owner Jason Winn baked up the first iteration of Bonk Breaker bar in his kitchen with his mom 7.5 years ago, after racing his first triathlon. The former NCAA Division I football quarterback was looking to fuel his training and racing with a great-tasting bar, something he found difficult to find. Chris Frank, a Cat. 1 road cyclist and investment banker teamed up with Winn, and the two officially started the company four years ago. Since then, it’s grown to include nine energy bar flavors (with a 10th coming soon) and four protein bar flavors, including the recently released Cookies & Cream. It’s also now the official bar of Ironman (it’s served on Ironman courses), of USA Cycling, of the NFL and of the NCAA Division I.

So what has made Bonk Breaker bars see so much success in such a short time? Frank first credits the quality of the bars’ ingredients—the fresh-baked bars are made with all-natural, gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients. Made with just 10-12 real ingredients, such as brown rice syrup, cashews, gluten-free oats, honey, flaxseed and sea salt, Bonk Breaker bars are definitely qualitatively different than other bars, and Frank is extremely confident in the taste of his bars: “If we can get people to take a bite, they’ll be customers,” he says.

New flavor ideas, such as the recently released Cookies & Cream, come from Team Bonk Breaker, the company’s network of professional and amateur athletes (among whom are 70.3 champ Angela Naeth and two-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae). From there it’s a lot of science, working off of ingredient and flavor profiles to make a bar with real-food ingredients that tastes great.

As far as the future of the company, Frank says the protein bars have been the company’s fastest growing sector and they’ll continue to add new flavors to the lineup. The protein bars are different from others because they use a brown rice protein isolate, which is non-allergenic, easy-to-metabolize source of protein that has a very neutral flavor profile. Bonk Breaker plans to cap out the energy bars at 10 flavors, plus possibly some seasonal flavors. They’re also toying with the idea of trying out new products, like gels or chews. “We’re keeping an eye on other products,” Frank says, “but we don’t want to lose focus on what we do well.” Since they want to be the Ferrari of each category they enter, they want to make sure there’s a way to make the products they want with great-tasting and high-quality ingredients.

RELATED: How To Pick The Right Sports Drink Or Gel For You

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Photos: USAT Super Sprint Series Las Vegas http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-usat-super-sprint-series-las-vegas_105907 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-usat-super-sprint-series-las-vegas_105907#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:48:21 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105907

Athletes finished a 300-meter swim in a portable pool before completing an 8-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run.

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The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Grand Prix returned to Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 11, with a number of the world’s best triathletes competing under the lights and on national television for a share of the $70,000 prize purse at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Ultimately it was American Chelsea Burns and Australian Aaron Royle taking the victories.

Athletes finished a 300-meter swim in a portable pool before completing an 8-kilometer bike and 2.5-kilometer run (all two times), with qualifying heats preceding the A and B finals. A $62,000 prize purse was shared equally between the overall male and female fields, with the top-15 finishers being rewarded in each division. There was also a $7,500 prize purse shared among the top-three men’s and women’s U.S. athletes as part of the USA Triathlon Elite Sprint National Championships.

This year’s event boasted a dense field of talent that included five Olympians on the women’s side—Australian Erin Densham, Canadian Paula Findlay, American Sarah Groff, Chilean Barbara Riveros and Canadian Kristen Sweetland. For the majority of the race, all 10 contenders stayed close together, due in part to the talent level as well as the tactical bike course filled with multiple 180-degree turns. It wasn’t until the second 5K bike that the group started to break up, but mostly reformed heading into the start of the last run. Towards the end of the last 2K, Burns and Densham took charge in front of the field and ended with an all-out sprint to the line. Burns crossed first, followed by Densham and American Erin Jones.

The men’s race had more distinctive packs from the beginning, led by a trio of Royle and Americans Ben Kanute and Tommy Zaferes, who worked together throughout, trading the lead on the bike every half lap in attempt to put in some time on the dominant runners in the field (particularly sub-4 minute milers Sean Jefferson and Alan Webb). Royle, who is ranked 10 on the ITU World Triathlon Series, ultimately had the legs to take the win, followed closely by Kanute and Zaferes.

The event will be broadcast nationwide on Universal Sports Network on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

2014 USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Las Vegas
Super Sprint Triathlon Grand Prix
300m swim, 5k bike, 2k run (x2)

Women’s A Final
1. Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), 40:43.79
2. Erin Densham (AUS), 40:43.81
3. Erin Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 40:54.42
4. Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), 40:56.06
5. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), 41:04.43
6. Paula Findlay (CAN), 41:07.01
7. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN), 41:11.85
8. Lindsey Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), 41:19.03
9. Barbara Riveros (CHI), 41:35.46
10. Kirsten Kasper (Marietta, Ga.), 41:42.53

Men’s A Final
1. Aaron Royle (AUS), 36:59.71
2. Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), 37:09.21
3. Tommy Zaferes (Soquel, Calif.), 37:14.41
4. Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.), 37:59.40
5. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), 38:10.46
6. Conor Murphy (IRL), 38:27.88
7. Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.), 38:31.77
8. Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 38:35.78
9. Alan Webb (Beaverton, Ore.), 38:58.47
10. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) – Flat tire ended race early

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Quick Set Friday: The 6x http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/training/quick-set-friday-the-6x_54245 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/training/quick-set-friday-the-6x_54245#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:00:09 +0000 Jené Shaw http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=54245

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Give this swim workout from Triathlete contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty a try over the weekend.

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Triathlete contributor and swimming all-star Sara McLarty has a blog with more than 500 creative workouts used in her Masters swim program in Clermont, Fla. We’ll feature a workout every Friday so you have new ideas to take to the pool. On her blog (NTCMastersSwim.blogspot.com), you can pick a Monday set for a long distance focus, a Wednesday set for sprint training, or Friday for creative open water skills.

The A sets are between 4–5000 yards total, with intervals ranging from 1:20–1:30 per 100. The B sets are 3000–3500 total, with intervals of 1:50–2:00 per 100. The C sets are 2000–2500 total and all based on a rest interval.

A:
500 choice warm up
12×50 (3: kick @ :60, 3: drill @ :50, repeat)
6×25 @ :30 drill (finger tip drag drill)
6×75 @ 1:10 swim (descend 1-3, 4-6)
6×25 @ :40 drill (single arm drill)
6×75 @ 1:20 swim (all strong)
6×25 @ :30 drill (catch up/stick drill)
6×75 @ 2:00 swim (ALL FAST)
6×25 @ :30 pull (smooth)
6×75 @ 1:05 pull (strong)
6×25 @ :30 pull (breathing every 5)
6×75 @ 1:00 pull (strong)
200 cool down
*4300 Total*

B:
500 choice warm up
6×50 (3: kick @ 1:15, 3: drill @ 1:05)
6×25 @ :40 drill (finger tip drag drill)
6×75 @ 1:20 swim (descend 1-3, 4-6)
6×25 @ :45 drill (single arm drill)
6×75 @ 1:30 swim (all strong)
6×25 @ :40 drill (catch up/stick drill)
6×75 @ 2:00 swim (ALL FAST)
6×25 @ :40 pull (smooth)
6×75 @ 1:20 pull (strong)
200 cool down
*3400 Total*

C:
400 choice warm up
6×50 (3: kick, 3: drill w/:20 sec rest)
6×25 @ :50 drill (finger tip drag drill)
6×75 w/:30 sec rest (swim descend 1-3, 4-6)
6×25 @ :50 drill (single arm drill)
6×75 w/:45 rest (swim all FAST)
6×25 @ :45 pull (smooth)
6×75 w/:30 rest (pull)
100 cool down
*2600 Total*

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12 Pieces Of Clever Gear http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/didnt-think-12-pieces-clever-gear_105879 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/didnt-think-12-pieces-clever-gear_105879#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:54:56 +0000 Jené Shaw http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105879

"Why didn't we think of that?" Smartly-designed tri products from the Interbike floor that aim to make your training life a little simpler.

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Top 3 Nutrition Trends From Interbike http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/nutrition/top-three-nutrition-trends-interbike_105866 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/nutrition/top-three-nutrition-trends-interbike_105866#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:55:31 +0000 Bethany Mavis http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105866

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels. Photo: Bethany Mavis

The world of sports nutrition can be overwhelming, with companies constantly adding products, debuting new flavors and changing formulas.

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Honey Stinger Organic Energy Gels. Photo: Bethany Mavis


The world of sports nutrition can be overwhelming, with nutrition companies constantly adding products, debuting new flavors and changing formulas. To simplify things, here are three large nutrition trends we saw at the 2014 Interbike Trade Show.

1. Sports drinks with lower osmolality

Osmolality, a quality in beverages that has to do with its density and how quickly a drink can be absorbed and passed through a person’s system, has been a hot topic in the sports nutrition world over the last decade, and especially in the last few years. Nutrition companies (and athletes, through firsthand experience) have found that a beverage with high osmolality sits in your gut, especially in longer-course racing, leading to G.I. distress.

As a result, companies such as Infinit Nutrition (Infinitnutrition.com)—who pioneered the world of custom sports nutrition and has helped to pair athletes with their perfect sports drink; Skratch Labs (Skratchlabs.com), founded by exercise physiologist Allen Lim; and Osmo Nutrition (Osmonutrition.com), founded by exercise physiologist Stacy Sims, have all focused on providing endurance athletes with drinks with low osmolality to maximize nutrient absorption. Other larger brands are catching on this year.

GU Brew (Guenergy.com)
The originator of the energy gel, GU, came out with its GU Brew earlier this year, which is focused on hydration (with 250 milligrams of sodium and 30 milligrams of potassium per serving) before fueling (18 grams of carbohydrate and 70 calories per serving). Brew utilizes a 50:50 ratio of fructose to maltodextrin as the carb source, which makes it able to be utilized by more of the body’s transport systems, GU says. The drink is easier for your body to absorb by lowering the carbohydrate content, and it also has a much lighter, less sweet taste profile, making it much more palatable for long, hot workouts. Brew is available in single-serve stick packs and a smaller 24-serving canister, and it added to its drink flavor line-up: In addition to orange and lemon-lime, drinks are available in Tastefully Nude (an extra light, essentially unflavored drink), watermelon, lemon tea (which contains natural caffeine from the tea leaf) and Blue Pomegranate (with a double serving of electrolytes).

CLIF Shot Electrolyte Hydration Mix (Clifbar.com)
CLIF Bar reformulated its hydration beverage so that it focuses on electrolytes more than fueling, in line with the other low-osmolality beverages. It features 40 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 125 milligrams of sodium and 25 milligrams of potassium per serving. Its flavor, available in Lemon Lime-Ade and Cranberry Razz, is extremely light and crisp, making it refreshing without any aftertaste.

RELATED: Is Your Sports Drink Good Enough?

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Photos: Day One From 2014 Interbike http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-day-one-2014-interbike_105848 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-day-one-2014-interbike_105848#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:11:43 +0000 Aaron Hersh http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105848

We're on the ground at the 2014 Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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We’re on the ground at the 2014 Interbike trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. getting a look at the latest innovations in triathlon gear. Here’s some of what we found on day one, and check back for more.

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Dispatch: Lessons Learned From Crowie http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/features/dispatch-lessons-learned-crowie_105836 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/features/dispatch-lessons-learned-crowie_105836#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:24:01 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105836

Craig Alexander chats with an athlete during Kona race week in 2012. Photo: Kurt Hoy

A few of Craig Alexander’s fellow Kona-bound pros share how his influence has impacted their careers.

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Craig Alexander chats with an athlete during Kona race week in 2012. Photo: Kurt Hoy


Last month, Craig Alexander confirmed his intention to return to October’s Ironman World Championship. With his senior standing in the professional ranks, 41-year-old Alexander has served as an advisor and role model to many of the athletes that will line up alongside him in Kona. Alexander relishes his role as a mentor, eagerly sharing his experiences with his training partners, up and coming pros, aspiring age groupers and the athletes he works with through Sansego, his newly launched coaching and training camp company. In advance of his return to the Big Island and the race he has thrice conquered, I reached out to a few of Alexander’s fellow Kona-bound pros to learn how his influence has impacted their careers.

Watch for our feature interview with Crowie, where he speaks candidly about returning to Kona at 41, in our November issue.

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Photos: Age-Groupers Compete At 70.3 Worlds http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-2014-ironman-70-3-world-championship_105802 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/photos/photos-2014-ironman-70-3-world-championship_105802#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:01:18 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105802

Triathletes from around the world converged on Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

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Triathletes from around the world converged on Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada to compete for the right to call themselves world champions at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. See images of the age group race above.

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Race Car Champion, Paralympian To Take On Ironman http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/race-car-champion-paralympian-take-ironman_105799 http://triathlon.competitor.com/2014/09/news/race-car-champion-paralympian-take-ironman_105799#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:49:45 +0000 Triathlete.com http://triathlon.competitor.com/?p=105799

Former race car driver, and now challenged athlete, Alex Zanardi will compete at the 2014 Ironman World Championship on Oct. 11.

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Former race car driver, and now challenged athlete, Alex Zanardi will compete at the 2014 Ironman World Championship on Oct. 11.

Alex Zanardi is an inspiration, even if he doesn’t know it or admit it. He turned a disaster into awe, his private pain into public revelation. A racecar driver—and a legendary one at that—he turned a life-altering injury into exalting triumph.

If life is meant to be lived, then Zanardi is our benchmark. A crash in 2001 took the two-time CART champion’s legs but gave him a gift he can’t quite define, nor can anyone else. He lived through it with a zeal most able-bodied people can’t muster, returning to racing and winning Paralympic gold.

“It would be completely wrong and arrogant of me to say that this is what I am, an inspiration to others,” Zanardi told USA TODAY Sports. “During the course of my recovery, I bumped into people with amazing stories, far more amazing than mine.”

Now Zanardi is ready to add another chapter to his story. After an extensive interview process, the 47-year-old native of Italy has been cleared to participate in the Ironman World Championship triathlon Oct. 11 in Hawaii.

Read more: Usatoday.com

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