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  • Natalie TriFlorida/Sommer Sports Events What tips would you give a first timer for a Sprint Triathlon?
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  • Natalie Signed up for the Sprint Triathlon on May 11. First one ever.
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  • Slowesttwitch created the group Discount - Corerecoverysuit
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  • October 18

  • KAR The GFT Tribe Hi E-Dad and Taz!!! Hey Dad, how was the B2B?... I follow GFT on twitter, it's really looking like no wetsuits this year, water temp is over 80 degrees... I already have 2014 in the back of my mind. Missed the last three years due to a bad cold race week, plantar fasciitis, and just plain lack of motivation. I concentrated on smaller local races this year. I'm entered in the Florida Challenge next March, so I'll hold off on a GFT decision til after then. But I'm really hungry for one last shot at it... Good luck to all GFT participants tomorrow, make it memorable!!! Anyone know if St. Pete Mad Dogs are still there?
    about 10 months ago
    • EnduradadRace was great. VERY cold though, I hate cold. race start was 38 and as soon as sun set went back down fast.
      trying to plan what to do next year?
      If up to me GFT, but family wants to go some where new.

      please someone give an update on race for this year.
      10:54 AM October 28
  • SVS OK, as a past/present "TRIBE" member, I wish everyone a very safe event!! I'll be sitting by the roadside, as you cycle by, applauding your efforts. If you think it's me, just yell out "TAZ"!! No prizes, but it will keep you on your toes. HINT... What color is a pumpkin? ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? MORE STONES!! The "TRIBE" battle cries! TAZ
    about 10 months ago
  • October 17

  • Enduradad Slowesttwitch Sorry I didn't see your question earlier. Try compression sleeves. They are a little expensive, but work well. I thought they were a gimmick, but hospitals use them. I wear them at night when I suffer from leg cramps. Look silly, but work well. I have not noticed if they help while racing?
    about 10 months ago
  • October 16

  • Enduradad Good luck to all doing GFT this year! I hope that some of you write a report. I'll be back again next year. Enduradad
    about 10 months ago
    • EnduradadThe count down clock seems to be running out of numbers. Must be almost race day.
      8:42 AM October 17
  • October 02

  • Slowesttwitch Open Triathlon Discussion anybody heard any info on the new recovery suit that is been launched by corerecoverysuit.com hamstrings are still really sore and looking for a recovery
    about 10 months ago
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Mark Allen's The Art Of Competition Book Available in August
7/22/2014 2:37:58 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Mark-Allen-Art-of-Competition-Book-CoverMark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker, announces the release date of the long-anticipated book he Art of Competition. Currently available for pre-order at art-of-competition.com, the book will ship August 19th.

The Art Of Competition features ninety of Mark Allen's most thought-provoking and significant quotes, borne of his own spiritual and competitive journey, paired with symbolic and stunning two-page images from nature.

It was only when Mark Allen recast his journey from competition into art that he captured the elusive Ironman World Championship victory that led to a total of six successive wins. The chapters within The Art of Competition represent key themes that are vital to this process of turning competition into art - themes such as Change, Fear, and Being Stuck.

The Art of Competition is when a physical, visceral experience--filled with sweat and pain, with extreme control and pure gut-wrenching strength--transforms into a flow of movement, where you stop thinking about victory or failure and just become a vehicle for a truly great performance. This is when competition is transformed into art.


The quotes in The Art of Competition came to Mark while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. The words to explain the mindset he had found had eluded him to this point, then in the span of two days he had penned the quotes that encapsulated the mindset of a champion - thoughts that formed the backbone of The Art of Competition. Each quote is meant to release personal perfection in the moments that count most. The evocative photos are of scenes far more enduring or lasting than our individual successes.

In addition to The Art of Competition, 600 autographed Limited Edition copies will be issued featuring a bonus section of 24 expanded quotes with examples of how they can be applied.

Jim Collins, author of bestsellers Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, wrote in his forward, "That is the artistic gift, the ability to see or perhaps sense something others cannot quite put their finger on and use art to express it, and that is what Mark has done here. He has captured the inner terrain of the true competitor through photos and quotes, unlike anything I have seen before."

This book is for anyone in business, sports, or life, who seeks to change a challenge into art, who needs a game-changing approach to a different outcome.

The Art Of Competition was enthusiastically funded through a Kickstarter campaign and is available for pre-order now at art-of-competition.com.
About Mark Allen
Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named "The World's Fittest Man" by Outside magazine, voted "The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time" by ESPN, and selected as "The Greatest Male Triathlete Of All Time" by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. For more information on Mark Allen, visit art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, the Mark Allen Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip.

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Brach & Carfrae Win 30th Anniversary Challenge Roth
7/20/2014 10:36:56 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

challengeroth-brach-14.jpgGermany's Timo Bracht stormed home to take an historic victory at the 30th Anniversary race of the DATEV Challenge Roth on Sunday. Australia's Mirinda Carfrae ran herself in the history books posting the second fastest ever run split (2:53:27) to claim a 'rookie' Roth win.

The win delighted the record crowd gathered in Roth, Germany cheering Bracht to a home victory when the father of two crossed the finish line in 7hrs 56min.

The 39-year-old is a veteran and produced a controlled and patient performance to over come Nils Frommhold at the 31km mark of the run, after Frommhold led the race for most of the day just falling short of a dream win.

For Bracht it was an emotional and satisfying win to finally stand on top of the podium after finishing second in 2012 and third last year.

"I dreamed ten years to win this race, the whole day has been very emotional the crowd were amazing when I felt down they brought me back," said Bracht.

"It was a fantastic day you need that day to win big races and today I brought it all to the race course," he said.

"But dreaming along doesn't work and the will to go was the key to success today," said Bracht.

Frommhold was first to exit the 3.8km swim from Pete Jacobs (Aust), defending champion Dirk Bockel (LUX), Eneko Llanos (ESP), and Bracht in the top ten. The surprise was pre race favourite Luke McKenzie exiting 3mins behind the leaders.

It wasn't the best of days for McKenzie losing his nutrition on the bike but like the champion he is battled on to eventually finish 11th.

Onto the bike it was a group of 11 that formed at the front of the field and they settled in to a steady pace.

There were a number of lead changes in the early stages Andreas Niedrig took a turn at the front along with Jacobs for a short spell. For Jacobs it was not his finest day in Roth as he struggled in the final stages of the bike and battled on to finish.

As they approached the 130km mark it was Frommhold who opened up a lead of over a minute to the chasers and eventually had a gap of 2min 40sec at the changeover from Markus Fachbach, Bracht, Bockel and Llanos. Frommhold's bike split (4:15:16) was the eight fastest on record.

As they hit the final 42.2km run leg Frommhold's lead was out to 4min 33sec but the experienced pair of Bracht and Bockel set about taking back time.

Behind was a real battle for third; Bockel was holding on but Australia's Joe Gambles was making a real charge. Bockel couldn't hold the pace as the heat was taking its toll on the field.

At the half-marathon mark the gap between Frommhold and Bracht remained at over 3mins but the experience of Bracht showed, his patience and ability to stick to his plan paid off as he finally took the lead at the 31km mark and never looked back, eventually winning his first DATEV Challenge Roth in a time of 7:56:01.

Frommhold was thrilled with his second place and Llanos won the battle for the final podium spot.

"On the bike I wanted to show them what I got. And it went even better than planed," said Frommhold. "I've given it my all, but in the end it wasn't enough. I'll definitely be back, because this was an incredible event," said Frommhold.

2014 Challenge Roth Results:
Roth, Germany - July 20, 2014

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Timo Bracht (GER) 07:56:00
Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 08:38:53
Nils Frommhold (GER) 08:00:39
Rachel Joyce (GBR) 08:42:25
Eneko Llanos (ESP) 08:09:29
Caroline Steffen (SUI) 08:48:42
Joe Gambles (AUS) 08:10:10
Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 08:59:36
James Cunnama (RSA) 08:11:44
Julie Gajer (GER) 09:00:50


Australia's Mirinda Carfrae ran herself into the history books here in Roth to claim victory on debut.

The Kona world champion showed she is a class act, again producing her trademark run leg reeling in all in front and storming to a 'rookie' Challenge Roth win.

In claiming the inaugural title she also posted the fourth fastest ever time (8.38.53) to beat the UK's Rachel Joyce and Caroline Steffen (SUI).

"I'm speechless, you guys are such a great crowd. Thanks to all the people who come out to show their support," said Carfrae.

"I've heard so much about the race hard not to get wound up in the emotion, the last 1km the crowds were amazing and felt myself getting emotional. I felt like I was going to cry," said Carfrae.

Carfrae was 3mins down after the swim as the defending Champion Steffen led them out followed by Michelle Vesterby (DEN), Julia Gajer (GER), Rachel Joyce (GBR) and Rebekah Keat (AUS).

In the early stages the women were splintered as Steffen poured on the pace and cleared out with Beranek following closely. Joyce and Vesterby trailed by 4mins with Gajer a further minute behind.

Trailing after the swim Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) worked hard to put herself in contention and at the 120km mark had moved into fourth place, Carfrae was now five minutes behind the leaders while Vesterby and Gajer couldn't maintain the pace and slipped out of the lead group.

Joyce decided she didn't want to hang around and had put over a minute into the chasers by the 150km point. Steffen was still in second and van Vlerken holding down third but over 5mins behind. Riesler was still in contention and Carfrae now 6mins 46sec in arrears.

At the final changeover and with the first three women on course Joyce led by 4mins 32secs to Steffen with van Vlerken a further minute behind. Carfrae meant business and immediately started reducing the gap.

As the pace and heat took it's toll on Steffen, Carfrae ran herself into third ahead of van Vlerken and had her sights set on Steffen.

Eventually she overtook the 'Swiss Miss' and had just one to catch. It came at the 28km mark when Carfrae finally passed Joyce and continued to extend her lead as she eventually crossed the line with another lightening fast run split to win on debut.

"I really enjoy racing Rinnie and Caroline but you know you are going to have to dig really deep on those days," said Joyce.

"I'd like to come back and win it again," she said.

At the end of the day over 5,500 people from 62 countries had swum, cycled and run their way to the finish line to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of what is the world's greatest triathlon spectacle.

Challenge Family CEO Felix Walchshöfer was one of those who took part in the race day festivities by participating in honor of his father began the race 30 years ago. He completed the race in a time of 14:04:12.

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83-year old Sister Madonna Buder was also one of the athletes participating in the 30th Challenge Roth race. If she finished (which is still un-confirmed) she would be the oldest long-distance triathlete - a case for the Guinness Book of World Records!

Source: Challenge Family
Photo Credits: Alex Grimm

Middaugh, Widney Win XTERRA Mountain Champs
7/20/2014 9:07:14 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Josiah Middaugh, of Eagle-Vail, Colorado and Chantell Widney, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, captured the 2014 XTERRA Mountain Championship at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, CO today.


It's the third time in four years Middaugh has won the race, while it's the first major XTERRA victory for Widney.

Middaugh was more than a minute behind the leaders out of the one-mile swim in Nottingham Lake but quickly biked his way to the front of the pack. He posted the fastest bike and run times of the day and won going away in 2:07:22, more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Ben Hoffman from Boulder.

"It was a special day for me, everything kind of clicked," said Middaugh. "You'd think that would happen more often on my home course but I've had a lot of dismal races here so it was good to put it all together and have one of those days where everything felt really good. It's a really hard course but I was happy to suffer through it."

His bike split, 1:09:32, was almost three minutes faster than the next best of Ryan Petry, and his run was 30-seconds better than the lightning quick 18-year-old Mauricio Mendez. Making that all the more impressive, Middaugh suffered three broken ribs in a bike crash just three weeks ago.

Yet, as Middaugh explains, "It's a brutal course. It's really hard, even for people that live at altitude."

"The course is tough, and I'm happy with a podium position, it's better than my last two 3rd places here," said Hoffman. "Josiah took it to us today, he was untouchable. I gave everything I had and was still five minutes down."

Hoffman was riding with Ryan Petry, a rookie pro that has had great XTERRA races as an amateur in the past, but nothing like what he did today by coming off the bike in second just ahead of Hoffman.

"I've been doing a lot of mountain bike races and that helps a ton," said Petry, a 23-year-old who just graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in marketing and moved to Boulder. "Climbing is kind of my specialty on the mountain bike. I love this. I sold my tri bike a couple months ago and think XTERRA is the way to go. I've convinced so many people to try it, and it's cool to be doing fairly well. I'm having a lot of fun with friends, this summer has been awesome."

Petry was sixth out of the water but caught the lead pack of Branden Rakita, Hoffman, and Mauricio Mendez by mile three. It was there that Hoffman and Petry put a gap into the rest of the field while Middaugh pulled away.

Mendez, the 18-year-old phenom out of Mexico City, was every bit as impressive as Petry today and caught him (and Rakita) on the run to finish third behind Middaugh and Hoffman. It's the reigning amateur XTERRA World Champs second third-place finish of his rookie season.

2014 XTERRA Mountain Championship Results:
Avon, Colorado - July 19, 2014

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Josiah Middaugh 2:07:22
Chantell Widney 2:30:12
Ben Hoffman 2:12:29
Emma Garrard 2:31:09
Mauricio Mendez 2:13:21
Danelle Kabush 2:32:15
Ryan Petry 2:14:22
Shonny Vanlandingham 2:34:18
Alex Modestou 2:15:16
Jaime Brede 2:35:18
Ryan Ignatz 2:16:00
Suzie Snyder 2:36:31
Chris Ganter 2:17:01
Sara Schuler 2:37:27
Branden Rakita 2:18:13
Rebecca Dussault 2:37:49
Brad Zoller 2:20:54
Kelley Cullen 2:38:11
Cody Waite 2:21:16
Heidi Rentz 2:38:20

Complete Results
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xterra-WidneyThe first time Chantell Widney rode a mountain bike was two years ago at the XTERRA Canada Championship in Canmore. The ITU road standout finished fourth that day on a really tough course in the Canadian Rockies behind XTERRA greats Melanie McQuaid, Danelle Kabush, and Renata Bucher. The experience ignited a fire within to chase the "fun" of the sport.

"I didn't want to chase Olympic points anymore and wanted to do something fun where the bike means something, and mountain biking was on the bucket list so it made sense," said Widney.

Widney had experienced success on the road, having won the ITU Continental Cup event in Monroe, Wash., on June 25, 2011, but had not reached the top step at an XTERRA championship race until today.

"Winning races doesn't come very often so this is awesome. I really wanted to win a race this year," said Widney.

It wasn't easy. Emma Garrard, the pre-race favorite having posted the best results of anyone in the field this year, was with Widney the whole way and even took the lead at one point during the bike.

"It was close between Chantell and I until the run," said Garrard. "I was catching her gradually on the bike climb, and passed her on the first downhill but she re-took the lead. Then I caught up again only to crash on Corkscrew (near the end of the bike). Still, was able to get back on her wheel and went neck-and-neck into transition."

It was awesome racing, not just between Garrard and Widney, but really a handful of women. Danelle Kabush, the 2012 Mountain Champ who finished third, actually posted the fastest bike split but look how close those bike times were: Kabush, 1:22:17; Jaime Brede, 1:22:54, Shonny Vanlandingham, 1:23:01, Widney, 1:23:11, Garrard, 1:23:13, and Maia Ignatz, 1:23:17.

"You can get more out of yourself when it's that close," said Widney. "It's easier to push yourself harder when you know somebody is chasing you down. I was running scared the whole time. I was sprinting the downhills, I just didn't want to lose this."

Garrard had great perspective after her fourth straight runner-up finish this season, saying "Even though I didn't win today I had never been in first during a big race and I was today so that felt good. It's the closest I've ever been to winning a race, and I could pretty much see first the whole way so that's encouraging. I hoped I would have had more on the run but I didn't. I was hurting on the first climb, and hope I'd make it up on the downhill but she was better than me on the descent. Still, I'm way ahead of where I was last year at this time and that's a good feeling."

The defending and four-time Beaver Creek Mtn Champ Shonny Vanlandingham finished strong in fourth while Jaime Brede had an amazing day to finish fifth overall.

Source: XTERRA
Photo credits: XTERRA

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Challenge Family Announces New Challenge Heilbronn Triathlon
7/17/2014 4:53:05 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

challenge-heilbrownnChallenge Family's newest half distance race is set in the very heart of Heilbronn, Germany and is perfectly staged to play the role of the 'Road to Roth' in 2015.

Sparkasse Challenge Heilbronn powered by Audi has become the 31st member of the Challenge Family, taking place a month before the legendary DATEV Challenge Roth. Every third weekend in June the starting pistol will be fired in the heart of Heilbronn for the Challenge Half in Germany providing perfect preparation for Roth.

Challenge Heilbronn started life five years ago as the City Triathlon Heilbronn a highlight in national and international triathlon race calendars since the very first year and enjoys outstanding reputation among European triathletes. Zibi Szlufcik, Challenge Family CEO said, "The triathlon family is enriched by the addition of Challenge Heilbronn which is both excellently and passionately organised."

"Our trademark and recipe for success is our location in the very heart of the city," said Christoph Troßbach of Challenge Heilbronn. The entire competition area is held within 400 metres in the heart of the city - hotels, registration, press conference, pasta party, swim course, T1 and T2, sections of the run course and of course the iconic finish line in the market square.

The swim in the "Neckar-Arena" is followed by the challenging bike ride through the beautiful vineyard scenery in Zabergäu. Passing alongside at romantic vineyards, the 90 km course is on excellent paved, fully secured by hundreds of volunteers. Back in the heart of the City is the run course travels through the city centre before a spectacular finish in the Marketplatz stadium in front of the historic town hall and thousands of spectators.

The event will also feature and Olympic Distance race (1.5km swim / 47km bike / 10km run) as well as a Sprint Distance triathlon (500me swim / 23km bike / 5km run).

For further information and registrations information visit www.challenge-heilbronn.de.
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Preview: Commonwealth Games women’s race
12:00:00 AM ITU News
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12:00:00 AM ITU News
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Mixed Relay Champs most successful to date
12:00:00 AM ITU News
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Great Britain complete Mixed Relay hat-trick in Hamburg
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Team Great Britain asserted themselves as the most successful in Mixed Relay history in Hamburg on Saturday, collecting their third World Championship title on the back of two stellar performances from the Brownlee brothers. It means that Great Britain have won half the Mixed Relay world titles on offer so far, after the sixth world championship in the format. In Germany on Saturday, it was a brilliant second leg from Jonathan Brownlee to pull himself back up to the leaders on the bike and then surge on the run to put Vicky Holland into the lead, that helped set-up the final leg, when Alistair Brownlee outsprinted Vincent Luis for the second day in a row. While on Saturday it was to claim his 16th career WTS win, on Sunday Brownlee anchored home a brilliant team effort for Britain to claim gold ahead of the youthful French team. “It was a great team performance, but Jonny to be honest had the stand-out leg today, that was absolutely phenomenal to get back that deficit, but everybody did great and we are really happy to win it again after last year,” Alistair Brownlee said. The young French team, containing Audrey Merle and Cassandre Beaugrand, the silver and bronze medallists at the 2014 European Championships and 2013 ITU Junior Men’s World Champion Dorian Coninx, provided a perfect platform for Vincent Luis to anchor home the final run and collect the silver medal. Behind them, the Hungarian team of Zsofia Kovacs, Tamas Toth, Margit Vanek and Akos Vanek all put in excellent all-round performances to claim a bronze medal. It was Hungary’s first medal at a Mixed Relay World Championships, becoming just the ninth team to reach the podium. Under grey cloudy skies in Hamburg, the first wave of 2014 failed to split the field much. Lucy Hall, Claudia Rivas and Carolina Routier put Great Britain, Mexico and Spain in the front after the 300m swim, but they didn’t get away on the tight 6.6km bike and 16 of the teams entered T2 together. Hall’s transition was slowed slightly when she caught her shin on her wayward wheel, just enough that she missed the main group, and it allowed Germany, Hungary, Japan and the USA to take the lead through Robisch, Kovacs, Sato and Kaitlin Donner (USA) with Australia’s Charlotte McShane, Italy’s Annamaria Mazzetti and France’s Beaugrand not far behind. That order played across to the next mens wave, and a group of seven went off the front, notably leaving Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee and Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya off the...
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