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Triathlete September/October 2020

Triathlete magazine is the leading triathlon publication, informing and inspiring athletes of all abilities with training and nutrition guidance,advice from the pros and top coaches and experts, athletes profiles, product reviews and all the information they need to fully enjoy the triathlon lifestyle.

United States
Pocket Outdoor Media, LLC

in this issue

3 min
the life of tri

One summer, I spent four weeks on the Big Island working and house-sitting in the lead-up to the Ironman World Championship. It gave me a glimpse into the non-triathlon, real-life side of the island, and I still remember the first time I rode down the legendary Queen K—past gas stations and shopping centers, dodging roadkill and semis speeding by. And I thought, This is it?! This is what everyone makes a big deal about? They don’t show the Costco on the NBC TV coverage. I thought about this again as we were putting together our list of the top tri towns of 2020 (p. 40): What makes something a triathlon hotspot? Why? Does anywhere ever live up to the hype? For this issue, we tried to narrow down the list of best…

1 min
this month at triathlete.com

Hawaii From Home: No Qualification Required Always dreamt of covering 140.6 miles? This is your (virtual) chance. Well, kind of. During what would have been the week when so many triathletes gather on the Big Island, we’re hosting a virtual iron-distance “race.” Registrants have the whole week of Oct. 5-11 to tackle a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run from home. Sign up for some sweet swag, access to workouts and training tips from top coaches, and raffle prizes. Get all of the details at triathlete.com/hawaiifromhome. A Guide to Going from the Pool to Open Water Pool access difficult? The open water is better anyway! Our guide has everything you need to know when making the switch. Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget A registered dietitian shares 10 nutritious foods that won't break the…

3 min
no limits

“Having that reassurance gave me confidence to go through everything else.” Roderick Sewell has overcome a lot in his 28 years: Born without tibias, Sewell had his legs amputated when he was 18 months old. As he grew, his prosthetic legs were so expensive that his mom quit her job of 20-plus years to file for unemployment so that the prosthetics could be covered by insurance. That began a domino effect that eventually left the two homeless on the streets of San Diego when Sewell was 8 years old. But since those days, he’s also accomplished a lot—he’s been competing for Team USA in para-swimming since 2014, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Alabama, ran a 1:39 half-marathon debut as part of a relay at 70.3 Oceanside, and…

2 min
balancing act

As an adventurous child growing up in Ireland, Ivan O’Gorman raced BMX bikes and rode horses. In his late teens, he played rugby for his home country. It makes sense, then, that joining the corporate world in his twenties left O’Gorman a bit disillusioned. Working in marketing just wasn’t cutting it for the adrenaline junkie. When presented with an opportunity to travel to the U.S. for six months to study bike fitting with Retül, the familiar combination of fear and excitement was a sign he had to go. O’Gorman is not known for playing it safe. Shortly after his six-month training, he was offered the opportunity to stay and work as an instructor with Retül. O’Gorman worked for the company through its acquisition by Specialized Bicycles, then decided to take another…

2 min
paula findlay

At the 2012 London Olympics, Paula Findlay finished in last place, sobbing and mouthing the words, “I’m sorry," as she crossed the line. It was a crushing blow for the then 23-year-old Canadian star who was carrying her country's hopes of medaling at the Games, only to struggle with a hip injury that flared up at the worst possible time. Now eight years older and with far more life experience under her race belt, Findlay has landed in a much happier place. She’s healthy. She’s in love. She’s thriving in her home base of Portland, Oregon. She’s obsessed with her puppy. And oh yeah, she’s been winning races again, too. After more ups and downs on the ITU circuit, additional injuries, and various shifts in training and coaches, Findlay found herself on…

5 min
stay local, race local

Although COVID-19 public health guidelines continue to vary around the globe, a few common themes have emerged—travel is restricted, large gatherings are capped, and there are widespread bans or cancellations of mass participation events. All of which obviously makes it impossible for large-scale triathlons to take place. Triathletes aren’t able to travel to faraway races and, even if they could, there aren’t many races to travel to anyway. “There aren’t many options for big races to be held,” said Tim Yount, USA Triathlon’s chief sport development officer. Because of these limitations, many of the first races that return in the post-COVID-19 era will be local and small. And with large events, like the New York City Marathon and the Ironman World Championship off the table for 2020, this could mean a chance…