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Triathlete November/December 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
what is triathlon?

For months, the joke around the office—and by “office” I mean Zoom calls—has been: If there are no triathlons, are there even triathletes? At first, we were kidding. Of course you’re still a triathlete! This is just a temporary setback! There’ll be races again… soon! But as the weeks turned into months, which turned into a whole season gone, I don’t think we’ve been the only ones wondering what exactly makes us triathletes without triathlons. Triathlon isn’t really a sport. It’s actually unique in that way. It’s a combination, a constructed contest of sorts across multiple sports. That’s why we call it multisport. Triathlon didn’t exist before some guys in San Diego said let’s try swimming, biking, and running all in a row—and see who’s best. And so now, in the midst…

1 min
this month at triathlete.com

How to Stay Motivated in the Winter Months Follow our tips for your most productive (and fun!) winter training yet. The Fastest Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Around This simple soup recipe from registered dietitian Matthew Kadey is tasty, nutritious, and super quick to make. The Best Fans for Indoor Cycling Cycling indoors can be made much less horrifying with the right fan for the job. Check out our guide and stay cool this winter. ACTIVE PASS ⋆ EXCLUSIVE Solving the Mystery of Swim Deaths The majority of triathlon deaths happen in the swim. These researchers are trying to find out why—and how to prevent them. Why Doesn’t Mental Training Get the Respect It Deserves? Mental preparation can be as important as physical and technical training. Dr. Jim Taylor explains why. FIND ALL THESE STORIES AND MORE AT TRIATHLETE.COM/MAGAZINE Twitter Poll @TriathleteMag My fall/winter training…

3 min

It’s 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning and Chris Nikic is awake, preparing for his long run. He eats a quick breakfast, tightens the laces on his royal blue running shoes, and heads out well before sunrise. Flanked by a small squad of running buddies, Nikic’s stride is short but assured, as he presses on for three hours, clicking off 13 miles before most other people open their eyes for the day. In many ways, Nikic’s routine isn’t different from anyone else training for an Ironman. His weekends are packed with 70-mile bike rides and early-morning long runs. He logs laps in the pool and spends countless hours in the gym, lifting weights and perfecting his pull-ups. However, Nikic, 20, also has Down syndrome. And his training is different in at…

3 min
no time for fomo

If there’s one thing that Dionne DeGourville, 48, misses in her life as a triathlete, it’s the ability to join group rides, swims, and runs. Good thing she’s self-motivated—getting the training in even if it means solo 100-mile rides. That motivation has led her across the finish lines of seven Ironman races, despite working busy days as a Long Island-based police officer on the FBI gang task force. Her job, which involves working cases and making arrests for gang activity, drugs, and guns, sometimes requires around the-clock attention—crime doesn’t stop when the banks close at five. DeGourville often begins in the wee hours of the night and finishes 18 hours later. To get it all done, she’s adopted a “fit it in where I can” attitude. “Triathlon is a lifestyle for me, so…

2 min
justin metzler

As a kid, Justin Metzler dreamt of being a professional athlete when he grew up, hoping he could make it as a basketball player. When that didn’t work out, he found himself a little lost, unsure of who or what he was. It turns out triathlon first helped rescue him from that crisis and later propelled him back towards his pro athlete dreams. At 27 years old, Metzler is part of the new guard of pro racers, but he already boasts almost 15 years’ experience in the sport, thanks to discovering triathlon at the age of 13, when he became “the kid at school who did triathlons.” “At that time, my Dad was racing Ironmans and challenged me to come train with him,” he said. “In the early stages, it was just…

5 min
virtual insanity

The feeling of sprinting into chilly water or hearing the roar of a finish-line crowd is a uniquely in-person triathlon experience. But in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic rendered those moments impossible and left athletes and race organizers wondering now what? Some companies seized the opportunity to innovate in the virtual space, bringing hope to athletes who missed the routine of training and the thrill of competition. But if and when we can return to the excitement of in-person races, will these virtual experiences stick around, and what role will they play in triathlon’s future? VIRTUAL SUCCESS As most races were canceled IRL, many athletes and races moved online—and some found real success virtually. Zwift, the online cycling and running platform, was perfectly positioned for the stuck-at-home lifestyle, and clearly athletes agreed:…