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Triathlete January/February 2021

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

2 min
cheat sheet

DRIPDROP $36 for 32 sticks dripdrop.com DripDrop ORS (Oral Rehydration Solutions) isn’t your typical sports nutrition product. This electrolyte powder was first designed by a doctor on a relief mission treating life-threatening cases of dehydration. Now it’s available for athletes, too. With a high electrolyte content (660mg of sodium and 370mg of potassium), DripDrop claims to treat dehydration as effectively as an IV—though not as quickly. It comes in handy little stick sachets that are easy to carry on rides or put in your workout bag. While we didn’t put them to the test against an IV, DripDrop boasts a potent electrolyte mix that’ll help keep you well hydrated, particularly during intense workouts. Interestingly, it’s available in a wide range of hot and cold flavors, with the cold flavors including lemon, and watermelon,…

1 min
how hansen fuels

Morning: Wake up pretty late. (I am a night owl.) Black coffee. Mid-morning: Start an endurance ride, which can range from five to eight hours long. The first four hours (at least) are in a fasted state; I only drink water to keep my insulin down and for maximum fat metabolism. After four hours, I eat a bar or a banana. Post-ride: Something very sweet to create an insulin spike, putting my body in the most anabolic state to absorb protein faster. Then a Sanas Vegan protein shake. Dinner: Two roasted sweet potatoes and a massive bowl of salad filled with nuts and seeds, with avocado-based dressing with chickpeas. No oil. Dessert: Something to satisfy my sweet tooth, like a cashew-based cake I made–I love to cook and bake–or some agar agar treat (a…

18 min
build better habits

Every morning when you get up you probably hit your alarm without thinking about it, roll out of bed, and grab your slippers and a robe. Maybe you walk into the kitchen and start making coffee before you’re even fully awake—hitting the light switch as you go without consciously deciding to turn on the light. These are your habits. “A habit is a choice you make at some point that you stop making and continue doing,” said Charles Duhigg, author of the book The Power of Habit. A habit is a behavior that becomes automatic, with little or no conscious thought. At some point, when you were learning to ride clip-in pedals, you had to think consciously about it every time you unclipped on the bike and tried to stop. You had to…

1 min
commit to commitment

There is another option you can use—a commitment device. But, Eyal said, this can also backfire, especially if you haven’t gone through all the steps of understanding your why, your reward, and your triggers. A commitment device is any kind of artificial tool that commits you to your habit. For instance, Eyal hated working out, but he knew he was overweight and unhealthy and needed to get active. He’d gone through all of his self-analysis of why and his triggers. He’d planned out what he was going to do (just 30 minutes of any activity every day—push-ups, jogging, jumping jacks, anything). So then he created a commitment device. He put a calendar on his wall with a $100 bill on every day and a lighter sitting next to it. And he…

10 min
more than ever, tri clubs matter

Triathlon may be an individual sport, but it’s certainly not a solitary one. Clubs and teams are the beating heart of triathlon, forming a community of friendships forged in freezing open-water swims and sweltering trail runs. When COVID-19 restrictions put a halt to Masters workouts and adventures with training buddies, what did that mean for triathlon clubs? What would happen when clubs couldn’t gather for group rides and post-race pancake breakfasts? THE ANSWER: They adapted, because that’s what triathletes do. When they couldn’t have a group ride, they took their watts and smack talk to Zwift. When large, in-person gatherings were banned, meetings and seminars seamlessly migrated to Zoom. When races were canceled, clubs and teams turned their time and energy to something bigger than sport. In a time when it would…

1 min
how to…

Find a Club Want to check out a club without any pressure to join? Many offer free training events or races for the community at large, which will let you get a feel for the club before committing. “We have several organized and fully sagged events that are free and full of all of the bells and whistles, like stocked aid stations, drone photography, and a finish line festival,” Masayon said. “It’s a great way to meet our members and see what we’re about.” Grow Your Club Triathlon clubs don’t follow the adage of “if you build it, they will come.” Instead, the most successful clubs are the ones that consistently go out and meet members where they’re at, providing programs that are exciting, appealing, and engaging. People have to want to join…