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Triathlete March/April 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

3 min
tri, together

Welcome to our first-ever combined USA Triathlon + Triathlete issue! If you’re a USA Triathlon member and don’t usually get Triathlete, you might be wondering why this showed up in your mailbox. And if you’re a Triathlete subscriber, then you probably have some questions about the special USAT section in the second half of the magazine. I’ll try to answer all of your questions, but if you come up with one I haven’t thought of, feel free to email me to ask. First and most importantly: This combined premium magazine is the result of a partnership between USAT and Triathlete. We’re putting our heads together to make our sport better. USAT members and Triathlete subscribers will now receive quarterly issues of Triathlete with a special USAT section in the back half of…

1 min
this month at triathlete.com

FIND ALL THESE STORIES AND MORE AT TRIATHLETE.COM/MAGAZINE Win This Bike! One lucky Triathlete reader will be pedaling away with this brand new Canyon Speedmax CF SLX 8 DISC Di2, valued at $8,000. Head to triathlete.com/winthisbike to enter. How to Build a DIY Strength-Training Program Trainer Kevin Purvis provides structure and advice for incorporating strength workouts into your training schedule. In-Depth Triathlon Bike Roundups Can’t get enough gear? Our members-only online bike reviews include all the info to help you decide which one is right for your wallet and racing distance. Mastering Triathlon Swim Training Swim coach and founder of Tower 26 Gerry Rodrigues takes a look at some of the key training concepts behind his triathlon-specific swimming program. The Science and Controversy of Running Blade Prosthetics Do high-tech prosthetics give runners a competitive advantage? We dive into all sides of…

3 min
the baby-faced assassin

It’s just before 6 a.m. on a Wednesday morning and Matt Wilpers is sitting in an empty studio atop a sleek black stationary bike. He fiddles with the mic propped by his cheek, does a quick scan of the screen in front of him, then looks directly into one of several cameras surrounding him. As a light flashes action, Wilpers smiles, raises his arms above his shoulders and bellows three familiar words: “What’s up, Peloton?” It’s this phrase that incites excitement (and, sometimes, heart-palpitating fear) in the thousands of Peloton members who routinely pop into the cycling and running classes that Wilpers teaches via livestream or downloadable on-demand. An instructor known for delivering killer-but-purposeful workouts with an easy-going attitude, a wry grin, and an impish laugh, Wilpers, 37, is often referred…

3 min
a modest proposal

At around mile 10 of the bike leg on her first sprint triathlon, Khadijah Diggs began to question her choices. More specifically, her choice of bike—an $89 fixed gear, or “fixie,” purchased at Walmart the week before the race. “Needing gears never crossed my mind,” Diggs laughed. “I had trained for the race on a spin bike in my basement and hadn’t ridden a bike in years.” Still, she managed to race on and over the hills of Lake Lanier, Georgia, at the Iron Girl triathlon, on her fixie, making her way to transition and then to the run. Though Diggs had been a track and field athlete in college, she struggled on the rolling run course —to this day, she jokes the course was “uphill both ways”—but when she crossed the…

2 min
amelia watkinson

Most triathlon training plans are structured around routine and repetition: certain workouts on certain days, following a certain order. For Amelia Watkinson, however, it’s the opposite—she thrives when she can have as much variety as possible. Follow her on Instagram (@ameliarosewatkinson), and you’ll see dispatches from a new location just about every week: a twisty mountain ride in Switzerland, a hot run in Thailand, then a half-Iron win in her native New Zealand. Even when COVID-19 restrictions hampered her ability to cross borders, Watkinson could still be found discovering new trails and hidden swimming coves near her home on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. “Traveling with training and racing is definitely still a massive perk to the sport for me,” Watkinson said. “I always factor in a few days post-race to explore the…

5 min
test pattern

On the first weekend of 2021, Russia’s top junior biathletes gathered in the city of Izhevsk for a nationwide competition. The night before the races began, anti-doping officials from RUSADA—Russia’s heavily scrutinized anti-doping agency—descended on the city, and suddenly 37 athletes withdrew from the event and left town. Clearly, a large chunk of competitors weren’t expecting to come across officials with clipboards, syringes, and plastic cups. While circumventing anti-doping has been the norm in some countries for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic provided a unique opportunity last year for athletes from all over the globe to avoid a prick in the arm or a pee in a cup. In-competition testing was reduced significantly by the lack of competitions, and out-of-competition testing was more difficult than ever due to lockdowns and travel…