July/August 2021

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3 min.
how to not be “that person” when watching the olympics with friends

THE OLYMPIC GAMES ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND, as triathletes, there will be plenty of events us multi-sporters can relate to as we watch with our friends. There’ll even be many sports we know how to do. And while we may be tempted to highlight our prowess, it’s important to not come across as a know-it-all when watching the Games. After all, we want to get invited back to our friends’ houses again in four years. To save you from yourself, here are some potential hot-button tri-related topics to avoid as you’re watching the Tokyo Olympics. SWIMMING: When watching swimmers rack up more medals than triathletes have bikes, hold yourself back from saying that anyone can win a swimming medal because there are thousands of events (there’s 18, actually). I’ve been…

2 min.
not the slowest in the pool anymore

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT Joining the swim team in high school changed my life. Back then, I could hardly describe myself as a star athlete. In fact, I only tried out because I knew they didn’t make cuts. But I was bad — really bad. I was slow and didn’t even know how to dive. Eventually, my coach said to me, “You know you can just stop showing up to practice.” Frankly telling me I should quit the team. Rather than allow her attitude to crush my enthusiasm, her words truly sparked something within me. I decided to show up to every single practice after that conversation. Though I did not become the best swimmer in the world, by practicing every day, I did improve. At every meet I got faster and stronger. Eventually, I made…

2 min.
follow the action

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Olympic men’s race: Sunday, July 25, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Monday, July 26 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). Olympic women’s race: Monday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m. ET (Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 a.m. Tokyo time). Mixed Relay: Friday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. ET (Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. Tokyo time). HOW TO WATCH Broadcast schedules and live streaming for the Olympic Games will be available on and in the NBC Sports app. USA Triathlon will share official broadcast times and channels when available at DEBUT OF THE MIXED RELAY The unique, gender-balanced, Mixed Relay race format leads to dramatic finishes, with teams consisting of four athletes, ordered female-male-female-male, who each complete a super-sprint triathlon (300m swim, 8k bike and 2k run) before tagging their teammate. The short distances makes…

15 min.
an olympics like no other

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are something that take years of meticulous planning and behind-the-scenes work to execute. Committees are formed and event directors plot out the specifics for each sport. Athlete housing and logistics are scheduled. Media operations are built from scratch. Years of work go into these finely-tuned plans. Yet, for the Tokyo Games, those plans have already been tossed out and reworked again and again and again. First, the 2020 Olympics were postponed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, with the need to add an entirely new layer of safety measures outlined in a series of revised Olympic playbooks, the organizers have adjusted them until they’re down to the wire. The specifics of what COVID dictates will keep changing right up until the Games start.…

3 min.
in triathlon, we’re uniquely united

Tokyo United. You’ve likely seen that phrase incorporated into USA Triathlon’s Olympic and Paralympic content as we gear up for the Tokyo Games this summer. But what exactly does it mean? Tokyo United exemplifies the resilience, determination and teamwork that has gotten USA Triathlon’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes — and really, all of us — to this moment. What’s unique about Tokyo 2020 — postponed by a year due to COVID-19, but still retaining its original name — is that everyone can relate to what Tokyo Olympians and Paralympians have been through in some way. The pandemic put our plans on hold, deferred our dreams, and forced us all to work toward a moving target somewhere in the uncertain future. That common experience gave us a rare chance to inspire one another, and to…

3 min.
wide or die

WHEN IT COMES TO BICYCLE TIRES AND WHEELS, we now know: wider is better. Of course, old-school thinking was just the opposite—and many veteran triathletes might remember gluing 19mm tires onto their tubular rims. But tires have been steadily getting wider over the years, and if 25mm is currently the new 23mm, 28mm will soon be the new 25mm. The reality seems simple: The ride quality of a bike equipped with wider tires is notably better. Wide equals smooth and smooth equals fast, but there’s more to it than that: Wider also means less flats and a better-handling bike. The Tire/Ground Connection When it contacts the road, a tire slightly flattens—a section of tire referred to as the “contact patch.” Tire pressure determines the total area of a contact patch, and if…