Triathlete May 2019

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
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6 Issues

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2 min.
ed letter, production notes, comments

FROM THE EDITOR Are You Happy Now? Ours is a culture obsessed with the notion of happiness. Who can blame us? It’s written into our Constitution. An Amazon search for books on the subject returns a million-and-one volumes with titles soaked in powerful-promise platitudes, from the mild Best Self: Be You, Only Better to the sassy You Are a Badass to the in-your-face The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. All of which are New York Times best sellers. There are so many books on the subject because happiness, like humor and the edibility of yo mama’s cooking, is subjective. What makes one person’s experience “a state of well-being and contentment”—the dictionary definition—may make another cry. Tears of not-joy. We dedicated this issue to happiness in all its complexity because, at our…

1 min.
6 weeks to your fastest swim

5 Steps to a Harmonious Tri-Family Life Balance Experts in the art of holding-it-together reveal their top five secrets to a happy multisport homelife. Upgrade Your Water Elevate your H2O with these six thirst-quenching potions. The Mental Side of Injury Knowing Kübler-Ross’ five stages of grief can help you cope when your training goes off the tracks. How I Used the Rower to Train for an Ultraman Ultraman Florida finisher Jack Nunn shares how and why he did 80 percent of his race prep on a rower. FIND ALL THESE STORIES AND MORE AT TRIATHLETE.COM/CURRENTISSUE Twitter Poll I am happiest when… 41% I nail a big workout 41% I PR at a race 10% I beat my friends 8% I get new gear LET’S CONNECT! Join the conversation at Facebook.com/TriathleteMagazine Follow us on Twitter: @TriathleteMag Scroll Instagram images that inform and inspire: @triathletemag Subscribe to our YouTube channel at…

2 min.
born to tri

As even Eli Hemming admits, “not tons is going on” in his hometown of Kiowa, Colorado. Located southeast of Denver with a population of only 700 people, Kiowa was, however, able to produce one of the U.S. men’s top new talents. Last year the 23-year-old truly broke through after years of moving up through the junior and U23 ranks: He started with back-to-back wins at two ITU sprint-distance cups in Florida, then knocked out a head-turning 11th place finish at the Bermuda ITU WTS, and later three ITU World Cup top-10s. Not to mention the victory in the opening team mixed-relays event in Nottingham (U.K.) with his U.S. teammates. We talk to this next-gen athlete about his slow and steady rise to the top: “My mom started a youth triathlon team…

3 min.
passion play

ATLANTA-BASED STACY PERLIS WAS THRIVING IN HER FIRST FEW YEARS OUT OF COLLEGE: She had earned her certified professional accountant (CPA) designation and landed a position as a senior tax consultant for Deloitte, the largest professional services firm in the world. Eager to get back into fitness after tearing her ACL late in college, Perlis first tried a spin class, then a half marathon, and eventually a sprint triathlon. She trained for and competed in the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon as part of Team In Training but was miserable in her day-to-day career grind. “I’d gotten healthy and lost weight, but I was still not loving the type of job I was doing,” she says. “I started searching for companies in Atlanta in areas that I had a passion…

3 min.
forward vision

It’s early on a Sunday morning and Erich Manser is heading out for a run. He laces up his shoes, kisses his wife and two daughters goodbye, and hits the road near his home in Littleton, Massachusetts. Sticking close to the thick white line marking the street’s shoulder, Manser relishes in the quiet as his feet strike the pavement, powering his lumbering 6-foot-3-inch frame over the undulating terrain. Over the years, Manser has memorized nearly every bit of this running route. Not just out of repetition, but out of necessity. Manser, 46, is nearly blind. He compares his vision to looking through a drinking straw with the narrow opening smeared with Vaseline. Diagnosed with the degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa when he was just 5 years old, Manser’s vision has slowly deteriorated…

3 min.
smiles for miles

In a sport known for its gods and goddesses of the water, four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington started her first high-level triathlon in 2006 more like an anchor: Attempting to swim in a borrowed wetsuit that was many sizes too big, Wellington floundered and sank. She was rescued and hauled ashore in a kayak. “I was so reluctant to spend money on a sport I didn’t know anything about,” Wellington says with a laugh in a recent phone interview. “I was borrowing everything I could.” So try something else? No. After dealing with self-admitted mediocrity in a variety of athletic endeavors (“My gymnastics career came to a grinding halt in about 1985 when I realised that I had the coordination and balance of a baby giraffe,” she confesses on her website),…