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Triathlete July/August 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

4 min
the long race ahead

A lot of times people say that triathletes are selfish, that triathlon is an inherently selfish sport. But I don’t think that’s true. I don’t think anyone makes it through a triathlon without the support of their community, without some help along the way. We need each other to make it to the finish line. We need volunteers and training partners and friends and family. When we dig down deep in the dark moments of a race, we need to find something bigger than us and we need to believe in it. And that is more true now than ever, when the finish lines seem even farther away. Yes, sometimes we can all be too focused on the times and the awards, on ourselves. We’re still just human. We make mistakes and…

1 min
this month at triathlete.com

Club Hub Every month we’re highlighting triathlon clubs from around the globe. Will yours be next? Ask a Gear Guru Senior editor Chris Foster dives into what you need to know about the topic and then provides his top picks. Categories range from socks to trail shoes to indoor cycling fans. 5 Exercises to Help Ward Off Knee Pain Strengthening these supplementary leg muscles will help keep you pain free and give you the best chance of avoiding a knee injury. Recipe: Whole Wheat Waffles Professional triathlete, foodie, and amateur chef Linsey Corbin has been sharing some of her favorite recipes from her food website, Hazel & Blue. Open-Water Swimming During COVID-19 Preparation and practice are the primary components for a safe open-water swim. Here’s how to gear up before hopping in. Twitter Poll @TriathleteMag Have you gotten quarantinjured? (Quarantinjured = injuries from…

3 min
dr. pro

In late March, during the height of the COVID-19 crisis, Cecilia Davis-Hayes posted a selfie on her Instagram account. The photo shows her in dark blue medical scrubs, most of her face covered by a yellow mask. She’s holding a pastry from a local bakery, its parchment wrapping stamped with a sticker exclaiming, “You are a hero!” The sticker speaks the truth: Like a real-life Marvel superhero, Davis-Hayes leads an impressive—almost impossible—double life. At any given time, she’s toggling between the dual roles of doctor and pro triathlete, having proven herself with a number of top-five finishes, including at 70.3 Mont Tremblant and the New York City Triathlon. As a resident on the intensive care unit at New Jersey’s Englewood Health Hospital, in the COVID-19 epicenter, she also puts in weekly…

2 min
a true champion

When Allysa Seely was a kid, her parents taught her the importance of responsibility. If she wanted to play sports, she had to set her own alarm and get herself up at 5 a.m. to practice before the heat of the Arizona summer. But it was that combo of freedom to roam outside and make mistakes—and to learn from those mistakes—that set her up to excel in triathlon. Although she swam and ran from a young age, Seely didn’t try triathlon until college at ASU. “I was missing that competitive spark in my life. Triathlon lit that fire,” she said. However, she soon noticed her body was behaving oddly. “I would come home from school dizzy to the point I could barely stand, and my muscles twitched and contorted uncontrollably,” she said.…

5 min
tri’s race to survive

Resilience isn’t something new to triathletes. Finishing a race as long as an Ironman is all about finding a way to put one foot in front of the other. And trying to make a living in the triathlon industry is usually an exercise of resilience and adaptability. It turns out now that’s a good thing, because times have never been harder for a lot of the small businesses that are the heartbeat of the sport. From a purely numbers perspective, the biggest players stand to lose the most money from this triathlon season. Ironman, ITU, Challenge, and USA Triathlon are looking at a loss of millions of dollars from the COVID-19 hiatus on events and from the pandemic pause on budgets and sponsor spending. But the largest race organizers and governing…

2 min
cody beals

Even as Cody Beals’ pro career was taking off, the Canadian triathlete felt weighed down by a host of personal demons, ranging from disordered eating to exercise addiction to anxiety. Not only that, he was coming to grips with his sexual identity and what it meant to be an openly gay man in the sport. Now 30, the multiple-time Ironman champ—and the Mont-Trem-blant course-record holder with his 7:58.34 finish in 2019—is thriving comfortably in his own skin. Here, Beals, who lives and trains in Guelph, Ontario, with his partner James, reflects on his past—and his journey towards recovery and self-acceptance. "In high school, I was a district all-star in cross-country and swimming and accepted a full scholarship to Queen's University in Ontario. This began a dark period in my life. At university,…