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competition, racing, swimming, taper, training, triathlon -

Taper. It’s a sacred word for athletes across all sports. It’s a word that’s taken on a mystical quality in the swimming community especially over the course of the last decade, as if it’s heresy for a swimmer to go fast at a meet when they are not tapered. But what actually is taper? It’s an interesting topic to discuss because there is not one formula that works for all athletes or sports, and thus welcomes a wide variety of experimentation and tinkering by the athlete and coach. One taper formula that works great for an athlete might make you...

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Interview, races, racing, Sarah Haskins, sponsorship, triathlon -

In April professional triathlete Sarah Haskins gave birth to a healthy baby boy. It is Sarah and her husband Nate Kortuem's second child, the first born in July 2013. The blueseventy supported athlete returned to professional racing earlier this month at the Des Moines Escape Triathlon where she finished an impressive 2nd place overall. She has since been on the start line for two more professional races and hasn’t finished worse than second. She won the Nation’s Triathlon and this past weekend was 2nd at the Lake Geneva Escape Triathlon. Sarah began competing in triathlons after graduating from college with a background...

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Helix, Interview, ITU, racing, Renée Tomlin, sponsorship, triathlon -

You’re forgiven if Renée Tomlin is not the first name you think of when it comes to American women racing at the highest level of triathlon, but you would be foolish to ignore it. Fresh off successfully defending her title at the 2017 ITU Tiszaujvaros World Cup with a blistering final finishing kick, Renée is still a relatively newcomer to the sport. She jumped from unranked in 2014 to becoming a USA Triathlon National Team member in less than a year. She took home her first major win at the 2015 Chengdu ITU World Cup and with it, firmly establishing...

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70.3, Interview, IRONMAN, IRONMAN World Championships, races, racing, training, triathlon, video -

Gini Fellows is a registered nurse and teacher. She turned 70 last year and qualified for the IRONMAN World Championships after competing in her first full last November in Florida. Her coach is her son, Patrick, who’s a huge inspiration to Gini as he schedules her workouts and helps her sort through her doubts and fears. Gini has always been active, being a regular at aerobic classes and gym circuit workouts, but only began competing in triathlons in 2007 after knee surgery. While rehabbing her knee her son suggested she do a woman’s triathlon.    “I told him I could...

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cold water swimming, open water swimming, races, racing, thermal, thermal helix, training, triathlon -

While cold water isn’t something we should fear, it is something we should respect and prepare for. Like any swim or triathlon, we do the work before hand, preparing yourself for a cold water race is exactly the same. Below are a few facts I’ve learned over the course of my racing career. All of these helped me not only survive the cold water, but thrive in it when others floundered. THE WETSUIT We’ll start off with the gear needed to make cold water swimming more bearable. The wetsuit, no matter the make, should fit well. Not too loose! A loose fit will cause ‘flushing’, basically allowing the cold water to flow through...

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