We had a Polar presence at the event in three parts: Simon, Carolyn who raced and then Carolyn and I helping a few athletes see what it's like when your heart rate responds to running uphill for a solid hour and a half!
Not sure if rider hear rate data is a new addition to the tour de france (can't recall back to last year). However, as we all know, we are not created equal when it comes to individual heart rates and HR zones. With this in mind, I have found it to be quite frustrating when the tour coverage shows HR's of a rider. I can appreciate that 180bpm means they are working harder than if that same person was at 160bpm. What I have more difficulty with is when they compare across riders -160bpm is not the same level of effort for all the riders (or is it for the tour competitors?). Without any knowledge of their max HR, it's hard to determine who is working harder based on HR.
Furthermore, it's hard as an athlete to compare the level of work a rider is doing with myself as my max HR is somewhere around 163 on the bike. My question is, "would it make more sense to show the % of Max HR rather than actual HR? I could relate a bit better to this.
Simon Whitlfied kept pace with Javier Gomez this weekend. While Gomez was chalking up another World Cup Victory (11th of his career - tied with Simon) in Hungary, Simon was sticking it to the field at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis.
The Olympic Triathlon is shaping up to be a real barn burner between the two ..... Sorry Gomez, my money's on Whitfield - he's CANADIAN. Congratulations to Kyle Jones on another great race in Europe (finishing in the top ten)
Like many of you, I have been glued to the TV of late watching the Tour de France. As I watched the riders take on the mountain stages, I couldn't help but wonder what goes through the mind of the riders as they slug it out trying to get up the mountain. After all, these guys are all professional bike riders and all train as hard as one another. So how does a young rider like Ricardo Ricco (sp?) hang with the big guns of the Tour given all of their experience.
As I pondered this question on the way to work, I was reminded of something that Joe Friel had written in his book, "The Triathletes Training Bible". He wrote about believing in yourself. The example he gave was a bee ..... basaed on NASA calculations of what shape would be the most aerodynamic, the bee should not be as fast as he is..... furthermore, his tiny wings should hardly be able to move him very fast, unyet - we've all seen these little guys zipping around. So where am I going with this? - as Friel points out, obviously nobody ever told the bee that he wasn't supposed to be fast (due to his shape and tiny wings) but he is.
I wonder if that's what is helping Ricardo Ricco - he believes 100% in his ability, he belives he belongs, no matter what the odds might indicate.
When you are standing around at your next race looking at all the seemingly "fast" people and your own self confidence starts to slip away, recall the little bee - he defies physics and is a true speedster. He believes he is fast despite the odds against him.
There were three of us on the start line at the Desert Half Iron in Osoyoos on Sunday for a perfect day of racing. We awoke to no wind. Yes, nothing. The lake was like a sheet of glass.
It was a two-lap swim course with a short run on the beach in between each lap, followed by an out and back ride with Richter Pass making two appearances and then a two-lap run course. There was a slight headwind heading out on the bike course and a magnificent tailwind on the way back. Wow.
In short, Charlene captured a podium finish with third, Carolyn was fourth and I was 11th. More details to follow.
Join us next year for the one of the most popular triathlons in Canada! The 2009 New Balance Half IM is open for registration. The race date is June 21st, 2009 and a refund policy will be in effect for early registrants. The race will be limited to 600 individual registrants and 50 Teams. The New Balance Half is a perennial sell-out so register early and don't miss out on the action.
Triathlon BC teams up with the City of Penticton in offering a Kids-Only Training Camp, July 14th through to 18th!
Young athletes of all ability levels are invited to take advantage of the outstanding resources and training routes available in the Ironman City of Penticton. Held in conjunction with the City of Penticton and the Penticton Triathlon Club, this fun, active camp will offer tips on nutrition, fitness, bike maintenance and swim/bike/run racing techniques, all in preparation for the Boston Pizza Junior Triathlon. For more information, please contact: Carol.Flynn@penticton.ca
TRIATHLON RACE SERIES HEATS UP: With three Provincial Race Series events scheduled for July, the coming month promises plenty of hot racing action!
DESERT HALF TRIATHLON, July 6 - Event #6
The 4th Annual Persona Desert Half Iron Triathlon looks forward to welcoming athletes who have raced before, and those who will be racing for the first time. The Desert Half, run out of the town of Osoyoos, has been steadily gaining recognition as "Canada's Toughest Half Iron" due to the consistent sunny and hot weather!
The 2-loop swim course takes place in Osoyoos Lake, described as the warmest lake in Canada! The epic, out and back bike course runs on the most challenging portion of the Ironman bike route (Richter Pass to Cawston), and the run is a 2 loop course that sees athletes run past beautiful, lakeside scenery. For details, click on www.outbackevents.ca.
TRIATHLON OF COMPASSION, July 13 - Event #7
The 5th Annual Triathlon of Compassion is now open for online registration! With a new venue (Esquimalt Recreation Centre) and an all new run course, the 7th event of the Provincial Triathlon Series offers prize money for the top three athletes in ALL categories!
A fund raiser for Victoria's Women's Sexual Assault Centre, the Triathlon of Compassion has set its sights on raising $25,000! For details check out our www.tri-vi.com/13.
PEACH CLASSIC TRIATHLON, July 20 - Event #8
The 26th Annual Investors Group Peach Classic Triathlon is the oldest running triathlon in the Okanagan, and combines a 1.5 km swim in Okanagan Lake, a 40 km bike course through the Naramata Bench wine country and a challenging 10 km run uphill and back to the transition area at Rotary Lake Park. The Tri Fest weekend begins July 19th, with the Boston Pizza Junior Triathlon for kids 8-15 years old, with the Investors Group Peach Classic on Sunday. For more details, click on www.peachclassic.com