06/24/15

Take a Stand

There’s been a lot of buzz in the air in the sport of triathlon recently for a couple of reasons:

1. Equality in the sport for women

2. How much do pros matter

Let’s start with the issue that probably isn’t as big of a deal to most people (so I won’t spend a lot of time on it), but hits close to home for me – how much do pros matter.  Last year, Ironman announced they would be cutting how many races would have money at them.  One of them was Ironman Louisville… which is my hometown.  After the race, I started the #keepourpros initiative to try to make a stand and make the voice of people heard that wanted to have pros at the Ironman races that lost their prize money.  I specifically remember people telling me that they wouldn’t do a WTC race (such as Ironman Louisville) without pros at it.  However, some of those people have signed up for those races.

Quickly moving on to the more pressing issue, EQUALITY.  A quick recap of what has been the issue here.  The world championship in Kona has very limited space on the peir.  The pro men get 50 of those spots, and women only get 35.   Last time I checked, 35 is a lot less than 50!  This makes it a lot harder for women to get to Kona.  I recently read the blog on Ameber Ferreira’s website (a former Maverick Multisport athlete).  It is a great case study on how this effects even some of the best women in the sport… especially the up and coming athletes.  Ironically, Ironman recently announced 3 additional spots on the pier for women.  However, those 3 spots didn’t go the professional women.  The three spots have been allocated for the WTC Women for Tri Board.  Spots that I would assume are being paid for by those three females.

I know that not everyone will agree that pros are important… but I know that people will agree that equality is important.  If you are concerned both or one of these issues, then you need to do two things.  First of all, sign up for different events.  Whether it is a local race, Challenge Family, HITS triathlon… whatever it is, support the companies that support equality and support pros.  If you say you don’t agree with what Ironman is doing, but still sign up for their races you are basically casting a vote of approval.  As long as Ironman has money coming in, they won’t change anything.  Consider if a politician said he/she was against guns, but decided to do a 5K run that all the proceeds went to the NRA. The press would be all over that and having a hay day with it.  It’s basically the same thing that pros and age groupers are doing still doing Ironman races but don’t agree with one or both of these important issues.

Secondly, if you want to sign a petition for 50 Women to Kona click here and let Andrew Messick see your name!

Will pros take a hit for a year or two if we do this?  Yes! But if you want to see change a sacrifice is needed.  For myself, I won’t be racing Ironman races for the rest of the year and have no plans of racing with them in the future.

06/24/15

Tuesday Night Worlds – Shawnee Park

Another great group ride with some strong cyclist in Louisville.  This time we went to Shawnee Park and did a criterium style group ride.  We did 6 laps (about 10 miles total) twice.  The effort was super hard.  The second session we did, I average 355 watts! There were several surges well over that.  Check out the video below:

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06/20/15

BSX Insight Bike test – 3

I just completed my third BSX Insight bike test.  Each one has shown marked improvement.  Watch the video below to see a few shots of the test and the results.

With this new FTP, I currently am able to push 4.84 watts/kg! Thanks BSX for the valuable data, and thanks to Brian Grasky for using this data in your coaching! Looking forward to the second half of the season!

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06/15/15

Challenge Williamsburg 2015 Race Report Video

Last weekend, I completed the Challenge Williamsburg (formally REV3 Williamsburg). It was a scorcher.  Temps were in the 90’s and the “real feel” was 100+ degrees.  I recovered from a flat tire on the bike and still managed to pull off the 2nd fastest run of the day.  I averaged 320 watts on the bike, which is my 70.3 best power.  The run was 1/2 on trails and 1/2 in the scorching sun.  I love running on trails.  The sound of the dirt and small rocks under my feet with each step is like music to me. I concentrated on that and disengage my mind from the heat and humidity.  I also made sure to walk the aid stations (no shame in my game). I grabbed as much water as possible (usually about 4 cups worth) and ice (usually 2 cups worth) and stuff it down my jersey and hold some in my hand to get a good cooling effect.  Aside from some coke on the run course, I was able to get all my calories from Infinit nutrition.  Although I didn’t place in the top 5 like I was hoping to, I think there were a lot of positives from this race.  Be sure to watch the video below for a race recap and sign up for a Challenge Family race (CHALLENGEMIKE to save $10)!

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06/6/15

Tuesday Night Worlds

You gotta love a hard group ride.  And they don’t get much harder than riding with some Cat 1 cyclists and some former professional cyclists that live in Louisville, KY.  Once it warms up in the spring, a weekly evening ride on Tuesdays is one of my favorite training sessions.  The cyclists here like to call it Tuesday Night Worlds. Hang on to your helmets and see a little bit of it for yourself from my perspective aboard my Argon 18 bike.

06/3/15

BSX Insight run test

This video shows me doing the run test on the BSX Insight and how it works.  It is super simple, blood free, and can be done anywhere there is a treadmill.  This device is incredibly useful for any biker, runner, or triathlete that wants to get faster. Use coupon code MAVMIKE to save $40 on the BSX Insight Multisport Unit! #StopthePricks

06/1/15

toughman Indiana

With all that changes happening in the sport of triathlon for the professionals, I was forced into changing my proposed race schedule for the remainder of the 2015 season.  I had heard of the Toughman series, so I decided to check them out… and I’m glad I did.  It was refreshing to go to a race that wasn’t so commercialized at Ironman, but still very well run.  The nice thing about Toughman series is that you have the chance to qualify for a bigger event in September, their Toughman National Championship.  I registered for the Toughman Indiana with hopes of qualifying for the national championship, and managed to pull off a win.  Here is a quick recap in pictures (all pictures thanks to the Toughman Indiana and America Multisport)

prep 1

Carefully putting on my Blueseventy Wetsuit – MAVMIKE saves 20%

swim entry 2

The water got deeper faster than I realized and I did a very ungraceful entry into the water

t1 1

Exiting T1 with Argon Bike in hand and Catlike Helmet for safety.  Loving the Sugoi tri kit

bike 2

There were several turns on this 56 mile bike ride… 41 90-degree turns and one 180-degree turn.

No pictures from the run… but it was a beautiful course through parks, running/biking trails, neighborhoods, and some city roads.  Lots of hills… over 1000 ft of climbing during the the 13.1 miles!

podium

On the podium in 1st and got a spot at the National Championship.  I’ve got a hard course to tackle in September.  The bike course in New York has over 3400 feet of climbing!

After the race, I was talking to the CEO of Toughman that came all the way down from NY to observe the race.  He was telling me some great news about what they are going to try to do in the future.  Adding more races both in and outside of the USA and growing their brand (currently they are the 2nd biggest race company in the USA) and still have a national championship for people to qualify for in the future.  I’m excited to see what this could do for the sport! Be sure to check out their races in the future.  It was a well run race.

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