For the 2018 season I decided to get a coach. I feel like I’ve make some great gains and got a lot out of myself through self-coaching, but I decided it was time to try a coach to get a new perspective and a fresh set of eyes on my training. I decided to go with Frank Webster, a coach out of Durham. Frank’s been the person I’ve called upon when I’ve had training and racing questions in the last couple years, and he’s provided me with some key workouts. It’s a change I’m really excited about, and can’t wait for my race season to get started.
I recently got to test out a sample of the new Dare2Tri Mach V.5 wetsuit. I followed the following test protocol:
Warm-up: 500 Steady, 8×50 strong w/ 0:20 rest
Test: 100 easy, 2×100 on 3:00
Repeat test with swimskin, Challenge 4Speed wetsuit, and MachV.5 wetsuit.
I would compare the suits based on my best 100.
My fastest 100s:
Speedo – 1:19.1
Swimskin – 1:18.6
Challenge 4 Speed – 1:14.5
MachV.5 – 1:11.6
The MachV.5 was 2.9 seconds faster!!! I’m really excited to race in this wetsuit this year.
I actually think doping is a bigger issue in age group triathlon than pro triathlon. Testing is extremely rare, and almost never out of competition. Over the last couple years incidents of course cutting and sabotaging equipment highlight the lengths people will go to in order to appear to ‘succeed’ in the sport, and I think a lot more amateurs would have the financial means to dope than professionals. Check out my previous video for my thoughts on doping in the pro ranks of long course triathlon.
I think it’s fair to have the starting point that doping exists in all sports, including triathlon. I give my opinion on what I think about doping in the pro ranks of long course triathlon, and whether I believe you can compete at the highest levels of the sport clean. I’ll follow up this video with another on my thoughts on doping in the age-group ranks (spoiler alert, I think it’s even worse).
Just before Christmas Ironman announced they were changing the way pros qualified for Kona starting in 2019. As opposed to the current points based system they were moving to a system similar to that of the age groups, where winning or placing in a given race can get you in. I give my thoughts on the good and the bad of this system, as well as how it will impact me. Also, if you’re interested in the hypothetical start list for Kona in 2017 based on the new rules, I put it together here: http://trisplits.com/who-would-have-qualified-for-kona-2017-with-the-new-rules/