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/
In 2017 I trained and raced more than ever before.
Swim – 20.2%, 156:17:31, 550,785m, 1509m/day
Run – 24.7%, 191:28:22, 2424k, 6.64km/day
Other (Strength, other sports) – 6.2%, 48:20:23
Races – 19 total, 1386.55km total race distance 12 Triathlons – 3 Ironman Races, 2 70.3s, 2 LC Triathlons, 3 Olympic Distance, 1 Sprint, 1 Indoor Tri 7 Run Races – 1 Marathon, 1 30k, 1 Half, 1 15k, 1 10k, 2 5k
Just before Christmas Lisa and I headed down to Vegas with our bikes to escape the cold and ride outside. Our plans were to spend a couple days riding in Death Valley, and then ride around the Las Vegas area. The trip didn’t disappoint. There were great roads, challenging climbs, winding descents, and courteous cars. I’d recommend Las Vegas and Death Valley as a cycling destination for anyone looking to get away from winter. You can find all the rides we did on my Strava – https://www.strava.com/athletes/7329576
The scenic drive in Red Rock Canyon is my new favourite ride. I got to ride it twice on a recent cycling trip that took me through Las Vegas and Death Valley. It’s a 20-minute drive from the strip and has everything; beautiful views, perfect roads, climbs, funs and winding descents, and courteous cars. It costs $3 for bikes to ride the route (but it’s free with a National Park Pass). I highly recommend this ride to anyone in the Las Vegas area.
Really excited to add a second bike to the stable, a 2012 Specialized Roubaix SL3. As per usual, I built the bike as a budget build, spending under $700 all in. There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on the latest and greatest bikes, but you don’t need to drop a ton of cash to build up a bike that will suit your needs. I got the frame ($300), bars ($75), crank ($35), and derailleurs ($42) from MyBikeShop.com, the shifters off of eBay ($110), the seat post from Kijiji ($30), the wheelset, pedals, stem, and brakes from my parts bin, and then brought everything to D’Ornellas to put together for me.