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The Speedo Tri Super Elite Wetsuit is Here!

Booyah! The Speedo Tri Super Elite is finally here!

This is the top of the range product from the most well known brand in professional water sports equipment and consumer swimwear and if you are looking to compete at the highest level or you take your training and participation in competitions very seriously then you should look no further than this latest offering from Speedo.

This new suit is by no means cheap but if you want the best then you will have to pay for it. But despite its relatively high price tag it still offers great value for money thanks to all the features Speedo has managed to pack into this suit.

They have really focussed on making this the easiest suit to move around in and after wearing it you will be convinced that they have achieved their goals. Thanks to the use of the famous Yamamoto 40 rubber cell model you get an unbeatable combination of increased buoyancy, a softer more comfortable fit and a much higher level of flexibility, especially in the areas that matter such as the hips and the shoulders. This means your stroke in the water will not be compromised as you aim to put into practice what you have been working on in the pool while training and not wearing a full body suit.

Speedo have included special arm and leg panels to ensure it is now even easier to maintain the correct swim position while in the water. Thanks to these ingenious lift panels your legs are now stopped from sinking too far which can cause you to adopt an un-aerodynamics position in the water increasing drag and therefore slowing your down and forcing you to expend unnecessary amounts of energy.

The Tri Super Elite from Speedo comes in both men’s and women’s version and is available in a range of sizes from extra small to large for women and from extra small to XXL for men.

If you want the best and are prepared to pay for it then this world beater from Speedo should be at the top of your list.

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Triathlete Profile: Gwen Jorgensen

The triathlete Gwen JorgensenGwen Jorgensen is a female professional Triathlete and represents team United States. She was born on the 25 April 1986 making her only 26 years of age and is a bright prospect for Team USA in the world of Triathlon. At first she wasn’t interested in the Triathlon sport as when she was going through her years as a student, Triathlon wasn’t even an Olympic sport and many young athletes’ dreams are to participate at the Olympics so Triathlon was out of the question for Gwen Jorgensen.

Strong Background in Swimming

Whilst at college, Gwen Jorgensen was a keen swimmer and runner and often competed at state level. As swimming and running were 2 of the 3 events that took centre stage in the Triathlon, the physical pain and endurance was something that didn’t inspire Gwen Jorgensen to compete. She simply stated, “No, that doesn’t interest me.”

First Triathlon Competition

It wasn’t until she was 24 years old that she finally decided to turn to Triathlon and then her career went on to the fast track. The 26 year old will now take part in her first ever Olympics this August when the Olympic Games are held in London 2012 and Jorgensen’s love for Triathlon has gone from a low to an all time high.

Although she was a very strong runner and swimmer, she never could manage to progress onto the national reckoning but her strengths in the two different events was an opportunity that former Olympian Barb Lindquist was reluctant to let drift by.

Recruitment to the USA Team

USA Team member Gwen JorgensenBarb Lindquist runs an USA Triathlon’s college recruitment program but around the time that Gwen Jorgensen was spotted, not many young athletes were competing at a sufficient enough level to warrant progression into Lindquist’s program. Lindquest herself states that Gwen Jorgensen’s ability in two different sports was unique.

Gwen Jorgensen was sticking to her principles and swaying towards rejected Lindquist’s proposal but her concerns over Triathlon were more based on the ‘Ironman’ events which were much tougher courses than the Olympic Triathlons that are much shorter in legs.

Jorgensen was also less fond of the bike which is the middle part of the race but after being informed that the rules are slightly less strict in the cycling event that allows them to draft which makes it less strenuous on the Triathletes.

Preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games

Eventually Gwen Jorgensen was persuaded to pursue a career in Triathlon and she has had a couple of successful years since making her debut in March 2010. She finished 8th in her first competitive Triathlon event which encouraged her to participate in more events. Her performance at the 2011 WCS London event earned her one of the three spots on the US Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympic Games as she finished 2nd to Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins. It was a magnificent effort by Jorgensen who had only been racing for 17 months before the 2011 London event.

Now with qualification under her belt, she can now prepare and look forward to her first ever Olympics and say that Triathlon is the sport she so happily competes in!

Triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt’s Preparation for London 2012 Thrown into Disarray

Brad Kahlefeldt in HospitalAustralian Triathlete Brad Kahlefeldt has been left in a San Diego hospital after coming down ill after the ITU Triathlon World Series event in USA. Brad Kahlefeldt told his team that he reported pains down the left side of his chest during the latter stages of the run at Mission Beach on Sunday. The 31 year old is likely to represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer but his preparations have been hampered.

Possible Diagnosis of Tuberculosis or Pneumonia

Brad Kahlefeldt’s symptoms are believed to be possibilities of the tuberculosis illness or pneumonia. Until an actual diagnosis has been confirmed, Brad Kahlefeldt will have to go through the agony of praying that it isn’t anything too serious that will rule him out of the London 2012 Games as he has been pre-nominated for the Olympics by the Australian National Olympic Committee to compete in the Triathlon events.

Down But Not Out

Brad Kahlefeldt managed to finish 26th in the San Diego ITU season’s event but almost immediately he went to the local hospital in San Diego to undergo chest X-rays which showed a shadow on his left side of his lung which didn’t put Brad Kahlefeldt’s mind at ease. He is to undergo further tests, including a CAT scan which will hopefully give a full diagnosis of how serious the problems are with Brad Kahlefeldt but early indications don’t look to promising for the Australian athlete.

Chances for Madrid Outing Slim

Brad Kahlefeldt and his coaching team had planned on leaving their San Diego resort in USA to travel straight to Majorca, Spain to prepare for the next event in the ITU World Championship Series season which is in Madrid in a fortnight’s time but it looks increasingly unlikely that Brad Kahlefeldt will take any part in the Madrid event. Until he receives clearance from the doctors at the San Diego hospital, Brad Kahlefeldt will remain in isolation.

It is a bitter blow for the Australian Triathlete as he looks set to feature in his second consecutive Olympic appearance after representing the Australian Triathlon team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Despite only winning 1 gold medal way back in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in his home country in Melbourne, Brad Kahlefeldt is currently placed at 7th in the official Men’s Olympic Rankings for London 2012.

Although Brad Kahlefeldt only gained 114 qualification points for his 26th placed finish in the San Diego ITU World Championship Series event, it still took him 1 place above Steffen Juslus of Germany who despite not competing at the San Diego event over the weekend in the men’s event, Steffen Juslus was the winner of the first event in the season at Sydney, Australia earlier this year.

However both athletes are behind the current ITU World Championship Series leader as South Africa’s Richard Murray is currently occupying 1st position after 2 successful races for the African Triathlete in both Sydney and San Diego. He managed to finish 3rd in the San Diego race this weekend but managed to go one better at the first event of the season in Sydney with a silver medal.

What Happened at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego 2012 Event

The ITU World Triathlon men’s event took place yesterday for the second race of the season in San Diego. Great Britain had a successful double to take home from the San Diego ITU World Triathlon Event as after Helen Jenkins win in the women’s event yesterday, Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee managed to storm to victory in the men’s event. The event which consisted of a 1,500 metre swim was then faced by a gruelling 40 kilometre bike ride before a 10 kilometre run to finish the race.

Sibling Rivalry on the Triathlon Track

The Brownlee BrothersJonathan Brownlee who is the brother of the current ITU World Triathlon champion, Alistair Brownlee, was a pre-race favourite before the event took place in San Diego despite being away from competitive Triathlon racing for a good 7 months. The last time that Alistair Brownlee competed in a competitive race was back in 2011 at the WSCGF Beijing event where he finished 3rd behind his brother and Switzerland’s Sven Riederer.

However, not to be denied this time, Alistair Brownlee finished ahead of Sven Riederer of Switzerland to finish first in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 47 seconds to further lay down the dominance in men’s Triathlon of the Brownlee name. The Switzerland Triathlete, Sven Riederer, pushed Brownlee hard but in the end didn’t have an answer for the final few metres but will still be pleased with his silver medal.

Qualification for London 2012

For Sven Riederer, it also meant that he had qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games as he needed to finish in the top 15 in the San Diego event which he did so with ease. It will give him another chance to compete at the Olympic stage and hopefully improve on his bronze medal which he won at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens. Sven Riederer is also ranked at number 2 in the Men’s Olympic Rankings for London 2012 but incredibly he has yet to win an ITU season’s event since the 2006 Alanya ITU Triathlon Premier European Cup. The ‘nearly man’ has had a number of podium finishes to his name with three bronzes and two silvers.

Completing the top 3 was South African Triathlete, Richard Murray. Richard Murray was trading places with Jonathan Brownlee for the majority of the first lap in the run as they went head to head for around half of the 10 kilometre run.  However Murray had to surrender to Brownlee who had the edge towards the very end of the race and also had to reluctantly fall behind silver medallist Sven Riederer.

Richard Murray Consolidates Sydney Performance

It was still a magnificent effort by Richard Murray who is still only 23 years old and has a bright future in Triathlon. The win has also put him first in the current ITU World Triathlon Series Championships after the first two events as his strong 2nd place finish in the first season’s event in Sydney, Australia combined with yesterday’s 3rd place at San Diego has put him in first place. It also is the first time than an African athlete has lead the ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings which will be a special accomplishment for Richard Murray personally to become the first person to do this. Although he has competed in both of the season’s events in comparison to Alistair Brownlee and Sven Riederer who both missed out on the first season’s event in Sydney earlier this year.

Much of the pre-race build up was about the Olympic spots up for grabs in the men’s USA team. Similarly to the women’s race yesterday, the USA National Olympic Committee set the qualifying criteria for the men which made them aware of where they needed to finish to compete for USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games in August. Laura Bennett’s 3rd place finish in the women’s race yesterday confirmed her place for London 2012 and Hunter Kemper was the successful male athlete for the USA in the San Diego event.

For the men’s event, it was confirmed that the first male athlete to cross the line from the United States will earn a spot in the London 2012 Games regardless of where they finish the San Diego race. Hunter Kemper managed to see off his nearest American competitor Manuel Huerta, by 13 seconds to secure the men’s Olympic spot.

It wasn’t straight forward either as both men exchanged positions to make it an exciting race for the Americans watching on. Huerta and Kemper weren’t the only Americans competing as they were also competing against Matt Chrabot and Jarrod Shoemaker. All 4 USA athletes were extremely close at the end of the 2nd transition as they all left within 20 seconds of each other which proved just how close they were.

Manuel Huerta was still intact with the leading pack and managed to get in 6th place heading into the final lap which surely by Huerta’s thoughts would’ve been high enough to earn his spot in the Olympic team. However, Hunter Kemper had other ideas and had Huerta in his sights just a few places ahead of him and the 36 year old Triathlete made an incredible late surge to go past Huerta and secure fifth place. Although Huerta eventually finished ninth, he managed to book his ticket to the London 2012 Games alongside Hunter Kemper. For Kemper it will be his 4th consecutive Olympics which puts him amongst a few select athletes to have done this. In each Olympics he has improved on his previous finish and will be hoping to continue this tradition as he finished 7th in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The San Diego event also proved a successful event for the New Zealand team as despite not finishing any athletes in the top 5, they finished with 3 Triathletes in the top 10 which qualifies them amongst the top 8 National Olympic Committee’s therefore being allowed to take three athletes to the London 2012 Olympics. The three men representing New Zealand who finished in the top 10 are Ryan Sissons (6th), Bevan Docherty (8th) and Kris Gemmell (10th).

San Diego Triathlon 2012

Race Report from the ITU World Triathlon San Diego 2012 Event

The ITU World Triathlon women’s event took place yesterday for the second race of the season in San Diego, USA. In perfect race conditions, Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins lived up to the expectations by winning the gold medal in a comfortable time of 1 hour, 58 minutes and 21 seconds.

She was well ahead of her nearest rival, Australia’s Erin Densham who finished just over a minute behind the British female Triathlete. Laura Bennett also had an extremely good race as the American athlete finished in Bronze position which also gave her the final women’s slot in the USA Olympic team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Helen Jenkins vs. Erin Densham

Helen Jenkins vs. Erin DenshamHelen Jenkins was the pre-race favourite going into the San Diego race as she was narrowly beaten by Erin Densham in the first race of the season earlier this year in Sydney, Australia.

With the home crowd edging her on, Densham was expected to win but on a level field, Helen Jenkins stormed to victory in convincing fashion.

Despite already being confirmed on the Great Britain Olympic team for the London 2012 Games, Helen Jenkins will still be trying to defend her current ITU World Championship title and her performance at San Diego will have put her one step on her way to achieving this. The win put her top of the current ITU World Triathlon standings after 2 races.

Eight women lead the event in San Diego after a breakaway in the bike section to put them 2 minutes and 30 seconds ahead coming out of the 2nd transition, but it was the British Jenkins and Australia’s Erin Densham’s who decided to up the ante and were at the front in the beginning of the first lap of the run.  Erin Densham is still trying to claim her Olympic spot on the Australian team and she tried to lose Helen Jenkins during the second lap and looked to gain a 10 metres lead in front of the British athlete.

1st and 2nd Separated by Over a Minute

However as Erin Densham thought she had a big enough lead, Helen Jenkins proved what a tremendous Triathlete she is as she showed just how much she had left in the tank by steaming ahead of Erin Densham in the latter stages of the race to put the distance between her and Erin Densham to just over a minute when they both crossed the finishing line.

Despite not winning the San Diego event, Erin Densham has now finished 1st and 2nd in the opening two events in the ITU World Triathlon series which is an incredible start to the season. She was also the first Australian to cross the line with Emma Moffatt the nearest Australian to her in ninth and she has already been confirmed in the Triathlon team for Australia for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Emma Snowsill who is another Australian hopeful for the Olympics only managed to finish in 17th which will be a bitter disappointment for the former Olympic gold medallist.

Selection for the Olympic American Triathlete Team

American Triathlete TeamThe event in San Diego was the biggest opportunity for the USA National Olympic Committee to select their American Triathletes for the London Games. The criteria were already set for the Triathletes before the race so they knew what was demanded of them if they wanted to travel to London later this year to compete at the Olympics. The qualification criteria set by the USA National committee for the women’s event states that a top-nine finish will automatically qualify them for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

If more than 1 woman places amongst the top nine athletes in the San Diego event, the top finisher of the multiple athletes will secure the spot on the US Olympic team.

If none of the US women athletes competing in the San Diego event finish in the top nine, then the US national committee for Triathlon will decide on whom to take with them to the London 2012 Games.

First Podium Place for Laura Bennett

Laura Bennett the TriathleteLaura Bennett was one of them female Triathletes hoping to win a place in the Olympic team and she did with an impressive performance in San Diego. With home advantage on her side as well, she capped off an impressive event in 3rd position. It was her first ever series podium and what a perfect time to choose it as it confirmed her place at London 2012 for her second consecutive appearance in the Olympic Games. Laura Bennett was cruelly denied in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as she finished 4th, narrowly finishing outside the podium and will be hoping to go 1 better this year in London. She now puts her name beside Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff as the 3 female Triathletes for team USA.

There was also a very notable performance from Flora Duffy. Flora Duffy of Bermuda had only finished celebrating by the time she arrived in USA for the first ITU race held in San Diego as Duffy won the WTF Huatulco race just last weekend in Mexico. Duffy continued her good reign of form by finishing 6th in the Elite women’s race yesterday. Her position of 6th further boosted her up the officials Women’s Olympic Rankings for London 2012 and is now in 33rd position.

Despite her rise of 11 positions up the Olympic Rankings ladder, she was beaten by Germany’s Anne Haug whose performance at the San Diego event raised her 14 positions. Anne Haug also had the proud achievement of being only the 2nd female athlete at the event to run under 34 minutes, an achievement she shared with the San Diego winner, Helen Jenkins. It’s a big boost to her own Olympic hopefuls as her 7th placed finish enhances her chances of representing Germany. Anja Dittmer is the only confirmed women for Germany so far and Anne Haug is very close to overtaking Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf which would mean Germany would get 3 slots to the London 2012 Games compared to Switzerland’s two slots.

Jessica Harrison of France finished in 4th whilst Sarah Haskins of America finished in 8th and Ashley Gentle just finished in the top 10 which gave Australia 3 athletes in the top 10 for the event in San Diego.

The Most Important Triathlon Equipment You Will Need

Compression GearA lot of preparation takes place for athletes of all abilities when planning ahead for triathlon events. No matter what level of ability you are as a Triathlete, the fundamental equipment needed to perform remains the same and all the equipment will help enhance athlete’s performances when they compete in a triathlon event.

As different brands go head to head against each other to try and provide the best source of equipment for their athletes, many brands are now starting to design their equipment with so many different features and pieces of technology that put them ahead of their rival brands. Everything from the material that the equipment is made from all the way through to the shape of the equipment is carefully designed upon by professionals to deliver the best product to the Triathletes.

MultiSport Clothing

A popular choice for both athletes because the MultiSport clothing is specifically designed so that you can compete in these clothes for multiple parts of the race whether it’s running, swimming or cycling because of its ability to not effect performance despite competing in three different areas of Triathlon.

You can get different suits/clothes for specific parts of the race but it is much more convenient to the Triathlete if they can remain in one costume and the MultiSport clothing is designed to do exactly that. 2XU, De Soto Sport, Louis Garneau, Peal Izumi, TYR and Zoot Sports are all different manufacturers who look to provide Triathletes with MultiSport clothing and the prices vary from around $50-$200 depending on the quality.

Compression Clothing

Triathlon Running ShoesCompression fitted clothes has started to become more popular over the past decade due to the features they now offer athletes. You can get compression fitted clothes for almost every body part, whether it’s your top half, or your hamstrings/thighs or calves.

Compression clothing has also have said to help improve recovery after performance, increase circulation, increase muscle power output and reduce muscle oscillation. Because of the highly technical features that the compression clothing helps, prices can start at around £100 for the tops or bottoms.

The most trusted and committed brands currently manufacturing in the compression market are Zoot Sports, CEP, 2XU and 110% Play Harder.

Cycling Gear for Triathlons

Some athletes prefer to wear clothing which is specifically for cycling instead of the MultiSport clothing. Athletes spend the most time on the bike for the Triathlon event so it’s vital that they have clothing that makes them feel comfortable and benefits them in their performance on the bike.

The Triathlon season doesn’t just take place for athletes in the summer; events are often competed during the winter season which means cycling clothing must be provided for both the cold and hot racing days.

Louis Garneau is the most recognized brand in the cycling clothing industry as they provide a number of products in the market area. They provide a variety of different products as well as in their unique colours which you can choose to your preference.

Essential Running Gear for Triathletes

Running is another part of the Triathlon event along with cycling in which certain Triathletes prefer to have clothes which prioritise on boosting performance when running. Although MultiSport clothing will contain features that help aid the performance when running, they will also be concerned about the cycling/swimming elements needed as well whilst the running clothing will just be focused on improving the running.

It is also the last part of the race in the Triathlon event and is also where Triathletes will really start to sweat and become dehydrated in the latter parts of the race and when they will be working there hardest. The running clothes are designed to provide comfort for the runners and also provide ventilation so that athletes don’t get hot and bothered whilst running.

De Soto is a brand which sells clothing related to running and they offer athletes the De Soto Arm Coolers which are a very unique product that not many other brands familiarise with. Alternatively you can get Arm sleeves that keep your arms warm in the cold conditions but the De Soto Arm Coolers are primarily designed to keep your arms cool in the hot weather. The material is made from a special moisture-radiating texture that keeps your arms cooler. De Soto charge £33.95 for the Arm Coolers.

Not only is clothing essential for the running third of the race, but also the footwear you have on your feet as well is a big part of the running aspect for Triathletes. There are so many different trainers designed for different aspects of running so it’s imperative that Triathletes get the appropriate footwear they need. You can get running shoes for 100m sprinters for track, trainers to run on hard surfaces/terrain or for soft conditions so there are a lot of choices out there.

K-Swiss offer a lot of Triathletes running shoes and most of the K-Swiss trainers are focused on comfort. They retail mostly around the $100 area but the more features you get for your trainer then generally speaking the higher the price is going to be.

Triathlon/Cycling Shoes Explained

One of the most expensive pieces of equipment in Triathlon is the Triathlon/Cycling shoes. Bont Cycling are a brand that specialize in providing athletes with these type of shoes and some of their products are even made from the combination of fibreglass and carbon fibre to provide an extremely lightweight pair of shoes.

The shoes are designed to be an extremely tight but comfortable fit to your foot which helps keep the foot flexible.  Because they’re lightweight as well the power you can generate from your feet within the shoes is expected to be very high so you can put all of your power into it.

Other Triathlon Equipment You Might Need

Hat and Gloves for Cold Weather RacingThere are a lot of other areas that Triathletes need to consider as well when thinking about equipment, such as swimming where brands offer specific based swimwear to help their performance in the first part of the Triathlon event which is located in the water.

Hats and socks are also types of equipment that Triathletes can choose to buy if they wish. There are also casual wear clothes which athletes can wear pre/post race.

Avoiding Cycling Injuries

cycling injuriesMany people use bicycles for a number of different reasons. Children use bikes to play with their friends. There are people that use them for a form of cardiovascular and leg strengthening exercise. Some people use bicycles to get back and forth to work in order to avoid contending with irritating traffic in the morning. Whatever the case, cycling is a common activity all over the world and if done with care and caution, it’s a very effective way to stay in shape.

Possible Injuries

However, if you don’t take the right precautions for steady bicycling before, after and throughout the day, it can lead to dangerous and painful repercussions on your body. By not doing things like maintaining a good diet, stretching before exercise and letting your heart adjust to upcoming strenuous conditions, there are may injuries that you can get from prolonged cycling. Some injuries could be a bad lower back from being constantly hunched over. Neck pain can be caused by the constant stretching of the nerves and ultimately lead to pain in your arms. Then, there’s the obvious ones. Excessive cycling if not done right can lead to constant pain in your gluteus muscles, pelvic area, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and ankles.
A very important part of making sure your body is equipped to handle cycling is a good diet of making sure you’ve got the proper amounts of the right minerals and vitamins. If your diet is lacking in certain vitamins, then supplements are available to help balance your body out. These vitamins and supplements are available at most drug and grocery stores over the counter.

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract can give you a very effective edge in keeping pace. By taking it, you are loosening up fat in your muscles and using it to convert into energy. This will help you to maintain your strength and endurance for a longer period of time. Green tea itself is said to promote healthy living.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is great for killing pain. It helps in the healing of muscles and joints thus, killing pain as you heal. Vitamin C will help your muscles be able to handle longer trips on the bike and make daily training more tolerable. The supplement is available for purchase or, you can get Vitamin C from oranges and other citrus fruits.

Glutamine

fixed gear bikeGlutamine is a very effective supplement for cyclists because it synthesizes cells in order to boost performance. Glutamine kills free radicals. Free radicals are created in our body from the combination of vigorous exercise and the break down of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. They can slow you down pretty bad and drain your endurance. Do not add glutamine to anything you cook because you will destroy it as soon as the heat gets to it. Other than the supplement itself, there are raw foods you can eat for glutamine, like spinach.

Dietary Protein Supplements

Protein is a huge part of a cyclist’s performance. In order for muscles to heal and grow, your body has to be able to fill the gaps created by exercise with protein. Chicken, beans and fish are good sources, but dietary protein is one of the most popular supplements that are bought today to promote muscle growth.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 will play a big role in cycling. It breaks down protein and helps bring blood cells and oxygen to muscles. Vitamin B6 is also good for releasing serotonin. Serotonin is a substance in the brain that gets released and makes you feel good. You can get supplements for Vitamin B6 in powder form or in bananas.

Other Vitamins and Supplements

These vitamins and supplements are great but, they are just a few of the things that you should be consuming into your body to make you a better cyclist. Calcium for your bones, Vitamin D to keep you happy and Vitamin E to help with stamina will improve your skills as well. And, don’t underestimate carbohydrates and fat. They have a bad reputation but, protein won’t be as effective without them. All of these must be taken in the proper amounts because you can get too much of a good thing when it comes to your diet.

Water

Another important thing to make sure your body has lots of when cycling is water. You can avoid serious heat injury by making sure your body is well hydrated. Heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are very serious if not treated immediately and could cause death. Keep a water bottle with you when you’re cycling for a long period of time. Keep a steady intake of water going but keep in mind, water should be consumed in small sips rather than by drinking excessively.

Conclusion

road cyclingIt’s important to understand the possibly injuries that can occur from cycling. Over time and not handling yourself in a proper manner, it’s possible you could end up with a very serious chronic injury that may not heal. Make sure you take the proper precautions in keeping your body fit so that you can take part in exercise with only positive side effects from it.
Some injuries can happen in an instant even to the most physically fit people in the event of falling. If not careful, you can end up with a very serious injury due to lack of attention towards what you are doing. By avoiding complacency and obeying the basic rules of the road in regards to bicycling, you will avoid any unnecessary and avoidable injuries.
Depending on the severity of a fall, you can break a leg, shoulder or arm. But, these injuries will not be as severe and will heal quicker if you maintain a good diet and workout program. Make sure you’re wearing the right clothing and equipment for the job. And, last but not least, stretch before and after any strenuous activity. These basic guidelines will definitely minimize the effect an injury has on you.

WTS San Diego 2012 Triathlon Event

WTS San DiegoSan Diego will be the second event of the 2012 season that athletes will be able to compete in to gain points for the ITU World Triathlon Series. Not only is it one of the season’s events to compete for the ITU title, but it’s also one of the events where triathletes can secure vital qualification points for the London 2012 Olympic Games later this year.

The triathlon event held in San Diego, United States, takes centre stage on Friday 11 May 2012 and Saturday 12 May 2012 as the start of the elite women’s race kicks off on Friday whilst the men’s event starts the following day.

USA Triathlon Team Showcase

USA triathlon team logoFor USA, it is the main opportunity for American athletes to prove that they have what it takes to compete for USA in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The qualification criteria set by the USA National committee for the women’s event states that a top-nine finish will automatically qualify them for the London 2012 Olympic Games. If more than 1 woman places amongst the top nine athletes in the San Diego event, the top finisher of the multiple athletes will secure the spot on the US Olympic team.

USA Team Qualification Process

If none of the US women athletes competing in the San Diego event finish in the top nine, then the US national committee for Triathlon will decide on whom to take with them to the London 2012 Games. Laura Bennett is the strong favourite for the San Diego event and she is currently ranked 6th in the Women Olympic Rankings for London 2012 but Sarah Groff isn’t far behind in 11th.

Jarrod ShoemakerFor the men’s event, it has been confirmed that the first male athlete to cross the line from the United States will earn a spot in the London 2012 Games regardless of where they finish the San Diego race. Unfortunately Triathlon hasn’t been the most successful athletic sports for the United States and as the Olympic Rankings stand at the minute, USA only represent one Triathlete in the top 50 with Jarrod Shoemaker ranked in 19th place.

The WTS San Diego 2012 event isn’t just for Olympic hopefuls to gain more points for the London 2012 Olympic Games; it is also one of the ITU’s main events for the 2012 season.  There are 8 events altogether in the ITU World Triathlon series and Sydney have already hosted the first main event of the season.

The Birthplace of Modern Triathlon

It will be an especially proud moment for San Diego this weekend as it will be the first time that they have held an ITU race. San Diego is regarded as the birthplace for modern triathlon due to the very first set of Triathletes taking part in a course in San Diego dating way back to 1974. It seems fitting that San Diego has now been awarded a place amongst 8 countries to stage one of the 8 ITU events in a season. It is only the second time the ITU have decided to use the US for one of their events as they used Washington D.C previously in 2009.

Great Britain dominated the ITU World Championships last year with both male and female Triathletes being British. Unfortunately for the male champion, Alistair Brownlee, he is set to miss the San Diego 2012 event due to an Achilles injury that also ruled him out of the first event in Sydney. However, the current women’s champion, Helen Jenkins is set to feature at the San Diego event.

Women’s Preview

Gwen Jorgensen TriathleteHelen Jenkins is a strong favourite to take the gold medal position in San Diego tomorrow as she looks set to go one better than her position in Sydney. In Sydney she was beaten to the gold by Australia’s Erin Densham but Densham had the advantage of the home crowds egging her on but it will be a different story in the US.

The U.S female Triathletes will have the advantage of hometown knowledge as the San Diego course is new so US athletes such as Sarah Groff and Gwen Jorgensen will be familiar with the new look course. Those 2 have both secured their spots for the London 2012 Games but will both be vowing to finish on the podium to boost their chances of winning the 2012 ITU World Series this season.

There are a few other Triathletes who will firmly believe they have a chance of winning the San Diego event with Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf and Melanie Annaheim also on the start line. Canada’s Kathy Tremblay has also been showing good form this season and will be looking to cause an upset on Friday.

Men’s Preview

As mentioned earlier, the current ITU World Series Champion won’t be taking part, as Alistair Brownlee is still recovering from his latest injury. It might not be all bad news for the Brownlee household though as Alistair’s younger brother, Jonathan is set to make his season debut in the San Diego men’s event on Saturday.

His form towards the end of last year makes him a strong favourite on Saturday and he will also be hoping to impress and gain some form going into the London 2012 Games. Similarly to the women, the US male Triathletes will have the knowledge of knowing more about the newly built course than other competitors will have. With the added incentive of the highest placed US athlete certain for a place in the London 2012 Games as well, USA’s Matt Chrabot, Manuel Huerta, Jarrod Shoemaker and Hunter Kemper will all be hoping to finish as high as they can and it wouldn’t be a surprise if one of them finished on the podium in San Diego.

There is also a vital battle between two National Olympic Committee’s at this Saturday’s men’s event between Canada and Australia. Australia are currently ranked 8th in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games which means they will be able to send 3 male athletes to the London Games compared to Canada who are ranked 9th and will only be able to send 2. Simon Whitfield of Canada and Courtney Atkinson of Australia are the athletes who are likely to be the third athlete for both countries will go head to head and the highest placed competitor could be likely to go to the London 2012 Games.

If you want to know more about any of the competitors that took part in this race visit our triathlete profiles page.

Triathlete Profile: Alistair Brownlee

Alistair BrownleeAlistair Brownlee is currently the number one triathlete in Great Britain and is also ranked number four in the world in the Men’s Triathlon Rankings. Brownlee was born on the 23 April 1988 making him 24 years old and the triathlete has had a very successful career in Triathlon in such a short space of time.

Yorkshire Champion

He has been raised up in Yorkshire for his entire life and can proudly say he is the reigning ETU European Triathlon champion. Not just the reigning champion either, Brownlee has also won back-to-back ETU European Triathlon titles. Not only is he the reigning champion of the ETU European circuit, but he is also the current ITU Triathlon World Champion, emphasising his superiority in the world of Triathlon today. He also won the ITU Triathlon Championships in 2009.

Sibling Rivalry

His victory at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in 2011 was especially memorable for Alistair as he just edged his brother in the event with Jonathan Brownlee coming in second position. The event that took place in Beijing, China last year were a tremendous accomplishment by both Alistair and his brother, Jonathan, and Alistair will be hoping to collect a hat-trick of ITU World titles when he is set to regain his title at Auckland, New Zealand in October this year when the ITU World Championships are being held for 2012.

Success in the Family

Alistair took up the sport at a very young age with his uncle, Simon Hearnshaw who himself was a triathlete and competed regularly. When Alistair originally started his career as a youngster, he was a successful cross country runner and was often crowned Yorkshire County champion in Cross Country. It wasn’t until 2006 when Alistair decided to concentrate primarily on Triathlon and try to achieve a career on this path rather that just running. He became a member at the Carnegie High Performance Centre which is based at Leeds Metropolitan University and has been a member there ever since.

Dual Coaches

Alistair has two coaches on his team because of the different events associated with Triathlon, his swimming coach is Jack Maitland and the Director of Sport at Carnegie High Performance centre, Malcolm Brown is his coach for running and cycling.

His successful career to date has lead to him obtaining many athlete sponsors with BT, Adidas, Gatorade and BMW all sponsoring the British athlete.

His opening success came at the ITU Triathlon World Championships at junior level of 2006. Held in Lausanne, Switzerland on the opening weekend of September, Alistair Brownlee topped off a good weekend for Britain as Tim Don had earlier won the Men’s Championship and Brownlee’s gold position at the juniors were the start of his success.

Junior Medals

Little did Alistair know that this was going to be the start of a brilliant career for the talented teenager. Aged just 18 when he won the ITU Triathlon World Championships at junior level in 2006, in the same year he also managed to achieve a Bronze medal position at the 2006 ETU Triathlon European Championships in Autun, France. It was again at junior level and many people now expected Alistair Brownlee to progress onto the men’s circuit within a few years.

Gold Medals

Another gold medal at the 2007 Copenhagen ETU Triathlon European Championships continued to prove Alistair on a junior level. 2008 marked an extremely good year for him and his progression in Triathlon. In June 2008, he won gold medal in the Men’s Under 23 event in the ITU Triathlon World Championships that were held in Vancouver, Canada and his performance at the event saw him rewarded with a call up for the Great Britain team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China later that year.

Beijing Olympic Games

Alistair Brownlee Hyde Park TriathlonThe 2008 Beijing Olympic Games were an extremely exciting opportunity for Alistair as his country had no expectations for him to finish on the podium in his début Olympic event. He still managed to impress and finished in 12th place, ahead of fellow British team member, Tim Don who was expected to finish above Alistair. Alistair boasted very strong times in the swimming and cycling but ironically his running was slightly off the pace which saw him gradually move away from the leading pack.

However, Alistair was to return to Beijing, China in 2011 to compete at the ITU Triathlon World Championships and by this period he was a strong competitor on the Elite level. Due to his performances in all the events leading up the grand final, Alistair Brownlee dominated the 2011 Beijing event as he won 3 out of the 6 events prior to Beijing. His wins at the Madrid, Kitzbuhel and London games all contributed to his final ranking position of 1st that makes him the current ITU World Champion in Triathlon.

His previous ITU World Championship title was even more dominant than his latest victory. Alistair won all five of the season’s event in which he competed in. Madrid, Washington D.C, Kitzbuhel and London all saw Alistair victorious before he won the Grand Final in Australia in 2009 to take the ITU Triathlon World Championship crown. His title made him the first person to win the ITU Triathlon Championships at all 3 levels, juniors, under 23’s and senior.

Side-lined with Injuries

A recent Achilles tear suffered in February 2012 put serious doubts into his preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It was a bitter blow for Alistair who would’ve hoped to compete in the events leading up the Olympic Games to give him much needed time in the competitive events but unfortunately Alistair has had to watch from the sidelines.

Fingers Crossed for London 2012

The final WTS Triathlon event is in Madrid, Spain later this year and will be the last opportunity for Alistair Brownlee to compete against other elite Triathletes before the London Games in August. Alistair Brownlee would’ve been a certain favourite to win his first Olympic medal in his home country but his recent injury could potentially jeopardize any plans he has to finish on the podium. Whether he makes it in time to compete for the London 2012 Olympic Games, at 24 years old he still has many years involved in Triathlon.

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Great Britain at the European Triathlon Championships in Israel

Eilat Israel
There was heaps of joy for Great Britain as they welcomed back a gold medallist from the European Triathlon Championships at the under 20 level. James Briscoe was the Triathlete who managed to achieve this tremendous accomplishment and despite the London 2012 Olympic Games being too early for the 18 year old, there are high hopes for James Briscoe in future Olympic events and World Championships.

Under 20 Category

The European Triathlon Championships for the under 20’s were held in Israel and James Briscoe was one of 300 that the BTU had of Great Britain athletes represented at the Triathlon event. James Briscoe from Wistaston, Crewe was never expected to compete for the gold medal position but he was said to be overjoyed at his accomplishment in Israel and is now preparing to defend his title in Turkey next year when the European Championships for Triathlon come around.

Euro Triathlon 2012James said after his win: “It is a proud moment to pull on a vest bearing your family name with GBR below it. It’s an honour.” Clearly James is overwhelmed at his success but you can’t blame him for the pride he must feel.

It is especially memorable for Briscoe as he only entered the Triathlon events 3 years ago as a 15 year old. Before that James was a keen swimmer and runner and competed at county level in both events but never thought of Triathlon until he proved successful in his first event in Nantwich.

Briscoe completed the course in Israel in a time of 2 hours 15 minutes which on the day proved more than enough to win the gold medal. His nearest rival in his age group was just under 3 minutes behind which emphasised his dominance in the under 20’s category.

James Briscoe wasn’t the only success story to come out of the European Triathlon Championships in Israel as Andy Roberson was also a success to come out of the events. Andy Roberson was the only Triathlete to quality for the event in Eilat from the Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club.

45-49 Age Group

Triathlon 2012 EurosAndy Roberson managed to finish in tenth position in the 45-49 age group in what was his first ever international event so on a personal level it was a big achievement for the Chichester triathlete. Roberson entered into the sprint distance and had he not had problems during the race he may have finished even higher.

He came out from the swim in 2nd place and his transition to the bike was a very quick one. However, his downfall came during the bike mount as Roberson had difficulties with his shoes that ultimately cost him precious time. The conditions in Eilat, Israel for the event were extremely tough with strong winds blowing off the desert and straight into the Triathletes which made the event even harder.

Despite a strong finish to the race for Roberson in the final run he couldn’t close the gap between him and the front runners and had to settle for 10th position. No doubt Roberson will feel very proud of his achievements in his first ever international event and will be hoping that Great Britain will select him for future events.

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Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup 2012 Event

Huatulco ITU TriathlonMexico are one of the final few countries to have held their Triathlon World Cup event with nations across the world able to enter Triathletes to compete to gain qualification points for the London 2012 Olympic Games coming up. The event which took place in Huatulco, Mexico on Saturday saw 30 women go head to head whilst there were 56 competitors in the men’s event.

It was a very hot afternoon in Mexico which made race conditions even harder than the usual for the athletes which resulted in a lot of casualties with athletes feeling the force of the conditions. With the water and air temperatures reaching high amounts, it was extremely gruelling circumstances for the athletes. Five women did not finish the event whilst as many as 11 male competitors dropped out. The women athletes had it slightly easier as they started in the morning with a narrowly cooler temperature whereas the men kicked off closer to noon with the temperature at its highest for the day.

Women’s Results

Flora DuffyDespite the rising temperatures, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy managed to win her first-ever World Cup event at the Huatulco ITU Triathlon event in Mexico. Flora Duffy managed to complete the course in 2:13:17 which was a very good time considering the race conditions she and the other Triathletes were dealing with. Duffy’s excellent transition time in the first lap gave her the chance to sprint off ahead of the chasing pack which essentially put her in good stead to win the event.

In the end, the Bermuda athlete who participated at the Beijing Olympics only to be disqualified for being lapped managed to finish 30 seconds ahead of her next rival in 2nd place. Brazil’s Pamela Oliveira in similar fashion to Flora Duffy secured her first-ever World Cup medal which enabled her to get vital Olympic Qualification points with her efforts in Huatulco, Mexico. Oliveria’s 2nd place position climbed her up the current Women’s Olympic Rankings for London 2012, raising her 12 places from 68th to 56th, overtaking fellow Brazilian Triathlete Carla Morena in the process.

Completing the final 3 podium positions was original home favourite Claudia Rivas. Despite being the favourite to take the gold medal in her home country, Claudia Rivas was a little off the pace in the run which saw her drop vital seconds behind the 2 front runners. Claudia Rivas was the fastest in the water for the opening part of the race but a slow transition time in T1 meant she was playing catch up in the bike ride which lead to fatigue in the latter parts of the race for Rivas.

The ITU development team also managed to maintain 2 Triathletes in the top 10 in Mexico. Ukraines Yuliya Yelistratova finished in 7th with fellow Team ITU competitors Mateja Simic of Slovenia 30 seconds behind her in 8th.

The Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup 2012 Event was overshadowed with slight concerns when Czech Republic Triathlete, Vendula Frintova collapsed with just less than 50 metres to the finish line and was carried off by medics for treatment. Due to the extremely hot conditions which proved to be too much for Frintova, her collapse dropped her unfortunately out of the top 10 position where she was running.

Men’s Results

Simon de CuyperWith the women’s event taking place first in the morning, the men had to endure even tougher and hotter conditions for the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup event as the men’s event started closer to noon. The temperature of the water got to its highest at 28.6 degree Celsius and the Triathletes also had to complete the event with the run just as the sun reached its peak temperature.

However, in contrast to the women’s race that was completed earlier in the day, there were a number of athletes who enjoyed a spell in first position and wasn’t a 1 person contender for the gold medal position. Belgium’s Simon de Cuyper however was in 1st position when it most mattered as he crossed the finishing line in a leading time of 02:02:34, 16 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Ryan Sissons of New Zealand.

Simon de Cuyper evidently proved the term, ‘it is a marathon not a sprint’, as he was trailing around 2 minutes behind the leaders at some stages of the race. But the Belgian Triathlete stormed past 13 men in the third lap to take the gold medal. The 500 qualifications points that came with the gold medal position were extremely helpful towards de Cuyper’s chances of competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Ranked just inside the top 100 before the men’s event in Mexico, the 500 points took him up 26 positions into 68th in the men’s rankings.

Aurelien RaphaelFrance’s Aurelien Raphael was the first man to lead the event when he exited the water ahead of his trailing competitors to storm into the lead and his first lap of the bike was equally as impressive as he gained a 31 second lead. The intensity he set at the start of the event clearly took its toll as his pace began to deteriorate for the following two laps of the bike as his rivals began to catch up to the Frenchman.

Whilst eventual gold and silver medals winners De Cuyper and Sissons were in the distance, their patience was eventually rewarded. Bermuda nearly managed to achieve a podium position in both the women’s and men’s events but unfortunately Tyler Butterfield fell 10 seconds short of Bronze placed Danylo Sapunov of Ukraine for the ITU development team.

Despite the hot and humid conditions that the athletes were dealt with, Simon De Cuyper managed to find the energy and determination and win his first ITU World Cup in Huatulco, Mexico on Sunday.

Events Left

With the Huatulco ITU Event now over, there are just 2 remaining events for athletes to battle it out for those remaining Qualification points to gain for London 2012. The San Diego event in USA and then the final event in Madrid, Spain are what Triathletes face before London 2012 Olympics.

Top Five Triathlon Clubs in the UK

As Athletics gets more and more popular throughout the world, the demand for clubs and facilities to operate for different athletic events increases every day. This is no exception for the triathlon event which is becoming increasingly popular every year with more athletes wanting to take part in the event because of its excitement and combination of different events.

Triathlon consists of 3 different parts, a swim, a bike ride followed by a gruelling run which tests athletes to their maximum throughout the course. The rise in popularity for triathlon was evident when it was introduced into the Olympics for the 2000 Sydney Games. Since the UK realised that the 2012 Olympic Games would be held in London, over the past few years the rise of triathlon clubs in UK has increased and below are the most recognized and established triathlon clubs.

Pencoed Tri Club

The Pencoed Tri Club is based in Pencoed, South Wales and offers athletes from all abilities to take part in their sessions that the Pencoed Tri Club has to offer. The club was formed in 2003 and was brought to the Bridgend area to promote the triathlon event to all ages that could take part in the sport.

For a small cost, you can take part in the different sessions the Pencoed Tri Club has to offer, from Swim sessions to Cycling, the Pencoed Tri Club welcomes all abilities to take part.

For more info please visit their website: http://www.pencoedtri.org/

Worcester Tri Club

It is based in the Worcester area but welcomes athletes from all over the country to come and take part. It is an extremely friendly local club that is open to all ages of the public. Not only does it provide a variety of training sessions, but they also provide individual support should you need it and also offer you excellent triathlon opportunities to get you started.

The club was formed in 1993 and has represented a lot of professional athletes at European and World Championship level. Ceris Gilfillan even competed at the Olympics in Sydney and Ceris was a member at the Worcester Triathlon Club from where she progressed onto the bigger stage.

If you are interested in joining this club head on over to their website: http://www.worcestertriclub.co.uk/

East London Triathletes

The East London Triathletes club is based in Woodford/Walthamstow of the East London area. The club is suited to athletes of all abilities from the very experienced to the beginners. The East London Triathletes club has different club coaches to suit all the levels and offer specific training sessions to different athletes to challenge them and fulfil their potential as a Triathlete.

The club was formed in 1985 and is still going strong today. East London Triathletes also offer regular competitive races which offer Triathletes the chance to experience competitive racing and offer the winner’s entry into more lucrative triathlon events.

To find out how to join this club visit their website: http://www.eastlondontriathletes.co.uk/

Windrush Triathlon Club

Windrush Tri is based in the South London region and specialises in not only triathlon events but Duathlon events as well. The Windrish Tri club offers regular sessions that test athlete’s individual abilities and prepare them physically and mentally for races ahead.

It is one of the most popular triathlon clubs in London and is very active with regular runs, swims and cycle events.

For more info on this popular South London club see their website: http://www.windrushtri.co.uk/


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Triathlon Events at London 2012

Hyde Park is counting the days when they welcome 110 Triathletes from around world to complete in the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is exciting for everyone in London as it gives them a wonderful chance to see these elite athletes compete at the London Games this summer for free due to Hyde Park’s public area. Around 90% of the course at Hyde Park for the Triathlon will be open for spectators to welcomingly come and watch for free as the athletes compete for medal positions for their Olympic countries.

Events

There are just 3 Triathlon qualifying events left before the end of qualifying for the athletes as they attempt to gain more points to boost them up the rankings and give themselves every chance of representing their National Olympic Federation at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Wcup Huatulco 2012 in Mexico is to start on the 6th May 2012, and give the ‘lesser’ nations the chance to gain qualification into the London 2012 Olympics. The San Diego 2012 event is also the national Triathlon event for the US to look at their individual Olympians and who should represent them at the 2012 Games. It’s also another chance for other competing nations to send their athletes to the San Diego event to gain more qualification points. Finally the Madrid event at the end of May is the final opportunity for athletes to gain final points.

Women’s Event

The women’s event takes place before the men’s event and is due to start on the 4th August 2012. 55 female athletes will take part with the 8 top ranked nations gaining 3 entries into the Triathlon event with the other National Olympic Federations getting 2 places each. Since the Triathlon event made its debut at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, only 2 female athletes have appeared in all 3 Triathlon events in every Olympics.

The Perfect Four?

Anja DittmerKiyomi Niwata and Anja Dittmer are both vowing to make it a perfect 4 at this summer’s Olympics Games. Anja Dittmer is extremely likely to qualify for her National Olympic Federation of Germany as she is the top ranked Triathlete in Germany. Her most recent Triathlon event was in the 2012 Dextro Energy World Triathlon in Sydney and she managed to get to 20th in a time of 02:03:16. Anja Dittmer is one of the strongest competitors on the bike for the middle part of the race as she notched up a time of 01:04:47 on the bike but Anja’s times for the swim and the run were less as impressive.

Anja’s best finish at the Olympics in her 3 attempts for Germany was at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where she managed to finish in 11th position. Japanese Triathlete Kiyomi Niwata is unlikely to have another shot at another Olympics after London 2012 giving that Niwata is 42 years of age. Japan however have nailed down a ranking spot at the London 2012 Olympics which means they can elect 3 athletes for the Triathlon event due to their qualification from the Asian Championships. Mariko Adachi dominated the 2012 Tateyama ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships which cemented her spot for Japan’s team at the 2012 London Olympics but Adachi will be joined by 2 other Japanese female Triathletes including Kiyomi Niwata, Ai Ueda or Tomoko Sakimoto.

Hot Favourites

Despite Japan dominating the Asian Championships earlier this year, they are just 1 of many National Olympic Federations who will be competing at the London 2012 Games for the Triathlon event. Switzerland dominated the Sydney 2000 Olympics women’s event where they took gold and bronze. Australian born Kate Allan then took gold in the 2004 Athens Games but was representing Austria due to gaining Austrian Citizenship in 2002. Australia repeated Switzerland’s performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by taking home gold and bronze in the women’s event and many believe that Australia will once again be the ones to watch in the Triathlon event at London 2012.

Erin DenshamAustralia are guaranteed 3 qualifying spots in the women’s event for London 2012 and all 3 potential qualifiers for Australia are in for a shot at winning gold. Australian’s dominance in Triathlon was for all to see in the 2012 Dextro Energy Event in Sydney earlier this year when 6 out of the top 16 were all Australian. That includes Erin Densham who is hot favourite for the gold medal this summer. Densham was 2006 U23 Triathlon World Champion and is currently ranked 4 in the WTS rankings. Heart problems in 2009 set her back for almost a year but she bounced back and against the odds made a return to the sport. Densham also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished 22nd.

Erin Densham has a lot of competition alongside her from the fellow countrywomen for the final 2 spots in Australia’s women team as Emma Moffatt has already gained her selection by the Australian Olympic Committee. Emma Moffatt is another favourite for the gold medal and hopes to improve on her Bronze medal she won at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Other Hopefuls

It isn’t going to be all plain sailing for the Australian women’s team in the Triathlon event for the London 2012 Games as Team Great Britain will be more than determined to make their first podium in the event with the Games being held in England. Britain’s Helen Jenkins has already secured her spot at the London Olympics 2012 with her sensational performance at the World Championship Series in London last year where she finished 1st.

Jenkins is currently ranked 2nd in the WTS rankings having gained 1282 points and is only behind New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt. Helen Jenkins won gold medals in the 2008 Vancouver and 2011 Beijing World Championships and will be desperate to get gold on the Olympic stage to complete a fabulous career.

Andrea Hewitt, the world no.1, has had a sensational run in her previous 5 events, finishing 1st on 3 occasions and 3rd the other 2 events. Having used to be a swimmer in her early twenties before deciding to become a Triathlete, the advantages are there for show as Hewitt is extremely good in the swimming part of the race and is also a very strong runner. Hewitt has admitted in a recent interview that if she trained hard to improve making the transition from swim to bike, she could stand a real chance of achieving her first Olympic gold medal and it’s hard to disagree with her because of the quality Hewitt possesses.

 

The Road to the Olympics

The Road to London 2012As the London 2012 Olympics draws ever closer to the world in the summer, the Triathlon events take place in just 95 days on the 4th August 2012. Hyde Park is the location for where the Triathlon event will occur and it will see 55 world class athletes from the men’s and women’s event, swim, bike and then run to complete the gruelling Triathlon course.

The beautiful thing about the venue for the Triathlon event is that around 90% of the route for the course is in ticket zones which are completely free for the public to watch and wouldn’t need to buy a ticket for. So Hyde Park is a great opportunity for people to watch one of the most exciting Olympic events this summer for free!

Qualifying

The women’s event is up first and there will be 55 athletes from across the world competing to get on the final podium which will earn their countries medal positions. The 4th August 2012 is a date very much sketched into many female Triathlete’s diaries and for some it is literally sketched in as some athletes are still trying in vain to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Athletes have had from 1st June 2010 all the way through to the 31st May 2012 as the period to qualify for the Olympic Games in London this year. In that 2 year period, it is up to the athletes to qualify for their nations Olympic team according to the criteria demanded by their National Federations.

ITU Olympic Qualification Events

From 1st May 2011 up until the 30th April 2012, Triathletes had the chance to compete in different Continental Olympic Qualification Events to gain qualification points which would boost their chances of gaining a place on their respective Olympic team for the London 2012 Games. The top 8 ranked National Olympic Committee’s at the end of qualification will gain 3 qualification spots for the London 2012 Games whilst the other Olympic nations will gain 2 places.

Qualification Events Left

With the qualification period running out at the end of this month, time is running out for athletes to get vital qualification points on the board in a bid to make their respective Olympic teams. Wcup Huatulco 2012 is one of the three events left for athletes to claim more points for London 2012. The Huatulco events primary objective is more to give the emerging and developing Olympic National Federations a chance to get their athletes to London 2012. Countries such as Ecuador, Serbia, Cuba and Costa Rica are expected to represent athletes at the Huatulco event on the 6th May 2012 and set out to qualify for the Triathlon event for the first time in their nation’s Olympic history.

The US National Federation still have their national Triathlon event still to run later this month in the WTS San Diego 2012 event. The event will also play an integral role for a number of other Olympic teams who choose to compete at the San Diego event to determine their Olympic squads. The final qualifying event is the WTS Madrid 2012.

Countdown to the Olympics

Team GB Triathlon TeamWith just 85 days to go until the London 2012 Olympics arrive; the preparation for the events is well underway with the qualifying spots for the games well underway. For the athletes competing to take centre stage at the Triathlon event, Hyde Park will be the venue in which the Triathlon takes place as athletes look to represent their native countries and achieve the ultimate athlete’s goal of finishing in gold medal position.

Location for the Olympic Triathlons

Hyde Park is a very open area in London and will be sure to bring enthusiastic spectators to watch as the Triathlon events take centre stage on the 4th and 7th of August. It is the perfect venue for the Triathlon races that combine swimming, cycling and running in the 3 course race that can be gruelling for the athletes.  With the sport gaining more and more recognition amongst athletes, Hyde Park will be sure to anticipate an exciting event to take place.

The London 2012 Olympics Triathlon event will consist of a 1500m swim, followed by a 43km bike ride and finished off with a 10km run. The 3 individual events will need to be swiftly dealt with by the athletes and not only for the swim, bike ride and running, but also for the transitions in between which could cost athletes vital seconds.

Women’s Triathlon at London 2012

The women’s race kicks off first on the Saturday 4th August 2012 and will be contested between 55 women athletes who will be confirmed on the sports entry deadline on 9th July 2012. As qualifying still takes place around the world to qualify for one of those 55 prestigious spots available, 2008 Beijing gold medallist Emma Snowsill could miss out. The Australian triathlete missed the race in Queensland in March this year through illness and could face a battle to be selected by the Australia board for the Triathlon event. Fellow Australian Erin Densham took full advantage of Emma Snowsill’s absence as she capped off a remarkable recovery from her heart problems to win the Queensland race.

Emma Moffatt is already named as 1 of the 3 places in the Australian’s Triathlete women’s team but with newly-crowned Oceania champion, Emma Jackson set to take another 1 of them spots, a battle between Erin Densham and Emma Snowsill for the final spot looks increasingly likely.

For Team Great Britain, their most likely athlete to unsettle the Australian’s dominance at the London 2012 games is likely to be Helen Jenkins. The 28 year old is currently ranked number 2 in the WTS rankings and won gold in the London World Championship Series last August which secured her spot in the Triathlon events at the London Olympics 2012.

Despite finishing 21st for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Helen Jenkins is much more optimistic this time around as she looks to improve on her 21st position this year in her home country. Helen Jenkins is coached by her husband, Marc Jenkins who is also a Triathlete and the pair will be hoping that the summer games can provide Helen with an Olympic medal.

Men’s Triathlon at London 2012

The men’s race is set to start after the women’s race on the Tuesday 7th August 2012. There will also be 55 competitors competing in the men’s race in which is sure to be one of the most in demand for tickets as the men’s competition is set to be an exciting encounter. Since its establishment in 2000, the Triathlon men’s event has seen the same 2 athletes finish in medal positions in 2 out of the 3 Triathlon events in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Canada’s Simon Whitfield achieved gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the Triathlon’s Olympic Games debut before achieving silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty also aims to go one better as he achieved Bronze in 2008 and Silver in 2004. Bevan Docherty’s spot in the New Zealand team has already been confirmed for the London 2012 Games and he is set to be partnered by 2 other hopefuls for the London Games if New Zealand can maintain their current status in the world top eight before the start of June.

Team Great Britain has failed to finish anywhere higher than 9th in the 3 Olympic Games that the Triathlon has been running. Their last attempt in the 2008 Beijing Olympics was Alistair Brownlee who only managed 12th position in Beijing. However, since his 2008 disappointment, he has turned it into triumph as he went on to become back-to-back winner at the World Championships.

In his home country Alistair Brownlee will be desperate to show he has the winning capabilities at the Olympic Games in front of his country and he will be joined in his attempt to finish on the podium along with his brother. Jonathan Brownlee is also a favourite for gold at London 2012 and with both of them having secured their place for the 3 man Triathlete team; it only leaves 1 more space open.

Olympic Triathlon Favourite

The strong favourite for the final position in the men’s Triathlon team is Will Clarke, who was also a competitor for Team Great Britain alongside Alistair Brownlee in the 2008 Beijing Games. Clarke did his hopes justice when he ended last season ranked ninth in the world and was his biggest career highlight since he came onto the scene as World and European under-23 champion. The final Triathlon event before the London 2012 Games is in Madrid and Will Clarke knows a strong performance at Madrid will give his chances of completing the 3 man team a world of good.

Tim Don is a former world champion but the 34 year old may have to surrender to missing out on the 2012 Triathlon team for Great Britain as his rank has deterred in the latter stages of his career as an athlete. His performance at the 2008 Beijing games will not be one he will want to persuade the Team GB board with either as he failed to finish the event after falling too far behind on the bike leg.

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Exeter Triathlon Club

Exeter CathedralIf you are looking to meetup with like minded competitors and triathlon enthusiasts in the South West then checking out the Exeter Tri Club should be at the top of your list.

The club is open to members of all abilities which is nice as those looking to enter their first event will be made welcome and able to get some solid advice from the seasoned members of the club.  While more experienced triatheletes will be able to fit right in.

Daily Training Sessions

The Exeter Tri Club has a busy training schedule with something on every night of the week whether it be swimming, running or cycling. They even hold open water swimming sessions during the summer which are replaced by pool swimming during the colder months to help you get ready for the swim stages of your next triathlon. As the outdoor swimming ceases in the winter you probably won’t need to bring your triathlon wetsuit! Other nights include city running and evening bike rides around a two mile long circuit with various obstacles. Weekend endurance sessions are often held and there is a once a year training camp to Lanzarote’s Club La Santa for those looking to train in warmer climes. Even kids are catered for with a junior section for 8-16 year olds.

Membership

You do have to pay to join but get a number of benefits for singing up besides access to the training sessions and advice from the team. These benefits include discounts at local sports shops which should save you money on your triathlon equipment.

This seems like a great club with loads going on. Their website even has an active forum for members to keep in touch and network when not training. So if you are based in Exeter or the surrounding areas get intouch with the team and the Exeter triathlon club.

To view our list of clubs visit the triathlon club directory page.

Totnes Triathlon Club

Totnes CastleTotnes is a small down in the South West of Devon with a population of around 7,444.  It location on the map is equidistant between Plymouth and Exeter, the two biggest towns in Devon and is about six miles from Torquay, the setting for the fictional hotel in Faulty Towers. Despite its relatively small population there are a number of people living there that take part in the sport we all love known as the triathlon. The levels of abilities of the Totnesians who take part in this sport ranges from the absolute beginner to the more serious athletes who take part in races on a regular occurrence. Triathletes from smaller neighbouring towns such as Dartington, Ivybridge and Harbertonford often meet up with the folk from Totnes for training sessions and social events which help bolster the numbers a bit during times of low interest in the sport. Due to the small size of the down, you won’t find a specialist triathlon shop in Totnes so shopping for triathlon wetsuits is not really an option although there are some well stocked bike shops on and around the high street.

Triathlon Training on Dartmoor

Due to the location of Totnes and its position fairly close to the great expanse that is Dartmoor a lot of the more serious athletes from this area train on the moor whether it be for the cycling or running stages. The large amounts of open spaces and often empty roads make Dartmoor a great spot for those wishing to get some fresh air and witness some impressive scenery whilst out training. There are also a number of other activities that can be undertaken on the moor such as rock climbing, caving and canoeing so it is a great destination for those looking for an action packed outdoor adventure holiday. Why not combine this year’s family holiday with some serious triathlon training?  A 100km bike ride is a great excuse to get away from the spouse and kids for a few hours. Just don’t stray off the paths after dark!
 
So if you live in the area and are interested in the sport and your level is somewhere between a one race wonder and a weekend warrior get in touch with the folk at the Tones Triathlon Club.
 
For more information about the town of Totnes visit the town’s page on Wikiepdia.

To view our list of clubs visit the triathlon club directory page.

Orca S4 Men’s and Women’s

The Orca S3 was one of the best selling triathlon wetsuits in the UK and the S4 looks set to take its position in the best seller lists. This is truly a remarkable suit packed with modern features and an enviable history that goes back many years through various incarnations and versions. The S4 is looking to take the number one spot when it comes to the best triathlon wetsuit on the market and after taking a look at this suit we can’t really argue with that!

The Best Triathlon Wetsuit?

Although I’m sure Orca would tell you this is the best suit on the market it always a good idea to look for the opinion of an impartial observer. If you look at the rich feature list you can begin to understand why Orca rates this suit so highly and why they expect to take the number one slot. As the level of competitiveness between the top triathlon brands grows each year the gap between their products gets even smaller with each release and to some extent it is down to personal preference rather than cold hard facts as to which item you decide is the best. But if you have yet to take a closer look at the Orca S4 then you are really doing yourself an injustice. We are not here to tell you which suit should be your favourite but we would be failing in our remit if we were not to point you in the direction of the S4 for closer inspection.

Reasons Why We Love the S4

To be honest we have been fans of the previous Orca triathlon wetsuits in the S series so we had high hopes for the S4 and we were not disappointed. The excellent levels of buoyancy we had come to know and love from Orca suits were present and correct and its attention to detail was not lacking at all. It was comfortable yet you knew you had the suit on which can sometimes be missing from some the rival products out there. It feels like they have gone out of their way to make a great suit that is fast, comfortable and very easy to get in and out of.

Orca S4 Sizing

The Orca S4 is available in a range of sizes and in both men’s and women’s versions so no matter whom you are there should be an S4 available to fit you.

To get the full low down on the S4 triathlon wetsuit and check the latest prices click here now.

Zone 3 Vision Triathlon Wetsuit

If you are looking for a great value triathlon wetsuit from a top brand then the Zone 3 Vision wetsuit might be just what you are looking for. Zone 3 has been around since 2009 after being launched by a number of top athletes from Loughborough University. The brand quickly established themselves as a top name in the world of triathlon equipment and their suits were worn by a number of top competitors from the outset.

A Top Class Wetsuit at a Budget Price

What is most exciting about this suit is that it is the first wetsuit from Zone 3 which retails for less than £200. Now that they have been around for a few years it appears the British firm have been able to recoup some of their expenditure on research and development and pass on some of the cost savings to the consumer by releasing a lower priced item that is still packed with some top notch features and details.

Zone 3 Vision Features

For a sub £200 wetsuit this item doesn’t really lack any of the main features that are essential on a good wetsuit. It has a full body coating of Speed-Flo which we challenge you to find on any other triathlon wetsuit in this price range. Thanks to this coating you will move through the water with a minimal amount of drag. Like the much higher priced Zone 3 Vanquish the Vision has Pro Speed Cuffs to ensure you make one of the quickest transition times out there. Although it does not feature an upwards motion zipper like some of the more expensive models it is still a relatively easy zip to access and operate so while this is a bit of a downside it doesn’t really harm our overall opinion of the suit.

Summary

So to summarise this is a sub £200 wetsuit from top British triathlon brand Zone 3 which is packed full of features which have been passed down from their much more expensive models. The only let down is the downwards motion zipper but at this price you’d be mad to let that stop you from taking a closer look!

To view the full specification of the Zone 3 Vision click here now.

Zone 3 Vanquish 2012

This is the new 2012 version of the Zone 3 Vanquish triathlon wetsuit which debuted in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Each year Zone 3 has worked tirelessly to improve upon the previous year’s version and this latest incarnation is no exception. This company have poured large amounts of resources into refining and perfecting their panel design to bring you a triathlon wetsuit that is highly flexible while being evenly configured for perfect levels of buoyancy. It makes use of a large single piece of material for its shoulder panel to ensure you are as unrestricted as possible, leaving your strokes as unimpeded as if you were swimming in just your shorts. The design of the cuffs has been focused on easy access, allowing you to put on and take off the suit as quickly as possible. If you are prone to slip ups during the transitional phase between stages then the ease of which this suit can be removed should really appeal to you. The zip also helps in this capacity thanks to its upwards opening direction which allows you to quickly yank it up and get the suit off. This also prevents the unsportsmanlike practice of pulling down an opponent’s zipper during a race which is becoming increasingly common in this day and age.

Breathe Easy with the Zone 3 Vanquish

The design of this triathlon wetsuit from Zone 3 features an almost v-neck appearance which has been chosen to allow you to breath easily with no tight material around your neck and Adam’s apple. It slightly resembles a v-neck t-shirt rather than the traditional tight neck line of a wetsuit which goes a long way to giving you an unconstructed fit around the neck.

Best of British

If you want one of the best triathlon wetsuits on the market then this is going to be going straight on your short list. Ever since Zone 3 arrived on the scene out of Loughborough University they have built some of the best and most popular triathlon equipment available.

If you want to support a local firm as well as get a great example of design and comfort check out the full spec. of the Zone 3 Vanquish by clicking here now.