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627 - 20 most important things that happened at Kona

(Photo Credit: Ironman)

Do you know the 20 most important things that happened at the Ironman World Championships in Kona? Now you will!

And as promised, here is the link to the story and to help out baby Alexander Starykowicz who is only a few months old and has been spending way too much time in the hospital.  His dad, Andrew Starykowicz was also hit and dragged by a van earlier this year!  



Podcast 626 - IM Wales Champion Darbi Roberts and Big Swimming with Mike Derksen

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Join me for a detailed chat with pro triathlete Darbi Roberts on how she used better fat metabolism to win Ironman Wales on just 100 calories per hour!  We discuss her daily diet, training and racing strategies, and how she handles racing while working full time as an Assistant Dean at Columbia University.

Joining in for the second interview of the show is Michael Derksen.  We talk about strategies for his (and maybe your) next big open water swimming race.

Then we dive into some audio from a kids triathlon in Galveston where they swam in a water park's "lazy river."  After that, some thoughts on getting triathlon done while trying to adult and help out on Boy Scout campouts.



Episode 625 - The Science of Speed

Should you run latex tubes? Are flat pedals actually faster than clip-ins? That and much more answered on this episode!

Here's a great article that does a critical analysis of the video.

Pic of the latex tubes I usually use.

A pic of the flat pedals I bought and have been using with a ton of success lately.  Harriers from Merlin Cyclery.



Episode 624 - Ironman Canada and Youth Nationals in Ohio

Review of my favorite Ironman so far, fun prerace audio, interview with 11 year-old female state cycling champion, audio at Youth Nationals in Ohio.

 And here's a smattering of just some of the images and videos we talk about in the show.  Enjoy!

Great pic from on top of Whistler.

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:51am PDT


Getting ready to release Lord Sandwich upon the course! #footlong

A photo posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Jul 22, 2016 at 8:13pm PDT


16-18 boys mass start!

A video posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Jul 30, 2016 at 6:36am PDT



First bike pack, chasing the leaders!

A video posted by Brett Blankner (@zentriathlon) on Jul 30, 2016 at 6:56am PDT




Episode 623 - Ironman Canada Build and Tips!

Why was there a long break between shows?  Because peak training for Ironman Canada is a huge time suck!  This episode is chock full of what it takes to get the training done, how to set your bike up for a race, triathlon news, and how to train by numbers for more clarity and simplicity in your life.

By the way, here's the super cool trainer that makes no noise and uses magnets for resistance.  No tire wear, silent, and lightweight?  Sign me up!

Enjoy the show and stay tuned for the full Ironman Canada experience next episode.  It's going to be EPIC!