Posts tagged cycling
How to Completely Change Your Life through Triathlon

Since an early age I have been involved in endurance sport. I was the completely wacky and abnormal kid who at the age of 15 would get up at 5 am, grab my golf clubs, hop on my bike, ride to the golf course in a tiny town in Southern Alberta, and get a round of golf in before ANYONE showed up.  I’d then cycle all the way home, throw on the running shoes and go for a 10K run.  Upon returning I’d grab my board shorts, head to the pool, teach some swimming lessons and spend the afternoon honing my lifeguard skills (aka basking in the sun and working on developing skin cancer).  I really spent every minute trying to do as many things as I could.  I was doing slow-cycling races with my best middle school friend before I even knew it was an actual way of training for killer cycling skills.  You know the drill:  ride in a straight line from point A to point B as slowly as humanly possible. Much easier now as an adult, but BOY!  When you are an awkward 12 year old boy, riding your bike slowly is a recipe for some good comical viewing, BUT also the development of some SWEEEET cycling skills. 

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Drafting, the Triathlete's Team Sport

Last summer, during an ITU race in Edmonton, I experienced triathlon as a team sport.

It was the first time I raced a “draft-legal” event. I had no idea how it would turn out. The main message about drafting I had gotten up to then  was “do not draft”: If you are within a certain distance behind another cyclist, you must pass them or slow down until the distance between you increases. If you pass, you only have a few minutes to do so.

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Three's the Magic Number

Lots of good things are related to the number three. Triple chocolate cookies, for example. Or the three wishes granted by a genie. And then, of course, there’s triathlon. The fact that triathlon involves three different disciplines is the reason I initially gave it a try. I was intrigued because it seemed like both a way to challenge myself and an opportunity to expand on one of my favorite activities (running). Now that I’ve completed several triathlons, I still find the multi-sport nature of this activity to be one of its most exciting aspects. Here’s why.

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