Triathlon News: Beginner Ironman Awards, Presidents Resign, Powertap Sold


– What’s up, Trainiacs? Welcome to this week’s Triathlon News Day. In this week’s News Day,
people are resigning from companies, other
companies are getting sold, and, unfortunately, like, this is serious, athletes are dying in Ironmans. (exciting music) What’s up, Trainiacs? Welcome to this week’s
Triathlon News Day Tuesday, where every single Tuesday,
as long as there’s news to talk about and I’m
not traveling, we talk about what’s goin’ on all
around the triathlon world. As always, full links to
everything we talk about will be in description
below, and make sure you stick around to the end,
where everyone’s favorite part of Triathlon News Day, Shared, and that’s a story from
the Trainiac community. Let’s just start off by
getting right into it. Ironman announced a
new program celebrating and encouraging new triathletes
to get into the sport. It’s called the Ironman Class Of program, and what they’re going to be doing is regardless of when you finished, over decades of Ironman racing, in the first year that you
finish an Ironman race, I believe it’s just a full-distance race, you will be inducted into the
Ironman Class of 2019, 2020. Very good idea, let’s
celebrate new triathletes and hopefully a bunch of new Trainiacs becoming Iron Men and Women. Big news in the triathlon industry that sorta got swept under
the rug, SRAM bought PowerTap. So, SRAM is the components manufacturer that also owns Quarq Power Meters, PowerTap being the manufacturer of the P2, P1 Power Pedals that I
use, the PowerTap power hub that gives people their power
when they’re on the bike. Now, this isn’t terribly
surprising that SRAM bought PowerTap because a contact in the industry told me that PowerTap has been losing significant money for quite some time, so
this is a bit of a bailout, and SRAM will integrate PowerTap into the Quarq line up of power products. I think I made that sound
a lot more complicated than I needed to. Unfortunately, I missed
talking about this last week, but this is a serious note,
that two athletes died at Full Ironman South Africa last weekend. I didn’t hear about it at the time, and unfortunately, the race organizers had to come out with
the statement confirming that two athletes had asked for assistance in the swim portion of the shortened swim from 3.8 kilometers to 1.6 kilometers. They were given assistance,
taken to a hospital. One of them died of a heart attack, and the other one had convulsions. Now, this is a really unfortunate reality that we deal with with
a very chaotic situation that Ironman is trying
to alleviate and improve with things like rolling starts and age group starts as
apposed to these mass starts, but still, the fact of the matter is that you are swimming
with two to three thousand of your closest friends around you, and when you aren’t prepared for it and you might have an
underlying condition, these things might happen,
and it’s one of the reasons why I caution people from jumping into one of these huge races because
there’s so much going on that, unfortunately,
things like this happen, and I can guarantee that
if you are much more calm in the race, that’s not to say anything about these two athletes
’cause I don’t know them whatsoever, but if you
have a much calmer experience in the race, odds are
you’re gonna be safer. Respect the distance. It’s a very serious thing. Now, effective immediately,
president of the board of directors of the U.S.A
triathlon has resigned to become the full time, paid president of U.S.A Team Handball. Now, to me, just hearing
this is fairly wild. When I met Barry last year at Triathlon Business International, he was like the godfather of triathlon. He was synonymous with the sport, having built up 5430 Sports,
which held eight triathlons and was eventually sold to Ironman. He had been part of the
board of directors of USAT since, I believe, 2012, and
the president since 2014, and he’s been instrumental
in recruiting the new CEO, Rocky Harris, implementing My Time to Tri. All of these new programs that are growing U.S.A. Triathlon from, essentially, a glorified insurance company
to grassroots organizations to an actual driver of triathlon, and it’s unfortunate to see
Barry go, but we wish him luck. In Ironman racing news, there were a bunch of Half Ironmans going on out there. In Half Ironman Peru, Vicente Cabrera beat out Andy Potts and Kevin Collington to win that race, and Lauren
Goss won the women’s race, posting on Instagram that
at this time last year, she was taking antidepressants
and sleeping pills and never thought that she
would really get to that level of competition ever again,
and here she is winning Half Ironman Peru. Congratulations to ya. And in China, Half
Ironman Liuzhou happened with the timeless, 45 year
old Craig Alexander winning. Geez, does this guy ever stop? The guy’s still got an eight pack at 45. And of course, Agnieszka Jerzyk, (sighs) I had a hard time with that last year, and I’m gonna have a hard
time with it this year if you keep winning, Agnieszka,
won the women’s race. Congratulations to you both. With the Triathlon Taren Podcast, we just released a very
sciency short episode with everything that you need to know about creatine as it relates
to endurance training. A little bit of a tease on that. There are indications that
creatine is a supplement that can clearly help certain aspects of endurance training, but
not necessarily endurance, so there’re very tricky
ways that you can use it. I recommend go, trying it out. If you have any background in creatine use with, say weightlifting,
you know the benefit that it can have with weightlifting,
explosive performance. There are indications that it
could be used in triathlon, and as far coming up, I
just posted on Instagram, what do you want me to talk about? And instead of asking for a
whole multitude of interviews, you asked for a whole multitude
of topics about training, so they seem to be popular episodes, so we might knock off a
few little mano e mano, you and me, one on one,
training episodes coming up. Make sure you go check it out. It’s still the most highly
ranked triathlon podcast in the world on Apple
Podcasts and Spotify. If you didn’t know, we’re also on Spotify. Check it out. Now, let’s get into the
Trainiac story of the week, which starts off with a
shout out to everyone here. Hey, Taren, Kim, Mel, Gracie, and Petie. I like you, James. My name is James Baker and I
live in a little coastal town called South West Rocks
halfway between Brisbane and Sydney on the east cost of Australia with my amazing wife
Rene, also known as NTR, No Triathlon Rene, and our
boys, Thomas and Frankie. I came to be a triathlete on a whim, and I’ve caught the
bug, and I just love it. Crossing the finish
line for the first time back in 2016 was one of the best feelings of accomplishment that I’ve ever had. 2019 now marks the beginning
of my three year plan to become an Iron Man
before I turn 40 in 2021. I’m also using triathlon
to raise awareness of dementia by fundraising
for Dementia Australia. Seeing my Pop go from an
admired, hard working family man, reduced to living in a care facility where he needs a nurse to get him dressed and spoon feed him just
feels so wrong and unfair. The worst part of it
is that he has no idea. Although, there may be
some solace in that fact. Living an active lifestyle is one thing, however, that you can do to help avoid the same degeneration in life, and I want to promote
that through triathlon. That’s enough about me
and my autobiography. I think that if I lived
in your frozen tundra part of the world, we’d
be pretty good mates, as I’m part ginger too, as
you can see from the beard. We just color correct for that so you all go nuts for my ginger beard. Thank you again for inspiring
this Aussie Trainiac. Thank you very much,
James, for sharing that. This is the stuff that I love hearing, that people are incorporating it into whatever they’re passionate about. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but triathlon, as we
talk about all the time in these Trainiac stories,
not only helps you live a fitter, more fulfilling life, be a better version of yourself, but it also allows you to inspire and help those around you,
so good on you, James. If you want your story shared, everyone out there is
doing really cool things, and we get tons of messages
about how inspiring these are to everyone else out there, so please, email us at [email protected] with your story, maybe
a couple race photos, and you’ll get featured
here, and if you aren’t already subscribed, hit
that subscribe button below for these News Day Tuesdays. That wasn’t CGI, not special effects. Just effects. Magic. Later, Trainiacs.

16 thoughts on “Triathlon News: Beginner Ironman Awards, Presidents Resign, Powertap Sold

  1. Hereโ€™s a question – has Ironman ever considered a โ€˜quarterโ€™ to maybe extend their brand to compete against Olympic distance? Or just call it โ€˜Ironman Olympic โ€˜? I feel the vast majority of age groupers our there might top off at a โ€˜quarterโ€™. I absolutely love the coverage you do of your races and feel like I would love to do that with my wife over the years for vacations. But a half? Ouch. Anyway – these Ironman locations seem completely awesome and would think a quarter might get a lot of noobs like me traveling to them regionally. Thoughts? I mean, I could just do an Olympic somewhere, but that brand….the locations…the organization. Seems like they might be able to help the sport grow

  2. Full ironman is a significant undertaking and I'm continually horrified by how woefully prepared many athletes are for the swim. It's bad enough that many cant do the distance but many (especially in colder climates) have zero open water experience. Personally I'd enforce a half ironman qualifying race done in the previous 12 months before you can do a full ironman. This is the way it used to be before ironman became more interested in money than athlete safety. From my own perspective I did 5 HIM races before I felt comfortable enough to step up to the full. And by that stage the full was a dream (and relaxing) swim.

  3. Taren, great work but you missed another great Ironman 70.3 that took place this weekend and that was Ironman Fl 70.3, not for the faint of heart and he conditions were brutal and unforgiving, Overall male winner was Daniel Stubleski with a 4:1246 and overall female winner was Vanessa Gianinni with a 4:43:22 and 2nd place whom was a fellow Canadian her name was Miranda Tomenson and I had the pleasure to escort her on the bike as she ran and she put out a great performance. Hope all is Well T…

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