Two distinct incidents in the sporting world stood out last month that caught my attention in their contrast on a similar theme. Undoubtedly the most prominent was the United States Anti Doping Agency’s (USADA) stripping of Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France championship titles. Quick recap: USADA alleged that Lance had used banned substances during [...]
Even though I suck at them, I’m a big fan of racing triathlons. This past weekend was chock-full of exciting events. Right here in Paris the French Triathlon Federation held an olympic distance with the swim portion in the oh-so-propre Seine. Other notable races over the weekend included the Long course Challenge in Roth, Germany [...]
How I love the south of France. It’s only the first weekend in June, and I’ve already had my pick of 6 sprint or olympic distance triathlons within easy convenience of a tgv station (needless to say racing one every other weekend is certainly enough for me). This weekend brought me to the town of [...]
Returning to triathlon racing as a new season begins was a bit daunting for me this year, specifically because my prior race in August 2011 left me the souvenir of a broken clavicle. Sufficiently healed physically though with lingering doubts mentally, I approached this first sprint triathlon of 2012 with a modest goal: finish in [...]
You may have read about how Lance Armstrong raced the half-Ironman triathlon in Panama two weeks ago. His runner-up finish at the inaugural event confirmed that Armstrong has set his sights on the triathlon world as his next competitive battleground. Rumors have swirled periodically since Armstrong’s retirement from the Tour de France that he would [...]
Two weeks ago I started the Triathlon de la Montagne Noire deep in the heart of France’s Languedoc region. The region is beautiful and offers a challenging but gorgeous course. Shame I couldn’t finish it. The swim featured a three-loop lake circuit with a “double-australian” exit and a tight transition area. Not ideal, but ample [...]
A new world Ironman record fell today in Klagenfurt thanks to Marino Vanhoenacker’s gobsmacking 7:46 performance in his sixth-straight Ironman Austria victory. And I thought last year we had seen it all. I’m dumbfounded in awe and admiration.