What an honor to return to Japan’s Great Northeast again for the Tour de Tohoku this past weekend! The brainchild of Yahoo!Japan CEO Manabu Miyasaka (a visionary business leader and also an incredible athlete), the annual Tour de Tohoku bike race brings attention, visibility, and funds to the Tohoku region, an area heavily devastated in […]
Il existe des moments dans la vie où l’on tombe sur une opportunité de faire quelque chose d’extraordinaire. Pour les amateurs de vélo, avec un coeur en or, une telle opportunité se présente le 18 septembre 2016. En mars 2011, un séisme de magnitude 9.0 suivi par un tsunami ont ravagé le Japon. Une muraille […]
Dear person who stole my triathlon bag, I’m naive enough to believe that all people are inherently good, or at minimum, act rationally. So it bewilders me when petty thefts like the one this morning occur. Following a common ritual, I hung my triathlon bag with sandals on a tree before changing into my bike […]
This has been a perfect month for weekend cycling in the south of France. Even though I generally prefer spring and summer, I could really get used to this.
The “So-called Triathlon Team” at the Vichy Half Ironman last weekend. The guy on the right is the slow one. Hats off to the Challenge Vichy organizers, and bravo @TriClubTSD !
It was a late start to the triathlon season this year for me. It seems like everyone else is tapering while I’m finally feeling in the zone. Only my third of the year so far, but the Triathlon Fleury d’Aude yesterday afternoon was loads of fun. The convivial atmosphere, bottle of wine, comfortable run course, […]
The Lac du Salagou in southeast France hosted consecutive triathlons throughout last weekend, both road and Xterra. This was the inaugural year the Montpellier Triathlon Club organized races at this location, and hopefully it’s the first of many. I opted for the intermediate distance tri on Saturday. The triathlon takes place in a gorgeous setting: […]
Although I generally conserve my limited athletic abilities and energy for triathlons rather than single bike or run races, the chance to cycle in the Tour de Tohoku was an opportunity that I could not pass up. A gorgeous ride through the rolling hills of the jagged coastline of northeastern Japan, the Tour de Tohoku […]
Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii this past Sunday. The Belgian broke the 6-time winning streak held by Australians in the swim/bike/run grand-daddy (that’s 3.9km/180km/42.1km for each segment, respectively). These pro triathletes are in my opinion the most elite athletes in the world. Merely having an opportunity to compete at […]
Well if it wasn’t the fastest race performance in the world, it was undoubtedly among the most entertaining. Yesterday my two colleagues and I ventured up to Chti territory (the deep north of France for the uninitiated) for a little team-building seminar when a triathlon broke out. The Triathlon of Ardres took place in the […]
I finally found the time to recover and document my thoughts on the Marseille olympic triathlon organized by the WTC Ironman organization in late July, so here goes… This was hands-down the toughest triathlon I’ve ever raced. Strong, gale-force winds wreaked havoc with the swim course, rendering high waves and low visibility. Not to mention […]
In the sequel to my fantastic experience at last year’s Triathlon du Sud, my expectations were high, albeit the new location represented an unknown variable. The sudden freezing downpour just prior to the race start (no fault of the race organizers), combined with the poorly-marked bike course on narrow roads open to traffic unfortunately rendered […]