Sarah Haskins set a course record to win the St. Anthony's Triathlon, then only 12 days later came within a hair's breadth of qualifying for her second Olympics at ITU San Diego. Matt Fitzgerald interviews Haskins on her preparation and and draws a valuable lesson for all triathletes: how to be in peak form for two back-to-back races.
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Last week, the TrainingPeaks team spent their days following the USA Pro Cycling Challenge across Colorado, through some of the most beautiful parts of the state. This was the first year for the USAPCC and we're excited to have partnered with the event to bring a world-class cycling race to our home state. In addition to being its inagural year, the USAPCC is the only race in American cycling history to have the entire TdF podium present and racing.
To say it was a memorable and exciting week is an understatement. We had a great time meeting lots of our current customers who came out to watch the race and had lots of opportunities to talk to new faces about what TrainingPeaks is and how it can work for them. We handed out thousands of cowbells, bottles of sunscreen, sunglasses, stickers, t-shirts, and other prizes. If you had a chance to stop by and say Hi, thank you! If we missed you, hopefully we'll get a chance to get together in the future.
And as usual, we were collecting and analyzing power files from top riders each and every day. If you missed any of the data (or some of our funny video blogs), here's a recap of the week.
In today’s Queen stage, we captured a lot of power meter data! This 133mile stage in which the riders traveled from Gunnison to Aspen, Colorado went over two MASSIVE mountain passes, each topping out at over 12,000 feet. The amazing cyclists that allowed us to capture their data had a different tactic in the stage and this made for some really interesting comparisons between their data.
On Sunday, July 24, over 2,000 athletes competed in the 13th Ironman Lake Placid. Last year's winner, Ben Hoffman, was back to defend his title (coming off several 70.3 wins over the past year, including Branson, Boise and Munice), but he faced a tough men's field, including Luke Bell (Hawaii 70.3 champ), Eduardo Sturla (IM Brazil winner), and TJ Tollakson (coming off a solid race at IM St. George and a win at Eagleman).
Tollakson led the race from nearly the get-go. He came out of Mirror Lake in second (to Holden Comeau) by just under a minute and took the lead on the bike almost immediately. He nearly broke the course bike split record (off by only 10 seconds) and held the lead through the run to secure his first Ironman win. TJ is a long-time TrainingPeaks user and shared his race report and winning power data file with us.
TrainingPeaks once again had exclusive behind the scenes data analysis and video interviews from the Tour de France. If you didn't have a chance to follow our daily race reports be sure to check out our favorite stages and video interviews from Team Saxo Bank-SunGard and Team Sky riders.
Here are our favorite interviews:
- Juan Antonio Flecha on the second rest day in Orange, France.
- Some riders, like Laurens Ten Dam, just know how to work the crowd on L'Alpe d'Huez.
- Stage 15: Chris Anker Sorensen discusses the Pyrenees and the upcoming stages in the Alpes.
- Tejay Van Garderen uses TrainingPeaks to train for the Tour de France. What are you training for?