Comparative Stuff About Tri, TT and Road Bikes...


From Boardgametips.com

Why is triathlon so expensive?

Most U.S. Ironmans are running $725 these days, before the despised reg fee. So far, that leaves us with this: Traveling to races in the U.S. is expensive because it takes more time and more hotel nights should you venture across the country or up a mountain.

Are tri bikes or road bikes faster?

Triathlon bikes are designed to make riders faster. The seat tube is closer to vertical than a road bike’s. This steeper geometry places the rider’s hips over the crankset which engages their quadriceps more for increased power.” Tri bikes are more aerodynamic and are “faster” than road bikes.

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2021 Observations...


 2021 Observations and  comments:

- YWCA WOMEN'S TRI is back! After a two-year Covid hiatus, the YWCA Women's Tri, truly one of the US' premier women's-only endurance events, is returning to the schedule. The date should be announced soon.

- MTN congratulates the organizers of the "new" ALEXANDRIA TRIATHLON on the success of their inaugural event last year. The race was awesome, featuring great courses, large-than-anticipated turnout (230 finishers!) and enthusiastic community support (volunteers, sponsors, race management). (ED. Alexandria has lots of reasonabley priced hotels!)

- MTN also congratulates organizers of the HEART OF THE LAKES TRIATHLON on the changes they instituted in 2021, especially the new transition layout and the reconfigured run course for its short course race. Another 2021 HOLT brightspot was the women in the crowd, who in the absence of pre-recorded (Whitney) music, stepped in and blew us all away with her powerful rendition of our national anthem. Who was that women? We hope she returns to HOLT next July.

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A Year of Questions...


By Shyanne McGregor

“There are years that ask questions, and years that answer.” - Zora Neale Hurston

As with every start of a year, 2021 was no different- I had big goals. After a year of cancelled races and a disappointing end to Ironman Florida the year before, I was ready to make 2021 a year of big things.
Little did I know it would be a year of learning patience and postponing goals for another time.

I haven’t talked much about this but I really haven’t been able to do much running since April due to fibular head instability issue leading to a tibial stress fracture. I finally healed from those and then got a hamstring injury in my last race in August. Last year We couldn’t race due to a pandemic and now races were happening again and I still couldn’t race. I’m not getting any younger!!!  ...

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Why Triathletes Should Nordic Ski...


By John "Fast Big Dog" Shafer (Slowtwitch.com - Dec. 2015)

If you've been around the sport of triathlon for a while, you've seen lots of fads come and go: gear, nutrition and training plans can all suffer from the "flavor of the month" syndrome. Cross-training was all the rage in the 80's for a while and guess what, what's new is what's old again. Cross-training, in particular strength training, is now widely considered to be beneficial to athletes of all ages and abilities, but what about off-season aerobic training? Are there viable alternatives to cranking out mind-numbing miles on the trainer and treadmill?

Yes. Cross-country skiing (or "Nordic skiing," if you are in the know) is one of the best full-body workouts, with elite Nordic skiers occupying much of the top of the list of VO2 max tests. And here's the really good news - Nordic skiing isn't just a great all-around fitness exercise, it is also an excellent sport-specific exercise for swimming, biking and running. In part 1 of this multi-part series, SlowTwitch is ...

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We Need a Break...

The MTN Guys need a break. We, therefore, will not be posting new content during the month of December. We plan to return by January 1. Until then, we hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday season.