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Morning Routine from a Triathlete

Have you ever wondered what triathletes do in order to prepare for the race ahead of them? Well, Laura Gonzalez Ferreira has given us an inside look at what goes through her mind race morning.

“My race morning ritual usually involves going over, and over, and over again all of the items I’ll need in transition. When I’m pretty sure I’ve got it all, I stand next to my gear and close my eyes. I picture myself at each stage of the race, walking towards the swim start, standing in the water or on the barge waiting to hear the horn with my hand on my watch, getting out of the water and peeling off my wet-suit, jogging into transition. Then reaching the very spot I’m standing on, what gear do I need? It’s goggles off, wet-suit off, helmet & sun glasses on, cycling shoes on, number on, and go. Out on the course, I think about the last turn towards transition, slowing down to dismount, running my bike back to the rack, remembering to take my helmet off, grabbing my running shoes, and heading for the finish. This helps me not only visualize the day, and having a successful race, but it’s an easy way to remember if I’ve forgotten something, or if I need to rearrange my gear on my transition towel to be in a more optimal position. I always visualize myself having a fun, strong race, and though I know things can happen (flat tires, blisters, heat, an upset stomach), I know I’m prepared for those situations. I don’t imagine any of them happening, I only imagine the positive, best case scenario, and that’s what I aim for every race day.”

The motivation and determination is what differentiates a triathlete from any other athlete. A big part of being successful on race day is being able to visualize success. Going into the race having already thought about every turning point in the race and seeing yourself succeed at each of these points is something that will set Laura apart from the others.

Your Saturday in Central Park

There is nothing better than a Saturday in New York City with nothing to do but explore. One of the best places to spend your time exploring is in Central Park. Most triathletes may know this park to be the home of the New York City Triathlon, but there is much more to the park than just that.

Take a paddle around the Lake (one-hour $15, each additional 15 minutes $4, plus a $20 deposit)—or let someone else do the work during a Venetian gondola ride (half hour $45, up to six people) at Loeb Boathouse (available April through November). After your boat ride enjoy some drinks, seafood, and other appetizers at the Central Park Boathouse Restaurant.

If you are looking for a place to relax and catch some rays, Sheep Meadows is the place for you. The 15-acre field is located along the southwestern edge of the park. Expect thousands of locals to take over the area on weekends for a spot to hang out and relax. If you are wanting a spot in the shade it is suggested to arrive at Sheep Meadows by 11 AM.

Walk under the shade of the largest American Elm trees in North America. A pocket hidden from the hustle and bustle of the city, you truly will feel like you have escaped the busy city life. The area is filled with many artists and performers that liven up the afternoon. Be sure to grab a bench, some food, and enjoy the show.

Tavern on the Green is a must for tourists. The restaurant was featured in “Ghostbusters”, “Wall Street”, and “Mr. Poppers Penguins.” The view and not to mention the structure of the building are hard to beat. Tavern on the Green is a great place to sit down and enjoy a meal after a long day exploring the park.

 

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/ten-things-you-must-do-in-central-park

 

2017 NYC Tri Athlete & Spectator Guide Now Available

“In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

The city of lights. The city of opportunity. The Big Apple.  Nothing says New York more than the Hudson River, the West Side Highway and Central Park! Since its inception, the New York City Triathlon has been a stage for Olympians, Paralympians and tough-as-nails New Yorkers. Each section of the course tests your preparation and commitment.

Some say you’re a real New Yorker if you live here for two years. We say you’re a real New Yorker if you’ve conquered the New York City Triathlon. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. Make sure to check out the 2016 Athlete and Spectator Guide* for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> 2017 NYC Athlete Guide – UPDATED

> 2017 NYC Spectator Guide

A city with a thousand names and dreams, it’s your time to make your Tri dreams come true!

See you in the Hudson!

*Please note: Both Guides will be updated with Swim Wave Charts as we get closer to the event.

NYC Tri Spring Training Webinar

Spring has sprung in New York City — so it’s time to get training! Dr. Mark Klion of Manhattan Orthopedic is here to help you jumpstart your race prep with expert tips covering training and injury prevention.

Join us on May 17 at 7:00 p.m. EST

** NOTE: This webinar has been rescheduled from its original date. Those previously registered for the original date (May 9) will automatically remain registered for the revised session. Thank you for your understanding.

> CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

These Three Women Define Strength

To recognize International Women’s Day, IRONMAN did a virtual sit-down with three of triathlon’s most inspiring women. Read on to find out their views on life and triathlon.

by Jennifer Ward


Christina Hopper: Mother of three and the first female African-American fighter pilot to face combat in a major war.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has altered how I see myself as a person. I was an athlete when I was young, but after completing college, I didn’t really compete in sports anymore. When I took up triathlon three years ago, I rediscovered a part of myself that I thought had died. It has given me a renewed sense of confidence and vigor. It has given me renewed energy and helped me to see that age is a state of mind.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a triathlete is balancing life demands with all of the training and trying to reach my goals. In order to garner and maintain the support of my husband and family, I had to decide that my goal was not going to be “to be the best.” That goal would have required me to put my life on hold to train. Instead, I set the goal that I would “be the best that I could be within the time constraints of my life.” I set realistic goals within those constraints and feel good about what I was accomplishing both at home and in sport.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think one of the most important things to remember is that triathlon is not your life, it’s just a part of your life. If you keep that in perspective, things fall into their proper place. You don’t need to fit someone else’s training plan into your life. Do what makes sense for your schedule. For me, that usually means getting up early and getting training in before my kids are up and before work.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I wish I would have known that it is better to go into a race slightly underprepared than it is to go in overtrained. There were so many times when I thought I just needed to get in a few extra miles or to go a little bit faster than planned and then I ended up injured. Now I live by the motto: “train smarter, not harder.” Being strategic in training and listening to your body when it tells you to back off or rest goes a long way toward longevity in the sport and success in reaching your goals.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I, too, have a group of friends I train with regularly. We call ourselves the Before Breakfast Club. Getting up early and training with them is therapy for me. I think it is wonderful to train with other women to share ideas, successes and failures, and encouragement. It is a natural forum to learn from each other and to celebrate the achievement of goals. Doing life together with others and building others up makes life worth living.


Shirin Gerami: The first woman to represent Iran in a triathlon.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has definitely affected me as a human being. I feel it has given me a more positive outlook on life, and given me more confidence in working hard towards my goals.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

The constant labelling, stereotyping, and boxing into how/what/who I ought to be, and the challenge of concentrating on who I am and the person I want to grow into, rather than binding myself to what other people expect and assume me to be. That has actually been a huge challenge.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I wish I had the answer! I’m still trying to figure that out myself.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I have loved the journey exactly as it has been. The thrill and curiosity of the unknown, the surprises, the growth, the ups, downs and up-side downs. Passing on what Paula Newby Fraser has always told me: “don’t overthink it.”


Turia Pitt: Inspirational Australian woman who suffered burns to 65% of her body in 2011. She completed two IRONMAN events in 2016.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It’s given me a lot more confidence and a lot more belief in my abilities, especially since I set the goal of doing an IRONMAN when I was in a hospital bed. I think just having that goal is something massive to work toward. As I got closer and closer to it, it made me believe in myself a lot more. I think having that self belief and self confidence that’s crucial for anyone in all stages of their lives.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

As an athlete, it’s got to be my injuries. I’ve only got three fingers now which makes swimming more difficult, and it’s harder for me to use my bike like a normal person would. As a woman, we have a tendency to not back ourselves and not believe in ourselves and I think that’s a pretty big challenge. And also, because the sport of triathlon is fairly male dominated, even just finding training partners was really difficult for me. I guess I’m luckier than most because my partner was very fit so I’d do a lot of training with him. I still think if there were more women in the sport that would be really good for everyone.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think my tip is that I had to learn to let myself off the hook. If I didn’t do very well in a training session or was really tired and didn’t go as hard as I would’ve liked or didn’t eat my recovery meals at the right time—I think you’ve just got to recognize that no one’s perfect and we’re all just doing the best we can. In the scheme of things if you miss a session or your day doesn’t go as planned it’s not the end of the world.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

To not take it too seriously. It’s a sport that we all do because we love it, and I think you can forget about that and get really serious. That for me saps all the fun and enjoyment out of it.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I’d say dream big, believe in yourself, and know that if you put the work in, you’ll see results!

 

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2017/03/international-womens-day-round-table.aspx#ixzz4akIexN29

Race IQ is Back at Tailwind Endurance – March 1

Join us on Wednesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. EDT at Tailwind Endurance to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the New York City Triathlon. We will discuss the race course, weekend logistics and some of the insider knowledge about the race weekend such as:

  • Parking and travel tips
  • Where is the hidden port o’ outside of transition
  • Unique aspects of the NYC Tri course that can make or break your day
  • Where to position your friends and family to best see the action

 

We will also feature a panel of athletes that have raced the course and can give you insight into how they raced well in all kinds of New York City conditions!

> REGISTER FOR MARCH 1

Looking for some extra training? Tailwind Endurance offers a variety of classes to get you in shape for race day. Also keep an eye on their full schedule between now and race day for your chance to ride the actual bike course in studio. 

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Life Time Tri Series

We invite you to join us as we #CommitToTri in 2017!

Each event features an International distance course, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run (distances may vary slightly by location). Select events also offer Sprint, SuperSprint and Kids Triathlon courses of shorter, varying distances.

 

2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule

Event

Date

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Life Time Tri South Beach

April 2, 2017

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Life Time Tri Marquee

April 9, 2017

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Life Time Tri CapTex

May 29, 2017

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Life Time Tri Minneapolis

July 8, 2017

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New York City Triathlon

July 16, 2017

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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

August 27, 2017

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Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon

September 24, 2017

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To register or learn more about any of the 2017 Life Time Tri events, visit www.LifeTimeTri.com. Stay updated with the latest information by following @LifeTimeTri on Twitter and the Life Time Tri Facebook page.

2017 NYC Tri Charity Partner Application Now Available

The New York City Triathlon invites you to join our exciting 2017 event by becoming an Official Charity Partner. Every year, our Charity Partners play a vital role in making the NYC Tri one of the most publicized and well-attended triathlons in the nation!

The 2017 application process will take place from September 1 through September 20. All Charity Partner Applications are due by Tuesday, September 20, 2016 to be considered.

> 2017 Charity Partner Application 

Learn more about our Charity Partner Program here.

2016 NYC Tri Time-Lapse

Want to see how the 2016 NYC Triathlon came together? Check out this time-lapse to watch what happens from pre-race setup to post-race celebrations and everything in between!

Watch the Official 2016 NYC Tri TV Broadcast

Don’t miss the 2016 NYC Triathlon highlights on your local television stations. Throughout the month of August a enjoy a broadcast of the swim— bike—run in the beautiful New York City.

Tune in to watch the following times:

Fox 5
Sunday, August 14 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

My9NJ
Sunday, August 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SNY
Saturday, August 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.