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Ironman Hawaii 2016 Results Pro Men Triathlon


Hey, what’s up triathletes? Taren here. Ironman Hawaii 2016 is over. Today, we’re going to be running down what happened in the men’s race, who won, how it unfolded, and why I’m here in the office to get this video ready for you until four in the morning. Stick around for it. At the start of the day, a lot of people were expecting a very fast race. It didn’t seem like it was going to be too hot out there, too humid, and the water was fairly calm, despite a few rollers. The cannon went off at for the men’s race, as it has for the last few years, and Jan Frodeno jumped out to a very early lead.

The swim ended up going into two packs, with Jan Frodeno taking one line and Andy Potts taking another. By the time they got to the pier, they merged, and Andy Potts jumped out to a short lead, but in the end, Harry Wilshire became the first athlete out of the water in Ironman Kona. He lead a very large group that featured the perennial leader, Andy Potts, from the U.S.A., Jan Frodeno, as I mentioned, Paul Matthews, and Marco Albers. It was a fast swim, going 2 minutes and 50 seconds faster than 2016. A personal favorite of mine and a pre-race favorite, fellow Canadian Brent McMahon was also in that pack, just 8 seconds back. Sebastian Kienle was over 5 minutes back, but that’s nothing new to Kienle. He typically races from the back, having to catch up on the bike. As expected, Kienle got right up to the bike by the end of 30 miles.

The men’s bike race ended up getting clustered up at the front a lot. Some might call it drafting a lot. The top twenty Ironman athletes were all within 40 seconds of the leader. That is a racer every two seconds. That doesn’t sound like 12 meters of clearance to me. Jan Frodeno 00:01:38] was right up there in the front, as he was last year, not letting anyone get away from him, but it seemed like he was staying very smooth, so that he had enough energy to conserve himself and be fresh on the run.

Luke McKenzie, a former second-place finisher, got up to the front, even taking the lead at around the 25-mile mark. Andreas Raelert, who’s probably the most talented athlete to never have won in Kona, was actually in that front pack, which he hasn’t been for a few years. Unfortunately, he ended up getting into the sin bin, serving a 5-minute penalty, as my buddy, Brent McMahon did. Both of them ended up not being real contenders at the end of the day. Mickey Weiss was the leader at the half-way turnaround point at Hawi. He was on the brand-new, Diamondback triathlon bike, which claims to be the fastest tri-bike in the world. He seemed to really want to make a point that day about how fast the bike was, but he blew up his legs, and after that half-way point at Hawi, he ended up just consistently falling back. By the end of the bike, everyone that you would expect to have a strong bike, did. Sebastian Kienle had established himself a very small lead, with Frodeno, Ben Hoffman, Luke McKenzie, and Tim O’Donnell very close behind.

Then, with all these athletes going out onto the race together and all looking really good, it was shaping up to be a pure running race for Ironman Hawaii 2016 World Championship. Two men, Frodeno and Kienle, established themselves early on as the freshest and the top contenders to be on that podium at the end of the day. They raced side-by-side, neck-in-neck, even exchanging a few jokes together, right up until the turn onto Queen K Highway, at which point, Jan Frodeno finally broke Kienle and established himself a 30-meter lead instantly once getting out into the barren lava fields.

At that point, in third place behind Kienle was fellow German, Andy Boercherer at two-and-a-half minutes back, establishing what we thought might be the ending German 1-2-3 placing. Close-in behind in fourth and fifth were Americans Ben Hoffman and Tim O’Donnell. Coming into the energy lab, Frodeno extended that lead slightly, but Kienle wasn’t far behind. He was running still very strong at a pace, but he wasn’t gaining very much on Jan Frodeno. Behind him, however, was a relative unknown, fellow German Patrick Lang, who was running a blistering 6:04-per-mile pace, running himself up from 20th place off the bike, to being a podium contender.

Jan Frodeno, just like last year, ended up being too much for everyone. He ran into town with a decisive lead, with no one else in sight. Once again, he proved that he is an Ironman triathlete like the world has never seen before. Jan defended his title in 8 hours, 6 minutes and 30 seconds, followed behind by Sebastian Kienle in second place at 8 hours, 10 minutes and change. With the run of the day, and the fastest run in Kona history, was that German Patrick Lang, who was ecstatic with a fourth-lace finish. Shortly behind, in fourth place, was Ben Hoffman, who again, was the top American in the field.

This was an amazing day with amazing performances. All told, it was the second-fastest podium finish in Kona history. Everyone suffered. Everyone worked for it, and everyone is consistently getting faster year after year. If you’re interested in what happened in the women’s race, I will link that up here, and in the description below where I do the recap on the women’s side of things. Congratulations to all the podium finishers, all the age-group finishers. Kona is a magical place and be proud of what you’ve accomplished today. As always, triathletes, happy and hard training, and good luck in your next triathalon. It’s late and I’m going to flub my way through this, but we’ll do it.

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Helmets: A Review Worth Checking Out!

“Looking on buying a new helmet for your next race? Below is a review of 7 of the best £50 cycle helmets. Know what they are below!”


7 of the Best Helmets

First up, it’s worth mentioning that cycling itself isn’t an inherently dangerous activity.

There are statistics that can be interpreted any way you like to indicate one way or another when it comes to helmet use, and some clever numbers boffin could probably rightfully claim it’s more likely that you’ll be killed by a sheet of falling ice from an aircraft than on your bike. The reality is many people simply feel safer on a bike wearing a helmet.

We’re all for personal choice and among the technical test team you’ll see some of us happily wearing lids and others going ‘wind in the hair’ style.

Protect your head
All that aside, if you decide a brain bucket is for you, we’ve put together a test of seven safe, secure helmets all for under £50. After all, the primary reason for wearing ‘personal protective equipment’ is protection. When it came to the testing, we’ll be honest, we didn’t crash in all of them and see if we ended up hurt. But every one passes all the relevant EU, and many other international, tests, so safety is taken as a given.

With that bit out of the way, we concentrated on what we feel are the important bits. The pertinent details are, as ever, in the ‘look out for’ section, but it’s also worth noting that the best helmets aren’t as hot to wear as you might think. Internal channels between the visible holes allow air to flow in at the front and out of the rear. It’s this exhausting of air that takes the heat from your head with it. Sure, you’ll have a bit of helmet hair when you arrive, but it shouldn’t be overly sweaty, and who can’t cope with a bit of a ruffling and finger running at your destination to beautify oneself?

What to look for
This is down to a combination of the shape of the helmet itself and the effectiveness of the retention system. Being able to adjust the height and width of the part that grips the back of the head is very important to how solid the helmets feels. After all, it’s this, not the straps, that keep the
helmet tight on your head.

Helmet manufacturers will often have a mould that fits certain head shapes better than others. While you may not know if yours is round, oval or square, trying on a few brands will allow you to feel the difference. You should never have hard parts against your head. Decent levels of (removable and
washable) padding are a must.

Adjustment and set-up
The first time you set up a helmet it’s well worth taking a few minutes to get the straps set and y-buckles correctly positioned under the ears but above the jawline. From there, the strap length can be adjusted. Hopefully, this is a straightforward process. Also, we expect these settings to stay put. When you grab your lid, it should be a simple plug-and-play moment. Having to fiddle with it is a definite no-no.

Limar 635 £39.99
With eight colour options available, the Limar is definitely a lid for riders who just have to have a matching outfit. Thankfully, it’s not just about looks. Like the Cratoni, it has an insect-proof mesh on the front vents (the Italian brands do seem to like an insect mesh) and a quality pad set that allows plenty of airflow over the head while successfully keeping any of the shell away from the head. Over the sides of the skull, cool air has a bit more of a problem due to the lack of holes; and the fact that it’s available to fit only those with a 55cm head and over is a bit of a shame.

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Abus Aduro £39.99
From first putting the Abus on, it felt hugely robust. That’s not to say it felt heavy or cumbersome, despite the excellent protection offered from the lower rear section. All fittings and fixtures simply felt well made. This meant that we never had any issues with straps shifting in use and everything simply stayed put once set. The built-in LED light on the rear head gripper was also a superb touch. As an everyday commuting lid there’s nothing the Aduro is lacking. Comfy, secure, good looking and a great price: full marks go to the Abus Aduro.

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Spiuk Zirion £49.99
Sitting at the top of the price bracket, the Zirion’s appearance defies its sub-£50 price point: we’ve seen much more expensive helmets that don’t have its looks. It’s claimed to fit 53 to 61cm heads, but those over 58cm will need to check the shape as it’s definitely less oval than some. Its ventilation is very good, but security and ease of adjustment are where the Spiuk stands out. The Zirion was definitely a ’set and forget’ helmet and, like the best brain buckets, was simply ready to wear when we fancied a pedal. Comfortable, secure and reliable? Perfect!

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Cratoni C-Blaze £49.99
With a pad under the chin buckle and Clean Tex pads, comfort is a clear priority for Cratoni. The rear retention device is also height adjustable, independently to its width so we managed to fit it to a variety of testers. It also has compatibility with Cratoni’s Rearlight system of aftermarket lights — a nice touch. Mesh moulding across the front vents will keep bugs out in the summer, and reflective tabs add an extra safety element. There are plenty of details to make the C-Blaze worthy of consideration — however, the fit isn’t great for those with a more oval head.

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Your Questions About Colleges With Triathlon Programs

Thomas asks…

if your new to grappling is 2 classes a week of wrestling and 2 classes a week in bjj too much to handle????

im a newb preparing for my univ judo team season in september.

ive already decided that wrestling is first priority, i notice im ridic sore after even one bjj class (2hrs) and wrestling also. my hips and im just bruised as hell…..what happens if you stick with it and force yourself to do 2 wrestlgin classes and 2 bjj on top of weight training and endurance.

im training at same time for a triathlon???

am i going to hurt myself or prolly overtrain?
im new to grappling but know tons and tons about it and i have great posture.

Mike Rich answers:

I run 30 minutes every morning
I weight lift for 1.2hours 4x a week
I do 45 minutes of calisthenics/conditioning 5x a week
I train BJJ 4 classes per week
I train kickboxing 1x per week
I box 1x per week
I work 30 hours a week
I go to college 16 hours a week
Theres no “I” in team, which is why I love to fight.

You can handle it as long as you sleep enough. I was always complaining about joint pain and soreness. Then I started up my multivitamins/supplements and started sleeping 8 hours + per night, and i eat like a pig. I feel great now. I’m actually somehow gaining muscle mass with that schedule as well…. Good thing I love food. Good luck… Listen to your body. Its okay to be sore, but its not okay if your muscles are fatigued and you lose progress and your times drop and your lifts drop. Give it a shot and if you do not notice improvement then cut back. I know wrestling can be very intense, with BJJ it’s better if you think rather than constantly grip tight and fight tense and go 100% b/c then you will be sore and will get injured. Pace yourself and relax, when you see an opening explode. Roll at about 60 %. If possible lift on the days that you do not have wrestling or bjj. Too much on your CNS IMO…. I still do it, but its a bitch trying to posture up in someones guard after maxing on deadlift. I would cut lifting down to 3x a week and follow a strength training program. Do lots of compound lifts. Chest tri’s 1 day, BP, weighted dips, closed grip bench press. Back Bi’s dead lift, heavy barbell/dumbbell rows, weighted pull ups. Legs/shoulders: separate as far from deadlift day. Heavy squats, heavy lunges, heavy leg press, extensions, straight leg dead lifts or curls(helped me w/ my hooks a lot), hip/groin machines.. Helped a lot w/ my guard along w/ straight leg deads. Shoulders: Heavy Cleans/Clean And Press, heavy shrugs, rear flies, lateral raises, front raises, truck drivers(my favorite for shoulders) Explosive compound movements all the way.
-supplement right
-sleep a lot
-Eat tons of food
-Drink tons of water

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