Thursday, May 15, 2014

The End of TriLoveland

After almost two years, I've decided to end TriLoveland. The site will remain up for those who have saved reviews or other articles for reference and I may continue the site at some point in the future, but right now I'm extraordinarily busy and honestly, not at a point in my life where triathlon is the top priority like it has been in years past. Thank you all for the support, and keep on tri-ing!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

TriTip #22

On Alcohol and Racing: There's nothing wrong with a little booze, or so I'm told. However, it would behoove you to remember that alcohol is a poison to your body. A beer once in a while after a hot, miserable training session is cool, refreshing, and even offers your body some carbohydrates. But as race day approaches, I would highly suggest cutting out alcohol all together. Not only is it a poison that disrupts your body's natural functions but it also is a ton of calories that even the most regimented athlete often forgets to account for.

Moderation, as always, is the key.

Monday, May 5, 2014

On Doping and Sport

Recently, Slowtwitch published an article called "The Cloud of a Doping Past." To summarize: There are several professional and amateur triathletes who are competing in races today that have been convicted of using performance enhancing drugs in other sports, namely cycling. For instance, at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, ex-cyclist and convicted doper Hector Guerra Garcia rode to a 2:00 bike split, which was 7 minutes faster than Tim Don, the eventual winner. Antonio Colom Mas, another convicted doper who raced with Astana out biked everyone at last year's Ironman 70.3 World Championship, as an age grouper. The article goes on to quote the opinions of several current pros, amongst Rinny Carfrae and Jordan Rapp, as well as several executives, most of who share the opinion that a ban for life is in order when someone is caught blood doping.

I have to agree. Out of sheer principle, I want the sports I love the most to be the cleanest sports out there. But I also have the nagging voice in the back of my head that says that sometimes people mess up. Look at Dave Zabriske. He was pressured and pressured until he gave in, all to live his dream as a rider in the Tour de France. Sometimes dreams can be exploited. They talk about how 99% of people like to win. The remaining 1% are the ones that hate to lose. That's where the real competitors come from. Olympians, World Champions, professionals. And in a sport where literally every second counts, if you hate to lose badly enough, wouldn't it be tempting?

And then there are the accidental ones. Michael Rogers, professional cyclist for Team Saxo-Tinkoff was recently exonerated after it was determined that the banned substance in his blood had indeed come from tainted meat that he had eaten while at a race, just as he said. Many people are simply ignorant of what is actually in their food.

I like how the article ended, and I agree with it. Dopers should be allowed back in, or not, based on several factors. What did they dope with? EPO, life ban. Clenbuterol? That could be from bad meat. How did they dope? Was it a system like the Postal Service team and Lance? Stuff like that needs to be exposed.

We can all make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of life. But there is a fine line between an innocent mistake and knowing full well that what you're doing carries a risk. Doping has no place in sport, but maybe we can learn to forgive.

TriTip #21

On bad days: We all have them. The legs feel heavy, the water feels unnatural, and the power just isn't there. Maybe it's a race and you can't follow the pack or chase down the guy who has been dangling in front of you for the last ten miles like a metaphorical carrot on a stick. Sometimes it's because it's just not there, sometimes it's human error like forgetting to grab that extra gel.
The important thing here is not to reminisce on the bad. The important thing is to analyze and move on. Learn from the bad and apply it to the next training session or race.
Remember: You can make a million mistakes. Just don't make the same one twice.

Friday, May 2, 2014

TriTip #21: On eBay, PayPal

(My last post concerned racing with a budget and my opinion on what you should spend your money on. I feel that this is a pretty relevant follow up)

It's not a secret to my friends, I'm an eBay and Craigslist guy. They all know that I raced triathlons and some cycling races, and most are smart enough to realize just looking at my race kit that I don't mess around when it comes to gear. If it's my one fault, it's being a perfectionist. I want to get good gear, and I'm willing to wait until I see a good deal on it.

Just recently, I joined a Facebook group for cyclists and triathletes to buy/sell/swap gear. Within 18 hours of joining, I've already seen a post in the group about a guy who is waiting for a bike frame that has apparently not shipped. Unfortunately, he's already paid the guy and now has realized that he hasn't gotten anything more than a Paypal notification that money has been withdrawn from his account. No shipping manifest, UPS tracking number, or email letting him know that his bike is on the way.

It's not the first time I've heard of something like this, and it will certainly not be the last. There are a lot of people out there willing to take advantage of others, I also just heard that a former member of the group was arrested and is awaiting trial for possession of stolen items. Be smart, I make it a habit not to buy anything from outside the US if I'm on eBay, never to give out my Paypal on Craigslist, and always email the seller independently before paying.

You can find some great deals on eBay, Craigslist, and other websites, but be wary and be smart.