Pen­tic­ton Gears Up for World Cham­pi­onships 2017 World Mul­ti­sport Fes­ti­val Triathlon 2.0: Data-driven Per­for­mance Train­ing

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The 2016 Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton event served, in many ways, as a tune-up race for the on­slaught that Pen­tic­ton is in for in 2017. “2016 is a beast,” race di­rec­tor Michael Brown says, re­fer­ring to the five na­tional cham­pi­onship races the city will host over five days. “2017 is a mon­ster.”

That mon­ster in­cludes five world cham­pi­onships over a 10-day pe­riod. The in­au­gu­ral 2017 World Mul­ti­sport Fes­ti­val will see ath­letes from around the world vie for world ti­tles in duathlon, aquathlon, cross, aquabike and long-dis­tance. The long-dis­tance worlds will in­clude a 3 km swim, 120 km bike and 30 km run rather than the full-dis­tance race that Pen­tic­ton has hosted for so many years. The 2016 race was also run over the ITU dis­tance as prepa­ra­tion for the 2017 event.

Pen­tic­ton, which hosted Iron­man Canada for over 30 years and Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton for the last four years, is no stranger to ma­jor events, just one of the many draws the ITU saw in grant­ing the city the in­au­gu­ral Mul­ti­sport Fes­ti­val.

Brown, who also puts on the Great White North Triathlon, a half-dis­tance race in Stony Plain, Alta., orig­i­nally saw

SATUR­DAY, AUG. 19

Duathlon World Cham­pi­onship – Sprint

SUN­DAY, AUG. 20

Duathlon World Cham­pi­onship – Stan­dard

TUES­DAY, AUG. 22

Cross Triathlon World Cham­pi­onship

THURS­DAY, AUG. 24

Aquathlon World Cham­pi­onship

SUN­DAY, AUG. 27

Long-dis­tance World Cham­pi­onship the bid re­quest for the world mul­ti­sport fes­ti­val in Fe­bru­ary, 2015 and, in two months, put to­gether the win­ning bid pack­age.

“Pen­tic­ton is per­fect for this world cham­pi­onship. There’s not many cities the size of Pen­tic­ton with any­where near the his­tory this area has in triathlon,” Brown says. “The com­mu­nity is re­ally in­volved, the scenery is sec­ond to none and the re­gion can sup­port the thou­sands of ath­letes and spec­ta­tors who are go­ing to come for the event.”

Na­tional fed­er­a­tions seem to be look­ing for­ward to the event, too. The U.S. is look­ing to bring a con­tin­gent of 1,300 to the race, while Canada’s team is ex­pected to num­ber at least 800.

“Pen­tic­ton is al­ready sold out for 2017,” Brown says. “The re­sponse from na­tional fed­er­a­tions has been amaz­ing.”– Jim Vance Hu­man Ki­net­ics

Data junkies seem to thrive in our sport. Thanks to swim mon­i­tors, power me­ters and GPS watches, we can an­a­lyze ev­ery as­pect of our train­ing from stroke count to pac­ing and run­ning ef­fi­ciency to power out­put. But de­spite all that avail­able in­for­ma­tion, most triath­letes aren’t able to make the best use of all the in­for­ma­tion avail­able to them, of­ten ar­riv­ing at races ei­ther overor un­der-trained.

“The idea of this book is not to be a num­bers drone, train­ing with­out cre­ativ­ity,” says au­thor Jim Vance. “It’s the ex­act op­po­site. This book is about iden­ti­fy­ing what met­rics are most im­por­tant to you, as an in­di­vid­ual ath­lete, based on your strengths and weak­nesses, and then fol­low­ing those met­rics to see how you are re­spond­ing to the train­ing plan you cre­ate.”

The book out­lines ex­actly what kind of in­for­ma­tion you can get from, say, a power meter, and shows you how to use all the data you’re col­lect­ing to get the most out of your train­ing.

Chap­ters deal with each as­pect of your train­ing and rac­ing: the avail­able tech­nol­ogy for swim­ming, bik­ing and run­ning, along with de­tailed chap­ters on eval­u­at­ing your fit­ness and plan­ning your train­ing year. There’s a great sec­tion on the al­ways tricky con­cept of ta­per­ing and peak­ing, along with chap­ters on how to an­a­lyze your race per­for­mance and even how to eval­u­ate your en­tire sea­son.

For those who love their train­ing “toys” and want to make sure they are get­ting the most out of them, Triathlon 2.0 is a mus­tread.–

Chal­lenge Pen­tic­ton

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