It’s been a big few weeks for the BW Austin Racing Team, so let’s get caught up.
On Sunday, Pro Triathlete and Team Coach Paul ‘Barny’ Matthews took third at the Ironman 70.3 Ecuador. Two weeks earlier, BW colors were out in force in Texas and Idaho. Fellow Pro and Team Manager Natasha Van Der Merwe came in 12th at Ironman 70.3 Couer D’Alene. Haley Koop took the women’s overall win at...more
"Make sure your bike is tuned up for race day. Take your bike into your local bike store the week prior to the race and have them do a race day tuneup, along with checking that the tires and brakes are in good order. A clean, tuned up bike is a fast bike!"more
"If you've never swum in open water, try to do so before race day to overcome swim anxiety. If you have friends to swim with, practice race starts so you can get used to swimming with many people all around you."more
"Come up with a race day mantra. When things get tough, mentally prepare yourself to get through those times by reminding yourself why you are out there racing, be it a mantra, thinking of your reasons as to why you're racing, or something as simple as recalling your best training workouts."
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Another big race weekend is coming up for the Bicycle World Racing Team. Five of us are heading out to West Texas to test ourselves in the hills and heat of the Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon in Lubbock: Haley Koop, Padre Mora, Todd Sapio, Aaron Shapley and me. And two of our teammates, Natasha Van der Merwe and Christopher Reynolds, are traveling further west and north to Couer d’Alene, Ida., where the weather may be cooler, but the hills...more
"Make sure you know how to grab water bottles off your bike frame so that you can drink during the race while cycling. It's going to be a HOT day, which means you really need to stay on top of hydration in order to feel good and have a great race."
What's been your favorite part of training so far? Y'all ready to take on #TriWaco???
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"For a lot of people, the hardest part about a triathlon is getting off the bike portion and then running. That's why it's important to add brick sessions (a bike ride immediately followed by a short run) to your training plan so that your legs know what to do come race day."
What's been the toughest part of training for YOU so far? Let us know in the comments.more
Memorial Day weekend was another weekend of great racing for the Bicycle World Racing Team. Twelve racing team athletes showed up at Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin for the CapTex Tri and endured the scorching temps to score some amazing finishes.
Coach and pro triathlete Paul “Barny” Matthews was first across the finish line, and team manager and pro triathlete Natasha Van der Merwe was the first female finisher. Carly Conrad...more
"Know how much to drink on race day based on your sweat loss. This is vitally important if you want to race well in the Texas heat. Simply weigh yourself before an hour bike or run then weigh yourself after. If you drink any water during the hour, add that to the final total. Once you weigh yourself after the workout, per pound lost = 16 oz. of water per hour that you should drink on race day."
We're less than seven weeks away from...more
"Always take two pairs of goggles on race day. If one pair breaks, you'll have a backup. It's also good etiquette to lend a fellow racer a hand if they forget theirs, which always happens. I saw this happen at a race before, and it was awesome that so many people want to and are prepared to help!" -- Chris Reynolds
We're getting closer to race day!!! Are y'all as excited as we are?? We've still got plenty of room, so if you haven't...more