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Friday, February 07, 2020
BTA Newly Elected Board of Directors

It has been more than a week since the elections, so today www.islandstats.com is reporting the newly elected Bermuda Triathlon Associations Executive Committee.

Sharon Hammond is the new President, with Alec Shepard elected as the new Vice President.

Bermuda Triathlon Association Board of Directors with Executive Position

Sharon Hammond – President
Alec Shepherd – Vice President
Charlie Duffy – Treasurer
Tina Rowse – BSADA and Newsletter
Caroline Wright
Martin Bolton
Jon Herring
Steve O’Reilly
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Duffy Reflects More on Ironman 70.3 Performance

Flora Duffy took some time to reflect on her IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa winning performance two weeks ago.

Duffy wrote on social media, “I have been meaning to share a little bit more about my 70.3 experience but race fatigue & a stomach bug last week left me pretty useless. Thankfully I am feeling more myself today.

So the race, it was long and I could not imagine doing double that distance. The swim was fairly straight forward as it is not much longer than a typical Olympic Distance Triathlon and luckily, I didn’t have to Swim at WTS level intensity.

The Bike is where things got interesting. Within the first 10km I noticed my left glute was quite tight but figured it would loosen up at some point in the 90kms. I focused on hitting my specific power ranges (thanks @catalystcoach) and my nutrition + hydration (also thanks @catalystcoach). I took an SIS gel every 35mins, so a total of 5, which worked very well for me.

Back to the glute issue....it did not loosen up and I fact got worse-much worse. By 45km I really struggled to push power and over the last 45km and I lost 9mins. I thought of stopping but sitting in a follow car sounded horrible, so I pedaled softly to T2 and told myself I would reassess the situation once off the Bike.

I gingerly went through T2 and thankfully everything felt pretty good.

The initial goal for the run was to be conservative but that went out the window when I came off the Bike way down. I was really frustrated at this point and just wanted the race to be over. So I ran as fast as I could for as long as I could. Turns out I had a pretty decent 21km in me.

The main goal was to get a slot for 70.3 Worlds and I am extremely happy I managed to achieve that. So my Shiv and I will spend more quality time together in September.”
Monday, February 03, 2020
ITU Release Beat the Heat Document

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has released a document called "Beat the Heat" in a bid to prepare athletes for high temperatures.

It comes as part of the build-up to Tokyo 2020 where races are expected to take place in warm weather.

Organizers have already moved the start of the men's and women's events to 6.30am in the hope of cooler conditions.

However, the temperature was nearly 30 degrees by 6am at the Olympic test event in August, according to the Japan Times.

France's Cassandre Beaugrand was treated in hospital for heatstroke and the run section of the women's race was halved from 10 kilometers to five.

Fears over heat prompted a decision to move the Tokyo 2020 marathons to Sapporo, 800 kilometers to the north of the capital.

Triathlon, however, is remaining in the city with a course around Odaiba Marine Park.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Bermuda Triathlon & Paratriathlon World Cup Update

The year is 2020 and in just a few months, the Olympic Games will be taking over Tokyo.

As well as the 55 Elite Male and 55 Elite Female Triathletes battling for individual glory in July, this year will see World Triathlon unveil its brand new Olympic Medal event, the Mixed Relay, bringing a team dynamic and even more explosive race action to die-hard fans and first-time spectators around the globe. Later in August, the paratriathletes will hit Tokyo, looking to build on their experience from May’s Paratriathlon World Championships in Milan.

The World Triathlon Series is set to be just as hotly contested as it was in 2019, a year that saw the two Elite titles go right down to the wire. New locations are set to be debuted on this year’s World Cup circuit, and the Multisport World Championships head to one of the birthplaces of triathlon; the Dutch town of Almere.

If that sounds good, Triathlon.org looks at the upcoming year month-by-month of just what’s coming up in 2020, what is most important to Bermuda is the month of April.

The Brazilian capital city of Brasilia welcomes the return of World Cup racing to South America on April 3rd, the first Elite-level action in the country since the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The World Series makes its way to Bermuda, home of the infamous Corkscrew Hill bike climb, on April 18th, with the island hosting its Paratriathlon World Cup the following day.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Duffy Reflects on Ironman 70.3 Win

A day after winning the IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, Bermuda Olympian and former World Triathlon Champion Flora Duffy took to social media reflecting on her performance.

Duffy wrote, “And just like that I did my first 70.3! The big goal was to qualify a slot for the World Championships in November, which I did.”

“I am still trying to decide if I enjoyed it.... Big thanks to the team @iamspecialized Tri for getting my Shiv ready at such short notice,” continued Duffy.

Duffy concluded, “I am super happy with where my fitness & form is, but I wouldn’t recommend racing in January.”
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