26 Jul '12, 9pm

Maybe ITU/Olympic racing is a different sport—but train like an ITU pro and you’ll become a better long-course racer:

Maybe ITU/Olympic racing is a different sport—but train like an ITU pro and you’ll become a better long-course racer:

So what can we learn from the premier ITU athletes and coaches about their training methods and racing tactics to make us faster age groupers? We only need to look to two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack to find out, as last year he became the only pro long-course athlete in history to switch to short-course, which he did as part of his bid to qualify for his country’s Olympic team. At 38 years of age, competing for an Olympic berth against athletes half his age hasn’t been easy. His best placing at a 2011 World Triathlon Series race, which is the pinnacle of ITU racing, was 26th. And while he knows that as a strong cyclist, the draft-legal ITU races of today don’t give him the same advantage as the non-draft ITU races he competed in back in the 1990s (he won the 1997 ITU World Championship), he nevertheless loves the challenge of having to regain his swimming a...

Full article: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/07/training/train-li...

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