65th Annual Boy Scout Lincoln Pilgrimage

Be careful this weekend, cyclists.  On Saturday, the Boy Scouts of America will be embarking on their annual Lincoln Pilgrimage.  They start in New Salem and walk toward Springfield on the same roads that we ride.  Be courteous, respectful, and obey all the rules of the road.  Keep in mind that these are kids walking in an unfamiliar environment.  You (as a cyclist) have every right to the road … [Read more...]

Training Through Races

As spring comes upon us and the racing calendars start hitting our inboxes, many of you will be tempted to enter "just a few" B- and C-priority races. In my experience, many athletes are confused over exactly how to approach these races to ensure that you have a good result but still keep building fitness towards your "A" race of the year. I’ll offer a couple of tips below on how you can use … [Read more...]

Boston Marathon Winner’s Detour

When Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot won the Boston Marathon Monday, he broke the course record time - but he didn't break the rules. … [Read more...]

Electrolytes 101

Electrolytes are electrically charged particles that help the body function normally. Some of the more familiar electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Calcium and magnesium help muscles contract and relax. Sodium and potassium help water stay in the right balance inside and outside of cells. Sodium is the electrolyte lost in the highest concentration in sweat. … [Read more...]

Ironman changes rule on wetsuits

World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), owners of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Series, announced modifications to several rules and regulations relating to the swim portions at U.S. races. Effective Sept. 1, 2010, which is the start of Ironman's 2011 competition season, new rules for apparel and wetsuits will apply at all Ironman and 70.3 events in the U.S., including both World Championships. The … [Read more...]

Why it’s important to know how to swim in a pool

As a strong swimmer, a consistent question that I get from people I give tips to is, “Why do I need to know how to have good turns/underwater push-off’s/etc. in a pool when my race is in open water?”. Here’s why … [Read more...]

Get excited about triathlon!

Some great footage from Coronado, Ca.  The annual Superfrog and Superseal triathlon. 1300 participants and a good marine layer. … [Read more...]

Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council

Help make Springfield a bicycle friendly community by providing your thoughts on the following survey. … [Read more...]

Three Swim Workouts For Perfect Race Starts

Swimming in close quarters can be intimidating to many triathletes, who often struggle to get through the first few minutes so they can settle down and just swim. With a little preparation, however, you can make those first few minutes work to your advantage. … [Read more...]

Liars, Cheaters and Thieves in Your Sport

In order to make sport a fair playing field, those that cheat the rules need to be dealt with and appropriately punished. They steal more than podium positions and glory from other athletes, they steal from the integrity of sport. … [Read more...]