Thursday, June 18, 2009

Preview article for Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2009

I wrote this preview article for this weekend's Ironman Coeur d'Alene, for Triathlete Magazine's website...

Ironman Coeur d’Alene Race Preview

Written by: Jim Vance

Ironman Coeur d’Alene will take place on Sunday, June 21. This year’s race features strong pro fields on both the men’s and women’s sides, with participants battling for the first major title of the season.

Looking at the entry list, it looks like it would be difficult to guess who might be among the favorites, but there is a historical pattern to the plot that plays out similarly in many elite Ironman races.

The first pattern is that half of the favorites for the top-10 will falter, whether its from mechanicals, injuries, poor fitness, or mistakes. The winner of the race will come down to who executes best on race day, maximizing their fitness and training with sound pacing and nutritional decisions.

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Coach Vance

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