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2018 XTERRA Maui MelRad

2018 XTERRA Maui Mudfest

The 2018 XTERRA Maui World Championship will be remembered for the epic muddy course conditions.

2018 XTERRA maui MelRad

Satisfaction comes from giving it your best effort for the day

Separation Is In The Preparation

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2018 Tri The Dirt XTERRA Victoria

Tri The Dirt XTERRA Victoria

Signup is open for TRI THE DIRT XTERRA Victoria and our second edition is going to be EVEN BETTER!  This camp is specifically focused on the XTERRA Victoria course and athletes who have signed up for XTERRA Victoria race save $25 and alumni from Tri The Dirt Bear Mountain save an additional $25!  We are rolling out the 2018 Tri The Dirt team gear so if you want to be part of the first year of TTD sign up quickly.

Tri The Dirt XTERRA Victoria edition is June 8-10!  You should plan to be in Victoria for a 5:30pm open water swim session on Friday night June 8.  The camp will run to approximately 4pm on Sunday June 10 with full days on Saturday and Sunday.  The final itinerary will be out in two weeks time.

The sign up INCLUDES TAX this time around 🙂

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Whether you are a beginner who is just starting your adventures on the dirt or a veteran looking to find more free speed TRI THE DIRT is the camp for you!  This is also an excellent opportunity for riders to come to familiarize with the course and receive coaching on how to best race at this venue.  This is a NON COMPETITIVE skills based camp.  This is not about smashing yourselves with exertion, it is about mindful improvement through better execution.  Everyone will improve and will swim/bike/run/transition at their level.  The learning environment is positive, fun, and confidence building.  NO ONE GETS DROPPED and NO ONE FEELS LIKE THEY ARE WAITING!

The camp will all be based at Durrance Lake where the XTERRA Victoria event will be held.  This camp is skills based, so all of the training will be focused on technique, but will also include a thorough preview of the courses.

We will teach you skills to tackle what you will encounter at XTERRA Victoria – roots, rock rolls, hills, and tight corners.  All of these obstacles require nailing the basic skills of mountain biking and some good run technique.  You will leave the camp with the knowledge of how to train to be better at this sport – not just fitter.  Offroad racing rewards technically sound athletes – so we will make you technically better at swimming, biking, running, and transitioning.

Why Tri The Dirt—> See HERE

The camp will start with an OPEN WATER BUOY session.  This session will be in wetsuits at this time of the year.  Sighting, turns, pack swimming, and entry/exits of the water will be covered.

open water swim coaching

Then there will be a run clinic on AGILITY and UP/DOWNHILL running.  Mountain bike skills clinics will start with the basics and we will progress to some common maneuvers that incorporate all of the skills.

Tri The Dirt mountain bike skills coaching

Learn skills appropriate for YOUR LEVEL that make you a more confident rider

Also included in the camp will be a session on nutrition, transitions, and a tech session on suspension and tires.

This camp is supported by Clif Bar so we will have snacks on hand to avoid any hangry incidents…and at the end of the camp there will be an all out rock/paper/scissors war for prizes from Rudy Project.  We didn’t say it was all non-competitive!

Lunch will be provided! (as long as you are stoked on a massive Red Barn sandwich, cookie, and a drink because that is really all we can offer at this venue!)

Looking forward to meeting you all at Tri The Dirt.  Space is limited… so don’t delay.

 

Finishline photo at ITU Multisport World Championship Cross Triathlon

2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

I won the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship Elite title.  I dedicate this to all of the ladies in my 40+ age-category and beyond.  Your best races are not behind you -unless you are certain you have done everything possible to maximize your potential already.  Not everyone sees the potential they have and takes the opportunity.  I hope to continue demonstrating being in your 40s is an advantage, not an obstacle.

I am ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion for the second time.

After a perfect day at the Penticton ITU Multisport World Championship I took my fifth world title in off-road racing.  Mountain biking allowed me to become a professional athlete and triathlon gave me a viable career.  I have so much gratitude for everyone at XTERRA, the ITU, and all of the local off-road bike, run, and triathlon race organizers for supporting off-road racing.  Thank you!

Read more for my story… or here is a media report from Triathlon World for another perspective and the men’s story.

 

Finishline photo at ITU Multisport World Championship Cross Triathlon

2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

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Plyometrics for triathlon training

Plyometrics for triathlon training

Whether you race cross triathlon or Ironman, you should be using plyometrics for triathlon training.  A beginner to advanced triathlon training program should include some plyometrics to improve form, economy, and durability, and a functional strength program.

Plyometrics for triathlon training benefits include:

  • Greater durability/injury resistance
  • Eccentric overloading helps with downhill running and agility
  • Improves speed without training sprint work
  • Improves running form and economy (decreases ground contact time)

How plyometrics are beneficial

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XTERRA Maui race gear photo

Comparing Road Triathlon to Off Road Triathlon Gear

Triathlon Gear List: Off Road vs On Road

What gear do I need to race off road triathlon?

 

In this article I compare road triathlon to off-road triathlon gear.  Athletes trying off-road triathlon (or ‘cross triathlon’ as the discipline is now defined) for the first time often find they need some new gear to start competing.

This is the typical pre-race gear organization photo for an Ironman event:

Here I am with my stuff before the World Champs in Maui:

Melanie McQuaid compares road triathlon with offroad triathlon equipment XTERRA Maui 2014

This is me with all of my pre race gear before XTERRA Maui 2014

You can see that racing an Ironman road event and racing an XTERRA off-road event requires very different gear.  I made this list so athletes coming from any distance of road triathlon can figure out what they need to get to start racing in the dirt.  Read more