The second day of camp started with a 4 hour spin around the southwest corner of the Big Island through picture-perfect conditions. The group, made up of the team, select members of the triathlon media, and a few overzealous sponsors knocked out a little over 90 miles. Team members than decided that a 90 mile ride is the perfect thing to follow up with a run while everybody else decided it was the perfect time to sit in the hot tub and eat cookies. That’s the difference between human beings and professional triathletes.
After burning three days’ worth of food it was time to corral everybody for a technical presentation that included a reveal to the team of some new products we’ve been working on for them. And in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, that’s all I have to say about that.
The team was treated to a traditional Hawaiian luau complete with an impromptu performance by teammate, Matt Lieto. In a rare display of timing, grace, and rhythm, Matt’s performance will not soon be forgotten by anybody in attendance at the Mauna Kea resort that night. Almost as cool as Matt’s hula was the guy who breathed fire, the guy who juggled fire, and the guy who ate fire. Armature hula is tough to top.
Triathletes are competitive people. Gotta be. Part of the business. So we encourage that every year in a mass relay to prove their superiority. No eggs on spoons. No wheelbarrow races. Swim, run, swim, run. We went down to the beach where we had planned as our relay location but were turned away as they were still removing a bomb that they had found on or near the beach. Bombs, volcanoes, sharks, popcorn shrimp. You’re pretty much surrounded by epic death in Hawaii. That’s why it’s so beautiful.
After the bomb was defused (not part of the relay), we were on the move. I forget who won but the new triathlon magazine 3/GO-anchored team finished second. Ben, the editor, reminded me at dinner to say that. And clearly I did not forget.
The afternoon was opened up to the media to gain access and insight to the team members and for the sponsors to film all of the stuff that we make into really cool videos. More on that soon.
Later that night, Trek/K•Swiss, announced the launch of our new athlete development program. The athlete chosen to kick off this program is Kaden Lieto, son of triathlon superstar Chris Lieto. The first thing every elite athlete needs is the right equipment, but since our future podium threat is seven years old, some slight modifications were necessary.
A Few of the last questions we promised to answer:
@John: I would be curious as to the calorie intake of top level triathlete during training...
Lesley Patterson: It depends on what you’re doing for a workout and how big you are. The bigger you are, the more food you’re going to need to keep the metabolism up and recovery consistent. Food should never be a reward for working out but don’t forget not to cheat yourself. When I’m in heavy training I’m taking in probably 3500 to 4000 calories daily. [Lesley is roughly 5’1” and around 105 pounds]
@Daren: During training, do you switch up road bike vs. TT bike riding? If so, what's the mix?
Joe Gambles: Yes, you have to. I ride the Madone a lot during training. The Speed Concept gets a lot of time but it’s not always necessary to train for a triathlon on a tri bike. And like Lesley said, keep training interesting and you'll keep it up.