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  • The always anticipated 3rd annual TRS Secret Santa thread!

    I don't know who my Secret Santa was, but they killed it.

    M_WareJohns622wchevronAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPeladoTad_MJennifer PostCraig_DItsShugmaggieruBrew_TriswortwoodmBrent_RHSeeley14stephliles
  • 2016 Season Recap

    Hmm, I try to instead think that without spending that money I'd be a drunk asshole all the time, which would probably cost me more in the end. So.

    (This is all approximate)

    Training camp - like $1000 for everything
    Half-marathon - $100
    Galveston - $275 + $400ish (and airline miles) for flight/Airbnb/bike/rental car
    Wildflower - ooh, got an entry to that, but $250 for RV
    Pacific Grove - free, yay
    Dipsea - $60
    Vineman - $625 (oh god, I can't believe I bought a Charity entry for this, but upside - no travel costs)
    Whistler 70.3 - $220 + $400 for flight/rental car -- but it was Canadian dollars so it doesn't count
    TriCal's Alcatraz race - $390
    Kona - I dunno, thousands and thousands of dollars + the fact that I didn't make any money for a solid three weeks.

    Good thing I'm going pro now, so I'll be rolling in cash.
    KenElPescadoPeladoM_WareAaronWebsteyElaine KkjrunninMattMamaCheetahBrent_REvanmbrekk44Tad_MHSeeley14yournotunique
  • Just How Hated Am I???

    Who are you again?
    I am that guy that you turned down for the Triathlon Squad. Instead you took on:

    AJ Baucco
    Pedro Gomes
    Chris Cobble
    Derek Garcia

    and last but not least, Ian Mikelson

    Being self-coached, and honestly not knowing wtf I was doing, I think I have racked up more pro podiums then all of them combined
    If you came here for some image PR help/advice, then you are definitely killing it.
    AaronWebsteyMartindhrTheActualPauloRyan HeislerHSeeley14doyoueventribroGranpa ChookJason LentzkeRashTad_MBig Red Express
  • Is Ben out of Line?

    I'm trying to think about this. I also felt slightly ehhhhh about the tweets, but I got the point, so I wasn't exactly offended, just not sure it was the most effective or least tacky way to get the point across.

    And now I'm trying to figure out why I had this feeling that it was tacky to bring up Sutton's history. Because it did feel like 'oh, we shouldn't talk about that.' I think it's because 1. I never really looked at all the details, so I'd been left with this vague impression that he'd had sex with a minor, but she was like 16 or something and it was consensual (even though, yes, I get that in a coaching relationship with younger girls, consensual is never really consensual, because the power-dynamic is too messed up). and 2. I think I had another vague sense that he'd rehabilitated, made things right and learned. And, generally, I believe in rehabilitation, and am not a huge fan of throwing people in prison forever. I do believe people, almost no matter the crime, should be allowed to earn a way back into society. So, I am willing and ready to believe that Sutton can be a useful part of the triathlon community. I think, in a sense, that's what made me uneasy -- that we're going to troll someone on Twitter 15 years after a crime and not allow them to prove they've changed.

    [The Brock analogy, while timely, does lend itself to moral relativism, but also the reason people are so up in arms about that has more to do with it as an example of a flawed justice system in how we deal with campus rape and privilege, like everyone finally decided to pay attention to this problem.]

    I think most people in triathlon probably have these same vague ideas about Sutton, and have never really looked at the details. I also think, though, probably, no one really wants to think too hard about it. And, sure, it's easier to ignore those facts when he produces very good athletes. (That's NOT unique to triathlon though. Look at what USA Swimming has gone through in the last couple years with widespread coach-sexual abuse issues. And gymnastics, oh man, that shit is messed up.) And everyone knows someone who worked with him, so you want to believe your first-hand experiences trump what you've heard on the internet. Plus, and this may be a little complicated, but the top-level coach-female athlete relationship tends to be fraught with fucked up power dynamics, and Sutton's known for being crazy controlling of every aspect of his athletes' lives, so in a way these issues feel like they're simply an extension of that? Which may be why it's easier to ignore -- like, no shit?
    DawnCMatt_FroeseJames LangeGasBombsimonsen77HeatherLowtcaley5HSeeley14rangamelDHansenTri
  • Propose Questions for Greg and Laura Bennett

    He said at TBI that there are only a dozen triathletes in the world he counts as "pro". Who are they? (Is he still one of them?)
    AaronWebsteyRyan Heisleridking90dhrRobert RankinGranpa ChookEmilyCocksMattmaggieru
  • Just How Hated Am I???

    I like how this thread turned on @Aaron Webstey 
  • TRS Advice Column, 'Ask A Random Triathlete' - Submit Questions

    @AaronWebstey if you've already paid your $920 for Kona then it's time to wait until after that to evaluate
  • Forced Upgrades: Make the Best Amateur Triathletes Turn Pro

    @stevefleck @madebyhector @bryancd - There seems to be this fundamental misunderstanding about the elite license. Making income from triathlon or quitting your outside job is not a requirement of racing in the elite fields. That would be absurd. It is simply a category of racing that one moves into when one has outgrown the age group categories. This idea that there are "too many" pros because there are people who moved into the elite field looking for more competition, but who do not make a living at it, is exactly why there need to be more categories of triathletes.

    Do you really think it's a binary system? Either you're one of about 40 people who made more then $50,000 or you're in the pile of 'everybody else.' It seems pretty obvious that 'everybody else' then has what are basically semi-pro athletes, as well as complete beginners. It IS a problem in that that hurts the development of the sport, because it crushes real competition and doesn't create pathways for growth.
    idking90madebyhectortrsradio69AlwaysCuriousRobert Rankinyournotunique
  • Top Triathlon Podcasts of 2015: Ben Greenfield Reigns Supreme

    You know what, this makes me want to start a podcast.
    AaronWebsteyM_WareJason LentzkeKenElPescadoPeladoGanter
  • Treading lightly around track/speed workouts

    I do a decent amount of my hard work on TM too, primarily because it's hard to be like 'oh, oops, I didn't hit the pace.' Does a good job of simulating IM conditions -- as in miserable but you better keep running. But that's only 1x/week maybe. Rest of running outside. People are dumb.

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