Sunday, June 2, 2013

Quassy Rev 3 Tri and running

I ventured to the Quassy Rev 3 Triathlon in Connecticut to watch the Pro's compete in the 70.3 part of the event. I'm always amazed by how precise the pros are. Seconds wasted can mean the difference between winning and losing positions. Watching them in the transition area switch from swim-bike to bike-run is really an art. Speed, fluidity and just pure determination. Mounting theTri bikes and dismounting them is something that needs to be practiced until perfect. It's really something to see. After all this is their livelihood. Joe Gambles took the men's victory while Heather Wurtele the women's title. Spectacular efforts in the heat and one of the hardest 70.3 distance events in the country due to the excessive climbing while biking and running. 

The running form of the pros is pretty impressive no matter what shoes they were wearing. Of course my analytical minds takes over at times and I began observing the running style of the non - professionals. Lately the craze is to run in minimalist running shoes which effectively change the foot strike position to a more midfoot strike (which is another debate in itself) but I was really amazed by the people running minimalist shoes exhibiting a defined heel strike. It's as if they were still running in stability or cushioned shoes. This more or less raises the question about the ingrained mechanics in our physiology. Is it possible some people cannot change their mechanics of running no matter what the shoe? A heel landing in minimalist shoes puts more impact on the human framework which is not a good thing, read - injury. Not to mention it increases the time required for recovery. Even if midfoot striking is better than heel striking I truly believe not everyone’s body can adapt over to it. The transition of switching over to minimalist shoes should be a careful and thought out process, it's just not that simple.
Pros Bikes

Joe Gambles winner

Heather Jackson 2nd place

Recovery area

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