March 2016

Spring is nearly here, heralding the start of the North American race season! Rinny and I spent the bulk of winter in Noosa, Australia strengthening training "roots" to serve as a solid foundation moving forward. The race calendar is locked in with some big races and some new and exciting venues! 

I will kick off my season on March 20th in familiar territory with a return to IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico. I haven't raced Puerto Rico since 2013 but as a former champion (2011 & 2012) I am really excited to return. 

I have some brand-new experiences this year too, starting with the North American 70.3 Championship in St George, Utah. The competition at St George will be great preparation me for my next and most important pre-Kona event this year. I'll be heading to Frankfurt July 3rd to compete in the IRONMAN European Championships (see World-Class Trio Featured in Frankfurt). IM Frankfurt is known to be the most competitive Ironman outside of Kona and it will be a great chance to test myself leading into October. With a lively atmosphere and a crowd of over 100,000 cheering I am sure it will be a memorable experience too! 

I can't believe it, but I've been involved in triathlon for over 15 years now and it never gets old! There are always new places to race, new competitors, new things to learn, and new ways to elevate performance and health. 

With all the new and exciting twists in my journey, I'm extremely grateful for the constants: my unbeatable team of sponsors and supporters. You'll note Team T.O. remains largely unchanged from year to year. When you have the support of the industry's greatest people and best products...well you just don't mess with it! I am however pleased to add to the Team and would like to welcome my new sponsor Udi's Gluten Free FoodsUdi's enables me to enjoy delicious foods while keeping my gluten-sensitive GI system operating efficiently. With their products, I can live the lifestyle I love while not compromising my athletic performance.

As you head into your race season, rely on your constants, but don't forget seek opportunities to keep the sport fresh and fun. 

Stay humble, stay hungry!


2015 Non-Drafting Athlete of the Year

Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) and Tim O'Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) earned recognition as Non-Drafting Athletes of the Year. Kaye, a repeat Athlete of the Year in the non-drafting category, won five races in 2015, including St. Anthony's Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder and IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary. O'Donnell had his best finish to date at the IRONMAN World Championship, picking up the bronze. He was also the silver medalist at the IRONMAN 70.3 Latin American Championship, IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman and IRONMAN Brazil.

Udi's Gluten Free

In 2012 I was diagnosed with Gluten Sensitivity that had been causing gut inflammation, GI distress, and fatigue that was negatively impacting my training, racing, and quality of life. Fortunately, a change in my diet has enabled me to race to my potential once again, and thankfully Udi's Gluten Free is there with a range of delicious products to fuel and satisfy the hungriest of triathletes! I've enjoyed their products for many years and am pleased to have the opportunity to work more closely with them to bring tasty gluten-free eating to others. 

enjoying Udi's Snickerdoodles


How triathlete Timothy O'Donnell trains smart with data, February 23, 2016, by Tim Newcomb, SI.com.

Timothy O'Donnell bounces back, October 21, 2015, by Timothy Carlson, Slowtwitch.com. 

Finishing Touches - Ironman Great Mark Allen Sees "TO Version 2.0" in 2016, December 8, 2015, by Mike Plant, Trihistory.com. 


2016 Race Results and Schedule
(subject to change)

March 20
IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
April 25St. Anthony's Triathlon
St. Petersburg, FL
May 7
IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship
St. George, UT
July 3
IRONMAN European Championship
Frankfurt, Germany
August 21
IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman
Gilford, NH
October 8
IRONMAN World Championship
Kona, HI


Atop Mt. Tamborine, one of Rinny's favorite rides outside of her hometown near Brisbane.
On the ride are the Garmin 920XT and the Garmin Edge 520. 

Included among USA Triathlon's Best of 2015: Favorite Elite Photos.

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