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Hi Fellow Athlete,

Caffeine. It's not a new topic.

So much has been written about the benefits of caffeine in racing.

It's the one legal performance enhancing drug that you can take. And many of us love it - so why not get that extra boost before or during a race?

I recently spoke to MD and PhD Jeffrey Durmer, who is a neuroscientist and neurologist.

Dr. Durmer is a sleep expert and he has coached the US Olympic weightlifting team on sleep and recovery.

His take on caffeine changed my perspective. It made me see caffeine (coffee, really) as just a quick fix or band-aid at best; dependency drug at worst.

That said, he drinks coffee, and so do I, and I'm not going to quit.

But I may change how much I drink it and when.

Watch video below.

A fascinating take on caffeine.

Better than Virtual

Most of us are probably familiar with virtual racing. When COVID hit, Ironman quickly launched their VR series to some success (and some controversy).

Since then, many of us have raced in self-timed marathons, tris, or other challenges (by the way, good job on your virtual Boston race last weekend, Enrico).

Problem is, people in climates or conditions that are considerably tougher or different end up getting slower times than they normally would.

And those in better or easier conditions get faster times.

Well, here's the solution. RaceX, the team behind TriDot, is partnering with USA Triathlon to hold the USA Triathlon Remote National Championships on their platform.

Registration is open now.

From their website:

"RemoteRacing™ is real racing with real results. It normalizes different remote climates and courses to create a fair and level playing field. Final results are “localized” to onsite race courses from around the world and the finish times are what would have been achieved had all remote participants competed on the same course, in the same climate, on the same day."

This concept was first explained to me in detail by Dr. BJ Leeper, in this video.

Further reading here.

This is not a paid, sponsored, or affiliate piece.

UCAN Winners

A few weeks back UCAN and I offered some free products to those who subscribed to IronmanHacks on YouTube and told us a thing or two about their race or training nutrition.

Eric Lewis of Louisiana and Andrew Schleis of Wisconsin are our two lucky winners.

Thanks UCAN!
Want to Everest? Here are the top 5 mistakes in my opinion.

Sprint Reads

 Patrick Lange and Ruedi Wild share prize money with Maguns Ditlev after he was disqualified at Challenge Budva Montenegro for unintentionally cutting the course "after following the lead bike." Read report here.

 Flora Duffy receives a hero's welcome after finally returning to Bermuda.

 The gold medalist also plans on racing in the World Triathlon Championship Series in Abu Dhabi in November and the Xterra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii, in December. Read more.

 Don't be mad - Check out one of the biggest tri clubs in the US, the Mad Dogs.

 Want a job at Strava, Zwift, Rapha, Whoop, MyFitnessPal, Tonal, Athletic Greens, Oura, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, Peloton, CrossFit, Calm, or dozens of other fitness companies? Here's your link:

 Even Alex Yee has imposter syndrome.

 You know the name Zaferes, right? Well, did you know Katie's husband, Tommy, was an ITU triathlete and is now a World Triathlon content producer and photographer? Hear him on the TriNation Podcast.

 Ironman announces Mossel Bay in South Africa as new host city for 70.3

 Kenyans dominated Boston Marathon. They took the top three women's positions and first in the men's. Highlights on YouTube here.

 Nagoya Women's Marathon prize money bumped up to a quarter of a million dollars.

 Not losing weight despite all your running? Here are a few possible reasons why.

 Former 2x World Champion in heated dispute with Triathlon Australia.

 Snow forced an ending to Utah's DC Peaks 50 ultramarathon. 87 runners had to be rescued.

 Runner dies in the Marathon des Sables from a heart attack.

 No, running doesn’t wear down your cartilage. It strengthens your joints.

 Think it's impossible to go beyond the existing range of plant-based meats? Plant-based seafood is growing.

 Follow me on Strava and Instagram and I’ll follow you back.

None of the Sprint Reads links are sponsored.

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Finally, check out my triathlon reading list 

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