How to increase your Kona Performance: Two Weeks Out

000_D4S2626There are less than two weeks till the big dance in Kona, and this is a specific and crucial time. Every athlete is now in taper mode or about to start the real tapering before the race. Fatigue is still pretty strong and the body is crying for more rest and sleep. Most athletes are in Kona or starting to travel to the island now. Training in race like conditions is an absolute by this point. Many athletes are getting a bit tense and starting to seek privacy. I believe this is pretty normal given the stress that the body is going through at the moment. Not to mention, for the pros, several media requests will be rolling in and race week will already be jammed packed with appointments. Continue reading

How to increase your Kona performance: Three Weeks Out

002_D4S3282Now is the time when everybody is counting down the days till the real taper starts, but you should still be far away from bringing the engine down to an idle. This time in your race countdown is crucial and it hurts, both body and mind. I advise you to really pay attention out there on the roads as fatigue sets in. This is when many little accidents can occur. So be smart and aware of all the little things around you. It has been a long training and racing year for most of the athletes and now it is getting tough to keep up the big workload. Continue reading

How to increase your Kona performance: Four Weeks Out


With less than four weeks to the big dance in Kona, athletes are under pressure to hammer out perfect sessions that will help them shave minutes off of their overall time on race day. Right now it’s peak training time and it is a must to really focus on getting the big volume under your belt. I always feel that the last few weeks leading up to an Ironman have to be very precise and those key session need to be nailed, not only for your body, but also for the your mind. Continue reading

Dirk Bockel: On giving up my Kona Slot.


Challenge Roth: Preparation, Predictions, and Tactics


Things here in the Bockelsphere have been going well over the last few months.  I had a great training block in Lucca in Tuscany throughout May, then spent June working hard at home in Luxembourg, and now I am in Fuschl-am-See in Austria where I have been hammering some late-game brick workouts and getting mentally prepared for what lies ahead of me in Roth, where I will head in a few days time.

After my win in Melbourne I had some time to recover and take care of injuries that sprung up, and then raced the Prolog of the Tour de Luxembourg, which was a lot of fun and nice for a change.

I am in good form right now and have been able to max out my training and I feel very confident.  My post-Melboure hip injury isn’t bothering me too bad, although I wasn’t able to prepare perfectly for the run, but I guess we all have a few things that aren’t 100%, and after considering my Melbourne preparation, I think that running a little less might not be so bad.

There are a few things this year’s Roth preparation that vary slightly from last year’s Continue reading