Pro Triathlete Alex

  • It’s the Off-Season. Relax!

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    Alex Libin relaxes in the off-seasonThe leaves have fallen and, for some, snow is on the ground. For many athletes, the off-season is in full swing. And you deserve it—spending most of the year on a rigorous training regime can leave even the most type-A athlete depleted. November is finally a time to kick back and catch up on all those forgotten parts of your life: friends, dirty garages, pets, family, work, and social life.

    But where to start… and how? After all, you most likely became an athlete because you enjoy the challenge each workout brings and the structure it provides in your life. How do you function now that this has been taken away from you?

    It’s common for athletes of all levels to experience some level of withdrawal and depression during this downtime period. Physically, your brain is no longer receiving a healthy dose of mood boosting endorphins, and mentally, you may lack the feeling of completing a challenge. So how do you combat this and come into next season stronger than ever?

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  • San Juan ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    San Juan ITU Triathlon Pan American CupThe San Juan ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup was my final draft-legal race of the 2013 season. After not being able to race to the potential I believed I had the weekend before in Cozumel, I was eager to end my draft-legal season on a high note.

    I spent the week between Cozumel and San Juan in Miami. It kept the travel easy and allowed me to stay in the heat. I had the bonus of my mom taking a vacation in Miami and deciding to come with me to the race. It’s always great to have some family around and it made the race more of a vacation for me too.

    Landing in San Juan I put my bike together for the third time in less than a week.

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  • Cozumel ITU Triathlon World Cup: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    Signs point to Cozumel World Cup for Alex LibinI had my eye on another Life Time Tri series race for the first weekend in October. I even already had my ticket purchased for Dallas. But then I got an email.

    Two spots had opened up on the start list for the Cozumel World Cup and guess who was number two on the waiting list… After changing around some tickets I had a fun race trip put together for myself. Twelve days, four flights, three airlines, one ferry trip, and two hot and humid races, oh yeah!

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  • Life Time Tri Chicago: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    Alex Libin at Life Time Tri ChicagoLife Time Tri Chicago was my first profitable race!

    First a little recap of what's been happing in my life leading up to this race… After a successful race in Minneapolis, Kelli and I loaded up the van and headed west to Colorado Springs to find a place to live. We settled in a kick-butt townhome with lots of windows and open space at the base of Cheyenne Mountain. A couple weeks later we were desperately trying to catch our breath as we hauled stuff upstairs into our new bedroom. I'm sure all of this living at 6,300 feet will eventually pay off!

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  • Draft-Legal Triathlon Makes the Swim Important

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    In draft-legal triathlon, the swim is important to get a good bike positionThis year, my first year racing as a pro, I dedicated myself to focusing on draft-legal triathlon as much as I can. It’s tough to do as there aren’t many draft-legal races to compete in in the United States. I got my first taste of what it would be like in mid-March at the Clermont ITU Pan Am Cup. I was blown away with how fast these guys can swim!

    In the swim of a a draft-legal triathlon, it’s not just that you lose some ground and can then make it up by pushing hard on the bike—you are all alone while the packs ahead can work together and pull away.

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  • Life Time Tri Minneapolis: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    Alex Libin encountered flooding at Life Time Tri MinneapolisFirst taste of success!

    Life Time Tri Minneapolis has been a high national level triathlon since 2001, and for its twelfth edition I was going to be a part of the professional ranks at this prestigious event. I had done this race two years before as an amateur, and I was stoked to be able to compare my times from then and now. I’d have a great chance to really see how much I’ve grown in the last two years.

    The men’s race only had 17 competitors but it was a stacked field: four Olympians and some top non-drafting specialists had all shown up to give themselves a shot at winning the Toyota Triple Crown $50,000 prize! The women would start first with the men starting an equalized time behind, so the cash prize would go to whomever, male or female, had the fastest cumulative time of three races from the Life Time series, beginning with this race.

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