New coach- Stress fracture recovery- 2016 Season

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Hello everyone!

It’s been sometime since my last post, and I just wanted to go over the last few months.

During my training for U23 Worlds in Chicago last September I had shin splints (again!) and developed a stress fracture in my tibia. I raced on it in Worlds to a decent result (14th). After that I obviously needed some time off and skip the late season World Cups unfortunately.

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It’s now been 2.5 months without running and I am starting back on the Alter G treadmill at 75% body weight. It seems all good now, but that’s a long time without running!

Also, after almost 3 years being self-coached I am starting with Simon Lessing (yes Simon Lessing with 5 ITU World Titles) and Darren & Coleen De Reuck (4 time Olympic runner- running and strength specialists). Check out the site at http://www.bouldercoaching.com!
This will add a little more structure to my training and better planning even though in essence the training won’t be so different.

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As for the 2016 season, it will be focused on ITU again and I will aim to the WTS level, and U23 Worlds in Cozumel in September. I am back into full training and I am very motivated to say the least. I’m implementing a few changes in my training and especially in stuff around training that I hope will help a lot.

Thank you for the read

See you guys around

Rudy VB

Dallas Conti Cup/ Huatulco World Cup/ Half Challenge San Gil – Recap of the last 3 weeks

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After winning Collegiate Nationals for a second time and qualifying for U23 Worlds in Monterrey in April, I was looking forward to a strong training block before the next racing block in June.

Unfortunately a multitude of breathing problems made training difficult. I still don’t know if it is asthma, allergy or something else. I’ve been taking medication but it’s not really helping.

DALLAS ITU “Duathlon” Continental Cup June 6 (21st)

The race in Dallas was not a representation of my fitness level. Leading up to the race I was experiencing difficulty breathing. After seeing a specialist, I have yet figured out what is causing my chest to be tight. The duathlon format did not help the situation and I did not have the race I was looking for. I went back to Boulder and got ready for my second World Cup the following weekend.

HUATULCO ITU World Cup June 14 (15th)

I am pretty happy with the result considering the race from the previous week.
The days leading into the race my chest was feeling decent so I figured if everything went well I could crack a top 15 result and get some decent points for the ITU standings.

I had a very good swim start and had clean water for 200m. All of a sudden it became brutal coming into the first buoy and I exited the water 15-20″ behind first place. After a few km on the bike I was in the front group. I stayed aggressive on the bike with a lot of accelerations and even a breakaway attempt. I came into T2 in third position with a group of 35-40 guys. My run was decent but nowhere near the level I was at in April due to my tight chest. I crossed the line in 15th place and I was satisfied with the result. The trip back overnight was brutal and took 21hrs total all the way to Boulder. Just 3 days later I was flying back to Mexico for a Half Ironman race!

CHALLENGE SAN GIL June 21 (1st)

I added this race in my calendar last minute but it was a great opportunity to get in a half distance race and do something different from ITU. These races are great to show my long distance strength and for my sponsors. It fit well in my schedule and I had a few friends in Boulder going so I decided to give it a shot.

I stayed in the home of the race manager Guillermo. He offered the best support possible before a race. He drove me to and from the race site, picked up my packet, gave me great food, and showed me the town and good spots to eat after the race. So big kudos to him and his wife.

The race itself went exactly according to plan. I got out of the swim second to Brian Fleishmann with a gap on the other guys. I immediately took the lead in T1 and planned to never leave it! I rode hard from the beginning to try and get the biggest gap possible. After 35km I had a lead of 3min. By the end of the bike I had 7min on second place. I started the half marathon with a decent pace (36′ first 10km) and after 1 loop I had a huge advantage on second. On the 2nd loop I faded to a 1h18’58 half time, but I still had 6min on second.

I was stoked to win in my second half distance race, and it was actually my first PRO win! The prize money was a nice bonus as well.

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Thank you very much to everybody contributing to the success of my triathlon adventures and to my sponsors for making it happen.

Rudy

Next up: Panasonic NYC Triathlon & Magog ITU.

American U23 Champion at Monterrey & Team USA spot for U23 Worlds

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On May 3 I raced the Monterrey CAMTRI Pan-Am Cup in Mexico, finishing 7th overall, 2nd among the U23 field, and first American, earning a spot for the ITU U23 World Championships in Chicago this coming September.

I exited the non-wetsuit swim in 10th, 15sec from the lead, after a violent first 400m due to the narrowness of the canal and caught the first guys really quickly.

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There were about twenty athletes in our lead group. We were to be together on the monotonous bike course for 8 loops, increasing our lead regularly on the pursuers. On the bike, I felt very strong, stayed aggressive and took numerous turns at the head of the pack. The others found the bike hard while I thought it was easy.

Entering T2 in 2nd, I started the run in first place. In past races, lots of guys would overtake me at the beginning but, today, no one passed me in the first 500m. I figured I must be running well. Then a group of 9 formed and led during the first 2,5km loop. During the 2nd loop, the Mexicans Saracho and Perez, followed by the Olympian American Hunter Kemper, broke away and finished in that order despite a wild sprint. At the start of the last loop, our group of 6 scattered. It became a bit hard for me. I felt I didn’t have that extra 1% I had at the Collegiate Nationals to sustain the faster pace, even though I was told that I “looked comfortable”. I also know that my main rival for the U23 spot, Eli Hemming, is far back, which decreased my motivation to hurt more.

I ended up a satisfying 7th, 31sec behind the winner, 2nd U23 in the Americas Championships and, best of all, 1st American U23 which was my goal coming to Monterrey. Thus, I will be selected, for the first time, for the ITU U23 Worlds in Chicago next September with TEAM USA, which makes me really proud.

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Rudy von Berg repeats as USAT Collegiate National Champion

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It is raining this Saturday morning in Clemson, SC where 1300 college triathletes are at the start of the Collegiate National Championship.

Rudy von Berg, the title holder and a Junior at University of Colorado at Boulder, tells it as he lived it: ” Bad weather, grey sky, rainy, 68° water. I have a very good start and settle into a nice rhythm in my new HUUB Archimedes which is really great-feels real fast. 4th out of the lake, 35″ from 1st super swimmer Greg Harper and 25″ from 2nd.

I rapidly catch leader William Jones on the bike along with Off the front Multisport teammate Tyler Rodgers. All 3 of us stay together during the 3 laps of the 25 mile hilly course under a heavy rain, with a strong Tyler Rodgers most of the time up front. Behind, a group containing Jason West and Mike Meehan wasn’t loosing any time.

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We enter T2 with a 50sec lead. I immediately take the lead on the run but I know that Jason West a great runner is close behind.
The 10km course is 4 laps out and back, so I can see that Jason is catching up fast. He will join me at half-way. At first, I felt a bit pessimistic on my chances of victory because usually the runner coming from behind prevails. Also, I know that West won Friday’s Sprint draft-legal race thanks to a 5km run in a smasher 14’38. However, I hang on and stay with him for the next 3 miles at a pretty fast pace. At about 1/4 mile from the finish, a guy on the side of the road shouts “Go for it Rudy”–no joke–so I went.

I thought “do as Mark Allen did against Dave Scott in that famous Kona finish.” I went all out. Jason stayed within 2-4 meters for about 300 meters, then started to drop inexorably hitting a little uphill. I crossed the finish with a 7sec lead. I was really ecstatic because frankly when he caught me, I thought I was racing for 2nd place. But, finally I refused to not win, for after my 2014 victory there was only one option: to repeat as Champion and hold my title. Wahooooo!!

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As icing on the cake, our CU Tri Team won the Nationals Team title for the 6th consecutive time.  On that same afternoon, we also won the Team Mixed Relay Super Sprint Competition, ( 2 girls and 2 guys) where, starting last with a 35sec deficit, I managed to catch the Navy leader to win it on the run.

A very big thank you to everyone that has contributed to an awesome weekend, the CU coaches, CU teammates, great competition, USAT, and to my all-time number 1 supporters my parents and siblings.

In 4 days, I will be heading to Monterrey MEX for the ITU continental championships, qualifier for U23 Worlds.

Thank you everybody

Rudy

 

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6th in Kelowna

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Back in the US after a pretty average month of racing in Europe, I wanted to do well in the ITU Premium Cup in Kelowna, especially with a field not as dense as European Cups. However I was scared that my psoas would bug me once again, after Geneva and Banyoles races where I had psoas cramps, a stomach muscle.

It was a sprint distance and the race venue was pretty nice with the Okanagan lake with its clear waters. I wasn’t tapered at all for this race because the main focus is the Hyvee race for this month and this race was only a sprint. The swim was a little choppy and the main pack stayed together. However 3 strong swimmers including Tommy Zaferes took a good lead out of the water with already 40″ on the pack! That’s a lot. Starting the ride I was sure we were going to reel them in but it never happened. Our chase group of 8 wasn’t working well and we gradually lost another 30″. So starting the run we had 1’15 to catch which was going to be difficult. I concentrated on my breathing and just staying relaxed in order to keep my stomach loose. It went fine and I ran a pretty good 15’28 even though I am going to have to train hard to try and get near to 15’00. The 2 Australian juniors ran very fast 14’50 and managed to snatch the podium. On my side I couldn’t catch the 3 guys in front and finished 6th.

I am satisfied with the race, and I hope to keep on improving on my run for the last few races of the season. Next up are back to back the Hyvee 5150 Championship in a stacked field the 1st of September and the Monterrey ITU Pan American Cup the following week.