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PODCAST: INSIDE TRI SHOW
TEAM USA'S TAYLOR SPIVEY: FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP
by Helen Murray
Taylor Spivey studied architecture at University and ‘never in a million years’ thought she would end up becoming a professional triathlete! But after swimming through her degree and starting to dabble in triathlon, she showed she had talent beyond the pool. She won the USAT Collegiate National Championships and got onto the USA Triathlon National Team. 2019 was her best season to date, with two WTS podiums and a 4th place finish in the World Rankings. She heads into 2020 with high hopes of securing a spot on Team USA for Tokyo 2020.
*How she managed to combine swimming with architecture studies at University, with copious 4am starts
*About her mum teaching her how to swim and how she still makes pointers about her technique!
*The devastation of missing out on Olympics selection the first time, by 7s at the Tokyo test event
*Her “cardio brain” struggles when she is completely knackered
*How she and Vince Luis first got together, how they make the long distance work and why she can’t wait to explore Girona on a gravel bike.
PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETE TAYLOR SPIVEY
WELCOMES NEW PARTNERS FOR 2020
by Jordan Blanco
(San Francisco, CA) – Professional triathlete, Taylor Spivey, is delighted to announce several new partnerships for the 2020 season. Spivey is a member of the U.S. National team and she finished the 2019 season ranked fourth overall in the World Triathlon Series (“WTS”) rankings. Her primary 2020 season goals are to qualify for and race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo as a member of Team USA and to earn a top three placing in the WTS rankings. Partnering with companies that share her goals is important to Spivey and she is thrilled to welcome several new companies to the team for the 2020 season.
ZAFERES GOLDEN, SPIVEY TAKES SILVER AT WORLD TRIATHLON SERIES ABU DHABI
BY USA TRIATHLON
Katie Zaferes kicked off the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Series in dominant fashion on Friday, grabbing her second career WTS victory at the season opener in Abu Dhabi. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) ran her way to the silver medal, her second time reaching the WTS podium. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) finished fourth — just three seconds behind Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth — to nearly lock down a U.S. podium sweep....
“That race couldn’t have gone better for me,” Spivey said. “The U.S. women are so strong, and qualifying for Tokyo is just a matter of performing on the day. So, coming into the 2019 season with a second-place is a great way to start this Olympic qualification process.”
TRIATHLON: ZAFERES AND SPIVEY GO 1-2 FOR U.S. IN WORLD SERIES OPENER IN ABU DHABI
BY RICH PERELMAN
A powerful U.S. team went 1-2-4 on the women’s Sprint course in Abu Dhabi (UAE), with Katie Zaferes scoring her second career World Triathlon Series victory, finishing 26 seconds ahead of fellow American Taylor Spivey.
BRIDGING THE GAP
SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FINALE
Taylor Spivey shone in Mallorca, utilizing tactical awareness, nouse, and a true racers brain to take the victory. She proved something to herself and to the world with a stunning display on a weekend where Katie Zaferes was meant to win her third Championship Weekend in a row.
SINGAPORE EVENT WEEK: THE HEAT IS ON
SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FINALE
With just 4 days to go, the stage is set for the Super League Triathlon Championship Finale!
The athletes have started arriving in style to the ONE°15 Marina and Sentosa Cove, the breathtaking location which will provide a stunning backdrop to this weekend’s action. On 23-24 February, Singapore will be on full display as the best athletes in the world compete to settle the 2018/19 Series battle for the ultimate Championship trophy worth US$1.5 million.
FRIENDLY COMPETITION - TAYLOR SPIVEY (S7E10)
HOSTED BY ALYSSA GODESKY & HALEY CHURA // EDITED BY ERIN HAMILTON
Alyssa and Haley chat with ITU athlete Taylor Spivey who is currently ranked 8th in the WTS standings with 6 top 10 results in 2018, and is the winner of the Mallorca Super League Tri. Taylor talks about her athletic background and transition to triathlon, then takes us through a typical training week in the Canary Islands, how to travel the world for 7 months at a time with just a suitcase and bike bag, and shares her big goal of racing the 2020 Olympics.
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SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON MALLORCA RECAP
VINCENT LUIS (FRA) AND TAYLOR SPIVEY (USA) WIN SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON MALLORCA
On November 3rd, the last Super League Triathlon race of 2018 began in Mallorca, Spain. On day one, the athletes completed the Triple Mix format – three races designed to tests the triathletes’ versatility.
SPIVEY SUPREME IN SPAIN
In back-to-back weekends, Super League returned, this time in Mallorca. Whilst over only two days this time, it still threw up a three-race format.
SPIVEY, LUIS WIN SUPER LEAGUE MALLORCA
In a weekend filled with much jockeying for position and constant points counting, the women’s Sprint Enduro Stage 2 Final was the best example of the Super League brand of split second, strategic and thrilling racing...
Approaching the end of the first lap of the final run, Kasper took the shortcut and vaulted to the front, yards ahead of Spivey and Zaferes. While Super League commentators opined that Kasper had made the right move and Spivey had made a tactical error, Spivey held her card close to her singlet. On the final go-round, Spivey made the short chute cut and exploded into a finish line sprint that won the day.
SUPER LEAGUE MALLORCA: THE SPRINT ENDURO STAGE 2 FINALS, WOMEN'S
- THE SHORT CHUTE TO VICTORY FOR SPIVEY
UNPREDICTABLE RACING! That is what Super League Triathlon is all about, and that is exactly what we just saw out on course. Lead changes throughout, with edge of your seat racing right up until the final lap of the final run.
With an elite field of qualifiers from this mornings heats it was time to decide who would be the winner of the Sprint Enduro. Swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run with no break would see our world class performers pushed to the very edge of ability!
LIFE IN TAYLOR'S LACES
WHEN DID YOU START WEARING LOCK LACES® AND HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT THEM?
I started wearing Lock Laces® when a friend gifted me a pair of pink laces before a race last year.
WHAT IS YOUR LARGEST GOAL FOR THIS SEASON AND FOR YOUR CAREER?
My main goal for this season is to finish in the top 8 of the World Triathlon Series this year, and long term to make the Team USA Olympic Team in 2020.
WHAT DOES WIN. NEVER TIE.® MEAN TO YOU? (WHAT DOES IS IT MEAN TO SUCCEED, WIN, REACH YOUR GOALS)?
I find it satisfying when hard work pays off. For me that's on race day. Making the podium, and taking the tape, is what I strive to for every day and in every workout. The saying 'Win. Never Tie.®' parallels the successes I've had on race day, when everything came together and I showcased my best self. That to me is winning.
TAYLOR SPIVEY WINS FIRST CAREER ITU WORLD CUP GOLD IN WEIHAI
WEIHAI, China — Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) took the win at the Weihai ITU Triathlon World Cup in China on Saturday, marking her fourth podium and first victory on the ITU World Cup circuit.
ATHLETES' CHATTER AHEAD OF WEIHAI WORLD CUP
“This is my first time in China so I didn’t know what to expect but Weihai is beautiful and I always love a race by the ocean. It’s one of the most difficult bike courses i’ve done this year with the switchback followed by a technical descent, so it’ll take a strong cyclist to thrive in this race. The girls I train with, Yuko Takahashi and Claire Michel, are great cyclists so I know they’re really going to test me.”
WHY SCIENCE IN SPORT?
"As an NCAA Division I swimmer at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Taylor Spivey posted some speedy times, especially in distance freestyle. But despite the impressive resume, she was living with near constant GI distress and had developed ulcers. With depleted energy and even trips to the hospital, Spivey’s stomach issues were threatening to derail her athletic career.
Spivey knew she had to do something. So, as she made the switch from swimming to professional triathlon post-college, she also shifted her approach to fueling. No longer could she just grab a random gel packet for a run or sip on a basic sports drink during tough training rides. Spivey needed nutrition that would boost her workouts and performance in racing—and be gentle on her sensitive stomach...."
CYCLING CRASH YIELDS RESILIENCY FOR TAYLOR SPIVEY
"Taylor Spivey is ranked third among American women competing in the Olympic distance triathlon. She is traveling the world for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) series and training with the Triathlon Squad, a high-performance group coached by Paulo Sousa. Taylor’s goal is to make the United States Olympic Team for the 2020 games in Tokyo but four years ago she experienced a crash that made her question her future as an athlete, let alone as an Olympic contender.
On August 2, 2014, Taylor set out with her father Marc Spivey on the Donut Ride, an institution in the South Bay of Los Angeles’ cycling culture and a course that she was familiar with. Three months out of college and fresh off a win in the women’s draft-legal race at the 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, Taylor was working full-time as a JuniorLifeguard instructor but excited for the triathlon competitions ahead. The Donut ride dates back to 1973, draws many of the region’s fastest riders, and is accepted as a “hammerfest.” The consistently hilly course features good road surfaces, except in the area of Portuguese Bend. On this particular Saturday morning the group was also celebrating Marc’s birthday, and although the ride is memorable for all the wrong reasons, Taylor is very grateful that her father was there with her...."
PODCAST: SO CAL CYCLIST
TRIATHLETES VS. CYCLISTS
"See a new face or a triathlete in a group ride, have a chat with them and help them out. We all start somewhere." Taylor Spivey
MURRY AND HOLLAND TAKE WTS LEEDS
With Flora Duffy out with a foot injury, the scene was set for an exciting women's race in Leeds and the huge crowd on hand were treated to a home-country win. Leeds' own Jessica Learmonth led the way out of the water with Katie Zaferes right on her heels, with fellow Americans Taylor Spivey and Summer Cook in the mix as well. Zaferes, Learmonth and Cook managed to open up a gap of 51 seconds on the huge chase group through the early stages of the bike, but by the end of the ride a big group hit transition together, turning the race into a 10 km footrace.
TAYLOR SPIVEY CLAIMS SILVER AT CAGLIARI WORLD CUP
Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) sprinted to a silver medal in the women’s race at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday, while Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) earned an ITU World Cup career-best fifth place in the men’s race....
“We pushed the most power up the hill and the rest of the bike course was really just recovery for the next hill,” Spivey said. “I tried to stay relaxed on the run and picked off some of the girls on the first lap. The final stretch was really exciting with four of us coming into the tape. Maybe I let go a little too soon, but I’m really proud of Lisa."
USA NATIONAL TEAM ATHLETE, TAYLOR SPIVEY, BECOMES A LOCK LACES AMBASSADOR
Taylor Spivey has officially partnered with Lock Laces® as its professional triathlete ambassador. Taylor, one of the world’s top-ranked female triathletes, is now representing a brand that has been a staple of the triathlon community for nearly two decades. Taylor has been wearing Lock Laces® for training and races for almost two years, so the partnership was a natural move.
RAVE RUN: MARIN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
When it comes to scenic runs, it’s tough to beat Marin County’s challenging yet beautiful routes along the hilly coastal ridge of Mount Tamalpais. “The place is magical,” Spivey says of the Bolinas Ridge Trail. “Perfect for running: cool air, rolling trails, and the endless view.”
PODCAST 88: TAYLOR SPIVEY, PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETE ON GOING ALL IN FOR HER DREAMS
PODCAST: THE YOGI TRIATHLETE
Most people spend many years, decades even dreaming of finishing an Ironman while Taylor Spivey completed her first 140.6 while still in the womb. Today a professional triathlete, Taylor was born into a triathlon legacy. Her mom a former professional and dad a top age grouper set forth the seeds for what is turning into a very successful life choice.
Taylor showed the world that she has what it takes to be the winner on the day. Landing 2nd in Leeds this past summer at a WTS race, second only to current World Champion Flora Duffy. Beneath her sweet exterior, Taylor has a fire that burns from deep within and one that is prepping her for more podium visits in 2018.
OFF-SEASON, CHE COSA FANNO GLI AMERICANI DURANTE LE FESTE?
Dopo una stagione logorante, serve un periodo di stacco, di riposo assoluto, una fese di transizioni in cui l’agonismo viene messo da parte e l’unico obiettivo è quello di ricaricare le batterie. Dopo mesi di viaggi, allenamenti, gare, tutto scandito da orari rigidi e tabelle, anche gli atleti di vertice si concedono qualche strappo alla regola.
WHAT ELITE TRIATHLETES DO IN THE OFFSEASON
Improving your sprint, focusing on the mental game or spending time with family — there is not one right way to train in the offseason. Trying to decide what to do during the winter months can be a daunting task for any athlete. Add in juggling family and work commitments, and it can be difficult to successfully train outside of competition season. We are then left with a question that plagues athletes of every level: What should I focus on in the offseason?
CAFFEINE: FUELING TO PERFORM
Professional triathlete and Science in Sport ambassador Taylor Spivey explains why she’s integrated caffeine into her training and racing for the first time this year.
I have steered clear from caffeine for most of my life, because as silly as it sounds, I thought it would stunt my growth. Being petite, I always wanted to be a little bit taller. It wasn’t until recently, (a tribute to cycling culture) that I started to embrace caffeine, beginning of course with the casual coffee shop stop. At first it was a social thing. I enjoyed grabbing a cup of joe with friends over good conversation. But it has yet to become a morning ritual. So until then, I have embraced caffeinated Science in Sport products to give me a mental boost when needed, a frequent occurrence as a professional athlete.
COOK WINS GOLD, SPIVEY SILVER AT FINAL ITU WORLD CUP OF THE SEASON IN MIYAZAKI
MIYAZAKI, Japan — Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) ended their seasons on a high note on Saturday, taking gold and silver respectively at the Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup. The Olympic-distance race, which covered a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10k run, was the final stop on the 2017 ITU World Cup circuit.
Q&A: SARASOTA-BRADENTON TRIATHLON FESTIVAL
"You’ve raced a lot on the international circuit this year, including two podium finishes at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds and Madrid ITU World Cup. Why are you looking forward to racing on home turf?
It has been a long year racing abroad, which has been a huge learning experience both through the season’s highs and lows. To think back to the type of athlete I was at my first race of the season (ironically here at the Sarasota Continental Cup), so much has changed. I have absorbed an incredible amount of knowledge and am getting closer to the athlete I know I can be. Tasting success has showed me what I am capable of on a good day, and my failures have taught me even more about how to get over the bad days. Filled with disappointment in the back half of my season, I look forward to my last bit of redemption on a familiar course with a home crowd cheering me on..."
EAT YOUR EGGS LIKE ATHLETES DO
“When I’m tired from training, my standby egg concoction is pretty simple,” says Taylor Spivey. “I stick to avocado on sourdough toast topped with an omelet filled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and sautéed spinach.”
WHATS FOR DINNER? TRIATHLETES TELL US HOW TO COOK THEIR FAVORITE MEALS
In June, Taylor Spivey landed on her first WTS podium with a second-place finish in Leeds, England. A former lifeguard and Cal Poly graduate (with a BA in architecture), Spivey heads to Stockholm WTS race this weekend ranked 10th, up from 50th last year.
Spivey’s favorite meal? When she’s too exhausted from training to cook, she usually heads to Chipotle or another burrito restaurant.
SPIVEY EARNS FIRST CAREER WTS PODIUM WITH SILVER AT WORLD TRIATHLON LEEDS
U.S. triathlete Taylor Spivey won a silver medal and earned her first career ITU World Triathlon Series podium at the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds on Sunday, while Kirsten Kasper placed fourth to take over the WTS series lead.
Athletes covered a 1,500-meter swim, 38.6-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course that finished at the city center’s Millennium Square. Bermudan Flora Duffy crossed the line first in 1 hour, 57 minutes, 2 seconds to earn her fourth career WTS victory and second consecutive win of the season. Spivey followed close behind in 1:58:32, more than a minute ahead of third-place finisher Alice Betto of Italy (1:59:36).
FLORA DUFFY EARNS BACK-TO-BACK WIN IN LEEDS
Earning her fourth career World Triathlon Series victory and second consecutive win of the season, Flora Duffy (BER) claimed the 2017 Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds in a near-perfect race scenario.Exiting the waters among the leaders and then joining a small and fierce lead bike pack that worked well together to earn a large advantage, Duffy entered the run with a clear shot of earning the day’s gold medal. Giving her a second WTS win of the season and a trade up from the silver medal she earned in Leeds in 2016, Duffy’s victory also puts her in a solid position to continue her quest of reclaiming her World Title....
FLORA DUFFY DOMINATES IN LEEDS
Flora Duffy (BER) dominated a strong field at the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds. The reigning world ITU champion showed her strength in winning her second WTS race in as many starts this year. In a pair of breakthrough races American Taylor Spivey finished a strong second and Alice Betto gave Italy its first ever podium finish in a WTS race by taking the bronze....
SISSONS AND TAYLOR-BROWN GRAB FIRST EVER WORLD CUP WINDS IN MADRID
It was a day of firsts in the Spanish capital for the 2017 ITU Madrid World Cup, with both Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) winning their first ever World Cup. Also first on the podium were Taylor Spivey (USA) and Chelsea Burns (USA), as well as Raphael Montoya (FRA) while his compatriot Simon Viain grabbed in Madrid his second world cup top three finishes.
ATHLETES CHATTER AHEAD OF MADRID WORLD CUP
On the different conditions from Yokohama, her last race:
“This course it’s going to be really tough, and it’s also going to be the complete opposite from Yokohama. Yokohama was cold, really wet and slippery, and also a really flat course, and here this course it’s going to be really hot and tough. I think it will be a good course, but also a hard one." ...
TEAM PSYCHO BLOG
It is easy to write a blog when things are going well, especially when you achieve goals and supersede doubt. However, that is not the case when you have fallen short of expectations....
TRY UNTIL YOU CAN'T "TRI" ANYMORE
Every race provides a different lesson. Some lessons are apparent, the result of a physical mistake or hiccup in a race. Other lessons are a bit more obscure, the result of intangible circumstances. Whatever the lesson, each yields an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to adjust for the next race.