World Champion Triathlete and USA Triathlon Olympic Team Member
Joe Maloy
September 13, 2016
Hey everyone!

I'm writing this from 10,000 feet* above Seattle, Washington. ( The asterisk is because we're pretty high, but they haven't officially announced permission to use "larger electronic devices.")

From my angle, it looks high enough!

It seems appropriate to be writing this on-the-move, in transition. I'm smack in the middle of an ambitious two-week stretch of traveling and racing that takes me from Beijing-Seattle-San Diego-Houston-Cancun-Cozumel- Dallas-Wildwood Crest. 

It was a dream-come-true to compete at the Olympic Games last month, but the interim has been an adjustment period. What happens when you wake up from a dream? There have been more than a few days when I opened my eyes and debated catching a flight home later that afternoon. Enjoying some long-overdue time with family and friends sounded a whole lot better than a 5,000 yard swim workout or a bike workout on roads I've ridden hundreds of times. I was focused on the things I'd rather be doing. My motivation needed a cup of coffee.  

It turns out all I needed was a change of scenery and a race against some of the world's best triathletes. Again... :)

Massive thanks to the crew at IMG for organizing an awesome week in Beijing. Over the past few days I had the opportunity to stand in Tiananmen Square, explore Beijing's Forbidden City, connect with locals, and race on one of the most scenic courses in the world. The energy was infectious, and it reminded me of the opportunities right before my eyes! I started having fun again.

If you missed the race recaps, I finished second to Rio gold medalist Alistair Brownlee. Of course I'm disappointed I didn't win, but I appreciated the opportunity to test myself against a tough field of racers and to enjoy swimming, biking, and running through a slice of the world I never imagined I'd experience. I've shared some media below so you can experience the week through my eyes.  

I'm still looking forward to the offseason, but now I'm looking forward to the time I'll spend getting there, too.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."

~Roald Dahl


Media

Beijing International Tri
2nd - 1:53:27


From Lawrence, Brownlee win Beijing, Slowtwitch, by Timothy Carlson, September 11, 2016

In her first outing after her Ironman 70.3 Worlds triumph, Holly Lawrence survived a crash with a dog to win the women's title and in his first race after his second straight Olympic gold, Alistair Brownlee won the pro men's division at the Beijing International Triathlon.

Brownlee started his day with a 16:46 swim split that put him 3 seconds behind Josh Amberger of Australia and a few ticks of the clock ahead of a talented pack that included Cameron Dye, Joe Maloy, Eric Lagerstrom of the U.S., and Vicente Hernandez of Spain. 

After a race-best 55:47 bike split, non-drafting ace Dye arrived at T2 with a 2 seconds margin on Brownlee (55:57 bike split) and 2 to 4 minutes on chasers that included Lagerstrom, Amberger, Maloy and Hernandez. 

Playing it cool after his great effort at Rio, Brownlee ran a 4th-best 35:54 10k split that brought him to the finish in 1:52:30 with a 57 seconds margin on runner-up Maloy, who closed fast with a 2nd-best 34:23 run. Dye gave back 1:24 to Brownlee on the run but that was good enough to hang on to the bronze, 21 seconds back of Maloy and 13 seconds ahead of 4th-place Lagerstrom (35:15 run). Hernandez made up ground for his 6th-best 59:52 bike split with a race-best 34:19 10k run to take 5th place.

Beijing International Triathlon
Beijing, China
September 11, 2016
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k

Pro Men

1. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 1:52:30
2. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:53:27
3. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:53:48
4. Eric Lagerstrom (USA) 1:54:01
5. Vicente Hernandez (ESP) 1:54:54
6. Josh Amberger (AUS) 1:56:57
7. Kevin Collington (USA) 2:02:13


Photos

Of course I had to put on the first class pajamas!
Tiananmen Square

Emperor's residence inside the Forbidden City


The Great Wall ran along the top of that mountain ridge--it's barely visible in this picture.
We took a bus/cable car to the top, and then took the luge back down.


The Great Wall


Luging down the great wall


Lauren Goss is ready for battle!
Video
 

Exploring the Forbidden City with Magali TisseyreEric LagerstromVicente Hern√°ndez, and Greg Bennett.
Luging down the Great Wall

Swim Start

Swim Exit
2016 Race Schedule and Results
DATE
RACE
PLACE
TIME
2/20
UCSD Tritonman Triathlon
1st
0:54:02
3/4-5
Abu Dhabi WTS
49th
1:51:10
4/2-3
New Plymouth World Cup (Sprint)
18th
0:54:00
4/7
Gold Coast WTS
6th
1:47:53
5/14
Yokohama WTS
 11th
1:47:16
6/12
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
1st 
2:05:45
7/16 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg
28th
0:53:37
7/17 ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, Hamburg (with Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, Kirstin Kasper)
1st
1:20:29
8/18
Rio Olympic Games
 23rd
1:48:30
9/11 Beijing international Triathlon
2nd
1:53:27
9/18 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel

10/28-30 Island House Invitational Triathlon (Bahamas)

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