Joe Maloy, 2014 USA Triathlon Elite National Champion
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Fall Championships
 

T he leaves are starting to change color, you're obsessing over fantasy football projections, and everything at Dunkin' Donuts has a "pumpkin spice" version...you know what that means!

We're both thinking, "championship triathlon season," right?  It never hurts to make sure everyone's on the same page -- good communication is important!    

My focus for this season has been qualifying for the US Olympic Team, and that process began this past month with two competitions: the first in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on  August 2  and the other in Stockholm, Sweden, on August 23.  These were the first two in a series of races which USA Triathlon will use to select the Olympic Team (more on that process below).  

This weekend I'll be competing in Edmonton, Canada, and then two weeks later I'm in Chicago for the ITU Grand Final World Championship.   

As always--thanks for being on my team,
"In order to get what you really want, you must first be who you truly are."

-Tim Grover

2015 Race Schedule & Results

 

DATE

RACE

PLACE

TIME

2/15

Coronado Valentine's Day 10K

1st

30:18

2/21

Tritonman Triathon, San Diego

1st

55:15

3/22

New Plymouth World Cup

10th

53:29

3/29

Auckland WTS

20th

1:59:15

4/26

Cape Town WTS

38th

1:43:00

5/9

Chengdu WTS

30th

1:47:54

5/17

Yokohama WTS

36th

1:50:09

8/2

Rio Test Event

16th

1:50:36

8/23

Stockholm WTS

22nd

1:52:10

9/6

Edmonton WTS


 

9/19

Chicago WTS


 

10/4

Cozumel World Cup


 


race schedule is subject to change

ITU Rankings
  • 27th: ITU Olympic Points (1st American)
  • 54th: ITU World Series Points
  • 34th: ITU Points (general)
(from  www.triathlon.org/rankings 9.1.15)

 

 

USA Triathlon Olympic Qualification Process

I've received many questions on the Olympic qualification process, so here is my best best attempt to explain a complicated process:
  1. Automatic Qualification-  A guaranteed spot earned through finishing in the top-8 at the Rio Olympic Test Event (I was 16th), the Chicago Grand Final (on September 19th), or at another race (location and criteria TBD).
  2. If no athlete meets the automatic qualification criteria, then USA Triathlon will choose the team based on the athlete's individual performance at the following designated races:
    1. Rio Test Event (16th)
    2. Stockholm World Triathlon (22nd)
    3. Edmonton World Triathlon (this weekend!)
    4. Chicago Grand Final
    5. TBD early 2016
The US Team will be comprised of 2-3 athletes, depending on the USA's global ranking.  As long as the USA remains ranked one of the top-8 countries in the world for men's triathlon, our country will have a 3-person team.  
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Dan, Nadder, and the team at Major Hyundai have been massive supporters since 2012, and I'm excited to continue representing their brand.  Dan is a living example of the things I love about triathlon--hard work, determination, and a relentless desire to get the best from yourself.  He's applied that attitude to raising a family, running a business, and, just last year, beating the shit out of cancer.  I'm proud to continue representing  Major Hyundai and the entire Major automotive global network.



I started working with Mitch Greene this past June.  I couldn't be happier with the work we've done or more excited about the work we have ahead of us.  The mental aspects of competition are, I'd argue, the most important yet least understood.  Physiologists can tell you how the muscles, ligaments, and tendons work with a great degree of accuracy, but the brain is another story.  Everybody I race has strong muscles and world class technique--you don't reach this level without those prerequisites.  What separates the champions?  I'd argue it's the mind, and I'm working with Mitch to explore that frontier.  Oh yeah, he's a fellow Boston College grad!   

Photos


The US Rio Test Event Team


With my brother John in Rio


Training before the Stockholm ITU race with Greg Billington and Eric Lagerstorminside the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Stadium. this is the place where Jim Thorpe competed, although the track has clearly been renovated since!


Sometimes you just need to put mountains in your way. Brooks Running. #runhappy


Yokohama ITU

 
You can take the boy outta Wildwood, but you can't take the "wild" outta the boy! Love Repping the hometown in my Zippys Bikes jersey


With Hunter Kemper signing the flag that was auctioned by USAT to benefit the Nepalese Earthquake Fund.


Training run in Flagstaff
Word Study

Compete - Formed from the latin words "com-" and "petere."

Literally, "com-" means "together" and "petere" is "to aim at" or "to seek."    
 
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