June 2017

It's race week in Boulder and we can feel the energy rising! The "hay is in the barn" and I'm ready to experience my hometown race! 

This year is shaping up to be very special in many ways. Chief among them, of course, is the anticipated arrival of Baby O'Donnell in mid-August. That encouraged a shift in the race schedule to include IRONMAN Boulder. As triathletes we often think we have to travel for races and may be overlooking opportunities right in our backyards. 

It's been a great honor to be a part of the IRONMAN Foundation's Ambassador program that is leading efforts to give back to race communities that do so much to make our races possible. Below you'll see some information about the project we did in Santa Rosa and the upcoming project in Boulder. I'd encourage you to learn more about it and get involved in an IRONMAN Foundation project! Our sport helps keep communities healthy and our communities help make our sport possible so it's vital to work together.

If you are in town, please stop by the HOKA ONE ONE booth at the Expo on Friday at 1 pm, following the pro panel, and say hello! 

Lastly, I'd like to welcome new sponsor Halo Neuroscience. Learn more about their approach to tuning the mind-muscle connection and the science behind it. It's working for me, and if you are looking for ways to get additional speed, strength, or endurance, I know you'll find it interesting. 

"Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't ." -Jerry Rice

It's Race Week for IRONMAN Boulder!
Stop by the HOKA ONE ONE Expo Booth 
Timothy O'Donnell and Heather Jackson Signing
Friday, June 9th @ 1pm
Race Recap
IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa
3rd - 3:54:19

On the podium with Sam Appleton (1) and Joe Gambles (2). 

Photo by John Burgess of the Press Democrat ( see full article here). 

IRONMAN Foundation 
I'm really honored to be a part of the IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team and focusing my season on creating tangible impacts in IRONMAN race communities. Rinny, Mike Reilly and our team of 18 age group athletes invite you to join us in giving back through sport. Find out more at about it here. Among the sponsors are several I know well - CLIF Bar, HOKA One One, and BOCO Gear! 

Our first project was part of IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa race weekend. We helped restore the flood-damaged hiking trails and camp sites of Lake Sonoma with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma. THANK YOU to all who gave their energy and care: volunteers, TriClubs, teams, and athletes! Watch a recap here:
We are very excited about the next stop for our IRONMAN Foundation Ambassadors - my town, Boulder! The Boulder project involves partnering with Paradox Sports for a service project to fix erosion damage on the hiking trails of Eldorado Springs State Park followed by an adaptive rock climbing clinic plus charitable givebacks to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Boulder region.
Would you like to contribute to the Foundation's goals in another way? Join me in making your miles mean MORE. Support the IRONMAN Foundation's grant programs with Charity Miles. Download the app, select IRONMAN Foundation and turn it on every time you run, bike or walk. All those miles will turn into a charitable donation (at no cost to you) which means building stronger communities and supporting local nonprofit initiatives.
Sponsor News
New Sponsor:
Halo Neuroscience

Seeking to improve my mind-muscle connection and maximize gains from training sessions, I've incorporated the Halo Sport headset by Halo Neuroscience into my training regimen over the last few months. I have seen appreciable gains in speed and endurance with this specialized headset through which I can also listen to music while working out.

I'm incredibly excited about the results I've seen since incorporating Halo Sport into my training program this year. I've seen an increase in my power output on the bike and I've been producing my fastest run splits in years. The Neuropriming sessions with Halo Sport have been a fantastic way to improve my efficiency in all three disciplines and when it comes to Ironmans, efficiency is king! Kona is won in the details of your preparation and I'm grateful to have Halo as a key part of mine.

The headset incorporates an array of primers that electrically stimulate the brain's motor cortex to decrease the amount of input required for neurons to fire. When paired with quality training, this has been demonstrated to result in increased strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory. "Halo Neuroscience is proud to partner with Timothy as he prepares for Kona," said Dan Chao, CEO and co-founder of Halo. "Having Halo Sport tried, tested, and incorporated into training by one of the world's best triathletes is a huge honor."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. And if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

~ Theodore  Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena, 1910.

Video excerpted from  Lifetimehttp://bit.ly/2p70ll4
Talking Bikes with Sarah Piampiano

I chatted with Sarah Piampiano about cycling at CLIF Bar HQ in California. Find out where we'd most like to bike, will we continue biking after triathlon, do we fix our own bikes, what was our first biking memory, and how we felt heading into IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa.

When you aren't *quite* trained for a race

Have you ever jumped into a triathlon without training nearly enough? Racing underprepared is sure to provide a good dose of humility and motivation. Read "Instant Tri" by Ian McMahan in the July 2017 issue of Triathlete Magazine.

"Professional triathlete Timothy O'Donnell believes that a hard day may lay a foundation for future training. 'If you know you are under-trained for a race, use it for a healthy dose of humility and motivation,' he says. 'Just experience the day and the next time you think about skipping a training session, remember it!"


We were asked by Kelly O'Mara for Triathlete Magazine how Rinny and I balance triathlon and our relationship. While our circumstances have taken a different and happy turn, we still maintain our "own time!" (June 2017 issue).

"O'Donnell and Carfrae don't do most of their workouts together because when it's an important session, they know they need to concentrate and minimize distractions. It's better for their training and better for their relationship in the long run. They have made a point of each having different teams and different coaches. 'This gives us the chance to have our own sounding boards away from each other, so we aren't always thinking triathlon together,' says O'Donnell."

Oxygen Addict Podcast

"Our interview of the week is with World Champion Triathlete Timothy O'Donnell. The American tells us about his switch from his career in the military to becoming a full time professional athlete, how he met his now wife Mirinda Carfrae in the glamorous location of the medical tent...and how watching her compete at Kona in 2010 made him decide to focus on longer distance racing. We also hear about how his coach Mark Allen has helped to develop him as an athlete, his thoughts on impending parenthood and why he loves a good glass of bon plonk."

Race Schedule and Results
Date Race Time
January 27 IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai 3:47:53
2nd March 12 Mooloolaba 5150 1:49:59
2nd March 19 IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan 3:45:31
2nd April 2 IRONMAN 70.3 Texas 3:46:19
3rd May 13 IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa 3:54:19

June 11 IRONMAN Boulder

August 13 IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead (tentative)

September 10 Nation's Tri

October 14 IRONMAN World Championship

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