With Andrew Talansky racing his first Ironman at IMCanada this coming weekend, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our conversation from February as he looked back on his cycling career and forward at his first full year in triathlon.
Andrew Talansky spent nearly a decade grinding the gears with Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling. In that time, he won U.S. Time Trial Championship and the Criterium Dauhpine, as well as top-10 finishes at the Tour De France, Vuelta, Tour de Suisse and Tour of California.
The schedule of a UCI-level pro cyclist is daunting. Up to 80 days a year of racing, weeks of travel, living in multiple locations, training camps, you name it.
After becoming a father, Talansky wanted to reclaim his time while taking on a new challenge. So, in the fall of 2017, he announced his retirement from pro cycling, donned a wetsuit and took the plunge into triathlon.
We talked about several aspects of his transition into the sport, including:
- Why Ironman races seemed like a better fit than ITU
- How things unfolded at his first (and so far only) triathlon
- How his approach to cycling has changed with the addition of two other sports
- How he’s attempting to balance his training to become competitive quickly, while also not overdoing it and getting injured
- How his approach to in-race nutrition might change (especially with having to run at the end of a triathlon)
- The differences in being a member of a UCI Team (an employee) and being a pro triathlete (an entrepreuner)
- How he and his family have adjusted to his new career
- His goals for 2018
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