The RappStar in all his maroon stripped glory! He’s high and thin. You would expect him to perform like the blowing wind, and he’s not too bad on two hips and legs, but it’s on the saddle of the bicycle that Jordan Rapp has really arranged himself aside. Part of the is his meticulous attention to detail regarding the bicycle equipment he uses and the training that he does for the bike. You can view that in the manner he rides – he’s very dialed in on the bike. Comfortable looking, yet very here and able to push out some impressive power numbers for a long time. The other thing about rap is that he’s patient.
He’s bided his time, trained hard, and figured the complete long-distance race game out before jumping up directly into the bigger races, like Ironman Hawaii. He has chosen not to take his qualifying spot to IMH for the past few years, preferring to develop his build and carve out wins at IM Arizona and Ironman Canada – in both cases against very strong competition. The previous top-rated rower with the Ivy League rowing palmeres is, despite his strong bicycle leg, really a great all-rounder, swimming near the front of the race and closing with a strong and steady run then.
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This all-around top-fitness and power were no doubt developed with an almost two a stint training alongside friend and Olympic Double Triathlon medalist, Simon Whitfield. So goes here. 20 Question with, Jordan Rapp and the RappStar! 1. What made you switch from rowing to Triathlon? I acquired injured. I thought about bike racing, but everyone appeared fast and I did so not understand drafting!
2. Of the three sports activities in Triathlon what is your favorite? Cycling. But I am liking working increasingly more. 3. Clinchers or Tubulars? You knew that was coming! Depends. For Pro-men tubulars, for everyone else, clinchers! 4. Compression socks – yes/no? Training and recovery – yes. Four-hour marathons – yes. Sub-3 marathon – no! 5. What is the most important leg within an Ironman triathlon?
The run, because that’s what goes over the finish line. Nothing. Remember, Peter Reid and Tim DeBoom tried to talk at IMH twelve months in Hawaii – “Talking is perfect for training”, is exactly what I think they said. 7. What is training with Simon Whitfield like? You realize that effort, day after day day after, is what creates extraordinary shows and wins races.
8. Will Whitfield make the leap to Ironman ever? Maybe. I believe he would get bored. He really wants to race, and Ironman is not actually a competition. 9. One does all the back-end development for the Slowtwitch site. What really goes on behind the scenes there? You will be told by me, but I would have to destroy you then! 10. You lately married a Canadian (previous national team member Jill Savege).
Any possibility of a passport differ from US to Canada? We’d love to claim you as a Canuck! No time soon. 11. What’s your favorite spot to train? Swim – Brewster, NY. Bike – Antelope Valley(near Slowtwitch HQ), CA. Run – Elk Lake, BC. 12. Do we realize what we are doing with Triathlon Training nowadays really, or could it be to tossed it against the wall and find out what sticks still?
Some people can say for certain and some individuals don’t – exactly like everything else in life. If you get wounded or never improve – you know it isn’t working. 13. What is so special about Specialized? Everyone trips their bike everyday at lunch. 14. What’s the deal with the bacon? I thought you were a health freak!