Earlier this week the Professional Triathletes Organisation announced its response to COVID-19 by increasing its Year-End Annual Bonus Programme from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000 and paying it all immediately based on the PTO World Rankings. The $500,000 increase would go to men and women athletes ranked 21-50, who will get an increase from $5,000 each in a year-end bonus to $8,000, and men and women athletes ranked 51-100, who previously would have been paid $2,000 each in a year-end bonus, but will now see that amount raised to $5,000. Athletes will be paid based on their PTO World Ranking as of January 1 or March 15, whichever is higher.
We had a ton of questions about this. Are they really paying it out now? Based on pro rankings in March - 9 months early? Well guess who we got on the phone? We have the fastest American ever at Kona last year and the Co-President of PTO, Timothy O'Donnell joining us to answer these and more questions.
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Indoor Body Weigh-based Training Workout
3x the following with 30 second rest after each round (no stop between sets):
10x Shoulder Fly (stretch cords)
10x Curl (stretch cords)
10x Plank Trunk Rotations
10x Glute Crunch
5x Pull Ups (change position each round)
10x V Ups
10x Roman Deadlifts
Interview with Timothy O'Donnell:
Let's get into PTO professional triathlete payout with TO.
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New York, NY / Tampa, FL (March 26, 2020) – Advance announced today that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (NASDAQ: WSG) to acquire The IRONMAN Group in an all-cash transaction.
The IRONMAN Group and its portfolio of assets, which includes its flagship IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlons, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series®, and the Epic Series® of mountain biking races, among other events, makes up the largest mass participation sports platform in the world. From a single race on O’ahu, Hawai`i in 1978, The IRONMAN Group has owned, organized, promoted, and licensed endurance events for over 40 years, which now consists of more than 235 events in over 50 countries, across triathlon, running, trail running, cycling and mountain biking. Each year over one million international athletes participate in an IRONMAN Group race.
The Ironman Group has announced that it is set to launch an all-digital version of its iconic triathlon series, Ironman Virtual Racing, allowing athletes to continue to train and compete from anywhere in the world throughout the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
The Ironman VR series will be available through the Ironman Virtual Club, a new digital platform that will launch on April 1.
Utilising wearable technology and fitness tracker apps, athletes will be able to compete in a series of challenges over the course of a weekend, with the first race, Ironman VR1, beginning at 6pm (GMT) on Friday, April 3 and closing at midnight the following Sunday.
The format of the races and the nature of the challenges will vary each weekend, and upon completion competitors will receive a finisher package, including medal and t-shirt, just as in regular Ironman competition. Additionally, the series will give athletes the opportunity to earn qualifying spots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in November this year in Taupo, New Zealand.
IRONMAN 70.3 Hawai'i - Rescheduled to August 15, 2020
IRONMAN North American Championship St. George - Rescheduled to September 19, 2020
IRONMAN 70.3 Texas - Rescheduled to November 22, 2020
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