Armstrong's training peeps
Written by: Dan Empfield
Date: Thu Feb 09 2012
He named certain members of the training posse during a call with triathlon media.
"I swim and run with a lot with James Bonney, Brandon and Amy Marsh. I also swim with an old pro triathlete named Rip Esselstyn."
Also in the pool with Armstrong are "a lot of fast people," including former U of Texas swimmers, like Chris Kemp, Sean Foley and Aaron Piersol.
Armstrong has commenced track workouts on Tuesdays, and several times singled out pro triathlete Patrick Evo as a fast runner who's an aid in training. Also on the track is U of Texas alum and Olympic middle distance runner Leonel Manzano. No, Armstrong does not try to run Manzano's workouts.
Riding? "I ride with the Bontrager development team." Or he rides alone.
Is Jimmy Riccitello helping with training? "Definitely mentoring. I ask Jimmy a lot of questions. And I had a dialogue with Greg Welch today. I need to know my place and where I fit in."
It's clear that running is Armstrong's concern. "I'm most worried about anything run-related. It's a sport I did in high school, I did okay, but it's the sport I've been away from the longest. The one thing that can derail a person is the nagging injury in the run.
"I don't care what anybody says, the run is the most important part of this thing. You bike for show and run for dough."
But he knows that a blazing fast swim is of limited utility. "With no disrespect to the swim leg or people who focus on it, I made the mistake of thinking the swim is relevant. The effort required to front pack swim is not worth it."
Armstrong went onto explain that by "front pack" he's talking about what many of us would consider the "breakaway" swimmer like an Andy Potts. Better, Armstrong believes, to be "in a pack of 20" then alone, in front, in a pack of two or three.
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