Lionel Sanders Reveals Arena Games Triathlon Tactics: Show Me The Vomit


Pumped up Lionel Sanders has revealed his tactics for Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift in Montreal: Show me the vomit.

The long course superstar has stunned the triathlon world by taking on the challenge of one of the shortest and fastest race formats ever created when Arena Games Triathlon kicks-off for 2023 in his home country of Canada on Saturday, February 25.


Sanders is humble over his chances, but in typical fashion will give absolutely everything to pull off a shock result.


He said: “My tactics are going to be pretty simple. This is like a super VO2 max session. So the tactics is this – gun goes, don’t flop the dive, don’t screw up the turns as there are only three of them in a 50m pool, pb in the swim which I would estimate to be better than 2.28 so maybe 2.25, don’t screw up the transition, get your foot into the shoes quickly, then absolutely bury yourself on the bike. I want to vomit. Show me vomit please.

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“How much watts is that? It’s not my trainer and I think they may be on the lower end but I hope to hold 450w for this event weighing in at about 70kg. The run will be puke. Everything has to go in the way of getting off and vomit. If you do that then you’ve done it correctly. Then jog on the spot, get the shoes set up again and let me see you do it again. There is no other tactics than that.”

Many will question Sanders’ sanity in taking on a race format so far out of his comfort zone, but he has good reason.

He said: “I am doing this race because mainly this is a season for me to increase my high end and get faster, the fastest I have ever been.

“I spent 15 months getting the slowest I have ever been by doing nothing but Ironman and Ironman training so I want to reverse that so hopefully I can return in a year or two and do the Ironman well again.


“I don’t want to do ego defence but it’s not what I’m focussed on. I don’t think anyone will think any less of me when I get my ass handed to me by a bunch of short course athletes, that’s what’s expected of me. So if I’m able to do any better than getting my ass handed to me then people will be impressed.

“I have good top end speed, the proportions of the three disciplines makes it difficult because the swim probably makes up 30 per cent of the race whereas in Ironman I think it only makes up something like 13 per cent.

“It’s quite difficult but it will be a great challenge for me to see if I come back from the swim deficit. I am seasoned on the indoor front so I am confident I can do well in the bike and run. It will be whether I have the capacity to overcome a swim deficit.”

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