Tips for Finding a Good Fit When Cycling in a Triathlon

Over the course of his career, Bill Kennedy has built a reputation for successful business development in Arlington, Virginia, most recently with his new company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. Outside of the office, Bill Kennedy is an accomplished triathlete in the Arlington area.

There are several ways to get the most out of your cycling experience. Even though bicycles are now adjustable in almost every way, you should not over-emphasize comfort. Bear in mind that no matter how you try to feel good on your machine, you will feel some pain from sore muscles.

This also applies to saddles. The perfect fit does not exist. Find one that feels good most of the time. This may mean finding a hard saddle that fits well, rather than a softer one that may prove to be uncomfortable over time.

Be careful with your positioning. Placing yourself lower than the handlebars may improve your aerodynamics, but don’t go so low that you can’t stay in that position and then run your best afterward.


The History of the Modern Triathlon

Bill Kennedy leads Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, as the president and chief executive officer of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm. Outside of his professional pursuits, Bill Kennedy regularly participates in triathlons and open water swim competitions in Arlington and other cities.

Even though it is an extremely popular sport today, the triathlon is a relatively new athletic event. The roots of the sport can be traced back to 1920s France, but it took another five decades before the triathlon really began to grow in popularity.

In September 1974, the first triathlon was held in the United States in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. The event, which was organized by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan, was held on a Wednesday evening and consisted of a 5-mile bike ride, a 500-yard swim, and a 6-mile run. Only 46 people competed in the first Mission Bay Triathlon, but it helped lay the foundation for future events.

Two of the competitors who participated in the original Mission Bay Triathlon, John and Joan Collins, went on to found the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in 1978. The Hawaii Ironman brought international attention to the sport, and soon triathlons were being held in countries around the globe.

The Commonalities of System Development Life Cycles

Bill Kennedy, based out of Arlington, Virginia, offers clients considerable experience in business development and project management. In addition to the strategic guidance he provides his company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, Bill Kennedy has years of experience with various applications of system development life cycles (SDLC). Several versions of SDLC exist, but they have a few things in common. From a proposal to a completed project those commonalities include: – Assessment of the existing system – Users and consultants identify the system’s shortcomings. This helps define the outlines of the new system. – New system design – Developers take into account issues of security, operating systems, and physical requirements. – Development – After installation of new programming, users try out the new software and hardware, noting where changes are necessary. – Going operational – This can take place by phasing in the new system. Alternatively, it is sometimes less costly to activate the new system all at once. – Thorough evaluation – Full and complete maintenance is crucial. Users should remain current on the latest changes.

The Project Management Institute Acquires Human Systems International

The president and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, Bill Kennedy has over three decades of experience in program management and business development. Bill Kennedy is a certified Program Management Professional, an industry recognized certification title offered by the Project Management Institute.

A non-profit organization, the Project Management Institute serves project, program, and portfolio management experts with industry training and advantages. With more than 2.9 million members, the Project Management Institute provides its members with certifications, professional development opportunities, and networking channels, among other benefits.

In October of 2013, the Project Management Institute acquired the United Kingdom-based company Human Systems International. For 20 years, Human Systems International has developed a database compiling best practices in project, portfolio, and program management. As these two well-known entities in the project management industry are like-minded, the acquisition is expected to result in synergies that will prove very beneficial for the Project Management Institute. The transaction’s value will derive in large part from combining Human Systems’ data-driven approach with the large scope and reach of the Project Management Institute, resulting in enhanced benefits for professionals around the globe.

Preparation is Important Part of Triathlon Success

Arlington, Virginia, resident William Allen Kennedy leads and provides strategic guidance for Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. In addition, William “Bill” A. Kennedy is an avid triathlete, and when he is not in the office, he spends much of his time training for or competing in these races.

A triathlon is a race run in three stages, most typically running, cycling, and swimming. Triathlons vary in distance, and the Ironman Triathlon is the longest standard distance. The Ironman’s 140.6 miles consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Most people compete at shorter distances, such as the half Ironman, where each leg is exactly half the distance.

A triathlon is a grueling athletic event that pushes participants to the limits of their endurance. Proper training is crucial, both to avoid potentially serious injury and also to give triathletes a reasonable expectation of finishing the course. Even the shortest triathlon distances will generally take a trained triathlete an hour or more to complete, during which there is no relaxing or resting. Training for a triathlon generally takes place in phases, gradually increasing in length and intensity. After the race has been run, triathletes should take a break from training to rest and recover before preparing for the next event.

Various Types of Triathlons

William (Bill) Allen Kennedy is the president and chief executive officer of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, in Arlington, Virginia. In this position, William Allen Kennedy assists his client in their pursuit of Federal government contracts by providing business development services ranging from strategic planning, capture management, proposal management, and leadership coaching. In the past, Bill Kennedy, a long-time Arlington resident, has worked extensively with the Raytheon Technical Services Company. Also an experienced triathlete, William A. Kennedy’s most recent triathlon season found him finishing second in his age group for the Tri It Now race series and later in the year qualifying for the USA Triathlon National Championship in the duathlon.

The term triathlon most commonly refers to an athletic event that requires participants to swim, bike, and run in succession for a predetermined distance. There are several different types of triathlons, each with their own measurements and regulations. The traditional full marathon requires participants to swim for 2.4 miles, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and finally a 26.2-mile run. Full marathons are often referred to as Iron Mans, while half Iron Mans are sometimes referred to as Iron Man 70.3s, referring to the total mileage participants cover during a half triathlon.

In comparison, sprint triathlons are convenient when a large number of beginners or amateurs are competing, such as during a charity event. Sprint triathlons feature a half-mile (or 750-meter) swim, followed by a 12.4-mile bike ride and concluding with a run of just over three miles. The final two forms of triathlons are the Olympic and ITU Long formats. Olympic triathlons, despite the name, are the second shortest format—the swimming portion of the event lasts just under a mile, while the bike ride features 24.8 miles and the running section 6.2 miles, essentially double a sprint triathlon. Finally, ITU Long triathlons feature a 1.86-mile swim, a 49.6-mile bike ride, and a 12.4-mile run.