The Diamond League is back, and in addition to the classics, the 2021 series will visit some exotic new locales, such as Florence, Gateshead, and [Chinese city to be determined]!
Seriously though, we are excited for the return of the Diamond League this weekend, even if the weather forecast for Gateshead on Sunday (low-50s, windy, 90% chance of rain) leaves something to be desired. When the Diamond League season begins, the summer track season gets real and the countdown to the Olympics (10 weeks from today!) can begin in earnest.
And as if the return of the DL wasn't enough, there's more track on TV this weekend with the adidas Boost Boston Games on NBC from 4:30-6 EDT on Sunday. Unfortunately, spectators are prohibited, but it's still pretty cool to have Noah Lyles, Wayde van Niekerk, Grant Holloway, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and more hit the streets of one of America's great running cities.
Oh yeah, and in case you weren't paying attention, we broke a bunch of news on LetsRun this week, including the announcement that David Rudisha will not be defending his Olympic 800m title in 2021. Jam-packed newsletter incoming!
The women's 100m is worth the price of admission alone - Sha'Carri Richardson vs. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce vs. Dina Asher-Smith, but there's also Ingebrigtsen vs. Ollie Hoare in the 1500 (in Hoare's DL debut), Soufiane El Bakkali vs. Hillary Bor in the steeple, and Laura Muir in the 1500.
The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece is a relatively new training tool that launched late in 2020 after nearly 16 years of research. The AIRWAAV performance mouthpiece fits along your bottom teeth and pushes your jaw just forward enough to create the "optimal airway opening," resulting in:
Increased endurance -- by reducing respiratory rate by 20%, resulting in less lactic acid production
Increased strength -- by improving muscular endurance
Faster recovery times -- by reducing cortisol buildup by up to 50%
Jager reveals that some Achilles issues "really, really delayed my training a lot more than I was hoping for" but he's feeling good now and when pressed admits he considers himself to be the favorite for the US trials. He says what the Ethiopians did this winter was a "wakeup call."
In Jonathan Gault's latest profile, get the inside scoop on McGorty's secret unofficial steeple debut on the Nike campus last year. Plus, is Evan Jager scared of McGorty? "Part of me was a little worried about how good Sean was gonna be," says Jager.