2017 is last year CDA will host full IRONMAN


After very thoughtful consideration, 2017 will be the sunset year for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene. In consultation with the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, we have decided that 2017 will be the final year for this race—a part of our race portfolio since 2003.

If you were thinking of racing IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene at some point in the future, we encourage you to register for the 2017 edition, to which we’ve added 10 Kona slots to commemorate its last year. It has been a marvelous 14 years and we want to make August 27th a celebration of all the memories that have been made on this course….

From KXLY.com

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Triathletes who cross the finish line at IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene in August will do so for the last time. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce confirms 2017 will be the last year the city hosts IRONMAN 140.6.

The Chamber of Commerce and IRONMAN have agreed to amend the current contract for “the mutual benefit of all,” according to a press release. IRONMAN 70.3, or the half-IRONMAN, will continue in Coeur d’Alene for years to come.

“We look forward to continuing a great relationship with IRONMAN and firmly believe this new agreement is a win-win for everyone,” Steve Wilson, Chamber President, said.

The announcement comes amid speculation that the chamber, a major sponsor of the race, was looking to reduce the two races during the summer season to just one. The new agreement is “aimed at cutting down on event fatigue and will ease the strain on the recruitment and steep number of volunteers needed for multiple events.”

The World Triathlon Corporation, which owns the IRONMAN franchise, said because of athlete concerns over the challenging nature of the course and the move of the event to August, 2017 will be the “sunset year” for IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene…

The last IRONMAN 140.6 is August 27. Registration is still open. IRONMAN 70.3 is scheduled for June 25.

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Ironman Launches North American 5K Event Series

Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN to coincide with select 2017 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events across North America

TAMPA, Fla. (June 1, 2017) — IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the addition of its new Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN. The 5k events which will be available alongside select events across IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlons in 2017. The creation of the series comes on the heels of a successful pilot in 2016 in which both IRONMAN Louisville and IRONMAN Arizona hosted 5k events during race week.

IRONMAN competitors, supporters and spectators will now be able to enjoy a fun run side-by-side as part of race week festivities by participating in one of the nine 5k events at the following 2017 event locations: IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse, IRONMAN 70.3 Racine, Subaru IRONMAN Canada/IRONMAN 70.3 Canada, IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, IRONMAN Wisconsin, IRONMAN 70.3 Superfrog, IRONMAN Louisville presented by Norton Sports Health and IRONMAN Arizona. The Friends & Family 5k Event Series presented by IRONMAN will take place up to three days before each IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 event with the exception of IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, which will take place on race day.

“The creation of this new series gives our athletes and their supporters of all skill levels an opportunity to really enjoy the beautiful scenery of our race locations and take part in the environment that is created during race week,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer at IRONMAN. “Holding a 5k race around the already robust IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events further strengthens an already exciting schedule of the race week activities and we look forward to bringing this to additional cities in the future.”

303Adventure: Chris Weidner: The outrageous simplicity of Alex Honnold, the world’s boldest climber

Photo – Sustainable Play

From the Daily Camera

By Chris Weidner For the Camera

Alex Honnold and I shared a table at the Trident Cafe on Pearl Street. I ordered a double espresso. He had water.

“Soloing goes with being a total loser,” he told me at the time, back in 2007. “I have no social skills. You show up at a crag with no friends and you do your thing.”

Free-soloing — climbing alone, no ropes, no gear — made sense to Alex from the beginning. He was 19 when his father (and sole belayer) died from a heart attack. “All of a sudden I had the opportunity,” he said.

“Do you think you’ll free-solo El Cap?” I asked (I recorded our conversation for a climbing magazine profile).

“No,” he replied. But then a smile betrayed him, and his eyes grew wide. “I mean, I think I’d love to someday because like, how rad would that be?” He sounded giddy. “I mean, that would be so cool! You could probably climb it in four hours.”

A decade later, on June 3, he did exactly that. Well … just about.

It took precisely three hours and 56 minutes for Alex to free-solo Freerider (5.12d, 3,000 feet) on El Capitan — an ascent that has been called not only the greatest achievement in rock climbing, but a mental performance that transcends climbing, sports and even our imagination.

That he predicted his time within four minutes 10 years ago astounds me. It also reminds me that Alex has been fantasizing about and, later, obsessively planning, the world’s boldest climb for a long time.

Free-soloing is simple, minimal. It’s like an extension of Alex’s personality. He shuns caffeine and alcohol. He eats a vegetarian diet. He owns relatively few possessions. He donates a full third of his income to humanitarian and environmental causes.

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Women’s Wednesday: Video Homage to Rad Women – crank the volume!

From Outdoor Research

Where The Wild Things Play – Our homage to all the awesome, talented and adventurous ladies we know. Crank the volume to 11, this soundtrack is a must. Film by @Krystle Wright. Music by CAKE.


Women’s Wednesday: The Joy of Participation

“I want to shake the way competitiveness creeps under my skin and into my soul, taking over expectations and suffocating my enjoyment”

By Lisa Ingarfield

The Joy of Participation

One of my friends recently hashtagged #OhSummerHowIveMissedYou. And this one hashtag encapsulated exactly how I am feeling. June is here! I love June because with June comes the Colorado triathlon season, long summer days, and lots and lots of outdoor time. Last year, I vowed that when I looked back on 2017, I would be able to show a fuller life than just swimming, biking, and running. And while that is still a goal I will approach with intention, I am excited to get back in the game. Marathon training is behind me and I am looking forward to one triathlon a month ’til November. Open water swimming is abundant and I get to see the sun rise while quietly slipping through the calm waters of a local lake before work.

My goal for this season is to decouple my participation in triathlon races from stress and nervousness and recouple it with a “whatever happens, happens” attitude. I don’t know that I will ever shake the nerves of preparing to swim in open water but what I more precisely want to shake is the way competitiveness creeps under my skin and into my soul, taking over expectations and suffocating my enjoyment. I think many of us have been there, when participating in a race causes more stress than laughter. It ceases to be enjoyable because we have somehow lost sight of the awesomeness that is our ability to participate in such an event. I want to bounce with joy at the fact I get to participate all summer in swimming, and biking, and running.

While I am eager to challenge myself through racing this season, I can’t help but think racing is a funny thing. It is predicated on winning, competing, and beating others. And while this isn’t necessarily always a negative, it can be. One’s worth is often defined by their place on the results list. Or at least this is what it is for many. And even when scores of people say it’s not about where you land, but the process that gets you there, for many of us, the landing still somehow matters more. I often get sucked into this mentality. This season, however, I am going to actively resist this mindset. I want to disentangle myself from the stress and elitism of competition. When it weaves its way around our brains, we can completely abandon enjoyment as we get so focused on winning and losing, succeeding and failing. And this is not what I want from my season.

Let’s keep it simple this year, 303Triathlon readers. For those of you who have this down already, good for you. Share with your friends how you do it. And for those of us who oscillate back and forth between competitiveness and the joy of participation (I realize these are not necessarily mutually exclusive), let’s work on it. While nerves and competition are not universally bad, and in some cases can be motivating, let’s keep them in check. How great is it that we can swim, bike, and run our way through summer and beyond? And when you feel the insidious creep of putting your time above your enjoyment or someone else’s experience, stop and pause. Be kind. A race is just a race; one moment in time. It is our treatment of others that will be remembered. Go after that goal instead.

Lisa Ingarfield, PhD is a runner, triathlete, USAT and RRCA certified coach. She owns Tri to Defi Coaching and Consulting and provides organizational communication evaluation and consulting services. She is a freelance writer specializing in issues affecting women, particularly in sport and is a member of Vixxen Racing’s 2017 women’s triathlon team.


Ironman Launches Cyclesmart Initiative

Program focuses on introducing proper cycling techniques and education for athletes of all backgrounds

TAMPA, Fla. (June 8, 2017) – As part of its ongoing efforts to improve athletes’ race experience, IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the launch of the CycleSmart™ Initiative in conjunction with the IRONMAN Foundation®. The goal of the program is to provide cyclists basic and easily digestible information on how to prepare for cycling outdoors and within a competitive atmosphere in order to have the safest and best race-day experience possible.

“We want our athletes to enjoy training and racing. To be fully prepared, it’s important that athletes arrive on event day healthy, fit, and equipped with the proper gear and training to have a successful and enjoyable race experience,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer for IRONMAN.

“We think it is critical for athletes to be educated on proper techniques for both training and racing environments. Fitness can be built indoors through trainers, but competing with a group requires athletes to learn how to ride safely and competently outdoors. Following basic cycling habits can assist athletes in becoming lifelong cyclists. Whether you have been training for decades or just starting in the sport, these guidelines apply to all levels of athletes.”

The CycleSmart™ Checklist and video provides guidelines for athletes to follow and includes two major focuses – Before you Ride and During the Ride. These guidelines include the following:

Before you Ride

It Starts with your Bike
Learn the Basics
Suit Up
Be Prepared to Ride
Plan Ahead
Inform Others

During the Ride

Stay Alert
Obey the Law
Safety First

To view the CycleSmart video tutorial, please visit https://youtu.be/s4z46cDky28. To view the checklist, click here.

The CycleSmart program builds on IRONMAN’s SwimSmart™ initiative launched in 2013. Guidelines from the CycleSmart™ program will be included in athlete guides for IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races in North America as a pilot program before expanding to other regions across the globe.

To learn more about the CycleSmart™ initiative, please visit here.

Monday Masters: Split Tempo for Open Water Swimming

Pool swimming is controlled. Open water swimming is not. Current Photo via Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography

From SwimSwam

Courtesy of Eney Jones

“If you don’t own the ocean, you’ll be seasick everyday” Leonard Cohen


My best ideas usually come submerged in water. The same experience Archimedes had when he screamed “Eureka!” (Greek “εὕρηκα!,” meaning “I have found it!”).

The story of Archimedes tells of how he invented a method for determining the volume of an object with an irregular shape. According to Vitrivius, a crown had been made for King Hiero II, who had supplied the pure gold to be used, and Archimedes was asked to determine whether some silver had been substituted by the dishonest goldsmith. Archimedes had to solve the problem without damaging the crown, so he could not melt it down into a regularly shaped body in order to calculate its density.

While taking a bath, he noticed that the level of the water in the tub rose as he got in, and realized that this effect could be used to determine the volume of the crown. For practical purposes water is incompressible so the submerged crown would displace an amount of water equal to its own volume. By dividing the mass of the crown by the volume of water displaced, the density of the crown could be obtained. This density would be lower than that of gold if cheaper and less dense metals had been added. Archimedes then took to the streets naked, so excited by his discovery that he had forgotten to dress and screamed “Eureka!”. The test was conducted successfully, proving that silver had indeed been mixed in.

Pool swimming is controlled. Open water swimming is not. There are many variables which are for the most part, uncontrolled. Water and air are two different elements, with two different densities, thus creating many choices. How can you respond to these choices rather than react?

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2017 Loveland Lake-to-Lake Triathlon Race Preview

By Kirsten Smith

The Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon is one of Northern Colorado’s oldest and most popular triathlons. It started as an Olympic distance tri with less than 500 mostly local participants in 2002 and has grown over the past 15 years into an Olympic distance tri, a sprint distance tri, an aqua bike, a relay, and the USA Triathlon Regional Championships attracting almost 1,000 athletes from all over the US.

The mission of the Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon is to provide triathlon enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable event in which to compete, regardless of their competitive level. It promotes the triathlon sport and the opportunity to give back to the community.

The race director Peggy Shockley is a triathlete herself, so she knows first-hand how to create a race that the athletes will enjoy.

I did this race for the first time in 2003 and have done it several times since. One thing that is unique to this race is the bike course. It’s changed a little over the years, but has always been about 30 miles instead of the typical 25 for an Olympic distance race and the ride goes up to Horsetooth Mountain Park and skirts the south end of the Horsetooth Reservoir so the ride is also challenging and beautiful. If cycling is your strength, this is the course for you!

The race takes place at the Loveland High School and North Lake Park beach area. The transition area is at Owens Field on the south side of Loveland High School.

The swim for the Olympic distance is 1500 meters and for the sprint 750 meters. Both swims start at the swim beach and go counter-clockwise in a rectangle. The Olympic rectangle is twice as long. There are 4 waves for the swim, each starting 4 minutes apart.

The run from the swim back to the transition is longer than your typical transition for a smaller race and is slightly uphill BUT is on grass so it’s soft on your feet and by the time you get to your bike, your feet are clean from the sand on the beach! Bonus!

The Olympic distance bike course in general is uphill the first half and downhill the second half. There are three pretty steep climbs from miles 7-10, 11-14, and 15-16. Other than that, there are quite a few rollers, not many flat sections on this bike course! In the past there have been some strong winds coming back into Loveland and the day (late June) has been known to really heat up on the second half of the ride. My suggestion to anyone local doing this race for the first time is to ride the course in advance. The full course map with turn-by-turn directions in on the Loveland Lake to Lake website. The sprint bike course is basically a rectangle tour on the main streets of Loveland toward Fort Collins and back.

The run course starts through the park, winds through some neighborhoods, and ends up about a mile around the lake before you turn around and come back the way you came, finishing back up at the park near the amphitheater. The sprint run goes the opposite way through the Sculpture Garden and then back to the park at the lake, both races finishing in the same place.

This race always has great course support full of volunteers and spectators, especially at the finish line. This is a family friendly race because of the beach and park area where kids and families can hang out during the race. This race is known for its post-race meals, awards, after-race party, and popsicles. And it definitely still has a local flavor where you run into all the athletes from the local Northern Colorado triathlon community!

I’ll be doing the Olympic distance this year so I hope to see you out there on June 24th. There are still a few spots available to get registered today!

Lake to Lake swim course revision:

Athletes have requested a CLOCKWISE swim course, you’ve asked, and we’ll respond. The Sprint Course will no longer be in a separate area of the lake.

is the USA Triathlon Regional Championship
event for Olympic, Sprint and Aquabike

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Race Like a Woman: IRONMAN seeks to change the demographics of the field

More and more women are joining the ranks of triathletes and IRONMAN finishers… in this video, womens of all kinds, including mothers, business owners, former smokers, and pros talk about why the sport of triathlon is so appealing… And, pro Heather Jackson answers the question, “Do you think you can win Kona?”

Teen from Baltimore with cerebral palsy finishes Ironman Boulder, pushed and pulled by “wingman” David Slomkowski

From the Denver Post

Assisted by “wingman” David Slomkowski, James Banks receives his medal at the finish of the Ironman Boulder Sunday night. Banks, 18, has cerebral palsy. Slomkowski pulled and pushed Banks for more than 140 miles.

Banks “a hero for the rest of his life,” Slomkowski says.

BOULDER — As a steady stream of exhausted athletes crossed the finish line of the Ironman Boulder, the volume of cheers rose Sunday at 10:30 p.m. to welcome James Banks and David Slomkowski to the end of their long ordeal.

The duo from Baltimore had begun 15 hours and 45 minutes earlier. Banks, whom Slomkowski pulled and pushed for more than 140 miles, smiled broadly after a finish-area volunteer hung the Ironman medal from his neck. Banks, 18, has cerebral palsy and scoliosis.

“Booyah!” a group of friends shouted, knowing that is Banks’ favorite word for expressing happiness.

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