The Mountain Swim Series is back! The Mountain Swim Series is excited to announce that it will be entering into its third year in 2017. Under new ownership, the swim series will be moving forward with three of last year’s events and will be bringing in a new event for 2017. These events, which will be put on by MT Exile Productions LLC, focuses on giving swimmers a fair, competitive and enjoyable experience in some of Colorado’s most popular lakes.
The first event of the year, the Boyd Lake Spring Splash, will be held at Boyd Lake near Loveland, Colorado on June 3, 2017 at 7:00 AM. It will feature the 1.2 and 2.4 mile races that have been present in years past and also a 5K race for those wanting to go a little bit further. Participants will also be able to sign up for either the 1.2 mile race AND either the 2.4 mile or 5K. This flexibility is new for 2017. This is one of the first open water swims in the area for the year and is a great lead-in to events like the Boulder Ironman and for people getting back into shape for the summer swimming season. With the option to swim both the 5K and the 1.2 mile swim, it also an excellent event for those looking to train for longer distance swim or make an attempt at getting on the podium twice in one day.
The second event of the year, the Solstice Sunset Swim is hosted in conjunction with the City of Longmont’s Kinetics Festival on June 24, 2017. Annually held on the weekend of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, this swim will usher in summer for 2017. The race will start at 6:00 PM and awards will follow from the festival and beer garden stage. Immediately following, there will be a bonfire on the lake trying to extend the day just one more hour.
The third event of the year is the Carter Lake Crossing. This three mile swim is in one of Colorado’s most picturesque lakes and will be an early morning point to point swim. It will be held on July 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM. This event has always been the Mountain Swim Series biggest event with approximately 200 people participating last year. It is a great warm-up for longer open water swims later in the year and due to its straight and long course, will allow faster swimmers stuck in the back of the pack the chance to “reel in” their competition.
The last and final event, which is new for 2017, is the Chatfield Classic swim, which will be held on August 13. This swim’s granddaddy, which was held in the main reservoir in 2015 was not renewed for 2016 and it is being brought back at the gravel pond. It will feature both a 1 mile sprint and a 2 mile endurance race. Since it is in the gravel pond, those familiar with the pond will know that in the middle of the lake is a sandbar, which offers a chance for some technical shallow water sprinting. The gravel bar also acts as a great landmark for navigation. Many swimmers know of the gravel pond through the Saturday morning workouts that are held there each week.
The Mountain Swim Series is excited to bring these events back for 2017 and is looking forward to bringing in some new opportunities for swimmers. Much of what people enjoyed last year, raffles, cash purses and a great atmosphere will be returning. Also, this year will feature separate awards for both “wetsuit” and “natural” (non-wetsuit) swimming categories.
Vixxen Racing is the premier name of Colorado women’s amateur triathlon racing. They are a community of “elite development” women working together to push limits beyond what is achievable as individuals. They strive to serve as role models in the sport by bringing women together through training, athlete development programs and access to peer-to peer mentoring and support.
The Vixxens aim to create and foster an environment where women are not afraid of competition, but embrace and grow from it.
On Thursday June 22, Vixxen Racing will be offering a beginning OWS clinic. This clinic is open to any novice or inexperienced open water swimmer.
Liz West will lead this clinic that will cover:
Approaching your first wave start-where do you seed yourself, setting yourself up for success
Equipment-different wetsuits and goggles-pros and cons
Beach Starts versus Deep Water Starts
What to do when things don’t go as planned
This clinic will happen in conjunction with the June 22nd Stroke n’ Stride race at the Boulder Reservoir.
Check out all the event details and registration here
Additional Find Your Feisty series events, look here
Are you sure you’re getting the full benefit from your training sessions? With a training plan aimed at a particular race or set of races, you likely have a number of workouts of different kinds and different durations carefully ordered over the months to get you in peak condition for your top races.
Completing this sequence of training sessions — as prescribed and in order — is key to arriving at your most important races in optimum form: fit, healthy and rested. Fit, meaning in top physical condition for the type of race, whether sprint distance triathlon or ultramarathon; healthy, meaning freedom from injury or illness; and rested meaning fresh and ready to go. Achieving this three-way goal to let you race to your potential is not always easy to do.
Having a good annual training plan is vitally important. Just as important is executing that plan by completing the workouts — as prescribed and in the right sequence. Some athletes succumb to the temptation of taking an easy run when they are supposed to be doing 600-meter hard intervals at the track or chasing a fast pack of cyclists when they are scheduled for an easy recovery ride. Some athletes skip the workout altogether, because they “just aren’t feeling it.”
An athlete who too often replaces a recovery swim with a hard masters set is possibly digging a hole toward overtraining. An athlete who skips the high-intensity bike sessions is raffling off key fitness. And one who skips workouts altogether too frequently is not only giving away fitness but also generating unhelpful emotions that undermine the training and also come back to haunt on race day — if the start line appears at all.
Fortunately, there are easy, quick and effective techniques to help athletes do their scheduled workouts. Here are two that athletes find useful…
IRONMAN has announced a Team Colorado program for IRONMAN Boulder this year. If you are already registered for the June race this year or you and a friend are still trying to decide, check out what this program can offer.
Join Team Colorado—an exclusive program for athletes who live in the state of Colorado and are registered for IRONMAN Boulder 2017. Athletes who live and train in Colorado know that it’s an endurance sports mecca filled with amenities that go hand-in-hand with training and reaching your endurance goals. From farm-to-table dining, to the challenging altitude conditions, and the friendly people in each community, triathlon training in Colorado is truly a treat. Team Colorado is intended to a build community among triathletes in the state and brings all the best aspects of training in the Centennial state together in one easy place. Plus, the program offers several added benefits specific to your IRONMAN Boulder preparation.
Local meet-ups with pros to train (schedule coming soon)
Swag bag of Team Colorado training gear (available for pick-up at training events)
After more than a year of waiting, the very first event within the confines of the new Rueter-Hess Reservoir is set for 2017. Many people in the South Denver Metro Area have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this reservoir since the Open House meeting in February 2016 (meeting recap here). Without Limits Productions will be hosting the very first open water swim race for this venue, consisting of either a 1.2 mile course or a 2.4 mile course, on July 29, 2017. The race is limited to 150 participants and will cost $25 for the 1.2 mile or $30 for the 2.4 mile. It is expected to sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, sign up soon!
Since this is a completely new event, details are still being finalized. Here’s some basics to get you started:
– Estimated swim start times are: 2.4 mile distance at 7:00 AM, 1.2 mile distance at 7:10 AM. Specific details regarding start waves are still pending, but will likely be 10 year age-group brackets divided into men and women.
– The swim will follow USAT rules, meaning wetsuits and speedsuits with zippers will be allowed, in addition to traditional swimsuits.
– There will be NO opportunities for any practice swims at Rueter-Hess. Per Without Limits “If you want to touch Rueter-Hess water this year, then sign up for this race!”
– The Course will consist of a long, rectangular out and back swim. The 1.2 mile will be 1 loop, the 2.4 mile will be 2 loops (athletes will stay in the water to start loop #2). Buoys will be placed every 150 meters.
– And the question everyone wants to know – what’s the water temperature??? It’s estimated to be 70-72 degrees, but since this is the first swim ever at this reservoir, no one really knows what to expect.
Volunteers are also needed! Without Limits needs 12 safety kayakers and 4 registration helpers. Volunteers will get a free entry for this swim or $25 towards any Without Limits / 5430 race. Also, for anyone that recruits a kakayer, they’ll get a free entry.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Personally, I’ll be racing the 2.4 mile race. I’m a swimmer by background and I want to get as much swim distance as possible at Rueter-Hess. I’m also incredibly excited at the opportunity to be amongst the very first group of people to be able to swim. Think about it – how many times can you say you were the first to swim in a brand new body of water? This is made even more exciting because my regular cycling route is around this reservoir and I’ve been watching it fill for YEARS wondering when I’d be able to swim in it. Well, I finally know the answer to that question and I can hardly wait.
The success of this event – and future events (including triathlons) – at Rueter-Hess depends on a fantastic athlete and community response to this race. It is SUPER important that we show the Town of Parker that events like this are fun, well supported, and safe. So even if you’re not planning on swimming, come out and volunteer or spectate! Hope to see you out there!
IRONMAN Boulder bike course reveal! Don’t miss the big bike course reveal Saturday morning by the new race director, Tim Brosious. Followed immediately by a Team Colorado ride starting at Colorado Multisport
If you’ve been cycling enough in races or out on training rides, you’ve inevitably witnessed some bad bike handling skills – whether you were passing someone and politely saying “on your left” only to have the rider drift into you when they turn to look at you, or an athlete who has to unclip to be able to make the turn-around on an out-and-back race course. This isn’t limited to just beginners – I’ve seen very fast athletes who fall over at stop lights because they don’t unclip. You may even admit that you, yourself are not the greatest when it comes to getting your trusty steed through a ride with gracefulness of a Tour rider. (The pictures below is from the 2016 Challenge Roth. The age-group athlete in red/black is not maintaining his line during a climb as the pro’s came back through on their second lap)
On Saturday, March 4th, a cycling skills clinic was held to help cyclist avoid injuries, increase speed, and improve efficiency. Here is what the athletes worked on.
Tight Turns: If you’ve ever been in a race where it’s an out-and-back with a 180-degree turn on a two-lane road, this drill is for you. This drill teaches balance at low-speed, cornering, and the fine line between pedal-power and braking. There were two circles outlined in flat cones that were about 2-bike widths diameter. The riders practiced going around the first circle clockwise (right-hand turn), then transitioned to the second circle going counter-clockwise (left-hand turn). Since the circles were such a tight radius, riders had to go slow to be able to make the turns and counter balance the bike. Riders found that if they were smooth without jerkiness of the handlebars, they were able to stay on track, but give the handlebars too much input, you’re far more likely to begin over-correcting and need to bail.
Box Stop: The primary focus of this drill is to teach riders how to perform an emergency stop…without going over the front of the handlebars. The riders were given a small area in which to complete the stop – full braking was required. But before we did full stop with both brakes, the riders tried a full stop with just the rear brake (enjoying what we all did as kids—skidding!!!!) Then the same thing was tried with just the front brake but riders were shown that during full braking, that it’s important to get the weight back over the saddle to avoid going over. Then finally, all of the riders did a full-braking stop to a track-stand then rode out of the box. Every rider absolutely needs to understand how well their bikes stops and how much applied brake pressure is needed to perform a full stop.
Corridor: Next up was riding and maintaining a straight line with hands in various positions on the handlebar. A narrow, straight course about 25m long was set up and riders were instructed to ride through. First time, riders went through on the hoods (bull-horns on tri-bikes), next riders went through in the drops (or in aero). Next up, riders got back out on the bull-horns and exercised taking their left/right hands off the handlebar; left/right hand touching the down-tube; left/right hand on their hip; and finally look back to the left and looking back to the right…all of this while riding a straight line through the corridor. The final skill was to hold onto the stem and try to maintain that straight line – the key here is that at speed while centered on the bike, the bike will want to remain straight, so you don’t need to continuously put a lot of input into steering the bike.
Slalom: This drill taught riders to look through the turn to set up for the next turn. If they got behind, they found that they were in a very bad position to make the next turn. A very tight 8-turn slalom course was set up to, not only teach riders to look through the turn, but also to link the skills learned during the tight-turn drills, and introduce pedal movement to get through the course. To maintain speed of course, the riders needed to pedal forward, but they needed to plan which leg would be up as they entered the turn (left leg up when turning left, and right leg up when turning right). Some riders found it easier to back-pedal as they entered the turn to get the leg in the proper position.
Wheel Lifts: How many of us have come across an unavoidable obstacle in our path. Being able to lift the front end of the bike, the rear end of the bike, or performing a bunny hop has saved me and my bike from damage numerous times. Riders were shown how to perform the wheel lifts, and then they had some obstacles that they had to clear (a cut-up pool noodle).
Low-Touches: The last drill that riders performed was low-touches. This drill is useful for athletes who need to go back and pick up a dropped water bottle, but even more, it gives athletes a much greater confidence on their bikes because the athletes feel what the bike needs to do when the athletes’ center-of-gravity is off to one side of the bike. In order to perform this skill, athletes need to counter-balance the bike to the opposite side of the side in which they are leaning in order to continue riding in a straight line. In the picture below, the athletes’ bike is leaning to the left while the rider is off to the right-side of the bike. First the athletes worked on picking up cones, then moved onto the flat cones. Athletes who really felt one with their machines even got to the point where they were dragging their fingers across the turf (I was once told that you should be able pick up a quarter off concrete while riding. I didn’t believe it until I did it, and these athletes now believe me)
The athletes who attended this clinic left with new found confidence on their bikes. They have a greater understanding of the rider/bicycle interface and how the body affects the bike, and the bike affects the body.
Another Cycling Skills Clinic is planned in the May/June timeframe. Follow TriCoach Colorado on Facebook (@TriCoachColorado) or Twitter (@TriCoachColo), or periodically check the website http://tricoachcolorado.com/clinics/ for updated information.
Justin Chester is a USA Triathlon Level 2 certified coach. Additionally he holds a Level 2 certification from the American Swim Coaches Association. He began coaching after helping a friend create a plan for an upcoming half-Ironman and has since coached athletes of all abilities, from beginner to elite, and athletes competing in all distances, from Sprint to Ironman.
With an engineering mindset, Justin takes a very methodical approach to training and employs advanced data analysis to achieve the best results for his athletes. His approach is also one that understands the delicate balance that needs to be maintained between triathlon, family life, and work. Getting the most out of each training session is key and the ability to adapt training plans to individuals is paramount.
Justin believes that any every athlete can achieve any goal they set their mind to – after all, it is the mind that is the greatest limiter.
Justin is based in Parker, Colorado but has clients worldwide.
On Sunday June 11th at 10am the coaches of Sessions6 Sports Performance lead by XTERRA Professional Cody Waite will be leading a pre-ride for 25 athletes. Event is FREE, you’ll just need to pay the one-day park entrance fee upon arriving. All registered athletes will meet at Soldier Canyon (Finish Line Area) after buying a one-day pass at the main ranger station.
Cody and his coaches will ride the entire bike and run course with the athletes, giving them tips and tricks on how the transition area will flow, the finish line and parking set-up, and any event question you may have! Don’t miss out on this limited opportunity to get a sneak peek at the XTERRA Lory Course!
Athletes can register during the race sign up process or by clicking on this direct link
Please note that XTERRA Lory is over 75% full and expects to be sold out by the end of March, so if you’re thinking of trying your first off-road triathlon don’t delay! For more information please visit Without Limits website