Weekend Preview: Summer Is Here

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Vixxen Racing OWS Clinic

Boulder Reservoir


Stroke & Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Friday June 23rd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Saturday June 24th

 

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir


Solstice Swim

Union Reservoir


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland


Tri the Boat – Sprint & Oly

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Sunday June 25th

 

South Suburban Indoor TRYathlon

Centennial


Boulder Sunrise Triathlon-Duathlon-Run

Boulder Reservoir


Tri the Boat – Half

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Paratriathlon National Championships

Kenosha, Wi



Cycling Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday June 23rd

 

Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


Chainless World Championships

Crested Butte


Saturday June 24th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Prestige Imports Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo

Snowmass


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


WP Epic Single Track: Super Loop

Winter Park


Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

Lone Tree


Fat Tire 40

Crested Butte


4SOH

Ft. Collins


Art by Bike Tours of Loveland

Loveland


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1.5 MTB Skills Clinic

Erie


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Community Cycles Membership Party

Boulder


Sunday June 25th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Parker Mainstreet Criterium

Parker


SMC – Breck Mtn Enduro

Breckenridge


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


SOH

Ft. Collins


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships

IRONMAN Boulder 303Triathlon Recap

By Jen Findley

IRONMAN Boulder week is such a special week.  There are so many activities and events.  So much excitement and energy.  Hard to imagine that in the scope of life, it was over in the blink of an eye.

In case you didn’t have a chance to ‘see it all,’ 303Triathlon had you covered.  Here’s a recap of pre-race events, race-day coverage from predawn bag check and bus loading at Boulder High School to the last athlete crossing the finish line at about midnight Sunday night.

Shortly after the 2016 IRONMAN Boulder race was put to rest, we learned that the 2017 race would have a new Race Director.  We knew that Dave Christen would not let just anyone take over the event.  Tim Brosious was announced as the new race director.  I think we would all agree that Tim did an outstanding job.

So, here’s how the week went.

Thursday Events:

  • Paradox Sports in Eldorado Canyon
  • IRONMAN Staff loving their jobs
  • Team Colorado
  • Boulder Stroke & Stride
  • Pease Brothers at Big Ring Cycles
  • Storytime with Mike Reilly at Colorado Multi Sport

Read all about it HERE

 


Friday and Saturday Events:

Underpants Run
Opening Ceremonies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race day tips: athlete to athlete

 

 

Rachel Joyce on how she’s feeling going into race day HERE


Race Day Photos:

 

With our staff all over the course, we have so many photos!  Here are a few favorites and links to our Facebook albums.

 


No race would be complete with our a little controversy as several pro men were DQ’d, STORY HERE

 

New this year in our coverage was Rich Soares and 303Radio interviews with Pros, staff & officials and of course the fans.

Pro Interviews with TO, Matt Chrabot, Rachel Joyce and Heather Jackson HERE

 

 

Did you see our Facebook and Twitter Posts?  Great interviews with fans, families, athletes and staff.  From predawn bus load FB live to midnight last athlete across the finish line here.

Facebook videos HERE

Twitter Feed HERE


No event of any kind is successful with out volunteers

Jen Szabo, the best volunteer coordinator any RD could dream of!

Or a Recap video, this one by 303Tri’s Kenny Withrow:

We have such a great time on these big race days cheering for friends we know and friends in triathlon.  So proud of everyone who toed the line and crossed the finish to Mike Reilly’s voice bellowing ” Your Are An IRONMAN!”

Changes for the 2018 IRONMAN Boulder, including lower pricing, and ‘When Can I Register for Next Year?’ HERE

 

 

Weekend Preview: Happy Father’s Day

Triathlon Events

Saturday June 17th

 

XTERRA Lory – SOLD OUT

Ft. Collins

 

One of the best beginner XTERRA races around.  Mark your calendar for next year’s event.  It sells out fast!


Lookout Mountain Triathlon

Golden


Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half

Leadville


2017 National Duathlon Championships

Bend, Oregon


Sunday June 18th

 

Mt. Evans Ascent

Idaho Springs


2017 National Duathlon Championships

Bend, Oregon



 

Cycling Events

Saturday June 17th

 

Mountain Top Experience Ride

Florissant, Teller County, Co


Colorado Death Ride

Durango


Denver Century Ride

Stapleton


Bailey HUNDO

Bailey


John Stenner Memorial Colorado TT Championships

Keensburg


Kona Bike Demo

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 Mtb Skills Clinic 

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 2 Mtb Skills Clinic 

Boulder


G’Knight Ride

Longmont


Sunday June 18th

 

Bicycle Tour of Colorado

Pagosa Springs


Mt Evans Ascent

Idaho Springs


Guanella Pass Hill Climb

Georgetown


FIBArk MTB Race

Salida


Day in the Dirt

Boulder


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Kona Demo Day

Boulder

 

Tri Club Tuesday: Colorado Clubs take IMBoulder Division Titles

At the IRONMAN Boulder awards ceremony on Monday morning Mike Reilly announced the top 10 pro finishers and the amazing top 5 athletes in every age group.  Sandwiched between all this individual talent and the winners of the coveted Kona slots, Mike announced the Team Winners.

 

Division I

Rocky Mountain Tri Club

 

We’re proud to be part of the Colorado triathlon community, and love to make a strong showing at local events.  With nearly two dozen athletes participating, and more than 75(!) volunteers on course, Rocky Mountain Tri Club was able to win the Division I Tri Club Challenge for the fourth year in a row.  Congratulations to all yesterdays Ironman participants and a heartfelt thank you to the 2000+ volunteers who made the day possible! 

 

Salt Lake Tri Club


Division II

Big Sexy Racing

 

Wattie Inc.


Division III

mind2motion

Alien Endurance


Division IV

 

D3Multisport

From D3 Multisport Head Coach Mike Ricci:

Sunday was the best Ironman Boulder weather we could have asked for and the volunteers were a valued asset to the race experience.  All athletes have their own personal challenges during a race, but we are proud of the Team D3 athletes as they executed their race plans flawlessly!  3 made the podium, 1 qualified for Kona and that is a fantastic Ironman day!”

 

 

 

Boulder Tri Club


Division VI

Cannibal Team Triathlon

Gotta Tri

 

Tri Coach Tuesday: Team vs. Individual

by Madeline Pickering

 

Five Vixxens put their early-season training to the test this past March at Ironman St. George 70.3. With an age group podium, three top-ten AG finishes, and a course PR, race day was a strong start to the season for many on the team. But how did we get there? Early season races are challenging given the winter limitations of riding and running outside and necessary time off after the fall. We spent some time talking to Eric Kenney, the Performance Director of Vixxen Racing and Coach of EK Endurance, about preparing for early season races and the growth of the team.

 

YOU DID ST. GEORGE RACE PREP WITH THE VIXXENS LAST YEAR. WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? HOW HAS THE TEAM CHANGED?

One of the main things that is different from last year is that there are new athletes that bring up a different dynamic because of their backgrounds and strengths. The team grew this year, so there are a wider range of backgrounds. The veteran athletes have more experience, so they’re approaching St. George with a lot of knowledge from last year. They know that the perfectly mapped out training rarely happens – you’re always having to execute it in the real world – so they’re ready to roll with those unexpected situations.

Also, last year it was snowing, raining, and cold the weekend we tried to do a simulation so we had to do something inside to get some heat. The race ended up being cold and rainy anyway. This year we had good weather and were able to get an outside race prep in.

In terms of the team goals – those were the same. But how we actually implemented them were different because of the weather, timing, and athletes themselves.

 

WHAT KIND OF PRE-RACE PREP DID YOU DO WITH THE VIXXENS THIS YEAR?

We did a brick workout leaving from Tom Watson park in Boulder. I choose a bike route that was hill-heavy towards the end like St, George. It was designed to break the athletes’ rhythm, to force them to change their efforts. I chose that because I wanted them to face those things before the race and get out of their comfort zones. They needed to get used to that varying terrain. The fitness part was secondary – it was more about being prepared for pacing and varied conditions.

One of the things I talk about with race execution on the bike – and in general – is being in control. Everything you’re doing should be on purpose – watts, RPM, nutrition. The route I selected was made to challenge the athletes’ ability to be in control of their effort and pacing. We wanted a distance close to the distance of the race, but also dealing with the options we had. We focused on time instead of distance.

I told the more advanced athletes that the course was shorter than in actually was to throw a wrench in their mental game. We don’t want things like that to get in the way on race day. There are so many variables and if you let those small potential changes get to you, it can throw you completely off.

We followed up with a 4 mile run at race pace. I tracked the athletes’ heart rates to see if there was any cardiac drift. Being in control of their pacing on the bike can help them prevent issues during the run.

The main goal of this workout was to get them mentally prepared for the unique challenges of the St. George course – it’s hilly and can be hot and there is the Snow Canyon climb. Especially for the new athletes, learning to be control in those conditions can be a challenge

 

Kelly Emich cruising down the race course at St. George 70.3.

HOW DO YOU MANAGE COACHING A TEAM AND ALSO PROVIDING INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK?

We all came together to meet for our race prep workout, but I gave different instructions to athletes based on their experience and fitness. They all rode at their own pace and we met at the end. More advanced athletes were given specific wattage and efforts in different portions of the ride while the less experienced focused on paying attention to controlling effort on the changing terrain.

Each athlete’s race execution comes down to their specific physiology and fitness level and they should treat their training that way. For example, if an athlete is a weaker runner, they need to be more cautious on their exertion on the bike independent of their biking abilities. To be a successful triathlete you have to take into account how each sport affects the others.

After giving individualized instruction, I’m also able to give individual feedback based on an athlete’s heart rate and power data, especially the difference between the bike and run efforts.

 

Original post from Vixxen Racing here

Follow 303Triathlon this Weekend

IRONMAN Boulder week is so fun!

We love the community that shines in our home town this week.  Be sure to follow us for all the action through the weekend.  The 303 staff and ambassadors will be every where all weekend starting at yesterday’s events, today’s athlete check in and pro panel, UPR, Opening Ceremonies, race day excitement, awards and Kona slots on Monday.

 

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @303Triathlon

 

Here’s a quick look at Thursday’s activities.

 

Rinny, Mike Reilly and Kristine Reinhardt-Pence at the IRONMAN Foundation and Paradox Sports in beautiful Eldorado Canyon State Park.

 

IRONMAN staff love their jobs!

 

 

 

At this year’s IRONMAN Boulder, Colorado athletes not only represent our great state to the rest of the triathlon world, but are included in IRONMAN’s Team Colorado, with special swim caps and 303 adorned race bibs for easy spotting by media and photographers… thanks to all the IMBoulder volunteers who help make this happen, along with uber race director Tim Brosious and of course Dave Christen!

 

 

Thursday Stroke & Stride is never uneventful!

 

 

Pease brothers, tandem team racing Sunday, at Big Ring Cycles

 

And every one loves a good story time, especially when Mike Reilly, the Voice of IRONMAN, is telling the stories.

 

Weekend Preview: IRONMAN Boulder Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 8th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Meet Kyle & Brent Pease and Get Inspired

Golden


Storytime with Mike Riley

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

IM Boulder Opening Ceremonies

City Park Bandshell, Boulder


Saturday June 10th

 

United Health Care IRONKIDS Fun Run

Boulder High School, Boulder


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Sunday June 11th

 

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder


IRONMAN Boulder Watch Party

Boulder Reservoir


XTERRA Lory Pre-ride

Lory St. Park, Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Athena & Clydesdale National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Cycling Events

Thursday June 8th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Haute Route Recon

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

MTN Enduro

Vail


Saturday June 10th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

 

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

 

Face book page here


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


WP Epic Single Track Granby Ranch XC

Winter Park


Salida Big Friggin’ Loop

Salida


Best on Hess

Castle Pines


Take a Kid MTN Biking Day

Boulder


Sunday June 11th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

Face book page here


Death Ride Challenge

Durango


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


Ridge on 38 Criterium and Beerfest

Wheat Ridge


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


BRAC Level 2 Junior Camp

Golden


Art by Bike Tour of Loveland

Loveland


Ibis Demo at Full Cycle

Boulder

Tri Coach Tuesday: Erin & Alison’s IM Boulder Pre-Cap

303 Ambassadors and USAT Coaches Alison Freeman of D3 Multisport  and Erin Trail of Trail Endurance Coaching are racing IRONMAN Boulder on June 11, 2017. Here are their thoughts on the race and their top 3 tips for race day.

Alison Freeman


WHY I’M RACING:

Cuz it’s the hometown race! Honestly, it’s nuts to do several Ironman races and never do the one in your own backyard. The race had been on my radar since my first Ironman, but the previous August date was tricky for me with three kids at home all summer and expecting me to be a parent (not an unrealistic expectation: I am actually their parent and none are old enough to drive yet). As soon as the switch to June was announced I knew it was my year!

WHAT I’M EXCITED FOR:
I am, without question, most excited for the run course. Not the run itself, because that always hurts, but because I am really hoping to see familiar faces up and down the entire course. Nothing is more energizing than friends and family cheering you on!

TOP 3 RACE TIPS:

  1. Don’t be a hero on the bike. Between the gradual climb on 36, the more obnoxious climb on Nelson, and umpteen little rollers on each loop, there are a lot of opportunities to blow out your legs. Be smart! Keep your effort level consistent – whether your metric is power or heart rate – and keep your legs spinning at 90rpm as best you can.
  2. This is not a great course to run by pace. You’re either running slightly uphill or slightly downhill at all times, and for long stretches, so maintaining a consistent effort level is a more realistic strategy than trying to maintain a consistent pace. If running by pace is your go-to strategy, then adjust your pace targets by course segment to account for the change in grade.
  3. Have a plan. FOR EVERYTHING. Know when you’re going to do packet pick up. Know which Athlete Briefing you’re attending. (Yes, you should attend an Athlete Briefing. I don’t care how many races you’ve done.) Know when you’re going to do gear drop off. Know when you’re going to wake up race morning and what time you’re going to park and what time you’re going to get on a shuttle. Know what time you’re going to get in line for the port-o-potty. Know where you’re going to line up for the swim. Know what nutrition you’re taking in, in what quantity, and at what minute or mile of the bike and the run. Know how you’re going to approach each leg of the race, and each portion of the course. Know what you’re going to say to yourself when it hurts. Know what you’re going to say to yourself so you don’t push past your limits when you’re feeling good. Know what you’re going to eat after you finish, because isn’t that the best part? (I’m eating donut holes. A LOT of donut holes. My husband is required to have them for me at the finish.)

 

Erin Trail


WHY I’M RACING

I took a 3 year hiatus after IM Boulder in 2014 and found myself being drawn back to the distance after spectating/volunteering in 2016. The location, being able to train with my club and friends on the course, and the change to June checked off all of my boxes. I’m also recovering from a major injury (torn rotator cuff) and training and racing for an Ironman while healing my shoulder has provided me with some great motivation to do my PT and heal smartly.

WHAT I’M EXCITED FOR:
I love climbing so I’m actually excited to ride Nelson. I also love to ride FAST, so I’m excited to zoom down St Vrain. I’m excited to swim 2.4 miles without my shoulder hurting. And I’m MOST excited about being on that awesome run course, filled with friends (racers, volunteers, and spectators). My arm is going to be sore from all of the high fives I’ll be giving out! And finally, that finish line – MY HOME STATE FINISH LINE – is something truly special.

TOP 3 RACE TIPS:

  1. HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE (even if you’re a local). Elevation + all of that mile high sunshine takes a toll, so have a solid hydration and nutrition plan to get you through the bike and onto the run.
  2. The bike course has a lot to offer in terms of varied terrain and changes in views (and wind direction). The course makes a series of 90-degree turns, which sounds somewhat annoying but it’s actually really fun to ride. My advice is to enjoy all of these changes and use them to your advantage. Don’t like climbing? You just have to make it up 4 miles of Nelson and then you’re rewarded with a really fun descent down St Vrain minutes afterwards. Don’t like false flats? Hang tight as you ride on Jay Road because a really fun set of rollers awaits you. Annoyed by that pesky headwind? Just know that in a few miles you’ll change direction and that headwind will turn into a crosswind – or even better – a magical tailwind! Use the terrain changes to give both your body and brain a break from the tedium of an Ironman bike course.
  3. The run course, at least for me in 2014, was harder than I expected. The course has small rollers as it goes under roads and has a net uphill to the finish. And it’s the marathon of an Ironman, so yeah, it’s going to be hard. Have a mental strategy in mind for the run, especially when it gets hard. What’s your “why”? Think about a power word or motto and write it on the inside of your arm. (for me, its “I am the storm” and “run the damn hills”). Visualize the finish. Think back on all those hours of hard work and how you want to honor them by running the best run that you can. Think about how amazing that FREE locally brewed beer will taste at the Finish Line Beer Garden (I won’t lie – this is my primary run course motivation, and if anyone would like to save an Avery Ellie’s Brown or Lilikoi for me, I will be your BFF [beer friend forever] for life!) And finally, use the crowd’s energy to get you through the tough spots. The IRONMAN Boulder run course is the BEST, especially as a local athlete, because of all of the friendly faces (racers, volunteers, and spectators) that are all there cheering you as you run towards that finish line.

303 Triathlon sends good luck wishes to all of the athletes who are racing IRONMAN Boulder – both local and from afar. We’ll see you out there on Sunday! Check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds on race day for coverage and updates all day long!

BRINGtheKIDZ at the Colorado Triathlon

BRINGtheKIDZ offers families the opportunity to be together on race day.  They provide quality child care and fun activities allowing mom and dad to focus on race day with out worrying about the kids.  Michelle’s staff will be at many tri events this summer.  Read parent comments from this past weekend’s Colorado Triathlon.

 

On June 3, 2017, BRINGtheKIDZ spent a beautiful morning at the Boulder Reservoir for the Colorado Triathlon with Without Limits Productions. As an added bonus, we also got to cheer on our Ambassador Jessica Kaiser who competed in the sprint!

We enjoyed making motivational signs, a nature scavenger hunt, jewelry making, bubbles, and lots of other fun activities, including cheering for the hardworking athletes.

Jessica told us afterwards, “”My daughter Amy had a great time at the BringtheKidz camp during the Colorado Tri. She told me she loved making craft projects, and I loved seeing her smiling face at the swim exit. It was a great day for both mom and kid!”

We’re looking forward to lots more multisport events this summer and fall, and hope to have more kids join us to add to the fun! Visit us at www.bringthekidz.com to learn more!

6/24/17                TriBella Sprint Tri

6/25/17                Boulder Sunrise Tri

07/09/17              Boulder Peak Tri

07/23/17              Tri Boulder

07/30/17              Outdoor Divas Tri

08/26/17              Boulder Sunset Tri

09/17/17              5430 Tri

Weekend Preview: Time to Get Rollin’

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 1st

 

BAM OWS

Boulder Reservoir


Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir


Saturday June 3rd

 

Colorado Sprint & Olympic Tri

Boulder Reservoir


Longmont Try-a-Tri

Centennial Pool, Longmont


Boyd Lake Spring Splash OWS

Loveland


13th Annual Longmont Kids Triathlon

Longmont


Sunday June 4th

 

37th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Centennial Pool, Longmont


Beti Bike Bash

Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood


USAT Off Road National Championships

Arkadelphia, Arkansas



Cycling Events

Thursday June 1st

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Friday June 2nd

 

USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Saturday June 3rd

 

Burning Can Fest

Lyons Outdoor Festival, Lyons


46th Annual City Park Criterium

Denver


ERock Sunrise Sunset

Castle Rock


Palisade Gran Fondo

Palisade


Buena Vista Bike Fest

Buena Vista


Firebird XC

Eagle


Level 2 MTB Skills Clinic – Lee Likes Bikes

Valmont Bike Park, Boulder

 


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Sunday June 4th

 

Circle Boulder by Bicycle

Boulder


Boulder Bicycle Swap

Boulder


Beti Bike Bash

Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood


Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

Castle Rock


CX Town Hall Meeting

Thornton


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia