Tri Coach Tuesday: How Cold is Too Cold?

Living in Colorado, we’ve come to learn that spring weather is unpredictable at best.  This can make for less than optimal conditions for swimming and racing outdoors.  Many of us have been disappointed when our anticipated triathlon becomes a duathlon or an OWS gets postponed or cancelled all together.  Although it doesn’t always satisfy our disappointment, the race directors always have athlete safety and well being in mind when these decisions need to be made.

 

Some venues have strict guidelines they follow.  Often times it comes down to a combination of swim distance, water temp, air temp, wind speed, type of event, etc etc.  In the end, if an event goes on as planned, the decision to participate comes down to the athlete.  Some athletes  can handle 52 degree for 1/2 mile, while others should opt out at 57 degrees.

 

Without Limits Productions RD, Lance Panigutti, reminds everyone that “RD’s have to make a determination based on all the athletes safety and skill set.  While some elites may be able to handle more extreme circumstances everyone needs to understand that it’s about the collective whole when it comes to moving forward to cancelling/modifying a portion of the event.”  He adds, “Every athlete needs to know and practice what they can handle, prepare for everything and hope for sunny skies”.

Bottom line:  Be educated on the effects of the cold and how they effect you.  In the end, you are responsible for your safety and well being in any type of event.

 

Other things to considered:

 

Cold Shock

Cold water zaps your body heat 25 times quicker than cold air. Add to that the physically exhausting nature of swimming, and you’re losing body heat at a rapid pace. Extremely cold water — 50 degrees or below — can lead to cold shock. This occurs when the body is overwhelmed by extreme cold, and it can send your body into a heart attack or unconsciousness, the latter of which can lead to drowning. Your body responds to a sudden plunge into cold water by making you involuntarily gasp, and if you’re under water this can cause you to drown before you get to the surface.

Hypothermia

You’re probably well aware of hypothermia, which occurs when the body loses heat at a rapid pace. This can also occur in cold temperatures of 50 or below. While hypothermia takes longer than cold shock, it can be just as serious. Exposure to cold water for long periods of time lower your core body temperature. The lower it gets, the less your body can function. Once your core temperature reaches 93 degrees, you’ll be unable to use your arms and legs, and your mental function begins to deteriorate. At 80 degrees, you can become unconscious and drown.

 

Excerpt from livestrong.com

 

Excerpt from Loneswimmer.com

One can’t reasonably expect to go from pool swimming to doing an hour in 7C / 45 F without a wetsuit, based on desire to swim alone. Granted, this isn’t likely to occur, but I’m trying to illustrate a point.  Ability to handle COLD is again a matter of a few factors more important than others (all other things like alcohol, food, illness, sleep being equal): namely, experience and weight.

People with plenty of experience of cold can swim in very cold water. I can swim for 20 minutes in 5 C / 40 F water, because I’ve gotten used to it. But I certainly don’t recommend it and I won’t claim it’s fun. And the bigger and heavier you are the more you can handle with less training. Fat is an insulator. Just having plenty of fat alone makes cold easier to deal with. But fat does not lessen the pain of the initial shock for example.

I have done some reading on regular cold water immersion. It seems the evidence says regular immersion in water temperatures of less than 10 Celsius is very beneficial for health, in a few different areas; improved respiration and circulation, lessened chances of infection and heart attack. However once the time goes over 10 minutes some of those benefits tend to reverse, especially hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia.

Summer OPEN Weather Alert

SUMMER OPEN WEATHER ALERT (5/19 at 2:50am):

 


We hope you’re enjoying a warm morning coffee while looking out the window and going “really Colorado?!?!” We have some good news and some bad news to share. As you know our staff loves to embrace the “extreme” more than anyone I know, but there’s also a fine line between “safe extreme” and “reckless extreme”. It’s a line we flirt with often while trying to err on the side of giving you the safest possible race experience that leaves you smiling. On Tuesday morning we were on pace for record warm Summer OPEN temperatures with one reading of 64 degrees (this didn’t event come from Lance’s magic thermometer), Thursday morning (peak storm) the temperature plummeted to 54 degrees, then late last night at 11pm we took another reading. This one shocked even us coming in at 45 degrees, yes 45 degrees! We tried the magic thermometer that likes to round up and still 45 degrees! Even with sunshine, wearing two wetsuits, and some extra holiday weight a 45 degree water temperature far exceeds that line of “reckless extreme” On that note we’re unfortunately cancelling the swim portion of tomorrow’s triathlon. So what happens now and is this that bad news you alluded to earlier?

The swim will be changed to a 1.5 mile run: We will kick things off with a 1.5 mile run in exchange for the 1/2 mile swim. When transition closes we’ll proceed to CR 26 and line you up outside the main blue gate to head eastbound. Run waves will take off every 3 min. On the return of your run you’ll enter back in the main venue area as if you’re heading into the finish line – continue through the finish line right into transition as the same end where the “swim in” is normally located to start the bike. The bike portion and 5k run remain unchanged.

The bad news: There’s no bad news. The sun will be out tomorrow and we still get to kick off the endurance season with 400 of our closest friends who love the multisport lifestyle. It’s an adventure racing in these changing conditions and still a race tomorrow we know you’ll embrace with a smile and determined effort.

Follow-up questions: If you have more questions please keep checking social media as our team will have limited access to e-mail while setting up for the duathlon. Please be sure to help us spread the news so everyone is alerted to the situation and thank you all for your patience.

The Without Limits Crew

Weekend Preview: Summer OPEN and Colorado Bike Expo a GO!

Triathlon Events

Friday May 19th

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver

Rain, Shine or Snow.  This event will happen.

The Primal Colorado Bike Expo is the annual kickoff event for cycling in the state of Colorado! In its third year the expo will bring together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, biking enthusiasts and utilitarian’s with the latest products, consumer trends, screaming deals, organized rides, clubs & teams, advocacy groups and cycling destinations.

The two day festival and consumer show will also include BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, adult big wheel races, learn to ride clinics, strider course, sprint competitions, demo area, antique bicycle display, a fashion show, incredible programming, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks and more!

A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the Colorado High School Cycling League, Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Wish for Wheels.


Saturday May 20th

 

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver

Rain, Shine or Snow.  This event will happen.

The Primal Colorado Bike Expo is the annual kickoff event for cycling in the state of Colorado! In its third year the expo will bring together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, biking enthusiasts and utilitarian’s with the latest products, consumer trends, screaming deals, organized rides, clubs & teams, advocacy groups and cycling destinations.

The two day festival and consumer show will also include BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, adult big wheel races, learn to ride clinics, strider course, sprint competitions, demo area, antique bicycle display, a fashion show, incredible programming, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks and more!

A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the Colorado High School Cycling League, Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Wish for Wheels.


Summer OPEN Sprint Tri

Union Reservoir, Longmont


Team Colorado Weekly Ride

Boulder


Ft. Collins Children’s Tri

Ft. Collins


Ft. Collins Spring Triathlon & Duathlon

Ft. Collins


Sunday May 21st

 

Tri the Rock

Castle Rock


Vixxen Racing: Find Your Feisty Run & Recovery

Boulder


The Original Meowler – Cancelled

Gunnison



 

Cycling Events

Friday May 19th

 

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver

Rain, Shine or Snow.  This event will happen.

The Primal Colorado Bike Expo is the annual kickoff event for cycling in the state of Colorado! In its third year the expo will bring together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, biking enthusiasts and utilitarian’s with the latest products, consumer trends, screaming deals, organized rides, clubs & teams, advocacy groups and cycling destinations.

The two day festival and consumer show will also include BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, adult big wheel races, learn to ride clinics, strider course, sprint competitions, demo area, antique bicycle display, a fashion show, incredible programming, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks and more!

A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the Colorado High School Cycling League, Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Wish for Wheels.


Friday Night Lights

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver


Rapha Ride

Boulder


Grand Junction Off Road

Grand Junction


Kokopelli Trail Mtb Trip

Loma t0 Moab


Saturday May 20th

 

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver

Rain, Shine or Snow.  This event will happen.

The Primal Colorado Bike Expo is the annual kickoff event for cycling in the state of Colorado! In its third year the expo will bring together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, biking enthusiasts and utilitarian’s with the latest products, consumer trends, screaming deals, organized rides, clubs & teams, advocacy groups and cycling destinations.

The two day festival and consumer show will also include BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, adult big wheel races, learn to ride clinics, strider course, sprint competitions, demo area, antique bicycle display, a fashion show, incredible programming, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks and more!

A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the Colorado High School Cycling League, Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Wish for Wheels.


Robidoux Quick & Dirty

Scotts Bluff, NE

The 2nd Annual Robidoux Quick and Dirty will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017.  This is a 75 mile gravel race held in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, and is run through the heart of the Wildcat Hills.  You can race it and gather a cash prize, or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride.  Either way, the route takes you through piney woods and high plains grasslands nestled in a bluff system left behind by a retreating sea 70 million years ago.  Look for fossils and cows; this is open range country.  You won’t be the first to test your mettle through these parts.  You’ll be riding on the Oregon Trail for much of the route, retracing the very steps of the Western immigrants.  The race is named after Antione Robidoux, who built a trading post during the 1840s, selling tack and grog to immigrants as they crossed over Robidoux Pass on the way to their demise or Oregon, which ever came first.  In later years, immigrants struggled over the more direct Mitchell Pass.  You’ll be riding over both.

The route is run primarily on excellent, fast gravel roads.  Route finding will be straightforward to allow riders to focus on putting power to the pedals.  It’s a hilly course though, with over 4,000 feet of climbing in 75 miles.  The course is 88% gravel and 12% asphalt, with the final 5 miles climbing up over Mitchell Pass and through the Scotts Bluff National Monument.


M&M: An Urban Bike Event

Sports Authority Field @ Mile High, Denver


Ride.Rock.Rally Hill Climb

Boulder


Superior TT & TTT

Superior


Pony Xpress Gravel 160

Trinidad


VIDA Mtb Clinic

Boulder


Dirty Double Fondo 200km

Salida


Gravalanche Series Finale

Boulder


Ride of Silence

Woodland Park


Kokopelli Trail Mtb Trip

Loma t0 Moab


Rapha Ride

Boulder


Grand Junction Off Road

Grand Junction


Sunday May 21st

 

McKee Classic Bike Tour

Loveland


Morgul Bismark Road Race

Superior


Santa Fe Century

Santa Fe, NM


Kokopelli Trail Mtb Trip

Loma t0 Moab


Rapha Ride

Boulder


Grand Junction Off Road

Grand Junction

Tri Coach Tuesday: Tips on IM Boulder

Written by Dave Sheanin, D3 Multisport

 

 

Boulder is the perfect place for an Ironman, of course!  It’s home to some of the fastest professional and age group triathletes in the world, and the 18x collegiate national champion CU Triathlon Team.  Who wouldn’t want to race here?  Nobody.  Of course you want to race here. Following are 16 specific tips I have gleaned from my experience on the course both racing and training.

 

PRE RACE

  • Remember that Boulder is at 5,430 feet above sea level–even higher than Denver, the Mile High City.  The air is thin up here and if you’re coming in from out of town, be sure to stay up on your hydration and don’t forget the sunscreen.

  • There are two separate transition areas–T1 is at the reservoir and T2 is at the high school.  You’ll take a bus from the high school to get to the Rez on race morning.  This is the only way to get to the race start.  Ironman has a ton of buses and there usually isn’t much of a wait, but my strong recommendation is to arrive at the high school first thing.  Better to have a little extra down-time out at the Rez than be standing at the high school waiting on a bus.

 

SWIM

This is one of the best IM swims on the circuit!  Not because the water is crystal clear (it’s not) and not because it’s an ultra-beautiful venue (we locals think it’s just fine).  No, what makes this an awesome swim is that you swim north, then west, then south.  What’s the big deal?  Let me remind you that the sun rises in the east.  You’re never swimming into the rising sun.

 

IM uses a rolling start in Boulder so you’ll self-seed by time per the normal procedure.  In the past, this race has been held in August and the Rez typically heats up to or above the wetsuit threshold temp, but in June, I would expect the Rez to be in the mid-60s and wetsuit legal.

 

 

The course is very well marked and only has two turns (both lefts).  You’ll exit on a boat ramp then make a right to pick up your T1 bag and a u-turn to head into the change tents.

 

 

Do not skip the sunscreen volunteers as you exit the change tent and head to your bike.  It only takes a couple of seconds to get fully slathered–you’ll want that protection in the Colorado sun.

 

 

 

BIKE

Each year this race has been held, the bike course has been different.  2017 brings a new course which I expect will stick.  It’s a three-loop affair with two moderate climbs per loop.  If you ride by TSS, it’s pretty convenient to shoot for just under 100 points per lap.

Climb one is the first 5 miles straight out of transition.  It doesn’t really look like a climb when you’re on it–just a steady 2 percent (give or take) until you reach the edge of town.  It’s tempting to push too hard in these first few miles because the grade is deceiving and you may be thinking you’re going too slowly.  Mind your watts or RPE.  Because there are two more loops, you’ll repeat this section around miles 35+ and 105+.

Climb two looks a bit more significant as you head west on Nelson Road starting a bit after mile 15 (repeating at miles 50+ and 85+).  This climb has ruined a lot of triathlete’s days in Boulder.  The total distance is about 4 miles and there are a couple of little kicks, but it’s otherwise pretty steady.  Again, mind your watts and pay no attention to the folks who rush up this climb–especially on the first lap.  They’re either on their way to a really outstanding ride, or more likely, you’ll be seeing them later.  Note that the wind typically blows from the northwest so you’ll be going into it as you head to the mountains and getting a push as you ride away from them.  It’ll likely be pretty calm in the early hours, but if you’re not among the fastest riders, the afternoon winds can make the third loop an extra challenge.  This climb into the wind is not so fun.

At the end of the third lap, you’ll turn left instead of right as you exit the road from the Rez (51st) and head downtown to the high school for T2.

 

RUN

Although the run is completely on concrete (probably a good race for your Hokas), it is a pretty comfortable run as Ironman runs go.  There are no major hills, but nothing in Boulder is really flat.  The run is two loops.

You’ll exit transition and head east along the creek.  You are running downhill.  Your brain may not register this fact until you turn around at mile 7 (and 20) and head back to the west.  At that point you’ll notice the slight uphill.

 

At about mile 2 (and 15), there is an out-and-back that heads south.  Once you reach the “slinky” bridge at mile 4 (and 17), you’re on a long straightaway that becomes a zombie-walk late in the race.  Don’t let this be you!  Pacing is always critical on the bike in order to have a great run so do the right amount of work throughout the race and run past a lot of folks on this stretch.

 

Once you’re back on the creek path and at the eastern turnaround, you’ll head back up to the west.  You’ll run past the high school for a little more than a mile through Eben Fine Park to the western turnaround.  The steepest section of the run is as you exit the park.  It’s short, but be aware that it’s there.  You’ll head back to the east to complete the first lap and again for the finish.

The downtown central park area will be packed with spectators and is a good place for your friends and family to get a look at you as you power past them on the run.  It’s also the place where you’ll draw a lot of energy from the big crowds.  The areas at the ends of the course (south, east, and west) tend to be pretty quiet.

Stay up on your nutrition and hydration.  Although the new June date for this race won’t likely be as hot as the previous August races, the altitude is no joke–be smart about fuel and drink.

 

Good times in Boulder!

 

Coach Dave Sheanin approaches coaching from a holistic perspective. Adult age-group triathletes typically have substantial demands in their lives outside of training and racing. Looking at any individual component of an athlete’s training (or life) is a data point, but it rarely tells the full story. I make it a priority to understand what’s going on in an athlete’s life beyond triathlon in order to build a plan that is smart, fits their lifestyle, and builds toward appropriate goals.

 

Original article on D3 Multisport here

First Look at the New Garmin Forerunner 935

By Alison Freeman

I bought my 920XT when it first came out in November, 2014. Since then, Garmin has introduced *FIVE* multisport watches: the Fenix 3, the Fenix 3 HR, the Forerunner 735XT, the Fenix 5S-5-5X, and the Forerunner 935. I’d held out as long as I could, and I finally couldn’t take it any more and upgraded.

WHY DID I CHOOSE THE 935?

I did a fair amount of research prior to ordering my Forerunner 935, mostly on the Garmin website and on DCRainmaker.com. My priorities were to find the right balance between watch size, price and battery life without giving up features like wifi that I’m accustomed to having. Oh – and to finally be able to ditch the heart rate strap that has given me some awesome permanent scarring (I’ll spare you the photos).

Ultimately, I chose the 935 over the Fenix 5S because, while I preferred the smaller size of the 5S, the battery life and price of the 935 were more important to me.

TWO WEEKS IN, WHAT DO I THINK OF THE 935?

As someone who’s been using one version or another of the square Garmin for years upon years, moving to a round Garmin was a major upgrade. It’s so light, and so thin! Even the watch band seems lighter than the 920’s. Plus, it knows it’s a watch – any time you’re not recording an activity like cycling or running it automatically reverts to a watch face.

Also, the screen resolution is significantly improved from the 920. It’s sleeker, cleaner, and more legible than the 920.

Navigation

Moving from a square to a round Garmin did take some getting used to. All the buttons on the 935 are in different places, and the up/down buttons are on the left instead of right side. When I first turned it on and started playing I kept pressing buttons and had NO IDEA what was going on. After a few minutes I started to figure it out, but it took a few days before I was fully used to navigating the new setup.

Because the 935’s navigation is more complex than the 920’s, I’ve made a point of setting up my most frequent activities as favorites as well as customizing the controls menu and hot keys so that the features I use most are quickly accessible.

Features

All of the features that I had used regularly on the 920 are still there on the 935: the full range of individual and multisport activity profiles plus several new ones, plus smart notifications, alerts, and interval training. In addition, there is a huge range of new features that I’m just starting to explore:

  • The pre-loaded Training Peaks app, which allows me to pull up and complete today’s TrainingPeaks structured workout.
  • Smart functions like displaying today’s weather and my appointment calendar (both require connection to your phone’s GarminConnect app).
  • Basic yet logical watch functions, like a timer and stopwatch.
  • A vastly expanded set of performance measurements, powered by Firstbeat.

Optical Heart Rate

By far one of my favorite upgrades is the optical heart rate feature. The 935 has a sensor on the back of the watch that continuously measures your heart rate, about once every second. Do you need to know your heart rate throughout the day? Not necessarily, but knowing and monitoring your resting heart rate can give you some insights into your recovery status, so it’s not totally useless.

Over the course of a few weeks, I’ve found that the readings from the optical heart rate monitor have generally been accurate and consistent enough that I trust the feedback I’m getting during my workouts. And you don’t have to get the heart rate data just on your watch. The optical heart rate data can be broadcast, just like a strap, so you can pick it up during a TrainerRoad or Zwift workout, on your bike computer, or on your 920.

The only downside to optical heart rate is that it the watch has to be against your skin in order to know your heart rate (duh). So if you use the optional quick release kit, you won’t get heart rate readings when the watch is on your bike (which is why I’m now using my 920 as my bike computer). Also, the 935 has to simultaneously see the sky to get a GPS signal, which can create a dilemma on cold days – so I (sadly) didn’t trash the heart rate strap from my 920. Good news is that the 935’s GPS seems to be pretty darn accurate grabbing GPS through a single layer of clothing.

Battery Life

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to battery life. I don’t think the 920 really had 24 hours of battery in GPS mode – I’m guessing it was closer to 15-16 hours, tops. So far the 935 has been promising. I fully charged the battery, and then used the 935 for a long brick (5:45 bike + 0:50 run). The battery was at 65% when I was finished. Extrapolating that information, I’m estimating the battery has about 18 to 19 hours of activity use, and even more if you set the watch up to maximize battery life. The watch should work well for any Ironman-distance athlete, and could even possibly survive a 100-mile ultra run.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

The 935 is not easy to track down. Most retailers don’t have them in stock for a same-day purchase or, more importantly, to take a peek before you pull the trigger. And as of the writing of this review, most on-line retailers are out of stock. Your best bet may be to ask your local multisport or cycling shop to special order the watch for you,

TRI THE BOAT receives a Special USA Triathlon Designation for 2017

 

TRI THE BOAT in beautiful Steamboat Springs CO is back and better than ever. This epic two day event features Sprint & Olympic Distance Racing on June 24th and the Half Iron Distance June 25th. Each race distance also features relay, aqua bike and dry land categories.

This year, the half- iron-distance event has been designated the 2017 USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Long Course Regional Championship, meaning the top 10 percent of finishers in each age group qualify for the 2017 National Triathlon Championship.

The race has also gotten a little facelift, with a new transition area, new swim course layout, new run course and new finish area. Set against the backdrop of the Yampa Valley, the swim takes place in the picturesque Stagecoach Reservoir. The two-loop bike features newly paved rolling terrain, and the vast majority of the new run course takes place on packed dirt trails with scenic lake views before the waterfront finish.

 

Beat the May 31st price increase and take advantage of our special 10% off any distance race through the month of May – enter at checkout: 303TRIATHLON

 

Visit the new website for complete info and maps.

 

Triathlete Magazine has named TRI THE BOAT one of the summer’s best “non M-Dot” triathlons.  Read the full article here

 

Still on the fence?  Here’s RD Heather Gollnick to help you make up your mind.

Tri The Boat – Message from Race Director Heather Gollnick from Chris Tamucci on Vimeo.

Aquaman Series Under New Ownership

You may have heard, over this past winter, the Denver Aquaman Series changed hands.

 

Candy Panigutti Newby, series creator, longtime owner and race director, shared this,

“I started the Aquaman Swim Run series back in 2009 as a way to give back to the swimming community that I had grown up in. I wanted a chance for Denver area athletes to grow in love with a sport that gave me so much joy. That first year we started with 40 athletes, a couple of clipboards and 2 stopwatches. There was a sand berm just under the surface of the water in the middle of the course that swimmers had to walk over to continue on. Seeing that sparked the idea to add an actual run course the following year. Over the years, we added food sponsors, a run event, grew exponentially in size, and got the opportunity to be a part of many athletes summer experiences. We saw our athletes young and old accomplish many great things; from a swim across Catalina channel, Ironman finishers, personal bests, year round simmers experiencing a new challenge and first timers gaining confidence in the open water to compete in their first triathlon. Through all of this, you have become a part of the Aquaman family. I have enjoyed spending my Tuesday nights with you and watching all your friendly competition and achievements. ”

 

Candy passed the baton to Tri-Animal Endurance owner and coach, George Cespedes.

 

“George is the friendly guy that has been checking you in at the pre-registration line and then racing alongside in wave 1 as a 2 mile swimmer. His children have probably body marked you and guided you along the run course. I know he will keep all the aspects of the series that you love and will continue to make improvements that ensure the series will be an even better experience for you going forward. I will be working alongside of him through the winter to ensure a smooth transition and through the first event. After that, maybe you will see me lining up next to you at the start line.”

 

George shared with 303:

“I can’t tell you how excited I am, well nervous and excited. As Candy mentioned I have been volunteering at Aquaman for the last three years. Driving up to Denver with my kids was a great bonding experience for us. Also watching them help out and grow up as been pretty awesome. When Candy first approached me last year I jumped at the opportunity. Aquaman is more than just a race to me. It is like a family. I have shared pizzas with and made great friends with many people through Aquaman. My hope is to keep it a family friendly atmosphere and to use it as a vechicle to introduce many swimmers to our great sport of triathlon. I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am that Candy trusted me with this.”

 

This year’s Aquaman Series will begin in mid June and run into August.  Mark the dates on your calendars.  All race details and registration can be found here

 

Sign up for a multi race pack by Memorial Day and get a free T shirt

 

 

 

Mike Reilly, Mirinda Carfrae, Timothy O’Donnell lead 2017 Ironman Foundation Ambassador Team

Ironman today announced it’s 18-member Ambassador team – including 303’s own Khem Suthiwan!

Ambassadors to support service projects in eight IRONMAN North American race communities

TAMPA, Fla. (May 8, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® today announced that the 2017 IMF Ambassador Team comprising 18 age-group triathletes from around the United States will be led by Team Captain and “Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly as well as by pro triathletes Mirinda Carfrae, a three-time IRONMAN World Champion, and Timothy O’Donnell, a multi-year IRONMAN® World Championship top ten finisher. To support The Foundation’s mission to create tangible impact in IRONMAN race communities through philanthropy and volunteerism, the ambassadors will focus their efforts on The Foundation’s eight service projects in North America.

Each service project is conducted in partnership with a local nonprofit organization, powerfully linking IRONMAN athletes and TriClubs to the local race community. At the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® Oceanside triathlon, an adaptive surf clinic for children with physical challenges was held with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. At the 2017 IRONMAN North American Championship Texas triathlon, a local disabled senior received a new roof and volunteers helped restore the exterior of her home with Rebuilding Together Houston.

“It’s an extraordinary moment when an IRONMAN athlete has the opportunity to connect directly with the cause they support and make a difference in their race community,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Our 2017 Team IMF Ambassador Team truly embodies our mantra of ‘Service Through Sport and Commitment to Community.’”

Additional service projects include flood restoration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa, an adaptive climbing clinic and trail maintenance with Paradox Sports at IRONMAN Boulder, a race week hands-only CPR training with the American Red Cross at IRONMAN Lake Placid, and a day of service with the Salt River Children’s Foundation at IRONMAN Arizona. Two additional projects are planned for the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship events.

“I’m extremely proud to represent the IRONMAN Foundation this season as the captain of the IMF Ambassador Team,” said Mike Reilly, Voice of IRONMAN. “This team has a unique opportunity to connect with our local race communities and give back through sport. The IRONMAN Foundation athletes give of themselves in order for others to achieve, there is no greater honor!”

The 2017 Team IMF Ambassadors are:

Mike Reilly, San Diego, CA

Mirinda Carfrae, Boulder, CO

Timothy O’Donnell, Boulder, CO

Peter Anderson, Portland, ME

Melissa Bowman, Chicago, IL

Louis Burns, Granite Bay, CA

Diana Cohen, Columbia, CT

Kevin Edmonds, College Park, GA

Shay Eskew, Brentwood, TN

Stephanie Felber, Elgin, IL

Woodrow Freese, Newton, MA

Daniel Giblin, Rochester, NY

Sheila Hiestand, Louisville, KY

Alex Holderness, Denver, CO

Terry Klise, Missoula, MT

Bryan Lam, El Cerrito, CA

Robert Maar, Plainfield, IN

John McGrath, Paradise Valley, AZ

Ed Shifflet, Swarthmore, PA

John Snyder, Leawood, KS

Khem Suthiwan, Denver, CO

For more information on each service project and how you can get involved, please visit Here.

Weekend Preview: Happy Mother’s Day

Triathlon Events

Thursday May 11th

 

Find Your Feisty Kickoff Event

Outdoor Diva’s, Boulder


Saturday May 13th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado Weekly Ride

Boulder


Ordinary Mortals Triathlon

Pueblo


Mini Mortals Kids Triathlon

Pueblo


Summer OPEN Practice Swim

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Sunday May 14th

 

Novice Freestyle Clinic

Denver



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Thursday May 11th

 

Montview Blvd Bike Lane Expansion House

North Middle School, Aurora


Friday May 12th

 

1st Annual Crank it Forward Fundraiser Event

Boulder


Saturday May 13th

 

Ghost Bike Memorial

Longmont


Wheels of Thunder at Flatrock

Commerce City


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12 hrs of Mesa Verde

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Fruita


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Gowdy State Park, Wyoming


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Lee Likes Bikes Level 1.5 MTB Clinic

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Sunday May 14th

Happy Mother’s Day

Swimming Costume or Swimsuit? Linguistic and Behavioral Code-Shifting in Triathlon

By Lisa Ingarfield

 

On a recent call with a friend of mine, we got into a discussion about language and how our language has changed over time. We both have spent time living abroad; her in the UK and myself in the USA. The conversation started with accents, and how some people “lose” their accent when they move to a new country and live there for a while. I used myself as an example. For the most part, folks in the U.S.A think I am Australian. In the U.K, folks think I “sound American” and when I hear myself speak, I still hear a strong British accent. I have, admittedly, adapted my accent over time, code-shifting more routinely into U.S linguistic and behavioral culture as a means of camouflage. Not because I am ashamed of my Britishness, but because I am so darn tired of being asked where I am from, or being told that either my accent is lovely, or that I am not understood. For my friend, she reflected that while her accent didn’t shift significantly, the vernacular she used to “fit in” in the U.K did. She adopted terms readily used there, and strayed from North American terminology more frequently over time. She also expressed exasperation at being told her accent was cute, or having conversations interrupted or derailed because the focus shifted to the way she said a certain word. I can relate. It’s annoying.

I think what is interesting about all this is that rather than expecting our friends and colleagues to flex to incorporate us in our original state without fetishizing our accents, we shifted and changed to fit the new culture. In so doing, we lost a little part of our identity. Collectively, we realized that we made these changes because it was easier and more expedient. But at what cost?

Since we are both triathletes, our conversation shifted to athletic terminology and our need to code-shift depending on the nationality of our audiences. In the U.K, for example, a swimsuit is called a swimming costume, which here in the U.S.A seems like such an archaic term. When she and I have used this term in North America, the response is often laughter and puzzlement. The same is true for running machine (treadmill) and turbo (indoor bike trainer). There is the old adage that the U.S.A and U.K are divided by a common language. While both nations speak English they do so differently enough, leading to confusion and misunderstanding.

Triathlon is a global sport, and individuals of many languages participate across the world. My conversation with my friend led me to ponder just how much language and meaning difference is there within our sport and how much code-shifting happens for triathletes who routinely occupy international spaces. How much do they lose of themselves when they try to fit in, and what cultural norms dominate in the sport? Who is most at risk of needing to change to experience inclusion and success? What this line of pondering also highlights for me is the skill involved in existing in two worlds, two cultures, or more. It’s not easy, and takes practice.

Beyond linguistic code-shifting, there is also the reality of how women code-shift behaviorally to fit into sport. Sport broadly, occupies the domain of the masculine. Men’s sports often get more money and resources, more air time, and more sponsorships. Men’s sports are the norm, and women’s sports are often the add-on, or the afterthought. Systems, processes, and competitions are (historically) built for men around masculine norms. In sports where all genders participate, men are generally viewed as the main event, and women as the lesser “other” event. The 2016 coverage of the Ironman World Championship bears this out: women received 27% of the coverage as compared to the 43% for men. How much do women triathletes need to code-shift to be taken seriously in the sport? How much do they need to change who they are, to ensure their participation is featured by networks and taken seriously by sports journalists and fans alike? I don’t have any answers on this just yet, but I think it is worth consideration. What are we asking of women triathletes to “fit in” to the triathlon system as designed, versus being willing to redesign the sport and system so they no longer have to code-shift, losing a piece of who they are, to be equally recognized?