Weekend Preview: Snowy Fun

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb. 24th

 

Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series – Race #3

Denver


Vail Nordic Center Winter Triathlon

Vail



Cycling Events

Friday Feb. 23rd

 

Pastries on the Path

Boulder


USA Cycling Elite BMX National Championships

Oldsmar, Fl


Saturday Feb. 24th

 

MADHORN Fat Bike Races

Mesa


Sunday Feb. 25th

 

MADHORN Fat Bike Races

Mesa


Stauton Blizzard Fat Bike Race

Pine

2017 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards

As you plan your 2018 season, who better to consult than your fellow athletes? Our annual athlete surveys tell the story best: using the information we gather from YOU, our community, we are proud to present our top 10 IRONMAN and 70.3 events events across a variety of categories. Read on for the places and communities that will get you excited to race this year—whether you’re looking for a pristine swim, a memorable post-race party, or a bike course that will leave you drooling.

Categories include: 

Overall Satisfaction

Overall Swim

Overall Bike

Overall Run

Best Race Venue

Best Host City Experience

Best Post-Race Celebration

Will Attend Next Year

Will Recommend to a Friend

 

How did your favorite race fare?

Complete 140.6 results here

Complete 70.3 results here

 

 

 

When Multisport and Politics Collide: Athletes Speak Out on Gun Control

U.S. biathletes, who shoot guns to compete, speak out on gun control for America

From The Chicago Tribune

For his profession, Lowell Bailey wears a .22 caliber rifle strapped to his back. It has taken him across the world and to four Olympic Games, most recently to the biathlon mixed relay Tuesday night at Alpensia Biathlon Centre, where he skied the anchor leg for a United States team that finished 15th. His sport and his livelihood revolve around shooting. His competitors from other countries often wonder about his country’s relationship with guns…

Read the full story

Triathlete Magazine Makes $100,000 In-Kind Donation to Time to Tri Initiative

Boulder based Outdoor Pocket Media, owners of Triathlete Magazine, VeloNews, Women’s Running, and Competitor.com just announced a huge donation in an effort to support USAT and IRONMAN’s new program “Time to Tri” aimed at getting 100,000 new people into the sport of triathlon. Details of this donation are below.

 

303’s Bill Plock and Mile High Endurance’s Rich Soares recently interviewed USAT President, Barry Siff, to discuss the program more in depth.  This discussion (podcast) can be heard on Mile High Endurance this Sunday, February 25th, and on 303Radio Friday March 2nd.

 


TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE MAKES $100,000 IN-KIND DONATION TO TIME TO TRI INITIATIVE
Multi-channel advertising donation will reach runners and cyclists to grow triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Triathlete Magazine announces a $100,000 donation of advertising space to the Time to Tri™ initiative, a new, industry-wide campaign to introduce 100,000 Americans to triathlon by the end of 2020. Pocket Outdoor Media, the publisher of Triathlete Magazine, will donate print, digital and social advertising space across all its leading endurance sports brands, including Triathlete, Women’s Running, Competitor.com and VeloNews, in an effort to bring runners and cyclists into the sport of triathlon.

Time to Tri is a new, industry-wide campaign launched by USA Triathlon and IRONMAN to grow American participation in the sport of triathlon. The campaign will recruit and support athletes as they pursue their first triathlon, one of the most transformative experiences in endurance sports. Time to Tri provides training and racing advice including a free training plan, motivational tools, and other resources through mytimetotri.com.

The site offers editorial content as well as free, customized sprint-distance training plans to athletes who sign up with their email address. Each plan’s workouts were developed by USA Triathlon Certified and IRONMAN U® Certified Coaches and are based on the athlete’s self-selected skill level in the swim, bike, and run. In addition to the digital platform at mytimetotri.com, USA Triathlon and IRONMAN will also engage in proactive outreach to identify new and aspiring triathletes including single-sport swimmers, cyclists and runners.

“Triathlete’s huge commitment is exactly what we had in mind when we introduced Time to Tri to key industry stakeholders,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “Our goal is to bring the sport together to grow triathlon, and nothing says that louder than the industry’s leading media brand stepping up to the plate with $100,000 in advertising.”

“As the world’s most read triathlon magazine, Triathlete is uniquely positioned to aid the Time to Tri effort,” said Pocket Outdoor Media CEO Felix Magowan. “Yet it’s the exposure to non-triathletes through Competitor.com, Women’s Running magazine and VeloNews that offers the biggest opportunity to grow the sport. We are delighted to partner with USA Triathlon and IRONMAN in this effort.”

“We are excited about growing participation in the sport of triathlon,” said Chris Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer for IRONMAN. “Our goal is to help potential first-time triathletes overcome their barriers through proper education, and this generous donation provides the perfect platform.”

 

Previous 303Triathlon post here

Terry Chiplin, longtime Estes Park Trail Running Coach and Camp Leader, featured in Mindful Motivation

Originally from London, Terry Chiplin has been running all his life. He operates Active at Altitude, a Trail running camp in Estes Park, and applies mindfulness to all his endeavors. Currently featured in My Mindful Motivation

Terry shares his running history, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and how running and gratitude go hand in hand.

“If I’m not able to be aware of how grateful I am for this moment, then I am likely being pulled to either the past or the future.” -Terry Chiplin

Terry also discusses his latest endeavor, the Activacuity app: It’s a mental training app for athletes. Uses a combination of proven sports science techniques and neural techniques to generate new positive ways of thinking.

Read the full story

Weekend Preview: Happy Weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb 17th

 

VillaSports Indoor Youth Triathlon

Colorado Springs


Sunday Feb 18th

 

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k

Arvada



Cycling Events

Saturday Feb 17th

 

18th Annual Tennessee Pass Night Jam

Leadville


Sunday Feb. 18th

 

Boulder Cycle Sport Group Ride with Eros Poli & InGAMBA

Boulder

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the History of the Lake to Lake Triathlon

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the history of the Lake to Lake Triathlon and how over the last two decades the race has become a fixture in the charming town of Loveland, Colorado, about 50 miles from Denver. Lots of participants come from many states riding one of the most beautiful bike rides in the state.

 

Love, Loveland Lake to Lake on Valentines

By Bill Plock

Since 1947 the city of Loveland has been post marking Valentine Cards to send to loved ones all around the world. We thought we would throw a little triathlon love to the Lake to Lake Triathlon and ask a few participants why they love it so much.

Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Peggy Shockley, race director, nice, caring, genuine and supportive
2. Beautiful bike course with views of Horsetooth reservoir and fun hills
3. The brunch at the end of the race is worth the price of admission alone!
4. Luscious grass to run on from swim exit to transition
5. Amazing volunteers
6. Run around the lake and downhill finish in statue park
7. The lake! Nice water, great beach8. Easy for families to watch

9. Great finish line!
10. It’s in Loveland!

Want to try Lake toLake? It’s on June 23 and thereis a Sprint and Olympic distances as well as Aquabike events to choose from.

Check out the website

 

Tri Coach Tuesday: Winter Training

by Eric Kenney, EK Endurance Coaching

 

CONSISTENCY

Being consistent is so important. It is better to do 6 x 45-minute trainer rides before you do 1 x 5-hour ride and nothing else all week. Think of your weekly training as a set of intervals. You rarely go out to do a threshold workout as 1-hour, all-out effort. You break it up into 10- or 20-minute intervals. Same thing here. Plan ahead and “pay it forward” a bit by saving some energy (both physical and mental) on Wednesday so you can get in another session on Thursday or Friday. It’s not the training you do this week; rather it’s what you do for this 3-4 months.
Here, EK Endurance Coaching training pyramid shows you consistency is the foundation for EVERYTHING. This is not to say you have to train as long or as often as you might in spring or summer but you do need to find a manageable workload you can consistently complete.

 

STRUCTURED ENDURANCE TRAINING

Something many people don’t realize is that if you are working at your lactate threshold or below, you are getting the same adaptations as you do from doing long slow distance (LSD) training. What’s the catch? Well of course, the harder you ride the less time you can hold that effort for. But it’s winter and you are reading this because you don’t want to spend three hours on your trainer on Tuesday morning. So the old adage of “if you only have a short amount of time go hammer!” is sort of true in this case. However, do it with purpose and structure. Our Hour Of Power cycling workout library is designed for just this. Quality training that keeps you focused (distracted) while still having fun and getting your workout in.

WEAKNESS TRAINING

I have been talking about and practicing this in my coaching since I began working with athletes over a decade ago. If you want to improve, you must discover your weak areas and bring them up to par for your goals.

FLEXIBILITY AND REST

Rest is very important—maybe the most important part of your training. Just because you are not logging 3-hour rides doesn’t mean you don’t need off days, recovery rides and stretching. Often I see more tightness and injuries in winter than in summer. Why? I feel it’s because athletes don’t take the time to cool down as much and stretch/recover properly. When their last interval is done, all they can think is, “Please get me off this thing!”. They grab some water and food and then are off to wherever. Stretch! Cool down after hard sessions! That extra five minutes now will pay you back the next time you throw your leg over the bike.
Be flexible. If the weather turns nice, bag the structured trainer workout and get outside! Not feeling the mojo today? Save it for tomorrow’s session. Be dynamic and flexible this winter. Think long-term. It’s not the training you get in this week, it’s about the all the training you get in these 3-4 months.
The fact is that riding the trainer can be like getting out of bed. It’s rough! But the act of starting is often the worst part. Get on, warm up, just spin, and after a few minutes images of racing, working hard for teammates and making the winning break will soon fill your head. Do this over and over again, and you will be on your way to having the best season ever.
Read Coach Eric’s full bog here
Want to learn more about winter training?  Join Coach Eric at CMS this Thursday for more.
Details here

Weekend Preview: Some fun events for a snowy weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb. 10th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado Training Event

Louisville

 

Join 303Triathlon and IM Boulder staff for a great indoor ride and a run.  IPA Endurance coaches will talk about goal setting and time management.


SwimLabs & CYCLEBAR – Ripples to Waves Fundraiser Event

Lone Tree


Catch Me If You Can Run

Ft Collins


Sunday Feb. 11th

 

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons


Monday Feb 12th

 

Intro to Foundation Training for Endurance Athletes

Boulder

 



Cycling Events

Friday Feb. 9th

 

Winter Bike to Work Day

Statewide


Saturday Feb. 10th

 

Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race

Frisco


E-Bike Demo and Open House

Broomfield


Light Up the Night

Boulder


USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships

Grand Rapids, Mi


Sunday Feb. 11th

 

Old Man Winter Rally & Run

Lyons