Three Athletes Added to USA Paratriathlon Resident Team at U.S. Olympic Training Center

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced the roster for the 2019 USA Paratriathlon Resident Team, an elite squad based at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Ill.) and Kyle Coon (Carbondale, Colo.) will join current resident team athletes Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.) and Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.) as they train for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and other elite races on the International Triathlon Union circuit.

The resident team first opened its doors in April as the fifth Paralympic sport to call the Colorado Springs campus home. USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach Derick Williamson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is the program’s head coach.

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Melissa Stockwell celebrates victory as a member of Team USA – Photo Credit: USA Triathlon – Joe Kusumoto

Monday Masters: Swimming May Slow Down Aging By Decades

by Diane Sewell, Everything Zoomer

 

From cradle to grave, swimming might just be the best exercise ever. Here, eight health benefits of taking a lap or two. 

Swimming is good for just about everyone. It accommodates all ages, stages, abilities and disabilities.

There’s also evidence it can slow down the aging process.

A long-term study at Indiana University Bloomington’s Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming found that Masters Swimmers (over age 35) who swam roughly 3,200 to 4,500 metres (about 3.2 to 4.8 kilometres) three to five times a week, postponed the aging process. And not just for a few years but for decades, according to traditional age markers like muscle mass blood pressure and lung function.

But you don’t have to be a Masters Swimmer to benefit from swimming. Far from it.

“The health and well-being benefits start with a minimal amount of swimming,” Counsilman Centre Director Joel Stager is quoted as saying in the university’s newsletter. “If you want the fitness effect, you’ll need to look at getting your heart rate up and boosting the intensity.”

Another study, by Dr. Steven Blair at the University of South Carolina, has shown swimming dramatically reduces the risk of dying. The study spanned 32 years and followed 40,000 men, aged 20 to 90. Those who swam had a 50 per cent lower death rate than runners, walkers and those who didn’t exercise at all.

Here are some other known benefits to swimming:

1. It’s kind to your joints and improves flexibility.

 

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Champions Collide at 23rd XTERRA Worlds in Maui on Sunday

From XTERRA News

Kapalua, Maui (October 22, 2018) – The 23rd annual XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon scheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018 in Kapalua, Maui boasts the most competitive elite men’s field ever assembled.

It’s a bold statement, but easy to support considering the past four winners, and second-place finishers, are on the start list.

Bradley Weiss from South Africa won last year, Mauricio Mendez from Mexico was second.  Mendez won in 2016, and Ruben Ruzafa from Spain was second.  Josiah Middaugh from the U.S. won in 2015, with Ruzafa finishing second, and Ruzafa won in 2014, the year Middaugh placed second.

And that’s the story, all these men have gotten the better of each other at one time or another, and they’ve all remained at the top of their game.

“I think that Maui always shows us that there is more than one favorite,” said Ruzafa, who has been first off the bike at XTERRA Worlds each of the last five years.  He won two of those races, in 2013 and 2014, but got chased down by Middaugh in 2015, Mendez in 2016, and Weiss in 2017.

“This year, for the first time since 2014, I’ve done altitude training to prepare for Maui and I’ve changed things in my run and bike training,” said Ruzafa, who has won Maui three times and captured four of the last five ITU Cross Tri World Titles since 2014.  “I was in the Sierra Nevada for two weeks at the end of September, and since then at my home in Spain. The course is so hard, and different every year because of the weather.  We always have to wait until the last moment to see what the terrain conditions will be like.”

No matter what the conditions are like on Sunday, you can count on the reigning champ Brad Weiss to be in the mix.

“The goal is always to win, and I will be disappointed with anything less than defending my title,” said Weiss, who won the XTERRA Asia-Pacific and European Championships this year. “Saying that, the caliber of athletes racing continues to improve and there is a long list of contenders working hard to dethrone me. I welcome the challenge and look forward to facing it come race day, and at the risk of sounding arrogant, I will say I am the favorite. I proved I can win on this course in 2017 and plan to do the same in 2018. The course suits me well and I look forward to maximizing those advantages come race day.”

If experience means anything, give the advantage to Middaugh, who will be racing in his 18th straight XTERRA World Championship fresh off a win at the XTERRA Pan Am Champs last month against Weiss and Mendez.

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Introducing Birota Foods

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Introducing Birota Foods
Littleton, Colorado, October 16, 2018

On a cold, Colorado winter day in 2016, Bob Seebohar, 2008 Olympic Sport Dietitian, was out riding his bike, chilled to the bone. All he could think about was how to get warm. Growing up a hot chocolate lover, he immediately began fantasizing about a nice hot cup of chocolatey goodness. Unfortunately, he had a problem: he didn’t want all the sugar that accompanied one of his favorite childhood beverages so he thought of ideas to make this wonderful drink more healthy and functional. Once he made it back home, he tore up his kitchen, experimenting with different creations until his taste buds approved of one particular recipe. This was the birth of Birota Foods. The word “birota” means bicycle in Latin. Birota Foods was born on a bike.

Enter Bri Greenlee, an accomplished Registered/Sport Dietitian, food scientist and chef. Bob met Bri in 2016 and was so impressed by her passion for nutrition and her amazing culinary knowledge and forward thinking, that he pitched his cocoa idea to her. This was the beginning of a very exciting journey.

The mission of Birota Foods is to redefine the cocoa and creamer markets by providing functional ingredients that improve health and fitness by reducing inflammation, improving the body’s ability to burn fat, and regenerating long lasting energy without causing blood sugar spikes.

Birota Foods officially launched their first two products, Smart Cocoa and Smart Coconut Creamer, in September, 2018. Each product contains a few simple ingredients that have been hand picked by Bob and Bri because of their functional roles they have in the body. Take, for example, the two different types of cocoa used in Smart Cocoa. This combination of cocoa has almost double the fat and very high antioxidant levels compared to most, traditional cocoa products on the market. Then there is the addition of organic coconut milk powder for a powerful source of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) along with the extra addition of caprylic acid, another MCT, which raises ketone levels, allowing the body to burn more fat and improve cognitive functioning. D-ribose is another powerful, functional ingredient in both products which regenerates energy (aka-ATP) without increasing blood sugar. Birota Foods is redefining the cocoa and creamer markets one ingredient at a time.

Birota Foods is a company that uses high-quality, functional ingredients in food products to help improve health and fitness markers.
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For more information about Birota Foods, please contact Bob Seebohar at bob@birotafoods.com or visit www.birotafoods.com.

Kona 2018 Running Shoe Count: Hoka Reigns Again

From Triathlete.com

 

A look at the running shoes the world’s best triathletes are wearing.

Running shoe industry expert David Jewell of Runningshoeinsight.com stood out on the Ironman World Championship run course for the eighth year in a row to collect data on which running shoes the world’s best triathletes are wearing. For the first time ever, he counted the shoes during the final, more-spread-out mile of the marathon instead of the first to ensure a higher level of accuracy. After dethroning Asics in 2017, Hoka One One once again prevailed as the most-worn brand—capturing the feet of 17.7% of the athletes. A big mover was Nike in second place, going from 5.7% in 2017 to 14.9% in 2018.

 

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Intriguing XTERRA World Championship Elite Race Shaping Up

from XTERRA News

A sneak peek at the 23rd annual XTERRA World Championship tentative elite race start list reveals a wealth of past champions in the men’s lineup, and a golden opportunity for the women’s elite field.

The men’s race features the fearsome foursome, as the last four men to win the XTERRA World Championship are on the start list including the defending champ Bradley Weiss from South Africa, the 2016 champ Mauricio Mendez from Mexico, the 2015 champ Josiah Middaugh from the U.S., and the 2014, 2013, and 2008 winner Ruben Ruzafa from Spain.

Each of those four has made Maui their A-race for the season and will no doubt come into it in the best shape of their life. While it’ll be tough to top any of those guys, there are many who will try.

 

In the women’s elite race, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, the first-and-only elite to win four in a row (2014-2017), is sitting this one out after a tough year dealing with injuries. Her focus now is getting the much-needed rest and recovery she needs to build herself back to unbeatable form for 2019.

“Really sad not to be in Maui…it just doesn’t seem right,” said Duffy, who will be missing Maui for the first time since 2012. “But Dan and I will be supporting the event and cheering everyone on from afar.”

In addition, last year’s runner-up Barbara Riveros, a 3x Olympian from Chile, will be racing the ITU World Cup in Korea on the same weekend to collect points towards 2020 Olympic qualification. Riveros, who finished 2nd three times in Maui, was 5th in Rio and hopes to do even better in Tokyo.

 

Read on for more great intel on the pro field and some amazing back stories on some of this year’s amazing age group athletes.

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Boston Marathon Changes Qualifying Times for 2020 Race

by Sarah Lorge Butler, Runner’s World

Runners had to be 4:52 faster than their qualifying time to gain acceptance to 2019 event.


The Boston Marathon, the holy grail race for serious distance runners, has become even harder to get into. Race organizers announced that the qualifying standards for the 2020 race will be 5 minutes faster for every age group.

For the sixth year in a row, the race turned away applicants who had met their qualifying time. In order to enter the 2019 race, which will be held on April 15, runners had to be at least 4 minutes, and 52 seconds faster than their qualifying standard, Boston Athletic Association (BAA) officials said on Thursday.

So far, 23,074 runners have been accepted into the 2019 race. That left 7,384 runners, out of 30,458 who applied, shut out of registration, even though they did achieve the posted standards.

Runners were learning of their registration status for the 2019 race by email.

The field for Boston is capped at 30,000. More than 80 percent of those are time qualifiers, and the time required varies based on a runner’s age and gender. The rest of the field gains entry by running for charities or through a different connection to the race.

Registration for Boston happens over a two-week period, with fastest runners able to register during the first week, which was September 10 through 15. Runners who bettered their qualifying standard by more than 20 minutes had the first crack at registration, followed by those who were 10 minutes faster, followed by those who were 5 minutes faster. The BAA has used the rolling registration system since 2012.

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Tri Club Tuesday: Oktoberfest Collegiate Racing

Without Limits Productions Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon at Union Reservoir in Longmont this past weekend served as host for both the NCAA Women’s West Regional Qualifier and the Zarzur Cup – Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Race.

It was a beautiful day to race and the competition was fierce.

CU Boulder’s Jack Toland and Seth Kurtz took the top two steps on the podium in the Men’s Non-Draft race.  CSU’s Ian King took third.  All three, finishing the course in well under and hour.

In the women’s race, USAFA athlete Kelly Grier took home the top prize, while Sophie Hererra and Ali O’Donnell from CU were close on her heals to take second and third.

In the Draft Legal race, Nick Dorsett from the University of Utah took the over all win for the men followed by Thomas Raney and Roy Madrid, both from CU.

ASU swept the podium in the NCAA Women’s Draft Legal West Regional Qualifier race.  Hannah Henry, Charlotte Ahrens and Kate Gorczyca crowned the podium.

 

Complete results can be found here

 

 

 

Paratriathlon Military Engagement Program Wins U.S. Olympic Committee’s Diversity & Inclusion Choice Award

Photo Credit: USA Triathlon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The United States Olympic Committee today announced USA Triathlon’s Paratriathlon Military Engagement Program as the recipient of its annual Diversity & Inclusion Choice Award.

Now in its fifth year, the D&I Choice Award recognizes an NGB or High Performance Management Organization (HPMO) for the creation of a single diversity and inclusion best practice or a series of diversity and inclusion best practices. After an internal USOC selection committee narrows down the submissions, finalists are put to a vote of representatives from NGBs and HPMOs across the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement.

USA Triathlon’s program received the highest number of votes, and the organization will be honored at a celebratory dinner on Friday, Sept. 21, as part of the 2018 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Read more about this award here.

 

Tri Coach Tuesday: Time to Reflect

As the 2018 race season comes to a close, it is time to reflect upon all things training and racing. Reflection defined means “serious thought or consideration.” Whether you are an age group athlete or a pro, a middle of the packer or you’re just happy to finish, reflection will provide great insight into the next steps of your journey.

Designate a time on your calendar to sit down for 45 minutes and allow yourself time to reflect.  If you are like many athletes, you may need that appointment to be listed on your training plan to add the accountability.  Protect the time and deem it to be as important as any of the training segments that you completed. Take the 5/5/5 approach.  Focus your reflection on 5 celebrations, 5 challenges and 5 goals from your past year.

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