Weekend Preview: It’s an OWS Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 27th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 29th

 

Rueter-Hess OWS

Parker


Carter Lake Crossing

Loveland


BAM Swim

Boulder


Reverse Indoor Tryathlon #3

Lone Tree


Sunday July 30th

 

Outdoor Diva Sprint Tri

Longmont


Legend Rocky Mountain Tri – CANCELLED


Mark Your Calendar

Saturday August 5th

XTERRA Indian Peaks returns to Eldora.  After a 3 year detour over the Continental Divide to Snow Mountain Ranch the very popular XTERRA Indian Peak off road triathlon is returning to the Eldora Mountain Resort on August 5th.

The adventure begins with a chilly 1000m swim in Peterson Lake and after a 600 uphill run to the transition area competitors will head off on a 2 loop 23km bike on the trails of the Eldora Nordic Center.  This bike course offers a bit of everything, dirt road, double track, tight descents, muddy climbs, singletrack and a bit of no track.  After dismounting the bike the athletes will embark on what many call the best XTERRA run course out there.  This 4 mile run is a true trail challenge with steep climbs, singletrack and primitive trails that will put the hurt on even the most seasoned pro.



Cycling Events

Thursday July 27th

 

BVSC Bike Ed Program

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie


REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Friday July 28th

 

Pastries on the Path

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Saturday July 29th

 

Denver to Aspen Classic

Denver


14th Annual Grin & Barrett Charity Ride

Montrose


Breck 100

Breckenridge


Laramie Enduro

Laramie, Wy


DUST2: Bush’s Pump Track

Pagosa Springs


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 Mtb Skills Clinic

Boulder


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs


Sunday July 30th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Leadville Stage Race

Leadville


Salida Classic

Salida


Tour de Freeze

High Line Canal


The Heart of Colorado

Manitou Springs


Endurance Cycling Camp

Steamboat Springs

Weekend Preview: Here’s the Latest

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 13th

 

Stroke and Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 15th

 

Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

Offering 1,2 and 3 mile swims.  Individual and team events, wetsuit and non wetsuit options.  The Bare Bones OWS is a great way to get in a longer swim on a supported course.

Register now, there is NO RACE DAY registration.


Frisco Triathlon

Frisco


XTERRA Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek



Cycling Events

Thursday July 13th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday July 14th

 

TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Saturday July 15th

 

Tour of Colorado – Lead-Breck Gran Fondo


Bob Cook Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb

Idaho Springs


Durango Dirty Century

Durango


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Sunday July 16th

 

Boulder Orthopedics Criterium

Golden


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM

 

 

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.