USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships to Draw 4,000 Triathletes to Omaha This Weekend

Nation’s top amateur triathletes to compete for national titles in sprint and Olympic-distance events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More than 4,000 amateur triathletes are registered to compete at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, happening this Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, at Levi Carter Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Age Group Nationals weekend is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championship event. Also held in Omaha in 2016, the event will feature two days of competition with national titles up for grabs on each day.

Races begin at 7 a.m. CT each day, with the Olympic-Distance National Championships on Saturday and the Sprint National Championships on Sunday. The Olympic-distance event, which has been held annually since 1983, features a 1,500-meter swim, non-drafting 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course. Athletes in this race qualified to compete based on a top age-group finish at a previous USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event. The Sprint National Championships, which have no qualifying criteria, will feature a 750m swim, non-drafting 20k bike and 5k run.

On both Saturday and Sunday, athletes will be competing for national titles in their respective age groups. Top finishers in each age group will also earn the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, in their respective race distances.

The top 18 finishers (rolling down to 25th place) in each age group of Olympic-Distance Nationals will automatically earn a spot on Team USA.

Sprint-distance competitors must finish in the top six in their age groups to secure a spot for the Sprint World Championships, which will feature a draft-legal bike leg. Athletes can also qualify for the Sprint World Championships by finishing in the top-12 in their age groups at the Draft-Legal World Qualifier in Sarasota, Florida, on Oct. 7, 2017. More information about Team USA qualification for the sprint race is available at usatriathlon.org.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the competitors in this weekend’s field. The youngest athlete on the start list is 14 years old, and the oldest is 88.

In total, 16 national champions from 2016 will be back to defend their Olympic-distance age-group titles.

Colorado Athletes Racing both the Sprint and Olympic distance events:

Lena Aldrich
Kathleen Allen
Tea Chand
Julia Gorham
Ellen Hart
Michele Hemming
Heidi Hoffman
Barbara Kostner
Melissa Langworthy
Kimberly Malinoski
Nancy Mallon
Stephanie Meisner
Tatiana Morrell
Karen Rice
Dorothy Waterhouse
Karen Weatherby
Sandi Wiebe
William Ankele Jr
Michael Boehmer
Simon Butterworth
Alan Carter
George Cespedes
Kirk Framke
Jim Fuller
Joseph Gregg
Daniel Haley
Jim Hallberg
Tom Hennessy
Tim Hola
Grant Johnson
Thomas Murray
David Pease
Erik Peterson
Kevin Sheen
Vincent Trinquesse
Nathan Turner
Gary Waterhouse
Andrew Weinstein
Lockett Wood

Mother/daughter racing Sprint
Christy & Hannah Croasdell

Average women’s age 54
Average men’s age 46

Hallberg, Walker set pace at 37th Annual Longmont Triathlon

From the Daily Camera

Longmont’s Jim Hallberg heads for the bike segment of the 37th annual Longmont Triathlon on Sunday. Hallberg won the men’s title in 55:09 and was the fastest overall finisher.

On a sunny Sunday in Boulder County, the 37th annual Longmont Triathlon went off without a hitch, as Longmont’s Jim Hallberg and Aurora’s Lori Walker both raced their way to victory. The course ran in and around the city’s Centennial Pool, and was graced with the participation of 268 competitors from teenagers to 75 years old.

Throughout the morning, competitors started out with a 525-yard swim, transitioned to a 12-mile bike ride, and then finished with a 5-kilometer run.

For 39-year-old, D3 Multisport coach Hallberg, who finished first overall in 55 minutes and nine seconds, the title of Best Longmont Triathlete has become familiar to him over the past three years — every year of which he’s won.

“I’ve done it the last few years, and this is a fun race,” Hallberg said. “It’s low key and a very fun beginner (race), but some people always show up, so I always try to defend my title, if you will, to keep first place. It’s good, I’m glad it’s over with.”

Despite the worsening conditions of the race course, he said he’s happy with how he performed.

“Today, my strongest event was the bike,” Hallberg said. “I’ve been fairly consistent between all three disciplines, but usually the bike is my strength. Unfortunately, the course is getting chopped up with all the traffic. There’s more and more. There’s potholes, there’s construction going around causing that, unfortunately. I know the course. I live here, so I’m very familiar with the bike route and the run one, so I know what to expect, what to avoid.”

Between 2002 and 2008, Hallberg competed in multiple Ironman races, including the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in 2008, so to him, races like this are a little more relaxed.

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Tri Coach Tuesday: Pre Race SEX, yea or nay?

by Coach Jim Hallberg, D3 Multisport

Pre-race nerves can threaten your race if you let them get the best of you. And while managing them can be easier said than done, all it might take is a fresh look at your pre-race routines to come up with a new strategy to calm down.

Without some coping strategies, you might find yourself defeated before the gun goes off, and consequently will not rise to your capabilities of having a great race. There are a number of resources available to help you with open water angst, and other pre-race jitters, in fact, at D3, we recommend checking in with our mental skills expert, Will Murray. But I’d like to leave those skills to him because what I want to know is …

Will sexual relations the night before your race help with nerves?
Male or female, I’m talking about everyone. What does sex do to you the night before a race?

I’ve learned that the amount of energy required for such bedroom training sessions is about as much as walking up two flights of stairs, or 25-50 calories. Your glycogen stores will not be depleted. (2) I promise! And if you can’t handle walking up two flights of stairs to get some relaxation, you’re probably not tapered enough to race.

Evidence suggests that hormones do not change negatively during bedroom training sessions and can be eliminated as any concern that would affect your race, in fact, it looks like it could enhance race day performance. In men, testosterone peaks after 7 days of abstinence, but then dramatically falls after 30 days (if you don’t use it, you lose it). Yet after such training, there are no acute changes that either increase or decrease your testosterone, but rather a gradual rebuild of testosterone occurs. (1) In women, sexual activity releases pain-blocking endorphins which can help mitigate sore muscles.(2)

Studies have actually been conducted with the greatest athletes of all time about their advocating for a bedroom training session before a big event. From Muhammed Ali to Joe Namath to Pele and Jimmy Riccitello they are noted as saying respectively no, yes, yes and yes. (3,4) So unless you are in a contact sport, it appears that you get their support for going for gold in the bedroom before an event. It is acceptable, suggested, and maybe even required for improved race performance.

Now, let’s get this straight. It’s not the same if you fly solo on an evening training session. It’s not the same emotional, relaxed confidence building session. However, you might not have a choice so here is some advice.

If you need to relax and fall asleep, take two melatonin and I’ll see you at the start line. If you travel solo to races and a partner might not be right there alongside you, I do not recommend finding a new bedroom training partner the night before the race. Even if I was 23 and unmarried – no, thank you! You don’t need new saddle sores or to wake up with a flat the next morning because someone let all the air out of your tires. Be smart, not desperate. Casey Stengel, the legendary coach of the New York Yankees, who said, “It isn’t sex that wrecks these guys, it’s staying up all night looking for it.”

Let’s get a little specific about this training session. How long should the session last before pre-race benefits are achieved? Will 3 minutes, 8 minutes, 20 minutes be sufficient? My conclusion is, whatever, it doesn’t matter! If you wind up with a TSS (training stress score) score of 3, maybe an IF (intensity factor) score of .95 or even 1.5 (if it was amazing), it’s all good. I hope you know I’m joking at this point and are not actually going to try and calculate either of these.

If you’re so focused on a race that you cannot relax and unwind, then do yourself a favor and indulge. It’s not selfish to take time for yourself to relax, in fact, everyone around you will appreciate the calmer you. A calmer you means a smoother race day and you will be able to better adapt to all of the conditions a race can toss at you. There’s one caveat to all of this. Like your nutrition and other race strategies, don’t try anything new the night before the race.

Coach Jim believes that every one of us has the capacity to improve our efficiency, get stronger and run, bike or swim faster. Sure, it takes time, dedication and discipline but it’s possible.

1-https://examine.com/nutrition/does-ejaculation-affect-testosterone-levels/
2-http://www.neilbaum.net/sex-before-athletic-events—facts-and-myths.html
3 http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/10/health/sex-athletes/
4. http://www.triathlete.com/2013/01/training/performance-pointers_68968

 

Original article on D3 Multisport here