Tri Club Tuesday – CU Tri Club – Silent Auction and MCTC Results

by Paisley Sheenan

The CU Triathlon Team’s inaugural auction was a great success! It was a fun night with some competitive bidding, a presentation and Q&A by professional triathlete Cam Dye, and a raffle. All of our items were sold and the money we raised will help us with our goal of taking more athletes to our national championship race in April.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, Cam Dye for speaking, all our sponsors and other companies for donating to the auction, and Colorado Multisport for being a phenomenal venue. We are still fundraising for our journey to nationals through our crowdfunding page: c-fund.us/exx. Our campaign will be open until April 27th, and every donation, big or small, helps our team.

The team had a very successful St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championship race. This was our first race of the spring semester, and we had three men in the top 5 (Timmy Winslow 1st, Roy Madrid 2nd, and Jack Toland 4th), and two women in the top 5 (Paisley Sheehan 3rd, Cassidy Hemp 4th). Timmy also won the individual men’s conference omnium and Paisley came in second place in the individual women’s conference omnium. Both our men’s and women’s team won the race as well as the team conference omnium.

On top of the great results, the Havasu Triathlon is always a fun race for the team. We road trip 14 hours to Arizona, get cozy with seven teammates in a minivan, and always come back to Boulder with lots of adventures and stories. We camp at Crazy Horse Campground and befriend the retired spring breakers who are living in their campers with a lakeside view.

The Havasu Triathlon course is certainly a memorable one. The two standout segments on the bike course are the Neighborhood and the Box. The Neighborhood is a hilly out and back through – you guessed it – a neighborhood, and is a great place to see teammates zoom past. The Box is the most infamous segment of the race with several short but very steep hills. The run course is flat and fast but contains an infamous flight of stairs that are uneven and climb up about two stories to the London Bridge.

This year, a good portion of our men’s team took the theme of “Havastache” to heart, growing mustaches and racing with Pit Viper sunglasses. These guys turned the heads of racers and spectators alike with their unique fashion sense (though the word “fashion” is up for debate). While we are a team who loves to compete and succeed, we are proud of our team spirit and always look to have fun, especially while we are racing.

Now that we are back from Havasu, we are gearing up for Nationals in a month, starting with our annual Spring Break Training Camp. This year we’ll be holding a local camp, completing a vigorous set of workouts designed by our loving coaches to challenge us both mentally and physically. From there, we’ll be settling into race-specific preparation, doing our best to make sure the entire team is ready to take on the competition in Tuscaloosa!

Tri Club Tuesday: CU Tri Club Silent Auction

CU Triathlon’s Inaugural Silent Auction
By Paisley Sheehan

The CU Triathlon team would like to invite you to join us this Friday, March 9th at 6pm at Colorado Multisport for our inaugural auction!

This event is the work of many local businesses and team members, and we’ve brought together an impressive array of items to be bid upon. Entry is $10, and refreshments and door prizes will be part of the fun.

The University of Colorado Triathlon Team is a club made up of about 75 student athletes. We’re open to every level of triathlete – from first-timers just learning how to swim to athletes who race at the pro level. Our training keeps us together six days a week, and if that weren’t enough we still manage to find time to spend together as friends. Workouts are created by our three inspirational coaches, Brad Seng, Leigh Dodd, and Dave Sheanin, who lead practices and provide insight about anything and everything triathlon. The team is run by elected members who are responsible for fundraising, race travel, and so much more. We take pride in being a part of the local triathlon community and volunteer at many races throughout the year.

The Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference (MCTC) competes annually at local races like Boulder Sunset and Oktoberfest, as well as the Pumpkinman Triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada. The CU Triathlon team attends all of these races, culminating in the MCTC Championship race in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. All of this is in preparation for USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals, taking place this year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama from April 27-28. All together, the University of Colorado Triathlon Team has taken home 18 national titles, including the last 8 consecutive years. As a competitive team, we train as hard as we race, but we also enjoy spending time together and sharing our passion for triathlon. As Coach Dave says, “Common suffering builds great teams” – and that has been our mantra for at least as
long as I’ve been on the team.We take pride in our team’s accomplishments, however, our focus is on working hard and having fun.

When my teammates talk about the team on social media or with prospective teammates, it is very common to hear the word “family” used. I can attest that the team feels like my second family, as many of best friends are on the team. One of my best decisions in college was to join the CU Triathlon Team, and every practice reminds me how grateful I am to be surrounded by so many amazing teammates.

Our team is mostly student funded. Every athlete is responsible for paying their own club dues, but our officers work hard to ensure the team has enough fundraising opportunities to subsidize expenses for teammates. ​As a key part of this effort, the University of Colorado Triathlon Team will be holding an inaugural silent auction at 6pm this Friday, March 9th at Colorado Multisport. We have worked with our team sponsors and other local businesses to bring together items that will make for an exciting auction. Products from companies including RŌKA, Boulder Running Company, and Honey Stinger with be featured. Also, you can enjoy a presentation given by local pro triathlete Cam Dye. We would love for anyone in the triathlon community and beyond to come and support us. All proceeds will benefit our journey to nationals by making it possible for more of our team to travel to Alabama.

To follow us on on our journey to Nationals, find us on Instagram @cutriteam, Facebook @CUTriathlon and our website www.cutriathlon.com.