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

 

 

 

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.

Oktoberfest Sprint

Longmont

The 11th annual Oktoberfest Triathlon, presented by Lorissa’s Kitchen, on September 23rd, 2018,  is the party of the season and also a 2018 Mountain Collegiate Conference Race!  As the leaves change color this race will officially end the Colorado Triathlon Season!  It’s been a long fun season but before the snow begins to fall let’s get one more triathlon celebration in.  

The Oktoberfest Triathlon is about friends and teammates, smiling and cheering.  Men’s or woman’s cut technical t-shirts are back.  Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a closed race course are just some of the highlights.  This race is capped at 600 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.  Due to the low cap we’ve sold out the past 10 years so be be sure to take advantage of early registration.  Every year we pick a different Lander (province) in Germany as a theme for the event t-shirts!   2016 was Baden-Wurttemberg (Navy Blue), 2017 was Hessen (Light Blue), and the 2018 theme will be Sachsen-Anhalt (Green)

 

Event details and registration here

Mark on Monday: Face Your Fears

By Mark Cathcart

A discussion about dealing with events, challenges, unexpected problems, and most importantly, those challenges life throws at you during the race season.

When I first agreed the schedule of articles with Dana for my 303 Column, Face your fears seemed like a good end of season challenge, little did I know what challenges would lay ahead of me.

In terms of fears, no matter what you are afraid of, someone else is probably more afraid but will get over it. That’s what makes a champion, looking fear in the “eyes” and fbeating it. That’s your challenge, take something triathlon or sport related that is really different, something you didn’t think you could do, something you were afraid of and do it!

For me this year it will be very different, after 18-years of triathlon, I’m planning to make the start line at the Without Limits Oktoberfest Triathlon. Last time I was at the Union Reservoir for the Outdoor Divas triathlon, to support my partner Kate in her race, I had a full-blown heart attack and was taken away post-race in an Ambulance (3).

I’ve seen people take on and achieve much bigger challenges. A club colleague of mine in the UK, was training for Team GB, when she was hit and paralyzed from the waist down. Just a year later, Paula Craig was the first Team GB Para-triathlete at the ITU Worlds in Cancun in 2002. You don’t have to look far to see incredible stories. I was amazed to see the progress that BBSC Endurance Sports Craig Towler had already made after losing both his legs after being hit by a driver while out training. (1).

I’ve stood at the start line for many races, both open water, with high waves, and frenetic pool based triathlons and heard people expressing grave concerns about their ability to start, much less finish.

To this day I can remember a race in the UK in 2006, pool swim, all the competitors lined up down the side of the pool waiting for the start. The pool was crazy, arms thrashing everywhere, there were as many as 6-people per lane, the noise was crazy, there were almost waves as the water crashed against the sides.

The guy next to me was, like me, 6ft tall, and he was having serious doubts about the swim. I told him it would be fine. He wasn’t convinced. I pointed out that while racking my bike I’d spotted a prosthetic arm in transition. He looked puzzled. We scanned the line of swimmers and couldn’t see the “owner”. It turned out to be the first ever triathlon for Claire Cunningham (nee Bishop). Claire is a medal winning and Champion paratriathlete for Team GB now and just 5’6” tall.

How must Claire have felt that day?

There is nothing special about these athletes. They don’t have a superpower, they take the challenges and setbacks and find a way of getting past them.

Most of us don’t face triathlon with anything like those challenges. Whatever you decide to do over the next few months, tackle something that challenges you, something that proves you are still alive. No matter if that is taking on a greater distance than you thought possible; going faster and placing higher than you think you can; getting out and becoming the hill climber; the cyclocross athlete and more.

Each of these “fears” can be broken down and divided into constituent parts; each of those parts you can find a way to address. As Claire says on her website “Nothing is impossible, you can find a way”. (*2) Create goals for each part, after you’ve achieved those goals, start combining the parts and setting new goals.

Look for help from coaches, books and videos. With not much of a racing season left, why not pick a fear and set about facing it before next season?

Me, I’ll be working the mount/dismount line for the upcoming 5430 Harvest Moon race, and then I’ll be doing everything I can to start, and finish the Oktoberfest triathlon in a few weeks.

  1. https://www.rhone.com/blogs/collective/my-story-by-craig-towler
  2. http://clare-cunningham.co.uk/about-me/
  3. I can’t thank Gaby and the EMT’s at Rapid Response Paramedic Services, the Mountain View Fire emergency crew, especially Carlos who, coincidentally volunteered with me at Ironman Bouler 2016; Dr Paik and everyone at Longmont Unit Hospital enough. Really!
Mark Cathcart took up triathlon in the late 90’s to get fit for adventure racing, which to this day he has never done, and has since taken part in 170+ events. His pragmatic approach to training, racing, and life have lead in from being the Chairman of one of the bigger UK Triathlon clubs 15-years ago; British Triathlon volunteer of the year; a sometime race organizer; The organizer and ride leader for Austin Texas award winning Jack and Adams triathlon shop; doing sometime Sports Management for development and professional triathletes; he has attended all the Triathlon Business International, and Triathlon America conferences, where he usually asks the questions others won’t; moved to Colorado in 2016 and is a co-owner of Boulder Bodyworker

Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon

Union Reservoir

 

The 10th annual Oktoberfest Triathlon, presented by Lorissa’s Kitchen, on September 24th  is the party of the season and also a 2017 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Conference Race!  As the leaves change color this race will officially end the Colorado Triathlon Season!  It’s been a long fun season but before the snow begins to fall let’s get one more triathlon celebration in.  

The Oktoberfest Triathlon is about friends and teammates, smiling and cheering.  Men’s or woman’s cut technical t-shirts are back.  Great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles, and a closed race course are just some of the highlights.  This race is capped at 600 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.  Due to the low cap we’ve sold out the past 8 years so be be sure to take advantage of early registration.  Every year we pick a different Lander (province) in Germany as a theme for the event t-shirts!  2015 was Hessen (Light Blue), 2016 was Baden-Wurttemberg (Navy Blue), and the 2017 theme will be Sachsen-Anhalt (Green)

 

Event details and registration here