Weekend Preview: Another Beautiful Weekend on Tap

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 21st

 

Vixxen Racing Swim Clinic

Boulder


Boulder Stroke & Stride, Week #4

Boulder


Friday June 22nd

 

Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville


Saturday June 23rd

 

Solstice Sunset Open Water Swim

Longmont

Join Mountain Swim Series as they kick off their 2018 season with the Solstice Sunset Swim at Union Reservoir Saturday June 23rd. Early online registration closes Thursday June 21 at midnight. Race day registration is available for an additional $10 fee.

 


Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland


TriBella Women Only Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir


Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville


Sunday June 24th

 

Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin Run Clinic

Boulder


Boulder Sunrise Triathlon

Boulder


South Suburban TRYathlon

Centennial


Tri on the Plains

Sterling


Tri the Boat

Steamboat Springs


Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville



Cycling Events

Thursday June 21st

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Grintas Cycling Retreat

Steamboat Springs


Crested Butte Bike Week

Crested Butte


USAC Pro Road, ITT & Criterium National Championships

Knoxville, TN


Friday June 22nd

 

Pactimo Pop-Up Store

Denver


Mountain Bike Capital USA Weekend Event

Winter Park


Grintas Cycling Retreat

Steamboat Springs


Crested Butte Bike Week

Crested Butte


USAC Pro Road, ITT & Criterium National Championships

Knoxville, TN


Saturday June 23rd

 

Mavic Haute Route Rockies

Boulder to Colorado Springs – the long way

 

 


EPIC Singletrack Series: Point to Point

Winter Park


Bring Out Yer Bike 

Denver


Laramie MTB Series

Happy Jack, WY


VIDA Mtb Clinic: Trestle Bike Park

Winter Park


BME Series: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


4SOH

Ft. Collins


BoulderCentre for Orthopedics Criterium

Golden


Colorado Bike MS

Westminster – Ft. Collins


Grintas Cycling Retreat

Steamboat Springs


Crested Butte Bike Week

Crested Butte


USAC Pro Road, ITT & Criterium National Championships

Knoxville, TN


Sunday June 24th

 

Big Ring Cycles Demo Days

Golden

Join Big Ring Cycles, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Shimano and Bike-a-Latte at New Terrain Brewery and test drive great new bikes out on the trails at North Table Mountain from 8am-noon on Sunday, June 24th! Check out new shoes by Pearl Izumi, New Terrain’s food truck – J-Street, New Terrain Brewery


Bicycle Tour of Colorado

Leadville and beyond


John Stenner Memorial TT

Keensburg


Mavic Haute Route Rockies

Boulder to Colorado Springs – the long way


Colorado Bike MS

Westminster – Ft. Collins


Grintas Cycling Retreat

Steamboat Springs


BME Series: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


VIDA Mtb Clinic: Trestle Bike Park

Winter Park


Crested Butte Bike Week

Crested Butte


USAC Pro Road, ITT & Criterium National Championships

Knoxville, TN

Weekend Preview: 38th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Triathlon Events

Saturday June 2nd

 

Colorado Triathlon – SOLD OUT

Boulder


14th Annual Longmont Kids Triathlon & Try-a-Tri

Longmont


Little Bellas MTB Camp

Lakewood


FoCo Kids Triathlon

Ft. Collins


Grant Ranch OWS

Lakewood


Sunday June 3rd

 

38th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Longmont


Boulder.Bike.Bolder,: Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin Bike Clinic

Boulder


9th Annual Beti Bike Bash

Lakewood


Little Bellas MTB Clinic

Lakewood


Grant Ranch OWS

Lakewood



Cycling Events

Saturday June 2nd

 

Palisade Gran Fondo

Palisade


Colorado Bike Expo @ ERock

Castle Rock


Beti Bike Bash

Lakewood


ERock Sunrise Sunset

Castle Rock


20th Annual Buena Vista Bike Fest

Buena Vista


47th Annual Fred Prindle Memorial City park Criterium

Denver


Firebird XC

Eagle


Burning Can Fest

Lyons


Little Bella MTB Camp

Lakewood


BVV Saturday Sprints

Erie


Dirty Kanza

Emporia, KS


Sunday June 3rd

 

Guanella Pass Hill Climb & Gran Fondo

Georgetown


Grand Enduro

Grand Junction


Little Bella MTB Camp

Lakewood


9th Annual Beti Bike Bash

Lakewood


Elephant Rock ride

Castle Rock


Colorado Bike Expo @ ERock

Castle Rock

 

Weekend Preview: Hoping for Warm

Triathon Events

Saturday May 19th

 

Summer OPEN Sprint Triathlon

Longmont


Sunday May 20th

 

IRONMAN Team Colorado Training Ride

Boulder


Braver.Bolder.Stronger. Swim Clinic with Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin

Boulder


Tri the Rock

Castle Rock



Cycling Events

Thursday May 17th

Big Ring Cycles Grand Re-Opening

Golden

After months of remodeling, we’re looking forward to our updated space and a weekend long celebration. Please plan to join us! We’ll be riding, testing out e-bikes, selecting an official Big Ring Cycles Cocktail and more!  Check out the great events all weekend!


Friday May 18th

 

 

Big Ring Cycles Grand Re-Opening

Golden


2nd Annual Crank It Forward Gala

Denver


Grand Junction Off-Road

Grand Junction


RMRS: Pajarito Mountain

Los Alamos, NM


Saturday May 19th

 

Big Ring Cycles Grand Re-Opening

Golden


 

Robidioux Quick & Dirty

Scotts Bluff, NE

 

This is a 75 mile gravel race held in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, and is run through the heart of the Wildcat Hills.  You can race it and gather a cash prize, or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride.


Superior Morgul TT & TTT

Superior


Grand Junction Off-Road

Grand Junction


90k/160k Pony Xpress Gravel

Trinidad


Battle the Bear

Lakewood


24th Annual Ride for the Pass

Aspen


Elite MTB Class


RMRS: Pajarito Mountain

Los Alamos, NM


Sunday May 20th

 

Big Ring Cycles Grand Re-Opening

Golden


Superior Morgul Road Race

Superior


McKee Classic Bike Tour

Loveland


Sante Fe Century

Santa Fe, NM

 


Grand Junction Off-Road

Grand Junction


RMRS: Pajarito Mountain

Los Alamos, NM


Elite MTB Class

Denver


 

BRAVER BOLDER STRONGER. Triathlon workshops designed by women for women.

Join 303Triathlon‘s Bill Plock with Rachel Joyce and Dana Platin via Facebook Live from TriBella on Thursday, May 10th at 10:45am (MDT).

PRESS RELEASE – MAY 7, 2018
BRAVER BOLDER STRONGER. Triathlon workshops designed by women for women.

Boulder, Colorado USA: Rachel Joyce, professional triathlete; 2017 IRONMAN Boulder Champion, and Dana Platin, leadership coach and founder of The Warmi Project, are collaborating on an innovative local workshop series. Each workshop offers a unique blend of practical triathlon skills and mental tools designed to have an immediate benefit on performance. The series will take place at the University of Colorado, Boulder Recreation Center and single workshop registration is available:

Swim Braver Workshop: Sunday May 20 10:00am-3:00pm
Bike Bolder Workshop: Sunday June 3 10:00am-3:00pm
Run Stronger Workshop: Sunday June 24 10:00am-3:00pm

The Swim Braver session will develop the ability to squash the inner critic and lead with a BRAVER self-mentor both on and off the race course. The Bike Bolder session will progress the courage needed to push the comfort zone in order to fear less, take calculated risks, and move BOLDER through life. The Run Stronger session will explore the top three strategies to crush
goals to run STRONGER in life.

“Since transitioning from the corporate world to professional triathlon in 2005, I have learned a huge amount about swimming, biking and running,” said Rachel Joyce. “I understand how the development of everyday skills are essential to truly showcase fitness in the triathlon arena. I am excited to share my experiences through the Braver Bolder Stronger workshops and to be partnering with Dana Platin. Dana’s depth of knowledge and women’s leadership portfolio emphasizes the relevance of mental tools, which is often the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

“Human Interest Group is proud to support this engaging workshop series,” said Heather Nocickis, “Rachel and Dana have created a relevant, effective content program based on their respective paths to success. The result of their vision for women’s leadership is a blueprint that builds confidence and drives change, empowering others to break through barriers – in sport or in the corporate arena.”

“As a passionate, avid athlete, I use my participation in triathlons, cycling, and mountaineering as a way to set personal goals that push my limits beyond what I thought was possible,” says Dana Platin. “Personal triumphs and setbacks have taught me about gratitude, grit, and grace. My 20-years in leadership development, training, and program management are lessons learned for other women aspiring to crush their fear to accomplish their goals. I am thrilled to
partner with Rachel Joyce on this powerful experience that uses the journey of triathlon to tap into that braver, bolder, stronger version of ourselves.”

Each workshop will kick off with a challenging physical component. The swim/bike/run training sessions will be coached by Rachel, instructing on technique and key skills specific to triathlon, such as open water sighting and adapting swim strokes for different conditions; climbing and descending proficiency on the bike; and, finishing with a strong run in the final leg of a triathlon.

This will be followed by lunch and refreshments. Dana will advance discussion during the afternoon sessions, further examining potential barriers to empowerment and those tools and choices that contribute to success and define what braver, bolder, stronger means for women’s leadership and participation.

About Braver Bolder Stronger: Braver Bolder Stronger Workshops is a partnership between Rachel Joyce, Dana Platin and The Human Interest Group. For more details and event registration, click HERE.

Media Enquiries: The Human Interest Group
Heather Novickis email: heather@humaninterestgroup.org
Phone: 303.517.0624

Parking for Workshops
The workshops will take place at CU Student Recreation Center, located at 1855 Pleasant Street in Boulder, CO. We recommend parking at Lot 169 (free parking on weekends) or the Folsom Field Parking Garage (paid parking) as shown here.

Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin Run Clinic

Boulder

 

Run Stronger: Hit your targets, personal best and stand on the podium of life

Running: it’s as simple as putting one foot in front of another.  We all know it doesn’t always feel that easy.

 

Full Clinic series:

Swim Braver May 20th

Bike Bolder June 3rd

Run Stronger June 24th

 

Do one workshop for $149 or all 3 for $399

For more details and registration please email braveboldstrong@gmail.com

Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin Bike Clinic

Boulder

Bike Bolder : Become more assertive ascending and descending on the bike, expand your comfort zone, live in your courage zone.

 

Skill and technique are often overlooked on the bike in favor of finding fitness and hammering out the miles.  this workshop is designed to maximize your fitness with a focus on cornering, climbing and descending.

Full Clinic series:

Swim Braver May 20th

Bike Bolder June 3rd

Run Stronger June 24th

 

Do one workshop for $149 or all 3 for $399

For more details and registration please email braveboldstrong@gmail.com

Rachel Joyce & Dana Platin Swim Clinic

Boulder

Swim Braver Clinic – Conquer fear, quiet your inner critic and lead with your inner mentor.

This clinic will focus on open water techniques and mental strategies to prepare you for the unique challenges that racing in open water presents.

Full Clinic series:

Swim Braver May 20th

Bike Bolder June 3rd

Run Stronger June 24th

 

Do one workshop for $149 or all 3 for $399

For more details and registration please email braveboldstrong@gmail.com

 

303Radio: Brits in Boulder

Happy St. George’s Day!!

Today, April 23rd, is St. George’s Day. The patron saint of England. 303Radio recently interviewed some of England’s finest triathletes; Tim Don, Rachel Joyce and James Hadley to talk about life in Boulder as a Brit, some of their greatest athletic moments and maybe some of their tougher moments as well. Along the way there is plenty of that famous British humor for all! To add to the mix we met at one of Ireland’s best, Ivan O’Gorman’s fit studio in Niwot. What happens when you get some friends from “across the pond” to chat all things triathlon and life? Have a listen and find out!

 

Women in Triathlon: WITSUP Brunch with Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Rachel “Joycey” Joyce

By Dana Willett

This morning Jen Findley and I were honored to attend a very special WITSUP Brunch in a foothills mansion high above the cacophony of the Kona Race Week activities at sea level.

An annual event celebrating women in triathlon, the sold out Witsup Kona Brunch featured triathlon legends Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Rachel “Joycey” Joyce, moderated by WITSUP “Chief,” Stef “Steffie” Hansen (who is quick to note, one may only address her by this moniker if you are an IRONMAN World Champion). This is the “fourth or fifth” year of the event (and one we will not miss in the future).

Sponsors Cervelo and Ceramic Speed were well represented with signage and prize drawing giveaways.

Our plates piled high with delicacies prepared by Stef’s “chef” husband Brett, we settled in to luxurious chairs as she opened the casual Q&A session by introducing “Two of the most wanted athletes in the world,” Rinny and Rachel.

Stef introduced Rachel, pointing out that the Boulder-based pro completed three IRONMAN races in just ten weeks (including winning IRONMAN Boulder!) after giving birth to her first child, Archie, just 13 months ago.

Rinny was next, asked about what it was like to be in Kona and not be racing: “Izzy is taking most of the focus – it’s very different being here without the anxiety of racing, and just supporting Tim (O’Donnell).”

It was then Rinny’s turn to ask Stef a question… In her trademark feisty and spirited way, Rinny asked Stef point blank if she plans to have kids. Once the room settled down after some barbs and an eruption of laughter, Stef admitted she’d “never been embarrassed on stage.”  She then turned serious: “I find the subject fascinating because it’s a dilemma for athletes – age groupers or pros – pregnancy affects sponsor relationships, requires a break from training and racing; it’s one of the biggest challenges in being a pro triathlete, and any working professional. It concerns me – what would happen with WITSUP? I’m not ready to compromise that. Not now. Eventually. But not until it can be my number one priority.”

There were many murmurs of agreement from the attentive audience, most of whom were women, some Kona athletes and some not, and a good smattering of supportive men.

“Moving on,” Stef commanded, slyly changing the subject. She asked Rinny what it has been like “getting back in shape after having a kid.”

Rinny responded that so far she’s had just two runs and two swims – and, she “pulled out sore” after 20 minutes on the run. “It’s gonna be tough,” she said, succinctly.

Rachel responded to the same question, saying, “It taught me patience. I remember my first swim – I was completely exhausted after just 1500 meters – it was so different from being so in shape before. I had to switch my mindset to looking forward, instead of back. I couldn’t rush it. I had to focus on,  ‘I’m better than I was last week.’

She continued, “It was hard work, especially the core strength. When I stood at the start line of my first race back I thought, ‘Wow, six months ago I was only walking around the block. You have to take baby steps. Don’t rush it.”

Stef then asked, “It’s similar to injury, then, taking it day by day, right?”

Rachel responded, saying it is similar to injury in that you need to look forward at your progress, and not wishing you were back to where you were before. Then she added, “You have all that, plus breastfeeding. Your body’s main function is to support another human. And the physical changes, like wondering, ‘when will my stomach stop jiggling?’ I felt like my legs weren’t attached to my top half – there was no ‘pop.’  It’s a foreign feeling. My body felt disconnected getting back into training. You have to be patient.”

Rinny was then asked if the past 6-7 weeks since Izzy was born have been similar to the rest she usually takes after Kona. Rinny replied dryly, “Well, this has been 6 or 7 weeks of doing nothing, and also I had a human come out of me.” The room erupted.

She continued, “My core is lost after having to make way for all the expansion. But I’m sitting here listening and trying to take lessons from what Rachel said. I’ll look ahead. Next year I want to be back here and be a contender.”

Stef paused dramatically, and commented, “The best contraception is talking with you two.”

The discussion then turned to race day strategies. Stef asked, “How do you switch off your usual ‘nice’ personalities  to “terminator” mode on race day?”
Rinny responded, saying, “When I started (as a pro) I struggled with my friendships with competitors, how to manage that. But I learned that when gun goes off it’s a war… you must be no one’s friend.”

Stef and Rachel joined in with some barbs, Stef saying, “The smack talk is starting now.” Rinny responded, “This year it’s ok because I’m just watching … but next year – looking at Rachel -all bets are off.”

Rachel commented, “You have to think of it that they’re just people I want to be ahead of – I’m very single-minded. It doesn’t matter whether you’re friends or not.”

Nodding agreement, Rinny added, “At that point in the race (during the run) we’re all suffering, so you feel bad. You want to say “sorry- but I’m going on ahead of you.”

The conversation went on to cover advice for the strong Queen K cross-winds (“Trust your bike – it was designed for the wind – try to relax into it”), descending from Hawi (Rinny: “Put it in the biggest ring and go for it!”), and Race Week nerves (Rinny: “I want that – it shows the race matters to you;” Rachel: “If I didn’t feel nervous I’d wonder what was wrong”).

And then the Hot Topic: For pro women after having a baby, they have to do so many races in order to get points for Kona… there is no current carry over or accommodation for maternity leave…

Rachel noted, “We want to have the best women and men racing in Kona. We need to work back from that. Despite fitness before giving birth, it just takes a long time (to get back in shape). We need to look at other sports and consider how to take maternity leave. It’s very complex – we need a statistician to sort rankings, and look at the possibility of carrying over points from the prior year.”

Rachel continues, “There isn’t an easy answer. Women need to not rush back and risk injury – we need to accommodate that.”

Agreeing, Rinny added, “We want the best athletes in their best form – whether it’s a point system or whatever. There are lots of different ideas, and we need to look seriously at the rules.”

Stef concluded the topic saying, “We need a better solution – there’s not a perfect solution, but there is a better way.”

After some talk about finding your “zone” on the Kona run (Rachel says, “The blanker and freer you can keep your mind the better… think about rhythm, nutrition, form”) and a possible 2-day race formula for Kona, like 70.3 worlds in Chattanooga (both women were in favor of it “to showcase the women’s race properly”), the discussion turned more philosophical.

 

If not triathlon, then what career would you want to pursue?
Rinny explained she studied physiology and kinesiology in college, and she would likely pursue those fields. Rachel, a former lawyer said, “I definitely like the law, but I’m not sure I’d go back to a law firm.”

And, finally, the most memorable moment over time on the Big Island?

“Winning in 2013 ,” Rinny answered without hesitation. “I had won in 2010 and then I had a couple of not-great years. Winning in 2013 validated that it wasn’t a fluke – the day flew by went perfectly. And it was also pretty special because Tim came in 5th. It was the most memorable.”
(Stef pointed out that they were engaged, noting the famous photo of Rinny jumping into Tim’s arms, laughing and saying “you needed the money for the wedding, right?”)

Rachel found her first time at Kona as the most memorable. “I didn’t yet identify as a pro triathlete – I felt out of depth.
I came 6th that year – I came in 4th off the bike, and I heard Greg Welch saying, ‘I think we’re going to see this one go backward…’ I thought, I’ll show you. It was so memorable. It was not my best race, but it ewas the start of a proper pro career.

Predictions for the pro field on Saturday? Rinny was quick to say, “I’ll answer that. I’d pick Rachel or Daniella for one and two, and then Heather (Jackson) or my dark horse pick – Lucy Charles. She’s my dark horse.”

 

Be sure to check out the WITSUP website for all the “Wahine Warrior” videos of Kona pro women!

Colorado Athletes in Kona: Here’s to Repeat Appearances

Eric Walker

My competitive career began at age 10 when my dad and I ran in my first 5K. I owe it all to my dad, he was really into running marathons and fostered my love of running. Fast forward, age 29; I had just graduated from Chiropractic school and suddenly had time train and run marathons. Shortly after getting into Spin classes to cross train, I completed my first triathlon.

My favorite triathlon distance is definitely the full 140.6, it is physically challenging but more importantly it is mentally challenging. I qualified for Kona for the first time in 2015 and had a good race, but there were definitely some learning moments during it too!

This year I am looking to put those learning moments to good use and have a more successful race. I draw a lot of inspiration and motivation from the older age group triathletes- I am watching YOU 70-85 year old’s! Thank you for inspiring me! It is inspiring to watch this group push the limits of athleticism- they are competitive and pretty darn quick! Good luck to all the other Colorado athletes, see you in Kona!

 


Briana Boehmer

 

How did I get involved in Triathlon? – I ran in college (Division I) and succumbed to a lot of injuries my Junior and Senior years . As part of my rehab I would have to cross train A LOT so upon graduation I got this crazy idea in my head that I might as well do a triathlon since I had basically been training for one. I was hooked. I didn’t take up Ironman racing until over 10 years later…until then I thought the distance was absolutely BONKERS! In 2013 after a long break from Triathlon I decided to start with Half Ironmans then a full in 2014.

 

I qualified for Kona this year at Ironman Frankfurt where I came in third overall and notched a new PR of 9:40. This will be my second time to the Big Island.

 

My WHY – I lost my mother when I was just a little over 1 year old. I have always had a sense of urgency with life because of this event. It is a sense that moments cannot be wasted because you never know when you may have reached your last one. That is why while racing is something I love, I devote my time to many other things. I’ve never defined myself by sport, rather it is a part of what helps me live life to the fullest. I currently am the COO of a local fitness start-up and am involved with the Leeds Business School at CU helping young entrepreneurs in their endeavors. I’ve been involved in start-ups/running business for almost 15 years now. Not squandering moments and challenging myself to reach – that is what I strive for each day. Kona will be no different – I will race knowing that the day and the moments within it are something I am lucky to have.

 

 

I am a part of Vixxen racing and will have teammate Liz West to share this years Kona with (pretty awesome!). My coach is Rachel Joyce and I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to be able to race “with” her at Kona. Hoping while I am on my way out on the Queen K,  I see her cruising into the finish in the lead 🙂 She is the absolute BEST 🙂