Costco Magazine features Triathlon advice for Beginners

 

 

USA Triathlon President Barry Siff  was instrumental in boosting beginner triathlon information through Costco’s monthly magazine:

 

 

Sprint to the Finish

By Chrystle Fiedler, From Costco Connection

EVER DREAMED ABOUT competing in a triathlon? You’re not the only one. According to USA Triathlon, the organization that oversees all of the nation’s triathlon races, triathlons are growing in number.

One reason is the sprint triathlon, which features shorter distances per discipline (a half-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run) than the much more demanding Ironman challenge (a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run). “Anyone can train for a triathlon, regardless of their age, as long as they swim, bike and run to build fitness,” says Joe Friel, author of Your First Triathlon: Race Ready in 5Hours a Week (Velo Press, 2012; not available at Costco). “It’s definitely doable.”

“Most athletes who are new to the sport don’t have an endurance background or equipment they’ll need for longer distances, so competing in a sprint triathlon is a good way to test the waters,” says Debi Bernardes, a triathlete and tri coach trainer (ucandoitcoach.com) based in Virginia…

 

Read the full article here

USAT Launches #DreamingSeason

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon announced the start of #DreamingSeason, a new campaign that encourages both veteran and first-time triathletes to set their goals for 2018. The digital and social media-driven campaign connects the multisport community and provides training resources that athletes of all levels can use in the upcoming triathlon season.

First introduced by TrainingPeaks, a training plan software provider and USA Triathlon partner, the concept of #DreamingSeason was adopted and built-out into a full digital campaign by USA Triathlon.

“The beginning of the year is a critical time to reach current and prospective triathletes before they dive headfirst into their season,” said Chuck Menke, Chief Marketing Officer at USA Triathlon. “We encourage athletes to talk about, and openly share, their goals — however big or small. And USA Triathlon also wants to provide them with the resources to help achieve these goals. #DreamingSeason is designed for anyone — from longtime members to aspiring triathletes.”

During #DreamingSeason, USA Triathlon will publish inspiring content focused on training and goal-setting daily at usatriathlon.org, with leading coaches and industry experts offering their advice on everything from preparing for your first triathlon to reaching your mental potential.

 

Complete details here

USAT Duathlon National Championships

Piedmont, South Carolina

 

Saturday, April 7, the Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship

Sunday, April 8, Non-drafting Sprint and Standard National Championships

Details on Team USA qualification for all races can be found here.

 

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Greenville boasts a revitalized, walkable downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. With a world-class collection of museums, restaurants, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything you hear and more. It’s not just any Greenville, it’s Yeah, THAT Greenville!

USAT Duathlon National Championships

Piedmont, South Carolina

 

Saturday, April 7, the Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship

Sunday, April 8, Non-drafting Sprint and Standard National Championships

Details on Team USA qualification for all races can be found here.

 

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Greenville boasts a revitalized, walkable downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. With a world-class collection of museums, restaurants, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything you hear and more. It’s not just any Greenville, it’s Yeah, THAT Greenville!

 

Event details here

Colorado Mesa University is the first NCAA Triathlon program in the State of Colorado

Colorado Mesa University is the first NCAA Triathlon program in the State of Colorado. We caught up with head coach Geoff Hanson to learn about the Maverick’s first season and this foundation-building year. “This first season has been a learning process for all of us. It’s something we talk to our team about and the kids we recruit. We are the one and only NCAA [triathlon] program in the State.”

We asked how important the relationship with USA Triathlon is to the success of starting and growing triathlon as a women’s NCAA sport. “USAT is the driving force in all of this. What they have is a grant system to get NCAA programs started. The support from the top of USAT is only going to help the sport grow. When you see the momentum growing, other schools want to get involved.”

There are seven women and seven men on the roster at CMU. They come from a variety of backgrounds including cross county, cycling and swimming, but most everyone is new to the sport of triathlon this year, and draft legal racing in particular. The Mavericks qualified for the National Championship at the Pumpkinman Triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada on October 21st. Just prior to the team getting on the bus for Tempe Arizona, we asked coach Hanson how the team was feeling. “They’re excited and it should be a great race. We’re just incredibly honored that we could qualify for the national championship in our first season”.

USAT put out a press release earlier this week summarizing the race and Arizona State University’s title defense among the 11 varsity teams and 10 club teams. The race included high profile figures such as 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute and USAT National team member Renee Tomlin as announcers. When asked about CMU’s performance in Tempe, coach Hanson told us “Our top finisher, Hannah Brockie, was 39th overall out of 83 starters in all divisions. She was the 11th finisher among the Division II competitors. I was very pleased to have an athlete finish in the top half of such a talented field. As our program concludes its first year of NCAA competition, I feel like we have laid a great foundation to build on and I’m excited about the future of CMU Triathlon!”

Weekend Preview: Enjoy the weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday November 9th

 

Women’s Beginner Bike Maintenance

Boulder


Sunday November 12th

 

USAT Aquabike National Championships

Miami


USAT Long Course Triathlon National Championships

Miami



Cycling Events

Thursday November 9th

 

Women’s Beginner Bike Maintenance

Boulder


Friday November 10th

 

Wish for Wheels Gala

Denver


Saturday November 11th

 

Cross of the North

Ft Collins


Zwift on Tour: Denver

Littleton


Sunday November 12th

 

Fat Fest: Fat Bike Season Kick Off

Golden


Cross of the North

Ft Collins

 

TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit Brings Coaches to Boulder

Photo by Raeleigh Harris
Simon Butterworth of D3 Multisport
Photo by Raeleigh Harris

By Will Murray

More than 208 coaches converged in Boulder during the first week of August to attend the 2017 TrainingPeaks Endurance Coach Summit.

Held at the University of Colorado and co-sponsored by USA Cycling and USA Triathlon, this 3-day event focused on the business and science of coaching endurance athletes. Keynote speakers included six-time Ironman champion Dave Scott, USAT running coach Bobby McGee and Dirk Friel from TrainingPeaks.

Participants had the opportunity to listen to talks in sports physiology and coaching business. In this year’s format (2016 was the inaugural summit) there were 20-minute business roundtables, where coaches could break into small groups to hear quick presentations on business law, running a multi-coach business, enhancing your social media presence and using TrainingPeaks’ coach referral program.

Dave Scott
photo by Raeleigh Harris

The University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center showed off its facility with small-group sessions on swimming, strength training, running and cycling biomechanics and nutrition.

Networking opportunities were built into the design throughout. Roka hosted a swim workout and Dave Scott a run workout, both on Friday morning before sessions began. Retul hosted a pre-conference networking session at their new facility on Airport Road in Boulder.

Coach Raeleigh Harris said, “The summit showcased the best coaching methodology, technology and leadership available to us today, all in one location. Total immersion into this setting was invaluable moving forward in development of Coaching services and supporting platforms.”

Emceed by Barry Siff, President of USA Triathlon, this even earned coaches 12 CEUs. Training Peaks plans to bring this event back to Boulder in 2018.

Raeleigh Harris and Mitchell Reiss
Photo by Raeleigh Harris

Kirsten Sass, Bill Jones Crowned Olympic-Distance Age Group National Champions

Nearly 2,000 amateur triathletes cross the finish line at Omaha’s Levi Carter Park

OMAHA, Neb. — Nearly 2,000 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes competed for national titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, with Kirsten Sass and Bill Jones taking home their first-ever overall Olympic-distance national titles.

The race, which is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event, featured a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course centered around Omaha’s Levi Carter Park.

Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), the overall women’s champion, broke the tape in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 47 seconds. Sass owns several national and world titles in her age group and was last year’s overall champion in the sprint-distance race, but today earned her first-ever overall Olympic-distance national title.

“I’m really happy with my race,” Sass said. “The bike is always my strong suit — my problem is usually going too hard on the bike and killing myself on the run, but then to a certain extent, you just have to lay it all out there. I feel like I was able to balance the two pretty well today. I gave it all I had, so I’m happy with the result.”

Jacqueline Godbe (Chicago, Ill.) took second overall in 2:10:17, winning the women’s 25-29 age group in the process, and Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.) rounded out the overall podium in third in 2:11:47.

Jones (San Diego, Calif.) took home the overall men’s title, crossing the line with a time of 1:56:19. Racing at his first-ever Age Group Nationals, Jones also collected the men’s 30-34 crown.

Jones had to wait and see if he would hold onto his national title for about an hour and a half after he finished, as younger athletes starting in the later waves had yet to come through the finish. He would ultimately hold onto the top spot, with Ian Hoover-Grinde (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) taking second in 1:57:51 and 2016 overall champion Todd Buckingham (East Lansing, Mich.) taking third in 1:58:08.

“The bike went extremely well for me. All of my training came through, and I really felt great,” Jones said. “On the run, I had an idea of where I was overall. I had looked at previous years’ times, so I knew I was going to be in contention. But I also knew there was a lot of competition in the 29 and under age group.”

In addition to their overall podiums, Hoover-Grinde earned the men’s 17-19 age group national title and Buckingham earned the men’s 25-29 crown.

“You don’t always get to test yourself against the best in the nation,” Buckingham said. “You have to qualify for this race, so not everybody can show up like at your average local tri. Having all of these awesome athletes out here, it makes you push yourself. It brings out the best in me, and I hope that I bring out the best in them too.”

In total, 28 national champions were crowned in their respective age groups on Saturday, 10 of whom defended their titles from 2016. Defending champions included Hoover-Grinde (M17-19), Buckingham (M25-29), Sass (F35-39), Tim Hola (Highlands Ranch, Colo., M40-44), Adrienne Leblanc (Scottsdale, Ariz., F45-49), Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla., M55-59), Kathryn Wiberg (West Boylston, Mass., F70-74), Elizabeth Brackett (Chicago, Ill., F75-79), William Marshall (Santa Rosa, Calif., M75-79) and Madonna Buder (Spokane, Wash., F85+).

The top 18 finishers in each age group and gender (rolling down to 25th place) earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

“You put in all that training, and you just want to be able to race to the potential that you have in you. I feel like I did that today,” said Ryan Bickerstaff, who took home the men’s 35-39 national title. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 1990 — my ninth birthday was my first triathlon — and I represented the U.S. at Junior Worlds a few times, so to be able to do that again at Age Group Worlds will be really awesome.”

For some athletes, like men’s 50-54 champion Robert Skaggs, just making it to the start line was the biggest accomplishment of the day.

“I’ve been trying to get here for 17 years,” Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), said. “I signed up multiple times and never made it because of various injuries, so this is my first Age Group Nationals since 1998. I’ve had four Achilles tendon surgeries, so this was the first year I’ve gone through a training block with no injuries. I got no sleep last night thinking about the race, just thinking, ‘I can’t believe I made it here. I can’t believe I’m really going to start.’”

For Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), a longtime Age Group Nationals competitor, returning to this race is an annual celebration.

“The experience was amazing, just getting to see all my friends who I maybe only see once a year,” Hart, who placed fourth for women 55-59, said. “This is one of those days I look forward to every year. When somebody asks me, ‘Why do you do this when it’s so hard and takes so much time?” It’s like, ‘This is when we get to dance on our stage. This is when we get to play a symphony together. This is when we get to show what it is that’s inside of us and put it all out there.’”

 

Original article from USAT here

Complete results here

Weekend Preview: Have a Lovely Weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 12th

 

USAT Age Group Olympic National Championships

Omaha, NE


Greeley Kids Triathlon

Greeley


Sunday August 13th

 

USAT Age Group Sprint National Championships

Omaha, NE


Chatfield Classic

Littleton


Steamboat Triathlon

Steamboat Springs



Cycling Events

Thursday August 10th

 

Velorama Colorado Classic

Colorado Springs stage

Denver Expo and party


DUST2: Shaeffer’s Track

Pagosa Springs


Dirt Jumps & Donuts

Castle Rock


BVV Track Night

Erie


REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


Friday August 11th

 

Velorama Colorado Classic

Breckenridge – Men’s Race

Denver – Women’s Race


Saturday August 12th

 

2nd Annual Bite the Bullet Gran Fondo

Ft. Collins

 

Second Annual FoCo Fondo’s Bite the Bullet Gravel Fondo in Fort Collins, Colorado, hosted at New Belgium Brewing.  Fort Collins first Gravel Fondo!

Here’s the short and simple:

Remote gravel roads, open spaces, heavily stocked aid stations, rolling technical support, timed segments with cash prizes, New Belgium beer, food truck meals. The Start/Finish venue will be at New Belgium Brewing. Short and long routes.

Registration is LIVE, long route fee $55 for June, $60 for July, $70 for August, $10 cheaper for short route.


Velorama Colorado Classic

Denver


USAC Hill Climb National Championships

Colorado Springs


Pikes Peak Cycling Gran Fondo

Colorado Springs


BStrong Ride

Boulder


Colorado Trail Classic

Molas Pass, Silverton


Leadville Trail 100

Leadville


Steamboat Stinger MTB Race

Steamboat Springs


Bike MS Bighorn Country Classic

Sheridan, Wy


Velorama Mayor’s Ride & Kid Ciclova

Denver


Pioneers of the Peloton

Denver


Lee Likes Bikes Level 2 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Sunday August 13th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Velorama Colorado Classic

Denver


Bike MS Bighorn Country Classic

Sheridan, Wy