Weekend Preview: Here’s the Latest

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 13th

 

Stroke and Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 15th

 

Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

Offering 1,2 and 3 mile swims.  Individual and team events, wetsuit and non wetsuit options.  The Bare Bones OWS is a great way to get in a longer swim on a supported course.

Register now, there is NO RACE DAY registration.


Frisco Triathlon

Frisco


XTERRA Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek



Cycling Events

Thursday July 13th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday July 14th

 

TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Saturday July 15th

 

Tour of Colorado – Lead-Breck Gran Fondo


Bob Cook Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb

Idaho Springs


Durango Dirty Century

Durango


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Sunday July 16th

 

Boulder Orthopedics Criterium

Golden


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM

 

 

Nicole Odell’s Boulder Peak Race Report

2017 Boulder Peak.

It’s been awhile since I’ve raced the Boulder Peak Triathlon…

The last time I raced it was in 2013, but that year the course had to be modified due to flooding so there was no climb up Olde Stage. This meant it’d been six years (along with 2 hip surgeries for labral tears, an MS diagnosis, and a broken elbow) since I’d made that classic Boulder climb. But I was back! I was supposed to be back last year, but two things kept me from the starting line: a recently broken elbow and the fact the race had to be cancelled due to fires nearby. So there I was, finally, back in 2017 to race what was a well-executed event put on by the Without Limits Productions crew.

It was a beautiful Colorado summer morning: blue skies, a great sunrise over the reservoir, and hardly any wind. I arrived to the Boulder Reservoir around 5:15am with my sherpa. (Yeah! First time in a long time to have someone help me transport my gear!) My boyfriend was excited to be there to watch me race and help me with my stuff and this was his first time seeing me race.

My morning routine was nice and relaxed. I got set up in transition, went for a bit of a warm-up run, made one final check in transition and then headed out to the beach for the pre-race announcements and swim warm-up. The sun was already starting to feel strong.

Swim: I was in wave 14 out of 17 so my swim warm-up took place when the first waves were starting. I opted to just wear a swim skin instead of a wetsuit due to the warmer water temperature. I was glad with that call, as I felt great the whole time. It was going to get really warm (read: hot hot hot) so I didn’t want to overheat from the get go.

The waves were about 3 minutes apart, which gave good separation. I’m a back of the pack swimmer, so didn’t deal with too much congestion. It was a bit challenging to sight heading out looking into the sun, but clear as day coming back in. I swam nice and steady and was happy to be done with the swim and get on the bike.

T1: Being in a later wave and one of the slower swimmers, it’s always easy to find my bike! Transition also felt a little easier with the speedsuit instead of a wetsuit, and it was my first time racing in open water in the speedsuit.

Bike: My favorite of the three and the Olde Stage beast was waiting! While my goal is to relax a bit and keep things under control until the climb, my heart rate showed I was breathing the whole way. It was a grind, but I slogged it out, 45 rpm and 4mph at the slowest! The gearing on my TT bike isn’t ideal for climbing, and I had to muscle it out. But with some colorful language, I made it to the top! I even managed to smile for Bill of 303 who was taking photos.

I am sure most athletes felt the way I did – spent and really glad to see the top! It is such a nice feeling to start the descent! I’m always cautious coming down (rather be safe than save a few seconds) and once I made the turn onto Left Hand Canyon it was go time! Now I was really having fun again! Nelson Road was fast fast fast and then just a little bit more work to get back into the Reservoir. My legs were burning, and I wasn’t expecting to be speedy on the run.

T2: Not my fastest of T2s, as I took a little extra time here to grab an extra gel off the bike and some salt. It was quite toasty out!

Run: With the heat and probably a little under-fueled, I knocked out about a 10min/mi pace. Thought maybe I’d be able to negative split while starting a little slower than I’m capable, but held relatively steady splits. I ran a 1:02 where at the Colorado Tri I ran a 56 minute 10k. I walked all aid stations and was grateful for the cheerful volunteers with water and ice. I didn’t feel the need to get deep in the pain cave, but rather have a more enjoyable run. With the heat, it was still hard, but we were all out there getting it done!

Finish: I look forward to seeing the tree at the top of the downhill for the last quarter mile or so of the run. I opted to skip the slip-n-slide this time, but it’s sweet that the option is there!  I finished, was handed a medal, cold towel, and bottle of water and got to give Rudy the Sherpa big salty and sweaty hug.

I see every race I finish as a solid accomplishment. I have been able to come out of some “unfavorable” circumstances and still race. I may not have the speed of 6 years ago, but the mental strength to finish is unwavering. Next up: Boulder 70.3!

 

Tri Coach Tuesday: Boulder Peak Course Preview

With the one week countdown to Without Limits Productions  BoulderPeakTriathlon and Coach Dave Sheanin took a ride up the infamous Old Stage where the mailboxes mark a key point on the course … he gathered his thoughts and strategies for the race next Sunday.

If you are racing … watch this video!

 

 

Get Psyched for the Peak @ CMS

“Get pysched for the Peak” at Colorado Multisport

2480 Canyon Boulevard # M-2 Boulder, Colorado 80302
Date: Wednesday July 5th
Time: 6:00pm with an informal happy hour – beer being sponsored by Ska Brewing

Speaker Line-up:

5430 Founder and Without Limits partner Barry Siff  will kick things off with a lively panel discussion including:

 

 

 

Coach to the Pros & Team Sirius Siri Lindley – author of “Surfacing: From the depths of self doubt to living big and living fearlessly,” Founder of Believe Ranch and Rescue

 

 

 

 

 

 

D3’s  Mental Training Coach Will Murray –  USA Triathlon-certified coach specializing in mental conditioning, and will lead participants in three fast, effective techniques for reducing pre-race jitters, addressing negative self-talk and arriving at the start line in peak mental condition.

 

 

 

 

Skirt Sports  – owner and former pro Nicole DeBoom – past overall champion and back racing for the first time as an age grouper this season!

 

Local Pro Cam Dye past Champion

 

and more!

 

RSVP HERE as space is limited – the event will be capped at 75 people

More info on The Peak and the 5430 Triathlon Series here

Get Psyched for the Peak at CMS

Boulder

 

Speaker Line-up:
5430 Founder and Without Limits partner  Barry Siff will kick things off with a lively panel discussion including:

  • Coach to the Pros & Team Sirius Siri Lindley
  • Mental Training Coach Will Murray
  • Skirt Sports owner and former pro Nicole DeBoom
  • Local Pro Cam Dye (past Champion)

and more!

RSVP HERE as space is limited – the event will be capped at 75 people
More info on The Peak and the 5430 Triathlon Series here

 

Womens Wed: TriBella Women’s Tri – interview with Kebby/Coeur Sports

303 Triathlon Ambassador Erin Trail caught up with Coeur Founder Kebby Holden during this past weekend’s Tribella Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon.

Coeur is a title sponsor of this event that makes fantastic women’s triathlon, running, and cycling gear.

1)What is the mission behind Coeur?

Our mission is two-fold and is at the basis for all we do:

Part 1- To make the best women’s endurance sportswear on the market. We actually use our experience and those of our team and customers to create patterns from scratch that check off all our needs and address all our female issues. We carefully select our fabrics to not only perform flawlessly but to feel awesome, comfortable and to eliminate chafing. We customize the construction of each of our performance pieces so that the fit is truly women’s specific. Not to go too overboard on the details, but by working closely with our factory in Los Angeles, there are dozens of little things we do such as
opening up leg holes to eliminate sausage link leg and, of course, developing our patent-pending seamfree
chamois (#noangrykitty). Our customers put in tons of miles every week so we need to make them
the gear they need and deserve.

Part 2 – The second part of our mission is Connection & Community. We want to give back to the sports
that have given us so much. While we like the competition inherent in racing, Coeur athletes are all
about encouraging other athletes and cheering others on. There is a lot of one up-mans-ship out there
in endurance sports but at Coeur, we really think training and racing is more fun with a bunch of friends
and newcomers on the course….no matter how fast or experienced you are. Just because you are
smokin’ fast and have done 800 Ironmans doesn’t mean you can’t be nice and encouraging! Our
Ambassador team is a huge part of this effort. They do an amazing job of encouraging women to get out
and go for a walk, a run, a ride and/or to sign up for an event. They are a resource for when any newbie
has questions. We can’t stress how important this is for us. Again, not to get too long-winded, but we
truly believe that endurance sports can be life-changing. So Coeur (as a community) wants to do
everything we can to make sure that the woman who is new to cycling, running, swimming and/or
triathlon has a positive experience. We may not be able to make that knot in a first timer’s stomach go
away, but we can encourage our ambassadors and our customers to be that friendly face on race day.
The great thing is that it really doesn’t take that much work to make a difference. If someone sees a
first timer and just says hello, smiles, and then wishes her good luck, then there’s a good chance that
she’ll come back for a second event and pass along the good ju-ju!

2)What are some challenges that you experience as a woman owned business?

Hmmm, while starting up any business is certainly a challenge, I think Coeur has been fortunate to not have had too many instances related to being a woman-owned company. Manufacturing is super resource-intensive, and managing all our fabric, chamois pads, gripper, etc. is always a juggling act
before the art and sewing even begin.

Very occasionally, I’ll get some unintended dismissive comment from men regarding running a business. Just recently when requesting an international wire transfer for our latest shipment of cycling pads, the bank manager sat me down before I had said anything and said “Oh, nice. You need to do a little
transfer? Do you run a little business out of your home?” Or getting tools and materials for our Interbike booth that I build every year, I’ve been asked by the hardware salesman if I am “making a cute little art project at home?” That attitude is frustrating but I certainly don’t take it personally. It kind of makes me more fiercely determined to do stuff!

Altogether, I have to say most industry people and customers, male and female, have been incredible
and supportive. While we are a women’s brand, we didn’t build it as some sort of angry political
platform. I just simply wanted some gear that my friends and I could train and race in that didn’t tear us
up and looked great. I love that most guys athletes totally get that. In the end, we are all just athletes
looking for the best gear to realize all the training we put in to our sport and help us execute on race
day.

3) What challenges are unique to women athletes and what does Coeur do to help with those challenges?

Where to begin?! This question can be asked from either side: men and women’s needs for garments are often just different by necessity. Again, it isn’t political. Its just getting athletes what they need to go about their sport and realize their potential. In triathlon and cycling, I don’t think it is any surprise that they are sports that have historically catered more toward male athletes. That’s where the numbers have been but that has been changing drastically the last few years. A lot of the local retail shops we partner with often have a mostly male sales and marketing team. This can be off-putting to new female
athletes. We can be intimidated by the macho lingo and the mechanical bits. When we as Coeur, go in and extol the virtues of a “happy kitty” from our seamless chamois to these guys, things can get awkward! However, once we explain why we make our gear the way we do and how women are responding, they get it. And then we have some of our team gals organize an event for women customers at their store? They are on-board! It is just a matter of education and again, creating a community around the shop for women.

4) Picking a favorite item is like picking your favorite pet or child, but which Coeur item is your
favorite?

You’re right! That is a tough one. We spend so much time designing, developing, testing, and finally
manufacturing all of our gear that it doesn’t feel fair to single one item out. That being said, I can go on
at length about our patent-pending seamless chamois in our tri-shorts! Don’t get me started! When I
was racing, I never could find shorts that didn’t chafe both from hours in the saddle and miles on the
run. So when I started Coeur, I immediately wanted to tackle this problem. Once everyone tested the
new design for the chamois, we knew we were on to something special. As endurance athletes, and
female ones to boot, we often struggle with an elegant way to discuss discomfort in “special” areas. One
of our testers said something to the effect that our shorts made her “kitty very happy,” and boom, we
were literally and figuratively off to the races! Hence our tagline for the shorts #noangrykitty. I hope you
can tell we like to have fun and have a sense of humor about things. 🙂

5) What’s next for Coeur?

Well, we’ve got a couple of really exciting things in the works. On the product front, we’ll have some
new designs coming out in late July. We’ll be doing the photo shoots in early July, so there may be a few
sneak peaks in social media. Second, we’re going to be expanding our high-performance Zele line. This
is the gear that we design for maximum aerodynamics. We use a company called ERO Sports here in
Southern California to test for wind resistance and we think the new items are going to really set the
standard for women’s performance gear.

On the Community and Connection front, we are always looking to start an event or have our team be a
resource and power for GOOD! Look for these awesome ladies in their team kits and don’t ever been
afraid, embarrassed or intimidated to ask them questions or for help.

Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

By Sasha Underwood

Several years ago Becky Piper was attacked while living in Guam by would be armed robbers, severely beaten with a gun and left to die. Local naval doctors immediately evacuated her to San Diego for treatment. She is now partially paralyzed. Yesterday she completed Xterra Lory. What happened in between is remarkable and brought tears to my eyes watching her finish knowing all that she went through to even compete.  You can read about her account HERE.

Prior to the attack, Becky was an ultra-marathon runner. A friend of hers had mentioned the Xterra in Guam and essentially challenged her by saying because he was a guy he would be faster than her and would beat her time – which ignited a small fire in her. She trained and completed the 2013 Xterra Guam, finishing 2nd in her age group and qualified for the Xterra National Championships.  Oh, and her friend, did not even start because he didn’t train.

Shortly after that she was attacked.  When she finally emerged from her coma weeks later and barely started talking, she asked the doctors if she could resume racing. They explained that her paralysis may be permanent – to which she replied, “Ok, well that’s why there’s a Para Athlete division!” After spending some time with her I can only imagine her saying that in a matter-of-fact, upbeat, genuine way with that huge Becky smile of hers!

She is now paralyzed on her right side and uses a brace to walk. Within the past three years, she has become a USAT Coach with Team MPI, and she completed two sprint triathlons last year. Check out her accomplishments on her Facebook page!

When we met last year, I asked if she would be doing Xterra’s again. She explained that she would like to but wasn’t sure of which one would be suitable for her. I immediately thought of Xterra Lory – it’s such a great course for beginners and experts alike. A flowy bike course with a great climb of a run.

She signed up for Xterra Lory at the beginning of this year. I mentioned how I love that race but I can’t run anymore since my hip surgery in November, to which she replied, “then walk! I’m doing it!” Of course I signed up after that. Originally I was going to race the swim and bike portion and have my mom do the run.

Becky was nervous about the bike portion. She pre-rode the course a couple times and a few days before the race I asked her if she would feel more confident if I rode behind her on the bike course. She loved that idea so I planned to stay with her the entire race.

The Swim:

We put on our wetsuits to go do a quick practice swim. It was the first open water swim of the year for both of us – nothing like waiting until race day! Anna, Becky’s transition handler, and Sam, Becky’s husband, helped Becky into her wetsuit. The best part was watching them lift Becky up by either side and try to shake her into her wetsuit! I REALLY wish I had taken a picture of that!

The entrance to the lake was slick and muddy and several athletes slipped while entering. It was a good time to discuss a strategy for Anna to help Becky out of the water when she finished. The water was chilly and both Becky and I had a little cold water shock panic when we put our face in the water.  We were in wave seven so we had plenty of time to practice. By the second wave we were comfortable and I tried to stay slightly to her right and in front of her so she could follow me.

We finished faster than her projected time in under 30minutes!

The Bike:

Sam modified Becky’s bike so all of the shifters and brakes are on the left side. In addition, her bike is a full suspension, more of a down-hill, slack geometry and has a 27.5 wheel on the front with a 26 wheel on the back. Becky can’t stand up to get over obstacles or downhill sections so the wheels and geometry of the bike help put her in a better position to ride that type of terrain.

I had so much fun riding with her! Becky had named many sections of the bike course from pre-riding it. The first section she named ‘Bridges Galore’ (but later renamed it to ‘Why Will Becky’s Foot Not Stay On the Pedal’). Next came ‘Where Becky Endo’d’. Then ‘Holy Crap! Look At All the Uphill!’ And last but not least, ‘The Part I Only Saw Once Because the Other Time I got a Flat Tire.’

This girl would fall over, get back up, and do it again. Over, and over, and over again. I was so impressed with her tenacity and perseverance – all the while with a ginormous smile on her face. At one point she fell over, threw her arm up and with a grin from ear to ear said, “ta-dah!” I’m so glad I was there to help out when I could and put her foot back into her unruly pedal. By the end of the bike we pretty much had that down to a science.

Her family and friends were waiting for her at the bike finish cheering with excitement. Anna and Sam helped her transition, changing her biking brace to her running brace made with carbon fiber which is more comfortable and allows better mobility for hiking.

The Run:

I originally was going to do the run with Becky but I forgot my running shoes. Fortunately my mom, who was already planning to run, ran with her instead.  Becky described her run as an attempt to get over rocks. She fell a few times, ended up with a mysterious scrape down her entire length of her arm, and has a bruised and skinned knee… but she did it. She explained that my mom gasped the first time she fell but by the 5th time she was unphased. That’s just what happens. You fall, and then you just get back up.

Becky’s friends and family ran with her through the last 200 yards leading up to the finisher’s chute. I personally could not hold back the tears of joy, knowing what I know about Becky, knowing how meaningful it is to train and overcome obstacles and push through no matter the odds or what life throws at you… knowing what it feels like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, 10k, Marathon and Ironman… the feeling is the same and I couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Looking around there was not a dry eye among us.

Becky is incredibly motivating, inspiring and her up-beat, nothing-can-get-me-down attitude is infectious. I am honored to have raced with her and call her my friend. I look forward to watching her race the Boulder Half Ironman in August!

 

 

 

 

BRINGtheKIDZ at the Colorado Triathlon

BRINGtheKIDZ offers families the opportunity to be together on race day.  They provide quality child care and fun activities allowing mom and dad to focus on race day with out worrying about the kids.  Michelle’s staff will be at many tri events this summer.  Read parent comments from this past weekend’s Colorado Triathlon.

 

On June 3, 2017, BRINGtheKIDZ spent a beautiful morning at the Boulder Reservoir for the Colorado Triathlon with Without Limits Productions. As an added bonus, we also got to cheer on our Ambassador Jessica Kaiser who competed in the sprint!

We enjoyed making motivational signs, a nature scavenger hunt, jewelry making, bubbles, and lots of other fun activities, including cheering for the hardworking athletes.

Jessica told us afterwards, “”My daughter Amy had a great time at the BringtheKidz camp during the Colorado Tri. She told me she loved making craft projects, and I loved seeing her smiling face at the swim exit. It was a great day for both mom and kid!”

We’re looking forward to lots more multisport events this summer and fall, and hope to have more kids join us to add to the fun! Visit us at www.bringthekidz.com to learn more!

6/24/17                TriBella Sprint Tri

6/25/17                Boulder Sunrise Tri

07/09/17              Boulder Peak Tri

07/23/17              Tri Boulder

07/30/17              Outdoor Divas Tri

08/26/17              Boulder Sunset Tri

09/17/17              5430 Tri

Primal Colorado Bike Expo

The Primal Colorado Bike Expo is the annual kickoff event for cycling in the state of Colorado! In its third year the expo will bring together all things cycling and Colorado; pairing industry professionals, recreational riders, biking enthusiasts and utilitarian’s with the latest products, consumer trends, screaming deals, organized rides, clubs & teams, advocacy groups and cycling destinations.

The two day festival and consumer show will also include BMX flatland and aerial stunts, a kid zone, adult big wheel races, learn to ride clinics, strider course, sprint competitions, demo area, antique bicycle display, a fashion show, incredible programming, live entertainment, beer garden, food trucks and more!

A portion of the event proceeds will go to support the Colorado High School Cycling League, Trips for Kids Denver Metro and Wish for Wheels.

 

Friday Events Include:

2:00 P.M.

SHOW OPENS *Early Bird BONUS – Prizes for first 50 visitors; Colorado Classic Community Tent

2 – 8:30 P.M.

Kid Zone
Demos & Test Rides
Adult Big Wheel Races
Spin-Off Competitions hosted by Inspired Training Center
Beer Garden & Food Trucks brought to you by Planet Cyclery
Bicycles for Humanity Bike Drive (donate your gently used bike)

  • Feedback Omnium Warm-Up / Cool-Down Tent; Lot G
  • Nowear BMX Flatland & Aerial Stunts; Demo Area
  • Bikepacking & Bike Touring by Bob Williams of Beer & Bike Tours; Colorado Classic Community Tent
  • Basics of Bike Care by Bikes Together; Colorado Classic
    Community Tent
  • White Line Cycling Events presents Friday Night Lights at Mile High Stadium – Criterium Race & Street Sprints (racing begins on both courses simultaneously at 3:00 PM)
  • How to Fix a Flat Tire by Katie Macarelli of Feedback Sports and Shelley Hartman of Liv Bikes; Colorado Classic Community Tent
  • Nowear BMX Flatland & Aerial Stunts; Demo Area
  • The Wheelmen – High Roller Engagement; Demo & Exhibitor Area

Reuter Hess Reservoir OWS

by Erin Trail

After more than a year of waiting, the very first event within the confines of the new Rueter-Hess Reservoir is set for 2017.  Many people in the South Denver Metro Area have been anxiously awaiting the opening of this reservoir since the Open House meeting in February 2016 (meeting recap here).  Without Limits Productions will be hosting the very first open water swim race for this venue, consisting of either a 1.2 mile course or a 2.4 mile course, on July 29, 2017.  The race is limited to 150 participants and will cost $25 for the 1.2 mile or $30 for the 2.4 mile.  It is expected to sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, sign up soon!

 

Since this is a completely new event, details are still being finalized. Here’s some basics to get you started:

–  Estimated swim start times are: 2.4 mile distance at 7:00 AM, 1.2 mile distance at 7:10 AM. Specific details regarding start waves are still pending, but will likely be 10 year age-group brackets divided into men and women.

– The swim will follow USAT rules, meaning wetsuits and speedsuits with zippers will be allowed, in addition to traditional swimsuits.

– There will be NO opportunities for any practice swims at Rueter-Hess. Per Without Limits “If you want to touch Rueter-Hess water this year, then sign up for this race!”

– The Course will consist of a long, rectangular out and back swim. The 1.2 mile will be 1 loop, the 2.4 mile will be 2 loops (athletes will stay in the water to start loop #2).  Buoys will be placed every 150 meters.

– And the question everyone wants to know – what’s the water temperature??? It’s estimated to be 70-72 degrees, but since this is the first swim ever at this reservoir, no one really knows what to expect.

 

 

Volunteers are also needed!  Without Limits needs 12 safety kayakers and 4 registration helpers.  Volunteers will get a free entry for this swim or $25 towards any Without Limits / 5430 race. Also, for anyone that recruits a kakayer, they’ll get a free entry.

 

E-mail gaby@withoutlimits.com to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

Personally, I’ll be racing the 2.4 mile race.  I’m a swimmer by background and I want to get as much swim distance as possible at Rueter-Hess.  I’m also incredibly excited at the opportunity to be amongst the very first group of people to be able to swim.  Think about it – how many times can you say you were the first to swim in a brand new body of water?  This is made even more exciting because my regular cycling route is around this reservoir and I’ve been watching it fill for YEARS wondering when I’d be able to swim in it.  Well, I finally know the answer to that question and I can hardly wait.

 

The success of this event – and future events (including triathlons) – at Rueter-Hess depends on a fantastic athlete and community response to this race.  It is SUPER important that we show the Town of Parker that events like this are fun, well supported, and safe. So even if you’re not planning on swimming, come out and volunteer or spectate! Hope to see you out there!

 

303Triathlon calendar event here

Event details and registration coming soon