Lance Panigutti “We Will Need Events to Heal, But For Now Take Time to Connect in Ways We Never Have”

Lance Panigutti, owner of Without Limits Productions, the producer of cycling, triathlon and cyclocross races talked about how his company is handling canceling and postponing races and how he sees the future. He talks about the short term challenges, but also talks about many positives that may emerge and looks at this as an opportunity to adjust and refine his business. He talks about his new implementations based around sustainability and giving back. He put initiatives in place long before the virus outbreak to change the carbon footprint of racing and to give back locally and globally in new ways. Find out a lot more about Lance and Without Limits!

Check out the video here!

Lance Panigutti, Garage Talk #1

Racing Underground Announces Free Virtual Races, Great Awards and Giving Back

Announcing the launch of the Racing Underground Community Race Series!!! www.RacingUnderground.com/Community

This is a FREE WEEKLY VIRTUAL SERIES, with a running option and a biking option each week. We will kick things off on April 6th with a 5k virtual run and a 10k virtual bike race (or you can do both).

We will be awarding free race entries and gift certificates from our sponsors by random drawing each week.

With the cancellation of the spring racing season, many of you are looking for motivation to continue training, and we hope this will keep you motivated.

Sign up for the first series event by noon on Sunday April 5th, then you must complete your virtual run or ride and post your results to the series results page between Monday April 6th and noon on Sunday April 12th.

Registration is FREE, but we are accepting optional donations for several worthy groups that we support with our events. Again, donations are optional and we understand that money may be tight for many of you – – we welcome you to participate either way!

Darrin, Jill, and the Racing Underground Crew!!!

IRONMAN Sold to Advance

New York, NY / Tampa, FL (March 26, 2020) – Advance announced today that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (NASDAQ: WSG) to acquire The IRONMAN Group in an all-cash transaction.  
 
The IRONMAN Group and its portfolio of assets, which includes its flagship IRONMAN® and IRONMAN®70.3® triathlons, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, and the Epic Series® of mountain biking races, among other events, makes up the largest mass participation sports platform in the world. From a single race on O’ahu, Hawai`i in 1978, The IRONMAN Group has owned, organized, promoted, and licensed endurance events for over 40 years, which now consists of more than 235 events in over 50 countries, across triathlon, running, trail running, cycling and mountain biking. Each year over one million international athletes participate in an IRONMAN Group race.
 
Advance is committed to the future of The IRONMAN Group and believes in the long-term strength of its well-recognized brands and the dedication of its athletes, communities, employees and fans. Advance is a private, family-owned business that invests in a broad range of media and technology companies.
 
Orkila Capital (“Orkila”) will co-invest in The IRONMAN Group and Jesse Du Bey, Managing Partner of Orkila, will rejoin its Board of Directors alongside Advance and Andrew Messick, President and CEO of The IRONMAN Group. Orkila is a growth equity firm focused on investments in the media, entertainment and consumer sectors. Du Bey, previously a Managing Director at Providence Equity Partners, led that firm’s 2008 investment in The IRONMAN Group.
 
“Today is an important milestone for The IRONMAN Group. We are pleased with this partnership, which is a testament to Advance’s belief in the company,” said Andrew Messick, CEO of The IRONMAN Group. “We remain confident in our future; our focus and objectives are unchanged; and we are ready to face the opportunities and challenges ahead. Together with Advance and Orkila, we will navigate through the turbulent and uncertain period in front of us and continue to deliver the exceptional experiences for which we’re known. I’m also thrilled to welcome Jesse Du Bey back to the Board of Directors of The IRONMAN Group.” Messick continued, “We thank Wanda Sports Group for its support over the past four years and are proud of what we have accomplished together. We look forward to continuing our work in China with Wanda Sports Group in the coming years.”
 
“We are pleased to welcome The IRONMAN Group to the Advance family of companies,” said Janine Shelffo, Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Advance. “The core IRONMAN Group values of endurance and perseverance resonate strongly at Advance, a one hundred year-old business that has differentiated itself through long-term focus and commitment.  We are delighted to partner with Andrew and his executive team as they plan to resume exceptional race experiences for their passionate athletes, and to support the long-term growth of the business. We’re also pleased to join forces with Orkila and are grateful for the invaluable experience with The IRONMAN Group that they bring to our partnership.”
 
“I look forward to this new chapter with The IRONMAN Group. Since I last worked with Andrew and his team, the company has experienced significant growth in its global triathlon event footprint and has successfully expanded into new areas such as running, trail running and mountain biking,” said Jesse Du Bey, Managing Partner of Orkila. “I am thrilled that Orkila is partnering with Advance, Andrew and The IRONMAN Group to help build this great family of brands into the future.”

About Advance
Advance is a private, family-owned business that owns, operates and invests in companies spanning media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 15,000 people in 19 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.

About Orkila
Orkila Capital LLC (“Orkila”) was formed in 2013, by Jesse Du Bey and Taylor Storms, to pursue proprietary and compelling growth equity investment opportunities in the consumer, media and entertainment sectors. Orkila invests in leading companies at the forefront of evolving market opportunities, including Mikkeller, Recognition Media (The Webby Awards), Antares Audio Technologies (Auto-Tune), Omnipollo and Bellator MMA. Additionally, the Principals of Orkila co-founded Crash Line Productions (Boston Calling Music Festival, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival and others) as well as sourced and helped execute the 2008 purchase of World Triathlon Corporation (IRONMAN) on behalf of their prior firm. With over 30 years of experience, the Principals of Orkila seek to leverage their deep industry knowledge and relationships to focus on growth platforms with differentiated brands, IP or content. Orkila manages approximately $500 million of capital across three private equity funds and several Special Purpose Vehicles. For more information visit www.orkilacapital.com.

 

PTO Paying Pro Triathletes Now to Help With Crisis

In a podcast interview to be released on March 28th, Co-President of the Professional Triathlon Organization (PTO), Tim O’Donnell commented on the recent announcement about the PTO paying professional triathletes now rather than making them wait until the end of year.

“Michael Moritz, Chairman of Crankstart (the financing behind PTO), and Charles Adamo, (Chairman of PTO) have really showed amazing graciousness and a commitment to the athletes who rely on prize winnings by paying now and increasing the purse by half a million dollars,” said O’Donnell.

Tim O’Donnell, Kona 2019 with Rich Soares

LONDON, ENGLAND. 18 March 2020. The Professional Triathletes Organisation today announced its response to COVID-19 by increasing its Year-End Annual Bonus Programme from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000 and paying it all immediately based on the PTO World Rankings. The $500,000 increase would go to men and women athletes ranked 21-50, who previously would have been paid $5,000 each in a year-end bonus, but will now see that amount raised to $8,000, and men and women athletes ranked 51-100, who previously would have been paid $2,000 each in a year-end bonus, but will now see that amount raised to $5,000. Athletes will be paid based on their PTO World Ranking as of January 1 or March 15, whichever is higher.

During this period that the race schedule is disrupted, the top ten PTO World Ranked men and women athletes have committed to work together with the PTO to engage in appearances and online exhibitions and any revenue from these will be distributed to athletes ranked 20-100.

Rachel Joyce, Co-President of the PTO, commented, “The world finds itself in a difficult and almost unprecedented time. We appreciate that many people are struggling both physically and economically. For our athletes, like many others, the future is filled with uncertainty. With many races cancelled, the ability of our athletes to be able to race in the near future has been greatly reduced. The PTO has been looking for a way to support our athletes in this time of instability. We appreciate that many race operators and race directors are struggling with financial constraints and the PTO is fortunate to be in a position to be able to provide some support to our athletes. We hope that our response in paying athletes a total of $2,500,000 today will help them manage the immediate disruption they are experiencing. We are now looking to work with sponsors, governing bodies, race organisers and other groups in exploring additional opportunities to help alleviate the hardships that COVID-19 is causing to the triathlon community.”

Charles Adamo, Chairman of the PTO, stated that, “The actions taken by the PTO today are indicative of the way our athletes are viewed as valuable partners. Once events were being cancelled, the Crankstart Investments team immediately contacted us and wanted to find the best way to provide short-term support to the athletes. We will continue to monitor the ongoing impact and hope to be able to adopt additional programmes where athletes are not only supported, but also are able to provide support to others who may be struggling in this current environment. As an organisation, the PTO and its professional athletes will look to work with governing bodies, race directors, race organisers and our entire triathlon community to see how we are able to help.” 

The PTO also has also announced that under the current circumstances, The Collins Cup, scheduled for May 30, will need to be postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021 at the x-bionic-sphere®. For THE CHAMPIONSHIP, scheduled for May 31, Challenge Family and the x-bionic-sphere are working closely with the local authorities to determine if the event should and can be rescheduled for a later 2020 date. Sam Renouf, CEO of the PTO, commented that, “Given the complex and innovative broadcast production we were going to deliver for The Collins Cup, it is just impossible to logistically have all the worldwide vendors and suppliers gearing-up in this uncertain environment and be able to hold The Collins Cup this year.”

Colorado Multisport Helps Community with Food Delivery

CMS Community Meal Service

During these trying times, we realize bikes may not be your first priority. For reasons out of your control, you or someone you know may not be able to leave your house. We want to extend a helping hand. In addition to our Bicycle Valet service we are adding a Community Meal Service to help community members in need get groceries and basic home needs delivered to their door, free of charge. Our coverage area will be the same as our Bicycle Valet Service area.

Why are we doing this? We are a team of dedicated and passionate advocates for you, our customer. We saw a need that is affecting many of you and believe in the power of lifting up our fellow human when in need.

How does this work? Simple. Give Colorado Multisport a call Monday-Friday at 303-865-4604 during our normal business hours. One of our friendly staff will collect your name and information.  You will submit a grocery list to a dedicated email address and ask that you be as detailed as possible. For example: eggs (do you want the least expensive, brown, white, organic, etc.). We will take a $100 charge up front and refund the difference once the shopping trip is complete. The maximum shopping cart price for any individual or family is $100.

We cannot stress enough how highly we will prioritize cleanliness during this process. From wearing gloves to the store and when driving the van to completing your Community Meal Service drop-off without you ever having to touch or come in contact with us. We know that the people that need this service the most value their health and safety the most and want you to know that their sentiments align with ours.

Why are we doing this? We are a team of dedicated and passionate advocates for you, our customer. We saw a need that is affecting many of you and believe in the power of lifting up our fellow human when in need.

How does this work? Simple. Give Colorado Multisport a call Monday-Friday at 303-865-4604 during our normal business hours. One of our friendly staff will collect your name and information.  You will submit a grocery list to a dedicated email address and ask that you be as detailed as possible. For example: eggs (do you want the least expensive, brown, white, organic, etc.). We will take a $100 charge up front and refund the difference once the shopping trip is complete. The maximum shopping cart price for any individual or family is $100.

We cannot stress enough how highly we will prioritize cleanliness during this process. From wearing gloves to the store and when driving the van to completing your Community Meal Service drop-off without you ever having to touch or come in contact with us. We know that the people that need this service the most value their health and safety the most and want you to know that their sentiments align with ours.

Training Ideas, Tips as We Shift Priorities and Event Dates Change

By Alison Freeman

I don’t know about you, but at my house, things started to get pretty interesting Thursday of last week. First, my son’s spring lacrosse season got suspended, then they announced that my daughter’s college was sending the kids home for the rest of the semester, and finally the local school district closed for over a week heading into spring break. That was all in a 10-hour window. Meanwhile, I was – in theory – 6 weeks out from Ironman Texas, staring down a massive training day and a forecast in the high-30s. Not exactly the perfect recipe for motivation. 

Friday morning I woke up, tried to get my kids and house organized for the impending apocalypse, and then gathered my gear and supplies for an epic day on the trainer. Why? Because until told otherwise by a race director, I was proceeding as if my race was still on. Many, many miserable, grueling hours later, I had completed 102 miles on Zwift (yes, that is my personal record) followed by a 4.5 mile run off the bike. And 20 minutes after that, Ironman Texas emailed to announce that they were postponing the race.

My response: “For real, could they not have emailed earlier in the day?!?” And also: a fair amount of relief. Relief that the uncertainty at least was over. Relief that I did not have to do my long run the next day. But also sadness for my friend, who was going to become an Ironman at Texas. And a little concern that I wasn’t a little more disappointed. And now: kind of confused about how much time to take off and when to refocus, a little forlorn about losing the fabulous swim fitness that I’d built, but also excited to be able to devote time to run technique improvements that are hard to accomplish during an Ironman build.

Which is all to say: I get it. I get the uncertainty and the frustration and the confusion of the whole darn mess. Plus things seem to be changing on a near-daily basis. With limited or no access to training facilities, races getting canceled or postponed, and no way to know when the madness will end, it’s getting harder and harder to stay focused. Below are some thoughts on how to maintain some mental stability and keep moving forward over the next several weeks (or months?):

1. First off, there’s no reason to prioritize your training calendar above your health and public safety. Follow all state and local guidelines, and remember that we’re all in the same boat.

2. Luckily running and cycling are not compromised by social distancing. If you are running with friends, though, be sure to maintain a 6-foot separation and don’t share water bottles or nutrition. If you want to get outdoors for your ride, bring extra fueling and water so you don’t need to rely on your usual pit-stop to replenish.

3. With regards to swimming and strength, something is always better than nothing. If you can get your hands on some swim resistance bands you can do dry land work to maintain a bit of swim strength and fitness. And at-home, bodyweight strength training can be surprisingly effective; squats, lunges, single-leg deadlifts, push-ups, and core work are the staples of tri-focused strength work and can all be executed at home.  My coaching colleague, Laura Marcoux who is also a USAT Level II Certified Coach and an NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) – Certified Personal Trainer, has this fantastic strength series to reference for ideas.  

4. With the extra time you have given working from home and no access to the pool, feel free to load up on endurance-effort cycling (think: build a stronger base!) and core work. Both of these can provide great benefits without overtaxing your system.

5. Do keep in mind that lots of high-intensity work, bigger training weeks, and taper/recovery windows can make it harder for your immune system to function at full strength. If you’re already operating at a 10 in terms of social distancing and hand washing, those windows are a good time to turn it up to 11.

6. Be grateful that our hobby is awesome for mental health! A good ride or run can really clear your mind, plus the consistency and routine of training can make life feel a little more normal in an incredibly abnormal world.

7. In terms of race uncertainty, remember that you can only control what you can control. You can’t control a race director’s decision or the timing of their decision, let alone all the outside factors that influence that decision. Focus on what you can control: your day-to-day decisions and training.

8. Along those lines, these days things are pretty chaotic. School closures and business crises and adaptations will wreak chaos on daily routines. Have a little forgiveness when your day isn’t able to include all or any of your planned training.

9. If you have not received specific information from your race director regarding your race’s fate, then keep training! If your race is on, you’ll show up prepared and ready. If it ends up being canceled or postponed, then you’ve given yourself a better launching point to prepare for the next one.

10. If you learn that your race is not proceeding as planned, it’s okay to take some time to process and grieve that loss. Skip your long ride and/or long run, back off the intensity and/or volume for a few days (or weeks, depending on future race dates), and take a breath. If you have 4-6 months or longer before your next race, shift to maintenance mode for a bit. If your next race is potentially sooner, but not so soon that you need to be at your recent training volume, it’s okay to shift your training plan out and drop back for a few weeks. The physical and mental break will help keep you stronger than trying to maintain a high level of fitness and risking burning out.

11. Finally, if you are feeling like it’s hard to motivate to train when your race seems uncertain, remember that we all love and participate in this sport not just for race day. We value a wide range of benefits from training: the fitness we build, the feeling of strength within our bodies, the structure and predictability of our TrainingPeaks calendar, the distraction from the stress of life and work, and the satisfaction of completing (crushing!) our workouts. Use these weeks to focus on and be grateful for everything that training gives back to you each day!

Coach Alison Freeman is a USAT Level II Certified Coach with D3 Multisport.  She is also a 

Training Peaks Level II Certified Coach and Ironman University Certified Coach.  She shares that her role as a coach is to be a partner in your quality assurance program. “It’s my job to keep an eye on the big picture and the goals you want to achieve. But part of that process also involves the smaller pieces, continually assessing and making adjustments as needed to ensure that progress stays on track.”

PTO and IRONMAN Talks Heating Up, Maybe Not in a Friendly Way?

By Bill Plock

Below is a news release we just received from the Professional Triathletes Organization regarding their attempt to engage with IRONMAN for eventual purchase and/or collaboration. It’s no secret the Wanda Sports Group is hoping to sell its triathlon business (IRONMAN). If you are keeping up with this saga, here is the latest.

From afar, does this in some ways parallel what is happening in the National Football League, but on a much, much smaller scale? The NFL is trying to get the players union to accept a new collective bargaining agreement that is actually valid until 2021. But from all accounts, NFL owners want to leverage a long term players agreement as they approach upcoming, multi-billion dollar television contracts due for negotiation this year. If there is a “shaky”, one year agreement players contract still in place, it is thought the NFL will not be able to maximize television contracts due to a possible strike and loss of games to be televised. Makes sense.

Is this a similar situation? It seems the PTO is basically telling IRONMAN that with a supportive professional triathlete organization, they will have a better product to sell and a stronger brand. So why are there no conversations happening–at least publicly? It will be interesting to see how this moves forward.

LONDON, ENGLAND–: The Professional Triathletes Organisation today released the following letter sent to the Board of Directors of Wanda Sports Group Company Limited on 3rd March 2020 advising the Board that in its view the value of the Ironman® Business in any possible sale would be adversely affected by its failure to engage in constructive discussions with the PTO.

Board of Directors, Wanda Sports Group Company Limited, Wanda Plaza, Tower B, 9th Floor, 93 Jianguo Road Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, Attn: Mr. Yimin Gao–CEO

Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer, World Triathlon Corporation, 3407 W. Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 100, Tampa, Florida 33607

Dear Members of the Board:

We are writing on behalf of the Professional Triathletes Organisation (the “PTO”) and note with interest your public announcement that the Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (“WSG”) is in preliminary discussions concerning the possible sale of its worldwide triathlon and mass participation business (the “WTC Business”). We further note that the WSG Board has yet to respond to our letter dated 3rd of February 2020, in which we advised the Board that the PTO is prepared to enter into discussions regarding the acquisition of the WTC Business and to consider an all-cash transaction or one in which the existing shareholders of WSG are able to participate in the growth of the WTC Business that the PTO and its professionals are uniquely able to deliver. In our letter we also advised the WSG Board that we are prepared to work with other groups who may be interested in acquiring the WTC Business.

We strongly believe that our involvement in the sale process will enable the WSG shareholders to maximise the value of any sale of the WTC Business, and failure to allow the PTO the opportunity to be part of any sale process will adversely affect the WSG shareholders. We believe that this proposal represents a unique opportunity to realise significant value for WSG shareholders and the employees of WTC, and that the PTO can uniquely provide a healthy and growing environment for the WTC Business. The PTO and North Point Advisors, our financial advisors, are prepared to begin discussions forthwith with your senior management and your financial advisors and to sign a customary confidentiality agreement in order to commence certain due diligence.

We hope that you share our enthusiasm and that the WSG Board, in the exercise of its fiduciary duties, delivers a prompt and favourable reply to us. As the WSG Board has failed to respond to our previous good faith approach, we will publicly release a copy of this letter. We would urge you to convey to any potential bidders with whom you may be in discussions our view that the cooperation of the PTO in the operations of the WTC Business is vital to its valuation and its ongoing and future success and, further, in our view, the continued failure of the WSG Board or any potential bidder with whom you may be in discussions to engage with the PTO in a constructive and cooperative manner may have an adverse effect on the WTC Business and the WSG shareholders. We would accordingly request that if there are any restrictions in any Non-Disclosure Agreements prohibiting potential bidders from engaging in discussions with the PTO, that they be waived so that WSG shareholders are able to maximise the sale price of the WTC Business.

Respectfully yours,

Charles Adamo –– Chairman

Sam Renouf –– Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Joyce –– Athlete Director

Dylan McNeice –– Athlete Director

BASE Camp, The Inside Scoop, Be There Next Year!

By Bill Plock

Matt Miller is a disrupter. He has built BASE Performance into a triathlon juggernaught and now I have seen and felt how and why.  If you think BASE is about nutrition products, salt, and a growing line of custom cycling and triathlon clothing, you are right, but you are crazy wrong as well. 

BASE is about people. People who try hard, have fun and care about each other. BASE is a growing triathlon family of over a thousand people from around the world officially on their team. 

This past week, in surprisingly chilly, Orlando Florida, about a 120 teammates came to swim, bike, run, and have fun for four days.  Athletes varied greatly in ability but it’s safe to say that the slowest, least skilled or in-experienced athlete felt every bit a part of this group as the fastest, most seasoned veterans. Here’s why. For this “family” it’s about the start line and how they get to the finish—not how fast they get there. 

At the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Jacob Golderg/Matt Hert Photo

Besides training and having fun, the overriding goal was to re-connect with fellow BASE teammates and meet new ones. I felt a bit like I was at a high school reunion of a school I didn’t attend. But, that feeling dissipated quickly as this is the most welcoming group of athletes, maybe people, I have ever been around. If BASE was about building ego’s they would’ve been out of business years ago. BASE fuels love for the sport of triathlon by helping people build love for each other. Yes, that sounds lofty, probably corny and utopic, but it’s true.

Boulder based professional triathlete and coach at Baseline Multisport Coaching, Kristin Louderback, who made the trip to help athletes said, “there was no ego at this camp, it was a super fun group to coach and help.”

Becky

At the beach party after our last workout, Becky from Illinois summed it up best saying, “I did 15 hours of training at this camp and normally I do about seven per week. I was so excited, as I kept my face in the water for all my swims, I ran the longest run of my life at 10 miles, and I was so happy everyone waited for me at the end of the run. AND I made it up Sugar Loaf Mountain without stopping!  I just don’t feel judged here and I can do more than ever with the help of my teammates!”

When Matt invited me to camp, he gave me no direction or assignment, and I guess he just wanted me to experience the camp and come to my own conclusions. I write this as unbiased as possible only being influenced by accepting a bed at the BASE house where I shared a room sleeping on a not-so-roomy twin bed appointed with not-so-luxurious Superman bedding. We were in Orlando after all, where housing developments chew up the land built mostly for tourists and Air B&Ber’s.  It’s hard to not be a BASE fan. I wanted to resist and be neutral, but I can’t. This is a great group and I’m just telling you like it is! 

BASE has come a long ways. A really long ways in a pretty short time. I first encountered BASE running on the Boulder creek path during the 2014 Boulder IRONMAN.  Matt and a few of his early, enthusiastic adopters passed out BASE salt in small vials perfect for carrying. Of course I refused and thought each time I passed through the BASE “zone”, “what in the world are these guys doing passing out something not at an official aid station that I had never tried?”  Who would take it I thought, that’s breaking the first rule of racing—don’t do something you have not practiced! I was somewhat shocked at their tenacity, but also impressed.

BASE on course in Kona cheering on

Then in 2015, at IRONMAN Boulder, there they were again, but this time as an official supplier of salt, and they had a booth, and it was a busy booth. Clearly  they were growing. Now they are a significant partner with IRONMAN with booths and products on course at nearly all full and 70.3 races in North America. They sell a wide variety of high quality nutrition products and a line of cycling and triathlon clothing along with some fun lifestyle t-shirts.  

The disruption comes in non conventional ways of offering quality products, either ones BASE makes or ones their partners offer to the team, normally at special prices. For example, Quintana Roo offers BASE members special buys on bikes and wetsuits. Last year BASE was one of QR’s biggest accounts. But more than that, members will often visit local bike shops and leave a BASE sample or a card hoping the store carries the product.  Let’s face it if the people they love (BASE) are more successful, they can have more fun.

That is the magic sauce. Matt has built a company of believers who, I believe, want the company to succeed for reasons way beyond the product. They not only like Matt and the BASE Team, they want to keep seeing each other at BASE functions and at races. They want to know that when they are racing they will see others in BASE kits cheering them on. 

It’s this selfish joy that bonds this group to do the utmost for each other so they can continue to be part of something bigger than themselves. The fun and a strong sense of belonging pulls them together to make them feel valued and included. 

For me, this is a bright part of the future of triathlon where new people from all abilities are able to learn, to train, and become empowered to tackle things they never thought possible. 

But it grew in a way I hadn’t anticipated or could’ve even predicted from those days when they were schlepping salt in Boulder, in nutrition terms, BASE’s growth is as Organic as possible.

Time Trial for Triathletes Starting March 18th, Check it Out, Great Deal for USAT Members

How well do you know how hard to push yourself on your bike? Or your run and swim for that matter? It’s much easier to find a track or a pool with uninterrupted ability to push hard and get consistent feedback on your effort. But biking takes a little more planning, especially as a triathlete wanting to break out your time trial bike. Yes, if you have an indoor trainer, utilizing heart rate and power metrics, it’s easy to simulate an effort and get rewarded with a jersey from Zwift. But there is nothing like being outside, racing others to really find out what you can do. Try a time trial series to get the season started.

Recently in Indianapolis, college football players were tested every which way possible so teams can evaluate them for the upcoming draft. But these simulated efforts have historically proven iffy when it comes to performance in games. Yes, an eye popping 4.22, 40 yard dash looks great on paper, and probably puts some money in someone’s pocket as their draft status improves, but the best wide receiver in NFL history, Jerry Rice wasn’t even close to that. In other words, it’s what happens in the heat of the moment that counts. 

Maybe you can throw down a 300 watt effort for 20 minutes on your Feedback Omnium trainer, which in theory might translate to a 23 mph average at an Olympic distance triathlon, or a 23 minute climb up Lookout—but maybe not. Perhaps you don’t stay in such a powerful position when a cross wind makes that front Zipp 404 wobble a little bit. Or maybe you are so competitive that when you see someone to pass, you find power fueled by endorphins produced in the heat of the moment. It’s hard to maintain the perfect power position for an entire race but practicing at a race like the Karen Hornbostel Time Trial (KHMTT) will certainly help. 

If you are a triathlete who doesn’t race bikes much, the KHMTT is a great way to test your limits and have fun. Time trialing in March not only divulges your fitness level coming out of winter, but it gives you that metabolic boost that comes with digging deep that will serve you better for the upcoming season.  The race is held every Wednesday night starting March 18th at Cherry Creek State Park. Special pricing is offered to current USAT members. Full schedule and general information can be found HERE

The 9.6 mile relatively flat course will test your limits, give you chances to work on your handling skills and compare your efforts to others and yourself. The KHMTT is a seven week series giving you the chance to see improvement week over week. You don’t have to do the whole series, you can come try it once or as many times as you like.

Details of that program for USAT members are here: https://khmtt.com/usat-registration-start/

For non USAT members information is here. https://khmtt.com/bikereg/

Dede Griesbauer’s Story on Her Amazing Race at Ultraman Florida

By Bill Plock

Boulder resident, Dede Griesbauer, the oldest professional triathlete in the world at 49 years old, placed second overall (male and female) at Ultraman Florida completing the race in a little over 22 hours. Listen (link below) to our interview with her talking about this race and her amazing, record setting accomplishment.

“It is not easy being a pro triathlete, but I know the alternative (she left a Wall Street career), while it’s a lot easier, I am just living my dream…”

To put some of this in perspective she swam the 6.2 miles averaging a 1:22/100. Her bike average speed over the two days of 263 miles was almost 24mph (and racers have to stop at stop lights and stop signs) and she ran a double marathon in a little over 8 hours, so about a 9 minute mile. That is remarkable.

Ultraman Florida is a three day endurance race covering 321.6 miles in central Florida. Each participant completes a 6.2 mile (10km) open water swim, a 263 mile (423km) bike ride, and a 52.4 mile (84km) ultra-marathon run. Day 1 consists of a 6.2 mile swim and 92 mile bike, Day 2 is a 171 mile bike, and Day 3 is a 52.4 mile run.

In this podcast Dede talks about the event, the training leading up to, her nutrition plan, how her coach Julie Dibens coached her through the event and maybe what her future holds.

Listen to the full podcast DEDE GRIESBAUER Podcast