Young Cancer Survivor Inspires Local Athletes

Eight-year-old Connor was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just 1.5-years-old. He underwent chemo for 3 years and 3 months and celebrated his last dose with a family party. For the next couple of years Connor endured several finger pokes for routine blood tests. Sadly, his family learned in February 2017 that his leukemia came back.

Connor’s mom, Jen, shared, “He didn’t even feel sick but the doctors said he had to fight the bad guys in his blood and start taking chemo again. This second time the chemo was a lot harder- it made him really sick and he had to stay in the hospital a lot.”

Connor had a bone marrow transplant on August 1, 2017, from his sister Chloe. His health continued to improve but he couldn’t be around people or go to public places because of germs. He spent most of his time at home and was homeschooled to stay on track with his school work. Connor was able to FaceTime with his class.

One year after his bone marrow transplant, a biopsy revealed that his leukemia was back for a third time. He spent over a month at Children’s Hospital Colorado getting chemo in preparation for CAR T-cell immunotherapy.

CAR-T personalized cellular therapy is a revolutionary approach to treating cancer by using genetic engineering to reprogram the patient’s own immune T cells to find and kill cancer cells. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For the past two decades, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has invested more than $40 million in CAR-T research and development. Connor was the sixth person at Children’s Hospital Colorado to receive CAR-T.

Connor had a check-up 34 days after his CAR-T infusion and again most recently during the holiday season at 61 days post-treatment. The results were positive, showing no signs of leukemia. Jen shared, “This was the BEST Christmas present ever for our family!!! His fight isn’t over but this is a huge victory and we are soooo very thankful!”

You can click here to learn more about CAR T-cell immunotherapy.

Connor has been an inspiration to Denver-area teammates training for the Wildflower Experience and other endurance events through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports fundraising and training program. Team In Training (TNT) offers a lineup of innovative high caliber domestic and international events, and prepares teammates for marathons, half marathons, and triathlons, as well as cycling, climbing and hiking experiences.

Since its inception in 1988, Team In Training has raised more than $1.5 billion, trained more than 650,000 people and helped LLS invest more than $1.2 billion in blood cancer research such as CAR T-cell immunotherapy.

“We all come to TNT with different our own personal stories and reasons for being involved with LLS,” shared Heather Collins, Team Captain for Team In Training Fundraising Team Connor McStrong. “Coming together to support our Honored Hero is what makes us a team. You realize that what you are a part of is bigger than just you, and your goals and your training. Watching Connor and his family go through the different stages of his treatment really brings the LLS mission to life and continually inspires me to keep doing this kind of work.”

Training for the Wildflower Experience begins on February 2, 2019. Team In Training will get you to the finish line with experienced coaches, training resources and a supportive community of athletes of all skill levels. Teammates also have access to world-class fundraising tools to help them reach their goal to fund blood cancer research.

“Before I joined Team in Training, all of my training was ‘solo’,” shared Heather. “I was hesitant about running with a team. Now I can’t imagine anything else! The encouragement and support from day one of training through event weekend helps me stay motivated. Instead of going into the event weekend nervous and uncertain, I now know I’ll have TNT Staff, coaches, supporters and teammates there to help me through. I find as much joy in cheering on my teammates as I do crossing that finish line myself!”

Join the team for the Wildflower Experience. To learn more, click here. Use code 303TRI for free Team In Training registration ($100 value, expires 1/31/19).

Why train for a cause?

Team in Training Athlete Dr. Brett Kessler at the turnaround in Hawi

By Bill Plock

Dr. James DeGregori PhD
(Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Those reasons often transition into causes and those causes are often taken on by a group of people working to help the same cause and obviously most of those causes involve medical conditions, awareness and advocacy.

Clearly many things motivate people to exercise, train and perhaps ultimately compete. We all know of someone inspired by unfortunate circumstances that might have impacted their life or of those they care about. The reasons are countless and often tear jerking and deeply personal.

This past week, 303radio sat down with Dr. James DeGregori PhD and Brett Kessler, DDS to talk about the community of like minded people they train with–Team and Training.

Team in Training is the largest charity endurance training program in the world. They have over 650,000 athletes that have raised over $1 billion to fight cancer, Leukemia and Lymphoma more specifically. Like many teams the connections and friends that are made ultimately make cause the greatest memories.

In this interview James and Brett talk about those connections, their own personal reasons and why’s, but more, they both know Leukemia and Lymphoma first hand as medical professionals that work directly with those effected and by doing research to help find a cure.

Not only will you learn how Team in Training helped them compete in century rides, marathons and even the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, but you will learn a little about the disease from people on the front lines and extremely driven advocates that will likely offer you some inspiration into your own why.

Job! Digital Content Specialist for JackRabbit Sports

Interested to write and be creative in the Triathlon Business??

Digital Content Specialist – Cherry Creek North (Denver, CO)
JackRabbit/Running Specialty Group/Clever Training – Denver, CO 80206 (Central East Denver area)
We are a rapidly growing national omni-channel retailer, passionate about running and endurance sports and helping our customers achieve their goals. We live and breathe the active, running and endurance lifestyles as much as our customers do.

Are you a wordsmith with tech and video skills with a passion for running and endurance sports?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to the above, then we are looking for someone like you to join our content marketing team as a Digital Content Specialist.

Who You Are

A creative thinker who can create informative blog and website content consistent with the brand voice for the JackRabbit and Clever Training customers
Savvy writer who can create engaging content to promote the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of our partner brands and the products we represent.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Write versatile blog copy, landing pages other digital content and educational messaging for key market segments.
  • Coordinate, film and edit videos of industry experts discussing products and industry trends
  • Measure and monitor effectiveness of content and campaigns for performance, SEO and engagement.
  • Contribute to content audit and gap analysis pertaining to JackRabbit and Clever Training content
  • Create and manage an editorial calendar in line with product launches and SEO goals
  • Collaborate with the product and marketing teams for creatives, assets, and product leads

Pro Bike Express – Wildflower Triathlon or IRONMAN 70.3 St. George?

Wesley is in a pickle. With all the athletes in the Rocky Mountain Region and so many races around the corner, there are two that fall on the same weekend. The Wildflower Triathlon and IRONMAN 70.3 St. George.

Obviously he can’t transport bikes to both races, so this is where you come in.

Go to the Pro Bike Express website and register for bike transport for your respective event. The race with the most registrations will decide who gets the best bike transport and support. Pretty simple. Spread the word, tell your friends, and make it happen!

 

IRONMAN World Championships Broadcast Premier Viewing Party in NYC!

Having Kona withdrawals? Here’s a very good reason to book a trip…a trip to the Big Apple!

The Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will be taking place on December 5th in New York City. Besides a front row seat at the finish line in Kona, this party is slated to be the Best Night in Triathlon.

The evening will begin with a welcome reception mix & mingle with professional athletes, featured inspirational athletes, and an opportunity to take a piece of IRONMAN World Championship history home with you via a silent auction. There will even be an opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race in the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship during the live auction!

Following the reception, you will experience all the action of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship NBC broadcast before it airs nationwide. The evening concludes with a Q&A session discussing all the behind-the-scenes details with a panel of IRONMAN Professional Athletes and IRONMAN Hall of Fame members.

Celebrity guests to include 3-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, IRONMAN U.S. Champion Timothy O’Donnell, and of course The “Voice” of IRONMAN Mike Reilly.

Tickets are on sale now with proceeds benefitting the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.

How to increase your triathlon endurance

 

How to Increase Your Triathlon Endurance

Contributed by Vanessa Davis

If you’ve never been much of a sports’ aficionado, then just the word triathlon can make you sweat. To people who haven’t spent much time in these waters, cycling 40km, followed by 1500m of swimming and finally running 10 km sounds almost impossible, not to mention painful. However, for those who have taken this discipline into their lives, triathlon is a lifestyle, they live and breathe by it and constantly strive to be better. The mentality that is needed for completing a triathlon is the one of discipline, perseverance, and strength, all working in perfect sync. If you skimp on one, your body, as well as your results will suffer. If you’re training for your first triathlon experience, and you’re constantly on the lookout for useful tips, here are some general rules on how to increase your triathlon endurance.

Know Your Body

If you want to be a successful triathlon athlete, one of the very first things to do is to know what you can expect from your body. You can listen to advice, opinions and little cheats that your senior colleagues will share with you, but knowing how you react to exhaustion, injury and how well you manage under pressure is something that no one can tell you so you have to find out on your own. How do your joints react to longer runs? Is there an old injury that could present a problem as preparations move forward? Do you know enough to get you started on your preparations in the first place? There are all very general questions, but it is important to ask them because triathlon is a serious exertion for both the body and the mind, and you have to know what you’re getting yourself into. If you’ve never run a half-marathon and you want to dive headfirst into triathlon workouts, you might be in over your head. This doesn’t mean that you should give up, just slow down and let your body get accustomed to a rigorous regime you’ve got in store by going into it gradually.

You Need the Right Equipment

Getting ready for a triathlon won’t be the cheapest endeavor equipment-wise, but you can bet that it will be worth it in on the track and in the water. It all trickles down to one and the same – if you want to achieve maximum endurance, be explosive or steady whenever you need it and not think about whether your equipment will survive the day, you will need to spend a bit more. Let’s start with the running shoes. Here’s the deal – most running shoes worth their salt will be comfortable, but if you’re training for a triathlon, you’ll need far more than that – you will need a shoe that fits just right. To find a perfect shoe fit might be a bit of a hassle, depending on your body type and your running style but the difference you’ll see in your endurance and cadence will not be negligible. When it comes to swimming, same rules apply – you will need a good-quality wetsuit that will give you lightness of movement, buoyancy and won’t restrict you in any way. You’ll want the wetsuit to fit you tightly so that there isn’t any loose material that could slow you down. The material should also be elastic, flexible and soft and it will help you feel like a fish in the water, allowing you to swim to your best ability without any hindrance.

Recovery Is Vital

Triathlon workouts are tough, that is no secret, and once you get hooked up on chasing your goal time, it’s difficult to give yourself a break. Maybe you’ve never been too enthused about exercising but once you feel the adrenaline of the need to be better every day, the struggle to let your body recover is real. If you’re training hard for five days a week, then you better have enough sleep throughout the week, so that your body has the time to restore and replenish. It’s important to do your best to get good shuteye, and that means getting rid of any nuisances that could disrupt your sleep, which in most cases is snoring, as well as not being able to sleep due to surrounding sounds. Invest in solid earplugs, and if you have a problem with snoring or sleep apnea, then get a good snoring aid that will help you eradicate all the breathing problems you might be facing. Even if you’re not familiar with what could help you, read trustworthy reviews like Theravent review to find your best fit. Allowing your body to replenish through good sleep is absolutely vital in your triathlon preparations, so take your sleeping routine seriously and constantly work on improving it.

Have a day or two of active recovery, during which you can do yoga or stretching to keep your muscles flexible and in optimal shape. Of course you’re trying to do your best, but it will not be achieved by overworking yourself and you can be sure that the endurance on the track and in the water will suffer, as well as your entire body. It’s true that our minds sometimes stop us from getting to our full physical potential and you should certainly push your limits, but it’s also true that you should know when to stop.

Facing the Shortcomings

Among the three disciplines you’ll be competing in, there is always one that will give you more grief than others, one that will require more work that you don’t really want to do. Though it might not be a joy to commit your entire workout to swimming when you’d much rather cycle, it is essential to face the shortcomings you’re facing in your performance and find ways to overcome them. You’ll never be able to compensate the poor swimming time with your running skills, so hone and work on your weaknesses, the payout will be manifold.

Being a triathlete will be one of the most demanding physical challenges you will face and once you pull it off, you will feel like Atlas. Constantly expanding your boundaries and pushing yourself to be better will prove beneficial in every aspect of your life and if you have any doubt, just give triathlon a chance.

Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.

Pro Bike Express: Plan for 2018 and win BIG! Oct 31 deadline

Pro Bike Express “Don’t Leave Home Without Us” Lottery closing October 31st

If you have plans to race outside of Colorado, there are many ways to get your ride to the start line. Pro Bike Express is the only Colorado-based bike transport company that will provide you the best personal service. Before and after your race bike pick up and drop off occurs within days not weeks, so you’re back on the road in no time.

All athletes who register bike transport with Pro Bike Express for any remaining 2017 races and all 2018 scheduled races will be entered into the “Don’t Leave Home Without Us” Lottery. Entrants will be eligible to win prizes including ROKA performance eye wear, ROKA Maverick wetsuit, BH Quartz bike, and much more! Winners will be announced via Facebook Live at IRONMAN Arizona (no need to be present to win).

Lottery closes October 31st – Hurry Up and Sign Up!

Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Your Next Triathlon Road Trip – The Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

There is a great triathlon opportunity still on the horizon, not on the front-range, but instead in Grand Junction. Itching to try some roads and trails. Maybe a little road trip?

Gather up your family or a group of friends and head west for the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival located at Highline State Park near Fruita, CO on September 8-10, 2017.

This unique festival offers XTERRA, Sprint and Olympic options for your choosing plus lakeside camping for the whole gang. Once you’ve raced, let the adventure continue with world-class mountain biking, road riding, hiking, climbing, SUP, rafting or wine tasting.

Just feel like relaxing after your race? Take a drive over the Colorado National Monument with the family then grab pizza at the infamous Hot Tomato or hit downtown Grand Junction for brews and other great dining options. You’ll even have the chance to get the last of the mouth-watering Palisade peaches, a refreshing reward for all that activity.

For a complete guide on all the activities available in the Grand Valley, visit http://www.visitgrandjunction.com/.

Triathletes may choose between an XTERRA Tri on Saturday or your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road tri’s on Sunday. Camping is available on-site at Highline State Park for $30 per night. Sites are just 100 yards from the transition and the start/finish areas. If camping isn’t your thing, there are a number of hotels in the Fruita area, just a 15 minute drive from the race site.

About the Races

The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim, a 50 meter run on the beach and another 600 meter swim in the waters of Highline Lake. Then you’re off on a 13 mile ride on a course that mixes single and double track. And finally, you’ll finish off with a scenic and interesting 4.5 mile run. The XTERRA Sprint is also available, offering a 600m swim, 7.5 mile ride and 2.8 mile run.

This is the 6th year for the Sprint & Olympic triathlons, taking place on Sunday. Both races feature some of the best road courses you will find in Colorado.
For course maps, race schedules and registration info, visit https://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8482

Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial

The following post is sponsored content provided by the cobrascycling.org

It’s that time of year for some of our favorite races and setting up the race season for both cyclists and triathletes might begin with some time trial practice. What a great way to transition from indoor training rides, getting that bike fit over the off season and testing it on a time trial.

In Denver, The Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial series is an attractive way to start the season.  The KHMTT is hosted by the long-standing COBRAS Cycling team and is a favorite for those wanting to get out in the middle of the week and spin their legs.

For those not familiar with the KHMTT, it is a seven-week time trial series held at Cherry Creek State Park on Wednesday nights starting on April 5th with start times from 4:30 to about 6:30 PM. The course is a somewhat challenging 9.5 miles with a heart pumping climb to the finish. This is one race where you don’t want to leave anything on the course!

It’s a great opportunity to have a great time as well as hone your time trial racing skills and improve your time week after week. The COBRAS post results quickly and keep a running tally of the series ranking on their web site.

They also hire local photographer Ryan Muncy every year to take action shots of the racers and post them to their web site and make them available to racers at no cost. That is a really sweet perk!

This year they are encouraging cyclists who have never raced before and would like to try it out by offering a one night race, USAC license for the night and all for only $20!  That is a really inexpensive and easy way to try out the sport and see if you like it or not.

For more information about the KHMTT and to register, you will find everything on their web site at http://KHMTT.com.

Tri Coach Tueday: Alison Dunlap MTB Camp

Are you looking to improve your mountain biking skills this summer? Looking to develop additional skills and make friends along the way? Consider a weekend mountain biking skills camp! 303 Cycling Ambassador Erin Trail talked to Alison Dunlap about her Adventure Camps.


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Erin:  Who can benefit from your camps?

Alison:  Anyone, from skilled to beginners can benefit. The only requirement is that you know how to ride a bike and we’ll take it from there.
Erin: What do you learn in the camps?

Alison:Saturday is a drills and skills day, where we work on a variety of skills in a grassy park setting. This day is all about confidence building and understanding core concepts and fundamentals of mountain biking. Sunday we take those skills to the trail! The benefit of this second day is that as a group, we’ll session every section until each person gets it right. We also record video of people as they ride, so they can see their form as they ride through obstacles. The video analysis makes a big difference in understanding body positioning.

Erin: What makes a camp better than a private lesson?

Alison:  The group setting makes it more fun. As the clinic progresses, friendships develop and people really rally behind the other riders as they conquer challenging sections of the trail. The camaraderie that develops during the two days really enhances the overall learning experience.

Erin:  What do you love about these camps and teaching people mountain biking?

Alison:  It’s fun knowing you have an impact on people that can change their life, with overcoming fears and making friends.
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Alison offers a variety of camps and dates:
Beginners Clinics (Level I)
Women’s Only: April 29-30, 2017
Co-Ed: June 10-11, 2017
The Level I clinics are designed for the person that rode a mountain bike years ago or rides on a regular basis, but lacks the confidence and technique to feel comfortable on single track. If you’re completely new to the sport and don’t know the first thing about mountain biking, then this clinic is also for you. In the Level I clinic, riders learn the basic fundamentals of riding a mountain bike:
• Basic bike set-up
• Positioning, balance, maneuvering, braking and shifting
• Mounting/dismounting your bike on steep terrain
• Cornering
• Riding up and down curbs
• Climbing and descending
• Switchbacks
• Riding varied trail conditions
You’ll also learn about vision; how to read a trail and make quick, split-second decisions on what you can and cannot ride. We’ll also spend time on trail etiquette, safety, and basic on-trail bike repairs. You’ll leave your clinic with an arsenal of new skills, a razor sharp eye for technique, and confidence that will stay with you for years to come!


Intermediate Clinics (Level II):
Women’s Only: June 24-25, 2017
Co-Ed: July 8-9, 2017
The Level II clinics are for riders that are comfortable on singletrack and regularly ride mountain bikes off-road. A Level II rider likes technical trails but may not have the skills to feel comfortable and safe. A Level II rider should be comfortable with the following skills:
• If using clipless pedals (although not required) being able to get in and out of the pedals quickly and safely on both sides
• Riding single track with moderate technical sections
• Riding for 2-3 hrs at a time
A Level II rider will learn the following skills at the clinic:
• Basic bike set-up
• Positioning, balance, maneuvering, braking, and shifting
• Cornering
• Line selection
• Enduro techniques
• Riding up and down ledges
• Riding off 2-3 foot drops
• Tight exposed switchbacks with obstacles
• Loose rocky climbs and descents
• Cornering on loose tight singletrack
• Off-camber cornering
• High speed descending
• Whoop-de-doos
• Wheelies

All clinics are held in Colorado Springs, which is Alison’s home base. To sign up for one of Alison’s Camps, head to her website.

All clinics are listed on the 303Triathlon calendar here