TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir

 

ALREADY 35% SOLD OUT AS OF 12/28/2018!

The TriBella Women’s Triathlon, presented by Coeur Sports, is the perfect all women’s triathlon for first time triathletes looking to try the sport out, or seasoned veterans looking for a fun season opener to compete alongside friends and family! We’ll be offering two distances; the traditional sprint distance (1/2m Swim, 10m Bike, 3.1m Run), plus a super sprint distance (1/4m Swim, 8m Bike, 2m Run). Women’s cut technical t-shirts, great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles are just some highlights. This race is capped at 450 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.

Due to the low cap we expect to be sold out by Mid May! This race will be held at the Smoky Hill Beach (East Side) of Cherry Creek Reservoir!

 

Event details and registration here

Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland

 

The Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon provides triathlon enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable event in which to compete, regardless of their competitive level. It promotes the triathlon sport and the opportunity to give back to the community. — Enjoy!

We are happy to be producing this event for you — the athletes — for the 19th year! Lake to Lake has been owned and organized by Peggy Shockley and her family since 2001 – making it the longest running privately owned triathlon even tin Colorado – no ownership changes!

Every athlete has their own story as well as their individual goals and aspirations and it’s OUR goal to provide you with an event that will help you achieve your goal. Whether you are a first timer, novice or veteran triathlete, come out and compete at Lake to Lake, we’ll do our best to make it a great day! That’s our story.

 

Event details and registration here

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder

 

Nestled at the foot of the Flatirons Mountains, Boulder, Colorado is a wildly popular home-based and vacation destination for triathletes. The city’s health-conscious culture, near-perfect weather and breathtaking natural environment made it an instant favorite from the first running.

Once finished in the water, the first transition will start athletes on a beautiful multi-loop course all contained within Boulder County, The course has a few pronounced climbs, but in general it’s a fast one. Once done with the two 40+ mile loops, athletes will complete the final 80-112 miles on an additional loop and roll into downtown Boulder for the second transition at Boulder High School.

The two-loop run course is almost entirely on Boulder Creek Trail, winding along the creek and through city parks. Spectators will have multiple opportunities to cheer on their athletes. and the last few steps of the day happen on Pearl Street, making for a triumphant finish.

 

Event details and registration here

ColoradoTriathlon

Boulder Reservoir

 

ALREADY 42% SOLD OUT AS OF 12/28/2018!

Who’s ready to kick off the 2019 season?! The Colorado Triathlon is where Colorado comes to race on June 1st, 2019! The Colorado Triathlon – sprint & olympic distances, duathlon & aquabike options. To make the “can’t miss” event of the season, we’ll also have: amazing food and beverages provided by Noodles & Co., Ska Brewing Beer Garden, athlete full zip sweat shirts, and the best swag bag of the season.

For us this race is about one person, the Colorado local who knows Colorado has the best, and the friendliest, triathlon scene in the nation. It’s a local scene we’re darn proud of, come see what this amazing community is all about!

 

Colorado Tri Series includes:

Colorado Triathlon

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Harvest Moon Long Course

Series details here

 

Event details and registration here

Tri Coach Tuesday: New Year, New Diet?

by Dina Griffin
The Nutrition Mechanic
Sport Dietitian / Registered Dietitian
www.nutritionmechanic.com

The word ‘diet’ has many different contexts. For example:

  • restriction: “I can’t eat XYZ foods.”
  • a type of pattern or cuisine: “I eat in line with the Mediterranean diet.”
  • fad/trend: “I’m starting the Grapefruit Diet to detox!”
  • clinical prescription: “My doctor prescribed an autoimmune diet for my thyroid condition.”

Aside from the new year hubbub that is filled with trendy diet pitches and 21-day diet challenges, have you wondered whether it is time to change up your dietary pattern to support your health and performance goals? Let me provide a few considerations to help you self-assess a bit further.

What is the “issue” you are trying to improve or solve?

Weight loss is on the minds of many athletes this time of the year in advance of big races and events planned for 2019. If this is you, then I recommend taking some time to reflect on where you’ve been in your diet hopping experience and where you are now with your food relationship. Often times, athletes jump to the latest and greatest diet fad without pondering their past or how food fits into their life currently.

It may be surprising to some, but much of the research shows that there are many kinds of diets that can work to promote weight loss. The keys are finding what is sustainable for you (to avoid the yo-yo trend of loss-gain-loss-gain-rinse-repeat), what is safe and optimal (in terms of supporting your needs as an athlete), and what your habits and behaviors are around food that need to be modified (I call this the “nitty gritty that no one likes to address”).

If weight loss is not your primary goal, perhaps it is another set of signs and symptoms that you are experiencing. For example:

  • poor exercise performance (feeling flat, can’t hit intensities, fade quickly into an aerobic session)
  • poor exercise recovery (soreness, achiness, unusual fatigue)
  • energy lulls, poor concentration during everyday living
  • gut issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea
  • sugar and/or caffeine cravings
    Maybe you just intuitively know that it is time for a change – you are now a masters athlete, there are midlife hormonal changes, or quite frankly, your diet is pretty subpar.

What do you know objectively about your signs and symptoms? For example, do you have recent athlete-specific blood work to reveal any deficiencies? Have you changed your nutrition relatively recently that could be a contributing (negative) factor? Have you had a professional assessment from a Sport Dietitian to piece apart all of the “inputs”?

As you can hopefully see, there are potentially many reasons to move forward with a change in your nutrition. Similarly, there are many layers that makes the decision process as to which kind of dietary pattern a more complicated process than simply mimicking what a friend or training partner does. It takes some time and effort to think through where you’ve been, where you are, and where you want to go… for both health and performance as they go hand in hand.

Food for thought and more to come!

MCTC Regional Championships & Havasu Triathlon

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

 

Race on the same course as Olympians, Collegiate Champions and World Age Group Champions!  There is a reason why everybody comes to Havasu.  The Havasu Triathlon is a great triathlon on a challenging course.  With great weather and and located in one of the premier Spring Break and vacation destinations in the United States, Havasu offers triathletes and their families the perfect triathlon getaway.

Are you from snow, doom and gloom country?  Well we cordially invite you to escape. The Havasu Triathlon annually welcomes athletes from over 35 states, making it one of the premier early season races in the USA.   The Havasu Triathlon 2018 invites you to escape the never ending cold and gloom of winter and enjoy Spring Break in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.  For information about Lake Havasu and the many recreational opportunities of the area please go to www.golakehavasu.com.

Enter early!  Not just because we might sell out at our limit of 800 athletes, but because Havasu is a popular Spring Break destination and you want to make sure you get your pick of hotel or camping spots.

 

Havasu Triathlon event details and registration here

MCTC Championships event details here

Boyd Lake Bash Multisport Festival

Loveland

 

Escape to the lake! The “Boyd Lake Bash” Multisport Festival will be an event you’ll look forward to all season long. Why? Beautiful mountain views, ideal weather and 10 races all in the same morning…yes TEN! Did we mention camping? Yup! There’s that too.

Sitting on the east side of Loveland and southeast of Fort Collins, this close-to-home multisport race event will have a festival feel that’s intimate, fun and mildly challenging. The course layouts make race morning packed with spectator cheering and multiple athlete flybys. With ON-SITE camping options, make a weekend out of this event and plan some extra relaxation time.

BE EARLY!! Register to race & reserve your camping slot (separately) – Spots will fill up quick.

RACES INCLUDE:
• Triathlon
• Duathlon
• Aquabike
• Aquathon Short
• Aquathon Long
• Youth 7-10 Splash & Dash
• Youth 11-15 Splash & Dash
• 5K Run Only
• 10K Run Only
• 1/2 Marathon Run Only

 

Event details and registration here

 

 

Takeaways from the Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit

Back in late spring or early summer, I – saw an ad? got an email? – announcing the inaugural “Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit.” Outspoken: check. Woman: check. Triathlon: check. So while I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the weekend, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I anticipated inspiring women, new connections, and stimulating conversation, but really didn’t know what else the weekend might hold, right up until I walked onto the rooftop deck at a hotel in Arizona for the first night of the inaugural Summit.

Meredith Kessler may not have realized it at the time, but she set the tone for the weekend as she stood at the podium to present the Opening Keynote and told us, “I need you to come closer.” And we did. Our group of 100, comprised of pros, both relatively new and deeply experienced age-groupers, coaches, and industry leaders, walked forward from corners of the rooftop and gathered together – that night and for the remainder of the weekend. We listened to speeches and panels and asked questions and participated in discussions, all of which were raw and honest and personal. We had come closer.

While I couldn’t possibly recount the entire weekend’s worth of stories and dialogue – and really, if you weren’t there you’re just going to have to accept that you don’t get all the details – here are some of my favorite takeaways from the weekend:

• Me, someone who thinks that wearing any attire not designed for sweating is “dressing up:” A conference that advises wearing comfortable shoes and includes morning coached swim and run workouts is my kind of conference.

Senator-Elect Krysten Sinema

• Sally Edwards, pioneering and incredibly accomplished endurance athlete and former spokesperson for the Danskin women’s triathlon series: Triathlon began in the 1980s with a fascinating cultural juxtaposition, both establishing a progressive policy of equal prize money for pro men and women while simultaneously judging female triathletes based on looks rather than ability, shunning pro female triathletes from magazine covers if they “weren’t pretty enough.”

• Kyrsten Sinema, Congresswoman and Senator-Elect from Arizona: In order from least to most difficult, it goes like this: run for Congress, train for and complete an Ironman, run for Senate.

• Meredith Atwood, a.k.a. Swim Bike Mom: “Words are the house you live in” (although she did attribute the quote to someone whose name she acknowledge she couldn’t quite pronounce). If we look in the mirror and criticize our body’s appearance rather than celebrate its strength, we are going down the wrong path.

• Me, a person who apparently doesn’t set goals unless I understand that they are achievable: I had no idea how many people’s stories include “I didn’t know how to swim or own a bike, but I signed up for a triathlon and here I am!”

Meredith Atwood,
a.k.a. Swim Bike Mom

• Dr. Stacy Sims, Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist specializing in sex differences with regards to performance: Women are not small men. It turns out that when you do tests and trials that only include male subjects, the results are often not applicable to women. For example: the common thinking on heat acclimation protocols and the effectiveness – or lack thereof – of ice baths is accurate for men, but not for women. (Want more info on what is applicable to women? Buy her book, ROAR – I just did.)

• Gabriela Gallegos, Race Director of the Mighty Mujer Triathlon: Let’s have the Wonder Woman version and not the Princess version. (Me: oh hell yes!)

Ultimately, the inaugural Outspoken: Women in Triathlon Summit was exactly what I anticipated it would be. I listened to stories from inspiring women, I made new connections with women across the spectrum of the triathlon community, and I had and heard stimulating conversations about where triathlon is today and where it needs to be tomorrow. The Summit provided an environment where one could raise provoking and sometimes challenging questions that might otherwise be reserved for one-on-one conversations. Panelists, speakers, and conference attendees alike stepped away from formal dialogue where certain topics are simply alluded to, and spoke in raw and honest and personal terms about sexism and empowerment, our strong and unique bodies, gender equality, and inclusion for minorities and transgender athletes.

Beyond that, the Summit provided an opportunity for each of us take ownership of growing the sport of triathlon and specifically the representation of women and minorities within the sport. After the closing brainstorming session, each participant – from the pro to the age grouper to the coach to the industry leader – left with actionable items, and a forum for reporting back on her progress. I am excited to see where these action items take us over the next year, and what stories and conversations those actions create for next year’s Summit.

Kyle Coon Continues to Excel

Kyle Coon has had quite a 2018 season.

In October he won the Silver medal and the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup Race.

Article here

 

In November he was named as one of three Parathletes to be added to the USA Resident Team at the Colorado Springs OTC.

Article here

 

And, just this past weekend, Kyle and guide Alan Greening, finish IMAZ in under 11 hours!

Video from 12news.com in Phoenix, AZ  here