Ragnar Relay, Del Sol 2010

March 31, 2010 on 11:29 am | In Employee Adventures, Life at TriSports.com | No Comments


There were 11 of us from TriSports.com that had the chance to participate in the Ragnar Relay, Del Sol this past February.  http://www.ragnarrelay.com/delsol/index.php   The relay started in Prescott and ended in Tempe…..202.1 miles of running.  The experience was actually quite fun!  We had two vans between the 11 of us.  It was a great time to “get-to-know” your co-workers for pretty much 36 hours straight!  Yes, Lisa…you still owe me one for ditching me and making me ride with 4 men.  Here are a few snapshots taken throughout our journey!

Ragnar Relay 2010

Van#1 started the relay…..

Ragnar Relay 2010

We went from the mountains of Pescott to the deserts of Phoenix.  Getting the thumbs up from our own Matt S.!

2am ragnar

Van #2….I believe this is around 2 am……..

Ragnar Relay 2010

We made it!

A Refreshing Drink through the Short Straw.

March 30, 2010 on 3:04 pm | In Random Musings | No Comments


We drew the short straw. Or so we thought.
Trisports.com supports events around the country. This weekend we sent a crew to the California coast to work the splendid Oceanside Triathlon and a crew to the open desert in Coolidge, Arizona to support the MS150 ride.
Oceanside is a classic: Beautiful coastlines, fit athletes, run along the ocean- the “California Dreamin’” experience. Working there is a great assignment. The MS150 in Coolidge is also a fine event in every sense of the word but it is, well… in the middle of the desert. No beach. No surf. No… California Dreamin’.
I’m the new fellow so I figured you work your way up to the “A” list events. I was wrong. We were already on the “A” list at the MS150.
The experience we had at the MS150 was one you don’t get at the big triathlons. It showed pure motives and beautiful determination. It was an insight into giving that the MS150 rides have brought to all communities. It is a look into a world that, as athletes chasing split seconds and PR’s, we sometimes lose sight of.
Hundreds of riders of all ability levels came to the windy desert to raise money for the MS Society. We were busy all day with everything from loose bolts and brake adjustments to enough flat tires that Susan M, our TriSports.com customer service and HR Manager, had to run into town for a new tire pump– ours wore out.
The full spectrum of riders came out to the MS ride: riders on beautiful Scotts and Felts, riders in high end bike shorts and riders in sweat suits on $70 department store bikes. It wasn’t about the bike in the middle of the desert at the Coolidge MS150, it was about the effort, the giving, the motive. And in that, there was a certain purity that is rewarding to connect with.
“My mother has MS, so I am out here…” one woman told us as we fixed her third flat tire of the day, her bike a rather… ah, shall we say- improvised affair. The dry wind whirled angry dust devils around us and the sun sizzled heat haze at the horizon in dancing waves. “I have to keep going though… for her.” It may have been one of the most important flat tires I ever changed.
Once the last rider came through we packed our tent, congratulated each other on a fine day and began to pack to come home. A radio volunteer stopped us; “Ahh, we have a rider out with a broken… crank shaft. Can you meet them?”
Our response was immediate: “Where?” The radioman led us to the scene where a group of vehicles was pulled over. A crowd attended to a decrepit bicycle with cottered cranks. The rider was shiny and new with deep motive to finish her ride. It was the 92 mile mark. She had 8 miles to go to complete her goal. “Can you get it back on, I have to finish.”
Chet “The Jet” was the man of the hour as he expertly re-installed the crank arm and improvised a nut to secure it. The repair was perfect. She pedaled away. “Well done” I told The Jet, and we walked back to the TriSports.com truck with a sense of having been part of something very worthwhile.

CO2 Buffet

March 30, 2010 on 9:01 am | In Random Musings | No Comments

I would have to say that every serious roadie, mountain biker and triathlete knows of and uses Genuine Innovations products.  They make premium CO2’s, inflators, pumps and more.  One thing I love about this company, besides being in our backyard, is that they live up to their name.  They are continually innovating new products.  I was recently invited over to the President of Genuine Innovation’s house for an athlete party – a lot of the best triathletes and mountain bikers in the world were there.  Along with food, Marty had a product buffet in his garage – here’s a look:

Seton and Marty Mares showcase the "food"

Seton and Marty Mares showcase the "food"

We also had an “obstacle” relay race – triathletes against mountain bikers.  You can watch the video – it’s pretty long, but the short version – triathletes won.

Here’s to the Red, White and Blue

March 29, 2010 on 2:34 pm | In Employee Adventures, Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | No Comments

In a veritable sea of athletes, clad in every color from hot pink to head-to-toe camouflage, TEAM TriSports.com athletes shined through this past weekend at the Rhoto Ironman California 70.3. The vibrancy of the red, white and blue stood out against the tropical greenery of the California coastline. Spectating is a tough sport – you’re up and down, hands clapping, shouting encouragement and glued to the race course as to not miss one of your athletes pass by.  Truthfully, when you’re TriSports.com, most of the athletes that go by can be considered “ours”, so it is especially exhausting! Whether you were in our TEAM kit or not, it was a pleasure to cheer on our fellow athletes, customers and friends. Congratulations to all who raced!


Tucson Triathlon

March 26, 2010 on 8:00 am | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment
The first race of the season is always a nerve-racking one. Athlete’s heads are Mike-bikefilling with questions, how is my fitness level? Where is my speed?  Am I ready? TriSports.com Athlete’s Mike Montoya and Leo Carrillo put those questions to rest after their outstanding first and second place overall finishes at the sprint distance Tucson Triathlon held on the University of Arizona campus.
Mike and Leo raced head to head the entire race, with no less the 6 lead changes during the 12 mile bike. Leo’s quick T2 have him a slight lead out of transition, but Mike was right on his heels. The two ran stride for stride on the 5K 2-loop course through the heart of the universities campus, until the final 50 yards. During the final stretch Mike dug deep and took off at a sprint to claim the overall win with a time of 57.44. Leo finished strong right behind Mike with a personal best of 57.47.
Congratulations are also due to TriSports.com Athlete’s Brian Stover for his 3rd place overall finish, and John LeRoy for his first place finish in the 70-74 age group.

 Congratulations to all who competed, and happy racing!


Mike Montoya and Leo Carrillo

Mike Montoya and Leo Carrillo

Sable WaterOptics 101ST Goggles

March 25, 2010 on 1:58 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

Sable WaterOptics 101ST swimming googles are designed for competitive swimming.  The 101 Tri-Goggles feature crisp vision lenses, a low profile fluted frame, and anti-glare optics for peak performance in triathlon and open water swimming.  All Sable WaterOptics feature aspherical and flat lense technology that eliminate distortion and hard-coating technology imparts crystal-standard hardness which results in high light transmission.  Sable WaterOptics utilizes hydrophilic action to prevent fogging during use.  Additional features include soft, ergonomically designed silicone gaskets to help prevent harmful pressure against the eyes, three different sized nose bridges for individualized fit, and are  UVA/UVB FUBI rated.

Sable WaterOptics is gear that gets used!

A $230,000 Lesson

March 24, 2010 on 11:00 am | In Random Musings | No Comments

Last month I was at the TriSports.com Desert Classic Duathlon and watched an incredible women’s race unfold as the top 4 women were all within 1 minute or so of eachother.  After the race I was talking with Leanda Cave and asked her how things went.   She told me that she was so cold (it was cold and raining) that she had a hard time getting her helmet off, so hard in fact that she went from 1st into T2 to 2nd – a margin she couldn’t make up to eventual winner Sam McGlone.  Little did Leanda realize, but she was penalized by USAT for not putting her helmet in her transition area – a 1 minute time penalty.  This took Leanda from 2nd (it paid about $500 – the total purse was $4,000) to 4th.  Leanda was extremely upset (rightfully so because the USAT official didn’t bother telling her of the penalty, she just found out at the awards ceremony).  I spoke with her afterwards and told her of a story of another athlete with a helmet problem (unbuckled the chin strap one foot before the dismount line) and it cost him a $30,000 car (this was Jimmy Riccitello).  I think this story put things in perspective for her. 

Leanda Cave - TriSports.com Athlete

Less than one month later Leanda was 2nd at the Abu Dhabi triathlon where she took home her share of a $230,000 purse.  You can bet that she made sure her helmet landed in her transition area.

What We Share.

March 23, 2010 on 3:39 pm | In Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It was like an altar.
People gathered around. They sat in silence gazing up at the screen. Someone whispered. Their inquiry was politely ushered away. The hush fell again as the disciples watched in reverence.
It was TriFest this weekend at TriSports.com and our store was abuzz with athletes. People doing their first race. People doing their hundredth race. Advice was traded and plans were made. The room was thick with anticipation as shoppers bought energy gels, race clothing, sunscreen and swim accessories. They were racing tomorrow at the Tucson Triathlon.
In one corner of the store there was quiet reverence. The Ironman was playing. Athletes came to worship. Some had been there. Some aspired to go. One man sat in rapt silence, head cocked to the side- no mistaking the chicken- texture of his skin. It spoke to him. The “m-dot” on his calf said he answered the call.
As athletes we share many things. The greatest is vitality. Whether you are a beginner or a ten time Ironman finisher you have this in common with every athlete. As athletes; we do. In the doing we share vitality. In vitality there is a connection to life, and that is one reason people do triathlons- to affirm their connection to life. To experience life. To live.
The reason people keep doing triathlons is different with each person and as we evolve. It remains with the belief that it is better to do than to watch. So while people bought their last minute Body Glide, got bike fittings and tested wetsuits in the Endless Pool they all did so with a common bond: An attachment to vitality; a reverence for doing, for being a participant.
Our sport is an affirmation of life in many ways: You survived a disease, you survived a loss, you came back from some trial- some test of character or mettle. You want to know what it is to experience life, to direct it actively. You’re not a spectator. Endurance sports reinforces you not only survived you prevailed. Your affirmation through sport demonstrates that, while life can throw us curves, we can throw right back.
As athletes crowded onto the seats in front of the TV here at TriSports.com their unifying ethos was that they are “doers”. We are active participants. Our reverence for the images of Ironman on the video screen during TriFest is testimony to that.


Lazer Tardiz TT Helmet

March 19, 2010 on 10:57 am | In Product Information | No Comments

The Lazer Tardiz Time Trial Helmet is the first time trial helmet to use multiple surface treatments to improve aerodynamic performance.  The front of the Lazer Tardiz helmet is slippery smooth allowing the helmet to cut through the air with exceptional aerodynamics.  The rear of the helmet is a matte surface with  aero dimples that help create small air turbulences in the rear of the helmet.  This air turbulence helps exhust the heat that is produced inside the helmet.   Heat dissapation is further achieved by the Aquavent at the top of the Tardiz TT helmet.  Adding water via your waterbottle to the Aquavent acts like an evaporative cooler – water saturates your hair (providing you have some) and the your pedaling speed provides the ‘air movement’ and that will provide heat dissaption, and therefore, keep you cooler.  An additional feature is the X-static padding which is bascially micro-strands of silver wooven into the padding which help to eliminate odor causing bacertia.


The Lazer Tardiz TT Helmet is gear that gets used.

Abu Dhabi International Triathlon

March 19, 2010 on 8:00 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Last weekend TriSports.com athlete Leanda Cave traveled over 8,000 miles to compete in the inaugural Abu Dhabi International Triathlon. The course was designed to take the athletes on a stunning tour showcasing the best of Abu Dhabi. Landmarks along the course included the first 6 star Emirates Palace Hotel, the Arabian Gulf, The Corniche, and Yas Island home to the Yas Marina Formula One Circuit.  

 This weekend Abu Dhabi set the stage for a very unique triathlon experience with a star studded field of athletes.  The distance: 3km swim /200km bike / 20km run and the prize purse…big!  The backdrop for the race was the Emirates Palace Hotel, an extravagant mansion of a hotel with a 3 billion dollar price tag…..it made my 5 star hotel look rather boring! 

Leanda Swim

The ocean was crystal clear and warm.  As the sun began to come up over the ridiculously tall architectural masterpiece that is the Abu Dhabi skyline, I came out of the water with the likes of Julie Dibens, Lucie Zelenkova and Tereza Marcel.  It was Dibens who set out like a demon on the bike, and I was doing my best not to let her out of my sight.  It felt like real racing, as the bike leg took us around the Formula One track, not once, but twice…so much fun.  It was a good way to make 200km fly by!!  With a 3 minute deficit on Dibs going out on the run, I was unable to close the gap.  I don’t think any of us felt all that amazing running after such a long time in the saddle.  My improvement on the bike over the last 3 months has been huge, and with many more months and races between now and Kona I’m really excited about things to come. Mosque
It was an amazing race and venue.  I found the people very kind and helpful and the place very interesting with such a diverse array of cultures and wealth on display.  I visited the 3rd largest mosque in the world encrusted with 24ct gold detail, I dressed in traditional clothing, I saw the largest chandelier in the world made with over 300,000 Swarovski Crystals and weighing nearly 9 ton, and I visited a huge shopping mall where you could buy any sort of fashion from anywhere in the world.

 Leanda finished second in the women’s elite division with a finishing time of 7:12.23. Congratulations Leanda!


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