Clowning Around at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

February 24, 2011 on 5:20 pm | In Employee Adventures, Giving Back | No Comments

Triathlon is very important to us, and so is our community.  Occasionally, an opportunity within our community comes along that has nothing to do with triathlon, but the message is so powerful that we can’t say no.  The Executive Clown Corps is one of those opportunities.  We got involved with this organization a few years ago and it has been extremely rewarding.  The Executive Clown Corps is a group of executives who take some time out of their lives to don clown make-up and costumes and do their best to add a little fun to the lives of sick children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  The latest event was actually to honor the employees of PCH for their efforts at raising funds to help pay for the expansion of the hospital.  We dressed as mimes and served up delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts to the staff as they awaited the announcement of the final tally and the winning department.  Some of the kids did come down to visit, as well.  I spoke a little with Leyla Marie Falcon, a young lady fighting a tumor in her brain, and she was in great spirits! 

Visiting with Leyla Marie Falcon

One of PHC’s long-time patients, Richard, gave a speech thanking the staff for the devoted care through his battle with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.  It was a great event to honor the staff that takes such good care of so many sick children.  A large heart was also constructed for everyone to write their Valentine’s wishes for all of the children.  Overall, the staff raised $356,951.00!   Looking forward to our next “clowning around” event!

Executive "Clowns" with Richard

Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon Evolution Handlebar OS

February 23, 2011 on 3:14 pm | In Product Information | 1 Comment

Ritchey SuperLogic cycling components are some of the best composite components in the cycling industry.  Continuing with tradition is the Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon Evolution Handlebar OS.  Made from the most state of the art LCT composite and unidirectional 3k weave carbon fiber makes the Evolution Handlebar OS extremely light weight, only 192 grams (42mm), and very strong. 

Cable routing is made possible by smooth cable grooves and is compatible with clip on aerobars.  Textured stem and brake lever sections eliminate slippage.  Sizes available are 40 to 44 and reaches from 75 mm (size 38 only), 82mm and 132mm in all sizes.

Camelbak Racebak Full Zip

February 18, 2011 on 9:42 am | In Product Information | 1 Comment

Continuing their domination of the hydration market – the 2011 Racebak (with full zipper) is the newest piece of equipment from Camelbak to help combat the affects of dehydration.  Endurance athletes of all levels will appreciate the design and feature-packed Racebak.

The thermo-regulating QuickWick base layer with QuickFit compression fabric stabilizes water in an aerodynamic, hands-free position on your back.  The Racebak’s HydroPouch encapsulates a reservoir that holds 70 ounces (2+ hours) of water and is aero helmet-friendly.

The Racebak has the new Antidote Reservoir with Quick Link System.  It includes the Big Bite Valve, HydroGuard technology, insulated PureFlow Tube, and easy-to-clean wide-mouth opening.  Plus, it comes in men’s and women’s specific models to hydrate your way to success! Employee Top Picks

February 11, 2011 on 8:33 am | In Product Information | 1 Comment

We asked the staff of to let us know the “what’s, why’s and how’s” of their favorite running shoes.  Once we had a list compiled, it occurred to us that our customers might be interested in knowing what shoes we wear day-in and day-out.

Here are their actual responses and links to each shoe.  Enjoy!

Steve A. – Product Manager

Newton Cushion Racer
This shoe helped me on my way to a marathon personal record; low profile, light weight, I never knew it was on my foot during training runs.

Ross F. – Retail Staff

Karhu Unisex Racer Fulcrum Ride
This shoe has a big toe box compared to other Karhus.  They are extremely light, good looking and of course very comfortable.

Jeff S. – Warehouse Receiving Clerk

Newton Gravity Neutral Trainer
This is a shoe that feels and fits great from the first time you put them on with or without socks.  The shoe makes you feel like running and never stopping.  I put many long runs in these shoes without any leg soreness or general discomfort associated with increased high mileage training.

Gail L. – Tucson Training Destination Specialist

Brooks Glycerin 8
It’s not fancy or flashy, but this is a good solid everyday trainer for a neutral runner like myself. Super comfy and lots of cush make this shoe perfect for even the longest run. I may race in a lighter, zippier model, but my daily runs are done in the Glycerin.

Tyler E. – Warehouse Receiving Clerk

Newton Motion Stability Trainer
This shoe is a great everyday trainer for runners who are naturally mid-foot/forefoot strikers, as well as mild to moderate over-pronaters. Helped me with a recurring knee issue almost immediately!! These shoes rock!

Matthew D. – Buyer

Asics Kayano 17
A high mileage shoe with great stability

Seton C. – CEO

Zoot Ultra Kane
I absolutely love these shoes – it has been almost 8 years since I have said this about a run shoe.  They are incredibly comfortable and very supportive.  They are awful trail running shoe, but for the roads I wouldn’t run in anything else.

Sarah L. – Director of Marketing

Brooks Trance 9
Cushion-y, comfortable, supportive

Dan G. – Product Manager

Newton Isaac Guidance Stability Trainer
As someone who has battled Achilles tendinitis for more than ten years this shoe has helped immensely. Newtons help you run properly and eliminate the desire to “toe off” with to much force.  Once the adjustment period is over, the “Newton Glide” as I like to call it really kicks in because it feels more like you are gliding then running.

Jaclyn A. – Sponsorship Coordinator

Mizuno Wave Rider 14
They are very light weight and there is lots of cushioning so my feet don’t ache after long runs. Oh yeah, and they have sparkles on them!

Debbie C. – Vice President

Brooks Adrenaline 11
I have run in this shoe longer than any others I have used and it has been consistently comfortable and responsive.  The support is excellent for the pronation I experience, and the narrower cut works well for the shape of my foot.  I also really like Brooks’ commitment to the environment with features like their BIOMOGO and their reduction in packaging.

Betty P. – Customer Service Representative

Zoot Ultra Tempo+ 4.0
This is my favorite race shoe.  Lightweight, Easy-on in Transition and off you go!

Betty P. – Customer Service Representative

Brooks Adrenaline 11
A great all around training and racing shoe!  It has never let me down in 6 years of running.

Sylvia K. – Retail Staff

Zoot Kalani
The upper sole with asymmetrical lacing, lack of a tongue, and a carbon sole make these super comfortable, light weight shoes for both training and racing.  I love how they feel; cushy and super responsive. Employee Top Picks

Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6

February 4, 2011 on 9:40 am | In Product Information | No Comments

Built with triathletes in mind – the Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6 delivers the goods and comes out a winner.  Engineered to meet the riggers and demands of a triathlon – the developers and runners at Asics aimed high and hit their mark!

This stunner (with its Japanese inspired graphics) is designed to be worn barefoot.  The open-mesh upper and perforated sock-liner will keep your feet cool.  And, the elastic speed-laces will make transitions faster while keeping your foot securely in-place.

The Gel-Noosa employs features that are intended for speed.   The Impact Guidance System, Propulsion Trusstic, Dual Density Solyte, and Space Trussic System were incorporated into the Gel-Noosa Tri 6 to propel triathletes (like you) to the finish line!

Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6

Announcing TRIFEST 2011

February 2, 2011 on 10:00 am | In Announcements, Life at | No Comments

TRIFEST is kicking off the multisport season at the Retail Store in Tucson, AZ on March 12th, 2011!   TRIFEST will showcase the newest and greatest electronics, bikes, apparel, gear and more for the 2011 season.  Manufacturers will be on-hand to show and demo their new products and answer questions.  In its fourth year, TRIFEST has morphed from its original large format conference/expo-style event to a smaller, grass roots store event to give consumers better access to the manufacturers and the products, as well as the ability to purchase those products on-site. Sponsored Team Athletes will be gathering from around the country for a training camp, and will join the traditional Mt. Lemmon ride scheduled for the morning of March 11th. will also be announcing and opening membership for the new TriSports Triathlon Club.  Other associated events include a USAT Duathlon Nationals Course Preview with Grasky Endurance and packet pick-up for athletes participating in the Tucson Bicycle Classic, presented by

Everyone is welcome to join the ride to Mt Lemmon (it will be no-drop to the base), as well as come out to see all the new gear for 2011!  Hope to see you at TRIFEST 2011!

NEW! TriSports Triathlon Club

February 1, 2011 on 5:00 am | In Announcements, Sponsorship | No Comments is very excited to announce the launch of the new TriSports Triathlon Club coming to Tucson, Arizona in March 2011. The TriSports Triathlon Club will be partnering with Grasky Endurance Coaching to offer club members access to top notch coaches to help support you through all stages of your triathlon career.

 Why join the TriSports Triathlon Club?

  • Weekend training camps at Lake Patagonia and Flagstaff.
  • Open water swim clinics throughout the race season.
  • Free training plans targeting club supported races (sprint, Olympic, and half distances).
  • Quarterly club meetings with prominent key note speakers.
  • Weekly group rides, run, and track practices. 
  • Beginner program with no drop workouts.
  • Discounts from, Grasky Endurance Coaching, and Dolphins of the Desert.
  • Team social throughout the year.
  • Chance to build friendships with like minded people in our community.

 Official sign-ups for the club will be held at the Retail Store on March 11 following our TRIFEST Mt. Lemmon group ride and on March 12th at TRIFEST. Annual dues are $100. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be part of one of the most fabulous tri clubs around!

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