NiteRider 2012 Lineup

September 30, 2011 on 9:07 am | In Product Information, Tech Tips | No Comments

NiteRider’s 2012 lineup continues to push the envelope for technical bicycle lighting systems for triathletes and cyclists.  From the night blasting front lights like the MiNewt Pro 750 to the Cherry Bomb rear light, NiteRider sets the standard for technical bicycling lighting.

The all new MiNewt 600 Cordless is compact and produces 600 lumens with a full hour and a half run time at max lumens or up to 10 hours in the new ‘Walk’ mode!

MiNewt 600

The MiNewt 350 Cordless replaces the previous year models with an additional 100 lumens and reduces the price tag by twenty bucks!

Need more compactness and power?  NiteRider redesigned MiNewt Pro 750 is the first compact LED lighting system to produce 750 lumens of night piercing light.  Featuring a completely redesigned headlamp, the Pro 750 comes in at 230g and has all the controls on the headlamp instead of on the battery.

MiNewt Pro 750

TriSports Triathlon Club Meeting with Eric Hansen

September 29, 2011 on 9:05 am | In TriSports Triathlon Club | 2 Comments

It seems like whenever the folks from the TriSports Triathlon Club get together, good times are sure to follow. After two previous club meetings, members had every reason to expect Meeting #3 to involve great food, lots of socializing, an awesome speaker and even a few door prizes.

Because the meeting was so close to the Ironman World Championship, and we have a few Kona-bound members, the evening sported a luau theme. This resulted in a large group of Aloha shirt-wearing triathletes eager to try the Kahlua pork, rice, veggies and grilled pineapple.

TriSports Triathlon Club members enjoy Hawaiian food in celebration of the Ironman World Championships

Once the dining and socializing was done, Eric Hansen, newly appointed swim coach of the University of Arizona Wildcats and a man whose personal resume includes National Championships, a stint as a pro triathlete, ultra-running, rock climbing and multiple rim-to-rim Grand Canyon runs, discussed his background, his coaching philosophy and the benefits he believes can be had from non-traditional training. Swimmers can’t rock climb…..or can they?

University of Arizona, head swim coach, Eric Hansen

Needless to say, there was a significant amount of time spent on Q & A as Eric shared tips for both swim technique and mental training. You could practically hear the mental gears churning as the room full of triathletes attempted to digest the information. Eric also extended an open invitation for club members to come watch the Wildcat and pro teams practice…….sure hope he’s ready for standing room only crowds!

In the end, members and guests enjoyed an evening of camaraderie, information and fun and left looking forward to the next club event.

Erasing Boundaries

September 28, 2011 on 6:00 am | In Random Musings | No Comments

What is the difference between a man and a woman? As far as the stopwatch goes: nothing. And there is opportunity in that.

Women’s participation has changed endurance sports. Within this change comes the potential for a tremendous achievement: Greater gender equality, not just in athletics, but in society. A new group of heroes that cross gender barriers are inspiring every person, male and female. The equality tendered by brute distance and the ruthless stopwatch does not discriminate. Only people do. In that is an opportunity for sport to drive social change and erase boundaries worldwide.

When women beat men boundaries and expectations are stretched.

Consider the Ironman. The person with the most Ironman wins and Ironman World Championships is a woman. Paula Newby-Fraser owns more than any man. A woman is the greatest Ironman in history. If someone had proposed that to the alcohol fortified Naval Officers who invented Ironman what kind of controversy would that have added to the mix?

But Newby Fraser won the women’s division you say- and the women’s times have always been slower than the overall men’s winner. Then consider the case of Kara Goucher at the 2009 Chicago Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon. This was a major, big city road race with thousands of participants including elite males. Goucher won the event overall, beating every man with a half marathon time that was only the 21st fastest in women’s athletic history.  It may speak to a weak men’s field- but it also speaks to the ascent of women’s athletics. In 1998 Lori Bowden won Ironman Canada with the 3rd fastest overall run split. One race analyst observed that, had the run been four miles longer and Bowden maintained her run pace while the slowing overall winner Christian Bustos continued losing time at the same rate he did over the final miles- Bowden would have won overall.

These frontiers are worth thinking about following the decision by the International Association of Athletic Federations to only allow women to claim a world record performance in a gender specific race. If there are men in a race the female performance cannot be a World Record, only a “World Best”. While there are technical arguments for this rule change it suggests a wider segregation between standards for men’s and women’s athletic performances. It infers women can’t compete on a level playing field with men at endurance sports. And most importantly- it doesn’t push the limits at the same rate.

It is a step backward.

Diana Nyad's three attempts at swimming from Cuba to Florida stretched the concept of human endurance- for men and women.

Women’s athletics is a greater opportunity than what the IAAF rule change panders to. If athletics are blurred across gender lines there is the potential to inspire across cultures and gender roles. It’s more than distances and times; it’s about expanding possibilities and erasing boundaries. Recognize a limitation and its real. Ignore it and sooner or later it disappears.

Paula Newby- Fraser’s 1992 Ironman winning time of 8:55:28 would have won the event overall only 9 years earlier in 1983 when Dave Scott went 9:05:57 to win overall. Chrissy Wellington’s 8:54:02 at Kona 2009 would have beat Dave Scott in 1984. Someday, somewhere, that gap will close- unless it keeps getting pushed open by the artificial boundaries of excessive rules.


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Being a Green Business

September 26, 2011 on 10:03 am | In Community, Giving Back, Life at, Solar, Water | 5 Comments
What does being “green” really mean? It is quite trendy to be green nowadays, so you hear it everywhere, but how do you know if a business you frequent cares about the environment? Here at, Sustainability is number one on our list of Core Values, and it encompasses everything we do, and have been doing, since we began back in 2000. We were just nominated for a contest for “Arizona’s Greenest Workplace Challenge” on Mrs. Green’s World, a local radio show. Given that, I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know what we do to make us a “green” company, and hopefully at the end, you’ll go vote for us every day until the end of the contest on September 30th (and tell all of your friends, too)!
The first things you see upon arriving at are the enormous water harvesting tanks, located at each end of the building. One of the largest systems in Arizona, the tanks hold a combined 36,000 gallons of water (and are currently full)! Water is collected from the roof, both rain and condensate from the evap coolers, and goes to cover the landscaping needs. These tanks are also a City of Tucson Water Harvesting Demonstration Site.

One of our water harvesting tanks

By year end, the tanks will be joined by a 128kW solar array that will cover approximately 90% of the building’s energy usage. Panels will be located on the roof, as well as being constructed as part of two shade structures over the parking lot. This is something we’ve been striving for since we moved into this building and we are super excited to see it come to fruition!
Along with the very visible “green” features that has in place, there are many other programs and processes in place. The employees are all dedicated to lowering their environmental footprint, so ideas come from everyone on what can be done to this end. Some of these efforts include:
  • Dual light controls in office spaces, along with plenty of natural light, so everyone thinks twice before flipping those switches.
  • Zoned A/C throughout to ensure that only the spaces being used are being cooled.
  • Extensive recycling – the recycling container is about 4x larger than the trash container, and it doesn’t stop with paper. We recycle the pallets that bring our shipments to us, the boxes that come in our back door, clothing, shoes, bike parts and more!
  • Commuter program which encourages employees to bike to work by giving them a credit for every mile they commute, along with contests and awards to make it fun and interactive.
  • Herman Miller furniture throughout, most of which is made from recycled material and can be recycled after its useful life.
  • Carpet tiles made from recycled materials, which also make it easy to replace small areas rather than having to entirely re-carpet if something were to damage it.
  • Greenbox program which gives our customers the option to receive a recycled box and packing material instead of new (about 90% of our customers choose this option).
  • Shoe collection program which donates collected shoes to a local non-profit for reuse within the Tucson community.
  • Bike parts are donated to Resource Revival to be re-made into art and awards.

Mel, one of our many employees who commute, parks her bike.

This list could keep going on and on! is able to make all of this a success through a combined effort from all of the staff, and everyone feels passionately about preserving natural resources. It really is a team vision!

New Product Friday: On Running Shoes

September 23, 2011 on 11:13 am | In Announcements, Product Information, Tech Tips | No Comments now sells On Running Shoes! Triathletes and runners who are seeking a light weight, neutral high mileage training or racing shoes now have On Running and their Cloudtech 3D Cushioning System.

On Running Shoes

On Running shoes have 13 Cloudtech 3D cushions on the bottom of the shoe to absorb both vertical and horizontal forces and helps to transfer heavy impact into a light and natural motion. On Running Shoes have been proven to lower heart rate by 2 beats per minute and reduce lactic acid on average of 5.4%!

Cloudtech 3D Cushioning System

The On Running Cloudrunner shoe is a neutral high mileage trainer that weighs in at 11.11 oz. The On Running Cloudsurfer is a neutral light weight training/racing shoe that weights 10.4 oz. The Cloudsurfer is available in both men’s and women’s models.

Check out TriSports University for an in-depth review!

The Story from On running on Vimeo.

TriSports Champion on the Today Show

September 22, 2011 on 10:25 am | In Community, Sponsorship | No Comments

Have we told you about our friend Scott Johnson? Scott is a long time customer and athlete of ours and his amazing story was featured in Jacques Steinberg’s new book “You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon.” Check out the clip featuring Scott that aired on the Today Show this morning!

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Mountain Bike Clinic with Grasky Endurance Coaching

September 20, 2011 on 1:29 pm | In Employee Adventures, Fat Tires, TriSports Triathlon Club | No Comments

“You are not too old to learn to “bunny hop”” or so Brian kept telling me at last Sunday’s mountain bike clinic that was put on by Grasky Endurance Coaching at Sweetwater Preserve.  Instructors Brian and Jill Grasky and Bryce Phinney did a top job in coaching a mixed skills groups of mountain bikers through a set of skills drills and then took us off to ride.  This was a great opportunity to practice and hone your mountain biking skills with some Pros – or in my case try to actually acquire some basic skills and increased confidence.  Although I have raced twice in the Tour of the White Mountains and the Kona 24 hour race, my actual mountain biking skills are abysmal.  It’s hard to take years of triathlon and road cycling in straight lines and convert that into the wild down hills, boulders and cactus of Arizona mountain biking!  When this clinic opportunity came up I knew it was a must for me!

View of Tucson from Sweetwater Preserve

They offered a workable combination of individual skills drills and actual riding, and with three instructors we were divided up into beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels, so everyone’s needs were adequately met.

I never mastered the “bunny hop” and even fell in the parking lot trying – but I came away from the clinic with better confidence after the ride and some real instruction on  weight distribution for cornering at low and high speeds, climbing and, of course, the downhill.

Speed is your friend when mountain biking – the brakes are not, especially the front ones!  Everyone participating enjoyed the clinic and left asking for more of these!

This was a lot of fun and a good opportunity to meet other Mountain bikers and get some Pro insight into how it should be done!

Coach Bryce tearing it up at the Deuces Wild Triathlon XTERRA


myTEAM TRIUMPH of Southern Arizona

September 19, 2011 on 12:36 pm | In Employee Adventures, Giving Back | No Comments

This weekend I had a chance to be a part of a race for a non-profit organization; my TEAM TRIUMPH.  Inspired by Team Hoyt, the father/son racing team, the goal of mTTis to provide racing equipment and racing opportunities to individuals with physical or cognitive impairments. These individuals are the “captains” of a team and a minimum of three “angels” are assigned to assist them to complete a race. This weekend 10 captains led teams of 75 angels to complete the El Tour 5k.

The myTEAM TRIUMPH captains and angels joined volunteers  at around 5:30 in the morning at the mTT VIP tent to start the day with hot coffee and bagels donated by Einsteins. The lineup at the start was a sea of red as the mTT participants were all dressed in red t-shirts.

Each angel on our team took a turn at the helm of the captain’s racing chair, some pushing uphill,  some flying downhill,  and through some bumpy terrain (to the delight of our captain).

Our captain came in for the finish to a crowd of cheers, broke the banner at the finish line, and received his medallion of a Ben’s Bell for completing the race.

All in all it was a fantastic day- this was the inaugural event for myTEAMTRIUMPH-southern Arizona, and they will be busy getting to work to plan the next race. Anyone looking to be a part of a truly inspiring experience please visit  They are always looking for more angels, captains and of course donations, so that the  next event allows even more captains the chance to “fly”.

The Nation’s Triathlon, AKA My First DNF

September 16, 2011 on 2:34 pm | In Employee Adventures, Random Musings | No Comments

This season was not my season. I alternate seasons with my husband, Seton, so that we don’t struggle over who gets to train when, who was supposed to take the kids to school, etc. It’s just easier this way when you work together, live together and both want to compete. When I forwarded Seton the email offering USAT members first dibs to register for the Nation’s Tri in DC (which always sells out) and he said I should do it, too, I jumped at it. I knew it wouldn’t be an ‘A’ race, heck, it wouldn’t even be a ‘C’ race, just a “for fun” race in an historic city I had never visited. Besides, if we were both racing, we couldn’t take the kids, so good excuse for an adult-only vacation! Sure enough, as race weekend approached, my training was comprised of commuting to work at on my bike, running about 30 minutes a couple of times a week and I had swum, oh, about 3 times total since IM CdA in June 2010. Given that this would also be my first Olympic Distance event (I had somehow managed to skip that distance through the years), I knew that it would not be my best performance.

Fast forward to race week…we get an email telling us the swim has been cancelled. DC has received rain for days and days, increasing the flow of the Potomac to the point where a good swimmer would be able to swim in place and a slow one would end up in the Chesapeake Bay. Seton’s cursing since that’s his strong point; me, I don’t care so much other than that I now can’t say I have completed my first Oly. Dang! Luckily, the rain pretty much stopped when we arrived on Friday and we were able to enjoy the sights and play tourist. Even after bike check on Saturday, we were able to rent bikes from one of the many city bike stations around town and cruise around. I was fighting off an illness and feeling pretty yucky, so I didn’t even know if I’d race come Sunday. But Nation’s Tri is the largest triathlon in the world (they hold the Guinness Book record), so I wanted to experience all it had to offer. So far, everything had been seamless. Packet pick-up was a breeze, the expo was a good mix of vendors, communication was excellent and signage made it easy to always find your way. 

Sunrise over transition and the Washington Monument

Sunrise over transition and the Washington Monument

Race morning.  I didn’t feel horrible, so I got my you-know-what out of bed and over to the venue. This race is always held the 2nd weekend of September, which caused the race to fall on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Being in this city on this day, with a dedicated wave for military and first responders, was pretty emotional. I have never “heard” such silence as the National Anthem was sung. It was a perfect race day, the event organizers had dealt with the lack of a swim by creating start corrals which worked well and we were off!  Seton started before me, allowing me to take many photos as he began his day. He is in arguably the best bike condition of his life right now, with the run not too far behind, so he was planning for a fast day.

Seton & Debbie all smiles pre-race

Seton & Debbie all smiles pre-race

I sat around for almost an hour, then it was my turn. I felt good and settled into my aerobars, realizing that I hadn’t been on this bike in over a year, but it felt good. I saw Seton heading back about 10 minutes after I started, so I knew he was going to be close to a sub-hour 40K. This is a HUGE event, so lots of debris on the road. I was doing a good job of missing it all and was actually passing most of the ladies with whom I had started. I reached down to replace my bottle after taking a swig of my Infinit, when disaster hit. My attention briefly off the road in front of me, I bumped something. I still don’t know what, but it was enough to pop my right foot out of my pedal. With my right hand off the bars and my right foot out of the pedal, all of my weight was on the left side of the bike and CRASH! It was like slow motion, noting each body part as it hit the ground, feeling the shock as my head slammed into the pavement, then realizing I had stopped, I wasn’t dead and I needed to get out of the way before someone crashed into me. Everyone was great, yelling out to make sure I was OK, and there were two volunteers on me by the time I made it to the curb. I did the quick inventory, and everything seemed to work, but I had rung my bell pretty hard and my day was over. I had never DNF’d a race, so that was disappointing, but it wasn’t important enough for me to continue. I did finally end up slowly riding back to transition after getting treatment on-course, simply because I didn’t have the patience to wait for the SAG following the last rider (slap on the wrist for me). Then came the long process of finding Seton because he had no idea I had wrecked and was probably waiting for me to finish. Turned out he ran the whole run course backwards looking for me and finally figured out that I had dropped out and went to find his phone. Once reunited, we grabbed some food, hit the awards (my only real complaint…they changed the time because of the swim cancellation, but never noted that on any of their emails, so Seton missed going up on the podium. They had updated everything else, why not that?), then collected our things and rode back to the hotel.

Me being cared for post-crash

Me being cared for post-crash

The most shocking thing to me after wrecking (this was my 2nd wreck ever) is the condition of my helmet. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST to replace your helmet after any crash, even if you can’t see any physical damage. Any blow to the head, however minor, causes all kinds of things to go on within the microscopic confines of your helmet. It is designed to protect your noggin, but after it does that once, things change and the foam doesn’t react the same and will not protect you the same in a subsequent crash. The foam also breaks down over time, so if you are one of those holdouts from the 80s (heck, 90s, early 00s), it’s time to get a new lid. This crash resulted in my helmet getting pretty dented and cracking through in 5 places. Needless to say, my new Lazer Helium is on the way! And I guess I’ll pick another Oly next year! 

Helmet Damage

Helmet Damage

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