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.


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  1. One of the brightest coaching minds in the business. We’re fortunate to have him.

    Comment by Jimmy Riccitello — September 29, 2011 #

  2. What Eric probably missed during his talk was his multi sport achievements. Sure he was a great swimmer, not to mention triathlete, but he proved his multi sport ability high jumping 7’6″ in college. He is one of ose guys that is talented at whatever he tries. In addition, he is talented as being a great person.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — October 1, 2011 #

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