May 30, 2012 on 4:00 am | In Community, Sponsorship | No Comments
By Angela Naeth
Last week I did a Kids Triathlon Clinic at Life Time Fitness in Las Vegas, NV. With over 50 kids and adults present, we went over everything from nutrition, recovery, and mindset to transition setup and training. I had a great time with the kids; it brought back great memories of working as a pediatric physiotherapist. I made sure they were up on their feet, had their brains firing and their bodies moving.
It was a great chance to encourage others, young and old, to take up this wonderful sport and pursue their dreams. My message to all of them was to have fun and to find the passion that lies within you – whether it be triathlon or something else entirely. Never give up and don’t worry about the outcome, but rather how hard you pushed yourself individually.
I hope this clinic is just one of the first of many for me. Inspiring these kids and answering their questions was a big highlight. One of the funniest questions asked was, “do you run fast when you race…or really fast?” They also wanted to know what the reasons are to do a triathlon; there are many answers to this questions, but the most important reasons are to have fun, be healthy, and challenge yourself.
We chatted about what it takes to do your best in triathlon. I spoke about the four pieces of the pie: nutrition, training, recovery and mindset. While we talked about nutrition, the kids got to eat their tasty Beanitos, Core Power drinks and Gu gels. Ryan and Justin helped go over some key pointers for setting up a transition area. For recovery I explained a little about how to prevent injury by doing other exercise and gave ideas for strengthening their bodies. We also covered the best recovery of all…SLEEP, watching movies and hanging out with their friends. The kids had a lot of great ideas for this one!
Overall we had a great time and I couldn’t be more happy with the turnout. I’m pretty sure I saw a few upcoming triathlon stars in the mix! A big thanks to Renee, Eddie, Justin and Ryan Carroll for their amazing help for the clinic! Ryan and Justin were my two right-hand boys and helped with the presentation. Heck, they could have done it themselves! They answered questions, chatted about their new Pearl Izumi tri kits, and explained how to set up a transition. They are future triathlon stars!
A huge thank you also goes out to all the sponsors that helped out for this event. The kids were ecstatic with all the goodies they received, and everyone left with a big bag of new schwag.
Also, a big shout out to Jayne Furman, photographer.
For more pictures from the kids clinic check out Angela’s Fan Page!
May 28, 2012 on 4:00 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments
Today is the last day to take advantage of the great saving at our Memorial Day Sale!
May 25, 2012 on 12:25 pm | In Races, Sponsorship | No Comments
By Leanda Cave
Over the weekend a good friend reached out to me in search of help for his young nephew who was just diagnosed with ALS (also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). And two days later I learned the triathlon community has lost another life to ALS: Doug MacInnes (RIP Doug). This incurable disease takes lives every day and for the most part ALS is not heard about and sufferers only live for a short time beyond diagnosis. The health of the patient deteriorates so quickly leaving family and friends with very little time to adjust to the decline of their loved ones health.
A lot of athletes train day in and day out to participate and ultimately achieve a great result in triathlon, or any sport for that matter. To some degree, we race this sport of triathlon for no reason other than our ego driven goals. But I like to feel there is a purpose for everything and to know there is an even bigger reward. And so racing for a cause, or in the name of someone else, is one of my favorite ways to race. I encourage all athletes to consider the value it brings to your life and to others by getting behind a charitable organization and racing for them.
Besides raising money for research and awareness, the Blazeman Foundation for ALS has been a huge support network that distributes knowledge and assistance to families and friends of ALS sufferers. For this and many other reasons, I lend my time, name and voice to the Blazeman Foundation in hopes to increase their visibility and hopefully be a link in the chain to those who I reach. And what does this all have to do with my race at the 29th annual Columbia 5150 Triathlon? Rob Vigorito, the event owner and organizer, is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland and has done key brain tissue research on Jon Blais (of whom the Blazeman Foundation was named after) in pursuit of a cure for ALS. Rob has given up his own time and raised over $4million in aid of charitable organizations. I raced Columbia 5150 in honor of Jon Blais and to support the charitable efforts of the Blazeman Foundation for ALS who help and encourage those and their families who have been affected by this disease. I will add that Rob was also kind enough to let me play around in his Porsche Boxter before the race!!
Back to the race report!
Let’s just say that I did it again. I managed to pick (or I should say it picked me) another one of the toughest races on the triathlon circuit to continue my early season racing campaign with equally tough competition! Columbia 5150 is probably one of the hardest races over the Olympic distance that I have ever done…..and I would just like to remind readers that I have been doing triathlon for 20 years! So it goes without saying that to do well over a course of this difficulty means that you are doing something right and your form isn’t that shabby. Hence, I’m pretty pleased with achieving 2nd place at this stage of the game. But what is of more significance to me is that I am still able to lay it down in an Olympic distance event. I have morphed into an Ironman triathlete over the past 5 years and technically I should have no speed in my legs at all! Additionally, the 30 hour training weeks I have been putting in prior to this event are not exactly conducive to Olympic distance racing. I hurt myself quite a lot at this event and it felt really good! That sounds like I seek pleasure in pain but in fact it is just more the fun of racing neck-and-neck again. All too often, with long distance races, I find am more or less on my own the whole way.
On to how the actual race went down……
The clear leader out of the swim for the women was Sara McClarty. Sara actually caught some of the men because she is such a demon in the water! Next was a pack of 6 girls: Annabel Luxford, Lauren Goss, Rebecca Wassner, Debbie Tanner, Lindsey Jerdonek and myself. I forgot how fast transitions are in short course racing and I was like an old woman running to my bike. Right there I lost about 100m on the girls but I reeled most of them back in after the first few miles of the bike……..the exceptions being Rebecca Wassner and Annabel Luxford. And then, Sara McClarty was still in the lead somewhere in the distance! The bike course was a toughie: Hills, hills, and for kicks and giggles, a few more hills!
At about 20miles into the bike I finally caught McClarty which moved me into 3rd place. I was busting my lungs to keep up with Wassner who was busting her lungs just trying to keep the gap between herself and Luxford turning into daylight. We came off the bike about 90 seconds down on Luxford, and we were caught by Margie Shapiro who put in a valiant effort after coming out a bit down out of the swim.
Considering how bad my swim to bike transition, I was the first of our little pack to shoot out on to the run. I wanted to just go as hard as I could for the run but this was not an easy run. The longest flat section was a 400 yard stretch in the last mile. Everything else was either up or down but I kept telling myself: “it’s only 10km”, quite a bit shorter than the half or full marathon distance which I am now accustomed! I swear, 10km seems so short after you have raced a few Ironman! At the end, I managed to hold on to 2nd place. I only gained back 30secs on Luxford who took out the win, but I had to fight the last mile with the 3rd fastest run to hold off Laurel Wassner who ended up with the fasted run split by about a minute. I completed the race, with of course, the Blazeman Roll…….which all started with Jon Blais who said he would make it over the finish line at Ironman Hawaii even if he had to roll.
I’m so very happy with this result. It’s nice to know that I still have a bit of speed and it also felt incredible to fight so hard during a race. When I raced Wildflower, I was coming from quite some time off from racing and felt that it showed in my performance but now, after Columbia 5150, I feel like I’m truly racing once again and am more in love with racing and triathlon than ever.
My next race will be the famous Escape from Alcatraz. I already have won this one 3 times, and I have my sights set on another win. Thank you to all my AMAZING sponsors who I appreciate to no end: Driscoll’s Berries, Pacific Health Labs, K-Swiss, Trisports.com, Pinarello, Easton, Giro, Blueseventy, ISM Saddles, Tor Hans, Skins, TriBike Transport, Oakley, Computrainer, PowerCranks and Katalyst Multisport.
May 21, 2012 on 11:45 am | In Announcements, Life at TriSports.com | 1 Comment
With a narrow 14-week construction timeline we are seeing rapid progress on the construction at the new store in Tempe. When we installed our Endless Pool in our Tucson store we ran into permit problems and now we are running into them again up in Tempe (for some odd reason city permitting offices don’t know how to handle above ground pools in a commercial space that are used for wetsuit fitting); however, this time the U.S. Department of Justice is giving us grief.
May 9, 2012 on 1:53 pm | In Announcements, Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | No Comments
Construction is moving along rapidly up in Tempe on the new store. We took what we have learned at our Tucson location and teamed up with Architekton to accomplish one small task – take the greatest triathlon retail store on the face of the planet and make it even better in Tempe, and oh, yeah, keep sustainability at the forefront of the project. Our general contractor, Caliente Construction , is now well on the way to getting us moved in by the end of June, 2012. Here are some pictures of the progress.
May 3, 2012 on 8:30 am | In Announcements, Life at TriSports.com | No Comments
There are many books written on business – many, many books. The highs and lows, the good and the bad have all been documented over many decades. It is actually quite remarkable, pick up most of the popular business books and, if you are involved with a business, the thought that goes through your mind is “Dang, how did they know that? They wrote this book before I was born and I can plug my business right into this situation.”
TriSports.com is no exception to these business rules and about a year ago, like many businesses, we had to make a critical decision to upgrade the software that is used to run our company. This software will, once we get the bull under control, improve efficiencies for all of our operations that will ultimately help our customers. The dedication of our entire staff has gotten us to this day, the day we walked up to the edge and looked down. Over the next four days we will be making all final preparations for our Go-Live on May, 7. From the outside it may seem like a simple task – all you guys do is sell triathlon equipment. Yep, and all that NASA did on July 20, 1969 was get a man on the moon. With this, can I get a Go, No-Go for Launch?
Receiving Logistics – GO!
Tucson Retail – GO!
Returns Integration – GO!
Wireless Warehouse – GO!
Purchasing Ops – GO!
Marketing Command – GO!
Tempe Launch Controls – GO!
Data Systems – GO!
TriSports.com, we are all clear for Launch! On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of customers from around the world, and the former and future employees of TriSports.com – Godspeed.