TriSports.com recognized with unique awards from vendors

By Seton
September 26, 2012 on 4:51 pm | In Announcements | No Comments

Over the last several weeks we have been awarded some very unique awards from a couple of our manufacturers.  Here is a look at a couple of them!

Our friends at Newton Running recognized us for our sustainability efforts (see our water and solar blogs) and made us this custom Newton shoe – complete with our name on the back!

Newton's Socially Responsible Partner of the YearNewton’s Socially Responsible Partner of the Year

Custom even down to the TriSports reflective heel!Custom even down to the TriSports reflective heel!

Our friends at SRAM (this includes Zipp, Quark, etc.) recognized us as one of their Top 25 dealers.  This award is made from recycled bike parts from the folks at Resource Revival.

SRAM Top 25 Dealer AwardSRAM Top 25 Dealer Award

Thank you to all of our customer for putting us in a position to earn these awards.

Team TriSports’ Dominate 70.3 World Championship Start List

By Jaclyn A.
August 23, 2012 on 11:00 am | In Announcements, Athlete Profile, Sponsorship | No Comments

The Ironman 70.3 World Championship is just 2 short weeks away, and we are thrilled to have 8 Team TriSports athletes racing this year. Amongst the professional women you will see Leanda “Super bird” Cave, Angela “no longer the bridesmaid” Naeth, and Missy “check out my quads” Kuck representing Team TriSports.

Leanda "Super Bird" Cave

Angela "No Longer the Bridesmaid" Naeth

Missy "Check Out My Quads" Kuck

Could the women of TriSports sweep the podium? We’d put money on it!

Keep your eyes peeled for these speedy age groupers who are all gunning to top the podium this year: Leo Carrillo (M45-49), Sarah Jarvis (F30-34), Ali Rutledge (F45-59), and Mark Tripp (M30-34).

Road Trip

By Jaclyn A.
August 6, 2012 on 10:29 am | In Announcements, Races | No Comments

The TriSports.com big rig hit the road today for a two-week trek across the country! We are so excited to making the trek to meet some of our online east coast customers. Members of the marketing, warehouse, customer service, and retail teams are excited to put a face to the names we love shipping packages to. We will have all the race day essentials and gadgets you love for our friends in Ohio and Vermont.

Our first stop is West Chester, Ohio for the USAT Youth and Junior National Championship.  We will be at the Voice of America Park Friday, August 10th from 9am to 5 pm, and Saturday, August 11th from 6:30am to 1:30 pm.

2011 USAT Youth and Junior National Championship

Next we will be headed to the USAT Olympic and Sprint National Championship in Burlington, Vermont. We will be setting up shop at the Burlington Sheraton on Friday, August 17 10am to 6pm, and Saturday August 18 from 8 am to 6:30 pm.

Burlington, Vermont.

We look forward to seeing you out there and make sure you honk and wave to Shari and Pam K in the truck!

Leanda Cave, 4x Escape from Alcatraz Champion

By Jaclyn A.
June 11, 2012 on 10:56 am | In Announcements, Races, Sponsorship | No Comments

Congratulations to Team TriSports athlete Leanda Cave on her 4th overall win at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon! Leanda has previously won this race in 2010, 2008, and 2007. Other notable multi-time Escape from Alcatraz Champions include: Andy Potts (5x), Simon Lessing(3x), Michellie Jones (8x), Chris McCormack (4x), Mike Pigg (3x), and Paula Newby Frasier (3x). Escape is touted as one of the legendary races in the triathlon community due to its long, cold and rough water swim, hilly and technical bike (many pro’s opted for road bikes) , and sandy run. In typical Leanda Cave fashion she exited the water with the front pack of women and put together race best bike and run splits to take the win by over 3 minutes.

Pictures from Triathlete.com

TriSports Tempe Store Update #3

By Seton
June 8, 2012 on 1:11 pm | In Announcements, Life at TriSports.com, Random Musings | 1 Comment

Construction for the new TriSports Tempe store is on the home stretch.  With just a couple weeks to go, all final preparations are coming into play.  It is funny, today I was reminded that TriSports was in fact the first triathlon store to ever enter the Phoenix area way back in 2003 with the launch of our first expo at a race that would eventually move on to be the now popular Soma Triathlon.  I remember seeing the store manager of one of the local bike shops (the now defunct Bicycle Showcase) looking quite shocked at the lines outside of our expo setup while no one was at his booth.  Soon after he quit his job and eventually started Tribe Multisport (he sold this operation about a year ago).  So, coming back full circle, we are opening up our store across the street from the location of our first full blown expo at the Tempe Mission Palms.  It is good to be bringing TriSports back into the valley in a more permanent fashion.  See everyone soon!

TriSports Tempe Panorama PictureTriSports Tempe Panorama- A look inside the new store as construction starts to wrap up.

TriSports Tempe Store Update #2

By Seton
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.

Run shoe wallA look at the shoe area – With 80-100 different makes/models of  shoes TriSports will have one of the best run shoe selections in the entire Phoenix valley for both runners and triathletes!


Morning sunThe early morning sun in late April shines into the store with the famous ASU A-Mountain in the background.

TriSports Tempe Store Update #1

By Seton
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.

Empty Shell, November 2011A walk through the empty shell just after the lease was signed (and the day after Ironman Arizona).


Early store mock upHere is an early mock up of the store layout, most of the actual build will look this way.

A look in the store April 13, 2012A look in the store April 13, 2012

Houston, can we get a Go, No-Go, for Launch?

By Seton
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.

TriSports Coming to Tempe

By Seton
April 30, 2012 on 2:14 pm | In Announcements | 2 Comments

I would say that it was back in late 2005 that the first real thought of expanding our retail store came into my head.  At that time, we were just moving into our new facility in Tucson and our previous retail operations had been nothing more than a showroom.  Once we moved into our current Tucson location, we started a multi-year experiment on triathlon retail.

Tempe Gateway BuildingTempe Gateway – the home of the new TriSports Tempe location.

During this retail experiment, Debbie and I happened to be in Tempe in December of 2008 for the Phoenix Tri Club Holiday Party at Monti’s.  I don’t know how I missed it, but they had just built a fabulous new building smack in the epicenter of triathlon in Arizona.  I pulled Debbie out of the party and we walked around the building.  I told her that if we were going to expand our retail outside of Tucson that this was the location.  We weren’t ready on an operational standpoint to expand at that point, which was disappointing initially because we didn’t want to lose the opportunity for the space, but ultimately didn’t matter because the people who built the building went belly up and it went back to the bank.  After a couple of years sitting idle, Paul Allen’s (co-founder of Microsoft, owner of the Seattle SeaHawks, Portland Trailblazers, etc) commercial investment group came in and bought the building. So, in February of 2011, Debbie and I finally got our first look inside the building.  After a lot of negotiating, we got the deal done in November of 2011 (although it looked planned, it coincided perfectly with Ironman Arizona; sort of a big race that finishes about 300 feet from the store).

Angela Naeth and Leanda CaveThe day before her victory at Ironman Arizona, Leanda Cave poses with Angela Naeth (both proudly sponsored by TriSports.com) in front of pictures of themselves at the new store location.

The store is now slated to open in late June 2012 and in the home stretch I will be updating the progress on our blog.  For employment information, please visit http://www.trisports.com/employment-opportunities.html

TriSports Introduces Patented Hybrid Shave Technology

By Seton
April 1, 2012 on 10:13 am | In Announcements, Random Musings, Tech Tips | No Comments

Tucson, AZ  (April, 1, 2012): TriSports.com, the world’s premiere triathlon store, announces its patented new leg shaving technology known as Hybrid Shave Technology.  After 2-years of research and development using wind tunnel, CFD and real world data, the engineers at TriSports.com have released their findings.  Seton Claggett, who earned his Master’s in Hydrology from the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona, says “we have been using this proprietary shave method with our athletes for years but as we have grown as a company we know that for the betterment of the sport and in light of great customer service that we should reveal our research to the world.”

TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology ResultsThe final results comparing 1) Hairy leading edge, 2) Fully shaved leg, 3) TriSports.com’s Patented Hybrid Shave Technology

The Hybrid Shave Technology uses a scientific approach to removing leg hair on cyclists and triathletes to improve aerodynamics and speed.  “The experiment,” says Tom Demerly, one of the chief investigators on the project, “was performed over many conditions and using many different shave patterns and what we found was that using basic aerodynamic principals of laminar boundary conditions coupled with muscle formation resulted in the ideal real-world power conversion on the bike.”

The partial differential equations for the continuity and Navier–Stokes for a two-dimensional steady incompressible flow with Cartesian coordinates.

The final testing came down to analyzing the real world results of 1) Hairy Leading Edge Legs, 2) Full Shaved Legs, and 3) Short Stubble Leading Edge Legs (the Hybrid Shave Technology).  Full hairy legs performed exponentially worse than the three chosen tests.  The results are shown in the diagram above.  “It was amazing how superior the performance was using the Hybrid Shave Technology”, said Claggett, “the power savings were staggering. It is amazing how basic aerodynamic principles such as using the Navier-Stokes equation and Reynolds numbers  to estimate the boundary layer conditions of a hairy legs work in wind tunnel and real world testing.”

The results have shown an actual average power savings of 10 Watts over distances greater than 30k (compared to a full hairy leg and almost 6 Watts over a fully shaved leg).  Over a 112 mile relatively flat course with little wind the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology will save you about 6 minutes.  “6 minutes”, says Claggett who used the Hybrid Shave Technology at the 2011 Ironman Arizona, “is a ton of free time, especially if you are trying to get to the finish line as fast as possible.”  Claggett consequently won his age-group by a mere 45 seconds.  “You can spend hundreds of dollars on an aero helmet, thousands of dollars on aero wheels and an aero bike, or you can use the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology and get the same benefits – do everything and you are all-in.”

A video showing actual footage of the TriSports Hybrid Shave Technology


A full hairy legThe aerodynamics of a full hairy leg are so bad that we did not use this model in our final testing.


Careful muscle measurementCareful muscle measurement ensures proper shave pattern.


Marker Muscle MeasurementPrecise marking during the measurement process.


Clippers for the thick hairClippers are used to remove the Sasquatch hair.


Final Clipper ShaveFinal clipper shave.


Using the razor to clean up the hair.Using a new blade to clean up the remaining stubble on the back of the leg.


Hybrid Hariy LegThe final hairy leading edge leg.


Hybrid lLeg ShaveShaving down to the stubble for the Hybrid Shave Technology.


Final Hybrid Shave Technology LegThe final version of the Hybrid Shave Technology.

Conclusion: Hold off as long as you can during the season to get the training benefit of hairy legs and then shave them just before your “A” race. The results of the TirSports Hybrid Shave Technology speak for themselves, so when you do shave, use this method if you want to optimize aerodynamics.

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