November 14, 2011 on 12:37 pm | In Community, Employee Adventures, Sponsorship, TriSports Triathlon Club, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing | 1 Comment
I look forward to my Saturday ride all week. Nothing is better then spending a couple of hours on my bike when my only worry is what I’m going to have for breakfast. The only thing that can make a Saturday better is getting to share those miles with some elite athletes. This Saturday, the Tucson community and I enjoyed a ride with the sponsored professional triathletes of BH bikes – Angela Naeth (Team TriSports), Eneko Llanos and Nico Ward. We headed out west to ride through the cactus forests of Saguaro West on a beloved route for Tucson riders. After a solid beat down, we returned to the shop for some bagels, coffee, raffle and conversation with the pros and the minds behind BH. A big thank you to the pros and BH crew who came down to ride with us, and for hosting the breakfast! We look forward to having you back in January with the BH demo fleet!
Photos by Tom Demerly.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!
September 14, 2011 on 6:00 am | In Employee Adventures, Giving Back, TriSports Triathlon Club | No Comments
Despite what a lot of people might think, triathletes don’t actually spend ALL of their time training. This fact was proven last Saturday when a group of TriSports Triathlon Club members got together to play Chef For A Day and cook dinner for guests staying at the Ronald McDonald House here in Tucson.
The Ronald McDonald House, provides a “Home Away from Home” for families who must travel to Tucson for medical care. The House serves over 700 families per year from communities throughout Southern Arizona, as well as the surrounding region and to athletes who love to cook and eat, the opportunity to give back and have fun was just too appealing.
The TSTC “chefs” decided that a little comfort food was in order and planned a menu of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and corn, rolls and fresh baked brownies for dessert. Each person was assigned a few ingredients and instructed to arrive at the House ready to cook. Being Type-A trigeeks, it seemed that everything was planned and no surprises were anticipated. That was not to be the case, however as the first thing we saw when we walked in the door was none other than Ronald McDonald himself!
With the exception of one clown-phobic “chef”, everyone was pretty excited about getting to spend some quality time with Ronald, who kept house guests and the TSTC “chefs” entertained with magic tricks, corny jokes and some pretty amazing ukulele picking! Never would have suspected that!
After serving a hearty meal to resident families and restoring the kitchen to its pre-cooking state, the TSTC crew headed out for a little comfort food of their own…….beer and pizza!