Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TOP LOCAL RACER: Gerald "Double Digits" Brady


In the Utah tri scene, no one raced more this season than Mr. Gerald Brady.

We reported on a total of 19 Utah triathlons (36 total races when you count sprint, olympic, etc), but with some races occurring on the same day, there were 12 race opportunities.

Gerald raced 10 of them: six Olympic, two 70.3's, and two sprints.

We wanted to recognize this beast for being atop our list and get to know him a little better... thanks for the time, Gerald!


What’s your athletic background and how did you get into triathlon?

I swam on the swim and water polo teams when I was in High School. I followed that up with 20 years of a couch potato. A little over 6 years ago I needed to get a new job. I found USANA and that is what got me off the couch. I had a great coworker (her and her husband have started triathlons!) who talked me into joining her for a crossfit class at work. It was hard getting started, but I kept at it. I always hated running but was asked by our wellness instructor if I wanted to participate in a couch to 5k that another coworker was putting together. I was shocked that soon after I could run a 5k without stopping. I was added to the Facebook group Run4Fun and signed up for my first race on my own, the Revolution Run.


The following year I was told about the KOPFC indoor Tri series, and signed up. Shortly after that several coworkers at USANA got together to race Ironman St. George 70.3. I went and loved it, well except for the running. It was getting ready for St. George when I was introduced to the SLTC. The support and friendship from the club is one of the major reasons I race.


move aside and let the man go thru, let Gerald Brady go thru



You crushed the field this year with 10 local races (of the 19 we tracked for rankings), with your closest competitors coming in at 7. You also took down Ben Russell’s 9 from last season. What would you say to encourage people to race more often? Maybe not double digits, but to get out and support the local scene a race or 2 more?

The biggest thing that helped me race so many was signing up for RaceTri’s "The Works" package. I signed up early in the season, so I knew when I had races. What else are you going to do on the weekends? Cut the grass? Do that the day before garbage day! 1) the smell around the can will be less and 2) You will have time to come out and race on Saturdays! Your attendance not only helps the local race scene, but you could actually help someone who may be struggling in the field.


We had you at 10 local races, but word on the street is you did a handful more… what others did you do this year?

When I signed up for Oceanside I took a package that included the Super Seal Olympic in Coronado Ca. Both of those races were amazing. Many cities will also put on races, and I did several of those. The South Davis Labor Day Tri is one of the first outdoor tri’s I raced, and I've been racing that one for a few years now. I also raced the Lifetime and KOPFC indoor tris. While IM puts on a good show, I really enjoy the city races. I have found many people who are just trying out this sport for the first time. I enjoy encouraging them to keep at it. It’s awesome to see them the next year or even at the next event with a smile on their face!


What gets you out to so many start lines… what do you love most about racing?

I wonder that often, but essentially racing is how I burn off stress. If it is not a race, a group training activity would also do the same. I try to get to as many as possible. I enjoy being out and active. When I let that old couch potato me take over, that stress builds back up. Burning that off is what I love the most.


Briefly summarized, in your opinion what is the biggest “pro” and “con” about each of the local tris you raced this year?

Icebreaker: Pro - First big outdoor race of the year, 50 meter pool!! Con – Rain.

St. George 70.3: Pro – Club support/beauty. Con – crashing on the bike coming out of the lake ☹

Salem: Pro – The firetruck shower after the swim. Con – first race after crashing at St George.

East Canyon: Pro – Bike ride down the canyon! Con – the run, did not match the views of the swim or bike.

RockCliff: Pro – Green, cool, great location! Super fun! Con – Mosquitos the night before


Daybreak: Pro – very close, good run course. Con – lost my good swim goggles, steep hill by Butterfield Canyon.

Echo: Pro – Bike and run along the lake! Con – Fellow Club member had a bad bike crash.

Utah Half: Pro – lots of personal time to think. Great support from several club members. Con – very hot during the run and too much time to think.

Black Ridge: Pro – last min swim change. Con – they did not include the water slide as the swim start.

Camp Yuba: Pro – RaceTri had so many race day issues collide this year. Final race of the year and we had a very long delay due to dense fog, yet they made it work. Con – Same day as Brineman.

After all those races, what was your favorite overall and why?

Camp Yuba. Life changes all the time. How do we deal those changes? So many things were going wrong with the weather that morning. Fog and mud. The race director was calm and supportive while they scrambled making changes so we could have a complete race. I feel I had my best run for an Olympic at this event.


What’s the prognosis with your knee, and how are things looking for 2018?

Left knee is healing well, as of right now, the right knee is still in question. They definitely have caused me many issues during the run portions of all my races this year with Oceanside and the Mt. Nebo Marathon being at the top of that list. At Oceanside if not for the support of many friends at the event I would have crawled off. 2018? I am going back to Oceanside to crush it. Plans for a full are on hold till I understand my knee issues and I hope to go back to St. George and get a new personal record.


Do you typically train solo or with SLTC, and in general how has SLTC influenced you as a triathlete?

My first year at St. George I had the support of several coworkers, and the following year I had the support of the SLTC. The support of the club, both on and off the course, made a huge difference in my race. I know this is an individual sport, but for me it is about sharing the experience with others. If it was not for the invitation and support of a coworker I would not have become active again, and I would not have found triathlons at the core of my activity.

I train when I can. My biggest struggle is time and myself. I do better with a group, when left alone I can easily talk myself out of the workout. If not for groups like Run4Fun and SLTC I don’t think I would be racing at all. I would not have pushed myself, I would not be racing.


You brought up Ironman when we met up for your swag. Have you completed one and/or is that a big motivating goal for you once your knee recovers?

I have never completed a full Ironman. That is something I would love to do. Training time and the run are what are keeping me from racing. We will see how my knees heal.

 Anything else you want to share?

Help others. Keep a positive, forward moving attitude, stay focused and remember why you race. Say hi as you pass me on the bike or run!





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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Locals at Ironman Arizona



Good luck all!


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NATE DRESSEL     MPRO & Founder of Endurance Cubed

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Respect the RD! New TriUtah Owner Brogg Sterrett


As was announced earlier this week, Mr. Brogg Sterrett is the new owner of TriUtah.

Whether or not you personally feel you can trust a guy named Brogg is up to you, but to us he seems like THE REAL DEAL, and it feels like 2018 is gonna be a special year... so let's roll out the red carpet and give him a warm welcome as a tri community, shall we??

At the same time, we collectively stand and salute Dan Aamodt for a job well done... thank you for your significant contributions as a race director over the past several years!


**To get up to speed on the history of TriUtah (and triathlon in general in the state), check out these prior interviews:

TriUtah: THE PREQUEL
TriUtah II: The Aamodt Era



What’s your personal athletic background, and what led you to first becoming an RD?


I've always been an active person. I grew up playing soccer, skateboarding and snowboarding. I didn't start running or cycling until I was about 20 years old. In the mid 90's I was doing a lot of bike racing. I was introduced to triathlon in 1999 by a good friend of mine in Boston. Long story short, we were supposed to do a tri in Rhode Island, but I backed out when I got there as I was terrified of swimming in the ocean.

I came back to Vegas, took a masters swim class and 4 months later did my first triathlon which was the Wildflower long course. As I took everything in at the finish line and saw all the smiles and war stories people were sharing, a lightbulb went off and it was literally that moment I knew I wanted to put on races for people. I feel fortunate that a race that well produced was my first triathlon as it set the standard in production value for me going forward. I then traveled the country racing tri's and looking at them from both an athlete and an organizational perspective to see who was doing things right and who in my opinion wasn't.




Out of curiosity, what does BBSC stand for, and what races comprised it when you were running the show?

When I was starting the company in 2003, I knew I had to make it very personal as I was going to put every ounce of myself into this company and sport to make it the best out there. So I took the first initial of myself, my 2 kids and my wife and ran with it! BBSC really was a family affair for me. Anyone that raced with me back then probably met my grandma, aunts, sisters, mom, dad and probably my wife as she is the one that designed all of our race shirts at the time. RAGE was the first tri we started, and six months later we created the Pumpkinman triathlon which eventually hosted 2 of the largest USAT Club Nationals under our direction.


Brian Botts, he of "Botts Bend" lore (East Canyon)

In 2006 we created the LVTRI at Lake Las Vegas which was a 1 off event to accommodate a USAT Collegiate championship race. From there, I had befriended and made bike racks for Jared, who was the founder of the SGTRI (St. George Tri), and he also owned Kokopelli (fun fact: Kokopelli was originally a TriUtah event). Jared also had the rights for the Utah Summer Games Triathlon. In 2007 he reached out to me needing to sell since his job was relocating him. We struck a deal relatively quickly and we took those events over and continued to grow them.

Editor's Note: the BBSC of today puts on Sand Hollow and Kokopelli in St. George, (both part of the Utah 2018 Championship Series), in addition to races in Colorado and Nevada. Cedric and his team do a fantastic job!


Ultimately what led you to sell BBSC in 2010?

I never really thought of my exit strategy as I'm absolutely passionate about what I do, however in 2009 we had people approaching us to buy BBSC. It just so happened at the time my wife and I were contemplating moving from Park City to New England and starting another race company. So the timing was kind of right for us to move on and start a new adventure 3,000 miles away.


East Canyon Reservoir

You mentioned in your email to the tri community that you’ve run other events since exiting BBSC. What races have you been involved with, and what have you learned from those experiences that you’ll bring to TriUtah?


Yea man, we've done a lot of different kinds of events over the last 15 years of event production. When I was still living in Park City, Xterra hired me for 2 years to help with the Xterra Championship race in Ogden. That was a ton of fun, I am still in contact with some of that team including the Kahuna! I was also the T1 and bike course coordinator for the Silverman Triathlon before it was sold to Ironman. The city of Las Vegas also hired us for the 5 year stint to manage the Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo event. This event was comprised of 125, 75, 50 and 12 mile bike rides all happening simultaneously. Aside from the LV Marathon, it was the only other endurance event that closed the Las Vegas strip.



We were also hired to manage the Glow Run series out of Vegas. In 2010 we created the Cape Relay, which was a 201 mile overnight relay from Boston to the tip of Cape Cod. We ran that for 2 years before passing the baton to Ragnar Relay to take it to the next level. It was at this time we decided we were not cut out for New England winters and moved back to the West coast. In 2012 I co-founded terrain racing which is an OCR event now in 30 cities. In 2013 I created Bubble RUN which now sees close to 600,000 participants in 40+ cities per year.

Echo Canyon - bike course

I feel like we're a pretty diversified management team that has worked/managed and founded a lot of different type of events. With that kind of diversification over 15 years in the industry comes a lot of experience and seeing a lot of different angles of what works and what doesn't and why. Our goal is to bring the best of everything we learned that worked to TriUtah.

High level, how did the sale of TriUtah come about, and why did you decide to get back involved with triathlon?

My family and I are in UT at least once a month and I have a son that attends The U. As my email stated to the athletes, my family and I are looking forward to moving back to Utah and I ultimately wanted to have something in my own backyard vs. that last few years of traveling all over the country producing events.


Echo

Dan and I have been in contact off and on for a while. This year our conversions got a little more in depth about triathlon as a whole and more specifically about the UT tri market. I'm pretty sure I made a comment to him that if he ever thought of selling, we should talk. Because he and I understand the industry and races, those conversations quickly accelerated. I came out to some of his events this year, and was impressed with his passion, dedication and kindness towards the athletes racing and his team.



Before we knew it, we were hanging out driving courses, brainstorming on what would be so cool to incorporate in 2018. As much as I enjoy doing all the other types of events, there is something special about being in nature watching the sun come up over a body of water with people that are committed enough to themselves to show up and be challenged.

In 15 yrs of RD'ing I've always loved building something for people to come out and cut loose. Whether it's the competitive athlete looking to podium that day, or the 1st time triathlete that just wants to try, they all have my tremendous respect and I like the idea that I can be a part of their achievements that weekend.

Jordanelle is no longer a teenager!

By being in the Top 10 in participation this season, TriUtah’s current “core 4” open water tris (East Canyon, Echo, Jordanelle, and Brineman) all qualified for the inaugural Utah Triathlon Championship Series in 2018. After touring the venues with previous owner Dan Aamodt, what were your impressions of each?

Dude, these courses are gorgeous! The beauty will take your mind off your burning lungs. East Canyon is sick. Great venue, and super fast bike course. If you slow down, you'll realize how beautiful it is too. Echo is turning 17 this year! The Echo bike course is great and has some beautiful red rock outcroppings that are breathtaking. Some of that road has been recently repaved too, so that's a nice touch. Jordanelle is turning 20! Be ready for post race cake, baby! Again this race has a wonderful bike course along the river. I enjoy trail running so I enjoy that run course too. Brineman is a gem. Dan did a bang up job logistically with this one. If you're going to do a local 1/2 in 2018, this is the one to do. The scenery on Antelope Island is like another world. You'll love it.



The annual Championship Series will culminate with a rotating venue State Champ race, which for 2018 has been announced as the Brineman (Olympic). What are your thoughts about Brineman in particular as the inaugural State Champs race?

Hosting the inaugural State Championship at Brineman is the perfect fit. This race really caught on in 2017 and with the expected increase this year, there is plenty of room to expand. The swim is very spectator friendly, the bike course for the Olympic distance again is really cool and gets you out on the Antelope Island Pkwy for a bit before your turn around. The Olympic run course is a fast and flat asphalt trail run. I'm excited to be a part of this inaugural event!


Brineman - host of the 2018 State Champs!

How would you describe your “style” as an RD, and what kind of culture do you try to establish at your races? Do you foresee any changes for 2018 that you can share, or will year 1 be largely the status quo?

As I stated earlier in this interview I'm very family oriented and I like to think it shows at the events. Just as it's important to me that we put on a solid event for everyone involved, it's also extremely important to me that athletes and their families feel welcome and don't feel intimidated when they come to TriUtah events. I've been to plenty of events where some individuals take themselves too seriously, in turn intimidating the newbies. We were all newbies at one time or another, we all need to remember that and be cool. I've never been one for status quo. Our goal is to elevate the sport in UT and I think people will get a good taste of what to expect from us when we launch the new event sites (coming soon) and when they come race with us in 2018.



In your opinion what are the most common misconceptions/misunderstandings between athletes and RD’s? How can athletes best support our local RD’s?


Hmmm thats a good question. It seems that depending on what kind of event it is will dictate the misconceptions/misunderstandings we see. I think the common denominator between all the different events we've been involved in would be that sometimes there are decisions we make as RD's that participants may look at and say it was the dumbest thing they've ever seen. However, there likely is a good reason for it, whether it be a permit restriction, safety or knowing how the flow of the event is going to play out. I believe all RD's are doing what they feel is in the best interest of the athletes. On the flip side, RD's may look at the athlete carrying their bike overhead while they run through transition thinking it's the dumbest thing we've seen, only to find out later it was shoulder day!



Anything else you want to share?

I just want to reiterate again how excited we are to be a part of the TriUtah legacy and how grateful we are for Dan entrusting us to continue to grow this great company. We sincerely hope people will continue to support TriUtah and see how rad triathlon is.

On another note, we are also creating a separate running division of TriUtah, this site will also be launched soon, and it's where runners can find the Porters 1/2 marathon, the Woman of Steel Relay and a few other events we have in the works. The sites will link between each other, so be sure to check that series out too, as there are some great courses coming for the running community as well.


TriUtah is open for registration!

Check out all races here.



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Who Raced the Most??


For the 2017 season we provided "Results Breakdowns" for 19 local triathlons (36 total races including all distances) that counted towards the rankings system.

All in there were ~50 individuals in our database who raced at least 5 of the 19 races we tracked, with 21 racing 6+ times. We want to recognize these triathletes for their toughness as well as their support of the local scene!

For those who raced 6+ times we have an award for you... shoot us a message and let's arrange to hook you up with a lil somethin!

Top Local Racer - Gerald Brady 



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Local Age Group Champs: 2016-2017


Below is a quick summary of Utah Tri Buzz AG champions over the past two seasons.

The 2017 champs will hold their respective championship belts into next season, but as you can see, it isn't exactly easy to repeat from one year to the next.

Which begs the question... who will have their belts stolen away in 2018, and who will do the stealing??


Stay tuned for more upcoming lists:

  • No Fear Awards... Who Raced the Most?
  • M.I.T. Awards - Most Improved Triathletes
  • THANK YOU! - Volunteers of the Year



Here are the belt holders we've been able to meet up with so far (check out @utahtribuzz on Instagram for more pics):

top local pro Skye Moench

Alan Moss prevailed in a tight Clydesdale battle

Kate Westra was devastating this season
Jacob Peterson won almost everything he entered


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Utah State Championship Series 2018!



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Utah Age Group Rankings 2017 - MEN FINAL


It’s time for the Utah Tri Buzz FINAL 2017 age group rankings!

The same things we said in the women's rankings apply to the men. We stand & applaud everyone on the list. Regardless of individual rank, these are all people who have gotten out to race and who support the local scene.

Think about it, how many people stayed in bed while you were out testing your limits?? 
How many others are active, yet too chicken to ever toe a start line??

Kudos to everyone in the rankings... you're strong in both body & mind!

Lastly, keep in mind this is for FUN... please don't take the rankings too seriously.



The methodology is simple:

* To be eligible for the Final Rankings, must have raced at least 3 of these 19 events on the local calendar (36 total races counting all distance options):

  • Icebreaker (Apr 8)
  • Ironman St. George 70.3 (May 6)
  • Salem Spring (May 13)
  • Sand Hollow - Sprint/Olympic (May 20)
  • East Canyon - S/O (Jun 10)
  • Rock Cliff - S/O (Jun 17)
  • Daybreak - S/O (Jun 24)
  • DinoTri - S/O (Jun 24)
  • Echo - S/O (Jul 8)
  • Toughman Utah Half (Jul 15)
  • San Rafael - S/O (Jul 15)
  • Topaz - S (Jul 15)
  • Jordanelle - S/O (Aug 12)
  • Black Ridge - S/O (Aug 12)
  • Kokopelli - S/O (Sep 9)
  • Bear Lake Brawl - S/O/H/F (Sep 9 & 16)
  • Camp Yuba - S/O (Sep 16)
  • Brineman - S/O/H (Sep 16)
  • Southern Utah - S/O (Oct 28)

Round 1 (thru June): 2 race minimum
Round 2 (mid Aug): 2 race minimum
Round 3 (end of season): 3 race minimum (AVERAGE of your top 3 races)


* These final rankings will be the basis for several “Most Improved” and other awards, not just awards for AG elites.

* Like last year, we take the AVERAGE of everyone’s top 3 races… this provides some incentive to get out and race often, as you can only help yourself by racing more. For example, if you have an off day, or even a dreaded DNF, that result will shake out of your top 3 average if you race 4+ times.

* We use your Overall % to calculate the rankings (which is shown in all the individual race “Results Breakdowns” we post). This is simply how you placed vs. the field. Let's say you placed 60th out of 100 at a race (60%), 80th out of 200 at another (40%) and 50th out of 250 at another (20%). In this case those three results then average to 40%.

Your 40% average would then be stacked up to the rest of your age group for the rankings.



Check out the 2018 Championship Series details here: UTAH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018!  (some minor tweaks may be made, will post any updates as they occur).




Rankings below! Just for fun we've also added the # of local races each person participated in to qualify.