Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Do Your Kids Tri??

Has your daughter mastered the flying dismount? Did your son learn the meaning of 2.4/112/26.2 before his multiplication tables? We shouldn't force triathlon on our kids, of course, but why not give them a lil' taste? What a great way to get moving and experience that awesome feeling of accomplishment.

Here Utah Tri Buzz contributor Mandy Oscarson takes a look into some local options for kiddos (and adults) to get involved in the kid triathlon scene.

Think back to your very first race. Think of all the things you had to overcome to get there. You were probably nervous, excited, or maybe totally chill because you had no idea what you’d gotten yourself into. Now remember how you felt when you crossed the finish line. Exhausted, but euphoric at accomplishing something you never thought you could – you were now a triathlete!

The next generation of triathletes are going through the same things you did. Kids these days are tri-ing hard things! Watching those emotions on a child’s face – well, it just gets you right here. No, not the pocketbook. That soft and squishy place that sometimes gets shoved under mounds of paperwork at the office or never-ending chores at home.

Two recent local tris included kids races and as I did some research, I learned there are quite a few options for your budding triathlete. The 14 and under crowd can see what mom and/or dad were talking about with, “killer hills!” and “by the time I get to the run, there’s nothing left!” or even “I’m GOING to be an Ironman!”. Since we don’t see too many race reports on kids’ tris, and since, after all, they are the future of triathlon (and so dang cute!), Utah Tri Buzz decided it was time to highlight the littles!

Ice Breaker

RaceTri’s Ice Breaker, at American Fork Rec Center, had a 100-meter swim, 3 mile bike, and 1 mile run. 14 kids took on the challenge. While waiting to cheer on two of my kids, I learned most of them decided to race the night before (including my daughter) or morning of, one through the prodding of her friends. I talked to her dad before the race started, and asked if he was a triathlete. He said no. So I asked if he was feeling a little nervous for his daughter to participate in something they had never done before. He said no, he’d seen youth get so focused on one sport that they burnt out by high school – which was a shame since they had so much potential. He didn’t want that for his daughter, so he encouraged her to try new things. His philosophy panned out – since his daughter Maddie got first place overall for the females!

Check out RaceTri's Facebook page for more pics!

a kids race podium from Ice Breaker
SHAC Triathlon

The SHAC Triathlon in St. George provided two kids’ races. The kids’ beginner was a 50-yard pool swim, 1-mile bike, and .5-mile run. The Kids Sprint was a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike, and .75-mile run. 57 kids participated in the beginner race, while 38 toed the line in the kids’ sprint. Utah Tri Buzz contributor Christopher White participated in the adult race and had a chance to interview one of the kids, 10-year old Asarah Kingston (with her dad’s help).

Chris: How many triathlons have you done?
Asarah: Three. South Davis Recreation Center’s two races: Splash n Sprint and Labor Day, and SHAC Tri.
Chris: Why do you do triathlon?
Asarah: Cause it’s good exercise and it’s fun.
Chris: What is your favorite part of doing triathlon?
Asarah: Out of swim bike and run? The bike.
Chris: If your friends wanted to do a triathlon, what would you say to them?
Asarah: I would say that they are really fun and good exercise.
Chris: Anything else you want to say about triathlon? (Dad expanded it to, what’s your goal?)
Asarah: My goal is to be an Ironman one day.

TriUtah – Brineman and Team Kid Courage

For another option for getting kids involved in tri, look no further than TriUtah. The only open water I could find, Brineman will offer a kids’ race “where kids can swim in safe open water of the Stillwater ski lakes and parents can walk alongside them on the shore!” according to Dan Aamodt, race director.

TriUtah also partners with Team Kid Courage (TKC), which is an organization that pairs an athlete with a disabled child so they can experience sporting events (including triathlon, marathons, and cycling). Dan confirmed there will not only be teams from TKC this year, but also from Team Hoyt and Reese Thorne participating at East Canyon, Echo, and Jordanelle.

Heath Thurston, former Utah pro triathlete and current swim and triathlon coach, has been on many of these teams, and had this to say, “Any organization that works to help bring equality to any person of any ability to be able to participate in sport or activities that some people with special needs may not even consider doing… I love being a part of those types of organizations and being around those with special needs always makes my day better and happier. Pushing kids and/or adults with TKC always made me so excited to race and help those that I was pushing to feel the wind and speed that I take for granted sometimes.”

Heath Thurston pushing a kid for Kid Team Courage

Team BAM triathlete Amber Foster also shared her experiences racing with TKC, “As athletes we get so wrapped up in numbers: paces, times, PRs, and finish results. The running races and triathlons that I have pushed these kiddos with disabilities have been some of my sweetest memories in the sport. In these races I forget about the numbers. The race becomes about the person I am pushing… that person that loves to race but couldn't do it without the loaned body of someone else. I have developed some sweet relationships with families that I have come to know through these experiences. In these moments you remember what racing is about....it isn't always about the numbers but more about the love of the sport. I am grateful I have had the sweet opportunity to help these kiddos do what they love as well... racing!!”

Nothing like a pint-sized athlete to help us remember why we do what we do. Here are the deets on how you can get involved with TKC or give your child the gift of tri-ing:
  • Race Tri’s Icebreaker (registration usually opens around November)
  • Shac Triathlon (registration for 2018 opens in Sep 2017)
  • IronKids race St. George 70.3 (just a run, but a fun event crossing the real finish line)
  • Kearns (KOPFC) Cool Kids Tri
  • South Davis Recreation Center 150 yard pool swim, 2.5 mile bike, 1.5 mile run
  • Splash n Sprint May 13, 2017
  • Labor Day Sep 4, 2017
  • TriUtah's Brineman September 16, 2017
Team Kid Courage: Information on their site on how to get involved – either as an adult athlete who can guide disabled kids, or if you’re a parent whose disabled child would love the opportunity to participate in a race.

Stay tuned for Part II!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Train Comin' Throo!! Interview with Local Pro Kathryn Throolin

Get to know Kathryn Throolin, a 3x Kona Qualifying age group terror turned first year pro triathlete. Among other things, here she talks about her first pro race at Oceanside 70.3, the medical breakthrough nurses use to avoid getting sick, and reveals the top secret running partner who has been key to her success.

Thanks for the time, Kathryn, and best of luck this season!

Standard question… what’s your athletic background and how did you get into triathlon?

Growing up my dad took me on many hiking and climbing adventures. These adventures helped me gain endurance and I learned how to push my limits. In high school, I played basketball for a few years, tennis for four years, cross-country for three years and swimming for a year. I love most sports and the mountains. In nursing school, I met my friend Holly who convinced me to sign up for a triathlon once a year. We didn't have bikes, so we would train on stationary bikes at the university gym. Before race day, we would rent a road bike and practice shifting gears. We had a lot of fun racing many local triathlons such as Jordanelle and Cache Valley. And that's how I started my journey into triathlon.

You’ve long been a terror as an age grouper on the local scene. What made you decide to go after the professional ranks, and what was the qualification process of doing so?

Last year at Ironman Boulder & IM Boulder 70.3, I was the second amateur, which qualified me to race as a pro. My goal for a long time was qualifying for Kona. After qualifying three times I wanted a different challenge to help me focus on improving my abilities as a triathlete.

Oceanside being your first pro race, on a scale from 1-100 how nervous were you going into it? Was it a completely different vibe, or just like any other race?

When I saw the list of all the amazing pro triathletes racing, I was super nervous... so 100%. I looked up to a lot of these pros and my bike was right next to them. So I was also super excited just to be around them. The main difference between racing as a pro is that your competitors are super fast! They are super fast on the swim, the bike and the run.

What lessons did you learn from the experience of getting your first race under your belt as a pro?

When I was an age grouper, it was very easy to know where to go... you follow the person ahead of you. However, racing as a pro female I was by myself. This means that I need to learn the course more - where to go, turns in the bike and the swim, etc.

What are the rest of your race plans for 2017, and what are your goals for the season?

My tentative race schedule is Santa Rosa 70.3, Coeur d'Alene 70.3, Ironman Canada, Santa Cruz 70.3 and Ironman Arizona. I hope to gain experience during my first year of racing.

Are you still working full-time? What’s your typical work schedule, and - always wondered this - how do you avoid getting sick all the time working with patients all day? Do nurses simply have the world’s strongest immune systems?

Currently, I work as a full time nurse at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. I don't think nurses have a special secret to staying healthy. They always say good hand hygiene is the key to avoiding being sick.

Coach or self-coached?

My current coach is Malaika, a former pro triathlete.

What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a triathlete, and what’s the general plan of attack to continue improving now that you’re a pro?

My biggest strength is my work ethic and resolve to always improve. One of the things I am working on is my open water swimming. The rest of my plan, you would have to interview my coach. I simply execute her plan. :)

What are some of your favorite Utah races and why?

There are so many great local races. As I said earlier, I got my start doing Jordanelle and Cache Valley triathlon. I love St. George 70.3, Kokopelli and Lake Powell triathlons.

Anything else you want to share?

I have a running partner in training. She is a cute, smart, athletic puppy. She is learning how to swim, and may be a future triathlete minus the bike.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Locals at Ironman Texas

Ironman Texas takes place this Saturday. Keep your phone on you to track and cheer on our Utah field, which includes female pro Ashley Paulson. Please let us know if there's anyone we missed!

Good luck all!

Here are a few pics from previous Utah Tri Buzz posts of people racing IMTX:

Hopefully no broken bones this time...

Don't mess with Sam Hobi!!

FPRO Ashley Paulson (2nd from right)

Brice Williams (far left) was the 2nd fastest Utahn (after
Sebe Ziesler) at Kona last year

Kyle Lewis, last year's Utah Tri Buzz M3539 Champ

Russell Baughman (far left) destroyed Oceanside 70.3

here's hoping for better weather than last year!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

St. George Races: Interview with Aaron Metler

Last weekend, Utah Tri Buzz contributor Christopher White traveled to St. George to compete in the Sand Hollow Aquatic Center Triathlon (or SHAC Tri). SHAC has a sprint race, a beginner race and a kid’s triathlon. While there he caught up with Aaron Metler, race director for SHAC and St. George Races for an interview.

How many events does St. George Races do every year?

We do fourteen races a year. We do Lake to Lake Relay, team relays, triathlons, kids races, Fourth of July races. We help the Senior Games, we help out with the St. George Marathon, we help out with Ironman, we try to help out everything in the community.

Specifically what triathlons do you put on?

We do a race in October called the Trick or Tri, one in April called the SHAC Tri and the Road Rage Duathlon in February. 

How long has the SHAC Triathlon been running?

I’ve been here nine years and I’ve done it all nine years. They did it three years before that so about 12 years.

What is your favorite part of being a race director?

I just love seeing people achieve their goals and come through the finish line. Even just beginners. Especially SHAC you see families come out together, the parents doing the sprint, somebody doing the beginner, the kids doing the kids race, bringing the whole family together. Having it all oriented around fitness, I think it’s amazing. It’s cool to see that happen here in beautiful St. George.

What do you do yourself? Do you run, do triathlon?

Yeah, of course, if you’re going to work in this kind of industry you have to do something and be a crazy athlete yourself. I do running but I envy the triathletes who do swimming biking and running. I can just do one of them. I do run, I do marathons and like to train that way.

Ever do a triathlon yourself?

No triathlons yet (raucous laughter from both of us). I have to learn to swim better and bike better.

What is the most inspirational story you have heard as a race director?

There’s been a ton. When you do 14 races a year for nine years you see a lot of inspirational stories. In the SHAC tri, we had a special needs athlete who couldn’t run but his dad pulled in a boat in the pool, pushed him in a wheelchair in the bike and same thing for the run. Stuff like that is inspirational to see. People of all abilities out there trying to finish and trying to be a part of everything. We love supporting that and having that here at our events. That and many other inspirational stories. The average every day athlete coming out and competing is a sensational accomplishment we think. We give finisher medals to everybody for that reason.

Last question, the bulk of triathletes in Utah live up on the Wasatch Front. Why should they come down to St George to do your races?

It’s beautiful here. We have the weather. In October we do our triathlon, Salt Lake is getting snow, usually, even in April. It’s a great weekend road trip. I feel like we can offer something unique with the red rock and the scenery and the great weather. It’s a fun experience to get out of town a little bit. Salt Lake to St. George is not long enough for really traveling but you still get a vacation feel. It’s kind of a fun road trip. Actually most of our racers, about 75% are from up north.

Thanks, Aaron for the interview and for the great race.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oceanside 70.3 Race Report Part II: Bee STING

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee... pretty much sums it up! Andrew Hall was the fastest age grouper (non-professional) at Oceanside 70.3, finishing with a blistering 4:18.

Here is his report.

Last time I was in Oceanside, I was on spring break in college on a much different mission. It was one of those trips where we couldn’t make it from the rental house to the beach without someone puking in the car. Celebrating Saturday night after the race with the Salt Lake Tri Club was just as wild and will be more memorable!

My trip started with a nice brunch and coffee in Newport Beach, one of my wife’s and my favorite places to vacation. Then I got to be the passenger on the scenic drive down to Oceanside. Wow Oceanside – I’m not sure if it was the bright sun or the excitement from the village. I soaked it all in and started getting excited for the race the following day. I was ready to kick off the triathlon season! But after dropping off my bike in transition, my race was almost cut short. I was hit by a speeding car in the parking lot at the Pro Bike Express trailer. Luckily my backpack took the brunt of the impact from the car mirror, and only my wits were shaken :).

The race morning was like any other triathlon: a little chilly and I was running late. Ironman TV caught me darting through the transition area to give my wife my down jacket and morning clothes bag; she wanted the jacket due to the crisp temperature of 48 degrees. Of course, I didn’t have any time to warm-up, but isn’t the swim just a warm-up in a 70.3? I found my buddies at the front of the race pack and had them zip me up. I was probably about the 30th or so athlete to start the swim. It felt great: visibility was clear, water temperature was comfortable, the group I was with was about the same ability. But of course my right goggle fills up with water immediately. It’s a good thing we have two eyes. I just kept the right one closed for the next 29 minutes. I was happy with my swim time at 28:43, which was my 2nd fastest in a 70.3 race and I thought It was my weakest leg going into the event. I had a great T1 passing people on my way to my bike.

My goals were to keep a target power of about 85% of my FTP, pick off the top swimmers and pros ahead of me, and hold off Rory Duckworth. Well, not all of those happened. Around mile 35, I dropped another age grouper I had been trying to catch for 10 miles, but then I saw a shadow coming up on me. It was Rory and he yells at me, “hop on the train! It’s coming through!” Thank you for the motivation buddy. I was able to keep him within a minute or two for the final 20 miles, but I was going to blow myself up trying to keep his pace. Shortly after being passed by the freight train, I caught Skye Moench, a local pro woman. When I ran into her at the village the day before, we both agreed to a similar game of seeing who could hold the other one off the longest.

You probably know how the run went. When they released the bib list I noticed there was a Christopher Hammer registered right below me: Hall, Hammer. I have never been able to win a race against Chris Hammer. I know he is a faster cyclist and runner than me, but I was hoping to at least run with him and have a good battle running myself into the ground trying to stay with him. Even though Chris Hammer didn’t end up competing in Oceanside (editor's note: Chris instead went to Australia and won an ITU race), I was mentally prepared for the effort to beat him, so why not run my brains out and see how I do? I turned my focus to catching Rory Duckworth and other age groupers in front me.

I had 13.1 miles, but with a two minute deficit leaving T2, I decided I might as well do it right away and set the tone to win this race. I started aggressive and caught up with Rory just after the first mile which I covered in about 5:20. I was excited with how spectator friendly the course was and motivated by the encouragement from my wife, friends, club members and the crowd! I usually hear some splits and comments like “you’re looking strong!”. But I think this run just shocked people. I felt like I was on Baywatch running into the ocean to save a swimmer. People’s jaws were dropping and I heard yells like, “now that is a pace!” or “oh my god, look at that guy go!” With 5K to go I think I might have this race wrapped up, but I’m not turning down the pace. 

chip time 4:18:02

I passed Heather Jackson and think “You got 3rd at Kona!” and Heather Wurtle “You won Ironman St George 70.3!” I admit, I like to complete against women or anyone who is one of the best in the world at their sport. My wife teases me that I could go pro if I was a woman, but I really do enjoy the equality in triathlon. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, or para-athlete, you have the opportunity compete against one another and be on the same stage with the same prize money. You don’t see that in a lot of sports.

Finish line and time to celebrate! I can’t recommend this race enough. It was a fun and challenging course and the race had great energy. I appreciate my number one supporter, my wife, for making me feel like #1 no matter how I do and the Salt Lake Tri Club Members and friends who I had a fun weekend hanging out and racing with! See you in St. George.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Oceanside 70.3 Race Report Part I: Bee Babes

Following is the combination of two race reports of Ironman Oceanside 70.3 (April 1, 2017) from Salt Lake Tri Club teammates and Utah Tri Buzz contributors Mary Day and Mandy Oscarson.

Stay tuned for Part II from Mr. Andrew Hall!

Overall thoughts:

Mandy: Oceanside was a great race – from the endless green blanketing Camp Pendleton to the deceptive hills to the amazing volunteers, this is so far my favorite 70.3 venue (out of 5 total venues I’ve been to for this distance). I would highly recommend this race to anyone thinking about doing it (be ready when it opens – it always fills up fast!).

The Swim:

Mary: The walk to transition was chilly. I was surprised at just how cold it was. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought I was back in Utah. While I was setting up my transition, my fingers and toes were going numb. One great thing about Oceanside is that there is only one transition area.

I got in the water to do a quick warm up. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as cold as I was anticipating. I was prepared for the taste of salt because of the practice swim the day before but what I wasn’t prepared for was the taste of fish! One tip for salt water swimming: I had a piece of gum in my mouth to help with the taste, but mint and fish are not a good combo!

The line to start the swim was a long wait. I wanted to get in the water so bad because I knew it would be warmer than the air. As I stood there in the middle of all these shivering Ironman 70.3 contenders the sun rose over the mountains. It was so amazing to be surrounded by like-minded people and feel like the universe was giving us a kiss of luck.

When I was finally allowed to start my swim the calm came in and my training took over. We swam in a harbor so there were really no waves. The water wasn’t very choppy. There were some times where I would turn my head and inhale sea water but that happens at every race. There was one point where I felt a wave roll and it made me dizzy but I put my head down and focused. I was able to keep the nausea away. On the way back to the harbor the sun is right in your eyes. I was told to sight off the buildings and I tried to do that but really just ended up following the yellow and blue caps ahead of me. I don’t suggest that method. The blind leading the blind could end up poorly. I did eventually make it back and was a lot less dizzy when I got on my feet than I expected. I ripped off my cap and goggles- this is when the race really starts for me. Please note, there were no strippers at this race! I was really looking forward to saying I got stripped at the beach but I guess I’ll have to figure something else out.

Mandy: The swim felt pretty easy on the way out, but on the way in, there must have been some current. I also had a hard time sighting, so I just followed everyone too, hoping I wouldn’t get off course. The real bummer about the swim was that the rolling start meant there were ALWAYS tons of swimmers around you, many of them coming into you sideways. A couple of times, there were people on either side of me, coming into me, making it really hard to swim! My time was 10 minutes slower than my pool swim time, 6 minutes slower than St. George 70.3 last year.


Mary: The transition area is very long and narrow, less wide. You have to run down the whole length then back up to your bike and bike out area. Yes, you are barefoot on asphalt and yes it hurts. Everyone joked that the run should be cut short because the transition runs were so long. I swear I ran a mile in my bike cleats. In T1 I decided not to put on my arm warmers. For the first 15-20 minutes of the ride I had deep regrets about that. It warmed up really fast.

Mandy: I was disappointed they didn’t have sunscreen before we headed out on the bike. I opted for my arm sleeves and was saved from a major sunburn because of them! I ended up with lobster hands and went back to my Southern roots with a redneck, but otherwise stayed burn-free.

The Bike:

Mary: The first half of the bike course was so fun. There were some punchy hills at first but the scenery is so beautiful that you don’t even notice. I happen to be in love with the ocean so being able to see it constantly was a huge plus for me. We got to ride through camp Pendleton and the coolest thing was seeing tanks drive around, oh and the military guys in uniform wasn’t too hard to stand either.

pre-race road trip snacks...

There are 3 hills that are worth mentioning. The climbs are steep and short-ish. If you are training in Utah and taking advantage of the hills we have you will be just fine. The downhills are so much fun! Every up has a down. My only complaint is the washboard road. It made my arms among other things hurt. At the second hill my left hip flexor was just done. It started to get tight and cramp. I was really looking forward to getting off my bike and being on my feet.

Mandy: Since California actually got some rain this year, everything was beautiful. The hills were alive with green! It was so enjoyable to look at during the bike! I got halfway through and was thinking, where are all those hills people were talking about? At about mile 31, I found them! While not nearly as difficult as St. George 70.3, they were nothing to scoff at. Especially after being sick for 2 weeks and not training. I admittedly had to walk a portion of two of them, hoping to conserve some energy for the run. Like Mary, I couldn’t wait to get off the bike and on my own two feet again. Everything was hurting!


Mary: When you get back to T2 you have to slow way down because they have you ride through the gated hallway they created. I’m just thankful they didn’t make us run the whole thing! I racked my bike, threw on my running shoes, waved to a few SLTC Bees and was on my way. Of course my legs felt heavy and tired and I wanted to go run on the sand and collapse but we all know that is not an option.

Mandy: Luckily, they had sunscreen this time. I had a volunteer lather my neck, face, and legs with that pasty white stuff. I was determined to not be miserable the next day (like I have before).

The Run:

Mary: Racing at sea level is a whole new ball game. I felt so incredibly good on the first loop. I couldn’t believe the amount of burn in my lungs and muscles that I didn’t have! The run course is gorgeous to boot! The ocean is visible 90% of the time. The crowds are incredible (Except for snoozing Cody Henderson). They line the streets and cheer for you the whole way. They spray you with cool water and blast music for you. There are also surfers and beach goers that cross your path. It’s like you’re doing what you love right beside people that are also doing what they love. Peaceful coexistence at its best!

The first loop of the run felt amazing! The second loop started to hurt and I was running on ‘E’. The crowds and the constant stream of runners kept me going. The best was the last stretch to the finish. The waves are crashing to your left and the crowd is on both sides. Then you get to the finishers’ shoot. Every time I think I can make it with no tears I am quickly put in my place and humbled. I am reminded of what my body has just done and I run under that arch in disbelief every single time.

Mandy: I also loved running next to the ocean and it was great catching up with Mary for a bit (she was a lap ahead of me). There were quite a few times it was just me, the crashing waves, and the pounding pavement. Nothing like good scenery to take your mind off fatigue and pain – I was really feeling the previous 2 weeks of inactivity due to sickness. There were also a few rollers on the run, but by that point, it felt good stretching my muscles on the up-hills.

The first time I went up towards the pier, one of the hand cycle athletes was just in front of me, giving everything he had to make the steep, short climb. Everyone stopped and cheered for him like crazy. The roar from the spectators and athletes alike was deafening. All us athletes formed a semi-circle around him, yelling at him that he could do it, sending out as much good juju as we could – and he did. Tears came to my eyes as I finished the climb and continued – that is what triathlon was all about – cheering each other on. He finished the race a little while before me.

Mary & Michelle Conover

The volunteers were A-ma-zing! Always super helpful and polite (gotta love the Marines!). But there was one in particular who made a big difference in my race. He was stationed at the top of a hill on the run course. He always knew exactly what to say to motivate everyone to pick up their pace and keep trucking. More than once, his words to the athletes around me inspired me as much as his words of encouragement to me. Despite feeling like I had no gas in the tank, he motivated me to keep pushing quite a few times. At the finish line, I dug deep and sprinted as fast as my aching legs would take me – nothing beats that feeling!

Final Thoughts:

Mandy: After the race, as I pondered the experience, that one volunteer made me think – how am I encouraging others? Do I just speak softly to the one, or do I belt out the right things at the right time to everyone within earshot? How much more good can I do if I’m not afraid to speak up and say meaningful, helpful things to everyone around me? I made a goal to try to do this more.

While not as fast as I’d hoped for during training, I did accomplish my goal of enjoying the experience and trying to stay in the moment. I overcame only one real time of discouragement on the bike (tears at mile 41), which was an improvement. And I met my goal of finishing in under 8 hours - 15 minutes faster than last year’s St. George. While I didn’t feel as physically prepared for this race, I’d had to fight so much harder to even get to the starting line, that I felt satisfied with my accomplishment. On to Ironman Western Australia (and a few races in between)!

If you’re on the fence, sign up for Oceanside! I’d love to come back and do this one again sometime!

Mary: Oceanside 70.3 is a must experience race! It was so great to have the California sunshine on my shoulders and have oxygenated air to breathe! The views were incredible! The execution was flawless and so, so fun!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Results Breakdown: Ice Breaker 2017

The race isn't called "Perfect Spring Day"... it's called the ICE BREAKER.

While it always takes courage to sign up for races and show up the morning of, kudos to everyone who broke the ice yesterday despite Mother Nature's attempt to dissuade you.

Same as last year, we'll be breaking down results race by race. If you need a refresher or are new to Utah Tri Buzz, the idea is to show everyone's percentile for each discipline (simply your swim rank, bike rank, etc. divided by the # of total participants).

This way you can evaluate your performance on a more even playing field race to race, and eliminates the following scenarios:

1) Thinking you had a "bad swim," for example, when really the course was long and/or conditions were rough. Over time you can compare your results to see if your S% is improving, staying the same, or digressing race to race. Eg. you could see that "last year at Brineman my Swim % was 72% and I lowered it to 48% this year... my hard work is paying off!"

2) Taking too much stock in where you placed. "I placed 200th" doesn't necessarily sound very great, but if you're talking about St. George 70.3 you're ~10% overall and an animal in anyone's book!

Random selection, let's take Dan Miller as an example:

S% = 43%
T1% = 16%
B% = 12%
T2% = 19%
R% = 23%
O (overall)% = 16%

So for this race, he performed best on the bike vs. the field, had fast transitions, and a strong run. Swimming was his relative weakness at 43%. Make sense?

Remember, to qualify for Utah Tri Buzz rankings, awards, and swag (eg. most improved awards, # races, age group awards), you need a minimum of 3 local races.

The next few races that count towards that goal are: Ghost Town (Sprint - April 29th), St. George 70.3 (May 6th), Salem Spring (Open Water Sprint - May 13th), and Sand Hollow (Sprint & Olympic - May 20th).

You can click on any of the pics below to see them better, especially if looking on your phone.

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