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Life Time Tri Returns to Southern California

LOUISVILLE, CO, March 16, 2017Life Time Tri, America’s Premier Triathlon Series, proudly announces its return to Southern California this 2017 season. The NEW Life Time Tri San Diego will be held on Sunday, October 15 and provide an exciting short course experience at South Shores Park in Mission Bay – site of the first modern triathlon in 1974. This event will be the eighth and final race in the 2017 Life Time Tri Series.

 

This event, formerly known as Esprit de She (SheRox prior to that), has evolved from its origins as a women-only event. It will now feature a co-ed audience. “As we bring the Life Time Tri brand to life in San Diego, it’s also important that we honor the six-year history of this incredible event,” says Alexa Strobridge, Marketing Manager for Life Time Tri. “We will continue to provide the same, female-only wave starts and non-competitive opportunities for which the original event became famous, while opening the race to all genders so everyone can enjoy the famous course.” says Strobridge. A special legacy program will remain intact as well, celebrating those who have raced each year since its 2011 inception.

 

The race features the Sprint Distance, a .46 mile swim, a 12.06 mile bike and a 3.08 mile run; or the SuperSprint Distance features a .24 mile swim, 6.35 mile bike and 1.65 mile run. The swim course starts at the boat launch, immediately east of Sea World and in the protected waters of Mission Bay. Once back ashore, athletes hit the bike course along Sea World Drive and around Fiesta Island. The run course takes athletes through South Shores Park toward the Fiesta Causeway and back before entering the chute within a raucous Finish Festival.

 

In addition to the standard race, a special Double Sprint Tri will be available to a select field – allowing individuals to complete a longer distance, multi-loop competition. This option will be limited to the first 100 participants (50 women, 50 men), each of whom must qualify by showing proof of completing an International distance event within 2:45:00 or less. Strict cutoff times will apply. Prizes will be distributed to the top 5 overall finishers (by gender) using cumulative net finish times.

 

Registration for all 2017 Life Time Tri San Diego races will open Monday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. PDT.  The new event is limited to the first 1,000 participants. More details can be found at www.trisandiego.com or www.lifetimetri.com.

 

 

Life Time Tri San Diego

Date: October 15, 2017

Venue: South Shores Park

City: San Diego, CA

Start: 7:00 AM

Distances: SuperSprint and Sprint

URL: www.trisandiego.com

 

 

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These Three Women Define Strength

To recognize International Women’s Day, IRONMAN did a virtual sit-down with three of triathlon’s most inspiring women. Read on to find out their views on life and triathlon.

 

 

 

 

by Jennifer Ward


Christina Hopper: Mother of three and the first female African-American fighter pilot to face combat in a major war.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has altered how I see myself as a person. I was an athlete when I was young, but after completing college, I didn’t really compete in sports anymore. When I took up triathlon three years ago, I rediscovered a part of myself that I thought had died. It has given me a renewed sense of confidence and vigor. It has given me renewed energy and helped me to see that age is a state of mind.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a triathlete is balancing life demands with all of the training and trying to reach my goals. In order to garner and maintain the support of my husband and family, I had to decide that my goal was not going to be “to be the best.” That goal would have required me to put my life on hold to train. Instead, I set the goal that I would “be the best that I could be within the time constraints of my life.” I set realistic goals within those constraints and feel good about what I was accomplishing both at home and in sport.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think one of the most important things to remember is that triathlon is not your life, it’s just a part of your life. If you keep that in perspective, things fall into their proper place. You don’t need to fit someone else’s training plan into your life. Do what makes sense for your schedule. For me, that usually means getting up early and getting training in before my kids are up and before work.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I wish I would have known that it is better to go into a race slightly underprepared than it is to go in overtrained. There were so many times when I thought I just needed to get in a few extra miles or to go a little bit faster than planned and then I ended up injured. Now I live by the motto: “train smarter, not harder.” Being strategic in training and listening to your body when it tells you to back off or rest goes a long way toward longevity in the sport and success in reaching your goals.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I, too, have a group of friends I train with regularly. We call ourselves the Before Breakfast Club. Getting up early and training with them is therapy for me. I think it is wonderful to train with other women to share ideas, successes and failures, and encouragement. It is a natural forum to learn from each other and to celebrate the achievement of goals. Doing life together with others and building others up makes life worth living.


Shirin Gerami: The first woman to represent Iran in a triathlon.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has definitely affected me as a human being. I feel it has given me a more positive outlook on life, and given me more confidence in working hard towards my goals.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

The constant labelling, stereotyping, and boxing into how/what/who I ought to be, and the challenge of concentrating on who I am and the person I want to grow into, rather than binding myself to what other people expect and assume me to be. That has actually been a huge challenge.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I wish I had the answer! I’m still trying to figure that out myself.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I have loved the journey exactly as it has been. The thrill and curiosity of the unknown, the surprises, the growth, the ups, downs and up-side downs. Passing on what Paula Newby Fraser has always told me: “don’t overthink it.”


Turia Pitt: Inspirational Australian woman who suffered burns to 65% of her body in 2011. She completed two IRONMAN events in 2016.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It’s given me a lot more confidence and a lot more belief in my abilities, especially since I set the goal of doing an IRONMAN when I was in a hospital bed. I think just having that goal is something massive to work toward. As I got closer and closer to it, it made me believe in myself a lot more. I think having that self belief and self confidence that’s crucial for anyone in all stages of their lives.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

As an athlete, it’s got to be my injuries. I’ve only got three fingers now which makes swimming more difficult, and it’s harder for me to use my bike like a normal person would. As a woman, we have a tendency to not back ourselves and not believe in ourselves and I think that’s a pretty big challenge. And also, because the sport of triathlon is fairly male dominated, even just finding training partners was really difficult for me. I guess I’m luckier than most because my partner was very fit so I’d do a lot of training with him. I still think if there were more women in the sport that would be really good for everyone.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think my tip is that I had to learn to let myself off the hook. If I didn’t do very well in a training session or was really tired and didn’t go as hard as I would’ve liked or didn’t eat my recovery meals at the right time—I think you’ve just got to recognize that no one’s perfect and we’re all just doing the best we can. In the scheme of things if you miss a session or your day doesn’t go as planned it’s not the end of the world.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

To not take it too seriously. It’s a sport that we all do because we love it, and I think you can forget about that and get really serious. That for me saps all the fun and enjoyment out of it.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I’d say dream big, believe in yourself, and know that if you put the work in, you’ll see results!

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2017/03/international-womens-day-round-table.aspx#ixzz4akIexN29

Give the Gift of Triathlon this Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for the triathlete in your life? Order a Life Time Tri gift card!

We are now offering physical gift cards for the following Life Time Tri events:

  • South Beach Triathlon
  • Life Time Tri Marquee
  • Life Time Tri CapTex
  • Life Time Tri Minneapolis presented by Just Bare Chicken
  • Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Mack Cycle
  • Escape to Miami Triathlon presented by Voler

Order your gift cards by 12/20 12:00pm CST to receive them before the holidays!

ORDER NOW: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/26115

*Gift cards will come with unique code on the back for redemption.

Must be redeemed on the corresponding event website that it was originally purchased for.

If you have additional questions, please email us at chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.com.

Keep Your Fueling On Track During the Off-Season

By Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, METS II

Cold weather is here, the holidays are upon us and triathlon season is on hiatus. So, what does this mean for your fuel plan? Don’t fret – you can still eat well and enjoy holiday favorites! The following fueling strategies will help you remain fit and feeling great during the off-season:

SCALE BACK A LITTLE

If your fall “A” race was a longer course race, like an Ironman or Half Ironman, you bumped up calories significantly to fuel your workouts and aid in recovery. Now that the workouts have dropped off, you can decrease calories as well. Be careful not to cut back too much, your metabolism is still revved up and you are probably still active and burning calories. Maybe try eliminating one daily snack, or that second serving at dinner.

STAY ACTIVE

Let’s be honest here, cold weather makes most of us want to be inside by the fireplace; snuggled up under blankets with eggnog. But don’t forget to keep that body moving with some great cross training – hiking, trail running, snowshoeing, skiing/snowboarding, etc., depending on where you are in the country. It’ll keep extra pounds at bay, as well as make your transition back into training next year that much more enjoyable.

ENJOY FAVORITE HOLIDAY FOODS

You’ve worked hard all year. Don’t be afraid to indulge in some of your favorite treats this season. This means a serving of mashed potatoes, or 1-2 Christmas cookies. This doesn’t mean an entire pie followed by a fruitcake. Moderation, as always, is the key.

EAT BALANCED

Because so many of our food choices are blood sugar-spiking carbs, make a conscious effort to include protein and fat with all the carbs. This goes for snacks, meals, even desserts.

Examples:
Snack – pair that banana or apple with nut butter to add quality fat and a little protein
Meals- add avocado and black beans to scrambled eggs, or spinach and a sweet potato to a grilled salmon filet
Desserts – include some nuts with high-carb (and high sugar) treats to negate the blood sugar spike.   And consume these sparingly.

TRY HEALTHIER TAKES ON OLD FAVORITES

Instead of traditional mashed potatoes, give cauliflower-mashed potatoes a try. Will people notice? And maybe instead of loading on more carb-y chips and crackers as dip vehicles, give raw veggies a try. There are lots of so delicious substitutions that can be made that are as good (if not better) than the original.  And if some items just aren’t as good with substitutions, go ahead and splurge. But again, moderate the amount you consume so you feel satisfied, not guilty after the fact.

 In Summary

Off-season and the holidays are a time to kick back, relax, and gain 15 pounds. NO WAY! They are a time to refresh and rejuvenate for the upcoming season, while spending quality time with family and friends. Enjoy the food and drink, just keep it within reason. It’ll make getting back into the old routine come spring time that much easier.   Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays!

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II is a Sports Dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed triathlons of all distances including 3 Ironman races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, fat-burning fueling plans for her clients. If you need help preparing for that “A” race, Brooke is your girl. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Life Time Tri Series

We invite you to join us as we #CommitToTri in 2017!

Each event features an International distance course, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run (distances may vary slightly by location). Select events also offer Sprint, SuperSprint and Kids Triathlon courses of shorter, varying distances.

2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule

Event

Date

Register

Life Time Tri South Beach

April 2, 2017

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Life Time Tri Marquee

April 9, 2017

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Life Time Tri CapTex

May 29, 2017

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Life Time Tri Minneapolis

July 8, 2017

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New York City Triathlon

July 16, 2017

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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

August 27, 2017

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Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon

September 24, 2017

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To register or learn more about any of the 2017 Life Time Tri events, visit www.LifeTimeTri.com. Stay updated with the latest information by following @LifeTimeTri on Twitter and the Life Time Tri Facebook page.

Live Like a Local: Things to Do in Miami

In just a few days, triathletes will be taking over Margaret Pace Park for our annual Escape to Miami Triathlon. Beginning at Escape Island where athletes leap into Biscayne Bay and swim their hearts out towards the shoreline, this event makes for a memorable race day. If you want to make your time in Miami even more special, check out our list of hotspots to hit up for the ultimate racecation!

THE MUST-STOP COFFEE SHOP.

Panther Coffee is located in the hip and funky Wynwood district, close to our race site. As a Miami-based specialty roaster, retailer and wholesaler, they specialize in the small-batch roasting of coffee beans and crafting of deliciously caffeinated beverages. You can also check out local musicians playing in their space, as well as attend their public cupping events where coffee educators prepare delicious roasts while sharing industry coffee knowledge!

 

QUICK, RELIABLY HEALTHY EATS.

Look no further than Grown, a new restaurant that has a fresh, organic take on fast food. With their motto being “real food, cooked slow, for fast people,” their main focus is providing nutritious, convenient and affordable food. Grab a smoothie or cold-pressed juice to start your morning off right. We also recommend building your own bowl, where you choose your protein, vegetables, grains and sauce for a healthy and filling lunch or dinner.

Live Like a Local in Miami

BEST POST-RACE CELEBRATION SPOT.

After swimming, biking and running your way through Miami, you deserve to treat yo’ self. And whether you want to indulge in something delicious, unique or classically Miami, there are endless options that surround you. If you’re looking to kick back with your friends and family post-race, we recommend The Butcher Shop Beer Garden as a place to post up. Order their chicken fried steak or a classic burger featuring organic and quality meat, paired with a Miami Pale Ale from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

If seafood is what you’re craving, the oysters from Monty’s Raw Bar are a must have. With two convenient locations in South Beach and Coconut Grove, you’ll enjoy some of the most delicious and quality seafood South Florida has to offer.

Finally, you can’t leave Miami without trying some Cuban food. Dubbed “The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant,” Versailles it opened it’s doors in 1971 and has been a Miami institution ever since. With weekly specials featuring classic Cuban dishes like “Vaca Frita de Pollo” and “Pulpeta,” you’ll leave feeling like you’ve been to the island itself.

 

SNEAK IN A WORKOUT.

The pathway around Brickell Key is the perfect one-mile waterfront loop. Whether you’re looking to get a jog or bike ride in, or simply want a scenic stroll, this is the the perfect spot. It also features a nice grassy area for circuit training, sprints or ab work, and is frequented by local celebrity trainers like Julie Wiesman.

 

YOUR LOCAL TRI SHOP.

For your last minute race-day needs, Mack Cycle and Fitness is without a doubt the top spot. Located off Sunset Drive, you will find everything from triathlon apparel and accessories to a variety of bikes, helmets and more. This year, the Mack Cycle experts will be bringing their mechanical skills to our event, so keep an eye out throughout the race site if your bike needs some tuning up!

 

With one of the most epic courses featured in the sport, Escape to Miami is South Florida’s premier triathlon event. We wish all of our athletes the best of luck, and thank National Sponsorship Account Coordinator and former Miami resident Sean Sweeny for helping us put together this ultimate list!

Women For Tri Announces Fall 2016 Triathlon Club Grant and Collegiate Scholarship Recipients

Women For Tri 2016 Triathlon Club Grant Program

The Triathlon Club Grant Program was established to support local triathlon clubs as they develop programming and activities to increase female participation in triathlon. Twenty-four clubs received grants during the first funding cycle in 2016, hosting all-female swim clinics, bike clinics, educational programs and more.

In its second funding cycle, Women for Tri awarded fourteen grants with an average grant of $2,500 per club. Five clubs were awarded grants for a second round to continue the outstanding efforts they achieved in the first half of 2016. Participating clubs will utilize funds to provide specific training for women triathletes with a focus on removing barriers to participation; educational programs for women triathletes; and networking and social gatherings with a focus on recruiting and engaging women to participate in triathlon. Below is the full list of TriClub Grant Recipients.

Women For Tri 2016 Triathlon Club Grant Program

Women For Tri Fall 2016 Collegiate Scholarship Program

The Collegiate Scholarship program is designed to assist female collegiate triathletes as they develop within the sport. For the 2016 fall semester, Women For Tri awarded five $5,000 grants to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are active members of their respective collegiate triathlon team. Awardees were chosen based on their commitment to sport, leadership, and triathlon potential and ability. The scholarships will be utilized by the student athletes to purchase gear, books for coursework, hire a private coach, and/or offset tuition or school fees. The fall 2016 awardees are:

Women For Tri Fall 2016 Collegiate Scholarship Program

Throughout the spring of 2016, Women For Tri has raised funds for these programs through merchandise sales, board member fundraising, IRONMAN World Championship slot fundraising, and financial matches from the IRONMAN Foundation and Life Time. In total, more than $200,000 has been raised to support programs which are focused on bringing women into the sport of triathlon.

To continue funding for these grants and scholarships, exclusive Women For Tri merchandise is available at IRONMANstore.com/women-for-tri, with 100% of all net proceeds dedicated to funding these programs.

5-Ingredient Triathlon Nutrition: Quick and Easy Dinners

No recipe? No problem. Here are three solid options for winging tonight’s dinner – without wrecking your triathlon nutrition goals.

 

One-Pot Mediterranean Turkey

Ingredients

  1. Ground turkey (protein, fat)
  2. Kalamata olives (fat)
  3. Marinated artichoke hearts (fiber)
  4. Sautéed spinach (fiber)
  5. Feta cheese (fat, protein)

Prep

  1. Cook ground turkey in a large saucepan.
  2. Add spinach leaves to wilt.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in artichoke hearts, olives and feta. Boom!

 

Mexican Shrimp Bowl 

Ingredients

  1. Shrimp (protein)
  2. Cabbage (fiber)
  3. Black beans (fiber, protein)
  4. Guacamole (fat)
  5. Salsa (fiber)

Prep

  1. Cook shrimp.
  2. Add beans to warm.
  3. Toss all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy!

 

Italian Edamame Pasta Bowl

Ingredients

  1. Edamame pasta (fiber, protein)
  2. Pesto (fat)
  3. Walnuts (fat, protein)
  4. Grated Parmesan (fat)
  5. Sautéed kale (fiber)

Prep

  1. Cook pasta, drain, and return to pot.
  2. Add kale to wilt (or sauté separately while pasta is cooking).
  3. Remove from heat and stir in pesto, walnuts and Parmesan cheese.

 

Dietitian’s Note

If you don’t have time to prepare every component of the meal from scratch, don’t fret. There are a lot of great store-bought sauces/dressings available. Just be sure to double-check all ingredient lists to make sure you are okay with everything in there. Also take advantage of pre-washed, pre-chopped vegetables that save a good amount time. It’s better to spend an extra buck and than to have no veggies at all!

 

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a Registered Sports Dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a competitive age-group triathlete and loves racing all distances, including IRONMAN. She develops customized Metabolic Efficiency Training (MET) fuel plans for her clients, and trains them to tap into the body’s abundant fat stores and become less reliant on dietary carbohydrates. Brooke and her husband, John, own Destination Kona Triathlon Store in south Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website

The Best Late-Night Snack for Triathletes

Don’t think you’re special — most of us get the munchies when home at night. Work is done. You are sitting around the house after dinner and the sugar cravings come. “DESSERT!” your brain screams. You need it. You must have it. A little late-night snack is A-OK in my book — just be smart about what that is. A gallon of ice cream? Not smart. The following dessert? Very smart.

Try this:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 T nut butter
  • 1 T coconut shreds
  • 1 T cacao nibs

Mix together and enjoy, knowing that you’re satisfying your snacking urge with a nice balance of macronutrients and no refined sugar.

 

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances, including three IRONMAN races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own Destination Kona Triathlon Store in South Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website.

How to Get (Less Sugary) Calories on the Bike

A long bike ride requires hundreds and hundreds of sugar calories, right? WRONG! You do need carbohydrate for longer rides, but in general, proper triathlete nutrition on the bike means including some protein and/or fat as well.

Carbs alone spike blood sugar and cause fluctuations in energy. They are quickly metabolized and therefore not very filling. Protein and fat provide satiety and can be consumed with carbs to keep you feeling happy as you plug away at those miles.

Here are some good options:

  • Justin’s Nut Butter packets — try one with honey added for carbs
  • Fuel for Fire — fruit puree with 10 grams of whey protein
  • Quality bars with very few and very recognizable ingredients like RXBARs and Lara Bars
  • Coconut or pecan-rolled dates
  • UCAN — stabilizes blood sugar while providing carb replenishment

Train the body to utilize fat stores during training/racing instead of being a slave to dietary carb sources!

 

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances, including three IRONMAN races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own Destination Kona Triathlon Store in South Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website.