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What to expect in the 2018 Life Time Tri Series

The 2018 Life Time Tri season is about to get interesting…

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking some bold steps next year, launching a myriad of new initiatives and innovations the industry hasn’t yet seen.

Our goal is to make the sport of triathlon a bit more friendly for new athletes, as well as enhance the experience of our seasoned veterans.

Why? It’s simple. We need to bring new life to short course triathlon.

Like any industry, if we’re to remain relevant to our existing marketplace, or even consider tapping into new audiences, we’ve got to adapt. We must find ways to convince veterans to have another go. We must invent opportunities for millennials to consider short course triathlon in their evoked set of personal activities.

While we’ll continue producing high-value events in iconic destinations, no longer can our incredible team label ourselves as “event producers.” Instead, we now consider ourselves to be in the Athlete Development business. Each of us are responsible for motivating, educating and physically preparing our customers for the challenge at hand. Make no mistake, this is all heavy lifting – and it’s needed.

After 12+ years in this sport, we continue to believe that short course triathlon still has its place in the endurance universe. We want to inspire and influence the multisport lifestyle for years to come, which is why our 2018 season will focus on these four initiatives:

  • We will simplify our approach.
  • We will increase accessibility to the party.
  • We will incorporate convenience into our sport.
  • We will rekindle the fun factor.

Allow me to explain…

Let’s start with pricing. This year, all event prices include both registration fees and insurance. If you’ve ever attempted to explain the concept of secondary participant coverage fees to a non-triathlete, you understand.

Then, there’s the inclusion of both Coaches and Race Officials at each of our 2018 races. If you participated in our 2017 events, you likely observed the “Ask A Coach” booth at the Expo. This will be a standard next year, staffed by race-familiar experts whose duty is to offer complimentary, face to face guidance – from education to motivation, whatever it takes to reduce confusion and/or enhance the athlete experience.

Speaking of our Race Officials, you may notice something a bit different from them in 2018: actual athlete interaction. New penalty assessment is here. Gone are the days of being surprised with 2 or 4-minute additions to your finish times. Now, should an Official experience a rule infraction, they will automatically communicate with the offender – who will subsequently be directed to a penalty tent placed beyond T2. Much like Ironman and ITU, athletes will serve time penalties while on-course. Once they cross the finish line, there are no modifications to timing – which alleviates many historic awards ceremony issues. Stay tuned for full details on the 2018 rules.

Our goal is to make triathlon more diverse and more appealing to the masses. That means we need to be prepared to offset typical barriers to entry, often educational, physical training or financially-focused.

As for education, we will continue to offer free programs in every market, from Tri101 webinars, to fully-immersive first-timers’ programs. We will also offer physical training options, from online training plans to complimentary swim clinics to comprehensive (fee-based) in-club coached sessions. Of course, we’ll continue to support Women For Tri, local Para Tri organizations, inner-city development programs, and others looking to expand triathlon’s reach.

We’re also excited about our new scholarship program. We get it – triathlons are not cheap! To support those in financial need, Life Time Tri is proud to introduce a unique program to ease the possible financial burden. Twelve race entries will be donated across each of our events. Learn more.

Indoor Triathlons return on January 21, 2018. This national event series is the ultimate promotional opportunity for our sport. Last year, more than 6,000 individuals (the majority with zero triathlon experience) participated in the 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike and 20-minute run events. At only $30 each, these are hot commodities (and each limited to 100 participants). Like our outdoor races, registration opens November 1. Details here.

By the way, the 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon returns to general entry this year. Gone is the lottery process, which started back in 2010. With 4,000 slots up for grabs, and now accessible to a first-come, first-served audience, this race will quickly sell out.

Simply put, triathlon is anything but convenient. Tons of gear. Early mornings. Long waits. This sport can test anyone’s patience. Where we can, we’ll expand the model in place at the Chicago Triathlon, with flexible transition access, allowing for late check-ins or early check-outs.

In 2018, we will offer beginner-friendly starts at all races. During registration, participants will notice a new set of “race divisions,” where they select from either Competitive or Recreational groups. These new divisions (e.g. First-Timers, Friends + Family) will begin at separate times from the often intense, veteran triathletes. Allowing athletes to start with, and participate alongside, others of their choosing is long overdue. Further, some events will feature “Early Bird” or “Late Owl” start options – scheduled at the extreme ends of the day. Because these individuals are taken out of typical Age Groups, they are designated as Recreational athletes, thus not eligible for competitive awards. Capacities will vary by event.

Another convenience we’re incorporating into select event is race day Packet Pick Up. Available to the first 25 individuals at South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis and Tempe (more races to come), athletes will be able to skip the Expo and check-in on race morning – a huge convenience for those with busy weekend plans, or those hoping to avoid hotels. A $25 convenience fee will apply.

The Fun Factor
If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?  We’re taking a stand, rolling-up our sleeves and mandating that everyone enjoy themselves while participating in our events! Sure, it’s OK to be (a bit) serious, but in the end, we want to see your smiling faces at the finish line. Staff and volunteers will be there to greet you, and to properly “knight” you with some new hardware. Through our partners at Athlinks, we’ll eventually be able to celebrate first-timer finishes and PRs, too – right in the finish chute!

Last week, we debuted the 4-person Mixed Relay competition in San Diego – to rave reviews! In the near future, we plan to unveil more experimental race formats like this, offering unique iterations of the classic swim-bike-run format. Chicago’s Triple Challenge will certainly return in 2018, as well as a new “Double” format in select markets.

Finally, it doesn’t get more exciting that the 2018 Life Time Tri Championship event, held within the 2018 2XU NYC Tri on July 1. We’re recognizing and rewarding the fastest athletes across the Life Time Tri Series with a blowout in NYC! Free biking shipping, a $50K prize purse and VIP access is only the beginning. Two qualifying races remain: South Beach (with expanded qualification standards [6-deep] due to Escape to Miami’s cancellation) and CapTex in Austin.

So, that’s our plan. We realize this is a lot, but it’s all necessary. Necessity stimulates innovation. Innovation leads to growth. Or so we hope.

Over the next 13 days, and forthcoming weeks and months, we’ll continue to deep dive into each of these innovative programs, philosophies and opportunities. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 1 at noon when registration opens for all 2018 events.

Let’s do this!

Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher
Brand Manager, LIFE TIME Tri

Life Time Tri Series Launches Major Changes, Including NYC Championship Event


Additional athlete-friendly innovations expected to grow the sport of triathlon

LOUISVILLE, CO, July 10, 2017
– Continuing its commitment to grow the sport of triathlon, the Life Time Tri Series, produced by Life Time®, Healthy Way of Life, introduces new athlete-friendly innovations and format changes to make the sport simpler, more accessible and more exciting for new and veteran athletes.

Among the pioneering changes to the eight-race Life Time Tri Series will be the inaugural Life Time Tri New York City Championship, which will be held at the 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon. The Life Time Tri Championship will reward the fastest age group athletes, as well as those who race in multiple Life Time Tri events, with a VIP race experience in one of the most sought after endurance events set in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Combined, these enhancements are set to improve on an already best-in-class race experience and underscore Life Time Tri’s status as America’s premier, short-course triathlon series.


Triathlon Made Better

To make triathlons friendly and accessible to new triathletes and enhance the experience of seasoned athletes, the Life Time Tri Series will offer a range of initiatives designed to help take away some of the headaches and barriers to race travel, preparation and participation. Unlike anything currently available in short course triathlon, the enhancements (launching now through 2018) will include:

A Simpler Experience

  • No Hidden Fees: Finally, all-inclusive race registration pricing, which includes insurance and race registration fees – and no requirement for a USA Triathlon membership.
  • Coach Support: Expert coaches provide free, online training programs upon registration, as well as face to face race insights at every event.
  • New Officiating: No more surprises. Life Time Tri will utilize IRONMAN® and ITU rules assessment, including implementing penalty tents.

First-Timer Accessibility

  • Education and Training Programs: Free educational programs in every race market, from Tri101 webinars to first-timer programs (select markets), plus free to fee-based physical training programs in each market, from training guides, to open water swim clinics, to one-on-one coaching.
  • Scholarships: Life Time Tri will donate 12 slots at every 2018 Life Time Tri Series race through an opt-in scholarship program to make triathlon accessible for those that may not be able to afford it. Individuals may elect to nominate others, or themselves, by submitting a short, “why triathlon matters to me,” essay.
  • Beginner-Friendly Experiences: First timers may elect to start together, in non-competitive waves. Special bib identifiers will help drum-up support from crowds and race volunteers.
  • More Indoor Tris: The ultimate, intimidation-free way to get a taste of tri, hosted at 80 Life Time destinations this year, will expand in 2018.

More Convenience

  • Choose Your Start: Athletes will be able to select their own race experience, choosing from their own start time, competitive nature or even alongside friends and family.
  • Flexible Packet Pick Up: Select events will allow athletes to pick up their packets on race morning. Additional fees apply.
  • Transition Access: Select events will allow for flexible transition access, meaning more sleep for those racing later (or an earlier afternoon nap).

More Excitement

  • Real-Time Finish Recognition: New technology, powered by AthlinksSM, will recognize those who set a PR, or who finish their first triathlon – right there in the finish chute!
  • Experimental Race Formats: Select events will offer unique, limited iterations of the classic swim-bike-run formats, including Chicago’s Triple Challenge and Mixed Relays in San Diego.
  • A New Series Championship: As Life Time Tri events are now coast-to-coast, a competitive national structure is ready to be unveiled:


2018 Life Time Tri New York City Championship

The inaugural Life Time Tri Championship, recognizing and rewarding the fastest athletes across the Life Time Tri Series, kicked off this past weekend at the 2017 Life Time Tri Minneapolis. Qualifying races will be held in eight iconic U.S. race destinations, with top three finishers in each competitive class earning guaranteed entry into the first Life Time Tri New York City Championship in July 2018. The all-new 2018 Life Time Tri Championship qualifying race season includes:


July 8, 2017 Life Time Tri Minneapolis Minneapolis, MN
July 16, 2017 2XU New York City Triathlon New York City
Aug 27, 2017 Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Chicago, IL
Sep 17, 2017 Life Time Tri Tempe Tempe, AZ
Sep 24, 2017 Escape to Miami Triathlon Miami, FL
Oct 15, 2017 Life Time Tri San Diego San Diego, CA
Apr 15, 2018 South Beach Triathlon Miami Beach, FL
May 27, 2018 Life Time Tri CapTex Austin, TX
July 1, 2018 Life Time Tri Championship New York, NY


Championship Perks

Life Time Tri will roll out the red carpet for all athletes who qualify for the 2018 Life Time Tri New York City Championship at the 2XU New York City Triathlon:

  • Prize Purse: More than $50,000 in cash and prizes are up for grabs.
  • Bike Shipping: Complimentary bike shipping will be offered to the first 50 registered qualifiers in each market.
  • NYC Experience: Qualifiers will receive special access to a Thursday evening pre-race celebration.
  • VIP Access: All qualifiers will receive Finish Line VIP Tent access for two on race day.
  • Discounted Hotels: Special host hotel room blocks are already held for qualifying participants.
  • Swag Bags: Get ready for freebies! Each athlete will receive a goodie-filled backpack.


To Qualify

To qualify for the 2018 Life Time Tri New York City Championship, International distance athletes must either place in the top three of their age group or competitive class, or cross a Life Time Tri finish line placing in the top half of their age group, in at least two separate regions during the qualifying race season, which concludes at the 2018 Life Time Tri CapTex Triathlon. Future Life Time Tri Championship seasons will follow a similar calendar. Non-qualifying age group athletes will still be able to race the iconic 2XU New York City Triathlon in 2018 through lottery and charity slots.

“We absolutely love triathlon, and are committed to growing the sport by providing a superior race experience for athletes of all ability levels,” says Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher, Brand Manager of Life Time Tri. “We have rebuilt the Life Time Tri Series to give competitors and aspiring amateurs access to the best short-course triathlons in the country, while removing many of the obstacles in getting to these races.”

To learn more about the Life Time Tri Series Championship, click here.

Just Keep Swimming

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the 21 miles across the treacherous waters of the English Channel

Swimming is often recommended to runners as a great cross training cardio workout. As a triathlete, novice or pro, swimming is not a cross training option but a part of your training. Did you know that there are many great benefits to this aqueous pastime?

Fun Fact: Breaststroke is both the oldest and slowest stroke at the Olympics

High Water, Low Impact

Swimming is a full body exercise that works all of your muscles. Even more, it’s a workout that is no-impact and won’t beat up and tear down your body in the process! Oftentimes when training, we beat up a lot of our lower extremities such as our knees due to the harsh impact during our run and bike trials. According to swim coach Steven Tarpinian, “swimming allows the body to stretch out and elongate, whereas in other sports, we’re shortening the muscles and collapsing the skeletal system.” This makes sense due to our swimming posture and the stretch-grasp-pull technique of our strokes. Our legs should also mimic this motion and you should feel your legs elongate in a gentle yet firm kick as you glide your legs in and out of the water.

He also explains that when it comes to the recovery process for athletes, swimming is a key factor that should be worked into the routine. While swimming, the water pressure in the body of water forces the blood deeper into the muscles, which then in turn allows them to begin recovering. Swimming, being an aerobic exercise, relies heavily on lung and breathing control. This influx of air filters into your muscles which makes stretching after a swim an important facet.

Fun Fact: Kangaroos are excellent swimmers

Technique is Major Key

When it comes to swimming, however, it is important for athletes to practice in the correct way in order to get the most out of their workout. Remember that speed, while important, is no match to precision. Swimmers with clunky strokes that pummel instead of cutting the water are exerting more energy and minimizing their speed. The same goes for swimmers who do not keep a parallel angel to the water and allow their kicks to remain submerged. Dedicate a couple of swim days to perfecting your technique and you will see the difference it can make.

Fun Fact: In the 1300’s the first swimming goggles were made from tortoise shells

4 Tips for Swimming

  • Practice good technique- make sure you have a technique that will be beneficial to your cardio goals as well as your recovery needs.
  • Reduce drag- elongate your stroke and keep your body aligned while you are in the water
  • Breathe better- make sure you are completely exhaling in the water before you come up to the surface for another breath
  • Work with a coach- perfect for improving your technique and overall swim performance—they could see something you aren’t noticing!
Fun Fact: Benjamin Franklin invented swimming fins

Michael Phelps-ing It

Aside from being a great workout that builds upon the strength of your muscles in a low-impact way, swimming is also a great way to build up your endurance. Interval training while swimming will help you decrease your lap times. It allows people to keep their heart rates up without the added impact of stress on the muscles and on the body. Stroke technique will come into play here as you level out your endurance. Learn to breathe on both sides in order to truly capsize your stroke counts which will come into play as your train your body to push and hold longer with each training session. Swimming can also help to improve your flexibility due to your body stretching out and elongating during your swim.

Fun Fact: The first cruise ship with a swimming pool was the Titanic

Mental Woosah

Lastly, whether it’s floating down a river or chilling in your beach floaty, there is no denying the serenity that comes from being in the water. Swimming alleviates and reduces stress levels, allows you to exercise in a peaceful and relaxing way, and is a therapeutic way for your injuries to heal in a low-impact environment.

Whether you are a recreational or competitive swimmer, swimming has both physical and mental benefits that will be sure to improve your overall well-being.


Kelchner, Heidi. Experience Life. “The Benefits of Cross-Training in the Pool.”
Better Health Channel. “Swimming- health benefits.”
Photo Credit: History Channel

The Life Time Tri Series Returns to Southern California

LOUISVILLE, CO, March 16, 2017The Life Time Tri Series, 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. The race provides an exciting short course experience at South Shores Park in Mission Bay – site of the first modern triathlon in 1974. This event is eighth and final race in the 2017 Life Time Tri Series.


This event, formerly known as Esprit de She (SheRox prior to that), was originally a women-only event. It now features 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 the Life Time Tri Series. “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. The progam will celebrate 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. 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, east of Sea World, 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. Riders will then enter the chute to a raucous Finish Festival.


In addition to the standard race, a special Double Sprint Tri will be available to a select field. This will allow individuals to complete a longer distance, multi-loop competition. This option will be open to the first 100 participants–50 women, 50 men.  Each enterant 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 or



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




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These Three Women Define Strength

In recognition of 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.

Did triathalon alter or effect 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. I have a renewed sense of confidence and vigor. It gives 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 decided that my goal was not going to be “to be the best.” That goal 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 tipa do you have 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.

Did triathalon alter or effect 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 tips do you have 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 love the journey exactly as it is. The thrill and curiosity of the unknown, the surprises, the growth, the ups, downs and up-side downs. Passing on what Paula Newby Fraser said to 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.

Did triathalon alter or effect 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 tmen diminate the sport of triathalon, 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 tips do you have 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!

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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!

Because you asked for it, we are now offering physical gift cards for the following Life Time Tri events:

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

Order your gift cards by 12/20 12:00pm CST and you’ll receive them before the holidays!


*Gift cards will come with unique code on the back for redemption and must be redeemed on the corresponding event website that it was originally purchased for.

If you have additional questions, please email us at

Keep Your Off Season Meal Plan on Track During the Holiday 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 off season meal 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:


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. Eliminating one daily snack, or that second serving at dinner is an easy way to stay on your off season meal plan.


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.


You’ve worked hard all year. Indulging in some of your favorite treats this season won’t derail your off season meal plan. 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.


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.

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.


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

Register Now! The 2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule is Now Avalable

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

The 2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule is now available. 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




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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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. The natural beauty of this event makes for a memorable race day. Want to make your trip even more memorable? Take a look at our list of Miam hotspots to hit up before or after the race!


Panther Coffee, a local speciality roaster and retailer, is located in the hip and funky Wynwood district. 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. During these events, coffee educators prepare delicious roasts while sharing industry coffee knowledge!



Feeling hungry? Look no further than Grown, a new restaurant that offers a fresh, organic take on fast food. Their motto: “real food, cooked slow, for fast people”. Grown focuses on 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


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.



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.



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

2016 Women For Tri Grant Winners Announced – 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, with 100% of all net proceeds dedicated to funding these programs.