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  • August 19

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe KAR- I did a race in 1989 and the day after there was report in the local newspaper that a farmers sheep had died after drinking the water!!!! Ive never had any punch ups in the water but your story sounds a bit hairy. Its the main reason I dont charge into the swim when the gun goes off....More Stones....not good carrying them on the swim either !!!
    about 6 years ago
    • KARSpirit, we have a venue here that has been hosting races since 1983. To this day, it smells like a possible broken sewer pipe under the water. The beach has been closed more than once due to high bacteria levels. But the smell seems to go away shortly after sunrise...Today was a LONG swim in the ocean. I forgot my watch, so I went from 40th street to the volleyball courts and back. The salt water really irritated my nose. Six mile run at 3pm, man it was HOT!!..
      9:43 PM August 19
  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe E-Dad- I tried the "more stones" thing today on a long run but they kept falling out my pockets and I had to keep stopping to pick them up, It slowed me down an awful lot. would it be better to carry them in a rucksac or some such device as theres no room in my fuelbelt for them........Ho Ho Ho.....This is what tiredness does to you !!!!!
    about 6 years ago
  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe How did the weekend's training go everyone?
    about 6 years ago
    • yellowcakeGreat Training Weekend!! Finally a weekend without 100 degree's and 100% humidity, it felt like FALL. I was really happy with my 75 mile bike ride on Saturday. Nutrition nailed and I felt great all day (okay, so it took me almost 6 hours, but I was hitting some challenging hills - and truth be told, I wasn't pushing hard, just wanted to see what 6 hours felt like). Sunday was a refreshing 10 mile run. Whew! Hard to believe that just 2 years ago I couldn't run more than 30 minutes at a time. BTW, what's the run course like?
      2:22 PM August 20
  • August 18

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe Hi everyone-I know everyone just wants to get to the finish line in one piece-but.........what kind of times are you hoping for?? I know its a bit nosey but I was just interested
    about 6 years ago
    • KARJust the finish line for me. I'll be over 14 hours. I'm usually almost dfl(dead frickin' last) out of the swim. Bike around 7 hours, run/walk will be about 4:30-5:00. Throw in trans., there you are...Today, Saturday, was a planned 75 mile ride. I cut it to 45 miles. The wind really dragged me down. Followed up with a 3 mile run. Tomorrow is a late am ocean swim, hoping for one hour, then an 8 mile run before the pm t-storms kick in...Speaking of the swim, just a couple of GFT episodes if you don't mind. The '99 swim for me nearly turned into a fistfight, right there in the water. I touched the persons feet in front of me a couple of times. He took offense to it, and responded with a kick. He was aiming for my head but missed. Words were exchanged, but cooler heads prevailed. I saw him later on the course, walking his bike up Jalarmey road. Never saw him again. I think Ive told this one before, but a woman was on the losing end of a battle with a panic attack. I could hear her commenting out loud about "people too close" or something. Next thing you know, she jumped me and pulled me under. She thought she was going to drown. Scared the crap out of me, but the lifeguards were there in seconds. I hope she finished the race. Also, during the bike segment, I've seen people sitting in the grass, next to the road with their bikes, crying. When stuff like that happens, I figure it's just from a lack of preparation, or taking the race too lightly, and then reality sets in... I hope I'm not scaring first timers with this post, but the truth is, it's a LONG day, anything can happen. It's how you react to what the race throws at you. Besides, if Ironman were easy, everyone would be doing it!!
      4:19 PM August 18
    • EnduradadI'll be 15 My best at GFT is 13:28 but I was much younger then.
      Now I relax and enjoy the day.
      8:05 AM August 19
    • Spirit of 1989I have a number of different finish times in mind myself-

      1. Dream Time....a P.B..which is sub 9:38(I really cant see this happening but never the less..)
      2. Great Time.....Sub 10 hours (again I really cant see this happening cause i had a level 3 tear in my right calf earlier in the year)
      3. Good Time.....Sub 10:30 (the jury's still out on this one !!)
      4. Happy With It Time...Sub 11 Hours (Heres hoping eh)
      5. Self Respect Time..Sub 17 Hours (This is without doubt the most probable and likely outcome. given that none of us are getting any younger)
      1:20 PM August 19
    • yellowcakeI'm with KAR - just the finish line for me. This is my first Ironman distance, my Half Irons (three) have been in the 6:45 - 7:15 hr range (and they were flat bike courses). I have one more Half Iron in September. Swim should be okay, but a little worried about swim/bike cutoff since my tri-coach predicts my bike to be 8:45 right now (working hard to make that time signficantly shorter). The run 5-6 hours? I'd LIKE to finish under 16 hours, just don't know if that's possible right now, so for me, just finish with a smile on my face :).

      - - -and no worries, KAR, always better to be prepared and know what MAY happen.
      2:17 PM August 20
  • August 17

  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe Hi Everyone-E Dad Im up for some pre race activities how about a practice swim in minneola? or a loop of the bike course or a social run. I arrive in Fl on 13/10 and my only commitment apart from being designated driver for that week is a massage on monday afternoon. Ill do all the usual bits and bobs of my taper but it would be nice to meet some of you and do a bit of training together. Anyone else up for this?
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadI've found that a spin around the lake on Friday before I put my bike up is a fun way to stretch out.
      I'm not planning the lake swim, I sometimes get a sinus problem and I want to make sure I'm clear all that week.
      I will get to Clermont late Wed. so maybe I could work in a bike loop?
      I will be scheduling my massage for Thur. afternoon. I'll need it to recover from 14 hour drive down.
      5:31 AM August 17
  • August 15

  • Enduradad I found out that doing an Ironman doesn't make you one. It's "becoming" an Ironman as you do the work to get there. Crossing the line is just the reward, and as they say; it's a feeling you can't understand until you get there. It's hard to believe it's already mid-October. If anyone's intrested we can plan a few activities for pre-race. A course caravan, a bag packing session, and maybe nail painting for us old Tribe memebers. Also I have some tips for support teams. They can send me a note at enduradad@msn.com if they want tips.(secret stuff that can't be told to racers!) More Stones!
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadYellowcake,
      You need to tell us what your friends and family think about you training for IM? I bet they treat you like you need mental help, and that you're going to kill yourself.
      Back when I did my first they required you have a wittness sign that you were of sound mind and body. My wife refused. Also my boss once asked me to not let a client know about IM because he thought I might die, or miss months of work.
      What's Yellow cake stand for?
      8:48 AM August 15
    • Enduradadwhat month is it? Oh, yeah mid August.
      4:05 PM August 16
  • KAR The GFT Tribe Yellowcake: reving up your metabolism?... Pre-race: a bagel, or pb & j sandwich, a can or two of Ensure, a banana, while and sipping Gatorade and water. During the bike, a gel every 20-30 minutes, Cytomax every 15 minutes, 1/2 banana at every aid station. Bananas for the cramp-busting potassium! In my jersey, I keep baggies of Cytomax to mix, and a pkg of Fig Newtons. More of same in the special needs bag, plus I'll throw in a couple of tubes and cartridges, just in case. Oh, and a hamburger form Burger King. I probably won't go near it, but if I'm having a bad day, it can wake up the taste buds. As for the heat, I use Thermatabs. Good for potassium, chloride and sodium. 900 mg every couple of hours does the trick. Run, start off with a gel or two, then whatever is on the run course. Agree with E-Dad: the chicken broth is like a miracle drug...Of course try all of this out in raining first!... A couple of tips: put a washcloth in the "run gear" bag. It really feels good to wipe your face with cold water after the bike. And GFT does NOT provide towels in the changing tent. For your "run special needs" put a change of socks, and an extra shirt. In 1999, a cold front came through on us late finishers, and the extra shirt I put in the bag kept me comfortable to the finish. More later...
    about 6 years ago
    • yellowcakeyep, on the metabolism front! Thanks for the run down on food. Sounds good. I will need to practice during training. I have a long brick in two weeks (75 mile bike; 13 mile run), so that will be a good opportunity to try some of the foods. Also, very good info on what to stash in my "special needs" bags. So what do you use to mix your Cytomax? water? do you get the water from the aid stations?
      1:56 PM August 15
    • KARYellowcake...hmm...I'm guessing you're either a nuclear physicist, or you have a thing for Zingers!...Yes, mix the Cytomax with water from the aid stations. Also, it feels good to dump cold water on your quads and calves during the bike. It really wakes them up. Give it a try on your next long ride...As for the Thermatabs, I get them at Wal-Mart. You have to ask the pharmacist for them...The only time my feet blister is here at the GFT. Could be from cycling sockless, then having my stride compromised from the bike. Put a blister remedy in your "run special needs" bag. There are also first aid staions on the run course.
      3:29 PM August 15
  • August 14

  • yellowcake Speaking of nutrition - - I have been trying to figure out how to get "lean and mean" for the GTF. I couldn't figure out why I continued to gain weight even though I am cutting calories (I put on 10 lbs in 6 months). Well I finally saw a dietician and found out that, although I am 5'3" and weigh ~128 lbs, that I am technically obese, with almost 30% body fat (dietician used calipers to measure). Whoa!!!! That was an eye opener! No wonder I'm struggling to get stronger. Apparently my efforts to loose a few pounds have backfired. I was not eatting any where near enough food (nor the right kinds of food) for the volume of exercise and had basically forced my body into "starvation" mode. What little I was eatting was being stored as fat and I have been losing lean body weight (i.e., muscle) big time. Ideally, I should weigh about 120 lbs, 105-110lbs of which is muscle and 10-15lbs of fat. Apparently it is nearly impossible to loose the fat and gain muscle at the same time. You need to loose a little fat, gain a little muscle, loose some more fat, gain a lot of muscle, etc. In my case, it will take about a year to get to where I really need to be. Since I have GTF in October, I need to make sure I don't sacrifice performance by losing too much fat and not having enough muscle to get me through. So......big changes......Only nutrient dense whole foods and tons of protein (cutting out sodium and sugar). I can't believe the volume of food I am now eatting. Initially it made me sick to try and get it all down, but I'm doing much better. After one month, I have decreased my body fat to ~26%, but I have lost about 1.5lbs of muscle - not good. So....increasing that protein with a 5th meal. This is crazy! I'm eatting more food than I ever have in my entire life - -and I'm losing weight? I feel great. My joints feel more fluid (like someone oiled them), I sleep great, I have lots of energy. No aches and pains. This is p
    about 6 years ago
  • Spirit of 1989 The GFT Tribe Old and slow works for me these days too E-Dad !!! If I could just nail my post training recovery I think things would get easier. Still only 66 days to go has anyone else got any thoughts on KAR's post re nutrition plans. My main concern is the heat/humidity now. I think all the stuff you fellas are saying about youre weather this year has got me a bit nervous.
    about 6 years ago
    • EnduradadI use "endurolytes" for salt intake at GFT and they've worked well. Last time the heat was very high (I think around 94) and I went through about 6 caps and no cramping.
      I have changed to using Gatorade G-Series "01 Prime Fuel" pouch for bike. They seem to keep me going at a steady rate. (about 1 per hour) Also I try a "03 Recover" at special needs. It has some protien in it and it seems to help. I tend to stay with water for rest of intake because if I add sports dring I get congested.
      1:37 PM August 14
    • EnduradadAlso at T2 they offer de-fizzed coke which seems to work great. They offer chicken broth at night for run, same thing great stuff!
      Last year I actually tried de-fizzed Mt Dew and for me it was even better.
      1:40 PM August 14
  • August 13

  • Enduradad Race this weekend went well, but I'm old and slow! Things feel good so far and I think I'll be ready for Black Sept. Funny to think you can look forward to that kind of hurt. What I remember is the feeling in Oct. when you actually feel like you've changed. Thought for the Day: You can dream about it, or do it! It's your choice.
    about 6 years ago
  • August 11

  • KAR The GFT Tribe It's been a real tough week, starting last Sunday. Tough decision to put the dog down. Had her 13.5 years. I wished her a safe trip over the rainbow, then said good bye... Also having a hard time ramping up toward Black September. Motivation thing, but I'm trying to shake it off and move forward... Today, Saturday, was a 32 mile ride, followed up with a 3 mile run. Sunday will be a 12 mile run. I'm really thinking about moving the long run to Thursday. I'd rather run on fresh legs than dead legs. I mean, no one runs a marathon the day AFTER a 112 mile ride. They're done on the same day, so maybe long bricks are the way to go. Credit to Rock Cogar, a GFT original. He reasoned that since GFT is a long brick, so why not do long bricks in training. Building up to them, of course. Maybe I'll start making Sunday a short easy recovery ride, instead of a run. The bike sets up the run... and so on.
    about 6 years ago
    • KARReally sorry to see the Olympics go. Tomorrow are closing ceremonies. I think GB did a great job as host country. Some of the sports can be real boring to watch, but when your country is competing, suddenly it's interesting. Like kayaking. Would you ever dvr it, or stay awake just to catch it? Badminton? Olympics as a whole: unbelievable!!!... Hope everyones training is going well. Time to start nailing nutrition plans. For example: How many calories do you require per hour? How are you going to get them? Are you prepared for the heat, humidity? What is your pre race breakfast? What are you putting in your special needs bags? And so on...
      9:34 PM August 11
    • Spirit of 1989Hi KAR-Recovery day today-easy swim this morning and functional strength this evening. Im still tired from the weekend-I did a 16 mile run Saturday and 95 mile bike followed by 20 min jog yesterday. I agree that long bricks are the way to go.
      Started working on nutrition plan this weekend . I reckon I need about 400Kcal per hour on the bike/run and have been using gels to get the calories in going at about 1 gel every 20 min or so. on the run Im using a weak mix sports drink too.
      I am concerned about the heat/humidity so some of my turbo sessions are done in my conservatory which gets upto about 100 deg.
      Pre race breakfast is oats mixed with yoghurt and fruit same as always.
      Do you have any thoughts on salt tablets? I hear NUUN are good when its hot?
      6:51 AM August 13
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5/26/2015 3:40:47 PM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Lake Placid, New York, and St. George, Utah Named as Finalists

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IRONMAN today announced that the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in the United States. Three cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® or IRONMAN® 70.3® races, have been named as the finalists in the selection process - Chattanooga (Tennessee), Lake Placid (New York) and St. George (Utah). In addition, the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event - with the professional women and age group women racing on one day and the professional men and age group men racing on the other.

"With the global explosion of IRONMAN 70.3 races, we expect approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which is too many for a single day of racing," said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "We are focused on providing more opportunities for women to race with us globally and, after consulting with members of our Women For Tri Board, felt that having a separate race for female professional and age group athletes would be a strong step forward for our sport."

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. This August, the prestigious event will be held in Europe for the first time - in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. The 2016 race shifts to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time - in Queensland, Australia's Sunshine Coast. Domestic and international competitors will earn the right to compete in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by qualifying at nearly 90 IRONMAN 70.3 events around the world beginning in July 2016.

"The rotation of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has elevated the race and allowed athletes from all over the world to experience a World Championship event at fantastic locations," added Messick. "The finalists for the 2017 championship are all tremendous hosts to IRONMAN races and provide courses well suited for an event of this caliber. These cities also provide our athletes and their families world-class hospitality and endless scenic and entertainment options."

Finalists:

Chattanooga, Tennessee - Chattanooga, known throughout the Southeastern U.S. as the Scenic City with a vibrant downtown, lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm. Host to IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, Chattanooga provides a fast course with a swim in the Tennessee River. Four bridges cross the river over the swim and a pedestrian Riverwalk runs along the entire swim course making it ideal for spectators. Chattanooga is just 90 minutes from Atlanta and is full of attractions, eclectic dining spots and great places to stay.

Lake Placid, New York - Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. Lake Placid, located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, hosts IRONMAN Lake Placid, the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Lake Placid has the amenities of a large city and the convenience of a small town, offering high-end restaurants, shopping and world-class accommodations.

St. George, Utah - This striking Southwestern community currently hosts the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship. St. George offers breathtaking scenery and views of the surrounding red rock canyons. The city's walkable downtown area offers great local fare and boutique shopping. St. George is also only two hours from the nightlife of Las Vegas, with its never-ending entertainment options.

More than 200,000 athletes will participate in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series during the 2016 season, which consists of nearly 90 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and South Africa. Participants in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will range in age from 18 to 80-plus and will represent over 60 countries. Each age-group winner at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will automatically qualify for the 2016 championship.

For more information about the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/world-championship.
 
 
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Chile Will Host a Challenge Family Triathlon in Puerto Varas
5/7/2015 10:10:52 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Challenge-Puerto-Varas.pngChile will host the country's first Challenge Family triathlon on February 13, 2016 with the announcement of the half distance CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS.

Puerto Varas, one of the most beautiful regions and cities in southern Chile is also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or "the city of roses. It was formed from the German Colonization with immigrants who settled here between 1852 and 1853 and as such has a strong German heritage integrated with its South American culture.

The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS course is centered around this iconic South American town and includes the beautiful landscapes of the region, highlighting the imposing Osorno Volcano and Lake Llanquihue. Puerto Varas is also known for its adventure tourism with lots of water sports, particularly kayaking and canyoning and its strong German heritage and architecture combine with the South American culture.

The 1.9km two lap swim course takes place in the calm and crystal waters of Lake Llanquihue.

The three-lap 90km bike course runs along the shores of Lake Llanquihue heading towards Ensenada, where the majesty of the Osorno Volcano is constantly with athletes, towering over the lake views.

The half marathon run course is a fast, flat three laps also along the shores of Lake Llanquihue before finishing in the heart of the city.

The CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS prize purse will be the highest in the history of triathlon in Chile at 20,5 million pesos (€30,000).

Edmundo Foncesca, CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS spokesperson said the event would offer Chile's growing triathlon community outstanding opportunity.

"The idea of doing a half distance in the city of Puerto Varas, aims to offer the growing community of triathletes, not only Chileans and the region but to the international community, another career option where you can test the capabilities of each athlete. In addition the event will involve the whole family in this spectacular location, as is typical of the Challenge Family series of events. Chile and the region and Puerto.Varas, deserves to have this triathlon and we look forward to see you on February 13, 2016 along with your entire family," he said.

Renowned Chilean triathlete Marcelo Galvez gave the event his full support, "Puerto Varas is an excellent choice to run a triathlon because besides being able to participate in this event, athletes can enjoy exploring the area and discovering great places: Up to Osorno volcano, visit the town of Frutillar and taste its exquisite local cuisine, shop around the city of Puerto Montt and revel in cocinerías ... personally I'm really excited to visit CHALLENGE PUERTO VARAS!"

Puerto Varas is located in the southern Chilean province of Llanquihue, in the Los Lagos Region.

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For further information and entries, please visit www.challenge-puertovaras.com.
 
 
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Pro Prize Purse Added to TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon
4/9/2015 10:36:14 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

Pro triathletes to compete for $25,000 prize purse offered by Philadelphia Insurance Companies

trirock-philly-logo.pngLaunched in partnership with Presenting Sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), the PHLY Cup Pro Division will return to the 2015 Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon. Held in conjunction with the Olympic distance race on Sunday, June 28, the PHLY Cup offers pro triathletes the chance to compete for a prize purse totaling $25,000.

"This exciting event draws world-class athletes and weekend warriors, helping to put a spotlight on the City of Philadelphia and raise both money and awareness for important charities," shared Philadelphia Insurance Companies President and CEO Bob O'Leary. "It's a unique event where you can find the top professionals in their sport compete on the same course as everyday athletes. TEAMPHLY loves hosting and competing each year."

The PHLY Cup prize purse of $25,000 (split evenly between the men and women top finishers), breaks down as follows:

• Winner - $6,000
• Runner-up - $3,500
• 3rd place - $1,500
• 4th place - $1,000
• 5th place - $500

"With other races cutting support for pros, we knew it was important to the industry for us to continue offering a prize purse," said Nick Lynch, TriRock Triathlon Series. "We are beyond proud of our partnership with Philadelphia Insurance Companies and look forward to a great event in June with the best in triathlon competing on one of the most challenging Olympic distance courses in the US. We'll be announcing our pro field shortly and we expect it to be as strong as ever."

The 11th annual event features three days of activities including a Multi-Sport Expo starting on Friday, June 26 and a Sprint distance race at 7:30 am on Saturday, June 27. Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia culminates with an Olympic distance event at 6:30 am on Sunday, June 28, which will welcome some of the best pro triathletes in the country.

Fairmount Park will host the scenic and challenging race and fun, family atmosphere, with a finish line concert taking place on both days of the event. The start, finish and transition areas will be located just off of Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road.

Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia will provide participants with a finisher's medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and beer garden. Participants will pick up race packets at the two-day Expo held Friday and Saturday of event weekend.

For more information about the TriRock Triathlon Series or to register for Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies please visit TriRockSeries.com.
 

Chattahoochee Challenge Half Joins TOUGHMAN Series
4/6/2015 9:23:54 AM tjnickhttp://www.trijuice.com Triathlon Juice (TRIJUICE) - triathlon news & resource site

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We are pleased to announce the addition of the TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series. Formerly the Chattahoochee Challenge Half, TOUGHMAN Ga, Chattahoochee Challenge will take place in Columbus on April 23, 2016. The addition of the new half iron distance triathlon to the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series makes us the the 2nd LARGEST Half Iron Series in the US with 11 races.

The triathlon event takes place in Columbus, Georgia which is on the Georgia / Alabama border. About 110 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and 81 miles east of Montgomery, AL.

"Having Tri Columbus join our family of races is in line with our philosophy of providing a standardized, great race experience but in keeping with the local grass roots feel." says Richard A. Izzo, Owner & Founder of TOUGHMAN Half Series.

The event will start off with a 1.2 mile swim course which is down river for the first 3/4 of the swim and then back up the Chattahoochee to the swim exit. Athletes will then go out on the out and back 56 mile bike course which is a fast ride, with rolling hills through Fort Benning. The route has a total ascent of 2128.16 ft and has a maximum elevation of 509.78 ft. After the bike they will head out on to a 2-loop, 13.1 mile run that will take them through historic Columbus, with aid stations at every mile mark. The route has a total ascent of 395.78 ft. Athletes then finish smack-dab in the middle of one of the annual Music Festivals, in downtown Columbus.

This will be a qualifier for the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series Championship in New York that will take place on September 11th 2016.
Registration for all races are open at www.TOUGHMANTri.com

About Tri Columbus
Tri Columbus GA is a premier sports firm specializing in event production, management, and corporate sports marketing development. Dedicated to the creation, development and management of participant and endurance sports including those of running, swimming, and cycling, Tri Columbus Ga produces events in the local and surrounding communities.

ABOUT the TOUGHMAN Half Iron Series
The TOUGHMAN Series is currently 11 races in the US with locations in: FL, Columbus Ga, Richmond IN, Tupper Lake NY, Sherwood WI, Ocean Shores WA, Chisago MN, Pell City AL, Provo UT and Santa Fe NM. The series Championship in Croton on Hudson New York has a closed bike course with over $30,000 worth of age group awards as well as a $4500 cash purse!
for more information www.TOUGHMANTri.com
 

ITU and ATU combine efforts to continue developing triathlon in Africa
12:00:00 AM ITU News
ITU is pleased to announce that it has signed the Development Grant contract with the African Triathlon Union (ATU), which is aimed to support the activation of National Federations, as well as provide new and emerging Federations resources for development, as well as Athlete and coaches development. “We are extremely pleased of the agreement just signed with ATU, as it’s going to be a powerful tool to help the growth of our sport in the Continent”, said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “The plan presented by ATU covers different areas where we want to focus in the upcoming months, such as support to organize events, as well as athlete, coach and Technical Officials courses. The plan is also focussed on supporting young athletes and coaches on their path to the Youth Olympic Games, and we feel confident we will see our sport growing more every year in the continent,” she said. ATU President, Ahmed Nasser, presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize Activator Community seminars in Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, so that they can start planning and organizing triathlon races in those countries. The grant also covers travel subsidies for athletes from Ivory Coast, Benim, Gambia, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal competing in the West African Championships in Ghana, and same type of subsidies will be offered to Athletes from Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenia, Mauritius and Madagascar participating in the Central-East Africa Championships in Cameroon. In order to identify and coach some young talents for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, ATU will organize two camps this year for athletes born in 2001 and 2002.
The Hong Kong Sports Institute is looking for a Triathlon Coach
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited, the Government’s delivery agent of elite sports training systems, is looking for a Triathlon Coach. The HKSI’s mission is to provide an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena benchmarked at Asian and Olympic Games results. Annual performance based remuneration package ranges from HK$443,124 to HK$843,348. The Job Reporting to the Head Triathlon Coach, the Triathlon Coach will be responsible for the following duties: - To coordinate, design, and implement training programmes for elite athletes in Hong Kong; - To fully utilize and integrate scientific, medical and other athlete support services into the elite training programme to enhance elite training outcomes; - To monitor athlete performance through comprehensive, multi-method assessment and regular evaluation; - To provide timely and critically analyzed progress reports to the HKSI and Hong Kong Triathlon Association; - To be responsible for administrative matters related to local and overseas squad training and competitions; - To supervise Assistant Coaches and part-time coaches; - To assist the HKSI and Hong Kong Triathlon Association with coach education programmes; and - To oversee and coordinate Talent Identification Development Programme. The Requirements - University degree or its equivalent; - Holder of a recognized coaching qualification equivalent to Hong Kong Coach Accreditation Programme Level 3 Certificate; - A minimum of 5 years’ professional coaching experience and proven record of achievement in coaching triathlon athletes at national level or its equivalent; - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; - High level of computer literacy; and - Awareness/ knowledge of Child Protection in sport and equal opportunity issues in the context of Hong Kong are an added advantage. Applications Please send full resume with current and expected salary, contact telephone number, email and postal addresses, and availability to The Human Resources Manager, Hong Kong Sports Institute Ltd, 25 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, New Territories or email: hrdept@hksi.org.hk on or before 22 April 2018.  Please quote reference no. HKSI-20180409-TRC in the application. Appointment will be on a fixed term contract. General information is available at the website http://www.hksi.org.hk. Applicants who are not invited for interview within six months may consider...
Three Months until the Fyn Multisport World Championships
12:00:00 AM ITU News
The Fyn local organising committee (LOC) is looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world when the magical fairytale island of Fyn, Denmark will provide waters, roads and soul to the 2018 Fyn ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in just under three months! Course maps for all World Championship races have been released, and you still have a chance to be a part of the event. Hurry up and start training – you will be more than welcome in Fyn this summer!   Visitors from all over the world will be experiencing a huge international multisport festival consisting of five world championships within the same week and a celebration of unity and excitement. And we a not only talking about elite or Age Group athletes – you can also race as an Open Race athlete in all categories! You can race in: Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquabike and Long Distance Triathlon. But you better get training quickly, because all athletes competing in four or more of the World Championship events will be crowned a Multisport Legend and these superhumans will be honoured at a special ceremony at the end of the festival. The island of Fyn awaits you, and has so much to offer for athletes, spectators and visitors from all over the world! Don’t take our word for it – look for yourself right here to see what the magnifiscent island of Fyn has to offer! Are you looking for top class culinary experiences? Tourist attractions and recreation? Activities for the whole family? Active vacation on Bike Island Fyn and its more than 1.200 km of signposted cycle routes? We got it all! Visit our Local Guide section for the full overview. Share your journey towards Fyn 2018 using the #HighFiveFyn hashtag. #HighFiveFyn is the hashtag for 5 Multisport World Championships, unity and excitement – but when you give a #HighFiveFyn (physically or by tagging them on social media) to a friend or training buddy you also challenge them to participate in one of the many events at Fyn 2018 ITU World Championships Festival as said by Danish Pro triathlete Michelle Vesterby already! And don’t forget to follow us on social media with @ITUMultisport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news and updates!
Aussies crowned Mixed Relay champions at the Commonwealth
12:00:00 AM ITU News
With a near flawless performance, Australia grabbed the gold medal in the 2018 Gold Coast Triathlon Mixed Relay. Gillian Backhouse, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birthwhistle added the Commonwealth Games crown to last year’s world championship title, with Team England finishing in second, and New Zealand grabbing the bronze medal. Team Australia made only one change from the world championship winning team last year, with Backhouse replacing Charlotte McShane, and the Glasgow 2014 bronze medallists proved too strong for second placed England, who were defending their Glasgow 2014 title. The first leg was the one who settled the pace in the hot and sunny afternoon at the Southport Broadwater Parklands on Saturday 7 April. Backhouse and Vicky Holland (ENG) opened up a bridge that proved to be decisive, and they both raced together during the bike and the run segments of their leg. In a furious sprint, both athletes tagged Matt Hauser and Jonny Brownlee with only a five secons difference. Behind them, the young kiwi Nicole Van der Kaay rode with Non Stanford (WAL) and Joanna Brown (CAN) in a small group that kept pushing hard to try to keep up with the leaders. To everyone’s surprise, the South African team was pushed to the last position when Simone Ackermann had cramps that left her three and a half minutes behind the rest of the teams. It was then for the Sout Africans a matter of trying to catch up a bit, which they did, even though they still finished in the last place, despite Henri Schoeman, Gillian Sanders and Richard Murray’s efforts. With Hauser managing to keep up with the younger Brownlee, it was the third leg the one which swung gold in the host nation’s favour. Jessica Learmonth (ENG) came out of the water 15 seconds ahead of Ashleigh Gentle but, after the Australian closed the gap on the bike, a stumble from Learmonth entering the bike-run transition gave Gentle the gap she needed to power away on the run. She then handed over to Birthwhistle with a 39 second lead over Alistair Brownlee, and the 23-year-old Tasmanian eventually stretched the lead to 52 seconds. Alistair Brownlee tried to follow him and close the gap, but the efforts of the Aussie paid off, with the home team crossing the finish line first followed by the English. In the battle for the third place, Ryan Sissons did one of the fastest transitions ever to scape in the lead, and gave her teammate Andrea Hewitt a bit of a margin over Canada. Hewitt was then...
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