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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
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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
 

Best of 2017: Rising Stars
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the up and coming athletes, the ones to watch because their success is only just beginning: RISING STAR Male Rising Star: Marten Van Riel (BEL) There was no better way to end the 2017 season than by getting on three consecutive podiums. Van Riel closed out his year on a career-high note as his in his final three races of the season, he medalled in every single one. Starting in the #SarasotaWC, the triathlon turned duathlon race, he finished second to step onto his first World Cup podium on his season. He then followed it up by claiming bronze in #TongyeongWC and if that wasn’t impressive enough, in the last World Cup race of the year in #MiyazakiWC, he grabbed the gold medal and earned his first-career World Cup win! The 2017 season wasn’t the first time that Van Riel has caught our eye however, he has showcased he is a very strong cyclist on the WTS front and even placed sixth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He trains in a group alongside elite superstars Mario Mola and Richard Murray, so he definitely is an athlete that is not by any means done making headlines. Watch the #MiyazakiWC highlights where he won his first gold medal here! Female Rising Star: Summer Cook (USA) Cook had a breakout year in 2016 when she won she first-ever WTS year in #WTSEdmonton. She also collected a handful of World Cup podiums. That success carried into her 2017 season. She finished just off the podium, finishing fourth in #WTSEdmonton, but then competed in the #YucatanWC and claimed gold. She then followed up her victory by earning bronze in #KarlovyVaryWC. After finishing in the top ten at the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, Cook would end her season on top of two podiums. She dominated the...
Best of 2017: Top Paratriathlete
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour the elite athletes that inspire the triathlon community over and over again: TOP PARATRIATHLETE! Male Top Paratriathlete: Jetze Plat (NED) Plat has been unstoppable since 2015. He was undefeated the entire 2016 season and collected the inaugural gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in the PTWC sport category. That fire did not slow down in 2017, he won in the Gold Coast World Paratriathlon Series, became the ETU European Champion and then ended his season by reclaiming his World Title in Rotterdam, in his home nation. The power does not stop there however, he also collected his fourth Ironman World Title in Kona at the Ironman World Championships, proving he is DOMINATE across all distances. Rightfully deserved, he was just nominated for the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability! There is no stopping this Dutchman! Click here for the full #WTSRotterdam Paratriathlon Highlights! Female Top Paratriathlete: Liisa Lilja (FIN) Lilja had a career-best season in 2017. Competing in the PTS2 sport class, she became the ETU European Champion, won at the Iseo - Franciacorta ITU Paratriathlon World Cup and the Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series. But what was most impressive in our eyes was her victory at the Rotterdam World Championships, where she overtook the undefeated and reigning World Champion and Paralympic Gold Medallist Allysa Seely (USA) to become the 2017 PTS2 World Champion - the first-time in her career! The 2018 season should be an exciting one for this Finn, as she will have to battle it out to keep her streak alive!
ITU President presents candidature for ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board
12:00:00 AM ITU News
ITU is pleased to announce that President and IOC member Marisol Casado has presented her candidacy to become the ASOIF representative on the IOC Executive Board, the elections for which will be held next month in PyeongChang. “From my earliest involvement as a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation to ten years as ITU President and my longstanding membership of the IOC, I have dedicated myself to the advancement of sport around the globe”, said Casado. “I firmly believe that with the experience gained throughout my years in ASOIF, GAISF and the IOC, always serving as a President of an IF and considering the good relations that I’ve built during so many years of dedication to the sport, the IFs and the IOC, I can serve as a valuable and committed candidate to represent all the International Federations”. The other candidates are Nenad Lalovic, President of United World Wrestling, and Jean-Christophe Rolland, President of the World Rowing Federation. All ASOIF members will have until Friday, January 19 to cast their vote. The successful candidate will require an absolute majority to be elected the ASOIF representative, which will then be voted on in the IOC General Assembly, to be hosted in PyeongChang during the Winter Games in February. Casado, a founding member of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, has been serving as ITU President since 2008, and is the only female President of a summer Olympic International Federation. She was elected member of the IOC in 2010, and has since served on nine IOC Commissions including the Paris 2024 Coordination Commission and Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission. Casado is also a member of the ASOIF Council (2011-2014, 2016-) and is the treasurer of SportAccord.
Best of 2017: Breakout Star
12:00:00 AM ITU News
Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books. So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best! Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it! Today we honour two athletes that had a standout year and showcased some career milestones: Breakout Star! Male Breakout Star: Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) Blummenfelt mastered the art of the epic finish - the “didn’t see it coming” ending. And the results he stacked up during the 2017 season speak for themselves, bronze in #WTSYokohama, silver in #WTSMontreal, silver in #WTSStockholm and silver in #WTSRotterdam all adding up to get him on the overall Series podium by finishing third overall in the season. But it’s not just the fact that Blummenfelt collected four race medals in 2017, but it’s also how he did. While he excels in all three disciplines, his strength in his run is what aided in getting him on the podiums. Remember in #WTSYokohama? When he outsprinted Henri Schoeman for the final podium place? Or in the #WTSRotterdam Grand Final, when a group of top elites were running together and it was Blummenfelt who put forth the extra push and sprinted his way to silver. He has been the one to watch over the last couple of years and we expect that only to continue. What’s next for 2018? Maybe his first career WTS win! Check out his highlights from #WTSRotterdam here Female Breakout Star: Jessica Learmonth (GBR) It’s no question that Learmonth dominated the women’s field in the swim in 2017. She was the swim leader four out of the five races she competed in last year and also scored the fastest swim pace of the season in #WTSLeeds. But it’s not just her speed in the water that caused some notice to her strength last season. She also found herself in multiple small lead pack bike groups, including in #WTSStockholm and #WTSRotterdam. Then in the Grand Final being in that bike pack set herself up...
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