Specialized Bicycle Components Welcomed as Proud New Sponsor of TriCoachGeorgia

TriCoachGeorgia – the Brand

TriCoachGeorgia is a diverse group of triathletes located throughout the Southeast and as far away as England, New York, and Oklahoma. They sponsor and offer free coaching to the TriKidsGeorgia. The team’s focus is on having fun, competing and leading in the USAT National Challenge Competition and strive for great results, growth and camaraderie of all the members of the team.

Along with the their super coaching staff, the great events they put on, and the ongoing evolution of efforts to support the sport of triathlon, honors keep piling in for the Reapers of TriCoachGeorgia and the TriKidsGeorgia. Moreover, the team of misfits has formed or upgraded some stellar triathlon industry relationships with some of the best businesses in the world. The misfits are eager to announce their newest partnership.

The team uses a lot of different gear for swimming, cycling and running. Due to their phenomenal growth, the team has been in more demand in terms of manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to help support the team’s athletes. As such they are eager to announce our most recent partnership with Specialized where #AeroIsEverything.

Specialized is THE TOP Cycling Manufacturer in Triathlon

Specialized branded bikes are world renowned for their quality, technology and innovation. Many of the best professional riders in the world entrust their bikes to Specialized bikes. Specialized realized that eliminating as much drag as possible will help athletes maximize their speed. In order to help cyclists determine the best positions for them, Specialized designed and built the Specialized Win Tunnel to be the perfect, cycling-specific wind tunnel. The wind tunnel allows a rider to test everything needed for a race. For more information on Specialized, please visit http://www.specialized.com/us/en/home.

Georgia CycleSport – A Great Local Bike Shop

Located in Athens, GA, Georgia Cycle Sport/Cycle Sport Concepts is a bicycle shop “ready to serve all of your bicycle related needs. They have a wide selection of bicycles, friendly and knowledgeable sales staff, as well as certified mechanics and certified master bike fitters. Georgia Cycle Sport is the Athens Area representative authorized Specialized dealer.”

For the past 3 years, Georgia Cycle Sport has been a sponsor of TriCoachGeorgia providing discounts and support to the team. When the TriKidsGeorgia started in October 2014, Georgia Cycle Sport enthusiastically joined as a sponsor to their youth team. TCGa and TKGa are very appreciative of the support received from the staff of Georgia Cycle Sport.

Specialized sponsors TCGA

As noted, Specialized is one of the most premiere companies in the cycling industry and one of the most sought after sponsorships in the multi-sport and cycling world. When Georgia Cycle Sport approached TCGa/TKGa with an opportunity to potentially become a sponsored team, TCGa/TKGa did not hesitate to apply for the sponsorship that was recently approved.

The sponsorship will provide the athletes of the two teams the opportunity to receive the best bikes, equipment and accessories on the market. TCGa/TKGa athletes will proudly wear Specialized logos on their team kits. The teams feel very fortunate to have been chosen as a sponsored team.

Wrap Up

By joining TCGa, an athlete will have the opportunity to be sponsored by Specialized and work with the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Georgia Cycle Sports. If you are looking for a team with opportunities like the Specialized sponsorship, please visit https://tricoachgeorgia.com for more information. You can be a part of this expanding and potent group of misfits!

Walking with KPeasy Visits Athens, Georgia – TriCoachGeorgia

Many of the TriKidsGeorgia and their parents attended the talk given by Kyle and Brent Pease of the Walking with KPeasy Foundation. A modest pair of brothers, well spoken, and interesting in so many ways,  Brent and Kyle drove from Atlanta to Athens to meet with the TriKidsGeorgia team this weekend for an informal presentation and Q&A session.  The general conclusion was that these brothers are amazing athletes and people!

Brent and Kyle Pease are well known among the triathlon community as the challenged duo who race triathlons. However, it was not until the crowd heard from this dynamic duo, that the magnitude of their accomplishments became evident.

Youth are Inspired

The TriKidsGeorgia and parents were fully attentive as Brent described how he pulls Kyle along in a kayak for the swim portion of the race, pedals 350 lbs. on a three wheel bike for the bike portion, and pushes Kyle in a specially designed “wheelchair” for the run portion. Kyle explained how his arms have to be strapped down due to spasms and how his body feels like it’s been “run over by a bus” at the end of a race.

What they love about Triathlon is how they can perform as athletes just like anybody else; no special allowances for Kyle’s disabilities. They race the same distance with the same cut off times as all the other athletes competing.

Kyle’s description of the finishing chute at Ironman Wisconsin several years ago and Ironman Florida last year was compelling to say the least. Kyle described many thousands of people cheering them, just like football players are cheered onto the field. He said it was “the best feeling in the world” for him. They also covered their New York City Marathon escapades that went viral when one of Kyle’s wheels broke and there was no spare and they still managed to finish. Read about it here.

Appreciation Note

The TriKidsGeorgia and this nation thank Brent and Kyle for their inspiration, and, in particular, this motivating and emotional talk. Through The Kyle Pease Foundation, Inc (KPF) other people with disabilities have been given the chance to experience the success of participating in triathlon. TriKidsGeorgia will endeavor to raise awareness to this amazing organization and family.

From their Facebook Page:

Walking with KPeasey is a campaign affiliated with The Kyle Pease Foundation, Inc (KPF). Walking with KPeasey works to create awareness and raise funds in support of KPF.  The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.

Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

KPF will provide these services directly to individuals as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations to achieve these goals. Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.

To donate, please visit  http://www.firstgiving.com/89231

TriCoachGeorgia Garners Another Team Award – TriCoachGeorgia


The TriClub program from the World Triathlon Corporation has added some zest to the team aspect of triathlon racing, which is growing in popularity. Normally an individual sport, now a team can earn recognition for performance and attendance at a particular race.

According to their website, TriClubs can…”race against one another all year long for prizes and bragging rights. The program includes over 800 clubs with rosters that represent over 150,000 athletes.”

Each TriClub is placed in an appropriate division based on the size of the team and the amount of team members. Then “every time a member of a club races an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3, they generate Age Group Ranking Points for themselves and also for their club. They earn points by crossing the finish line.”

If not the largest IRONMAN 70.3, then one of the largest, in the world takes place every September in Augusta, Georgia. At Augusta 70.3 this year, TriCoachGeorgia won the 3rd Place Honors in such a prestigious event due to the team’s efforts. Many of the team were seen not only racing, but volunteering and spectating on course at the swim start and exit as well as at their usual spots along Broad Street.

Founding Coaches Brian Patterson, former president of TriAugusta, and Harvey Gayer, along with team coaches Wes and Kim Hargrove – who both competed, Karl Langenbach, Ryan Wolfe, Seth Waltman, and Charles Sims were very proud of such an honor for the team. Also, it should be noted that several of the team secured personal records, first time finishes at the half ironman distance, and 70.3 World Championship slots at the race.

On the heals of so many team and individual honors, the team of Reapers, often referred to as the Misfits, are looking forward to another brilliant season in 2016. Contact them at TriCoachGeorgia.com or at their social media channels for more information on how to join as a coached athlete or team member. Also consider attending their wildly popular Augusta or Chattanooga Ironman training camps.

We Finish Together Inspires – TriCoachGeorgia

A Movement Starts

We Finish Together (#WFT). These three words have a new special meaning to TriCoachGeorgia and TriKidsGeorgia as TCGa athlete, Judas Priest’s aka Judith Garrard ‘s daughter, Kim Garrard Stemple, fights for her life. Kim started a movement where athletes young and old donate their finisher medals to someone who needs hope and encouragement. Typically these people are fighting for their lives too.

WFT grows

When Kim created this group, her hope was that local athletes would support local people in need.  It has grown ten fold and the movement continues to spread its’ wings. Little did she know what impact she would have on two triathlon teams based in Georgia.

TriKidsGeorgia Join in

During a recent youth practice, the TriKidsGeorgia worked together to write notes and attach them to medals.  The kids have dedicated their final races of the season to Kim and have begun the process or giving back medals for hope and encouragement.

So do the Reapers

Likewise, the TriCoachGeorgia athletes have rallied around JP providing her support for Ironman Maryland and racing and training in Kim’s honor too. An accomplished athlete in her own right, like her mother, who is a multiple world championship Ironman 70.3 qualifier, Kim currently struggles in her toughest days to complete the Marine Corps Marathon in late October if she makes it. As the final races of the season quickly approach, many of our athletes will have #WFT written on their arms or wear blue in honor of Kim and her fight.

Please Join in and Give Back

You can read up online and join too. This is not a charity but a movement as you will read or see here. Kim kindly has given hope to TriCoachGeorgia’s #TeamTagg. If you are looking for the group to support, please visit the We Finish Together Facebook page.

Triathlon Coach Kim Hargrove and TriCoachGeorgia Interviewed for the Wall Street Journal

So the story goes that over at TriCoachgeorgia, we have been working hard at building our website www.TriCoachGeorgia.com. This is a major undertaking as anyone who has taken on such a task knows and it’s a fluid process as we keep unrolling new facets.

We have been working with the best multimedia brand developer, Mr. Flynn Kaplan of DoggHouse Productions. He has designed new art, helped organize our content, made us standout. In short, he has raised our google rating to the highest levels.

Thus, we should not have been surprised when we were cold called recently by the Wall Street Journal writer, Ms. Rachel Bachman. When we asked her how she got our our name and number, she said she searched for Triathlon Coach and we were the first ones that came up on her search. She was writing on the topic of how to hack time. In other words, how do busy triathletes find the time to train.

After interviewing Triathlon Coach Slayer and Triathlon Coach KimPossible, she also interviewed one of our athletes, Seth Waltman aka TaxSlayer. She obviously interviewed some other athletes. In the end, she took the content she wanted most and that came from Triathlon Coach KimPossible. Below you can see the article in its’ entirety. There are many great tips therein. The moral of the story is if you work hard, often their are positive results. Hence our team hashtags of #DoYourJob and #ReapWhatYouSow!


TriCoachGeorgia Announces New Team Member Option

Brand Explodes

TriCoachGeorgia as a team and as a brand has grown in leaps and bounds since their inception in 2012. The kits and other gear with it’s Reaper and logo on it are some of the easiest to spot and are visually alluring. They don’t just look good however. The team has taken the Southeast and other parts of the country by storm. It’s difficult to list all the accomplishments but there are many. Some are tangible and others like the level of camaraderie are less so but still clearly evident throughout the community online and at races.

For example, our Ironman course training camps in Augusta for the 70.3 and Ironman Chattanooga, as part of the Free Facebook Forum, are among the most well attended in the country. These are met with almost uniformly positive feedback. Registrations continue to pour in.

Proof is in Results

The website is one of the highest ranking websites in triathlon coaching and our private facebook forum is perhaps one of the most active in the country. The team has won the USA Triathlon’s NCC Challenge in Division IV, were top 10 overall, and, pound for pound, the team’s athletes logged more yards and miles per person across sports than many of the biggest clubs in the country.

On the national level, TriCoachGeorgia has had numerous world championship qualifiers at 70.3 and 140.6 distances as well as Xterra. Locally, many of their athletes are killing their local triathlon series like the Georgia Endurance Series for Go Race Productions and the Multirace Series in South Florida. Results at races reflect the team’s motto’s of #DoYourJob and #ReapWhatYouSow.

Give Back

This team of Reapers are promoting the youth and beginner participation in the sport via service to sport such as free coaching for the TriKidsGeorgia and free clinics for beginners. One example is our series of free clinics for the Tri to Beat Cancer for the Northeast Georgia Cancer Foundation. We have volunteered at many races and offered support to athletes regardless of team. We also promote healthy fueling options via free webinars such as the ones given by Coach Slayer for Generation UCan.

You can Join Them

Because of all of these accomplishments, there has been a ground swell of interest in joining the team. For those choosing not yet to utilize our coaches but want to be a part of the team, we have an affordable option. This new team membership option as opposed to the coached athlete option is being announced to meet a need in the larger community looking for a home within a bunch of other misfits that seem to fit so well together. Please have a gander and contact our head coaches, Coach Slayer and Spartacus, if you would like more information.

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Pulling together to fulfill a child with special needs’ wish – TriCoachGeorgia

TriCoachGeorgia (TCGa) & Community pulls together for Tagg

On June 2, Amy Burton Peavy Smith aka Ironmouse posted an update on Facebook about her son and his condition. Her and Steve Smith aka Viper’s son, Taggert, had just undergone another surgery to help him breathe. He has had nearly 50 surgeries in his five or six years alive. Amy posted that, before Tagg went back for his surgical procedure, he had asked if they could go to Disney World when he was released from the hospital. Amy posted on Facebook that with all of the expenses and her need to purchase a new car that a trip this year would not be possible.

Lester Benitez aka Speedy Gonzalez, one of her teammates, saw the post and contacted other TCGa teammates. Toni Corley, the better half to Paul Corley aka IronClyde, created a Go Fund Me account with the goal of raising $2000 for the family. The group discussed a secret Facebook page to use as a place for people to go to donate money. Toni set up the Send Tagg to Disney page and added the Go Fund Me Account. The group started adding friends and family of the Smith’s.

Donations started rolling in. After about 3 hours, the fund had close to $2000. The group decided to raise the goal to $5000. The $5000 number was surpassed on June 3. The group decided that they had to tell the Smith family about the fund. As the fund got larger, the secret was going to get harder to keep.

Harvey Gayer aka Coach Slayer and Seth Waltman aka TaxSlayer went over to the family’s house at 5:30pm. Amy and Tagg had only been home for about an hour when they arrived. Seth had decided to create a letter from Mickey Mouse telling Tagg that he and his family were coming to Disney World. Tagg opened the gifts, but did not really understand what was happening. He was tired and on medications to help his breathing.

Seth showed Amy and Steve what had been done for the family. As Seth scrolled through the Facebook page, Amy and Steve started to understand what had been done for their family. On the final page that Seth showed them, Amy and Steve saw the amount of money that had been raised. At the time of this writing, the fund has over $7000 in it.

The family is going on an all-expense paid trip to Disney and there is a lot left over to pay for medical expenses associated with Tagg’s ongoing care. A hashtag #TeamTagg has been launched. The Smiths were overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone. All who contributed felt very good in the end. It was a true community effort. The team was very thankful as well. More importantly, Tagg gets his wish come true to hold him through more dark times that are coming medically.


TriCoachGeorgia Seth Waltman Athlete of the Week

TriCoachGeorgia Team Member Named Oconee County Athlete of the Week

The coaching staff of TriCoachGeorgia is very proud of TaxSlayer, aka Seth Waltman, as he was named the Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.  He is a great athlete and a huge part of the team. His training has been impeccable as evidenced by his top 10 overall result in the USAT’s NCC Challenge and Seth has made dramatic improvements in his racing since joining TCGa.

Prior to joining the team in late 2012, Seth had never been on a podium in any race and now he is a regular on the podium. Seth continues to set personal records in almost all of his races.  He finished 20th out of 402 in the swim portion at Ironman Chattanooga.  He has taken over 12 minutes off his best half marathon since he joined the TCGa. He battled through some terrible vomiting in Raleigh to finish strong. Seth’s continued success as an athlete will show as he competes in Ironman Louisville in October.



Seth is not only a great athlete.  He is willing to help his teammates out when they need him.  He has been a Sherpa or helper for our team on numerous occasions.  Also, he played a pivotal part as the team rallied around the son of other team members in a fundraiser that will send the family to Disney World.

In the Autumn of 2014, Seth helped to bring the youth team under the auspices of TCGa and helps with issues outside of coaching the kids.  He has organized team travel, planned numerous events and helped with team purchases. He sponsors the team as well. The TriKidsGeorgia team is lucky to have a dedicated parent, like Seth, help with the team.  All told, there are not a lot of teams that have a guy like TaxSlayer and we consider him a huge part of our core. Read more about him in the Oconee Enterprise article below:

TriCoachGeorgia Seth Waltman Athlete of the Week






Athlete of the Week: Waltman excels in national triathlon

[Full Article & text taken courtesy of The Oconee Enterprise Newspaper. Written by Benjamin Wolk]

To get into triathlons, all Seth Waltman had to do was make his wife a little mad.

In May of 2009, Waltman bought a bike. At the time, he wasn’t very active, so his wife questioned his motive for buying it. She made it quite clear that he “better use that bike.”

Waltman knew he’d left himself no choice, so he signed up to race in the inaugural Tri-2-Beat Cancer Triathlon held at Sandy Creek Park in Athens.

“I’ll do that because she was really angry,” Waltman said. “So I did it that year — slow, but I got through it. I did it the next year, then I didn’t really do it again.”

But Waltman’s world of competitive racing had only just begun.

In the fall of 2012, he started seeing some of his friends posting to Facebook about a variety of different races. Then he saw a post for an Ironman in Augusta. Waltman figured if they could do it, so could he, though he knew he’d have to train.

At the time, Waltman’s son competed for a youth triathlon team coached by Harvey Gayer. Waltman approached Gayer to see if he could train him to get ready for the Ironman.

Gayer was happy to help.

“The rest is history,” Waltman said. “I’ve done two more half Irons. I did a full Ironman and numerous sprints. The list goes on.”

As Waltman lost some weight, his times got faster. He built a bunch of friendships, Gayer included, that helped motivate his progress. Because of his improvements, Waltman joined TriCoachGeorgia, a local triathlon team headed by Gayer.

From December to February, the team competed in a USA Triathlon national competition called the National Challenge Competition that helps encourage triathlon training during the winter months.

Each team tracked individual mileage over that time, which translated to a points system. Swimming a mile earned 10 points. Running a mile was worth three. A mile on the bike was good enough for one point.

As the competition developed, Waltman — at the end of each month — found himself in the top 10 nationally among 4350 athletes. In the middle of February, still in the top 10, Waltman finally decided that he wanted to prove to himself and others that he could finish in the top 10.

After running 767 miles, swimming 53 miles and biking 2621 miles, Waltman placed 7th out of all competitors. As a result, he’s been named this edition’s Ellis Pain Center/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.

“Not everybody knows, but in the triathlon community, it’s a pretty cool thing,” Waltman said.

But Waltman wasn’t alone in his successful endeavor.

As a team, TriCoachGeorgia — a team made up of Waltman, Gayer and numerous others, including member of the club’s youth team TriKidsGeorgia — took the first-place crown over a team from Atlanta. They did so just barely, however, winning by about 200 points, which isn’t much when dealing with 70-person teams.

“We beat the team from Atlanta on the last day,” Waltman said. “Over three months, we’re talking about a pretty small margin it was close.”


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Against the Odds, Local Athens Georgia Triathlon Team wins National Challenge Competition – TriCoachGeorgia

TriCoachGeorgia, who also included several members of TriKidsGeorgia, won the Division IV 2014-2015 USA Triathlon National Challenge Competition.

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TriCoachGeorgia won the Division IV (teams with 33-80 members) competition for Biking, Running, and Overall. More than 2,000 teams competed, and with only 50 members (30 short of the maximum allowed), the title of “Champions” in 2/3 racing categories and the overall win is astonishing.

How the National Challenge Competition Works

“Designed to get triathletes excited about offseason training at the club level, the National Challenge Competition features official USA Triathlon clubs from across the country going head-to-head to see who could log the most training miles during the competition.”

According to the USAT, “the NCC featured three sessions, each one month in duration. Clubs recorded their training miles and submitted them on the NCC website for automatic calculation and ranking. Mileage totals were weighted with each swimming mile equaling 10 miles and each running mile equaling three miles. Cycling miles were not weighted.” TriCoachGeorgia, one of the smallest clubs competing, outpointed on a per person average basis most of the larger competing clubs from the rest of the country.

In Division 4, TriCoachGeorgia was in a dog fight with the Black Triathlete Association (BTA), who had the overall individual point winner, Kevin Petty, who was selected to race this year’s world championship in Kona. This battle was waged in pools, on trainers and tarmac, on treadmills, trails and tracks. BTA won the swim month and TriCoachGeorgia pulled out both the bike and run months for the overall win. Much on social media was made of the head to head competition between two of the most active and growing clubs in the country.

TriCoachGeorgia Individual Highlights and Sponsorship Recognition

Many of the TriCoachGeorgia team members pulled down awesome numbers and Seth Waltman and Head Coach Harvey Gayer were top 10 overall for the competition. Right behind was Reuben Adams who was a top 10 male overall. Lester Benitez and Troy Garland rounded out the top 50 overall. Age group winners included Cullen Goss, Judith Garrard, and Dick Thompson for the squad who relied on fewer members than the majority of clubs for points, meaning the team members that contributed all did so in a big way.

TriCoachGeorgia was very thankful for their fueling affiliates and sponsors, Generation UcanNuun, and Infinit. Some prefer slower acting carbs and some prefer faster acting carbs and and these firms covered all options through some difficult, long and back to back training sessions wonderfully.

The team received much support from triathlon suppliers All3Sports.com, Fleet Feet Athens, and Georgia Cycle Sports Concepts. A wide variety of goods at good pricing points is available from these good folks. Special shout out to Fusion Sports USA for eliminating our chafing issues nearly 100%!

More Info about the USAT NCC and TriCoachGeorgia

Full NCC results are available at race-tracker.net/usat. Registration for the 2015-2016 competition will begin Nov. 1, 2016. TriCoachGeorgia is off to a great year following their participation in the NCC. They help you to #DoYourJob (the official TriCoachGeorgia slogan) by assisting children and adults of all levels and abilities map out smart, strategic plans to get them to their priority races strong and healthy. Their coaches care – they are available, involved and celebrate your achievements.