August Keeps Cooking! – TriCoachGeorgia

The Reapers have turned the page on their huge successful #TCGAugustaCamp and focus squarely on their racing now. Many have their A races in September.

Some still have to face huge events this month like the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and the team sponsored event Tri to Beat Cancer in Athens, Ga. We will soon have the final races of the Go Race Productions, Georgia Endurance Series, including the Hot Dam Sprint and Olympic Triathlons.

TriKidsGeorgia are hard at work as well. Six of the top ranked 132 USA Triathlon 15 years and under are TriKidsGeorgia! All are a reflection of great parents too.

The TKGA are training for Atlanta Kids Triathlon and Ironkids in Alpharetta, Ga. The Reapers including Simon and Jim Casey and Number 14 aka Jake Gayer will race along with many others at the Sugar Creek Youth Triathlon in Greer, South Carolina and the Hot Dam as well.

 

Coach BigBad‘s third and final free transition clinic for the Tri to Beat Cancer sprint triathlon to benefit the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia was another huge success on Aug 16th. Nearly 40 turned out and it was also supported by Fleet Feet in Athens, Ga, our partner. The focus was similar to the last two clinics with time to bike and a course run with Fleet Feet shop owner Dustin Shinhouser after an open water swim at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia. Coach Slayer was there to get the party started as well.

The #TriToBeatCancer is on August 23rd and there is still time to register. We will be at the expo selling team gear and race belts for charity and offering tips. See the facebook pages for updates or for how you can volunteer. On race day, we will be located in our usual spot cheering you on from the first right turn on the run course.

This weekend, we got late notice that, due to the current resurfacing project on the Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami to widen the bike lanes and add other safety features for cyclists, Multirace.com were forced to change venues from Crandon Park to Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. Nevertheless, despite a bike wreck, our athlete Coach Cube of tricoachflorida.com made it to the top of the podium in the final race of the Mack Cycles Triology Olympic Distance by four minutes in age group. He has steadily performed with numerous life challenges to manage.

Xena aka Gina Farrell had a pretty huge weekend too. Her training has been stellar. First, on tired legs, she crushed the Brooklet Peanut Festival 5k. Then, the next day after a long ride, she went swimming with the Savannah Triathlon Team at the Wet and Wyld 5k open water ocean swim.

Not to be outdone, Gruesome aka Lisa Harrigan took on the Arcadia Lake Sprint. This was an extended distance race for her and she came blasting through the finish line, crushing her fears and previous demons. Edmond, Oklahoma won’t be the same after she left her mark (literally) at the finish line!

Perpetual racer Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland went down to Albany to take no prisoners. He came home with first place in age group for both the 5k and the 8k in the Miles for Missions. This was a charitable race and was part of the Blackbag, Cloverglove and GaRunner.org event series. Y’all should go check these series out as they are fun and very competitive for all ages and levels.

Finally, we had Rocket and Firecracker aka Chan and Erica Carter in the land of #TeamHargrove for the TriColumbus.com Olympic Distance event. Both racers had great showings at the Chattahoochie Challenge event. As noted on their website, Columbus, GA has quickly become a Triathlon Mecca. The down river swims, flat to rolling hills on the bike, and scenic run courses appeal to both the beginner and advanced athlete. They look forward to welcoming you to their community.

As you can see, many of the team is busy training (e.g., McGritty aka Rhonda McGinty doing her first bike century) for some big races, but there is still some quality racing and repping taking place. We would love to see you out at a TriKidsGeorgia or TriCoachGeorgia event or practice. The team grows tighter this time of year.

Inevitably there is some turnover but we have one of the longer tenured teams and foundations. See what you can do to join us!

Also, be sure to check out our blogs and team affiliates/sponsors if possible and show some #sponsor love. We have some great information and gift giveaways and webinars on tap.

Bring the Heat! – TriCoachGeorgia

August opened with a bang for the Reapers of TriCoachGeorgia and the TriKidsGeorgia. There were training camps, races, clinics, with lots of training taking place. The heat is still unbearable but nobody is stopping for it.

While the TriKidsGeorgia recovered then began to build again for the next races and snuck in a road race here and there, we began the month with the annual Augusta 70.3 Half Ironman training camp on August 7th, 8th & 9th. This camp of over 200 attendees and many volunteers included a Friday ride and swim, a Saturday of the Gatorfest swims of 1.2 and 3.4 miles in the Savannah River then a 7-13 mile run, and the Sunday Ride for a Reason on the actual race course. We had great sponsors like Generation Ucan, Infinit, Base Performance, and All3Sports. In addition to these sponsors, we couldn’t have had such a great camp without our local sponsors helping us make this first class. Element Funding, Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, University Health Federal Credit Union, Nutrishop Evans, the Augusta Sports Council, and Peak Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance

After the competitive swim, where team members like Terminator aka Dr. Dick Thompson and Judas Priest aka Judith Garrard won their Age Groups, and a brutally hot mid-day run on Saturday, some highly praised lectures were given about the course and racing the distance from Dr. Luke Heusel from Augusta’s Peak Performance Labs, our affiliate. We had some great moments at the social and then everyone went out together for some well-deserved downtime and recovery meals.

Sunday’s ride was over 300 riders in various pace groups and went without a significant hitch. The pictures and social and in person feedback has been nothing short of astounding and we are frankly overwhelmed with the success and popularity. We could not have done this without the help of TriAugusta Triathlon Club and we encourage you to join the club at a low rate and high value!

Ironman Steelman 70.3 was the first race on our agenda this week for #TeamHargrove, including both Taz and Coach KimPossible. According to Ironman.com, the 1.2-mile swim in the clear refreshing waters of Lake Michigan, began on the beach. The bike course wound through rolling wine country and orchards, and the shaded run was lined with enthusiastic volunteers. Athletes finished on the beach. Both Hargroves had stellar races on the way to full distance Ironman races later this year. Both had high age group rankings in competitive groups and Taz even took home a podium slot for 5th AG and 20th overall.

All3Eedee of our affiliate, all3sports.com, headed out to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to race in the USATriathlon’s National Championships. She was part of one the largest fields ever in one of the most prized triathlons in the country and her results showed she belonged! She PR’d in two of her disciplines.

Lake Logan 70.3 Half Ironman was another race where we were represented. new athlete for Coach KimPossible, The Professor aka Wendy Metcalf overcame some physical ailments for a solid day there. This was a beautiful and scenic race and it is also very challenging but she didn’t let that stop her.

There was also the Richard B. Russell Olympic Distance triathlon for the TriThePark Series. EMANBOOM aka Esteven Price, Virginia Brooks, and BigBen aka Richard Nasser were there representing for the team. Like their recent strong performances, and in spite of various hurdles each faced, they did tremendously and all 3 achieved podium slots, with EMANBOOM even taking 3rd in Masters.

At the Jacksonville, Florida “Jax Tri #3“, Hoss aka Bradley Odom and TriKidGeorgia Keaton both hammered it for podium slots. Keaton finished up the series with a bang and claimed his 14 and under 1st place series award. He was so determined to complete the entire series that his family drove from St. Louis, where he was at math camp, all the way to Jacksonville to make it for this race.

As noted in prior blogs, we are also awaiting the World Championship 70.3 at the end of the month for Speedy Gonzalez aka Lester Benitez. September is also going to be huge with Augusta 70.3 and Ironman Chattanooga. October will be even bigger and November is no chump month either.

We are still adding awesome team members, producing great results, and enjoying ourselves. Come see what the fun is all about, either as a coached athlete or team member option. The team would welcome you with open arms.

Kids and Families Come First! – TriCoachGeorgia

Conditions in the Southeast and specifically Georgia have gone from bad to worse. The heat and humidity have become even more unbearable. However, the Reapers of TriKidsGeorgia and TriCoachGeorgia just keep at it. They have goals in mind and nothing will get in the way.

With July in the books, the team can now focus on the big month of August where many will join together at the Augusta 70.3 Half Ironman training camp on August 7th to 9th. This will include the Gatorfest and the Ride for a Reason. Many are racing the Tri to Beat Cancer later in August and this will serve as another important team event.

Coach BigBad‘s second free transition clinic for the Tri to Beat Cancer sprint triathlon to benefit the Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia was another huge success. Nearly 50 turned out and it was also supported by Georgia Cycle Sports Concepts, our partner. The focus was similar to the last clinic with time to bike and run after and contained an open water swim at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia. The next free clinic will be held at 7:30 am on August 16th at the same location. See the facebook pages for updates.

Crows Lake Sprint Triathlon was held locally in Jackson County, Georgia aka home of the Horses, Angela and Reuben Adams. Ty Chambers aka LoneRanger and Brad Shepherd aka the Scalpel hammered home more great results with a PR and top finish in AG respectively.

Along with the TriKidsGeorgia, namely the Hayes and Stansells, Troy Garland aka Rolling Thunder was back at it, crushing a couple of road races. These likely helped the TriKids later at Youth Nationals. Lots of smiles and podiums were also garnered.

Skidaway Sprint Triathlon at the Landings Club in the Georgia Endurance Series via our affiliate Go Race Productions is next on many of the team’s list. This outdoor pool fast flat bike and run triathlon is a wonderful beginner race. Several team members including Xena aka Gina Farrell, EMANBOOM aka Esteven Price, a relay of Coach Slayer and #14 aka Jake Gayer and the Waltmans aka TaxSlayers made their way to the Georgia coast to do their jobs. Huge days were achieved with Xena on the overall female podium, EMANBOOM just off the overall male podium and taking AG, Jr Tax Dr 1st AG, Jr TaxSlayer 3rd AG, and the Slayers as the RedReapers taking 2nd. Special shout out to TaxSlayer for a huge bike split and our friend Joe Triathlon representing www.all3sports.com, as he was up on the overall male podium as well.

While #TeamHargrove crushed an Alabama Youth Triathlon, several TriKidsGeorgia headed to Ohio for the National Youth and Junior Championships. The races were not draft legal but were still very exciting. Participants included the Keaton, Harry, Jack Stansell, the Hayes and Duncans. Race results were stellar and the team was all smiles before and after the event!

Also in Ohio, our young stud Cullen took on USA Triathlon Junior Elite Nationals. Lauren (see below) Benedict was to race the Youth Elite Nationals. These races required qualification and were both draft legal. Cullen really did us proud with a strong performance. Sadly, Lauren wasn’t able to compete.

Lauren and Taylor Benedict worked hard all spring attempting to qualify for the USAT Youth Elite Nationals. Lauren qualified with Cullen in the great state of Washington at the Tri Monroe June and put in 8 weeks of hard work when a Friday training ride resulted in a severe bike crash. Her injuries were bad enough to sideline her for the next four weeks. It was a huge let down for this highly competitive Youth Elite and a highly emotional day for the whole Benedict family and Coach Spartacus.

Taylor remained mentally strong and showed up race day ready to compete. She had a solid day in her event and we know it could’ve been better if she not had the stress of seeing her older sister broken down from the crash the previous day.

It should be noted that this sport is as much mental as it is physical and any added emotional stress usually negatively impacts the physical performance. These girls will come back healthy and hungry next year. The team now turns the page to the next set of races.

There is even more to look forward to in August. We begin with Lake Logan Half Ironman in Canton, North Carolina is next week. The Lake Logan Half debuted in 2014 to amazing reviews and a sold out field.  Ironman Steelman 70.3 is just around the corner for #TeamHargrove, including both Taz and Coach KimPossible. Richard B. Russell International Triathlon will have team representation.

Later this month, the World Championship 70.3 for Speedy Gonzalez aka Lester Benitez is approaching. Taz aka Wes Hargrove and Judas Priest aka Judith Garrard turned down their slots this year to focus on other races. There are many other big training and racing events for the team. We can’t wait to see what unfolds.

The Training & Racing Never Stops – TriCoachGeorgia

As our famed Augusta 70.3 training camp directed by Coach Spartacus approaches, the fun never ceases in the land of the Reapers! Racing is thinner in the hotter areas but still carries on throughout the month of July.

Training is getting serious as a heart attack for many of the team facing huge races in August, September and October. Coaches Spartacus, Slayer, BigBad, and KimPossible are going the extra miles to get their athletes ready to rock!

On July 19th in Bolton, United Kingdom, Gator aka Chris Keysor took on the Ironman UK as a destination race and his first and perhaps only 140.6 distance race. Along with Gator’s dedicated and loving family and 1000’s of spectators, Coach Slayer and DocSlay aka Julie Gayer were there in support. Coach Slayer could not race due to his injuries from the April bike wreck but was honored to be on course for his athlete and good buddy.

Gator trained very hard for the race, executed his race plan perfectly, and it showed as he banged out a top age group result on a beautiful, albeit very rigorous, course under very challenging conditions. Many of his supporters followed along closely from home. The pictures tell the story and now he moves on to his A race of Ironman Augusta 70.3 in great shape!

Meanwhile, back in Georgia, the TriKidsGeorgia just kept hitting it hard in their training and racing. They travel the world and still find time to get sessions in. Even the adults have found time to travel long distances to train together.

On the youth side, Simon crushed the Georgia State Swim Meet. We also had Freeman take 2nd place in age 6-7 and Jack achieved 3rd in age 8-9 at Chopped Oak Youth Triathlon in Clarkesville Georgia. This was a great showing for the boys there and these races are always a fan favorite!

Also, TriKidGeorgia Keaton joined the crew to train with his teammates in Athens from his home in Atlanta. It paid off as he was back on the top of the sprint triathlon podium in Jacksonville, Florida at the Jacksonville Tri Series. He was joined by HOSS aka Bradley Odom, who raced and made the podium for the olympic distance and who battles through some trying times at work but still manages to do good racing!

EMANBOOM aka Esteven Price and All3Eedee took on Tri the Parks Mistletoe Sprint Tri. All3Eedee represented our affiliate www.All3Sports.com well with a 2nd in AG and EMANBOOM took out his new bike and burned it up on the hilly course with a mixed terrain run. He took 3rd in a stacked Male Masters.

Special shout out to Katie Fredo, BreakingBad’s girl, who crushed her 1st triathlon ever with the help of Coach Spartacus’ free training plan. Let him know if you want it as well.

Gruesome aka Dr. Lisa Harrigan showed up on the age group podium in the First Capital Sprint Triathlon in Guthrie, Oklahoma. The race, at Guthrie Lake in Historic Guthrie, consisted of a 500 meter open water swim, 12.6 mile bike, and 5k run. Now, she moves on to an even longer distance triathlon.

Down in the land of the Hargroves, Columbus, Georgia described by TriColumbus as the “mecca of triathlon”, Tom Hargrove repped the Reapers proudly at the Chattahoochie Challenge Sprint Triathlon.

Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland and Virginia Brooks got back to their racing roots and took on the Escape to Blue Ridge Tri the Mountain. This was an incredibly scenic sprint triathlon race in the North GA Mountains. The swim was in the crystal clear waters of Lake Blue Ridge. The bike was an 18 mile out and back crossing over the lake with mountains towering in the background. The run left the Marina and headed towards town on Old Highway 76 and he was cheered on as he entered the Historic town of Blue Ridge ending in front of the Gazebo with the band “Playing On The Planet” rocking as he ran past the finish line. Both performed admirably and Virginia grabbed a top spot on the age group podium sporting her Reaper kit!

Finally, Coach Cube aka Fred Meher of our friend firm, TriCoachFlorida.com brought the heat and felt the burn as he raced the next in the MultiRace Mack Cycle Triathlon/Duathlon Trilogy Series. Many of you know this is the the oldest triathlon series in South Florida. Cube has been stellar fighting through the elements this year in spite of big changes in his life including moving houses, building his coaching firm, and working hard, and his results were strong again. He proudly took 2nd in age group.

With July soon in the books, the team will soon focus on the big month of August where many will join together at the Augusta 70.3 half ironman training camp on August 7th to 9th. This will include the Gatorfest and the Ride for a Reason. Many are racing the Tri to Beat Cancer in Athens, Georgia later in August and this will serve as another important team event.

As you can see, the team is busy and happy. If they aren’t racing they are training. And if they aren’t training they are hanging out and laughing together. Hope you can join us. Thanks again for following along. We will look forward to seeing you soon perhaps at one of our free open water sessions, a triathlon clinic, or training camp!

Freedom and Liberty – TriCoachGeorgia

The Summer keeps on rolling for our reapers. July 4th was our nation’s independence day and our crew went out strong for their country, families, and team. Lots of smiles, PR’s, and podiums again were the story. TriKidsGeorgia and TriCoachGeorgia represented well alongside many of their counterparts from other clubs and teams.

Early in the week the TriKidsGeorgia had their King of the Mountain championship before bike practice. However, little did they know that to win the title and the donated KOM jersey from World Champion Melissa Hauschildt and her husband Jared they would have to climb the mountain of pickled beets by eating 6 in the quickest time among their male and female counterparts. This competition was designed to keep it fair despite age and ability as every kid can eat pretty fast. Congratulations go to all the participants, even those who vomited, and the winner Ellie.

Later in the week, several of our athletes ran through the pouring rain in the famous longstanding Peachtree Road Race. According to their website, the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world. In its 46th running, the AJC Peachtree Road Race has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond.

Darth Vader aka Darsh Cook, Kim M., the Duncans (Caroline and her Team Dad David), IronMouse aka Amy Peavy-Smith, the Drs. Terminator, and new team member Wendy Metcalf ran hard. The latter even achieved a massive PR in her first race with the team under the stellar coaching of Kim Possible. Kim M. also did the #PRR race after scoring a midweek 3rd overall woman at the Robbins AirForce Base 5k!

Over at the Firecracker 5k/10k Road Race in Hampton Georgia, Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland and Firecracker aka Erica Carter both took top honors in their respective age groups (RT at 5/10k and FC at 10k). The former even took an astounding two minutes off his previous 10k PR!

In Devil Hills near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, TaxSlayer and TaxDr. aka Seth and Becky Waltman and their kids Ben and Allison ran the Freedom 5k while on vacation on Monday July 6. Results were strong across the family. Lots of smiles were to be had too.

Many of the other Reapers are digging deep for their late season races. Long bricks and runs are on the docket and the team is already stacking up yards and miles in all three disciplines.

A couple of the other bigballers from the team, BigBen aka Richard Nasser and Speedy Gonzalez aka Lester Benitez are staring down their Summer half ironman races, Ironman Muncie 70.3 and HITS Kingston, NY 70.3 respectively.

To wrap things up in this weekly summary blog, we should mention that training and racing are not all that is going on with the team. We are losing weight, keeping fit, and giving back to the sport in various forms and fashions.

We are working hard and looking after our families. We also find time to socialize online and in person. We support the TriKidsGeorgia achieving their dreams. The team is all about developing a close community that is welcoming of diversity and a range of ages, ethnicities, orientations, and abilities.

We don’t court professionals and elites. We court you, the everyday man and woman who uses multisport athletics to round out your life. Give us a call if you want to learn more about what we can offer you!

 

It’s Heating Up! – TriCoachGeorgia

It’s been a relatively mild weather pattern for the earlier part of the year but June has seen a massive jump in humidity and heat. We are all finding our paces dropping and heart rates increasing. We try to find the cooler spots and times to train just as we are hitting the meat of our training years. Some races are still taking place but it’s definitely time to step back some pace expectations and play strategy more conservatively.

Some big races took place this weekend. First and foremost was the Ironman Coeur D’Alene which took place in record highs. Breaking Bad aka John Dunavant headed out from Augusta, Ga to Idaho in hopes of slaying the 140.6 distance. He was one of the many negatively affected by the cancellation of last year’s Ironman Lake Tahoe due to the fires and smoke nearby.

BreakingBad raised money for the Ironman Foundation Community Fund Program, benefitting non-profits in Ironman cities, as a part of Team IMF. Many don’t know that a $100 registration fee gets you on the team and a $3,000 fundraising commitment gets you to the start line. He learned a lot out there and did his team proud.

Back near the home bases of the team, as part of the Georgia Endurance Series that still has several race to go, the Go Race Productions that we sponsor put on the Hartwell sprint and olympic Triathlons concurrently. The Olympic swim takes place in Lake Hartwell. The course was 1500 meters clockwise with buoys being placed at 150-200 meter intervals. The bike course was a 40k loop on rolling hills and the 10k run was an out and back course, which is fairly flat.  The sprint course was approximately half the distances of the same courses above.

We had the following athletes racing the Olympic, Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland, Xena aka Gina Farrell, Social D. aka Danielle Cheek, and Tax Slayer aka Seth Waltman (sprint). Joining them in her first race sporting the reaper was new team member, Virginia Brooks. In the sprint, the TriKidsGeorgia sent Jack H. and Jack S. to compete. Results were fantastic across the board with every racer on the podium. On a tough course with tougher conditions, the athletes dug deep, the TriKids showed great sportsmanship and the event drew great reviews too!

The team had great representation at the 5k for a Kidney. The 5K for a Kidney was held at Oconee Veterans Park (OVP) in Watkinsville, GA and benefited the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), which is a national 501(c) charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. OVP is a favorite park  of many of our local Athens runners and the race is where TriKidGeorgia logo designer Caroline took Overall Female and 14th overall! Also CJ O’Mara PR’d the distance took 2nd overall and 1st in AG.

On Sunday, the team sent an athlete to the Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic Triathlon. According to the website, “this sellout intermediate distance triathlon is one of the top races in the southeast, brought to you by Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic in the heart of downtown Chattanooga., Tn.” Athletes faced a fast, down river swim, a challenging bike course and a scenic run along the city’s TN Riverwalk. Longman aka Karl Langenbach, did smashingly. He took 8th AG and swam 9:05 MINUTES faster this year than he did last year. Also , he ran his fastest 10K since college there.

Finally, the MadHatter aka Michelle Hughes jumped in a local Colorado short course race, the TriBella Sprint and nailed a 1st in AG and 7th Overall. She continues to crush her season with Coach Kim Possible helping her PR every distance.

All told, it was another stellar week for the team that is reaping what they sow. We continue to grow, perform well, and smile more than most firms. The TriKidsGeorgia have great role models for life and we welcome our new additions to the team with open arms.

 

Father’s Day 2015 – TriCoachGeorgia

After another grueling week of training and recovering from last week’s races, the Reapers of  TriKidsGeorgia  and  TriCoachGeorgia  moved on to whatever challenges faced them. All of our athletes have a lot to brag about so far. There’s never enough time to capture it all but we sure do try!

Weekdays and nights are jam packed with swim meets for the youth. These TriKidsGa also practice bike and runs three times weekly under the supervision of Coach Slayer and parent and athlete assistant coaches. They’ve not let anything stand in the way of their progress as athletes.

Gruesome aka Lisa Harrigan headed out from Oklahoma to Kansas for the Tinman Short Course triathlon at Lake Shawnee. She entered from the Beach and followed a clockwise pattern for the swim course for the 400-yard course. Then she was challenged by the rolling terrain of Southeastern Shawnee County. There were beautiful countryside views and a tailwind on her way back into transition. Finally, she ran counterclockwise around the lake on the paved running path. This was a 3.1-mile out/back. She did awesome and took home 3rd in AG!

Xena flexed her leg muscles at a local road race. She took home 1st in AG in the Miles for Meals put on by Fleet Feet Savannah. The conditions were stupid for this race, but Xena managed to overcome and do her job.

Coaches BigBad and Slayer led the first of three Tri To Beat Cancer training clinics at Sandy Creek Park. Many attended and the feedback was uniformly positive. There will be two more of these clinics before the race.

The Northeast Georgia Cancer Foundation and Tri Coach Georgia are teaming up to once again offer FREE transition clinics and open water swim practices for this popular race in Athens, Ga. Participants received good on course exposure and were well pleased with the free coaching and training plans. Optional runs and bikes were offered.  This clinic began with an informal talk, where questions and concerns were addressed. We then proceeded to practice what we’ve taught. Equipment, safety and technique were covered to help participants get comfortable with triathlon challenges. Come and join us in July and August!

Later in the day, Coach BigBad hit up the Georgia State Cycling Road-Racing  Championships and nudged  himself to the overall podium! According to the their website, the GCS brings the best events in Georgia together for a year-long points competition. The events offer a varied group of races with great venues, community support, prize money and racing competition.

Alan W. of Watkinsville Jittery Joe’s also banged out another Go Ruck Challenge with one of the TriKidsGeorgia Dads, Marcus W. They were up to their usual hi-jinx there. If you haven’t seen this new form of misery, go check them out.

Enthusiasm is key for Keaton of the TriKidsGeorgia. He drove from Atlanta to compete with Hoss aka Bradley Odom in the Jacksonville, FL Sprint Triathlon Series. The swim was a 1/4 mile in the Atlantic Ocean, with the bike and out and back on the flat coastline of scenic Amelia Island. The run finished up with 3 miles out and back through the North Fletcher island community. Results were as expected, stellar with another 1st in AG for Keaton and Hoss digging deep to show #NoQuit!

In addition, our young stud Cullen and his younger counter part 13 year old Lauren Benedict went to Monroe, WA this weekend to re-qualify for his third and qualify for her first National Championship respectively. “TriMonroe is one of four venues that offers athletes between the ages of 13 and 19 the chance to race in the Elite draft-legal format and earn a spot on the starting line of the USAT Youth Elite or Junior Elite National Championships.” Both performances were pretty amazing considering all the travel it took for him to get to and from there from his adopted home at Cal-Polytechnic, where he is on their Triathlon team, and for her from the Southeast. Both qualified for nationals in their respective divisions!

Sunday started with a roster in South Florida with Coach Cube of tricoachflorida.com. He was leading his AG at the Multi-Race Olympic Triathlon Series until late in the run and ended up second despite a lack of quality training time as he moved homes. Still, it was a great showing and top notch performance in the sweltering heat!

Over at Callaway Tri, new coached athlete Hacksaw aka Trey Sawtelle busted loose and finally broke the 50 mins barrier after 11 years, good enough for 2nd AG and a top overall placing percentage. He was joined by Tom from #TeamHargrove, who banged out a 2nd AG, and TriKidGeorgia Mom and Daughter Lindley aka Fred who dropped 8 mins off her time. Also there was Social D aka Danielle Cheek and hubby Mad Dawg and their son Hammer aka Haden and a host of other friends of the team.

This highly successful Sprint Triathlon, now in its ninth year, featured a 1/4-mile swim around Robin Lake in four to five feet of water (or less, closer to the shore); a 9-mile bike along nine miles of gently rolling terrain and a 2-mile run along Robin Lake Circle. The easy and scenic course is popular among beginning triathletes.

Finally, the team boasted the two Horses, IronHorse aka Reuben Adams and DarkHorse aka Angela Adams on the grueling Ragnar Relay in some ridiculous terrain and muddy conditions. Their team came through for their leader Dani of Total Training Center in Athens Georgia on her 50th birthday. Both suffered and learned a lot!

As you can see, the team just keeps steamrolling through the season. Athletes of all ages are smiling and busting PR’s, qualifiers, and podiums wherever they go. We can’t wait to see how the rest of the year goes. Thanks for reading and contact us if you are one of the many who are interested in, or who have already expressed interest in, joining up. We would be glad to provide you with references from past and present athletes.

Let’s Go Camping! – TriCoachGeorgia

As #TeamTagg keeps up the fight, the youth team is heavy into swim meets and youth and age group triathlons this time of year and the adult team continues their builds for late season races. There were some big races and training days taking place across the good old USA this week!

We started off the week on a very positive note as Coach Slayer joined Ironman Maryland winner, Matt Bach, for a very well attended webinar on fueling for endurance sports presented by Generation UCan, one of our esteemed team affiliates. The webinar is located here.

Several of the TriKidsGeorgia took on Clemson Open Water race including Simon, the Slayers (Amy, Ellie, and Jake), and Allison and Ben. Results were strong, smiles were plentiful, and they all celebrated afterward!

While some of the reapers trained on the Augusta 70.3 course, TCGA/TKGA Coaches are supporting the Free Facebook Ironman Chattanooga Camp. Over 200 attended and the comments have been uniformly positive. Campers faced the heat and were able to swim, bike, and run the actual full or half course. They were very thankful to Coach BigBad and Slayer who were able to organize, sherpa, and guide along with some very other capable coaches. The social on the Riverboat Ferry was one to not forget.

Out West, temperatures were chilly and the scenery was stunning at the mid-June Yellowstone Half Marathon, which was set for its second annual running this summer just outside the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, a place filled with geysers, geothermal pools, canyons, mountains and forests spread 3,400 square miles in parts of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland was back at it after the Yellowstone 5k the day before. Results were strong like usual and his pictures were beautiful.

MadHatter aka Michelle Hughes took on Ironman Boulder 70.3 this week! The one-loop swim took place in the Boulder Reservoir. The water temperature of Boulder Reservoir is generally between 65-70 degrees F in June. The one-loop, 56-mile bike course was a fast and flowing course in North Boulder and Larimer Counties. It passed through the western neighborhoods of Longmont. With 1,200 feet of gain it tested her legs on the north end of the course. Finally, the two loop run course was very fast and only had 344 feet of gain. The 13.1 Mile route ran her along the Boulder Reservoir and the feeder canal. Most of the course is on dirt roads and trails. MadHatter did super with a 4th in age group and PR’ing the distance!

HFT took on the Not Father’s Day informal Half Ironman. This was described as a FREE self-supported 70.3 mile “race”. It was perfect for trying out all or any part of the 70.3 distance in a fun non-stressful environment! Results showed everyone suffered, showed grit and determination, and had a great time in Pensacola Beach, Florida.

On Sunday, the TriKidsGeorgia took on Peachkids Alpharetta. Keaton, Jack S and Luke, Harry, Addie, Isaac, Jack H., and Callie Rose rocked it out with astounding results in the heat. Most PR’d and/or were on the podium! You’d think that the race was enough for them but that was not the case at all. The TriKids practiced later in the stifling heat showing they are even more smoking than Mother Nature.

We now move to finish the month of June strong. Next up is Tinman Triathlon in Kansas and a birthday ultra for HFT in the Florida Panhandle, as well as The Lake Hartwell Olympic and Sprint triathlons (co-occurring) in the Go Race Endurance Series that we sponsor. No doubt the team will shine some more!

 

Coast to Coast! – TriCoachGeorgia

We are having an amazing year in 2015. There is no better way to put it. We have three worlds qualifiers, one in the Xterra Worlds in Maui and two for 70.3 Worlds in Austria, already and many USAT Age Group national championship qualifiers amongst are many other achievements! One can just imagine the team video in December and how difficult it will be for Viper, aka Steve Smith, to stuff it all in!

When we aren’t on the podiums, we are securing personal records (PR’s). When we aren’t securing PR’s we are fighting the elements and showing astounding grit. We are pursuing our dreams and realizing them. In the mean time we are laughing and smiling and doing good deeds for the community.

Perhaps most importantly, the TriKidsGeorgia feed off the athletes of TriCoachGeorgia and vice versa. The synergy between the two is clearly evident. Also, we are proud to be a vital part of TeamTagg that is pulling for Tagg Smith, son of IronMouse, aka Amy Peavy-Smith and Viper,  to overcome some congenital medical issues and many surgeries. A lot of money (over $6660 as of this writing) for a trip to Disney World for the family and medical expenses was raised in a heroic social media effort led by Speedy Gonzalez aka Lester Benitez, TaxSlayer (winner of this week’s Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week, and IronClyde and his better half aka Paul and Toni Corley.

After a brilliant month of May, which saw astounding results in various races across the country, the team moved on to June, which, after an All-Comers track meet in Athens, Georgia, brought them to both coasts. According to Assistant Coach/Team Mom Fran, this was a new PR for Jack in the mile at the all-comers track meet tonight (5:54) and Luke had a great time running some sprint distances.

A few of our youth athletes raced the local Athens Tri the Y which is a nice introduction to the sport. Harry, Jack and Luke, Caroline and David Andrew, Lindley, Molly, Ethan, Nico, Hammer, and brothers Jack and Freeman showed good sportsmanship, solid effort, and strong results! Many other former teammates and friends were there too! Also, Coach BigBadWolfe, Half Caff, DarkHorse, Social D.,and MadDawg among others were on course to help along with our team affiliates from Athens, Georgia Cycle Sport Concepts and Athens FleetFeet.

In middle Georgia, the Rocket aka Chan Carter took the overall win in the inaugural WalkGA 5K & 1Mile Fun Run & Mutt Strut which took place in front of the UGA Cooperative Extension office in Sandersville, Ga. There were two hills and lots of curves as the course went through the various side streets and past beautiful homes.

Racing in the iconic Escape from Alcatraz was Coach Spartacus aka Brian Patterson, Todd H., Sparkles aka Candace Zipf, Godfather aka Chad Kimbrell. Godfather rode his motorcycle cross country and, in doing so, raised funds for charity. The team performed mightily as they did in fact escape from Alcatraz. However, the whole weekend, as fun as it was, was marred by an incident where we reached notoriety for the wrong reasons. Sparkles and Godfather’s bikes were stolen from the hotel prompting this news report.

On the other coast, many of our athletes raced the Trybee Sprint Triathlon in Tybee Island. This is one of the Go Race Productions’ Georgia Endurance Series and perhaps the crown jewel of such. There is still time to get your 4 races in and compete for the series awards!

TriKidsGeorgia athletes racing Trybee Sunday included Jack and Harry who just raced in Athens. Also the relay Reapers including Jake, Simon and Simon’s Dad, Jim, made another appearance. They are well known in this series for strong relay races. The young Slayers, Amy and Ellie, did their usual work, and Allison relayed it with her Dad, TaxSlayer aka Seth Waltman. Finally, Ben from Athens and Keaton from Atlanta raced hard as well!

On the adult side, we had Xena, aka Gina Farrell, DocSlay, aka Julie Gayer, and Tax Dr., aka Becky Waltman, in a dog fight in their age group. Other racers included podium winners FC aka CJ O’Mara (next year’s team entry for USAT Most Inspirational Comeback of the Year Award)  and EMANBOOM aka Estevan Price in his team debut, and many friends of the team from all3sports.com, SwimBikeRunBoro and TriAugusta. Results were phenomenal and everyone came away with a smile except for a really tough swim!

The TriKidsGeorgia swim meets are in full swing now and they are practicing three times per week at no charge. These kids can’t be stopped in the water. The youth triathlon team, parents, and coaches are very welcoming and practices are free unless there is a special charge as for a special guest instructor. Contact Coach Slayer at slayer@tricoachgeorgia.com for more information.

The youth team is heavy into swim meets this time of year and the adult team continues their builds for late season races. Coaches are supporting the Free Facebook Ironman Chattanooga Camp. And there are more big races to come in June including the MadHatter aka Michelle Hughes taking on Ironman Boulder 70.3 next week! Look forward to seeing potentially another worlds qualifying level performance from her.

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Call Me May Be – TriCoachGeorgia

This exciting week in TriCoachGeorgia and TriKidsGeorgia history started off early on Memorial Day on Monday. While many were recovering in some form or fashion, others fought it out on race courses throughout the world!

Rolling Thunder celebrated in his typical fashion running 8k 5k 4k 3k and 2k at the Cordele Kiwanis Memoral Day Running Celebration. He came first in AG and was fifth age graded OA and 9th OA for the 8k (38:15)! The man can’t be stopped.

In Athens, Ga, TriKids Caroline and D.A. ran the Running with the Dawgs 5k. TriKids Dad David ran a 19:53 and won male masters. Caroline had a good race, and was only about 10 secs off a PR and was 2nd AG. D.A. at still 8 years old was 3rd AG behind two 10-yr olds.

On Saturday, Taylor Lewis aka HFT headed out for a little appetizer along with Tom Hargrove, father of Team Hargrove. They raced the Publix Grandman Triathlon which began with a 1/3 mile swim straight out into picturesque Mobile Bay and back beside the Fairhope Municipal Pier. After the swim came a 18 mile bike ride through the charming city of Fairhope. The ride began with one steep hill and five miles of rolling countryside. The race to the finish line began with a 3.1 mile run through the streets of Fairhope and along the Bay. Results were strong for our two participants who smiled wide before and after the race.

Saturday morning brought out #TeamHargrove to the Lacing up for Lupus 5k where Coach KimPossible aka Kim Hargrove and Bear knocked it out, while Dad, Taz aka Wes Hargrove, won the walk with a blistering 16 min 5k time. He took no prisoners during this time trial!

New team member, Virginia B., had a rousing entry to her team membership. She crushed the Xterra Deep South 15k trail run and took masters.

On Saturday evening, we had several TriKidsGeorgia and a couple of older reapers including Tyler Chambers aka LoneRanger and RollingThunder race the Warrior Romp XC at North Oconee High School trail. Addie, Caroline, Jack H, David Jr., Nicolas and Simon represented the youth squad admirably and ran their own races without pacing. We value independent mentally and physically strong kids. AG winners took home huge trophies (see below)!

We had several friends of the team and athletes race Ironman Raleigh 70.3 including Judith Garrard aka Judas Priest (who won her age group and qualified for her 5th 70.3 world championship), Seth Waltman aka TaxSlayer, Chris Keysor aka Gator, and Karl Langenbach aka Longman. Also Pounder McGritty was out there with the Greenville, SC crew knocking down his first half-ironman and Frank H. joined us for some laughs too. Coach Slayer was on the run course with McGritty and her Greenville crew cheering our reapers and friends on! Results were pretty astounding on what was a tough swim and brutally hot and unshaded run course.

Special shout outs to Gator and Longman for top percentage finishes and TaxSlayer for finishing off his race under 6 hours after a tough bout of vomiting early on would’ve had most DNF.

All told, this was another great weekend for the Reapers of TriCoachGeorgia and friends of the team far and wide. We continue to have fun, smile, and prove doubters wrong on the way to PR’s, new distance races, and in who can have the most laughs while kicking ass in triathlons and single sport races across the world!

See you next weekend with races on both coasts including Coach Spartacus, Sparkles, and Godfather at Escape from Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay and many youth and adults at our favorite local race of the year, Trybee Sprint via our affiliate Go Race Productions in the Georgia Endurance Series, in Tybee Island, Ga. Bring on June!

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The Week After – TriCoachGeorgia

Last weekend was virtually impossible for us to track all of our athletes. There simply was not enough time in the day. Success was found on so many levels at so many races from overcoming wrecks, flats, vomiting, etc to first timers at half and full Ironman distances to personal records at different distances to podiums and world championships slots.

We are celebrating these successes. The team is on fire. However, the party doesn’t end. It is only beginning.

Most of us are recovering in some form or fashion but like the river that flows, some of us are racing again. Others are on a taper for races in the near horizon. We have quite a few racing Ironman Raleigh 70.3 in two weeks including Judith Garrard aka Judas Priest, Seth Waltman aka TaxSlayer, Chris Keysor aka Gator, and Karl Langenbach aka Longman. Coach Slayer sits this one out but is showing some nice improvement in his recovery from the bike wreck in early April.

Many are still in the throes of training for early season A and B races like Trybee of the Go Race Georgia Endurance Race series, Ironman Coeur D’Alene Ironman UK, Ironman Steelhead 70.3, and Ironman Muncie 70.3. There is also the self supported HFT endurance races in Florida. See our FB page for details of the latter.

Our weekend got off to a huge start. Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland took 4th OA at the Melvin Ingram 5K with a huge PR only one week off his first half ironman! The annual run/walk at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA was established to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and money to support the Willie R. (Bill) Ingram and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Melvin Ingram, USMC, Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships annually to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, NROTC or chemistry.

Coaches sent several racers to Go Race productions Old Capital Sprint Triathlon and Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. Those racing included Rolling Thunder, Chan and Erica Carter aka Rocket and Firecracker, Darsh Cook aka Darsh Vader, Kim Mickalonis (along with RT also in her backyard one week off of Ironman Chattanooga 70.3) and Danielle Cheek aka Social D. The Slayers and TaxSlayers also showed up and the Reapers relay rocked it. The team dug deep again. Results were awesome and the podium was loaded with team members, both youth and adults. Others improved their times massively from last year and smiled while the reaped what they sowed.

TriCoachFlorida Head Coach and TriCoachGeorgia athlete Cube aka Fred Meher, took on Miami Man 70.3 in the windy horrid heat.  This is South Florida’s longest running Half Iron Distance Triathlon. Cube banged out a 1st in AG and 17th OA for a huge day.

From TriKidsGa, D.A. went to PAALS Cycling Festival and took 6th in AG and the youth team sent several to 1 Can Tri Super Sprint in Snellville, Ga. This is another one in their Five Star series. These events are designed to be fun and for the entire family.

According to  Megan Hayes, “Harry, Jack, Lane & Nathan raced in the adult super sprint. Harry was in the 1st wave and the other boys were in the 2nd wave. Unfortunately, the volunteer on the bike course sent the first few racers the wrong way so Harry ended up doing the bike and run leg on his bike (+2.25 extra miles); his time did not get adjusted and therefore he ended up in 4th place in the 19 & under.

Jack got 1st, Lane was 2nd and Nathan 3rd in the 19 & under. They all competed well today.

Others raced there too. Megan wrote “Addie got 1st in 10-11 year old girls and had a flat tire with about 1 mile to go but still finished strong!

Isaac was 2nd in 8-9 year old boys and his friend, Jack, was 4th in that age group. This was Jack’s first race and he just decided to do it last night, so he had no training and rode Isaac’s mountain bike. Finally, Callie Rose was 2nd in 6-7 year old girls, and she missed 1st by 4 seconds! She did better on her bike but is still a little scared. “We have little doubt she will conquer those fears.”

All told, this was another great week for the team. We have done our jobs in training on a consistent basis. Now our tactics and athletes’ commitment to them are proving themselves on the race course.

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A very BIG week – TriCoachGeorgia

We couldn’t wait any longer. The huge week arrived. And we answered the bell in stellar fashion!

While the youth squad put in a huge training week, Taz aka Wes Hargrove left Columbus, Ga and headed out to race Ironman Texas for the 4th time this year on Saturday. He hammered it despite some horrible vomiting. PR’s on the bike and a huge swim. We also had Brad do his job there overcoming all kinds of odds to arrive at the finish in 12 hours. Friend of the team Dustin from Fleet Feet Athens ran into a bike wreck and had to pull out.

Also, we had Coach BigBad race the 10th edition of the XTERRA Southeast Championship at Oak Mountain State Park in Shelby County, Alabama. The race doubled as the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship race. He lit the course on fire and made it to MAUI for the world championship later this year!

Coach BigBad had a lot on his mind this weekend too with a lot of his athletes racing. While he raced, another one of his athletes @all3sportscom All3Eeedee hit Challenge Knoxville. This is the USAT long course championship and she came in 2nd in AG for the olympic!

Also, over in Chattanooga, Tennesee,  we had over 10 doing Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga aka #IM703CHOO. Kim M., Terminator aka Dick Thompson, IronClyde aka Paul Corley, Ingo, DarkHorse aka Angela Adams, IronHorse aka Reuben Adams, Rolling Thunder aka Troy Garland, Xena aka Gina Farrell, McGritty aka Rhonda McGinty, BigBen aka Richard Nasser, Lone Ranger aka Ty Chambers, Alabama Slammer aka Chris Cosby, and The Cock, aka Peter Schriver raced. Coach Slayer and Spartacus were on course in support along with Tax Slayer aka Seth Waltman, Viper aka Steve Smith, and a whole host of family and friends. Results were super strong across the board and PR’s and first time finishers were commonplace.

Meanwhile, Todd H., Social D., and HOSS hit the Turtle Crawl triathlon in Jekyll Island. Both had a blast and showed commitment to the task at hand and great results.

In Brookhaven at the Bolt 5k, TriKids Jack and Luke tore up a hilly course. Each came in with a top placing.

Along with TriKid Caroline, her Dad David, and TriKid’s Ethan’s Mom Laura, Alan, owner of Jittery Joes in Watkinsville, hit a well respected local 10k for PR attempts at the Marigold 10k. This flat and fast USATF-certified course and Peachtree qualifier (#GA13032WC) is the oldest 10K race in Georgia, second only to the Peachtree 10K.  The race was held as part of the annual Winterville Marigold Festival Festival in Pittard Park. Uniformly strong results were garnered and more PRs too!

All weekend long, Godfather aka Chad Kimbrell, Sparkles aka Candace Zipf, TTT aka Todd Nixon, and Hurricane Sandee Daust did the American-TTT in Ohio. This race is described on the website as a triathlon achievement of epic proportions! “Experience 3 consecutive days of racing, gelling together 4 races covering a total of more than 140 miles for the weekend. You will find yourself swimming in the chilly spring-fed lakes, riding the most technically challenging hills in Ohio, and finishing with breathtaking runs along the trail systems climbing and descending those same hillsides.” Results for the crew were very strong as Hurricane placed first solo female (again) and TTT got the demons off his back. Sparkles and Godfather had great races going but ran into some awful flats and a wreck for the former (no injury but the bike may be hurting).

You’d think we could rest and recover. However, this team is like a flowing river. There’s no stopping us. Bring on the next weekend of races and solid training!



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