Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
1. The Sunday shop ride 12/19 will be from the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse - decorate your bike or yourself safely for the ride and stand a chance of winning free brunch post ride. As always half price brunch for the runners up and anyone else who shows up to ride. We leave, as always, at 8:30a.m. prompt.
2. Friday evening we are meeting on the deck at the shop for the legendary Austin 5th Annual Red Dress Run~ the 12 Bars of Christmas by the Austin Duathletes. We leave at 6:30pm, be at the shop in time to be in the team picture. No red dress=no run. And please consider how you'll get home, DUI is not only illegal, it isn't cool
3. New Years Day, 2nd Annual Underwear run, aka the 1.1.Run . We'll give you a card at the shop, tell you where to get it stamped and you have to run there and back, we won't give you the route. Don't want to be seen much in your underwear, travel a path less worn. Starts 10a.m.
What qualifies as underwear...
All these are free to participate in, not to mention huge fun. ++Mark.
Friday, December 10, 2010
As always, the no-drop is 20-miles round-trip, we aim to get finished in around 1-hour 45-mins, sometimes less, often more. The weather will start out high 50's and warm up from there, so wear thin, lightweight layers that you can remove and fold.
See the shop website for a full description, bring running shoes, half price brunch and for the rest holiday decorated bike and rider, there is free brunch, drinks not included!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Athlete's Honey Milk will be back out at the Jack & Adam's core class Wednesday, December 8th (5:30-6:30pm). Come out and get your core worked out and follow it up with some Athlete's Honey Milk recovery drink...FREE SAMPLES!
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Friday, December 3, 2010
A few updates for December on the shop ride. We had yet another great turnout last week for the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse ride, and so we be holding the shop Christmas Ride up there on 12/19. They'll be free brunch for those with the best bike, helmet and clothing decorations!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
15% off Store Wide Sale - includes Clothing, Nutrition and Accessories (does not include 2011 bicycles)
40% Off all 2010 Triathlon Clothing
40% Off 2010 Short Sleeve and Sleeveless Cycling Jerseys
40% Off all 2010 Wetsuits
40% Off all 2010 Cycling & Triathlon Shoes
30% Off 2010 Race Wheels
25% Off 2010 Bicycles
Come & get it while the gettin's good!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Date: November 19, 2010
Come join Austin Cycle Camp for a day trip you’ll never forget. On November 19th, we’ll take you to Dripping Springs to start an all-inclusive 45 or 75 mile ride ending in Gruene. What’s included? Check it out...
- Transportation from Austin to Dripping Springs and back from Gruene
- CLIF nutrition product
- nuun hydration tablets (and water of course!)
- Endurox post-ride recovery drink
- A guided 45 or 75 mile ride - (includes part of the Livestrong Challenge course). Yes, guided. No cue sheet, no maps, no looking for painted arrows on the road.
- Mechanical support on the ride (think flats, dropped chains, etc. If your front wheel spontaneously combusts, that might be a bit outside of what we can do)
- Full shower facilities after the ride so you can completely freshen up
- A chance to spend the afternoon in Gruene, catch some live music, dip a toe in the water, or do a little wine tasting!
If you’re in, complete the registration form here and meet us Friday the 19th at 6:45 a.m. at the parking lot beside Jim’s Coffee Shop in the Y at Oak Hill (intersection of 290 and 71). We’ll have you back to your car by 6:00 p.m. so you can spend the evening with your friends and family.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Chris lost his mother, Theresa, to breast cancer on April 26th 1999. MaccaNow is the foundation set up by Chris McCormack that aims to donate $1,962,800 dollars to Breast Cancer and its affiliated charities by 2015. Since beginning in 2008, the foundation has raised more than $200,000 dollars for Cancer, through the help of a variety of different challenges and charities. "I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1999, at the age of 53. I set myself the challenge of raising this amount to celebrate my mothers life. $1,962,800 dollars represents 100 dollars for every day my mother was alive and I will achieve this goal. I now have two daughters and along with my wife, I am surrounded by women. Breast Cancer is a disease that is fought primarily by women, but as men it takes our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives, and as a man I will do as much as I can to help fight and support the women who are fighting this disease. My mother was taken in the prime of her life, and left behind a family of 3 boys and her husband. The disease took everything from us." Chris McCormack
Come join us on Wednesday, November 17th from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate Chris McCormacks latest Ironman World Championship victory and his efforts to meet his fundraising goals. There will be free food, beer, an autograph session, and a talk by Chris. Normally there is a door charge to raise the money for Chris's foundation. The Austin triathlon community has stepped up in a major way, as it always does to bring you this celebration for free. There will be a donation box on site for additional donations. The businesses involved in putting this together include:
Jack & Adams Bicycles, Hill Country Running, Texas Iron, Austin Triathletes & Duathletes, High Five Events, Advanced Rehab, Pure Austin, Clif Bar, Coogan & Associates, Lewis Sign, New Belgium Brewery, Steve Jolly Company, Austin's Pizza, and BigMouth Announcing.
Please RSVP by E-mail here! or RSVP on Facebook Here!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Festivities start at 6:30pm and end at 9pm. Guests will enjoy appetizers, wines courtesy of Stone House Vinyard, photography from B.Strange, cupcakes from Hill Country Cupcake and LIVE MUSIC by The Daze and door prizes. It's $20 Pre-Sale & $25 at the door.
There will also be a silent auction featuring: TWO Cruisers from Jack & Adam's Bicycles, certificates to restaurants & hotels, spa, health & sports packages & more!
Last year the inaugural event raised enough funds to give full scholarships to 45 girls; the goal this year is to surpass that number!
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.gotraustin.org.
About Girls on the Run
GOTR is an after-school program that uses the power of running to help prepare pre-teen girls for a lifetime of self-respect, positive choices and healthy living. Over 12 weeks, girls are guided by trained volunteer coaches, and learn about the power of positive self-image. At the end of the semester, in celebration of their achievement, girls along with their families, coaches and volunteers participate in a local 5K race.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
The top runners in the Donkey Dash 5k have the opportunity to strut their stuff and shoot for a piece of the $1,100 prize purse, sponsored by Mike Davis with Edward Jones Investments. The prize purse is dispersed over the top 3 male and female finishers, top male and female master finisher, and bonuses for setting a new course record in those respective divisions.
Donkey Dash participants will also have the opportunity to enter their canine training partners in the Doggy Dash 5k, which will take place at the same time. The Doggy Dash 5k is one of the only canine friendly events that actually utilize chip timing and bib numbers for the canine athletes. Canines are divided into two age divisions: 6 years and under division / 7 years and older masters division. Awards will be presented to the top 3 canines in each division, as well as bonuses for canines (6 and under/7 and up) that set new Doggy Dash course records.
Of course the official event mascot, Star, will be out on the course cheering on event participants as she munches her morning breakfast! There will be two aid stations on the route with water for all the participants, including the canines. After the 5k event, the finish line party will include food and drinks from Doc’s Backyard and Zen. Awards will be then be presented for the top finishers in both the Donkey Dash 5k and the Doggy Dash.
Race proceeds benefit the Sunset Valley Elementary School, which will be hosting the two aid stations on the course.
All registration information including early online pricing, packet pickup details, and race day registration can be found here.
If you would like to help out and volunteer at the event please contact Sunset Valley resident, and race director, Andrea Fisher at email@example.com.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
With the triathlon offseason right around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about your winter training. One of the big events in Austin this winter is the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon on February 20, 2011. LIVESTRONG has become the title sponsor of the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon & Half Marathon through 2013, so being part of the inagural 2011 event will be one to remember! Whether you are new to running or a seasoned veteran, the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon course offers something for everyone. Another way that you can get involved beyond just running the race is to participate and fundraise with Team LIVESTRONG. Raising just $500 will get you some coveted Team LIVESTRONG race gear and free entry to the event. You can sign up as an individual or you can get a group of friends together to train and sign up as a team. By participating and fundraising for Team LIVESTRONG, you join a group of committed individuals dedicated to inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer.
If you would like to learn more about fundraising with Team LIVESTRONG, stick around this Sunday 10/3 after the J&A Shop Ride. We will have Team LIVESTRONG representatives on-hand to answer your questions and also provide some cool LIVESTRONG give-aways and gear!
Join the fight at www.teamlivestrong.org.
Friday, September 24, 2010
As always, we will have the 3-groups, leaving 8:30 a.m. prompt. First up will be the Advanced group, 38-miles inc. the River Road loop; Second will be the Intermediate group. I'll again be pacing that for 16MPH out to the CVS where the Old San Antonio Road gets to Buda.
Finally "Jack's famous no-drop" ride, will do 10-miles out and 10-miles back with ride escorts. As always we wait for the last ride escort and rider after crossing traffic light junctions and turning left, we'll also be there to supervise repairing punctures, and other minor problems. The rides are not sagged though, you need to be prepared.
AUSTIN 70.3 rides. This is the last w/e I'll be riding the course before the race, I'm going to try for race pace, so no sag, no support but I will be there with maps and to answer questions before the ride. 7am prompt. Park outside the park. Here is the meet-up point.
Monday, September 20, 2010
J&A: For some of us die-hard multi-sport athletes, it might not make sense to trade in three sports for one. Why do some athletes spend their winter training for running races; what are the benefits of this over a swim focus or spending multitudes of time on the trainer?
DW & KW: It is important for triathletes to change up their routine, especially when they live somewhere like Austin, where we are able to train swim/bike/run year round. For those living in colder climates, it is an easier thing to change it up in the winter (when they are buried in snow, cannot ride outside and have the opportunity to ski, do other outside activities or they are 'forced' indoors).
Not only does a running focus in the winter simplify a triathletes training schedule, but running is the best way to increase your fitness off of a minimal time commitment. So for a couple of months, they can enjoy a change of the 3-sport grind, lighten up their training load yet still maintain and even gain fitness. Running is the most efficient way to increase fitness because for the most part, you will burn more calories per minute as well as gain more cardiovascular fitness than you will swimming or cycling. One great thing about run training in the Fall/Winter is that you'll notice that as the temperatures come down, so will your paces for the same given effort. We notice that athletes can generally run 5-15sec/mi faster on their training runs once temperatures start dropping below ~75deg. This means that you can get in some much higher quality workouts during the Fall/Winter and see some nice running fitness gains that you can then carry over into the following season!
J&A: When is a good time to start making your transition from triathlon to run training. What are a few good events to plan on doing during the winter in Austin?
DW & KW: The transition really depends upon when someone ends his/her season. I'd say in the range of October or November is when most of the bigger triathlons and series' come to an end, and with the cooler weather, the shift to running is a welcome change. That said, I think that people should take 2-3 weeks "off" or of low key, very unstructured training. During this time, it is good to limit training; do not make it a priority, and simply do whatever sounds fun each day; if that is nothing, that is alright too.
In terms of winter Austin running events, a few fun and laid back ones that fall in the November-February time frame are the Dirty Duathlon (an off-road run/bike/ run in November), Thundercloud Subs 5 miler (on Thanksgiving), Decker Half Marathon (early December), Jingle Bell 5k, and then of course the Austin Distance Challenge will run from October through the Austin Marathon in February, each race progressing in distance. Another fun activity to try is open water swim events, which I know also take place over the winter months in Austin as well. Also consider trail running races for a change of pace and scenery and to limit the pounding on the body.
J&A: Triathletes tend to be an intense crowd, what are some good rules to remember when you're transitioning from three sports to one to avoid overdoing it and putting yourself at risk for injury. Does swimming and running still have a place in a winter run training program?
DW & KW: While a run focus can be a welcome change in the winter, it definitely does need to be approached with caution. Remember that if you are a triathlete, this is STILL the 'off season' so best not to completely wear yourself out running too much (or worse, risk injury). If you do not have a program you are on, be careful of your total run volume. (What do you usually do in tri season?) and of course, light swimming and cycling are always a good idea to keep the body healthy. Also consider adding in some other complimentary activities you may not have time for in the summer months like yoga, pilates, light strength training, mountain biking, etc. Just about the only thing you have to rule out in Austin is snow skiing!
J&A: How can athletes 'keep it interesting' without three different sports when training for running races (especially longer-distance races like marathons)?
DW & KW: See above; try to find activities you would like to do during triathlon season but never seem to find time for. Again I re-iterate that a good yoga instructor can be invaluable; you will discover imbalances you have in your body from all of the "single plane" activities (meaning they are repetitive and take place in a simple forward-backward motion, and provide little need for lateral stability) and you will probably even be sore from the first few sessions! Keeping it interesting really comes up to how creative you want to get, so in this respect, do what sounds appealing to you; know that if you stay active, you can start up the official season with not only renewed excitement for the sport but also with good base fitness.
J&A: After culminating a winter season with a challenging race, what are a few tips for recovery and getting back into multi-sport training?
DW & KW: Just ease back to the routine. Triathlon season is very long in a state like Texas, when local events begin in March and go through November. Create your race plan for the season, then step back and figure out when you need to be training most heavily. If you do not know how to do this, find a coach to help guide you through the season. With a good plan, you should never feel 'rushed' to get back to your peak triathlon fitness; the process to start your season should be a gradual build. A lot of athletes start the year off with so much enthusiasm and zeal that they over do it for those first few months and are either injured or burned out by June. Pace yourself and focus on a progressive training program so that you are continually getting better and limiting the potential for burnout and/or injury.
Athletes as well as trusted coaches, Derick and Kelly Williamson have been in Austin for about 5 years now. They draw from their broad experience as athletes and awesome educational backgrounds to provide excellent and accessible coaching for all levels of athlete. Check out the Durata Training website, to learn more about them.
Last week I posted an appeal for our community to come together and help out with the Barton Springs cleanup after the "Hermine" storm.
Barton Springs re-opened Saturday for swimming, but there is still much work to be done. We've scheduled a J&A Swim workout at the Springs this Friday at 7 a.m. so come enjoy the work already done.
There is still a significant deposit of leaves, mud and muck down in the most difficult area to clean. Down in the north west corner where the plant growth is most abundant, and where the Austin Blind Salamander has been known to appear. So that area needs very gentle sweeping with brooms to try to remove the silt without damaging the plants or any salamander present. If it's not effectively cleared once all the leafs start decaying it will effect the quality of the water in that area.
So, lets get out and help the Friends of Barton Springs again on the next public help day, October 7th. They are once again asking for volunteers to do 2-hour shifts, 10,12,2,4pm. Please find time to help out. I'll be at the 4pm shift again.
You do get a Friends of Barton Spring t-shirt and membership if you work a 2-hour shift, but more importantly you get to put something back into the community! Spread the word, when you volunteer, tell them where you heard about it and which group you represent. Please don't assume someone else will do it, training sessions are no excuse...
To volunteer, contact
Robin Cravey, president
Friends of Barton Springs Pool
You can probably sport a few people you know in this gallery of pictures from the statesman.com - Also the Friends of Barton Springs has a collection of videos and media reports from last weeks efforts.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I say "semi-lead" because I will show-up, offer maps, leave at 7 a.m. prompt trying to keep a steady pace to start. Once we get over the toll road bridge and away from the Decker lake circuit, everyone will be warmed up and then it's form groups based on pace.
The course is well marked with yellow arrows before, on and after turns. It's 56-miles, starts from just outside Walter E Long Park aka Decker Lake; last Saturday we had about 30-people start in various groups, everything from fast to slow. The only thing you need to know, the ride is unsupported, and there really are no water stops until 38-miles, then its the East Travis County Metropolitan Park where they have bathrooms, after that its not until 44-miles in Webberville. An earlier stop option is to detour into Elgin which adds about 4-miles to the.
Bring 3-bottles and you'll be fine to Webberville... be there for a prompt start, no need to reply, I have some spare course maps as well... You don't have to be racing to do the ride!
This ride is really not sponsored, organized or otherwise endorsed by Jack and Adams, riders participate at their own risk. ++Mark.
Don't be late in arriving, the ride starts at 8:30 a.m. prompt, last time we pretty much filled the parking lot and late comers had to walk up from the overflow lot. Also, for the triathletes, there is a good 3-mile brick run from the parking lot, down the hill afterwards, so bring your run shoes[and I promise to bring my cycling shoes this week!].
After the ride and run it's brunch Steiner style. There will be plenty of water, but you can't beat a mimosa and half price brunch with live music as a pick-me-up.
REMEMBER, NO RIDE FROM THE SHOP THIS WEEK! Join us at the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse. ++Mark.
Directions via Google Maps
Monday, September 13, 2010
Last weeks storms not only closed Barton Springs, it created a huge mess. If you have not seen this video, you should, yes the springs is under there somewhere...
Triathletes benefit from Barton Springs in a huge way. Who can say they have not been down to the springs in their wetsuit for a cold water, early morning swim? Runners and cyclists too, how great is it to sit on the side or stand in the shallow end after a hard ride or run and just calm down those raging muscle fibers?
So, nows the time we need to give back as a community. Wednesday September 15th the Friends of Barton Springs, in conjunction with the Pool manager to organize an emergency pool cleaning. There will be two hour shifts at at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
PLEASE SIGN UP for at least one shift. I have no idea what will be required, but it would be great if we could get all the athletic communities to sign-up, irrespective if you are from the J&A Sunday shop ride, Austin T3, Texas Iron, Trizones, Rogue Running, Run Tex, Tempo Multisport, and Austin Cyclecamp.
If you are from one of these communities or any other, now is the time to act. Please contact FoBS President and register for a shift. Tell Robin which group you are from so the FoBS know we are giving back. Act now! I'll be on the 4pm shift. Pass it on!
Robin Cravey, president
Friends of Barton Springs Pool
The event will be held along the Lady Bird Lake Trail on November 20th. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for any child, ages 5-14, in the Austin and local communities, to experience a fun and welcoming cross country run. The purpose of this event is to promote the idea that fitness is fun, challenging, rewarding, and necessary in order to achieve lifelong wellness.
This year 1379 is teaming up with the Austin Association of Physical Education and Recreation (AAPER)to give any child the opportunity to participate. The event will be made affordable by having an entry fee of only $5. Funds are being raised to help so that even those who may not afford it, can still have this experience. Any additional funds raised will further support Austin's youth in their PE classes by purchasing equipment and other instructional materials.
Registration forms, flyers, and further information about the event can be directed to Lindsay Rosenthal, 1379 Family Sports Store, by calling 512-779-4761 or by emailing Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This week the ride will be greeted at the finish by Christopher Horan from Austin Rolfer.
Chris will be available to work on athletes from 10-12:30 on the Jack & Adam's deck.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Next-up a big thanks to Tammy, Kelley from Tempo Multisport for taking care of last weeks ride with most of us helping out with the Austin tri. Good luck to Kelley who takes on the road racing scene for the next 2-weeks as a member of Velossimo racing
12th No-drop does Shoal Creek, Intermediate and Advanced will go North
19th Sunday Brunch Ride, Steiner Steakhouse Style (details here)
26th No-drop and rides go South
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
September 6th, 2010
Imagine a world class triathlon held in the front yard of one of the most active and outgoing cities in the US. Imagine a large event with the atmosphere and intimacy of a small hometown race. Imagine biking down the most historic street in Texas. Imagine the fun. That is The AVIA Austin Triathlon!
The 2010 edition of The AVIA Austin Triathlon will bring many of the features you've only dreamed of having at an event:
•A $5000 prize purse that pros and age groupers are eligible to win.
•Live music on the bike and run course, and at the finish line.
•Free post race massage and ART, with over 20 therapists.
•Free post race food, drink, beer, and treats
•Technical clothing & hats free in your packet.
•A multi-sport expo with over 30 vendors, with interactive games and prizes
•An incredibly spectator friendly course
•A challenging urban race course completely closed to traffic
•A finish line party you won't want to end
More Info Here! Volunteer Here!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Jack & Adams / Steiner Steakhouse Sunday Brunch Ride.
Jack & Adams Bicycles and Steiner Steakhouse will be teaming up once a month to bring you a beautiful bike ride of 20 and 40 miles through the hills of west Austin. The first ride will be on Sunday August, 29th. This ride will take the place of our normal shop ride on this day. We will roll out of the Steiner Steakhouse parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for two rides of 20 and 40 miles. You are welcome to add on if you like. Jack Murray of Jack & Adams and Sid Steiner of Steiner Steakhouse will be on hand as 2 of the many shop ride leaders. Post ride, half price brunch will be available courtesy of Steiner Steakhouse. There will also be live music on the patio that overlooks Lake Travis. If you want, bring your running shoes and do a run after the ride. If you have questions please call us at the shop for more details.
Click Here For Directions!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
In last times column, I covered how to hold your line and where on the road to ride. The topics this week are among the most-often committed mistakes. Read on…
Tammy Metzger is a multisport coach and owner of Tempo Multisport, LLC, which offers a multitude of skills clinics for cyclists and triathletes, as well as private training sessions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology, with an additional concentration in Sport Science & Nutrition, from the University of Texas at Austin. Her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science & Wellness was obtained from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. Tammy has been a certified USA Cycling coach since 2005. She can be reached at Tammy@TrainWithTempo.com