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.
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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
Friday, August 13, 2010
8th No-drop tackles Shoal Creek, Intermediate and Advanced go separately North West
15th All rides go East; No-Drop goes to Decker Lane; Intermediate and Advanced add Lake loop; (24/30/30+)
22nd All rides go South (20/30/38)
29th SHOP RIDE SPECIAL – ALL RIDES LEAVE FROM STEINER STEAKHOUSE (20/30/38)
5th All rides go East; No-Drop goes to Decker Lane; Intermediate and Advanced add Lake loop; (24/30/30+)
18th No-drop tackles Shoal Creek, Intermediate offers Tempo Multisport Climbing Clinic; Advanced goes North West
26th All rides go East; May repeat Shop Ride Special from Steiner Steakhouse, let us know what you think! Check jackandadams.blogspot.com
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Two of Hill County's finest community oriented organizations, Hill County Paw Pals and Hillsboro Police Department Community Outreach Programs, have joined together again to launch their third annual Waggin' Trail Bike Ride on Saturday, September 25th. The event is planned with five routes to meet the needs of the avid cyclist to the casual rider, including 66, 54, 40, 26 and 10 mile distances.
The planned routes offer cyclists a unique tour of Central Texas. Hill County is 986 square miles of rural area that is joined together with miles and miles of splendid paved farm-to-market roads. On many areas of the bike ride, cyclists can see for miles around - the splendid beauty of open land - flowing creeks, pastures with cattle and horses grazing, farmers' cultivated fields and proud, rural communities.
This year's event has been planned in conjunction with Go Texan Cotton Pickin' Fair and Roadhouse America Elm Street Rod Run (car show) - fun for the entire family!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Most major bike transport services will ship to all regions. Tribike Transport, for instance, services multiple races around the U.S and even offers a charter flight for bikes to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. Some transport services are specific to a state or city like Tri Team Transport which offers bike transport for athletes in the state of Texas to major Ironman and Half Ironman events.
Athletes often ask us whether it is better to ship a bike or take it with them when they fly to the race. There are a few disadvantages to shipping a bike. Depending on the service you select, bikes may be passed through multiple hands which can lead to possible damage. In rare instances it can get lost or stolen. The best part about shipping a bike pre-event is that you do not have to travel with a bike, which can be very stressful. You will have to lug it around the airport and there are potential fiscal surprises you may face when you are checking in your luggage (i.e additional fees the airline might tack on when they see that you are traveling with a bike). There have also been rare instances where the bike does not make a flight, goes MIA for awhile and arrives much later than the athlete. The best part about flying with a bike is that you can train on it longer. Some athletes also feel better knowing their bike is always "with" them, so to speak.
Once you've chosen your method of shipment, it's time to prepare your bike for departure. If you would like to take your bike with you on a plane, then you will have to rent or buy a bike box. J&A offers Trico Hard Cases for rent or purchase. You or your local bike shop will also have to disassemble your bike to pack it in the bike box and then reassemble it upon arrival at the race site. (J&A can help you pack your bike before departure.)
If you plan to ship your bike you should take your pedals and rear drink system off to prevent snagging and breakage. To protect the bike's finish you can wrap the main tubes in padding (pipe insulation or bubble wrap). As previously mentioned, you will not have your bike for a week leading up to your race. If you plan to ride, then you need to make sure you have a second bike (yours or borrowed) or have access to a stationary bike at home or in a gym.
Once you arrive at the race and pick up your bike you should reinstall your pedals and drink system and give it a short ride to make sure everything on your bike is ready to race. This only needs to be around the block, you do not want to have to replace a tire because you ran over glass the day before your big race.
After your race you can drop you bike off with the transport company. They should be set up near transition, probably where you picked up your bike. They can help you take off your pedals and drink system and they will take your bike back home for you. They will send you an email once your bike is at the bike shop that you chose. Once the bike arrives at the shop you should make arrangements to pick it up or have your shop clean it for you. Energy drinks and sweat can be very harsh on your bike if they are left on there too long. Even if you are not ready to ride again, your bike should be ready when you are.
J&A: How long have you been a triathlete? Did you begin as a pro or an amateur?
ML: I have been a triathlete since 1992. I began racing as an amateur, and not a very fast one, I might add. My first race was the intramural sprint tri at UT. I didn't realize it was possible to get lapped that many times on a 15-mile bike ride. Nor did I realize how hard it would be to run 3 long miles afterwards. Clearly I was hooked on the sport as soon as I reached the finish line.
J&A: What first attracted you to the sport? Was it friends, a job, the sport itself or a combination?
ML: My first draw to the sport was the challenge of it all. I remember thinking I was going to kick some serious butt in my first race, but then I struggled all the way to the finish - loving every bit of it. I was inspired by the bad a** guys - and gals - that smoked me, while wearing nothing but their bathing suits. (I was modestly clad in soccer shorts and a muscle tee.) Further confirmation that I had found my calling was the gathering of beer-sipping, Speedo-clad athletes I encountered at the finish line. The sport represented everything I loved about athletics: challenge, competition, good fun, good folks, oh, and beer. Over the course of the next few years, I met people who have become the best friends I have to this day. I suppose you could say it was a combination, however, the job aspect was never really part of the initial attraction.
J&A: Many people (including us) love triathlon because it's a mix of three great events and find it more difficult to become bored with one. Do you find this to be the case or can a swim/run/bike schedule become, well, routine after a while? If so, what do you in your training to keep it interesting and new?
ML: Most every triathlete appreciates the ability to cross train, or to mix things up. This is definitely the case for me, too. While the schedule can certainly become routine, it very rarely becomes boring. The beauty of our sport is that if you don't feel like partaking of one discipline on one particular day, you just don't have to do so. One of the most effective ways I know to keep things interesting is to remain flexible. Not holding to a rigid plan can be the best thing. Swapping around the days to accommodate training with a friend can make all the difference.
J&A: When you've had a long training day, do you have any hobbies that put a little distance between you and your career/sport?
ML: On off days I hone my skills as an archer. I shoot targets from a small treehouse in my backyard. Normally I wear a Robin Hood costume, you know, to get in the mood. I can sit in the trees for hours just plucking away at my bow. That or I grab a good book and read. Or I go to the movies with my wife.
J&A: If a race or training method isn't working out, what are steps you take - both mentally and physically - to get yourself back on a positive track?
ML: I try to remember that there really are no secrets to triathlon training. The best coaching plans, and therefore the best training methods, are a simple combination of swim, bike, run and rest. Without overcomplicating things, I try to remember this when I am reaching too far in training. As for racing, the key for me is remembering it's an enjoyable process. I love to compete; I love to push myself; and I love to measure up against others. As long as I go out there with those goals in mind, and I don't think too much about paying the mortgage, things tend to work out well.
J&A: Your wife, Amanda Lovato, is also a talented triathlete. What advice can you couples or good friends to keep their training together positive, fresh and non-competitive?
Amanda and I have been together for over ten years now. We met when we were both age group triathletes so, as athletes, we have developed together; and together we have progressed to the pro level. With that history, we have always been each other's most committed supporters. It's hard to get competitive with the one who wants more than anything for you to succeed. But with regard to other couples or friends, I think they key is to know one another's needs. If the tendency is to want to beat the sh*t out of your spouse or amigo, perhaps that is not the best training partner for you to chose. My advice is to keep the marriage or friendship alive and healthy, and sometimes that means training with someone who wants you to do well, not the person who wants to flog you.
J&A: Do you incorporate training methods from other sports into you training routine (other than swimming, running, biking)? If so, what sports do you draw from?
ML: We have taken to paddle boarding: stand up, to be precise. The sport is relaxing and fun, and it's a great compliment to triathlon. When doing SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding), the core is engaged, and the development of proprioceptive muscles in your legs is incredible. Balance and strength - as well as flexibility - are heightened. When lying prone on the board, the paddling can really strengthen the swim-specific muscles, and boost stroke mechanics. We use our Surftech boards any chance we get!
J&A: How has your perception of triathlon change from when you first began? If it has changed, how so? Do you like or dislike different things?
ML: Whoa! This question could take way too long to answer thoroughly. I guess I had better be concise. Triathlon has grown to be a much more inclusive and welcoming sport than when I first started. It was always a welcoming sport to those that chose to pursue it, but not many people chose to pursue it. It was still considered a bit extreme, and the average person did not see himself as cut out for the challenge. Nowadays the Ironman has become what the marathon was of the eighties and nineties. It's tough, but possible. To me the greatest byproduct of that change is that people really feel they can do anything - can overcome any obstacle - once they have done an Ironman (or any length triathlon). It's pretty empowering to those that allow it to be. On a less philosophical level, the sport has changed a bit for the worse in that its entrance into the mainstream seems to be coinciding with the "wussification" of triathletes. We all used to "ooh and ah" when an extremely challenging course profile was announced. Now triathletes tend to search for the "flat and fast" descriptors. Triathlon is not supposed to be easy - thus the sense of accomplishment it delivers - yet somehow we hear more and more complaints about choppy water, hot air, wind, hills, and even bumpy roads. This ain't golf, folks; let's toughen up a bit.
J&A: What makes every day for you a little different in your sport? How do you keep what you do interesting fresh?
ML: Every day is as different as we allow it to be. Do we have our "Groundhog Day" moments? Sure. However, we chose to pursue this career, and we do so knowing we are in control of our own schedules. I think the main difference for me from a job perspective is that I see different "coworkers" and "offices" every day. Just because I turn up for 7:00AM swim practice, doesn't mean that Joe Cubicle from Accounting is there, so I face a bit less tendency for burnout. Plus, even the worst day riding a bike through a hailstorm in the mountains tends to trump a sore back earned from too much keyboard time. To keep things fresh I try to do different things. Run a different loop, swim with different folks, and start at different times of day. It's amazing what subtle changes can do for your perspective.
J&A: You work with Ironman, correct? Does working with triathlon, as opposed to racing, the sport give a new perspective? Do you suggest athletes do something similar (ie: volunteer or work to plan a race)? Do you feel it helps you as an athlete?
I have done some work for Ironman for about four years now. Jumping to the other side of the fencing and barricades definitely gave me a different perspective, but it really only made me appreciate a bit more the time I spend on the race course. I see how hard the event directors and their crews work, and that is an invaluable bit of insight. I definitely feel that athletes will get a nice boost to their appreciation of our sport by volunteering at an event. The first time I handed out a bottle to a cyclist at an aid station was the first time I truly knew why those volunteers scream and cheer when I - as a racer - grab aid from them. It really can be thrilling to give back. Do it. (And do it at the Austin Tri, September 6th; contact Jack and Adam's for details...)
Friday, August 6, 2010
- Pace, Speed and Distance in Real Time
- Display up to Four Data Windows
- 20-Workout Memory with Dated Summary
- Interval and Countdown Timers
- Hands Free Chronograph operation
- Performance Pacer Tracks On-Time Goal
- Multisport Mode Records Activities and Transitions
- Altitude Ascend and Descent Rates
- Record Waypoints to Create Routes
- Recall 50 Custom Routes for Pace Tracking
- Long-Life Rechargeable Battery
- Water Resistant to 50 meters
- Indiglo Night Light
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Save the date Austin for the 8th Annual Zilker Relays ! This friendly running event is designed to introduce area runners to the fall racing season as well as encourage the Austin community to get out and get fit!!