Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
4th NO-DROP SHOAL CREEK Special ride;Intermediate: South +Intervals; Long: South(38-miles)
11th All rides: South + Mechanic workshop at High School. Rides then continue (NO-DROP 20,30,38-mile routes)
18th NO-DROP RIDE; South + Transition clinic ready for Lonestar Sprint/70.3
25th NO-DROP ONLY! (Lonestar Sprint/Olympic/70.3)
16th NO-DROP RIDE; Intermediate+Long: HILLS
23rd NO-DROP RIDE; Intermediate+Long Head North West; Transition clinic (Basic+Advanced for CapTex Tri)
30th NO-DROP RIDE; Intermediate+Long: South
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Lake Travis is officially 100% full so says the LCRA. Can you believe its' been two years since we've seen lake levels this high. Thank you El Nino!
A great way to celebrate this good news is by registering for the Lake Travis Triathlon and CapTex Swim scheduled for the weekend of April 17th and 18th.
These two events are hosted by Rick Margiotta and Brad Davison owners of RB Sports and the Capital of Texas Triathlon.
This weekend has something for everyone. All the details are listed below. If you're not ready to toe the start line, why not sign-up to volunteer. Hope to see you out there!
The CapTexSwim at Lake Travis
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
What: Open water swims of 750 meters, 1500 meters, and 1.2 miles
Where: Pace Bend Park - Mud Cove, Spicewood, TX 78669
Start Times: 1500 meters at 9:00am
750 meters at 10:00am
1.2 miles at 10:30am
Entry fees: $40.00 for one event, $50.00 for two, $60.00 for all three. Day of event registration will be available with an additional $10 late fee.
Sanctioning: USA Triathlon sanctioned. Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one day license
Awards: Top overall and masters (40 +) male and female, wetsuit and no-wetsuit, in each event
Age groups broken down by male and female, wetsuit and no-wetsuit
19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (14 and under in the 750 meter event only)
Special recognition is planned for multiple event finishers
The Lake Travis Triathlon
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2010
What: Sprint Triathlon, 750 meter swim, 20 Kilometer bike, 5 kilometer run
Where: Pace Bend Park, Spicewood, TX 78669
Start Time: 9:00am
Entry fees: $60.00 early entry thru 4/12, $70.00 late after 4/12
Sanctioning: USA Triathlon sanctioned. Non-USAT members will be required to purchase a one day license
Awards: Top 3 overall male and female
Top Masters male and female
Top Grand Masters male and female
5 year age groups starting at 14 and under (special consideration must be given for participants under 15)
Top Clydesdales and Athenas
Saturday, March 20, 2010
When: Sunday, March 21, 4:00pm
Where: Jack and Adam's, 1210 Barton Springs Rd.
What to bring: a towel or camp chair
What you need to know to begin triathlon training?
Is that a triathlete you see in the mirror? Have you heard that the Danskin Women's Triathlon is a life-changing experience and you wonder if you can do it? Learn about what it's like to train for a tri and what you'll need to do to get started. Gain the confidence that YOU CAN DO IT whether your goal is Danskin, Skeese Greets Women's Tri, or The Rookie! We'll have fun as we show you the basics of what to expect as you train for your first tri.
Tri Zones also has other free training clinics throughout April and May!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- Weight in the saddle, relaxed upper body w/hands loose on the tops of your bars. If it’s not working to get you up that hill, it should be relaxed.
- Open your chest, and take deep full breaths to fuel your working muscles with all the oxygen they need.
- Engage glutes & hamstrings to power your climbing. Scrape that Texas clay off the bottoms of your shoes.
- Ride into the hill, then stand to attack the short climb.
- Hands on the brake hoods (fingers off the brake levers!).
- Use your upper body to PULL on the brake hoods, and allowing the bike to move beneath you.
- Adjust your center of mass depending on the grade of the climb; steeper hills will require you to shift more forward to maintain balance of weight distribution.
- Feet/pedals parallel to the ground, with body weight in feet, slightly hovering on saddle.
- Hands IN THE DROPS! Practice on the flats if this is not comfortable for you, and make sure your fit allows you to comfortably reach the brakes in this position (If not, make an appt at Jack & Adam’s to have your fit checked. A good fit is imperative to good handling skills and safety!).
- Bend arms to keep upper body low and increase ability to absorb any shock from the road.
- Shift body weight toward back of saddle.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Almost every day customers visit our shop seeking advice on participating in their first triathlon. When I have the opportunity to help someone in this situation, I share with them the story of my first tri in hopes of helping them feel more comfortable about their endeavor.
It was the summer of 1994. The event was the Victoria Splash & Dash in Victoria, Texas. I had trained for a few weeks and was sure I was in peak condition for an easy victory. I was, after all, fresh off a 1600 meter run victory and bronze in the 3200 at the Texas High School Championship Relays. How hard could a little tri be? I thought I knew all there was to know about swimming, biking, and running. Turns out - I knew nothing!
The morning started with me loading my bike into the trunk of my mom's car and driving with her and my sister to the event one hour away. I arrived around 6 AM for an 8 AM start. This was before on-line registration, so I registered for the event that morning and picked up my packet. As people started to arrive, I noticed the differences between my rusty old mountain bike and some of their $2000 race machines. My confidence, however, was not crushed; I was still sure I could win. After racking my bike, I headed over to the pool area where everyone was warming up. As I got closer, I noticed everyone was wearing tight swimsuits and goggles. I was sure, however, that my baggy Umbro "soccer shorts" and lack of goggles was the best way to go. My plan was simple - go as fast as I could for as long as I could.
They were letting swimmers go every 5 seconds and we had to snake up and down the pool for a total of 300 meters. I patiently waited in line until 5,4,3,2,1 go, I was off. I swam as fast as I could to the other side and then back again. 50 meters down 250 to go. By 150 my arms started to hurt and my eyes were stinging from the chlorine. By 200 I was kicking off the bottom every few strokes and swimming with my eyes closed, by 250 I was just trying to get out of the water alive, and without my shorts falling off. After the swim, I was sure I was still in good position to hold my own on the bike.
I grab my bike out of transition and head out on to the 12 mile course. As I start to ride I realize I am not catching anyone. The rusty, old mountain bike that I borrowed from my high school track coach was not the stallion I thought it was. Riding around the block a few times for training was probably not the riding that all these people were doing. The fact that my bike could not shift was more trouble than I thought it would be. And looking back, my saddle was also about 5 to 7 inches to low. Towards the end of the ride I was being passed by a 10 year old girl and her mom; it was then that I started to feel my big victory slipping away. Still I was determined to blaze through transition and light up the run.
Transition to the run was probably my most memorable moment. As I speed to the transition area, volunteers are yelling at me to dismount my bike. As I go to lift my feet off the pedals, I forget that they are hooked in by cages. The combination of speed and my feet getting caught was enough to send me crashing like a bowling ball into a bike rack with about 6 bikes on it. The volunteers quickly help me up and as I throw my bike in the grass next to a picnic table (the rack was down), I remember thinking how much fun I was having. The whole day was something I had never experienced before.
It took about a mile into the run before I got my legs out of bike riding mode. I had no idea how riding a bike would effect legs on the run. As I rounded the final stretch I saw all these happy people cheering for me, eating, drinking, and just having a good time. I talked to people for about an hour. I met a guy my age that had been doing triathlons for years. I met some members of the Corpus Christi tri club and was invited to their next meeting. I signed up for their monthly newsletter. In short - I was hooked. It was nothing I thought it would be. It was fun and I discovered a whole different type of people that did not exist in my 5000 person hometown.
Through the years of collegiate running, duathlons, sprint tri's, half Ironman events, Ironman events, and working in the shop, my first tri memory will forever help me keep our sport in perspective. It is not about where you finish, what type of bike you have, what you do for a living, where you are from or where you are going. It is about having fun and that is it. You can have many goals in our sport without forgetting this key element. I am constantly reminded of this by some of the greatest in the sport like Michael Lovato and James Bonney. If you ask either of them why they have dedicated and built their lives around this sport, they will tell you the same.
Secondly, bicycle positioning is largely individual outside the basic biomechanical guidelines of safety. Therefore it is important for injury prevention, comfort, and optimal performance. In the bicycle industry we look for fitting systems to better establish locations of current and new positions, to better aid riders to improving their existing positions or modifying them toward any physical changes: improved flexibility might result in more aggressive positions with less wind resistance. Less flexibility might result in lower seat heights, and less aggressive positioning to optimize limited ranges of motion. All together the goal of any system is to better establish the location of a rider, apply the appropriate course of action for adjustment, and to communicate that optimization more clearly to the customer. Assuming the process is correct, this usually results in maximized performance of pedal efficiency, muscle recruitment, and ultimately power. Remember, as a rider your position will and should change as you do, whether for the worse or better.
That is why we at J&A are very excited ReTul is here. We can incorporate RetTul fits to our already successful fitting procedures. Simply put, ReTul is a tool designed to aid a bike fitter to more effectively see and measure positioning in a 3 dimensional form. The ReTul system utilizes a 3 camera system which video references the rider in space and transposes him/her to the software where the body position and angles can be detailed within less that 1 millimeter of accuracy. The data is then transposed using Bluetooth technology to communicate with the electronic "landmarks" set on the body by the fit specialist. These landmarks provide detailed data that can be reviewed about the rider's position. This data is then interpreted within already established guidelines, all of which we have utilized as the base line standard for fitting in our fit studio prior to owning the ReTul unit. The ReTul system isn't telling us where to move or where the rider will feel most comfortable, the rider is still communicating this to the bicycle fit specialist. Rather, the RetTul System is enhancing our ability to see, correct, improve and record adjustments to the riders fit with a new level of precision.
The advantage of the ReTul system is to offer more detailed communication from J&A's fit department to the customer by way of measurements, better record keeping in an electronic format for the sake of the customer and the store, and to more precisely establish where problems may be occurring. It is important to add that bike fitting is still very much art as well as science, meaning the rider brings a level of individuality to the equation that has parameters of definitive safety and need attention. The unique qualities brought to the process might be the rider's length of upper leg to lower leg or a history of back problems or knee problems. The ReTul system enhances the fitter's eye, providing an opportunity for the fitter to apply our knowledge base to the rider. Additionally, all this is done in dynamic or constant movement format. The data is transmitted during movement and not limited to one dimensional phases of analyses (referred to as static fitting). This permits the rider to be fit in a more natural state, rather then in static states.
ReTul will be a great enhancement of our service both for both data accuracy and time efficiency. It will provide a very detailed standard of fit and precision in about two hours. This precision will prove to be quite advantageous to the enhancement of performance, comfort and efficiency of the rider. Contact the shop to get on the ReTul Schedule List.
- By Fit Specialist Zane Castro
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Triathlon is a sport that combines swimming, cycling and running into one event -- in a fun, high-energy environment! With the Series, we have selected some of the most well-run and popular races in the area – bound to give you and your family a memorable experience. Registering for more than one race will allow you to build on the experience gained from each event. You have the option of taking part in one, two, three or ALL FOUR of the Series races listed below.
1379 is an Austin-based active wear retail store that was founded on the idea that an active community is a better community. We hope that this series is one way to promote this value.
The 1379 Triathlon Series will consist of the following local events:
TSD Ranger Triathlon - Sunday, April 18th, 2010
Cedar Park Kids Triathlon - Sunday, April 25th, 2010
I Tri at The J - Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
Hill Country Triathlon for Kids and Families - Saturday, July 24th, 2010
CONTACT US HERE!