Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5th Annual Skeese Greets Women's Tri

Skeese Greets, Greeting Cards for the Athletically Minded, announces the Fifth Annual Skeese Greets Women's Triathlon scheduled for Mother's Day, May 8th, 2011 and benefiting the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. The 300 meter swim, 11 mile bike and 2 mile run has taken place at the Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas every year, but the date has been moved around during the month of May. This will be the first time the triathlon takes place on Mother's Day.

"We think it's a good fit for that weekend," explains director Stacy Keese. "It's a women's event and most triathlete women don't want to sit around on Mother's Day with breakfast in bed. They want to be active and have fun. They can do that at this event with their family cheering them on. It will be a special day for them."

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, the triathlon will offer participants the opportunity to swim in a small, man-made cable lake; bike through scenic tree-lined, rolling hills; and put their running shoes on for a paved road run. Afterward, they'll be treated to a great a party with lots of give-a-ways, burgers, beer, ice cream and free massages. They can also relax on the beach as they listen to music and watch cable skiers flip tricks. Other amenities include personalized race bibs, custom finisher necklace, performance shirts sized for women (tech tees), professional timing, reusable tote, reusable water bottle, and a custom swim cap.

Past victors of the Skeese Greets Women's Tri include professional triathletes Desiree Ficker, Kelly Hadel-Williamson and Natasha Van Der Merwe. The participant list, however, is dominated with age-group athletes and first time triathletes.

We hope to see you out there on May 8th!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shop ride Sundays: It's April, change is in the air!

So, we've got a lot of change for April with Spring coming, time to get your year planner out and the yellow highlight marker...

First up, after this Sundays shop ride, I will be in Butler park, the other side of the railway bridge, to give a transition clinic. I'll run through it a few times to allow riders from the no-drop, intermediate and advanced groups to take part. There is no set time, but I'll be riding with the no-drop this week so I can get back early and get set-up. We'll have a couple of transition racks and I'll take you through both basic and advanced transition.

I'll be giving you a chance to practice everything a few times, bring running shoes as well if you want but we'll be on grass! So, no matter what level of experience you have come along and learn some tips and tricks that will help you save vital time in transition, I usually exit both T1/T2 in under a minute, sometimes in as little as 35-seconds...

Next, there are a lot of changes to the schedule this month. Here it is. Please pass it on so we don't have people showing up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

3rd Jacks famous no-drop ride; Intermediate and Advanced will do hills. We leave promptly at 8:30 from the shop.

10th NO SHOP RIDE - we don't plan any rides for today, come do the Round Rock Express ride instead, and many will be down in Galveston take part in the 70.3 race.

17th No Drop ride only - for those of you not doing the Rookie Triathlon, I will be at the shop to run the no-drop ride, we don''t plan any other rides. Zac will be around if anyone wants to come do a pick-up ride based on who shows up.

24th It's Easter. No Steiner Ride today, moved to May 1st. Definitely No-drop, Intermediate and advanced, destination/length etc. tbc. Ride location the shop, start time 8:30

1st May Steiner Ride - Shiner GASP special edition. We will be riding out from the Steiner Ranch Steak House, starting prompt at 8:30 for no-drop, intermediate and advanced. The good folks from the Spoetzl Brewery will bring along some free beer, the Shiner GASP century is the following Saturday(7th) and one of my personal favorites.

So, thats it for this week. Lots to do, hopefully I'll see lots of you on Sunday for the transition clinic or on the ride. Make sure you make a note of the ride changes, no last minute txt messages asking me where things are... (you know who you are...) ++Mark.


2011 TRI ZONES Women's Training Teams

If you are in need of some group motivation/accountability look no further...Tri Zones has your back! Check out the 2011 Women's Training Team options for this season:

Danskin Triathlon and Skeese Greets Triathlon training: this program starts March 26th with various locations available including North, South, and a Cedar Park/Round Rock location. All groups offer a program for First Tri and Tri Tri Again. The program is 10 weeks long and offers pool and open water swimming instruction, cycling, running, transitions, and race day preparation. To register go to

Intermediate and Advanced training programs are also available for the Texas Tri Series or for ongoing half Ironman and full Ironman distance events. Training starts March 29th. For more information go to


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Shop ride Sundays: Steiner delights!

Steiner rides.... this Sunday(3/27) sees the shop ride move north to the Steiner Ranch steakhouse, wheels down 8:30 prompt. This week is also the booster for the April 10th High Five Events Round Rock Express ride and we'll be giving away some free entries to Sunday shop riders.

Due to Easter w/e, we've also moved the April Steiner Ranch to May 1st. Thats right, in May you get two chances to ride up north and have an outstanding half price brunch courtesy of Sid and the Steiner Ranch crew. Also, May 1st is the booster ride for the Shiner GASP Ride, we'll have free beer courtesy of the Shiner brewery.

Next week I'll publish the ride schedule for April, which includes another post ride Triathlon transition practice session at Butler park. Good luck to everyone racing Champions Tri on Saturday, and to everyone doing the Cap10k Sunday, which I'll be doing so I'll miss the shop ride, good luck and be safe out there!


2011 Triathlon Season and Pure Austin Coaching (PAC)

The 2011 Triathlon season has begun!

PAC (Pure Austin Coaching) is gearing up for the ultimate 2011 race season with an extended practice schedule and training plans.

Open water swimming at Quarry Lake starts in April. Join PAC for two to three open water swim practices a week. For more information, check out the practice schedule here.
New for 2011, all members of PAC will have access to Sprint and Olympic Distance training plans in conjunction with the PAC practice schedule. Athletes also have the choice to have individual Sprint or Olympic Distance training plans. Both training plans are included with the regular monthly fee ($35 for Pure Austin members and $45 for non-members).

Interested in going “long”? PAC also offers Half and Full Ironman Distance Periodization Schedules. A periodization schedule is a training plan tailored specifically to an upcoming race, with specific heart rate zones and running paces prescribed for each workout. Check out the schedule here to see if your Ironman distance event is on the list.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Texas 4000 Tribute Fashion Show

Come out and support the Texas 4000 organization in their quest to fight cancer by attending the 2011 Texas 4000 Tribute Fashion Show.

BoConcept will host a Style Show on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to raise awareness for Texas 4000. The show will highlight local Austin retail stores and eateries including: Jack & Adam's, delish, How Do You Roll, gallery d, Plain Ivey Jane, MissBehave, Langford Market, Duo and more.

The 2011 LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 team members will be in attendance. Texas 4000 is dedicated to fighting cancer by sharing hope, knowledge and charity. The cornerstone event in the organization’s fight against cancer is a more than 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.

Who: BoConcept and Texas 4000

When: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where: BoConcept
430 West 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
7:00pm Fashion Show

Participants: Jack & Adam's, Plain Ivey Jane, delish, How Do You Roll, gallery d, Langford Market, Duo, MissBehave

Master of Ceremonies: Loriana Hernandez, Anchor Fox 7 News

The event will be catered by Divine Divas Catering. Beverages will be donated by Michelob Ultra, Brown Distributing and Z Tequila.

To learn more about the incredible people that comprise the LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 team, to make a donation or read the riders’ blogs, click here. Fighting Cancer Every Mile

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Express Ride Jerseys Now Available!

There is no better way to spend your Sunday than on a fully supported bike ride followed by a Round Rock Express Game.

And there is no better way to ride . . . than to ride in style! New for 2011 and for a limited time only:

Jerseys are available for purchase with your event registration OR at the Jack and Adam's Online Store.

There will be a limited amount available for pickup at packet pickup, but more will be ordered after the event. Jerseys will not be mailed out. They must be picked up at the event or at Jack & Adam's Bicycles.


Shop Ride Sundays: Just a quicky

Just an early reminder, this weeks shop ride is at Steiner Ranch and will be the Round Rock Express special edition, same routes for the rides, and including the famous(*) Jacks No-Drop ride, this week is a good tune up for the April 10th Round Rock Express ride and we'll be giving out additional details on Sunday. Advanced warning, there is NO SHOP RIDE PLANNED FOR APRIL 10th

Also, after the April 3rd ride I'll be doing an informal transition clinic for those that want some tips on how to get in and out of T1/T2 fast for the Rookie Triathlon. Short course racing is hard and fast, don't waste time in transition! The clinic will run in Butler Park just as soon as I can get set-up after the No Drop ride, probably between 11-12pm and participation is free. Doesn't matter which group you ride with, come over afterwards, bring your run shoes as I will make you practice.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Austin Family and Sports Chiropractic comes to J&A Core Class

Join us Monday, March 7th and Monday, March 21st post core class for free chiropractic work! The chiropractic treatment will be offered by Dr. Laurie Buob from Austin Family and Sports Chiropractic.

Dr. Laurie's technique blends Chiropractic, ART (Active Release Therapy) and Graston Technique to create a system that is highly effective in providing patients with long term pain relief and improved health. Dr. Laurie also incorporates rehabilitation exercises, balance, stability and activity/sport specific training in order to remove barriers that force you to compromise your health and quality of life.

She works closely with every individual patient to address injury concerns so that you can reach your optimal level of performance. In fact, Dr. Laurie’s motto is, “Hurt Less, Play More!”
For more info click here. Or see what the Doc is up to here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Muddy Buddy Austin!

May 14th 2011

Muddy Buddy is all about having fun with a friend, family member, partner or co-worker! Teams of two traverse a 6-7 mile off-road course and 5 obstacles.

At the start of the race, one team member will run and one will ride the bike. At the 1st obstacle, the rider will drop the bike, complete the obstacle, and begin running. The runner will arrive, complete the obstacle, find their bike and begin riding. Teams will continue leapfrogging each other through the entire course.

At the end of the race, racers crawl through the infamous Mud Pit crossing the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies”!


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Use the J & A discount code to save some dough!
Our discount code is: CLUBCGI (case sensitive)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spin on the deck at Jack and Adam’s

What: BYOT (Bring Your Own Trainer) Spin on the deck at Jack and Adam’s
When: Thursdays at 6:30 PM
Hosted By: Team In Training
Coached By: Team In Training Coaches

Jack and Adam’s is proud to present Thursday night BYOT (Bring Your Own Trainer) spin on the deck. This is an awesome action-packed spin class brought to you by the folks at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training. Bring your own trainer and a positive attitude and get ready to rock to some awesome tunes and get your sweat on all while building yourself into a strong cyclist.

The spin class is open to all levels of fitness. Whether you are an experienced athlete and want a good workout or if you’re just thinking about getting into triathlon and cycling, this class is for you! The class is free.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Austin Autism Ride

Help support the Autism Society of Greater Austin by coming out to the Austin Autism Ride Sunday, April 3rd at beautiful Berry Springs County Park in Georgetown. This is a fantastic course with routes of 9, 24, 42 and 64 miles and a rider limit of 350 participants. The Autism Society is also offering a family hike/walk through the park with a paved path for little cyclists.

With your registration you get a fully supported ride, plus a t-shirt and lunch from Stubb's Bar-B-Q, Chipotle, Schlotzsky's, and KFC as well as beer from Saint Arnold's Brewery (if you are of age) and one raffle ticket. Raffle prizes will include $500 worth of merchandise from REI and a free fit and tune-up from us (valued at $100).

The Autism Society of Greater Austin supports families affected by Autism with a phone line, email group, support meetings and fun family activities like sensory-friendly movie screenings.

Preregistration ends March 23rd and after that the price goes up, so sign up now!