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More Race Reports 2012 July 16, 2012

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A rather long and rambling race report from the Mont Tremblant 70.3 last weekend:


-Greg Grandgeorge

Another report from William Jenks for Kansas 70.3



Race Reports for 2012 July 16, 2012

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Quartermax Race report – June 23rd – Dan Drefke

After sitting out last season due to my wrist in a cast, I was anxious to compete in a race.  It had been 2 years since I did a 70.3 and 3 years since I did an Oly.  My “A” race this year is the  Rev3 at Wisconsin Dells.  I had two goals.  1 – I needed to shake out the cobwebs and 2 – I wanted to see an old friend in the St. Louis area.  I decided to sign up for the Quartermax triathlon in Wright City, MO.  It’s called a quarter because that is exactly what it is.  1000m swim, 28 mile bike and 6.5 mile run.  Online registration was a little over $100.  Pretty steep considering the type of race.  Race was on Saturday so that was a positive.  I could spend Fri/Sat at my friend’s house and leave on Sunday.

Packet pickup  – Race is held inside of a resort and you need a pass to get by the security guard.  Glad I got this the day before because it would have been stressful having to deal with that on race morning.  Packet pickup was smooth.  Got my swim cap, race number, and T-shirt.  That was all.  No swag.  Not even a horrible breakfast bar or a gel.  WTF?  $100 for this?

Leave site and head to my friend’s house.  Didn’t realize he lived 90 minutes from venue.  Oops.  Get to his place and start acting like we did when we were in our early 20’s.  Carbo load past midnight and realize that I need to be up in 4 hours to make the long drive to race.  Wake up feeling effects of liquid carbs and head to venue.

Race –  Parking went really well and you could park within 200 yards of transition.  Set up my transition and then head DOWN to the swim.  I’ll explain later.  Swim went well. Drafted a guy for half the swim but got separated when we started running into previous waves.  Exited the beach and then ran about 150 yards uphill, 10% grade, to transition.  T1 went smooth and I noticed that there were many bikes in transition.  I was 5th out of the water in my AG (Backdoor brag)  Start thinking that maybe I should have had one more can of carbs the night before.  I start biking and realize I should have had one less can.  Hilly course and the first 5 miles were winding ascents/descents.  The roads were open to traffic but no issues.  Didn’t notice any drafting but there could have been.  No course marshal and few volunteers.  The run consisted of two laps on what I was told was packed gravel.  Basically it was an Iowa gravel road that went up and down through the woods.  Finished race about a minute off of my goal and was in top 20% of AG.  As you came thru the chute they gave you a beer glass with the triathlon name and logo.  Finally some swag.  Just what I need, another frosty mug for the freezer.  Checked out the food tent after the race.  Basic food but they did have a kiddy pool full of micro brew beer.  Nothing like slamming a beer when you are nearly dehydrated.  Left race and headed back to my friend’s place.  Celebrated in style and my post race meal that evening (actually next morning) was White Castle.

The race was a great tune up but I don’t recommend it.  Too many issues.  Long drive, expensive, no free stuff, horrible run course and White Castle.

Cycling wind jackets are in! June 20, 2012

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Our cycling wind jackets have arrived. We tried to balance the design between a jacket that would look appropriate while training, racing, or just wearing out casually.

Comfortable and lightweight, the Primal Wind Jacket provides wind and water protection to the entire upper body. This garment can be worn in sub 40˚ temperatures when used with a base layer or arm warmers. The jacket has a mid-back drawstring and a zippered pocket on the right side.

These fold small enough to fit in a pocket when it gets too warm.

As with our other merchandise, the club is offering a discounted rate for the jackets to club members. The jackets will run $40 and we have sizes ranging from XS – XXL.

Ankeny Kids Triathlon June 12, 2012

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See the sign up forms for the Youth Triathlon in Ankeny.

The event will be held on Saturday July 21st, 2012.  Sign up the little ones by July 19th.

There will be a call for triracer volunteers when the event gets a little closer.

PDF document youth triathlon flyer 2012

Word Document youth triathlon flyer 2012 

New TriRacers Uniforms Are In Stock! May 16, 2012

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Click this pic for more information or click on the “apparel” tab.

Ankeny Y Tri class now 2 Evenings +4 Mornings +Sunday March 6, 2012

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Another session of Ankeny YMCA Triathlon class starts this Sunday, March 11th.

The previous session had a good sized group. We now have FIVE swim practices and FOUR spins per week. The comradery and friendly peer pressure in the pool really add a lot to a workout. Participants receive stroke feedback from a coach on the pool deck.

The session starts March 11 and runs through May 17th. The fee for YMCA members is $180 for access to all the practices or $40 for just Sunday noon class. Non Y member prices are $312 and $135 respectively. There is no swim on Thursday March 15th.

Sundays: (Swim: 12-1 p.m)
Mondays: (Bike: 5:45 – 6:30 a.m, Bike: 6-6:45 p.m, Swim: 7-7:45 p.m)
Tuesdays: (Swim: 5:30 – 6:30 a.m)
Wednesdays: (Bike: 5:45 – 6:30 a.m)
Thursdays: (Swim: 5:30 – 6:30 a.m, Swim: 6:15-7 p.m, Bike: 7:15-8 p.m.) No Swim on Thursday March 15th.

To register call the Ankeny YMCA at 515-965-8800

Group Workout February 18th 9am Ankeny Kosama February 7, 2012

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The TRIRacers are hosting a group workout Saturday Feb. 18th at 9am at the Ankeny KOSAMA location.  We plan to ride and do some off the bike exercises that will be lead by Brad.  You will need your own bike and a trainer to participate in this event.  There will be no cost to current members.  This will be a great time as well as a tough workout.  Space is limited so please send me an e-mail if you can attend.  Hope to see you all there next Saturday!

David Jass

djass at hydro-klean dot com

Ankeny Triathlon Classes now have 3 time/price options with up to 6 classes per week January 6, 2012

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Meeting times:
     Sundays: Swim: 12-1 p.m.
     Mondays: Bike: 5:45 - 6:30 a.m.
     Tuesdays: Swim: 5:30 - 6:30 a.m.
         Bike: 5:45 – 6:30 a.m, 
         Swim: 7-7:40 p.m., 
         Bike: 6:05-7 p.m.
     Thursdays: Swim: 5:30 - 6:30 a.m.

YMCA Member Fee:
     All times: $180
     Wednesdays PM Bike and Swim ONLY: $60
     Sundays Swim ONLY: $40
Non-YMCA Member Fee:
     All times: $312
     Wednesdays PM Bike and Swim ONLY: $200
     Sunday Swim Only: $135

Session I dates: January 2nd – March 8th, 2012
To register call the Ankeny YMCA at  515 965 8800

1102 North Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023

2012 Triathlon Race List December 6, 2011

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Here is a 2012 race list for Iowa and all the neighboring states.

Obviously these are subject to change but enjoy planning your year.


Last Updated 12/9/12

Triathlete Nutrition Class – December 28th Ankeny Hy-Vee November 22, 2011

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Do you want to be nutritionally prepared for the New Year and the beginning of your training session?

Do you want to learn the impact of nutrition on your race performance?

Triathlon Racers of Iowa will be hosting an evening with Jenny Norgaard, RD, LD at HyVee Ankeny location Wednesday, December 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

From 5:30-6:00 Jenny will take us on a grocery store tour; 6:00-7:00

we will  transition to the club room and complete a cooking class with Chef Andrew where samples and recipes will be provided.  Jenny, a busy working mom and triathlete herself, will be focusing on the impact of nutrition on a healthy lifestyle and how to get that nutrition through the foods that we eat.  Class is limited to 30 people.

There is no cost to you to attend the class but you must be a current TRI member to attend.  E-mail jamey_cox19@yahoo.com to register for the class.  Space is limited so please be sure you can attend the class before you sign up.  If something should happen that you are unable to attend, please let Jamey know as soon as possible as we expect to have a waiting list for this popular event.