Thursday, March 29, 2012

FREE Triathlon Clinic - April 5 TRANSITIONS

True to tradition, we will conclude this year’s clinic series this coming Thursday, April 5, with TRANSITIONS. Like the previous clinics there is no charge for this clinic but this is the only clinic that is not held at George’s Cycles but instead at Guerber Park off Hill Road and Highway 55 in Eagle [see map below]. Since this takes some time for everyone to get there and get their gear together, we will start this final clinic at 6:30pm. This will be just in time for the Spring Sprint and is intended to be an interactive clinic for you to practice setting up and going through T1 & T2. Too often athletes make the mistake of not practicing their transitions before race day and then fumble through the process. This is literally your best opportunity to learn how the Pros methodically set up their transition areas and their sequencing as they go through the Transition areas.

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This year fellow Professional Triathlete and former head coach of Drexel University Collegiate Triathlon Team, Chris Ganter, will join me in sharing his knowledge.  Chris was the 2008 Duathlon National Champion and USAT Garmin Duathlete of the year. He also brings extensive XTERRA, ITU and Ironman race experience.
This is intended to be an interactive clinic so please bring your race gear. We will not be transitioning out of the water but we will simulate the barefoot run into T1. If you prefer to watch and learn but not participate, that is fine.
Gear to bring:
Bike, cycling shoes, helmet, sunglasses, water bottle, towel, running shoes, running hat or visor, race bib belt and/or nutrition belt if you use one…anything else you use while racing that I haven’t listed

Sunday, March 18, 2012

FREE Triathlon Clinic - TIPS, TRICKS & XTERRA March 22



The last of our indoor clinics is this coming Thursday March 22nd at George’s Cycles Fairview store. Once again we’ll be starting at 6:15 for the TIPS, TRICKS & XTERRA session and is open to anyone who would like to learn some helpful tips to make their racing experience more enjoyable, tricks that make things a little faster and easier and an introduction into the off-road version or Triathlons.

This year I’ve asked local Off-Road Professional Triathlete, Adam Wirth, to join me in sharing our “tribal knowledge” in the sport of Triathlon. We’ve been through the “school of hard knocks” so this is an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and our successes. The off-road, or often referred to as XTERRA, racing is a segment that we have not covered during clinics in previous years. Adam’s expertise will help enlighten those of us who enjoy racing off the beaten path. Like many of us, Adam needed to find an outlet that combined his need to stay healthy with his love for the outdoors. Adam has been traveling and racing for years and enjoys sharing his love for this sport with those around him. We will cover some of the differences with off-road racing but also some of the similarities and how mixing in some off-road racing and training will improve your road racing and vice versa. Obviously there will be some differences in gear selection so we will cover those as well as discuss some of the local races that you can choose from that align with your specific skill set. This will be a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in either type of racing to gain some valuable racing knowledge from your local Pros.
True to tradition, we conclude the series in 2 weeks on Thursday April 5 for TRANSITIONS. This is the only clinic that will not be held at George’s Cycles but instead at Guerber Park off Hill Road and highway 55 in Eagle. This will be just in time for the Spring Sprint and is intended to be an interactive clinic for you to practice setting up and going through T1 & T2. This year fellow Professional Triathlete Chris Ganter has graciously volunteered to join me in sharing his knowledge. Too often athletes make the mistake of not practicing their transitions before race day and then fumble through the process. As we get closer, I’ll provide an update with a list of gear you’ll need to bring.

Monday, March 5, 2012

FREE Triathlon Clinics - RECOVERY March 8




The next clinic in our annual Tri Nite series is this Thursday, March 8, at George’s Cycles on Fairview [10178 Fairview Ave]. This clinic will focus on RECOVERY and will feature discussions about Chiropractic care by Dr. James Bingham from Boise Valley Chiropractic, compression gear by CEP Compression representative Jon Van Wagoner and to round out the night I’ll talk about Trigger Point Therapy’s recovery tools, recovery pumps, stretching and so much more.

Once again we’ll start promptly at 6:15pm and seating is limited so get there early and bring your pen and paper to take notes.

CEP Compression is also offering a limited time program for the Clone where you can purchase one custom fitted Clone for $199 instead of the customary purchase of 2 for $290, and you still get them within 2 weeks. As part of this event, George’s Cycles is offering 15% off any single custom Clone and 20% discount on all in-stock compression products. CEP will also have a contest at the end of the event for the chance to win a pair of compression socks…so bring your running shoes.

Every athlete, regardless of what sport you participate in and independent of how much you train and race should be in attendance for this clinic. Recovery is vital to how your body heals itself from the preceding race or training session and will ultimately determine how you feel and train the next day.

Dr. Bingham is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education. He continued his education at Western States Chiropractic College, graduating Cum Laude as a Doctor of Chiropractic. He has been in practice in Boise for nearly a decade. Dr. Bingham specializes in athletic injuries to the neck and spine and is very efficient in treating shoulder and knee problems, whether acute or chronic. An avid sportsman, Dr. Bingham enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking, fishing, and hunting.

Two weeks later, on Thursday March 22, we continue with the third portion of the series…TIPS, TRICKS and XTERRA. This year I’ve asked local Off-Road Professional Triathlete, Adam Wirth, to join me in sharing our “tribal knowledge” in the sport of Triathlon. We’ve been through the “school of hard knocks” so this is an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and our successes. The Off-Road, or often referred to as XTERRA, racing is a segment that we have not covered during clinics in previous years. I’m hoping Adam’s expertise will help enlighten those of us who enjoy racing off the beaten path.

True to tradition, we conclude the series on Thursday April 5 for TRANSITIONS. This is the only clinic that will not be held at George’s Cycles but instead at Guerber Park off Hill Road and highway 55 in Eagle. This will be just in time for the Spring Sprint and is intended to be an interactive clinic for you to practice setting up and going through T1 & T2. This year fellow Professional Triathlete Chris Ganter has graciously volunteered to join me in sharing his knowledge. Too often athletes make the mistake of not practicing their transitions before race day and then fumble through the process. As we get closer, I’ll provide an update with a list of gear you’ll need to bring.