Getting ready for the 2014 season

 It’s time to start thinking about getting your gear ready for the 2014 season. Training gearproperly and having your gear in good working order will help you be successful in your upcoming races.  Here’s 5 things you can do to get your gear ready for the season:

 

1.  Get a bike tune up.  You rode miles and miles last year and probably just put it away at the end of last season.  Take your bike to your local bike shop and have them give it a basic tune up.  It’s amazing how a good cleaning and some lubrication can make your bike ride so much better.  This is especially important if you rode your bike this past winter.  Road salt and grime can collect on your chain, brakes, and cables making your bike work harder.  Also think about replacing your bike’s chain and tires.  Changing your bike’s chain will help it to shift better and most bike experts suggest changing it every 5,000 miles or once a year.  Check your tires for any holes, gashes or worn tread.  New tires are a great investment to a great season.

2.  Get a bike fit.  This can be one of the best ways to improve your riding other than riding.  It can decrease your risk of injury and make you more comfortable on the bike, which will in turn encourage you to get out and ride!

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Official BTT Gear

I am so excited to announce the official Balanced Triathlon Training gear is in production! The sizing kits are in so check your email about a time/place to try them on. In the meantime, check out the 3-D rendering of the men’s and women’s tri tops! Thanks so much to Chris Webster at Chris Webster Design for her work in designing the layout and to Kelly Ramm for her work on the logo. Click here to view and enter OH.BTT in the account ID box.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Jeanne on qualifying for her second national championship this season!  Jeanne has not only qualified for the USAT Age Group Nationals in Burlington, VT, but she has also qualified for the 5i50 HyVee US Championship in Des Moines, IA and improved her Olympic triathlon PR by 24 minutes!  To achieve these goals, Jeanne and her coach, Kathy, worked to develop a balanced training plan and goals for each of her races this season.  Jeanne’s dedication to training, hard work, and race execution earned her the right to compete in both these national championship races.   Continue reading

10 Reasons to Tri

1.  You’ll benefit your heart.  Regular cardiovascular exercise will cut your risk of developing heart disease in half.

2.  You’ll increase your chances of living longer.  Research at Harvard University found that people who burnt 2,000 calories extra per week through exercise lived 1-2 years longer than people who burnt only 500 extra per week.

3.  It can help you manage your weight.  Regular training will burn calories and increase your metabolism.

4.  You’re less likely to get injured.  Muscles take 48 hours to recover after a training session and triathletes train different muscles on different days.

5.  It’s a great stress buster!  Repetitive, rhythmic exercises such as swimming, biking, and running act like “moving meditation”.

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MIT/COTT Information Session

It was great to meet so many of you tonight at the MIT/COTT Information session tonight.  I hope you had the chance to process all the great information presented.  There were a lot of very knowledgeable and experienced people there.  Many of you stopped by and asked questions about the swim leg of the triathlon.  If you have more questions, were too shy to ask, or would like to setup a swim evaluation and lessons, please fill out the my contact form and I will get back to you within 1-2 days.