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5 of my Top Posts- 100th Post Celebration

Today I just realized that my post this week was number 100 on Triathlonpal.com! Crazy to think I’ve already made it up to number 100.

And to celebrate, I want to look back on 5 of my tops posts (according to view statistics)

1. Super League Triathlon Pro Race Report
This is my most viewed post, and for good reason. Super League triathlon is a big deal. It has the potential to make big waves across the sport. I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the series turns out. Check it out to see my thoughts on the race.

2. Hammer Nutrition: Fully Charged Product review
To be honest this one has taken me a bit by surprise. I was not expecting it to be so popular, but since it is a fairly new product on the market, people want to know what it’s like. Thanks to Trisports.com for hooking me up for the review! Check out the post and see if it’s something you would like to try (and use the code TEAMSHARE15 to get 15% off at Trisports)

3. Finish Line Super Bike Wash Product Review
Another product review in my top posts. I think people just like to see other’s experiances and know what they are getting. I use this stuff every time I clean my bike. Love it!

4. A Tour of My Pain Cave
This is another fun post. I give you all a tour of my “Pain Cave” or my trainer set up. This has changed a bit since the relocation. It’s so much sweeter now. I’ll have to revisit this one soon.

5. Zwift and FTP Tests
Zwifters are fanatical! It really has grown quite the following over the short time it’s been on the market. I beta tested it, but am no longer on the program. Still, it’s a great program you should check out!

I hope you all enjoyed this trip down memory lane! I sure did! Thank you all for reading the blog as consistently as you do, and if you are new around here, subscribe to stay up to date on all that happens. Here’s to the next 100 posts!

Cary Du Classic- USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championships 2017- Race Report

My first “A” race of the season is now complete! There is nothing quite like the feeling you get after a solid block of training, a perfect taper, and stepping up to the start line with great form. I’m pleased to say I was able to do that this year at the Cary Du Classic!

This race has been on my schedule for the last 3 years in a row. The last 2 years it has been the host of the USAT Long Course Du National Champs. Each year the race itself has gotten better, and each year I have improved on my previous year’s performance.

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What did you get for Christmas?

That’s right… the question you always get as you return to work after the Christmas Vacation. What did you get?

Well, my stocking was very much triathlon focused this year… probably because that’s what I put on my list 🙂 That, and my wife just gets me 🙂 So here’s what I got:

  • Honey Stinger Bars– still getting into the Honey Stinger World, and so far I really like these!
  • Skratch Labs Hydration– The best… period. Got some apples and cinnamon for those cold rides, and some individual servings of various flavors.
  • X-lab Torpedo Kompact– A new BTA system for my bike. I’m still trying to figure it all out since my bars are non-standard (read: old). I think I can make it work, and I like the computer mount on top
  • Trigger Point Massage Ball– Recovery is key!
  • Body Glide– no comment needed
  • TrainerRoad Subscription– I’m excited to get back on TR for the winter this year
  • A few other non-triathlon things… like socks… Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without new socks 🙂

So what did you get? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter! If you’re looking to spend the Christmas money you got… check out my Christmas Gift Guide and trisports.com! (I’ve got discount codes if you want them!)

2017 Sponsor: Trisports

I am very blessed to have a great sponsor staying on board for 2017, and that is Trisports!

About Trisports

For those of you who haven’t heard my talk about Trisports before, they are a multisport store based out of Tuscon, Arizona with a massive online presence. They have everything you need for swimming, biking, and running as well as triathlon specifics.

Trisports is also every active in their community. They sponsor a local tri team, sponsor local triathlons, man aid stations at Ironman Arizona and the Ironman World Championships in Kona. The also work with local charities that help get kids out and active in cycling and triathlon.

Why I like Trisports

One of the things I love about their webstore is the fact that things are laid out very well so that you can find what you are looking for with no hassle whatsoever. They also have great sales all the time and they stay on top of all the latest and greatest gear the industry has to offer!

They also have always been very helpful with customer service and making sure things are all set for you. If you need some help with an order or have special requests, give the customer service line a rin and they will hook you up! They are a great group of people to work with at all levels in the organization.

Support My Triathlon Endeavors

New this year as part of the Trisports Ambassador team is a revamp of their ambassador program! I have been on this for a week or so now and it has been great. Now there is just one link to take you to the Trisports website and your orders help support my training, racing, and writing! Check out Trisports from my link and shop til you drop. Also, I still have 20% off codes, so let me know if you want one through the contact me page or on Twitter!

2017 Sponsor: Honey Stinger

This Monday features another one of my sponsors for the 2017 season! This year I am partnering with Honey Stinger for my nutrition in training and racing. I’ve been impressed with Honey Stinger’s products and I am looking forward to the edge they will give me in 2017.

About Honey Stinger

Honey Stinger began very simply back in 1954 when beekeepers Ralph and Luella Gamber created an alternative to the candy bars of the day called the EN-R-G Bar. Alongside those early candy bars they also sold small, 2oz packets of honey labeled “Quick Energy.”

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2017 Sponsor: Brooks Running

As the 2017 season begins, It’s time to start making the announcements about certain new (and returning) sponsors! The first one, I am super excited to have come on board to support my racing this year, and that is Brooks Running!

I get to be a part of the Brooks Pro program this year, so I’ll do my running in the Wonderful Brooks shoes! I’ve been in the Launch 3 since late September and I’ve been loving it. I’m not sure whether I’ll try out some other models or not, but the bit I’ve seen of their line up, I’m sure any of them would be a great!

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Race Story- USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championship

This past weekend was the Cary Du Classic which served as the USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship (For info on what a duathlon actually is, check out my recent post answering just that question). I raced this last year, and from the moment I found out it was the national champs this year I had made it my main goal this season.

USAT Long Course Duathlon Nationals Logo

Packet Pick-Up

Getting to the race, I went to packet pick up on Friday afternoon once we arrived in town and I got my family settled in. The pick-up process was very smooth as I have experienced in the past. FS Series is very well organized and I think that all goes back to this one lady with a British accent who is always there directing things. At the pick-up I got to meet a fellow Trisports sponsored athlete which was neat to be able to meet some others on the team (I’ve got 20% off codes for anyone that wants them… hit me up on twitter!). The one thing that stuck out most to me was number of people there getting things done to their bikes. A few were not competing the next day, but many of them were, and some of those were getting things like new aerobars or pedals put on… the day before a race! So much for nothing new on race day!

USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon Men's Wave

Long Course Men lined up for the start

Pre-Race

The next morning I knew what I was getting into from last year, so I was more relaxed. I arrived at the USA Baseball National Training Complex just before 6am to get everything set up. This year, however, was quite crowded. Since it was a national championship race, the number of competitors almost doubled! The parking lot was packed, but I was able to find a spot and head on to the transition area.

As we all lined up for the start of the race, there were two guys beside me who started talking about how nice the weather was. It was a cool 58 degrees at the start, but the funny part was one of them said it was probably snowing back home (Syracuse, NY) and the other said that the day’s high (82) was the low back home (someplace in Florida)!

Run 1- 5 Miles- 37:34

The countdown started and we all got up on the line. Once the horn blew the group of men took off (the ladies would follow 4 minutes later). I always seem to get caught up in the opening sprint, so I made sure I was off the front a bit and made a conscious effort not to get carried away by the guys off the front. I watched about ⅔ of the group run away from me as we exited the parking lot, and when I looked at my watch I say I was running 7:00/mile pace… there was no way I could keep that up! I settled down a bit and got my pace down to 7:30/mi which is still way faster than I wanted to be going at that point. It’s a long race and I didn’t want to blow up!

As I expected, many of the others started to slow as we got past the first mile. The course is an out and back with a turn around at the 2.5 mile point. What makes this unique is that it is almost entirely downhill going out… which mean it is almost entirely uphill going back! That totally messed up my strategy since I forgot to take that into account when I planned out the race. I still managed a quick first run… about 7 minutes faster than I had planned!

USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon Transition

T1- Before I realized my shoes were stuck

T1- 00:44

I got into transition and made quick work of getting on the bike. I ended up almost doubling my usual time for T1 though because my bike shoe velcro got caught on my transition bag and when I grabbed my bike I ended up dragging my bag along with it!

Bike- 30 Miles- 01:23:56

Once I got out on the bike course I immediately realized it would be an interesting bike leg. Since the short course wave started 15 minutes behind the long course, many of the athletes were getting out onto the course at the same time. I quickly caught up to a large group of people and started to pass them. The issue was that others were passing within the group and it was difficult to make a pass without drafting (the rules stated that each cyclist had to keep at least 3 bike lengths behind the persons in front of them unless passing and they have 15 second to pass). As a made my way though the groups there were points where it was impossible to pass and some times there were even people riding three wide and blocking the whole rode! At one point I saw a car get stuck between two groups of cyclists and was forced to drive at their pace.

Thankfully, the race official came around a few miles into the bike leg on a motorcycle and began enforcing the no drafting rule. The moto would ride at the back of a pack and write race numbers down. I hung back behind the moto for a while and the groups cleared out pretty quickly once everyone realized the race moto was there. Then the moto would move on to the next group and I could make my pass. On one hand it was nice to be right behind the enforcer since it made the groups easier to pass. On the other hand, there were points where I could have passed the moto but it wasn’t safe and even at one point I had to break going up a hill which made me lose all my momentum from the previous downhill. I found out afterwards that in all they race official handed out a total of 14 2-minute penalties to long course athletes and 6 of them to short course athletes! That’s a lot of penalties for a race of 234 finishers!

Once we got about halfway through that lap of the course things had spread out and I was able to get into a rhythm. Once I got there I was able to cruise right on through the rest of the bike course. Overall that was my fastest race split on the bike with an average of 21.3mph!

T2- 00:40

T2 was another simple affair. I again took about twice as long as usual because I racked my bike on the wrong side of my shoes so I had to run around my bike to get them. It was my first race that I racked up against the fence so I think that’s what caused the issues there. I’ll know better next time I guess.

Run 2- 5 Miles- 42:05

Getting back out on the run course was painful. I was moving really slow and I started to cramp up. I had grabbed a bottle filled with Skratch Labs Hydration so I was downing that for the first mile or so. Once I got that into me I started to loosen up a bit. I probably didn’t

Trisports Baby

My cheering buddy… pre-race obviously

drink enough on the bike. The rest of the course was fairly uneventful. Everyone was in pain and you could feel the camaraderie in our pain out there on the final 2-3 miles.


The best part of the day was coming back into the parking lot to make the last loop towards the finish line. My family was there and my daughter (almost 2 years old) had her cow bell and was saying hi to me and “Go, Daddy, Go!” When I waved to her she squealed with delight. It was hilarious! That got me around the last 400 yards of the course and on to the finish line. It was great!

Post Race

USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon Finish Line

Coming own the finishing chute decked out in USAT logos!

I finished with a time of exactly 2 hours and 45 minutes. There were volunteers at the finish that swarmed everyone that crossed the line to get the timing chip and hand them… not a finisher’s medal, but a bottle opener. That’s right… not finisher’s medal for the national championship race… just a cork screw. Not that I’m bitter or anything. Last year we got socks though. Those were cool. I actually raced in them this year.

Final Thoughts

Overall this was a great race and it’s always well organized. The one place that FS Series struggles in its races are in the post race activities and all around athlete experience. This year they again did not have a race photographer, which is totally unacceptable in my opinion in this day. The all around contact and experience before and after the race doesn’t get much thought from them and that is a huge let down after such a well organized race.

As far as Nationals goes, I placed 11th in my age group which is good enough to qualify for the 2017 World Championship in Switzerland. I’d love to go, but logistics need to be worked out before then. Of course, I have 16 months to do that!

USAT Long Course Duathlon Collage

Sponsors!

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One of the exciting things about looking forward to this triathlon season is the fact that this is my first season with a sponsor! No, I am not a professional, and no, I do not have people giving thousands of dollars in free stuff, but this year, I get to be part of the Trisports.com Champions team!

I have been using Trisports.com for the last few seasons for my equiptment needs. They have really made it so that I only go to my Local Bike Shop for maintenance and labor, but all the parts I get from Trisports. I even have sent my wife there for Birthday Gifts! They are a great company to do business with, and I am excited to be a part of the Trisports team this year!

One thing I love about their website is that they have divided their products by sport, so even if you are a one sport athlete, it is easy to find items related to your one sport without having to wade through all of the triathlon specific equipment. So even if you are just a runner, cyclist, or swimmer, then you can still find what you need at Trisports.  

If you want to read more about the company you can see their about page HERE

As a member of the Trisports team, I get to hand out coupons to refer people to site. These coupons are for 20% you order! Just comment or send me a message and I’ll send you a one-time use code! Do keep in mind that these codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, on items designated as non-discountable, and do not apply to taxes or shipping. If you are getting something on sale and cannot use a discount code, please click through to the sight from this link HERE or on my sponsors page. While I DO NOT get a kick back from the items you purchase, I do earn rewards for referrals, so I would deeply appreciate your support this way!

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Another partnership I have this year is with The Feed. The Feed is a company built to make it as easy as possible for athletes to get the nutrition products they use. They operate mainly on a subscription basis, so you can set it and forget it and your bars and hydration mixes will show up on your doorstep at whatever interval you choose. They also accept on-off orders so you can give them a try and test out new products as your leasure. One great thing they have is pre-built boxes so you can pick your sport or favorite team/athlete and get a box of products delivered to your door to try out!

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