In This Issue
FAQ's & Resources
2010 Event Schedule
CTA Travel - Tour de France 2010
USAT Duathlon Nationals
USAT National Championships
Eagleman Preparation Events
Foundation Focus: JMN Melanoma Foundation
Foundation Focus: Team in Training
In Support of Aqua Bike
Ironman Lottery
TriColumbia NEWS
Welcome to the first edition of the TriColumbia Monthly Newsletter, providing information on our upcoming events, training tips, sports related stories and a slew of other fun and informative articles.  We welcome your feedback and hope to see you at one of our races throughout the season!
The Columbia Triathlon Association is a 501c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating lifelong memorable experiences for triathletes of all ages and abilities. Based in Columbia, Maryland and incorporated in 1988, the organization plays an active role in the Columbia community and supports several local charities, like: The Arc of Howard County for developmentally affected youth & adults, The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults based in Howard County, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, Team In Training, The Blazeman Foundation, the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, and many other worthwhile causes.
We are very proud of our contributions to causes that we feel are just and worthy of our support. We admire the human spirit, in all its forms, and encourage all to "enrich your lives" and as Lance would say to, "Live Strong". We hope you can and will join us at one of our special events. Experience it, feel the energy, always be as great as you can be, then be and give a little more.
Frequently Asked Questions & ResourcesFAQ's Question Mark
If you're not sure about some of the rules & regulations for CTA's races or if you're just looking for answers to commonly asked questions, download the FAQ
If you're new to the sport and are looking for helpful hints, Ask the Tri-Girl
Nutrition is a key component to proper training and racing. TriColumbia sponsor, Hammer Nutrition, has an extensive resource page

Indoor training has been especially key this winter. Spinervals offers engaging training DVD's
If you still have questions about specific races, feel free to email us
2010 Event Schedule:
April 25, 2010 - 
 TriColumbia LIFEfest - Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K Runs PLUS 100K, 75K & 55K Bike Rides.  Registration is still open!
May 23, 2010 -
Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  Charity slots are still available.  
June 13, 2010 -
EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Presented by Spinervals - General Registration is closed for the 70.3 race, but the Aqua Velo has a few spots left.  Charity slots are still available for the 70.3 race. 
June 27, 2010 -
*NEW*Celebration Sprint Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
July 25, 2010 -
TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
August 22, 2010 -
Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  Charity slots are still available.
September 25, 2010 -
ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival - General Registration is still open for all races - the full iron distance, the aqua velo, the swimfest and the *NEW* Skipjack.
September 25, 2010 -
Make-a-Wish Triathlon - General Registration has not yet opened. 
Custom GetawaysTour de France 2010
The Columbia Triathlon Association Partners with Custom Getaways the Official VIP Partner of the Tour de France

Etape du Tour - This is you opportunity to ride a mountain stage of the Tour de France with closed roads, feeding stations and assistance, just like the pros

Spring Classics - See and support Lance Armstrong in the Tour of Flanders and George Hincapie on Paris Roubaix. Experience the extensive cycling culture of Northern France and Belgium on this 10 day trip.  The crowds are epic, the rides as well!

Tour de France - Our extensive lineup is the most diversified and largest in the industry, yet we strive to offer individual attention to all and experiences that last a lifetime

Alpe d'Huez cycling challenge; Trophee de l'Oisans - A week of fun and challenging events centered around the famous Alped d'Huez climb!.  The "Trophee" includes 4 timed events with individual ranking per event and overall combined events ranking.

Tour of California - Will Levi Leipheimer, with Lance Armstrong and Team Radio Shack be able to conquer a 4th title?  Join us on one of our 2 trips to find out first hand! Beautiful hotels and great access to the race!

Tuscon, AZ
USA Triathlon announced this week that the scenic city of Tucson, Arizona will host the National Duathlon Festival in 2011 and 2012.

Exact race dates have not been set, but organizers expect an April event for both years. Duathlon races consist of a run-bike-run format.

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USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships Festival
Whether you're a first-time duathlete or a hard-core competitor, there is something for everyone at the National Duathlon Festival! The festival and races take place April 24-25, 2010 in Richmond, VA. The On-Road National Championship Age Group Races will serve as the only qualifier for the 2010 World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 4 and 5, 2010. Eighteen spots per age group will qualify, rolling down to 25th place.
Visit their website for more details and to register

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USA Triathlon has announced the picturesque city of Burlington, Vt., will host the 2011 and 2012 USAT Age Group, Sprint and Elite National Championships.

The date of the events has not been determined, but organizers expect the events to be held in August in both 2011 and 2012 at a venue near Lake Champlain and Battery Park.


If you are entered for Eagleman Ironman 70.3 and want to have an opportunity to bike and run the Eagleman courses, here are details of 2 events that may be of interest. Both events are local fundraisers which are supported by CTA:

YMCA Crab Half Marathon  - Saturday 6th April 2010

The Half Marathon will follow the Eagleman Run Course (except for the first & last 300 yards).  In aid of Dorchester County YMCA (who provide aid stations on the Eagleman Run Course).  Details and On-line registration is available on

6 Pillars Century Ride - Saturday 1st  May 2010

In addition to a Century Ride, there is a 56 mile option, following the Eagleman Bike Course.

The event supports Character Counts, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide community leadership for character education to children on the Mid-Shore.  Character Counts provide volunteers during both Eagleman and ChesapeakeMan.

Joanna M Nicolay 
"...& Often!" as the title emphasizes for triathletes. Melanoma skin cancer "detection" is one essential component of the mission of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) - to protect the body's largest, perhaps most underappreciated organ from its number one enemy - the sun!  Skin cancer is the #1 cancer in the U.S. and melanoma is the most serious and lethal form.  The Foundation is a non-profit charity recognized nationally for education, outreach and research activity, and especially, as the "voice for melanoma prevention, detection, care and cure."  

Triathletes lead the pack as a key demographic for over-exposure to the sun's extremely harmful ultraviolet rays. When you think of skin cancer you may ask, "What's the big deal? Don't they just remove it?" While the skin has pigment-producing melanocytes to protect it, the sun's rays are especially damning to the skin's middle layer, the dermis.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program is the world's largest and most successful endurance training program for triathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists and hikers of all fitness levels. Team In Training (TNT) started in 1988 and has successfully trained over 400,000 athletes while raising over $1 billion for blood cancer research and patient aid.  The Columbia Triathlon Association has been a wonderful partner to TNT throughout the years, offering slots to their events and allowing TNT teams to come to their events year after year.  In 2009, TNT participants that trained and fundraised for The Columbia Triathlon, Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon and Iron Girl Columbia Women's Triathlon raised more then $205,000.
Team in Training provides expert coaching, weekly team training sessions, event entry, hotel accommodations, pre and post race parties, apparel and a triathlon experience you will never forget. Information meetings have begun for the summer season.  A full schedule of meetings times and locations is available on theTNT website. To find out how to have the time of your life while helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society save the lives of children and adults touched by cancer, call 410-891-1999, email Julie Lafee or visit  You may have already made the commitment to race, now do so for a great cause!

by Chris Coffin

3 years ago I reinvented myself.  No, I didn't change my name and move to a different part of the country.  I didn't sell all of my possessions and take up a new occupation.  I was forced to reinvent myself as an athlete.

In 1987 I began my NCAA Division I swimming career at Providence College. During that time I began competing in USLA lifeguard events such as the distance surf paddle and the lifeguard ironman. I transitioned to open water masters swimming and in 1991 I entered my first triathlon.  I was instantly hooked on the multi-sport lifestyle. Unfortunately due to poor bio-mechanics and bone structure in my foot and ankle, 16 years of triathlon training and racing had taken its toll.  I developed a degenerative condition where my posterior tibialus tendon began to come apart. No, it did not simply tear in half (that would be too easy), it began to shred, break down and come apart like an over cooked pot roast. I went through almost 3 years of repetitive cycles; injury, therapy, crutches, casts, boots, getting better, racing again and re-injuring. Finally after meeting with 3 different sports orthopedists, I was told by each one separately that "I should give up running" or face major tendon replacements, bone grafting, titanium inserts, even having my heel bone cut off and screwed back on into a new position.


Ironman lottery
A mainstay in the history of the Ironman, the Ironman Lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of one of Ironman's founders, John Collins, as a way to provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to be part of the world's most challenging one-day endurance event. The 2010 Ironman Lottery Program officially opened on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009 and will close on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PT with all winning entries being announced on Thursday, April 15 at Noon ET.

The Ford Ironman World Championship selects 200 athletes each year to participate through the Ironman Lottery. A total of 150 athletes will be selected domestically and 50 athletes will be selected internationally. The Ford Ironman World Championship is one of the most in-demand athletic events in the world. Qualifying becomes more competitive each year, so the Ironman Lottery offers another opportunity to participate in this incredible event.

In 1990, Ironman established the Passport Club domestically as an addition to the Ironman Lottery. This year, the Passport Club was opened to athletes worldwide. The Passport Club offers many benefits, including an increased chance of being selected through the lottery.

A FAQ is available on the Ironman website or e-mail

Entry Fee:
Lottery Application: $40 USD
Passport Club Membership: $50 USD (second chance into the Lottery)


Spinnervals Cycling
The world wide leader in bike training workouts on video, Spinervals Cycling, is announcing the upcoming release of four new workout titles. Check out for details.

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The Official Energy Bar and Gel of the TriColumbia
Whether your workouts or races last an hour or two, or a week or two, Hammer Nutrition has the fuels that your body craves. You can completely and perfectly fulfill your pre-, during-, and post-workout requirements from our line of fuels. However, with so many choices and combinations of choices, how do you know which to choose? This article describes our fuels in detail and tells you how to best use them. For ease of comparison and for systematically sorting out your needs, we divide our fuels into four categories: Calorie/Energy Sources, Electrolytes, Protein Powders, and Recovery Drink.

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New Tri-Speed Location
Tri-Speed MultiSport the official multisport sponsor of the EagleMan IronMan 70.3 & the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Announces the GRAND OPENING of their New Store and Location   
February 27, 2010  
Tri-Speed MultiSport
#124 1421 Clarkview Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21209
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