Summer is in full swing and with it triathlon season. We hope you are enjoying both!
In this issue of our e-newsletter, you will find inspirational stories and useful training tips as well as highlights of the TriColumbia Inaugural Celebration Triathlon, a focus on Team Fight and The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, information on TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon and items of interest to Iron Girls preparing for the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon on August 22nd.
Check out 2011 TriColumbia race and registration opening dates.
We wish you safe training and successful racing!
High heat and humidity couldn't deter over 1500 athletes from racing in the Inaugural Celebration Triathlon in Columbia, MD on June 27th. The brutal conditions were no match for high spirited and determined participants, including Mark Viviano of WJZ 105.7 "The Fan." Mark shares the thrill of his first triathlon and reflections on the "physical and mental challenges" he has never encountered before.
Inaugural Celebration Sprint Triathlon Allowed Many To "Tri" and Succeed
There were many inspiring stories spawned that day including Jewel's story about a new triathlete, and her struggle to finish made possible with the help of a new found friend and fellow competitor. Don't miss Jewel's story on our Facebook Page.
If you weren't there in person, check out the TRI-Lights live blog posted during the race.
Congratulations to all
athletes who participated and many thanks to all our sponsors, dedicated
volunteers, police, emergency workers and staff for making the 2010 Celebration Sprint Triathlon a huge
Don't miss next year's race on June 26, 2011. Registration opens on September 20, 2010 at 9 am.
Charity in Focus - The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
CTA is pleased to support TEAM FIGHT and The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults whose mission is to enhance lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults,
and their loved ones, affected by cancer.
TEAM FIGHT is a great way to give back to the community while having a
great time working out and meeting new people. There is no greater
feeling than working hard to accomplish your goals and have a part in
winning the FIGHT against cancer!
This program is designed to assist you
in raising funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults as you train
for endurance events including triathlons and running events. The components of the program include customized training programs, group training events, training clinics, triathlon and running coaches, and fundraising support.
Get in the fight today!
Is The Extreme Heat Affecting Your Training?
Check out these two articles that provide valuable advise. See Bob Seebohar's article from the latest USAT Multisport Zone on 3 ways
to beat the heat. Bob provides valuable nutrition tips to keep you on track in this challenging weather.
Six time Hawaii Ironman and USA Triathlon's Coaching Education Manager, Alan Ley, also outlines important tips to weather the heat and humidity.
Remember to hydrate before, during and after to help ensure safe and successful training and racing.
AFLAC Iron Girl Columbia Pre-Race Clinic Hosted by Polar
Achieve your best at the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Event! Join
us for a pre-race reception and clinic to learn about the benefits of heart rate
based training and how Polar can help you in your efforts.
DATE: Thursday August 19, 2010
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Princeton Sports, 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044, (410) 995-1894
Click HERE to RSVP
Be sure to visit the Aflac Iron Girl Event Series and CTA on Facebook for
clinic updates and training resources such as the Polar heart rate training discussion. Post your questions under the
Discussion Topic: Polar Heart Rate Training, and Corey from the Polar
team will respond.
Road Construction During July Affects Local Training Routes.
Watch out for road construction in Howard County during July which will affect popular bike riding routes including a portion of the Iron Girl bike course. The entire Homewood Road/Folly Quarter traffic circle to the Ten Oaks/Tridelphia corridor is affected and the road is unrideable by bicycle. This project should be completed by late July and will provide a much improved riding surface after completion.
Also, a Howard County construction project to lower a section of Frederick Road in the vicinity of Arcadia Drive and Plum Tree Drive in Ellicott City is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, July 19. Approximately 350 feet of Frederick Road will be lowered in order to improve sight distance. In addition, Frederick Road along the frontage of the Howard County Miller Branch Library will be milled and repaved during the road closure period. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed before public schools resume on August 30.
In addition, there is a
construction project in progress to widen a section of Ten Oaks Road just north of Maryland Route 108 in Clarksville which should be complete by late September.
Check out training opportunities sponsored by the Mid Maryland Triathlon Club.
More information on road projects in Howard County.
Has The Iron Girl Triathlon Changed Your Life?
Aflac, the naming sponsor for the Iron Girl Triathlon is looking for your inspirational Iron Girl story. Why did you get involved with the Iron Girl Triathlon? Where do you find your strength to compete? How has Iron Girl changed your life? If you would like to share your story, and inspire others, please email
TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon Promotes Active and Healthy Lifestyles For Kids
The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon will take place on July 25, 2010. CTA is proud to be part of a growing movement providing opportunities for kids to stay fit and healthy and to build self esteem through participation in triathlon events. USA Triathlon reports that youth membership doubled from 2007 to 2009. On the last Sunday in July, kids 7 - 15 will swim, bike and run .
All entrants may bring in their bikes to Princeton Sports in Columbia,
the Official Bike Support Team and receive a free safety check. In addition, Princeton
Sports will be at RoadRunner Sports during packet pickup on Friday and
Saturday, and at bike racking on Sunday morning, to check bikes and
bikes must be in sound working order and all bike helmets must be CPSC
approved (look inside the helmet if unsure). This is a USAT rule and
insurance requirement. The head/brain is your most important possession,
and it must be protected at all times while on the bike.
If you do not have an approved bike helmet your child
will not be permitted to participate. No exceptions.
See important race information on our website including details about packet pickup, pre-event race meeting and race day schedule.
Check out a recent story aired on CBS News highlighting an IronKids triathlon in North Carolina, and this growing population of triathletes.
Mandatory Bike Safety Checks for Aflac Iron Girl Triathlons Available NOW
Don't wait until the day before the race to have your FREE Mandatory
Helmet and Bicycle Safety Check done for the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon. Princeton Sports, Official Bike Shop Sponsor, is now
checking all major bike components in the store to help ensure a safe
bike leg. So avoid the crowd and duck those long lines at the park! No
appointment is necessary.
Princeton Sports is located at 10730 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044
Stop in and get checked today!
Looking For Swim Practice?
Check out open water swim practices at Lake Royer in Cascade, Maryland offered by Racine Multisports. Swim time is 1.5 hours and services include a 300 meter marked course per lap, turn buoys to practice sighting, kayaker with floatation aid, water and Heed for hydration, access to community center locker rooms, and swim caps. Please visit Racine Multisports website for all rules and details.
Mark your calendars for July 30, 2010 for the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Dress Rehearsal where you can practice your swim in the lake, and your run on the actual course (some people cycle on their own). The practice event is free to all pre-registered and pre-paid participants courtesy of CTA. It is a great opportunity to listen to speakers concerning the race, setting up in the transition area and to obtain answers to overall questions that you may have. Be sure to print, sign and bring your waiver.
Become A Fan of Columbia Triathlon Association on Facebook
Would you like to connect with other triathletes, exchange ideas, and hear of triathlon related news? Join over 1000 fans on our CTA Facebook page and stay connected!
2010 Event Schedule and 2011 Event Schedule
April 25, 2010 - TriColumbia LIFEfest - Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K Runs PLUS 100K, 75K & 55K Bike Rides. All had a great time. Join us for next year's LIFEfest. BONUS Under Armor shirts for all registrants
May 23, 2010 - Columbia Triathlon - Great Race. Kudos to all participants! Registration for 5-22-11 race will open on 9-7-2010.
June 13, 2010 - EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Presented by Spinervals -Thanks for racing with us. Registration for Subaru EagleMan Ironman 70.3 - 6-12-11 race will open on 8-2-10.
**The EagleMan 2011 Aqua Velo has been named by the USAT Mid Atlantic Regional Committee as the 2011 Regional Championship for 2011.
June 27, 2010 -*NEW*Celebration Sprint Triathlon - Thanks for racing with us. Registration for 6-26-11 race will open on 9-20-10.
August 22, 2010 -Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed. Charity slots are still available. Registration for 8-21-11 race will open on 11-1-10
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. Registration for 9-24-11 race will open on 10-25-10.
|Frequently Asked Questions & Resources
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Nutrition is a key component to proper training and racing. TriColumbia sponsor, Hammer Nutrition, has an extensive resource page If you still have questions about specific races, feel free to email us
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