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Beginner Bicycling Classes
Tri Tips from Troy Jacobson
Maryland State Triathlon Challenge
Get Checked And Avoid The Crowd
ChesapeakeMan Skipjack 70.3
Aflac Iron Girl Polar Clinic
2010 Event Schedule
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TriColumbia NEWS

Welcome to the August edition of TriColumbia E-News. We hope your summer has been loaded with training, competition and perhaps a bit of time to relax.

In this issue of our e-newsletter, you will find news about upcoming races, training tips and opportunities, highlights of The TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon, a focus on The Blazeman Foundation and Team Blazeman 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 under Upcoming CTA Events.

We wish you safe training and successful racing!


Tom Lowe, Professional Athlete Rolls Across The Finish Line In Honor of Jon Blais And The Blazeman Foundation at 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3
Tom Lowe Blazeman Roll Across Finish EM 2010
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TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon Promotes Healthy And Active Lifestyles for Children
Over 350 kids age 7-15 competed in the TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon in Columbia, MD on July 25, 2010. The weather was hot and humid, but the kids showed just how "cool" they were. Crossing the finish line with smiles a mile wide, these young competitors beamed with pride and relished in proving that a healthy and active lifestyle is worth a "tri."

To end the day, Brian Lausch, co founder of the Mini Cow Tri Club caught surprised CTA Race Director, Robert Vigorito on film getting cooled off at the hands of the triathletes.

Check out this video highlighting all our proud finishers. Congratulations to all the young participants!

Registration for next year's TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon on July 24, 2011 will open on December 13, 2010.

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Charity in Focus - Blazeman Foundation For ALS
CTA is pleased to support Team Blazeman and The Blazeman Foundation For ALS, a non-profit, family foundation that serves to carry out the vision of its namesake and founder, the late Jonathan "Blazeman" Blais. It's mission is to raise awareness about ALS by leveraging the energy, commitment and compassion of the multi-sport community, and to raise necessary funds to be directed into cutting-edge scientific research to find treatments and an eventual cure for ALS...So Others May Live.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the motor neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and spinal cord. ALS is unpreventable, untreatable and incurable. ALS attacks otherwise healthy adults randomly and spontaneously. Once diagnosed, people with ALS have an average life expectancy of 2 - 5 years.

Find out how you can become part of the multisport movement to end ALS. Become a Blazeman Warrior by joining Team Blazeman.

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The USAT Mid-Atlantic Has Named The 2011 EagleMan Aqua Velo As The Regional Championship

Don't miss The 2011 Subaru EagleMan Ironman 70.3 Triathlon and EagleMan Aqua Velo, now open for registration.  Always a sell out, The Subaru EagleMan Ironman 70.3 which takes place in scenic Cambridge, MD along the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is an official qualifier for both the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI and the Foster Grant 70.3 Ironman Championship in Clearwater, Florida. The event attracts dozens of Professional Triathletes from all over the globe who compete for a prize purse of $50,000.

Host Our Cost online travel journalists, Errol Webber and Erik Yount highlight the 2010 EagleMan Ironman 70.3 which took place on June 13, 2010. View their segment containing in-race and post race interviews with both Torenzo Bozzone, '09 and '10 EagleMan champion and Andrew Yoder, 2010 Columbia Triathlon champion here.

Book your special discounted stay at the our host hotel, The Hyatt Regency, Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. You can save more than $100 off the regular rate per night if you book before January 1, 2011!

Register now before the field fills.


Beth Ann Telford, Robert Vigorito & Jamie Rogers at 2010 Iron Girl Dress Rehearsal
Beth Ann Telford & Jamie Rogers & Robert Vigorito
Sarah Reinertsen, First Female Above-knee Amputee To Complete An Ironman, U.S. Army LTC Patricia S. Collins, Paratrooper And Amputee, And Local Athlete, Jamie Rogers, Iraq War Veteran And Amputee To Compete In AFLAC Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA) is proud to announce three very special athletes who will be competing among 2400 women in this year's AFLAC Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon on Sunday, August 22, 2010.  Sarah Reinertsen, U.S. Army LTC Patricia S. Collins and Jamie Rogers are all athletes, all amputees and all inspiring women!

Sarah Reinertsen is the first female above-knee amputee to complete an Ironman - the 2005 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii (a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run). Sarah became the first woman to finish this grueling test on an artificial leg, finishing in a remarkable 15:05. In 2006, she was the first person with a physical challenge on the hit show, CBS's Amazing Race. Then in August of 2007, Sarah became a World Champion, winning gold in the Physically Challenged Olympic Distance World Championship in Hamburg Germany. Now, Sarah makes a living as a motivational speaker, showing others that no matter your challenge, you can achieve your dreams. She also acts as a CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) spokesperson sharing her knowledge and experience with kids and other challenged athletes.  To read more about Sarah, visit Sarah's webpage.

Patricia S. Collins, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Paratrooper, has been serving in the Army for 19 years. Right after a tour in Iraq in 2006, she was struck by an automobile while cycling to work. After ten months of rehab and minimal mobility, she elected to have her left leg amputated below the knee.  Always an active woman, Patty was determined to get back to participating in sports. Within 18 months of her amputation, Patty had returned to parachuting out of airplanes in the Army, completed a bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and participated in a triathlon.  That same year, Patty was introduced to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). In addition to racing with the Operation Rebound team of military and first responders, she became involved in the Aflac Iron Girl race series to help raise money and awareness for physically challenged individuals.  Patty inspires the athlete and American in all of us by continuing to participate in sports and actively serve our country.

Jamie Rogers, Iraq War Veteran and amputee, will also be competing at the event. Jamie is pictured above at the 2010 Iron Girl Dress Rehearsal along with CTA Race Director Robert Vigorito and brain tumor survivor Beth Ann Telford who will be competing as well.

Iron Girl Biker

If you have had some difficulty on the bike leg of the Celebration or Iron Girl Columbia Triathlons or you are just beginning explore the sport, Howard County Department of Recreation And Parks with assistance from Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) and Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE) will assist you in gaining valuable biking skill. Learn riding safety, equipment basics, repair and maintenance fundamentals, and essential riding techniques all while following one basic principle: It's supposed to be fun! Helmets are mandatory.


(All Classes open to 11 year olds through Adults of all ages):
    Cyclo-Cross for Beginners Rockburn Pk - Pavilion (Course Number RP9300.101) Sunday, September 12th  8:30am-12:30pm Cost $25

    Mountain Biking for Beginners: Rockburn Pk - Pavilion (Course Number RP9300.102) Sunday, September 12th  1pm-5pm Cost $25

    Road Biking for Beginners: HC Health Dept - Gateway (Course Number RP9300.103) Sunday, September 19th  8:30am-12:30pm Cost $25

    Bicycle Commuting for Beginners: Rec & Parks HQ (Course Number RP9300.103) Sunday, September 19th 1pm-4pm Cost $10

Look for the Rec and Parks Catalog in early August, register online here and scroll to page 4, or by phone at 410-313-7275, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

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CTA Sponsor, Coach Troy Jacobson of Spinervals Provides Training & Race Tips

1. Build your aerobic engine by focusing on aerobic intensity training.
2. Incorporate some core strengthening work and general resistance training into your program, but don't overdo it 'in season'.
3. Focus on your technique in every training session.
4. Get plenty of quality/complete protein each day.
5. Race at least once every 3-6 weeks "in-season" to build your race fitness.
6. Practice your transitions.
7. Maintain a training log to stay disciplined, focused and to track your progress.
8. Train WITHOUT headphones or music at least once or twice a week to learn how to focus on your breathing and how you're feeling without external distractions.  
9. A couple days of the week, train during the hottest part of the day if your upcoming races have the potential to be in hot/humid conditions.
10.  Most days, train hard or train easy... minimize the number of 'gray zone' training days that you do.
11. Save your hardest efforts for race day....you can only 'go to the well' a limited number of times each season.
12. Remember, it's not a bike race...it's a triathlon. Balance all 3-sports with proper preparation for each.

Finally, don't take any of it too seriously. After all... you do this stuff for fun and the great lifestyle of health, competition and fitness it has to offer.  Once in awhile, skip a workout on purpose or have an extra scoop of ice cream. Your V02max won't suffer and the sun will shine again tomorrow, trust me! :)

Train smart,
- Coach Troy


5-Classic Spinervals workout DVDs designed to increase your aerobic and muscular endurance. These workouts are perfect for Ironman and Ironman 70.3 athletes and anyone else who enjoys riding for over 2 hours at a time.

Normally $125.00, purchase the 5-pack for only $89.95 now through Aug. 10, 2010.  Enter discount code spin1209 at checkout to receive your discount.

Preview videos from the DVDs, watch coach's notes and ORDER TODAY by clicking HERE!

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Maryland State Triathlon Challenge
The new regional championship triathlon series- the Maryland State Triathlon Challenge -will culminate its 2010 debut with the upcoming Sept. 18-19 "TRI-TO-WIN" SavageMan Triathlon Festival at Deep Creek Lake State Park in the mountains of western Maryland.  This series, organized by the race producers - Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA) and the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) - is a classic championship challenge featuring four legendary races:
CTA's Columbia Triathlon and EagleMan IronMan 70.3 and JMNMF's SavageMan 30.0 and 70.0 events.
Open to U.S. and international triathletes seeking a prestigious and unique distinction, eligible championship entrants must participate in both the 2010 Columbia Triathlon and SavageMan 30.0 -or- EagleMan IronMan 70.3 and SavageMan 70.0.  Competitive excellence in this inaugural championship will be recognized by prestigious awards in the following categories:
Junior: 19 and Under
Age Group: 20-39
Masters Male: 40-59; Masters Female: 40-54
Grand Masters Male: 60+; Grand Masters Female: 55+
Clydesdale: 200 lbs.+; Athena: 150 lbs.+
Paratriathlete: Physically Challenged Individuals
Relay Teams: Male; Female; and Co-Ed (Identical team members only)
These four world-renown, cult-classic triathlons offer an epic opportunity for triathletes to stand out among peers - amateurs and professionals alike.  Exclusive signature-design trophies and complimentary registrations for the 2011 series races will be awarded to all category champions.
If you participated in either CTA race earlier this season, don't miss this inaugural Maryland State Triathlon Challenge opportunity by registering for the comparable distance SavageMan Triathlon Festival event.  But, don't delay the races are on track for a 2010 "sell-out" before the Sept. 18-19 race weekend!  Questions - contact Robert Vigorito at CTA or Greg Safko at JMNMF

Iron Girl Biker
Mandatory Bike Safety Checks for Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon 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!
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If You Enjoyed Or Missed EagleMan Ironman 70.3, You'll Love ChesapeakeMan Skipjack 70.3

Registration is still open for CTA's ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on September 25, 2010. Choose between the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon, Skipjack 70.3 Triathlon, Aqua Velo or Swimfest in scenic Cambridge, MD, the same fabulous venue as EagleMan Ironman 70.3
With the average historical temperature of 78 degrees, chances are the course will be much cooler than the extreme heat experienced at this year's EagleMan event.


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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

Topics will include:

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Presentation -  discuss the advantages and benefits of heart rate training and answer questions.

Basic Bicycle Repair - Princeton Sports' experienced mechanics will be available to demonstrate the basics to prevent and change flat tires and answer questions.

Triathlon Clinic - to discuss your preparations for the Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon.  Maximize your enjoyment, and learn to organize your Transition Area, prepare yourself for the event and learn from the experiences of veteran Iron Girls.  
Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon Columbia Q & A - Robert Vigorito, the Race Director and Amy Olin from his operations staff will be discussing race highlights, outlining critical details, and answering questions.  

Bring a friend & meet other Iron Girls to discuss and share your stories over refreshments.

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.

event_schedule2010 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.
July 25, 2010 -TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon  - Thanks for racing with us. Registration for 7-24-11 race will open on 12-13-10.
August 22, 2010 -Aflac Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon - General Registration is closed.  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 70.3. Registration for 9-24-11 race will open on 10-25-10.
September 25, 2010 - Make-a-Wish Triathlon - General Registration is still open!
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