In this issue...
  • It takes more than muscle
  • Athletes Like You: Meet Eddie
  • We're Outta Here!

  • Melissa Spooner Talks Food

    Triple Sports
    4032 N. Miller Road
    (SW corner Indian School & Miller roads)

    Sept. 15
    6 to 8 p.m.
    Learn how to fuel your body right and perform your best on race day. This event is free and open to all.

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    Triathlon 101: Introduction to Fun

    Triple Sports
    4032 N. Miller Road
    (SW corner Indian School & Miller roads)

    Sept. 13
    6 p.m.
    Intrigued by triathlon but not sure you want to commit? Join us for an introduction to the sport and learn how easy it can be to reach this goal!

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    Saguaro National Park 8 Mile Labor Day Run

    Saguaro National Park East
    3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Road

    Sept. 5
    6:30 a.m.
    Celebrate Labor Day with this 8 mile Run or 2 mile Fun Run/Walk amid the grandeur of Saguaro National Park.

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    2005 First Annual 9/11 Run/Walk

    Steele Indian Park
    302 E. Indian School Road

    Sept. 11
    7:15 a.m.
    Pay tribute to the Sept. 11 victims and their families with this 5K run/walk and kid's 100 yard dash. Proceeds benefit the Heroic Choices fund.

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    Shrimpman Triathlon

    Rocky Point

    Sept. 24
    8:30 a.m.
    Head south of the border for this beach-side race and revel in the post-race shrimp party.

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    Fat Tire Triathlon Oktoberfest + Open Water Swim

    Tempe Town Lake Marina

    Oct. 1
    8:30 a.m.
    Come out for this 1.5K swim, 20K mountain bike and 8K trail run. If that doesn't suit you, how 'bout a 1.5K or 2.4 mile open-water swim? Now you're talkin!

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    The Carlos O?Brien?s Triathlon/Duathlon

    Lake Pleasant Regional Park
    (North boat ramp)

    October 2
    7 a.m.
    This event is not just known for its hilly bike course, it's known for having something for everyone -- a kid's race, triathlon + duathlon, sprint + Olympic. Perfect!

    For more info

    Triple Sports
    Gear + Apparel for the Everyday Athlete
    August 2005

    K&BLA2 Greetings!

    You know the sport has hit it big when it makes it to the front page of the venerable Wall Street Journal. That?s right, triathlon has hit the big leagues.

    The great thing about the WSJ?s Aug. 26 story (read it here) was that it emphasized what we?ve long known to be true ? not all triathletes are uber-fitness freaks. In fact, some of us just like to have a good time while elevating our heart rates and getting into decent shape. That doesn?t mean there?s anything wrong with you hard-core triathletes out there ? because there are a lot of you, and you always impress ? just that this sport has now gained diversity. Hallelujah to that!

    In other good news, the Valley?s semi-summer-race hiatus is coming to a happy end, which means the fall race season is heating up. September brings us the Shrimpman, the return of those ultra-fun Spash & Dashes, a lovely Labor Day run at Saguaro National Park and much more (watch out for the gnarly sounding Man Against Horse race in Dewey on October 1). To find out more about fall races, check out's fabulous race calendar here.

    And finally ... For all you curious types, read the latest from The Arizona Republic and find out the story behind the story of Triple Sports. Enjoy!

    Kara + Brian Anderson

    Spooner It takes more than muscle
    Learn to eat right + perform better

    It?s not what your body can do for you; it?s what you can do for your body.

    It is an eternal truth ? You can train your body to swim, bike and run as long and hard as you want, but if you don?t give it fuel on race day, it simply won?t hold up. Some people call it bonking, others call it hitting the wall. Whatever the name, most agree it?s a surefire way to ruin race day.

    Race-day nutrition is important no matter how far you?re going, but it becomes downright crucial in longer events like the Marathon, Half Ironman or Ironman.

    ?Having a good fluid and food day can make or break your race,? says Monique Ryan in her popular book, ?Sports Nutrition for Endurance Athletes.?

    But figuring out what to eat ? and how much ? can be both confusing and frustrating. Lucky for you, former pro triathlete Melissa Spooner is here to help you figure it all out.

    Spooner ? a three-time Ironman champion and fourth-place finisher at Kona who now spreads her knowledge as a nutritionist at Scottsdale-based Endurance Rehabilitation ? will talk about training and race- day nutrition from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Triple Sports.

    This event will be geared toward the Half Iron distance and is perfect for those of you training for SOMA. Melissa will give you the knowledge you need to train and perform your best over the 70.3 mile event.

    Free GU will be on hand, too, so come hungry.

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    Eddie Athletes Like You: Meet Eddie
    Coffee Connoisseur + Cyclist Extraordinaire

    Meet Eddie Lynn. This coffee aficionado (and spirited manager of Triple Sports? friendliest neighbor, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) not only treats many a wary soul to their morning cup of Joe, he inspires and amazes with his story of cycling fame ? and a pending come-back.

    Eddie, a Chandler resident who turned 28 this week and is engaged to be married next year, took up cycling at the ripe old age of 11, while growing up in Silver City, New Mexico.

    ?I was inspired by the Tour of the Gila,? Eddie said. ?I just saw these guys whipping around on these bikes, and I thought, ?That looks fun!? So I grabbed my Huffy I brought from Wal-Mart and rode nine miles in 45 minutes. From there it became an obsession.?

    As it turned out, Eddie was a darn good cyclist. At age 13, he won Junior Nationals. At age 14, he went to the Junior Olympics. During seven years of racing, Eddie won New Mexico?s state championship seven times.

    Then, just as he turned 18, the desire disappeared.

    ?It was a strange feeling,? Eddie said. ?I had national and world coaches saying, ?Do it for us,? and I had my parents saying, ?Do it for us,? and I realized you have to do it for yourself.?

    For the next 10 years, Eddie let his bike sit.

    ?Then I woke up one morning and realized how much I missed it,? he said. ?I thought, ?This is ridiculous.? I was watching all these guys I had been riding with ? Bobby Julich, George Hincappie ? that were now racing the Tour and I thought, ?I should be there.??

    Over the past two months, Eddie has resurrected his bike ? and his cycling legs. He started out riding 15 miles, then 20, then 60.

    ?My goal now? I want to win the Tucson Classic,? Eddie said. ?It?s just a matter of finding that form I had and the competitive fire.?

    We're Outta Here!
    Triple Sports Hits the Road

    It's true. We have cabin fever.

    To fulfill our roaming desires, we'll be closing the store this Sunday, Sept. 4, to spend our Labor Day holiday in full relaxation mode.

    Later in September, we're heading off to Interbike. We'll bring back the latest goodies from this massive bicycle trade show. The trade-off, however, is that we'll be open limited hours on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 28 + 29.

    Catch us between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on those days. We'll be back to our regular 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. hours on Friday, Sept. 30. Or, shop online 24/7 at www.triplesports. com.

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