In this issue...
  • Ironman Volunteers Needed
  • Be a Champion!

  • Splash & Dash

    Tempe Town Lake

    Friday, April 14
    6 p.m.
    500 meter swim, 5K run

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    Pat's run

    Sun Devil Stadium,
    Packard Drive

    Saturday, April 15
    7 a.m.
    Celebrate the life and legacy of Pat Tillman at this 4.2 mile run.

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    Arizona Xtreme Desert Triathlon

    Saguaro Lake Ranch Resort
    13020 Bush Highway

    Sunday, April 23
    8:30 a.m.
    Get your fat tires rolling with this 1500 meter swim, 26K mtn bike and 8K trail run triathlon.

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    Tribute to the Armed Forces Triathlon

    Tempe Town Lake Marina
    1 W. Rio Salado Pkwy

    Sunday, April 30
    6:30 a.m.
    Get your competitve edge at this new event - sprint and Olympic distances available

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    Tempe Town Lake North Marina
    620 North Mill Avenue

    Saturday, May 6
    9 a.m.
    Give your legs a break and your arms a workout at this multi-sport event.

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    Night Run for the Arts

    Scottsdale Civic Center
    75th Street & Main

    Saturday, May 6
    7:05 to 8 p.m.
    Enjoy an evening run and raise money for the arts at this annual event. 8K, 3 M and 1 M fun run

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    Triple Sports
    Gear + Apparel for the Everyday Athlete
    April 2006

    Wendy Greetings!

    To celebrate Ironman Arizona, Triple Sports and Recovox, the ultimate recovery agent, are proud to present 2006 Ironman Arizona athletes Ute Mückel and Bjorn Andersonn, along with eight- time Ironman winner Wendy ?Wingnut? Ingraham.

    The pros will be on hand to sign autographs and visit with triathlon enthusiasts from 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 7 at Triple Sports, 4032 N.Miller Road near downtown Scottsdale.

    If you?re racing on Sunday, we wish you the very best. If you?re volunteering or plan to be on hand to cheer the rest of us on, we give you our biggest thanks!

    Kara + Brian Anderson

    Ironman Volunteers Needed
    Lend a hand to this year's event!

    Curious about Ironman? Think you might actually like to tackle one some day? There?s no better way to learn about this all-out-endurance-fest than by volunteering.

    Volunteer opportunities abound at Ironman Arizona. Whether you?re interested in handing out chicken soup to tired runners or stripping wetsuits off exhaulted swimmers, there is a spot for you at the 2nd annual event.

    To learn more or register to volunteer, go to or call 480.894.8158, ext. 111. Ironman Arizona is one of just five Ironman North America events in the U.S. and Canada. The race is Sunday, April 9.

    Volunteer info

    Defeat Be a Champion!
    How to handle A-race stress

    You?ve trained long and hard for race day. You know your body will respond best if you?re relaxed and stress-free, but as your A race fast approaches, you feel the anxiety taking over. It oozes from your body ? you begin to lose focus and question your ability.

    Mental toughness on race day ? how you mentally approach your A race ? is as important as proper training and a sound nutrition plan. But how to stay mentally tough when tension runs high?

    ?The optimal mindset for a long distance race where you will push your limits (or in general for any tough challenge in life) is based on three factors ? confidence, focus, and that extra something to pull you through,? says Gus Warnholtz, who with his wife, Bettina, runs Racelab, a Scottsdale-based coaching company.

    ?Confidence requires determination and an unshakable belief. Sharp focus is possible with a detailed plan and visualization of how that plan will be carried out ? including contingencies. And at the end, it's that extra something that comes from deep inside that pulls you through.?

    Bill Wilson, who along with his wife, Anne, runs Scottsdale-based Camelback Coaching, advises athletes on how to be ?mental champions.?

    It?s important to visualize race day during training ? create the racing experience in your mind by using all your senses and thinking about your past successes, Wilson says.

    Self-talk is important, too. Positive talk builds confidence and optimism (You can do this!), while negative talk, which should be avoided, promotes anxiety. Instructive talk (Stay in your zone, keep the cadence ticking) is good, too, and can help heighten your focus and reinforce good technique, Wilson says.

    Comes race day, relaxation techniques are a great way to ease the mind and focus on your performance. Wilson suggests deep breathing, focused relaxation and visualization, and either blocking out or embracing your surroundings, depending on your personal desires.

    Once the starting gun has gone off, Wilson says it?s important to stay positive.

    ?Bad patches ? they will happen ? how do you want to face them? Develop your mindset now,? Wilson says. ?Visualize the unexpected too. Prepare for the bad. This will improve confidence and reduce anxiety. For example, visualize changing a flat in less than 5 minutes ? practice changing a flat. Visualize having your goggles come off ? practice swimming without goggles.?

    Athletes also may want to develop a race-day mantra to keep their spirits high and their mind focused. And in the end, remember that, for most of us anyway, triathlon is a way to have fun, stay in shape and challenge ourselves -- so remember to enjoy the experience!

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