Experience Triathlon
In this issue...
Upcoming Events
YMCA Triathlon Class
First Impressions of ET
ET-Youth Tri Training
It was the best of times
The English Channel
Coaches Corner
News from ET  May 25,  2009
Upcoming Events
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5/26   Tue   Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
5/28   Thu   ET Track.  5:45am, 9:30am, 6:30pm.  New AM location.
5/30   Sat    ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
5/31   Sun   ET Bike Club ride.  Commissioners Park, Naperville.  8:30am
5/31   Sun   ET Youth tri training class.  Sundays at 2:00pm.  Register
5/31   Sun   Tri 101 seminar at lululemon.  6:30pm
6/1     Mon   ET Open water swim clinics.  Centennial Beach.  5:00pm
6/2     Tue   Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
6/4     Thu   ET Track.  5:45am, 9:30am, 6:30pm.
6/6     Sat    ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
6/7     Sun   ET Bike Club ride.  Leroy Oaks, St.Charles.  8:30am
6/7     Sun   ET Youth tri training class.  Sundays at 2:00pm.  Register
6/8     Mon   ET Open water swim clinics.  Centennial Beach.  5:00pm
6/9     Tue    Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
6/10   Wed   ET Youth tri training class.  Wednesdays at 10:00am.  Register
6/10   Wed   "Meet Coach Joe" seminar at Heritage YMCA.  6:30pm.  Register
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Announcing ET and Heritage YMCA 
Building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The Heritage YMCA group and Experience Triathlon have joined efforts to deliver triathlon and endurance programs to adults and youth in the Naperville, Aurora and Oswego communities.  We believe that triathlon is a great way to make new friends and develop a healthy lifestyle.Heritage YMCA
Our first program is an 8 week summer outdoor triathlon training class for adults. 
For additional information and registration click here
tony bFirst Impressions of ET
by Tony B.

After two years of doing triathlons with nothing but a homemade training plan, a fake mustache, a tuxedo jersey, and little improvement, I decided to hire Coach Craig Strong from Experience Triathlon.  He helped me put together a training plan for my biggest race season yet (4 Olympic distance triathlons, a 10 mile run, a 200 mile relay, and a half ironman) and was flexible around my travel and time constraints.  It was easy to access the online training log and Coach Craig was always able to make recommendations if I fell off the wagon or needed to switch my schedule around.  I also did some individual swim coaching with Craig and I went from a poor fake-mustached swimmer to a much more respectable fake-mustached fish-like human.
So after training hard, but not as hard as I could have, I was off to Memphis for my first tri of 2009 with my fake mustache and tuxedo jersey in hand.
Read more about Tony's Memphis experience on the ET-Blog
 ET-Youth Tri Training
Now open for registration

ET-Youth triathlon training class is a 6 week program designed to introduce youth to the fun and exciting sport of triathlon. As one of the fastest growing sports in America, triathlon offers a great way to stay healthy and fit in a safe way. The combination of various types of cardio training coupled with the strength built during swim, bike and run workouts is a scientifically proven method to build high levels of fitness.
All levels of participants from first timers to seasoned junior athletes are welcome. Athletes will work on drills, games and workouts in all 3 sports (swim, bike, run) and the all important 'transitions' from segment to segment. The ET coaching team will share their expertise and mentor each child on their journey toward a healthy lifestyle.

Wed     10-11am      Starts Jun 10    click here to register for Wed
Sun          2-3pm      Starts May 31Fox Valley Park District   click here to register for Sun
summer camp bike clinic It was the best of times!
ET 2008 Summer Camp at Pleasant Lake

Registration for 2009 Summer Camp in Madison on July 31 - August 2 opens soon.
Ten athletes and three coaches in an isolated house in the back woods of Wisconsin.  No, it's not the latest reality TV show.  It's the 2008 edition of the best weekend of the summer - ET Summer Camp!
Friday afternoon: a pleasant three mile run down a back country road, with the sun shining above and promising great weather ahead.  The pace was relaxed, though we had quite a nice little hill right in the middle of our out-and-back course.  We'd be back to tackle that hill again - this time on our bikes - in the days to come.
After the run got our body temperatures elevated just a bit, it was back to the lake house for a cool-down swim in the aptly named Pleasant Lake.  The water was great, the day was beautiful, and spirits were high.  With two team members to escort us on kayaks, the rest of us headed out to the middle of the lake.  Here is where one difference from last year's summer camp was seen: we split into two groups, with the more advanced group swimming all the way across the lake and back, and the second group not going quite as far.  This approach was used in all of our activities, allowing some ETers to get a more challenging workout, while making sure that nobody was forced into a workout that was uncomfortable for them.
Read more about our 2008 Summer Camp on the ET-Blog
todd pThe English Channel
The ultimate swimming experience

Todd P, swimmer number 3, is going to take on the Mount Everest of swimming challenges and cross the English Channel some time between September 24th and October 1st.   This is 21 miles (28 miles calculating in the current) of nasty choppy shipping lane swimming in 55-60 F water.  Less than 1,000 swimmers have accomplished this feat.  It will take approximately 12-13 hours if all goes well.  We'll follow Todd via the ET blog with periodic updates on his journey. - Coach Craig
It is only fitting that I write this just after returning from a nice hour swim in Lake Michigan. You may think that on an 80 F day that the water would be nice and refreshing, but only about the first two inches were above 50.
In training to swim the English Channel in late September and 12.5 miles around Key West, FL in a few weeks, I have been trying hard to get in the open water as early and often as possible.  I started about four weeks ago, when the water broke 40.  The frustration has been endless, and has left me feeling weak, tired, and mentally beat down.  I've been thinking primarily that these feelings were the culmination of a few weeks of swimming 50k/week and not getting enough food.  As a last resort today, I decided to take my temperature at key intervals after the swim as Craig suggested.

Read the rest of Todd's latest experience on the ET-Blog
craigCoaches Corner
  by Craig Strong

Take Your Swim to the Next Level
What makes the swim portion of Triathlon so difficult?  Or, more precisely, why do most of us find the swim so difficult? 
It is true that swimming is more technical than, say, the other components of triathlon. 
This is why few Triathletes can swim as well as they can run or ride a bike.
But in my 18 years of coaching swimming, I have found that most people's troubles are pre-technical, although few realize this.  By pre-technical I mean that the troubles stem from a problem more basic than faulty stroke mechanics.  Most people's difficulties in swimming begin with a poor sense of balance in the water.  Your body must be balanced properly before worrying about things like the timing or placement of your arms, hands, and legs.  Proper balance in the water is the most fundamental component of efficient swimming, and efficient swimming means faster and, more importantly, easier swimming.  Think of balance as the foundation upon which to build a house: if the foundation is weak, the house will not be structurally sound.

Click here to read the rest of Coach Craig's article.

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