Experience Triathlon
In this issue...
Upcoming Events
ET Youth Tri Club
Youth Triathlon Race
The Big One That Didn't Get Away!
ET Summer Camp
The English Channel - Key West Race
LifeStart and ET Alliance
Coach's Corner
News from ET  June 22, 2009
Upcoming Events
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6/23    Tue     Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
6/24    Wed    ET Lake Mich swim clinics. Gilson Beach, Wilmette. 5:30am
6/25    Thu     ET Track.  5:45am, 9:30am, 6:30pm. Locations
6/27    Sat      ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
6/28    Sun     ET Bike Club ride.  Commissioners Park, Naperville. 8:30am
6/29    Mon    ET Open water swim clinics.  Centennial Beach.  5:00pm
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6/30    Tue     Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
7/1      Wed    ET Lake Mich swim clinics. Gilson Beach, Wilmette. 5:30am
7/2      Thur    ET Track.  5:45am, 9:30am, 6:30pm.  Locations 
7/4      Sat      ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
7/5      Sun     ET Bike Club ride.  LeRoy Oaks, St.Charles.  8:30am
7/6      Mon     ET Open water swim clinics.  Centennial Beach.  5:00pm
7/7      Tue      Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
7/8      Wed     ET Lake Mich swim clinics. Gilson Beach, Wilmette. 5:30am
7/8      Wed     ET Youth Tri Class. Wednesdays. 10am. Register
7/9      Thu      ET Youth Tri Class. Thursdays. 2pm. Register
7/9      Thu      ET Track.  5:45am, 9:30am, 6:30pm.

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ET YouthET Youth Tri Club

EXPERIENCETriathlon Youth Club is a fun and safe way to get into the triathlon lifestyle.  Swim-Bike-Run workouts are a great way to improve fitness, overall health and body awareness.  We teach youth ages 6-16 how to set proper goals, have a positive attitude, and overcome challenges they face in training, racing and life.   Our nationally certified coaches will share their expertise and mentor each child on their journey toward a healthy lifestyle. 
Weekly summer training classes and camps start July 8Register
Learn more about ET Youth Club and join today at www.ET-Youth.com

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 Registration is open!

EXPERIENCETriathlon, in partnership with the McGaw YMCA and Northwestern University, presents the first annual McGaw Youth Triathlon on July 26, 2009.
The race will be held at Northwestern and is open to youth ages 7-14.
ET coach Craig Strong is the race director of this exciting new event.
Click here for additional information and registration.
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jeff at racineThe Big One That Didn't Get Away!
 by Jeff P.

This was the big one for me - the Spirit of Racine Half Ironman in Racine, WI. The adventure began on Friday with traveling up to Racine.  I registered for my race and Maxine, my spouse, who was competing in the women's sprint on Saturday, registered for her race. We decided to go down to the beach of Lake Michigan to get in a short swim to get our feet wet. What an eye opener! We both had on our sleeve-less wet suits, but soon discovered what Lake Michigan swimming is all about. While the surface was relatively calm, the water temperature was a frigid 58 degrees! As soon as I would start to swim and put my face in the water, my breath was just sucked right out of my lungs.  Oh my God! How can the swim possibly take place? Even triathletes don't swim in waters this extreme - or do they? I could only hope and pray that some miraculous change in water temperature would take place over the next 36 hours. One thing I was grateful about - I did remember to bring my long sleeved wet suit.
Read the rest of Jeff's adventure at Racine on the ET-Blog
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 Madison, Wisconsin

An exciting weekend of training and coached clinics in a small group setting presented by the USAT certified ET coaching staff. 
Designed to move your training to the next level and to accommodate athletes of all ability levels, from 'first timers' to veterans. 
Location:    Madison, Wisconsin
Dates:        July 31 - August 2, 2009
Clinics will cover a variety of key topics of interest to all athletes.  Workouts will include open water swimming, group bike rides, and group runs on portions of the Ironman Wisconsin course and University of Wisconsin campus
Click here for more information and registration. 

Read about 2007 and 2008 ET Summer Camp fun on the ET-Blog.
key west swim toddThe English Channel
   Key West 12.5 mile race

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
After a few weeks of cold-water swimming, culminating with a six-hour swim around Diamond Lake Island, I changed gears a little and headed down to Key West. Each year for the last 32, swimmers from around the world have gathered to swim 12.5 miles. Starting as a few people just getting together on a Saturday morning to swim around the island, the current race has blossomed into 122 swimmers from at least 6 countries, including a few who have attempted the English Channel. Craig and I picked this race out as a good test for the coming Channel swim. Minus the water temperature, which was 85 degrees, this swim had all the necessary obstacles including:  distances, single support via a Kayaker, salt water, and the hardest, multiple open water feedings. My goals where pretty simple, don't throw up from salt water going up my nose, finish around the 6:30 hour mark, and keep an even feeding schedule.

Read the rest of Todd's latest experience on the ET-Blog

lifestartLifeStart and ET
A Strategic Alliance

EXPERIENCETriathlon and LifeStart Wellness Network are partnering to bring high quality, science based endurance training to athletes across the Chicagoland area.  Programs will include personal and group training for triathlon, swimming, cycling, running and strength conditioning that is specific to the needs of endurance athletes.
Stay tuned for seminar and program information in upcoming ET Newsletters.
Founded in 1992, the LifeStart Wellness Network delivers comprehensive, medically-advised health, fitness and wellness services and education to corporations and individuals alike.  For more than a decade, our company has been a recognized industry leader.  www.lifestart.net 
coach suzyCoach's Corner
  by Suzy Cerra
Don't Tell Them, Show Them!
Involving Children in Triathlon
Standing in the EXPERIENCETriathlon booth at the expo for the Naperville Women's Triathlon last weekend, I noticed a familiar face in the crowd.  It was my friend, Katie, who had come with her 2 teenage daughters, Madeline and Rosie, to pick up their race packet.  Tomorrow morning Madeline and Rosie would participate in their first triathlon as part of a relay team with their mom.  "How cool is that?!" I thought, as images of someday doing a relay with my 2 daughters, Marcella (13) and Alexandra (10), danced in my mind.  Like Katie's girls and many other kids, mine grew interested in the sport of triathlon through watching a parent compete.  I asked Alexandra how she felt after completing her 6th youth triathlon in September of last year.  Her response:  "I feel happy and proud."  If that's not a feel good for a mom, I don't know what is!!  There is nothing like success to help build a positive self image.  

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

Are you ready to Experience Triathlon?
At EXPERIENCETriathlon we believe that anything is possible! Triathlon is so much more than a race - it is a powerful, profound life experience that can help you unleash your unlimited potential to change your life in amazing ways, long after you cross the finish line. 
Whether you are a first timer or a veteran athlete, come work with EXPERIENCETriathlon coaches who provide education, workouts and a training plan that is safe, healthy and fun.
Make new friends who share your enthusiasm and encourage you on the journey. Arrive at the starting line prepared, confident and injury-free. Get ready to transform your dreams into reality.
EXPERIENCETriathlon - where being a winner is as important as being the winner.
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