Experience Triathlon
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Upcoming Events
Youth Tri Camp
An Amazing Event
Breaking Through
Summer Camp Recap
Coach's Corner
News from ET  August 6, 2009
Upcoming Events
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8/8     Sat      ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
8/9     Sun     HRMS Naperville Triathlon. An ET sponsored event.
8/9     Sun     ET Bike Club ride.  Fermi Labs.  1:00 PM.
                       Park at Batavia Rotolo Middle School

8/10   Mon     ET Open water swim clinics.  Centennial Beach.  5:00pm
                        (NOTE: Last ET Centennial swim for the season)
8/11   Tue      ET Youth Tri Camp.  1:00-3:30pm.  Fry YMCA.  Register
8/11   Tue      Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
8/12   Wed     ET Lake Mich swim clinics. Gilson Beach, Wilmette. 5:30am
8/13   Thur     ET Track.  6:00am, 9:30am, 6:30pm.  Locations
                         (Note: 6:00am start time instead of 5:45am)
8/15   Sat       ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
8/16   Sun      Pleasant Prairie Triathlon.  No group ride.
8/18   Tue      Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm
8/19   Wed     ET Lake Mich swim clinics. Gilson Beach, Wilmette. 5:30am
8/20    Thu      ET Track.  Rotolo Batavia Middle School.  6:30pm
8/22    Sat       ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am
8/23    Sun      ET Bike Club ride.  Commissioners Park, Naperville.  8:30am
8/25    Tue      Masters Swim at Life Time Schaumburg.  6:30pm

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transition clinicYouth Triathlon Camp

Please join nationally certified and experienced coaches from EXPERIENCETriathlon for a training camp designed to introduce youth ages 6 to 16 yrs to the exciting sport of triathlon.  As one of the fastest growing sports in America, triathlon offers an excellent way for children and families to adopt an active lifestyle, stay fit in a safe way, and have some FUN in the process!
All levels of participants from first timers to seasoned junior athletes are welcome.  Athletes will work on swim, bike and run drills, games and workouts, as well as the all important 'transitions' from one sport to the next.  Participants should be able to successfully swim one pool length (25 yards) without assistance.  Each athlete should bring a swim suit, goggles, towel, bike, bike helmet, running shoes, workout shorts, a t-shirt and a water bottle filled with water or an energy drink.
Location:   Fry YMCA.  95th Street, Naperville
Date:         August 11
Time:         1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
For more information and to register visit www.ET-Youth.com
or call 630-430-9006.
      ET Youth Club           Heritage YMCA

McGaw youth triAn Amazing Event
McGaw Youth Tri presented by ET

Just WOW!!  Our youth triathlon in Evanston was a watershed event.  225 young athletes show the world that Yes, You Can.  A pristine setting on the campus of Northwestern University provided breathtaking views along the way for athletes and spectators.  Congrats to ET Coach Craig Strong for pulling it all together and doing a first class job!  Thanks also to Coach Suzy and Coach Joe for providing transition training clinics to the athletes and parents all day long at the Saturday expo.
We received over 50 emails from parents that were absolutely delighted with the event.  Here is just one sample:
"I think you did a wonderful job! As a parent I am most impressed with how organized this event was.  A group of "us" parents were discussing how well planned and thought out this event was, and that you even arranged life guards in the pool for nervous swimmers and "very" nervous parents.  I was very nervous about the pool because my son just started swimming this year and had not attended any of the YMCA clinics because he just wasn't planning to swim.  Saturday night before the event I didn't sleep at all because I was really worried about my son in that pool.  But when I saw you were so careful and very thoughtful to place "life guards" into the swimming pool I and the other parents thought that was a fantastic idea.  We were able to relax and enjoy the event so much better because of what you did.
We want to say thank you so much for putting a lot of thought and careful planning into this wonderful event.  The fact that this was your first Youth YMCA Triathlon in Evanston shows that you are well capable of doing something much bigger because you did an excellent job with the first one.  Craig, we thank you so much for promoting this well needed event and for focusing on the health of all children.  So many of our children just aren't healthy.  But this is a new day and a new beginning.  The children, parents and volunteers were all excellent.  The positive energy in everyone was just overwhelming!  The volunteers were so incredibly professional, friendly, positive and well mannered. The food was great and the activities were excellent.  What a blessed event. Keep up the good work!"
Click here to enjoy all the wonderful photos from our weekend.

Jeff at RacineBreaking Through
 by Jeff P.

My journey to the Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon began long before the actual race started.  Nine months ago, Coach Joe and I sat in a Panera Bread Restaurant and hashed out a plan for the 2009 race season.  After a lot of thought, I decided to repeat this particular race, among many others for the year.  I chose to do it again as I wanted to establish a basis of comparison between races done on the same course in different years to see if I could observe improvement in my journey as a triathlete.  This could have been a dangerous thing to do, for there are many uncontrolled variables that can affect the race beyond the race course and training - i.e. weather, illness, injury, etc.
So over the months prior to race, with Coach Joe's help, guidance and accountability, I trained and trained.  I trained with the singular purpose of strengthening my aerobic base - the foundation of any endurance athlete - which Coach Joe could then develop to take me to the next level in building speed, power and anaerobic sustainability.  I had learned early on in my triathlon journey that without a good aerobic base, there was no way I could sustain fast paces over long distances or do long distances without developing nagging, chronic injuries.  I had to help my body develop a tolerance for endurance training and racing.  This may sound discouraging to new triathletes, but I truly believe it took me up to two years to develop a good base and core strength to run the race that I wanted to run.  I remember Coach Joe talking to me about this very early on in our relationship and it has helped me to understand why endurance athletes try to find balance in the intensity, duration, type of training and recovery as dictated by the time of the year and the various races we do.

Click here to read the rest of Jeff's insightful story. 
summer camp 2009Summer Camp Recap
Madison, Wisconsin

EXPERIENCETriathlon's  annual Summer Camp was inspired by Ironman Wisconsin, which is held every year in mid-September in the beautiful state capitol, Madison.  And so it was off to Mad-town we went - an even baker's dozen of athletes and coaches - to enjoy a gorgeous weekend of swimming, biking, running, and camaraderie. 
Friday afternoon, the crew met on the Terrace outside of the Student Union for a short, chatty run along the lakeshore path.  We passed the local rowing club, the band practice field, and even a couple of newlyweds posing for pictures on a beautiful summer day.  Afterwards, we commandeered a picnic table on the waterfront and grabbed some food from the various eateries located within the Union, while Coach Joe filled us in on the schedule of activities to come.  Unsurprisingly, we had a full weekend ahead of us!

Click here to read more about Summer Camp and enjoy all the photos.
Coach JoeCoach's Corner
  by Joe LoPresto

Front Row, Back Row 
Beating the Demons, Chapter 3 
"Life is played on the field, not in the grand stands."  - Anonymous

I just love this quote.  Like the quotes in Chapters 1 and 2 of Beating the Demons, it's simple, catchy and yet so deeply profound.  How many times have you felt that life and opportunities are just passing you by as you watch from the sideline?  Our demons often keep us from jumping into the game and going out long for the ball.  You just can't win at life if you're not willing to step up to the plate and take that big swing.

As an athlete and coach, I often use these sports analogies to motivate myself and other athletes to stay present and focus on the task at hand.  Our inner voices (the demons) create reasons to take us away from the moment and drift to a place of less risk, a place that victory cannot be found.  But it's not just in the world of sports that these situations occur.
Click here to read the rest of Coach Joe'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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