Experience Triathlon
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Current Activities
Social Outing
Fall Masters Swimming
Just Enjoyed The Day
ET Run Club
Great Job, Coach Sue
Rudy Project Sponsorship
Coach's Corner
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News from ET August 30,  2010
Current Activities
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Note: Ride start time listed below is the actual ride start time.  Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to ride start time.
8/31     Tue    ET Masters. LTF Schaumburg. 6:30pm. 
9/1       Wed   ET Tri Club ride/run.  Spokes, Wheaton. 5:30pm. New start time!
9/2       Thu    ET CardioRUN. Central Park. 5:30am. 
9/2       Thu    ET Masters. LTF Schaumburg. 6:30pm. 
9/4       Sat     ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am.
9/5       Sun    ET Bike ClubCommissioners Park, Naperville.  8:30am.
9/7       Tue     ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle. 10:30am.
9/7       Tue     ET Masters. LTF Schaumburg. 6:30pm.
9/8       Wed    ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am. 
9/8       Wed    ET Tri Club ride/run.  Spokes, Wheaton. 5:30pm.
9/9       Thu     ET CardioRUN. Central Park. 5:30am.
9/9       Thu     ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle.  10:30am.
9/9       Thu     ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle.  6:30pm.
9/9       Thu     ET Masters. LTF Schaumburg. 6:30pm.
9/10     Fri       ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am. 
9/11     Sat      ET Run Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am.
9/12     Sun     No ET Bike Club today.  Ironman Wisconsin.
9/13     Mon    ET Masters.  Central Park.  6:30pm.
9/14     Tue     ET Masters. Central Park, Lisle. 10:30am.
9/14     Tue     ET Masters. LTF Schaumburg. 6:30pm.
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Social SuzyET Social Outing
 An evening of fun with the ET family!

It's not all about training and racing at EXPERIENCETriathlon.  Come share an evening of fun and fellowship.  This event is not just for our Team athletes, but for all the friends of ET. 
Date:            Friday, September 24, 2010
Location:     Rock Bottom. 28256 Diehl Road, Warrenville, IL 60555
Time:           5:30 PM - ??
There is no fee for this outing.  Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverages.
Masters SwimET Masters Swim Class

Starts September 7 at Central Park 
"ET Masters has been an amazing help to me with my swim technique...every time I swam Masters Class, the coaches were able to pinpoint one particular area for me to work on, and with those minor changes and their encouragement, I was able to take my swim to a whole new level! Thank you, ET!!"

Group swim and instruction for all abilities
ET Masters is a weekly swimming program designed for triathlon and fitness swimmers.  USA certified coaches will provide structured workouts and stroke improvement instruction at each one-hour group session.  Fall session focus will be on off-season training including stroke refinement and building base endurance.  
Swimmers can attend one, two or as many sessions as they would like per week!!  
Membership at LifeStart Central Park is not required.  Class fee includes entry to the club each class.
Cost:                $225 for all 14 weeks!

Day/Time:        Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 AM
                          Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM
                          Monday and Thursday at 6:30 PM         

Dates:              September 7 - December 10, 2010

Location:         LifeStart at Central Park
                          4225 Naperville Road
                          Lisle, IL 60532

Click here to register.
hyvee swim photoJust Enjoyed The Day
 by Jeff P.

"Triathletes, may I have your attention..." It was one of the ominous-toned announcements that grabbed me as I was setting up my transition area under the lamps of the gas powered floodlights surrounding the transition right at dawn.  Mind you, the floodlights were there because any inkling of the early morning sun was blotted out by the thick, black cumulus clouds.  The announcer went on to inform the fifteen hundred racers of the latest National Weather Service reports with the foreboding news of impending severe weather bearing down onto the epicenter of my triathlon world - Des Moines, Iowa, and the Hy-Vee Olympic Distance Triathlon.
"...so, for the safety of all triathletes, we have decided to shorten the race to a Sprint and use a time trial start for the swim..." Amid the groans of the athletes, the announcer continued on about the safety concerns of the race organizer and local officials, but I thought mostly about race strategy.  It's a different kind of race to go from an Olympic distance to a Sprint.  Pace, nutrition, and mentality come into play when game-planning each type of event.  Some quick changes came to mind - one of my two Gatorade filled bottles came off the bike, efforts for each of the disciplines was going to be ratcheted up and despite the internal debate of whether to wear the wet suit or not in a short race, I elected the flotation effect of the suit outweighed the extra time needed to remove it in transition (as did many of my other competitors).  As the first bits of grey light began to appear, I ate my Clif bar rather than at T1 and headed for the beach to await the start of my race.
Click here to read the rest of Jeff's story. 
run club herrickWelcome to ET Run Club

ET Run Club is FREE and open to everyone - regardless of fitness level or running experience!! The experienced and certified coaches of EXPERIENCETriathlon invite you to come join one of our regular group runs that are held on Saturday mornings at 8 AM.
We run outside year round, and we run in small groups according to distance and pace. The distance typically ranges from 3 to 7 miles on any given run, and we make sure no one runs alone.
From May through October we run the picturesque trails of Herrick Lake in Wheaton which provide a little relief from the sun. We meet in the North parking lot, next to the boat rental building.  Click here for directions.
One of the highlights of our group run is the coffee social held after almost every run -- after all, who doesn't run to EAT?
Great Job Coach Sue!

Thank you, John and Kelly, for taking the time to share your feedback. 

"Coach Sue, I participated in Ironman Lake Placid last week, and finished the swim with a time of 1 hour and 10 minutes. The last 2 Ironmans I have competed in were Wisconsin and Coeur d'Alene. My swim time was 1 hour and 20 minutes in each of those. 10 minutes faster is more than I could ever have expected!! I did not do much different in regards to time spent swim training, just focused on the technique you helped with! Thanks for the help!!" - John H.
"I began swimming with EXPERIENCETriathlon in October 2009. During my first season of triathlons I had been self-coached and knew that I needed some more support if I really wanted to do anything with this sport. I had swam in high school, and was swimming on my own occasionally at the gym. I figured that starting with swimming would be a good starting point. I nervously went to the first swim session and was greeted immediately by Sue. She was warm, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. Sue recognized my strengths and weaknesses and gave me suggestions to correct them. In this short time I have definitely gotten stronger and smoother since we began working together. I like getting constant feedback that I am improving and suggestions on how to take my swim to the next more efficient level. Sue is always helping all the swimmers maximize their performance. Her workouts are always exciting and always have a purpose. Most importantly, Sue is truly talented when it comes to motivating (it takes a lot to get a pool full of people in December and January), encouraging, and inspiring the athletes with whom she works. She makes you excited about your potential, no matter what level of triathlete you are. Sue has definitely made me more interested in working on all areas of my triathlon. I would recommend Sue to anyone looking to reach new levels of performance and fitness." - Kelly C.
Rudy ProjectRudy Project Sponsorship
We are excited to announce our new team ET sponsor, Rudy Project

Rudy Project designs and manufactures hi-tech sunglasses, goggles, helmets and accessories using the application of science, advanced materials and computer technology to create functional, aesthetically superior and technologically advanced products.
Rudy Barbazza, a pioneer in the Italian sunglass and sporting goods industry, founded Rudy Project in 1985. Through his vision and dogged commitment to technology and innovation, Rudy has created a company and a creative environment that has achieved many firsts in manufacturing eyewear, goggles and helmets.  Rudy, throughout the years, has been a champion of sponsoring and supporting athletes at every level of competition.
Click here to visit the Rudy Project website.  Use our club VIP code, eltriclub and get a 40% discount applied to your shopping cart!
Coach JoeCoach's Corner
  by Joe LoPresto

Being Consistent
While it's been a long season for most of us and we do need to disconnect both physically and mentally to recharge our batteries, it's also time to plan for the upcoming year.  Often times athletes will put off both the planning and training for the following season until after the holidays.  This approach will make achieving higher fitness and racing goals very difficult if not impossible. 
Research has shown that significant decreases in fitness start to occur within as little as three weeks of no training.  This is the training principle of reversibility.  Basically we build fitness by applying just the right amount of workload (stress) to the body at the right time along with properly timed recovery to ensure growth.  Well, if we don't apply workload and stress to the body, fitness declines. Certainly you can rebuild the lost fitness and maybe do enough training to get a personal record (PR) next season, but why take the chance and why lose your hard earned fitness levels in the first place?
When I look across the team athletes, those that are the most consistent in their year round training and execute better than 95% of the workouts in their plan are the ones that are injury free and have the most success in training, racing and life.  As my coach once told me, "Ironman comes to the smart and steady athlete, Joe."  Being consistent IS the path to growth.
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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