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Current Activities
An Incredible Ironman Journey
Summer Camp Recap
Ask Your Dietitian
ET Social Outing
Masters Swim Classes
CardioRUN Classes
Great Job, Coach Joe!
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News from ET September 17,  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.

9/18SatRun Club. Herrick Lake.  8:00am.
9/19SunBike Club.  LeRoy Oaks, St Charles.  8:30am.
9/20MonMasters Swim. Central Park, Lisle.  6:30pm.
9/21TueMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  10:30am.
9/21TueMasters Swim. LifeTimeFitness, Schaumburg.  6:30pm.
9/22WedMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am.
9/23ThuCardioRun.  Central Park, Lisle.  5:30am.
9/23ThuMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  10:30am.
9/23ThuMasters Swim.  LifeTimeFitness, Schaumburg.  6:30pm.
9/24FriMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am.
9/24FriET Social Outing.  Rock Bottom, Warrenville.  Details below.  5:30pm.
9/25SatRun Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am.
9/26SunBike Club.  Beecher Center, Yorkville.  8:30am.
9/27MonMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  6:30pm.
9/28TueMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  10:30am.
9/28TueMasters Swim.  LifeTimeFitness, Schaumburg.  6:30pm.
9/29WedMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am.
9/30ThuCardioRun.  Central Park, Lisle.  5:30am.
9/30ThuMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  10:30am.
9/30ThuMasters Swim.  LifeTimeFitness, Schaumburg.  6:30pm.
10/1FriMasters Swim.  Central Park, Lisle.  6:00am.
10/2SatRun Club.  Herrick Lake.  8:00am.
10/3SunBike Club.  Commissioners Park, Naperville.  8:30am.
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Jeff IMW 2010An Incredible Ironman Journey
 by Jeff P.

Lao-tzu has been often quoted saying, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." 
So began my journey into the world of Ironman distance racing one fateful day as I stepped out of the hot Hawaiian sun into a little Kona t-shirt shop on Ali'i Drive. It was a typical tourist trap hawking every conceivable trinket from Brazilian imported ukuleles to Chinese made leis. Over the low hung rafters draped an assortment of t-shirts paying homage to one's favorite brand of beer, sea mammals and women in ill-fitting bikinis. Now, this little t-shirt shop would not have been but a blip in my memory except my eye caught a mural on a far wall lit by an overhead spotlight. It was an image I had seen before and was the reason I was walking along this stretch of town away from the cruise ship. This shop on this street on this island is a part of annual event known as the Ford Ironman World Championship and the mural so glorious enshrouded by light was the Ironman logo - the famed "M-Dot" logo. Below the M-Dot were t-shirts, shot glasses, license plate covers and other assorted Ironman souvenirs. Surveying the wares, I sought and found the item I was looking for in an Ironman t-shirt from the last championship race held six months earlier. I had always been fascinated by triathlon racing and the lifestyle. Until recently, I had thought it was a world unreachable and inhabited only by mythical gods of fitness.
It wasn't long ago I that was fifty pounds heavier and so out of shape from an extremely stressful job and a liking for overly large meals and highly caffeinated products. However, over the previous year (2006), I had joined a health club in a quest to alter my own lifestyle. Slowly but surely, I started to shed the layers of old habits that insulated the person screaming and clawing to come out.
Click here to read more about Jeff's amazing journey.
Click here to enjoy all the photos from Ironman Wisconsin 2010.
Summer Camp 2010Summer Camp 2010
 Madison, WI

The 2010 edition of the EXPERIENCETriathlon summer camp was held in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin - home of brats, beer, and Ironman Wisconsin!  In the midst of a brutally hot triathlon season, this year's summer getaway training camp was a welcome respite from the daily high temps and humidity, as well as a great change of scenery.
Friday afternoon the team met up on the lakefront terrace outside of the University of Wisconsin Student Union for a short, relaxing run along Lake Mendota.  As twilight descended, we ran along the lakeshore path past the Allen Centennial Gardens, the UW marching band's practice field, and out towards Picnic Point.  Madison sits on an isthmus between two lakes, of which Lake Mendota is one.  This gives the town quite a few scenic areas to enjoy, and made for great scenery throughout our weekend.  We finished the run back at the terrace, and enjoyed dinner with a view of sailboats and students.  All too soon, we were headed off to bed - we had a big day coming up!
Click here to read more about Summer Camp 2010.
Click here to enjoy the camp photo set.
 Laurie bio photoAsk Your Dietitian

Laurie, your ET Team Dietitian, answers brief questions about nutrition in the ET newsletter.  Have a question?  Send it to Laurie at laurie@experiencetriathlon.com and look for it in an upcoming newsletter! 

Is milk a good post-workout beverage?
Yes!  Low-fat or fat-free milk has carbohydrate and protein in a good ratio for maximum recovery after a workout.  In addition, it has multiple forms of carbohydrate, which increases absorption, and sodium and potassium, key electrolytes lost in sweat.  It also provides a variety of other nutrients crucial for health, including vitamins A and D, most of the B vitamins, and calcium.  Chocolate milk is also a great choice.  Milk is not an appropriate beverage for people who are lactose intolerant.
Social SuzyET Social Outing
 An evening of fun with the ET crew!

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 Restaurant & Brewery
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
Fall session open for registration
"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:Wed and Fri at 6:00 AM
Tue and Thu at 10:30 AM
Mon and Thu at 6:30 PM
Dates:Sept 7 - Dec 10, 2010
Location:LifeStart at Central Park
4225 Naperville Road
Lisle, IL  60532

Click here to register.
ET CardioRUNET CardioRUN

Fall session open for registration
Interval based running class for all abilities
ET CardioRUN is a weekly coached running class based on the latest scientific methods to improve cardiovascular fitness and performance.  USA certified running coaches from EXPERIENCETriathlon will provide structured interval based speed and hill workouts on the treadmill to help you get into running or get faster with your current run game.  Running in the right heart rate zones is also a great way to reduce body fat and lose weight!
Membership at LifeStart Central Park is not required.  Class fee includes entry to the club each week.
Cost:$90 full session. $18 drop in fee for one class.
Times:5:30 AM 
Dates:Oct 7 - Nov 11
Location:LifeStart at Central Park
4225 Naperville Road
Lisle, IL  60532
Click here to register.
Great Job, Coach Joe!

Thanks Jim for taking the time to share your feedback.
"Coach Joe, over the last 48 hours I've had a chance to reflect on everything I've accomplished athletically over the last twelve months both before my relationship with you and EXPERIENCETriathlon as well as after. While my successes before have been substantial I believe the successes I have achieved with our relationship over the last three months surpass those before. These successes have been made possible by your training program, your guidance, and your friendship. Your willingness to share your experience and knowledge about the sport, whether it be running, biking, or swimming, have made me a much better athlete and a more confident person. You've taught me what being resilient really means in both racing and life and how to make sure I've set the proper expectations in both areas. Your training program prepared me to race at my best each time I went out there, and on top of it, and I hate to say it, the race seemed easy because I was so well prepared. I would have never imagined I could finish 11th in my division at the Naperville Tri and 4th at Chicago, the largest tri in the world (unbelievable still). While I realize I have to do the work, these successes are in no small part due to the ET Team and your training program. I look forward to our continued relationship and the support I get from you, it's absolutely fantastic. I'm glad I'm part of the ET family. I'm so glad I found you when I did. Thanks, Coach Joe!" - Jim R.

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