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New Classes
Social Outing
Indoor Race Series
Ask Your Dietitian
Single Sport Training
Stick To The Plan
Great Job, Coach Suzy
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News from ET January 31,  2011
Hello Friends,
Coach Joe 
Wow, it's February already and spring is right around the corner. There's lots of chatter about "signing up" for 2011 goals, and our athletes are building toward a successful race season.

Experience Triathlon classes, events and coaching services are off to a great start in 2011. We just announced a new adult swim masters program in Rolling Meadows and our spring Half Marathon Training class. The Experience Triathlon Indoor Tri at Central Park is rapidly approaching, and we have several more race events taking place over the next couple months.

Our next social outing is March 4 and we are busy planning the Family Picnic and Experience Triathlon Summer Camp. We have even more programs and improvements in the works.

If you have ideas on how to make Experience Triathlon better, we'd love to hear them. We are committed to building a world-class endurance coaching company to help you achieve your dreams.

At Experience Triathlon, we believe that anything is possible!

Coach Joe

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Upcoming Events
2011 Events 
ET Indoor Triathlon Series - Feb 6, Mar 13
ET/Spokes Time Trial Series - Feb 19, Mar 26

New Classes Starting Soon

Masters Swim - Rolling Meadows - Starts Feb 3 - Click HERE for info/reg

Half Marathon Class - Naperville - Starts Feb 26 - Click HERE for info/reg

Masters Swim - Lisle - Starts March 7 - Click HERE for info/reg

Social SuzyET Social Outing
 An evening of fun with the ET crew!

It's not all about training and racing at Experience Triathlon.  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, March 4, 2011
Location:Mullen's. 3080 Warrenville Rd, Lisle  60532 
Time:6:30 PM - ??

There is no fee for this outing.  Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverages.

Indoor Race Series

Indoor Triathlon - February 6 - Lisle - Click HERE for info/reg


Indoor Bike Time Trial - February 19 - Wheaton - Click HERE for info/reg


Indoor Triathlon - March 13 - Lisle - Click HERE for info/reg


Indoor Bike Time Trial - March 26 - Wheaton - Click HERE for info/reg 

 Laurie bio photoAsk Your Dietitian

Laurie, your ET Team Dietitian, answers brief questions about nutrition in the ET newsletter.  Have a question?  Click here to send it to Laurie and look for it in an upcoming newsletter! 

Why is breakfast so important?

Breakfast provides us with crucial nutrients needed for optimal health and restocks energy stores burned during sleep. Eating breakfast raises overall nutrient intake, increases attention span and learning ability, reduces appetite and chronic disease risk, and provides more energy for workouts and dealing with family and coworkers. For best results, consume a meal that contains 20-35% of your total daily intake within 2 hours of waking.
Swim - Bike - Run Training
You don't have to be a triathlete to work with us!

We help many single sport athletes achieve their dreams too!  Check out the specific training and coaching pages for each sport and let us know if we can help.

  Swim training and coaching

Disney mara JimRStick To The Plan
  by Jim R.

The decision to compete in the Disney marathon was made months before I even had a relationship with Experience Triathlon and Coach Joe, but joining ET and working with Coach Joe would have a major impact on my training, race plan and how I would perform in the race.

With the hardest part of my training in the rear view mirror and comfortably situated into my taper weeks, I set up a consult with Coach Joe to discuss race strategy. While I thought I knew what we would discuss during this meeting, when we sat down I was totally surprised and pleased with how the conversation went. I listed out my goals for the race and rated them by importance of completion. Once that was done I realized a specific race finishing time was not in the top ten goals. From that day until race day, the stress level was reduced immensely because every critical goal that was listed was within my direct control. The race plan was created, now the only thing left to do was to go out, execute against that plan and have a successful race, easier said than done. So my mantra that day became "stick to the plan" and would be something I'd repeat to myself hundreds of times during the race to keep me focused.

Click HERE to read the rest of Jim's story.

Great Job, Coach Suzy

Thanks, Kathy, for taking time to share your feedback.

"I started running for recreation over a year ago with Coach Joe and learned that I could run long distances and feel good doing it. I ran my first 5k last year and made it a goal after that I would run more races with the next big goal of completing a half marathon in 2010. Coach Suzy trained me at the beginning of the year and through her guidance, motivation, encouragement and experience I was able to accomplish this goal today by running the Chicago Half Marathon! I was overjoyed crossing the finish line, it was months of running and worrying over nutrition and injury and the running itself that finally paid off today. Suzy was not just my coach, but my mentor and someone that I knew was looking out for my best interests and wanting me to succeed. That was a great motivator knowing others wanted me to do as well as I wanted to. When I thought my runs were terrible or that I feared running this half marathon, Suzy was always there to give advice, and make me feel that I could accomplish this goal. For that I'm truly grateful and ready to train for a marathon! For someone that hated running her whole life and often skipped running in gym class, I am amazed that I could grow to love running and love the way I feel when I finish. Thanks to Coach Joe and Suzy for getting me to this point in my life and helping me find that confidence within myself to keep going further with my goals." - Kathy L.

Has an Experience Triathlon coach helped you achieive your goal?

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coach karliCoach's Corner
  by Karli Wilkinson

Bringing Awareness to your Swim Workout
Almost everyone I've met over the years has said something like this upon learning about my swimming background: "Oh, you're a swimmer? You know swimming is such great exercise!" and then they'll add, "I wish I could do it myself but, you know...it's just so difficult or I'm terrified of the water or I've never been a strong swimmer." Here is the real story. You can swim too!

Swimming is a sport that tends to be viewed as elitist by the majority of people. You either love swimming or you hate it. You either find it incredibly easy or extremely difficult, but it doesn't have to be that way if you take the time to learn how your body reacts and moves in the water. Think about it. Where do you spend most of your time? You spend it on land, walking, sitting and breathing. By now you've pretty much got the gravity thing down. Now what happens when you go into the water? Now you've gone from a vertical position to a horizontal one, hopefully; you might have to fight to get into that horizontal position depending on your body's natural buoyancy. If you put your face in, you have to learn to hold your breath and breathe through your mouth instead of your nose-something that should have happened naturally has now become something you have to control. No wonder some people have problems with it! That is where having a coach can help you understand what you are doing and what you need to do in the water to let it work for you.

Click HERE to read the rest of Coach Karli's article. 
ARC anniversary logoARC Physical Therapy Grants Wishes for their 15th Anniversary

Advanced Rehabilitation Clinics will be giving back and granting wishes for those in need of outpatient physical therapy services.

Anyone in need of outpatient physical therapy can enter to have their wish granted. Whether a patient is struggling with medical costs, concerned with insurance or simply stressed about treatment programs, ARC Physical Therapy will be granting one wish a month, for the next 12 months.

For more information, please call 630-832-6919 or visit www.arc-pt.com/wish.html for specific rules and terms/conditions.

Are you ready to Experience Triathlon?

At Experience Triathlon 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 Experience Triathlon 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.

Experience Triathlon - where being a winner is as important as being the winner.

Click HERE for information about our coaching services and programs.