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October 28, 2014

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December 6 - Triathlon Swim Clinic with Video, Portofino Island Resort, FL

December 13 - Triathlon Swim Clinic, Portofino Island Resort, FL

January 10 - Triathlon Swim Clinic with Video, Portofino Island Resort, FL

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Coach's Corner

Prepare To Be Impressed


Paratriathletes are impressive on a number of levels. It's seemingly obvious that someone who has a "disability" and then chooses triathlon as a challenge would be considered impressive. This past week I had the privilege of coaching at another High Performance camp for the National Paratriathlon team. The team is being groomed for success for such events as PATCO (Panamerican Triathlon Confederation), ITU World Championships and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. One might presume that because of a disability these paratriathletes would at best be average in their performance. That presumption couldn't be further from the truth.  




Here are a few examples from actual triathlon race results of current and former Team USA paratriathletes that can illustrate my point:

  • male with congenital arm amputation- 5K run - 15:20 (4:57 min/mile)
  • female with below knee amputation- 5K run - 23:48 (7:56 min/mile)
  • male with above knee amputation- 750 meter swim (1:20 per 100 meter)
  • male blind- 20 km bike- (tandem) - 29:52 (25 mph average)

Certainly these numbers are only part of the story. We, as triathletes, know how tough the training can be at times. Consider for a moment an hour swim in the Pacific Ocean with "blacked-out" goggles. We will tether you to a guide but you won't be able to see anything. Or going for a two hour bike ride on a handcycle, that means only using your arms. Day to day life challenges must be tough enough but add a three-sport lifestyle to the mix takes it to a new level.  




Spending a week of swim-bike-run training with these athletes always leaves me in complete amazement as there is never any whining or complaining. There was, however, plenty of encouragement, lots of laughs and the ever-present desire to go faster.


I issue this invitation to my triathlete friends: If you ever get an opportunity to volunteer at a paratriathlon event/camp don't pass it up.  


You will feel inspired and encouraged. And without a doubt, be prepared to be impressed!

~ Coach John
Team MPI Winter Swim Clinics  

NOW is the time to lay the foundation for a better, faster, more rewarding swim in 2015!

Saturday, December 6 and Saturday, January 10
7:30 am - 10:30 am

Limited to 12 athletes

$60 for video clinic ($40 to purchase footage and in-depth analysis) - Register here.  
Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL

This clinic combines a 45 minute dry land presentation with a 1 hour and 15 minute swim and video session and concludes with a 1 hour review of athletes' film footage. Each athlete will be filmed individually, allowing attendees to not only receive individual coaching and analysis and to see what their stroke looks like above and below the water. Improvements with swim technique and stroke efficiency are accelerated with this tactic. 
Saturday, December 13
7:30 am - 10:30 am

Limited to 12 athletes
$45 for clinic - Register here. 
Portofino Island Resort, Pensacola Beach, FL   

The Indoor Triathlon Indoor Swim Clinic includes a classroom presentation of triathlon swimming with an additional focus of how to create a swim training plan for your season. The second half of the clinic will be in the indoor pool where athletes will perform simulations of those swim training sessions. You will learn how to develop swimming endurance and speed as well as how to use common swim equipment.

The fine print:

- athletes must be able to swim 25 meters to participate in the clinics 

- participants must be a USAT member.  Membership is $12 single day or $45 for year 



These clinics sold out last year so register soon!

Team MPI Racing

To the Starting Line:

IRONMAN Florida, November 1, Panama City Beach, FL
Jeff Boulton
Elissa Brown
Charles James

Wells Fargo Senior Bowl 10K, November 1, Mobile, AL
Adrian DiVittorio
Amy Hunt

Battleship Half Marathon, November 2, Wilmington, NC
Ed McDermott

40th Annual Almond Bowl Half Marathon, November 2, Chico, CA
Jacqueline Sasaki

New York City Marathon, November 2, New York, NY
Jean Draper
Krige Schabort

Across the Finish Line

Paddle, Pant, Pedal Triathlon, October 25, Long Beach MS
Megan Davis - 1st Overall Female

Megan Davis at the Paddle, Pant, Pedal Triathlon:
4 mile kayak, 5 mile run, 23 mile bike 
Athlete Quote of the Week 

"Never run a 5k that is put on by sorority girls"

Joey Pocreva, after a 5k turned into an unmarked 5 mile sightseeing tour around the Auburn Campus.

Portofino Sunset Tri Presenting Sponsor

Sales - Service & Repair - Apparel - Accessories - Group Rides 

4575 Orange Beach Blvd

Orange Beach, Alabama


Shop hours to serve the community:

Monday- Friday: 10am- 6pm

Saturday: 10am- 4pm

Sunday: 12pm- 4pm


We offer two rides on Saturday:

  • 7:30am road ride- We do at least 24 miles based on what the group would like to do. The ride overlaps most of the Brett Robinson AL Coastal Tri course.
  • 10:30am leisure ride- The Gulf State Park has over 13 miles of paved trails for cyclist and walkers. Join us in this no-drop ride and explore part of the ever growing trail system.   
  • See our group ride page for more information.  


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Project One allows you to get exactly what you want on your bike from to paint color all the way to the components and everything in-between.   With Road, Mountain, and Tri/TT custom bike options starting at $3,464.99 your dream bike is just a click away. 



Join Team MPI  


Athletes who
are not currently in a Team MPI coaching program but would like affiliation with the team can join Team MPI to gain access to select members-only benefits.

Why become a member of this great Team? 
  • Receive a welcome package that includes: 
  • Get access to Team MPI "members only" website (training resources and information)  
  • Get access to the Team MPI forum
  • 15% discount at Team MPI store (Champion System apparel not included)
  • 15% discount on Team MPI services (bike fit and swim video analysis
  •  Eligible for giveaways of products from Team MPI and sponsors throughout the year 

The membership cost is $40 annually and quickly pays for itself. The welcome package is valued at $24 and the 15% product and services discount translates to a $30 savings on a bike fit; $22.50 savings on swim video analysis; and $6.00 - $7.50 off Energy Lab supplements. See the Team MPI store and Services pages for more information.   


If you are not already a part of Team MPI, come and join us!  



Coached Athletes are automatically enrolled in Team MPI and receive a 20% discount on services (bike fit and swim video analysis) and products in the Team MPI store.  


Team MPI Store   


Time for some mid-season gear replacement? Need apparel, racing kits, water bottles, visors, socks, swim caps, discount codes, or gift certificates? We've got it at the Team MPI store. Team MPI members (join here) receive 15% off of list price for most merchandise!

Team MPI Sponsors

GET 50% OFF OF RUDY PROJECT GEAR (including prescriptions):



The 10' SUP Package is on sale for $550, and don't miss your chance to get the 12'6" Touring Board for $650!


The savings don't stop there! Check out the $219 Vector Pro wetsuit, $75 Lava Pants, or, for non-wetsuit legal races, the $130 Velocity- M Speedsuit.  


Use discount code CO-MPI at checkout to take advantage of these wetsuit deals!



Team MPI Coaching Programs  
Our Coaching Philosophy starts with "Team MPI". Team MPI is the idea that both coach and athlete work as a team - together. As a team, we focus on frequency, consistency and knowing one's body. Each Team MPI athlete is treated individually.  

Learn about each program and let MPI Coaches help you choose the one that's right for you.   


MPI Performance Coaching Plans 

Performance Plan

Premium Performance Plan 


MPI Performance Packages

5 or 10-Session Packages

Personal Performance Package


MPI Performance Training Plans

Sprint Distance

Half Ironman Distance

Full Ironman Distance  


MPI Customized Performance Training Plans

 Athlete-Specific Customized Plans


Paratriathlon Training    

 Performance and Power Cycling Class

 Multi-day Camps



Head Coaches Mark Sortino and John Murray

Coaches Jim Harris, Peter Harsch, and Amanda Leibovitz
Coaches Allen Stanfield and Dustin Yonke 


About Team MPI

Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, MPI Performance Plans, MPI Customized Performance Plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Team Semper Fi. Team MPI also provides specialty services in swim video analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Sunset Tri Series. They also founded the Sea Turtle Tri and Maritime DeLuna Du.

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