Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Motivation Mecca

Training stalled? Check out this holiday message from Saris/CycleOps to keep you motivated all winter long:

1. "'Suffer in training to make your competition suffer in races.'
-Jordan

2. 'Chop wood, carry water. Hang the pretense - nothing replaces hard work.' -Sean

3. 'No day but today.' -CrimProf


These are the words that cyclsists throughout the world are repeating as they pull on their riding gear, to push them through another workout, or to drive them through their next interval.

Let their words motivate you by signing up to receive these messages straight to your cell phone or email. When the distractions of the holiday season and the cold, dark temperatures of the winter threaten to derail your workout, a simple word of encouragement may be all you need to stay on track."

Ready to get moving again? Click here to sign up!


Also, be sure to enter to win a CycleOps Pro Series trainer just by sharing your favorite motivational mantra. Click here to learn more now!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cooking with JP!

TRI THIS PIE
by: JP Severin

As our bodies recoil from the wanton gluttony that is Thanksgiving, triathletes often fall into a depressed funk about the thought of having piled on junk calories, and a few extra pounds. And what takes the brunt of the frustration? Dessert. This poor caboose to the meal gets none of the glory like its turkey brethren and takes all of the abuse. I am sick of people skipping dessert. However, it seems that the current dessert motto is, “DOUBLE THE SUGAR, DOUBLE THE FAT!” It doesn’t have to be that way. With that being said, check out this healthy pumpkin pie. Stow this recipe away for next Thanksgiving or try it out now. I have been eating a pumpkin pie a week after creating this hybrid recipe, and my skin is turning orange.

This recipe takes a little over an hour from start to finish.

Crust (don’t be shy, homemade crust is much easier than people think):

Ingredients:
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cool whip
5 graham crackers
1.5 cups honey nut cheerios
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla

Smash the graham crackers and cheerios into tiny bits. Imagine that the cheerios have just insulted your mother. Now, melt the butter and the cool whip together and dump the cinnamon and vanilla in for good measure. Pour the butter and cool whip slowly over the grahams and cheerios, stirring while you pour to distribute evenly. Plop it into a glass pie dish and press the crust mixture evenly around the dish. I use a bowl to mash the crust into place and it works well… Bake for 10 minutes on 350 (preheated)

Pie

Ingredients:
2 cups pumpkin
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp clove
2 eggs
1 2/3 cup milk (skim)
6 tbsp cool whip

Blend all of that stuff together and pop it into your crust. Bake on 350 for 45 minutes. You know it is done when you stick a fork in and it comes out clean.

This seems simple and it is. The brilliance of this recipe is that it cuts over 180 calories per piece from the traditional pumpkin pie and still tastes the exact same. Don’t believe me? More pie for me. But seriously try it… you’ll be shocked!

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Collegiate - Issue No. 3

By: JP Severin

As the sun sets on Michigan State University, the majority of the students flock to campus. Lines at the bars swell with coeds, and houses are soon packed to capacity as they hope to reach the keg for a few fleeting moments. However on this, and on every Friday, the MSU triathlon team is not among the majority of party goers. Instead of sloshing it up, sweat drips from our bodies as we engage in our weekly ritual known as Black Friday. This ritual, which is similar to the post-Thanksgiving shopping fiesta in name only, is infamous because pain is the goal of the encompassing workouts.

You see, at the beginning of this year I realized I had made so SO many mistakes in triathlon. I had overtrained to the point that it set me back an entire year, and in fact, had spent several years of fruitless yards in the pool cementing bad habits. I'd also made a practice of running inefficiently, and had made the blunder of abandoning speed in the base phase of training. Fortunately, I did at least learn quite a bit from those mistakes, and as a result wanted to pass this knowledge on to the other members of my club so they didn’t have to toil for years before doing things the right way as well. Just taking people aside at practices wasn’t enough though; I needed to lead in order to truly help. Thus brings us to the birth of Black Friday.

In a nutshell, Black Friday consists of a strength-based running program with time trials along the way to test progress. With it, I introduce the team to scientific training with a clear objective, and to walking through the reason behind everything we do. Every workout is hard and the team gets stronger not just physically and mentally, but as a unit.

The first Friday left me and some Ironman vets on the team feeling like we had in fact just completed one! Afterwards, several team members said we needed to tone it down to charcoal Friday, or perhaps grey Friday; but even so, the Spartans have still returned to the challenge time and time again. In fact, since our inaugural pain fest, the turnout has been better than any other regularly scheduled "normal" practice during the week, with numbers to the tune of twenty-five plus coming out for the suffering!

Why? Well, it all comes down to results. We start by setting a baseline goal with a time trial run on specific course that goes through the heart of campus. After three weeks of strength, form, and hill work, we time trial again on the same course. PRs are the goal. After the most recent Black Friday practice, the team smashed the course with everyone going at least twenty seconds faster than the previous time trial, and that deserves some recognition, of course. The prize for the most recent winning PR was a belt with a pizza box buckle that was painted with "M$U" and the slogan of Black Friday: “Pain is My Friend”. A one-minute and seven second PR claimed the pain belt until the next TT, so here's to a well-earned shout out Alex Douglas, way to shred that 5K!

That said, for my tri team, Friday night is no party. It's rather laying the foundation for a successful year for MSU triathlon. It is laying the foundation for the young members to train the right way and learn from my mistakes. Watch out for the Spartans ladies and gentlemen, Black Friday will ensure that we are strong for years after I am gone!

Quick October Race Highlights:

*MSU traveled to Purdue to race the Purdue tri club’s annual BoilerMan Triathlon -
Result: The team won for the 5th straight year! Individually, Lindsey Polinko placed 2nd overall in the Women’s race and I placed 2nd overall in the Men’s race.

*MSU hosted our first ever triathlon-
Result: The women won with a 1st and 2nd overall for women (Jackie Brosius and Allysa Thompson), and the men took 7th-9th (Todd Kennedy, Kyle Johnson, and Paul Grieve) in a great showing.

Thanks to the Purdue triathlon team for housing us for their race, hopefully we repaid the favor with housing for our race. It was great to get to meet everyone!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Custom Zipp Decals Are Here!


Zipp ZEDTECH Customers Can Create Custom Decals for Wheels
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Speedway, IN, USA

Zipp Speed Weaponry and Wheeltags announced a partnership today that allows Zipp’s ZEDTECH customers the ability to create fully custom decals for their custom wheels. Wheeltags will handle the creation of custom ZEDTECH decals, as well as the unique flash feature within Zipp’s completely re-designed ZEDTECH website – www.zipp.com/zedtech.

“We couldn’t be more pleased about this partnership and the chance to provide the most respected wheel manufacturer, and their customers, with truly unique, customer designed decals,” said Kevin Koval, Director of Sales and one of the three owners of Wheeltags. “It is the perfect mix of our decal expertise and Zipp’s legendary customer service.”

The new custom decal feature within the ZEDTECH website provides each customer their own “Co-Design Tool Kit” to select different colors within the Zipp ZEDTECH decal, view them on their chosen wheel sizes and even “spin” the wheels. Information about the decals, along with the other specifics of a customer’s ZEDTECH custom wheel order, will be stored in a unique user ID. This allows for a streamlined transfer of vital information from Zipp dealers directly to the Zipp World Headquarters.

To get the most of Zipp’s custom decal options, ZEDTECH customers using the website can select from two different pricing levels. The first pricing level, $160 (US) for one wheel, includes complete color customization within the CMYK spectrum. The second pricing level, $220 (US) for one wheel, allows ZEDTECH customers to choose between complete color customization as well as a lighter/thinner OR reflective material.

“ZEDTECH represents the absolute pinnacle in custom performance race wheels. With options for Si3N4 silicon nitride ceramic bearings, rim laminates, spoke nipple colors, flange cap colors, and end cap colors, adding custom decals was the next logical step to meet the demands of the most discerning cyclist and triathletes on earth. With all of these options available ZEDTECH customers can truly have a one-of-a-kind wheelset.” said Andy Paskins, Marketing Manager for Zipp Speed Weaponry in Speedway, IN.

About Wheeltags
Wheeltags is a manufacturer and marketer of graphic treatments for bike wheels. With bold colors and designs, Wheeltags lets you tag your ride with the ultimate statement of individuality and Roll with Style™. Visit www.wheeltags.com for more information.

About Zipp
Zipp Speed Weaponry was founded in 1988 with the sole mission of making athletes faster on their bikes. Over the course of the last twenty years, Zipp has done exactly that, by drawing on its core competencies of design engineering, composites knowledge, and wind tunnel development. It is these competencies that have allowed Zipp to deliver a series of firsts in the cycling industry. From the first carbon disc wheel to the first carbon crank to the first wheel to achieve negative drag in the wind tunnel. These firsts have helped Zipp athletes to become champions in the toughest races in the world, on the fiercest roads in the world, from the cobbled roads of Belgium to the Queen K in Kona.

Monday, November 24, 2008

And They're Off!

The Evotri Iron Challenge has officially begun ladies and gentlemen!

If you haven't already signed up at www.Plus3Network.com to join us, please do so now in order to get in on the first week's contest. The person who swims the most yardage this week will win a custom designed Evotri race hat from Headsweats!

Remember, after creating your free account, simply choose the charity of your choice, then do a friend search for "Evotri". Once you've found us, do a friend request to be added to the Iron Challenge. The clock started this morning at 12:00 a.m. PST and ends next Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST, so get signed up today!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Announcing the Evotri Iron Challenge!

The 2008 off season is officially here, but who says the races are over? Team Evotri has a brand new program on tap to keep you tri-primed all winter long, complete with exclusive team opportunities and prizes for your efforts. In fact, we have quite a bit of news to report as we round out the year and get the ball rolling for 2009!

With all of our sponsors returning for another stellar season, and with brand new sponsor, Headsweats joining the team, we're looking forward to giving back to the community in an even bigger way. In addition to our current grassroots endeavors - Simply Stu's World Wide Triathlon, Trisaratops's Youth Initiative, along with RobbyB and Iron Wil's Wisconsin Brick Adventure - just to name a few - we're now planning to reach across borders and oceans in order to do our part to change the world, and we want you to be part of the movement.

Do you have what it takes to fulfill the Evotri Iron Challenge?

This winter, we challenge you to complete an Iron distance race every month. 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running at 2.4 miles, 112 miles, and 26.2 miles respectively. You have 30 days, and countless ways to break it down to fit your schedules. Feeling especially elite? Why not try two, even three Iron distances per month? Not only will the top performers receive sweet swag and high honors, they'll also be raising money and awareness for charity JUST by logging miles! Also, complete at least one Iron distance each month and be entered in our grand prize drawing. Here's how to get involved:

Start by joining the Plus3 Network at http://www.plus3network.com, it's free for you, and priceless for so many more. Log your miles over the next several months and watch them turn to dollars for charities all over the world. Team Evotri sponosr SRAM, among other industry leading companies like Pedros have partnered with Plus3 and pledged to donate cash to the charity of your choice for every swim, ride, and run you do - charities like World Bicycle Relief, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Safe Routes (ensuring kids' safe passage to school), and The Environmental Defense Fund, among many more. Once you've created your account at www.plus3network.com, follow the next three steps to not only keep yourself motivated over the coming months, win cool prizes and meet awesome people, but also to have your mileage make a difference all over the world. After you've created your free account:

1: Select a sponsor and a charity of your choice
2: Under PEOPLE, search for "Evotri" and do a "friend request"
3: You will then receive a request to join the Challenge

And that's it. Let the base training begin!

In addition to our Evotri Iron Challenge, we're preparing for top performance in 2009 in other ways. Join the team as one of our honored Ambassadors and be eligible for exclusive opportunities throughout the year, as well as receive periodic training advice from top pros and industry insiders like the unstoppable up and comer, CycleOps's Will Smith, and the legendary Robbie Ventura! Just click the "Become an Ambassador" tab at the top of this page to get started.

Also, stay tuned to Evotri.com for the official 2009 press release, featuring more details on how you can even become a fully-sponsored member of the team. That's right, we're adding TWO to the crew near the start of the year, so get involved early and stay ahead of the pack!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

World-Class Rural-Girl!

Back from the beach and the 70.3 World Championships, our small town superstar, Rural-Girl brings big skils to the Clearwater course. Click here to read about her scorcher down south!

Zippcast #58!

Don't miss Simply Stu's rockin interview with Ironman World Champion, Craig Alexander! Click here to listen now. Miss a show? No worries, click here to visit the archives.

Macca Partners with Zipp!

Photo by Jay Prashun

Big news from one of Evotri's stellar sponsors!

ZIPP Speed Weaponry
Speedway, Indiana

"Zipp Speed Weaponry and Scott Fairchild, owner of Fairchild Management Group, announced today a new partnership between World and 11-time Ironman Champion Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack and Zipp Speed Weaponry.

Asked of his new partnership with Zipp Speed Weaponry, McCormack stated, 'To be working with Zipp for the rest of my competitive career is just a blessing. My focus now is about aligning with companies that make the best product. To be working with Zipp is a perfect synergy for myself. The fastest wheel set in the world and the range of products to choose from allows me to focus simply on winning races. I know the product underneath me is the fastest and most reliable in the sport and this gives me peace of mind.'

'Throughout the past twenty years, Zipp Speed Weaponry has developed a rich history and proud tradition in Triathlon, from ITU to Ironman World Championships. Our commitment to technology, innovation and performance has allowed Zipp to have great success with many of the best Triathletes in history. We are proud to add 2-time World Champion Chris McCormack to our team. We feel that Zipp’s commitment to excellence and Macca’s desire to win is a great match.' Brian Gavette – Director of Sales and Marketing.

Zipp Speed Weaponry was founded in 1988 with the sole mission of making athletes faster on their bikes. Over the course of the last twenty years, Zipp has done exactly that, by drawing on its core competencies of design engineering, composites knowledge, and wind tunnel development. It is these competencies that have allowed Zipp to deliver a series of firsts in the cycling industry. From the first carbon disc wheel to the first carbon crank to the first wheel to achieve negative drag in the wind tunnel. These firsts have helped Zipp athletes to become champions in the toughest races in the world, on the fiercest roads in the world, from the cobbled roads of Belgium to the Queen K in Kona."
For more information on Zipp, please click here.
For more information on Chris McCormack, please click here.
Also, check out the The Zipp Store for their latest holiday promotions.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I AM IRON Cajun!


If you haven't already checked out the stellar Iron debut of one sick fast TriCajun, be sure to click here and read the play-by-play from his rockin race day!

Congrats, IRONMAN!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rural Girl Races Clearwater

Our resident rock star Rural-Girl is braving the headwinds at the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater right now, cranking out an average of 21 mph! She's about to put the bike in the bag and start hammering the run. Stay tuned for updates here on Twitter -------------------------->

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Sweet for President!

OK, OK... Athlete of the Year.

Worried because you're strung out on CNN and now the election is over? Fear not Politico junkies, we have your civic fix. Our very own Chris Sweet is stepping up to stump for the greater good. Chris, who has just returned from Kona with a blistering sub 10-hour finish has not only been chosen by the endurance powers that be as Athlete of the Month by Chicago Athlete Magazine, but has now also been nominated as candidate for Athlete of the Year!

We caught up with Chris amongst a flurry of reporters, and quote...

"If elected, I will mandate that all employers consider travel to races a regular part of the work week as well as provide all employees who did a morning workout with a nap. Bicyles, wetsuits, running shoes and energy gels will all be tax-deductible. The week before Kona shall be considered a national holiday.

I will mandate that deep-tissue massage be covered by all insurance companies (but not those nancy-pancy spa massages). My alternative energy plan is simple: everyone needs to eat more carbs. My healthcare plan entitled HTFU will save countless billions. Break your arm? Duct tape and R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation). Bronchitis? 5X1 mile. Hard."
Such eloquence. Such grace.

Let's get out the vote ladies and gentlemen, click here to view the candidates. Look in the lower right hand corner for Chris, and then also pick a FEMALE for Athlete of the Year (you have to pick a guy and a girl for your vote to count).

Once you've decided, just email editor@mychicagoathlete.com with your picks. Please write "Vote 2008" into the subject line of your email as well.

Thanks to one and all who do their athletic civic duty!

Voting Rules: Limit one ballot per person. Each ballot must have one male and one female athlete selected to be counted. Voting ends December 1st.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Gentleman in Panama City Beach!

All eyes are on Ironman Florida today as our very own Tri-Cajun heats up the course. He's out of the water now, posting an impressive 1:23, and a good 82 miles into the infamous Florida headwinds, feeling fine!

Be sure to stay tuned for our Twitter updates on his progress all day long right here ----------------------------------------------------------------------->

Thursday, October 23, 2008

"There and Back Again"

Chris Sweet is back from the big island, and oh what a tale he has to tell.

"I came to learn that the part of Kona where the race is contested is mostly stark, desolate and brutal. I think the course conditions will influence this race report, in fact, I had some of this report written in my head even before crossing the finish line. At the Ironman World Championships there is much less nuance for me to tease out of the race. Everything is in sharp contrast. You either have it or you don't. Cut and dried. This course, this year, did not cut anyone any slack, and that is how it should be."
And that's just a taste of his amazing adventure. Click here for the rest of the story, or view his feature on CycleOps.com.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kona Update!

This just in from Chris's wife, Cara Sweet, on how our golden boy is doing! Keep an eye on our Twitter block in the sidebar for more updates as they come in ----------------------------------------------------------->

"I was at the perfect spot to watch the swim exit, but I missed Chris coming out of the water. Apparently his swim time was 1:01:44, and the website tells me he's gone through 35.5 miles of the bike at least, and averaging high 22 or low 23-mph. Off to a good start! Here are a pic from this morning!"

Big News from the Big Island!

Well folks, all eyes are on the big island today as the elites take on the lava fields, and one of our own is among them! Click here to listen to the latest news from Kona per our very own rock star teammate Sweet, currently kicking butt on the bike. Many thanks to Simply Stu for the stellar interview!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How Sweet It Is...

Evotri teammate Chris Sweet and family have made their way to the big island for the ultimate Ironman showdown. Below is Sweet's first recap of life leading up to the main event. Big cheers from the mainland for you Chris!

Kona Update #1: At Play in the Fields of Lava!

Our flight to Kona left Peoria, IL at 6:00am last Saturday. It was going to be a rigorous day of flying with transfers in Chicago and Peoria. Things got off to a lousy start when I learned I was going to have to pay double fees on my bike case since one of the transfers was from American to United. Holy crap what a racket! Suffice it to say that I've flown myself cheaper than what it cost me to fly my bike one way! Flights to Chicago and then San Fransisco went smoothly...well as smoothly as possible when you are flying with a 1 year old. Our flight out of San Fransisco ended up being delayed almost five hours, which meant that we were up for a full 24 hours before hitting Kona. Even before we left San Fransisco we started seeing Ironman athletes and realized this race is really going to be different. Out of all the racers I saw at the airport, not one of them was from the states. Mostly it was Germans, Belgians, and Swiss. This was the first of many wake-up calls that a World Championship is vastly different from a big race in the states.

Getting off the plan around midnight local time, the first thing you realize is damn it is hot and muggy! Temp differences between highs and lows in Kona is only about 10 degrees. Karma swung back in our favor at the airport where the attendant felt bad for us and upgraded our vehicle so that I didn't have to make two trips to bring all of our gear.

We are staying at a small bed and breakfast that is up the mountain from Kona. So far this place is easily the highlight of the trip. We are smack dab in the middle of the Kona coffee belt and everything looks like a tropical rainforest. There are wild turkeys and chickens all of the place that help keep Jonah entertained. Every morning there is an awesome breakfast prepared by the innkeepers that consists of tons of local fruit (there are bananna and pineapple trees on the property). We are about 10 minutes from the race start, but the whole atmosphere up here is much more laid back. There is a big group of Belgians staying with us, including one pro who I don't recognize.


First day here I rode down the mountain from our lodging and headed out for a short ride on the Queen K! Cara and I started getting excited just driving in the first night as we passed all the names we've only heard and seen during IM coverage: the Natural Energy Lab, Palani Rd, Ali'i Drive. Even a week before the race the Queen K was a thoroughfare of bikers and runners. When I've visualized race day, I new it would be brutal hot, but I always thought I would get about 1/2 way through the bike before it got really bad. Wake-up call, it is way hot very early in the morning. Usually it clouds up in the late morning, early afternoon, but it is blazing hot by around 8am. Fun, Fun!

Tuesday morning I went down and did a half hour swim on the course. Again the place was just lousy with triathletes of all nationalities. I'm definitely going to enjoy racing without a wetsuit and being able to see what is going on around (and below!) me. During my practice swim there was some current and minor swells. I haven't gotten a good sense of whether the swim will be faster or slower than other races. Jonah got his first practice "Swim" on the course as well. We got to see some sea turtles right by the start.



Yesterday we did our big excursion of the trip and headed down to Volcanoes national park. The park was awesome, but the drive there was almost as good! One thing that you don't get a good sense of during NBC IM coverage is that most of Hawaii's terrain is much more rugged than the Queen K. The only flat part of the island is right along the coast. Everything else is downright mountainous- there is even snow skiing on one of the biggest mountains! The volcanic eruptions at Kilauea were spectacular not because it was spouting lava like you see on TV, but because of the sheer scale of the place. The perimeter of the crater is 11 miles! When we were there there was mostly just massive amounts of smoke and steam. There were steam vents all over the park- we got pictures of a few that were near the road- wild!


On the way home we stopped at a smaller, out-of-the-way beach that the guidebook recommended. Very cool little bay. Awesome snorkeling, with tons of fish (Cara almost touched some type of sea snake, so that put an end to her exploring). There were great warm tide pools that Jonah absolutely loved!

On the race prep side of things I am just doing one easy workout per day. Trying to acclimate to the heat, but would probably need more than a few days for that! Getting some good rest whenever Jonah decides it is OK (he is having more difficulty getting off Illinois time).

I'll try and get in another update before race day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Cooking with JP

Tri This - No. 2
By JP Severin

Fried chicken is one of those staple foods that everyone who is anyone loves. It is as American as the flag... or Ted Nugent. Show your national pride and get cooking… This patriotic bear is doing his part. I have scoured the world over, sniffing out fried chicken wherever it may hide, and I think I can safely say this is some kickin’ chicken.

Ingredients

Brine
A lot of Siracha (chili paste)
5 tbsps Sugar
1 tbsp Salt
2 tbsp Garlic powder
20 oz water

Batter
5 eggs
2 bowls full of flour mixed with curry, garlic salt, and sugar
As much chicken as you want
Some sort of oil (canola or peanut)

Directions
combine brine ingredients in a big bag and let the chicken sit over night
Take chicken out and place in flour
Cover the floured chicken in egg
*Batter again*
Fry in 1 inch deep pot of oil (oil should be about 300-350 degrees)
Fry time should be about 10-15 minutes
Place in paper towel for 10 minutes to allow cool
Enjoy (with honey obviously)

THE KEY IS DOUBLE BATTERING

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Collegiate - Issue No. 2

By JP Severin

The Collegiate
Issue No. 2


Last year, a slew of MSU triathletes tried to sign up for IM Lake Placid. Some didn’t realize that Ironman Placid sold out like Coldplay concerts and missed the chance. The group that missed the IM placid sign up ended up signing up for Ironman Wisconsin. Naturally, the ones who missed the deadline were a group of idiots, myself included.

Training with these individuals was trippy at times. We had incidents involving our local hospital on about five different occasions that were mostly training related, and several were somewhat serious. And OK, one or two were quite avoidable and stupid. Needless to say, getting to the starting line ended up being harder than the race itself.

Naturally, we took an unorthodox approach to race week. Boyd, Klingler, Inch, and I spent the time, not prepping, but playing rock band and Mario party. We traded carbo loading for belting out choice Metallica numbers. We traded sleep for attempting to lay siege to Bowser’s Castle. However, much like how we signed up, we eventually got it together and got to race site to register and check in. Race day was soon upon us and our wills and readiness would be tested.

The canon went off and the washing machine that is Ironman swimming was soon churning. I thought it was going to be absolutely horrible but I loved it. It was like swimming in a river the way the 2000 people generated wakes. The swim was over before I knew it and I headed up the helix into transition, where I was greeted by 15 MSU triathlon volunteers handling bikes. They lost their minds screaming. It was like a pack of baby howler monkeys. They also gave me information on how far Inch was up the road. He was two minutes up after his 11th fastest swim (including pros) and the transition! Having learned that, I tore off on the bike.

The bike was loaded with turns and rolling hills. Each sapped the legs a little bit and took the average speed down. I cruised through the first 56 a bit faster than I should have at 21 mph, as I was hearing how I was closing the gap on Inch. I rode up to him at about mile 60 and we chatted about his killer swim and how he was feeling. The next lap was a rude awakening as the wind was whipping. Struggling through the next 15 miles, I prayed for a tailwind. I saw my family in one of the towns on the course and the howler monkey chorus was again in full swing. I heard the chant of "S-E-V as in victory", which is our family’s motto. The wind finally was at my back and over the next 25 miles, I worked to recover. The MSU tri team was at the top of the major hill on the course and they ran up with me Tour de France style as I closed out the bike.

Coming into transition, I was greeted by the MSU team again. Our group all came off the bike within about 15 minutes of one another. Super fast for our first Ironman. The marathon started with some hobbling and numbness. I chipped away at each mile. Around mile fifteen, the team greeted me with shouts of “you look too good”. I smiled and whipped a soaked sponge at Joel Gaff, who had just done his first Ironman at Lake Placid (and killed it in 11:17). After 11 more miles of my quads getting massacred, the finish line showed up. The Ironman finish line was the best thing since my first college party. And much like it, I puked my brains out shortly thereafter. It was time to cheer as Inch came in around 30 minutes later, followed by Klingler and Boyd about an hour after that.

The MSU volunteers were all over the course and we all did the green and white proud. Now the MSU tri team has about 25 Ironmen! Absolutely ridiculous. I am proud to be part of this awesome group. And check out these times….

JP- 10:13
Inch- 10:38
Klingler- 11:30
Boyd- 11:40
Go GREEN!

Some of the MSU crew!

Sit tight for the next update of the column, and expect highlights from our last race of the season at the Purdue Boilerman (which we will certainly win). I also will be detailing our annual spinathon (we spin for an entire football game including tailgating to raise funds for the club. It ends up being about seven hours). Finally, I will be regaling you fine individuals with tales from our inaugural MSU collegiate triathlon. We will be putting on an Olympic distance tri through the streets of East Lansing. The collegiate column will be bursting at the seams with intrigue and action, so get pumped and Sparty On!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Congrats Team Evotri!

What a remarkable week of racing by some of our Evotri elite!

As you know, Rural-Girl and JP "Pooh Bear" Severin were on their way to devastating some Verona hills up Madison way for Ironman Wisconsin, 2008 just this past weekend, and they did exactly that. JP went in an Ironman virgin and came out nearly qualifying for KONA - that's right, little brother placed 5th in his age group, making him just two hops away from the big island. Talk about walking onto the field with a mission, well done JP! Be sure to visit his site for his race report and official numbers, and check back here soon for the next installment of his column, The Collegiate.

Rural-Girl beaming with Robbie Ventura at the finish line of Ironman Wisconsin.

Rural-Girl also laid down a gauntlet at the foot of the 140.6 this year, leaving quite the wake in the water, absolutely crushing the bike course and leveling the run field. Three guesses what our princess of pain said immediately after crossing the finish line with an overall Ironman PR of 41 minutes...

"Not good enough, I have to do it again!"

Don't want to meet her in a dark alley folks, she's an animal. Vision Quest's Robbie Ventura was on hand to greet her at the finish line, proud as proud can be. Be sure to visit Rural-Girl's site for her report on the epic day.

And finally, has anyone heard who won the Great Illini Half Ironman? That's right, who won the entire race by about 20 minutes, leaving nothing but air between him and the 2nd place finisher? Well if you guessed the iconic Chris Sweet, you'd be correct. Scorching the bike course with a 23 mph average is just the beginning of the madness - check out his entire race report here.

Congrats once again to all the crew for an impossibly sick weekend of performance!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Go Team!

From left to right: Stu, Robby B, JP and Rural Girl.

Greeted by the incredible hometown crew of RobbyB and Simply Stu, Evotri teammates extraoridnaire JP and Rural Girl have made their way to Madison to brave the heartbreak hills of Verona for the 2008 Ironman Wiscosin test of force!

They're looking strong and chomping at the bit to get this party started. In less than 24 hours the games will begin, so be sure to follow along for all the updates here. Stu will be reporting in on both JP and Rural Girl throughout the day!

GO TEAM!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Line in '09!

If you were dreading the off season, dread no more. In addition to an expanded line of PowerTaps this fall, which will result in a price range to accommodate both ends of the budget spectrum, CycleOps will be introducing many new members of their industry leading family - one of the greatest innovations being the Powerbeam Pro Trainer.

This new model will actually have a built-in PowerTap, and will self-adjust resistance in order to maintain a prescribed power output. Users will even be able to upload specific workouts in order to precisely dial in training, and with a sustained resistance of more than 1300 watts, it's set to accommodate everyone from Johnny Rookie to Chris Lieto. Also watch for Powerbeam Pro little brothers the JetFluid Pro and the SuperMagneto Pro to take fluid and magnet-based trainers to the next level by offering a more compact, functional design as well as souped-up performance settings.

These trainers, as well as the rest of the new line for '09 will be available in September. Be sure to visit CycleOps.com for specific release date and product details, coming soon.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Cooking with JP

By JP "Pooh Bear" Severin

As we all know, triathletes can eat. I can’t tell you how many articles I have read that chastise triathletes for “training to eat” not “eating to train”. Well, quite frankly, I am basically training myself to eat and I think I am doing a bang up job. Restaurants and Beehives alike tremble before the horrible and tremendous appetite that is Pooh Bear. With that said, here is a recipe I recently tried that kicked the rumbly out of my tumbly.

Focaccia (Flatbread)

INGREDIENTS

• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 1 package instant yeast
• 1 1/3 cups warm water
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 2 tablespoons grated sharp cheddar cheese
• 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• Pinch of Red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS

• In a large bowl, stir flour and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Sprinkle the sugar and yeast into that well. Pour the water into the well. ( No biggie if you destroy the walls of your well) Let stand until the yeast begins to act, about 5 minutes. Pour 2 tablespoons of the oil into the well. Stir and widen the circle of stirring until dough includes all flour.

• Knead on a floured surface. Keep the dough soft. Pour a bit of oil into a clean bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and cover outside with oil. Cover. Let rise until doubled which takes about 30 minutes.

• Punch the dough down. Grease baking sheet with oil, and place the dough on the sheet. Press the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Brush some oil over the top of the dough. Cut several grooves in the bread. Sprinkle with the rosemary, red pepper flakes, and the cheese. Place in a cold oven on the center shelf. Place a flat pan of hot water on the shelf below the bread. Let rise until doubled, 20 to 25 minutes.

• Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake the focaccia for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned on top. Remove from the pan, and cool on a wire rack.

• Eat yourself into a food coma.

*adapted from allrecipes.com

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Catch the Last 2008 IMWI Preview Ride!

Vision Quest Coaching will be hosting an epic day up in Wisconsin this weekend for both those interested in catching the Ironman course one more time before the big show, and for folks just looking to get out and enjoy a sweetly supported group ride. See below for details:

Final IM WI Course Preview Ride for 2008:

Come join Vision Quest on August 16th, 2008 for our final Madison Course Preview Ride of the year!

This is a great opportunity to get in your last long ride before IM Wisconsin.

For those of you who are doing IM Florida, it would be a great opportunity to get a long ride while it is still warm outside. For everyone else, let's just get out and ride!

Who: All levels of riders; triathletes and cyclists are welcome

What: Ironman WI course preview (40, 80 or 120 mile option) (get some hill work in, and some solid riding.)

· Fully supported ride
· SAG Vehicle
· Que Sheets
· Nutrition will be available
· Fully marked course

When: August 16th 7:30am (Sharp)

Where: Start will be at Fireman's Park - 570 Bruce St Verona, WI

In order to properly plan our resources, we are asking everyone to sign up for this ride so we have an estimated head count.

Click here to sign up now!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Going for Gold


USAT catches up with Sarah Haskins as she gets ready to leave her mark in Beijing next week.

Our very own Simply Stu also catches up with Sarah gearing up to go for Gold. Tune in to hear what's on her mind and how she's preparing for this epic event on the latest Zippcast - Click here to listen now. Also, don't miss all the Olympic triathlon coverage on August 18 and 19; check out the entire schedule and event breakdown here.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Steelhead: 2008!

Well what a wild and crazy ride it was to round out the team event for 2008. The Steelhead 70.3 (turned du) was definitely one for the books. With incredible team photographer James Korn along, we're fortunate to be able to show you the day in pictures:



A warm thanks to all who attended and cheered us on the entire day, namely Steve Stenzel, as well as new recruit JP "Pooh Bear" Severin's parents and his fellow Michigan State Spartans! There was certainly no shortage of Go Evotri shouted on the course from beginning to end, which only fueled the already high camaraderie. Once again, a big thanks goes out to all.

We're also proud to announce that many members of the crew completely shattered their bike splits on this course, which contributed to Rural-Girl claiming a Clearwater slot and Sweet wrapping up first in his age group! Way to go team!

Another highlight of the weekend was of course being able to officially meet and welcome JP to the group. He's as charming as he is tall, and as kind as he is wickedly fast. We're definitely looking forward to what looks to be an excellent team evolution in progress.

Be sure to check out each team members' personal sites (found under the team bios tab) for all the race details!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Nutrition Reminders for Steelhead (or Any Like-Distance Endurance Event)

By Tri-Cajun

I've been reading through Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook, Fourth Edition for some pointers for my upcoming race, The Whirlpool Steelhead Triathlon 70.3, which is this Saturday. I came across some good information and wanted to share it.

Fueling Before Exercise

*Fueling before the event actually starts days before the event. Be sure to eat adequate high-carbohydrate meals to fuel your muscles so they'll be ready for action. Snacks eaten only within an hour before exercise primarily maintain your blood sugar and don't significantly replenish glycogen stores.

*Your pre-exercise snack should contain a little protein and a little fat for sustained energy. Try a poached egg on toast, a bagel with peanut butter, or some oatmeal made with low-fat milk.

*Limit high-fat foods right before the event because they take longer to empty from the stomach and may cause nausea.

*Allow adequate time for digestion. You should allow about an hour for a small snack to digest.

*If you know you'll be nervous and unable to tolerate any food before an event, be sure to eat well the day before. Have an extra large bedtime snack in lieu of breakfast.

*Drink plenty of fluids. Drink extra fluids the day before. The goal is to start the event with your body in water balance. Drink two-three glasses of fluid up to two hours before the event (so you can urinate off any excess before starting), and another one-two glasses five to ten minutes before the start.

Fueling During Exercise

*You should aim to consume about 120-240 calories (30 to 60g) of carbohydrate per hour while performing endurance exercise after the first hour.

*During a moderate to hard endurance workout, carbohydrates supply about 50 percent of the energy. As you deplete carbohydrates from muscle glycogen stores, you increasingly rely on blood sugar for energy. By consuming carbohydrates during exercise, your muscles have an added source of fuel.

*The goal of drinking during the event is to prevent excessive dehydration, as defined by more than two percent body weight loss from a water deficit. The recommended fluid replacer contains a little sodium to stimulate thirst, a little potassium to help replace sweat losses, and a little carbohydrate to provide energy.

*You can get a rough estimate of your hourly sweat loss rate by weighing yourself before and after an hour workout. This information would be helpful on race day to give you an idea of how much fluids you need to consume hourly.

*Keep in mind that too much sugar or food taken in at once can slow down the rate at which fluids leave the stomach, thereby delaying the availability of fluids for replacing sweat loss. Be more conservative with sugar-fixes during intense exercise in hot weather.

*Endurance athletes need to make a nutrition plan far in advance of the event and experiment during training to develop a list of several tried-and-true foods that taste good even when you are hot and tired.

Fueling After Exercise

*Muscles break down during a hard workout, but you can stop the breakdown mode by eating as soon as tolerable after the event. You'll be taking advantage of the 45-minute post exercise window of opportunity to optimally nourish, repair, and build muscles. Even as little as 100 calories within an hour of finishing can make a big difference in recovery.

*The recovery diet should include generous amounts of carbohydrates to replace muscles glycogen stores, and a little protein to enhance the process of building and repairing muscles, and reduce muscle soreness.

*A top priority after the event should be to replace the fluids you lost by sweating so that your body can get back into water balance. The goal during the event is to drink on a schedule and lose no more than two percent of your body weight (e.g. three pounds for a 150-pound person).

*Post exercise foods/meals are usually rich in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, and more than replace electrolytes lost by sweating. Most people can recover with normal meals and plain water. Extreme endurance athletes and athletes who sweat excessively should be sure to sprinkle extra salt on their recovery foods/meals.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Collegiate - Issue No. 1

Team Evotri is proud to bring you the first address of our resident Spartan, JP Severin, in his new column, The Collegiate:

Opening Credits

You may or may not be aware of the largest growing sector of the triathlon community. I guess if I write this column properly and you still don’t know, then I would either be out of touch or a bad writer. Hopefully, I am neither, but I digress. Either way, the college triathlon crowd is one few people get to see, as there are only a scattering of collegiate races. Throughout the coming months, I will be giving you a taste of how exciting, dynamic, and fast these races can be, and I will be sharing news from collegiate racing at large.

However, the college scene is much more that just racing. Most collegiate racers are on their school’s triathlon club. These clubs are like families to the athletes, as Michigan State’s has been to me. Through the coming months I will introduce you to my family, MSU triathlon. I will show you what we do in the community, what we do for fun, and what it is like to race with 20-30 of your best friends screaming like banshees every time they see you no matter how bad they are hurting during the race. At times you may say, “How can this be? This is madness.” No, THIS IS SPARTA!


Opening Scene

The scene is set in Lake Placid, New York, 2008; however, it is anything but Placid. The MSU ritual shout erupts from the crowd.

“Spartans, what is your profession?”

Three staccato bellows answer the question.

“What makes the grass grow green?”

“Blood!”

“Who do we hate?”

“Our mothers!”

“What are we going to do?”

“Kill! Kill! Kill!”

As the Spartans enter the water, prepared to annihilate the Ironman course, the heavens opened up in anger. The storm began. Rain pummeled the racers' bodies and minds for 14 hours straight. Wills were tested and lesser individuals from lesser schools would have broken, but Spartans never surrender.

Nine representatives from Michigan State toed the line. Five were Ironman rookies but you would never know by how they raced. All are Ironmen now despite a combined five flat tires, one broken aerobar, one crash, horrible weather, and an incredibly difficult course.

MSU fans were all over Lake Placid. Cheers were varied and ranged from ‘Sparty on’, ‘Go Green’, to even promises of meeting the racers at East Lansing bars after the race was over. We ran all over God’s green earth, got soaked to the bone, yelled until we were hoarse, and banged empty Heineken bottles when our voices gave out. July 17th was a day that I was proud to be a Spartan.

One special award I would like to give out is the rookie of the year award, and that goes to Kristin Fredericks. While being relatively new to the sport of triathlon, and being introduced by her Ironman veteran husband, Tim, it was a tall order to take on an Ironman. After a blazing swim, she endured three flat tires on the bike course. One of which caused her to wait 45 minutes in the cold, pouring rain for support. It was enough to make anyone abandon, however, showing enormous determination, she made the bike cut by 15 minutes and set out on the run. I ran the last 2.5 miles with her and have never seen such heart. She crushed the hills of the last bit of the run to finish with 15 minutes to spare.

Congratulations to Joel, Tim, Weezy, Noll, Cindy, Kristin, Bogey, Josh, Scottie, and the Fredericks clan on great performances.

GO GREEN!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Congratulations, Triathletes!

Evotri's newly minted youth triathletes showing off their markings just before the horn.

A big congratulations go out to Team Evotri's little sisters, whom, under the guidance of TriSaraTops, completed their very first triathlon just this past weekend!

The Ohio-based high-school girls were recruited as part of Sara's youth initiative, which she began upon being added to the team earlier this spring. Since then, she has been training with the girls each weekend, communicating in email newsletters, and teaching them everything from bricks to mindset. We're very proud of the girls, and of Sara for all their efforts!

Read Sara's entire race report, and see more pictures of the girls tackling the course here.

Once again, congratulations, ladies!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Join Us!

Team Evotri will be heading to the shores of Lake Michigan in just a few weeks to compete in the Steelhead 70.3. If you'd like to be part of the team's pre-race festivities, drop a line to Team at Evotri dot com and let us know you're coming. We'll forward meet-up information as soon as it's confirmed, and keep you in the hook-up loop.

Thanks, and well see you at the beach!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Congratulations, and Welcome!

With the help of Inside Triathlon Magazine, we scoured the nation for the just the right person to round out our 2008 team. It wasn't easy narrowing down so many incredible essays, but dang if one didn't fire to the front of the pack and keep gunning right through the homestretch. With a racing record to match, we're excited to announce that John Paul Severin - a senior Spartan from Michigan State University - is the next and final 2008 Team Evotri edition!

A regular Wolfgang Puck in the kitchen, the team is looking very forward to JP's culinary creations. In fact he'll be sharing regular recipes with the world at large in Tri-This, one of the two new columns coming soon to Evotri.com. John Paul will also report the latest happening from the college tri scene, as well as address not only his fellow Spartan triathletes, but clubs from coast to coast in another soon to air column, The Collegiate.

We hope you're able to make it to the Steelhead 70.3 on August 2nd in order to help us officially welcome John Paul to the team, but if you're not, he'll be tackling his first Ironman in Madison, Wisconsin alongside Iron veteran teammate Rural-Girl in just about 7 weeks, so be sure to come out and cheer them both on. In the meantime, have a listen to JPs reaction as he's asked to join the team by clicking here!

Thanks once again to Inside Triathlon Magazine, and to all the incredible athletes who sent in essays. If you'd like to follow along with JP "Pooh Bear" Severin's new journey, you can check in with him at poohbeartri.blogspot.com, which will go live in a few days.

Welcome aboard, JP!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 Update

We've received a deluge of fantastic essays for the third and final Making the Team: 2008 slot, and it's been an epic undertaking to narrow it down to our top three applicants. We'd like to extend a big thanks to Inside Triathlon Magazine for their partnership in this search, as well as to all the athletes who took the time and effort to apply.

In a few short days we'll be announcing our final 2008 selection, and extending an official invititation to the big race of '08, The Steelhead 70.3. The after race party on the shores of Lake Michigan will be one for the history books, so if you're in the area be sure to join the members Team Evotri, friends, and sponsors in welcoming aboard our newest recruit!

Stay tuned for information on how you can participate, and of course, for the long awaited announcement of who makes the team.

Monday, July 7, 2008

WIBA: 2008 in Pictures!



Well a fun time was had by all who attended the 3rd annual Wisconsin Brick Adventure in Madison, Wisconsin a few weekends ago, and now the photo gallery is up to illustrate the highlights! Many thanks go out to J. Korn for the photos, as well as for the weekend SAG support.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

TriSaraTops Takes a Spin




By TriSaraTops

Aside from being on cloud nine from receiving my new BMC TT02, I was lucky enough to have this bike fit perfectly by the guys at Spin Bike Shop in Lakewood, Ohio. Spin is an area shop, and is rider-owned and operated, so I knew I was in good hands. Their shop has tons of fantastic gear, awesome rides, tools, clothes, and nutrition--not to mention a wealth of expertise and knowledge in all their mechanics! Greg and John were wonderful to work with and answered all my questions in a simple and easy to understand manner.

John was the one responsible for doing my fitting, and I could tell he had done his homework by all the framed certificates of his training seminars all around the room. He did a range of activities before I even got on the bike so that it would fit perfectly to my body, including flexibility and range of motion tests. He also looked closely at my feet, which, let's just say, have changed dramatically since my son arrived last October! After he added several layers of support and a new insole, I felt like I had a whole new pair of shoes. You know how you never know how old and worn out your running shoes are until you slip on a pair of new ones? Yeah, it was something like that.

Speaking of that feeling, it about sums up how I felt as I sat on my new Time Machine for the first time. I've been riding an entry-level road bike with aerobars I threw on there since I bought it for my first MS 150 back in late 2002. The feel of this new ride is so much sleeker and is such a different position than I'm used to, and John made sure that it was comfortable at every step of the way. He tweaked the pedals, saddle, and aerobars until the angles and measurements were perfectly aligned with my own frame. I've already added a few hundred miles on my TT02, and I feel better and more comfortable than ever!

Thanks so much to Greg, John, and everyone at Spin Bike Shop! If you're in Northeastern Ohio, be sure to check them out...you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Gearing Up for the Tour

It's just a few days away now, and our very own Simply Stu has teamed up with Versus commentator and Vision Quest head coach Robbie Ventura, who will soon be bringing us the inside scoop from France. Have a listen as the preliminaries get underway by clicking here.

Also, be sure to enter to win the weekly Power prizes from Saris/CycleOps, including the first release 2009 PowerTaps and Pro Series trainers! Click here to enter now.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Big Evotri Weekends!

Rural-Girl making some men nervous as she races out of the water to T1 at the High Cliff Half Iron triathlon on June 22.

Well it's been a very busy last few weekends for Team Evotri, Rural-Girl dizzied many women in her age group, finishing the High Cliff Half-Ironman in 5:20 - besting her PR on the course by 20 minutes, and setting a new overall PR by three minutes. Way to show them how it's done, Michelle! Be sure to check out here race report and view the video and pictures on her web site.

Sweet had an on again off again adventure with the iconic Hy-Vee triathlon the same day, planning originally for it to be the announced duathlon he'd skip in preference of doing a Midwestern cycling race the weekend before. Now as fate would have it, Sweet did the cycling race only to find out Hy-Vee would in fact be a triathlon after all, at which time the real event became the tap dance he'd do for his wife to smooth over back to back big race weekends - not an easy task with a brand new baby in the house. Be sure to check out the epic report of the day on Chris' web site.

And just this past weekend the whole crew, along with around 70 of their old and new pals, flocked to Madison, Wisconsin for the annual WIBA - Wisconsin Brick Adventure. Tri-Cajun had his first dairy christening in the great state Friday night after registration, which the team is sure gave him his mad climbing and running skills out on the course in the days to follow. Florida will be no match for him in November, nor will the Madison course itself when Rural-Girl returns in September on a mission for her Kona ticket.

Many thanks to event sponsors BMC, CycleOps and Angie Sturtevant, who gave an in depth and very informative Power presentation, 2XU, SRAM, Zipp, Vision Quest Coaching, and Endurance House of Madison. For the weekend play by play from all perspectives, be sure to check in with each team member's web site.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wrenching with Sweet




By Chris Sweet

It's been more than 15 years since I first started racing triathlons. For those first races I borrowed my mom's steel Ross 10 speed (that's 10 gears total for you newbies!). The bike was too big for me and never intended for racing in the first place. During one of my first kids triathlons my chain fell off at least two times during a six mile ride. I think I managed to win the race, but the important lesson I learned was about bike maintenance. While I was fixing the chain and getting passed, I vowed to learn everything I could about how my bike worked. After that race I began taking bikes apart and putting them back together so that I knew how each piece worked. In the long run, this has saved me a lot of money, but more importantly I have a dialed in bike on race day as well as the knowledge to handle almost any mechanical problem that may occur.

When I found out that my new Evotri teammate, Charlie who lives in the boonies did not have a BMC dealer anywhere in the vicinity to assemble his new bike, I said no problem, I'll put it together. This video compresses Charlie's bike build from a couple hours down to a couple minutes. Hey, I'm good, but not that good!

Here's how the 2008 Evotri Team Bikes are spec'd:

BMC TT02 Frame
Easton EC 90 Aero Fork
Zipp 606 clincher wheelset with Wireless Powertap
Zipp Vuka aerobars
Zipp VumaQuad Crankset
Full SRAM Force groupset

If you want to improve your wrenching skills I recommend either of these books: The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair (5th edition) or Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance (2nd Edition). A few of the best websites are: Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Technical Info and The Bike Website.

Don't be afraid to try something yourself. Yeah, you'll probably screw something up along the way, but figuring out what you did wrong is one of the best ways to learn!

Friday, June 20, 2008

2008 Contest #3

Today is the day, if you haven't sent in your Inside Triathlon essay of 500 words or less explaining why you should be the next member of Team Evotri, please do so before 11:59 PM PST tonight. Essays will be reviewed until mid-July, at which time we may request a phone interview before making the final decision, along with the team sponsors. If you have submitted your essay already, please make sure that you have access to the email account from which you sent it in case we'd like to call you.

And if you haven't, what are you waiting for? Let us know you have what it takes to make the team!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Evotri Events Director Announced

As the 2008 tri season unfolds, we're seeing fantastic progress and even greater potential for the Team Evotri Mission, so much so that we're already looking into planning the 2009 season!

With so much unfolding and so many opportunities on the horizon, it's our pleasure to welcome a new Events Director to the team. Robby B., as many know him, will now be coordinating all Team Evotri events, including working to develop some very special projects for the Team Ambassadors in the near future.

Robby comes to us from Madison, Wisconsin, and if you've ever done the Ironman there, chances are he and his wife Kris have probably stripped for you... as in your wetsuit upon coming out of Lake Monona that is. In edition to being captain of the peeling team, Rob is an accomplished swimmer and triathlete, and by day works as a traffic engineer planning and organizing the greater Madison metropolitan area. We think he has what it takes to do the same for the handful of us. To learn more about the man behind the clipboard and calendar, check out his web site.

Welcome to the team, Robby B.!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Sitting Down with Tri-Cajun



Team Evotri Southern gentleman Tri-Cajun recently talked with local media about his contest and team experience, as well as his passion for fitness and sport. Tune in now to learn more about the man who won the hearts of so many!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Evotri Youth Initiative Takes Off!

Having just recently joined the team, our newest teammate, TriSaraTops is proving her transition times are nothing flat. She already has a few summer races lined up for her youth triathlon initiative, as well as training plans in the works.

If you're in the area and would like to come out to support a bunch of great kids who have worked hard to finish their first ever triathlon, just follow the hoots and hollars of their mentor once you get to the gate of the Huntington Sprint Tri on July 20, and the Greater Cleavland Tri on August 10! Click here for more details on the training involved for Sara's inspiring plan.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

70.3, Southern Style!

Entries are going fast for the inaugural Ironman New Orleans 70.3 on April 5, 2009, which a good cut of the Evotri crew has already put on their calendars for the upcoming season. Come along as we make the commute to Cajun-country to soak up the culture, and most importantly, to race alongside 2008 Team edition Charlie Parsiola and his wonderful wife, Lisa. We're looking forward to meeting their entire family, as well all the awesome folks in Morgan City. And of course, to celebrating post race...Southern style!

Click here to join us!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Do You Have What it Takes?

The deadline is drawing near for all those who would like to become the newest member of Team Evotri, who has proudly partnered with Inside Triathlon Magazine in announcing their third and final contest for the 2008 tri season.

The print article with all the contest guidelines is on the stands now, and you can also check out the bonus online article here!

All entries are due June 20th; do you have what it takes to make the team?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Online Registration Closes for WIBA: 2008

Online Registration is now closed for the 2008 Wisconsin Brick Adventure in Madison, Wisconsin. All are welcome for the semi-supported workouts throughout the weekend; if, however, you would also like to participate in the free clinics and event meals, please email WIBAinfo at Gmail dot com to reserve one of the last few seats. Spots will be reserved on a first come first served basis. For more information, or to confirm your name is on the participant list, please visit WisconsinBrickAdventure.com.

See you in Madison!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Harness the Wind


Unstoppable. By headwinds, by hills, by anything. It's official, parent companies Zipp Speed Weaponry and CycleOps Power are proud to announce the union of the sleekest wheels in town to the master of energy application. The offspring of such a partnership? Record smashing speed and precision performance analysis.

Finally available to the public are PowerTap fitted Zipp disk wheels, weighing in at just a fraction over the total weight of unTapped disks. Featuring a 2.4GHZ wireless transmission and absolutely no hindrance in strength or aerodynamic efficiency, the Power is yours.

Team Evotri partner Inside Triathlon Magazine details the several varieties of disk wheels now available, complete with price breakdown here. Have a look, and take the first step in harnessing the wind this season.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Evotri Hits Madtown!

Teammates Simply Stu and Rural-Girl show off their bling post race!

What a rockin' weekend in Madtown ladies and gentlemen. Evotri teammates Simply Stu and Rural Girl hit the streets for the Madison Half-marathon this past Sunday where they both finished in blazing time.

Be sure to check out the ever-striving Rural-Girl's recap of the brutal race, as well as Stu's rundown on the rest of their holiday weekend adventures.

Well done, team!

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Peek at a Training Week

Emily Cocks and TriSaraTops

It's time again for another peek at a training week, this time with our newest recruit, TriSaraTops and her Vision Quest coach, Emily Cocks.

Well it's without a doubt our little sister is in great hands with Emily, who grew up in Albion, MI and was a four-year varsity swimmer and honorable mention All American, as well as an Olympic trials qualifier in the 100 meter breaststroke at U of M. Currently Emily lives in Chicago, IL with her husband Andy and their two cats, Storm and Jaromir. In addition to coaching for Vision Quest, she is now the assistant men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Emily's main triathlon focus is the half-Ironman distance, two of her favorite races being St. Croix 70.3 and Escape from Alcatraz.

"I use triathlon as an excuse to travel to great destinations - so far it has taken me all the way to Australia and New Zealand. I also love to challenge myself physically and mentally, and training and racing allow me to do that on a regular basis!"
Emily goes on to describe Sara's general season plan as follows:
"Sara is making her comeback this season after having a baby. She has started off the season exceptionally well with a five-minute PR in her half marathon just this past weekend. Her focus this summer will be the Steelhead 70.3 in St. Joseph, MI. To prepare for this race, Sara will be focusing on increasing her training volume along with adding in some intensity in all three disciplines.

She is also going to do a smaller triathlon (Olympic or Sprint distance) in July to help get ready for Steelhead. This will give her a measuring stick to see how her training is going and allow her to get into racing mode after taking some time off from triathlon to become a mom. She is excited and confident heading into the summer, which can only serve her well in preparing for her upcoming season."
Follow Sara's finely tuned training and progress by visiting her web site, and be sure to check in next time for the verdict on Tri-Cajun's efforts to convince his coach that beignettes are the perfect recovery fuel...

Monday, May 19, 2008

PR City!

And big smiles all around as we extend a big congrats to Evotri's newest teammate, TriSaraTops, who shattered her half-marathon PR by five minutes at the Cleveland 13.1 this past weekend!

Just seven months after giving birth it's clear our new kid on the block is back and better than ever. Be sure to read her race report for all the details.

Well done Sara, we look forward to all your future successes!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Evotri Gets It Done

As you may have noticed we had a little outage here on Evotri.com this past week while switching service providers, but now we're back and would like to bring you up to speed on a few very important performances. Big congrats go out to Evotri Teammates Tri-Cajun and Sweet who hit it out of the park these past few weekends.

Tri-Cajun braved the waves down in Florida for the Gulf Coast Triathlon, making much more than a metaphor out of the term swimming with sharks! Check out the first installment of his eloquent and exciting race report here.

Sweet also delivered at the Multisport Mahem triathlon in Neoga, Illinois, simply demolishing the bike course and claiming the 4th fastest split in town. It's clear the man has his sights focused on the big island this year, adding an impressive 20+ watts to his average power. Check out all the details in his impressive race report now.

Nice work gentlemen!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Zippcast #48 - Brand New Drop Bars


With 20 years of crafting the finest performance pieces on the planet behind them, Zipp has created some of the lightest, strongest and stiffest bars to date in the SL, the SLC2 and the Contour SL. Featuring newly customized graphics, these drop bars surpass even the highest standards in strength and stiffness, all the while setting new standards in comfort and ergonomics.


Check in with Zipp's David Ripley as he talks with Simply Stu and explains all the exciting changes on Zippcast #48, click here to listen now.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Podium Worthy Perspective


The photo above is brought to you by Evotri teammate, Bolder, who just raced the Napa Valley Half Ironman this past weekend in fine "sub-fun" fashion.

Taking in the sights, visiting wineries and truly making the experience of his race the focus of his trip rather than the splits is a perfect example of his new philosophy this year towards training and racing. Together with his Vision Quest Coach, Karyn, the two are going to see if Bolder's "minimum training for the maximum results" philosophy will carry him through the quickly approaching Ironman CdA race next month.

It seems to be working out quite well so far. A few days before the Napa Valley race, Bolder had this to say about slowing down and smelling the roses:

"At my previous training levels, I would race at 20mph, and run at sub-10. From a swimming perspective, I've always been used to getting lapped. But now, I get excited when I ride above 20mph and below 10... I'm living the life I've always wanted to live."
We'd call that podium worthy perspective for sure. Congrats to our fellow teammate on a great race (and here's wishing him a Happy Birthday today too!). For more, be sure to check out Bolder's recap.