Friday, February 29, 2008

Final Four Voting Reminder

Tonight's the night! Please be sure to cast your vote for the next fully sponsored member of Team Evotri no later than 11:59 PM PST. Once again, to ensure tally accuracy, please write the name of your candidate and "Final Round" in the subject line of your email to vote@evotri.com.

Congratulations to all who made it to the final four. Tomorrow we'll invite one of you to Chicago for your baseline testing at the Vision Quest Headquarters - good luck everyone!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 - Final Round Voting

Happy Sunday everyone, and welcome to the home stretch of the Making the Team: 2008 first contest. Once again the endurance community, their friends, family (and still a few stubborn alter egos) have spoken, and we have narrowed the field down to the top four candidates. One of these four, depending on your vote, will be the next fully sponsored member of Team Evotri.

We know it's been a lot of work not only creating the videos, but rallying the troops thus far, and we once again appreciate and applaud everyone's efforts. Even though not all videos will advance at this time, we certainly welcome and encourage contestants to throw their swim caps back in the water for the subsequent Making the Team: 2008 contest(s).

And now, are you ready for your finalists? Their voting tallies have once again been reset to zero. As in the first two rounds, please be sure to base your voting on how thoroughly each individual addresses the following questions:

1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?

2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.

3. Why tri? Please be as creative as possible in explaining why you are passionate about triathlon and endurance sport?

Carrie Barrett


Commodore


Sarah McKibben


Charlie Parsiola

Final round voting will continue until 11:59 PM PST Friday, February 29, 2008. In addition to all first-time voters, if you voted in round one or round two, you may vote again at this time. Please be advised only one vote per person will be counted. Do not vote multiple times, for multiple candidates or from multiple email addresses. The single video of the featured four that has received the most unique votes will be the next fully sponsored member of Team Evotri, and will be announced on March 1, 2008.

To ensure tally accuracy, please write the name of your candidate and "Final Round" in the subject line of your email to vote@evotri.com. All videos are featured in alphabetical order.

Thank you for your help, and good luck to everyone!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 - Round Two Voting

Welcome to round two of the Making the Team: 2008 contest! Well it's certainly been an exciting few days, hasn't it? The endurance community, their friends, family, and plethora of alter egos have spoken, and while we appreciate everyone's creativity, unfortunately, we were only able to count each person's vote once.

All votes were individually assessed and routed to eliminate duplicates, and the candidates with the most combined votes after these measures were applied will now advance. We greatly appreciate everyone's participation, and applaud the efforts of each contestant and their team of supporters. Remember, in the event a candidate does not advance to the next round of voting, he or she is welcomed and encouraged to participate in the subsequent Making the Team: 2008 contest(s).

And now, we present your round two crew. Their voting tallies have been reset to zero. As in the first round, please be sure to base your voting on how thoroughly each individual addresses the following questions:

1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?

2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.

3. Why tri? Please be as creative as possible in explaining why you are passionate about triathlon and endurance sport?

Carrie Barrett


Commodore


Jonah Holland


Ryan Lockhart


Sarah McKibben


Charlie Parsiola


Meredith Turnquist

Round two voting will continue until 11:59 PM PST Saturday, February 23, 2008. In addition to all first-time voters, if you voted in round one, you may vote again at this time. Please be advised only one vote per person will be counted. Do not vote multiple times, or for multiple candidates. The four videos of the featured seven that have received the most unique votes will advance to the next round.

To ensure tally accuracy, please write the name of your candidate and "Round Two" in the subject line of your email to vote@evotri.com. All videos are featured in alphabetical order.

Good luck, everyone!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 - Round One Voting

Welcome to round one voting of the first Making the Team: 2008 contest. Before we begin, Team Evotri and their sponsors would like to extend the utmost thanks to all those who submitted videos. It was definitely a tough decision; we know a lot of work went into each submission, and we greatly appreciate your time and effort.

The top ten selections have been made based on how thoroughly each candidate addressed the contest questions, and are featured here for community vote. If your video is not among the ten, please know that you are welcomed and encouraged to submit an entry for the remaining two contests, the next of which we'll announce on March 1st when we also announce the winner of the first team slot.

And now, tell us who YOU think best answers the contest questions below by sending an email to vote@evotri.com with the name of the entrant in the subject line. As we're expecting a deluge of voting, for efficiency purposes emails will not be opened. You may only vote once, multiple votes from the same email address will not be counted.

Please be sure to base your voting on how thoroughly each individual addresses the following questions:

1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?

2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.

3. Why tri? Please be as creative as possible in explaining why you are passionate about triathlon and endurance sport?


Michelle Alswager


Carrie Barrett


Commodore


Jonah Holland


Ryan Lockhart


Sarah McKibben


Charlie Parsiola


Shirley Pratt


Syd Trefiak


Meredith Turnquist

Round one voting will continue until 11:59 PM PST Wednesday, February 20, 2008. The seven videos of the featured ten that have received the most votes will advance to the next round. All videos are featured in alphabetical order.

Good luck everyone!

Team Slot #1

Good morning boys and girls, and welcome to the first day of the first round of voting for the newest member of Team Evotri. We are currently finalizing the list of candidates, so please check back soon for voting instructions. In the meantime, please review the questions below so that you're ready to assess the videos by how well each candidate answers them, and again, thanks for being part of the evolution!

1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?

2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.

3. Why tri? Please be as creative as possible in explaining why you are passionate about triathlon and endurance sport?

Friday, February 15, 2008

Final Call

The final call for Making the Team: 2008 video submission is upon us. Finish up those final tweaks ladies and gentlemen, by 11:59 p.m. tonight we need to have received your You Tube link.

Tune in Monday, February 18 to view the top ten videos and cast YOUR vote for the next member to Team Evotri.

Good luck everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Making the Team: 2008 Contest #1 Checklist

Just a few days left to get your video in for the first round of the Making the Team: 2008 Contest! Be sure to:

1.Upload your video with plenty of time (at least 24 hours) for it to appear on You Tube before the contest deadline of 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 15.

2. Send your You Tube link to MakingTheTeam@evotri.com before the deadline of 11:59 p.m., Friday, February 15.

3. Remember to entitle your videos with your name, and Making the Team: 2008. We've received several videos without the specfied tagging, and want to be sure all entries are included in the selection process. Don't risk your video getting lost in cyberspace, please tag it appropriately. If you do not receive an email confirmation that we've received your link, please resend.
Tune in to Evotri.com on February 18th to see the top ten videos, then email YOUR pick for the first team slot to Vote@evotri.com.

Round one voting will run from Monday, 2/18/08 to Wednesday, 2/20/08, and will determine the top seven videos. These will go on to round two voting, beginning Thursday, 2/21/08 and running through Saturday, 2/23/08. On Sunday the 24th the top four videos will kick off the final round of voting, which will run from Monday, 2/24/08 to Friday, 2/29/08.

Only one will make the team, and the choice will be yours!

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Peek at a Training Week

Dan Shelley and Iron Wil

Coming down from back-to-back years training up to the big 140.6 can be tricky, so when the gurus at Vision Quest Coaching learned that Iron Wil wanted to get stronger and faster, lean out, and have a blast this year, they brought forward their balance master, Dan Shelley, to line it up.

USA swimming and cycling certified, Dan's coached 44 conference champions in the Big Ten, Ivy League, Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Midwest Conferences, as well as 14 All-Americans, 3 National Champions and 3 Olympians. He's been intregal to the success of the swim teams at Brown University and Penn State, and is currently the head swim coach at Lake Forest College in Illinois. The definition of an optimist, Dan's high energy, positive attitude and laid back style are the perfect compliments to the focus, drive and dicipline that landed him a 10:28 Ironman Swizerland PR. This year he'll guide Wil down the path to her goals one training week at a time, let's take a look:

"So far so good for Iron Wil in 2008. It's early in the season and this phase of training is primarily submax (aerobic) base work. Wil is doing a great job managing her workouts, and her body composition as well through a new nutrition plan. These first few weeks will provide a solid foundation for the higher intensity, race-specific workouts to follow. The more specific we can be mirroring her training with the efforts required in her "A" races, the better she will perform. Not having an ironman on the calendar this summer also gives us plenty of flexibility as we look to the first races of the season.

Next up: We will be running a full range of performance tests at Vision Quest in early March, which will allow us to most effectively plan workouts using appropriate wattage/power on the bike. We will take some time for early season stroke adjustments in the pool as well, and in a few weeks will start to shift gears with her training and up the intensity in all three disciplines. I know she is ready...are you? Look out 2008 triathlon season!!! Here comes a VQ supercharged Wil!!"
All new focus, all new balance, this will undoubtedly be a powerhouse team in 2008. Follow along with Wil's daily nutrition plan and training log by visiting her web site, and be sure to check back next week when we take a peek at one of Bolder's training weeks!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

ZippCast is Back!

Boys and girls it's true, ZippCast is back and better than ever with a brand new podcast series to keep you motivated and informed in the new year. Our very own Simply Stu will be the voice behind the technology, products, athletes and more, and will bring it all to you on a bi-monthly basis starting now.

In this series opener Stu talks with Zipp's design engineer Josh Poertner and reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion Andy Potts about the Sub9 bulge disc, its design, and real world negative drag performance. Tune in to hear how Josh breaks it down and how Andy heated it up on that Sub9 in Clearwater, Florida just last year.

Click here to listen now: ZippCast 2008 #1 - Zipp's All New Sub9 Bulge Disc

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Contest #1 Countdown

Well ladies and gentlemen, the clock is ticking and camcorders are buzzing, some in the final phases of edit and others just warming up to answer the big three questions on the plates of all those who would be the newest Team Evotri member:

1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?

2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.

3. Why tri? Please be as creative as possible in explaining why you are passionate about triathlon and endurance sport?
All in three minutes or less. February 15th is the deadline to submit your videos, the following Monday the top ten videos will appear on this site and remain here throughout the week for public voting. To submit your video, first upload it to You Tube, and then send the link to MakingTheTeam@evotri.com.

Beginning Monday the 18th, you can cast your vote for the person YOU think best addresses the above questions by emailing us at Vote@evotri.com. We'll post a leaderboard each day, and on the 20th will begin the elimination process.

Round one voting will run from Monday, 2/18/08 to Wednesday, 2/20/08, and will determine the top seven videos. These will go on to round two voting, beginning Thursday, 2/21/08 and running through Saturday, 2/23/08. On Sunday the 24th the top four videos will kick off the final round of voting, which will run until Friday, 2/29/08.

Only one will make the team. Will it be you?

Best of luck to everyone, we look forward to your applications.

Stay tuned to evotri.com, as the next Making the Team contest will be announced soon!

Monday, February 4, 2008

A Peek at a Training Week

Stan Watkins, Ruben Figures and Chris Sweet

Our friends at Vision Quest knew we had a golden boy heading to Kona this year, and pulled out a few of their big guns to help him along the way. As he slowly returns to nights of uninterrupted sleep, Chris Sweet, his wife Cara, and their new little boy are gearing up for an exciting year to say the least.

Level 3 USA Cycling coach Stan Watkins, along with Power Bar Team Elite member and Kona veteran, Ruben Figueres, will be flanking Chris this year on his road to the big island. Like all the Evotri members and their coaches, this is truly a team within a team.

Ruben, a former member of the Nike Barcelona team with a crushing 1:08 half-mary PR, is overseeing Chris' swimming and running, while cycling guru Stan dials in his speed and power on the bike. With decades of experience between them, here's what the dynamic duo have to say about Chris' training so far:

"We are working on building a good base while maintaining some short intensity efforts to keep Chris's aerobic system in tune, and are being careful to stay away from sustained anerobic efforts. We have merged Chris' Training Peaks plan so we can see how he handled last year's training, observe the progressions, and evaluate both his improvements and any limiters in order to give us a better view of how to design his training leading up to the big goal in Kona. Right now we have Chris spending about 10 hours a week training, and from early indications he is ahead of where he was this time last year".
Ahead of the game even after a winter's worth of sleepless nights?? Clearly, his competition should be nervous. Tune in to Chris' website for more on his training and racing as the season unfolds. Next up on our Evotri/Vision Quest team profile, we take a peek at one of Iron Wil's training weeks.