Showing posts with label US Trisports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Trisports. Show all posts

9.10.2011

Volunteering at US Trisports Stansbury Tri

I had been planning on racing the Aqua-Velo at the Stansbury Tri, but I have hardly been on my bike at all this year and I decided to volunteer instead.

I got to the race at about 6:00am and met Ally and Cheri, who put me to work checking athletes in.  From there I was pulled from packet pickup to help unload and move some equipment.  Apparently my beard makes me look scary, because I was asked to work security at the transition area for a while.  I then joined a group of other volunteers to be shuttled out to the bike course.  In my stylish reflective vest, I worked with Jeff from the Tooele County Sheriff's Department to direct vehicles and cyclists.  When the last cyclists was on his way back to the transition area, I caught a ride back and helped pick up trash and then tear down the tents, tables, bike racks, cones, etc.  We were all done by about noon.

I had so much fun and think I will probably be volunteering with US Trisports again.  The fact that I got a couple nice shirts and a free race entry didn't hurt.  I wish I would have been able to see more of the race (especially the swim), but I did get to see all of the Olympic cyclists come past.  For anyone looking for a way to save money on entry fees, this is a great option.  Not only do you get a free race entry, but it's a great feeling to help other athletes and get a "behind the scenes" of how a race is run.  Thanks US Trisports!

9.07.2011

Stansbury Lake Open Water Clinic with US Trisports

I went out to the free open water clinic at Stansbury Lake put on by US Trisports this evening.  It was a really nice day to be out in the water.  The water temperature felt great and it wasn't too hot outside.  Only two people were wearing wetsuits, which I thought was pretty impressive since triathletes tend to love their rubber.

There were probably about 10 or so people who showed up for the clinic, which I thought was a pretty good turnout.  Aly Brooks, race director with US Trisports, gave a brief introduction and then turned the time over to Wes Johnson.  I've been bumping into Wes over the past couple years and he is an amazing swimmer, athlete and coach.

We split up into groups based on skill level and then practiced sighting, drafting, turns and finished with a simulated race.  I was in a group with Brandon Slaugh, who won the 1 mile Great Salt Lake Open Water Swim.  Each group swam different distances on the simulated race and the group I was in swam about a mile.

I had a good time and am grateful that US Trisports puts on these clinics.  I am excited to be volunteering at the Stansbury Tri this coming Saturday.  If you are racing, maybe I'll see you there.

8.31.2011

Free Open Water Clinics by USTrisports at Stansbury Lake

US Trisports is offering two free open water clinics in the coming week.  The clinics will be held at Stansbury Lake, home of the Stansbury Tri, near Tooele.  As a past participant of the Stansbury Tri, I can say it's a great race and a great venue.  This year they are offering an Aqua-Velo division, which is just the swim and bike portions (no running!).

The first clinic will be this coming Saturday September 3 at 9:00am and the second will be a week from today on Wednesday September 7 at 5:30pm.

I have been to a couple of these clinics in the past and have always learned something new and had a good time.  I am hoping to go to the one on Saturday, if so I will probably end up going for a swim afterwards.  If you are interested in attending, you can reserve your spot by clicking here.  You can also register for the tri or aqua-velo by clicking here.

5.31.2011

US Trisports Open Water Clinics at Blackridge Reservoir

US Trisports will be offering two free open water clinics coming up soon at Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman.

The first will be Saturday June 4 at 9:00am and the second will be Wednesday June 8 at 6:30pm.  Registration is free and you can reserve your spot by clicking here.

I have attended swim clinics by US Trisports in the past, and they do a great job.

7.26.2010

US Trisports Adds Awards for Fastest Swim!

US Trisports, a local triathlon race management company that puts on amazing open water triathlons, has started what will hopefully be a new trend with other race management companies in the state.  Beginning with their Stansbury Tri, they awarded certificates for the fastest swim splits.  Certificates went out to the fastest overall swimmers as well as fastest age group swimmers.  For guys like me who are not runners and are only average cyclists, this gives us a better chance of winning an award.  Plus it's nice to recognize fast swimmers since the swim is often neglected and something that a lot of triathletes just try to "survive".  My cap is off to US Trisports.

I have talked about this before, but I would like to see race management companies take this one step further and offer a "swim only" division.  Those athletes participating in the "swim only" division could either start in their own wave or start with an existing wave.  All of the support would already be in place for swimmers and with the electronic timing, it would be a piece of cake to capture just the swim split.  Race management companies could charge a smaller fee for the "swim only" division that would just be icing on the cake of their regular registration fees.  For open water swimmers like myself, this would give us many more options for open water racing.  Triathletes looking to get more open water experience may also be interested in a "swim only" division as part of their training and as a way to just focus on the swim.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a good idea?

7.14.2010

Upcoming Open Water Clinics - July 2010

July is a busy month for open water swimming clinics.  Below is the schedule of upcoming clinics:

July 17 - Deer Creek Reservoir - 8:00am
Free open water clinic sponsored by Utah Open Water and the Deer Creek Open Water Marathon Swim.  Meet on the grassy picnic area north of the parking lot of Walsburg Bay.

July 17 - Springville Reservoir - 10am to 11:30am
Trifecta Endurance will be holding an open water clinic at Springville Reservoir.  The clinic will be led by Barbara Sherwood and Wes Johnson.  The clinic costs $25 and you can find more details on their website and on Active.com.

July 17 - Stansbury Lake - 9am to 10am
US Trisports will be holding an open water clinic at Stansbury Lake near Tooele.  The clinic will be led by Shannon Mulder, L2 USAT Coach.  There is no charge for the clinic, but you must register on their website.

July 21 - Stansbury Lake - 5pm to 6pm
US Trisports will be holding an open water clinic at Stansbury Lake near Tooele.  The clinic will be led by Shannon Mulder, L2 USAT Coach.  There is no charge for the clinic, but you must register on their website.

July 21 - Jordanelle Reservoir - 6pm to 7:30pm
Trifecta Endurance will be holding an open water clinic at Jordanelle Reservoir.  The clinic will be led by Barbara Sherwood and Wes Johnson.  The clinic costs $25 and you can find more details on their website and on Active.com.

July 31 - Deer Creek Reservoir - 10am to 11:30am
Trifecta Endurance will be holding an open water clinic at Deer Creek Reservoir.  The clinic will be led by Barbara Sherwood and Wes Johnson.  The clinic costs $25 and you can find more details on their website and on Active.com.

5.05.2010

US Trisports - Open Water Swim Clinics at Blackridge Reservoir

US Trisports, the race management team behind the Stansbury, Rock Cliff and Daybreak triathlons, is offering two free open water clinics that will be held at Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman.

Shannon Mulder, a level 2 USAT coach and experienced swimmer and triathlete, will be leading the clinics.

I attended one of the clinics offered at Stansburry Lake last year and was really impressed with the instruction and came away with some helpful tips and open water practice.  I highly recommend these clinics to anyone interested in open water swimming or triathlon.

Please visit the US Trisports website for more information and to reserve your spot for one of the clinics.

9.20.2009

Roundworm Found at Oquirrh Lake

Oquirrh Lake was closed towards the end of last week after the Salt Lake Valley Health Department confirmed three cases of roundworm. Roundworm, or Ascariasis, is an infection of the intestines that is common throughout the world in both temperate and tropical areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor. It is one of the most common human parasitic infections. It is estimated that 1.4 billion people worldwide have ascariasis. According to the World Health Organization, ascariasis causes approximately 60,000 deaths annually worldwide.

People become infected with roundworm by playing in the sand or swimming in the water and swallowing the worm's eggs.
The eggs then pass into the intestines where they hatch into larvae and begin moving through the body. Once through your intestinal wall, the eggs reach your lungs by means of the bloodstream or lymphatic system

Symptoms range from abdominal pain, to passing worms, to cramps and constipation.

Fortunately, roundworm is easily treated with various medicines.

From KSL:

Kennecott Land spokeswoman Jana Kettering says they shut down the lake to swimming as a precaution while tests are being done to see if it can be confirmed the roundworm came from Oquirrh Lake. She says they are proactively notifying residents about what's happening and they want to take all precautions.

"The health department did advise us that no body of water in the state of Utah is tested for this type of organism, and so you take the risk whether you come to Oquirrh Lake, Lake Powell or Jordanelle," Kettering said.

As for the availability of restrooms, Kettering says there are portable bathrooms placed around the lake and there are plans to build permanent structures next year.

The swim portion of US Trisports' Daybreak Triathlon that was scheduled a couple days after the announcement had to be reworked because of the closure.

Hopefully, if the tests are positive for roundworm at Oquirrh Lake, there will be measures taken to remedy the problem. Maybe something good will come out of all of this and tests will be done at other lakes and reservoirs where we swim.

8.03.2009

US Trisports Open Water Clinics

In anticipation of US Trisports' Daybreak Triathlon at Oquirrh Lake, they are hosting several open water clinics along with University of Utah triathlon coaches. The clinics will take place at Blackridge Reservoir in Herriman and are free for those who are registered for the triathlon. For those not registered, there will be a small fee.

Dates and times are as follows:

Tuesday August 13, 5pm - 6:30pm
Saturday August 22, 9am - 10:30am
Wednesday August 26, 5pm - 6:30pm

For more information, please visit US Trisports' website.

5.17.2009

Stansbury Lake Open Water Clinic

I attended the open water swim clinic at Stansbury Lake on Saturday and had a great time. The clinic was sponsored by the University of Utah's PEAK Academy and US Trisports. Shannon Mulder was a very entertaining and insightful instructor and gave us all valuable tips and experience.

To start out, we spent some time on the shore talking about everything from nutrition to how to choose a pair of goggles and how to put on your wetsuit and swim cap.


Once we were in the water we simulated a race start and talked about positioning and start strategy. We practiced sighting and linear swimming, getting past swimmers who are in your way, drafting and turns. Shannon helped put to ease a lot of the worries that face first time open water swimmers by letting them experience what it will be like on race day.

All in all it was a great clinic that I highly recommend to open water swimmers and triathletes. The clinic is geared towards beginners, but there are tips and ideas for all levels of swimmers. The clinic is a bargain at only $20 for over an hours worth of instruction and practice.

The PEAK Academy at the University of Utah has several other open water clinics this summer including another clinic at Stansbury Lake on Tuesday May 19th. Please visit their website for more information.

Stansbury Lake is a great venue for open water swimming and I am looking forward to the Stansbury Tri next weekend. Water conditions were calm with good visibility and moderate temperatures. I didn't bring a thermometer, but I would guess the temperature was in the mid 60's.

I would love to see a swimming race at Stansbury Lake. The lake itself is oval shaped with homes on an island in the middle. It would be an exciting race to start at the boat dock and swim around the island to the road and back. I swam down one side and back and it was just under 2 miles. I would guess that to swim around to the road and back would would be about 3 miles.

Here is a GPS map of my swim using the method outlined in this post.

4.22.2009

Open Water Swimming Clinic

US Trisports, a new race management company in Utah, is sponsoring an open water swimming clinic on May 16, 2009 at Stansbury Lake just north of Tooele. The clinic is sponsored by US Trisports and facilitated by the University of Utah Exercises and Sports Science Department USAT Certified Triathlon Coaches. Information is limited at the moment, but check the US Trisports website for updates. I will try to post updates here as they become available.

I am looking forward to the upcoming Stansbury Park Tri at Stansbury Lake and am excited to try out a new open water venue.