Getting ready for Boulder Peak Triathlon, 5430 Ironman-distance Triathlon, 5430 half-Ironman Triathlon, or another triathlon this summer? There’s a new training series in town to help you get ready.
The series will take place on Saturday mornings (June 15 through August 3, 2002) on the CU Campus. Each lecture will be followed by a training session supervised by coaches and elite athletes to help you prepare for your race. There’s an outstanding panel of speakers lined up:
- June 15: “Magical Running”: Bobby McGee leads off the series with a lecture on running followed by a run/drill workout. A few of McGee’s credentials include degrees in Physical Education and Human Movement Studies, coach of Olympic and World Championship Gold Medalists, and Olympic and National Team Coach for South Africa 1987 to 1999.
- June 22: “Mental Floss for Triathletes”: Bobby McGee will talk about mental skills training for ultimate performance. The lecture will be followed by a swim/drills workout in CU Campus pool.
- June 29: “Training Basics and Testing”: Neal Henderson, a professional triathlete and the Coordinator of Sports Science at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine, presents what you need to know to create the best training structure for you. Neal has an MA in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, and is certified as a USAT Coach and NSCA Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The lecture will take place at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and will include demonstrations of the physiological testing that will help you design your training. Bring your running shoes for a run at Mount Sanitas after the lecture.
- July 6: “Cycling – Basic Facts and Well-Kept Secrets”: Allen Lim is a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Boulder. His research focuses on the use of power meters in predicting and optimizing performance in professional cyclists and triathletes. As a former resident coach for the U.S. National Cycling Team and coach of several top American cyclists, he is one of the foremost experts in the field of cycling. Bring your bike and running shoes for a ride/drills workout after the talk.
- July 13: “Swimming Fi(t)ness”: Jane Scott is the best known swim coach in the Boulder area. If you are a Masters swimmer or triathlete, chances are you have been in one (or many) of Jane’s workouts. Learn from her what to consider in your swim training. The swim workout (CU Pool) after the lecture will prepare you for open water swims.
- July 20: “Nutrition – the Fourth Discipline in the Sport”: Sara Hanifin is the sports nutritionist at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and has extensive experience working with athletes and their needs during training cycles as well as on race day. Bring your running shoes for a run after the talk.
- July 27: “Oh no, it’s a Lake Swim!”: Nick and Teri (soon-to-be) Cady are two Boulder-based professional triathletes. Between leading Masters swim workouts and competing in triathlons, Nick and Teri know the demands of open water. Join them at the Boulder Reservoir (there will be a fee to enter the Res) for the open-water discussion and swim/transition workout. Bring your wetsuit if you have one.
- August 3: “Details, Details – Transitions and Race Day Prep”: Wes Hobson, coach and former professional triathlete, talks about the details of putting everything together for race day. Bring your bike and running shoes.
All lectures are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturdays on the CU Campus and are $30 (there’s a discount if you sign up for the entire series). To sign up for the lectures, go to www.totaltrainer.com and download the registration form or ask at your local running store for flyers.
Train with Boulder Elites
In addition to the workouts after each lecture, the Total Trainer Triathlon Team will also offer individual swim sessions for videotaping and stroke analysis. Proceeds from the training series go towards entry fees and expenses that come with traveling to the national races this year. The team’s core consists of four pros: Chris Valenti, Blake Ottersberg, Ryan Ignatz, and Greg Woods.
Thanks to the race promoters Paul Karlson (Boulder Peak Triathlon) and Beth Spiegel (5430 Triathlon) who have graciously offered the Total Trainer Triathlon Team to plan the series around their events. Also a big thank you to the team’s sponsors: Total Trainer, EAS, LiteSpeed, Lew Composite, Kinetic by Kurt, Profile Design, Rudy Project, and Louisville Cyclery.