Youth Triathletes

Attention Youth Triathletes:

While the winter months are upon us and you enjoy your wintertime sports and activities, don’t forget that spring will be here soon. Be sure to maintain your aerobic fitness and continue to monitor the USA Triathlon Florida Region website for 2015 race updates, youth club info, coaching news, and training tips. Also, we are very proud to announce that the 2015 USA Triathlon Florida Region Youth Championship will be help again in conjunction with the Heartland Triathlon in Sebring, Florida. The race directors, race staff & volunteers, and race site have been very supportive of our Florida Region youth and I expect that will continue again next June.


Jim Sheets, Florida Region Youth Development Director

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Race Directors Symposium

We have just completed our 1st Race Director meeting which was a huge success. We are starting to plan next year’s meeting for November 2015 in Orlando probably on the 15th. So everyone make plans for another excellent time together.

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Women’s Initiative Update!

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Club Championship-Longleaf13-102The Women’s Initiative has great things going on! We had an awesome meeting in November with the board and worked on our 2015 Goals! Be on the lookout for the Be Strong Campaign as well as continuation with current initiatives and programs! December approaches with lots of hustle, bustle, and plenty of joy and cheer!! Our December Woman of the month is an experienced, seasoned triathlete who will inspire you all! If you received a pink USAT shirt at any of our events this year, please take a picture in it and post it to our facebook page or instagram #usatflladies. We will be creating a PINKtastic collage to bring in the new year! :)

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2015 USAT FL Region Spring Training / Education Camp – 10 CEU

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February 20 – 22, 2015

This is our 3-day training camp in Orlando, FL. USAT Florida Region  training camps are an ideal, fun option for triathletes to take their training to the next level. Geared for athletes training  for an Ironman or Olympic Distance with a group and the  coaches. All camps include a technical component (workshop or lecture) covering sport specific topics. Come prepared to put in a great deal of hard work in an ideal training location. All USAT Coaches will receive 10 USAT CEU’s.

Location: Tri Peak Athlete, LLC – 617 Virginia Dr. Orlando, FL 32803

Register at:

5:30 am – Swim
7:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Lactate Testing
Lecture and Testing
11:00 am – A Balanced Approach To Coaching Triathletes
12n – Lunch
1:00 pm – Increasing and Sustaining Women Participation
2:45 pm – Cycling Power and Fitting
– Actual Fitting
4:30 pm – Strength Training Session
5:45 pm – Conclusion

7:30 am – Bike Ride / Run
– Clermont, FL
12:00 pm – Lunch (On your own)
1:00 pm – High Intensity Interval Training
2:45 pm – Efficient & Fast Transitions
4:30 pm – Swim / Video Analysis
– Recording review
6:00 pm – Conclusion

6:30 am – Run – Drills and Track work
8:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – Run Video Analysis
11:00 am – Cycling Easy Ride – 90 min
1:00 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm – Round Table
– Training Strategies
– Best Practices
4:00 pm – Conclusion

We plan to spend a valuable and exciting day reviewing lessons for the Triathlon Sport.

Look forward in seeing you,
Hector L Torres
USAT Elite Coach USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073

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Attention all Tri Clubs in Florida!

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Attention all Tri Clubs in Florida! 

We are looking for Tri Club Team Photos! If you are a USAT Sanctioned club, we are looking for your team photo for our Holiday Card! You have till December 10, 2014 at 12n to submit your team photo via Facebook:

Also, we know at the beginning of the year you all have a kick off meeting and we will like to be present! We can provide an official to go over rules, a council member to go over the races, programs and opportunity for growth within the sport.  If you are interested, please submit your information to Shaelyn Haag our Club Liaison Coordinator at: We look forward in seeing you and please enjoy the Holiday!


Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach,  USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair

Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator

617 Virginia Dr.

Orlando, FL 32801

P: 321-443-0073

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Healthy Thanksgiving Day!

In behalf of the entire USA Triathlon Florida Region Council, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving.
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the Holiday Season!  Turkey day is today and many of you will be traveling, visiting family, friends and or staying home alone watching depressing movies. Regardless of your situation… The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.
  1. Practice Healthy Holiday Cooking. Preparing favorite dishes lower in fat and calories will help promote healthy holiday eating. Incorporate some of these simple-cooking tips in traditional holiday recipes to make them healthier.
    • Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat. Skim the fat off. This will save a whopping 56 gm of fat per cup.
    • Dressing — Use a little less bread and add more onions, garlic, celery, and vegetables. Add fruits such as cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
    • Turkey – Enjoy delicious, roasted turkey breast without the skin and save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3 oz serving.
    • Green Bean Casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.
    • Mashed Potato — Use skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese instead of whole milk and butter.
    • Quick Holiday Nog — Four bananas, 1-1/2 cups skim milk or soymilk, 1-1/2 cups plain nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.
    • Desserts — Make a crustless pumpkin pie. Substitute two egg whites for each whole egg in baked recipes. Replace heavy cream with evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

Enjoy the holidays, plan a time for activity, incorporate healthy recipes into your holiday meals, and don’t restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. In the long run, your mind and body will thank you.


Hector L Torres

USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS 

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073
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USA Triathlon Florida Region – Race Director Symposium – 2 days left

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Enclosed you will find the agenda for the 1st Race Director Symposium held in the Florida Region. Look forward in seeing all of you on Saturday morning. There is still slots available for you to register.

Date:  November 15, 2014

Location: Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites across from Universal Studios Orlando

  • 5905 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL 32819


8:00 AM Check-in, Coffee, and Continental Breakfast, Meet and Greet
8:30 AM


Introductions and Overview – Tom Reilly
8:15 AM Welcome – Hector Torres and Linden Fenton
8:45 AM The Importance of Volunteers: Attracting and Organizing Volunteers and Sponsors – Alan Johnson
9:30 AM Paratriathletes: Making Your Events Accessible and Hospitable to Paratriathletes – Hector Torres
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Officials: The Importance of the USA Triathlon Certified Officials’ Program – Tom Reilly
11:15 AM Youth in Multisport – Cherie Starr
12:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM Women’s Initiatives: Attracting Women to Your Events

Lacey Chimienti

1:45 PM USA Triathlon: Race Director Certification, Risk Management, Best Practices – Terri Walters
2:30 PM Break
2:45 PM Keynote Speaker – John Korff
3:45 PM Race Director Roundtable: An Open Forum – Shaelyn Haag
5:00 PM Concluding RemarksTom Reilly
5:30 PM Goodbyes
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November Woman of the Month: Lisa Sandusky


Lisa Sandusky

Age: 46

Hometown: Tampa, FL

USAT Florida Region is so happy to announce our November Woman of the month, Lisa Sandusky. Lisa is a down to earth, hard-working mother of six, triathlon coach and elite athlete. She is amazingly inspirational, positive and focused.

Please check out her bio and be motivated!

About 16 years ago, a friend asked me to join her in a triathlon. While I grew up in athletics, NONE of it included swimming, biking OR running further than 100 yards. It did not take long before I had a brand new addiction! Fast forward several years later and my hobby plus my education (Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Auburn- War Eagle!) turned out to be a perfect marriage for coaching other athletes.

It is through the doors of triathlon that God brings me to learn about disappointments, triumphs, grinding it out when necessary and most importantly to value my relationships with my family and friends.

It has been my escape and my teacher and even my therapist at times.

I recently just returned to triathlon after a taking a year off to expand my family. My husband and I adopted three kids ages 8, 8 and 9 years old from Nicaragua. We added them to our already busy family of three beautiful girls ages 12, 15 and 18. I have surrendered to the fact that with such a big family there is NO SUCH THING as normal days. The abnormal day IS the one where everything goes as it should, and I’m still waiting for that. Fortunately, my husband is wonderfully supportive of all this chaos and of course it helps that he loves to mountain bike and train also.

Our faith is an integral part of our lives and as long as we protect that all else seems to fall into place. Lisa3

What inspires me is the veteran coming back from combat with a different body than they left with and finishing a race with a smile that lights up the world. I am inspired by the person who picked up this sport late in life who instead of letting intimidation hold them back they jump right in.   I am inspired by the person who displays grit and refuses to quit whether it be for a Kona slot or swimming without having to hold onto a kayak anymore.

I meet people like this all the time where I train/coach at the Bob Sierra YMCA and Cheval Athletic Club and it keeps me coming back for more all the time.

The coolest thing about racing in the elite category for the first time this year at Lycra and Lace Triathlon was that the winner was 29/30yrs old (not sure but she was young ok?!). I represented the 40+ women as runner up and the 3rd place winner represented the 30’s. Training for me has always felt like trying to piece together a puzzle.  Majority of the work needs to be done while kids are at school and most of it is done solo when the time presents itself.  While I miss out on a lot of weekend group rides, I am thankful for the few training partners I have the can ride during the week. I certainly don’t log in the kind of miles a lot of others do but I can make up for it with periods of focused training.  I can also alternate heavy bike/run weeks instead of trying to fit it all in the same week and I actually think that has kept me from being injured or burned out.  Lisa2

The 2015 race season is being revised now, but it will hold my 5th Ironman at Lake Placid.

My goal will be to complete all my training without having to serve lucky charms for dinner, without falling asleep while reading “Where is My Mom?“ by Dr. Seuss and to not invite anyone to my house that will silently judge me for how dusty my fans are.

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USAT FL Region Long Course Championship – Rev 3 (4 days left)


Just four days away from USA Triathlon Florida Region – Long Course Regional Championship held at Rev 3 Triathlon out of Venice, FL. Rev 3 will close up the season on the weekend of November 8 – 9, 2014. Rev3 will take over Venice Beach, Florida. The regional championship will comprise a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run. However, if the half distance is more than what you can handle, you are more welcome to participated in the international course a .9 mile swim, 25 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.

Known for its beautiful coastline and white sands, the swim will take place in the crystal blue waters of Venice Beach at the world Famous Sharky’s On the Pier. A short run from the swim finish will take athletes to the transition area. From there, athletes will start on the one loop bike course, which will take athletes through both Sarasota and Charlotte county while passing through the worlds famous Manasota Key. The run course is a two loop out and back course that takes you past the beach before heading onto the Venetian Waterway trail. After that, athletes will cross the finish line adjacent to Sharky’s On the Pier.

Venice Beach is located on the Southwest coast of Florida and is famous for being the prehistoric shark tooth capital of the world. Venice is a year round destination for families and hosts numerous arts, culture and music festivals. Relax on the white sand beaches or visit any of the local art museums, shopping districts or some of the best preserved natural lands in Florida at the Myakka River State Park.

Come and join us on this festive weekend in Venci CA. Looking forward on seeing everyone this weekend.


Hector L Torres
USAT Elite, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS

USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Florida Paratriathlon Development Coordinator
617 Virginia Dr.
Orlando, FL 32801
P: 321-443-0073

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Challenge Roth……a carnival of joy….

The phrase “bucket list” has been used so often it now even refers to mediocre events. However, there is nothing mediocre about the full iron distance triathlon in southern Germany called “Challenge Roth.”  It takes place in the Bavarian town of Roth in the beginning of July each year and has for the past thirty.  This is not only a bucket list race, but it is at least once-in-a-lifetime must do triathlon for any triathlete who wants the ultimate experience, precisely the Ritz Carlton experience. I had the good fortune of doing it this past year.
Most triathlons sorely lack the great Expos that, for example, the big marathons have. Not here. The Roth Expo is very big and it encompasses everything the sport has to offer and then some. It takes place in a big park and it includes beer gardens, restaurants and, of course, the finisher stadium. Anything that has to do with swimming, cycling and running can be found here. It is like a one week county fair. In fact, the evening of the pasta party and after the people have finished eating everyone walks to the town square where there is a big celebration. The town’s people put on a stage show along with speeches and there is plenty of merriment going around. The whole town of Roth celebrates the athletes.
The swim takes place in a canal with thousands of spectators lining the the waterway on both sides including on the bridges. As you are setting up your transition prior to the race start they play snippets of the national anthems of the 60 plus countries represented there. You truly get an Olympic feel. There is live television and two announcers keeping the crowds entertained, informed and pumped up. The water temperature is in the 70’s and it is wetsuit legal. The age groupers even get to hear the play-by-play of the pro triathletes swim the single loop.
The two loop bike course takes you through the beautiful Bavarian countryside. Roads are even shut down, so only the contestants can use them. There are not only aid stations for your nutritional needs, but there are three bike stations that will help you with any mechanical issues you might have during the race. Beware of some very long and steep climbs.  However, two of these climbs makes you feel like you are doing the Tour de France. There are thousands of spectators and many of them running along side you yelling encouragement, waving flags, ringing cowbells, pushing you etc. etc. Hair-standing-on-your arm moments. The bike course takes you through small towns where the town’s people cheer you on as they sit, eat and drink beer at long tables along side of the streets.
The run course is flat and takes you through the woods and waterways around the area. You are allowed to listen to your favorite music on the run with your MP3 player or iPhone, so there is a lot of head bopping on the course.  The best part is the finish. You run a loop in a stadium purposely built for this triathlon and cross the finish line to the roar of thousands of spectators, the sound of music and announcers with lights flashing everywhere.You are then escorted into the Finisher Tents where you can take hot or cold showers. They even supply soap, shampoo and conditioner. This is why they encourage you to have a change of clothing in your morning bag which you get back when you are done  Then they have foot massages, body massages and food and beverages fit for a king and queen. There is no cold pizza here!  Pastries, fruits, sandwiches galore…to yogurts, to oatmeal, to coffee, water, orange juice, watermelon chunks and, yes, beer.
The evening concludes with the last of the athletes finishing and a huge light show and 4th of July like fireworks display at the stadium. The music is amazing and the crowds are enormous waving glow sticks and sparklers. It is a sight to behold.
Over 5,000 triathletes, over 4,000 volunteers and over 250,000 spectators converge on race day.
I am going back next year. Hope to see you there, too.
Carl Knutsson
USAT Florida Region Board Member
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