Long Course Regional Championship – 17 days away

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We are very excited to be working with Sommersports out of Clermont Florida. They will be hosting the Long Course Regional Championship – 31st Annual Florida Challenge Triathlon – The Intimidator on March 21, 2015. The race will consist of 1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike and a 13.1 mi run. If you are not up for the distance, there will be several other distances on the same day, such as, Aqua Bike, Sprint Triathlon and Open Water swim. Enough distances for the entire family to participate. To register, please visit: http://sommersports.com/Events/Triathlons/Intimidator-Florida-Challenge-Triathlon

Located at Clermont’s Waterfront Park, 330 3rd. Street – “World Triathlon Destination”

It will be a weekend to remember and we can’t wait to see you all there. Keep on training and I’ll see you at the races.

Hector L Torres

USA Triathlon Florida Region – Chair
Paratriathlon Florida Region Representative
M. 321-443-0073

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15 more days – 2015 Triathlon Training / Education Spring Camp

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Get the knowledge of the top USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, USA Swimming and strength conditioning coaches in your in our Region. With principles that have been developed through 13 years of coaching.

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: Active.com

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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.

Coaches:

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

Jackie Miller,RN, BS – USAT Level One Certified Coach, Certified Personal Trainer and RRCA Certified Running Coach

Eric Kahl, B.S. – USAT Level I Coach and Certified Personal Trainer

Christopher Myers - USAC Level 2 Coach, USAT Level 1 Coach, USA Swimming Level 2 Coach , Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) and PCG Elite/Master Coach

Heather Butcher  – American Council of Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, USAT Level 1 Coach, Youth and Junior Triathlon Coach and USA Track and Field Coach

Look forward in seeing you,

Hector L Torres

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

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Looking forward……

Yes, the training is vital and yes, so is the recovery,…….but how much thought is put into the equipment?
Sure, you have the swim stuff, the bike stuff and the run stuff. And Lord knows it is expensive. Obvious, right?
Really?
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As triathletes we train and race in equipment and apparel that we feel comfortable in, that we believe
will make us faster and, yes, we think we look good in.
Now here is the less obvious……if you find something that works for you do you buy two, three, or more of it?
A good example…..
A few years ago I had a chance to buy a pair of famous running shoes at a clearance. 50 % off. My size.
I had never had that shoe before. But, what the hell, a great shoe and a great price.
I loved them!!! In fact, I ran in them till there was no more tread. Finally, I had to get to terms that
no matter how much I loved running in them I needed a new pair. No problem, right ?
Ah..ha…when I brought in one of the shoes to show what I wanted to buy I was told that, yes, they
had it in stock and now it is NEW and IMPROVED. I bought the new pair all excited.
Guess what?! The first time I ran in them they were not the same shoes and they were terrible!!!
I actually threw them away after a few runs in them.Rev3-85
This “New and Improved” thing has been around forever. It is an American marketing ploy to sell
more. Just tweak a thing or two, say it is now better and then advertise it as such. People fall head over heels
to buy this “new” product. Just check the supermarket aisles, especially the cereal aisle.  No, you can not re-invent the wheel. If you have a good thing going stop messing with it! Don’t let greed interfere with the integrity of something that is really great.  Now, I know I am not talking to corporate America, so here is some advise.
If you find something that
you really like buy more than one pair, whether it is a tri kit, socks, visor etc. 
In my case, I have found a wonderful new pair of running shoes that I feel great in, are extremely
comfortable and fit so well, in fact, I can run a full marathon in a brand new pair of these with no socks
and have no chaffing or blisters. Even my podiatrist  (Boston qualifier) swears by them, too.
Guess, what?
I have bought four pairs and I am planning on buying more.
Why? I am looking to the future and I don’t buy into the “new and improved” marketing campaigns.
I am stocking up in MY “new and improved” future and saving money in the process.
Rock the swim, the bike, and the run in what works for you….
Some good fodder for the transition area pre-race conversations….
I am looking forward…
Carl Knutsson
USAT Florida Region Council Member
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Winter Maintenance

Right now, we are smack dab in the middle of winter.  Many of us are stuck on trainers, riding indoors.  During this period of winter training, many of us forget to maintain our equipment, mainly cycling equipment.  For many triathletes, your bike is the most important and expensive piece of equipment.  Now is a good time to clean and lubricate your drivetrain and gears.  Replace your brake pads and clean the rims of your wheels.  On top of this, go through and tighten up the screws and bolts on your make.  Make sure they are all at the proper torque.   Now, look at your pedals and shows.  You may want to replace your cleats or at least tighten the screws that hold your cleats to your shoes.  Also, you may want to replace the insoles inside your shoes and any piece of your cycling shoes that may need to be replaced.  Finally, do not forget about your electronics.  Now is a good time to change the batteries and recalibrate your power meters/cyclocomputers as necessary.

This little bit of winter maintenance will make a lot easier throughout your winter training and set you up for success for your early spring training.

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2015 USA Paratriathlon Florida Region Camp

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Register: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2136784

USA Triathlon Florida Region
presents
4th Paratriathlon Camp
Enjoy a weekend of training, education and coaching with all accredited USA Triathlon, USA Cycling, USA Swimming, USA Track and Field Coaches. Train how to race smart and get better at all three sports.

Agenda

Enclosed you will find the agenda for the weekend:

Location: 433 N. Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803

Registration is only $15.00.

All sessions will be hosted and coached by USA Triathlon Certified Coaches, USA Cycling Coaches, USA Track and Field and USA Swimming Coaches.

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:00 am – Registration

8:30 am – Introduction

  • Agenda Review
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Expectations
  • Rules

9:00 – 10:15 am – Athlete Assessment

10:30 am – 12n – Swim – Technique & Analysis

  • Swim Video Review

12n – 1:30 – Lunch

1:30 pm – 3 pm – Bike Trainer

  • Set Up
  • Bike Fitting
  • Training Session

3:30 pm – 5 pm – Run Video Analysis

5:30 pm – Dinner

7:00 pm – Nutrition Lecture

Saturday, March 28, 2015

8 am – 12n – Bike Ride – Trail

  • Endurance / Hill Climb
  • Run After Bike

12n – 1:30 pm – Lunch

2 pm – 4 pm – Recovery Ride

4 pm – 5:30 pm – Run Motion Analysis – Lecture

Sunday, March 29, 2015

7 am – 9 am – Run

9 am – 10:30 am – Breakfast

10:30 am – 12 n -Race Prep and Annual Training Plan

12n – 1:30 pm – Swim Lecture and Swim

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Lunch, Recap and Review

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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: Active.com

Friday
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

Saturday
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

Sunday
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: https://www.facebook.com/USATriathlonFloridaRegion

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: shae.haag@gmail.com. We look forward in seeing you and please enjoy the Holiday!

Sincerely,

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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Upcoming Events
  • Sarasota-Bradenton Youth/Junior F1 (Draft Legal Format) March 15, 2015 Benderson Park, Sarasota http://www.sarasotatri.com/youthf1race.php
  • Miami Kids Duathlon Series March 15, 2015 FIU Biscayne Campus, Miami http://www.flatrinews.com/Duathlon.html
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