USA Triathlon Florida Region Swag Design Challenge

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USA Triathlon Florida Region Swag Design Challenge

USAT Florida Region Swag Contest from Hector L Torres. Want to be the creator of the next USA Triathlon Florida Region swag? Want to see your design on a shirt, water bottle or other swag at the USAT Florida Region races and expos?   Your challenge is to create a design that illustrates what triathlon means to you. Three lucky winners will be selected and have their designs printed and featured on the USA Triathlon Florida Region website and swag. These are the rules you must follow:

  • In your design, what does triathlon mean to you?
  • USA Triathlon Florida Region logo must be included and not altered in any way shape or form.
  • Must include Florida in any shape or form. You can include the word Florida or the state shape.

Eligibility and requirements:

  • If you are under 18, you must ask for your parents’ or guardian’s permission before entering this contest. Parent or guardian must sign the application for the minor.
  • Must be a USA Triathlon Member
  • Must reside in Florida.

Deadline to enter: June 15, 2015 at 11:59a.m. EST. How to apply!

  1. All submissions must include 2 attachments:
    1. USAT Florida Region – shirt lay out
    2. USAT Swag Form2

Download the form and template below read and email it along with your submission to Ana Howard at anator21@gmail.com

  1. All entry emails should have the subject line “T-shirt Contest – First Name, Last Name, USAT #.”
  2. Submit front t-shirt designs only. Do not place any designs on the sleeves.
  3. Attach submissions as high resolution (300dpi) PDF or JPEG files.
  4. All submissions must be under 8 MB.
  5. Please be prepared to submit the original drawing, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop file in the case your artwork is chosen.
  6. Please do not attach additional material. No additional materials (videos or photos) will be accepted.
  7. Carefully read Terms & Qualifications.
  8. Questions? Contact: anator21@gmail.com

Evaluation Criteria •The designs will be appraised by the USA Triathlon Florida Region council, based on originality and creativity. •USA Triathlon Florida Region council will narrow the entries down to the top designs. •The finalists’ designs will be posted on the USAT Florida Region website website for public viewing. •Winners will be announced on June 20, 2015. Terms & Qualifications •Limit only one submission per person. If you submit more than one, only your first submission in order of date and time will be considered. •USA Triathlon Florida Region logo must be included and not altered in any way shape or form. •No inappropriate references (drugs, alcohol, violence, profanity, sex, etc.) allowed. •Submit only original designs. These designs must not contain copyrighted material and they cannot have previously won any awards. •The winning designs will become property of USA Triathlon Florida Region.

  • By submitting a design, you automatically grant USA Triathlon Florida Region, USA Triathlon a national sport federation, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license to use and publicly display the content.
  • By participating, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless USA Triathlon Florida Region from any and all liability, loss, damage or injury resulting from participation in this contest.

Looking forward to the submissions. 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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Always put safety first

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  1. Always put safety first: The highest priority should always be your child’s safety no matter what activity. A safe bike, a good pair of running shoes, and always wearing a helmet that fits is important. During training, supervision is another key factor. Using greenways, parking lots, or business park loops (areas apart from traffic) are a safe way to let your child learn to cycle.

Coach Jim Sheets, Regional Youth Developmental Coordinator

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St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend! Update Yourself

LongcourseClermont15-217Our Regional Championship is going to be held on the weekend of April 24 – 26, 2015 in St. Petersburg, FL in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Olympic distance. Athletes from almost every state in the nation and many foreign countries will be on hand to compete in St. Anthony’s Triathlon, described by many as one of the year’s best multi-sport events in the United States.
The weekend will open at noon on Friday with athlete check-in at RegionalChampLogo_FloridaSt. Petersburg’s beautiful Straub Park. Several members of USA Triathlon’s Florida Region will be on hand all weekend to assist athletes with the check-in process, provide information about the races and answer questions about fun things to do in St. Petersburg. Also in Straub Park, the Sports & Fitness Expo will open from noon on Friday until 7 P.M. In addition, to several seminars on running and bicycling, if you’ve forgotten a piece of necessary gear or just want something new, there will be plenty of vendors on-site to provide you with that must-have piece of equipment.
1780861_10152319377316787_7637534555128559075_nFor the members of the Florida Region Council, Saturday will be another busy day. Not only will members again be assisting with the athlete check-in process, the region will also hold its annual meeting and a triathlon club summit. In addition, the Florida Regional Officials Coordinator will offer a three-hour official’s clinic for those that want to become certified USA Triathlon officials. To register for the officials clinic, contact FloridaROC@msn.com.
Saturday’s Meek & Mighty Triathlon will begin in the 50-meter pool at the North Shore Aquatic Complex. Featuring a time-trial pool swim, there will be two races offered, one for ages 7 – 10 and another for ages 11 and over. Following a bike race along St. Petersburg’s scenic open waterfront, a new run course this year will add to the excitement
Sunday features the weekend’s main event, the 32nd annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon. The race will serve as the Florida Region’s 2015 Regional Championship. As always, some of the best male and female elite athletes in the world will be competing for significant prize money.
USA Triathlon’s Florida Region is excited and proud to be an integral part of this longstanding event. See you there. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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USA Triathlon Florida Region Chair
Paratriathlon Florida Region Representative
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St. Anthony’s Official’s Clinic: April 25 & April 26

Become a USA Triathlon Official!

Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26

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Officials are of critical importance at USA Triathlon sanctioned events. Officials are responsible for the enforcement of USA Triathlon competitive rules and serve to ensure a level playing field for all competitors.

USAT-2397About the clinics.

There is no cost to attend a USA Triathlon Officials’ clinic. You must be a current member of USA Triathlon, weigh less than 215 pounds and be capable of riding as a passenger on a motorcycle for long periods of time. The Officials’ certification clinic consists of approximately four hours of classroom lecture and discussion on Saturday, April 25. As part of the clinic experience, on Sunday, April 26, you will join the officials’ team and work as a course marshal at the sanctioned event.

 

Each clinic has a limited number of spaces. For additional information email Tom Reilly, Regional Officials Coordinator at FloridaROC@MSN.com.

 

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Paratriathlon Clinic-March 27-29 CANCELED

Please keep posted to when the next paratriathlon clinic will be held.  There are others clinics being held throughout the year.  We are sorry if this has posed an inconvenience.

Thank You

Ana Howard

USA Triathlon

Administrative Assistant

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Meet Our Champions – Long Course Regional Championship – 31st Annual Great Florida Challenge

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Congratulations to all of the athletes who raced this past weekend at the 31st Annual Florida Challenge Triathlon in Clermont, Florida on March 21, 2015.  Enclosed you will find the Champions of our region for our Long Course Regional Championship. For more races in the Clermont area, please visit: sommersports.com

Division

Name

Place

Male Overall Ryan McCready 2nd
Female Overall Evelyn Salama 2nd
Male Masters Mark Swart
Female Masters Debra Daley
Male 20 – 24 Jonathan Light 2nd
Female 20 – 24
Male 25 -29 Edward Cyr 1st
Female 25 – 29 Tina Hunt 2nd
Male 30 – 34 Guido Perez 1st
Female 30 – 34 Katie Waters 1st
Male 35 – 39 Diego Corredor 3rd
Female 35 – 39 Tracy Fisher 1st
Male 40 – 44 Dan Holmes 1st
Female 40 – 44 Elizabeth Adkins 1st
Male 45 – 49 Bill Quinsey 1st
Female 45 – 49 Patricia Cates 1st
Male 50 – 54 Doug Guthrie 1st
Female 50 – 54 Robin Steinberg 1st
Male 55 – 59 Chris Davids 1st
Female 55 – 59 Veronica Posner Schwars 1st
Male 60 – 64 Will Hathaway 1st
Female 60 – 64 Carol Hawkins 1st
Male 65 – 69
Female 65 – 69 Nancy Marino 1st

We still have more Regional Championship races, such as:

For more information, please visit: www.usatfloridaregion.com or contact me at htorres@cfltriclub.com

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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Long Course Regional Championship – Tomorrow

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RegionalChampLogo_Florida_LongCourseCan’t wait for tomorrow’s Long Course Regional Championship with the 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.


Packet Pickup Schedule*:

Friday, March 20, 2015

 2:00pm – 6:00pm –  Packet Pick-up & Late Registration – Hector and Ana

Saturday, March 21, 2015 

 5:45am – 7:15am – Packet Pick-up & Late Registration (Florida Challenge Only)

*USAT Desk: when picking up your packet and you show your USAT card you will be entered in a raffle to win great USAT swag prizes.


Regional Championship Awards:

The top 3 of each age group Male and Female will be recognized as Long Course Regional Champions.

To register, please visit: http://sommersports.com/Events/Triathlons/Intimidator-Florida-Challenge-Triathlon


Location

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 race.

Hector L Torres

USA Triathlon Florida Region – Chair

Paratriathlon Florida Region Representative

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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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Upcoming Events
  • Central Florida Triathlon Series #3 July 11, 2015 Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 US Highway 27, Clermont, FL 34714 , United States http://sommersports.com
  • USA Triathlon Youth Nationals August 1, 2015 – August 3, 2015 West Chester, Ohio http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2015/08/youth-and-junio r-national-championships.aspx
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