USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS
USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS
USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF, CSCS, MA & MS
As you are aware there Hurricane Irma is on her way. It is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean outside of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
A Category 5, it is currently heading toward Southern Florida; the Florida Keys announced a mandatory visitor and resident evacuation will begin Wednesday morning. Miami-Dade County’s emergency management Twitter posted a list of evacuation centers today, and Miami’s mayor has said evacuations for the city will begin Wednesday.
Irma is expected to reach Florida by this weekend, and if you could be affected, begin preparing now. If there is an order to evacuate, do not ignore the order. If there is an order to stay at home, sometimes that can be safer than leaving.
Please stay tuned to your local and please be safe. In behalf of the entire Florida Region and USA Triathlon. Please be safe!
USAT Elite Coach, USAC Lv 2, USAS and USATF & MS
Take part in an exciting weekend of racing and watch top international triathletes compete at the first annual Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival on October 7-8. Nathan Benderson Park is the site of this two-day celebration of all things triathlon, with racing opportunities for, age-group, collegiate and elite athletes alike.
Registration is now open for the USAT Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier and Age Group Non Draft Open Sprint Triathlon. Register today to be part of one of the nation’s largest multisport festivals!
For more information on the event, click here!
Let’s make sure the Florida Region is well represented!
At a recent women’s triathlon clinic, attendees wrote down their fears or concerns about training and completing a triathlon. There are definitely a few things about triathlons that aren’t pretty or feminine. Let’s explore a few.
First, I hate the woman who shows up to race with hair, makeup, lipstick, nails and jewelry. Your bling could attract sharks or alligators. The rest of us hit “snooze” at least one, crawled out of bed, skipped a shower (deemed not necessary before OWS) maybe brushed our teeth, donned our tri kit so carefully laid out the night before, and rushed out the door. Are you wearing your tightest sports bra that keeps the girls from even the tiniest bounce or are you going to be the one that spectators are nodding their heads up and down with each stride as you bounce your way to the finish line?
But just as you are ready to leave you remember what you forgot to do BEFORE putting on your tri kit. Those of us with a bit more “body” need to smear an anti-chafing product with sexy names like “Butt Butter” in those areas that will experience friction. Sweat plus friction equals painful chafing, blisters or boils. So, prior to donning that tri gear, generously lubricate with “product” to armpits, under the twins, inner thighs and butt cracks.
When you arrive at the race site, like a felon on probation, you are issued fashionable ankle bracelet with a timing chip attached. Next is body marking, a ritual resembling marking cattle headed to market. For sophisticated triathlons, this might be accomplished with temporary race tattoos, but for common sprints, you are marked with your race number on one or both arms by a Boy Scout volunteer who has never played with a permanent black marker before. Wait until after your body marking experience to apply sunscreen or you’ll have a smeary black mess on your arms and legs. Remember to remove your markings after the race with baby oil, alcohol, or lots of elbow grease before work the next day when someone asks you late in the day why you have a number on the back of your leg.
Alright. You racked your bike and meticulously set up transition. Everyone is taking pre-race selfies. If you’re lucky enough to have a wetsuit, you now look like a stuffed sausage in black casing. There’s still about 20 minutes to race start, so it’s time to find a bathroom – – or portapotty alley. Darn, should have done that BEFORE the wetsuit. Everyone else has the same idea, so you start to panic as you nervously stand in line for a stall. If you are lucky, there might even be toilet paper, but it’s not a bad idea to bring your own roll to every race. Don’t count on washing your hands either, did you bring hand sanitizer too?
You head to the swim start where the beach is now littered with triathletes in waves of colorful swim caps. Again, for most of us, swim caps and goggles are not flattering, so you’re glad you don’t have your phone, but all the spectators do, so it’s another opportunity for that last pre-race photo, and don’t forget to wave to the drone.
Your wave is called and a herd of splashing women attack the water like a Black Friday sale at Macy’s. Women will usually at least attempt to apologize for kicking or hitting you, but that’s all part of the sport. Hopefully you survive the swim leg, and drag yourself out of the swim like a drunken sailor and attempt to jog to transition. Like a busy day at the mall, do you remember where you parked your bike? You recklessly attack your meticulously arranged transition setup with discarded swim gear, and take off with your bike, helmet and shoes. But where are you going? Bike out? Mount past the line, and you’re off.
The best time to eat and hydrate is during the bike. But that means you have to pee again. Do you stop? As gross as it may sound, you have limited options. One is to pee while pedaling. Because blood travels away from the digestive tract to support working muscles when you swim, bike or run, proper digestion is reduced, which can lead to intestinal discomfort and emergent bathroom needs. While that bike seems to last forever, you are relieved to see transition again.
Off the bike, you’re off on the run, and darn, you still have to pee. Many women have a little issue here with stress urinary incontinence. It’s okay, let it flow, let it go! At the next water stop, take two cups of water, drink one and just pour the other water over yourself. No one will notice. Stay hydrated.
Now is the most important part of the race, approaching the finish line. With your wet, matted hair, in your sweaty, peed on tri-suit, in soggy, hot, blistery shoes, approach that finish line like you are on a pageant stage. Even if you’re in pain, smile like a princess. Celebrate, dance and cheer! And if your hair, makeup and jewelry still look perfect, I still hate you.
Elise Enloe is a triathlon coach with Tri with Us and a Sunshine leader for the USAT Florida Region located in Oviedo, FL. You can reach Elise via email at EliseEnloe@aol.com.
Founded – 2010
Number of members – 50
Annual Dues: $40
Description – The Key West Tri Club is an eclectic group of triathletes living in the Southernmost city in the continental United States. The Club’s mission is to promote and encourage the multisport lifestyle. We are a small club with big ambition. We race in local sprints up to the IRONMAN World Championship. Discounts offered to our members are race entries, cool tri kits, and products and services from our sponsors. The club holds group training sessions, bi-monthly business meetings and regular social events.
Location – Key West (Monroe County), Florida
Contact – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Florida Region is actively seeking nominations for the USA Triathlon Florida Region Hall of Fame. Certain individuals and contributors over the years have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport in the Florida Region. They have inspired others to elevate their performance, participation and involvement in multisport. Now is your chance to recognize them.
To nominate a male and female age-group athlete, a male and female elite athlete and an individual or entity that has made a unique contribution to multisport in the Florida Region, you should email Hector Torres, Florida Region Chair, at email@example.com, and request a 2017 Florida Region Hall of Fame Nomination Form and the Criteria for Eligibility for Nomination.
We all know someone that has inspired us to become involved with the exciting world of multi-sport… someone who motivated us to do things we never dreamed were possible. Help to reward and honor those people with a nomination to the Florida Region’s Hall of Fame.
Don’t end up with a DNF because you forgot to nominate an age-group male and female, an elite athlete male and female, and a unique contributor that deserves to be considered for the Florida Region’s first annual Hall of Fame. They did their part—it’s time to do yours!
Final date of the Florida Region’s Annual Hall of Fame celebration in Orlando TBD.
With 18 triathlon teams and over 215 athletes, the southern Florida regional club championship was a great success!
The division champions are:
Tri2One (Division I)
M3T – Miami Triathlon (Division II)
CM Team (Division III)
Clubs that participated:
Thanks to all the USAT teams, Huntington’s Disease Triathlon and Sommer Sports for the support!
Founded – 2006
Number of members – 76
Annual Dues: $60
Description – This is the most structured club in the nation. We train 6 – 7 days a week with a certified USAT Coach on each session. The goal of the CFL Triathlon Club is to encourage good health and fitness, success, and create a sense of belonging. Members encourage one another, helping to achieve their personal goals such as finishing a triathlon or getting faster
Location – Downtown Orlando, Florida
Contact – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website – www.cfltriclub.com