The summer of 2011 will go down as the best season yet for Trismarter. Trismarter athletes raced well, and in several cases brought home some serious hardware! We held training camps in New York and Colorado and got close-up views of the US Pro Challenge. Here is a recap of the highlights:
As the number of athletes we coach and provide nutrition services for increases, the more clients are out there competing at any given time during the year. From May through mid-September, Trismarter athletes raced in 55 events, including 9 ironmans, 15 half-ironmans, and over 25 Olympic & sprint triathlons (and that doesn’t include any of the single-sport events)!
Congratulations to the following Trismarter athletes who had breakthrough races in the 2011 season:
- Heather Wajer at Ironman Canada, a personal best by 2+ hours
- Eric Cantor at the New York City Triathlon, a personal best by 22 minutes
- Blake Strasser at Ironman Lake Placid, a personal best by 1 hour 40 minutes
Smart training and racing for these athletes made a huge difference this season. All of them are hard working age-group athletes who learned how to balance life and sport together, creating an environment that allowed them to achieve their goals for the 2011 season.
Two Trismarter athletes qualified for the Ironman 70.3 Championship race in Las Vegas, NV.
Jonathan Hiipakka (Tri4Life: Ultima Coaching Service), from Beverly Hills, MI won his slot for the 70.3 Worlds at Ironman Mincie 70.3 on July 9, 2011. Muncie 70.3 was Jonathan’s second attempt at the half-ironman distance, and was much improved over his initial attempt in May at the Tyna’s race report, where major nutrition issues plagued his effort. After Florida 70.3, Jonathan underwent a dietary overhaul, focusing on improving his daily dietary needs and his nutrition during training and racing with Trismarter’s Eat2Win service. It made a huge difference, and the result was a top performance in Muncie, which won Jonathan a starting position in the World Championship race. Jonathan is coached by Trismarter Director of Coaching, Lee Gardner. Read more about Jonathan, and his challenges with a heart defect.
Tyna Glavinovic (Montreal, QC), also coached by Lee Gardner, was the second Trismarter athlete to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship race in 2011. Tyna spent the summer traveling around the United States, including a couple of weeks in Colorado to train with Coach Lee, but her summer began at the Tyna’s race report in Australia, where she had her first breakthrough race of the season. After a few weeks in the US training, Tyna went back to her native Canada to race race report on his Age Group Sprint Distance World Championship race, where she qualified for Ironman 70.3 World Championship race. Immediately after Calgary, Tyna race Ironman Boulder 70.3 and then Ironman Louisville (which resulted in a 90+ minute PR at ironman distance & a 4th place in AG finish!). Back-to-back racing wasn’t the ideal lead up to a championship race, but sometimes that’s the way it goes. Read Tyna’s race report to get the details.
Both Jonathan and Tyna raced well at the Ironman 70.3 Championships, each meeting their own individual goals for the race, and capping the end of a great season of triathlon.
While Jonathan and Tyna were in Las Vegas for their World Championship race, another Trismarter athlete, Louis Tafuto (Warwick, NY), was racing in the Age Group Sprint Distance World Championship race in Beijing, China. Louis began working with Trismarter coach Lee Gardner in 2010, just after he had qualified for the AG Sprint Worlds. In 2011, Louis and Coach Lee worked together to build the optimal training environment for Louis, while also building a close athlete-coach relationship. In August, Louis came out to Colorado Springs for two weeks to train with Coach Lee at the Olympic Training Center as final preparation for his World Championship race. Less than a month later Louis toed the line in Beijing, Finishing 7th place in his age group, and was the second American overall in the sprint distance race to cross the finish line. Quite an awesome achievement! Read Louis’ race report on his Age Group Sprint Distance World Championship race.
Trismarter held two great training events this summer. The first camp, in New York, included a great fun-run in New York City’s Central Park with Trismarter athletes, both past and present. It was really great catching up with everyone.
In late July through mi-August, we hosted a camp in Colorado Springs. This small but mighty camp included some great swim, bike, and run sessions, taking advantage of the great training venues we have here in Colorado. Highlights included Cheyenne Canyon Time Trials, track work at Colorado College, swimming at Wilson Ranch and at the Olympic Training Center, and trail running at Rampart Reservoir. We even rode with some athletes from the OTC!
We’d like to take a moment to thank our camp sponsors, Living Harvest, who provided hemp milk and protein powder for great pre- and post-workout meals, Mission Skincare for keep us safe from the sun’s damaging rays, and Xterra Websuits (especially the Denver store!) for providing great discounts to attending athletes.
Stay tuned for announcements of Trismarter’s 2012 training camps in Colorado, or contact us to get the scoop early.
In addition to all of the hard work with the athletes that we coach, we also had some fun attending the US Pro Cycling Challenge, a seven-day, Tour de France-style bike race in Colorado. It turned out to be a really exciting race, starting with a prologue in Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods, and ending with its final stage from Golden to Denver.