USA Olympic Coach Leads Tritons Camp May 8-10!

Introducing Tritons USA Olympic Triathlon Coach Michelle Blessing
Michelle Leads Our Inaugural Spring Camp at Chico Hot Springs Resort & Yellowstone National Park, May 8-10!

OK TEAM! 2009 represents a string of significant and cool firsts for the Club – a Triton Winter Camp at Homestake Lodge, customized Sugoi team uniforms, indoor CompuTrainer cycling sessions, Rudy Project technically cool eyewear (love those Triton NOYZ racing edition white frames with impactx photochromic red lens!), and the first Winter Triathlon in Montana, and likely the entire northern Rockies – the Powderhound! What could possibly be next?!? How about our first spring camp? How about a weekend of coaching for the team powered by 2000 USA Olympic Triathlon Coach Michelle Blessing? How about Chico Hot Springs Resort and Yellowstone National Park as our venues. You’re on!

The Club has developed another SUPER attractive, fun program for our members. The package includes three days of true Olympic-caliber triathlon coaching and a lunch buffet on Saturday, all for only $75 per Triton member. Additionally, the Club has established a group block of rooms at Chico Hot Springs Resort, available for members to make room reservations on Saturday night. Please see the reservation details below. We’re looking forward to your support, and a great turnout. Oh yeah, after you soak it up in the Hot Springs and have dinner on Saturday night, Montana Rose is playing in the Saloon. Cowboy up, put your spurs on and get ready for some authentic American rock and country music!

For additional information on Montana Rose, Chico Hot Springs and its amenities, please check out and  See you there!


Friday, May 8th – Crossfit 4800, Bozeman, Montana
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Nutrition & Supplements
5:15 PM 6:45 PM Strength Training — Off Season & On Season
7:00 PM Open No Host Dinner, Location TBD

Saturday, May 9th – Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa, Pray, Montana
9:30 AM 10:30 AM Technique of Running – Form, Principles, Physics
10:40 AM 11:40 AM Running — Drills & Practice
Noon 1:30 PM Deli Sandwich Lunch Buffet, Sports Psychology
1:45 PM 3:15 PM Run Observation, Run
3:45 PM 5:30 PM Cycling Drills & Transitions
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Soak in the Natural Hot Springs Pools!
7:00 PM 9:00 PM No Host Dinner Choices — Dining Room, Saloon, or Percie’s Poolside Grill
9:30 PM 1:30 AM Music & Dancing — Montana Rose @ The Saloon

Sunday, May 10th – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
9:00 AM 10:30 AM YNP Norris Junction – Cycling, Hills, Climbing & Descents, Cornering
10:30 AM Finish YNP Lower Loop — Long Ride – Pick Your Ride & Distance!

The Club Encourages Members to Make Your Triton Spring Camp Reservations ASAP.
It’s First Come, First Serve, and Capacity is Limited. Don’t Delay!

Here’s all you need to do to make your Triton Spring Camp reservation and get ready for fun!
1. Provide a check payable to the Bozeman Triathlon Club in the amount of $75.00.
2. For room reservations at Chico Hot Springs on Saturday night May 9th, call Chico reservations at 333-4933. Please read the room reservation guidelines below first!
3. For dinner reservations in the Main Dining Room on Saturday night, contact Sherri Pearson. The Club recommends that you take a look at the dining menus available on the Chico Hot Springs website.

Chico Hot Springs Room Reservation Guidelines & Other Conditions for the Triton Spring Camp
1. Chico Hot Springs is completely sold out on Saturday night. Rooms are limited. The Club booked (the group block) as many rooms as possible. There are a wide variety of rooms, at a variety of price points from $49 to $199 for double occupancy, and occupancy levels per room vary between 2 and 4 people.
2. Rooms are available to Bozeman Triathlon Club members only, and only to those members who have paid their $75 entry fee. Reservations will be verified by Chico Hot Springs and the Club. For reservations, the room block name is Bozeman Triathlon Club, or BTRI.
3. As necessary, and within reason, the Club would like to accommodate as many Triton members as possible. We do not want to turn anybody away. When making reservations, please only reserve the room size you need. If you’re willing to share a room, great! Club Coordinator Sherri Pearson is willing to assist you in the process.
4. The Club asks all Tritons to stay flexible. Room assignment changes and room sharing may be necessary later on, to accommodate more members. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!
5. With the exception of the weekend-long coaching and the lunch buffet on Saturday, members are directly responsible for all other personal costs, including accommodations, meals, drinks, etc.

Michelle Blessing Interview
By Matt Fitzgerald
Author of Triathlete Magazine’s Complete Triathlon Book & Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide

Michelle Blessing’s Bio
Michelle Blessing has competed in hundreds of races in her lifetime, including running, cycling, and triathlon races. She won the Empire State Building Run-up in 1995, raced on the USA mountain running championship team, cycled on Team Saturn for a brief stint, and raced at the Ironman World Championships numerous times. After her career as a professional triathlete, cyclist, and runner, Michelle joined USA Triathlon in 1997 to become the Junior National Team coach, the interim National Teams coach, and the National Teams coordinator. Since 1999, Blessing’s portfolio of athletes boasts 25 USA Triathlon National Team members, ten Olympic Trials qualifiers, eight Junior National Team members, two of the six 2000 Olympic Team members, as well as several top foreign racers-including the 2000 Male Australian Triathlete of the Year, and the top ranked Chilean female. She has traveled extensively with her athletes, overseeing them in International Triathlon Union World Cup races, the World Championships, both Olympic Trials and the Olympics. Michelle served as the Head Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Olympic triathlon Teams at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. In 2000 and 2001 Michelle was selected as the USOC coach of the year for triathlon.

In addition to coaching, Michelle was committed to serving the sport through ongoing education and research. She spent several years working extensively with the USOC Sports Science Center to develop training protocol for supplemental oxygen training at altitude. Michelle also conducted both USA Triathlon Olympic Trials Camps, served as Head Coach for the International Triathlon Union Solidarity Camp, and served on the National Coaching Committee for USA Triathlon. She was a frequent presenter/trainer at USA Triathlon Coaching Clinics and contributed numerous chapters to the coaching manuals. She also led the committee which designed and drafted USA Triathlon’s 2000 Olympic Plan. Besides her work for the International and National federations, Michelle has consulted with and contributed to various publications and web sites including Outdoor Magazine, Women’s Fitness, Shape, Men’s Journal, Vogue, Triathlete Magazine and Inside Triathlon.

Currently, Michelle Blessing and her partner, are one of the top sales teams with ERA Shields. In just six years of working in real estate, she has established herself as one of the top agents both locally and nationally. She has consistently qualified for national production awards with ERA since 2004. She is a native Coloradoan, and her past community involvement is extensive – from the Children’s Literacy Center to the Governor’s Council for Childcare. Her current community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Capital Campaign for Care and Share, Race Coordinator for “Racing with the Stars” to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and coaching an Under 4 boys soccer team. Michelle enjoys virtually all sports and loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, daughters, and many friends.

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon Results

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon

5K Run, 7.5K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski – Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana

Congrats to Alex & Amy for their #1 finishes! Great turnout, and a perfect day for this inaugural, niche event. Sunshine, 26 multi-sport athletes, and even multi-terrain conditions – snow, ice, mud! Mandy has a nice race write up, and event photos here – Thanks for supporting our event, and the first ever Winter Triathlon in Montana. We’ll do it again next year, and hope to see you at Powder Hound II! Woof, woof.

# Name Class Bib Run Bike Ski Finish

1 Alex Lussier M 391 0:19:45 0:27:34 0:12:43 1:00:02

2 Ben Cogger M 396 0:17:09 0:33:01 0:12:33 1:02:43

3 John Curry M 392 0:19:36 0:30:51 0:15:41 1:06:08

4 Greg Wirth M 383 0:19:12 0:37:33 0:16:40 1:13:25

5 Jay Marschall M 394 0:21:10 0:33:46 0:21:38 1:16:34

6 Russ Gates M 381 0:21:33 0:33:17 0:22:52 1:17:42

7 Amy Chiuchiolo F 377 0:23:00 0:38:38 0:16:09 1:17:47

8 Jordan LaRue M 387 0:23:06 0:38:34 0:16:08 1:17:48

9 Aubrey Curtis M 384 0:18:40 0:39:43 0:21:07 1:19:30

10 Heidi Makoutz F 386 0:22:50 0:41:52 0:17:00 1:21:42

11 Laura Holien F 382 0:21:53 0:43:02 0:17:12 1:22:07

12 Scott Makoutz M 385 0:22:07 0:41:34 0:18:45 1:22:26

13 Hal Stanley M 395 N/A 1:07:02 0:17:13 1:24:15

14 Matt Thomsen M 389 0:22:23 0:40:26 0:21:39 1:24:28

15 Lisa Curry F 393 0:25:47 0:38:18 0:16:56 1:21:01

16 Alli Gidley F 379 0:26:25 0:43:47 0:18:23 1:28:35

17 Mike Gilpin M 398 0:26:54 0:47:41 0:17:37 1:32:12

18 Daniel Center M 388 0:21:43 0:53:19 0:17:18 1:32:20

19 Julie Ahern F 588 0:22:55 0:51:53 0:20:31 1:35:19

20 Meghan Trainor F 399 0:22:19 0:51:46 0:21:47 1:35:52

21 Lander Purvis F 390 0:27:47 0:53:13 0:22:37 1:43:37

22 Jennifer Griggs F 378 0:29:41 0:50:42 0:25:23 1:45:46

23 Rebecca Casey Team 587 0:25:30 1:02:58 0:24:00 1:52:28

25 Alan Jackson M 380 0:36:24 0:55:33 0:24:41 1:56:38

26 Margaret Schaefer F 397 0:27:33 1:04:27 0:33:05 2:05:05

The Latest, Plus CP 30 Tests Next Week!

Never Just Go Through the Motions!
WINTER TRIATHLON. Enter the POWDER HOUND this Sunday, 2/22. Race day registration available at HSL.
CYCLING. Sign up for a CP 30 test ride next Tuesday (2/24) or Thursday (2/26) at Crossfit 4800.
UNIFORMS. Order by next Tuesday, 2/24. We already have 12 orders. Deadline is firm. Likely, our only order this year.
DRYLAND. Training resumes 8:00 AM, Saturday, 2/28 at Gold’s Gym.
NORDIC SKIING. Sign up for the Triton clinic at Homestake Lodge on 3/1.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS. Volunteer to support the triathlon event at MSU on 5/15.

Get Started — Establish Your Training Zones with Critical Power 30 Tests Next Tuesday & Thursday

Day Arrival/Set-Up Training Session Venue Workout Type
Tuesdays 5:15 PM 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Crossfit 4800 MultiRider Intensity
Thursdays 6:00 PM 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM Crossfit 4800 MultiRider Intensity
Saturdays 9:45 AM 10:00 AM — Noon Crossfit 4800 MultiRider Long Ride

A MultiRider Note from Triton Coach Aubrey

Rest up for next week, because we will be doing our Critical Power 30 Test on the Computrainers at CrossFit 4800 for the Tuesday and Thursday rides. We understand that some individuals have been signing up for both Tuesday and Thursday…which has been fine due to the openings on Thursday nights. However, in an effort to allow the maximum number of riders the opportunity to test their fitness next week, please only sign up for one day. The Critical Power 30 (or CP30) Test is the highest average power one can sustain for 30 minutes. This can be accomplished outside, but since we are lucky enough to have the Computrainers, we will be testing indoors in a controlled environment on a flat 10 mile course (should take most anywhere from 25-30 minutes). We will continue to perform these tests every 6 weeks or so to see if our athletes are gaining fitness, or maybe…need some more rest. You can also calculate or re-calculate your training zones (power and heart rate) from these tests. Note: for an accurate assessment, please show up rested and hydrated. This should tax your legs a little.

Hope to see most of you next week. If you are unable to attend the group testing, please let me know and I can further explain the details for you to test on your own (with our own Triton Computrainer at CrossFit 4800). Below is next week’s riding schedule:

Tuesday, Feb 24: CP30 Test on Computrainers at CrossFit 4800
Thursday, Feb 26: CP30 Test on Computrainers at CrossFit 4800
Saturday, Feb 28: Long ride (2+ hours) on Computrainers at CrossFit 4800 – Boise 70.3 Course
Note: For Saturday, if you would like to ride for 2.5 – 3 hours, please show up at 9 am vice 10 am.

Don’t forget to sign up at!!

Thanks, Aubrey Jon Curtis, USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach

Triton Unis are Here!

Customized, Top-of-the-Line Sugoi Tri Tanks & Tri Shorts!
Triton Members Get Unis at Club Cost, & WAY More Than 40% Off MSRP!
Check Out Sugoi Tri Tank & Short Samples & Try Them On for Size at Crossfit 4800!

● The Club will have fit kits available before team cycling sessions at Crossfit 4800 this week and next Tuesday.
● Club order will be placed on Wednesday, February 25th. We need 12 full orders and payments to proceed.
● Delivery is approximately 8 weeks after order placement..
● Thanks to sponsor Amy Randolph and Catch & Release Graphics for the awesome uniform design.
● Thanks to Michelle Small at Sugoi, our new Triton Partner, for her support and flexibility.
● Thanks to Triton teammate Chris Martin for his efforts in spearheading this uni effort!

Triton Uniform

2009 Sugoi RS Tri Tank, Triton Customization, Commercial/Grafitti-Free, Shown Above — Only $50
Compare! MSRP, Standard, Uncustomized — $80
Womens Size – XS, S, M, L. Mens Size – S, M, L, XL.

2009 Sugoi RS Tri Short, Triton Customization, Commercial/Grafitti-Free, Shown Above – Only $50
Compare! MSRP, Standard, Uncustomized — $75.
Womens Size – XS, S, M, L. Mens Size – S, M, L, XL.

Imagine how fast you’ll look in these new unis, along with a new pair of Rudys!
[Hey Lawrence, gotta have it, man!] :o)

Please indicate your size selections.
Make your checks payable to the Bozeman Triathlon Club.
Thank you!

Powder Hound Treats — Race, Volunteer, Ski, Enjoy the Day!

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon

Powder Hound Test Ride

THREE POWDER HOUNDS — Mandy, Chris & Izzy cycling at Homestake Lodge on Wednesday. This photographer joined them, and we discovered the snow ride to be “surprisingly doable, and fun!” We just lowered our tire pressure to 10-15 PSI, and started cycling. The race course is taking shape, with an emphasis on easier-to-intermediate terrain. We’ll likely run The High Road, bike Meadow Road and Mellow Meander, and ski Light Me Up!

POWDER HOUND WINTER TRIATHLON – Next Sunday, February 22, 10:00 AM
5K Run, 10K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski – Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana

● SUPPORT the Bozeman Triathlon Club’s first event, in partnership with HSL, the first winter triathlon in Montana. Let’s have a great turnout!
● RACE as individuals, in pairs, or teams of three. Come on! Be a POWDER HOUND.
● VOLUNTEER for various positions in the DOG POUND – at registration, in transition, timing, or out on the course – and cheer the racers on!
● REWARD yourself. Post-race, enjoy a delightful soup & sandwich lunch and an afternoon of skiing at HSL. FREE to all racers and volunteers!

Here’s all you need to do —
● Racers – Sign up at
● Volunteers – Contact Art at
● Race Day — Bark, growl, unleash your inner snow dog, and have a howlin’ good time.

For more information, check out or contact Mandy at

Tritons Partner with Special Olympics


Bozeman Triathlon Club Will Host Triathlon Competition
8:00 to 11:00 AM ● Friday, May 15 ● Montana State University

Give your time, your energy, and your ENTHUSIASM to Special Olympics! Get involved. Make an impact, and be inspired. You could transform a life forever, including your own. Let’s welcome these athletes to Bozeman, and cheer them on. The Club needs 10-15 Tritons & a lifeguard on race day. Please support this total Triton team effort, and volunteer. Email me @ to get on board. Thank you for your commitment, and your participation. Have a great day!


Eduardo Herrera of Guatemala emerges from the ocean after his 2.4 mile swim, while competing in the famous Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 1998, Eduardo was the first Special Olympics athlete to compete at Kona. In 2000, he PR’ed with a 12:34:37.

“I Just Realized” Trivia – In 2004, Eduardo completed the best OWS-of-all, the RCP Tiburon Mile, in 27:15. #240 out of 677. This RE-humbled writer did a 29:53, #356. First male finisher — Chad Carvin, 20:23. First female finisher – now-triathlete Sara McLarty, 20:46.

You can read more about Eduardo here —

“Let me win. But, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

January 29, 2009


Special Olympics Montana, a 38 year-old movement that enables children and adults with intellectual disabilities to train for life through sports, will conduct its State Summer Games in Bozeman for a three-consecutive years, beginning May 13 – 15, 2009. 2009 marks the first year of a three-year commitment to the city of Bozeman. As an athlete-centered, family-based and volunteer driven organization, Special Olympics Montana relies almost exclusively on the support of community volunteers, businesses and service organizations for leadership, planning and preparation, in-kind and financial gifts.

1,000 athletes and 450 coaches from 75 teams will gather in Bozeman to compete in eleven different Olympic-type sports over a three-day period. Competitions will include athletics (track & field), bowling, equestrian, bocce, gymnastics, cycling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, aquatics, triathlon and motor activities training for lower functioning individuals. Horseshoe pitching and kayaking will also be offered as demonstration sports. In addition to competition, special events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Olympic Village, Wellness Park, Victory Dance/Carnival, Families Hospitality & Barbecue, VIP Reception, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Dine Out Night and much more will create memorable experiences as we celebrate life through sports.

We Need Your Help! Over 1,500 volunteers are needed to put on the games. If you, your employees, colleagues or friends would like to learn more about the opportunities to get involved, then please call the Volunteer Hotline at 406-586-SOMT (7668) and leave your contact information or sign up online. Just as Special Olympics Montana athletes give their personal best, Special Olympics Montana invites you to do the same and become part of the Special Olympics movement. More than being successful, you are invited to be significant – enabling people to be able because you have encouraged them to be courageous.

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