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.

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