2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships Update

2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships
USA Triathlon, May 27, 2010

The 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will be hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5, 2011. The event has been awarded to Lowery’s Multi-Sport Races, owned and operated by Frank and Meghann Lowery of Henderson, Nevada. The Lowery’s also own and operate the Nevada Silverman Triathlon. The ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships will take place on the Silverman course. This is your chance to be part of Team USA!

Perth, Australia hosted the 2009 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, a year after Almere, Holland staged the event. The last time the Long Distance Triathlon World Championships were held in the United States was in 1996 in Muncie, Ind.

“We are thrilled to have the ITU Long Distance World Championships on American soil,” said Jeff Dyrek, USA Triathlon’s National Events director. “Henderson & Las Vegas will provide athletes with a great event and world class entertainment.”

The 2010 TriSports.com Halfmax Championship will be the sole qualifying event for the 2011 World Championships.The top 20 in each age group will qualify for the 2011 World Long Course Championship in Southern Nevada. Review the qualifying guidelines at www.halfmaxchampionship.com.  The standards may be revised and updated throughout the year. Athletes must earn a qualifying slot in the 2010 Halfmax Championship to be eligible to compete for Team USA and ultimately race in the 2011 ITU World Long Course Championship. There are several ways to qualify to be a part of history and race at this event.

OPTION ONE –
You can qualify at one of the selected Qualifying Events (see below). The top 33% in each age or weight division at these events will qualify an athlete for their choice of the 2010 or 2011 Halfmax Championships. You can also qualify at one of the Super Qualifiers (see below). The top 45% at The Redman Triathlon, The Pumpkinman Triathlon, and the Halfmax Championship will qualify an athlete for their choice of the 2010 or 2011 Halfmax.

OPTION TWO –
Finishing under the established time standards is the only way to qualify at events outside of the qualifying network. Only USA Triathlon sanctioned half iron-distance or full iron-distance events are eligible for time qualification. For more information on this please visit www.halfmaxchampionship.com.

Qualifying Events:
Rage Triathlon – Nevada (April 2010)
Kinetic Triathlon – Virginia (May 2010)
White Lake Triathlon (1 & 2) – North Carolina (May 2010)
Coliseum Triathlon – Georgia (June 2010)
Deuce Man Triathlon – Arizona (June 2010)
Fresh Ideas Quarter Max Triathlon (June 2010)
Chelanman Multi-Sport Weekend Triathlon – Washington (July 2010)
Patriots Triathlon – Virginia (September 2010)
Harvest Moon Triathlon – Colorado (September 2010)
Grand Columbian Triathlon – Colorado (September 2010)
Atomic Man Triathlon – Tennessee (September 2010)
Nevada Silverman Triathlon – Nevada (November 2010)

Superqualifier Events:
Redman Triathlon – Oklahoma (September 2010)
Pumpkin Man Triathlon – Nevada (October 2010)
Trisports HalfMax Championships – South Carolina (October 2010)

For more information please visit www.halfmaxchampionship.com.

Club Wolverine Training Camp – Awesome Swim Technique Day Tips!

Club Wolverine recently trained at the USA Olympic Training Center. As part of their training regimen, Head Coach Mike Bottom drilled his swimmers on a sequence of exercises designed to improve their freestyle form and power. This excellent, progressive series of freestyle drills starts with a proper high elbow catch, adds a body roll and shoulder rotation, and ends on shoulder driven freestyle, with additional emphasis on a high kick and hand speed. Practice these swim drills, and you could be swimming like former Club Wolverine swimmer Michael Phelps! Right on.

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CLUB WOLVERINE TRAINING CAMP: HIGH ELBOW DRILL

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CLUB WOLVERINE TRAINING CAMP: BODY ROLL

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CLUB WOLVERINE TRAINING CAMP: SHOULDER ROTATION FOR FREESTYLE

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CLUB WOLVERINE TRAINING CAMP: SHOULDER DRIVEN FREESTYLE

About Head Coach Mike Bottom – http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-swim/mtt/bottom_mike00.html

Sounds Familiar

 

2010 USAT Pacific Northwest Region Championship Events

As a reminder, USA Triathlon presents the following Regional Championship events in the Pacific Northwest Region this year.  The region includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. All Tritons and triathletes are welcome to compete!

Regional Championship Freshwater Portland Triathlon August 22 Portland, OR Event Website
Special Qualifier South Maui Triathlon June 13 Maui, HI Event Website
Special Qualifier Deschutes Dash Olympic Triathlon July 17 Bend, OR Event Website

Swim Tips by Dave Scott, Summer OWS Program

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Open water swimming at the pond is right around the corner. Hooaaaaah! As we wait for the water temperatures to warm, here are a few swim technique tips to practice at the pool from Ironman Dave Scott.

As a reminder, the Bozeman Masters Swim Club (“BOZE”) will be offering open water swim sessions at the Pond every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM, beginning June 2nd, weather and water temperature dependent.

After years of informal, sporadically scheduled, hey let’s swim at the pond tomorrow! Open Water Swims at the East Gallatin Recreation Area and Hyalite Reservoir, the BOZE OWS program is now structured , representing an even greater commitment to this swim format, and to community triathletes and open water swimmers. There’s a pre-set Monday & Wednesday evening schedule, offering numerous triathlon swim and open water swim training sessions this summer.

For this inaugural year of the program, Tritons, local triathletes, and others may swim with the new, summer-long BOZE OWS program simply by joining United States Masters Swimming (“USMS”). No other separate BOZE membership fees are required.

USMS Memberships are available online for $32 at http://www.usms.org/reg/. Please list your Club affiliation as the Bozeman Masters Swim Club, and your Workout Group as None. The Club abbreviation is BOZE.

If interested, full memberships to the complete BOZE program, providing access and privileges to all BOZE swim training opportunities at the pools AND the pond, are separately available at www.bozemanmasters.org.

Let’s support this new BOZE OWS program, and this renewed commitment to triathlon swimming and open water swimming in our community!

As a final comment, with respect to the triathlon swim training and open water swimming experience and the visibility of this swim format at the Pond, for the near term, I personally would love to see permanent swim course buoys and an open water swim event during Sweet Pea weekend, on Sunday, the day after the Bozeman Classic. Call it a “broken” duathlon, too. Support the buzz. Chat up BOZE coaches, members, and others, and may be this ball will start rolling!

Triathlon, One of the Fastest Growing Sports in the World

UNITED STATES TRIATHLON PARTICIPATON CONTINUES TO CLIMB
USA Triathlon – May 20, 2010

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Recent reports from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, coupled with the continued rise of USA Triathlon’s annual membership total, demonstrate the sustained growth of multisport – specifically triathlon – within the United States.

According to the SGMA, there were 1.2 million on-road triathlon participants in the United States in 2009, and another 666,000 Americans participated in an off-road triathlon last year. The 1.2 million on-road triathletes represent a growth of 11.1 percent over the last year and a 51.4 percent growth since 2007, according to the SGMA.

The 666,000 off-road triathletes in 2009 marked a 10.6 percent improvement over the last year and a 37.9 percent growth since 2007.  

Additionally, USA Triathlon’s annual membership total reached an all-time high of nearly 133,000 on March 31. This figure, which was a 4.8 percent improvement over March 2009, included nearly 31,000 youth members – a 24.8 percent growth over this same time a year ago.

“The continued growth of the multisport lifestyle across all disciplines and distances is a strong reflection of this country’s desire to focus on healthy living,” said USA Triathlon CEO Skip Gilbert. “Incorporating not one but a multitude of sports into an individual’s training and competition schedule has simply exploded in popularity, and we at USA Triathlon are proud to be able to support these individuals’ passions.”

USAT’s recent annual membership total demonstrates the organization’s continued growth, specifically over the past decade. USAT had 21,341 annual members in 2000 and totaled 58,073 annual members in 2005. The current total of nearly 133,000 annual members represents approximately 523 percent growth since 2000 and 129 percent growth since 2005.

According to the SGMA, there are 694,000 core on-road triathlon participants in the United States and another 413,000 core off-road triathlon participants. The SGMA defined core participants as athletes that competed in at least two races per year.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 130,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games.

Recap of Thursday Night

Thursday evening was a chance for some good interval work. That crosswind was fantastic as you headed back west! The small, sharp hail seemed insignificant. Luckily, ol’ Bessie treated me right. Nothing beats riding uphill, with a crosswind, and only having one gear to choose from with a basket 🙂

Congrats to the other clubs (GAS and Master’s) who braved the elements as well. All had smiles on their faces as it is Springtime in the Rockies.

Remember, even if it is inclement out (or potentially), it is a great time to get out there because race day may be the same. This is an excellent opportunity to become accustomed to the weather. Have a great weekend! Maybe I will see you at the Peet’s Hill Hustle on Saturday!
Matt

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