Alex Lussier 3-Peats, Record Numbers at USA Triathlon Region Winter Championship

Racers warm-up near the transition area, shortly before the start of the combined 2011 USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship and Powder Hound Winter Triathlon.

Bozeman’s Alex Lussier continued his winning ways at the third annual Powder Hound Winter Triathlon on Sunday. Alex has won the race each year, and is the 2011 USAT Pacific Northwest Region’s Overall Male Champion. Kayleen Uibel of Kalispell joined Alex atop the podium as the 2011 Overall Female Champion. Rounding out the podium for the females were #2 Julie Zickovich, Bozeman and #3 Jane O’Driscoll, Helena, and for the men, #2 Warren Smith, Butte and #3 David Hoffman, Bozeman.

On behalf of the USA Triathlon PNW Region, race co-sponsors Homestake Lodge and the Bozeman Triathlon Club awarded first place 2011 USAT Region age group championships to the following racers — F20-24 Jacquie Spoon, F30-34 Julie Zickovich, F 35-39 Karen Powell, F40-44 Kayleen Uibel, F45-49 Debbie Lewis, F50-54 Jennifer Griggs, M25-29 David Hoffman, M30-34 Aubrey Curtis, M35-39 Alex Lussier, M40-44 Warren Smith, M45-49 Jay Marschall, M50-54 John Weyhrich, and M55-59 Robert Ray. Cheers to all.

Further signaling the growth of this rugged, fun-filled, unique, and emerging event, another record number of competitors turned out for the race this year – 46 total racers, including 31 individuals and 15 team members. The Powder Hound will again host the USA Triathlon Region Winter Triathlon Championship in 2012. Mark your calendar, always the last Sunday in January, for January 29, 2012. Discover the northern Rockies first winter triathlon. Be a Powder Hound.

Photo Album — 2011 USAT PNW Region Winter Triathlon Championship / Powder Hound Winter Triathlon —

Large Format, PDF Results — 2011 USAT PNW Region Winter Triathlon Championship / Powder Hound Winter Triathlon

Let the Fur Fly. Be a Powder Hound. This Sunday. Homestake Lodge.

10:00 AM, This Sunday, January 30, 2011
Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana, USA
5K Run, 10K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski

Mandy at Homestake Lodge, Today
“Ski conditions are great. Course will be improved from last year with a single loop for the bike. Come do the triathlon solo or grab a partner and do it as a team. We have had a great season of snow, so it’s a perfect excuse to come check us out and do some racing, too. Chili feed after the race and awards will follow. Come be a part of the PNW regional championship for winter triathlons.”

Registration includes the race, tee shirt, chili feed lunch, and a trail pass for a full day of Nordic skiing at Homestake Lodge on Sunday.

First place prizes will be awarded to all age division winners – a bottle of wine, courtesy USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region.

Registration for the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon is available at

Additional information is available at or  (check this blog), or contact Race Director Chris Axelson at 406-585-8052 and


CompuTrainer Rides

Congrats to those who rode last night’s 20K TT. Gentlemen, you did great. Please look forward to some interval work the next few sessions. Base rides on the weekend. Have fun, see you at the Powderhound!

Matthew Parks, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

Bozeman Tritons Triathlon — Registration Now Open! Long Course, Sprint, Junior & Youth Races!


Bozeman Tritons Triathlon
Registration is now open!
Long Course, Sprint, Junior, Youth Races
July 30 & 31, 2011 – East Gallatin Recreation Area, Bozeman, Montana

The Bozeman Triathlon Club welcomes you to the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon! We are pleased to announce that starting in 2011, the Club has acquired the rights to both the Treasure State Triathlon, Bozeman’s long-standing Olympic distance race, and the Headwaters Half, Montana’s first and only Long Course Triathlon.

With this change of ownership, the Club plans to deliver racers an exciting and unique race experience, guaranteed to challenge athletes of all abilities, all during two days of scenic racing over the last weekend in July.

The racing kicks off with the Long Course (Half Iron) distance race on Saturday. This race is truly “Made in Montana”, and will challenge even the heartiest racer. Race it as an individual or a team! While the Long Course racers are off on the race course, we invite those under 16 to race in the Youth Triathlon. It’s a great way to get the kids interested in the sport!

Sunday’s Sprint Distance Triathlon is a race for everybody, including the Junior racers ages 16 to 19. Whether you are new to the sport or going for a PR, our newly designed Sprint Course will be memorable. The Sprint race is also the Montana Qualifier for the Best of the US race series.

For those of you who are really up for a challenge try doing the Long Course race on Saturday, then see what you have left in the tank for Sunday’s Sprint! Those racers who are doubling up will receive a discount on Sunday’s Sprint race.

So come and join us for a weekend of racing!

Check out for complete race details and links to registration on

Saturday, July 30, 2011

• Long Course (Half Iron) – 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

• Youth (Under 16) – Course dependent on age and participation

Sunday, July 31, 2011

• Sprint – 750 meter (0.47 mile) swim, 20k (12.4 mile) bike, 5k (3.1 mile) run

• Junior (Ages 16-19) – Race the sprint distance

Long Term Training Plan

Some basics you should have for your training program:

  1. Establish training and racing goals for the upcoming year
  2. Start to make upgrades to your equipment
  3. Establish your periodized plan of attack for the completion of your key races for the year
  4. Don’t forget about your benchmark testing!  (this should be done every 6 – 8 weeks)
  5. Incorporate psychological training along with your physiological training

If you have questions about a more specific training plan, please let me know.  I’d be happy to help.

If you are interested in the upcoming CompuTrainer rides, please contact Tony Thatcher to sign up!  This will be an excellent way to improve your cycling fitness!

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