Bozeman Tritons Triathlon – 5 Month Update

Bozeman Tritons Triathlon

Saturday, July 30 and 31, 2011

5 Months and Counting until the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon!

A quick update for everyone who is tracking the BTT.  It may have been -12 F this morning here in Bozeman, but the race committee is busy planning on all fronts.  Registrations are rolling in as people plan out their race seasons.  5 months also means that your 20 week training plans should be kicking in.  Don’t wait for the ice to thaw on the pond.  Get in the pool, get on your rollers, and get your running shoes on!

We have a full weekend of racing on tap with something for everyone.  The Long-Course (formerly the Headwaters Half) and Youth Race (variable distances for those under 16) are both on Saturday.  Sunday’s Sprint and Junior races (formerly the Treasure State Tri) are perfect for everyone.   Something for the entire family.  Or double up for a real challenge.  Individuals, pairs and teams of three are welcome.  Also in the works are a mini-expo and possible spaghetti feed.  More on that as we get details worked out.

A reminder also that early registration ends on March 31.  But, why wait?  Register today at

Train on!

-The BTT Race Team

Dealing with DOMS

You work out, train, condition, strength train, etc. You fatigue yourself . . . perhaps even get exhausted. You get sore the next day. You are sore even the day after that. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) has taken effect. DOMS usually is worse with eccentric muscle contractions and especially when you change your activity routine or intensity level dramatically. Remember that this is a normal response and you will be okay.

The debate is out on what will help alleviate the DOMS effect. A better, improved warm up and systematic cool down perhaps could be the trick. Stay active after you are done with your workout or training session. Gentle stretching can help as well. Prevention of DOMS can be highly individual from athlete to athlete.

If you have questions, about your training plan, please let me know!

Matthew Parks, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach

2011 USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Championships



Here’s the line up of 2011 USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Championships and Special Qualifiers. The three Regional Championship and Special Qualifier races occurring prior to August 12, 2011 qualify the top 33% per age group for the 2011 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals in Burlington, Vermont on August 20. 2011.

At its January social, the Bozeman Triathlon Club selected the Coeur d’Alene Triathlon (along with the Grizzly and Spring Meadow Triathlons) as a Triton Team Racing event. If you’re planning your races for this year, hopefully you’ll sign up for the Coeur d’Alene Triathlon.

We’re not certain of the rules yet, but the 2011 Region Club Championship may be at stake at the CDA Triathlon, too. The venue makes for a fun group event!


Spec Qualifier

South Maui June 11 Maui, HI Website


Race the River July 24 Coeur d’Alene, ID



Coeur d’Alene August 13 Coeur d’Alene, ID



Apple Capital August 19 Wenatchee, WA


Laurel Wassner’s Inspiring Story

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Laurel Wassner is the first cancer survivor (diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 23) to compete professionally as a triathlete. She was named 2008 Rookie of the Year by USA Triathlon.


Molly Makes Endurance News


That’s a sweet blurb about Molly in the latest edition of Hammer Nutrition’s Endurance News. The same article is available on page 99 at Keep it going Molly! Your Triton teammates wish you great success in 2011, too. TRAIN ON.

Born to Run

Vodpod videos no longer available. What makes us happy? Are we born to run? Christopher McDougall is the author of  “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.” He explores the mysteries of the human desire to run. How did running help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today? McDougall tells the story of the marathoner with a heart of gold, the unlikely ultra-runner, and the hidden tribe in Mexico that runs to live. Vid includes a quick shout out to local ultrarunner Nikki Kimball.  QOTD “64 year old men and women are now running as fast as they were at age 19!”

Grizzly Triathlon Update

Below are a handful of fun Grizzly Triathlon factoids, courtesy Race Directors Giles Thelen and Elliot Basset. The race sold out in 20 minutes this year. Waiting list slots are available, and  racers are often accommodated. Get on the waiting list at RACE ON.

1) The Grizzly Triathlon is the biggest pool-swim triathlon in America, and the second biggest in North America with 420 race slots comprising about 460 racers. (There is a 500 racer triathlon in Vancouver, BC.)

2) This year the race filled in 20 minutes. The 2010 race filled in 2 hours, the 2009 race filled in 8 hours, the 2008 race filled in three days, and the 2007 race filled in about 1 week. If the trend holds, next year the race will fill in less than 5 minutes!

3) 54% of the racers are women.

4) 23% of the racers will be competing in their 1st Triathlon EVER!

5) Ages range from 10 (relay) to 76. 15 are over 60, and 22 are 18 or under. 34 are UM students

6) Eight states (Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Maryland, Nevada New York and Wisconsin) are represented, while 93% of the racers are from Montana.

7) Cities from Montana with over 10 entries are Missoula (49%), Bozeman (8%), Billings (6%) and Helena (3%). There are 24 other Montana cities represented in the 2011 race.

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