Women’s Bike Maintenance Clinic

Here’s an opportunity for the ladies out there.  On Wednesday, May 30 at 7PM Round House Sports in Bozeman is holding Women’s Only Bike Maintenance Clinic.  A great chance for all ladies.


Chi Running Clinic!

Greetings Tritons!

On Saturday, June 9, the Tritons are sponsoring a Chi Running clinic with local instructor Damian Stoy.  

What is Chi Running?  This from his web site:
Chi Running
combines the inner focus and flow of Tai Chi with modern physics to create a revolutionary running technique that reduces pain, injuries and effort while increasing joy, mental clarity and performance.  The benefits of Chi Running are similar to the benefits of running barefoot with many additional advantages including postural and alignment corrections, relaxation techniques, more efficient breathing and other practices to keep you running healthy and in balance.  Also, the benefits of Chi Running will last your entire life!

Check out his web site for complete information: http://wholisticrunning.com/  We’ve been hearing great things about his clinics and wanted to make sure that you have the chance to try it out.  

The 4-hour workshop will be held Saturday, June 9, 8:30AM – 12:30PM.  Cost is $125/person, but Tritons members will receive a $20 discount!  The clinic is capped at 12 participants, and we already know of some interest, so make sure you sign up quickly!  

Sign up at: Chi Running Workshop <http://wholisticrunning.com/bozeman-chirunning-services/wholistic-running-workshops/> .   

-Tony and Laurie Thatcher
tony@dtmgis.com, laurie.thatcher@gmail.com

Sprint and Half Iron Distance Triathlon Clinics

 Sprint Distance Training:
From beginner to beginning to wonder how the heck you win the race.

Planning to race the Bozeman Tritons sprint distance triathlon this July, or the Grizzly in April? This clinic taught by Elliot Bassett, coach of Ironman champion Ben Hoffman and co-director of the Grizzly triathlon, will help you get there. If you have never done a triathlon before and your goal is to finish the race, or if you are an experienced triathlete looking for a faster race time this clinic is for you. We will compare and contrast training techniques for athletes on both ends of the spectrum. Please join Elliot and the Bozeman Tritons to get inspired and motivated for this years race season.

Location: REI Bozeman

When 6:30-8:00pm Thursday February 2nd

Please RSVP Julie and zickovich@hotmail.com to ensure you have a seat.

We will have refreshments and SWAG bags


Half Ironman Training:

Training your way to the start line, eating your way to the finish

Many people say the Half Iron distance is the perfect blend of speed and endurance. But how do you blend the training?At this final clinic hosted by the Bozeman Tritons coach Elliot Bassett we’ll discuss the swim, bike, and run training to get ready for a personal best at the distance. He’ll explain how to incorporate nutrition strategies in training that will be come part of your game plan on race day.


Location: REI Bozeman

When 6:30-8:00pm Friday February 3rd

Please RSVP Julie and zickovich@hotmail.com to ensure you have a seat.

We will have refreshments and SWAG bags

Winter USA Triathlon National Championship – awards update


Here’s a breakdown of the prize purse for the top three overall places in both women’s and men’s :

Total $3,000 ($1,500 women / $1,500 men)

1st           $750

2nd          $450

3rd           $300

Age Group:

The top three competitors in each age group will qualify for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland on March 24-25 2012 and will take home some valuable hardware, too!

Thanks to USAT and our local sponsors, the race bags are filling in nicely. We just received shipment of some very cool Sweat Vac hats!
Continue to check our blog for race updates, as well as Homestake Lodge:
PLUS! More winter weather may be coming our direction! Wahoo!

Lactate Threshold Testing

If any of the Bozeman Tritons are interested in performing a lactate threshold test, please let me know. We can do this either on the bike (computrainer at 4800 or elsewhere) or during a run session as well. I have even helped people with swimming and nordic skiing as well. Regarding the bike, this can be an option when you have your functional threshold power determined along with power profiling. Yes, there is a fee for this service. Typical session lasts 90 minutes for a more comprehensive test! I have a flexible schedule; evenings and weekends work as well. I’d like to hear from you if interested. Contact Info: Matthew Parks USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach at 406 580 7987.

Powder Hound Course Map – USA Triathlon National Championship

Check out the Powder Hound COURSE MAP

Triathlon 101 Clinic

Just a reminder that the triathlon 101 clinic is on Thursday January 5th from 6:30-8pm at REI. If you would like to come please pre-register with Julie and zickovich@hotmail.com. Space is limited. Hope to see you there.

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon Hosting USA Triathlon National Championship

WINTER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – $3000 Purse (details to follow)

5K Run, 10K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski
10:00 AM Sunday, January 29, 2012 ● Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana, USA


Homestake Lodge and the Bozeman Triathlon Club welcome your participation in the fourth annual POWDER HOUND — the first winter triathlon in the State of Montana and the northern Rockies.

The Powder Hound Winter Triathlon will serve as the USA Triathlon Winter National Championship. Podium finishers will qualify for Team USA and be eligible to compete at the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland on March 24, 25 2012.

Bark, growl, unleash your inner snow dog, and have a howlin’ good time, while running, mountain biking, and Nordic skiing on the groomed ski trails of Homestake Lodge, high atop the Continental Divide. Get out of your comfort zone, stretch your boundaries, and have another kind of racing fun!

The Powder Hound offers athletes – including triathletes, multisport athletes, Nordic and downhill skiers, mountain bikers, cyclocross riders, cyclists, runners, swimmers, off-road enthusiasts, beginners from all sport disciplines, and many others — a terrific opportunity to expand their multisport skills, vary mid-winter training, improve fitness, have fun, and compete.

Participants may race as individuals, in pairs, or in teams of three. Registration includes the race, lunch, and a trail pass for a full day of Nordic skiing at Homestake Lodge, Montana’s best new Nordic skiing venue.

First place prizes will be awarded to all age division winners, courtesy USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region.

Registration for the Powder Hound Winter Triathlon is available at http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2003253.  A discounted, early bird entry fee is available until January 14, 2012.

Race support volunteers are welcome. Various positions in the DOG POUND – at registration, in transition, timing or out-on the course — are available. Cheer the racers on! Volunteers enjoy a lunch and a full day of skiing at Homestake Lodge, too.

Come on out to Homestake Lodge, race or volunteer, and enjoy the entire day. Growling, howling and other basic powder hound communication skills are mandatory. Non-propulsive, snow canine accoutrements are welcome.

Come on! Discover the fun and competition of a winter triathlon. Be a POWDER HOUND.

Over 50-members strong, and about to start its sixth year in the Gallatin Valley, the Bozeman Triathlon Club is an official USA Triathlon Club. The Club welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to this growing sport and healthy lifestyle.

USA Triathlon serves as the national governing body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the world. USAT represents more than 130,000 members, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.

Additional information is available at www.homestakelodge.com or www.bozemantritons.org (check the blog), or contact Race Director Chris Axelson at 406-585-8052 and chris@homestakelodge.com.

A look back and a new journey begins…

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I am a triathlete and cyclocross racer who last year hired a coach who has taken me places I have always wanted to go. I have a full time job, am married, and participate in the community. I am also the winner of the Grand Prize of the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon in 2011, so have $750 to spend towards an Ironman adventure. I have been asked to keep the website up to date on this adventure so here I begin.

Last year I hired a coach to help me prepare for Ironman Coeur d Alene. It began in January and was an amazing journey. I had many new racing highlights which included a better than anticipated finish at the Grizzly triathlon, and new PR for a half iron distance race. Also, the very very sweet icing on the cake- finishing IM CDA and thoroughly enjoying the epic day. My triathlon season wound down with a trip to Penticton BC to volunteer at Ironman Canada where I and fellow Tritons, Jamie, and then Lawrence and Carrie signed up for a whole new adventure. Art, you might not be racing, but you are part of this adventure too. Hence, my prize money will help me to (hopefully) excel at another Ironman, on a different course, and even in a different country.

As this year winds down and I begin preparing for yet another season of triathlon I feel excitement and a little bit of anxiety. I hope to race faster and am excited about the journey How the season will actually go….. Only time will tell and I will keep you updated. Hopefully this blog and following the antics of Team WWLD will leave you inspired and ready to get out there and race triathlon yourself.

Thanks for reading,


Winter Triathlon Clinics

Never done a triathlon before but want to? A veteran to the sport but looking for new training and racing advice? The Bozeman Tritons are holding a series of clinics this winter  that aims to promote the sport of triathlon and help prepare local athletes for the Bozeman Tritons Triathlons held the last weekend of July. Our special guest speaker is Elliot Bassett, a full time coach and the owner of Mountain Endurance whose impressive coaching resume includes Ironman Champion Ben Hoffman. This first clinic “Triathlon 101-It’s a Complicated Sport” will be held on January 5th. Learn what to expect on race day, how to transition, what gear you need, and get great training and nutrition advice. Two more clinics will follow on February 2 and 3 with a focus on half iron and sprint distance training and nutrition. Refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a goody bag. Fee is $15, payable at the door. Email Julie at zickovich@hotmail.com with questions.

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