No Excuses – Swim Training Options During Bozeman Swim Center Closure 3/7-27

Yes, it’s true! The Bozeman Swim Center will be closed for three weeks starting tomorrow, March 7 to March 27, for a  main pool pump and lighting upgrade. The pool will reopen on its regular schedule on Monday, March 28. In the interim, swim training is available at the MSU Fitness Center.

Triathletes have two MSU Pool training options — (1) joining and swimming with the Bozeman Masters Swim Club during their scheduled workouts or (2)  swimming-on-your-own during lap swimming hours. General information on each program is available here — www.bozemanmasters.org and http://www.montana.edu/getfit/Marga_Hosaeus_Fitness_Center/facilities/pool.html

MSU Spring Break adds another minor scheduling inconvenience wrinkle, from March 11 to March 20.  Regardless, our great friends at the Bozeman Masters Swim Club (BOZE) issued an email last night, which thankfully addresses and ends these swim training coordination hassles. The email clearly, and comprehensively, laid out swim training scheduling options over the next three weeks, in detail, as follows.

OPTION #1 –JOIN &  SWIM WITH BOZE
The BOZE schedule for the remaining month of March is now revised. Additional swim workouts have been added at MSU, as follows.

Mo, Mar 07, 6-730pm at MSU
We, Mar 09, 6-730pm at MSU
Su, Mar 13, 4-6pm at MSU
Mo, Mar 14, 6-7pm at MSU
Tu, Mar 15, 6-7pm at MSU
We, Mar 16, 6-7pm at MSU
Mo, Mar 21, 6-730pm at MSU
We, Mar 23, 6-730pm at MSU
Sa, Mar 26, Montana Masters Swimming Championships at MSU
Su, Mar 27, Montana Masters Swimming Championships at MSU
Mo, Mar 28, 6-730pm at MSU
Tu, Mar 29, 7-830pm at Swim Center
We, Mar 30, 6-730pm at MSU
Th, Mar 31, 7-830pm at Swim Center

OPTION #2 SWIM-ON-YOUR-OWN
During the Swim Center closure, swimming-on-you-own is available during lap swim times at MSU, as follows. The cost is $7/day, and you can swim more than once that day. Weekly passes are available  for $20, or monthly for $60. The Tritons recommend that you call ahead to the MSU Fitness at (406) 994-5000 to confirm your workout timetable, in the event of possible MSU scheduling revisions, especially over Spring Break.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:30-8:00am-Lap Swim
Tuesday, Thursday 6:00-8:00am-Lap Swim
Monday-Friday 11:00-1:00pm-Lap Swim
Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00pm-Lap Swim

TRAIN ON.

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Triton Mixer — Friday, January 14th, What’s your 2011 Triathlon Resolution?

TRITON MIXER
Stop by Anytime, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday, January 14th
The Big Table @ Sola Cafe

This fun “open house style” mixer is open to all current and prospective Triton members, and informally serves as the Club’s annual meeting. Join the Club. Get psyched for the 2011 Triton training program and area races. Bring your questions, suggestions, and other ideas. Additionally, if you are interested in volunteering to serve the Club in some capacity, please bring it on. Support the Club. Train, race and volunteer. We hope to see you at Sola Café!

2011 TRITON PROGRAM – DRAFT

2010 Bozeman Tritons Triathlon
Long Course Event – Bridger Canyon Ride

Triton Programs
MultiRider Indoor Cycling – Starts January 18, http://bit.ly/fAwdmH
Powder Hound Winter Triathlon & USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship – January 30, http://bit.ly/euLhGt
Special Olympics Unified Sports Triathlon – May 10, www.somt.org
Bozeman Tritons Triathlon – Sprint, Long Course, Junior, Youth Races – July 30, 31, http://bit.ly/er3l5X (soft launch, work-in-progress!)

2009 Triton Triathlon Camp
USA Olympic Coach Michelle Blessing
Yellowstone National Park Group Ride

Triton Partner Programs
Bozeman Masters Swim Club – Ongoing, www.bozemanmasters.org
Big Sky Wind Drinkers (Bozeman Running Company) – Tuesday @ Track (awaiting confirmation from BRC), www.bozemanrunningcompany.com
Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club – Thursday TTs (New this year, still tentative, awaiting confirmation from GVBC), www.gallatinvalleybicycleclub.org

Grizzly Triathlon is only 16-weeks away!

Triton Team Racing
Grizzly Triathlon – April 23, Be sure to register at 8:00 AM on January 10!. Race filled in 3-hours in 2010, www.grizzlytri.com
Spring Meadow Triathlon – July 10, http://bit.ly/fgjDJR
Coeur d’Alene Triathlon & USAT PNW Region Championship – August 13, www.cdatriathlon.com

Bozeman Triathlon Club (Bozeman Tritons)
Over 50-members strong and now entering its fifth season in 2011, the Bozeman Triathlon Club is an official USA Triathlon Club, a first for Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley region. The Club welcomes athletes of all ages and abilities to this growing sport and healthy lifestyle. According to USA Triathlon, no matter what level of experience, from newbie to pro, your triathlon experience will be enhanced by joining a USAT club. Members will train smarter, harder and have more fun with people of a like mind. USAT Clubs are where fun happens, where you can get together to train and party. USAT actively promotes clubs. www.bozemantritons.org.

USA Triathlon (USAT)
Fueling the Multisport Lifestyle
USA Triathlon is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,000 diverse events, ranging from grassroots to high-profile races nationwide. The organization works to create interest and participation in a variety of programs, including camps, clinics, races and educational opportunities. USA Triathlon’s 130,000-strong membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans striving to strengthen multisport. Triathlon participation in the United States is at an all-time high, following unprecedented growth over the past decade. USA Triathlon can easily track the surge through its membership numbers, which approached 135,000 annual members in June 2010. To put that into perspective, annual membership hovered between 15,000 and 21,000 from 1993-2000. www.usatriathlon.org.

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!

Cycling Starts Thursday, It’s a SwimFest!

QUICK NEWS UPDATE
Outdoor Cycling Starts Thursday! A SwimFest of Opportunities!

Triton Outdoor Cycling – 5/6, Bogert Park. Starts this Thursday! Meet at Bogert Park @ 5:45 PM. Every Thursday, thru 6/24. Check the Club Twitter channel on ride afternoon for possible session changes.

Special Olympics – 5/12, MSU. Unified Sports Triathlon program is now available on the Triton blog. Special Olympics volunteer meeting is set for this Thursday, 5/6. MSU Student Union Building, Ballroom D. 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Bozeman May Swim Classic – 5/14-16, Bozeman Swim Center. Great time trial opportunity on Friday evening. 1500 meter freestyle. Other events, too! Entry form deadline is tomorrow.  Entry form is available here – http://bit.ly/dkItyz.

Open Water Swimming – Starts 6/2, weather permitting, the Pond. BOZE Open Water Swim training season. Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 PM. East Gallatin Recreation Area.

AquaRoc 5K – 6/13, Bozeman Swim Center. Test your long distance swim endurance. Solo, or share this fun experience with a team. Entry forms should be available on the BOZE blog soon.

Triton Ironman CDA BBQ – 6/25, Coeur d’Alene, ID. A Triton tradition is cooking. Chat with Carrie & Lawrence Sampson.

Triton Uniform Order – Be Incredible! We have about a half dozen orders for these top shelf Sugoi tri unis. Need 12. Final deadline this Sunday, 5/9. Check out the unis here – http://bit.ly/dx6UG6.

Triton Running – Every Tuesday, 6:00 PM, MSU Track. Rain or shine. Program available here — http://bit.ly/9cOS8l.

Triton Indoor Cycling – Back-up plan only. Tritons can MultiRide indoors in the event of inclement weather. Open to all Tritons. $5 per session drop-in. $20 per month. Scheduling available here — http://bit.ly/dkzSxY.

Congratulations – To Tritons Jeremy leFeber, Ben Fisher & David Ellenberger on their recent races! Awesome. Check the Triton Tweets to learn more.

STAY UP-TO-DATE VIA THE TRITON NETWORK
Website — www.bozemantritons.org.
Blog – For current news and information, https://bozemantritons.wordpress.com.
Opt In, Triton Email News – Email subscriptions to the blog are now available. Sign up via the Club blog.
Twitter — Follow the Tritons for the absolute latest news! Tweets at http://twitter.com/BozemanTritons.
Email — bozemantritons@yahoo.com.

TRAIN ON

Triton Training in Winter Wonderland

Well, apparently there will be absolutely no fall this year…and we are moving right into winter.  After two weeks in hot and sunny Las Vegas, I was welcomed home last week with 40 degree temps.

However, there is some good that comes from the weather turning as it has. For those who are coming off a long, hard training and racing season…this is mother nature telling you to take some much needed rest and relaxation.

If you are one of those who absolutely refuse to sit still for any length of time, at least take this time to prepare for some winter sports.  Personally, I have retrieved the cross-country skiis from the storage unit, and look forward to possibly getting on them come November (we’ll see).

For those who don’t ski, we are still meeting every week until the end of November for a run in preparation for the Rock N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon or Half Marathon.  This should be a nice, flat, fun race to keep motivation high through the cold winter months.  For the next few weeks, we will be doing more hill work to build strength.

As for the Saturday bike rides, we plan on riding outside as long as the roads are dry/clear, and the weather cooperates.  This past Saturday we had a great turnout, and the temps began to warm up after the start.  Everyone is free to ride their own pace – not a race, but don’t hesitate to “mix it up” if you feel the urge.

And of course, I cannot forget BOZE Masters workouts…every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.  Now is a great time to focus on your swimming, so when the spring comes around, you can devote more time to the bike and run.

There’s plenty of opportunities to train and socialize with the Bozeman Tritons this winter.  Happy training (I’ll see you out there)!

Coach Aubrey

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