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 — http://bit.ly/eWfPdF

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

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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

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“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 www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1919667.

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

DISCOVER THE NORTHERN ROCKIES FIRST WINTER TRIATHLON. BE A POWDER HOUND.

Powder Hound Winter Triathlon Hosting USA Triathlon Region Championship

 

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USA TRIATHLON
PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION
WINTER TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP

3rd ANNUAL POWDER HOUND WINTER TRIATHLON
5K Run, 10K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski
10:00 AM Sunday, January 30, 2011 ● Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana, USA

2011 Powder Hound Winter Triathlon Poster

Homestake Lodge and the Bozeman Triathlon Club welcome your participation in the third 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 Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship, and again in 2012. The region includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

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 www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1919667.  A discounted, early bird entry fee is available until January 16, 2011.

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 fifth 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.

Bozeman Tritons Triathlon!

BOZEMAN TRITONS TRIATHLON
July 30-31, 2011 – East Gallatin Recreation Area, Bozeman, Montana
Get ready, get set, go! Mark your 2011 triathlon race calendar on July 30-31 for the Club’s new signature event – the Bozeman Tritons Triathlon. Formerly known as the Treasure State Triathlon and Headwaters Half, these races have been a fixture in the Gallatin Valley since 2006. The half is the first and only long distance triathlon in the state of Montana. For 2011, the event will feature a youth race, sprint distance race, and the 70.3 mile long course event, all on the same fun-filled weekend at the East Gallatin Recreation Area right here in Bozeman. The sprint course promises to be fast, while the half will definitely be challenging! Registration will begin on February 1, 2011. Additional race information will be released on a rolling basis, as it becomes available. Stay tuned!

POWDER HOUND WINTER TRIATHLON
January 30, 2011 – Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana
The Powder Hound will again serve as the USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship. Already in its third year, the Powder Hound is the first and only winter triathlon in Montana and the northern Rockies. 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. The Powder Hound offers athletes – including triathletes, Nordic and downhill skiers, mountain bikers, cyclocross riders, cyclists, runners, swimmers, off-road enthusiasts, and many others — a terrific opportunity to expand their multisport skills, vary mid-winter training, improve fitness, and compete. Registration will be available soon.

Toward the End of the Season

The “off-season” is upon us. Maybe. I think in Montana, as well as other states, that we just shift our activities according to the season. There are always the later-season triathlon races out of state but you can look toward some running races and mountain bike & cyclocross races coming up. Check out the calendars online (runmt.com & montanamtbracing.blogspot.com)

Recently did some continuing education about recovery and injury prevention: here are some of the notes. Some of these theories have not changed over the years.

Resting HR measurements are still very valid – keep track of these daily or weekly (taken at the same time) increasing numbers are usually not better

Contrast therapy (i.e. hot and cold water) works very well to aid in the flow of the blood – used after workouts after you are cooled down

Optimal sleep appears to be the number one recovery tool: it seems (good nutrition a close second) – make sure you sleep about 7 – 9 hours per night – spend additional time performing recovery techniques each day – 1 minute per mile of training per day (45 miles per week = 45 minutes daily of recovery work)

Compression wear – could be a placebo effect – but who cares! as long as it works – make sure you have the correct size

Whether or not you call it injury prevention or injury reduction, you should treat yourself as best you can.

Some aspects of injury prevention include: nutrition, hydration, and quality of sleep. In other words, don’t perform a workout unless you are fully recovered (both physically and mentally). This may mean you need to tweak your training plan accordingly.

Enjoy your training. Best of luck to the Garden City racers this weekend.

BTW, if Doug Fletcher is out there, I want to find out about Leadville 🙂 

[Admin Tag. Tritons can enjoy reading all about their teammate’s Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race at http://100daystoleadville.wordpress.com/ ]

Matthew Parks, USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach, Bozeman Triton Coach, Nationally Certified in Therapeutic  Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB).  If you need more information, have any questions or need some advice, please contact me.  Matt at matthewbryanparks@gmail.com or 406. 580.7987.

Leverich Canyon Crank Up!

Triton teammate Julie Zickovich invites all Tritons to mountain bike race the Leverich Canyon Crank Up this Saturday, August 28th. Additonal information is available at http://leverichcanyoncrankup.blogspot.com. BTW, Julie had an excellent race at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens! Be sure to congratulate her.

USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship

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HIGHLIGHTS REEL
Thanks to Bozeman locals Brian Christiansen, Jim Jurczak, and Chase Honnaker for this wonderful UnFiasco Production. We hope you like it.

VIDEO CLIP FACTOIDS
2010 USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region Winter Triathlon Championship. Powder Hound Winter Triathlon. 2nd Annual. January 31, 2010. Atop the Continental Divide. Homestake Lodge, Butte, Montana, USA. Welcome to the Emerging World of Winter Triathlon, Montana-Style. 5K Run, 10K Mountain Bike, 5K Nordic Ski. Co-Sponsored by Bozeman Triathlon Club & Homestake Lodge. 2010 Winter Triathlon Championship – USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region – Representing Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington. Discover the Northern Rockies First Winter Triathlon. Be a Powder Hound. 3rd Edition Coming, the Last Sunday, Every January, on January 30, 2011!

USA TRIATHLON REGIONAL WINTER TRIATHLON OFFICIAL RESULTS
Congratulations once again to the USA Triathlon Regional Champions, the podium finishers, and all of you other Powder Hounders, the race participants. Great job. It was a classic, grueling, but fun, Montana-style race. Officially, you are all now, A POWDER HOUND! We hope you all have your eyes set on the Powder Hound next year, and may be even the USA & World Winter Triathlon Championships. YOU CAN DO IT!

Team Champions
#1 – Shaundra Shaff, Laura Arthun, Rachel Kovalovszki
#2 – David Mueller, Eddi Walker, Jim Ryan Jr.
#3 – Anne Hansen, Kirsa Shelkey

Women Champions
#1 – Laurie Thatcher
#2 – Meghan Trainor
#3 – Marisa Sowles

Men Champions
#1 – Alex Lussier
#2 – John Curry
#3 – James Fields

RACE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Thanks once again to Chris & Mandy Axelson and Homestake Lodge for hosting and directing the race.  The Bozeman Triathlon Club is proud to be your partner.  The months and wee-early morning hours of collaboration and effort were definitely evident, and much appreciated.  Additionally, the Tritons would like to acknowledge the following individuals, race crew members, sponsors, USA Triathlon, USA Triathlon Pacific Northwest Region, and UnFiasco Productions, who did a terrific job on this video clip!  Without their contributions and support, the 2010 Powder Hound and USAT Winter Triathlon Championship would not have been a success.  Thanks again. See you next year, and may be I’ll even get the chance to actually race!

RACE DIRECTOR
Chris Axelson

DOG POUND RACE CREW
Mandy Axelson
Furry Fulton
Jon Wirth
Sherri Pearson
Greg Benjamin
Rob Knapp
Kim Popham

SPONSORS
Rudy Project – Paul Craig, Chris Lupo
Big Sky Brewing – Loren Moulton
Gatorade – Amy Berner
CrossFit 4800 – Jeremy Henrichon

USA TRIATHLON
Jayme Ramson
Rachel Leif
Mary Magee

USA TRIATHLON PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION
Ann Gilbert
Colleen Sullivan

UNFIASCO PRODUCTIONS (Great job, and great working with you on the video clips guys!)
Brian Christensen
Jim Jurczak
Chase Honnaker

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