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May 16, 2018 2:05:04 AM

Photo credit: Briana Essick

In 2015, we began organizing our annual team race for Team TBT. Our team lives and races across the country, and around the world, and after five years of never really getting to know one another, we really wanted an opportunity to bring them all together once a year for fun and a little friendly competition. So far we’ve raced IRONMAN® 70.3 Puerto Rico, IRONMAN® 70.3 Boulder, IRONMAN® 70.3 Victoria and for 2018, we chose IRONMAN® 70.3® St. George in Utah.

On May 5th, Team TBT had 17 individuals and one relay team toed the start line with the rest of the competitors in St. George, UT. Following a brisk swim in the Sand Hollow Reservoir, they headed out on the scenic, but challenging, bike course, before entering St. George’s historic town square to begin the run.

When the dust settled, St. George was a ton of fun, and an incredibly successful race. Not only did we have five team members qualify for IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championships (including our Founder, Marc Lauzon), but the team also won the IRONMAN® TriClub Program Division V championship.

Aside from racing, the team got to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of St. George. We even capped the weekend off with a team party filled with pizza, beer, and ice cream following the race.

Photo credit: Briana Essick

Photo credit: Briana Essick

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We all know how important a role model parents are, particularly when we’re children. Children are watching their parents’ every move and want to emulate them at all costs -- for better or worse, sometimes -- and our little mini-mes often want to do the same thing, or something similar, simply because mom or dad (or auntie, or uncle, or whomever) are doing it.

Perhaps it’s not a surprise, then, that if our children see us training for a triathlon, they, too, will want to do one, too. After all, swimming, riding a bike, and running -- the three components of any tri -- are part and parcel to most children’s childhood experiences. They might not do all three sports in quick succession on any given day, but chances are good that most kids like to go swimming, go for bike rides, and play tag or chase with others.

How can we as parents go about being supportive of our children’s interests in, and endeavoring to, completing a triathlon? How young is too young? What type of goal(s) should our children have as they work toward completing their first youth triathlon?

Below, I’ll chime in with some insight about tips to help your children succeed in tris, based on my own personal experience of getting my oldest child, aged 6 at the time of her first tri, into the sport.

Some tips to help your children succeed in triathlons include the following:

Talk to your pediatrician first. If you have any doubt whatsoever, I’d always encourage you to talk to your child’s pediatrician. Doing so can help you get your doctor’s “blessing” that it’s safe for your child to do a triathlon, and it’ll also help assuage any doubt that you have or any concerns that may come up.

Listen to your child, and follow his/her lead. Remember how we said earlier that kids want to emulate their parents at all costs? The same goes for their parents’ attitudes and emotions. If you’re a nervous wreck about your kids’ tri, then chances are high that your kiddos will mirror that same emotion. Similarly, if you’re really anal about everything and are not in it to have fun but instead, to be ultra competitive and win at all costs, your children will probably also mirror that same (crappy) attitude. I bet your kids are interested in trying out the sport because they’ve seen you do it and you seem to have fun, so they, too, want to go have fun. Keep it simple for both them and for you. They’re kids, for Pete’s sake!

“Train,” but don’t worry about training. If your children are already playing on a regular basis -- think recess, riding their bikes, playing tag, and periodically swimming -- then I’d bet that your kiddos will be ready to go at any time for the race. If your children are older and thus will have a larger distance to cover in their youth tri, then for sure, I’d recommend doing some sort of formal training program with them so they’ll be prepared to handle the distance on race day. For the younger kids in particular, though, it’s really more about the fun and the spirit of the day than it is about the competition -- shoot, for most little kids’ races, parents are even allowed to run alongside them, help out in T1 and T2, and even swim next to them (and/or the kids can wear swimming implements to make the swim easier) -- so don’t take yourself too seriously. Remember: it’s not about you. It’s about your kids.,

The goal is to finish. Finally, when you’re talking with your children about their race day goals, I can’t encourage you enough to emphasize fun and doing your best. Kids can be competitive -- they’re human, just like the rest of us! -- but particularly if they’re young and/or if this is their first triathlon, as a parent, I’d be sure to emphasize that simply finishing a triathlon is an accomplishment in and of itself. Sure, it might be nice to win a trophy or a ribbon -- if they’re even offered for the kids -- but everyone’s a winner who shows up and tries his/her best. That’s enough.

Youth triathlons are so fun to participate in, of course, but as parents (or relatives or supporters), they’re also a ton of fun to spectate! Don’t be surprised if you get a little emotional toward the end when you see your child really beginning to dig deep to finish, not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… More than anything, enjoy the special accomplishment that your child completes, and be sure to take lots of pictures to document the occasion.

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#raceforpuertorico

Mar 14, 2018 1:14:12 AM

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the island of Puerto Rico was vibrant and full of life. Known for its mountain range and coastal beaches, it has hosted triathletes for IRONMAN® 70.3® in the middle of March since 2011. TriBike Transport began servicing the race that same year and instantly fell in love with it.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit the island and left severe devastation in its wake. The category four storm quickly cut electricity to 100% of the island and rendered clean food and water virtually impossible to find. Considered to be the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, it is expected to take years to rebuild the island`s infrastructure, and even longer for affected families to heal.

Now six months removed from the initial landfall, and Islanders are still feeling the impact. Nearly 150,000 homes and businesses are without electricity and thousands are without clean drinking water. It is under these conditions that IRONMAN® 70.3® comes to San Juan with over 600 athletes toeing the line this Sunday, March 18.

While things are still not ideal on the island, the race course is ready to go and as beautiful as ever. And following race day, the IRONMAN® Foundation is providing triathletes and their families the opportunity to provide the hands-on help the people of Puerto Rico need.

The team at BN Sports LLC, the owner/operator of IRONMAN® 70.3® Puerto Rico, should be commended for their commitment and perseverance following the storm. The TriBike Transport team is thrilled to support this amazing race, but more importantly the people of Puerto Rico. #raceforpuertorico

For more information on what IRONMAN® Foundation is doing click here, or to register to volunteer, click here.

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Time to Tri

Mar 10, 2018 12:01:50 AM

Triathlon is the greatest sport in the world. No other sport provides an opportunity for equal parts competition and comradery against others that are toeing the same start line as you.

Earlier this year the who’s who of the triathlon industry came together to launch Time to Tri (mytimetotri.com). More than just another tri-focused website, Time to Tri is a commitment from some of the biggest names, and brands in our sport to grow participation from sprint distance races all the way through to Ironman races.

I am proud to say that the team at TriBike Transport has come alongside people like Dan Empfield (aka slowman) the founder of Slowtwitch.com, and organizations like Ironman and USA Triathlon to grow our great sport. We are fully committed to partnering, participating, and investing resources with industry organizations to advance the Time to Tri initiative.

Personally, I committed to work with members of our sponsored team of triathletes, Team TBT, to reach out to their local communities across the country to remove the barriers and get more people involved in triathlon. That can be anything from setting up a group ride, run or swim session, or even things as simple as sharing our experiences to get others excited.

What are you doing to share your passion for triathlon? Share in the comments below and we will give one free continental US fully-assembled transport to our favorite suggestion.

Need some motivation yourself? Check out mytimetotri.com to learn how to improve your swim, bike, or run, or just to become more involved in this great initiative.

Let’s work together to share or our love and passion for this amazing sport!

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Like you, we know there’s nothing better than a long bike ride on a clear sunny day or a late afternoon run in shorts and tank. And sure, we’ve all heard about the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun while out training, but could you pass a pop quiz on just how UV rays actually affect us?

Surprise, Pop Quiz! Get your pencils out and see if you pass!

  1. What time window is the sun’s UV rays strongest?

    1. 8am to 1pm
    2. 10am to 4pm
    3. 3pm to 6pm

  2. What surfaces can UV rays reflect off of?
    1. Water
    2. Sand
    3. Snow
    4. Pavement
    5. Grass
    6. None of the above
    7. All of the above

  3. How much of skin aging is caused by the sun?
    1. 50%
    2. 75%
    3. 90%

  4. How common is skin cancer? It’s ranked in the United States as the:
    1. #1 most common cancer
    2. #2 most common cancer
    3. #3 most common cancer

Ok, how did you do?

  1. B - 10am to 4pm is the time the sun’s UV rays are strongest. That’s 6 hours!
  2. G - Yep, just about all surfaces allow UV rays to reflect and actually increase the UV intensity and exposure! From the ski slopes to the swimming pool, if the sun’s out it’s going to affect you.
  3. C - An estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun! But if your daily regimen includes wearing sunscreen SPF 15 or higher studies have shown you may have 24% less skin damage than those that don’t. #worthit
  4. A - Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States! In fact, more skin cancers are diagnosed in the US each year than all other cancers combined. And if that isn’t scary enough, the number of skin cancer cases has continually increased over the past few decades. Okay, numbers speak, American Cancer Society reported, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime!

Wait, what?! 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime… but this cancer is preventable! We’re super passionate about sun safety at Zealios and we really really enjoy spending a lot of time outdoors. This passion lead to the birth of Sun Barrier SPF 45 sunscreen. We were tired of worrying about our sun protection when training and opting outside. Focusing on our performance is what we’d rather worry about!

Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45 was designed, tested and proven to last through the hottest days, sweatiest training runs and even while lapping it up in the pool. Our sunscreen has 8% zinc oxide, which provides better protection than avobenzone, the lesser ingredient many other brands use. And our sunscreen filters 98% of the harmful UVA & UVB rays that cause skin damage.

Yeah, yeah, we’re bias, so hear from IRONMAN Champion, Sarah Paimpiano why she uses Zealios.

Sarah Piampiano, Zealios Athlete / IRONMAN Champion

“I spend so much of my day outside in the sun, so having proper sun protection is paramount for me and Zealios Sun Barrier has been AMAZING to use,” says Piampiano. “As a redhead, I have fair skin and my risk of skin cancer is higher, so I’m acutely aware of the quality of the sunscreen I am using. BUT aside from that, all of the Zealios products have wowed me”

PRODUCT REVIEW

Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45.

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Dries completely clear and won’t leave you looking blue or white
  • Easy on sensitive skin and ideal for athletes
  • No oil in the formula so it’s not greasy…won’t clog pores or run into or sting your eyes
  • Even without oil, it has the FDA’s highest water resistance rating at 80 minutes!

So, to sum up, you train too hard to get sun burnt by cheap and ineffective sunscreen. Athletes trust Zealios to protect and nourish their skin and hair while training outdoors and in the pool.

Check out teamzealios.com to learn more and pick up some Sun Barrier SPF 45 with a special 15% discount just for TBT followers! Use code: TBTMar18 at checkout through the month of March 2018.

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