Special Pricing from Performance Bike – Act Fast!

Our friends at Performance Bicycle are making some fantastic past-year model Road & Triathlon bikes available to California Triathlon members at unbelievably low prices.  Many are discounted 75% or more! If you thought Shimano Di2 was out of your reach, think again! Treat yourself to a late Valentine’s Day present that you will cherish for years to come.

 

                

Bike stock is limited. Please click on the link below for the complete list of models and sizes available, and instructions for getting the special Cal Tri pricing.  Thanks!

Bike list - Special Cal Tri Pricing

Introducing CAL TRI EMPOWER – Los Angeles

Exceptional Women on a Mission
The inspiration for this effort came from multiple conversations with enthusiastic & loyal members of our team who have personally benefited from their involvement with California Triathlon, who are passionate about our mission of growing our sport by making it more accessible and affordable,  and who want to share that passion and give back.

The latest demographic information about triathletes paints a picture of a sport that continues to be overwhelmingly male, white, and affluent.  California Triathlon exists largely to buck that trend, by providing premium no-fee membership with access to coaching, group training, and other resources.   We are really proud that our membership is greater than 50% female.   But there is so much more to be done.

CAL TRI EMPOWER is dedicated to removing barriers and promoting inclusion. Though there is a strong focus on women, Cal Tri Empower will offer inspiration, encouragement, and engagement for everyone.

California Triathlon will provide a platform and promote this effort with special events and activities throughout the Los Angeles chapter, as well as with online and social media interaction.    We are piloting this initiative in Los Angeles. If it’s successful there, then it can be replicated in our chapters throughout the US.

Meet the Team
We are proud to shine the spotlight on these six exceptional women! They share an attitude of gratitude and exemplify what California Triathlon is all about:   In the coming weeks, you will be hearing a lot more from our Cal Tri Empower team!  If you would like to learn more please contact Monica Lee to get involved.

Monica Lee

“I am inspired by people that have to overcome adversity and the ways they are able to jump through hoops to be where they are now. I am also inspired by people who are selfless - dedicated to making others better instead of just focusing on themselves”.

Natalie Guerboian

“I am inspired by people who challenge themselves to do something out of their comfort zone. Therefore, I always want to challenge myself and see what I am capable of achieving.”

Raushanah (Shanah) Najeeullah

“I’m inspired by the generations preceding me who prove every day (and at a lot of triathlons) that age is an advantage if you know how to make the most of your life and the experiences it holds.”

Linda Maily

“People who overcome adversity with a smile inspire me. We all have our battles and deal with our struggles daily but there are some people who handle it with grace. They inspire me to strive to be a better person and a stronger triathlete.”

Simone Maier Bartlett

“I am a mom to a 2 year old girl and I love seeing other moms being active, fit & healthy and, most of all, being role models, and actually heroes, to their little ones. This is what inspires me and I hope to inspire both my family and lots of other moms to be fit & healthy”. 

Jenny Alonzo Ford

“I am inspired by people who defy odds and overcome obstacles in sport and life. It is so emotional to see them push the limits to achieve their goals, reminding me how the human spirit prevails when one puts forth the effort to overcome them”.  

Vegan Power Bars Recipe

Simone Maier Bartlett is a working mom, triathlete, and CAL TRI EMPOWER ambassador in Santa Monica, California.  We asked her to share her recipe for these delicious bars that provide an energy boost during long rides, training days, and races.

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These Vegan Power Bars have saved my life many times over going up the Santa Monica Mountains on our regular Sunday rides. They are absolutely amazing and give you such a power boost while being all healthy and vegan.

They are very easy to make and are much cheaper than all the alternatives in the store. Plus, you really know what goes in. That being said you can mix it totally mix it up every time you make them. I sometimes add more puffed millet and rice to make them lighter, I also like raisins; but the cranberry & dark chocolate combination has proven to be my favorite. The bars are also great for kids.

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 1⁄4 cups rice crisp cereal (puffed millet works great as well!)
1⁄4 cup hemp seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄2 cup cranberries or dried cherries
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vegan protein powder vanilla (Juice Plus)
1⁄4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1⁄2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, brown rice syrup
1⁄4 cup roasted peanut butter or any nut butter you like
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1⁄4 cup mini non-dairy chocolate chips

Directions
1. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with two pieces of parchment paper (one going each way).
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, rice crisp cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, protein powder, cinnamon, and salt and mix.
3. In a small saucepan, stir together the brown rice syrup and peanut butter until well combined. Cook over medium to heat until the mixture softens and bubbles slightly, then remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. I sometimes add a spoon of water just to make it easier to stir later.
4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture, using a spatula to scrape every last bit out of the pan. Stir well with a large metal spoon until all of the oats and cereal are coated in the wet mixture. The resulting mixture will be very thick and difficult to stir.  If using the chocolate chips, allow the mixture to cool slightly before folding in the chips. This will prevent them from melting.
5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, spreading it out into an even layer. Lightly wet your hands and press down on the mixture to even it out. Use a pastry roller to compact the mixture firmly and evenly. This helps the bars hold together better. Press down on the edges with your fingers to even out.
6. Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered, and chill for 20 minutes, or until firm.
7. Lift the oat square out of the pan, using the parchment paper as handles, and place it on a cutting board. With a pizza roller (or a serrated knife), slice the square into 6 rows and then slice them in half to make 12-16 bars total.
8. Wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or foil and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can store them in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Tips & Tricks for Speedy Transitions

 

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Caitlin Nicholas is a USAT Level 1 certified triathlon coach who volunteers her time and expertise to support California Triathlon.

As triathletes gain more experience in the sport, goals and expectations often change from reaching finish lines to posting faster finish times.  They may adjust their training to address those areas where they feel they have the biggest ceiling for improvement, asking “How do I get faster on the swim? On the bike? On the run?”  The mind does not immediately go to transitions, but these also present opportunities to shave precious seconds (or minutes) off of your time.

Transitions have been called triathlon’s fourth discipline.  Having an organized and well-practiced approach to your transitions will not only save time; it will also ease stress and set you up for better performances as you go from swim to bike and bike to run.

Checklists can be extremely helpful. Here is one that I’ve prepared to help you think about and organize your transitions:

Before the race

 Arrive early!!! Many transition areas are first come, first serve. Get there when it opens and snag a good location (i.e. on an end or near a sizeable landmark). Bring a brightly colored towel so you can easily spot your transition location. Flags & balloons can also be helpful though sometimes race officials won’t allow them. Count the number of rows from the entry or exit.

 Practice your plan: arriving early gives you time to set up your transition and place the items in order of use. Whenever possible practice transitions so you are fully seasoned on race day.

 When setting up your transition place items in order of use. For instance, have biking stuff up front and place all needed items in your helmet. (sunglasses, nutrition, gloves, etc). Behind your helmet you will have running shoes and running hat with all needed running items in hat. (Nutrition, handheld water bottle, etc)

T1 (Swim to Bike transition)

 When exiting the water, start unzipping and pulling down your wetsuit to waist. By the time you get to transition, it is an easy pull off and go.

 Be a minimalist: wear what you plan to wear underneath your wetsuit. Changing clothes adds time. Ideally a one-piece skin suit is best.

 Roll your socks: if you must wear socks, roll them for easy application

 Clip your shoes to your bike. After you practice this a few times (DO NOT TRY THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME RACE DAY) have your shoes clipped to your bike. That way you can grab your bike and go. Once you mount and start riding then you slip your feet in and buckle

 Run with your bike: run instead of walk your bike to the mounting point. This will shave off time.

 Have all items ready to go on the bike: Water bottles filled and on bike and if possible nutrition stored on bike. It adds time looking for needed items and picking up items and putting them in your pocket

T2 (Bike to Run transition)

 When you come back from your bike, have running items ready to go in your running hat (i.e. gels, handheld water bottle, etc)

 Have running shoes unlaced and ready loosened and ready to go. If possible buy speed laces. These are laces that lock and tie with a single pull and shave those minutes you use tying and retying those laces.

General

 Use a checklist the night before and have everything ready to go by the door. (I know many folks who have forgotten necessary items such as helmet, bike shoes and even their bike!)

 Practice! The only way to get good at anything is through practice. Practice transitions whenever possible.

 Good luck!!!

“What, you do marathons?” Reflections for new triathletes

By Jenny Alonzo Ford, triathlete & CAL TRI EMPOWER LA team member

As all triathletes know, marathons and triathlons are totally different things. However, they do have something in common. Both are seen as incredible feats that only the “crazy” people do, requiring heavy commitments of time and discipline to train and prepare.  Both are difficult in their own respect, but triathlons are different in that they require three skill sets to master, back to back… to BACK. The swim, bike, and run legs all have their unique skill sets to conquer, both physical and mental, providing an experience where you cross the finish line knowing more about yourself than ever before. This amazing self-victory is often misunderstood, creating an intimidation factor among the community and individuals who choose to tri. But that is just it. Triathletes push themselves out of their comfort zones, creating new experiences that can be utilized in everyday life. It is not about the distance. It’s not about the race. It’s about the journey!

Running is the most accessible and familiar of triathlon’s three disciplines, (although running after the swim & bike can feel very different than just going for a run). New triathletes are often intimidated by the swim and the bike. Below I will reflect briefly on the first two legs of triathlon, and share reflections from CAL TRI EMPOWER team members about confronting their fears to successfully complete their first triathlons.

THE SWIM – In triathlon, swim distances vary from 200 meters for a sprint or super sprint, to 2.4 miles for a full or Iron distance race. Swims can be in a pool or in open water. and conditions for the latter can be calm (swimming in a serene lake) or challenging (swimming out past breaking ocean waves). Swim starts can be crowded, and it’s not uncommon to get kicked or bumped before finding some open space.  Most of the time you can’t see anything underneath you and you have to control your mind at all times to focus on the task at hand. IF your mind wanders, you can really put yourself in a bad place. BUT that is the beauty of a Triathlon! As you exit the water, you don’t care where you’re at! You did it!.

“The number one thing I had to overcome for my first tri was my fear of the open water. During the warm up, I walked into the water and I was SHOCKED. It was very cold and very dark - two things you just don’t experience in a pool. I panicked, was hyperventilating, and could not get my breathing under control. I came out of the water crying because I felt like I would not be able to do the swim; that I would never even start because of my fear. Luckily, a very kind woman spotted me and recognized my fear. She was a volunteer swim angel. She offered to swim next to me the entire time. She stayed on my right side because that’s the side I breathe on. She talked me through the entire swim, encouraging me, telling me I was strong, and doing a great job. I was the last out of the water in my age group, but I had finished the swim! My swim angel and I are still friends to this day.” – Linda Maily

THE BIKE – The distance for the bike leg of a triathlon can vary from 5 miles for a super sprint, to 112 miles for a full or Iron distance race. The bike tests patience and will power.  You’ve made it through the swim and you may be thinking ahead to the run.  You want to go fast, but you need to pace yourself and avoid pushing too hard so you can save something for the run and make it to the finish line. AND safety is paramount. On the bike, you have to be attentive to your equipment, training, and handling skills. Hazards come in many forms, including road conditions and the actions of other riders.  Do your homework when picking a race and choose one with a course that is closed to cars. Remember the old sayings “Practice makes perfect” and “try and try again.” These are especially relevant when it comes to the bike and learning to use clip-in pedals. Falling over while clipped in can be humbling, but don’t let it discourage you. It happens to everyone!

The biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is riding my bike. Now, I always knew how to ride a bike, but to ride a road bike is a whole different story. It is something I am still trying to overcome. I’m still trying to improve my bike handling skills. My biggest issue in the beginning had been clipping in and out. There were times when I couldn’t clip out in time, so I would fall over just to make sure I stop. A mentor of mine took me to a parking lot and spent an hour with me on just clipping in and out. That really helped. But until this day, I am still struggling with clipping in and out on a hill. This is another challenge for me. I’m definitely working on it!” – Natalie Guerboian

We would love to hear your own stories about overcoming fears, learning the ropes, and getting started in triathlon. If you’re tri-curious (or tri-scared), please share your questions and anxieties too. We’ve all been there! Please feel free to comment, start a conversation on our forum, and connect with us over social media with the hashtag #CalTriEmpower. Thanks!

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Everybody Needs a Little Time Away

Rest and Relaxation

[Photo - California Triathlon Coach Marek Skoczen]

By Thom Richmond, Founder, California Triathlon & USA Triathlon Coach

This is not only a chance to discuss the benefit of rest but also an amazing opportunity to include a video from Chicago.  Enjoy.   Truly, everybody needs a little time away.

Rest can mean to relax, take a rest, ease up/off, let up, slow down, have/take a break, unbend, unwind, recharge one’s batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, put one’s feet up; lie down, go to bed, have/take a nap, catnap, doze, sleep, chill (out) and chillax.  It is as important to get quality rest as it is to complete quality training sessions.

Triathlon is both physical and mental so it figures we need to get rest for both the body and mind.  In addition, endurance sports are supposed to be stress relieving and not stress inducing.  If your upcoming race is stressing you out unnecessarily it would be a good time to reassess your goals.  Here are a few tips to get that much needed rest.

  •  Full rest for the mind & body at least 1-2 days each week..  Full rest doesn’t mean a slow run.  It means complete rest.  I make exceptions for stretching, yoga, a visit to the chiropractor or massage.
  • It takes a pro to go slow.  Make your hard days hard and your easy days easy.  80% of your trainings should be “low and slow”.  Train with friends that are slower than you on your LSD - Long, Slow Distance days.  Avoid those same friends on tempo days.
  • Get copious amounts of sleep.  Be proud to say you had a PR sleep day, etc.
  • Be in the moment.  Each training session should have a purpose, warm-up, main set and cool down.  Don’t short change today’s training because you are concerned about tomorrow’s workout.  You should always know why you are doing a particular training session. 
  • Avoid stressors whenever possible.  Ask yourself the question whether something adds or decreases from your stress level.  If the answer is adds to your stress level than avoid it as much as possible.  Stressors are counterproductive to your mental rest.
  • Limit social media.  Take back countless hours and avoid the mental stress of expectations; yours and others, by limiting social media.  Unplug and unwind without having to feel like you are falling behind to the social media peacocks who share their training files for everyone to marvel at.  Put a “gone fishing” note on your computer.
  • Pick a local race whenever possible.  This avoids the added stress of driving long distances or flying and carting your bike around the country.  Logistics can have you so stressed out you are shot before you get to the start line.
  • If your “A race” is 3 months away plan ahead.  File those taxes early, apply for vacation time at work, book that hotel room [if necessary], schedule a tune-up for the family roadster and get that birthday present for your significant other.  Is your 1 year old staying in the same room with you the night before the race?
  • You might have a problem.  Make sure you become familiar with the phrases overreaching and overtraining.  Overtraining can be a real problem with symptoms that include:  lack of ability to sleep,  irritability, excessive soreness, perpetual fatigue and a loss of enjoyment while training.  If you find yourself overtrained take a couple days off and dramatically reduce your training amount and intensity until these signs start going away.

CAL TRI – SAN FRANCISCO – 2016 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

California Triathlon is a 501c3 charity that provides a premium no-fee membership to over 3,000 athletes around the U.S..  Our mission is to make the sport of triathlon more affordable & accessible by providing the resources, coaching and support needed for athletes to accomplish their goals.  In turn, we encourage the membership to pay it forward and support great charities including Bike MS, City of Hope and Shriners Hospitals for Children.  [2016 Membership Survey Results].

  • FREE MEMBERSHIP.  With California Triathlon, membership fees are a thing of the past like dial up internet access or Blockbuster stores.  Cal Tri members save an average of $75 each year on triathlon club membership fees and have been doing so for 6 years running.
  • $75 CAL TRI KITS.  Cal Tri athletes can afford to stock up at these prices.  Better yet, take the $75 you saved on a typical triathlon club membership and buy yourself a new kit every year.
  • S.P.R.I.N.T. 90 DAY PROGRAM POWERED BY PERFORMANCE BICYCLE.   Performance Bicycle and California Triathlon have partnered to deliver another year of free coaching & mentoring for beginner triathletes.  We believe aspiring triathletes need easy & affordable access to the resources, coaching and support needed to finish their first race without having to pay $200-$300.
  • EPIC RIDES.  California Triathlon’s monthly SAG Supported rides are legend.  Take a look at some recent photos.
  • USAT COACHES.  California Triathlon coaches routinely volunteer their time in the community to teach the sport of triathlon.  Each year, several $500 Cal Tri Coaching Scholarships are awarded to active members who successfully complete the USAT Level 1 Coaching Certification, volunteer to coach 1x/week for a year and proudly represent the team on race day and in the community.
  • YOUR PRIVACY.  California Triathlon never gives 3rd party access to your personal information.  We also prohibit 3rd party access to our social media platforms.  We kindly decline any partnership that would include regular messaging or posting privileges to our members.  As members ourselves, we appreciate not being spammed.
  •  AFFORDABLE & ACCESSIBLE.  In the 2014 USA Triathlon Annual Membership Report, a survey of expired USAT annual members, more than 75 percent of respondents indicated that injury or lack of resources (either time or finances) played a role in their decision not to renew.  It is one of California Triathlon’s main drivers.

California Triathlon - San Francisco Chapter is pleased to announce their 2016 schedule which features cream of the crop events.  Highlights include:

  • USA PRODUCTIONS.  We are pleased to announce California Triathlon’s participation in all 2016 USA Productions  triathlon events including:  Half Moon Bay [Apr 17], Morgan Hill [May 15], Folsom [Jun 5], California International [Jun 26], and Oakland [Jul 31].  California Triathlon members should use the CALTRI 15% off discount code.  Use the CALTRI discount code and be entered in a raffle to win a $100 gift certificate from Performance Bicycle or Voler.  As with all of our featured race, our photographers will be on course looking for Cal Tri kits and athletes should make sure to stop by the Cal Tri tent for SWAG.
  • VINEMAN 70.3 and VINEMAN 140.6.  Every year we put on a massive effort at both Vineman 70.3 and 140.6.  Both races are on the 2016 National Race Series.   Our USAT Coaches will conduct swim/bike course checks the day before the race and our athletes will enjoy a relaxing pre-race dinner.
  • TOUR OF CALIFORNIA STAGE 7 - SANTA ROSA  [MAY 21]   We are partnering with Performance Bike Santa Rosa for Epic Ride 5.21 on May 21st.  This is the morning of Tour of California Stage 7 - Santa Rosa.  Enjoy either a 35, 66 or 105 mile ride that is fully SAG supported by Cal Tr1, the team vehicle, and enjoy a lunch and large raffle courtesy of Peformance Bike afterwards.  This should be on your 2016 bucket list.  There is a massive $5 fee to discourage no-shows.
  • 2016 RNR SF & RNR San Jose.  California Triathlon provides elite athlete & wheelchair bike support for 10 major RNR races around the U.S. including:  DC, Dallas, SF [Apr 3], Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Jose [Oct 2], Brooklyn, Denver & LA.  Here is a recent report from 2016 RNR DC.   As part of our VOGO - Volunteer One, Get One Program, California Triathlon gives cyclists an $80 credit to our apparel store which is enough to buy a new Cal Tri kit.
  • MONTHLY SWIM CLINICS POWERED BY XTERRA WETSUITS.  Starting in May, California Triathlon and XTERRA Wetsuits will be providing monthly, free swim clinics to triathletes [and anyone else who needs some swim instruction].  Focus is on body position, breathing, hip rotation, stroke mechanics, race day preparation and strategy and injury avoidance.  Thank you to XTERRA Wetsuits for their participation & support.
  • PERFORMANCE BICYCLE SUPPORT.  California Triathlon is pleased to partner with Performance Bicycle nationally at all of their 107 stores in 20 states.  San Francisco area locations include:  Berkeley, Campbell, Mountain View, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Rafael & Santa Rosa,  California Triathlon members get a deep discount on select Fuji & Kestrel bikes, free 25 point inspections and $10 of any $49 purchase.  You must show your digital membership card.
  • Villa is the San Francisco Chapter Leader.  Many hands makes the work lighter so please contact her if you have some ideas on how to make California Triathlon - San Francisco the best Cal Tri Chapter in the U.S.

2016 National Race Series – Race #1 – Oceanside

By Thom Richmond

Saturday is the first race in California Triathlon’s National Race Series.  The team is taking 101 athletes to Oceanside.  The team dinner is Friday night at 5pm and the cheer station will be on the run course.  Now to the important part of getting dialed in to race.

  1. EARLY SEASON.  It is early season and Christmas went into New Years which went into Valentine’s Day and so forth.  And of course there is that nagging injury from that off-season marathon you thought you would squeeze in.  A nice percentage of athletes I am hearing from feel under-prepared and that is perfectly fine.  At a minimum you are getting an early season data point that you can use later in the 2016 National Race Series calendar.
  2. HEAD LAMP.  You are going to get there early and it helps to have a head lamp when you layout your gear.
  3. WEAR LAYERS.  It can get cold and damp in the morning so wear some layers.  You can always take them off but you  don’t want to start off your day chilled.
  4. SWIM COURSE.  Bring a small bottle of water with you to the start so you can continue to hydrate until the horn.  This is definitely a wetsuit race so make sure you bring your favorite XTERRA Wetsuit to the start line.  The swim is a “dog leg left” loop in Oceanside Harbor and the Boat Basin.  It is a protected swim and typically only has a few rollers.  On the return you can sight off the pier on your right hand side.  It is also advisable to wear a pair of tinted swim goggles if it is a sunny morning.
  5. BIKE COURSE.  The bike course can be broken into three parts.  The first 25 miles are flat and fast and after a few minutes on the bike you should start warming up from the swim.  Then you will hit a series of rollers and hills.  Remember to use constant output on the hills.  There is one particularly sharp descent that has a 25 mph max speed.  You have to make sure you are under 25 mph or you will be DQd from the race.  The second half of the bike course typically has some strong head and side winds.  Don’t get sucked into hammering your legs in an attempt o maintain your speed.  Get aero and use constant power.  As for drafting, yes, you will see packs of cyclists drafting at Oceanside.  They are weighing the risk/reward of a faster time versus a penalty.  You will want to avoid drafting so that the time you get is the time you earn.
  6. RUN COURSE.  Flat and fast although it can get hot the second half of the run.  The Cal Tri cheer station will be on the run course and so will our photographers looking for the Cal Tri kit.  Here are the photos from 2015.  The run is a double out and back.  At the half way point you will experience the sensation of the finishing line crowd getting noisier and then quieter after you flip the run.  It can be a bit disheartening unless you are prepared.  Take the first mile at about 30 seconds slower than your race pace and decide somewhere on the second half of the run if you want to increase your race pace to negative split.  Again, constant effort here too.
  7. CAL TRI - EARLY & OFTEN!

2016 California Triathlon Member Survey – RESULTS

California Triathlon is a 501c3 charity that provides a premium no-fee membership to over 3,000 athletes around the U.S..  Our mission is to make the sport of triathlon more affordable & accessible by providing the resources, coaching and support needed for athletes to accomplish their goals.  In turn, we encourage the membership to pay it forward and support great charities including Bike MS, City of Hope and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Our experience indicates that members who buy into the mission and get more involved are most satisfied and have a greater say in the forward direction of the group.

90.5% rated a 4 or 5 and an additional 8.9% rated a 3.  Most of the 3 ratings were from new members who haven’t had the time to develop an opinion yet.

94.1% rated a 4 or 5 and an additional 5.3% rated a 3.  Most of the 3 ratings were from new members who haven’t had the time to develop an opinion yet.

The 5 most popular activities are:

  1. Epic Rides
  2. Cal Tri USAT Coaching Clinics
  3. VOGO - Volunteer One, Get One
  4. National & Regional Race Series Support
  5. Trick or Tri Triathlon
  6. SPRINT 90 Day Program Powered By Performance Bicycle

It is important to note that there is a correlation between how long the activity has been around and its popularity.  Epic Rides are on their 5th year while Trick or Tri & the SPRINT 90 Day Program Powered By Performance Bicycle were new in 2015.

An overwhelming 88.8% of respondents get the “Just Right” amount of information.  4.1% get too little and 3.6% get too much with 3.6% selecting other.

  •  The 3.6% [6 respondents]  who selected “Too Much” were directed to edit their membership form to control how much information they receive.  Excluding the weekly team note, everything at Cal Tri is opt-in so that is an easy adjustment.
  • 4.1% [7 respondents] who selected “Too Little”.   If you are looking for more information we encourage you to peruse additional sources of information about Cal Tri including:  Monthly Team Meeting, Weekly Chapter Updates, Coaching Clinics, Team Race and Training Events, Website, Forum, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Strava and our new YouTube Channel.

The primary way that our membership gets information is:

  • 58.6% - Messages From Team Leaders
  • 15.4% - Facebook Page [National]
  • 10.1% - Website - CaliforniaTriathlon.org
  • 8.3% - Other
  • 5.9% - Facebook Groups [Chapters]

It is fair to say that our membership relies heavily on the messages from the team leaders with the Facebook page and website taking a distant second and third place relative to being primary information sources.  From a social media POV, we have 4,090 Facebook, 1,768 Instagram and 550 Twitter followers.  We are forecasting a large increase in Instagram and Twitter activity in 2016.

94..1% of respondents indicated that they would either maintain [43.8%] or increase [50.3%] their involvement with Cal Tri in 2016.  That is an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response.

76.3% of respondents indicated that had considered or were considering California Triathlon’s “Get Involved” opportunities.  How can you get involved?

  • Bike MS:  Bay To Bay - Oct 22-23, 2016.  Ride or make a small donation to support Marcos Kou who leads our Epic Ride Series
  • Trick or Tri - Oct 29, 2016.  Race 2016 Trick or Tri and raise money for City of Hope or Shriner’s Hospital at the same time
  • Rose Bowl, Angels Stadium or Carson Center Fundraisers.  In SoCal we participate in fundraisers to raise money for Chapter activities.
  • Cal TRI101 Clinics - Apr 18-24.  Lead a Cal TRI101 Clinic at a local Performance Bike Shop the week of April 18-24.  We provide a great presentation and you get a chance to talk about triathlon.  It isn’t hard to encourage people to talk about triathlon.
  • Chapter Leadership.  Our Chapter leads do a great job and there are always ways that they can use your help and lighten their load.  Many hands makes the work easy.

Select Responses To Specific Questions

ADD ROSE BOWL VOLUNTEERING OPTIONS

  • For 2016, there are 14 events starting on May 14.

ADD NO DROP TRAINING [Typically this is a reference to group bike rides].

  • NO DROP OPTIONS.  Each of Performance Bike’s 107 stores has two no drop bike rides weekly.  The beginner is 60 minutes and the intermediate is 75 minutes.
  • MEMBER LED RIDES.  Our members are encouraged to organize group rides, put them on their Chapter Calendar and ask the Chapter leads to promote them.  They can chose whether to make them drop or no drop.
  • COACH LED RIDES.  If you are unsure, plan ahead and check with our coaches to see if a particular ride is suitable for your current level of skill and fitness.  Unless it specifically says, “no drop” assume it is a drop ride.
  • EPIC RIDES.  The name says it all.  These rides are challenging.  While they are SAG supported they are not a “no drop” ride.  Typically cyclists informally cluster in groups.  This would be in line with other big rides like Bike MS or Grand Fondo.

ADD TRAINING TIPS IN WEEKLY EMAIL BLAST

ADD NEW EPIC RIDES

  • The 2016 schedule is a great mix of old and new.  5 of the 11 Epic Rides this year are new.
    • Apr 9 – OC Hills to Sea
    • May 15 – Tour of California Stage 1 - San Diego
    • Jun 11 – Bearrowhead Century
    • Oct 22-23 – Bike MS (Bay to Bay)
    • Nov 26 – Piuma Panorama

CHANGE THE KIT DESIGN & COLORS

  • This goes under the category, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.  We have a great design that is used in everything from our kits to our team vehicle, Cal Tr1.
  • This also ties into our mission of keeping the sport more accessible and affordable.  Members from 2010 – 2016 can stand in a team photos and looks cohesive.

ADD A BUDDY SYSTEM FOR NEW MEMBERS

  • Our advice is to go to local training events and make friends.

ADD CROSS CHAPTER COMPETITIONS

  • Suggest that to your Chapter lead

ADD MASTER’S SWIMMING [LA Area Comment]

  • If you live in LA, we recommend you look into SCAQ for Master’s Swimming.  They have more swim resources than we could ever hope or want.

ADVERTISE CAL TRI’S SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS.  Facebook, Twitter, Instragram and Strava Icons are located at the top of our website.

ADD MORE RACES/EVENTS/TRAINING

  • 25 RACES.  We have a 13 race National Race Series and a 12 race Featured Race Series – SoCal due to our membership there.  Each of the Chapter Leads can support races as they see fit.
  • 13 COACHES.  Each of our 13 coaches leads Chapter training and race simulations.
  • SPECIAL EVENTS.  Keep a look out for special events like open water swim instruction, bike handling skills and run form clinics.

ADD MORE SOCIALS

  • Please contact your Chapter Lead if you have a social opportunity you would like to lead.

ADD A DEDICATED RUNNING STORE SPONSOR

  • We went from Sport Chalet and their 40+ stores in 2015 to Performance Bike and their 107 stores in 2016.  It will take all of 2016 to invest in that partnership.  Assuming we do that right we will look to add a national running store partner in 2017.

ADD A “NEW TO CAL TRI PAGE”

  • Great idea.  Expect one to be up in April

ADD TRI 101/NEW TO CAL TRI

  • We will be conducting those April 18-24 in partnership with Performance Bike at most of their stores around the country.

ADD A SAN FERNANDO CHAPTER

  • We recognize that our membership is growing in the San Fernando Valley.  Our Los Angeles chapter covers a large territory and we try our best to offer activities on our calendar that serve all of the different areas.  We’ve recently started weekend rides from Performance Bicycle in Woodland Hills, and we will have a season kickoff meeting there next month.  Additionally, USAT-certified Cal Tri coach Caitlin Nicholas is based in the Valley. Last summer, she led weekday evening trail runs and brick workouts from Balboa Park; we may offer something like this again if there’s sufficient interest.  If you have suggestions and would be willing to support additional activities in and around the San Fernando Valley, please contact LA chapter lead Anthony Grey at anthony@californiatriathlon.org.
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