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Live Like a Local Triathlete — Austin, Texas

Traveling to Austin, Texas for our 2016 Life Time Tri CapTex? We’ve gathered a list of the best Austin triathlete hotspots so you can have your most memorable racecation yet.

The must-stop coffee shop. Juan Pelota Café, located inside of the famous Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is known for serving “high-fives and awesome coffee.” Here you’ll find every type of cyclist and triathlete, and it’s the perfect stop for pre- or post-ride caffeine.

Quick, reliably healthy eats. While eating at Whole Foods may be a no-brainer to some, Whole Foods Austin is a whole other experience — the company’s flagship store features every kind of healthy cuisine imaginable. Post up at the Bowie BBQ counter for some classic Texas barbecue, enjoy fresh seafood from their 5th Street Seafood menu, or even swing by their Tartinette Test Kitchen food truck to taste the latest and greatest in food trends and seasonal flavors!

Where to get outside. Austin is known for being an active city, which provides lots of options for those looking to head outdoors and work up a sweat. Hit the Parmer bike trails for a popular out-and-back ride featuring beautiful rolling hills, or go for a run around Zilker Park. If water sports are more your speed, try kayaking or SUP-ing down the Colorado River and Lady Bird Lake.

Your local tri shop. Austin Tri Cyclist is one of the country’s oldest and largest specialty bike shops that caters to the triathlete community. Here, you can count on the knowledgeable staff to help you find last-minute race gear, or swing by to talk shop and get great recommendations on where to ride!

It’s not too late to register for Life Time Tri CapTex! Join us on Memorial Day and kick off summer in the heart of Austin.

Life Time Tri CapTex Offers New On-Course Nutrition

Please join us in welcoming Accelerade® Sports Drink and Accel Gel® Rapid Energy Gel as on-course nutrition sponsors along with Endurox® R4® as the recovery drink sponsor for the Life Time Tri CapTex.

Accelerade will be offered in two refreshing flavors; lemon lime and lemonade at each transition, aid stations on the run course and at the finish line. Accel Gel will be available on course in three great tasting flavors; chocolate, citrus orange and strawberry kiwi.

If you are not a current user of Accelerade, we encourage you to sample it prior to race day on a ride or run in order to acclimate your body to a sport drink with protein. Protein occasionally causes GI discomfort in a limited number of individuals. We have found that the best way to reduce the possibility of GI distress is by taking small quantities of fluid (1/2 ounce) regularly ( every 10 minutes) during strenuous exercise.

Endurox R4 will be available in the athlete recovery area in fruit punch.

Accelerade Sports Drink, Accel Gel Rapid Energy Gels and Endurox R4 Recovery Drink all contain a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, scientifically proven to be the optimal ratio to help the body extend endurance, replenish muscle glycogen, provide more energy faster and speed muscle recovery.

Click here and use the coupon code CapTex to receive a special deal when you pay a flat shipping of $3.99 for free samples of Accelerade®, Accel Gel® and Endurox® R4® directly to your door.

Athletes to Race 2015 Life Time Tri CapTex on Austin B-Cycles

Participants will ride Austin B-cycles for the SuperSprint event this Memorial Day 

In advance of the 25th annual Life Time Tri CapTex on May 25, Life Time –The Healthy Way of Life Company and Austin B-cycle, Austin’s bike sharing service, today announced the introduction of a new “Austin B-cycle Wave” — a featured highlight of the SuperSprint distance during the popular event. The collaboration is designed to encourage individuals of all experience levels, including those new to the sport of triathlon, to participate in the Memorial Day event taking place throughout downtown Austin.

The SuperSprint race is one of many distances offered during the Life Time Tri CapTex at Auditorium Shores. The Austin B-cycle Wave will have 20 entries, which includes complimentary use of an Austin B-cycle for the 6.21-mile SuperSprint bike course. Participants will also swim . 25 miles and run 3.1 miles as part of the SuperSprint event, and will compete against one another for unique B-cycle prizes.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Austin B-cycle in an effort to break down the barriers aspiring triathletes normally face and bring this new opportunity to participants at the Life Time Tri CapTex,” says Lindsey Kurhajetz, senior brand and marketing director, Life Time Athletic Events. “Equipment can be expensive, especially for first-time triathletes who aren’t quite ready to make such significant investments. With Austin B-cycle, people can ‘try a tri,’ and have a lot of fun doing it.”

Beyond use of the bike, all Austin B-cycle Wave participants will receive complimentary 24-hour Austin B-cycle passes, a gift certificate for $10 off an Austin B-cycle annual membership and Austin B-cycle race weekend swag bags featuring other Life Time Tri CapTex goodies. In addition, with their complimentary access passes, B-cycle SuperSprint participants will be able to continue to explore Austin after the race by checking out a bike from any of the 46 B-cycle stations downtown.

“We know Austin B-cycle is the fast, fun way to get the most out of Austin and now it’s a fast, fun way to race the Life Time Tri CapTex SuperSprint,” said Elliott McFadden, Executive Director of Austin B-cycle.” The addition of our bikes with this year’s race creates a great way to experience downtown, whether you are new to the sport or an experienced triathlete.”

On race day, B-cycle bikes will be available for pickup on-site in a special transition area, with Austin B-cycle staff ensuring all bikes are race-ready. In addition, Life Time Tri CapTex spectators are encouraged to utilize Austin B-cycles while visiting the race venue at Auditorium Shores race weekend.

For nearly two decades, Life Time Tri CapTex has taken over the streets of downtown Austin. The race has become an Austin Memorial Day tradition and the event features individual and relay Sprint and International distances, a SuperSprint and a SuperSprint B-cycle wave. This year, Life Time Tri CapTex will also see the return of the USAT Paratriathlon National Championships.

For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit lifetimetri.com, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter.

Introducing Women for Tri

by Laurel Leicht (former Fitness Editor for Shape Magazine)

I spent countless hours this year training for my first IRONMAN race—long rides on the weekends, early-morning runs, swims after work. Though I was devoting so much time to preparing for the race, it seemed surreal that I was actually going to attempt to cover such a long distance in one day. I’d only ever done Olympic-distance triathlons before; now I was going to try to do about four times that mileage within one 17-hour stretch? Was I completely crazy?

A month before I was supposed to travel to Panama City, Florida, for the race, I still hadn’t wrapped my head around what I was about to embark on. At that point, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to interview several inspirational women who were about to race the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Their stories were amazing because of all the obstacles they’d overcome: blindness, breast cancer, the loss of a husband in military combat. I was especially moved by their experiences though, because all these women seemed so real. They were all just regular people, like me, balancing work and family and squeezing training in somewhere in between it all. Mirinda Carfrae is a badass and incredibly inspirational, but almost super-human. Speaking with these female age-group athletes, I realized how you don’t have to be a world-class competitor to cross the line at an IRONMAN race; you just need to have the drive and put in the time.

That’s the message IRONMAN and Life Time want to extend to women across the country with their new nationwide “Women for Tri” initiative. By increasing awareness and interest in the sport of triathlon, along with providing content and training resources, the program aims to unite and empower female athletes of all fitness levels and help them reach their goals.

Love triathlon and want to get involved? IRONMAN and Life Time are looking for a select group of influential women from all walks of life who are passionate about triathlon to be a part of the Board of Advisors. Anyone with a passion for triathlon can apply, whether you are an age-group athlete, coach, pro or are otherwise involved with the industry. The board will work with IRONMAN and Life Time to research, brainstorm, create and put into action new steps to grow female participation. If you’re interested, contact Amanda Wregg or Lindsey Kurhajetz at womenfortri@ironman.com before January 1, 2015.

They’re putting together an Ambassador Street Team, as well, to mentor and help cultivate new athletes. Stay tuned for more information about how to join the street team in coming months.

I didn’t have this initiative while prepping for my own race, but I did have an incredibly supportive female coach and talked to as many IRONMAN-experienced women for their training and racing advice as I could. Still, come race day, I was a bit of a basket case.

Amid the nerves buzzing around the beach that morning, I just happened to run into one of my favorite women from my Kona interviews: Sister Madonna Buder. At 84, she’s the oldest female finisher of an IRONMAN race (IRONMAN Canada when she was 82), has finished upwards of 50 IRONMAN races, and looked cool as a cucumber that morning. We took a picture together and wished each other luck. Knowing that she and so many other strong women would be traveling along the course with me all day helped me walk to the start line with confidence and a sense of peace. That’s the kind of support I hope many female triathletes, both brand new to the sport and seasoned, will find in the new Women for Tri initiative.

Commitment Day Festival Set to Inspire Improved Health in the New Year

As the battle of the bulge wages on in America, we’re seeing skyrocketing obesity rates and lower life expectancies among children. Life Time–The Healthy Way of Life Company aims to inspire positive change by opening its doors to the community and hosting one million workouts across the country during its Commitment Day Festival (January 1), Fun Run (January 1-4) and Indoor Triathlon Workout (January 4).

Set to take place at 113 Life Time destinations from coast to coast, the festival will feature healthy family events all weekend long. In addition, 52 Life Time destinations will host the annual Commitment Day 5K Fun Run on January 1 for all ages and abilities to join together in a symbolic commitment to lead healthier, more active lives in 2015. Adding on to the weekend of fitness fun includes the inaugural Indoor Triathlon Workout on January 4 in partnership with IRONMAN at 79 Life Time destinations to encourage and educate people of all athletic abilities on the sport of triathlon.

“The Commitment Festival is all about doing our part to inspire a healthier America,” said Bahram Akradi, founder, chairman, president and CEO of Life Time. “On the heels of successful Commitment Day 5K Fun Run events the last two years, we have expanded it this year to become a four-day festival that features a wide variety of educational workshops and invigorating classes that fit most interests. Ultimately, it is our goal to help individuals and families make 2015 their best yet in terms of taking charge of their health, wellness and happiness.”

The Commitment Festival is open to both members and non-members and will kick off on January 1, 2015 with the Commitment Day 5K Fun Run taking place in 52 cities around the country. The Commitment Day Festival offers a variety of educational and entertaining events, including:

  • Daily Fit Talks and Workout Workshops (January 1) – The FIT Talks series is designed to educate and empower participants with approachable, relevant and simple life-changing actions, such as breaking up with sugar, eating fat to burn fat and explaining why counting calories won’t lead to long term results. Participants also may attend a Workout Workshop in which they’ll have an opportunity to learn and burn with new workouts such as ViPR, LT Connect, Strength and Flexibility, Battling Ropes, Upper Body Strength & Tone and more.
  • Alpha Madness (January 2) – The Life Time Alpha program is designed for anyone looking to lose weight or enhance performance. Participants will start with a Get Connected Seminar to introduce heart rate training via LT Connect, which helps them train smarter not harder. From there, they’ll have the opportunity to compete against themselves in an Alpha Workout focused on functional movements suitable for all ages and fitness abilities.
  • Yoga Commitment Jam (January 3) – Yogis and beginners alike will de-stress from the holidays and kick off a commitment to yoga with 90-minute Vinyasa Flow class suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • Indoor Triathlon Hour powered by Life Time Tri and IRONMAN (January 4) – Redefine your 2015: commit to tri. If you’ve ever wanted to try a tri, this is where to start. Inspiration without intimidation, the 60-minute indoor workout will feature a 10-minute pool swim, 30-minute spin and 20-minute treadmill run. Athletes of all abilities from beginner to experienced are invited. All participants who register for and attend the Indoor Triathlon Hour ($25 fee) receive a lifestyle training shirt, swim cap, race bib, $20 off a $100 purchase at the ironmanstore.com, one free month of Masters swim lessons with Life Time Swim (new participants only) and $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at LifeSpa, plus, are eligible for a chance to win one of three slots to the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria or, one of five slots to a Life Time Tri Series race. Learn more about event locations and registration at www.indoortri.com. Limited spots available per club. BONUS: Anyone who goes to ironman.com/committotri, fills out the form and registers for a Life Time or IRONMAN 70.3 branded triathlon in the United States or Canada between November 20, 2014 and January 4, 2015 will be entered in for a chance to win one slot to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

The Commitment Day Festival will also feature the Commitment Bowl, a football-focused activity where parents and kids alike will practice their passing, catching, agility drills and cheerleading skills, Poolapalooza and an indoor pool party featuring beach-inspired pool games and tropical tunes. Each day will wrap up with an evening celebration such as a healthy happy hour, social cycle class or LifePower Yoga class.

Registration is now open for Commitment Day 5K Fun Walk/Run events. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information about Commitment Day, or to register for the January 1 5K fun walk/run near you, visit commitmentday.com. Be sure to like Commitment Day on Facebook and follow the movement on Twitter for the latest updates and event news.

Ring in the new year with fitness and get on track for a fun, happy and healthy 2015. We hope to see you there!

Sarah Haskins and Cameron Dye Take First Place in the Life Time Tri CapTex in Austin, Texas

Athletes raise $10k for St. Jude Children’s Hospital

The Life Time Tri CapTex on Monday, May 26, 2014 in Austin, Texas. Nearly 2,000 professional, paratriathlon, elite, amateur and first-time triathletes participated in the race taking place at the Palmer Events Center. In its 24th year, the Life Time Tri CapTex has become a Memorial Day tradition.

2014-CapTex-Tri-results-225x300“It’s exciting to see thousands of athletes take advantage of this rare opportunity to run, swim and bike through the heart of the city,” said Kimo Seymour, Vice President, Life Time Athletic Events. “We are proud of the entire local athletic community, High Five Events and the Jack and Adams team who worked with us to carry on this Austin tradition in a safe, organized and fun way.”

Life Time Tri CapTex is the second in Life Time’s six-event pro series. Thirty-three professional triathletes participated in the event. Sarah Haskins (USA) won the female professional division with a time of 2:00:52:01 and currently leads the series. Alicia Kaye (USA), winner of the 2013 series and Toyota Triple Crown, finished second with a time of 02:01:30:86, followed by Helle Frederiksen (DEN) with a time of 02:01:46:69. Cameron Dye (USA) won the male professional division with a time of 01:51:41:01 and ranks first in the series. Ben Collins (USA) finished second with a time of 01:52:48:53, followed by third-place finisher Michael Poole (USA) with a time of 1:54:03:19.

The winners of the Life Time Tri CapTex took home part of a cash purse of $30,000 and earned points toward their overall standings going toward the series finale, Life Time Tri Oceanside in October. As the 2014 Life Time Tri Pro Series progresses, participant results and current point standings will be available at lifetimetri.com, the series’ official website.

Due to inclement weather, the course was shut down early to ensure the safety of all athletes, leaving some unable to complete the full race. Race timers will determine each athlete’s unique circumstances in order to post the most accurate results possible. Once complete, all results for the Life Time Tri CapTex will be listed at http://www.captextri.com/captex/results/.

For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit lifetimetri.com, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter. More information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at EventsByLifeTime.com and on Twitter @lifetimefitness.

How To Carb-Unload Your Favorite Pasta Dish

By Brooke Schohl, MS, RD

It’s the night before a big race. A giant bowl of pasta is just what the doctor ordered, right? No – the carb-loading ship has sailed. Use these tips to make your favorite pasta dish more metabolically efficient.  

While endurance athletes absolutely need carbs in their diet, too much of this macronutrient hinders the body’s ability to burn fat for fuel. Fat is the preferred substrate for everyday fueling as well as training/racing. Think about it: your carb stores top out at two or three hours; your fat stores can carry you through up to 10 long-distance races.

Many training foods are heavy in the carb department (easily digestible simple sugars), as athletes need quick energy during training/racing. But is this the best fueling strategy for your day-to-day life? Instead fill the body with foods that stabilize blood sugar, keep energy levels consistent and improve satiety. Counteract carbohydrate blood sugar spikes by adding a fat and protein source to meals and snacks. Include carbs in your daily diet but make them the sideshow (along with fat, protein and vegetables) instead of the main act.

If you’re a pasta junkie, don’t freak out. Use the following tips to carb-unload your favorite pasta recipe and make it more metabolically efficient.

1. Swap regular pasta for quinoa or brown rice pasta.
When you do eat grains, make sure they are quality choices. Enriched flour pastas have little nutritional value and are high in calories.

2. Reduce pasta amount by half or 3/4.
You don’t need an entire box of pasta for a dish to taste great. Cut the amount and see if you even miss it.

3. Add more veggies.
Increase the ratio of vegetables to pasta. The fiber in the veggies will fill you up more than the pasta ever could.

4. Easy on the milk, butter and cheese.
Don’t eliminate these ingredients – you’d miss out on the delicious sauce and consuming fat is ok. Simply scale back a little (try cutting these ingredients in half). Again, you won’t miss it.

Bottom line: Experiment with recipes – don’t feel locked into the ingredients and amounts. This also holds true for restaurant dining. Be comfortable with the meal you select at a restaurant or prepare at home. There’s no need to eliminate favorite meals, just modify them to fit your healthy, super-fit lifestyle. Enjoy guilt-free, that’s the way it should be.

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, METS, is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three Ironman races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own two Scottsdale, Arizona-based triathlon stores named Destination Kona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.