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What To Expect in the 2018 Life Time Tri Series

 

The 2018 Life Time Tri season is about to get interesting…

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking some bold steps next year, launching a myriad of new initiatives that the industry hasn’t yet seen.

Our goal is to make the sport of triathlon a bit more friendly for new athletes, as well as enhance the experience of our seasoned veterans.

Why? It’s simple. We need to bring new life to short course triathlon.

Like any industry, if we’re to remain relevant to our existing marketplace, or even consider tapping into new audiences, we’ve got to adapt. We must find ways to convince veterans to have another go. We must invent opportunities for millennials to consider short course triathlon in their evoked set of personal activities.

While we’ll continue producing high-value events in iconic destinations, no longer can our incredible team label ourselves as “event producers.” Instead, we now consider ourselves to be in the Athlete Development business. Each of us are responsible for motivating, educating and physically preparing our customers for the challenge at hand. Make no mistake, this is all heavy lifting – and it’s needed.

After 12+ years in this sport, we continue to believe that short course triathlon still has its place in the endurance universe. We want to inspire and influence the multisport lifestyle for years to come, which is why our 2018 season will focus on these four initiatives:

  • We will simplify our approach.
  • We will increase accessibility to the party.
  • We will incorporate convenience into our sport.
  • We will rekindle the fun factor.

Allow me to explain…

Simplify
Let’s start with pricing. This year, all event prices include both registration fees and insurance. If you’ve ever attempted to explain the concept of secondary participant coverage fees to a non-triathlete, you understand.

Then, there’s the inclusion of both Coaches and Race Officials at each of our 2018 races. If you participated in our 2017 events, you likely observed the “Ask A Coach” booth at the Expo. This will be a standard next year, staffed by race-familiar experts whose duty is to offer complimentary, face to face guidance – from education to motivation, whatever it takes to reduce confusion and/or enhance the athlete experience.

Speaking of our Race Officials, you may notice something a bit different from them in 2018: actual athlete interaction. New penalty assessment is here. Gone are the days of being surprised with 2 or 4-minute additions to your finish times. Now, should an Official experience a rule infraction, they will automatically communicate with the offender – who will subsequently be directed to a penalty tent placed beyond T2. Much like Ironman and ITU, athletes will serve time penalties while on-course. Once they cross the finish line, there are no modifications to timing – which alleviates many historic awards ceremony issues. Stay tuned for full details on the 2018 rules.

Accessibility
Our goal is to make triathlon more diverse and more appealing to the masses. That means we need to be prepared to offset typical barriers to entry, often educational, physical training or financially-focused.

As for education, we will continue to offer free programs in every market, from Tri101 webinars, to fully-immersive first-timers’ programs. We will also offer physical training options, from online training plans to complimentary swim clinics to comprehensive (fee-based) in-club coached sessions. Of course, we’ll continue to support Women For Tri, local Para Tri organizations, inner-city development programs, and others looking to expand triathlon’s reach.

We’re also excited about our new scholarship program. We get it – triathlons are not cheap! To support those in financial need, Life Time Tri is proud to introduce a unique program to ease the possible financial burden. Twelve race entries will be donated across each of our events. Learn more.

Indoor Triathlons return on January 21, 2018. This national event series is the ultimate promotional opportunity for our sport. Last year, more than 6,000 individuals (the majority with zero triathlon experience) participated in the 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike and 20-minute run events. At only $30 each, these are hot commodities (and each limited to 100 participants). Like our outdoor races, registration opens November 1. Details here.

By the way, the 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon returns to general entry this year. Gone is the lottery process, which started back in 2010. With 4,000 slots up for grabs, and now accessible to a first-come, first-served audience, this race will quickly sell out.

Convenience
Simply put, triathlon is anything but convenient. Tons of gear. Early mornings. Long waits. This sport can test anyone’s patience. Where we can, we’ll expand the model in place at the Chicago Triathlon, with flexible transition access, allowing for late check-ins or early check-outs.

In 2018, we will offer beginner-friendly starts at all races. During registration, participants will notice a new set of “race divisions,” where they select from either Competitive or Recreational groups. These new divisions (e.g. First-Timers, Friends + Family) will begin at separate times from the often intense, veteran triathletes. Allowing athletes to start with, and participate alongside, others of their choosing is long overdue. Further, some events will feature “Early Bird” or “Late Owl” start options – scheduled at the extreme ends of the day. Because these individuals are taken out of typical Age Groups, they are designated as Recreational athletes, thus not eligible for competitive awards. Capacities will vary by event.

Another convenience we’re incorporating into select event is race day Packet Pick Up. Available to the first 25 individuals at South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis and Tempe (more races to come), athletes will be able to skip the Expo and check-in on race morning – a huge convenience for those with busy weekend plans, or those hoping to avoid hotels. A $25 convenience fee will apply.

The Fun Factor
If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?  We’re taking a stand, rolling-up our sleeves and mandating that everyone enjoy themselves while participating in our events! Sure, it’s OK to be (a bit) serious, but in the end, we want to see your smiling faces at the finish line. Staff and volunteers will be there to greet you, and to properly “knight” you with some new hardware. Through our partners at Athlinks, we’ll eventually be able to celebrate first-timer finishes and PRs, too – right in the finish chute!

Last week, we debuted the 4-person Mixed Relay competition in San Diego – to rave reviews! In the near future, we plan to unveil more experimental race formats like this, offering unique iterations of the classic swim-bike-run format. Chicago’s Triple Challenge will certainly return in 2018, as well as a new “Double” format in select markets.

Finally, it doesn’t get more exciting that the 2018 Life Time Tri Championship event, held within the 2018 2XU NYC Tri on July 1. We’re recognizing and rewarding the fastest athletes across the Life Time Tri Series with a blowout in NYC! Free biking shipping, a $50K prize purse and VIP access is only the beginning. Two qualifying races remain: South Beach (with expanded qualification standards [6-deep] due to Escape to Miami’s cancellation) and CapTex in Austin.

 

So, that’s our plan. We realize this is a lot, but it’s all necessary. Necessity stimulates innovation. Innovation leads to growth. Or so we hope.

Over the next 13 days, and forthcoming weeks and months, we’ll continue to deep dive into each of these innovative programs, philosophies and opportunities. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 1 at noon when registration opens for all 2018 events.

Let’s do this!

Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher
Brand Manager, LIFE TIME Tri

Last Minute Race Reminders

 

As final preparations for the 27th annual #CapTexTri are underway, following is a comprehensive list of important items for all athletes, volunteers, spectators and event staff:

Remember, please monitor Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri for the latest updates regarding weather, traffic and general event information.

We look forward to an incredible Memorial Day!

2017 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

It’s time, ATX! CapTex is just around the corner.

Since 1991, the Capitol of Texas Triathlon has become a fixture in the multisport spotlight – not only in central Texas, but also among the other seven races in the national Life Time Tri Series. CapTex is undoubtedly one of the most popular triathlons in the country. That tradition continues in 2017.

New this year is our Team Challenge Competition – a fun, free, group racing concept for local teams to earn bragging rights, prizes AND cash!  Learn more, download your team roster and get ready to rumble on Memorial Day.

As we prepare for the 26th Anniversary of the holiday tradition, please review the 2017 Athlete Guide for a full list of event details, timelines, course information, maps and more.

> View the 2017 Athlete Guide

Best wishes for those final race preparations.
We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day!

Open Water Swim Clinic – April 30

Join us on April 30 for a special open water swim clinic with Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy! Their team of certified coaches will walk you through a discussion on swimming in open water, followed by a guided in-water practice swim. This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills and feel comfortable in the water leading up to race day!

 

Head over to Austin Aquatics & Sports Academy to learn more and register.

These Three Women Define Strength

To recognize International Women’s Day, IRONMAN did a virtual sit-down with three of triathlon’s most inspiring women. Read on to find out their views on life and triathlon.

 

 

 

 

by Jennifer Ward


Christina Hopper: Mother of three and the first female African-American fighter pilot to face combat in a major war.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has altered how I see myself as a person. I was an athlete when I was young, but after completing college, I didn’t really compete in sports anymore. When I took up triathlon three years ago, I rediscovered a part of myself that I thought had died. It has given me a renewed sense of confidence and vigor. It has given me renewed energy and helped me to see that age is a state of mind.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced as a triathlete is balancing life demands with all of the training and trying to reach my goals. In order to garner and maintain the support of my husband and family, I had to decide that my goal was not going to be “to be the best.” That goal would have required me to put my life on hold to train. Instead, I set the goal that I would “be the best that I could be within the time constraints of my life.” I set realistic goals within those constraints and feel good about what I was accomplishing both at home and in sport.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think one of the most important things to remember is that triathlon is not your life, it’s just a part of your life. If you keep that in perspective, things fall into their proper place. You don’t need to fit someone else’s training plan into your life. Do what makes sense for your schedule. For me, that usually means getting up early and getting training in before my kids are up and before work.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I wish I would have known that it is better to go into a race slightly underprepared than it is to go in overtrained. There were so many times when I thought I just needed to get in a few extra miles or to go a little bit faster than planned and then I ended up injured. Now I live by the motto: “train smarter, not harder.” Being strategic in training and listening to your body when it tells you to back off or rest goes a long way toward longevity in the sport and success in reaching your goals.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I, too, have a group of friends I train with regularly. We call ourselves the Before Breakfast Club. Getting up early and training with them is therapy for me. I think it is wonderful to train with other women to share ideas, successes and failures, and encouragement. It is a natural forum to learn from each other and to celebrate the achievement of goals. Doing life together with others and building others up makes life worth living.


Shirin Gerami: The first woman to represent Iran in a triathlon.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It has definitely affected me as a human being. I feel it has given me a more positive outlook on life, and given me more confidence in working hard towards my goals.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

The constant labelling, stereotyping, and boxing into how/what/who I ought to be, and the challenge of concentrating on who I am and the person I want to grow into, rather than binding myself to what other people expect and assume me to be. That has actually been a huge challenge.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I wish I had the answer! I’m still trying to figure that out myself.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

I have loved the journey exactly as it has been. The thrill and curiosity of the unknown, the surprises, the growth, the ups, downs and up-side downs. Passing on what Paula Newby Fraser has always told me: “don’t overthink it.”


Turia Pitt: Inspirational Australian woman who suffered burns to 65% of her body in 2011. She completed two IRONMAN events in 2016.

Has triathlon altered or affected how you see yourself as a woman? If so, how?

It’s given me a lot more confidence and a lot more belief in my abilities, especially since I set the goal of doing an IRONMAN when I was in a hospital bed. I think just having that goal is something massive to work toward. As I got closer and closer to it, it made me believe in myself a lot more. I think having that self belief and self confidence that’s crucial for anyone in all stages of their lives.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced personally as a woman, an athlete, or both?

As an athlete, it’s got to be my injuries. I’ve only got three fingers now which makes swimming more difficult, and it’s harder for me to use my bike like a normal person would. As a woman, we have a tendency to not back ourselves and not believe in ourselves and I think that’s a pretty big challenge. And also, because the sport of triathlon is fairly male dominated, even just finding training partners was really difficult for me. I guess I’m luckier than most because my partner was very fit so I’d do a lot of training with him. I still think if there were more women in the sport that would be really good for everyone.

What are your tips for balancing training with a full life?

I think my tip is that I had to learn to let myself off the hook. If I didn’t do very well in a training session or was really tired and didn’t go as hard as I would’ve liked or didn’t eat my recovery meals at the right time—I think you’ve just got to recognize that no one’s perfect and we’re all just doing the best we can. In the scheme of things if you miss a session or your day doesn’t go as planned it’s not the end of the world.

What do you wish you’d known when you started triathlon? What’s your best tip for a first-time female triathlete?

To not take it too seriously. It’s a sport that we all do because we love it, and I think you can forget about that and get really serious. That for me saps all the fun and enjoyment out of it.

As part at Women For Tri, we are doing a “Women for Tri Workout Wednesday” where we encourage women to celebrate the day by working out together, empowering each other, and sharing their photos. Is there anything you’d like to to say to all the women working out on that day?

I’d say dream big, believe in yourself, and know that if you put the work in, you’ll see results!

Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2017/03/international-womens-day-round-table.aspx#ixzz4akIexN29

Give the Gift of Triathlon this Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for the triathlete in your life? Order a Life Time Tri gift card!

We are now offering physical gift cards for the following Life Time Tri events:

  • South Beach Triathlon
  • Life Time Tri Marquee
  • Life Time Tri CapTex
  • Life Time Tri Minneapolis presented by Just Bare Chicken
  • Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Mack Cycle
  • Escape to Miami Triathlon presented by Voler

Order your gift cards by 12/20 12:00pm CST to receive them before the holidays!

Click here to ORDER NOW!

*Gift cards will come with unique code on the back for redemption.

Must be redeemed on the corresponding event website that it was originally purchased for.

If you have additional questions, please email us at chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.com.

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Life Time Tri Series

We invite you to join us as we #CommitToTri in 2017!

Each event features an International distance course, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run (distances may vary slightly by location). Select events also offer Sprint, SuperSprint and Kids Triathlon courses of shorter, varying distances.

 

2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule

Event

Date

Register

Life Time Tri South Beach

April 2, 2017

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Life Time Tri Marquee

April 9, 2017

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Life Time Tri CapTex

May 29, 2017

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Life Time Tri Minneapolis

July 8, 2017

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New York City Triathlon

July 16, 2017

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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

August 27, 2017

Register Now

Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon

September 24, 2017

Register Now

 

To register or learn more about any of the 2017 Life Time Tri events, visit www.LifeTimeTri.com. Stay updated with the latest information by following @LifeTimeTri on Twitter and the Life Time Tri Facebook page.

LIFE TIME TRI CAPTEX COURSE ALERT

Athletes –

As you know, heavy rains throughout Central Texas have greatly impacted conditions in Lady Bird Lake. 

Our staff has been monitoring the situation with the City of Austin, LCRA and Homeland Security since early this week. At 6:00 a.m. today, relevant authorities opened the floodgates at Mansfield and Tom Miller Dams, creating a massive downstream flow that will continue through Tuesday. 

Since early this morning, we have been exploring and presenting various modified swim courses, but we were ultimately unable to remedy a feasible solution that would ensure the 100% safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and emergency personnel.

While unfortunate, the race will continue as a bike-run. Here are the race-day implications: 

New race start
7:15 a.m.

International
All international triathletes, international relays and AquaBike participants will start on the bike course, in a time-trial format, within their same wave sequence. Wave 1 of the international distance will now start at 7:15 a.m. Please be fully prepared by 7:00 a.m., standing at your bike rack until directed by event staff, who will queue athletes along the bike out transition exit.

Sprint
Sprint participants (individuals and relays) will follow suit, starting after the international athletes with an expected start time of approximately 8:15 a.m. Please be fully prepared and standing at your bike rack by 8:00 a.m., awaiting instructions by event staff.

SuperSprint
SuperSprint participants will release behind the sprint athletes in the same sequence, with an estimated 9:00 a.m. start time.

Duathlon
Due to course logistics, currently registered duathletes will now default to a bike-run competition, starting with the 40K bike course, then completing a 2-loop 10K run. Duathletes will now be merged into the greater field of international distance (bike-run) competitors and will start with their age group.

AquaBike
Due to the swim cancelation, all registered AquaBike participants will be completing a 40K time trial on the bike course. Currently registered AquaBike participants will continue to compete within their same division. 

All athletes that compete in the bike-run format will have USAT age group scoring count toward triathlon rankings.

Thank you for your attention, for your patience and for your support of a safe event. Should you have any further questions, please contact Athlete Services at texasregistration@lifetimefitness.com or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri.

2016 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

We are excited to bring you what we hope will be Austin’s best weekend of triathlon, whether you are a first timer or returning for another ride. Since 1991, the Life Time Tri CapTex has become a fixture in the multisport spotlight – not only in central Texas, but also among the other 10 races in the national Life Time Tri Series.

New this year, we will be offering both AquaBike and Duathlon race options! In addition, CapTex joins four other events that comprise the prestigious Texas Triathlon Series. Athletes who complete or volunteer at each of the five local events qualify for the can’t-miss, end of season finisher party. Check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> View the 2016 Athlete Guide

We’ll see you at the start line this Memorial Day for our 25th Anniversary event!

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.