There is just so much excitement in the air! Ironman St. George is less than TWO WEEKS away and we have a GREAT group of SUTC athletes standing ready to compete! If you aren't competing........VOLUNTEER! You will not be disappointed. We have many members of the triclub who are supporting Ironman by heading up aid stations and other volunteer run areas of the race. Check out the Facebook page for opportunities! Ironman is a World-Class event and we are so lucky to have it in our hometown! Make sure to be out showing your support on May 5th........The City and the Athletes will thank you!
SPECIAL EVENT FOR SUTC IRONMAN ATHLETES! IMSG Athletes competing in this year's event are invited to an IRONMAN Q&A. Heather and Trevor Wurtele (Canadian Professional Triathletes who train half the year in St. George) will join other individuals and SUTC members who have completed IMSG in the past two years to answer your questions and give you the motivation you need to make it to the finish line in 2012. This event will take place on Friday, April 27th at Washington City's CottonTown Village (near BikeFix) at 7:00 p.m. More details to come shortly!
OPEN WATER SWIMMING IS BACK! The water is clear, "warm" and BEAUTIFUL! It is time to get in that open water. We are lucky to have such a great open water swimming venue so close to home. The more you swim in the open water, the easier it will be on race day. Here are a few tips to make your open water experience that much better:
1. DON'T SWIM ALONE! It is tempting, but just don't do it! Always have a buddy, or at least someone on shore keeping an eye on you. The lake is deep and there are hazards that you don't have in a pool. Be smart and bring a friend or two.
2. SWIM WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES. The open water is beautiful and so much fun, but make sure to stay within the bounds of your ability. Remember that it is always easy on the way out. You may turn around to find the wind and waves in your face and a much more difficult swim to get back to shore. Just be aware of conditions and stay within your own abilities.
3. FOLLOW THE RULES. Swim where swimming is allowed! Sand Hollow has a HUGE area designated for swimming. Stay within those areas (marked by buoys). This is for your own safety! Boats are not allowed in these areas. If you do see boats in this area, make sure to notify the Rangers.
4. WEAR SOME COLOR. Wetsuits are traditionally all black and make it very difficult to see a swimmer when they are in the water. Choose a bright-colored cap to help identify yourself in the water. Remember that you are very low in the water when swimming and boaters can have a really tough time spotting you. Stay clear of motorized watercraft and always make your presence known.
5. WATCH OUT FOR FISHING LINES. There are many areas around the island in Sand Hollow where fish love to congregate and fisherman love to toss in a line. These lines are difficult to see and have VERY SHARP hooks on the end. When you see fishers politely ask where there line is located or if they can pull it in for a few seconds while you pass. Always be courteous to others so everyone can enjoy the lake!
NEW TRACK WORKOUT STARTING THIS WEEK! Track workouts coached by our own Dennis Budd will be starting up on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. (time will change when it gets hot). This is a GREAT opportunity for beginners and veterans alike take your running to a new level. If you are new to track running, please show up 15 minutes early.
WORKOUTS FOR THIS WEEK
Tuesday: Track Workout @ PVHS Track workouts are a very effective and efficient way to improve your running. Join us at 6:00 p.m. at the Pine View High School (East of Costco) track. If you are new to track workouts, please be there 15 minutes early. Coach Dennis Budd will be leading this workout.
Wednesday: The Plunge at Sand Hollow! The water is warm enough that I don't think we can call this a "Polar Plunge" anymore. The water was BEAUTIFUL last week! Now is the time to hone your open water swimming skills! We are so lucky to have such a GREAT open water venue so close to home. Meet at the top of the main parking lot at 5:45p and plan on hitting the water at 6:00p. I would still recommend long-sleeved wetsuits, but it is getting to the point that you can use a sleeveless if that is your only option. Don't forget to bring your bikes for a ride on the SG Tri bike course following the plunge.
SG Tri Bike Course Ride. Meet at the main parking lot of Sand Hollow or just outside the gates and wait for the group. Plan on 6:30p-6:45p being ready to roll on up the big hill! Beginner Friendly!
Thursday: Airport Bike Ride. Meet at 4:00p at the Desert Hills High School Tennis Court. Ride will head out the Fort Pierce Industrial Area to the airport and back. Option to ride 20-40 miles. Beginner Friendly!
Saturday: St. George Tri Show & Go. Meet at Sand Hollow Reservoir at 8:00 for a ride and run on the St. George Triathlon bike and run course. If you are interested in swimming as well, hit us up on Facebook to find some friends to join you. This is a new group that is forming, so watch and post on Facebook if you are planning on attending.