TTC monthly news & updates
May 2018
President's Message
Communication is the key element to keeping us all informed of the multitude of activities and events the club puts on during the course of the year. With that in mind, I thought it would be good to have a quick review of all of the communication tools we use. 

First, there is this newsletter which comes out monthly, most of the time. We try to have comprehensive coverage of upcoming and future events and information from our coaching partners and sponsors.

We also have our website ( which has our calendar of events. Our calendar not only has all of the club events, but also most races in our region of the country and all of the IRONMAN events. You can go to each of these events and indicate that you are participating in the event. If we all indicate what races we are doing, the calendar can then facilitate planning for group training and meet-ups associated with the race. The website also has pages that have member only deals, a volunteer sign-up page, a Facebook feed from our public Facebook page and so much more about our club. Coming soon will be picture albums from various races and activities.

We also have a substantial presence on Facebook with our previously mentioned public page ( . On this page we let the Facebook world know what we are up to as a club. We also have a TTC Facebook group page ( This is your forum to communicate with your fellow club members. We also have a TTC Beginners Group Facebook page; this page is used primarily for the Beginner Training Program to communicate their special activities (

We also have an Instagram page (, a twitter feed ( and we have a Strava Group ( Please subscribe to these groups and pages.

All tools to help you engage with the club. Of course, you can always reach me by e-mail,
Fred Arnold
TTC 2018 Clothing Store - Reopened
This year we changed up how the club orders new Triathlon clothing. We have selected Pactimo as our vendor for Triathlon, Cycling and Running gear. Use the link below to order your clothing. The clothing will ship directly to you.

We encourage all of our club members to race in club gear. It helps us find you on the course, cheer you on and take your picture.

It also helps support our sponsors.
The Pactimo store will CLOSE May 7th . It may re-open later in the season if there is sufficient demand.
Please note the following instructions from Pactimo:
  • All order have a $9 shipping fee plus 2% for handling fees.
  • All sales are final.
  • We cannot make any changes to an order once its placed.
  • All custom garments ship 4 weeks after we close your store.
  • Try not to use a handheld devise when ordering as this can cause issues in the ordering process

We have a small quantity of Tri Suits and other items IMMEDIATELY available in our TTC on-line store . Please check there first, before ordering from the Pactimo On-line store .

Pactimo store here

TTC store here
Volunteer Opportunity Raleigh 70.3 IRONMAN Bike Aid Station #2
On Sunday, June 3, 2018 TTC will be staffing Bike Aid Station #2 on the Raleigh 70.3 IRONMAN course. We need 50 volunteers. Club members, family and friends are all welcome to help staff the aid station. We need to start setting up at 7:30AM and we are done before NOON. We will have breakfast on site for the volunteers. You will have time to make it downtown to the finish line to see your friends and club mates finish the race AND attend the TTC Finish Line Party!

For our hard work, the IRONMAN Foundation, will make a donation to a local charity in our name. We have designated the YMCA Annual Campaign as this year's recipient. Click here to learn more about the YMCA Annual Campaign.

Raleigh IRONMAN 70.3 Race Entry Auction
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As one of the many benefits to our club for participating in the IRONMAN Triclub Program, we have a free entry to the Raleigh 70.3 Race that takes place on June 3rd.
The TTC Board has decided to have an auction for this entry and donate the proceeds to the ALS Association, North Carolina Chapter. To learn more about the fight to defeat ALS go here.
This is an on-line auction that starts NOW and closes on Friday, May 11th. This is a short auction cycle, since the race is a little more than a month away.
The starting bid is $175. If you were to register now with WTC the price is $300 plus processing fees.
This auction is for an individual race entry and NOT a relay entry.
This auction is only open to current (2018) Triangle Triathlon Club members. You may “gift” this entry to a non-club member.
The name of the winner will be submitted to WTC and a custom registration link will be provided.
If you bid and are then out bid, you will receive an email telling you this.
The winner will be notified when the auction closes.

Note: this link will not appear in the website menu
This is the last year for Raleigh 70.3
Updates from T3 Tri Coaching
We’ve had great interest in our new beginner program this year. The first session athletes are getting ready for the 3 Little Pigs Sprint triathlon in June and all 14 are doing great. The second session of the program starts in mid-May and ends with the Rex Wellness Wakefield Sprint triathlon in August. We still have room in the second session. If you are interested in getting some more coaching help as you ramp into the sport, here’s the link to the program to learn more.     

Thank you for those that made it to the IRONMAN Raleigh 70.3 talk. Next week, Monday April 30 th at 7pm, I’ll be doing another talk on racing a full IRONMAN and focusing on the IRONMAN Chattanooga race course as the example race. Please join me in an informative and interactive session discussing preparing for and racing a full IRONMAN.      

If you are looking for coaching help in your half or full IRONMAN races this year, reach out and let’s discuss the personalized and passionate service that T3 Tri Coaching provides. Learn more at or give me a call. I look forward to seeing you out training and crossing the finish line.

Brain Tucker
TTC Beginners Program  
If you are a beginner triathlete, check out this program.
If you are an experienced triathlete, please share with your friends that keep telling you they want to do their first triathlon.
Two 12 week program sessions lead by USAT Certified Coach Brain Tucker

Pool instruction, open water, group bike training, running and more
Swim, bike, run, think!!!
Tri Stacey
It's so fun to start racing again, to suit up, and to test ourselves.  Every year we return to our multisport endeavors, seeking to improve upon past performances.
As as coach, I'm often surprised by the number of folks who just race, go home, rinse, repeat and spend a season doing so.  Nothing wrong with that, but consider this:  
This season, challenge yourself to learn from every race.   
On the back of your bib number, write down notes to yourself and create a season-long paper trail. It can be as small as "left hand corners were slow" or "timing chip band too tight, googles fogging, etc.  It could be as big as pacing, nutrition leading up to the race etc.  Maybe even identify where your ego grabbed your race and you ended up paying for it in the final part of your day.  
Come up with three things to improve upon each race. Write them down to really, concretely own them.  
Tomorrow, get ready and go after them!!!
Stacey Richardson
Professional Triathlete and Coach
USAT level II, USATF Level I, USA Cycling Elite Level 1, TRX Instructor
919 423-4361
Run the New Ironman 70.3 Raleigh Run Course
Sunday, May 6 @ 9am. 
Meet at T2 (corner of S. Wilmington and E. Lenoir)

Join coach Brian Tucker of T3 Tri Coaching and other club members to run ONE loop of the new IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh run course.

Distance will be close to 7 miles and follow most of the actual race course avoiding MLK Blvd and exit/on ramps. Be prepared to carry any fluids/food you may need as their will NOT be any aid stations.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the course in advance. See Route Map.

Mental Fitness Seminar
Mon, May 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Lonerider Brewing Company
8816 Gulf Ct. Suite 100
Raleigh, NC

Triathletes spend hours and hours each week training their bodies for the physical demands of triathlon. But how much time do we spend preparing our mind for the rigors of training and racing?

What are the differences between athletes that consistently perform at or even above their perceived capability and athletes that routinely fall short of their expectations?

Coach John Austin will discuss how mental outlook can limit or enhance physical performance and share tools you can use to break through what you thought was a physical barrier.
The Swimming Edge: Open Water Clinic
Increase your confidence and speed in the open water!

Learn key open water swim techniques, including entry and exit, sighting and swimming in close proximity to others in this fun and informative clinic at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake.

Bring a wetsuit, goggles, towel, swim suit, anti-chafing product, brightly colored swim cap, and a change of clothes. Bring your questions and be ready to swim!

Requirement: Must be able to swim at 300yd without touching the bottom of the pool.

Saturday, May 5th, 9-10am $30 per person, space is limited 20 people.  Register for this class!

As usual, The Endurance Edge athletes get the clinics for free. Learn more about our coaching programs here to become one of our athletes and #FindYourEdge!
Ride the Raleigh 70.3 Ride the Course
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Pre-Ride the Raleigh IRONMAN 70.3 Bike Course in style!

The Raleigh IRONMAN 70.3 Bike Course is a point-to-point ride from Jordan Lake to Downtown Raleigh. We cover all of the logistics to make pre-riding the course simple. We transport you from Downtown Raleigh out to Jordan Lake. Provide you with a cue sheet, a half way point aid station. We transport your bike as well and have it racked and ready when you arrive at Jordan Lake. When you arrive in downtown Raleigh, we have a cold beer waiting for you.

This year we will have an aid station on the course. The aid station will be run by the ALS Association, North Carolina Chapter. The ALS Association will receive a portion of the net proceeds from these rides. 
May 13, 2018 - Register here  - Same day as the Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge - Yes, you can do both events! Swim registration h ere
This year the rides will be hosted by 
Monthly Post Ride Socials Mellow Mushroom - Cary
Post ride social May 1st Mellow Mushroom - Cary

4300 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513

Starting in April, on the first Tuesday of each month (through September), we will have a post ride social at Mellow Mushroom - Cary. We generally meet on the indoor patio about 7:45PM. You don't have to ride to attend the social. The club buys the first beer or soft drink for all club members. We do ask that you RSVP on the club calendar. 
The ride starts at 6PM at Inside Out Sports - Cary. There will be an "A", "B" and a no drop "C" group. "C" group calendar entry
Improving Trunk Stability
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-By Jackie Miller, Expert Level II USAT Coach, FMS Level 1, ACE Personal Trainer

“You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe”(Paul Check, importance of core training for athletes)

By adding in a few short core training sessions a week many gains can be made. In hope that you are addressing your flexibility, with a stretching routine, stability works hand in hand. These two both work together to promote your ability to move well.
Trunk stability is your foundational strength and will be the denoting factor to your injury risk. It will empower your ability to be resilient through your training and racing.

  •  From a stable core comes the ability to produce more power and force. This can be translated into speed or strength. A solid platform allows the cannon to shoot farther.

  • A well functioning trunk can protect the spine from trauma. Reflexive abdominal and spinal muscles can help maintain a bio-mechanically functional position in the athlete.

  • Trunk stability improves balance. Balance is enhanced by joint stability. The better you can stabilize every joint in your body, the better you'll be able to control movement.
Shown above, the Quadruped is a useful starting point off which to build trunk stability.

  • Start on hands and knees, wrists beneath shoulders, knees beneath hips, spine neutral.

  • Start with no added resistance. Place a water bottle on the low back. Slowly, reach out with each limb. Focus on keeping the bottle still- that’s trunk stability.

  • Progress by performing for more time, you will be surprised how fatigued you will start to feel.
  • Add resistance, only enough to turn the volume up slightly, don’t ‘muscle’ it, You can hold the extensions for longer to add time under load.

Raleigh 70.3 Finish Line Party
Sun, Jun 3, 2018 @ 11:30 am

Triangle Triathlon Club would like to invite you to our Finish Line Party, located 110 feet from the finish line of the IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh. 

Whether you are racing or supporting friends, come to Isaac Hunter's Tavern, located less than a block from the finish line to eat, drink and hang out with other club members while watching participants run by. Note that you can view the race from the restaurant site. Food and soft drinks will be provided at no charge to you and a guest and to all kids. Also, the first 100 beers (one per guest) are on us.

Weekly Run / Bike - Down East - Garner
We now have a weekly run starting at Full Bloom Coffee Roasters(Tuesday) and weekly ride (Thursday) from Garner. Please check the TTC Calendar for start times and location. Thanks to Rod Jenkins and Trey Jolly for organizing these events.
Frank Rexford, Senior Mortgage Banker
Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Inc
As a member of the Triangle Triathlon Club and a long-time member of the local triathlon community, it is important to me to support our community, which is why I am thrilled to be a sponsor of the Triangle Triathlon Club for another year. 

I have been originating mortgages since 2005, and I have the experience and ability to get your loan closed smoothly and on time. And I am honored to have provided home financing for many local multi-sport athletes.

I strive to carefully guide my clients through the mortgage process. Understanding the many financing options available is the key to making decisions you will be comfortable with, and I will provide clear explanations all along the way, from preapproval to the closing table.

Corporate Investors Mortgage Group, Inc. is a locally owned and operated company. We work with many investors who will compete for your business, which enables us to provide competitive rates and fees.  We have been lending since 1997, and offer Conventional, Jumbo, FHA, USDA, and VA loans at competitive rates.

Our Commitment
  • We maintain control over every step of the loan process – from the appraisal and processing/underwriting to closing and funding, ensuring that your loan proceeds quickly and efficiently.
  • We can always be reached by phone, in person, or via email.
  • We offer competitive mortgage rates and mortgage programs.

News and Awards
Triangle Business Journal - Top 25 Mortgage Lender & #1 non-depository lender
Triangle Business Leader - Top 100 Small Company
Triangle Business Journal - Fast 50 Company (2010, 2013, 2016. 2017)

More information please visit
Don't miss these 2018 Cycling Events!
Presented by Inside-Out Sports both events include:
  • Light breakfast before the ride
  • Lunch
  • Event Swag
  • SAG vehicle with mechanic support
  • Post-event party with a free beer for all participants
  • Charity benefactor
  • Tiered pricing - Register early for best price!
The Train Ride
Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • 56-mile one-way bike ride from Cary to Burlington
  • Supported rest stop at the halfway point
  • Registration NOW OPEN
  • Event benefits NC Operation Lifesaver
  • Post-event party begins on the Amtrak train for the return trip home with a dedicated car for participants with snacks and beverages
  • Post-event party continues in Cary at Sponsor Bond Brothers Beer Company

† The Train Ride has optional return transportation on the Amtrak train (including bike transport). 60 participant max on return trip. Alternatively, bike both ways for a 112- mile round-trip!
Reach the Beach
Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • 100-mile one-way bike ride from Buies Creek to Wilmington primarily on Highway 421
  • Registration NOW OPEN
  • Event benefits World Bicycle Relief
  • Sponsored by Waterline Brewing Company in Wilmington
  • Post-event party & meal at Waterline Brewing Company for all participants.
  • Snacks and beverages included on the charter bus for the return trip.

† Reach the Beach ride has optional return transportation on a charter bus (including bike transport).
For questions about either of these great events please contact:
Reminder: 2018 TTC Members receive a discount for all FS Series races.
The discount code is listed in the Members Only Deal section of the TTC website: go here
2Toms Butt Shield
·          2Toms Butt Shield definitely helps improve comfort on long rides if you suffer from saddle irritation. The roll-on or single-use wipe presentation makes it easy to apply, it stays put during the ride, has a smooth texture and provides low-profile coverage.
·         Lasts all day, even a full Triathlon event! And in those conditions, we’re talking - epic.
·         Apply once to take away the friction that causes chafing, saddle sores and bottom rashes.
·          Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m going to burst your bubble. I think ButtShield IS better than regular chamois cream. There, I said it. In fact, I could see this being the new triathlete’s chamois cream. Let’s keep it as our little secret, shall we? The roadies can keep thinking that their stuff is better. 
Butt Shield - Available at Inside Out Sports
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