2017 - Get Fired Up!

TTC Newsletter
May 2017
Fred Arnold
Presidents Message

Swim-Bike-Run-Community-Fun  That is our tagline. What does it mean?

Of course, we are going to Swim, Bike and Run.  But what does it mean when you add Community and Fun to the equation? It creates a Synergy, allowing the sum of the parts to be greater than the value of the individual parts themselves. 
Community - Instead of training in isolation, the club provides an opportunity to train together. The club allows us to build ties with the local coaching community and put on educational seminars and programs. It allows us to gather, volunteer, and give back to the sport and the active lifestyle that we have chosen.

Fun - It allows us to gather and celebrate our accomplishments and the efforts and personal struggles that each of us faces on the way to the start line.

Your active participation in TTC fuels our Synergy
Comments? Suggestions? Drop me a line at fred@TriangleTriClub.com
Volunteer Opportunity - Raleigh 70.3

TTC, along with the Cary YMCA is staffing Bike Aid Station #2 on the Raleigh 70.3 Course. We do this to give back to the Triathlon community and at the same time we raise funds for a local charity by way of a donation from the IRONMAN Foundation.

The picture shows all of the volunteers it takes to run an aid station. If you are not racing we really need you to volunteer.

Volunteer here 
Raleigh 70.3 logo
Raleigh 70.3 Ride the Course

Once again we will be hosting a series of training rides on the Raleigh 70.3 course. The Bike Course and the Run Course will be the same as last year. We have confirmed this with the race director.

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. 

Ride Dates:
April 30th - Register here
May 7th - Register here  - Same day as the Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge - Yes, you can do both events! Swim registration
This year the rides will be hosted by 
Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
Tri Stacey
Why We Hate Open Water
by Coach Stacey Richardson,  published author of "Open Water Worries" on Active.com.
It's that season again and it's time to address our open water woes.   
Moving from the pool to outdoors is a challenge for everyone and returning to our local lakes stirs up fear for many.   In my coaching experience, it's essential to sort out the factors contributing to poor open water execution and to troubleshoot them one by one.    Run through this checklist to improve your open water race performance. 
1. Does your wetsuit fit?     Winter weight doesn't lie when squeezed into neoprene.   This is a harsh performance reality.  Face it fully and acknowledge where you are on your personal spectrum. Then do something about it.
2.  Are you swim fit?     Do your pool sessions include stress-inducing high-end efforts? They MUST!!!   Being comfortable out of breathe translates readily to race day.  Your respiration rate will increase for various reasons- cold, panic, or effort.   Be prepared by training to this level in the pool.   
3.   Best stroke form.   If you sense you are losing your stroke due to panic or cold, then you are indeed fighting the water.   Regain your control and your efficiency by slowing down, exhaling for 3 counts, and settling into a slower rhythm.   Develop a swim mantra.  My personal favorite is a swim waltz:   1-2-3 breathe.  1-2-3-breathe.  
4.   Build you skills: Perfect practice makes perfect.  Get help with your execution by practicing!   Swim hard. Bump your friends. Swim time trials.  Swim in a pack. Make your practice sessions like race day and go after it!  
If you want to work on your skills with a coach, please join my small group skill sessions at Jordan Lake.   All levels of swimmer welcome.
Subscribe here at Race Reach TRIstacey to see upcoming sessions.  Club Website:
Dates to save:
Wednesday, May 3rd 5pm
Saturday, May 6th 8am
Saturday, May 13th 8am  
Wednesday, May 17th 5pm
Saturday, May 27th 8am and brick after 
Triangle Triathlon Club members receive a $5 off session fee of $25.  
Stacey Richardson 
Professional Triathlete and Coach 
USAT level II, USATF Level I
USA Cycling Elite Level 1
TRX Instructor
919 423-4361

TTC Clinic Series: 
The Secrets of Open Water

May 22nd, 6:30PM 
Lonerider Brewery 

Come join us for a dry land clinic on open water swimming with Coach Stacey Richardson. The only liquid on site is great beer !

Stacey will offer club members coaching insights and skills from her years spent coaching and pro racing.

A former Duke swimmer, Stacey is a published author on open water panic management. She still proudly swims open water with her eyes closed to manage her own panic. Trust her to address yours.

Come enjoy a fun, smart evening at Loneride and leave those wetsuits home .

Win tickets to Beer Camp on Tour, June 17th. 
Text mellowcary to 55155 to WIN 2 tickets to this event.

May Special:
All Sierra Nevada Beers $3.50 all month
Wednesday Night Trivia 7:30

Raleigh 70.3 Finish Line Party
Last year's Raleigh 70.3 Finish Line Party was a big success, so we are going to do it again this year.  NEW LOCATION, Isaac Hunter's Tavern (right next to the Sheraton Hotel), 100 yards from the finish line. We will have free Lonerider beer, soft drinks and food for club members.

Whether you are racing, volunteering or not, all club members and their families are welcome.

Chattanooga 70.3 VIP Drawing
Due to our active participation in the IRONMAN Program we have received One VIP Pass for the Chattanooga 70.3 IRONMAN event.

The Race Day VIP Pass at IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga includes:

* Swim Start VIP Area
* VIP Finish Line Viewing & Hospitality Area

Learn more Here

We will hold a draw for this pass.
Enter Here

Registration Deadline, May 10th
Bottle Rev 
Bottle Rev is excited to be a sponsor for the Triangle Triathlon Club!!!  Bottle Rev is the right store for craft beer and wine enthusiasts.  Today there are three Bottle Rev stores in the Raleigh area, with three opening soon in Chapel Hill, Apex, and Pittsboro. 
Our Bottle Rev Chapel Hill location will open within the first two weeks of May. The space is designed to be super comfortable, and boasts a tap and tasting room with 14 craft beer/ cider taps and 12 wine varieties by the ounce, three ounce or six ounce pours.  The bottle room includes an area for events, as well as a gallery lined with bottles of craft beer that is of high quality and is often difficult to find, in addition to wines of all varieties from around the world. 
Please follow us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BottleRevCH. We look forward to seeing you!
Julie Paddison
Owner, Bottle Rev Chapel Hill
3130 Environ Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Cadence Counts

As part of our triathlon continuing education series, Coach Jackie Miller recently presented, Cadence Counts.  Where she reviewed the importance of cadence in swimming, biking and running. Here is a link to her presentation Cadence Counts

Jackie Miller , Owner
Britfit Personal Training and Coaching LLC
ACE Personal Trainer, since 1996-USA Triathlon Coach, Expert Level II, since 2007
Functional Movement Screen Specialist, since 2007
Cell: (919) 818-7096 

IRONMAN CLUB Affiliation

Triangle Triathlon Club participates in the IRONMAN Tri Club Program.  Last year we finished 2nd in the Americas and 3rd in the world standings in division 3. This year we have been moved to division 1, so the competition will be much greater.

We earn points by your race participation and finish times.

We use these points to get early entry into races, special bike race placement and VIP pass at races.

We need all club members who are doing IRONMAN races to be affiliated with our club on the IRONMAN website.  How do I declare my affiliation with TTC?

2017 Triangle Triathlon Club Sponsors! 

Race Reach
Hello Triangle Tri Club!
We wanted to again thank everyone at the Triangle Tri Club for the trust and confidence you place in RaceReach. RaceReach continues to build upon our platform, which benefits athletes (and anyone) with the following services: 
- Event registration services for any size event
- Club and team management tools for any size group
- An easy to use online commerce platform where anyone can sell or collect money for anything
Of course RaceReach also continues to offer the best local directory of run, swim, bike and multisports events in NC as well as a bunch of other services. Learn more at RaceReach.com. 
Questions? Contact Dave "the Diesel" Babson or Mark "Lucky" Luckinbill at help@racereach.com.
Good luck with your upcoming events!
The RaceReach team
Are you in for 2017? 

If you have not already renewed, now is the time!
Be part of the Triangle's largest and most active triathlon club!
Our Super Hot New Kit!

What are you racing in this year?  We have teamed up with Sugoi this year to bring you the best available racing technology. Upgraded Tri Tops, new sleeved tri top and tri suit options. At very competitive prices.

There are several options during the registration process, here 

Or purchase additional items in our club store, here


If you ordered club clothing this year, you should have received an email April 27th informing you of and explaining the delay from Sugoi. In short, Sugoi's current factory was purchased by another company delaying production.  Our new date for availability is early June.  We are working with Sugoi to try and get the clothing before Raleigh 70.3 
Monthly Post Ride Socials  
Mellow Mushroom - Cary

First post ride social April 4th 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.
Hey North Raleigh!  
Monthly Post Ride Socials - Chow
First post ride social April 12th Chow Pizza Bar
8311 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613

Starting in April, on the second Wednesday of each month (through September), we will have a post ride social at Chow Pizza Bar. 
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 - Raleigh.  There will be an "A", "B" and a no drop "C" group.

Club Designated Races

This year we have selected three race weekends as TTC designated races. Of course we encourage everyone to race all of the local races.  We will just have extra support and events for the races listed below.  We selected races and distances that should allow as many members as possible to participate.

Triangle Sprint 7/15 - race or volunteer - Post Race Cookout
Lake Logan - Sprint, Olympic and Half 8/5-8/6 Pre-race dinner and other events (TBD)
Washington Olympic & Sprint Triathlon 8/19 Pre-race dinner
Currently, we have discount codes (see members only section of the website) for Lake Logan and Washington.  

Discount Codes

Reminder, we have a long list of discounts available.  To access the codes, go to the members only section of the TriangleTriClub website, by clicking on the Join/Sign In tab. 

We have race discounts from FS Series, including the open water series, and the Setup Events Lake Logan Triathlon. We also have several other significant savings opportunities from our other sponsors.