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Newsletter  May 31st, 2012
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Dear racelab team!

 

THE SAG WAGON!

Riding up Mount Lemmon, and hoping to see the Sag wagon soon :-), some started wondering why it is called SAG. 

It is a term that is used in the cycling community and it can mean Supplies And Gear, Support And Gear or Support Aid Group...or it can simply refer to the rescuing or support of the "sagging cyclists" that are trailing behind the pack.

Call it what we want, it is great to have the SAG wagon there for anything we may need during a long, hot and difficult bike ride. It carries water, food, tools, trash bags, toilet paper :-), jackets...anything you want to bring on a bike ride!

It also provides protection, making other car drivers aware of cyclist ahead. 

The driver of the SAG wagon sets the example to other drivers, like slowing down when passing the cyclists, maintaining the distance between the car and the cyclists and respecting the 3 FEET LAW, and turning on the emergency lights when driving slowly next to a cyclist or when stopping.

Sometimes it is not easy to be the SAG wagon driver. In a group that spreads out, there can be significant distance between the leaders and the "saggers", and it can get complicated to provide everybody with the necessary support at the right time.

 

It is important that the cyclists know how to utilize the SAG :-) 

Yes, there are some rules that will help get the best support of the SAG.

- ALWAYS carry a cell phone with you and the number of the SAG driver.

- Carry enough supplies for 2-3 tire changes. 

- Have enough fuel and water for at least 2 hours at all time.

- Re-stock your nutrition and hydration when you see the SAG.

- Don't wait until you are empty, the SAG may not be there at that moment.

- If the SAG stops at the side of the road, this is a good opportunity to re-stock. 

- Stopping for a couple of minutes will not disturb your workout!

- If the SAG passes you and you need assistance, then lift your arm to signal to stop. 

- The driver always looks through the rearview mirror and can see your sign.

- If the SAG hasn't passed you in a while and you need assistance and can't continue to ride, then wait for it in a shade.

- If the SAG just passed you and you need assistance, call the driver on your cell.

- If you don't have a signal and cannot call, then wait in the shade. Eventually the SAG will look for you and will pick you up.

- Be patient...you can be sure the SAG is looking out for everybody, and it may take a while to get from one end of the group to the other.

  

There are many things that can happen during a ride and the longer the ride the higher the risks. So the best thing is to prevent and to be prepared. It is very beneficial to ride in the group and to know the course. That way, even if something happens we'll be looking out for you and make sure you are safe.

It would be great if everybody had the experience of driving the SAG at least once, in order to understand both sides of the ride.

Please let us know when you would like to SAG for the team!

 

Happy and safe training!

 

Bettina Warnholtz
 
PS... some came up with other definitions of SAG: Slow And Groovy, Singing And Giggling, Slow Ass Gang, Scattered And Gappy, Stuff And Gadgets ...any other ideas???? :-)
 
SAN DIEGO MARATHON & HALF
 
This weekend we have a great group heading out to San Diego for the Rock 'N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. This is a great event that we have had people participate in since its inauguration. 
 
For those of you participating, we hope you all were able to make your reservations at the Kona Kai Resort under the group rate that we set up for you. If you haven't already, please call them and make your reservation as soon as possible!!
 
Also, there will be a team dinner on the night before the race. There is a restaurant very near the Kona Kai Resort called Pizza Nova that has some great reviews and some delicious looking food, for a great price. Please plan on joining the team for dinner that night at 5:30pm.

 

IMPORTANT!! PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE STAYING AT THE KONA KAI and/or IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AT DINNER!! Email Johann.
 
 
PREVIOUS EVENTS
 
This past weekend we had some great team events that many of you were a part of. On Saturday, the team met for the first Arizona Road Racers' Summer Series 5K at Papago Park. Congratulations Andy Krebs for his 2nd age group place.
We hope those of you who came out had a great time! 
 
We also had an open water swim in Bartlett Lake on Saturday. We practiced sighting and it was great to see how far many of you have come regarding open water swim confidence! We hope you all enjoyed it and we are excited to see you at the next one as well!
 
Finally, this past Sunday, we had a long bike ride up the grueling, sloping streets running up Tucson's Mount Lemmon. Thanks to Damarys and Vera for being the Sag Team! It is a beautiful ride and we'll definitely do it again soon :-) Great job to everyone and thank you for making it a fun day.
 
Thank you to everyone who joined us this weekend!
PACTIMO
Johann will be submitting another racelab apparel order on June 1st. 

If you would like to order a bike jersey, tri-top, tri-shorts, a running tee shirt or tank top (singlet) or a jacket, please don't miss out on this order. 
Follow this link and download the order form and then email it to Johann.
 
Please pay by check made out to racelab.
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
ARR SUMMER SERIES 5K
These races are great to stay motivated during the Summer. They are short, they are early and they hurt!
We want you to participate and will include them in your schedule (some days as part of your long run). Please let us know if you'll be able to attend.

- Jun 10th - Reach 11 

- July 4th - Rio Vista

- July 14th - Kiwanis Park

- August 12th - South Mountain 

 
 
THE EVERYONE TRACK WORKOUT
Tuesday, June 26th, 7:00 PM
This will be the second time we bring the two track workouts together for one big, epic, fun workout! Last time we had more than 40 people, Bettina and Dave were both there and it was incredibly fun! This time we hope to have even more people attend and maybe even have a treat there for everyone! Leave work early, bring the kids if you have to, do whatever you can so that you don't miss out on this fun workout!

THIS WEEKEND
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Saturday, June 2nd
 
5:30 AM
Gateway Loop Trailhead

 

 
SAN DIEGO TEAM DINNER
 5:30 PM
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Sunday, June 3rd
 
6:15 AM
Marathon, 1/2 Marathon

12:00 PM
ASU Student Recreation Center
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 more information click here:

 

 

IMPORTANT!!  
THE WEDNESDAY MORNING TRACK WORKOUTS WILL NO LONGER BE MOVED TO POLICE PARK. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE HELD AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL THROUGH THE SUMMER. 
Please email Johann if you have any questions.
 
THANK YOU!
 
for being the 
best team!
 

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