Monday, February 8, 2010

Saturday, February 6th, was our club's kickoff party. A chance to meet others interested in triathlons, find out about club training and races, learn how to change a bike tire (tube) and MORE. If you missed it, you are in luck. Here is the online version!

The first thing we did was sign in by completing the Tri Club Registration Form. We were also given raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several prizes being given away by our club sponsor, Cycle Spectrum. Since you had to be present to win, no virtual raffle tickets given here, sorry.

The room filled up pretty quickly. If you showed up late and didn't get a chair, you had to sit on one of the spinning bikes and pedal -- Just Kidding!

Coach Jacklynn went over a lot of important info for new folks and veterans alike. Here are the highlights:

* Club practice schedule
* Things You Need to Tri
* Various Race Distances
* Various Race Categories
* USAT License
* Projected Team Race Schedule
* Women Only Races
* Swim Clinic, February 21, 1-3pm

For details, CLICK HERE for the Kickoff Party Handout.

Andrea, a club member and mother of three, shared some race photos and her inspiring story of getting into triathlons with no previous swimming, biking or running background at all. Her message: If I can do it, so can you. All it takes is the desire to train consistently, and to actually TRI!

Coach Beth Barnes provided more info about the upcoming swim clinic (CLICK HERE for the Registration Form). Pastor Paul talked about an optional club uniform that's in the works and Roy discussed FCA Endurance, a sports-specific ministry of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

After all was said and done, the raffle prizes were given out to some lucky winners. Then we adjourned to enjoy various snacks that were laid out in the back. YUM!!!

For those who could stay longer, Cycle Spectrum gave a live demonstration on how to change a tire (tube) on your bike if when you get a flat. Of course, you can't do if it you're not prepared so make sure you always carry a spare tube (preferably 2), some tire irons and an inflation tool (CO2 cartridge & dispenser) or a pump when you ride. If you forget, well, hopefully you're riding with someone who is prepared or you brought a cell phone to call for a ride home.

Thanks to Diane for sharing the event photos!


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