Sunday, February 14, 2010


The last few weeks have been very busy! This time of year is real crazy in the fitness business (the resolutionites you know) and with a new baby Cale born at the same time it has certainly been a whirlwind of activity. Per usual we have been hanging tough and getting r done! Sarah has been amazing juggling the kids and work while I have been working long hours and not able to help much. It was great that my mom came in for 3 weeks and was a big help around the house and with the baby while Sarah is recovering from surgery.

Daddy and baby Cale

This year’s windtraining class has been very well attended and is coming in very handy this year, since Billings is having its longest snow pack in years. Indoor riding has been the norm lately.
Chloe and I had a great trip together to Bozeman for her ski lesson—she graduated out of Mogul Mice!—and had some great daddy/daughter time—she says that Cale will become part of the family when she can talk. She is now adapting to the new addition better and better.

2010 windtraining class at Sign and Design-- yes that is snow falling

On my training since breaking a couple of ribs near xmas it has been difficult to do very much- I have been suffering through some workouts but the breathing has been difficult and the pain pretty severe. However I did cowboy up and participated in the Powder hound winter tri (5krun/10kbike/5k skate ski) the event took place at Homestake lodge near Butte. The event was put on by the Tritons tri club from Bozeman and it was upped to the regional USAT championship. A great event and very difficult! My mom and Chloe took the trip to our cabin and on to the remote location at Homestake, which was hairy for my mother for sure! But we persevered and a good time.

coachjay struggling in the snow on the bike at the powderhound tri

In the race, I was sucking wind from the beginning (near7000ft) the run was up hill in deep snow and I was relegated to walking the hills on the second loop. The bike was brutal to keep upright with the soft snow and the tracks on the second loop. I was humbled as the winner of the race lapped me and I was girled—I did manage to pass 2 girls after the run-- I don’t know if my tires where at the wrong pressure or that I am just unfit. The winning guy was running his bike up the hills so maybe I just need to get in shape to do that! Anyway I did have the 7th fastest ski and actually passed some folks there—Kind of weird that the ski would be my best sport in this event. Great event though and thanks to Art, Greg B and all the Tritons for putting this on.

The Results:

1 Alex Lussier Bozeman 218 0:25:33 0:00:15 0:37:11 0:01:43 0:16:49 1:21:31
2 John Curry Bozeman 219 0:26:12 0:00:59 0:42:52 0:01:56 0:19:11 1:31:10
3 James Fields Missoula 220 0:29:42 0:00:33 0:42:40 0:00:19 0:18:38 1:31:52
4 Cory Soulliard Hamilton 233 0:26:57 0:01:04 0:44:49 0:01:53 0:20:47 1:35:30
5 Greg Wirth Helena 201 0:25:30 0:00:54 0:50:55 0:02:14 0:21:28 1:41:01
6 Cale Hofferber Bozeman 203 0:29:25 0:00:29 0:54:56 0:01:43 0:22:16 1:48:49
7 Russ Gates Helena 223 0:30:22 0:01:05 0:47:58 0:02:24 0:27:40 1:49:29
8 L. Evan Emory Bozeman 234 0:31:47 0:00:35 0:56:15 0:02:39 0:20:14 1:51:30
9 Laurie Thatcher Bozeman 230 0:30:33 0:01:00 0:56:52 0:02:51 0:22:42 1:53:58
10 Eric Makus Helena 229 0:28:14 0:00:47 0:54:20 0:01:58 0:33:43 1:59:02
11 Jay Marschall Billings 224 0:32:50 0:01:29 1:02:20 0:02:34 0:22:11 2:01:24
12 Matthew Thomsen Bozeman 231 0:32:41 0:01:41 1:03:17 0:02:51 0:24:03 2:04:33
13 Meghan Trainor Helena 228 0:31:52 0:00:47 1:02:31 0:06:36 0:23:50 2:05:36
14 Marisa Sowles Hamilton 232 0:34:05 0:00:47 1:08:37 0:02:11 0:21:36 2:07:16
15 Marta Fisher Helena 221 0:29:47 0:00:45 1:05:53 0:01:47 0:32:13 2:10:25
16 Becky Hochstein Bozeman 235 0:36:18 0:01:02 1:13:28 0:02:25 0:24:43 2:17:56
17 Robin Innes Missoula 222 0:37:48 0:00:52 1:09:49 0:05:11 0:31:26 2:25:06
18 Tony Thatcher Bozeman 236 0:39:37 0:01:48 1:14:25 0:03:58 0:25:53 2:25:41
19 Julie Ahern Butte 202 0:36:44 0:01:27 1:27:00 0:06:22 0:26:43 2:38:16
20 Meg Sarnecki Missoula 216 0:43:02 0:02:32 1:25:57 0:03:03 0:30:22 2:44:56
21 Ann Gilbert Helena 226 0:44:23 0:01:06 1:24:27 0:02:27 0:36:03 2:48:26
22 James Innes Missoula 217 0:39:48 0:05:25 1:26:05 0:04:33 0:35:05 2:50:56
23 Karen Powell Helena 227 0:41:44 0:01:19
24 Jennifer Griggs Helena 225 0:46:05 0:01:04

Yesterday I was able to ride outdoors for 3hrs with Kevin welsh and some of his crew in Denver. It was great to get outdoors on the bike and do some miles. I also did some testing with Adam Weaver and a swim workout with those guys in the early morning, boy that extra 2000ft makes swimming harder. Adam will be competing in the St George Ironman this spring which will be the hardest course on the schedule of Ironman’s this year. His fitness is right on track to have a great race in May. A good dinner and time with Kevin that night! Thanks Kev!
I then made the trip down to the USAT Art & science symposium in Colorado Springs. There is a bunch of educational talks with a couple of great keynote addresses including Johan Bruyneel. And Blind climber of Everest Erik Weihenmayer
Here are the symposium topics and speakers:

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Johan Bruyneel signing his book for coach Sydney Cornell from the Parker tri-team

2010 Art and Science Symposium Schedule
Thursday February 11, 2010 4:00pm - 6:00pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Registration & Packet Pick-Up
LOCATION - Broadmoor Hall Foyer
Friday February 12, 2010 7:30am - 7:00pm
7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast and Packet Pick-Up
8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome
Mike Reilly-Emcee and Skip Gilbert, USAT CEO/Executive Director
8:30 am - 9:45 am Morning General Session
Linking Coaches with Events and Race Directors
Bill Burke, Ben Elder
Broadmoor Hall B
10:00am- 11:00am Morning Breakout Session I
Everything You Need to Know About Insurance Following the Functional Path to Building the Complete Triathlete
ESIX- Mike Price Vern Gambetta
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
11:15-12:15pm Maximizing Your Income as a Triathlon Coach Nutrition for Junior Triathletes
Ben Greenfield Jennifer Hutchison, RD, USAT LIII Coach
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch
Broadmoor Hall B
1:30pm-2:45pm Women Specific Nutrition Winter Triathlon: What, When, Where, Why, How?
Alicia Kendig, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics Tim Crowley, BS, CSCS, Pes, USAT LIII Coach
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
3:00pm-5:00pm Johan Bruyneel
2009 Tour de France Team Astana Manager
Broadmoor Hall A
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Book Signing/Reception with Special Guest Johan Bruyneel
Saturday February 13, 2010 6:30am - 4:45pm

6:30 am - 7:30 am Fun Run/Walk
Sponsored by SweatVac- led by Olympian Barb Lindquist
8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast
Broadmoor Hall B
9:00 am - 10:30 am Keynote
Erik Weihenmayer
First Blind Man to Summit Mount Everest
Broadmoor Hall A
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Morning General Session
Youth Specific: Training, Appropriate Distances, Race Course Set Up
JJ Johnson, Penni Bengston, Boris Robinson
Broadmoor Hall A
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
Broadmoor Hall B
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Session I
Essentials of a Great Ironman Training Program Beyond the Core-Training from the Ground Up
Mark Allen Vern Gambetta
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Session II
Using Technology for Running Periodization for the Junior Athlete
Stephen McGregor, PhD. Istvan Balyi
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Afternoon Breakout Session III
Stress Based Periodization Yoga for Triathletes
Joe Friel Sage Rountree, PhD, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
Broadmoor Hall E Broadmoor Hall F
Sunday February 14, 2010 7:30am - 1:00pm
7:30 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
Broadmoor Hall B
8:00 am - 9:00 am Keynote
Sue Enquist
Director of Major Gifts-UCLA Athletics
Broadmoor Hall DE
9:15 am - 10:15 am Morning Breakout Session I
Cycling Interval Training Training the Paratriathlete
Stephen McGregor, PhD. Andy MacDonald
Broadmoor Hall C Broadmoor Hall F
10:30 am - 11:45 am Morning Breakout Session II
Development Pathway Options The Triathlon Swim-Improving
for the High School/Collegiate Triathlete Technique and Training with Power
Andy Schmitz, USAT Junior National Team Coach, USAT LII Coach Tim Crowley, BS, CSCS, Pes, USAT LIII Coach
Broadmoor Hall F Broadmoor Hall C
11:45am - 12:00 pm Wrap Up and Door Prizes
Broadmoor Hall DE
12:00pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
Broadmoor Hall B

Johan Bruyneel’s talk was good not great—he talked mostly about the tours with Lance and was very guarded and would rarely reference Contador at all. He did give a Nugget that Lance would be doing the Ironman in 2011 and is planning on a top 5 there. Later had a fun dinner and drinks with some folks from the Parker tri-club and swim coach in Cali-- and watched the Winter Olympics. I have to say some of the talks have been a bit of a bore and a bit basic-- but I did take a few things with me to try out on the clones!

I did like Johan’s ingredients for success and here they are!
1. Follow your heart but bring your head
2. Open and willing to learn
3. Always be creating
4. Surround yourself with talent
5. Communicate and confide
6. Give ownership, acknowledge, and encourage
7. Manage people not Tasks
8. Constantly evaluate and be innovative
9. Learn from losing
10. belief

Erik Weihenmayer however was very inspirational and had a great presentation on his life and achieving many adventures even though he is blind. Great sense of humor and a great speaker on overcoming obstacles. I love his quote from Helen Keller about reaching the summit of Everest:” the greatest things in life are not seen or touched but are felt from the heart”
This morning I woke up early and did a swim in an outdoor lap pool with Olympian victor Plata and fellow Montanaian Anne Gilbert. That was cool especially after the swim, sitting in the hot tub with Victor and talking about the Olympic experience and how he did not get to participate in the opening ceremonies! Also about team tactics in ITU racing. He was a real down to earth good guy. Looking forward to the rest of the lectures and returning home soon to see my girls.


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