Tri Talk by BrookeNichollsNelson
In the last few years we have experienced a huge running boom, greater than the one in the 1980s, but the sport experiencing a huge growth spurt is triathlon and other multi-sport events.
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Dumb and Dumber at the Tri
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Sep 16, 2011 | 33587 views |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Some of the 43 Anniston Runners Tri Team members who competed at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville, August 2011.
Some of the 43 Anniston Runners Tri Team members who competed at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Guntersville, August 2011.






I recently received the article below from a fellow runner. While it is a sadly humorous commentary on an athlete gone bad and a really lame attempt to avoid capture, I found myself thinking about all the dumb things I have done during a triathlon. Trying to elude the po-po is not one of them, but the short list includes

1.    Getting my ponytail caught in the handlebar of my tri bike as I lifted my head after slipping on my running shoes for the run leg. Almost ripped the whole rack of bikes onto the ground.

2.       Crashing at the dismount line. Well, not really crashing. It was more like ...stop...wait for it....fall over on my side when my shoe didn’t unclip.

3.       Not stopping to get a rock out of my shoe on the run. I felt it and ignored it. It cut the back of my heel so deeply that blood spurted out of my shoe everytime I hit my foot on the pavement. My kids thought this was really cool after the race.

        So, what's the dumbest thing you've ever done during an event? Share it. Make me feel better. Check out the article:

Suspect Fails to Bike, Run, and Swim from the Law


By Caitlin Giddings

An unlikely triathlete put his well-rounded athleticism to ill use last Friday when he biked, ran, and swam from the pursuit of Wisconsin law enforcement officers. Teenage triple threat Benjamin J. Solchenburger, 18, was accused of stealing a truck, crashing a truck, and stealing a bike in Wausau before his apprehension and subsequent multi-sport chase.

Shirking traditional triathlon order, Solchenburger first took off on the stolen bike. With police in hot pursuit, the young suspect then abandoned the bike for the running portion of his intended tri-sport escape. Eventually, he took to the Wisconsin River and swam across it for the final stretch.

He was promptly arrested on shore and held at the fittingly named Marathon County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, obstructing an officer, and violating the terms of his probation. Solchenburger’s official time has yet to be reported, but it’s suspected he may have set a personal record.

A special thanks to our friends at Runner’s World for tipping us off to the young triathlete.



Triathlons - Heating up! Staying cool.
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Aug 08, 2011 | 2813 views |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Not a lot is hotter than an Alabama summer, so why do crazy triathletes choose to compete distance and three sports in the mind-boggling hot and humid summertime? Well, it's because that is tri season.

A little advice from the experts at TRISUCCESS on how to stay safe:

You will probably need as much as 600-800 mg sodium/hr. You can still be sodium depleted if all you drink is water b/c plain water doesn't replace the sodium that you lose through sweat. The body will cool itself better when it is in electrolyte balance; avoid cramping and heat related illness.

Drink 2 gulps (4 oz) every 15 minutes (you can set a timer on your watch if you forget while cycling).

Carry 2 bottles on the bike - 1 water and 1 sports drink.

On the run: Wear a visor and take 2 cups of water at every aid stations - 1 for your head and 1 to drink. Carry ice in your hands to cool down, tuck ice towel around your neck.

During and after the race: You should eat some ice and try to drink COLD fluids.

Keep positive - Don't say the word "HOT" - remember how cold you were this winter - keep that in the front of your mind (seriously)!!

Local Tri on Saturday, August 8 - Come check it out!
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Aug 08, 2011 | 1792 views |  0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink


Guntersville will be up early on Saturday, August 13 because Team Magic will be putting on one of the more popular triathlons in our area - Mountain Lakes Triathlon.(Race start is 7:30 a.m.)

Taking place at the Guntersville Recreation Center, a very nice venue, the triathlon offers a fun sprint distance course. Spectators can watch triathletes as they swim a short 600 yard swim, pedal a 16.2 rolling bike course, and speed through a fairly flat 3 mile run.

Most local triathletes enjoy this race - mainly because so many other triathletes from the area participating. It's fun to see friends on the course.

So, if you've ever had the thought, "I'd like to do a tri someday." Now is your chance to check it out to see what triathlon is all, it's just right up the road.

If you come, please note our ANNISTON RUNNERS TRI TEAM suits, and cheer very loud for us! Thanks!

For complete race details, go to:

Love to Tri!
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Jul 20, 2011 | 2675 views |  0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Love to Tri!

I love the sport of triathlon. Why? Because I love the actual mechanics of each sport - the swim, the bike, the run.

I love the pure freedom of the swim. It's just you and the water and the occasional fish....and a good pair of goggles. Relatively inexpensive endeavor.

I love the feel of the wind on the bike, and the reward of speeding like a bullet on a long downhill after a challenging uphill climb. Bikes aren’t cheap, but you can find some really good deals in our area.

I love the contact of running shoes on road or trail as mile after mile is ground out, inching you closer to the finish line. What could be simpler?

And to be honest, I love the thrill of competition. It drives me to be better at the sport. But above all, I love to see others embrace a sport I love. Nothing makes me happier than the excitement of a new triathlete. A little bit of nervousness is to be expected, but once you do a tri, you are generally hooked. What a great addiction!

We hear so much these days about cross-training, and how it improves performance in other areas, how it makes you stronger overall, and how it keeps you from being injured. What better time to try a tri than this summer/fall? There is still time to choose a goal and train. We hold tri training all the time, and you can find a great list of triathlons within a short distance on the Anniston Runners Tri Team website page:



So, what's your excuse?
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Jul 06, 2011 | 2588 views |  0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

We all have excuses as to why we won’t or can’t do something. Generally when I talk about doing triathlons, people will say things like, “I’m just not a strong swimmer,” or “I’m not a great biker,” or “I can’t run very well.”

Granted, in a triathlon you need to be able to do all three sports to a certain extent, but if being “really great” at any of the three was a requirement, I would never have gotten past my first season as a triathlete. Those are just excuses not to attempt the sport.

Triathlons do require commitment and concentration, and all your senses are firing on all cylinders when you line up to start the race. While sight is undoubtedly the most necessary sense, hearing is probably second. Your ability to hear the starting gun, oncoming traffic, warning calls, and such would seem imperative.

So, as you list your excuses NOT to do a triathlon, contemplate this – Anniston Runners Club’s Tri Team has two members who are deaf who compete regularly in triathlons.

When one of them emailed a few weeks ago asking if he could participate in a swim/bike training event (Open water swimming in a lake and a challenging bike ride up Cheaha Mountain), I said, “Of course.”

Then expressed my own concerns by asking how I could keep him safe on the ride.

He assured me he looked back often to check traffic and was used to riding in similar situations and would stay way over on the right side of the road. I was still a little nervous, as I couldn’t imagine riding without being able to hear an oncoming car or a change in the sound of my bike or a warning from another cyclist about approaching dangers. I was voicing my excuses if I were deaf, what I perceived would be a handicap.

Trust me, these two guys have not allowed being deaf to handicap them in any way. This weekend, they will be competing in the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon, an Olympic Distance event where they will swim almost a mile in the Tennessee River, bike an extremely challenging 42k leg, and run a hot 10k course.  And this is not their only event this season!

So….what’s your excuse?

Why not tri?
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Jul 06, 2011 | 3876 views |  0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Anniston Runners Tri Team logo
Anniston Runners Tri Team logo

This Community Blogging thing is new and all the rage, from what I’m hearing. So, when the Star asked me to facilitate a blog about triathloning (Is that even a word? My spell check is saying, “no.”), I was more than happy to oblige, especially since I am the Triathlon/Multi-Sports Director for one of the more popular community groups around, Anniston Runners Club.

Talking about my favorite sport is easy. Getting others excited about doing a tri is easy. Heck, doing a tri is easy…with a little training. There’s where the community aspect of triathlons comes in. There are a bunch of triathletes and multi-sports enthusiasts in our area, and the great thing is, we all love to nurture and encourage budding triathletes.

Anniston Runners Club has a growing Tri Team, but let me assure you, you don’t have to be an Ironman-level competitor to be on this team; you just need to be a member of Anniston Runners Club ( and say, “Hey, I’d like to be on the Tri Team!” There are no tryouts, no prerequisites, no mandatory practices, no impermissible text messages or free game tickets or illegal contact from a coach,…just a desire to be a part of the local tri-community. (I’m milking this “community” thing.)

What’s involved with doing a tri? You need to be able to swim, ride a bike, and run/walk. The distance is up to you, as there are so many triathlons to choose within a short drive from our area. If you’re not adept at one of the legs of the event, you can be on a relay team!

Now that I have your interest, how do you get started? You can respond to this blog, email me, or check the tri page of Anniston Runners Club (, and read a little bit about triathlons. Plus, the website has a great calendar of events.

There is a tri in Chattanooga next weekend. One in Nashville in two weeks. One in Guntersville in August. One in Huntsville late in August. You get my drift…these are easy drives.

Probably the most popular local tri (Besides Buster Britton Tri at Oak Mountain, but sorry, you missed it last month. Put it on the calendar for next year.) is the Guntersville Mountain Lakes Triathlon. The sprint triathlon (600 yard swim/16.2 mile bike/3 mile run) taking place on Saturday, August 13 is a favorite with locals because you can drive up that morning and not spend the money on a hotel the night before.

Also making Mountain Lakes popular is that it’s put on by Team Magic, known for organized, well-managed events. And the course is relatively easy. A short swim in a clean lake, a rolling bike course (No major hills at all.), and a nice, easy run along the lake path.

You have 6 weeks to train, but less time to think about doing it as it fills up quickly. Sign up today, start training tomorrow! You’ll be a part of the growing community of triathletes. (Just had to get one more community-oriented plug in there!)


Triathlon/Multi-Sports Boom - Is it for you?
by BrookeNichollsNelson
Jul 03, 2011 | 1404 views |  0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Transitioning from swim to bike.
Transitioning from swim to bike.
Swim start, Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa.
Swim start, Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa.
Bike leg.
Bike leg.
Finish line!
Finish line!

In the last few year the country has experienced a huge running boom, even bigger than the one in the 1980s. Our area has seen evidence of this boom with the phenomenal growth of the Anniston Runners Club's signature race, the Woodstock 5k, held the first Saturday in August each year. Woodstock had 79 runners in 2005, but has exploded to almost 1400 at last year's event.

But maybe a 5K road race has gotten a little too tame for you, and you're looking for more of a challenge. You're in good company. Triathlons/Multi-Sports events are the fastest growing types of fitness challenges.

If you can keep yourself afloat for 400 yards or more, stay upright on a bike for 16 miles or more, and put one foot in front of the other for 3 miles or more...then you can do a triathlon.

There are all different distances to choose. Sprint distances consist of anywhere from a 400-600 yard swim, in a pool, lake, or river, a 16-20 mile bike leg, and the final portion is the run, which is usually a 5k (3.1 miles).

Olympic or Intermediate distances consist of a 1k swim (.6 miles), 30 mile bike, and 10k run (6.2 miles).

The Ironman (IM) distances are 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and full marathon run (26.2 miles). And of course there is the "Half IM," which is half the IM distance.

There are a multitude of triathlons and other multi-sports events within an easy drive of our area, and we have a large number of experienced, as well as nascent triathletes, who support each other by training together and swapping stories and race reports.

So, have you ever considered doing a triathlon?

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