March 3rd, 2014
One of our favourite things about Challenge Penticton 2013 was welcoming everyone into the Challenge Family as they crossed the finish line. And especially as Steve King called out all of the great relay team names – no doubt, a lot of thought went into them, and some were laugh-out-loud hilarious.
And so, we thought we’d reward all that creativity and get your help in choosing this year’s standouts. To coincide with college basketball’s own March Madness, each week we’ll be choosing two of our favourite names from the relay teams registered so far for Challenge Penticton 2014, and ask you to vote on our Facebook page.
Over the coming weeks, you’ll help us narrow down the finalists, and on Monday, April 7th, we’ll crown the Challenge Penticton 2014 Relay Team Name Champion! And so, if you’re still getting your team together, and have a great name all ready to go, sign up now so that you can be in the running for next week’s bracket.
Good luck, and happy (team) training!Tags: bracket, challenge, Challenge Family, challenge penticton, March Madness, name, okanagan, penticton, relay, Relay team, Team, tournament, triathlon
March 1st, 2014
Our daily lives as triathletes are impacted by scores of people within our immediate universe: a swim coach, running buddy, local race promoter, to name a few. But there are those in our sport whose work impacts every triathlete, whether we realise it or not. These men and women are the business executives, coaches, athletes and mentors who are steering triathlon toward its future and growing the sport, one swag bag at a time. We identified eight of these individuals for our annual “Most Influential People in Triathlon” list based on their work in the triathlon scene over the last 12 months. Our editors compiled the list after an exhaustive voting process, and ranked them based on their impact. We’ll go through that list this week, and we start with the family man: Felix Walchshöfer.
On June 29, 2014, triathletes will plunge into the surf in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to begin the Challenge Family series’ first ever event in the United States. The race represents an enormous triumph for the European-based company, which has long sat in the shadow of the World Triathlon Corporation’s Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series in the United States despite widespread success overseas.
“We had to get into the United States—we had so many athletes asking about it, it was insane,” says Felix Walchshöfer, CEO of the Challenge series. “It was quite a long road getting to here.” While Challenge reached this important milestone in 2013, Ironman attacked the company’s European base by purchasing multiple race promoters across the continent that had previously hosted Challenge Family events.
Walchshöfer always downplays his company’s rivalry with Ironman, but many of the unique features of Challenge Family races stand in direct contrast to WTC events: Athletes are encouraged to cross the line with their family members. The events allow participants to compete as a relay team.
The races include a festival of other events, such as 5K fun runs and parties. And instead of flying in their own staff, the Challenge races pull heavily from local clubs and municipal groups for volunteers and staff.
These may seem like superficial changes, but the extras have helped Challenge earn a dedicated participant base, attract sponsors and strengthen its bottom line. At the series’ premier event in Roth, title sponsor DATEV encourages its employees and business partners to participate in the relays, fun runs and volunteer ranks.
“They want their workforce to be healthy, and we can help them with that,” Walchshöfer says. “We see it as a deeper integration.”
And unlike Ironman, Walchshöfer wants to keep his series small—36 races are the most he’s willing to have. “We do not want to overtake Ironman—I want to be the leader in quality, not the quantity leader,” he says. “We want to concentrate on ourselves, not Ironman.” Despite those intentions, Walchshöfer has Challenge poised to become a viable alternative to Ironman in the States as he already has around the globe.bike, Challenge Family, challenge penticton, felix walchshofer, run, swim, triathlon, we are traithlon
February 26th, 2014
Welcome to March, where New Year’s resolutions seem but a distant memory. Remember how you swore you would eat 20 servings of vegetables everyday? And how you promised yourself that you’d never touch a bowl of ice cream again (until after your first race of the season, of course…)? And how you printed off that amazing list of healthy dinner menus and taped them to the fridge, ready to win the award for “healthiest parent of the year?”
Ok, you get my point. As a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics, I’ve seen many clients give up on their New Year’s resolutions simply because their goals were too lofty or un-realistic. The truth is, you don’t have to arrive at the beginning of the spring months wondering, “Where did all my motivation go?” Instilling practical and balanced nutrition habits into your everyday routine is easier then you think. Read on for some of my favorite tips for ensuring healthy (realistic) eating habits year-round.
1.) Have a plan. And by this I don’t mean you necessarily need a rigid nutrition plan like that of an elite athlete. Just make sure you have a “game plan” as you head into each week. Prepare snacks and bulk portions of proteins and starches over the weekend (like Sunday afternoon) to ensure that you have a steady supply of healthy food for when the weekdays get extra hectic. Bake up a large batch of chicken breasts. Prepare a big pot of black beans, quinoa, and brown rice. Use snack-size ziplocks to bag up baby carrots, almonds, dried fruit, and low-fat string cheese so you have the perfect “grab-and-go” ‘snack packs’ for the week.
2.) Shop with a list. Creating a shopping list will help you mentally organize your week from a nutritional perspective. Make sure you have a protein for every night of the week you plan to make dinner, ample produce, bulk grains and nuts, and other nutritional “extras” to fuel yourself properly. When all is said and done, you’ll find yourself shopping the perimeter of the grocery store rather than falling prey to the inner aisles of the store where the “goodies” are located.
3.) Set mini goals every month. At times I see clients set goals that are too lofty or too daunting to undertake. At the start of each month, set 2-3 achievable goals that you know you can stick with. It might be to drink 2 more bottles of water each day, add an extra serving of vegetables at dinner, and eat out one less day per week. Small goals are easy to approach, and at the end of the year, you’ll look back and realize you’ve accomplished quite a bit!
4.) Make things fun! What’s more depressing than a chicken breast and a cup of steamed broccoli. Boring. Try and “spice things up” by getting a bit creative with your staple “healthy foods” in the kitchen. Instead of baked chicken, dice it up and stir-fry it with some colorful veggies and low-sodium teriyaki sauce. Instead of baked sweet potatoes, take a few extra minutes to slice them up, toss them with olive oil and sea salt and bake them for 25 minutes to create sweet potato fries. And what about those veggies? Roasting vegetables really brings out their flavor. Toss your favorite chopped veggies in olive oil, sea salt, and basil and roast them for 15-20 minutes to create a colorful side dish.
5.) Reach out for help. Take time to connect with friends who are also of the “nutrition for health” mindset and exchange recipes and ideas. Sit down with a Registered Dietitian to discuss your nutrition goals and how to best approach them. Join an online food diary website, such as MyFitnessPal, where you can upload your nutrition intake and reach out to other like-minded individuals to connect. Research new and fun recipes online. You don’t have to go about this whole “healthy eating thing” alone. There are many people out there who can help you be the very best you!
So as we look forward to the middle months of the year, remember that your nutrition goals for 2014 are within reach. All it takes is a bit of planning, a realistic approach, and maybe a bit of outside help from close friends or nutrition professionals. Erase all of your previous perceptions of New Year’s resolutions and let’s take on this year with nutrition goals that will last!
Jennifer Lentzke MS, RD, LD/N
Jennifer Lentzke is a Registered Dietitian, professional long-course triathlete, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and founder/owner of Toro Performance Nutrition, LLC.
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