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Tri-ing For Life at the YMCA Youth and Junior Team-DIY


Have you been wanting to tri out triathlon, or maybe you have a youth or junior who is interested in Triathlon? Come and check out this event tomorrow at Jean Klock. You can participate, volunteer, or spectate…so many choices.

Meet the Tri-ing For Life at the YMCA Youth and Junior Team and Join in with our Adults in the Couch 2 Tri program as they get ready for their first race coming in July.

Youth (Under 12) – 50m Swim / 2 Mile Bike / 1 Mile Run
Junior (12+) / Adults – 200m Swim / 4 Mile Bike / 2 Mile Run
This is a DIY Tri all distances are approximate and may be a little over or under.

Transition Clinic at 6:30 pm
DIY Tri at 7 PM


TRI-ing For Life: Youth and Junior Coaching Certification


As a Triathlon Coach it is important that I keep learning and sharpening my coaching skills so I can best serve the athletes that put their training into my hands. I’ve been a Level 1 USA Triathlon Certified Coach since 2015.

In 2017 I partnered with the YMCA to create a Youth and Junior Triathlon Team. To ensure the Youth and Junior team is properly coached I went again to learn from the best at USA Triathlon and have now completed the process. Now I add the USA Triathlon Certified Youth/Junior Coach to my USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Adult Coach.

Tri-ing For Life and our community


Huge congratulations to the winners of the EP Clarke spring mileage club competition. This is an awesome program that EP Clarke elementary school is running to help their students be more active in their lives.

Tri-ing For Life donated a Vivofit Jr. for the winners of each grade level hoping to really motivate the children to not just get active, but shoot for a huge goal so they could win something awesome. Last Friday I was amazed by the results from these amazing children and some of the stories I heard from their parents.

Some program stats:
– Students completed 4,149 miles, they could have walked to Brazil
– 2,390 of those miles were in the 7 wk season 2 which was 2 weeks shorter than season one, that’s more than half in less weeks.
– 349 students participated
– EP Clarke ranked in the top 13% of more than 8,000 schools nation wide which participated
Those are amazing results, huge shout out Tiffany Woods and all the volunteers who have made this program possible.

One parent told me how much more energy his daughter had while participating. His daughter completed 30 miles in season 2 compared to 5 miles in season 1. She came home one day and told her dad she wanted to win a Vivofit Jr. and she made it. These are the stories that make me do what I do.

Tri-ing For Life at The YMCA: new endurance club in Southwest Michigan


Two great organizations have now partnered together to provide a fun, friendly, and safe environment for training, mentoring and socializing to endurance athletes of all ages, sizes and walks of life. Be part of all the awesome things that Tri-ing For Life and The YMCA of Southwest Michigan have created just for you.

All members joining this weekend through Memorial Day will be entered into a drawing to win some great prizes from The YMCA of Southwest Michigan, Tri-ing For Life, and our sponsors. Drawing will be on Tuesday May 30th and winners will be contacted.

Join today and be part of a great community that includes a Kids Tri Team, Adult Training Squad, Adult Couch 2 Triathlon, and group training opportunities for all 3 sports and all abilities. To join the Tri-ing For Life at the YMCA club go to the link below and click on Join, membership is free in 2017.

SUMMER: Racing season – Transition


Transition is a lot of Art and a little bit of Science. Are you doing yours right to help you get some free speed? Here are some pointers….

First K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simply Simple. Don’t have a whole bunch of gear you don’t need and set it up with what you need first in the front. Use a towel next to and close to your bike to claim your transition space and stay on it.

Swim Gear
Have it on your body

Cycling Gear
– Water and Nutrition Bottles on your bike
– Helmet on your handlebars, this is crucial to not forget to avoid a DNF
– Sunglasses in your helmet
– Socks in your shoes or in the front of your towel, better yet don’t use them
– Shoes either on the pedals or front of towel
– Chamois Buttr front of towel by shoes if they’re on the towel.

Run Gear
– Shoes on transition towel behind cycling shoes
– Number belt with race bib on top of shoes
– Hat/Visor on top of race belt
– Nutrition, Water, and Electrolytes next to shoes

Nutrition Corner: Base Salts



by Coach Thom Figueroa

Tri-ing For Life just added in Base Salts to our arsenal to fight electrolyte replenishment and cramping.  The addition of Base Salts gives the options of using UCAN Hydrate or Base Salts for your hydration needs and gives more flexibility on the bike and the run than powders that go into your water bottle.

Base Salts help replenish your electrolytes without sitting in your stomach waiting to be digested as tehy absorb through your mouth for a faster delivery just as you need them during your training and race performances. Check this video out to learn more.

Stop in and have a chat about Base Salts and how to incorporate them into your training and race day plans.