Featured Sponsor – XTERRA Wetsuits

Lava PantsToday, we’ve got a special offer that is being extended to all BTC members from XTERRA Wetsuits. From time-to-time we like to provide these opportunities from vendors as they are a great way to get into the sport or upgrade your gear. From Xterra:

Dear Buffalo Triathlon Club Members,

As a reminder, your club discount code is C-BUFFALO (non case-sensitive), valid for 60% off select suits (see here).  XTERRA WETSUITS provides the most flexible wetsuits on the market; their products are backed with the best return policy and warranty in the business.  Try any suit out and take it for a swim; if you don’t like the fit, you can return/exchange it for up to 30 days. Be sure to check out XTERRA Boards and LAVAPants. Intended for pool and open water training and racing, LAVA Pants are designed to replace the pull buoy, simulating the lower body buoyancy of a wetsuit with the added benefit of natural range of motion. Your club code now works on LAVA Pants, reducing the price to $99. XTERRA Wetsuits is #1 for a reason, we won’t let you down.

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1-1-1 Brick & End-of Season Party at Dugs Dive

2012 Dugs Dive - Party

2012 Dugs Dive – Party

Well, there have been rumors that we’d extend the Northtown Brick workouts and we have. However, this one is just to come out and go fast with the rest of the crazies. Thursday night will be our last Nothtown brick in a 1-1-1 format (One mile run, One loop bike course, One mile run).  The 1-1-1 will not go towards this years official standings and if you care, you’ll have to time yourself. So head on out Thursday night and get a bonus brick in this season.

Join the BTC Facebook Group to Connect with others for Fall Workouts

While the end-of-summer marks the end of our timed brick workouts fall is still an awesome time to train. If you’ve not yet joined our BTC Facebook group you should. Many of us will post dates and times we are working out and that is a great way to find a training buddy.

BTC Swims on Lake Erie

We still have two swims left. Tonight 9/18 and next week 9/25 from 5-7. Its getting dark earlier now so try and get there early, Most of us are bagging it by 6:45 due to the setting sun. Next week 9/25 is our end-of-season swim and annual membership get together at Dugs Dive.  Joe Pautler has created a Facebook event to start getting a head count. We need to get that over to Dugs in the next few days.

Details for End-of-Season Party at Dugs Dive

Please RSVP to this event so we can get a ballpark head count!

  • Wednesday 9/25 – 6PM
  • Dug’s Dive, 1111 Fuhrman Blvd, right down the road from our Lake Erie swim spot.
  • $10 per person will be collected at the door. (total cost, including tax and gratuity, is $20 per person, but we are paying the other $10 per person from the BTC club account)
  • Slider style chicken sandwiches, Italian sausages, and veggie burgers, along with sides of griddled potato salad and bean salad will be provided. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. Other beverages can be purchased at the bar.

Staying Safe on the Road – Innovations in Personal Safety

personal safetyThe best way to stay safe on the road is to run or ride with a buddy. However, we all know that many times schedules conflict and you just need to get out there and get your miles in. In this article I’m going to share with you some tips as well as smart-phone applications that can help you stay safer on the road.

On the road tips:

  1. Flasher Lights – These small flashing lights can easily be mounted to your bike or clothing to alert drivers of your presence. I personally own two of them that I swap around all the time. This time of year is especially important because the sun goes down earlier and frequent grey skies can make it more difficult for people to see you!  $6 at Amazon
  2. RoadID Band – A RoadID band bracelet or something comparable should be worn by every triathlete in every discipline. You can get these personalized with emergency contact information, any medical conditions or allergies and any other pertinent information. We’ve got a BUNCH of certificates for RoadID bands in our prize stash. Volunteer at an event or BTC function and you just might be selected as volunteer of the month to win a free one! RoadID Website
  3. Reflective Apparel and Anklets – I’m also a huge fan of reflective anklets because they are easy to slip on at any time. However, many manufacturers of performance apparel also build reflective materials right into the clothing. Safety is one thing I never skimp on in the sport. $4 at Amazon

Smartphone Apps – Keep Loved Ones Informed of Your Location:

  1. Glympse – As an avid Android phone user I use an app called Glympse to keep my family and friends up-to-date on my location. This app is SUPER easy to use. Download the app from iTunes (iPhone) or the Google Play Market(Android) and create an account. From there it is as simple as sending a text message. For me, I usually text it to my wife who also has the app on her phone. This allows her to see a virtual map of my movement and where I am at any time.  We’ve all heard the stories of someone getting bumped off the road. An app like this can save your life or just make it easier for your family to find you and drop off a fresh water bottle on those long rides. It is also worth noting that both parties are not required to have the app installed. The text message from your phone to theirs will include a link so you can watch from your phone, tablet or PC.
  2. RoadID App called Breadcrumbs – RoadID in addition to their personalized bracelets have come out with an app for iPhone only app (at the time of this writing) that is very similar in functionality to Glympse. I have not had the chance to use this app but friends have and they love its ease of use. Again, you send a message to a friend or family member and they are able to track you on a map in real-time.

Stay safe out there and have fun!

Support the Local End-of-Season Races

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 4.15.35 PMHello all, Over the past week we’ve seen some call outs for helpers at a couple local end-of-season races, The Nickel City Triathlon on September 14th, PAIN in the Alleganies on September 22nd as well as The Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon on October 5th.  You can get more information for Nickel City at their website under the Volunteer page as well as for PAIN in the Alleganies at their volunteer page.

A Letter from Ken Genewick and Bob Timke Great Lakes 100 Mile

“Hello Everyone,

Well, we are now less than a month away from our 2nd Annual Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon, Lake Ontario, being held once again at Camp Kenan on Saturday October 5th!  We are looking forward to a great event with a field of racers that has doubled over last year!  I want to thank those of you who have already signed up to volunteer to be a part of it.  For those of you who have not yet, please go to www.100MileTri.com, and register in our volunteer section under our Lake Ontario logo on the right-hand side of our homepage, and please tell your friends to join you!  We will be in touch with you shortly on volunteer assignments.
Remember, that all volunteers will receive a dri-fit racing tee, a complementary meal ticket, and invitation to our post-race party, featuring a bonfire and live band!
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on race day!”

Volunteer

Screen Shot 2013-08-28 at 3.08.38 PMSo please check these races out!  If you’ve never volunteered before it is a very rewarding experience. If you have volunteered before you know how much fun and inspiring it can be. Look forward to see you out there. The BTC tent will be at both races and don’t forget your camera to capture the day.

Great Video from the guys at the 100 Mile Triathlon featuring our own Dan Szajta

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgjkgtzh7clsmqh/100miletri_YouTube.mov