Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time. With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.” ~ Crystal Shirk

For health care workers on the front line, sport training helps to reduce stress

Now that pools are reopening, Crystal Shirk is back in the water at 6am to get in her lap time. She is training for her first triathlon this summer, the Asheville Triathlon, a sprint tri being put on in Hendersonville July 19th. 

“I love trying something new,” says Crystal. “I love the challenge and the excitement of knowing you have an event coming up.”

The triathlon is good timing for Crystal. When COVID-19 hit, her job as a certified athletic trainer at a local high school changed dramatically. Her hours were reduced, and she and her fellow peers were asked to screen patients at Urgent Care for coronavirus symptoms, putting them directly on the front line of the pandemic. 

To help alleviate stress and stay motivated, Crystal, revved up her running and cycling.

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time,” Crystal says. “With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.”

Setting a goal

Crystal is very goal-oriented, so when sport events were cancelled in March, it became more difficult to stay motivated and stick to a training plan. The Asheville Triathlon offers her an event to look forward to and work towards.

“I need to have a purpose,” she says. 

During COVID-19, Crystal also focused more on strength training and yoga. She found herself getting stronger, and now she feels more confident that she can complete a triathlon.

“I don’t want to go out and win it, I just want to do the best for me. I want to prove to myself that I can do it,” she says.

Returning to sport events 

Crystal says she understands numbers may be limited now at sport events, and protocols need to be put in place to keep everyone safe and adhere to current guidelines. As an athletic trainer, she is constantly working on bringing back events at the high school level. 

“That’s our daily talk right now,” she adds. 

When asked if she was nervous about returning to sport events, Crystal said she feels comfortable with it and is not afraid to do events again.

“Working in the healthcare industry…this doesn’t bother me,” she says. “I feel like in running events, being outdoors, I don’t worry about (COVID-19) as much.

“There’s going to be comfort levels. There’s going to be fears. Things have to return at some point. A select number of events here and there I think is a good idea.”

A sprint tri offers ‘doable’ distances for every level of athlete

The Asheville Triathlon course includes a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon a good fit for every level of triathlete, and it’s a huge hit among locals who want to go out and try their best at a new sport.

“I think I’ll have fun doing it, and enjoy it,” Crystal adds.

Crystal is most afraid of swimming, she admits. But she knows she can swim at least 400 meters, which is the distance of the swim in the Asheville Triathlon. It’s mostly the transition she needs to practice at this point.

And no, she does not have a tri suit.

“I’ll probably wear a bathing suit with shorts,” she adds, laughing. “I don’t have an official suit.”

The Asheville Triathlon takes place on Sunday, July 19th, and changes have been put in place to address COVID-19. The location has been changed to Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC to ensure athletes are able to spread out and stay safely far enough apart from one another. The participant number has been limited, packet-pickup will be a drive-through option, and extra sanitizing precautions will be implemented. There is also a fun virtual option available where participants can swim, bike and run on their own time and still receive a shirt and medal. 

READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON TO ENSURE A SAFE EVENT

Crystal lives in Black Mountain, NC with her two children and her husband, Conrad, who is also doing the Asheville Triathlon. Crystal is also an Asheville Marathon and Half AmbassadorWe look forward to cheering on Crystal and  Conrad in July! 

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Winter Triathlon Training Tips

Winter Triathlon Training Tips

by Sarah Alexander

Photo credit: Wright Creative, Inc. 

As a professional triathlete, I have been able to “chase summer” in order to continue training outside year-round. Luckily, it’s possible to integrate indoor and outdoor training in Asheville throughout the winter!

Regardless, the focus of training certainly shifts a bit in the “off-season” as compared to racing season. Here are three pro tips to take your winter multisport training to the next level:

1. Get Strong! The winter training season is a great time to focus on foundational strength, which tends to take lower priority during the racing season. When the weather outside is frightful, the gym can be so delightful! There are a lot of posts about the benefits of strength training for endurance sport — both from an injury prevention and performance enhancement standpoint — that you can link to. Here are a couple “triathlon strength routine” posts:

Team USA

Mark Allen’s 12 Best Strength Exercises

2. Work your Weakness — Did you grow up swimming but have always struggled through the run? Or, like many, perhaps the two land disciplines are where you shine …. as long as you can actually make it out of the water! One of the big challenges with triathlon, especially during the racing season, is training all three disciplines (swim, bike and run). Winter is a great time to put in a dedicated block of training to develop a weakness and take your performance to the next level next season.

3. Keep it Diverse — The off-season is a great time to mix it up. While it’s great to set goals for next season and seize the off-season to start working towards those, don’t make the mistake of digging yourself into a physical or mental hole before racing even begins! Cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and even cardio exercise programs at your local gym are great ways to get a workout in without overdoing the classic swim, bike, run.

About Sarah
Sarah Alexander is a professional triathlete who participated in the 2019 Asheville Triathlon and was the overall winner! Since the Asheville Triathlon, Sarah won the Lake Logan International Triathlon on the women’s side (6th overall including men) and has continued to progress on the international stage, with a 7th place finish at IM 70.3 Santa Rosa and, most recently, 5th place at IM 70.3 Traverse City. She has been working hard in the hills and lakes of Asheville and hopes to continue her consistent progression in her final races of the season: IM 70.3 Cozumel (9/29), IM 70.3 Coquimbo (10/19), and IM 70.3 Los Cabos (11/3).

You can follow Sarah’s races on the IRONMAN results tracker, and she will continue to share her journey via social media (Instagram, Facebook).

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Results are In for the Asheville Triathlon!

Results are In for the Asheville Triathlon!

Thank you to all of our participants this year! We were glad to have everyone out here for this wonderful event.

Top Female Finisher: Sarah Alexander          57:54.5

Top Male Finisher: Oliver Porter                     59:53.3

2 Person Relay: Mina Madness                       1:29:01

3 Person Relay: Tri-Amigos                              1:14:05

Overall Results

2019 Asheville Triathlon Swim Start Times

2019 Asheville Triathlon Swim Start Times

2019 Asheville Triathlon Swim Start Order

 

On your marks, get set, SWIM!

The first swimmer will hit the pool at 7:45 am sharp! The rest of the participants will follow every 10 seconds. Make sure to bring your own swim cap (if you want to use one).

Attend our Pre-Race meeting at Asheville Rec Park with the iDaph Team.

We recommend this meeting for everyone especially you awesome first time triathletes!

When: Saturday, July 20th at 5:00pm

Where: Asheville Rec Park

69 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28805

More details can be found in our pre-event eblast HERE!

Questions about your Start Time? Visit us at Packet Pick-up on Saturday! 

Swim Start Times

Seth McFarland 750 Individual
MINA MADNESS Mina, Mina 800 2-Person Relay
CHUNKEY MONKEYS Cunagin, Armstrong, Hunt 801 3-Person Relay
Anna Newnam 742 Individual
Connor Smith 502 Individual
Abby Smith 503 Individual
David Ziegler 504 Individual
Sarah Alexander 505 Individual
Kelly Boone 731 Individual
Lizzie McGann 507 Individual
Rich Rauschenbach 508 Individual
TRI-AMIGOS Abe, Mears, Napper 802 3-Person Relay
John Kneedler 509 Individual
BRIAN COMBS 510 Individual
Chris Hawkins 511 Individual
Lecky Haller 512 Individual
Patrick NEWCOMB 537 Individual
Oliver Porter 513 Individual
John Smith 514 Individual
Ava Stephens 515 Individual
Chuck Babin 736 Individual
Jeffery Bennington 517 Individual
Jorge Marin 518 Individual
Sabrina Coles 519 Individual
Sami Haddad 520 Individual
Lucy Eggleston 521 Individual
Ryan Ford 522 Individual
John Glover 741 Individual
Amy Cocanour 523 Individual

1:30

Ev Agin 526 Individual
Dan Passarelli 528 Individual
Zach DeMeester 501 Individual
erin taylor 585 Individual
Courtney Dail 530 Individual
Eric Willingham 532 Individual
Martina Barnes 533 Individual
Daniel Boren 534 Individual
Jack Martindale 535 Individual
Aiden McFarland 536 Individual
David Thompson 538 Individual
Lauren Vollentine 539 Individual
Jeremy Durbin 540 Individual
Levi Rattray-Wood 541 Individual
Jennifer Jacobson 542 Individual
Patrick Engel 543 Individual
TR Newnam 733 Individual
Thomas Dawson 529 Individual
Scott Warren 546 Individual
Betsy Cunagin 547 Individual
Spencer Clark 548 Individual
Lydia Newnam 506 Individual
Stephanie Sales 549 Individual
Bryan Smith 550 Individual
Daniel Trimbach 552 Individual

1:45

Nathan Mueller 730 Individual
Steve Mack 553 Individual
Jennifer May 554 Individual
Whitney Jordan 555 Individual
David Schaffer 556 Individual
anthony read 557 Individual
Andy VanPelt 558 Individual
Carissa Chambers 559 Individual
Nikolas Silva 560 Individual
Sergio Laprade-Velasco 737 Individual
David Chandler 561 Individual
Steve Watkins 562 Individual
Carolyn Morrisroe 563 Individual
Rick Hogue 565 Individual
Erik Sandstedt 566 Individual
Natalie Schieber 567 Individual
Roger Hill 568 Individual
Lonnie LePore 569 Individual
Gregory Moberg 570 Individual
Shannon Roderick 571 Individual
Jeremy Serkin 572 Individual
john jennings 573 Individual
Christopher Arbor 574 Individual
Roger Hatfield 575 Individual
Travis Stevens 576 Individual
Deanna Galasso 577 Individual

2:00

TEAM OPIE Barrow, Negri, Snell 826 3-Person Relay
Battle Crews 735 Individual
Wesley Shelmire 734 Individual
Crosby Crevelt 578 Individual
Marissa Yates 579 Individual
McKenzie Bridges 524 Individual
Estelle Arnal 580 Individual
Michael Karp 525 Individual
Simms McElfresh 581 Individual
Anthony Franco 672 Individual
Arthur Basham 582 Individual
Jarrett Van Meter 527 Individual
Bill Gulsby 583 Individual
Katelyn Decherd 584 Individual
Ted Souris 586 Individual
Justin Peele 587 Individual
Caleb Kirchhoff 588 Individual
Grace Stokey 589 Individual
Kristie Blankenship 591 Individual
Sarah Byrne 592 Individual
Brad Campbell 593 Individual
Tommy Carter 594 Individual
Chris Chazotte 596 Individual
Tyler Chazotte 597 Individual
Erin Connors 598 Individual
Megan Grant 599 Individual
Alenda Hartshorn 600 Individual
David Kadau 601 Individual
Jonathan KADAU 602 Individual
Virginia Lockett 604 Individual
justin mccleery 605 Individual
Eric McNeil 606 Individual
Colby Munday 727 Individual
Joshua Page 607 Individual
Eva Peterson 544 Individual
Kreig Spahn 608 Individual
Susan Wiley 610 Individual
Kathryn Wilhoit 611 Individual
chris holroyd 612 Individual
Rachel Thebeau 613 Individual
Kai Schwerdtfeger 614 Individual
Greg Owen 615 Individual
Kari Hunt 616 Individual
Aimee Riley 647 Individual
Katryn Steenbergen 617 Individual
Samantha Siegel 618 Individual
Jeff Meide 619 Individual

2:10

Michael Boyd 621 Individual
Michael Connolly 622 Individual
Paiden Castelblanco 623 Individual
Megan Cavagnini 624 Individual
Brian Cavagnini 625 Individual
Doug Hoffman 626 Individual
Steven Sizemore 648 Individual
Lawrence Thurman 627 Individual
Jess Adams 628 Individual
Tori Rothenhoefer 629 Individual
Mark Hedrick 630 Individual
Kat Leddy 740 Individual
Michael Tobias 739 Individual
David Anderson 729 Individual
michael malone 631 Individual
Susan Davis 531 Individual
Mona Ellum 649 Individual
Daniel Schieber 632 Individual
Anne Louise Bouchard 633 Individual
Lauren Agrella-Sevilla 634 Individual
Sarah Corley 545 Individual
Dennis Dineen 635 Individual
Mike Kelly 636 Individual
Jon Krecicki 603 Individual
Jacki McCartt 637 Individual
Kenny Morris 638 Individual
David Pesa 639 Individual
Jackson Riddle 640 Individual
Adriana Rolfs 641 Individual
Liza Rutledge 642 Individual
Hailey Voycheske 643 Individual
Tim Young 644 Individual
CHAPEL THRILLERS Clark, Myers, Ristaino 830 3-Person Relay
Jill Frayne 645 Individual
Laney Hayes 646 Individual

2:30

Katlyn Mobley 516 Individual
Daniele Aguilera 650 Individual
Sam Bostian 652 Individual
Cody Nations 564 Individual
Maggie Hogue 653 Individual
Martie Roe 654 Individual
Meg Chislett 655 Individual
Julia Diesel 656 Individual
Jonathan Ezell 657 Individual
Christian Gajes 724 Individual
UNC-Asheville Garrison 658 Individual
Allison Nergart 659 Individual
Kathryn Spotts 660 Individual
Shelby Stovall 661 Individual
Annmarie Vollaro 662 Individual
Bruce Younkin 663 Individual
David Bailey 664 Individual
angel mintz 665 Individual
Jeffrey Barker 666 Individual
REBECCA WIDDICOMBE 668 Individual
Jordan Williams 669 Individual
Monica Bastin 670 Individual
Robert Patterson 671 Individual
Stephanie Compton 673 Individual

3:00

Chirag Patel 551 Individual
Wesley Fowler 674 Individual
Matthew Hill 675 Individual
Scott Butler 676 Individual
Blake Cantrell 677 Individual
Brittany Carty 595 Individual
Bonnie Chazotte 678 Individual
Wes Cottrill 679 Individual
Chante Freeman 680 Individual
Heather Gourley 681 Individual
Randall Haynes 682 Individual
Josh Howard 683 Individual
Heather Layton 684 Individual
Bob Lockett 685 Individual
Bethany Palma 686 Individual
Taylor Pung 687 Individual
Johanna Quinn 688 Individual
Eric Stigall 690 Individual
Jessica Stigall 691 Individual
Jason Taylor 692 Individual
Austin Young 693 Individual
Jordan Watson 694 Individual
Joe Watson 695 Individual
Chris OConnor 696 Individual
Susan Stigall 697 Individual
Alan Barlow 651 Individual
Paul Finch 698 Individual
John Carragher 699 Individual
Paul Heitmann 667 Individual
jennifer wegryn 700 Individual
Heidi Wegryn 701 Individual

3:30

Stephen Embree Jr 620 Individual
Blake Baker 702 Individual
cal fastuca 703 Individual
Danielle Hagerman 704 Individual
Matthew Hannon 705 Individual
Daniel Higgins 706 Individual
Julie Hansell 707 Individual
Kevin Griffin 590 Individual
Jessica Purcell 708 Individual
Chris Cain 709 Individual
Frank Freeman 710 Individual
Caitlin Kelleher 711 Individual
Molly Neary 712 Individual
Jill Sparks 689 Individual

Under 1:31

First Name Last Name Bib Event
Seth McFarland 509.2241379 Individual
MINA MADNESS Mina, Mina 504.337931 2-Person Relay
CHUNKEY MONKEYS Cunagin, Armstrong, Hunt 499.4517241 3-Person Relay
Anna Newnam 494.5655172 Individual
Connor Smith 489.6793103 Individual
Abby Smith 484.7931034 Individual
David Ziegler 479.9068966 Individual
Sarah Alexander 475.0206897 Individual
Kelly Boone 470.1344828 Individual
Lizzie McGann 465.2482759 Individual
Rich Rauschenbach 460.362069 Individual

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Colombia Triathlete Jorge Marin to join Asheville Triathlon

Colombia Triathlete Jorge Marin to join Asheville Triathlon

Asheville Triathlon a great event to meet local triathletes, says Marin

We are super excited to meet Triathlon Coach Jorge Marin at our Asheville Triathlon this weekend! 

Jorge coaches a triathlon team called Tritanium in Colombia, and he organizes a triathlon race every year in his country. He definitely has some experience under his belt: 14 years as a triathlete, several completed triathlons in Colombia and few half Ironmans in the United States. He is preparing to do is first Full Ironman in Florida in November. 

Jorge placed 5th overall and 2nd place in his age group in  a recent national half Ironman, and he has another one planned in the Outer Banks here in North Carolina in September.

So why is he participating in our Asheville Triathlon? 

“Because I will be visiting Asheville for 10 days and saw there is a triathlon here, and I thought it could be a nice opportunity to meet people here,” Jorge said. “Also because Asheville is a beautiful city.”

Jorge said he would love to meet more local triathletes, so please give him a warm welcome when you see him this weekend.

We did ask Jorge if he would like to compete against Professional Triathlete Sarah Alexander, who is also competing  Sunday. He replied via email with smiley face icons:

“Hehe, I am not a professional triathlete like Sarah. I bet she will kick my a$$ for sure!”

I guess our money is still on Sarah. 🙂

Good luck Jorge we can’t wait to see you and all of our other participants in action this Sunday, July 21st at  Asheville Rec Park! 

For more details about the Asheville Triathlon, click here

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Pro Triathlete Sarah Alexander to join Asheville Triathlon

Pro Triathlete Sarah Alexander to join Asheville Triathlon

Professional Triathlete Sarah Alexander to join Asheville Tri

About Sarah: Sarah Alexander is an elite triathlete racing professionally since 2016. In 2019 she completed a 70.3 Ironman in Gult Coast and placed 5th. The same year she placed 6th in the 70.3 Ironman in Geelong. Her Peak ITU World Ranking is 62, and in 2018 she placed 4th in the Elite National Championships.

If you’re attending the Asheville Triathlon this month, you may see Sarah Alexander, pro triathlete and member of USA Triathlon. Sarah, 32, moved to Asheville in the spring and is training to do five half Ironmans this year. She will be participating in the Asheville Tri on Sunday, July 21st. 

Ok you might not see her. Because she’ll be kicking your a$$….

All joking aside, that’s exactly what makes the Asheville Triathlon such an all-encompassing event. The sprint distances allow for all levels of participants, from first-timers to pros, and many in-between. It’s the perfect race for someone who wants to “try the tri” for the first time, but it’s also a great event for an elite triathlete, like Sarah, because she can go fast and hard.

“My first triathlons were all local tris, and I think there’s something special about those races,” Sarah said. “I feel like it brings me back to my roots. Also the distance is great because it challenges you in terms of speed.”

Favorite Role Models

  • Daniela Ryf. She has dominated the sport. She Inspires me because she is relentless. 
  • Mirinda Carfrae. She has a young daughter but still commits to the sport. She sets a great example for moms continuing to pursue their dreams while raising their families.
  • My mom. She introduced me to tri. I was 15 and I remember her driving down to the track at 4 a.m. I’d sit in the car and cheer her on when she ran by. I have so much respect how she balanced training with her work and still priorited my brothers and my activities. I would have no idea what triathlon was if it wasn’t for her. 

An athlete in the making

Sarah’s background was full of athletics: She grew up playing lacrosse, tennis, and was a competitive figure skater for 15 years.  In fact, skating helped shape the type of athlete she is today. 

“I loved skating but I would cry every day because I wanted to quit,” Sarah recalls. “When you’re working on a jump, you try it and fall, try it and fall. You come off the ice soaking wet and sore…It really molded my work ethic. I’d say there’s a big mental component of performance for all sports, but especially for figure skating.”

When Sarah went to college, she had planned to join the cross country team but was recruited by the rowing team instead. She became a rower for Dartmouth College’s Varsity team for four years. She was 110 pounds when she started school, and left weighing 165. Talk about the freshman 15!

“I gained the rowing 40,” she said, laughing. “I was always trying to bulk up.”

Her strong legs, sense of rhythm, attention to technique and aerobic strength translated well into her first triathlon, which she completed in her early 20s. After graduating, she went on to business school, but decided to forego the corporate salary and become a professional triathlete. The window to train pro is small, she said. She wanted to seize the opportunity and see where it takes her. 

Joining up with the Asheville community

Sarah now trains with Triathlon Gold based in Asheville, a USA Triathlon program headed up by elite triathlon coach Jarrod Evans. 

“It’s been a journey,” she says. “I’m competing with women who have been doing tris a lot longer than I have, and it’s been a lot of dedication and hard work.”

Sarah heard about the Asheville Triathlon as she was researching local races to help prepare her for international half Ironmans. The timing was perfect, and she is looking forward to meeting members of the local sports community.

What is her favorite part of a triathlon?

“Running. But it’s a love/hate relationship,” she says, smiling. 

Next steps

Sarah’s next event is the Santa Rosa 70.3 in Sonoma County , California. Her current race goals include the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and to win a Half Ironman. We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her succeed in her journey. 

Come cheer on Sarah at the Asheville Triathlon Sunday, July 21st! You can still register here. Spaces are limited and we are filling up quickly!

Sarah’s Top Three Tips for Beginner Triathletes:

  • “Performance favors the prepared. Gear, nutrition, what you’ll need in transition.. All those things can become overwhelming.  Taking the time to seek out help, to prepare ahead of time. You only have your first tri race once, so having all those pieces in place as you can…it then allows you to not have stressful negative experience and really enjoy the race.
  • “Don’t be too hard on yourself. I think tris attract high performers and competitive people, and along with that comes a lot of self criticism and comparing yourself to others.I can definitely relate to that feeling of intimidation. Others have done more races, have more accomplishments..but Hey, I’m here for me, I’m going to do my best, I’m going to enjoy it. And that’s all you can really do at the end of the day. 
  • “Be courageous. This is a mantra of mine. In Triathlon, it feels like everything is happening very fast. It teaches you to be brave. Everyone has their own demons they have to overcome on race day, so tri not only teaches you to be brave, but I find that courage goes  a long way. I’ve beaten a lot of people who, on paper, I would not have if it weren’t for courage. Because I go for it, I’ve beaten them.”

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