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Asheville Triathlon

Asheville Triathlon

2020 Asheville Triathlon - swim, bike, run

iDaph Events is excited to once again bring back this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon!
The race consists of a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon great for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. Novice + Beginner tri-athletes love this race! Elite athletes – get ready for a PR!

This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.

NEW FOR 2020: NEW LOCATION!
This year the Asheville Triathlon will take place in Patton Park, Hendersonville, NC! DIRECTIONS TO PATTON PARK

Patton Park is run by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Asheville. The park consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The bike and run will use parts of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway.

Swim

The 400 meter swim takes place in Patton Pool, an Olympic sized 50 meter lap pool with 8 lanes. We will space the swimmers in time trial starts. THIS IS NOT LIKE PAST EVENTS! EACH SWIMMER MAY NEED TO START A MINUTE AFTER THE SWIMMER IN FRONT OF THEM TO ALLOW ENOUGH DISTANCE. Participants will have a time trial start with plenty of time between each swimmer and will be organized in wave starts according to their estimated 100 yard swim time. Swimmers will flow in one direction in the lane.

Bike

The 12.5 mile bike course rolls through the quiet and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville, exits the Greenway and flows along a ‘rolling’ course through Henderson County countryside roads. Cyclists will return to the park by way of the Greenway and back to the transition zone.

Run

The 5k run is FAST and for the most part-flat, except for one little dipper hill that you will crest before entering back to the park. The entire 5k run is on the quiet, shaded and beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in the City of Hendersonville. The section of the greenway used for this event will run towards Jackson Park. There will only be a short section where the bike/run overlap. The route is an out-and-back, lollipop course, with one ‘self-service’ water station at the halfway point. We do encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition and refreshments for this event.

 

 

Asheville Triathlon: What you need to know for Sunday

Asheville Triathlon: What you need to know for Sunday

The 2020 Asheville Triathlon is almost here!

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Asheville Triathlon on  Sunday, July 19th at Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business. 

We have created an Interactive Digital Event Guide to help inform our participants what to expect on race day.

We have also created a Podcast for the event so you can listen while you drive to work or packet pickup and get all the important details. Please read through the Event Guide and/or listen to the Asheville Triathlon Podcast so you will be prepared for Sunday! 

A few things to note:

• Face coverings MUST BE WORN before the event and after finishing. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.

• Face coverings do not need to be worn while racing.

• Your transition area is at your personal vehicle. Please do not set up your transition items in an empty parking spot beside your car. Your items should be close to the front, sides, back or on the hood/trunk of your car. You can leave your bike on your bike race too!

• Once you set up your transition area space please either go warm-up on the Hwy 25 sidewalk (not on the run/bike course!) or stay in car until 10 min before your wave start.

• After setting up your transition space and exiting the transition area we ask that you continue to wear a facial covering any time you might be in contact with another athlete, staff member or volunteer.

• Get your temperature checked before entering the pool for your race.

• There will be no body marking station at this event. We do ask that you body mark yourself by applying your race number on both arms/biceps with permanent marker.

• There is access to restrooms outside the pool building and inside the pool area.

• THERE WILL BE NO PRE-RACE MEETING. Please look for updates on our Facebook Page

The Swim List will be posted on Friday, July 17th after registration has closed. Please check this blog for the list and updates.

We wish everyone an awesome triathlon experience! We will have RESULTS posted on the iDaph Website on Sunday after the event!

Sticker Mule shout out!

Our iDaph Team LOVES Sticker Mule. They do a great job with our stickers for EVERY event, and they make the design process super easy. 

They just released three new tools to help make the design process even easier:  Trace, Upscale, & Redraw. Check them out!

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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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Training for the Asheville Triathlon: Biking

Training for the Asheville Triathlon: Biking

Meet Asheville’s Zach Tacy, an elite triathlete who recently completed the  Ironman Virginia 70.3 with a total time of 4:21:23. He PR’d by 10 minutes and was first in his age group, 8th overall, and qualified for the World Championships In Nice, France.

He also competed in the 70.3 World Championship in South Africa with a total time of 4:34:01 and placed 407th overall. He was 28th in his age group out of over 4,500 world athletes.

Biking Techniques for Sprint Tri

Whether you’re training for a regular triathlon or a sprint tri, the bike portion can be intimidating for anyone. You may feel slightly comforted to know that even elite triathletes like Zach Tacy can start out by falling flat on their face. Literally.

“The first time I did the Asheville Tri was also the first time I used clip-ins, and I totally fell in the transition zone,” Zach says, laughing.

Biking, he admits, was not his strength. His advice? Practice the transition from bike to run at least once a week.

“When you get off your bike, your legs feel funny. It’s a really weird feeling that you have to get used to,” he adds. “That’s something I didn’t expect at all the first time I did a tri, so it’s definitely good to get experience with that.”

Practice transition

To start, set up a transition area in your yard and run through everything you’ll need to do during the race. This means getting out of your bathing suit, cap and goggles and onto your bike with bike shoes and helmet. Then, practice dismounting the bike and changing into your running gear.

Minimizing the time spent getting off the bike; practice by setting it off to the side at your house or at the track and then throwing on your running shoes and running a couple of miles, Zach says.

Don’t spend thousands on a bike

Another piece of advice? Don’t sweat it if you don’t have an expensive bike, especially if you’re just starting out.

“Gear can be expensive. If you don’t have a road bike, don’t worry about it: You can borrow one from a friend, or get it off Craigslist,” he says. “I’m riding a Craigslist  bike and I qualified for the World Championships twice. I’m competing against people whose bikes cost more than my car.”

More importantly, prepare your bike. Leave it in the right gear when it’s in the transition area, so if you’re going up a hill, you’re in the right gear. There’s no need to go all out right at the beginning; spin your legs for a few minutes to loosen up, then set your pace. Also, check your tire pressure. If you’re tires are not properly inflated they will slow you down.

Get time in the saddle

Training for a Sprint Tri is easy to do as long as you stay consistent. Since the distances are shorter, long workouts are not necessary, but doing all three sports on a regular basis each week is what will set you up for success. Doing two workouts a week in each sport is plenty of practice.

Zach recommends doing a 45-minute to an hour bike ride, with 10-15 minutes of easy riding and then doing that same time harder and faster. After you ditch the bike and start running, run a couple of miles or do 30-35 minutes. Power and interval work is important, with 5-minute hard intervals mixed with a couple minute recovery/moderate riding in-between. Then, repeat that 3-5 times.

Tempo workouts are also beneficial, such as doing a small warm-up and then setting a hard pace for 10-15 minutes. Do this twice. The tempo pace should be close to race pace, and interval work should be harder than race pace.

In Conclusion

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie, a sprint tri is an event you’ll want to sign up for this year. There’s a reason they are becoming increasingly popular: The training is doable for most, they offer diversity, and the tri community is  like a small family.

For the bike portion, keep these four things in mind:

  • Don’t sweat buying an expensive bike
  • Practice transition
  • Stay consistent
  • Keep a sense of humor

As for the rest? All you have to do is tri.

Click here for more information about the Asheville Triathlon, and to register for this event, which takes place Sunday, July 21st.

Editor’s note: We will continue to blog about the Asheville Triathlon in the upcoming weeks. Next up: Running!

PHOTO CREDIT: WRIGHT CREATIVE, INC.

Sources: https://www.active.com/triathlon/articles/13-tips-for-sprint-triathlon-rookies

Ready to Sprint Tri?

What is a Sprint Tri? A Sprint Triathlon involves a .5 mile swim, a 12.4 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run, like our Asheville Triathlon, which takes place July 21st

 

Zach Tacy talks about why the Asheville Triathlon is the event to sign up for this year.

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Thanks For Being a Part of the 2015 Asheville Triathlon!

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Congratulations to all the participants of this year’s Asheville Triathlon and Kids Splash & Dash at Asheville Rec. Park!!

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 Our heartfelt appreciation to all the volunteers, sponsors and staff, whose time and efforts were integral to implementing this fun triathlon!  A big shout-out to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life of Buncombe County for being our 2015 Charity Partner!


A Notable Congrats to:

Overall male winner: Jay Curwen

Overall female winner: Maggs Morris

Team division winners:  2 person team –  Chaplin Team and 3 person team – Team Training Wheels

Congrats to ALL the kids that completed the Kid’s Splash and Dash! We are so proud of you!
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We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did and will join us next year!

 

 

CAM26664-(ZF-3858-64455-1-068)Special thanks to Paul Jackson Photography for taking YOUR race photos today. Show him your thanks by purchasing a race photo or two! We appreciate his support and coming out to our events to capture your special memories.