Triathlon needs YOU! YOU need Triathlon!

Multi-sport endurance needs you.   You are critical to its success and longetivity.   In a multitude of ways, it is also critical to your success.

If you have participated as an athlete or you have been a spectator at a triathlon, marathon or ridden SAG (Support and Gear) on a long bike event then you understand the value of the human element in supporting these events.   If registration fees have been charged for these events you appreciate that the race director/producer uses these registration fees to pay for various costs of conducting these events.   Personnel,  permits,  food and other support items must be paid out of this.    Were it necessary to pay every person that supports a multi-sport event,  it’s likely that the event wouldn’t exist or that the registration fees would be astronomical.   These issues go hand in hand.

But,  as crucial as volunteering is to the sport, volunteering is extremely beneficial to the endurance athlete.   Let me illustrate a few of the “how’s”…

Want to race Ironman Augusta 70.3 next year? Don’t wait till the race next year to see the actual course.  Remember…”objects in your mirror are closer than they appear”.   You can watch videos and look at google maps all day long but nothing replaces the opportunity to see the race course and venue up close and personal.   What better way than to volunteer and see the course without the race day nerves and pressure?!

Looking at a new pair of swim goggles? Want the new cycling helmet?  New pedals?  New tri bars?   Best way to see new gear in practice is to hang out and volunteer near the transition areas.  Do they work? Are they practical?  Hard to tell in the bike shop or looking at an online product catalog.   Ask questions!  Trust me, triathletes love to talk about their gear.

Your children will become what is modeled for them.   I say this time and time again.  This is multi-faceted.    Your children see a role model volunteering their time and energy with a grateful heart.  Your children see people participating in a healthy lifestyle.  After all,  triathlon IS a lifestyle sport.  Endurance racing can be a lifetime activity for you and your family to participate in together.

Never underestimate the value of a friendly face on foreign soil.   I won’t forget the 2014 experience of being 300+ miles away from home and volunteering at a IM Florida race with freak weather conditions. I watched the pain and intestinal fortitude of the participants that weren’t quite prepared for the conditions.  In the midst of a swim cancelled event with winds and 40 degree temperatures at the bike start, there was an athlete struggling through the single transition on both a mental and physical level.  The look of gratitude and relief in their eyes, when they suddenly recognized me as a friendly face from home, was priceless and something I will always remember.

Finally, helping with the production of an endurance event can be very inspirational.  When there are 2500 participants in an Ironman event, there is likely a story of inspiration and awesomeness for each athlete and the journey that they’ve made to show up at the swim start.

Opportunities

Can you help?

TYB Coaching and TYB Coaching Georgia are “practicing what we preach.”

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TYB Coaching and TYB Coaching Georgia will be volunteering at the IM70.3 Gulf Coast on May 12th and at IM Florida on November 3rd.  If you want to volunteer or if you plan to race, link up with us at david@triyourbest.com.

IM Gulf Coast 70.3 Volunteer registration:

IM70.3 Gulf Coast Volunteering

Local opportunities:

If you wish to volunteer locally, here is your opportunity (Jeremey Davis loves you 🙂 ):

South Carolina (Setup Events):

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Setup Events Volunteering

Georgia (Georgia Multisport Productions)

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Georgia Multisports Productions Volunteering

Florida (MultiRace)

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MultiRace Volunteering

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“A” is for August and the Augusta Preview

#thetimeisnow

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We are less than 6 months away from what is, currently, the largest North American Ironman 70.3 event.   Ironman 70.3 Augusta has sold out every year since it’s inception and 2018 marks the tenth year of it’s existence.

Each September, approximately 3600 nervous triathletes enter the waters of the Savannah River at the 5th Street Bridge just off Broad Street in Augusta, Georgia to begin a day of endurance racing.   The majority of those racing are entertaining butterflies because they wonder about how they have prepared for the race or what the course holds.

Figuratively speaking,  it’s time to get on the training bus.    If Augusta is your ‘A’ race this year,  are you building your base fitness now?   Are you progressing through the necessary training volume and program that you need to be successful?

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If you have concerns or you are just not sure what you should be doing to prepare for Augusta,  TYB Coaching can help with that. 

Talk with us.  Email us.  We can work with you to put you on the right coaching plan and path from a training plan perspective, as well as,  the demands of the Augusta race course.

Jamie Joe or David can help you take care of the Augusta butterflies once and for all.  Reach out to us.

We work with athletes from all over the South and the United States.  We work with athletes from abroad as well.  It just takes an email, phone call or text to start the process.

Speaking of the race course,   the word on the street is that the Augusta bike course will change this year.    Our SAG supported (multiple vehicles) preview will give you a shot at seeing and riding the course prior to the pressure of race day.

This the fifth edition of the fun TYB COACHING Augusta 70.3 preview.  You can register for the preview by punching your ticket here or copy and paste at:

https://www.active.com/augusta-ga/triathlon/camps/tyb-coaching-augusta-70-3-course-preview-weekend-2018?int=

The popularity of the preview is unprecedented this year so “The Time is Now”.   We are limiting the number of slots for the preview to be able to provide a solid and hands on experience for ALL participating athletes .

Let’s do this. #thetimeisnow

 

 

Turning the Page to 2017

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Who knew Bob Seger wrote songs for triathletes?

“Here I am, On the road again…”

No one understands this more than endurance athletes.   Our world has two seasons – race season and training season.

As 2016 race season draws to a close we want to congratulate TYB athletes on a spectacular season that spanned from “Where It All Begins” on Parris Island in March to the Emerald Coast for IMFL in November and all points in between.

“Here I go playing the star again,  turn the page…”

TYB Coaching is excited to coach and prepare our family of current and new athletes for a fantastic 2017.

TYB Coaching announces that we will again hold our Triathlon 101 Clinics.   Look for upcoming details on clinics in both Upstate South Carolina and we will be announcing our first clinics in Atlanta, Georgia!

We will host a preview of the course that will be used for year number two of the highly successful Mountains to Mainstreet Half Iron Distance Triathlon in April.

Stay tuned for more on that as we await final course details from the organizers.

Additionally, TYB Coaching will hold the 4th annual IM Augusta 70.3 Preview Weekend on the weekend of August 26-27th.    Preview the course that will be raced on September 25th in the premiere North America IM70.3 event with over 3500 entrants every year.

The Sign up and details can be found here:

Sign up for the TYB Coaching IM Augusta 70.3 Preview

The TYB race calendar has been updated, so pick your races and we will help you make 2017 the year that changed everything.

“There I am, upon the stage….”

As endurance athletes,  YOUR 2017 success begins today.   It starts with your thoughts and preparation NOW.   Do the heavy lifting NOW.   Be accountable NOW.   Be spectacular in 2017.  Let us help you!

2017 Augusta 70.3 Starts NOW!

Earlier than ever, the crew at the Augusta 70.3 will open registration for the 2017 Augusta 70.3 tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18th at 12:00pm.

To register, proceed to the Augusta 70.3 site and click HERE

Always a great race – and a perfect race for the first time Half Ironman athlete OR the athlete looking to PR at the 70.3 Distance, Augusta 70.3 is one of the biggest races in the world – with it being the largest Half Ironman in North America.

With a typical (although not this year) Wetsuit Legal Swim, then a rolling and quick bike ride (back to the normal bike course) and a flat two loop run course through Downtown Augusta, the race sets up well for all levels of athletes – and also offers a great vantage point for your family and friends to spectate.

Over the past few years, TYB has had over 30 athletes cross the line at Augusta 70.3.  Some first time 70.3 athletes and some working hard towards their Personal Bests!  Along with the fun finishes, TYB has also hosted an Augusta 70.3 Preview Weekend in late August each of the past three years – and are looking forward to the 4th Preview Weekend in 2017!

Typically, Augusta 70.3 does not cap out in a day – or even a week.  But, if you are considering racing Augusta 70.3 in 2017, we would encourage you to sign up now and secure your spot on race day for 2017!

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It is Finally Here!

The BIG day is FINALLY here!  After signing up almost a year ago, the day has finally come!

With their minds on the prize for months and months, lots of quality training and time invested, the LONG COURSE RACE DAY IS HERE!

TYB Athletes will be throughout the Southeast and the midwest this weekend!

Going SUPER LONG at Ironman Chattanooga are TYB Athletes Kristina, Gary, Keith, Chad, Peter, Britton and Coach Mark.  Going LONG at the Augusta 70.3 are TYB Athletes Barry, Lynn, Rob, Jason, Tricia, Al, Tamy and Coach David.  Also, keeping the Long Course going is TYB Athlete Bernie racing in Oklahoma at the ITU Long Course World Championships!

You have made it through the hard part – the training, the time invested, the heat – and now is the fun part – RACE DAY!  Enjoy the day, trust your training, and RACE YOUR RACE!

Ironman Augusta 70.3 Preview Weekend is here (August 27-28)!

Join TYB Coaching as we head down to Augusta on August 27th – 28th for the 3rd Annual Augusta 70.3 Course Preview Weekend.

Taking place in Augusta, GA and led by TYB Coaches Jamie Church, Joe Roof and David Lee, we will get a chance to preview the entire race course over a period of Saturday and Sunday, talk training and tapering for a Half Ironman, and talk specifically how to race and plan for Augusta 70.3.

This is perfect for ANY athlete racing the 2016 Augusta 70.3, considering racing the 2017 Augusta 70.3 or  racing long course towards the end of 2016.  Come and learn how to race a 70.3 – and more specifically how to race Augusta 70.3.

Register here: Augusta Preview Weekend

For more information or questions email: TYB Coaching.

See ya there!