May 2008 Archives
The Endure It! Group Ride will start at a new time tomorrow and will continue through the rest of the summer. We will simply move up everything a half hour. So, from Endure It! beginning at 7:00am and from Route 59 and 103rd at 7:30am.
Beginning next week we will have a recovery ride leaving from Endure It! at 6:30pm and another faster paced ride on Wednesday evening beginning also at 6:30pm.
Finally, beginning next Saturday June 7th and every Saturday throughout the summer, we wil intoduce a newbie, beginners ride from Endure It! at 7:30 am. This will be a developmental no drop ride of about 25 miles.
More on the calendar soon.
May 30, 2008 | Permalink
Endure It's Beginner Triathlon Clinic
Presented by Pro Triathlete Jenny Garrison and David Fix
Sunday June 8th, from 1-5pm
Professional Triathlete Jenny Garrison and Endure It's David Fix will be hosting a informative introduction to triathlon clinic. This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn what to expect at a triathlon and how to be prepared!
The days workshop will include:
1:00-1:30 Introductions and outline
1:30-2:00 Triathlon Basics: what to bring, what to expect.
2:00-3:00 Bike Basics and Transition Workshop
3:00-4:00 Drive to Centennial Beach for triathlon swim basics and mini swim workout.
4:00-5:00 Triathlon Run basics and Workout on Course.
This workshop will be a huge benefit for ladies competing in the Subaru women's triathlon or the Naperville coed sprint in August in particular. This is an advantage not to be passed up! We will have fun in a low key environment so all interested in learning more are welcome.
Jenny and David have won over 40 triathlons between them and are very eager to share their knowledge to all! (who will listen)
The Cost is $50 (or $40 if you are an Endure It! Club Member) and includes the clinics and goody bag from Endure It! If you would like to know more about the Endure It! Club, call Endure It! at 630-305-6771 for details.
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May 28, 2008 | Permalink
In observance of Memorial Day, Endure It! Sports will be closed on Monday, May 26th. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday at 10am.
May 23, 2008 | Permalink
2nd Annual Endure It! Barrington Ride
This Saturday the 24th the Endure It! Club will be hosting a club ride in Barrington. The course will be an out and back ride to Hebron, Illinois. The course will be marked so everyone may ride at their own pace. We will start promptly at 7:00 am from the parking lot at Rt.59 and Kelsey Road. Because the route will be marked, riders may turnaround at any point. If you decide to ride the entire course it will be around 76 miles total. We will have the Endure It! Mobile on the course for sag support. The route is beautiful and challenging, offering many different changes in terrain ranging from very hilly to flat and windy. The tent will be up at the start so you will know where/who we are, as other groups may also be riding from the same lot.
A simple Mapquest should get you to the starting point with no problem. I will not be handing out maps of the ride. This ride is for the Endure It! Club members. If you would like to bring someone who is interested in joining the club, that is great.
I hope to see you all there!
May 21, 2008 | Permalink
Early Season Race Report
Endure It! Racing members got a head start on the 2008 racing scene and have been competing since mid March. Early season triathlons and duathlons are always challenging coming off nearly a six month Midwest winter off season. Endure It! athletes represented the club all across the country in great fashion and with much success. Below are some pictures and results of the early season races our members participated in.
Located at the bottom are the race results of the Galena Triathlon, Endure It’s first club focus race. We had an amazing presence with over 30 members wearing the blue and white. All those hours spent at the shop on the computrainers paid off as Endure It! took home the overall win as well as eight podium age group finishes including three age group champions.
Galena Triathlon 5/17
|77||Mary Tobiason||1:41:51 (5th overall female) (Age Group Winner)|
|119||Jill Bonniwell||1:46:11 (10th overall female)|
|125||Annette Benmore||1:46:33 (11th overall female) (Age Group Winner)|
|133||Sara Fix||1:46:57 (12th overall female)|
|294||JoAnn DellaTorre||1:58:30 (Age Group Winner)|
Pokagon State Park Triathlon - Indiana 5/17
|4||Joe Kucharski||2:28:35 (Age Group winner)|
|7||Don Parrish||2:31:32 (2nd in age group)|
|58||David Hubbard||3:02:13 (3rd in age group)|
Good luck with your season,
Endure It! Staff
May 20, 2008 | Permalink
Luna Chix at Endure It! Sports
Team Luna Chix and Endure It! Sports are getting together for another Transition Clinic to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer. Click hereto view the flyer and we hope to see you May 31st at Endure It!
May 17, 2008 | Permalink
The Midwest triathlon season will be kicking off the season this weekend. We have been busy all week with pre-race tune ups, wheel swaps, gluing new tubulars, switching to carbon brake pads...all signs we are finaly ready to race! I mentioned earlier this year that Galena was our club's first emphasis race. I want to thank you all for your patronage to endure it! and provide a few tips for the race.
Please do not use these tips as a substitute for the far more detailed participants guide: 2008 Participant Guide
The packet pick up and registration is at Apple Canyon lake. This is about 17 miles out of downtown Galena. After registration check your bike in the transition area at the lake, this must be done before 9:00pm Friday night. I would bring a few garbage bags or a small tarp to wrap up your bike as it may rain a bit overnight. The next step is to set up your second transition, this may be done the night before or the morning of. I have always gone to T2 Saturday morning to set up my transition and catch the bus to the lake.
After the race, the volunteers bring all of your equipment left at T1 to the finish in a bag you received at packet pick up. This is the easiest way to describe the two transition area set ups. If you read the link to the participation guide it is easy and not worth stressing over.
The only issue with the swimming is the temperature. We all know we have not had the warmest spring and the lake temperature will not be optimal. That said, it is only 660 yards and with a full wetsuit you should be nice and cozy. The swim has two right turns and you are essentially right back to the beach for a rocky run to T1. The bike needs to be kept in the small ring overnight so you are ready for the first hill out of transition. The hill starts immediately so if you are an experienced rider I still would not keep your shoes clipped onto the pedals.
OK, you have all heard about the hills in Galena. So I do not need to tell you this is not your typical Midwest flat out and back race. The hills do not stop and have a wide range of length and grade. Two tips will work well; 1) I get very frustrated seeing athletes not use all the gears provided these days to their capacity. It is perfectly OK to ride up a steep hill in the small chain ring!! Your bike will not explode if you use your gears, they should be smoking after the ride from their workout. High cadence and even power will help you more than you can imagine! 2) Most athletes will gun their way to the top of each hill with a max effort, reach the top, and recover on the downhills. The athletes who have the best races are the ones who keep their power in check so they may maintain a solid pace as they crest each hill. Hills freak people out and they get bogged down with racing to the top, the athlete who powers evenly over and down will destroy the guy killing themselves to the top.
Straight out of T2 is a nasty steep hill. Start the run with a quick shortened stride, gently lean forward into the hill, and use an exaggerated backwards arm swing to help you up. If running becomes too difficult you will not lose much time with a quick power walk to the top. At the top of the hill it becomes a two mile gentle climb to the turnaround, this is deceiving because it looks flat. I am guessing it is about a 2-3% grade. This is important because the second half of the run of course is downhill and is very fast. You will need to pace yourself so you are working the first half more than you would otherwise due to the fact you will be running at a faster easier effort for the second half.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone up there. We will have the tent set up at the finish line to swap stories and lies of how fast we should have been if it were not for.....you know how we get. Please race in the club uniform so we all can cheer each other on. Endure it! is a fantastic club with awesome athletes of all levels so be proud! I will be passing out $10.00 gift cards for everyone at least wearing the Endure It! Tops. Have a great race, enjoy a unique part of Illinois, and be safe!
May 15, 2008 | Permalink
Endure It! Spring '08 Product Review
Just a quick reminder before we get too far. Kris Hartner from Naperville Running Company will be speaking tonight at Endure It! beginning at 7pm. Hope you all can make it.
It's been a while since Endure It! has done a product review, but we have a lot of fun putting these together and figured it's about time to do one for the new season.
First Endurance Multi-V
Retail Price: $46.00
Club Price: $41.40
We have carried Multi-V for over a year now, and find ourselves re-stocking our supply at least once a month. Unlike your typical multi-vitamin First Endurance has added ingredients specifically designed to address nutritional requirements of endurance athletes. Multi-V is clinically proven to enhance endurance and improve carbohydrate utilization. This safe, legal, and stimulant free all-in-one vitamin contains ORAC antioxidants, Ginkgo Biloba, Green Tea and fruit extracts and your 100% of 17 vitamins and minerals.
Hammer Nutrition: Recoverite
Retail Price: $45.00
Club Price: $40.50
Recoverite has been our most popular recovery mix since day one. Unlike many products on the market, Hammer Nutrition uses only natural ingredients and never adds artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners; wheat, gluten, excess simple sugars, stimulants or anything unhealthy. Recoverite replenishes what your body needs after any workout: a 3:1 ratio of Complex carbs to pure whey protein isolate, 3 grams of L-Glutamine, and plenty electrolytes. If you don’t feel 100% recovered simply come back to endure it for a complementary 30 minute massage from Drew.
Optygen & Optygen HP
Retail Price: $49.95 & $74.95
Club Price: $45.00 & $67.45
It seems that those who have ever used Optygen swear by it. Another product by First Endurance, Optygen’s formula is based on human clinical trials and the latest scientific research on increasing endurance. Increase the body’s ability to adapt to high levels of physical stress, increase VO2 Max, improves the body’s ability to utilize oxygen more efficiently, increase anaerobic threshold, and reduce lactic acid.
Retail Price: $229.00
Club Price: 206.10
Weight: 390 grams
Simply stated - the sharpest aero helmet on the market. This is the same helmet design and technology used by the Caisse d’Epargne/Illes Balears ProTour team. According to Cervelo wind tunnel tests at MIT wearing a non-aero helmet vs. an aero helmet is worth 4 times the amount of drag when compared to non-aero vs. aero wheels. When 80% of your body heat expired from your head it’s important to vent! The Kronos has 2 slice-vents in front which funnel airflow through the helmet while maintaining maximum aerodynamic integrity.
Cateye V3 Triple Wireless Computer
Retail Price: $180
Club Price: $162
Since opening the doors at Endure It! we have experimented with what seems like dozens of cycling computers and heart rate monitors. Cateye finally released a wireless computer which measures speed, cadence, and heart rate with pinpoint accuracy. The sleek design is cleaner, smaller, and lighter than any other computer triple wireless computer on the market. The V3 even includes a heart rate strap and for those of you multi-linguists, a 7 language handbook. (Jason or Drew will install it if you don’t know what gebruiksaanwijzingen means).
Yankz – Race Laces
Retail Price: $8.00
Club Price: $7.00
The Yankz shoe lace system offers a “set and forget” everyday convenience. Ideal for race day, Yankz will save you precious seconds in your bike to run transition. Never tie your shoes again…lace up your racing flats, training shoes, formal evening shoes/heels, or bike mechanic shoes with custom Endure It Yankz! They come in dozens of colors and styles, come grab a few pairs while they last.
ISM Adamo Saddle
Retail Price: $155
Club Price: $139.50
Some ISM sponsored athletes include Laura Bennett, David Blanco, and Hillary Biscay. The ISM saddle does not restrict blood flow to the legs, and perhaps more importantly preserves sexuality and prevents erectile dysfunction! If it’s good enough for Endure It’s 45-49 national age group champion, Dave Irion to split 5:12:27 (21.5mph), the 28th fastest overall bike split at Ironman Wisconsin, it’s good enough for me.
Cerevelo Soloist Team
Retail Price: $2000
If Ian Thrope rode a bike, it’d be the Cervelo Team Soloist. Quite possibly the hottest road bike at Endure It! during April. They’re selling like hotcakes! “It's the fastest, most-storied $2300 bike in the world (actually, it's US$ 2000-red). It explodes off your pedal strokes with that instantaneous acceleration, but it also keeps on rocketing ahead after your booster phase, as if a free tailwind was thrown in with your purchase.” - Bicycling Magazine
If "awesomeist" was a word, we'd use it to describe the '09 Orbea Orca's. Why an '09 at the beginning of the '08 season? We'll have to ask the Pyrenees.
Bombproof and water resistant up to 500 meters. Maximum attainable wattage: 4500w.
Finally, Come check out all the brand new styles and brands of 2008 triathlon and cycling gear.
May 7, 2008 | Permalink
May Club Meeting
Endure It! Sports will be hosting the May Club Meeting this Wednesday, May 7th, at 7:00pm. We are extremely excited to have Chris Hartner be this months speaker.
Chris is owner and founder of the Naperville Running Company. Chris will be speaking about triathlon running with advice on becoming more efficient through cadence, forefoot form, pose running, and bring us up to speed on the new "Newton" running shoes on the market that seem to be particularly targeted towards triathletes.
As many of you know, Chris is an excellent resource with a deep knowledge of all things running! He is an accomplished runner, triathlete, and businessman.
I hope you can all make the meeting, I am sure we will all learn a bunch from Chris!
See you then,
May 5, 2008 | Permalink