July 2018 Update

Its Time to Pass the Baton!


Three years ago when the current leadership took over the club, we eventually wanted the club to be able to transition leadership every couple of years or so.  It's always a good thing to keep the board fresh! Well, its been three years and we are ready for some nominations and elections for the leadership board of the AZ TRI Club.  We are so excited with how this club has grown, and are hoping to move it forward in even more exciting ways.  Have a vision for this club? We want you! More information on leadership positions will be forthcoming, stay posted!

Upcoming Events!

7/14/2018- Training RIDE to SUNFLOWER- If you are doing Embrace the Heat this is a training even you won't want to miss!

7/15/2018- Mountain Man Triathlon in Flagstaff.  This is a fantastic venue!  Get out of the heat and tackle this fun and challenging course!

8/4/2018- Embrace the Heat ride to Payson- Every year this ride fills up fast and makes some memories.  Don't miss the opportunity for this challenging ride up the mountain.

News from our Sponsors!

Cadence Running Company- HUGE 4th of July shoe sale is happening at Cadence. We have shoes starting at $25!

White Water- Home or Office Reverse Osmosis rentals $29.92/month- FREE installation and the First month is FREE! FREE filter changes every 6 months too! 

Heat doesn't stop this CREW! 

 We have been doing it all!  From the Boulder IRONMAN to the St. George Half IRONMAN, the Dueces Wild Triathlon to the Escape from Alcatraz. We have been swimming, biking, running, and even trying our hand at some couples YOGA! Good work everyone......maybe heat just makes us stronger!  Here's to more Summer training and racing!

May 2018 Update

Summer is Upon us and Race Season is in full Swing!

Happy May!  We have had amazing weather and perfect training conditions!  Many of our members have already been out and about racing and doing all things triathlon.  A huge CONGRATS goes out to all those who finished the IRONMAN Texas,  IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside and to those who raced the brand new Cactus Man Tri, Well done!  Keep up the good work, we have much on the horizon!

Remember, the TEAM STORE is OPEN!!!

Don't forget that the team store is OPEN!  Purchase your kits for the race season and represent the club in style!



Upcoming Events

5/5/2018- Rocky Point TRIATHLON! Join us down in Mexico for some sun, surf, and triathlon!

5/5/2018- IRONMAN 70.3 St. George-  A Great race with many members.  Don't miss it!

5/19/2018- The Embrace the Heat ride is coming!  We are doing a training ride up to Sunflower!  This will be  a supported group ride.  Come on out and bring your bike!

From our Sponsors

Stay True Cyclery- AZ TRI CLUB members receive discounts on tune ups and service!  Be RACE READY! Call the shop at 480/493-3300

Rudy Project- Check out this deal!!


April 2018 Update

We've Been Busy!

We missed March's newsletter, but that doesn't mean that we haven't been out and about!  The last two months were full of fantastic racing, training, and all things triathlon. From Disney, to The Phoenix Marathon, The Tri 4 the Cure to the Shamrock 10k, its been a great time in the AZ TRI CLUB!

Team Store is Open!

Our kits are ready for purchase!  If you have been waiting, now is the time!  Follow this link:


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Upcoming Events

4/7/2018- IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside- We have many members racing and its sure to be a great time!

4/29/2018- Cactus Man Triathlon

5/5/2018- IRONMAN 70.3 St. George

5/5/2018- Rocky Point Triathlon- Head over the border for some fun and sun in Rocky Point!

5/6/2018- Sahuarita Triathlon

6/9/2018- Dueces Wild Triathlon

8/4/2018- EMBRACE THE HEAT ride to Payson!  Every year our sponsor Bike Accident Attorneys puts on this amazing ride up to Payson. 80 miles, 8000 feet of climbing, some of your best friends......the best!

Our Sponsors

February 2018 Update

Why We Love Triathlon!


Its February, and love is in the air! If you are reading this then there is no doubt that you, like all of us at the AZ TRI Club, have fallen in love with all things triathlon.  There is just something in the kool aid, and we all want to drink it!  It got me thinking about why we do this?  What gives us this love for 3 sports and this drive to put them all together?  It's different for everyone and there is no doubt that everyone has a story, but for this months feature I asked our members to tell me what they love about this sport we call triathlon and I got some great responses.  

"I absolutely love the community! Everyone is so supportive.  It is fun.  It is challenging.  It has made me step outside of my comfort zone.  I like how it incorporates three sports and diversified training.....I could go on and on." ~Justine Bachner

"If you have to ask "why"? You'll never understand." ~Paul Weigel

"I love it because its preventing me from going back on my diabetes meds!" ~ Jamie Cunningham-Knudsen

"Because I look fantastic in spandex. I used to be the fat Dad, now I'm the fast Dad.  It keeps me healthy and I have great friends. Good times!" ~ Randy Mounts

"I love it because it gets Randy out of the house!" ~ Tricia Mounts (Randy's AMAZING wife)

"Why suck at 1 sport when you can suck at 3! Just kidding....I love this sport because it allows me to spend time with my wife doing something we both love.  Also it has allowed me to meed a lot great people." ~David Patch

"It has allowed me to not only meet a lot of amazing people while spending time outdoors training, but to also motivate each other, push and challenge each other, making us stronger, faster, and healthier." ~Brian Conway

"Because, whats NOT to love about pushing your body and mind to it's breaking point and coming out the other side stronger.........also.......I like to eat.....A LOT!" ~Stephanie Helbling

"Because it challenges me......and I get to eat a LOT of food!!!!........that and the incredible friendships made a long the way." ~Rosario Patch

"I love triathlon because it has taught me a lot about self love. Its given me incredible victories, but also shown me great weaknesses.  It has shown me that at the end of the day if you do not truly love yourself you will never find the depth of all that a sport like triathlon can give you." ~Bethany Longmire

A Huge Thank You to everyone who came out to the New Year's Party.  We had a bunch of members, both new and old, sponsors, and giveaways!  This year is going to be epic.

Training and Such

What a winter we are having!  The temperatures are amazing and you just can beat the views!  Congrats to everyone who raced the Rock N Roll races last month!  Keep training and moving towards the next!

Upcoming Events


2/17/2018- Powerman Arizona Duathlon

2/18/2018- Lost Dutchman Marathon

2/24/2018- Injury Assessment and Prevention Clinic- Join us at Endurance Rehab for a great clinic on how to keep injury free.

2/24/2018- Phoenix Marathon. We have a huge group of members racing.  Please come out and race or volunteer!  WHITE WATER will be hosting the mile 23 water stop.  Come on down and lend a hand if you aren't racing.

From our Sponsors

Just Wetsuits.com

Kristen and Brian from JustWetsuits.com and WetsuitRental.com are excited to partner with AZ TRI Club again this year.  Our business offers 7 brands of triathlon wetsuits, along with a variety of accessories like, tri bags, goggles, swim caps, and swim buoys.  Our warehouse is located in Chandler off of Ray and Hamilton.  If you are in the market for anything, need help navigating all the wetsuit jargon, or just want to take a look at the various brands and styles of wetsuits, we would be happy to set up an appointment for you to stop by.  Just give us a call.  Don’t forget we offer 20% off all new items for AZ TRI Club members!!

Don’t own a wetsuit but aren’t ready to invest in your own suit just yet?  Need a long sleeve suit but only own a sleeveless wetsuit?  Looking to try out a different brand?  We’ve got you covered because we also offer wetsuit rentals.  $45 gets you 2 weeks of rental so you can really get a feel for the suit before your race! 

We would like to invite you to join AZ Triathlon Time to Tri Facebook group page. This group page is to focus on bring the Arizona Triathlon Athletes together to share success stories and build this great sport that we enjoy.  We are here to help so please reach out to us with any questions!  Best of luck to all athletes this season!!

January 2018 Update

Happy New Year!

It is a new year for racing, training and all things TRIATHLON!  We at AZ TRI Club are so excited to have you with us and anxious to see what this year has in store.  


As we kick off this fantastic 2018 we want to introduce you to all of our amazing sponsors for this year.  Keep posted every month for updates and offers from these amazing partners.

Rudy Project would like to share their year in review! Rudy Project has amazing deals on helmets, sunglasses and GEAR!  Great prices, great options and amazing quality!



New Year's Party!

Whether you are new to the club or a seasoned veteran be sure to put the New Year's Party on your calendar!  January 20th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Gilbert From 5:00-7:3pm.  We will have food, giveaways, and all the information you could want about racing, kits, training, discounts, and more.  Come to meet your fellow members and discover all that AZ TRI Club can offer you!

Upcoming Events:

1/27/2018- NEW YEARS PARTY!

2/18/2018- Lost Dutchman races.

2/24/2018- Phoenix Marathon

Winter Training- We just don't stop!

December 2017 Update

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who came to race at IRONMAN Arizona!  The day brought a host of challenges and you all came to play!  I asked some of our IRONMAN participants to describe the day in a couple sentences.  Some of these are pretty great!

"Where else would you rather spend 11 or more hours with 2500 of your best friends trying not to get blown off the Beeline, blow up bathrooms, and blown up on the run? IMAZ!!" ~Brian Conway

"12 hours of self discovery. 140.6 miles of very high moments and 20 miles of dark thoughts that cause the stomach to turn with doubts and reflection on what went wrong.....to lead to 100 yds of OMG I made it and there are my friends to celebrate with...." ~ Randy Mounts

"Well, forgot my timing chip, a volunteer took my bag with my wetsuit in it, in which my wife had to beg the tent to sell her a $400 ROKA at 6:45 as the National Anthem was playing.  HR monitor didn't work, but all in all something to look back and laugh about as IM #1 is in the books!" ~Ryan Kozlowski

"Set the bar too high and be prepared for disappointment.  Be happy with what your body is physically able to achieve and enjoy every moment." ~Bridgit Egosque

"First DNF ever.  Two spare tubes are never enough on the Beeline and 650 wheel suck!" ~Danelle Fron

"Its not always about the finish, it's the journey I loved the most!" ~ Katie White

"In spite of our fears we toed the start line, we overcame the obstacles and we succeeded.  That's IRONMAN, pushing the limits you never thought you could reach!!" ~ Rosario Patch

"After falling on the bike and spraining my ankle on mile 18 of the run I felt like death, but crossing that finish........I have never felt more alive!  Time to focus on some sprints.......maybe super sprints!" ~Ashley Whiting

"Sleepless nights, many liters of tears and a lot of fear there was always a light.  Loved the effort I gave and had a blast.  I smiled from the moment I hit that water to the moment I crossed and heard my name.  Despite the flat tire and a slight moment of doubt which I over came.....I have never been more proud of myself and fellow friends to be an IRONMAN!" ~Jennifer Glasgow

"So....glad.....I.....Finished......wonder what the next one will be?" ~Paul Weigel

"DNF due to injury.  Signed up for IMAZ 2018 because you know what they say.......if at first you don't succeed, tri tri again!" ~ Bobbi Spargo




Thank you to everyone who came to our pre-IRONMAN party!  We had a great time and are so thankful for each and everyone of you.  


If you weren't racing IMAZ this year it still was a busy month full of racing and events.  From the Splash and Race, Ignite the Fork TRI, Reverse TRI, Turkey Trots and just plain having fun.

Looking Forward

Its that time of year, that time to sit back, relax, spend time with the family and enjoy the hard earned spoils of the year!  There are still a few more races but we hope that you all will enjoy this holiday season as we gear up for the next year! We will be having a NEW YEARS Party so keep your eyes out for details on that.  We are finalizing our 2018 sponsors and discount partners and will be revealing all of the secrets and goodies in the new year!

From our Sponsors


We are offering the club a 30% discount on all purchases for the month of December on www.justwetsuits.com  This would allow everyone to purchase those stocking stuffers and presents.   We are also selling used Aqua Sphere Pursuit Mens and Womens Suits for $125 for Full Sleeve and $100 for Sleeveless. 

The coupon code to use on the website will be AZ30. 

If you are interested in a used suit please call Brian Suddarth at 602-689-1502

Rudy Project- 

We are running our Free Gear Deal until supplies run out!  Buy a select performance sunglass and get up to $550 worth of free gear including a helmet, backpack, and spare lens while supplies last. The team gets 30% off the sunglasses as well to make it even cheaper!

November 2017 Update

IRONMAN Month Is Here!


We are in the final push to the big event of the year, IRONMAN.  Many of our amazing members and officers have trained hard for this race and we cannot wait to see you out on the Tempe course.  Here is a list of members racing and their bib numbers.

Meredith Warner 1728                  AshleyWhiting 1299                 Jennifer Glasgow 1336       Paul Weigel 2685                        Danelle Fron 1781                      Eric Chernick 2138         David Hibbs 2243                        Bobbi Spargo 1902                   Lo Perez 2407                Rosario Patch 1465                      David Patch 2832                       Katie White 1592           Brian Conway 598                      Randy Mounts 2671                    Bridgit Egosque 1450        Ryan Kozlowski  2445                   Ric Spargo 3229


We at AZ TRI Club hope you have an amazing race and know that "we've got your back!"  

Cheer Station and Family Hub for IRONMAN

Don't forget, we are going 80's this year for the cheer station.  This is a fun event and our club always seems to go all out for it.  In the past we have had so many people give kuddos to the club for an all out station and we want to bring it again this year!  

YOUR FAMILY IS INCLUDED!  They have come from afar to watch you do this, and they have a place with us.  We are hoping to get some free food throughout the day to help keep the cheering crowd fueled and please make sure they know that their home is under our tent!

Racing and Training

October was a dynamite month of racing and heavy training.  We had many members out doing their thing and representing.  Congrats to all of our racers who did IRONMAN 70.3, Bartlett Lake, and Patagonia TRI!

Year End Events

11/11/2017- Pre-IRONMAN Party at Buffalo Wild Wings.  Please come and celebrate all of our amazing athletes, plus cap off the year with an amazing time of fellowship.  Its been a good year.  Lets get out of our spandex and enjoy some quality time together!

11/19/2017- IRONMAN!  We will be out on course all day to cheer on our athletes. PLEASE come and join us!  It will be a day worth celebrating!

TBD- New Years Party!  We will introduce the new season, sponsors and goals.  Don't miss it!

From Our Sponsors

 Cadence Running

1.  We have an event going on in store Tuesday November 7th, 5:30 pm with Jeff Galloway.  Everyone welcome!

2.  Stock up on everything you need for marathon training and race day!  Mention AZ Tri Club and receive 15% off nutrition products, and 25% off clothing between now and November 22.  

3.  Ready to bring a little more mindfulness to your life?  Don't know where to begin?  Join me in a 21 day challenge that will introduce you to the art of meditation and mindful living!  Get details and sign up in the link below!

Mindful Living for the Modern World: 21-day Challenge | Yogi Triathlete | Yoga, Triathlon and Plant Power

EVO Swim School

Here is our winter swim schedule:



October 2017 Update

AZ TRI Club 2017

There are so many amazing members that are not in this picture, but here is the bulk of our incredible club!  Thank you to everyone who came out for the team ride, picture and BBQ.  For those of you who couldn't make it, we missed you!

Moving towards IRONMAN

Well, last month we decided on our theme for the cheer tent.  We are going to go all out with the 80s.  So bring your neon, high hair, slouch socks and spandex and cheer on our teammates to an IRONMAN Finish!  


We have many great events coming up to celebrate and gear up for this big day.  Don't miss it!  Stay posted on FB and through the club!  We can't wait to see you!

Training and Racing News

The heat is abating and we were all out in full force last month!  We had several members racing in various races including the Santa Cruz 70.3 and the Tempe Tri.  Way to go everyone for being out there and representing!

Upcoming Events

10/14/2017- KONA World Championship viewing at Cadence Running company!

10/22/2017- IRONMAN Arizona 70.3

10/28/2017- Patagonia Lake Triathlon

11/11/2017- PRE IRONMAN Party.  This is a BIG deal guys!  We not only send off our awesome IM athletes with a bang, but we close out the year and look forward to the next!  Put it on your calendars and BE THERE!

11/19/2017- IRONMAN Arizona 2017.  Put it con your calendars and if you aren't racing grab your neon and lets cheer!

From our Sponsors

Velocraft Cycling-  Offering $30 RACE DAY Tune Ups!  Does not include replacement parts if needed.  Also provide pick up and delivery for about $15 round trip!  As always we provide same day service!  Get your bikes in today!  Call Larry DeMik 480-267-0026

September 2017 Update

IRONMAN is Coming!

The big finish to our triathlon year, the Tempe IRONMAN is mere months away.  This year we have a host of AZ TRI Club members competing and racing including most of our officer force.  With the advent of IRONMAN upon us we want to get a jump on all the logistics that go into making this event fun and supportive not only for our incredible members, but for all of their families and WE NEED YOU!  

As a member, if you are not racing, your support whether behind the scenes, out on the course or under the tent matters, BIG TIME.  Please put November 19th on your calendar and join us all at IRONMAN.  Here are the ways you can help:

  • Help us decide on a theme: Where's Waldo, 80's Theme, Minions or Pick a Theme!
  • Help us set up the tent and prepare for the race on the Saturday before
  • Help us on race day man the tent, pick up food and support the families or the racers.
  • WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!  If you are interested in playing a vital role this year please email info@aztriclub.  We need you!!!

Stay tuned as more information will be coming on how you can help.  This is a fun event, but requires a lot of help.  Come out and support our racers!

The Month in Training and Racing

Congratulations to all the members who raced Mountain Man.  We had many podiums and strong finishes.  We also had an excellent showing at the Embrace the Heat ride and of course have been out and about training in full force!

Upcoming Events

9/17/2017-  Lifetime TRI Tempe. We have many people racing and participating, come down and cheer!

9/23/2017- TEAM Ride, BBQ and Picture.  We have got to get a team picture!  Come and join a great ride (multiple distances available) and enjoy a great morning!

9/30/2017- Rocky Point PM.  Some of our members will be headed across the border for the inaugural Rocky Point PM race.  Its gonna be a blast!  

From our Sponsors

Rudy Project-  HUGE LABOR DAY SALES!!!!!!  Don't miss it!

  • Deal #1: Limited time 55% OFF your order (excl. Clearance Items) and an EXTRA 20% off SALE ITEMS.

  • Deal #2: All the goodies in deal #1 PLUS FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING on all orders over $149.99

  • Deal #3: All the goodies in deal #1 & #2 PLUS a FREE Team Rudy Hat, FREE Rudy Project key chain and neck cord, on any order over $75

Cadence Running Company-  LOTS OF SALES on last season's models of shoes.  Some as low as $50!  Come in and check it out!

Evo Swim Clinic-  We have a new location.  Please click on the link and come in and see us.

Endurance Rehab- 

Endurance Rehab is pleased to offer Powerstep custom fit orthotics at our Mesa location

Cost: originally $295; discount for AZTriClub $225 (with initial evaluation performed and billed through insurance).

Custom fit orthotics made in office allowing you to go home with them on the same day!

August 2017 Update

Staging a Comeback: Rising Again after a Setback

By Bethany Longmire

I will admit, one of my greatest fears is dealing with an injury or major illness.  Being in top physical shape, its hard to imagine all of that changing in 1 day due to an unavoidable accident, missplaced foot or diagnosis.  We work so hard to stay healthy and be strong and lets face it, setbacks can really be a downer.  While I have never had a heavy hitting injury, I have fought myself back to fitness after having 2 babies.  It's not quite the same, but it was a little taste of what staging a comeback might feel like.  Its hard......really hard and certainly not for the faint of heart.  

This month 4 of our members have graciously agreed to share a little bit of their comeback story and I cannot tell you how uplifted and inspired I have been interviewing them.  Bob Norvelle was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery to remove it.  His life changed in a day and yet his positive character and endurance drive has motivated him to keep pressing forward. David Hibbs suffered a painful foot injury, successfully stalling his IRONMAN attempt and setting him back a while.  He has adjusted his goals and set his sights on recovery.  He will be back I have no doubt. Paul Weigel is not new to the setback/comeback journey.  He has survived cancer and has had multiple surgeries including 2 hip replacements. His positive energy and consistent will are inspiring. Bridgit Egosque suffered a hip fracture and has endured a hip pinning surgery.  Her sights are still set on an IRONMAN finish and she is fighting hard.  All 4 of these athletes have endured and are still enduring the comeback highs and lows.  I am grateful for their willingness to share a bit of their story with us.

What kind of emotions did you feel when you realized you had to step away from doing what you love to recover and heal?

BN: Honestly, my triathlon training didn't seem very significant at first, there were just too many other things at stake. It was hard to hear that I should not do anything for at least 6 weeks after surgery, but Del Ann and a couple of close friends made me promise I would wait.

DH:  I was really bummed out when I broke my foot. Was hoping to carry some of the good fitness gains I had the prior year into this year when I attempt to do a full Ironman.

PW: Some of my emotions have varied from despair to resignation.  Some times I was supposed to take time off to recover and heal, I didn't. And in those cases, still fighting through my pain made me a better person as a result.

BE: I was devastated. I was weeks out from my 1st Ultra 50 miler race and all that training resulted in nothing but injury. And then the rest of my race year flashes by...so many races I couldn't compete in.

Do you think your endurance and triathlon background has helped or hurt your ability to weather your "storms"?

BN: Absolutely, there is no doubt in my mind:

  • Being in great physical condition made me a better candidate for surgery, and reduced my recovery time.
  • Having endured many long rides/runs/swims has given me the mindset that I can generally outlast any unfavorable circumstance.
  • Patience- something I realized during the swim in my first Olympic triathlon. I was about half way through the swim, feeling like I was going to die, and consumed with how far I had left to swim. Something whispered (maybe it was Dory) "just swim, don't worry about the finish line. You can swim, can't you?". That was a real turning point for me in triathlon, and that mindset has helped with this comeback.

DH: Training is usually my time to de-stress so not being able to do any form of exercise for several months made it really hard. But one thing you learn in triathlon is to control the controllables and let everything else fall into place. Had to just focus on getting myself back healthy before worrying about anything else. Was also great to spend time with family knowing the training will reduce the amount of time I get to spend with all of them.

PW:  Cancer blinked.  Damn straight.  Being an IRONMAN triathlete allowed doctors to take risks on me that they wouldn't have on others, and is probably a big reason why I'm still alive today.

BE: My background had definitely helped the recovery process. Being a multi sport athlete I was able to still work out, which is a huge part of my lifestyle

How has suffering a setback changed your approach to life, triathlon and training?

BN: This setback has made us even more grateful. For life, family, health, everything. It has reminded me that we're not guaranteed any particular length of time, and that we should make the most of every moment and season. I am more convinced now that our bodies are amazing creations, and using them to the fullest potential is a form of gratitude and worship to the Creator.

DH: Reminded me that we are lucky that we get to do this for fun! Live in the moment and make the best of it.

PW:  Life is way too short not to live it to its fullest.  I try to pay attention to that all the time.

BE: I have learned to be more patient, seek the advise of many many others and to always question and do my own research. The practice of medicine can be just doctors "practicing" things on you. And serious people, always take your supplements!!! Women take your Calcium and Vitamin D!!!

Be honest.....have you ever felt like just giving up on the whole "having a comeback" thing?

BN: YES! But only for a few minutes at a time, lol.

DH: Never felt like giving up but definitely had to reset expectations on the time and effort it takes to get back.

PW: More times than I can count.

BE: Never, my perspective on what my personal comeback has been modified for sure. I'll never give up, that's never crossed my mind.

Recovery is hard.....really hard.  What has been the hardest part for you?

BN: You have good days and bad days. I have found the worst bad days come right after the best good days. For me, when I'm feeling good, I tend to squeeze the gas pedal a little harder than I should. That results in several days of my body recovering from the activity while it is still recovering from the surgery. It's been hard to find that level of exertion that doesn't put me over the edge, and it's impossible to compare with what I was doing prior to the setback. This was demonstrated last Saturday on the Sunflower ride- I only made it 16 miles!

DH: Hardest part is being patient and going through the process.

PW: The biggest challenge with recovery is never knowing when the comeback is done.  Some people would say my first race proved I made it back.  I'd say I'm still trying to get there.

BE: The hardest part is having to be sidelined and watch all your dear friends and team mates crush goals and race races. It's hard to cheer and be supportive for others on races I was signed up for and should be racing too, although many won't ever admit this one.

What words of wisdom would you give to someone just starting their setback/comeback journey?

BN: Faith and patience! Pushing hard too early can set you back to square 1, but just like we all just keep swimming, biking and running- we will make it to the finish line. We always do :)

DH: I don't have any wisdom and still working on coming back so for now I'd say Just enjoy the process and be patient.

PW: When your back is against the wall, you just gotta do what you gotta do.  :)

BE: Always seek two opinions, always. Never see just one doctor. Don't play the victim and don't blame others. All we can do is have a positive attitude and move forward through recovery. Also know when we start back we have to forget what past capabilities we had and start from scratch. 

Thanks guys, I really appreciate the input.  I think for me reading this I came away with a couple of really big pointers.  Number one is that life is a series of highs and lows. The ups and downs of life are what give life its richness.  If you experience a setback, frustration, loss and fear are all part of the territory, but joy, achievement and empowerment are also part of it.  Your attitude and approach to the setbacks of life and training matter.  Number two......coming back is hard for everyone.  If you are tired......somebody is there too.  If you want to give up....guaranteed someone else has been there too.  If you have doubts....I know you aren't the only one. Staging a comeback back isnt about finding a singular victorious moment, but rather the journey to a more grateful, empowered, enriched and stronger you.

Training Racing and Doing our Thing!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Mountain Man races earlier this month.  We also have had several Sunrise Series runners and plenty of members out and about making triathlon look good!  Keep training!  Fall race season is on the horizon!

Upcoming Events

8/13-14/2017- Mountain Man Triathlon Half and Olympic.  Join us in the gorgeous Flagstaff area for a great weekend of racing!

8/19/2017- The Epic Embrace the Heat ride to Payson.  This one is a good one!  We have several members who will be participating!  Come and join us.

From our Sponsors

White Water- AZTRICLUB gets 15% off of monthly delivery services, R/O units, Water Softners or custom labeled bottled water by mentioning AZTRICLUB. Check out all of our services at www.whitewaternow.com

Rudy Project- We are running a promo for free shipping on orders over $100 through August 7th!  And don't forget, AZ TRI Club members can shop with a discount.  Check it out under member information on the website!

Evo Swim Clinic- The new Mesa Center is open!  Come and check it out. http://www.evoswimschool.com/news/mesagilbert-programming/

July 2017 Update

Get to know our Coaches:  Dawn Brooks Endurance Coaching

You love coaching......why?  

I don’t know what to say other then it is in my blood!  From the time I started teaching group fitness classes, personal training and coaching I have never looked back!  I get so excited helping people and helping them go through the process of making it work for them.  Being able to help and motivate someone to reach his or her overall fitness goal is the most amazing experience.  I am a huge believer that you can do anything you set your mind to.  Helping people take the steps necessary to get them to their “impossible” dream is so fulfilling.

Tell us a bit about you, what is your background?

My background that got me to coaching was over a very long life journey.  It started when I was in my young 20’s and started to tip the scales at 200lbs. I began educating myself on diet and exercise and was able to drop off 60 of those lbs.  I then met my second husband in my late 20’s and shortly after our wedding he was diagnosed with a terminal disease called ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  This is a neurological disease that stops the nerves from the brain to muscle from working and the person loses all control of their muscles while their brain stays fully aware.  Literally like being trapped in your body. During that time I became his full time caregiver and helped nurse him through his end of life.  Watching someone’s body deteriorate and not being able to do anything about it, you can imagine was a very stressful time in my life. I started coping through this with going to school for health and fitness and staying very active.  I wanted to learn everything fitness.  I finished school and then got all of my certifications for group fitness and personal training.  I think being able to actually help people change their bodies helped me deal with the fact that I couldn't help change my husbands.

My husband passed in the Dec of 2012 and this is where my IRONMAN journey began.  This had been something I had wanted to do for a while but could not invest the time into the training because of caring for my husband.  I had done many tri’s both Olympic and Sprint distance, Bike races, and Marathons but not the full IRONMAN.  I volunteered in 2013 and was ready to go when the gun went off in 2014!  My first IRONMAN was such an amazing experience, and I knew immediately it was my destiny to help others achieve this incredible goal.  I went to training in Connecticut and got my USAT certification to become a triathlon coach.  I followed that up with tons of continuing education classes including the IRONMAN University training and got my IRONMAN Coaching certification to add to my list.

What would you say are your specialties?

That's a tough one. I am knowledgeable in all aspects of triathlon and endurance training.  I would say Endurance training with weight training would be my specialty.  Not a lot of coaches emphasize the weight training that should be incorporated into an endurance training schedule.  I feel I am very good at getting people to their end goal in an endurance event safely and without injury or illness.  I am a very hands on coach who constantly assesses my athletes and makes corrections where needed in order for my athletes to deliver their best performance.

Give us some of your top tips for each area of triathlon?

Swimming: I always encourage my athletes to get out and do open water swims regularly practicing sighting and buoy turns. I feel that this best helps them prepare for their race (providing that it is open water) and gets them used to the conditions. It also allows them to wear their wetsuits and experience that feel.  While racing, I think it is important the athlete remains calm and doesn't waste energy on being angry at the people hitting and kicking them.  Stay strategic and get out of the way of overly aggressive people.  Wasted energy in the swim is energy lost from your run.

Cycling:  A big tip for cycling is to know your zones.  Everyone is different. During an IRONMAN distance race you are going to be spending the majority of time on your bike and if you don’t know your heart rate zones you could be setting yourself up for a horrible run!  One mistake I see triathletes make a lot is always trying to keep up with their buddies.  Though I think this is great for specific workouts throughout the week it shouldn't be every time you ride.  We have heart rate zones for a reason and we need to work all of them not just the one at the top!

Running:  Running is another place where triathletes get frustrated.  Many of them use their same biking practices to keep up with other runners.  This is the most dangerous.  Running is a full impact and can cause you injury the fastest.  Every run you do should have a specific purpose in order to be affective and prevent injury.  Chasing your friends around the block every time is going to lead to days spent on the couch recovering from injury. 

I would like make note here that when people finally go with a coach and all of a sudden the coach has them swimming, biking, running at a slower pace they immediately think the coach is making them SLOWER!  As a competitive athlete myself I totally get where that can be scary.  But what the athlete doesn’t get to see is the coaches overall plan.  In that plan in not to have the athlete go faster during their training ride with their friends it is to have the athlete go faster for their particular “A” race.  And sometime the “A” race and the big training ride with friends doesn’t correlate. The coach is usually better at looking at the big picture where the athlete only wants to look at the now…

Transition: I did a blog about transition


You are really big on weight training. How does that impact us as triathletes?

HUGE!  I have one perfect example for you.  During my training for IMAZ 2014 I was hit by a mail truck on my bike in August.  One week later I was back on my bike riding.  The doctors told me that if I didn’t have all my muscle I would have broken my pelvis, and shoulder. I would like to add that I have pictures of the dent I left in the mail truck ;).  That is an extreme example but weight training also is so important for injury prevention.  As a triathlete you are using your body so hard if you are not preparing your muscles for all of that use you are going to be injured.  Period.

How do we successfully add in weights to our training?

By making it short in duration and very specific.  It doesn’t need to be a full hour of pumping iron at the gym to be effective.  I meet with my athletes and see their areas of strength and weakness and design a plan accordingly.  But for someone without a coach I would suggest 20 min 3 days a week of squats, lunges, pushups, pull-ups, sit, ups and planks.  I strongly encourage you to get an assessment of your form so that you know that you are doing the exercises correctly.  This is another way you can become injured if you are doing these exercises wrong.  None of this should hurt in your knees, elbows, or shoulders.  If they do that is a big indicator you have poor form.

Your business is all about helping people reach their peak.  How do you do that?

I would say my business is about helping people reach their goal. Whether that is qualifying for Kona or finishing their first sprint triathlon.  I do that by designing a customized program that takes my athletes through a series of “peaks” and “valleys” that is very specific to that athlete and how they are doing with their training.  This requires tons of communication and assessments to know that they are hitting these “peaks”.  Everyone is so different and some people have a longer build period then others and some people need more recovery then others.  It is my job to adjust their training schedule accordingly.  This is a big difference from getting a training plan from a book.  A book is a one size fits all type of training plan.  It can work and the athlete can do well from it but there are so many areas of customization that can be done with the training schedule to ensure that the athlete does THEIR very best.

The TRI Club in Action:  From Training to RACING!

Way to go everyone for being out there doing what we do best, TRIATHLON!  We had a lot of activity and racing including the Escape from Alcatraz, The Sunrise Series 5k, Lifetime Cap Tex, and the Dueces Wild TRI.  We were also out training and embracing the AZ Summer in all of its oven worthy glory!  Way to go all!

Upcoming Events-

7/6/2017- KIT STORE WILL BE OPEN!  We know there are a lot of you that are looking to purchase AZ TRI Club kits!  Keep posted for fit events and get your gear!

Every Friday- Catch us at Lake Saguaro getting in our open water swimming!

Meet up- Check Meetup for weekly rides, runs and swims

7/9/2017- Mountain Man Olympic and Sprint TRI.  Get out of the heat and join us for an awesome race in Flagstaff!

7/30/2017- 12 hours of pain spinathon.  Join our very own coaches as they help support a worthy cause.  Bring your bike and your trainer.  Come for 1 hour or all 12!  Its a great event for a great cause!

8/5/2017- White Water is hosting a BBQ!  We are hoping to incorporate a ride, run or brick into the morning and then party!  Bring your kits and smiles too for a team picture!

8/13/2017- Mountain Man Olympic and Half Distance IRONMAN!  This is a FANTASTIC race!  Don't miss this end of the summer race.  

8/19/2017- The Epic Embrace the Heat ride up to Payson!  Don't miss this amazing bike ride hosted by Bike Accident Attorneys.



From Our Sponsors

Cadence Running Company- 

We are doing huge sales throughout the store from now through July 3rd. We will be closed on July 4th

Closeout shoes 60% off. Closeout Clothing $20 for anything on the rack

Evo Swim Clinic- 


June 2017 Update

Sponsor Highlight: EVO Swim School


What is the history of your business? 

EVO Swim School is owned and operated by David Tait. David is an accomplished athlete in the sport of swimming. He was a three time state champion and state record holder, a Junior National Champion, Senior National qualifier, and competitor at the 2000 US Olympic Trials. David coached a number of high school athletes to the State, Junior National, and National levels. He has over 20 years of experience teaching children, teenagers, and adults how to swim. His expertise has benefited children and adults of all ages and at all levels of aquatic participation.

You love what you do.......why?

We here at EVO have years of swimming experience and we LOVE swimming!  It is both a passion and a career choice for us.  The benefits of swimming are immeasurable and being able to give both adults and kids the love of swimming is invaluable to us.  We love what we do!

How does your business benefit our members?  

We know swimming can be daunting to many who don't have a background, but swimming shouldn't derail your triathlon goals.  Whether you are new to swimming and the sport of triathlon or an accomplished swimmer looking to improve efficiency and time, EVO swim school has got your back.  Becoming a competent and confident swimmer is our number one goal and our facilities and instructors are all qualified to get you there!

What sets you apart from other similar businesses? 

Today there are more and more choices when it comes to swimming instruction, however at EVO Swim School swimming has evolved. EVO Swim School is the premier school to master swimming goals at every level of competency. Our services provide instruction for every person at every level of aquatic instruction. EVO Swim School is by no means a boot camp, but a great learning environment that allows students a steady, consistent approach to understanding how to develop the right habits. These teaching techniques make our students safe, efficient and strong swimmers.

Racing and Events

Congratulations to everyone who raced this past month!  We were all out and about wearing our colors proudly!

Sahuarita Triathlon

IRONMAN St. George

Insomniac Night 10k

Chino Grinder

Sunrise Series 5K

Training, Training, Training!

It's getting hotter out there, but that hasn't stopped us from getting in our training!  Way to go to everyone out there getting stronger.


Events to Look Forward To:

6/3-4/2017- Dueces Wild Triathlon Festival-  Join us up in Show Low for a great weekend full of racing!  We even have some kids from the club representing in the youth triathlon.

6/10/2017- MT. Lemmon ride complete with cookies at the top!  Whether you have ridden up Mt. Lemmon before or are going to tackle it for the first time, you will not be disappointed!  This is a challenging and very rewarding training ride and the Cookie Cabin at the top is well worth the trek.

6/17/2107- VO2 MAX Test and Event-  This is a great event to come and see one of our own members have his VO2 tested and his results discussed!  Come and learn about this process and how it can benefit you.

6/25/2017- Boulder Sunrise Triathlon.  This great triathlon is located in Boulder, CO and we have got discount codes!  CO is gorgeous this time of year and worth the visit!

FRIDAY OWS- We are out at the lake every Friday morning early!  If you need to swim open water, we are out doing it!

From our Sponsors:

Just Wetsuits: 

Just Wetsuit is excited to be involved in AZ Tri Club and we appreciate everyone that attended the wetsuit demo.  Just Wetsuits provides the largest selection of new wetsuits. Just Wetsuits realizes that everyone is not ready to buy a new wetsuit.  That is why Just Wetsuits is excited to announce that WetsuitRental.com has teamed up with Just Wetsuits.  WetsuitRental.com is the original online triathlon wetsuit rental company and they have fitted over 40,000 athletes throughout the country.  WetsuitRental.com has moved to Chandler and is excited to announce that they are here to meet all your Wetsuit needs.  Wetsuit Rental would like to provide you $15 off you next rental.  All you have to do is use AZTRI15 at check-out.  After your rental you can apply $40 towards the purchase of the wetsuit you rented or $40 toward a new wetsuit at Justwetsuits.com.  Our goal is to provide everyone the opportunity to explore openwater swimming and triathlon.

EVO Swim School:  The new facility in Queen Creek will be open June 19th!  This is a great location and a state of the art swim school!  Come and check it out!



May 2017 Update

Sponsor Highlight: White Water


What is the history of your business? White Water was started in 2001 as a water distributor for 5 gallon deliveries and small bottles. It started in a guest bedroom and had one employee. Through the years White Water has become more than just a water distributor. White Water now has a water production plant consisting of 6 bottling lines and 50000 square feet of warehouse in Phoenix, employs almost 50 employees and provides a wide range of different water services. White Water now not only distributes water, White Water also installs reverse osmosis systems, water softeners and bottles different types of water including alkaline and black water!

How does your business benefit our members? Everyone drinks water, right? White Water can install your very own reverse osmosis system, do filter changes, install water softeners or you can have 5 gallons (including alkaline water) delivered right to your door step. White Water also provides custom labeled water so you can have a bottle of water with your name on it or your business name. Tell your employers about our services!

What sets you apart from other similar businesses? Customer Service is the number one thing that you can count on! You are not just another number to us, we value each and every customer! The staff go the extra mile to get you what you need. Of course, pricing is also key. White Water beats the pricing of any other water supplier in the Valley! AzTriClub members get an additional 10% off!

You love what you do.......why? Yes, most days we do.  Not to say that there are not bad days, there certainly are.  But the good days are great and we try to have and enjoy the good days and make the bad days as good as we possibly can.  Positive attitude is a must, the employees will feed off your attitude; and if we are positive, they will be positive no matter what is going on that day.

White Water prides itself on how it gives back to our community and other communities that need water. White Water donates truckloads of water each year to CASS which is a local homeless shelter. White Water also has donated to put up water towers in the Philippines and Cambodia to provide their very first fresh water system. It takes our customers to make this possible!

Racing Season has BEGUN!

We had an incredible month FULL of racing and representing the AZ TRI Club!  We had a bunch of podiums this month and were out and about  doing our thing! Hats off to all who raced hard in all of our April Events:

IRONMAN Oceanside 70.3

Bartlett Lake Tri

Cactus Cup

Tour De Mesa

Rocky Point

Chandler Sprint Tri

She Power 5k

Cactus Man Triathlon

HIITS Napa 140.6, Zion Ultra and the Hollywood Half:

Train Hard, Play Hard

No matter what your goals are this year, one thing is for certain, TRAINING IS IN FULL SWING.  We are out all over the Valley swimming, biking and running towards goals!  Keep training and be sure to check MEETUP for the weekly workouts hosted by many of our amazing members.  

EVENTS: Mark your Calendars!

5/6/2017- Sahuarita Triathlon and 5k.  This one is coming fast!  If you aren't racing we could use some volunteers.  Don't miss this excellent race and watch many of our members compete!

5/6/2017- The Chino Grinder.  Many of our avid cyclists have been preparing for this awesome Mountain bike race and course.  Good luck to all racing and riding!

5/6/2017- St. George IRONMAN 70.3.  Lots of friends and members racing.  Good luck to all, go out and do your thing!

5/13/2017- Westuit DEMO, Open Water Swim and BBQ at Canyon Lake!  This is the event to be at.  Fun, Sun, Swim and FOOD!  Put it on your calendars and if you need more information check the FACEBOOK Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/425677857795589/

5/20/2017- Sand Hollow Triathlon.  AZ TRI Club members get an awesome discount for this Utah race.  Gorgeous views and a fantastic locale for a great race.

5/20/2017- VO2 Max Test for Endurance Athletes.  This is an excellent event to learn all you want to know about VO2 testing and science.  One of our members, Paul Weigel has graciously offered to let all of us come and observe the testing process.  Don't miss it!

5/27/2017- Mount  Lemmon Ride!  Come one and all to tackle Tucson's Mount Lemmon.  This will be GREAT ride and a perfect time for training, plus there are cookies at the top! Come and give the climb a try!  Stay posted on Facebook and Meetup for more details.

6/3-4/2017- Dueces Wild Triathlon Festival.  Mark your calendars for this fantastic weekend of racing!  Come up to the mountains, escape the heat and race or volunteer.  We may even have some young members competing in the youth triathlon.  Don't miss it!

From our Sponsors

  • ROAD ID- Don't ride or run without it!  This month through May 20th, AZ TRI CLUB members get 20% off their purchase.  Keep safe...WEAR YOUR ROAD ID!


  • Velocraft Cycling: NEW location for Velocraft Cycling in Mesa, bicycle repair and fitting services we are by appointment.

7325 E Hampton Ave #107 Mesa Arizona 85209  

Phone # you can txt or call 480-267-0026 

Open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm closed on the weekend. Please visit the website for more info. 


  • Cadence Running Company:  We have some great deals for MAY, check them out here and then come on in!

1.  All brooks and moving comfort bras 40% off

2.  On mother's day, all women who mention AZ Tri Club take 35% off all clothing

3.  Brooks demo apparel on clearance at 60% off 

4.  Zoot tri and cycling apparel $35 per piece


  • Rudy Project:  We will be doing a memorial day sale at the end of the month!  Stay posted for great deals!


  • Bike Accident Attorneys: 

"Embrace The Heat" ride to Payson AZ is filling up fast! If you want a spot, sign up quick! Site is: https://www.bikeaccidentattorneys.com/embrace-the-heat/

Also - our BAA Team/Club Pool Party is Saturday May 13th and any of our cycling friends are invited to attend. Cool swag. Bring a side dish to share and your own drinks. BBQ provided by us. https://www.facebook.com/events/1603165786378153/