Heather G’s race report

Posted: March 18, 2011 in KestrelBlog

ABU DHABI RACE REPORT
DNF’s on the Men & Women’s side, glad I hung in and finished strong !!
The Abu Dhabi Triathlon was truly a remarkable experience. The race organizers took care of us every step of the way. We were put up at an amazing 5 star hotel. The travel was long but Todd and I actually got two sleeps in 24 hours, a short one on the plane and again when we arrived (it was night again)! Woke up feeling great – “gee this time change isn’t so bad after all!” I went for a little swim, had breakfast, ran into many friends and soon it was the afternoon. I did a little turbo trainer spin that afternoon with Caroline Steffen and Jo Lawn while we all chatted with Belinda Grainger who stood in front of us holding court.
WOW – this is the life, a beautiful city – the best of the best at the race are staying at this luxury resort, I was feeling great! The evening was spent hanging with Todd and JJ (Jesica Jacobs) a great mom, friend and triathlete. Then the wheels fell off that night ! I could not sleep a wink and was getting so frustrated (and concerned) so much for that quick time adjustment, but it all came around by race day and I was getting a little short (always a good sign – I am chomping at the bit!!).
I had the normal race day nerves, well maybe a few more – it has been awhile since I did a race of this distance. The distance is quite different, a 3k swim a 200k bike and a 20k run and It was a very Kona-like field of athletes with many of the biggest names in the sport at the start line. I had a great swim and stayed with a pack of women including Belinda, Melanie McQuaid & Jo Lawn. In years past I was typically hit or miss staying with these competitors but the swim work I was able to put in last year helped keeping contact fairly easy (I am sure my 5 lane outdoor lap pool at Club Med helps too!). Needless to say I was thrilled getting out and being in contact, “I was in the race” – unfortunately a mishap in transition left me out of touch with the group once I hit the road. So I pedaled away, a little lonely but I was enjoying it even with strong winds (think desert, sand flying across the road). The highlight was riding through the Yas Marina Circuit, a Formula 1 race track – very cool !!
The ride was HOT !! I was well fueled however and felt good coming off the bike. I was surprised when I learned there would be no special needs. I was so accustomed to WTC having an aid bag at the half way mark. I thought for a 120 mile bike ride there would be an opportunity for special needs – never assume!! So I made three bottles of EFS – two of which were triple strength, my plan was water only the first 20 minutes (always advisable after drinking down a lot of salt water on the swim). The triple strength bottles worked well as I added water at the aid stations until I missed (ie dropped) my bottle and let me tell you I love EFS but triple strength is well… a little strong.
When all was said and done I was pleased with how I felt. I was very happy to have a long distance race under my belt in 2011 and feel energized for my upcoming season.
If any of you ever get a chance to visit Abu Dhabi it is well worth the trip!! The days after the race we visited the incredible city of Dubai. The city is one of the cleanest and friendliest I have ever been to. There were so many amazing sites, tall beautiful buildings, underwater hotel, malls with 3 story aquariums an underwater zoo, and one mall with an indoor ski hill. I skied for two hours straight. It was a great trip
I want to thank my tremendous sponsors for their continued support. K-Swiss, many thanks to the entire crew, Erik, Ivette, Ben and Jon – you guys are the best and my gear is second to none.
To Morgan and the crew at All3 Sports – you guys rock!! Many thanks to Flex Power, your awesome line of products are part of my daily recovery. To Robert and First Endurance, my EFS kept me well hydrated in some extreme conditions. Thank you to Steve and Kestrel for my sweet ride, Brooke and the GU family – thanks for the opportunity to represent you in Abu Dhabi and for the Roctane Gels that gave me the boost I needed on the run!! To Ryan and TYR my new swimskin was awesome and no doubt helped to keep me locked in on the swim – a very special thank you for over-nighting another one, to Vinu and Colleen at Fuel Belt – many thanks for your support (Colleen it was great to spend some time together) and to my friends at Try Chips – I love your chips, athletes do yourself a favor and check them out.
All the best – Heather Gollnick

Who is jealous of Cam Dye?

Posted: February 28, 2011 in KestrelBlog

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.slowtwitch.com%2FLifestyle%2FA_day_with_Cameron_Dye_1920.html&h=7dd47

OK, so I’m bald or balding, depending on how you look at it. It’s hard to determine when you are officially bald but lets just say I’m getting there.

Now, let me introduce you to Cam. This guy, not bald. This guy just pisses me off with all his hair. And I sponsor him. Maybe I should have put in his contract that he cuts some off and I make a wig? Not sure me and a blonde wig would work but I’m just thinking here it could be a new look for me?

So visit the link, read away and just imagine me with some blonde hair.

Introducing our Richard Allen

Posted: February 18, 2011 in KestrelBlog

Richard is one of my athletes that came to me with a story; and a heartfelt one at that and as most of you know, I may come off gruff, I’m really a softie at heart. When it comes to kids and animals, I’m really a wuss and Richard seems to follow in the same thought process. It is rare that I hear of a pro athlete who donates all his money and sponsor dollars to a cause. It simply doesn’t happen but Richard is the one guy who is a true inspiration.

Here’s a bit on Richard Allen.

Before retiring he was one of the most successful World class British triathletes of his era. Rich is the only British triathlete to have won 9 National Pro Championships covering every triathlon distance from sprint to long and duathlon. In addition he was a member of the British Sydney Olympic Games squad and the Scottish Manchester Commonwealth Games squad. In the UK he has won all the major British triathlon classics such as London, Ironman UK 70.3 and Windsor and in the US he has finished top 4 in Chicago, St Anthony’s and St Croix.
His best ITU Triathlon World Ranking is 9th.

Rich completed his first triathlon aged 17 having watched his Dad race in a local event. He was a serious rugby player up until this age and had only done a little biking and running to keep in shape. Needless to say it took a lot of hard work to become competitive, particularly in the swim! Things progressed very quickly and he started his professional triathlon career aged just 19.

Following 13 years as a Pro Rich retired from the sport at the end of
2006 enjoying some time out doing other activities such as skiing and rugby. He was burnt out and need to recover mentally and physically from a tough sporting career. Rich turned his focus to triathlon coaching and launched the RichardAllenFitness.com Ltd company.
Alongside coaching and managing his company Rich started mentoring, writing for Triathlon Plus magazine, event speaking and being brand ambassador and consultant for major companies such as Gatorade. He was able to pass on his vast experience to others and give something back to the sport that gave him so much.

However 2006 was not the end of Rich Allen the Pro Triathlete! At the start of 2009 everything changed for Rich and having had 2 years complete break from training he decided to make a professional comeback following the sad death of a young girl called Ellis Harriet Clark. Cancer took this amazing young girl’s life and Rich was inspired to train and race again at the highest level with the single motivating factor of donating all his prize money profits and raising awareness for her charity foundation and other children’s/ teenager cancer charities around the World. Thanks to Ellis Rich is racing again with a new sense of passion! It’s a tough comeback as he now has to combine training, racing, coaching and running his company. Follow his comback live on twitter @RichAllenPro.

2011 RACE SCHEDULE-

Ironman Texas, US. 21st May.
Ironman 70.3 UK. 19th June.
Ironman 70.3 Muncie, US. 9th July.
Ironman Lake Placid, US. 24th July.
Ironman 70.3 Timberman, US. 21st August.
Challenge Henley, UK. 11th Sept.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS-

9 x British Pro Triathlon/Duathlon Champion.
British Olympic Games Squad.
Scottish Commonwealth Games Squad.
9th ITU Triathlon World Ranking Best.
Winner London Triathlon.
Winner UK Ironman 70.3.
Silver Medalist World Junior Elite Triathlon Championships, NZ.
Silver Medalist World Junior Elite Duathlon Championships, Australia.

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS-

4th Chicago Triathlon, USA.
4th ITU World Cup Triathlon Derry, N. Ireland.
4th & 5th St Anthony’s Triathlon, USA.
4th, 5th & 6th St Croix Triathlon, US Virgin Islands.
8th & 9th European Pro Triathlon Championships, Holland & Czech Republic.
9th ITU World Cup Triathlon Cornerbrook, Canada.
9th ITU World Cup Triathlon Auckland, New Zealand.
European Junior Elite Duathlon Champion, Germany.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Milan, Italy.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Holten, Holland.
2nd ETU European Cup Triathlon Loch Neagh, N. Ireland.
3rd ETU European Cup Triathlon Zundert, Holland.
3rd Powerman Hawaii Duathlon, USA.
3rd Powerman N. Carolina Duathlon, USA.
Silver Medalist European Junior Elite Duathlon Championships, Finland.

UK ACHIEVEMENTS-

3 x Silver Medallist British Pro Triathlon Championships.
2 x Silver Medallist British Pro Duathlon Championships.
3 x Bronze Medallist British Pro Triathlon Championships.
Winner Windsor Triathlon.
2nd Powerman UK Duathlon.
3 x 2nd London Triathlon.
3 x 2nd & 3 x 3rd Windsor Triathlon.
2 x 2nd & 1 x 3rd UK Ironman 70.3.
4th Bath Triathlon.

Website- http://www.richardallenfitness.com

Andy Potts and the A2 Wind Tunnel

Posted: February 12, 2011 in KestrelBlog

One of my friends recently told me that my job must suck. Sarcasim aside, I really love my job. No, it’s not always perfect, but the fact that I get to wear running shoes (I own 53 pair and I don’t run), jeans and the occassional button down shirt, I think I have it fairly good.

This past week I spent Monday and Tuesday in the A2 Wind Tunnel with Andy Potts, Matty Reed, Herbert Krabel from Slowtwitch.com, Jeff Smith from Speedfil, Morgan Clark from All3sports.com, Chris Mesigian from Fuji, Eric Wynn, the best photographer I know, and Mike Girard from the A2 Tunnel.

I’ve been planning this trip since signing Andy Potts and since I also sponsor Matty Reed with Oval Concepts, I wanted him there as well. My boys from Speedfil also have a wicked cool product coming out and wanted them there to see how the bottle tested.

It was also cool hosting Herbert. He and I have a past that goes back to college days @ Temple University so it’s always fun catching up with him and hey, I think getting a bit of good press from Slowtwitch.com a bonus! Thanks Herbert for all your work last week! I’ll owe you a dinner in Kona this year!

And Morgan. Well, if you haven’t had the opportunity to meet her, do so. She’s one of the few female owners of a Triathlon Store (might be the only one) and she is wicked smart. Her store All3sports.com is one of the best in the industry and I’m fortunate to have her sponsor both Andy and Matt. All in all, she’s a rockstar with a kickass attitude. Now Morgan owes me dinner in Kona 🙂

OK, enough about the cool people. The A2 Tunnel is the shit. Yep, I went there. I love the place and having an aero expert in Mike Girard there is a huge bonus. Mike is able to offer advice from his many years in the tunnel and really helps me navigate my way to refining a fit that is both aero and powerful. This is always the key, combining aerodynamics with watts and making sure the athlete can maintain this position and then get off the bike and run.

With both Andy and Matt, we tested for over 4 hours each. It’s important to show them options. There is not a right or wrong, just options that can make you faster and each athlete has to be comfortable with the change in position and or products they use. I can make anyone fast in the tunnel but what I’m concerned with is learning the options of what if we did this or that. i.e. head down a bit, Speedfil bottle vs. Profile vs. standard bottle.

I can’t go into details but we came out of the tunnel saving them both some valuable time and learning a lot. I’m never satisfied thinking I know everything about aerodynamimcs but after many visits, I’m getting to be confident in my skills not just as a bike designer but also how the bike design and rider must work together.

If you want to see some of the pictures from our testing, visit slowtwitch.com. Pictures were taken courtesy of Herbert and I’ll be adding some more to the Kestrel Facebook page from both my Iphone and some from Eric Wynn.

As always, feel free to email me @ sharad@kestrelbicycles.com

Meet Belinda Harper

Posted: February 2, 2011 in KestrelBlog

I am fortunate to work with some great athletes and one of my coaches Kristian Manietta, Charlotte Paul’s husband, has been instrumental in introducing me to some of his athletes from his coaching company, Trispecific.com.

I first saw Belinda in Kona last year and Kristian was cheering her on. He told me then that I was going to sponsor her. It wasn’t really an ask, more of a statement.

So, for 2011, Belinda will racing in New Zealand on her new Kestrel 4000 equipped with Sram Red and will be representing Kestrel and our Distributor. We are excited to have her onboard and look forward to a great season.

A bit about Belinda:

I was a competitive swimmer in my teenage years and won age group titles for the 200m breaststroke. At national level I consistently ranked in the top 3.
I retired from competitive sport and completed a Bachelor of Commerce, from there I travelled the world.
At age 30 I returned to Auckland and took up triathlons, I have slowly built up my triathlon skill set. In 2010 teamed with coach Kristian Manietta of Trispecific I achieved a break through year where I won the amateur division at the Kona Ironman World Championships, I set a new course record for the 35-39 age group and recorded the fastest time ever by an amateur athlete. Following this success I have turned to the professional ranks, I aim to be competitive in this field, my 2011 goals are outlined in my race schedule below.

My long term goal is to qualify for Kona 2012 as a professional athlete.

Resent results
*results beyond 2 years available on request

15 Jan 2011 Challenge Wanaka -5th Pro
10 Dec 2010 Taupo Half Ironman -1st overall
5 Dec 2010 Tinman Triathlon -4th overall
21 Nov 2010 Maraetai Peoples Tri -1st overall

5 March 2010 Ironman New Zealand 9hrs48mins
1st amateur athlete, 35-39 age group
6th place overall
Jan 2010 Tauranga Half Ironman -7th Elite
October 2009 ITU Longdistance World Championships, Perth Australia
3rd amateur, 2nd 30-34 age group
April 2009 Auckland Half Ironman -2nd overall

Media
http://www.3news.co.nz/Challenge-Wanaka-both-cruel-and-kind-to-the-Kiwis/tabid/317/articleID/194542/Default.aspx

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10699748

http://www.trispecific.com/_blog/The_TriSpecific_Musings/post/Checking_in_with_Age_Group_Ironman_World_Champ_Belinda_Harper/

Type A – Courtenay Brown

Posted: February 1, 2011 in KestrelBlog

So, when I first chatted with Courtenay, I told her she had the most impressive resume I’ve seen! It’s almost not fair that she is this good at so many different things, including Triathlons. I especially like that she was a radio host. I think I’m going to have to use her for our podcasts that we will be doing live at some of the REV 3 events!

My name is Courtenay Brown. I was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and my childhood years were spent in Maryland, Hawaii, the Philippines, South Carolina, California, and on the back of a horse.

I graduated high school in 1996, and spent a year abroad working for various plant physiologists. During this time I learned that I didn’t want to be a natural or physical scientist. Then I went to the University of Virginia, so I could get a good education and also ride some nice horses. During my third year at U.Va. I started running, with the goal of competing in the Charlottesville 10-miler in 2000. I finished 6th overall female and couldn’t wait to run more, but poor training methods gave me stress fractures in both heels and tabled my running career. I graduated with honors in 2001 with a degree in Economics and History.

From 1999 to 2002, I worked at 91.9 WNRN-FM in Charlottesville, where I had my own weekday morning show, “Late for Work with Courtenay Brown.” Now it’s Late for Work with some dude. I also held your standard barista and waitress jobs, and I knew Dave Matthews. I moved to San Francisco in November of 2002, started cycling in 2003, racing locally in 2004, nationally in 2005 through 2007. In 2006 I started the ValueAct Capital Women’s Cycling Team. In late 2007, I learned how to swim. I started to run again. I did two triathlons and I won one of them.

In 2008 I raced triathlon almost exclusively, and loved it. Beginning in 2009 I joined the sport’s professional ranks. Meanwhile, as time ticked on and as part-time athlete-friendly jobs seemed to become more and more menial, I applied to graduate school.

I now reside in Boulder, Colorado, pursuing a PhD in Political Science (I finally found my “science”!) from the University of Colorado at Boulder. School complements my professional athletic career well, both pursuits encourage excellence and efficiency. I also write a regular column for Inside Triathlon magazine, entitled “Conviction”.

Oh, and I like to draw and paint!

Jersey? Ok, how does a smart woman like Jacqui go from South Africa and end up in NJ? I’m not sure yet, I really need to get the whole story on this but of all the 50 states, I’m not sure I would end up there. And yes, I’m from Philly PA so I can bust on Jersey a bit here 🙂

This is Jacqui’s second year with Kestrel and the Trakkers/Rev3 team.

I am a wife and mother of two beautiful children Tanner and Sydney.We live in New Jersey but I am originally from South Africa. I was born in Port Elizabeth home of the Ironman SA and always look forward to going home to compete.
My lifestyle growing up was all about being outdoors and active. I, inspired by Zola Budd started running at the age of 5 and developed a lifelong passion for it. My days were spent swimming,playing hockey,competing for my state in Biathlon, Track and Field and Cross Country. I was further inspired by 4 x Olympian Colleen De Reuck who was my high school PE teacher.
My love for triathlon started in 1998 when I was encouraged to take part in a local sprint. Age group awards, led to winning local races. But triathlon was put on hold twice due to having my children. The passion was definitely there and in 2003 I started racing again. I qualified for Kona at my first Ironman in Lake Placid and once I got a taste for racing in Hawaii I announced to my table at the awards that the following year I would be up on the stage.
I lived up to that winning every 70.3 I entered and placing second in my age group in Kona.
The following year I was offered a spot on the Timex Team and decided that year that I wanted to give myself a chance to race with the best in the World as a professional. So in 2006 I turned professional.
I have raced 16 Ironman with 9 top ten finishes and have multiple top 5 finishes in both the Ironman and 70.3 distance.
I love to race and am so happy to be racing on the Trakkers Team for the second year. We are so lucky to be supported by a great group of sponsors and I look forward to another great year with Kestrel.