American Triple-T – It’s Race Week – 2016 EVENT GUIDE

Cover-ImageWelcome to the American Triple-T Ohio, America’s ONLY Triathlon Tour. You’re in for something special. Shawnee State Park & Forest is the proud host of the American Triple-T Ohio and looks forward to showcasing their beautiful and challenging terrain within their park which makes this event so unique. Shawnee State Park & Forest is located in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River. Shawnee State Park is nestled in the 63,000 acre Shawnee State Forest, once the hunting grounds of the Shawnee Indians.

Regardless of your chosen distance (Sprint ST or Xtreme XT) the American Triple-T Ohio will provide you with one of the most challenging weekends of your life – count on it. HFP Racing is proud to be the producers of this event and find it a privilege to serve you.

2016 American Triple-T Event Guide (Updated 5-18)
(Official course maps will be available at check-in)
2016 American Triple-T Participants
2016 Little Smokies Participants
American Triple-T By Number List
American Triple-T Alpha List

We’re READY – Are you?

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Dr. Don’s – Helen Training Camp Blog

Dr-Don-Head-ShotAbout Dr. Don Cain: Don is a husband, Father and Grandfather and has been a multisport athlete for the past 38 years where he competes in sprint to Ironman distance races. Don has a Ph.D in Educational Technology and is employed as a Health and Physical Education Coordinator for Columbus City Schools in Ohio.  Don’s deeper love of endurance events is based from his 21 years as a US Marine and Ohio Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major.

PART I of the HFP Helen Training Camp

The 2016 HFP Helen Training Camp kicked off on April 4, 2016 where campers arrived the day before in the beautiful “Alpine Helen” in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North East Georgia within a 90 minute drive of downtown Atlanta. After everyone got settled into one of the three assigned rustic cabins, everyone that arrived early was able to meet for dinner at a local downtown restaurant, the Troll Tavern on the outside patio.  It was a needed break from the cold air in the Northern States. This is the schedule that awaited everyone,  2016 HFP Camp Schedule
Picture of all the campers at the Troll Tavern
Troll-Tavern

 Day 1 started off with an optional early morning distance swim at the Habersham County Ruby Fulbright Aquatic Center. Campers met at the center and had a fantastic swim workout lasting up to 60 minutes before everyone packed into their vehicles to pick up some food items at the local Ingels supermarket 20 miles from Helen.

Brasstown-SignThe first scheduled ride of the week was the “Warm-up” ride which consisted of an out and back route of 41-46 miles and 3 mountain gaps (Map to Brasstown Bald) to the base of Brasstown Bald. Some riders challenged themselves with climbing to the top of Brasstown Bald which is listed as in the Top 10 best and hardest climbs in the US by Bicycling Magazine. The authors explained the mountain had an average grade of 11% and is extremely painful as you get closer to the top, but the climb is worth it once you see the view. After the day’s epic but “short ride”, campers ate dinner at the Sleeping Bear cabin for a greet and meet where the host cabin prepared a great recovery meal of rice, beans, lean meats, veggies, fruit and good company.

Picture of the campers that made it to the top of Brasstown Bald.
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Day 2 started off again with a distance swim and then campers met at the downtown start point for an adventurous 56 mile ride to Lake Burton. Lake Burton is one of the most scenic lakes in Northeast, Georgia where mansions overlook the clear pristine blue lake. This was basically a big giant square route with large rolling hills where riders were met with gusting winds throughout the day to make it more “Enjoyable” followed by a 60 minute run around downtown Helen. Map to Lake Burton-Hiawassee

Day 3 is always the epic day of the week where campers are challenged with climbing through 6 gaps in the mountains, and crossing the Appalachian Trail four separate times. Unicoi Gap came first, followed by Jacks Gap, Wolf Pen Gap, Woody Gap, up Blood Mountain and through Neels Gap, Hogpen Gap, and back to Helen for 82 miles. Campers that chose not to ride all 6 gaps were able to cut it a little short for a 65 mile ride and still come away with a grueling ride with climbing 4 of the scheduled 6 gaps. Map of the 6-Gap Ride 

Picture of three campers on top of Blood Mountain
Blood-Mountain

 Day 4 resulted in a day of rest and recovery from riding the past three days. However, campers still showed up and completed a 30-60 minute endurance swim followed by run up to Ruby Falls from the cabins that ranged from 9-18 miles, Map of Ruby Falls. Some campers chose to start at their cabins, while others parked at the Unicoi State Park parking lot. Campers were able to finally go off the beaten path and get on their trail running shoes to traverse the ridgeline of Unicoi State Park. Dinner was hosted by the All Women’s cabin where it was a pot luck that included pasta, salads, and plenty of sweets for all the calories that the campers burned during their long run. A local Atlanta triathlete, Catherine “Katie” Paulson invited two Atlanta based massage therapists to the cabins where athletes were able to take advantage of getting a great deep tissue massage to last for the remainder two days.

Picture of Ruby Falls
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Day 5, was a schedule 3 gap ride of 45 miles where campers started off in their ability groups and climbed the Unicoi Gap, Jacks Gap and Hogpen Gap where everyone stated that this was a tough but epic climb on the backside of the Gap with no switchbacks, Map of 3 Gap Ride. Some of the campers chose to climb Blood Mountain since they had missed this climb earlier in the week, see picture below of the happy campers on top of Blood Mountain! These “last little climbs” of the week would set them up for the long endurance century ride of the week scheduled for the last day of the camp.

Picture of campers on top of Blood Mountain
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Day 6 started out at 9:00am and it was sunny, windy and cold with the temps around 40. Half of the campers took off early and others left an hour later hopeful the weather would get warmer for the 97 mile ride. The wind was pretty tough throughout the day, where winds were gusting up to 25-30 mph. It seemed that the winds were blowing in their face the entire day no matter what direction they rode. The route was a rolling course throughout the ride but at mile 30 there was a serious climb on Devils Branch Rd. However, this was nothing compared to previous climbs throughout the week. The scenic part of the day was the ride around Lake Burton. It was prefect riding conditions around miles 40-60 and seemed so perfect to end the week with a flat section of the terrain and they wished this would last forever. At approximately mile 64, riders were able to decide if they wanted to return to Helen for the shorten version for 81 miles or continue for the full distance of 97. Riders that continued faced one last challenge for the week, which was a mile section of gravel road, Alex Mountain. Here riders had to go from paved roads to a rolling section of large gravel. If riders got off their saddle, their back tires would just spin-up, so they had to remain in their saddle throughout the mile and try to dodge the large chucks of gravel. Once they got past the gravel road on Alex Mountain, it was mainly flat the rest of the way back to Helen. Like all endurance athletes, 97 miles wasn’t good enough. Most of the riders wanted to see the 100+ miles on their bike computers to end the week. Some ended with 97 while others got in 106 as they rode around Helen for that little extra motivation on that last day. To end the camp most of the campers were able to participate in the HFP World Championship Putt Putt Tournament in 3-person teams after dinner at Big Daddys.  This was a great way to end another fabulous camp! Map of Devils Branch Expanded II ride

Picture of campers at the bottom of Devils Branch on the last day of camp
Devils-Branch

DATA RESULTS

The final results of the week included data provided by Andy Provenza and Jaret Johnson:

Bike miles reached between 329-340 miles for the week with 35,000-37,000 feet of climbing for up to 21.5 hours of riding on 5 separate days. This consumed up to 11000 calories, which is equivalent to eating 100 bananas for the week. Swimming totaled over 4 hours for the week with 14,000 yards and the scheduled runs totaled over 25 miles in 4.5 hours as well.

What a way to start my first Blog with HFP on the Helen Training Camp! Thank you all for reading and I’m very thankful for HFP allowing me to initiate this blog! One of the goals of this blog is to interview age group athletes at races and highlight their training and racing in 2016. Read the “Most Memorable Moments” from Helen Campers in Part II. Up next is Triple-T Ohio!

Dr. Don

PART II of Dr. Don’s Blog:

MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF THE 2016 HFP CAMP
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The below comments were solicited from the HFP Helen Training Camp participants through a Facebook post that was posed the week after the camp.

Here are some of the most memorable moments quoted from 15 HFP Campers:

Dave Dahl, from Michigan stated that his most memorable event would be, “the first day of camp this year.  I made it to the top of the very steep climb of Brasstown Bald.  I did not get a chance to attempt it last year because of the rain storm.  I am glad my brakes were working coming down the mountain”.

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Andy Provenza, from Ohio stated he had several events over the course of the week. “Watching lip sync battles and old SNL jeopardy skits with Michael Miller and Kurt Molter. Hammering the rollers with Shannon between miles 62 and 76 on the last day of camp.” And “overcoming the doubt which came over me at 1.5 miles into the Brasstown Bald climb (on the steepest part) and pushing through max effort to not stop and hence, persevere”.

Deb Reed Balika, from Ohio stated, “this was a super tough question. My short snappy answer would be the ride that included Blood Mountain and the back of Hogpen Gap. That descent is so much fun!  I was never so excited to see the hikers sign. The longer answer and the more truthful one is all of the camaraderie. I can actually think of my most memorable moments with each and every one of you. Even if it was just someone shouting out to me as I was managing a difficult climb, giving me a pep talk at the winery, riding incredibly slow with me, welcoming me when I came in finishing a ride, the look of excitement when you hit a PR, mastered a skill,  placed in an age group, rode in a way that you never thought was possible,  commiserating over a steep climb,  or a strong headwind with me in a way that I felt encouraged when it would have been just as easy to brush me off. I always felt a part of the group even if I was the last rider in.  And, I thank you for that!”

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Kary Benshoff Chan, of Ohio remarked “mine would not be a specific ride or day…rather it would be any of the climbs or hard days where I could hear Tanya Cady singing, Kathleen Spillane saying “go Kary”, or Katie (Catherine Paulson) reminding me of the hot tub back at the house when the ride was complete…all of my roommates and fellow campers are all so inspiring to me and always there for you when you need that extra push! I am glad to know you all!”

 

Marie Rote from Ohio said that it’s “hard not to say the run-in with the cow on the 6 Gap ride, but getting to the top of Brasstown Bald was great, mainly because all the guys were so excited to see I made it! Miles 76 – 97.5 were some of the toughest miles I have ever pushed through (last ride of camp); I am just glad my Cannondale survived my rage. I would also say that the encouragement on the rides was really amazing.  I felt like the guys nearly wanted me to finish rides more than I did, at least the last day’s century. Just wanted to add that the thing I thought worked really well was the progression in the rides.  I think that Day 1 seemed really hard until I got to Day 2, Day 2 felt like nothing compared to Day 3, Day 4 off the bike was necessary, Day 5 was a good re-intro to the bike and made the century on Saturday possible.”  And lastly, “my most memorable event was the interaction I had with everyone during all the training and our dinners together. The interaction was excellent and thank you all for being so positive throughout the week!”

Lisa Picek, from Indiana stated that “for me it was listening to all of the stories once everyone arrived back at the cabin, hearing about their challenging rides, talking about what’s to come, and just being overall inspiring individuals to be around.  I want to grow up to be just like all of you! :-)” and Lisa’s continued with, “the interaction I had with everyone during all the training and our dinners together. The interaction was excellent and thank you all for being so positive throughout the week! I enjoyed meeting many individuals, and hearing their stories of training, their goals and aspirations.  It was reassuring to speak with people that had completed Triple-T before, to know that I have more of a chance of completing the event than I thought.”

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Mark Lemmon, from Ohio a multi-year veteran of Helen stated that “making the Brasstown Bald climb another year is always a thrill and a relief, as is completing the two long rides. I love the trail run. Hanging out with the grizzled vets (and Todd Ricketts) in our cabin is a comfort and joy every year. It was fun having Marie Rote join our group on the rides this year. Look forward to seeing everyone next year!”

Kelly Paulsen Kreel, a triathlete from North Carolina stated “I loved how we discussed the weather and wind to death with grumbles and groans, but when it came time to ride everyone suited up and got it done.  I also loved getting to know so many of you, riding, talking, and sharing a bed! Can’t wait for next year, Brasstown Bald I’m coming for you!”

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Tim Daley, from Ohio said, “I enjoyed the long rides watching turkeys cross the road in front of me. The trail run was much more satisfying this year.  On one of my side Adventures on the bike asking “where am I?”. I learned that the Georgia term ” a long minute” means anywhere from 7 to 10 miles. Really enjoyed having my own bedroom this year too! I could snore and not bother anyone.”

Kathleen Spillane, from Michigan, “enjoyed starting a little early Monday and Wednesday to see how far I could get up Unicoi and Hogpen Gap before Marie Rote and the boys passed me.  Appreciated the encouragement from all!  I did make some smart a$$ comments as some passed all in good fun.  I also enjoyed the couple dinners at each cabin as we got to mingle and relax more.  Kelly Paulsen Kreel, how can we forget the basement honeymoon suite? The interaction I had with everyone during all the training and our dinners together. The interaction was excellent, and I thank you all for being so positive throughout the week!”

Erik Huysken, from Michigan stated “I’ll never forget starting the 100 mile ride in 40 degree temps”.

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Michael Miller, from Ohio said “trying to hang onto Kurt Molter’s wheel on his 5hr recovery ride Thursday”.

Todd Ricketts, of Ohio stated that “I like Friday…it’s the last day with really hard climbs and there is relief they are done (for the most part).  The swim in the morning has a more relaxed feel.  And this year, I did a brick run after the ride and had a great sense of accomplishment for the amount of work in each sport”.

Jaret Johnson, from Michigan commented, “seeing my two training buddies making it up Brasstown Bald for their first time”.

Curt Haywood, from Ohio stated, “soaking in the Chattahoochee Creek after the long rides, talking with the HFP Man of how blessed we are to be able to experience this week with such awesome like-minded people, seeing Maria Rote pop up the crest of Brasstown Bald, and the most profound moment was riding into Helen on the last day and thinking about my dad and feeling like he was right there with me”.

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OhioHealth O-Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason – it’s race week!

The OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for the Reason is on Saturday, April 23 featuring 1200+ participants and features events for the entire family.

OU-Swim-PhotoAthletes in Action Triathlon & Duathlon presented by the College of Health Sciences and Professions: A short sprint format (Triathlon: 500 meter Swim, 25k Bike, 5k Run: Duathlon 5k-Run, 25k-Bike, 5k-Run) that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center for the triathlon and in the transition area for the Duathlon. The bike route takes competitors out of town on a challenging course before returning to campus to complete a 5k run. Finish at the new Walter Field House and enjoy Fitness Fest’s post race awards, food, and concert. Participants can choose to race alone, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers and enter as a three-person relay. Register online before April 5 to save $15.00.

OU-5k-StartQuidel 5K presented by Ohio University Credit Union: A traditional 5K run that will start adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #133, right in front of the new Walter Field House. This course winds alongside the scenic Ohio University campus before intersecting with the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Competitors will enjoy views of the Hocking River and Ohio University Golf Course before finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Park in Lot #132 next to Peden Stadium or near the Ohio University Convocation Center. Register onlinenow to be part of this awesome event.


OU-Mud-RunnersBed Rock Mud Run powered by ROTC:
A 4.5 mile non-traditional run starts in Peden Stadium. Runners will cross the Hocking River over the Richland Avenue Bridge, pass through the Richland Avenue Park, and travel down Diary Barn Lane before heading up to the ROTC Challenge course in the Ridges. Competitors will encounter several obstacles throughout the course before heading down to a slip-n-slide and finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.

OU-Generic-PhotoAMVETS Diabetes 3K Walk presented by Humana: A traditional 3K walk that will start and finish in Peden Stadium. This out and back course winds along the scenic Hocking Adena Bikeway toward OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital before turning around to finish at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.

HFP Racing – Spring Super Sale

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Announced!

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Get yourself ready for the 2016 and save some money during HFP’s annual Spring Super Sale and get 20% off ALL HFP events from April 1-7.  Sale ends at Midnight on April 7th.

Looking forward to seeing you at a race soon.

Sincerely,
Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

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Use the code “SPRING-SUPER-SALE-2016″ when registering for any of the below races to save 20% (sorry..discounts are not retroactive):

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Direct Registration Links:
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason — April 23, 2016
FIT Family Series — SERIES ENTRY
American Triple-T — May 20-22, 2016 (only a 62 spots remain)
Little Smokies Triathlon — May 22, 2016 (now featuring Half Iron & Olympic distance tri)
FIT Family Series — Deer Creek State Park — June 4-5, 2016
FIT Family Series — Maumee Bay State Park — June 18-19, 2016
Mohican Endurance Festival — June 26, 2016
FIT Family Series — Caesar Creek State Park — July 9-10, 2016
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon, Kids Triathlon & 5k — July 17, 2016
Great Buckeye Challenge — July 24, 2016
SOMC Tri for your LIFE — July 31, 2016

FIT Family Series — Alum Creek State Park — August 6-7, 2016
FIT Family Series — Vermilion Harbour — August 20-21, 2016
FIT Family Series — Portage Lakes State Park — September 17-18, 2016
Deer Creek Fall Challenge — September 25, 2016

 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!! – Race Season Approaching FAST.

spring-2016What a great winter we had this year in Ohio…minimal snow (bad if you own a ski resort) and plenty of mild weekends to get in some early season miles. The weather has certainly been great for those building for early season events like the American Triple-T or the Little Smokies Triathlon on May 20-22. What many folks don’t know is the American Triple-T now offers a shorter distance (70+ miles) version along with the longer distance (140+ miles) version. Additionally, the Little Smokies now offers a stand alone sudo Olympic Distance triathlon on Sunday, May 22. This challenging race will feature a 1k swim, followed by a 25 mile bike and finishing with a 6.55 mile run.

Looking for an April event to test your fitness? The OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for the Reason is on Saturday, April 23 and features events for the entire family.

OU-Swim-PhotoAthletes in Action Triathlon & Duathlon presented by the College of Health Sciences and Professions: A short sprint format (Triathlon: 500 meter Swim, 25k Bike, 5k Run: Duathlon 5k-Run, 25k-Bike, 5k-Run) that begins at the Ohio University Aquatic Center for the triathlon and in the transition area for the Duathlon. The bike route takes competitors out of town on a challenging course before returning to campus to complete a 5k run. Finish at the new Walter Field House and enjoy Fitness Fest’s post race awards, food, and concert. Participants can choose to race alone, or team up with friends, family, or co-workers and enter as a three-person relay. Register online before April 5 to save $15.00.

OU-5k-StartQuidel 5K presented by Ohio University Credit Union: A traditional 5K run that will start adjacent to the triathlon transition area in Parking Lot #133, right in front of the new Walter Field House. This course winds alongside the scenic Ohio University campus before intersecting with the Hocking Adena Bikeway. Competitors will enjoy views of the Hocking River and Ohio University Golf Course before finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Park in Lot #132 next to Peden Stadium or near the Ohio University Convocation Center. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.


OU-Mud-RunnersBed Rock Mud Run powered by ROTC:
A 4.5 mile non-traditional run starts in Peden Stadium. Runners will cross the Hocking River over the Richland Avenue Bridge, pass through the Richland Avenue Park, and travel down Diary Barn Lane before heading up to the ROTC Challenge course in the Ridges. Competitors will encounter several obstacles throughout the course before heading down to a slip-n-slide and finishing at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.

OU-Generic-PhotoAMVETS Diabetes 3K Walk presented by Humana: A traditional 3K walk that will start and finish in Peden Stadium. This out and back course winds along the scenic Hocking Adena Bikeway toward OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital before turning around to finish at the new Walter Field House for Fitness Fest. Register online now to be part of this awesome event.


 

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Announced!

Spring-Super-Sale-2016

Get yourself ready for the 2016 and save some money during HFP’s annual Spring Super Sale and get 20% off ALL HFP events from April 1-7.  Sale ends at Midnight on April 7th.

Looking forward to seeing you at a race soon.

Sincerely,
Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

HFP Man_REV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the code “SPRING-SUPER-SALE-2016″ when registering for any of the below races to save 20% (sorry..discounts are not retroactive):

HFP Racing Spring Super Sale Direct Registration Links:
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital Race for a Reason — April 23, 2016
FIT Family Series — SERIES ENTRY
American Triple-T — May 20-22, 2016 (only a 62 spots remain)
Little Smokies Triathlon — May 22, 2016 (now featuring Half Iron & Olympic distance tri)
FIT Family Series — Deer Creek State Park — June 4-5, 2016
FIT Family Series — Maumee Bay State Park — June 18-19, 2016
Mohican Endurance Festival — June 26, 2016
FIT Family Series — Caesar Creek State Park — July 9-10, 2016
Mason Tri-umphant Triathlon/Duathlon, Kids Triathlon & 5k — July 17, 2016
Great Buckeye Challenge — July 24, 2016
SOMC Tri for your LIFE — July 31, 2016

FIT Family Series — Alum Creek State Park — August 6-7, 2016
FIT Family Series — Vermilion Harbour — August 20-21, 2016
FIT Family Series — Portage Lakes State Park — September 17-18, 2016
Deer Creek Fall Challenge — September 25, 2016

 

P.R. Multisport Swim Clinics Announced

P.R. MULTISPORT & SWIM CLINIC $25

Race Coaching Expertise ~ Through Education and Years of Experience!

daniel-smith-coachP.R. Multisport is proud to partner with HFP Racing to host the on-site swim and triathlon clinics at select events, for beginner to advanced triathletes. Don’t miss out on gaining the edge and insights from our over 35 years in training and racing Multisport with many successes! Our goal is to HELP you to achieve your personal multisport goals with speed, safely, and having fun along the way, in reaching your potential and reaching your own PR.

We will cover:

  • Technique discussion on fundamentals and how to apply them, with video examples!
  • On-site in-water swim course talk and training
  • Race and triathlon training tactics for all 3 sports + transitioning
  • PLUS: Q&A from you! All you need to know

Read some client testimonials

About the Coaches and Coaching Philosophy

2016 Clinic Schedule:
FIT Family Series – Deer Creek State Park – Saturday, June 4
FIT Family Series – Maumee Bay State Park – Saturday, June 18
FIT Family Series – Caesar Creek State Park – Saturday, July 9
FIT Family Series – Alum Creek State Park – Saturday, August 6
FIT Family Series – Vermilion Harbour – Saturday, August 20
Deer Creek Fall Challenge – Saturday, September 24