MEN OVER 40 SHOULD NOT RUN TRIATHLONS!!!

Men over 40 should not run triathlons

In a recent article published in Bloomberg news (seen here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-20/men-over-40-should-think-twice-before-running-triathlons.html) a researcher presents a very well-constructed case as to why men over the age of 40 should not consider participating in the sport of triathlon. The article cites the obvious strain on an untrained body, the immediate shock and strain of open water swimming in cold lakes, and the long distances of some of America’s favorite triathlons all as reasons that middle-aged men die in triathlon, and should therefore rethink participation in the sport. As a long time triathlete, and a long time man over the age of 40, I just have two words to say to this “researcher”: but Shannon won’t allow me to print them here. Let’s understate it and say that I might disagree, and many of our fellow triathletes disagree as well.

The researcher cites the triathlon lifestyle as one that is overly taxing on an athlete’s heart, citing research that minimal exercise is best.  ““People need to understand that they’re not necessarily gaining more health by doing more exercise,” said David Prior, a cardiologist and associate professor of medicine in the article.  While on the surface that may be true, there are a long, long list of names that I have called across the finish line who are alive simply because they did gain more health by doing more exercise.  Brian Lamee of Findlay Ohio lost 125 pounds in his quest to get healthy and become the awesome age grouper that he is now; and hundreds of other people have taken to triathlon to get off the couch and start doing more exercise.  Every one of them healthier, happier, and better for it.  Personally, I found the sport of triathlon because of the weight loss challenge, and I know many other Clydesdales who revel in the competition and camaraderie of being on the course with other Big Dogs.  We’re not competing because we think we can set some course record, or because we think we can fly around the course like these light little 19-year-olds.  We compete to participate in the lifestyle, to exercise, to smile, and to be with other people enjoying the same things that we love.

People use triathlon and the lifestyle to combat many other things. Don Cain of Team HFP makes no secret of the fact that without triathlon he would be dead.  A struggling alcoholic early in life, Don turned to the triathlon lifestyle as a way to beat his addiction. Not only was he able to beat that addiction, he beat it down hard, and is now a nationally ranked triathlete, has earned his PhD, and counsels youth all over the country about how the triathlon lifestyle could put them on the path to greatness as well.  Don would be the first one to argue that he absolutely gained more health by doing more exercise.

Deanna Kiesel of Team HFP looks like any other racer on the course on race morning, but she’s far from ordinary.  A veteran of more than 85 marathons, and more than 100 triathlons and duathlons over the past 15 years, you cannot tell by looking at her that she’s been fighting cancer since that very first marathon.  She uses running, triathlons, and exercise in general as her coping mechanism.  She also takes that same fighting spirit and translates it into her job as a school counselor, helping young people realize that the fight is not over till you decide it’s over.  She takes another swing at cancer with every step on the course, and she’ll let the disease know when this fight is over.  She too would argue that a little more exercise absolutely gave her a little better health, both mentally and physically. Says Kiesel: “I was told that my exercise is probably the reason I’m still alive! Well, that and my total bullheadedness.”

Then there’s Kathleen Putnam, who is very easy to pick out on race mornings as she wanders through the transition area with a helper pushing her bike while she walks with two support canes.  Kathleen was hit by a car two years ago and was told that not only would she not survive, but if she did she would never walk again.  I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of welcoming Kathleen to the finish line in both short and long distance triathlons since the day the doctors told her to give up.  Yes, she may take just a little longer than the average competitor, and those titanium canes absolutely glisten as her sweat rolls down them, but she does every inch of the course on her own power and each step is another testament to how the triathlon lifestyle can save your life.

Did you know that almost 25% of triathletes are either active-duty or veteran military?  These are people who had the exercise (AKA – “PT”) lifestyle thrust upon them and have made it a part of their life. Triathlons dangerous to men over 40?  Tell that to Lieut. Col. Graeme Henderson, a member of the US Air Force triathlon team, and a longtime member of the over 40 male club. A fantastic racer, Col. Henderson takes “PT triathlon style” to a whole new level. Add with him every grunt that comes back home and wants to jump in and stay active.  For that matter check out team RWB and talk to the members and hear the stories of how they “shadow raced” hometown races while they were deployed, how they ran miles in the desert sun to cope with boredom, or nightmares, or both.  Triathlon is dangerous for men over 40? Certainly less dangerous than defusing IED’s or standing in roadways as targets for snipers.  Ask Special Forces operative Sean Clifton if exercise was dangerous for him.  Almost dismembered by Taliban bullets, his exercise toughened body was able to withstand multiple gunshot wounds, and with some fantastic medical magic was able to heal.  He too was told to discard the triathlon lifestyle after his incident.  Ha!  You don’t tell a Ranger to do anything, he’ll tell you how it goes.  Sean told himself and his body exactly how this recovery process was going to materialize, and he used exercise as part of that healing process. He is now a nationally ranked triathlete, putting all of that determination and attitude he learned as a Ranger into excelling as a triathlete, role model, and inspiration.

Yes, the triathlon lifestyle is a bit more risky than sitting at home watching TV from the couch… Or is it?  Studies daily find that “sitting is the new smoking” and that certain levels of exercise are required just to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Research proved decades ago that resistance training in both men and women improves muscle tone, improves bone density, and improves overall health.  So is the triathlon lifestyle any more dangerous than anything else you do every day?  You can probably make the argument either way, and I say go for it – argue away.  We’ll be swimming, biking, running, and planning for our next race.

See you on race day!

Rich Fowler
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HFP Racing June News – a little late

SK-under-finishThe 2013 season is flying by! I can’t believe it’s almost July and I’m just getting around to putting out the June Newsletter – better late than never I guess.  This weekend we’re featuring our new Mason Tri-umphiant race in Mason, Ohio with nearly 400 participants for this first year event – lots of them are first timers. A couple weeks later we’ll be at Caesar Creek State Park on July 13-14 for the third stop of the FIT Family Series with over 800 expected for one of HFP’s oldest & most popular events.

I’m super excited to update everyone on our customer service upgrade list that HFP compiled during the off-season to be put into place during the 2013 season – most of the list was based on the feedback from our customers.
-We upgraded the customer service email with a more hands on approach that has myself and Jennifer much more involved in the process (one of the reasons this newsletter is so late is the amount of time we’re working the customer service in-box).
happy-kids-finishers-The finisher medals for ALL participants have been a HUGE hit with everyone.
HFP-signs-We added more visible signage throughout the staging area including clearly marking the 3 distances (Mini, Sprint & Olympic) in unique colors.
-We now have a much larger entry/exit areas into transition that was created by our much larger transition exit/entry inflatables.
-For duathletes; no more wondering where your start line is…you now have a 10 meter wide “START” inflatable dedicated just for your race.
racks-in-use-cincy-We’re super excited to have our new bike racks for this weekends Mason Tri-umphiant Triathlon. We were able to fully test them out at Peddlefest in Cincinnati last weekend and they were a big hit. The racks work with kids, triathlon and cruiser bikes. These new racks will give EVERYONE a dedicated space in transition and are built as a one-piece unit that will eliminate the concern for racks falling over or coming apart during the race. The bike racks are rear wheel entry only.
TimingTrailerFINISHED-Our new timing/results trailer has finally arrived and we are working on getting this fully activated so we can utilize the 6 jumbo monitors and message board screen that are installed on it.  This should be fully functional by the July 13-14 FIT Family Series event at Caesar Creek State Park.

Upcoming HFP Events:
Be Triumphant on June 30!
Imagine a place where everyone fits in.  A place where no one sits on the sidelines.  A

MPRFlogoplace where everyone experiences freedom.  Common Ground promises to be the first playground of its kind in the Cincinnati area that will meet the needs of children and adults with all mobility, sensory, sight, hearing and social challenges.  The playground will serve as an inspiration to all who visit Warren County, “Ohio’s Largest Playground”.  Join the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation in buildingCommon Ground in Mason by participating in the Mason TRI-Umphant Triathlon on Sunday, June 30.
TRI-SmallLogoAs Mason’s only outdoor triathlon, the city rolls out the red carpet for its athletes.  The event starts with a swim in the Lou Eves Municipal Pool, continues with a bike ride through the streets of Warren County and finishes with a run throughout the beautifully manicured paths of Pine Hill Lakes Park.  The unique race format features women’s only, men’s only and kids’ races, allowing the whole family to participate as well as cheer each other on.  In addition, you can choose from a duathlon, triathlon or team format or run in the 5K.  Start times are 7:30am for the women, 9:00am for the men, 11:00am for kids 11-14, 11:30am for kids 10 & under and 8:00am for the 5K. Whether you are new to the sport or a multisport veteran, the Mason TRI-Umphant Triathlon is a great way to get your feet wet for a great cause. [GET REGISTERED]Fit Family Series_Go FastAbout the FIT Family Series: Welcome to one of America’s longest running multisport series — the 22nd Annual FIT Family Series presented by Go Fast Multisport. Throughout the summer, the FIT Family Series visits six beautiful venues. Each venue features a Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon on Saturday followed by a Women’s Only Triathlon, a mini, sprint & Olympic distance triathlon and duathlon on Sunday. So whether you’re racing for an overall title or giving multisport racing a try for the first time, the FIT Family Series is for YOU! It’s ALL ABOUT FUN!

FIT Caesar CreekRace #3 – (July 13-14) Caesar Creek State Park [GET REGISTERED] The third stop on the FIT Family Series is at the beautiful Caesar Creek State Park. Triathletes will be treated to swim courses in the beautiful Caesar Creek Lake. Duathletes will start off with a fast out and back run within the park. The bike courses are described as rolling on mostly winding country roads surrounding the park. The final run is an out and back run that features a long section across the old dam levy on gravel roads.

Caesar Creek State Park is highlighted by clear blue waters, scattered woodlands, meadows and steep ravines. The 3,741-acre park offers some of the finest outdoor recreation in southwest Ohio including boating, hiking, camping and fishing. [GET REGISTERED]

Commit to be Fit_REV (1)DON’T MISS OUT OF THIS EXCITING WEEKEND – With over 2000 total participants expected, the Commit To Be Fit Multisport Festival powered by Giant Eagle offers something for the entire family. The festival kicks off Saturday with the Women’s Only Triathlon, followed by the Kids Splash & Dash. Sunday features the sprint & Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon which offers participants a unique point-to-point bike course starting from Alum Creek State Park and finishing in downtown Columbus in the Arena District. We are 36% ahead of 2012 registration pace so don’t wait to register for this MUST DO event in downtown Columbus. [GET REGISTERED]

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, June 27 – 2013

Hello riders –

IMPORTANT NOTE: Route 605 is still closed in front of the school. Park here (spot B) and we’ll meet at the normal parking lot.
Thursday, June 27 will be the 11th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm. I’m again at the helm this week as your not-so-fearless ride leader. This is the PEAK of mileage for the COP NA Thursday ride. We have the most sunlight we’ll have the entire season for this ride. Thus for a hardy few we’ll be taking on a 62 mile mega route aptly named “Dropped MW at CH” – translated as “Dropped Mark Wilson at Chestnut Hills”…this is where Mark’s witty first hand commentary will likely end and be passed on to the likes of Marty or Jon after he surely will be dropped on Chestnut Hills by the big boys in group A.

No pics or write up from last week’s ride as Mark Wilson admittedly blew off his blogging responsibilities last week. If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to almost every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP June 27 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, June 20 – 2013

Hello riders –

IMPORTANT NOTE: Route 605 is closed in front of the school. Park here (spot B) and we’ll meet at the normal parking lot.
Thursday, June 20 will be the 10th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm. I am back at the helm this week as your not-so-fearless ride leader.

Another Note: Last week there was a crash in the A Group and it was pretty serious. It is just a constant reminder that riding in groups can be dangerous…period. Please be sure to ride in the group that best suits your current riding ability. It’s much better to be the stronger rider in a slower group than being the weaker rider in a faster group.  That’s not necessarily why this accident happened (I was not there) but it just some good advice from a veteran rider that will help keep our incidents down.

Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP June 20 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

Maumee Bay Race Weekend FINAL Confirmation

Maumee BayGood morning Maumee Bay racers:

This is your final communication from HFP Racing before we leave later today for Maumee Bay State Park. Please bring any last minute questions or changes to the park with you as our customer service staff will be on location.

IMPORTANT START TIME CHANGES FROM DEER CREEK
In order to keep folks from loitering in the transition area too long and causing problems with the earlier events we changed our start times and ALL participants MUST be out of transition by 7:30am. With nearly 700 participants anticipated for Sunday’s race PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. Once the first race starts at 7:30am NO ONE will be permitted into the transition area to set up for their race. Please plan accordingly.

Here are the new start and weekend schedule times:

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 15 — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon*

  • (Ages 10 & under) 100y Swim — 5k Bike — ½mi Run
  • (Ages 11–14) 200y Swim — 10k Bike — 1mi Run

*Duathlon starts with a ¼mi Run (Ages 10 & under) or a ½mi Run (Ages 11–14)

Saturday, June 15 — HFP Course Talk and Preview

  • (3:30pm–4:30pm) for Sunday courses and races

Sunday, June 16 — Maumee Bay Triathlon & Duathlon

  • Women’s Only Triathlon: 250y Swim — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
  • Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 23k Bike — 5k Run
  • Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run

Saturday

  • 8:00am — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 11–14)
  • 9:00am — Kidz Triathlon & Duathlon (Ages 10 & under)

Sunday

  • 7:30am — Women’s Only Triathlon & all Women in Mini Triathlon
  • 7:40am — All Men in Mini Triathlon
  • 7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
  • 7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
  • 8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves

RACE PACKET PICK-UP

Maumee Bay State Park Beach Area

  • Saturday, June 15 from 6:00am–7:45am (Kidz Only)
  • Saturday, June 15 from 12:00pm–5:00pm
  • Sunday, June 16 from 6:00am–7:30am

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:

Make sure to go to http://www.hfpracing.com/events/fit/maumeebay/course.htm and print off a course map if you need one. There will be NO course map copies at the race site. We will only have the enlarged maps at the registration area.

OTHER QUESTIONS?????
Go to http://www.hfpracing.com/faq.htm for most of the important questions pertaining to the event.

FIRST TIMER OR JUST UNFAMILIAR WITH THE USA TRIATHLON RULES?
Go to http://www.hfpracing.com/race-rules.htm for more information.

ALSO CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR A HANDY CHECKLIST
http://www.hfpracing.com/checklist.htm

GOOD LUCK AND SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND.

Sincerely,

Shannon Kurek, Race Director
HFP Racing

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, June 13 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

IMPORTANT NOTE: Route 605 is closed in front of the school. Park here (spot B) and we’ll meet at the normal parking lot.
Thursday, June 13 will be the 9th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm. Mark Wilson will be the not-so-fearless ride leader on Thursday.

Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP June 13 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.

New Albany COP Ride – Thursday, June 6 – 2013

Hello riders –

THIS WEEKS RIDE DETAILS

Thursday, June 6 will be the 8th ride of the New Albany COP Thursday ride season @ 6:00pm.

Great pics and a great write up from last week’s ride are here on Mark Wilson’s blog (thanks Mark). If you have not checked out Mark’s blog I encourage you to do so. He’s a very witty writer that brings a great narrative to every ride.

Printable Map:
New Albany COP June 6 – 2013

Map my Ride GPS link(s):
A Group
B Group
C Group

More about this ride:
New Albany COP Thursday Ride
6:00pm Ride Start at New Albany Elementary (87 N High St, New Albany, OH)
Here is a link to the start/finish location.

A, B and C groups. A = 22mph+, B = 18-21mph, C = 17mph & under
Distance:
A Group – 35 to 50 miles
B Group – 30 to 45 miles
C Group – 15 to 25 miles

Rolling to sometimes hilly terrain in and around Licking County.
Longer rides head toward Granville and do feature some significant hills. Color maps provided.

Questions:
Contact Shannon Kurek at Shannon.Kurek@hfpracing.com.