Are you training in the 21st Century?

In an effort to get through this brutal Ohio winter we’re having this year I recently broke down and purchased a Kickr bike trainer and joined the masses training in the Zwift training community. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I’ve pretty much trained “Amish” my entire triathlon career which spans more than 30 years. I’ve never kept a training log or written down my workouts. I don’t own a heart rate monitor and I don’t run with a watch. However, in my effort to keep going fast as father time continues to move on I’ve decided to adopt some modern training methods and technology. The Zwift training has been a welcome change to the boring trainer workouts I was accustomed to for the last 3 decades or so. Along with constant reminders of the watts you need to be pushing during the workout, you have the option to join a group or invite a Zwift buddy to do your workout with you. This additionally accountability provides an amazing level of intensity to your indoor trainer workout that I’ve never encountered while riding solo on my trainer. Though I’ve never kept a log, the simple and easy way Zwift saves and records your workouts upon completion offers an easy way to see your progress. There are lots of pre-programmed workouts or you can simply create your own favorite and customize the workout to your specific goals. You can even sign up for the many races going on each week too. There are also several FTP testing workouts that will give you a good idea of your starting point and this will help you plan a better workout schedule to increase your FTP as you push towards the season. The Zwift workouts are so enjoyable (in a hurt so good sort of way) I’ve already decided to keep a couple of these workouts in my regular weekly training even when the weather breaks and most folks will be outside.

Bringing it in Granville!

Shannon Kurek
aka HFP Man

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It’s a new year…are you expecting different results doing the same thing?

Are you going into the 2018 with high hopes and big PR goals? Hopefully you’re not planning on reaching your PR goals while training, eating, sleeping and living the same as you did in 2017 because that formula is just not going to work…you’re going to be very disappointed. The old Albert Einstein quote rings very true if this is your plan going into 2018. Now is a good time to evaluate your total approach to the 2018 season.

You’re training may be spot on and you may have a great coach but your diet sucks…or vice versa OR you’re got both those things down but you’re burning the candle at both ends and only getting 5 hours of sleep a night and wondering why you can’t recover from your key workouts. Every off season is great time to reflect on what went right and what went wrong with the previous season. Don’t be afraid to “really” look yourself in the mirror and ask the hard questions as it relates to your goals. Do you really want to see that six pack in mirror at any cost or would you rather skip the morning “insanity” workout and focus on getting 8 hours of sleep so you can crush your key afternoon workouts and actually recover from them? The latter may result in a softer mid-section but you’ll likely be going faster in the end. There our lots of decisions you have to make in your training and most of them require some sort of sacrifice (ie; less sleep, less beer, less cheese on that pizza, etc…). Just remember…most of us are not training for the Olympics or doing this for a living so don’t take the fun out of this awesome sport just to drop 5 seconds on your swim PR.

So, go ahead and sleep in tomorrow…tell your coach HFP Man said it was OK!

Giddy up!

Shannon Kurek, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
HFP Racing
aka HFP Man

Team HFP Racing 2018 Kits Now Available!

COME JOIN THE FUN FAMILY!

Team HFP Racing is an official USA Triathlon sanctioned club and is open to the public. Team HFP will serve as a place where HFP Athletes can encourage and challenge each other on the course, while building friendships off it.

Team uniform ordering is open January 5-30, 2018.

Get your 2018 kit ordered here.
Use the code TEAMHFP2018 to access the store.

Sneak Peak of 2018 Team HFP Kit Design

Want to look super cool at your 2018 races? Then take a sneak peak of the 2018 Team HFP Racing kit design. The team store will be open from January 1-30. The store offers all your custom apparel needs from hats to full tri suits. We have all the gear you’ll need from spring-summer-fall training gear to the latest in triathlon racing speed suits. Visit http://www.hfpracing.com on January 1 to get yourself a sweet HFP kit.

Team RWB – Eagle in Need

Team RWB – Eagle in Need

Anyone who has ever been to an HFP Racing event knows of our fondness for Team RWB and the awesome work they do with Veterans. Eagles Rock, and we love seeing them carrying the colors before and during the races!  One of our Ohio Eagles just had his “snowglobe shaken” badly, and is in need of our help.  As always, Team RWB convenes a congress of Eagles, and our injured Eagle isn’t flying solo.  Here’s how you can help too.

The Details:
Matt and Callie Kelley appear to be what everyone strives to be when we wish we were better people.  Matt is a US Army veteran who served honorably for years, including combat deployments.  Callie is a social worker in the Cincinnati area, and together they serve as foster parents for at risk kids in the Cincinnati area, with as many as 10 kids in their home at a time, waiting for a forever family.  Heart,  service, and love are all words that can accurately paint the Kelley picture.  Matt hasn’t been a regular at HFR Races in the past few years because of his commitment to his every growing family, but he’s still “one of us”.

One day last month, Matt came home to find his wife Callie lifeless in bed.  She had passed away overnight, and he was left to continue on without her.  I personally can’t image many worse days.

Over the last few weeks Matt has been reshaping his world, while still managing to help shape the worlds of his 6 kids.  The mission continues.

Our chance to be of assistance comes this weekend (and longer) as their friends and family are hosting a benefit to support the family of Callie Marie Kelley.  Held at the 50 West Brewery in Cincinnati, it will feature auction items, raffles, and more in an effort to help Matt with continuing on.  HFP Racing has donated a “race for a year” certificate – good for all races in the 2018 season.  Other folks have also donated some great items, and there is a GoFundMe page set up in her honor at

https://www.gofundme.com/callie-marie-kelley.  If you are so inclined in this “week of giving”, please consider helping out by donating, adding items of value to the raffle or auction, or by joining us in the festivities Noon – 5pm at 50 West Brewery, 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati.  Call Jesse at 895-250-9815 or email at jesse.neack@teamrwb.org to lend other assistance.

Thanks for your consideration for a fellow Eagle and we hope to see you at 50 West Brewery on Sunday.

Eagle up!

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Recruiting for NCAA Triathlon at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY

Calling all College age young ladies that are active triathletes! In January 2014, the NCAA overwhelmingly approved triathlon as the next Emerging Sport for Women for NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III member institutions. As an Emerging Sport for Women, triathlon embarks on the journey to become a full-fledged NCAA Championship Sport, allowing female triathletes the opportunity to be official NCAA student-athletes and participate in competitive draft-legal racing.

Transylvania University in Lexington, KY is actively recruiting for their fall 2018 program.

Read more about this exciting opportunity here:
TRANSY TRIATHLON RECRUITING BOOKLET.