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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Kyle's Bikes

    Kyle's BikesKyle's Bikes in Ankeny, Iowa is a bike store and it is more. The store opened in March 2008 with a focus on cycling, and over the years has expanded to meet the needs of triathletes and runners as well as cyclists.

    Kyle's is a family operation with a home-like atmosphere where everyone is committed to making your experience a great one, no matter what you're looking for.

    Staff can assist you in picking out a child's first bike, a hybrid for the miles of central Iowa bike paths, your next mountain biking or road race bike, or the quickest tricked-out tri bike. Inventory includes racks, lights, helmets, GPS, clothes, parts, and more.

    Kyle's Bikes has a complete service center that handles repairs of all kinds: bike builds, tune-ups, wheel truing, part installations, and great advice and technical know-how.

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  • 5150 Kansas: Tanelle Berard’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tanelle

    Tanelle Berard races 5150 KansasLet's just call this one a trying race. I am neither extremely disappointed nor extremely proud of my performance. I came into 5150 Kansas pretty fatigued. My training leading up to the event was very solid in an effort to shock my system after taking a 10-day easy period to get through dead week and finals. Given the circumstances, I classified this race as a "C" race. I was doing it to possibly get a few points to qualify for Hy-Vee and to shock my body into fitness. I was, however, not prepared mentally for the race that came to be.

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  • Ironman 70.3 St. Croix: Tami Ritchie's Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Tami Ritchie mounts her bike at Ironman 70.3 St. CroixSt. Croix wasn't much of a race for me. There were torrential downpours in the evening and all through the night before. This left gravel all over the road. Not just a little gravel, I mean 10-foot long stretches of thick, rough gravel every few miles. Many people were either fixing flats or had to drop out from flats or other mechanical problems. I did not get a flat, but had other issues. The biggest one was probably rocks. A blister started to form on the back of my heel about the middle of the ride. It ended up causing me to run (well, hobble really) with my shoe half on. I just wasn't going to go all the way down to the island to not finish the race.

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  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon: Tanelle Berard's Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tanelle

    First off, I want to share how incredibly excited I was to race this event! The field was incredibly talented, and I was honored to race with these amazing women for my first non-draft professional race. Read the start list with everyone's main accomplishments to give you an idea of the talent I was racing with.

    So, given the fact that this was my first non-draft professional event and the field was so deep, I set a modest goal for myself of finishing in the top half. I definitely exceeded my expectations with a 13th place finish (out of 32).

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  • Employee Profile: Bret

    Whether you are an online customer of Discount Tri Supply or a walk-in-off-the-streets-of-Ankeny Kyle's Bikes shopper, we'd like to introduce our staff to you. Their experience and expertise are an important part of who we are.

    This time we'd like to introduce you to Bret.

    Bret Bret at Kyle's Bikes

    Bret has worked at Kyle's Bikes since 2010.

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  • St. Anthony’s Triathlon: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex 

    St. Anthony Triathlon Swim StartI had signed up for St. A’s (4/28/2013) at the beginning of April. I have always heard about what an incredible race this is, and I really wanted to be a part of it. This year the pro field was ridiculously stacked. With big money and even bigger qualifying points for Hy-Vee, everybody wants a piece of the action. The race organizers even put together a cool list showing everyone’s accomplishments. For me to even be on the starting line with guys of this caliber was reason enough to sign up. I’d have front row tickets to a brutal triathlon throw down!

    After a successful Collegiate Nats, I had high hopes for what I could potentially do in St. A’s. Those plans got a little derailed though, as my ankle sprain was much worse than I thought and what was supposed to be a few days of no running turned into basically two weeks of zero intensity in all three sports. Turns out the ankle is a critical joint in swimming and I even struggled to put pressure on the bike pedals during rides. A few days before St. A’s I was finally able to run again, and the day before the race I could even manage to take right turns pain free.

    So although I hadn’t really done much training going into the race, the plane tickets were already paid for and, at least structurally speaking, there was nothing damaged anymore… just some residual swelling.

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