Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Ironman 70.3 Racine: Tami Ritchie’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Tami Ritchie at Ironman 70.3 RacineIronman 70.3 Racine was a beautiful race, swimming in the clear water of Lake Michigan, biking on the gently rolling Wisconsin country roads, and running along the lake on a path and roads lines with many cheering spectators.

    Saturday morning I went for a practice swim in Lake Michigan. The water was cold (around 65 degrees) but calm and clear. On race morning the winds had picked up and there were significant waves and chop. The swim was a bit brutal. I had a mini panic attack, but I didn't even notice the temp. My swim went ok, but the mini panic attack set me back at the beginning and I never quite made up the time I lost.

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  • Life Time Tri Minneapolis: Alex Libin’s Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Alex

    Alex Libin encountered flooding at Life Time Tri MinneapolisFirst taste of success!

    Life Time Tri Minneapolis has been a high national level triathlon since 2001, and for its twelfth edition I was going to be a part of the professional ranks at this prestigious event. I had done this race two years before as an amateur, and I was stoked to be able to compare my times from then and now. I’d have a great chance to really see how much I’ve grown in the last two years.

    The men’s race only had 17 competitors but it was a stacked field: four Olympians and some top non-drafting specialists had all shown up to give themselves a shot at winning the Toyota Triple Crown $50,000 prize! The women would start first with the men starting an equalized time behind, so the cash prize would go to whomever, male or female, had the fastest cumulative time of three races from the Life Time series, beginning with this race.

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  • Employee Profile: Bill Lorenz

    If you run in central Iowa, you should come into the store and meet Bill in person. With video gait analysis, years of experience, and a commitment to helping people meet their fitness goals, he helps everyone find the right running shoes for them.

    Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz on the treadmill at Kyle's Bikes

    Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz has worked at Kyle’s Bikes since April 2011 when he was hired to open the running department.

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  • National 24-Hour Challenge: Kyle’s Race Report

    by Kyle “Kyle’s Bikes” Robinson

    Kyle Robinson and Dave Hammer competed in the National 24-Hour Challenge, one of the nation’s premiere cycling events, June 15–16, 2013 in Middleville, Michigan. Kyle is owner of Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny, Iowa, and Dave is his long-time friend.

    Kyle Robinson and Dave Hammer at the National 24-Hour ChallengeOn the 8-hour drive to Michigan with our wives, Dave and I discussed our strategies and goals, AKA, our game plan. First thing we did when we pulled in town was find the race venue and set up our screened in tent for our home base. Next we found the hotel about 35 minutes away. The Hammers grew up and started their married life in Grand Rapids so we strolled down memory lane a bit. We ended up at Cindy's (Dave’s wife) mom’s for a quick visit, and then off to dinner.

    This town is on the very edge of the Eastern Time Zone, so it's still light at 10:00 p.m. It got late on us and we still wanted to get supplies at the grocery store. Finally back at the hotel room, we decided on a 5:45 a.m. wake-up time so we can eat breakfast in the very nice cafe area in our hotel. That gave us almost 5 1/2 hours to sleep, which went well.

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  • Neutral Shoes and Running Injuries: No Link?

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    Neutral shoes don't lead to running injuriesThe British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published a study that attempted to address the long-simmering controversy about the effect of various types of running shoes on injury prevention. The main question the study attempted to answer was if neutral shoes have any effect on either causing or preventing injuries in runners with differing degrees of pronation.

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  • Discount Tri Supply

    Discount Tri SupplyWith a comprehensive product catalog of top triathlon components, apparel, nutrition, and accessories, DiscountTriSupply.com wants to be your one-stop shop for swimming, biking, and running gear. We are passionate about the sport of triathlon, the triathlon lifestyle, and providing top-of-the-line products to our customers. Our goals are to assist you with race and training products and to help you reach your goals.

    Our History

    DiscountTriSupply.com was officially launched August 2010, but the e-commerce idea was there long before that. Kyle's Bikes bike shop (Ankeny, Iowa) opened in March 2008 with a focus on cycling, a small selection of running shoes, and dreams of expanding on-line.

    In early 2009, Kyer Robinson (Kyle's son) joined the company and began selling products from an eBay store. By selling inexpensive items and shipping them all over the world, he built the systems that would develop into who we are. With those in place, the next step was a standalone website so that we could control and improve the customer experience.

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