Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • Copper Creek Triathlon: Christian's Report

    by Christian Baughman, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Christian Baughman at the Copper Creek TriathlonWell, I didn’t take the finish line down this weekend. I did knock out my sprint distance PR by several seconds. And I found my new favorite sprint triathlon! There’s a reason why TJ Tollakson and Iowa Momentum magazine name it their top sprint: Copper Creek Triathlon is a real class act.

    It is very well organized, including a monitored swim preview on Saturday, a very clearly communicated race schedule, and really decent swag! Not to mention there is a bar patio that overlooks the run course for the spectators. The course is very good and the transition and finish line areas are well laid out. I can’t believe I haven’t raced it before, but I’m sure I’ll be back.

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  • Copper Creek Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernhotlz was ready for Copper Creek TriathlonPhones are out. Radar is pulled up. Are we going to get to race the Copper Creek Triathlon this year? Storms are on their way!

    I had transition set up! I was ready to race. I walked down to the swim start to do a quick warm-up. I was stopped. Start time had been moved up to avoid the coming storm. This race was going to start this year, regardless!

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  • Copper Creek Triathlon: Scott's Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkuff comes out of the water at Copper Creek TriathlonThe Copper Creek Triathlon was my first sprint tri of the year. That and just coming off of a foot injury that sidelined me for 3–4 weeks, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The event started at 8:00 a.m., and I knew there was a chance of rain. I was just hoping it would hold off so we could start the race.

    I showed up to the event at about 6:15, and got a decent spot in transition. The swim warm-up was from 7:00–7:30. Fellow teammate, Andy Bernholtz, and I headed over to jump in the water and get a little swim done. We arrived at the start and we noticed everyone getting out. Then we heard they were not allowing anymore swimmers in the water because they were going to start the event 15 minutes early. The guy monitoring the swim area said they were shortening the length of the swim also. That would actually be untrue.

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  • Copper Creek Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn Blaesing-Thompson was ready for Copper Creek TriathlonI have been doing triathlons since 2007 but racing Copper Creek Triathlon was a day of firsts for me:

    • First time doing Copper Creek
    • First race in the 40+ age bracket
    • First triathlon after being diagnosed with MS
    • First time using my ladies triathlon Bia GPS watch
    • First time racing with the Kyle’s Bikes team

    It was supposed to be my first time racing on the Kyle’s Bikes Specialized Alias Comp Tri. Saturday night I aired things up, pulled the bike bags off of my road bike, and loaded the Alias into the car. Sunday morning, I was up at 5:15 a.m. to a glorious sunrise and checked the weather. The radar was not looking promising. Storms were coming in so I made the call to switch to the back to the road bike. I am used to riding it and felt more comfortable on it should the rains arrive before I got done with the bike portion of the race. I did a quick check of my gear. I should have checked my list twice.

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  • Hope Run for Hospice: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Hope Run for Hospice 5KThis is the second year we have done Hope Run for Hospice as a family, and it is my first “race” of 2014.

    Last year, Joe ran alone and I ran with the kids. My daughter, Abigail, imploded in the heat and humidity, and I lost my patience and spent the whole race running in circles back to get her.

    This year, we decided we would run pretty much as a family. It was perfect sunny spring morning and not too hot or humid. Abby and I decided we would run together and Joe would push the bike buggy with Joshua inside as he was going to take it easy due to a leg muscle strain.

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  • Skratch Labs Review

    by Christian Baughman, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Skratch Labs ReviewWhat is the “it” that’s in you? If you care about how the food you eat is made and what it contains, you will want to seriously question what the products you train with are all about.

    I have been a fan of Skratch Labs for a little over a year now. Previously, I used Gatorade almost exclusively, largely because that’s all I knew about. Like most products in our food supply there are many choices and some that are far better choices than others.

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