Volunteering Can Earn Your Group Money!

We all know that races in general, and triathlons specifically, live and die on the backs of volunteers.  You need volunteers to hand out race packets, man the aid stations, direct traffic, hand out bottles and bananas, deliver race medals, and so much more.  Quite frankly, were it not for the multitude of volunteers at any race event we do, those events would likely not exist!

Perhaps you have volunteered at races previously.  If you have, you know it’s a really cool and rewarding experience.  One time, I volunteered at the bike check-in for Rev3’s race in Knoxville.  What made this even more fun for me is that I wore a bunch of Florida Gators gear and gave anyone who was wearing University of Tennessee clothes all sorts of needling (in case you didn’t know, Florida and Tennessee are fairly big rivals).  I had such a fun and amazing time…and all I was doing was telling people where to rack their bikes!  It’s not like I was handing out gels to folks who were on the edge of bonking or anything!

Volunteerism is a great way for you to meet tons of athletes, give back to our sport, earn hours required for high school graduation, work off that community service requirement for your misdemeanor trespassing charge, whatever.  Typically, though, when you volunteer you just give of yourself.  Your time.  Your talent.  Your effort.

Now there’s a chance for Rev3 to give back to you (or more specifically to your group).  Rev3 has a really cool thing called the Local Charity Donation Program.  They will donate $15 PER VOLUNTEER to a group that brings 15 or more volunteers to work at one of their races.  Talk about a really easy way to make some money for your Scout troop, Abuse Center, or Pet Adoption agency!  If you happen to volunteer at either the Williamsburg event (June 22-23) or The Dells event (August 10-11) and bring a group of 15 or more, Rev3 will pay $20 PER VOLUNTEER!

What else do you get for your time?  Well, in addition to the eternal thanks of other athletes, a lot of “Thanks for volunteering!” comments, and a good sunburntan, you get a handy-dandy Rev3 Volunteer t-shirt!  What a bargain!

Interested?  Check out Rev3’s website and pick the particular race that you’re interested in volunteering for.  Each race has a “Volunteer” tab that details out each open spot and how many folks are needed.  It’s really as simple as 1-2-3!  If you’d like to bring your Youth Group, Knitting Outreach Club, or other organization and take advantage of the Local Charity Donation Program that Rev3 offers, reach out to Tracy Bryant, Rev3’s Volunteer Director.  You can reach her via email at tracy@rev3tri.com.  You could also send a tweet to @REV3TRI or leave a comment on their facebook page.

Go volunteer at a Rev3 race.  You’ll be glad you did (and so will countless other athletes)!

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Goals. Not Resolutions. Version 2.0

So….Happy New Year, y’all.  I know that I’m a little late to the party in saying that, but it still applies, right?  It is, after all, a new year.  Plus, this is my first post of the year.  In my mind, it’s still kosher to say Happy New Year.  In fact, seeing as how yesterday was Epiphany, I suppose I could still say Merry Christmas and get away with it. 🙂

Regardless, it’s a new year now, and like so many others I’ve put my mind to thinking about what I’d like to accomplish this year.  Certainly you’ve done similar things.  Over the past month, I’ve assembled my team at work and we’ve come up with a very aggressive list of items we’d like to accomplish during the year.  It seems that my appetite for planning multisport activities is equally as robust.  The only difference, though, is that when it comes to multisport, I typically overshoot on my goals.  Another way of saying that is that I put my stretch goals way, way, way out there.  And then I do a spectacular job of not meeting those stretch goals.

Take 2012, for example.  In this post, I laid out some very tangible goals.  I thought that I had done a really good job of laying out targets.  They were measurable.  Attainable. Potentially realistic.  Time bound.  I followed my B-school teachings and set S.M.A.R.T. goals.  So, how’d I do against those goals?

TriMadness’ 2012 Multisport Goals:

  • Obtain a new personal best for an Olympic Distance tri.  Current PR is 3:00.  Target is 2:45.xx  Nope.  Didn’t race an Oly in 2012.
  • Obtain a new personal best for a half-iron distance tri.  Current PR is 6:37.  Target is 5:50.xx  Nope.  Thanks to Hurricane Sandy cruising by and stirring up the waves (hence canceling the swim at Rev3 Florida), my only half-iron race became a long-course duathlon. 
  • Run a sub-8:00 mile.  In training.  In a race.  Doesn’t matter where.  Just do it prior to year-end.  Check! (Almost).  I ran a 8:05 mile in a run over the summer.  Felt amazing.  Haven’t repeated it since, even though I’ve been close.
  • Break 2:00 in a half-marathon.  Target race is the Outback Distance Classic on Thanksgiving day – but would certainly take it in a half-iron tri, too :-)Nope.  Didn’t happen at Rev3 FL, and I didn’t run any other half marathons in 2012.  Save this goal for 2013.
  • Swim 50 * 50 before 4/1.  Check.
  • Swim 75 * 75 before 6/1.  Check
  • Swim 100 * 100 before 9/1.  Nope.  Not even close.
  • Swim at least 250,000 yards in 2012.  Got about half-way.  107,640 yards.  Need to be more diligent about swimming.  BUT, the silver lining here is that I got in more yards in 2012 than in 2009 when I competed in not one, but two Ironman races.
  • Bike at least 1600 miles in 2012.  Again – about half way.  835.5 miles.
  • Run at least 750 miles in 2012.  Woefully short.  399.14 miles.

So overall, not too bad I suppose.  2012 was a busy, busy year for me at work and with family stuff.  And frankly, in terms of pecking order – those two things come first for me.  I’ll gladly sacrifice a run or ride (or even a race or two – which happened in 2012) to do family related things.  It’s about doing the right thing and having the right priorities.

All that being said, and knowing what’s in store for 2013, I’ve again gone through the S.M.A.R.T. process for goal setting.  I’m carrying over a few goals from last year.  I am also adding a few race-specific goals that I’d like to accomplish as well.

So without further ado, here are:

TriMadness’ 2013 Multisport Goals:

  • Obtain a new personal best for an Olympic Distance tri.  Current PR is 3:00.  Target is 2:45.xx  (Carried over from 2012)
  • Obtain a new personal best for a half-iron distance tri.  Current PR is 6:37.  Target is 5:50.xx  (Carried over from 2012)
  • Obtain a new personal best for a full-iron distance tri (at Rev3 Cedar Point).  Current PR is molasses slow 15:17.  I’d really like to knock off 2 hours on that.
  • Swim 100 yards in 1:30 or faster on a consistent basis.  That would be a huge accomplishment for me, as it would take about a :10 drop to get there.
  • Break 2:00 in a half-marathon. 
  • Swim 100 * 100 before the end of the year.   
  • Swim at least 200,000 yards in 2013. 
  • Bike at least 1500 miles in 2013. 
  • Run at least 750 miles in 2013.

So.  There you have it.  It’s on paper (again), so I have to do it, right?

Happy training!

All Access Pass

We triathletes often love to bitch and moan about how expensive races can be.  We often drop hundreds of dollars up to a year in advance of a race.  Some folks fork out well over a grand to a certain race company to secure a “community fund” slot to a race.  That same race company talked about charging $1200 for a race in the Big Apple (which was subsequently “suspended”).

So what would $1200 buy you?  For those other guys, you might get one or two races.  Bargain?  Hardly.

Enter Rev3 Triathlon to save the day (and your wallet).

For $1200, Rev3 will give you a 2012 “Season Pass”.  The Season Pass gets you entry to any and all 2013 triathlon races.  You read that right.  $1200 for entry into 12 races at 10 venues.  That’s $100 per race, folks.  Now, THAT is a bargain!  And here’s the REALLY cool thing….you can share your “season pass” with friends or family.  Let’s say that you really can only race half of the venues.  You can give the pass to a friend to race the other venues.  Or, you can go in with a friend to buy the season pass together.

What venues apply?  Knoxville, Quassy, Williamsburg, Portland, Wisconsin Dells, Maine, Cedar Point, Maryland, South Carolina and Florida. 

Want more information or want to sign up?  Head on over to Rev3’s website and read up on it. 

Just act fast – there’s only 100 Season Passes available, and they will go fast!