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Give the Gift of Triathlon this Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for the triathlete in your life? Order a Life Time Tri gift card!

We are now offering physical gift cards for the following Life Time Tri events:

  • South Beach Triathlon
  • Life Time Tri Marquee
  • Life Time Tri CapTex
  • Life Time Tri Minneapolis presented by Just Bare Chicken
  • Transamerica Chicago Triathlon Mack Cycle
  • Escape to Miami Triathlon presented by Voler

Order your gift cards by 12/20 12:00pm CST to receive them before the holidays!

Click here to ORDER NOW!

*Gift cards will come with unique code on the back for redemption.

Must be redeemed on the corresponding event website that it was originally purchased for.

If you have additional questions, please email us at chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.com.

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Life Time Tri Series

We invite you to join us as we #CommitToTri in 2017!

Each event features an International distance course, which consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilometer bike and a 10-kilometer run (distances may vary slightly by location). Select events also offer Sprint, SuperSprint and Kids Triathlon courses of shorter, varying distances.

 

2017 Life Time Tri Series Race Schedule

Event

Date

Register

Life Time Tri South Beach

April 2, 2017

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Life Time Tri Marquee

April 9, 2017

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Life Time Tri CapTex

May 29, 2017

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Life Time Tri Minneapolis

July 8, 2017

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New York City Triathlon

July 16, 2017

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Transamerica Chicago Triathlon

August 27, 2017

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Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon

September 24, 2017

Register Now

 

To register or learn more about any of the 2017 Life Time Tri events, visit www.LifeTimeTri.com. Stay updated with the latest information by following @LifeTimeTri on Twitter and the Life Time Tri Facebook page.

Do the Drew: Why I’m Racing CapTex Tri

I have always been a competitive person, so when my friend called me in February 2013 and asked if I wanted to do the CapTex Tri in Austin, I immediately said yes. While I’ve always considered myself to be “athletic,” triathlons were new territory for me.

Right away, I got on the computer and researched everything that I could — I wanted to know what I was signing up for. Since this would be my very first tri, I decided to register for the super sprint distance. The swim was my biggest concern, so the pool became my best friend. I spent numerous hours swimming, cycling and running for the next three months.

Once race day came, I was still so nervous despite my training, but I swam, cycled and ran my heart out. There is no greater feeling than crossing the finish line after you have bled, sweat and cried through training and racing. It’s indescribable, and I was so proud of myself. It was in that moment I became hooked.

That day, I decided I wanted to complete the sprint distance next year, and since then I have raced in the CapTex Tri every year. I have to give a major shout-out to my dad, who has helped me tremendously before and after each race. I have really enjoyed the bonding experience it has created for us, and his support means so much to me.

This year’s CapTex Tri was especially important to me, as it fell on my friend Drew Satterwhite’s birthday; he passed away last year on March 24, 2015.

Drew was unlike any other. We first met in elementary school, and although we went to different high schools, we reconnected in college while both attending school in Austin. He was fearless and loyal, and he had the biggest heart. Drew and I shared a love of sports and the great outdoors, and he was always one to encourage fellow athletes. He would be one of the first to encourage and congratulate me during my triathlon training and racing.

As much as I miss him, I have learned so much from him. He has inspired me to live fully, do things big and take risks. This is what drives me now, and continues to motivate me to take on new challenges in the world of triathlon and beyond. I hope to eventually complete the Olympic distance of the CapTex Tri, and I know Drew will be pushing me along the whole way.

In memory of Drew Satterwhite, do the Drew. Live fearlessly.

Caitlyn Mullikin is an Austin triathlete who raced the 2016 Life Time Tri CapTex in memory of her late friend, Drew Satterwhite. Caitlyn is also the winner of our Hard Rock Hotel giveaway promotion, and will be enjoying an all-inclusive trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico this year.

LIFE TIME TRI CAPTEX COURSE ALERT

Athletes –

As you know, heavy rains throughout Central Texas have greatly impacted conditions in Lady Bird Lake. 

Our staff has been monitoring the situation with the City of Austin, LCRA and Homeland Security since early this week. At 6:00 a.m. today, relevant authorities opened the floodgates at Mansfield and Tom Miller Dams, creating a massive downstream flow that will continue through Tuesday. 

Since early this morning, we have been exploring and presenting various modified swim courses, but we were ultimately unable to remedy a feasible solution that would ensure the 100% safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and emergency personnel.

While unfortunate, the race will continue as a bike-run. Here are the race-day implications: 

New race start
7:15 a.m.

International
All international triathletes, international relays and AquaBike participants will start on the bike course, in a time-trial format, within their same wave sequence. Wave 1 of the international distance will now start at 7:15 a.m. Please be fully prepared by 7:00 a.m., standing at your bike rack until directed by event staff, who will queue athletes along the bike out transition exit.

Sprint
Sprint participants (individuals and relays) will follow suit, starting after the international athletes with an expected start time of approximately 8:15 a.m. Please be fully prepared and standing at your bike rack by 8:00 a.m., awaiting instructions by event staff.

SuperSprint
SuperSprint participants will release behind the sprint athletes in the same sequence, with an estimated 9:00 a.m. start time.

Duathlon
Due to course logistics, currently registered duathletes will now default to a bike-run competition, starting with the 40K bike course, then completing a 2-loop 10K run. Duathletes will now be merged into the greater field of international distance (bike-run) competitors and will start with their age group.

AquaBike
Due to the swim cancelation, all registered AquaBike participants will be completing a 40K time trial on the bike course. Currently registered AquaBike participants will continue to compete within their same division. 

All athletes that compete in the bike-run format will have USAT age group scoring count toward triathlon rankings.

Thank you for your attention, for your patience and for your support of a safe event. Should you have any further questions, please contact Athlete Services at texasregistration@lifetimefitness.com or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri.

2016 Life Time Tri CapTex Athlete Guide Now Available

We are excited to bring you what we hope will be Austin’s best weekend of triathlon, whether you are a first timer or returning for another ride. Since 1991, the Life Time Tri CapTex has become a fixture in the multisport spotlight – not only in central Texas, but also among the other 10 races in the national Life Time Tri Series.

New this year, we will be offering both AquaBike and Duathlon race options! In addition, CapTex joins four other events that comprise the prestigious Texas Triathlon Series. Athletes who complete or volunteer at each of the five local events qualify for the can’t-miss, end of season finisher party. Check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> View the 2016 Athlete Guide

We’ll see you at the start line this Memorial Day for our 25th Anniversary event!

Live Like a Local Triathlete — Austin, Texas

Traveling to Austin, Texas for our 2016 Life Time Tri CapTex? We’ve gathered a list of the best Austin triathlete hotspots so you can have your most memorable racecation yet.

The must-stop coffee shop. Juan Pelota Café, located inside of the famous Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is known for serving “high-fives and awesome coffee.” Here you’ll find every type of cyclist and triathlete, and it’s the perfect stop for pre- or post-ride caffeine.

Quick, reliably healthy eats. While eating at Whole Foods may be a no-brainer to some, Whole Foods Austin is a whole other experience — the company’s flagship store features every kind of healthy cuisine imaginable. Post up at the Bowie BBQ counter for some classic Texas barbecue, enjoy fresh seafood from their 5th Street Seafood menu, or even swing by their Tartinette Test Kitchen food truck to taste the latest and greatest in food trends and seasonal flavors!

Where to get outside. Austin is known for being an active city, which provides lots of options for those looking to head outdoors and work up a sweat. Hit the Parmer bike trails for a popular out-and-back ride featuring beautiful rolling hills, or go for a run around Zilker Park. If water sports are more your speed, try kayaking or SUP-ing down the Colorado River and Lady Bird Lake.

Your local tri shop. Austin Tri Cyclist is one of the country’s oldest and largest specialty bike shops that caters to the triathlete community. Here, you can count on the knowledgeable staff to help you find last-minute race gear, or swing by to talk shop and get great recommendations on where to ride!

It’s not too late to register for Life Time Tri CapTex! Join us on Memorial Day and kick off summer in the heart of Austin.

5-Ingredient Race Breakfast

by Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II

It is SO important to have more than just a carb-loading breakfast the morning before a race! Set yourself up for success with a balanced (carb, fat, protein) meal that keeps blood sugar stable and kicks the race off with a bang.

Here’s a great idea:

  • Van’s Power Grain Waffles (1-2)
  • Coconut Butter
  • Raw Honey
  • Chia/Flax Seed Mix
  • Hard-boiled egg (1-2)

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three IRONMAN races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own Destination Kona Triathlon Store in south Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.

Life Time Tri CapTex Offers New On-Course Nutrition

Please join us in welcoming Accelerade® Sports Drink and Accel Gel® Rapid Energy Gel as on-course nutrition sponsors along with Endurox® R4® as the recovery drink sponsor for the Life Time Tri CapTex.

Accelerade will be offered in two refreshing flavors; lemon lime and lemonade at each transition, aid stations on the run course and at the finish line. Accel Gel will be available on course in three great tasting flavors; chocolate, citrus orange and strawberry kiwi.

If you are not a current user of Accelerade, we encourage you to sample it prior to race day on a ride or run in order to acclimate your body to a sport drink with protein. Protein occasionally causes GI discomfort in a limited number of individuals. We have found that the best way to reduce the possibility of GI distress is by taking small quantities of fluid (1/2 ounce) regularly ( every 10 minutes) during strenuous exercise.

Endurox R4 will be available in the athlete recovery area in fruit punch.

Accelerade Sports Drink, Accel Gel Rapid Energy Gels and Endurox R4 Recovery Drink all contain a 4:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, scientifically proven to be the optimal ratio to help the body extend endurance, replenish muscle glycogen, provide more energy faster and speed muscle recovery.

Click here and use the coupon code CapTex to receive a special deal when you pay a flat shipping of $3.99 for free samples of Accelerade®, Accel Gel® and Endurox® R4® directly to your door.

Throw Out Those 2016 Nutrition Resolutions

By Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS

Anyone other than me tired of hearing about New Year’s resolutions? Blah, blah, blah.

Maybe you think that attitude is harsh – especially coming from someone like me, a sports dietician. Shouldn’t I care about self-improvement? Better health? Of course I do. In fact, every interaction I have with my clients includes realistic goal setting. Note that one key word here is realistic. The other key word? Goal. Which brings us to the question of the day: What is the difference between a resolution and a goal?

Take a look at these definitions on the right, courtesy of my handy online dictionary.

Now, I’m not claiming to be a language expert, but I get the idea that resolutions tend to be all or nothing. Extreme. Drastic. Difficult to sustain.

For example:
I will eliminate all carbs from my diet.
I will cut out wine.
I will lose 30 pounds by March.
I will have 10 servings of veggies per day.

I prefer the term “goal” instead of resolution. Goals can be awesome when executed in the right way. Realistic. Attainable. Sustainable. Established correctly, they set you up for success rather than failure.

For example:
I will scale back on grain carbs, focusing more on fruit and vegetable carb sources.
I will limit wine to three glasses per week.
I will decrease body fat by 2% by the end of March.
I will include a vegetable with two of my meals per day.

Once you’ve developed realistic, attainable goals, keep the following four things in mind when it comes to nutrition goal setting.

1) It won’t be easy.
Goals worth meeting won’t be met overnight. You’ve heard this before and it’s 100% true: There is no quick fix when it comes to nutrition. There are 100 bad food choices for every good choice. It demands work, preparation and a shift in mentality leading to a lifestyle change. You can meet your goals, but you must work for it.

2) You must find your own motivators to stay on track over the long haul.
365 days is a long time. It’s easy to be motivated on January 2, but how do you retain that drive all year? Visualize your success. Go ahead and feel the emotions of crossing that finish line feeling amazing. Or fitting into your “skinny” jeans. Or improving your bloodwork parameters to go off that medication. Elation, success, confidence. Summoning these emotions before you actually hit your goal will help you stay on track.

3) You’re going to mess up.
Each day is full of choices. We are human beings and we aren’t perfect. We are going to make progress and then slide back down that hill again. And that’s ok. Each morning is a clean slate. Don’t let a wrong turn derail you, leading to more bad choices.

4) Don’t let the scale run your life.
I’m going to level with you: You probably aren’t ever going to weigh again what you weighed in high school or college. And that’s ok! Your adult body is different from your teenage body. Focus on body composition over the number on the scale. Remember that you are an athlete, which means you have loads of muscle mass, which weighs more than fat. If you feel good about yourself and fit into your clothes, try, try, try to let the number go.

In Summary
Goals are essential to life, whether it be work, personal, family, training, financial, or nutrition and health. If you need some help developing or implementing your nutrition goals, give me a shout. And to leave you with a last wish for the New Year: Make 2016 an annus mirabilis!

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three Ironman races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. Brooke and her husband, John, own Destination Kona Triathlon Store in south Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.