Start-tri Time Trial

by The Coaches on April 26, 2020

The Time Trial is back in 2020!!! For many years we ran a great low-key event in the great swamp. This year we are bringing it back to honor Doug Clark, many time winner of this event! We will soon be picking a charity to memorialize Doug (more to follow).

In an effort to continue social distancing and practice general distance from each other, the Time Trial Races/Events have always unwillingly been “almost” perfect for this current crisis.

The Time Trial is to be completed on your own by Memorial Day weekend and loaded to Strava or similar (for proof). You MUST ride carefully and NOT take any crazy chances. You MUST stop/put foot down at T-intersection Stop sign coming back on Pleasantville Rd to New Vernon (DANGEROUS INTERSECTION)

I rode it to refresh my out of shape legs and set the first time standard for this event. 11.92 miles :34:34. There will be prizes/awards for top male/female crowned with minimally the TT Jersey:)

I will post pictures (that you send me) and results here and on site. Good luck, be smart and be safe…hospitals are busy enough right now!

Cue Sheet:
Straight on New Vernon Road(becomes Long Hill Road)
Right turn on to Pleasantville Road (approx 3 miles/before hill)
Straight on Pleasantville until STOP sign/T-intersection
Right turn on to Village Road(approx 5 miles)
Right turn on to Green Village Road at STOP
Right turn on to Meyersville Road(before fire station)
Right turn on to Woodland Road(approx 6 miles)
Sharp Right turn on to Miller Road(straight looks like private drive)
Left turn back on to Pleasantville at STOP
Straight on Pleasantville until STOP sign/T-intersection
Left on New Vernon Road(becomes Long Hill Road)


April 1st Virtual Races

by The Coaches on March 31, 2020

April 1st, 2020: April Fool’s Virtual Runs/Rides. This Wednesday, Start-tri will be promoting your “own” virtual race that YOU have to complete SOLO. We are taking social distancing to the “NEXT” level…You can compete in a 5K/10K/15K run or a 20K/40K ride. We will have virtual winners that will receive random prizes from Start-tri based on results sent to us/posted.

Weather looks great in the northeast! Plan your route now and be sure to be in a safe, desolate area. Pick your outfit for a STRONG picture at beginning or end.

If you are thinking that this is an April Fool’s JOKE, you are WRONG! Get out there and clear your brain like a FOOL:)


Corona Virus Updates

by The Coaches on March 24, 2020

Moments of Corona…

Every now and then we need perspective…Mine came today after a week of “Trying to teach online”, staying in, social distancing, staying positive in a terrible situation, etc…I burst out the door after school, jumped on bike and let off some steam! I thought I was letting off steam by riding, but that is often when the brain works best, therefore it was RACING faster than the bike:(

THEN, as frustration raised in the my body again, I was HIT with PERSPECTIVE. While riding the beautiful roads of our area, I saw a young boy of 7-8 years old, who, seemingly had muscular dystrophy (or something similar) running, to the best of his ability across the yard in the sunshine with the biggest GRIN on his FACE:) …And there it was in front of me, PERSPECTIVE.

Stay safe, ride solo, run solo, GAIN PERSPECTIVE:)


Stroke Rate in Swimming/Pool

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Your Season Review in 7 Questions

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#DecemberMAN #SantaMAN

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November 29, 2019

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4 Ways Triathletes Should Train in the Off-Season

November 5, 2019

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At the races in August…

August 8, 2019

Well, the dog days of August are upon us:) We have been blessed with some very warm weather as of late here in the mid-atlantic!!! The beginning of August saw Hillary Hertler crush her old PR at the Lake Logan Aquavelo and land on the podium! Start-tri alum Patty MacNaught and Jen Palombo crushed the [...]

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Training in the heat…

July 21, 2019

It’s uncomfortable, but science says training in the heat is worth the trouble: Hot-weather workouts teach your body to sweat more (which keeps you cool), increase your blood-plasma volume (which benefits cardiovascular fitness), and lower your core body temp—all adaptations that help you perform better in any weather. But how hot is too hot? “I [...]

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