I was recently asked by a fellow DM’er about whether he should shell out the big bucks for a new set of deep rim aero wheels. My reply was long and winding, carefully weighing the pros versus the cons and delving ever so gently into the politics of triathlon and marriage. In the end, I think the short answer came out something pointing towards no, or “maybe, ask your wife."
The question, however, started me thinking about all the awesome tri-gear to which we multisport athletes have access and the even awesomer amount of money that can be shelled out.
If you listen to the bike industry, every new wheel, helmet, bike, etc that comes out is the fastest! And for the low, low price of umpty-hundred dollars this new thing will guarantee that you have the best race of your life.
However, if you look at the test data on which this assertion is based, the best results may yield savings of a few seconds or minutes over the course of 30-112 miles. For those at the pointy end of the spear, the <5% of the race field, this can mean the difference between being on the podium or watching the awards ceremony from the crowd. For the rest of the field, the advantages that these new products provide are often minimized or negated by other factors such as life stress, poor nutrition/sleep or sub-optimal training. Even at the highest levels of sport, the majority of performance gains have not come from advances in equipment technology but through advances in training science.
Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t aim to have the best equipment that you can afford or that a set of Zipp 808s won’t make your bike look super slick while hanging in transition. Simply keep in mind when you are drooling over the next high-dollar aero widget that there is really only one true way to get faster: hard work.
If there are any questions on gear selection, cost/benefit, form/function, etc. post them to the team forum and I will be happy to answer.
JonRyder is a member of District Multisport, the owner and operator of RPM Coaching. Jon is a USA Cycling and USA Triathlon certified coach and offers a wide variety of coaching options, including bike fitting. Jon was named to USA Triathlon's All American for his achievements in triathlon in 2016. He and his wife, Katie, live in Takoma Park, MD with their two sons.
How did you first get interested in multisport?
After years for playing soccer my body was starting to take a beating, so in 2005 I decided to take a break and train for my first marathon. During that time, I started dating my now wife who was involved in the DC Triathlon community. I loved both the training and the new challenge.
Which sport do you enjoy the most?
Ever since I was a little kid, I have always enjoyed cycling. We used to go “ride bikes” every day. However, in the past few years I have really have come to love trail running and find myself looking forward to that time in the trails.
Any embarrassing stories you'd like to share?
Maybe not so embarrassing but more enlightening. I recently took a Wilderness First Responder class. One of the scenarios was to played the role of a dehydrated trail runner in an endurance event. As it turned out, I am no stranger to that situation. The other members of the assessment team seemed confused when they were asked how they would know when I was properly hydrated. I offered up (maybe too quickly) "When I've been in the medical tent in the past, they usually let me go after I am able to pee again." I received an A+ for that lesson.
What is your most triumphant moment during a multisport event?
I have never been one to triumph over accomplishments in what is essentially a recreation. I do thoroughly enjoy the challenge and training process, but most of all the personal insight you gain from pushing yourself past you the point you ever thought possible. Standing on the podium is pretty cool too.
Tell us something that most people don't know about you.
I spent 3+ years after college as a full-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. I had the opportunity to live in Georgia, Texas, California, South Dakota, Hungary, and Korea while building and supervising the construction of houses. You'll have to buy me a beer to hear about some of the adventures we found ourselves in while working in the worst neighborhoods of some fantastic places.
Table of Contents Announcements, The Board, Volunteer, Training, Advice, Social Media, Website, Helpful Links
Join us for Team Night at Fresh Bikes
Fresh Bikes in Arlington is hosting a Team Night Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m.
Keep an eye out for a survey to determine what kind of gear the team would like to see from the shop.
The address for the shop is 3924 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203 and the closest metro is Ballston and Virginia Square (Orange / Silver lines) Upcoming Events
Wednesdays --Coffee at The Coffee Bar (TCB) 7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Feb 16: Monthly Happy Hour (location TBD)
Feb 19: Fun run around town. This will be a dual event with Nate (training) and will be followed by a get-together after for brunch. Details to follow.
Feb 23: Team Night at Freshbikes. More to follow on this, but it should be similar to last year's meeting, with staff present to chat with, a few beverages to enjoy, and perhaps a few team deals.
March 11: Monthly potluck/post RnR get-together. Sean and Erin Fish have graciously offered to open their home and host a post-race potluck. They are only a few blocks from the finish line, so this should work out well for many of us. Stay tuned!!
March 16: Monthly Happy Hour at Solly's.
Get to Know Your Board
President -- Susan Brewton
Vice President -- Katie Makris
Treasurer -- Guillermo Cabrera
Communications -- Cory Churches
Volunteer Coordinator -- Khristyn Brimmeier
Events Coordinator -- Sean Curran
Sponsorship -- Sean Fish
Merchandise -- Richard Jenrette
Training -- Nate Wick
Digital -- Andrew Titmus
If you'd like to get more involved in the business of running any aspect of the team, don't be shy, email us and we'll give you awesome things to do that help the team!
Get Your Volunteer On
Rock and Roll Marathon, March 11th, 6:00 am-11:00 am. The location is the same as the past couple of years - Columbia Rd NW between Mozart Place and 18th St NW. Sign up and check off a volunteer opportunity early this year.
Kinetic House Organizers - we are looking for two this year; this kills two birds with one stone, covering both of your volunteer requirements for the year.
Remember, if you sign up to lead a training opportunity, it will count toward your team volunteer obligation to the team.
To sign up to volunteer, email Brim at email@example.com.
From our illustrious training coordinator, Nate:
For the remainder of February, the training schedule looks like this:
Monday evening @Dunbar or Takoma Park [Wilson Pool is closed until the end of February]
Friday evening @Dunbar or Takoma
Tuesday: 6 a.m. Spin at Off Road Cycling, U Street Location
Wed/Thursday: Pacers run or a Wednesday track workout
Saturday: Pacers Run
Sunday: Trail run from Pierce Mill 8:30
The schedule below will launch in March when outdoor riding is more feasible and the light allows for early morning riding.
Monday @Wilson - 6 pm w Mandi
Monday @Wilson -- 645am with Laura Povlich
Friday @Dunbar - 6am w Nate/Guillermo
Wednesday @ HP - 6:30 am w/ Chris V (Starting when daylight allows)
Saturday Long Ride from Dupont - 8 am (Need volunteer leader)
Spin Class - Off Road U St w Katie @6 am
Sunday Trail Run @ 8:30 am Meet at Pierce Mill parking lot in Rock Creek. w Susan/Alejandro/Fish-Cogwell group
Wednesdays with Hilary Cairns: Workouts are every Wednesday at 5:45 am at Banneker. They do 4 miles of intervals, with distances ranging from 200m-2 miles. Hillary sends the workout to everyone one or two days before Wednesday. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Mornings with Sara Adland: Roosevelt High School in Petworth on Thursday's at 7am. Contact: email@example.com
Thursdays at 7pm at the 14th St store (or meet at 7:10-7:15ish at Banneker track). Team Contact: Tatsu firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 8 a.m. from Logan Circle. Paces range from 8 to 10 min miles, and routes are posted weekly on the Pacers Facebook page. Katie Makris is our Point of Contact for the Saturday group.
Having team leads for workouts makes training more fun! Being a lead is easy - show up more often than not (on time) and send a reminder email the night before. Reach out if you're interested.
Times will be finalized and events will start as the leads are identified and the seasons change. We are also looking to have a Friday East Potomac Swim once the pool opens.
If you are interested in hosting a workout not listed, let Nate know. Send an email to email@example.com
As many of us are ramping up our training to achieve our racing goals, finding a coach to help you might be a bit of a daunting task. The DC area and our own team have a broad variety of coaches with dazzling accomplishments and proven track records for all levels of athletes.
If you're looking for a coach, the well researched, and always thoughtful DC Rainmaker, has an account of searching for a coach himself. While it's written in 2009, much of his advice still rings true.
Thoughts on triathlon coaching -- DC Rainmaker, writer, reviewer of gear, traveler, and all-around good guy.
Social Media Corner
Taken during the 2016 Ironman Maryland event, under less than ideal conditions, this photo captures the essence of Best Team Photo. @Stevielynlyn (Instagram) manages a great big smile, while Chris Vaughn cheers her on! Kudos to competitors and supporters alike!
Submit your best and worst photos for inclusion on the website, FB page, and newsletter!
Our team website is now up to date, and ready for your visiting pleasure.
Here's just a bit about what you'll find and how to log into the site:
The email with which you registered for the club is your log on. When you're signing on for the first time, you'll need to set your password. It isn't difficult and once set, you can opt to have the site remember you.
Things you'll find on the site include, up to date events, training, volunteer opportunities, current team roster, the race calendar and discount codes, and a listing of our team sponsors.
Also, check out our Instagram account (@Districtmultisport), Facebook Page and Facebook Group. The difference is that the group is "invite only" and restricted to team information. The page is our "community face" and where we can interact with other teams, engage potential recruits or make happy hour plans with other teams.
We'll be periodically highlighting a great share or photo in the newsletter from Facebook and Instagram so have at it, post your best or worst photos!
Helpful Links: Website | Team Resources | Race Tracker | Team Calendar |