Skeese Greets Women’s Tri

May 8th, 2011

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Dear Friends:
Welcome to the 2011 Skeese Greets Women’s Tri! We’re excited to have you here and hope that you have an awesome time at this 5th Annual Event. This year we’re introducing a few new elements to the tri including a team championship, a biodegradable water bottle for all finishers, a flower for moms courtesy of TriZones Training, and a custom jersey available for purchase. In addition to all of that fun stuff, don’t forget to grab your finisher necklace when you cross the line and stick around for a free massage from Advanced Rehab, Beer from New Belgium, tacos, Cornucopia Popcorn, Honest Tea, ice cream, fruit from Hill Country Running, Co., PureSport recovery drink, plus other treats and give-aways. You are obviously putting your health as a priority in your life by participating in this event. As such, I’d like to encourage you to go one step further and get your heart checked. In January, as a 34 year old, I had open heart surgery for something rare, non-hereditary and asymptomatic. Had I not taken steps to get checked out, it could have been fatal. That’s why this year the Skeese Greets Women’s Tri is benefiting the Go Red For Women campaign which spreads the word about heart health in women. To learn more visit GoRedforWomen.org. Wishing you health & happiness, Stacy Keese

Welcome to The Skeese Greets Women’s Tri

Stacy Keese
Race Director

Tim Stansbury Jen Neiman Nick Seidel
The Big Mouth

Bike Course Grease Monkey Finish Line Cheerleader Transition Area Boomhauer

Dan Carroll

Race Director a.k.a Digits

Jack Murray Drew Wolff

Race Director a.k.a. The Godfather Bike Course Mastermind

Logan Delaware

Jocko Murray

Site Manager & Chief of Security

Doug Gillenwater James Thomas
Mr. USAT license

Greatest Volunteer on the Planet

Christine Graves Brad Miller
Event Ranch Hand Registration Diva

Expo & Event Production Potpourri

James Balentine
Chief Bike Mechanic

Carroll Cooper Laura Haggarty
Anyone want to volunteer?

Eddie Martinez
Parking Aficionado

Kathy Murray & Cindy Keese
Coffee & Staff Wellness

Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Staff
The Blue Crew

For more info, please visit: www.SkeeseGreetsTri.com Comments & suggestions: info@Skeese.com

Team Jack & Adam’s
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SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 8th 5:30AM: Parking Area Open (gates will be locked until then) 6:00AM: Transition Area Open (J&A mechanics on duty for minor needs) 5:45-7AM: Out of Town Packet Pickup 6-7:15AM: Body Marking & Chip Pickup (if you have not yet received the chip) 7:15-7:30: Yoga Warm Up with XT Yoga (optional) 7:30AM: Transition area closes 7:40AM: Pre-race meeting begins at swim start 8:00AM: Skeese Greets Tri Start 9:15AM: Finish Line Party Begins 11:00AM: Awards Ceremony (tentative) Bike Check In / Check Out
Bike Check In will only occur on the morning of the event. To enter the transition area each athlete must have (1) their race number affixed to their bike and helmet; (2) their athlete wristband on their wrist; (3) and they must be body marked. Body Marking will take place at the swim entrance side near transition. Bike Check Out occurs after the final cyclist has racked her bike and started the run. We expect this to be around 10:15AM. This rule is implemented to ensure safety and prevent theft.

Wave Starts Please wear the swim cap provided in your participant bag. 8:00AM: Ages 29 & Under (silver swim caps) 8:04AM: Ages 30-34 (yellow swim caps) 8:08AM: Ages 35-39 (red swim caps) 8:12AM: Ages 40-41 (white swim caps) 8:16AM: Ages 42-44 (pink swim caps) 8:20AM: Ages 45-49 (purple swim caps) 8:24AM: Ages 50 & Over (royal blue swim caps)

Weather Contingency Plan
In the event of foul weather, the start time of this event may be delayed by up to 1 hour. Should the weather conditions be unsafe for the swim, this event will be changed to a duathlon with distances of a 1 mile run, 11.1 mile bike, and a 2 mile run. The duathlon will use the same wave starts as the triathlon. If the weather makes it too dangerous for cycling, the event will become a 2 mile run.
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TRI ZONES TRAINING would like to wish you
GOOD LUCK at the Skeese Greets Women’s Tri! What next? Let us help you train for the DANSKIN WOMEN’S TRIATHLON!

Women’s Triathlon Training Programs  Two coached workouts per week  Open water swim practices!  Bike workouts  Run workouts  Bricks  Valuable race day information  Tech shirt and swim cap  Team tent at Danskin! We also offer:  Weekly swim classes  Free weekly training newsletter  Free training clinics in May

Moms – come by the Tri Zones tent to receive your complimentary Mother’s Day gift!

Happy Mother’s Day!

www.trizones.com

Participant Bag Items These items should be given to you at packet pickup.
Bib & Bike Numbers The large number included in your participant bag is worn after the swim and can be used with a race belt or pinned onto the front of your shirt. The sheet of stickers with numbers is for the bike portion of the tri. Place the smaller number labeled, “helmet sticker” on the front of your helmet. The sticker labeled “Bike Frame” can be folded over the top of your bike frame.

EQUIPMENT CHECK

Technical Tee Shirt Safety Pins (not included in bag) May be used to secure your race number onto your shirt. They can be picked up at packet pickup. Latex Swim Cap Please wear the cap provided; it corresponds to your swim wave and serves as part of the event safety plan. Timing Chip & Strap Chip is attached to velcro ankle strap & secured to your ankle at all times during the tri.
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Wristband Gets you into transition & is used to get food & beer at the after party. Yellow is for those over 21 Red is for under 21.

Before your triathlon, have a system in place to check your equipment. It is recommended that you start with what you’ll use first in the tri and work through to the equipment that you will use last.
1. Check your goggles, check that the strap
and nose bridge are not going to break on the start line or during the swim, check that the seals have not perished. If the lens is scratched consider a new pair for racing and keep the old pair for the pool.

2. Check your wetsuit for potential tears, check

the seams are not frayed and likely to split, if so get it fixed in enough time. Also look for holes and cuts, these can be glued and stitched to prevent water entering the suit and to make the suit streamlined.

3. Check Your Bike. There is a lot to check

here so if you don't know what to do, get down to your local bike store (and try to learn). Nothing is worse than athletes arriving at the pre race inspection needing a new frame or another wheel for safety.

4. Check your helmet, the plastic shell needs

to be firmly affixed to the foam and the strap should not be frayed and needs to fit firmly. Check that there are no cracks or dents as these will likely not pass in a pre race check.

5. Check your running shoes. Look to see that

they are not worn out of alignment or that the midsole is crushed. Also check that the elastic laces or the laces and toggles are working well. Check that they are washed clean and dry.
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Saturday, May 14 8:00AM Walter E. Long Park Austin, TX
More info and registration at www.gotraustin.org

Couples Tri, July 10th

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This triathlon is one of the most unique of the season and it's definitely one you will not want to miss. In the Couples Tri, each competitor races individually, but their scores are combined with a chosen partner. Don't be misled by the title of the event; “couples” can be friends, family members or even complete strangers - not just a significant other. You can even race individually if you want! Couples is held in Walter T. Long park. Participants will finish an 800 meter swim in Decker lake, an 11.1 mile bike around the lake that is completely closed to traffic, and an awesome run held entirely within the park. This sprint-distance triathlon is also a perfect goal to build your endurance after the Skeese Greets Tri! www.CouplesTri.com

Jack’s Generic Tri, July 31st

Do you want to recapture that simple, thrilling feeling brought on by participating in a great triathlon? Then Jack's Generic Tri is for you. Inspired by a time when triathlons were not planned around sponsorship, location or prestige but the joy of racing that you, the everyday triathlete, feel when participating in a safe, well-organized and, most of all, fun event. Benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank. The 500 meter swim, 11.8 mile bike and 3 mile run, is held at the Texas Ski Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. As with all of our events, all participants are invited to celebrate in style with a fabulous after-party! www.JacksGenericTri.com

Pure Austin Splash & Dash Series

This 6 event swim-run series held April through September at Pure Austin Quarry Lake is the ultimate mid week workout. Held once a month on Tuesday nights (4/12, 5/17, 6/21, 7/19, 8/16, 9/20), the event is a 750 meter open water swim followed by a 3 Km run. A no hassle race for $10 and dinner is included! Don’t wait to sign up. Every Splash-n-Dash for the last 3 years has sold out in advance. www.Splash-n-DashSeries.com
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The Austin Triathlon, Sept 5th

If you are looking for an exciting way to end your summer, than look no further than the AVIA Austin Triathlon. Swim in Lady Bird Lake with thousands of people cheering you on, bike on the most historic street in Texas, Congress Ave, with views of the state capitol, and run through Austin’s most beloved parks. The Austin Tri has an Olympic distance event with a $5000 prize purse, and a Sprint distance that ideal for beginners. Live music on the course and at the finish line add to the fantastic party with great food, ice cream, and beer. Race amenities include a tech tee, tech hat, water bottle, and a custom finisher medal. Come join one of America’s most active cities in an event you’ll never forget. www.TheAustinTri.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Kerrville Triathlon Festival, Oct 1 - 2

The city of Kerrville has long been home to great Texas music, cowboys and ranching, beautiful river parks, and Texas’s best bike riding. Now it is also home to it’s newest triathlon. The Kerrville Triathlon festival features 3 events over 2 days, including a Sprint, Quarter, and Half distance triathlons. Each course features a swim in the scenic Guadalupe river, a looped bike course through downtown Kerrville and the surrounding Texas Hill Country, and a circuit run course with a finish on “the Star” in the heart of downtown. Come spend a beautiful autumn weekend and be part an event that is sure to be an instant classic. Race amenities include a long sleeve tech tee, tech hat, water bottle, and a custom finisher medal, plus great post race carnival. www.KerrvilleTri.com

Free Workouts @ Jack & Adam’s Bicycles

Keep going with your fitness goals! Join Jack & Adam’s Bicycles for free workouts all year long! Check out the schedule: MON @ 5:30 PM: CORE/CALISTHENICS ~1 hr @ J&A’s TUE @ 5:20 PM: Run Group - Coach Mixon Henry leads. All levels training for all distances welcome. Starting @ J&A’s WED @ 5:30 PM: CORE/CALISTHENICS ~1 hr @ J&A’s SUN @ 8:30 AM: SHOP Ride - Followed by tacos ~ 30-50 mile group @ 17 to 20 mph. PLUS a 20 mile no drop ride. Mostly flat with some rolling hills and regrouping points. No drop 20 mile ride pace depends on the group. We wait for the final rider.

www.JackAndAdams.com for more info.

For a complete list of USAT rules, please refer to the most up to date version at: usatriathlon.org/events/rules.aspx
1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification 2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only. 3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty 4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. Penalty: Variable time penalty 5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. Penalty: Variable time penalty 6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Referee's discretion 7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification 8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty 9. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Penalty: Variable time penalty Continued on next page...

COMMONLY VIOLATED RULES & PENALTIES

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10. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number. Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission. 11. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

COMMONLY VIOLATED RULES & PENALTIES

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Here is a logical progression that you may want to go through when you get to the race site:
1. Arrive Early! A half hour won't be enough

GENERAL ADVICE

time to get everything done. Give yourself an hour, even more if you can, so that you won't be rushed.

Now that your bike is racked and you have your stuff from registration, andif you arrived early enough, you should have plenty of time to get ready to race. Here’s what to do next:

2. If you did not pick up your packet beforehand, make sure you leave registration with: Race Number and pins, Swim Cap provided by race, bike frame number, and helmet number.

1. First off, you need to do something with

3. You will need to get Body Marked. Make

sure you pick up your Timing Chip and Velcro strap that gets worn around the ankle. You may choose to pick up your timing chip after you have racked your bike.

that race number. You have to finish the race with the number on the front of your body, so you can either use the pins you were given to pin it to the shirt you’ll wear during the race, or you can use a number belt if you have one. The number must be worn during the run.

2. Next, organize your gear next to your

4. After body marking take your bike and

gear with you to the transition area (the big fenced in area with the bike racks) and claim a spot of real estate for yourself. There's nothing worse than arriving with plenty of time to spare, but forgetting to rack your bike FIRST, and then ending up with little or no room to lay out your gear. You can 'rack' your bike by either hooking the seat over the top rail of the bike rack or by hooking the handlebars/brake levers over the top rail. The choice is yours whichever works better for you. Take a look around to see what others are doing, and then follow suit. Once your bike is racked, you can drop your gear next to it - there should be time to lay it out neatly later. You can pump your tires up beforehand, or in the transition area - the choice is up to you. Please be considerate towards your fellow participants and do not hog space in the transition area. There should be enough room for at least 6 bicycles on each rack.

bike. It’s a good idea to have a towel on the ground to lie out your stuff. Make sure you have your bike shoes and running shoes laid out in the open with the laces open so they are easy to get into. Have your helmet either on the ground near your shoes or on your handlebars, with the strap undone so it’s easy to put on. A good idea is to have your helmet sitting upside-down with your sunglasses in the helmet. That way, you put on your sunglasses and then follow that with the helmet and it’s hard to forget either. Next to or underneath your running shoes you may want to place a hat for the run because the sun can get pretty hot by the end of the race. Make sure you have your water bottle(s) filled before the race as well. 3. You should be pretty organized by now so you can use any spare time to familiarize yourself with the flow of traffic once the race starts. Figure out where the swim finishes and where you’ll have to run to get your bike. Locate a fixed landmark (garbage cans may get moved) or count the number of bike racks to your bike, so that you don’t get lost looking for your bike. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack if you don’t have some idea where to start. Continued on next page...

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4. After the swim, you will enter the transition at one end and leave at the other. When you return you reverse things. That is, the bike starts and finishes at the same side of the transition area, and the run goes out where the swim came in. 5. It's also a good idea to do a walk or warm-up run of the start of the run course and finish. That way you won't get lost starting the run and you'll have some good landmarks as you near the finish line. It's always nice to know when you are nearing the finish line, so if you have some visual cues you'll be more comfortable. 6. The best advice for any new triathlete is to get to the swim start early and do a good warm-up in the water. The swim is often the most daunting part of a triathlon and open water swimming is different than pool swimming. When you can't see the bottom and there are no lane ropes people often freak out a bit and then they have trouble swimming. Factor in any trouble navigating and you've got a long swim on your hands. Take some time to get comfortable in the water and with the fact that you can't see as well. Practice sighting the buoys so that you won't get lost. The more time you spend getting comfortable, the less time you'll spend panicking. If you are a weak swimmer or a beginner, please stay to the back of the pack. This not only keeps you from getting clobbered, but it also helps those stronger swimmers get out of your way faster. One more point about the swim. You may see people at the race with wetsuits. You don't need to have a wetsuit to race, so don't worry if you don’t have one. We will take the water temperature on race morning and let you know if wetsuits are legal. Check the USAT rule in this guide for more info.

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Site Map Feeling lost? Get your bearings with an overview of the event site.

VENUE INFO & DIRECTIONS

Sustainable Event It is a goal for our event to leave the venue in better condition than when we arrived. This year each finisher will receive a custom biodegradable water bottle that can be re-filled with the Water Monster re-fill station. In addition we used “green toilets” and have recycling bins around the site.

Directions to the TX Ski Ranch:

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FROM AUSTIN: Get to I-35 and head south towards San Antonio. 3 miles south of the outlet mall take exit 195 (Watson Lane). Then cross over the interstate and continue south on the access road for about a 1/4 mile and the TX Ski Ranch will be on your left! Volunteers will direct you to parking. FROM SAN ANTONIO: Get to I-35 and head north towards Austin. Just north of New Braunfels, after you pass the WalMart Distribution Center on your right, take exit 193 (Kohlenberg/Conrad). Then stay on the access road for about a mile and the TX Ski Ranch will be on your right. Volunteers will direct you to parking. TX Ski Ranch is located at 6700 N IH 35, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Spectators

Spectators should arrive before race start as access to the parking area is not possible once bicycles are on the course. Please do not park on the IH-35 access road in front of the Texas Ski Ranch entrance. This blocks the line of sight for the police and volunteers. Spectators are welcome to roam the site and cheer on their friends and family members. There are very few places that spectators will not be allowed. Please do not challenge volunteers or jump fences. The volunteers are there to help ensure the safety of the athletes. Spectators are not allowed into the transition area or outside of the front gate. Spectators are welcome to help themselves to the Water Monster. Some of our partners will also be giving away free samples. Official race food and drink is for the athletes and volunteers only. Food and drink is available for purchase from the Texas Ski Ranch and our event partners.

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