Thousands of tri-state area runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes attended the NY TRI EXPO at Citi Field on Saturday, March 19th, to hear more than 40 experts talking about all three disciplines as well as nutrition, strength training and mental race preparation for the upcoming season. Athletes also had an opportunity to meet with 70 vendors.
“It was an amazing day of learning,” said Hilary JM Topper, Show Producer, and CEO of HJMT Media LLC. “Attendees had the opportunity to chat with nutritionists, coaches, race directors, cycling companies and other leading experts and vendors to help them reach their goals for the 2016 season.”
At the NY TRI EXPO, attendees heard the Queens Chamber of Commerce Keynote Speaker, Matt Dixon, former pro-triathlete, elite coach, and author of “Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential into Performance,” discuss effective training methods to improve their performance. He talked about 7 effective habits for triathletes, which included:
1. Go easy on the easy days
2. Fuel after every workout
3. Get your sleep
4. Be present during every training session
5. Be willing to adjust the plan – be flexible
6. Have an understanding of the training week
7. And, Keep it fun
Matt Long, author of “The Long Run,” former New York City Firefighter and elite athlete received the first “I WILL” Award for his dedication and passion for the sport. Athletes also heard from various other running, cycling and swimming experts in the field.
“It was very emotional for me to present the award to Matt because his story really touched me,” said Topper. “When I feel like the training is tough, I think of Matt and say to myself, if Matt could do it, I could do it too! His presentation was motivational and inspirational. He is so deserving of this honor and we look forward to honoring Matt in the future by presenting others with the I WILL AWARD.”
Attendees also had the opportunity to win raffle prizes including a free entry to the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, coaching sessions, and other items. A portion of the proceeds from the raffles was donated to the American Lung Association of the Northeast.
Elijah Lam, winner of the NY TRI EXPO Scavenger Hunt won two Ironman Timex Watches and two training peaks premium memberships. “Although Elijah is a little young to enjoy the training peaks, both his parents are triathletes, and I’m sure it will go to good use,” said Topper.
Athletes also went home with a swag bag worth more than $100, lots of knowledge and a day of fun, trying out lots of samples and the opportunity to buy some great products.
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