Before the triathlon season starts, learn about tools, triathlons and gear that could help you podium! During this episode of Hilary Topper on Air, Hilary interviews NY TRI EXPO’16 sponsors and exhibitors- CompuTrainer, SP Carbon, DelMoSports and Mook Print & Design. CompuTrainer and SP Carbon will discuss cycling tips to improve this portion of the race. DelMo Sports provides information on upcoming races and Mook Print & Design explains how their services can help your tri team stand out.
About four years ago, I decided to run to try to lose weight. I saw a ton of other people dropping weight fast and thought this was a good quick fix. Little did I know it took a lot of work and dedication to even run a 5K. Then, one 5K turned into a 10K and one 10K turned into a half marathon. Now, let me preface this, I’m not athletic. I never have been. (I actually failed gym!)
I had a running partner, Marti DiPaola. We would run every weekend and fly out of town to do half marathons. After the Brooklyn Half Marathon, Marti said, “I don’t want to do these any longer.”
“How about a triathlon?” I asked her. So, we signed up for one in Florida. We both fell in love with the sport and did several more the following year including NYC and one in Milwaukee, WI.
I started to read a ton of books on the subject and hired a coach, Danielle Sullivan of Iron Fit Endurance. She was a pro-triathlete and taught me a a lot, but I wanted more. I researched and couldn’t find anything besides a couple of books that really didn’t give me all I needed.
I would attend expos as part of the triathlons I was competing in, but I found that there were no educational courses offered and to be honest, I was always so nervous the day before the race, I didn’t want to attend any anyway! I just wanted to pick up my number and get out of there!
At about the same time that I started triathlons, I started to write a blog, A Triathlete’s Diary – http://www.ATriathletesDiary.com. The blog focuses on me (the non-athlete) trying to train for triathlons. I expanded it to review products and services for the runner, swimmer and cyclist as well. And, I wrote about my experiences at the races. I also let other people share their journeys on the blog as well. More than 50,000 unique visitors later, I decided to take the blog to another place and create an expo where I could meet likeminded people and develop learning programs for runners, cyclists and swimmers and create the NY TRI EXPO ’16.
The NY TRI EXPO ’16 is now a reality and will be happening on Saturday, March 19 from 10 – 6 pm and open to everyone! If you ever thought about doing any one or all three of these sports together, or if you just want to learn more about nutrition, strength training or how to prevent injury, this expo is for you.
I hope to meet you there! To register, go to http://www.nytriexpo.com/registration use code: NYTE16_QueensCC.
Look and feel your best this triathlon season!
During this episode of Hilary Topper on Air, Hilary will be talking to Vermont’s Original Bag Balm, Natural Force, DeathRow Velo and Essentia Water, sponsors and exhibitors of the NY TRI EXPO’16. Vermont’s Original Bag Balm’s Jim Kelly explains how Bag Balm can help athletes in various ways. Natural Force’s Joe Rakoski discusses training supplements and more. John Landino of DeathRow Velo talks about custom gear to use for your next triathlon. Plus, Essentia Water’s Briana Costanzo explains the integration of alkaline to better hydrate.
Learn more about how these companies can help you during your next race by tuning into this episode.
Join the Scavenger Hunt at the NY TRI EXPO ’16
Want to win some cool Timex Ironman watches? Join us at the NY TRI EXPO ’16 on Saturday, March 19 from 10 – 6 pm at Citi Field and be sure to stop by every booth!
There will be four tattoos, one at a randomly selected booth. Collect all four, put it on your arm, and you will get a raffle ticket with a chance to win two Timex Ironman Watches!
This is limited to the first 250 people who get all four, so your chances are great to receive the prize!
Here’s the prize:
Sharon Levy of Excel PT and Workout in Manhasset is an exhibitor and speaker at the NY TRI EXPO ’16 on Saturday, March 19 from 10 am – 6 pm at Citi Field. Here she demonstrates exercises specifically for swimmers and triathletes. You can hear more about injury prevention at the expo! Register today at http://www.nytriexpo.com/registration.
Using Amtrak To Get To Your Next Triathlon
Are you mapping out your triathlon schedule for the 2016 season? Consider using Amtrak to get to your next race. With the introduction of their bicycle racks, it’ll be easier than ever to bring everything you need to podium! Craig Schulz, of Amtrak, talks with Hilary on the new bicycle racks, scheduling options and more. Tune in today!
Dealing with Injury
This will be my 19th year in a row racing triathlon. Before that I was a competitive swimmer. Despite having injuries along the way, I haven’t missed a year of competition in the past 28 years! In my early years as a triathlete I would be a mental wreck when I got an injury. My world would be rocked knowing that my training would be disturbed. My confidence in my season would plummet. I would be devastated.
Over the years, I have learned to take injuries in stride. I have come to the realization that you WILL get injured at some point if you are an active person. It is inevitable, and I have learned that it is the way in which you deal with those injuries that makes all the difference in the world.
I have seen many athletes with nagging injuries who refuse to take the steps necessary to get better. They are so afraid to stop an activity, that they will justify doing that activity on an injury just to get it done. Meanwhile, they are hobbling along making the injury worse! This can be a vicious cycle that can lead to an injury lingering much longer than it needs to. As a coach, I try to “nip it in the bud” by prescribing rest and when necessary, recommending the injured athlete to the vast network of professionals that I have developed over the years!
This is what I have learned over the years as an athlete and coach:
- Stop and rest! Most of the time the injury is something minor that will get better after a few days of backing off! You are better off stopping and resting a bit rather than finishing that run that’s on your schedule!
- If you find that the injury is not getting better after a few days, see a professional! That might be an Orthopedic, Podiatrist, Active Release Therapist, Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist, etc. I find that an early diagnosis and treatment can make all the difference in the world! If rest and rehabilitation is needed, the earlier you can do this and get back to your training the better! Too many times, I see athletes training on an injury for months before finally get diagnosed. Had they gotten the diagnosis and/or treatment earlier they could have already been past the injury and back to training! This can literally make or break your season ahead!
- Don’t panic! In most cases, if you have an injury that needs rest, there is always some activity you can do to stay fit! I have been in the situation where I had to rest from running for 8-12 weeks, however, water running; swimming and biking were OK to do. Staying fit has always helped me to get back to running in no time. As triathletes, we are lucky to have the ability fall back on the other sports to stay fit!
- Have faith! Your season will NOT be ruined from having to take some time off! Like I said before, it’ll all part of being an active individual. get past it and move on!
- Silver lining: In most cases, I have found that having to rest from a particular activity forced me to focus on some other aspects of my fitness which helped in the long run. That could be a focus on strength when you otherwise do not, a focus on cycling if you cannot run or maybe a big swim focus that gets you stronger in the water!
Seven Reasons to Take Amtrak to NY TRI EXPO’16
You’ve already signed up for the NY TRI EXPO ‘16 and you’re ready to learn and bond with your fellow triathletes. But how are you getting here? If you haven’t planned out that part of the trip let our friends at Amtrak help you. Amtrak has over 10 routes that can get you to New York City for this year’s Triathlon Expo. But if that convenience isn’t enough, read some of the other reasons why we think a train ride is the smarter way to go.
- Plentiful Legroom
Go ahead, stretch out! With more legroom (40 inches, to be exact), you won’t have to book a massage to unwind after traveling by train. No matter your height, you’ll find that all that extra room means more space to stretch out or curl up.
- You Can Bring Your Bike
Amtrak recently expanded their bikes on train program, making it easier for you to get to your next race. If you’re bringing your bike to the expo next month or to a future triathlon, read this first so you’re up to speed on the do’s and don’ts of traveling with your bike.
- Don’t Forget the Deals – Book ahead and Save
Planning ahead for your next race is a given. But planning ahead for travel to your next race is a good idea too. Amtrak has tons of deals listed on their deals page. So if you’re thinking of Amtrak-ing it to your next race, peek at their deals page first.
- Baggage Policy
You can carry-on two free pieces of luggage. Let us repeat. You + two bags = no extra charge! For those triathletes traveling with infants under the age of two, your baby items (strollers and diaper bags) will not count towards your carry-on limit. More info about their baggage policy can be found here.
- Dual Outlets for Every Seat
iPhone battery in the red? No worries. There are dual outlets at every seat so you can hop on and charge up. (You get an outlet! And you get an outlet! Everyone gets an outlet!)
- Plush Seats
Ever sat in an Amtrak seat? It’s plush, like your grandpa’s favorite armchair. They don’t cut corners with comfort, and large seats with armrests (and in some trains depending on the location, foot rests) mean you can curl up with a great book without getting distracted by discomfort.
With free WiFi, an Amtrak trip is complete. Never miss a news update us, or an email from the kids. Stay connected to who and what you want. Not a bad way to get there if you ask us.
Here is a list of the confirmed workshops to date taking place at the NY TRI EXPO ’16 on Saturday, March 19 from 10 am – 6 pm at Citi Field:
- Injury Prevention – Do you feel like you keep getting hurt? Don’t let getting injured stop you in 2016. Come hear the experts and learn how to prevent injuries from occurring.
- Tips to a Faster Swim Leg – If you feel that swimming holds you back, you won’t want to miss this exciting workshop where you will actually learn to take time off your swim!
- First Time or Beginner Triathlete? This session will explain what you need and how to go about doing your first triathlon. It will also focus on what you should know as a beginner and how to reach your goals.
- Strength Training for Triathletes – Believe it or not, strength training will make or break your season. Join our expert all the way from Arizona to teach you what you need to focus on to get you stronger and faster in 2016!
- Crushing it on the Bike – The bike lag is important. In this session, you will learn how to make it up those difficult hills with ease, how to push through those long miles and still save yourself for the run!
- How to Sight, Draft and Rock out in Open Water – Here experts will address everything from sighting, drafting and how to swim your best in open water.
- Wearable Tech for Athletes – Want to see the latest gear that will measure your biometrics so that you can improve your performance? You won’t want to miss this session with experts coming from Silicon Valley, Toronto and beyond!
- The Mental Game – Do you find it difficult to fight through it? Then you should attend this session where you will learn to quiet those internal voices and help keep you focused through training and racing season.
- Do You Really Need a Coach? – Why spend hundreds of dollars on a coach when you can do it alone? But is that really the best thing you can do for yourself? During this session you will learn what a coach can do for you and how you can advance as an athlete.
- Becoming a More Efficient Swimmer by Breathing Easier – Join the president of the US Masters Swim as he talks about breathing easier so that you will swim faster and further.
- How to Run Faster off the Bike – Do you find that your legs feel like rubber after riding 10, 26, 52 or 110 miles? If so, you won’t want to miss this session. The experts have proven techniques to offer you that will get you moving off your bike at your next race!
- How to Get a Proper Bike Fitting – If you don’t have a great fitting, you won’t be able to endure the long road ahead. Instead, learn what questions to ask, learn how an actual fitting should work and how you can be the best you can be!
- Gear to Make You Faster – Ironman and coach, Pam Kallio of TriSports will show you how you can take time off your swim, bike and run with various gear. Watch her as she shows you the latest gear to make you faster!
- Nutrition and Wellness – the Fourth Discipline – Do you feel like you’re just not reaching your potential? It could be your diet! Here you will learn what to eat and what not to eat to make you as efficient as possible!
- Yoga for Triathletes – Listen as prodigy of Sage Roundtree, Gina Herrara, shows you how to incorporate various yoga moves to make you stronger and go further.
- Tips on Doing Your First Half or Full Ironman – Listen as the experts talk about what it takes to do your first half or full Ironman and what the training involves.
- How to Have a Podium Finish – Are you getting frustrated not getting to the podium or getting there every once in a while? If so, you won’t want to miss this session where your mind, body and nutrition will be addressed.
- How to determine your Race Schedule for 2016 – The east coast has the most exciting races so why travel anywhere else? Listen in and find out what races are coming up and also how to go about putting together your schedule so that you don’t burn yourself out and keep enjoying the sport for years to come!
Did you sign up yet? Sign up today before the prices go up again at http://www.nytriexpo.com/registration use ATD_NYTE10 for a $10 discount!