Triathletes, Change Your Life and Business

Triathletes, Change Your Life and Business

Are you a triathlete and business owner? During this episode of Hilary Topper on Air, Hilary chats with sponsors and media partners participating in the NY Tri Expo’16, at Citi Field on March 19 that can help you improve your life and business. Donna Drake of Live it Up with Donna Drake! will cover ways to truly live it up this year. Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Thomas Grech explores their services for local businesses.

Why I Became a Triathlete by Hilary Topper

Why I Became a Triathlete by Hilary Topper

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!)

11351368_10152855114102761_844992874912656777_nI 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.

 

 

Join The Scavenger Hunt At The NY TRI EXPO ’16

Join The Scavenger Hunt At The NY TRI EXPO ’16

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!

12496334_10153290421006916_1499710382917428530_oThere 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:

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Using Amtrak To Get To Your Next Triathlon

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!

Seven Reasons to Take Amtrak to NY Tri Expo 2016

Seven Reasons to Take Amtrak to NY Tri Expo 2016

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!)
  6. 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.
  7. WiFi
    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.

 

NY TRI EXPO WORKSHOPS

NY TRI EXPO WORKSHOPS

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!

Custom Gear for Triathletes with DeathRow Velo

Custom Gear for Triathletes with DeathRow Velo

lg_f6d72_Me_hamptonsJohn Landino launched Deathrow Velo in 2009 to create interesting, custom cycling jerseys. Since then, Deathrow Velo has expanded into fullservice custom apparel design and manufacturing firm to make every club look outstanding. 

“I was first introduced to John’s work when I joined Iron Fit Endurance just about a year ago,” said Hilary Topper, Show Producer of the NY TRI EXPO. “I love this work. He takes pride in everything he does and the tri kits fit like a glove.”

12642965_10154051672617573_2822165974803286692_nOffering the best clothing for triathletes, cyclists, and runners, means using the best materials. Deathrow uses some of the highest quality imported Italian MITI fabrics to guarantee that looking like a team doesn’t get in the way of finishing like a team.

“Our team will be wearing a custom designed bike shirt at the expo and volunteers will be wearing t-shirts designed by Deathrow Velo,” said Topper. “When you come to the expo, be sure to let John know what you think.”

Bring your club to the NY TRI EXPO ‘16 to meet Deathrow Velo and see how their custom gear can help look your best, and most importantly, define your team.  Sign up today at http://www.nytriexpo.com/registration

Matt Dixon Talks about Triathlon Training

Matt Dixon Talks about Triathlon Training

Matt Dixon Talks about Triathlon Training

There are a handful of expert triathletes in the world and Matt Dixon, former pro-triathlete, elite coach and author of The Well-Built Triathlete is one of them!

If you’re looking to improve your performance or are just curious about the sport of Triathlon, tune in as Hilary Topper interviews Matt on a variety of topics including the power behind proper recovery and top training methods for triathletes.

Matt is also the Keynote speaker of the NY Tri Expo! Get to know his methodologies and more to become a better triathlete, just in time for the start of the season and the Expo in March. Sign up today to see him live at the NY TRI EXPO http://www.nytriexpo.com/registration

 

Opportunities With the Queens Chamber of Commerce

Opportunities With the Queens Chamber of Commerce

We’re really excited that the Queens Chamber of Commerce will be joining us at the NY TRI EXPO in March. They will be sponsoring our keynote speaker. When we thought about the location, we knew it needed to be in Queens because Queens is centrally located and accessible to everyone.

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping the businesses in Queens succeed.  Queens is the second fastest growing borough in New York City, with 90,000 new people moving in over a 4-year period. This makes the borough a huge opportunity for community and business development.

The Chamber fosters economic growth and prosperity in Queens and provides members with many benefits including:

  • Networking opportunities
    • Queens Business Expo
  • Young Professional Networking Meetings
  • Breakfast with the Borough President
  • Job fairs and more!

To find out more about the Queens Chamber of Commerce, attend the NY TRI EXPO at www.nytriexpo.com/registration and stop by their booth and say hello!  

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