West Linn Triathlon – Canceled

After careful consideration and much thought I am sorry to inform all of you that the second triathlon in 4 weeks in the Portland area will be canceled. The participation for the West Linn Triathlon is low enough that in order to hold the race we would again need to subsidize the event. We were hopeful that registration would increase as we drew near but at the current time we have 38 athletes registered in both events. I wouldn’t hesitate to hold the event if the losses were reasonable.

We will refund all registration fee’s in the next 30 days after we receive our final revenue checks from Athletepath. When we started these events we thought there was an additional need for more opportunities to race in the area. Where you could go race and be home by noon. Our goal was always to bring safe, organized events to the Portland triathlon community. I feel for the most part our events hit those marks.

We remain undecided as to our plans for next year. I ask all of you to step forward the next time someone else commits to bringing another event to our area. Support our local race promoters, all of the local race promoters. I would like to thank all of the athletes that did support us. We are grateful to you. We had a wonderful time doing this. Meeting the people and getting the opportunity to bring events that change peoples lives is an honor.

My Best,
Ken McLarty

West Linn Triathlon Training Program: Week 2

This Saturday, July 19th, will be the second session of a 5-part triathlon training program I’m hosting with ActiveEdge Wellness Center. For this second session, I’ll be focusing on our West Linn Tri bike course, the open water swim, mobility and stretching.

MOBILITY

Think of your body as a machine…if the machine is well cared for, it operates better. So the body reacts the same way, having “tight” muscles doesn’t allow the body the freedom in range of motion, this inhibits performance in most athletes. From the very best to the beginner, lack of mobility and functional strength are two areas that given enough attention can have an enormous impact on performance without adding additional training time. You do maintenance on your cars, bikes, why wouldn’t you do it on your body. Massage, rolling out, stretching, yoga, practiced conscious movements, all can play a big part in being a better athlete; we’ll be spending the first part of Saturday morning, at Active Edge Wellness Center to review the best moves to make you a better athlete.

BIKE + SWIM

Following the mobility and stretching review, we’ll take to the road for the West Linn Triathlon bike course preview. With the challenging climbs throughout the bike course, we’ll focus on reviewing techniques for gearing, ascending and descending. From there we’ll grab our wet suits and review the open water swim, focusing on buoy rounding.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF THIS SATURDAY

Grab your wet suit, pack up your bike and meet us at 7 am, at Active Edge Wellness Center for a great training session and workout. Reminder this is part 2 of our 5 week FREE training session for any fitness level and for any level triathlete. Whether you are just thinking about signing up for your first triathlon, just getting started in multi-sport fitness or have been competing for years, I guarantee you’ll learn something new and get a great workout on Saturday.

Hope to see you then!

– Ken

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West Linn Triathlon Training Program: Week 2

New Sponsor: Athletes Lounge

We are excited to announce a new sponsorship/partnership with Athletes Lounge. We are thrilled to be collaborating with such a great local triathlon and training resource!

Athlete Lounge, established in 2009, is a multi-sport resource — including a bike/specialty shop (located at 2671 NW Vaughn, PDX), a competitive race series, and Pacific Northwest premier training facility. We support and align with their mission to support those athletes that want a little more out of life, either proving something to themselves or just to play outdoors.

Athlete Lounge Training Races:

The fourth annual Athletes Lounge Triathlon Training Races are a low key training race that occurs 3 Wednesday evenings at Hagg Lake. There are skilled volunteers to answer all questions, a super sprint course (300 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2 mile trail run), and a tasty bbq after the race. Entry is just $30 and the race is a fun, noncompetitive way to sharpen your racing skills. The second and third training race will be on July 23 and August 6 with the race starting at 6:30pm. Sign up for the Athletes Lounge Triathlon Training Race here.

The Portland Triathlon:

The annual Portland Triathlon is September 21 at Cathedral Park in St. Johns. The 8th The biggest triathlon in and around Portland offers a scenic course, great river swim, and a chance to compete with 1,000 area triathletes. This year it is again the USAT National Championship Qualifier for Olympic Distance. This race has sold out the last 3 years, so don’t wait to register. Get ready for the race by joining Zing3 on Thursday evenings in Cathedral Park for a free open water swim at 6 pm. Wear a bright swim cap for visibility, sign the waiver, and be ready to swim at 6.

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