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2015-04-30: May Newsletter

posted Apr 30, 2015, 7:34 AM by Sound Training   [ updated May 1, 2015, 10:55 PM ]

April has been a great transition month in many ways - we've seen bright sunny days, the weather is warming up, we've introduced four athletes to new varieties of races, and we've stepped up our training with weekly track and pool workouts! Now we are looking forward to the fun-filled month of May and there are some FANTASTIC training opportunities on the horizon!

Coach's News

*** Team Calendar ***

Stay informed of all our upcoming workouts and races by subscribing to our new Team Calendar! If you'd like to join in the fun one of these days, please send us an email or use the contact us form so that we know who to expect!

*** Weekly Swim Workouts ***

We've coordinated with Evergreen Community Aquatic Center to reserve a few lanes on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm so that our team can get together for swim workouts. We've already held two workouts there and everyone seems to be pushing themselves and enjoying the feedback that we're providing! Note, there won't be a workout this week as the facility is performing some upgrades.

In order to help us cover the lane rentals for the regularly scheduled pool workouts and ensure that we can keep this opportunity available for you, we're implementing a 10-swim "punch card" system. For STR-Members, the rate will be $7 per swim ($70 total, paid in advance) and non-members are welcome to join for a $10 drop-in rate.

Upcoming Events

Speaking of swim workouts.... May has all sorts of fun swim events going on!

*** Wetsuit Try-athlon with Say YES! to Life Swims ***

We wanted to bring you an opportunity to try on wetsuits before you buy one, and are excited that our sponsor Say YES! To Life Swims was able to take on the logistics of coordinating and hosting such an event, in the form of their new Wetsuit Try-Athlon! Held on May 30th from 9-11am, Speedy Reedy will be bringing a variety of wetsuits to try on and anybody that purchases a wetsuit at the event will receive a 10% discount, while Say YES will provide tips to help you overcome nervousness about the open water, tips for swimming in a pack, and advice on sighting while swimming. 1/4 mile swims will allow you to test out the wetsuit and all the advice you've learned! You'll need to REGISTER HERE in order to find out the location for this clinic!

*** Swim Speed Secrets Clinic with Sheila Taormina ***

Sheila Taormina is an ITU Triathlon World Champion, 4x Olympian in 3 sports, and an Olympic Gold Medalist. At just 5 feet 2 inches tall she is not your typical swimmer, but knows how to get the most power of the freestyle stroke and is happy to share those swim speed secrets with all of us! Sheila has an amazing attitude and an inspiring personality. There is currently a waitlist for the May 22nd-24th clinic, but contact Ali Meeks to be added to the list, and it seems they may add another full session to the clinic! Check out the Swim Speed Secrets website for more details.

*** More May Events ***

May 3rd: Bloomsday 12k
May 8th: Skagit Spring Century Ride
May 17th: West Seattle 5k
May 17th: Capital City Half Marathon
May 25th: 7 Hills of Kirkland Century Ride (shorter options are available)
May 30th: Flying Wheels Century Ride

Race Recaps

*** Mercer Island Tri (MI Tri) - April 12th, 2015 ***

On April 12th, Gail Rudee completed her first triathlon at the age of 57. Gail's story is very inspiring and we highly recommend you read the recap of her event if you want to get inspired yourself! Recap: Mercer Island Tri

*** Mt Rainier Duathlon - April 26th, 2015 ***

This year's Mt Rainier Duathlon was featured as part of the USAT Duathlon Series and was also the Pacific NorthWest Regional Duathlon Championship. The event is open to all athletes, which allowed three of us the opportunity to turn this into our very FIRST duathlon! Congratulations to Peter, Tina, and Jessica for exploring the world of duathlon, and to Jennifer and Annette on their continued success in the sport! Read the Mt Rainier Duathlon Recap for details on everyone's fantastic performances!

Sponsor Space

Say YES to Life Swims Logo
This month we'd like to highlight Say YES! to Life Swims and Guila Muir as our joyful partner for open water swim excursions. Say YES! organizes numerous open-water swim events in the Seattle area, and can often be found in the waters along Alki sans-wetsuit! We met with Say YES! and shared that many of our athletes are new to swimming and have yet to find a wetsuit. We pitched the idea of an open water swim clinic where the attendees could try on different wetsuits and actually take them for a swim; much thanks to Say YES! for bringing the idea to life with the Wetsuit Try-Athlon with Speedy Reedy, being held on May 30th. Say YES! has also organized Wednesday Night Swims in July, and all Sound Training and Racing members get a $30 discount on the three-swim package!