LVTC Happenings!
A monthly report of events and resources for our passionate, growing local multisport community.
Opening Message
Happy New Year! Hoping you have adjusted to writing ‘2022’ by this time … and hoping we are going to have a great year of racing!

Looking back on 2021, it was great that we were able to have our four events (3 triathlons, one aquabike). They were smaller events due to COVID-19 restrictions – but still successful. We had a number of new triathletes launch their tri-careers at our events and we had experienced triathletes use the events to get back into racing after a pause in 2020.
We had some high-level athletes competing for the top spots and we had athletes just looking to finish. Everyone is important and, as a club, we don’t want our events to be ‘just another race.’ Our events are a great way to compete, complete, meet-up, and enjoy. The events are as competitive as you want to make and as easy-going at the same time. Most of all, we want the events to be important to each athlete.

Since we were able to have our four events, we were able to award our ‘Point Series’ champions. Congratulations to all our champions as well as everyone who participated and everyone who helped with each event! A special note that our Female Points Series Award is now called the Erin Ray award in honor of Erin who died in the tragic accident 12/10/20.
We hope you enjoy this newsletter and we hope you continue to be involved with the Las Vegas Triathlon Club in 2022!
Socials/Training Events/Education
Check our Facebook Group for locals who are training in town or down at Lake Mead. Post your workouts!

We will have training events starting in March during our membership drive. Time to dust off the gear and get ready for race season!
Membership Drive

Support your local Triathlon Club
Membership Includes:
  • Club logoed gear for purchase
  • 3 Sprint Triathlons & 1 Aquabike
  • Triathlon Programs: Events and Skill Clinics
  • Opportunities to train, get together and socialize
  • Discounts for members only on BBSC races
  • Additional discounts on products and services

Single Membership is $65.00
Family Membership is $85.00
College Membership is $40.00
Safety Corner

Training Safety Tips for Low Light

Winter means shorter daylight hours and more opportunities for training in low-light situations. Here are a few safety tips to keep you safer during these colder months.
Wear reflective clothing to be seen more easily.

Many brands sell hi-vis jackets or outfits with reflective strips. Gloves and shoes with reflective features can also help pedestrians and cyclists catch the attention of drivers.
Make yourself more visible by using lights.
Blinking lights on bicycles tend to attract more attention than solid lights. Headlamps and light vests can be helpful when running while keeping your hands free. You can also use lit armbands to increase your visibility when both running and cycling. When purchasing lights, look for a balance between brightness and visibility in running headlamps and cycling lights. Also, consider wearing lights both in the day and at night for added protection.

Choose well-lit pathways for a safer workout.

Exercise on well-lit paths whenever possible.

While running, proper lighting can reduce the risk of tripping over objects or falling into holes. A well-lit pathway also can prevent you from running over items on your bike.

Hope this week’s Safety Corner is helpful and STAY SAFE tri friends!

~Amanda Wolpink
Check our website for Discount Codes 
Login to your account and look for top right account menu "My Membership" as circled below. On your dashboard page in the middle of the page you should see a link "Discount Codes". Click on that for latest discounts for members. These will appear as they come available.

Prez Corner:

It was great to reboot triathlon in 2021 and here we are at the start of 2022 at what will hopefully be a year full of races. I hope you have our club events on your calendar … and remember, if you can’t race, we can always use race-day support.
Each year, we usually kick off the season with our Kick Off Dinner. Unfortunately, that event is still on pause at this time. Instead, we are going to have ‘Kick Off March’. Each week in March, we will do some type of training event – and we hope you are able to participate. The events will be low-key and all levels of athletes are welcomed. We hope this will be a good month to reconnect with training partners and maybe meet new training partners.
New this year is we have adjusted our annual membership. All memberships will start on March 1st, 2022 and be good through February 28th, 2023. The reason for doing this is that we will have a better understanding of our membership numbers for the year – which helps with budgeting. Although the club does not have a large operating budget, we do have expenses each year (e.g., storage, trailer insurance, permits, webhosting, etc.).
So … that means we will be doing a membership drive in March! We do hope you will continue your support of the club by keeping your membership active.
Each year, we have a ‘theme’ that we try to keep in mind. In 2020, we focused on ‘calling out’ the great things that members were doing by using the hashtag #thatsthevegasway. In 2021, we focused on being fit and ready to race and being in control of our training using the moto ‘Lets make it happen!’ … #letsmakeithappen. For 2022, as we start to get back to race-normal, lets focus on the enjoyment of training and enjoyment of toeing that start line. So our theme will be #enjoythejourney 
I really hope to toe the start line with you all in 2022 at one of our club events! Thank you again for your support in 2021 and I know the club will enjoy the journey in 2022. 

~John Mercer
Gear Store is Open for a Limited Time, Closes on January 31

Past President

This is the time of year where we buckle down and eat healthier. This is also the same time of year, three weeks down the line, where we say, “screw that!” 
The ultimate goal here is not to deprive yourself and have a healthy relationship with food, right? Well, here are some things to think about:
  1. Be realistic and specific about your goals. How do you intend to reach a goal that you haven’t defined or given yourself reasonable steps to? Your body is amazing, but it needs structure and consistency to lead it. 
  2. Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t. Just like when you tell yourself not to think about a pink elephant, what’s the first thing that enters your mind? That elephant. The same happens with chocolate my friends. When you are trying to eat healthier have a list of items you can have rather than focusing on the no-no’s.  
  3. Have snacks and meals prepared. Our biggest downfalls are life’s distractions. Work runs late, we get home ravenous, and the meal we’d planned on making is 40 minutes. We make bad decisions in moments like this. Instead, we should have snacks and meals prepared. We could eat the snack to hold us over while making the meal or we can decided we are too tired to make the meal tonight, have the prepared meal and try that 40 minute meal tomorrow. 
  4. Be a little flexible. Sometimes perfection isn’t possible. Having a few bites of something not on your food plan for a special occasion or just because is okay. Do your best to set yourself up for success. Ask a friend to share it or ask the server to bring 1/4 size of the dessert. Don’t be afraid to tell people that you are trying to eat healthier. They will generally understand and support you.

~Shawna Glasser

Where in the World Has Our TRI Club Raced ?

Check out the map below to see where our athletes have raced!
LVTC Member Spotlight

Get to know our club members as our President sits down with the following members to talk about tris and life.

·     Matt Olson
·      Robert Strohmeyer
·      Tedd Girouard
·      Ashley Hall
·      Kelly Strubble and Monica Rosenberg
·      Sergei Vasilyev
The Evidence-Based Triathlete

·      Heart Rate Variability
·      Strength Training
·      Dr. Stacy Sims
Las Vegas Triathlon Club