Starting 2014 With EMJ Tri Team

Going into this season I’ll be a part of the Every Man Jack Triathlon Team, a team that I was also able to meet up with in Palm Spring this last weekend.  I headed out Wednesday afternoon and came back Monday for a solid 5 day training block with 30 plus teammates for some leg bashing and swim splashing in the desert.

A great shot from Nick Handel at the Palm Spring Swim Center with the team finishing up a session.

A great shot from Nick Handel at the Palm Spring Swim Center with the team finishing up a session.

 

Team mates on the Tour de Palm Springs in the Shadow of the Sagmonkey!

Teammates on the Tour de Palm Springs in the Shadow of the Sagmonkey!

I personally had a great weekend meeting new people and training in a new area.  With the temps a nice 20 plus degrees and closer to 30 on the day we rode the Tour…it was amazing.  Every day consisted of a swim, bike and run which will hopefully set me up well Florida 70.3 .  It was a first bunking with 30 plus dudes with a serious hunger for triathlon but more entertaining part was seeing them all come crashing in with a serious hunger after the tough sessions.  Bagels and peanut butter should have been publicly traded this last weekend.

Nick making sure the Cytomax is safe for our hill repeats on Tramway.  Photo as done by Nick

Nick making sure the Cytomax is safe for our hill repeats on Tramway. Photo as done by Nick

The swim sessions were a nice change, having others to suffer with.  Swimming in the sun, in an outdoor pool was also a welcome change from the frozen bathing suit from the Thursday before.  A few of the guys had a chance to try out some new product from Roka wetsuits with their SIM shorts.  Apparently it does wonders to your swimming by keeping your legs and hips up.  I just made sure I ate as many energy drops to keep me from bonkin or cramping up after the run and biking.

One of the main focuses of the weekend was the Tour ride on the Saturday.  This would be my first tour ride, and probably was the most interesting biking experience I’ll ever have.  An early morning start at 6:30, had us set off on a nice flat 100 mile ride through the desert.  Easy right?  Well with a nice wind for the first 20 miles in an area with over 2,000 windmills would probably be a good tip that u’ll have to do some work.  At mile 16 the wheels were off, first flat then right after that a second, and not too far after that a third and fourth.  I was out in the middle of now where when they happen and lucky for me Nick from Sag monkey was out hanging with us.   I would have been dead in the water if he wasn’t out there…after 4 failed attempts to fix my bead on the tire-I got a new one at the 3rd sag tour stop and bought a tire with a new tube.  Of course after one more flat, I was able to ride 50 miles to the finish.  Holy cow was I tired of pulling that rear wheel off!

Sagmonkey loading up the bikes.  Spent a good solid chuck of time in the wagon on Saturday.

Sagmonkey loading up the bikes. Spent a good solid chuck of time in the wagon on Saturday.

After the tour ride and a lot of practice changing tires we finished off with a run. Sunday ended up being the toughest day with some challenging sessions to finish everyone off.  Cytomax kept us hydrated,  Every Man Jack kept us clean and smelling good through out the week and LG kept us looking sharp in out riding gear.

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Every Man Jack is a line of male grooming products, from shampoo, soap, to body wash.  In Canada, its avaiable in London Drugs and in US- Target, as well as online.  Its going to be a great year and looking forward to Florida to set the season off.

Seeing spots from all the laundry when I got home.  Compressport socks did great in the desert.

Seeing spots from all the laundry when I got home. Compressport socks did great in the desert.

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Racing gear is done by Louis Garneau and feels great.