Thirsty Triathletes & spectators will have a Schilling Cider waiting for them at the Finish Celebration of the Elton Home Team Eastside Triathlon in Issaquah on July 9.
Why Hard Cider? Our race starts at 6:30AM....and we expect the first finishers at around 8:15. We couldn't quite fathom a beer garden at the finish celebration in those early hours, but a nice glass of Schilling Hard Cider sounded great.
Along with Schilling Cider, athletes will enjoy a full pancake breakfast with all the trimmings - sponsored by PCC Natural Markets, including some other beverage options for those that aren't quite up for the more spirited ones.
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Raise The Bar Events have a reputation for serving up big delicious meals at our finish lines and Elton Home Team Eastside Tri will be no different. The Issaquah PCC Natural Market will be sponsoring the breakfast on race day which is free for athletes & volunteers. Spectators will be able to purchase a meal and all proceeds will benefit the "Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park" foundation, which is responsible for many of the park improvements athletes will enjoy on race day.
PCC is proudly community-owned and locally grown in Seattle. Their product standards keep the shelves honest and the staff knowledgeable, so you can easily stay informed. If you share their passion for local, organic, seasonal, sustainably sourced food; deli items made from scratch daily; and healthy living, they'll be looking for you in one of their 11 stores. Visit the Issaquah store in person for Packet Pickup on Saturday, July 8, 10-12AM.
To get your free breakfast, register for the race!
A plan that keeps you disciplined, a plan that reigns you in or lets you bash it for a bit. Going off feel is risky – typically you feel awesome, until you don’t. Pick an indicator – probably either power or heart rate. Learn your zones, power or heart rate – know when to be in any particular zone…. Know what it means when your get out of the zone you were supposed to be in and how to get back. Check yourself constantly – don’t trust your gut, don’t hope for the best.
We are deeply fortunate to have pretty affordable access to technology that just 10 years ago was the exclusive purview of professional and elite athletes – power meters are becoming more accessible and heart rate monitors are ubiquitous. Bike computers or multisport watches are available in all price ranges. Get one, not to post to Strava or Facebook, but to manage your effort in training and racing.
So there’s my advice – have a plan, know your zones – be disciplined in your training and even more so in racing…. Follow the plan.
Oh, and if you can swing it, get a coach and join a team….. there’s wisdom in groups…
We also have several branded and custom workouts designed to make you a stronger, more durable, more consistent biker.
We offer Sufferfest™ sessions that have shorter, more intense bursts of work with appropriate recovery intervals.
We have Hour of Power sessions that involve 8 or 12 week series of longer sets of work with appropriate rest intervals. You benefit from the experience of each of our ride leaders and coaches as they share with you what has got each of them to the top of their personal game. We have a terrific community of individuals and teams – come benefit from both the lift you get from group workouts and the collective knowledge of athletes of all experience levels. So whether you want to test your FTP and get a power number to train off, or want to stay out of the rain while still getting a solid ride in, or avoid traffic and road debris…. Swing by and check us out!
Bear right just after Sammamish State park onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE – this early section is pretty smooth sailing too, but once you hit the traffic circle near the French Immersion School, things get a little sketchy – again, this won’t be an issue on race day – but for training rides – you should know the following:
Most of West Lake Sammamish Parkway is a cabbage patch of potholes and rough road surface. There is no shoulder or bike lane to speak of on the right side of the road headed north – most people jump over to the shoulder on the other side of the road and it becomes a two way bike and pedestrian lane as well as being full of garbage cans and parked cars…. Finally the road is constructed with the main roadway being concrete and the shoulder (such as it is) being asphalt – there’s a pretty good gap between these two surfaces and if you get your wheels stuck in it, things could get gnarly in a hurry.
For this reason, most of our training rides around Lake Sammamish are done COUNTER clockwise… It’s just a better use of West Lake Sammamish Parkway….
On race day, contraflow and access to roadway surface through a traffic lane shift will make this a terrific place to race… just train carefully.
How would you prepare for a great bike leg at the EST?
I think it’s a super fast bike route – essentially flat, with a few bumps to keep things interesting – lots of straight sections to just hunker down and bash out a consistent strong ride. I’d ride the course a few times to know where you have to work and where you get free speed. Be at a point in your training where you can hold a pretty consistent pace and effort without the up or downhill effects of long steep hills. Hills are short so recovery is short lived too… Consistent, sustained effort will be your best bet.
What's your best restaurant suggestion for a pre-race Eastside dinner?
Oh so many options – at both ends of the lake – Issaquah has a whole bunch of new and established places to eat if you are on the South side of the lake and Redmond and the area around Redmond Town Center is jammed with great places to eat….. Whatever your taste… If you can manage the wait, Tipsy Cow in Redmond makes a great burger! If you are further south – Similan Thai behind the Bartells Drugs on Eastlake Samm Parkway is pretty consistently good! Interestingly, there aren’t many places to eat on either East or West Lake Sammamish Parkway
What are your personal racing plans this year?
Although somewhat slowed down by an angry Achilles, my main objective this year is to do whatever I can to qualify for 70.3 Ironman World Championships in South Africa in 2018 – it’s in my hometown and I’d personally love to participate in that. Consequently I’m focusing primarily on 70.3s this year with the exception of Arizona 140.6 Ironman in late November.
Hope to see many of you at Victoria, Coeur D’Alene or Whistler soon! And of course on July 9th at the Elton
Athletes who register for the Elton Home Team Eastside Tri have the opportunity to earn up to a $10 refund on your race registration. Upon completing your registration, a referral code will provided that you can send to your friends or send out on Social Media. If someone uses your referral code during their registration, you will earn an automatic $2 refund back to the credit card you used to pay at registration. There are up to 5 referral refunds possible - for a total of $10. Spread the word and get that refund! Athletes who have already registered can find the referral code in their profile on Run Signup.
The Eastside Tri is whipping into shape. Athletes are discovering the race and are telling us they're excited to have a race on the Eastside again. So are we!!! The race is just over 10 weeks away. See you on the Eastside.
Sure there are a few of you out there that swim year round in the open water and we tip our latex caps to you.
For the rest of us, Open Water Season is coming on quick. Next month we'll see many Pacific Northwest Swimmers and Triathletes putting their toes in the outdoor waters since last September. Are you preparing yourself? Check out our "MUST DO" list before you head into the murky depths....
Raise the Bar Events welcomes The Elton Home Team of the John L. Scott Real Estate Company as the title sponsor of the 2017 Eastside Triathlon. Rhett Elton, the driving force behind this powerhouse group of REALTORS®, is a triathlete himself, and excited to participate in the sport as a sponsor, "My wife, Jen, and I have been triathletes for many years and enjoy the multisport lifestyle. It was an easy decision to establish a partnership between our business and Raise the Bar's newest event."
With the connection to the Elton Home Team comes an opportunity for race organizers and athletes to help sick children through the John L. Scott Foundation. Founded 30 years ago, the foundation's primary goal is to support children’s healthcare needs in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In 2016 the foundation raised over $15 million to fight childhood cancer, channeling those funds to Seattle Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Mary Bridge Hospital, and others.
Athletes registering for the Elton Home Team Eastside Triathlon will have the opportunity to donate during the online registration process; a portion of the race proceeds will also be donated to Seattle Children's Hospital. Patty Swedberg, owner of Raise the Bar and the director of the triathlon is excited for the partnership, "We look each year for a beneficiary of our charitable giving at RTB Events. Learning about the John L. Scott Foundation through Rhett was a big bright light bulb for us this year. We're excited to partner with Rhett's group and the Foundation to help kiddos fight cancer and other terrible diseases."
The distances at the Eastside Tri were determined by the bike course that wraps around Lake Sammamish for a total of 22.8 miles. Stretching that a couple of miles to an Olympic distance didn't appeal to us with all the congestion and traffic challenges of the urban eastside. The biggest reason we're taking cyclists around the lake in the first place, as opposed to the more historical out-and-back bike course, is that it keeps cyclists safer and lessens the impact on the communities around the lake.
With a 22.8 mile ride, it made sense to make the run a bit longer as well - and keeping the 4-mile run inside the borders of Lake Sammamish State Park met our objectives of safety and efficiency. Add to that a .75 mile swim and we've got an unusual but pretty cool race on our hands!
Interested athletes can view maps of the proposed courses Here. Please note there may be changes between now and race day and any changes will be posted as they happen.
"10 years ago Patty asked me if I could help put on an off-road triathlon in Black Diamond," writes Toby Mollett, Raise the Bar's Course Director. "3 years later the event was ranked the top in the nation in regards to off-road triathlons. 8 years ago we started planning the Lake Meridian Triathlon, 3 years ago Black Diamond Long Course. With those track records and experience, I couldn't say no to the Eastside Triathlon. But then I ask myself, 'Do I even have an option to say no?'. It has been quite a journey through the planning phase of this event with the amount of jurisdictions it covers, but in the end, it will be worth it. A looped bike course around Lake Sammamish sets the stage for some committed and competitive participants to set personal bests on this inaugural year, and will bring others to challenge those standards in the years to come."
Raise the Bar invites you to race in what we hope to be the next great triathlon in the Seattle Area. You can find registration Here.
Elton Home Team