This weekend is the World Series of Triathlon, KONA. We sit down to interview “uncle mitch” Kona vet and first time Kona athlete Jean-Francois.
“Uncle Fred Skinner” Athlete bio - Fun facts: Fred lives on a high mountain ski slope in New Hampshire with his wife Virginia, with beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Fred does his long rides around New Hampshire and every time he gets home he has to ride up the mountain one mile with a steady grade of 13%! (You can actually stand leaning into the mountain in front of his driveway.) Talk about a way to end every bike ride with a 1mi time trial treat on the legs! OUCH! Fred swims in open water across Lake Winnipesaukee during the warmer summer months and is a dedicated athlete.
Kelli "competitive" Rantz - athlete bio. “I am a Certified Pilates Instructor and Movement Specialist. I admit I am a total movement nerd and gait creeper! I just love teaching movement through mind/body connection and balanced muscle control. I am fascinated by watching random people walk, run, and cycle. Lately (about 14 years), I've been really caught up observing incorrect gait and pedal stroke). I really do drive my family, friends and sisters NUTS!”
Walter Welsh, fall bike classic review with Coach Cliff
Joe "Deep South" Rummler - athlete bio - Joe is a get work done kind of athlete, he knows how to put in the time and effort to get where he wants to be. One of our top performers in his age group at most races, Joe is the guy you DONT want to race against in your age group!
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Toby “Red-line” Rider -My first athletic challenge was in 6th grade. I rode my little BMX bicycle from Torrance to Marineland (in Palos Verdes) straight up Hawthorne Blvd. That was several thousand feet of climbing, wearing jeans. I put PB&J sandwiches and a jug of water in my backpack……
Tristar Athletes Southwest Team - "Ultra" Julian Summers - Julian is one of our brightest Tristars! reaching for both the moons and the heavens when it comes to goals. A competitive thirst for going long, and at the same time brining a winning attitude and smile to those he races along side; you can’t help but get caught up in his winning spirit!
The latest content, events and training methods from the Tristar Athletes.
Tristar Athletes Southeast Team - Brett “Colonel” Buehner - Brett is a red white and blue Tristar Athlete! One of the most dedicated athletes on our team as well as dedicated to serving the in the United States Army.
In this podcast interview coach Suzanne and coach Cliff debrief the Ironman Chattanooga course. Covering the swim, bike and run in detail in terms of pacing and nutrition.
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Ash “from OZ” Forrester; “From Australia, love to travel and have lived for periods of time in various parts of the world including stints in London, New York, and now SoCal. Have 8 year old boy/girl twins.“ Coaches Notes: Ash is a fun and passionate athlete and somehow manages to train super hard doing so with a smile. We think he might be missing the “pain gene”!
Tristar athletes team races selected for this season. Learn more about the key events to train with your team of Tristar Athletes!
Tristar Athletes is pleased to offer our training partners program as part of our team sponsorship. The program is designed to benefit you and the training partners who help you push your limits. You and your training partner will both receive a coaching credit up to $200 towards your race entry fees when your referred training partner/s sign up for 6 months or more commitment with the ELITE or MENTORSHIP team.
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -Walter "gun show" Welsh - Walter has taken on some of the more challenging races in cycling across the country. From Fondo’s to tours, he has improved dramatically in just a few short seasons. Walter came out to our Oceanside race camp in 2019 and wasn’t satisfied with just any long ride, so he blazed his own trail to the top of Palomar Mountain. He wasn’t done there, he helped pull home the entire team on day three from San Diego to Oceanside!
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -George “Crank arm” Ferris - I am originally from Australia. I came to the US with the objective of studying for two years and then working for two years and I’ve been here now for 26 years.
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Will "Draft Legal" Kampf - “ I look forward to every workout. Well, not every workout. Sessions on the bike trainer kind of hurt! I’m in a transition period of my life. Changing careers and putting my family first. Having a five and three year old has put a lot in perspective and requires a ton of work. It is making me a healthier person and allowing me to also get back into triathlon after a few years off
Tristar Athletes Northeast Team -Kurt "Young Jedi" Skalamera - “….Nothing cools me down like a jump in the ocean after a long run. Nothing hydrates me like an ice cold beer after a long ride. I dive into movies like I dive into the pool: full immersion! Recovery days are the best when I can binge a good show or host a movie marathon. NYC is my home and I love all that it offers for food, culture, art and - not least of all - training!”
Tristar Athletes Southeast Team - Samantha “first place” firstenberg - Hailing from out Southeast geography Sam has been a top consistent Tristar for the past two years. Learn more about her bio and goals.
Tristar Athletes Southwest - Nobuyuki “Yuki” Yukawa - “My first race was Xterra off-road triathlon @ Laguna Beach back in 2016. I started MTB 7 years before that and self-trained for a year and finally I made it. After that race, I came across a swimming group, SMOG, and got to know Cliff and now I'm racing 70.3 Ironman and training is part of my life.
Tristar Athletes Northwest Team - “ ….I have since done several triathlons, including one 70.3 and love the feeling of structure, accomplishment and seeing my friends achieve similar goals. Its a lifelong process and journey that I have embraced and realize that I'm only getting stronger as I get older.”