Mon, 21 November 2011
Now entering its sixth year, the members of Team Evotri continue to challenge themselves and others to live a healthy and active lifestyle through endurance sports. They have been given an extraordinary opportunity to train and race with the same equipment and coaching as the pros. They continue to dedicate themselves to maximizing their potential, to sharing what they learn from their experiences, and to making a positive contribution to the endurance sport community.
Team Evotri is again ready to welcome a new member to the family. For 2012, Team Evotri and its sponsors have pulled together a one-of-a-kind package to provide an age group athlete the opportunity to train and race like a PRO, while giving back to the triathlon and endurance community. The current team members will be looking for an individual who embraces the spirit of triathlon: a positive attitude, enthusiasm for the sport, desire to improve, and dedication to give back to the endurance community. Years of triathlon experience and good race results are not deciding factors in choosing a winner, but passion is.
The next team member will benefit by receiving an excellent package courtesy of the team's sponsors:
Here's how you can be the next Team Evotri member:
Create a video that's no longer than three (3) minutes. The video should answer the following three questions:
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 7:43pm EDT
Tue, 23 August 2011
Chattanooga, Tenn. – August 17, 2011 – For the 2012 season, Quintana Roo is excited to partner with Team Evotri to provide each of the team members with the bike that Triathlete Magazine has called "the most innovative in the past decade from any brand," the CD0.1. The QR Shift Series is the only line of aerodynamic bikes designed specifically to minimize the substantial drag created by the drivetrain. QR's exclusive 18 millimeter offset downtube SHIFT Technology diverts concentrated airflow away from the drive side to produce a true, measurable bike-course advantage for every athlete at every level.
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT
Mon, 20 September 2010
Watch as wickedly cool Evotri athlete Chris Sweet answers your questions. Those questions that were answered are in the running for a complete PowerTap!
Tue, 16 March 2010
"Making the Team" March 15, 2010 Madison, WI
Now in its third year of giving back to the endurance community, Team Evotri once again wants you to be part of the journey.
This spring, the team will be adding another teammate from the endurance sport community. Along with joining the family, the new recruit will be awarded a prize package from the Team Evotri sponsors: SRAM, Robbie Ventura’s Vision Quest Coaching, CycleOps Power, Zipp Speed Weaponry, 2XU, Headsweats, and new sponsor for the 2010 season, Specialized Bicycles!
Over the next few months the team and sponsors will be looking for an individual who embraces the spirit of triathlon: someone positive, enthusiastic, and dedicated to giving back to the community. Triathlon experience is not a deciding factor in choosing a winner, but passion is.
Do you have what it takes to make the team? Winners can rest assured their performance will undoubtedly be taken to the next level with the following prize package:
Trusted by world champions like Chris McCormack and Melanie McQuaid, the veteran racing professionals at Specialized will provide the winner with an unbelievable race package. Be prepared to light up the course with none other than the fiercely designed and wickedly fast Transition Pro Time Trial bike, technical helmet, and racing shoes.
Ever innovative CycleOps Power will provide the winner with a cutting edge Joule wireless Powertap SL+.
The endurance experts at Vision Quest Coaching will take the winner to the next level with a dynamic professional coaching package.
SRAM will outfit the Transition Pros with world-class Force drivetrains, engineered for top performance.
The velocity doctors at Zipp Speed Weaponry will provide 606 wheelsets, cranks and bars for the excellence in endurance sport trifecta.
To top off this incredible package, the 2010 team slot winner will also receive a collection of custom racing hats and visors from the industry leader in endurance accessories: Headsweats.
Team Evotri and their sponsors invite you to submit a video conveying why you are the best pick for the team in 2010.
Making the Team: 2010: Contest Guidelines: Endurance sport enthusiasts, do you have what it takes to make the team? Tell us how and why in a video submission no longer than five minutes, and be sure to recruit your friends to help you out! Videos will be evaluated by Team Evotri and their sponsors for creativity, quality, and how well they address the following questions:
1. How will you benefit the team if you're chosen? What are your personal attributes?
2. How have you, and how do you plan to give back to the endurance sport community? Nothing is too insignificant, list it all.
3. What are your future plans regarding triathlon and endurance sport?
*Upload all videos to You Tube and send the link to MakingTheTeam@evotri.com by May 3rd, 2010.
*Contestants should provide contact information along with his/her link submission. Team Evotri and their sponsors will announce the winner in May, 2010.
*Videos not within the time constraints will not be considered.
*By sending a video link to MakingTheTeam@evotri.com, candidates grant contest affiliates permission to use said video for promotional purposes affiliated with Team Evotri and the Making the Team: 2010 contest.
*The winner of the team slot forfeits all awards if he/she is unable to continue as a team member for any reason.
*The winner of the team slot agrees to contribute to the Team Evotri web site for as long as he/she is a member of Team Evotri.
*The winner of the team slot agrees to attend the WIBA training weekend in Madison, Wisconsin in July, 2010 and race the Rev3 Cedar Point Half-Ironman in September, 2010.
Transition Pros provided by Specialized, an industry leader committed to excellence in both performance and design. Visit http://www.specialized.com for their full line of men's and women's road and mountain bikes.
CycleOps Powertaps and trainers are provided by the Madison, Wisconsin-based Saris Cycling Group; makers of industry leading power meters, racks and indoor trainers, as well as home to the top minds in performance science. Visit http://www.cycleops.com for an up close and personal education.
Professional coaching provided by Vision Quest: a dynamic, hands on, fully involved coaching program designed to provide direct interaction between the athletes and the coach for triathletes and cyclists. Please find more information on the diverse and flexible programs at http://www.visionquestcoaching.com.
Wheels of Team EvoTri provided by Zipp Speed Weaponry, flawless craftsmanship makes these wheels, aerobars and cranks the industry leaders in speed and aerodynamic efficiency. For more information, and for a complete product catalog, visit http://www.zipp.com.
Drivetrain components provided by SRAM, manufacturers of world-class bicycle parts including the new Double Tap & Exact Actuation technologies designed for faster Tri, Road & CX machines. See & learn more at http:/www.willyoumaketheleap.com.
Cutting-edge and sleek, 2XU will assure teammates maximize their potential with the industry's most revolutionary wetsuits and race gear. Visit http://www.2xu.com for the latest innovations.
Headsweats custom racing gear surpasses all others in absorption and comfort when its needed most. All seasons, all conditions, Headsweats goes the distance. Check out http:/www.headsweats.com to see the entire 2010 line.
Sun, 10 May 2009
Please look at the Picture / Videos tab for full resolutions pictures of the trip to New Orleans.
Race report for Ironman 70.3 New Orleans:
This had "classic" written all over it. A team road-trip in a rented utility van, from Wisconsin to New Orleans. A team that is really starting to come together. We certainly know each other well enough for the smack talk to start almost immediately. Although I cannot remember everything that was said, I'm sure I started it off somewhere about 1 minute into our 16 hour road trip. The stage was set.
It started off with Michelle, Robb and me in the huge white utility van. Robb was the designated packaging guy, direction guy, and all around cruise director. He is the absolute best director I had ever seen. He rivals my Grandmother in planning. My other van companion was the amazing Michelle. I have really gotten to be good friends with her, and love to talk smack. It's all about the race with Michelle and me. I start the talk and she is certainly game to chime in. When I first met her, I would come out on top of the races, but as of late she is getting stronger and stronger and as you will learn, she took it to me yet again at the race. For the record, I'm actually getting sick of her kicking me at the races. I'm also happy when any of my teammates have a good day, but I'm never going to let up. That goes with the rest of my teammates as well.
Our first few hours went fast. We picked up Chris in Illinois - the van was full with bikes, luggage and the all important triathlon gear. I have the most amazing respect for each and every member on our team, and Chris is no exception. This guy is amazing in each and every way. He is incredibly smart, funny and an amazing athlete. He is also one fun guy to have in a van on a road trip.
Robb continued his impeccable road-trip-direction while Chris started the rules of the trip. We learned of the rules when we hit dinner. Rule #1 for our trip is NO food-chains. In keeping with rule #1, we hit Chubby's BBQ in Hayti, MO. This was an amazing road-side diner. The pile of food that came out was awesome. I have never seen so much meet. Michelle was a bit grossed out by the place, but the guys loved it! If it had a romote control and a recliner, it would be named the Man Cave Galaxy. We snapped a few pics to show our friends and headed back on the road. Soon it was time for Rule #2. NO Sleeping. We all abided by the rules, well, all except for Michelle. Not sure how she got away with #2, but she did sleep. The rest of us? NO sleep all the way down and all the way back.
During the trip, we learned a lot about everyone in the van. As is usually the case, I was talking non-stop. I told all the classic Stu stories. Nothing earth shattering, but I love to talk, and they listened. I think they did. When I wasn't talking we learned about Robb's real job as engineer. He told us everything you ever wanted to know about highway design. It was actually very interesting. All I can say is this is the first time I got to spend a lot of time with Robb - he is a rock star in every way.
As we stopped at each consecutive gas station I was able to take off more and more clothing. Ahhhhh. Just like my college days taking the trip from Wisconsin to the University of South Florida, I was loving the added warmth. The time went fast with the few rules we had, and was happy to finally see Louisiana after midnight. We made great time, and rolled to our rented house about 3am. We had made it. It was warm and very windy. That should have been a sign of things to come.
We quickly made our way into the house and all went to sleep fairly quick. Now the fun began. Over the next 24 hours the rest of the team began to come in one by one. Those already in New Orleans made the way to Bourbon Street. I have been a few times, so it was not as big of a shock to me as it was to others. We ate and just toured the city with Robb at the helm. Over and over he showed his amazing abilities to guide the team.
On Friday we had a great day planned. The entire team (except Tracy and JP) had made it to New Orleans. We had a team interview with Desiree Ficker, Linsey Corbin, Heather Gollnick and Chris McDonald. We had an incredible time meeting and interviewing them. I cannot say enough about how professional and kind all these athletes were. I'm not sure how other sports could ever compare. This group was just amazing. Classy. Professional. Wickedly cool.
After the interviews, I was introduced to Charlie's family. I had met his wife before, but now was able to meet his children. Have you ever met a family where you "just know" that they are being rasied to perfection? These girls were so incredibly polite, and fun to chat with. I'm glad Charlie and his wife are leading such an awesome family. Charlie and Lisa were also able to lead us around New Orleans a bit and take us out to dinner. I love having a local being able to give you all the history.
After the interviews and meeting Charlie's family it was time to register. The process was smooth! Nothing surprising. As is always the case on vacations, everything revolves around the next meal. In keeping with Rule #1, we ate Cajun food again. I think we even had Gator and I won a dollar bet in "drinking" some sauce - I'm not sure why people ever bet me to do things like that! With my new dollar in hand it was time to swim in Lake Ponchatrin. The waves were AWESOME. The water was rough. You could barely see 5 feet in front of you. This is the type of water conditions I love. I train in lake water when warm enough, so I just love it. That is certainly an advantage for my training. I will always take lake training over pool swimming. Anyway, we took some pictures of the surf. I had a smile on my face the entire swim. I felt like Flipper. Bring it on. In reality, if conditions were like this on race day, they would have to cancel.
The day before the race we swam again. This time it was as smooth as a pool. I had a hard time thinking I was in the same place. It was like night and day. What a difference. The "locals" assured me the winds would bring calm lake conditions. BUMMER! I want the huge waves. Oh well. The great thing about Ironman and 70.3 racing is you get to check you bikes the day before. We took some needed team pictures with the entire team. Time to check in the bike and get to work.
We all woke on race day, with some warm temps and strong wind. Perfect! I was still hoping for big waves, but no such luck. The locals were right. Calm lakes but warm and windy. I was set. I had done the training as best I could for April 5th. I had been on my bike outside once in the past five months in Wisconsin. I was not worried as I had my trusty PowerTap to guide me all Winter long. I never missed a day of planned running outside. It has to be well below zero outside for me to miss a run. I had done this once before in Wildflower and things turned out OK.
Raceday started out well in the swim. I have done so much lake swimming that I have learned to swim straight and do my best to take the shortest path possible. The swim here was weird. At times I was only 30 feet off the shore. I had people yelling and cheering at me the entire way. It was a very uneventful swim. I felt surprisingly well. Great almost. The only eventful thing on the entire swim was when I hit a rock on the final turn. I later heard many others did the same.
I came out of the water in great shape. I really had not done a lot of swimming as I have been focusing more on my run. Coming into T1 I was in perfect shape. I had not thought about my wager with my team-mates, but upon jumping on my bike, I really thought I had done what I needed to do in the swim to win. More on the wager later.
I got out on the bike and just started to watch my PowerTap watts. The great thing about riding indoors the last several months is you know where you stand for power. I kept a close eye and felt great. I turned a quick corner and watched my FULL water bottle run down the slope and into the dark abbis. I made the decision that I had little chance of finding the bottle. Just continue on and things will be ok. Another 3 miles fly by and another bottle decides to take a ride on the road. It was like slow motion - the bottle flies in the air, slowly scrapes the road and spills its contents all over the road. Bottle #1 - gone. Bottle #2 - gone. Bottle #3, almost gone. Note to self. Buy new anti-bottle-launch holders! This is getting crazy.
My midset was still ok. Even though I do not like Gatorade near as much as my Nuun / CarboPro combination, I was ready to switch. I was now dry and hoping to see a station soon. It took awhile, but finally I saw it. As I came up, I was actually looking forward to some Gatorade. I came up on the first person. It was like a movie. In the deep baritone voice, "weeeerrrrreeeeeeeeee ouuuttttttttttttt offfff Gattttttooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrraaaaddddddeeeeeeee." And my response, still in the movie mode was "noooooooooooooooo." Now what? Why is it always the inaugural year that this happens? This is always a problem when you are in one of the very last waves to go off. With no Nuun, CarboPro or Gatorade, I was in trouble. Mile after mile went by. Surprisingly, I was feeling great. Not sure why, but I felt great. The 2nd and 3rd station went by still with no Gatorade and in fact, got one of the last water bottles on one station. At this point I was deserate. Like a mirage, I saw what looked like a tossed Gatorade on the side of the road. I stopped and picked up a quarter bottle. I was desperate and drank it. What else should I do????????
The ride back to New Orleans was dead into the wind. I was averaging 20 MPH until the last few miles. I still felt great and though I had weathered the storm. I road hard and at times was only going 15 to 16 MPH on the way in. I was happy to see T2 and thought I felt good. I quickly transitioned and was out on the road. The first 3 or so miles of the run were directly into the wind. I had a great few months of run training so I really felt good about the run. I was on pace to beat both Michelle and Robb. All I needed to do was have a decent run. In looking at the times we all posted I had been right. There was only one problem. I was done!
I was not feeling that bad, but have you even tried to run and nothing is moving? At one point I looked and was running a 10 min mile???????????? What was going on? I kept going, but my legs were not. In looking back I had committed the rookie sin. I had not taken hydration seriously. I think nutrition is important to all, but for me, its a matter of racing well and being on the edge of disaster. In my three Ironman races, I had totally failed on my nutrition plan twice. On my last Ironman I nailed my nutrition and had a great day. It was soooo bad that at the end of the race I was truly fantasizing about food. I literally got down on my hands and knees and begged a hotdog vendor for food. The actual race did not have any "salty" food to offer. Kinda strange, but true. This vendor must have thought I was just so pathetic that he gave in and donated the hotdog to me. It was the BEST hotdog I have ever had. It was amazing. Unfortetley, I was on the edge for several hours and finally started to feel better the next day. For many reasons I did not do well on my nutrition plan. In my thinking, nutrition is based on two things: electrolytes/liquid and calories. I use NUUN/CarboPro for this. Unfortunelty, in dropping my bottles, no Gatorade on the course, and no backup plan, I failed.
I did finish. I did have a blast, but I need to think back to my post and NEVER EVER forget nutrition again! Why do I always forget this. Please, never again.
In grading myself, I give myself a B- on the swim. I felt great and think I did well. I give myself a solid B on the bike. My Powertap keeps me honest, and in fact, that was the highest Power I have had for a 1/2 Ironman. I give myself an "I" (incomplete) for the run. It had nothing to do with run fitness. My poor run showing was from my nutrition plan. My Nutrition plan I give a solid D-. Why not an F? Hey - I made the trip! I deserve at least a passing grade.
The bottom line is I'm MORE DETERMINED than ever! Period. I will not go down without a fight. To me, triathlon is a life long sport. A sport that I can grow old with. I truly hope that I'm given good health so I can be that 70 year old guy that people cheer for. I will continue my quest to qualify for Kona and the Boston Marathon one day. My teammate Charlie has tossed the idea around to try for Boston this year. My fastest 1/2 Marathon is a 1:26. My fastest Marathon is a 3:42. There is a HUGE time gap in those. A 1:26 is a respectable time for a 1/2 marathon. I know I can do much better on the 3:42. As for Kona, I've done 3 Ironman races. I have not been even close to qualifying. I won't even be racing Ironman again until my children are in college. Five more years! After that, I might just have to put in my time until I finally can compete in my age group. If it takes until I'm 70, well, I'm ready to wait.
I want to thank my entire team again - Tracy, Sara, JP, Michelle, Charlie, Chris, Rob! I also want to thank our adopted teammates Steve and Sarah (you guys are the best ever!!!!!!!!!!)
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT
Mon, 17 November 2008
The 2008 off season is officially here, but who says the races are over? Team Evotri has a brand new program on tap to keep you tri-primed all winter long, complete with exclusive team opportunities and prizes for your efforts. In fact, we have quite a bit of news to report as we round out the year and get the ball rolling for 2009!
With all of our sponsors returning for another stellar season, and with brand new sponsor, Headsweats joining the team, we're looking forward to giving back to the community in an even bigger way. In addition to our current grassroots endeavors - Simply Stu's World Wide Triathlon, Trisaratops's Youth Initiative, along with RobbyB and Iron Wil's Wisconsin Brick Adventure - just to name a few - we're now planning to reach across borders and oceans in order to do our part to change the world, and we want you to be part of the movement.
Do you have what it takes to fulfill the Evotri Iron Challenge?
This winter, we challenge you to complete an Iron distance race every month. 140.6 miles of swimming, cycling and running at 2.4 miles, 112 miles, and 26.2 miles respectively. You have 30 days, and countless ways to break it down to fit your schedules. Feeling especially elite? Why not try two, even three Iron distances per month? Not only will the top performers receive sweet swag and high honors, they'll also be raising money and awareness for charity JUST by logging miles! Also, complete at least one Iron distance each month and be entered in our grand prize drawing. Here's how to get involved:
Start by joining the Plus3 Network at , it's free for you, and priceless for so many more. Log your miles over the next several months and watch them turn to dollars for charities all over the world. Team Evotri sponosr SRAM, among other industry leading companies like Pedros have partnered with Plus3 and pledged to donate cash to the charity of your choice for every swim, ride, and run you do - charities like World Bicycle Relief, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Safe Routes (ensuring kids' safe passage to school), and The Environmental Defense Fund, among many more. Once you've created your account at www.plus3network.com, follow the next three steps to not only keep yourself motivated over the coming months, win cool prizes and meet awesome people, but also to have your mileage make a difference all over the world. After you've created your free account:
1: Select a sponsor and a charity of your choice
2: Under PEOPLE, search for "Evotri" and do a "friend request"
3: You will then receive a request to join the Challenge
And that's it. Let the base training begin!
In addition to our Evotri Iron Challenge, we're preparing for top performance in 2009 in other ways. Join the team as one of our honored Ambassadors and be eligible for exclusive opportunities throughout the year, as well as receive periodic training advice from top pros and industry insiders like the unstoppable up and comer, Cycleops's Will Smith, and the legendary Robbie Ventura! Visit Evotri.com and click the "Become an Ambassador" tab at the top of the page to get started.
Also, stay tuned to Evotri.com for the official 2009 press release, featuring more details on how you can even become a fully-sponsored member of the team. That's right, we're adding TWO to the crew near the start of the year, so get involved early and stay ahead of the pack!
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 9:39pm EDT
Sat, 1 November 2008
I really dig the entire Evotri Team (you can see a few of them in the picture). Teammate Chris Sweet, specifically, has amazing sporting prowess and is just an awesome guy. With that said, if you don't mind, take a few seconds to check his website out and vote. Make sure you read the last paragraph TWICE - that's what really sold me. Curious about what it says????
Read and Vote for Chris here.
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT
Tue, 18 March 2008
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT
Sun, 9 March 2008
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT
Fri, 7 March 2008
It was just like my typical race night. Set the alarm, go to bed, think about the excitement of the next day, try and sleep, fall asleep about 3am, wake about 4, get out of bed before the alarm goes off. You have all done this before. It was the same for me today. I was going to see my team in Chicago. I was going to see the people I E-Mail, and chat with almost every day. It was EvoTri team day at Vision Quest Coaching.
The drive to Chicago was uneventful. I got to the facility around 7am, a good hour before our 8am start. The facility reminded me of a Rocky movie. It had it all. It had the feel of fitness. It had the feel of raw sport. Not sure how to explain it, but the moment I walked in, I wanted to jump on my BMC and go. This place just had that feel that I crave. I brought my bike in and watched some of the riders well into a 3 hour ride. It was a local bike team that was kicking into gear to start the day.
The EvoTri Team started to come in one by one. Chris, Michelle, Tracy and soon Charlie. I liked this guy before I met him, but the moment I met him, I knew the world had picked the right person. He was a certain rock start in the making. The coaches came out and soon Robbie Ventura came out to get us testing. It was Chris, Michelle and Me first up. I made a comment to Robbie that I had been sick all week and that might..... That was as far as I got. Robbie made a comment to me and gave me the "look." It was the look like, "Hey Stu, you see this place? This place does not allow excuses. " He said it in a way that I immediately understood why Vision Quest is the way to go. He said it in a way to motivate. He said it in a way to be ultra positive. He said it in a way that made me want to do better. For the rest of the day I didn't say a thing - remember the Rocky feeling I had.
Anyway, the lactate test was great. Robbie took blood every 4 minutes, and kept the mood upbeat. When Chris, Michelle, and I were hurting, he was right next to you telling you to keep going. What a motivator he is. Some people have it and others do not. Robbie has it. No question about that.
We did a long series of tests that you would not find in most places, but at VQ, they do many test to see your strength, flexibility, and stability. It was eye opening to say the least. I have a lot to work on. It was also a chance to connect with my team. To the person, I love them all. After a grueling hour (ask anyone if you don't believe me), it was my turn in the endless pool. Can I just tell you now that I WANT ONE of those. So much you can look at and correct in the privacy of your home. Chris was right next to me, and we both watched Michelle impress the swim coach. She looks so strong early this year.
After all the tests, it was time for James (Tracy's husband) to take some pictures. Actually, I take pictures, while he IS a photographer. Anyway, you must check out his work on our EvoTri site. I was lucky enough to take about 300 pictures with the help of Lisa (Charlie's wife). I must say that we are really blessed with great (and understanding) spouces on this team!
The end of the day was a great time spent with our team making plans for the next addition of the team.
In closing I want to send out a HUGE "thank you" to the following:
Robbie Ventura: If you don't have coaching already, you should look at VQ. I was so impressed with every aspect of the facilities, coaches, and most importantly the contagious attitude that you just want to be part of.
The coaches and staff at VQ: What can I say, but thanks.
Rachel from CycleOPS: She has been with us since day one. She is such a big part of our team. I just love her!
Lisa and James: Lisa is Charlie's wife, and wow is she great. She just added so much life to the day. James has been a silent, but HUGH part of so much of this team. I can never thank him enough for what he does behind the team.
Tracy, Greg, Chris, Michelle: No words, just THANKS!
Charlie: The moment I met you I knew one thing. This guy IS A PERFECT match for the team! Welcome.
Category:Evotri -- posted at: 9:02pm EDT