Q. How do I know what size to get?
A. Starting on Friday, March 25, you will be able to go to Northwest Tri and Bike and try on items from the Fit Kit (sample clothing). Take a piece of paper to write down what you choose as when you go online, there are several options. Unfortunately we were unable to get all items in the Fit Kit but the items we have plus the size chart should help you select your items. Most items have a Unisex or Female size option. A few items are female or male (bib shorts). Windblock Jacket and Evolution Relaxed Jersey are only Unisex.
Fit Kit available March 25- April 3 at Northwest Tri and Bike Only
Q. What is the schedule?
A. The Fit Kit (samples of the clothing) will be at Northwest Tri and Bike to try on from March 25- April 3 (Check bike shop hours) Clothing orders can be made anytime using the information below but will be due by Monday, April 4 at 10 PM.Clothing will be shipped to NWTB and be available for pick up in mid-May. If getting to NWTB is hard for you, you will be able to pay for shipping from NWTB to your home (that process and payment will be done after the clothing arrives).
Q. Will there be another order?
A. We will do additional orders, but the clothing will take up to up to 5 weeks after that order closes to arrive. So if you have an early season race that you want a uniform for, order that in the first order and then if you would like to order some additional items, there will be a few other opportunities.
ORDER PROCESS BELOW!
1. Click on this link to access your team order site: https://www.sugoicustomorder.com/raisethebar
2. Find the items you would like to purchase. Click either on the name of the item or the photo. Select gender, size and quantity and add to cart. If you would like to purchase more items then click continue shopping.
3.When done shopping, new users will need to click on New User to create your new User ID and Password. If you already have a username and password, click log in to put in your info. You will then click continue to check out and put in your address and then credit card information to complete the order.
4. After the order deadline date has passed, you will no longer be able to access the order site. If you have not completed the checkout process for your order by this date, any items in your cart will be removed. The Order Deadline is displayed on the order homepage.
RTB's Swim Workouts have Recently Exploded in Attendance
And that's why we've added a Sunday swim - early enough for you to get to your morning ride, run, or church service. Erin Eronemo is looking forward to welcoming swimmers of all abilities to the workout - wondering if you'll fit in? If you can swim 50 yards freestyle at any pace - fast or slow - you're perfect.
Fees: If you sign up for the 'session' - basically a block of swims every couple of months - you'll pay $11/swim. (RTB members pay $8/swim). If you've looked at other programs, you'll realize this is really low. Is the quality lower than other, more expensive swims? NO. If you think so, we'll refund you - no worries. You do not need to have a US Master's or USA Swimming license to participate in RTB swims. Right now the session price is $66 for non-RTB members, and $48 for RTB members. There is no swim on Easter Sunday.
For years soccer ruled my life. When I was younger, the opposing team parents used to yell, “Watch out for that redhead!” My parents got a kick out of that. They came to all my games for 17 years and even made it to several of my college games in Kansas.
Then in 2009, a high school soccer teammate pinged me on Facebook and randomly said, “let’s do the Seafair triathlon.” What! I mean, that included swimming. Of which my best skill at the time was not drowning. I never was a water kid, nor were we a water activity family. No biggie. My life revolved around soccer, with a little bit of basketball and track thrown in during the off season.
Attempting the swim was the scariest thing for me. I mean putting my face in the water and trying to breathe seemed impossible. An ex-boyfriend tried to give me swim lessons, but he gave up after one session in the pool when he realized how little experience swimming I actually had. It was pretty darn humorous. I could have done Seafair as a relay, but I was determined to take on a sport that I was not good at. My grandmother swam across the San Francisco bay in the 1920’s, so a half mile, in a wetsuit, in a lake, was totally doable, right?!
During my training I met this amazingly supportive and awesome chick Marlene at the Puyallup High School pool. She saw me struggling to swim and we chatted. She was a friend of a friend. She took me under her wing, let me borrow her road bike, and even came to the Seafair triathlon to cheer me on. Her excitement about triathlon was contagious.
I survived my first season of triathlon (3 races) with a lot of back-stroke and side stroke for when the waves of swimmers behind caught up and passed me. It just meant I had to get on my borrowed road bike and pedal faster and run on my jello legs faster. My brother came to support me at two of my 3 races (the only family member willing to wake up at 5am).
I was hooked after the first race and there was no turning back. My soccer friends lost a co-ed rec teammate. I bought my first road bike and a body glove wetsuit from Costco.
My greatest accomplishment is actually learning to swim - somewhat properly. It’s an ongoing attempt. I can now get out of the water with my wave and not two behind me
One of the best things about triathlon, and what drew me to it, is the camaraderie and friendliness of the people. My boss came to take pictures at a race and asked me if I knew the women I was talking to before and after. He was surprised to hear me say I had just met them. The passion triathletes have and their willingness to chat and share and bring you into the triathlon fold is so awesome. Very similar to my experience with the running community when I was training for my first marathon in 2012.
Soccer post college was full of adult attitude and arguing with refs and teammates and worrying if a teammate came to play or just run around. It was also full of good people whom I am still friends with, but the attitudes from others got to me. It has been nice having only to rely on myself to finish a race. I don’t have to worry if my teammate brought their A game. The individualness of triathlon, outside of the camaraderie, has been just what I needed to renew my athletic spirit. Sometimes I’m a bit too competitive and have to remind myself it’s not all about times, but also about enjoying the moment and the gift of health and fitness.
2013 was a rocking and successful year of triathlon and running but I over-trainined and under-strength trained leading me to a variety of hip and knee flareups. After 2 years of trouble shooting and recovery I’ve finally found a balance.
June 22nd is my 40th birthday and four days after I’ll be doing CdA 70.3. What a great big party! I can’t wait.
On a side note, my dad has never been to one of my running or triathlon races as an adult. He is NOT a morning person and doesn’t get cheering at a race where he only sees me a few times in a few hours. Dad says he did 17 years of standing out in the cold and rain for soccer games. I don’t blame him. However, I did recently get him to agree that when I do a full ironman, he will be at the race cheering me on. His caveat is that it’s a warmer weather location (he gets cold easily). This is huge! And since he turns 80 just 5 months after I turn 40, I’m thinking a full ironman is in my near future - probably 2018. Any suggestions?!
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