Tri Scene in Mid West

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by AHot » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I am considering a move to the mid west and was wondering if there is a tri
scene in the region.  What do you in the mid west think of being a triathlete
in the mid west?  Are there good facilities?  Do locals know what lycra is?
Are there quality races?  Thanks foe any info.

Bill

 
 
 

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by Chuck Hul » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00

I moved up to NW Wisconsin from south Texas in April. I've been hearing
the story about it finally getting warm, but I worry that I might have
already
missed it.

Chuck Hull   "The only thing that's ever 90 degrees here is a right angle."


Quote:
> I am considering a move to the mid west and was wondering if there is a
tri
> scene in the region.  What do you in the mid west think of being a
triathlete
> in the mid west?  Are there good facilities?  Do locals know what lycra
is?
> Are there quality races?  Thanks foe any info.

> Bill


 
 
 

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by Jimmy Streble » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00

NW Wisconsin has only two seasons:

Winter, and 4th of July.


Quote:
> I moved up to NW Wisconsin from south Texas in April. I've been hearing
> the story about it finally getting warm, but I worry that I might have
> already
> missed it.

> Chuck Hull   "The only thing that's ever 90 degrees here is a right

angle."

 
 
 

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by Jimmy Streble » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> I am considering a move to the mid west and was wondering if there is a
tri
> scene in the region.

Yep, a big old fat mo-hunkin' one.

Quote:
> What do you in the mid west think of being a triathlete
> in the mid west?

To be perfectly honest, I think it'd be easier to be one in the south or out
west, but I can't complain.  We have great swimming programs (but they've
got that down south and out west, too, don't they?)  The only big difference
is that you can't cycle for a lot of the year.  So, I spend a lot of the
year on indoor trainers, cyclosimulators, and stationary bikes.

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> Are there good facilities?

Yeah, I think so.

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> Do locals know what lycra is?

We live in the stuff for half the year.

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> Are there quality races?

Well, the "midwest" is a big place.  However, some of the notable races are
Mrs. T's (largest triathlon in the world) at least two non-m-dot ironman
distance races and tons and tons of other triathlons of all distances.
 
 
 

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by Michael K. Erickso » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00

Where in the midwest are you moving to.  Around Chicago there are quite
a few good shops. Groups to ride with are fewer so if you are moving to
the Chicago area e-mail me.

As far as races go there is Mrs. T's in Chicago, Lake Zurich in Lake
Zurich, Il., Lake Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wi. and a few others.  There
are some in Ohio and Indiana.  I know that there are also some downstate
but have not researched them.

Around Chicago a person can train on the bike outdoors for about 9 or 10
months depending on how much you like cold.  Running can be done all
year.  There are a couple of really good rails to trails paths to run on
in the winter if there is snow.

Good luck.
Mike Erickson

Quote:

> I am considering a move to the mid west and was wondering if there is a tri
> scene in the region.  What do you in the mid west think of being a triathlete
> in the mid west?  Are there good facilities?  Do locals know what lycra is?
> Are there quality races?  Thanks foe any info.

> Bill

 
 
 

Tri Scene in Mid West

Post by Lauren Jens » Sat, 30 Oct 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>> I am considering a move to the mid west and was wondering if there is a tri
>> scene in the region.  What do you in the mid west think of being a triathlete
>> in the mid west?  Are there good facilities?  Do locals know what lycra is?
>> Are there quality races?  Thanks foe any info.

In Wisconsin/Illinois you can do a multi-sport race almost every weekend
from early May to early October.  The distances range from short sprints,
to Olympic, to half and full Ironman courses.

The Milwaukee area has two multisport clubs and an all-women's team.  Plus
there are plenty of Masters swimming clubs, USCF road racing teams, and the
Badgerland Striders running club.  You could do one or more group workouts
everyday if you wanted.

The facilities around Milwaukee are decent.  Lot's of country roads, lots
of hills, a developed bike path network and numerous YMCA and county pools
to swim, not to mention Lake Michigan and a lot of inland lakes.  To the west
is the Kettle Morraine, training grounds for the huge contingent of ultra
runners, mountain bikers and cross country skiers around here.  In the winter,
there is the Pettit Center's indoor track (3.6 laps/mile) if you can't take
the cold.

Yes, sometimes the weather is not the most pleasant, but the shoveling keeps
you strong. 8^)

Todd Jensen