Notes From the Skeleton’s Locker

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() The Grand Prix 2010-2011 calendar has been finalized and current members should be receiving their fridge mountable post-card versions shortly. The team competition returns so start recruiting now. New this year – the Volunteer Incentive: earn 5 points for working a race instead of running it; and walkers get their own start at 10:30AM! The fun starts 5 December at 11:00AM at Campari’s in Chatham. Be there!

() The USAT National Challenge Championship starts 1 December! Swim, bike and run to a better 2011 racing season by loading up the volume over the dreaded ‘off-season.’ December is swim month, January is bike month, and February is run month. Log as many miles as you can and report them to the webmaster on a regular basis and see how we stack up with clubs nationwide. You must be a USAT member to participate but don’t worry if you can’t swim or bike or run – all miles count each month! For more information, visit http://www.race-tracker.net/usat/ or contact Geof Newton.  To sign up, send your USAT membership number and your birthdate to ccac@capecodathleticclub.org.

() Willy’s Gym of Orleans and Eastham has offered CCAC members a club discount. Details are on the Member’s Only page. And if you’re already a Willy’s member, just let them know that you’re a member of the CCAC and they’ll update your account to the new rate after we get a few new members on board. Mid- and upper-Cape members please standby – we’re working on club discounts at a couple of facilities in the Hyannis area too!

() Tri-Hard Coaching will be at FitWerx on 16 November: Maximum Power: Train Smarter & Race Faster – On Tuesday, November 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fit Werx 2 in Peabody, MA is hosting a seminar, given by cycling Coach Will Kirousis of Tri-Hard Endurance Sports Coaching, that will help all cyclists learn how to train smarter and ride/race faster. The focus of the seminar is to teach you about power meters and how to use one properly. Information is at http://www.tri-hard.com/seminars.htm.

() Believe it or not the Hyannis Marathon is just around the corner and we’re looking for lots of volunteers. Add your name to the list by e-mailing president Ecky and we’ll add another 5 points to your Grand Prix total! Ecky promises lots of goodies for volunteers on race day too!

() Congratulations to the CCAC Cape Cod Marathon Relay teams who took 1st overall, 1st Veterans Mixed (12th overall), and 8th Mixed Open (33rd overall) out of 181 total finishing teams. We understand that a couple of hardy souls also took on the distance solo: Steve Sullivan (3:28:45), Bob Eckerson (4:00:36), Marc Blandin (4:13:16), and Pete Stringer (4:33:19).

() Sun Multisports has opened registration for the Patriot Half/Sprint and Cranberry Trifest Triathlons to be held June 18th and August 27-28 respectively. Based on recent trends with some famous marathons and some area triathlons, we expect them to fill quickly this year so be sure to get your entry in early.

() Gear Update: the merchandise boss has mentioned that she’ll be building an order for CCAC jackets in the next month. Watch for information at the Grand Prix races. There has also been interest in refreshing the Tri Team kit so be on the lookout for pre-order information in the next two months; details will be posted to the CCTT e-mail list and on the CCAC website.

() The Long Pond Triathlon series was a smashing success as was the Triathlon Training Camp in June. Many thanks to Andy Scherding for coordinating, dragging buoys back and forth, marking the courses, and making sure everything was just right. Watch for information on some winter clinics, the 2011 training camp, and more!

() Turkey Trots are a few short weeks away and we encourage you to get out and burn a few calories while donating some groceries to a great cause. In Sandwich, Timeout! Productions stages the We Gather Together 5K on Thanksgiving morning and at the same time in Chatham, the Chatham Turkey Trot will be kicking off from the town parking lot behind CVS. And don’t forget the Andrea Holden Road Race on Saturday.

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