Monday, April 21, 2014

Tri-Interview: TriJetSet Found James Balcer: USAT Triathlon Coach

From Nic: I have been dealing with some neck and back issues for the past two weeks and making too many trips to my chiro.  For those with chronic pain issues, you know the vicious cycle I am talking about.  At any rate, through my multiple visits to him, I met James Balcer. James is a triathlete that founded TriJetSet that specializes on VIP race experiences.  Packages start at $100 and are very customized to the client.  I love the idea of being able to take the stress out of race weekend and wish him the best success for this season and beyond! Ck out his interview and site to learn more!

                                                                                     **As usual, NOT a sponsored post!

Tell us a little about yourself and your triathlon background & your inspiration behind TriJetSet:
Jet Set Performance is a culmination of years past, the marriage between two professional careers and an addiction. I grew up an accomplished swimmer that fell into triathlon in the early 90's, still in the era when a race was only 35 bucks :) It's definitely been amazing to see the sport and lifestyle of Triathlon grow into what it has become today and continues to blossom into. It’s such a positive outreach!

With that being said, after a shoulder injury my swimming career had me looking at new opportunities of staying competitive. I moved to Florida in ‘97 to be in the opening cast and crew for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and take triathlon head on to compete year round.

After leaving Disney I was still in the performing arts not to mention I had a fitness background. On one side, it was a blessed opportunity to perform for a couple hundred million people not to mention experience some completely luxurious places in the span of a decade. On the other side, I was an endurance coach and a fitness professional that specialized in postural correction, core stabilization and strength. Last but not least I was completely addicted to Triathlon.

It was the perfect storm! Travel the world; stay healthy and highly competitive in Triathlon all while indulging in some of the finest luxuries. And.... I wanted to share that experience with everyone.

I started Jet Set Performance as a Triathlon company that specialized in training hard and playing just as hard. Hosting camps and clinics with celebrity coaches and athletes so that my clients would have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best in different destinations coast to coast.

What would a typical package involve??

We are currently working on a portfolio of races but one around the corner is for the Sommer Sports Organization in Clermont Florida Mother's Day weekend. They are an organization that has been setting the bar high for 31 years and they are planning on hosting an all women's race weekend called Women on Fire. This weekend will be a 5k Saturday and Sprint Tri Sunday.

For that race alone we will obviously be there in full effect. We usually travel with a 20x40 VIP tent that provides us 800 sqft of space that we utilize for private packet pick up, recovery, massage, social atmosphere, Red Carpet experience with photographer, etc. We work with some really great corporate sponsors that promote a healthy lifestyle which are integrated into our package as well. It's not unlikely that during this event you'd experience a private pre-race dinner with a couple Pro Women Triathletes for a question and answer session and even a celebration dinner along with a Private Fireworks Cruise accommodating 20 people at Disney's Magic Kingdom with Champagne and desserts. For those looking for the full family experience, they can even add a private guided tour of the Theme Parks.

With the Midwest playing host to Rev3's Wisconsin Dells and Cedar Point it would be a great opportunity to incorporate the whole family as we specialize in our Famous TRIcation experience along with our celebrity experiences. We have a truly unique company that loves having fun and spreading the message about the Triathlon lifestyle. As we are ironing out some of the details for Rev3, it’s our mission to be the Red Carpet Experience for Endurance Athletes (and their families).

On a side note we love helping charities too, so a generous portion of a Jet Set Experience is donated to charities such as Wounded Warrior Project, American Heart Association, St. Jude, Diabetes Foundation, ASPCA etc.

What is the price range for experiences that you offer?
Depending on the race and that race's volume, it could be as easy as adding an A La Carte experience all the way to a premium package. Some of our premium packages could include products and a separate training vacation to the destination prior to race day. You can even include individualized training. Nicole, each race is extremely different and custom tailored but participants can expect a starting price of only $100 in addition to race registration (depending on the package of course) for their very own exclusive VIP experience.

Do you offer other options than travel package?

I’m an individual that loves to be challenged both personally and professionally. I still offer private / group triathlon coaching and personal training services. I love helping people achieve their goals on a personal basis.

JSP is a one-stop shop and a 360-degree company that even includes great coupon codes to the products we have sponsorships with, even discounts for race entries. I'm very excited to be a partner / co-owner of a new Carbon Wheel Company called Carbonic :) The wheels are absolutely amazing and gaining a ton of buzz, you’ll have to check em out!

Although Jet Set Performance specializes in destination experiences, this company is striving to be a premier resource for endurance athletes through and through.

I absolutely love the multisport lifestyle and the camaraderie between everyone. We all train hard whether it's your first or 101st race not to mention we all go through the same learning experiences. Triathlon is so much more than swim, bike and run. It is a testament to ones will, breaking barriers and sharing a love for an environment that keeps you healthy and gains friendships for a lifetime. We have a ton of great Jet Set Experiences in the 2014 season and very excited to share them with the community!


About James:
National Academy of Sports Medicine
USA Triathlon Coach

Originally hailing from the Southside of Chicago, James started his academic career at Western Illinois University in 1996. With his love for health and wellness he continued his education with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a USAT Certified Coach through USA Triathlon.

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