Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rev3 Announces Pro Prize Purse for 2016 Race Season


Disclaimer: As many of you know, I am a member of the Rev3Tri AG Team but not required to share this post or provided any additional perks for doing so... just really excited to see more prize money out there for the pros AND to see the purse grow as Rev3 AG athletes grow!  I love this company and proud to be #BackinBlue for 2016

December 16, 2015 –Revolution3 Triathlon (Rev3) will offer prize money to qualifying professional triathletes at all six Rev3 events.

Rev3 has supported Professional Triathletes since 2009, investing more than 2 million dollars in cash prize purses. Starting in 2016, prize money will be offered at Olympic distance Rev3 races (With the exception of Rev3 Cedar Point, which will be a double super sprint format).

Prize money amounts will vary from race to race, with age group athlete participation numbers being the driving factor in determining the purse amount. Each race will start with a prize purse of $5,000 with a base of 500 athletes. For every 250 additional registered athletes, the prize purse will increase by $2500. Additionally, each Pro race will only offer prize money for one gender, in an attempt to make the money being offered more meaningful to the top placing athletes.

“There is an enormous lack of prize money offered in the US for Olympic distance racing. Based on numerous conversations with the pro community, we feel this is the best opportunity for us to work with Professional athletes. This is meant to be a two-way partnership with pros in helping build the prize purse together for the benefit of everyone.” said Eric Opdyke, Rev3 President.
The designated races are as follows:
• May 22nd: Rev3 Knoxville, Knoxville, TN – Olympic distance – Pro Women Only
• June 4th: Rev3 Quassy, Middlebury, CT – Olympic distance – Pro Men Only
• July 10: Rev3 Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA – Olympic distance – Pro Women Only
• August 7: Rev3 Pocono Mountains, Shawnee, PA – Olympic distance – Pro Men Only
• August 28: Rev3 Maine, Old Orchard Beach, ME – Olympic distance – Pro Women Only
• September 10: Rev3 Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH – Double Super Sprint – Pro Men Only
* In 2017, the designated races will switch genders.
“Rev3 is an important player in the US triathlon scene and I’m happy to see them back for 2016. The attitude and passion that the Rev3 team brings to their race series is incredible and I look forward to possibly testing my Olympic distance speed next season.” says Eric Limkemann, Professional Triathlete and former Rev3 series winner.

Pro athletes will be highlighted on the Rev3 website, and will feature athlete bios as well as links back to each Pro’s website and social media sites. The Rev3 website and social media will be used as a vehicle to help Pro athletes build their individual brands and provide each of them an opportunity to reach new audiences that were not available to them in the past. On race weekend, Rev3 will provide real time updates on Pro races via social media, as well as a dedicated “live” website, which will include videos and live race splits.

“Our goal is to create a relationship with the Pro athletes that will help both us and them. This can be a win-win, and we want to do everything in our power to help the Pro triathlete connect with a new fan base. Our races should be a platform for each athlete to build their brands and earn a pay check while doing it. This program will allow us to grow our event participation via the vast networks of Pro triathletes. As our participation grows, the more we can put back into the Pro purses. We are excited to work hand and hand with these athletes and look forward to exploring ways that we can both grow this sport together!” Said Charlie Patten, CEO of Revolution3 Triathlon

In addition, a home stay program is being created, which will allow Rev3 to guarantee that accommodation will be available to those Pros who can commit to the races early.

“The PTU applauds the efforts of REV3 to help the professional non-drafting Olympic distance athletes. This is certainly an area of the sport that has fallen by the wayside and needs further development. We would like to see a growing relationship between the PTU and REV3 as we both develop.” said Rich Allen, Executive Director of the Professional Triathlon Union.
Pros interested in learning more should email

About Revolution3 Triathlon
Revolution3 Triathlon is an independently owned, operated, and American made family business. We believe that life is about creating experiences, and not about accumulating things. Our number one goal is to provide an environment that is safe and memorable for not only the athlete, but for their friends and family! We have put together the best team in the industry that all share in the same passion and values, which allows us to create a truly, one of a kind, authentic experience designed to put our customers first. 
Nic's Addition:   
All active military, veterans & first responders get 10% Rev3 events! In addition to the discount on all race entries, Rev3 also offers a “no questions asked” refund or transfer policy for all Service Members who are called to duty during a time when they were going to be racing. To take it one step further, refunds and transfers will also be offered if a military activation causes a break of training and makes it impossible to make it to the starting line in proper condition.
Athletes who are interested in this discount should email

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Blogs!

Love seeing people adding their names to the roll. I update it 1-2/quarter and love checking each of you out! If any of you are interested in being featured as a tri-friend, hit me up!

Sarah Alexander (Chicago)- MBA + Elite triathlete. Defying boundaries in my pursuit of excellence. Blog chronicles adventures and lessons learned in business, sport, and life on the whole.

Chris Matthews (Southeast Florida)

Kurt Lindboom-Broberg Eastern (CT) - RRCA Running Coach, Triathlon Coach, NASM Personal Trainer, TRX Qualified, 3x Ironman, Ultra Runner, Vegetarian, Philomath

Martin Ball (Britain) - Hi, I'm over in the UK, have been blogging for about 10 months now. Would love some feedback on the British take on it all

Justin Jones (Las Vegas, NV) -- Father. Attorney. Aspiring endurance & multisport athlete. Red Rock Canyon enthusiast. Region: West (Las Vegas, NV)

30yo Triathlete from Maryville, TN (South)

Lauren Stout- endurance lover, amateur triathlete, IM finisher, mother

David Landers (Northwest) : Freelance writer & blogger being better with travel, writing, and triathlons Seattle, WA & Vancouver, BC
Instagram: @mywetsuit
Google+: davidlandersmywetsuit

Priscilla Askew (TX) - Born runner, Newbie triathlete, clinical nutritionist, wife, mom, and lifetime endurance junkie. On my way to my first Ironman 70.3

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Edge Athlete Lounge (Chicago) Interview and Giveaway!

Love featuring local Chicago businesses and heard great things about Edge Athlete Lounge, so I reached out to them for an interview.  Not only did they agree but also offered up 2 Day passes to 2 readers!   See rafflecopter at the bottom of the interview to enter!

1747 N Elston Ave
Chicago IL 60642
Instagram: @edgeathletelounge
Twitter: @edgeathlounge

1. What inspired you to open EDGE Athlete Lounge?

We know what it takes to Train, Recover, Refuel and Repeat. How? Because, first and foremost, we are athletes.  Over the last 15 years we’ve trained and competed in everything from cycling crits, 5Ks and triathlons, to Ironmans, marathons, and ultramarathons. We understand what goals mean to athletes, and what it takes to achieve them. We also know that getting there is HARD. Through our years of training, we always felt that something was missing – the AFTER.

After finishing workouts we’d try to figure out, “What do we eat? Should we stretch? Do we need to foam roll?” and yet we didn’t have the answers. We struggled with injuries, set backs, and overall fatigue thinking that there has to be a better way to train….it turns out, there is!

We dug into the research and interviewed professional athletes, doctors, and physical therapists to uncover the most innovative methods for recovery and refueling. We then integrated these techniques into our own training plans. The difference was astounding – instead of days to recover after a long run, it was merely an hour. Instead of feeling fatigued, we were energized, healthier, and faster than ever.

And so, EDGE Athlete Lounge was born. Now everyone can TRAIN SMARTER.

2 . What services do you offer?

RecoveryPump Compression Boots, Core and Arms
The muscle pain, tenderness and fatigue that you feel after high levels of exercise is primarily due to muscle cell micro damage and inflammation, which leads to the accumulation of lactic acid, creatine and other metabolic waste the body cannot clear completely during exercise or normal cool down. Simply put, the increasing accumulation of waste and water in the muscle after exercise causes a decrease in performance and an increase of muscle fatigue. These elements must be removed via the venous and lymphatic system to efficiently recover the muscle. Compression devices work to rapidly recover you by:

- Clearing Metabolic Waste 50X faster than regular body functions
- Restoring the natural delivery of oxygen and plasma to the muscles
- Taking 48 hours of recovery down to 1 hour (same day!)

Hot & Cold Water Therapy
Cold Water Therapy = Faster Recovery. By removing lactic acid, reducing swelling and normalizing adrenaline production, the body can recover faster from intense training. Another benefit? Cold therapy also reduces injury recovery time by quickly treating acute sports injuries. 

Hot Water Therapy = Balanced Muscles. As blood vessels dilate, blood flow is increased throughout the body helping to flush metabolic waste and relax the muscles.  Looser muscles mean greater flexibility and less risk of injury in future training sessions.
Electro Stim
Used by physical therapists for many years, Electrical Stimulation ("Stim") is becoming a largely adopted practice by endurance athletes and sports teams to treat injuries and accelerate recovery. When used as a recovery tool, Stim uses electrical currents to simulate the muscle patterns demonstrated in active recovery, but without the impact on joints and tendons. The result is increased blood flow and eliminated waste to the fatigued areas of treatment. 

Laser Therapy
This easy-to-use handheld therapy combines low-level laser therapy and micro-current electrical stimulation to treat damaged cells, promote re-growth, and relieve pain at the specific source. Able to address issues at the cellular level, laser therapy treats various soft tissue areas and injuries including tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, strains and more. 

Recovery Services
To prevent injury, facilitate recovery and optimize performance, EDGE also offers in-house medical recovery personnel for Physical Therapy, Sports Chiropractic including Active Release Technique (ART) and Sports Massage.  

3. What has been the most popular "day at EDGE" like for the majority of your athletes or does everyone do something different

There are really 3 ways that our athletes use EDGE:

- During Training:  Whether it’s a speed session, long session or recovery session, our athletes train and recover with us throughout their training cycle.  The best part is that if they train with us, or get to EDGE within an hour of finishing a session, their recovery time is cut in half!

- PREcovery: Used before a race or key training session, our athletes come in to PREcover before an event so they can have the freshest legs possible. This is how our #freshlegsfasttimes hash tag was created! This session usually includes compression boots, hydration and a healthy dose of chatting to fellow athletes to help manage those pre-race jitters.

- Post -Race: Who wants to feel beat up for days after a race? No one. Athletes find us post-race to minimize soreness and down time so they can get back to doing what they do best.  This session usually includes an ice bath, compression therapy and lots of race day rehashing with fellow athletes!

4. Why is the experience so unique?

Two reasons:

1. Community. EDGE exists to serve the Chicago athletic community, and our athletes are at the center of everything that we do - whether it’s providing support through educational seminars or advanced recovery tools, or creating a sense of community in our Lounge. One of our members referred to us as “Cheers for Athletes” – which is the best compliment you could give us!

2. One stop shop.  We’ve built EDGE to be comprehensive. From a killer bike workout to an ice bath-recovery-boot combo and a Kong smoothie, you can do it all under one roof. Oh, and did we mention that we have free indoor heated parking? Which means you can train like the warrior that you are, year round.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

RockPure Giveaway Winners!

Pulled the winners for the giveaway! Thanks to all that played! Please contact me via email nicolekesten AT gmail by the end of the week. First person to contact me gets their choice of product sent to them and second person gets the other prize! Also, I have a code for 10% off one product and 15% off two or more coupon code: Feel free to share!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Interview with Challenge 2015 AC Full Overall Winner: Jeff Paul

Just came back from Challenge AC and was able to snap a pic of one of the leaders after my slow self crossed for the half and showered by the sand run area.  I later connected with Jeff and found out he was 1. The Winner!   and 2. a blogger.   Was happy he agreed to an interview for the blog.  
You can find his entire race report HERE
1. Tell us a little about yourself and tri background...
I did my first triathlon after my junior year of high school thanks to some coaxing from my high school swim coach.  I wasn't much of a swimmer but he knew I had a background in running.  I loved it and knew it was something I'd want to do more of after high school and college. 

2. what made you pick Challenge AC full?
I did this race last year as a professional athlete and finished 14th (12 professional).  I LOVED the run course on the boardwalk.  With so many people around...despite them not knowing what was going created an atmosphere unlike any other I've done at this distance.  I had a tremendous home stay I have become good friends with and he invited my family to come this year.  My wife and I made the trip to see him again and I love doing Challenge races. 

3. Any specific pointers for people wanting to do the race next year
I think to prepare for this race specifically it's important to do long rides where you make yourself stay in the aero position.  So often riders do long rides but they don't stay aero for the duration.  This course is one where you rarely need to get out of the aero position so if you haven't trained aero for long periods of time it can be tough on your back.  I also recommend dumping ice in the jersey on the run.  The run course on the boardwalk has almost no shade and it feels warmer than it is if the sun is out. 

4. Any suggestions for those being compeitive in a time trial start?  There's certainly 2 ways to approach a time trial start.  If you are a good swimmer you probably want to start early so you don't have to worry about others getting in your way.  If you are new or not a strong swimmer I'd recommend starting later so you don't have to worry about people swimming over top of you.  If you know someone who is similar in swim ability it may be a good idea to start with them so you can take turns drafting off each other to save energy. 

5. Favorite brick workout
I rarely do brick workouts.  I think many new triathletes feel the need to do them all the time.  I do plyometric strength training and jump rope twice a week so my legs are use to explosive movements and I feel they have helped my running off the bike tremendously.  Before sprint or Olympic distance races where a faster run pace is required I'll do brick workouts indoors where I'll ride at a goal race wattage (or effort) for 10 minutes on the trainer before hopping off and putting my race flats on for a fast mile on the treadmill.  I typically do 3 rounds of that with wattage of 270-290 for 10 minutes following each with a fast mile in 5:20-5:30. 

And a little more about Jeff: 
In 2008 I weighed 203 lbs.  I was almost clinically obese nearing 30% body fat %.  I had always raced triathlons in the summer but as a teacher and coaching varsity sports year round I never trained for 10 months during the school year.  I have 2 family members that have had gastric bypass surgery with a family history of obesity.  I knew I needed to make a change with my life.  I started training 10 months out of the year and wanted to see how much faster I could race.  I had this big dream of achieving my professional status and I earned that by winning overall top amateur at Longhorn 70.3 in Austin, Texas in October of 2009.  I raced professionally for 4 years before going back to racing as an amateur this year.  I now race Ironman around 150 lbs.  I am married, have two children (ages 5 and 7), a full-time teaching career, coach high school basketball, and youth tee ball.  I felt I had much more in common with those in the amateur races than the pro races.  I still want to be competitive.  I started a foundation in my community 2 years ago called iHope.  The mission is to provide iPads to students in Junior high and then present them with a $1,000.00 college scholarship when they graduate high school.  The students must be low-income and have outstanding character and work traits.  It's been great to see how the technology can help them through school and how the scholarship promise in junior high immediately gets them to think of college not only as an option but as somewhere they are headed.  I have earned nearly $7,000.00 in prize money at races that has been donated but the foundation has earned much more nearing $50,000.00.  I ask businesses to support my racing by making a donation to the foundation rather than support me personally.  We have presented 10 students with an iPad award and scholarship promise.  It's been really rewarding to see how this impacts these young men and women.  It inspires me to keep going each year to get in the best shape I can knowing I can make a positive impact on others. 

I find myself balancing family, work, and everything else at life by doing nearly all my biking indoors on the trainer after the kids have gone to bed.  I averaged 223 miles a week biking in the 18 weeks of training prior to Atlantic City and I bet I only rode outside 15 times.  For swimming I don't swim much until about a month before a big race.  Then I swim 5-6 days a week almost entirely open water in a lake that's about 15 minutes from my house.  For running I'm a big believer in a weekly interval workout, weekly tempo run, and weekly long run.  All the rest of my runs are easy.  I like to put in a big 6 week block of training from 8 weeks prior to Ironman down to 2 weeks when I start backing things off as part of the taper.  The 6 week block ideally would have 4-5 100+ mile rides and 4-5 20+ mile runs.  The lead in to Atlantic City did not go as planned with sicknesses and injury so I was very worried about how I would hold up.  It worked out fine but I'd really like to go under 9 hours for this distance.  I've been close with a 9:05 at IM Arizona and a 9:04 at Beach 2 Battleship.  Hopefully the next one...I'm definitely still DREAMING BIG!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

RocketPure Giveaway!

Recently reviewed some products for RocketPure and have a giveaway opportunity!  Not a sponsored post. Was just given the items for review. Excited to share these products with lucky winners!

Here are my product reviews:
Was given the opportunity to review some products by Rocket Pure and excited to share my thoughts with you about these ALL NATURAL products. I was given:  Foot Powder (which comes in 2 scents, I got the Cedar Wood), Lip balm and sunscreen. 

Here are my thoughts on the products:

Natural Cedarwood Revive Foot and Shoe Deodorizing PowderFoot and Shoe Deodorizing Powder-  There was no better test subject than my 10 yr old son's feet for this review.  We regularly throw out socks with him and attempt to make him go through a clean your feet with baby wipes before he goes to bed routine.  No amount of running/biking could make my shoes smell like his.. so he was our test subject.

I had him apply a small amount after every shower before he went to bed and sprinkled a small amount his shoes every other day.  I can honestly say after 2 weeks, his shoes smelled like they had those cedar wood inserts in them vs. a locker room with dead zombies.  We were pretty strict on the regimen and then I let him stop for a bit.  The effects of the powder lasted another 4 days without applying it at all.  Definitely a great product and from his words: "my feet didn't feel like they were as stinky when I used it".  I have been watching him use the product on his own without my pestering which is a true sign the product is working.

For me, I have used the powder on my feet and also in my shoes. My only "lesson learned" moment was that I sprinkled it into my wet shoes after Espirit deShe and didn't evenly apply it so it dried a bit clumpy.. smelled great but a bit clumpy.  In retrospect, I should have dried the shoes out in the sun and then removed my soles and applied a light even layer onto my soles. 

3 oz SPF 30 Sunscreen With Lipbalm Combo PackSuncreen and LipBalm-
I was the one that tested the sunscreen and lip balm.  The sunscreen was great. I have used it running and on the bike. I didn't experience it run into my eyes at all which was great!  When you apply it, it is very thick due to the natural zinc which is the main ingredient. The sunscreen left a little bit of white residual when first applied.  It disappeared quickly and learned many sunscreens use extra chemicals to get the sunscreen to disappear quickly.  Was happy to have it a little white for an extra 10 minutes for less chemicals. 

The lip balm also had a bit of the thicker feel (compared to my Chapstick I have used).  I definitely recommend it for physical activity.  Similar to the sunscreen, the extra thickness helped it stay on longer....  Swimming especially.  Many times when i get out of the pool, the first thing i do it reapply chapstick but with this lip balm, i could still feel it working after a swim.

The products were great and happy I was able to test them.  Will order more when they are gone.. esp the foot powder!  All of the products are manufactured in the USA which is also something I love.  Check out their site, the good people at: RocketPure have been me a code for 10% off one product and 15% off two or more coupon code:

Enter my rafflecopter for 2 chances to win!  (1 winner will get the foot powder and another sunscreen and lip balm)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Super Sunny 5K Giveaway (Burbank, IL 6/6/2015)

2015 logo on white
Chicagoans- Excited to raffle off a free entry for the Super Sunny 5K in Burbank, IL. (running raffle on my personal site too)  Know the RD and it is going to be a great day to support services for adults with developmental disabilities in the Chicago area.  Visit for more info!  Raffle ends next Wednesday!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

From David Landers --- writing a piece for

Anyone fit this description????

From David Landers - I'm a freelance writer/triathlete writing an article for Ironman about completing a first 140.6 with only 60 days of dedicated training.  If that was your experience, I'd like to interview you about your tips, tricks, and never-agains.  My assumption is that any one who does a 2-month training plan already has a good tri base -- but I could be wrong!
Please contact me directly at, and I will follow up with more info/questions. Please forward this to your team mates, training partners, or coaches too.
Thanks and have a great week! David

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Blogs!!!

Been a while since i have updated and excited to add a lot of new bloggers to the group! Feel free to let me know if there are errors or your feed isn't popping up on the right side as that is the resource most people use for the site.

Stu Butts (East) - I swam at The University of Maryland at College Park and completed my first HIM last fall

Nick and Emily (WI) - Training for their first 70.3

Amy (South - Florida) - I blog about triathlon, running and life with my crazy crew in Miami
insta: enotsyma

Kaleight Jean *Updated info

Sarah *Updated info - Upstate NY

Kassina and Brady Lee (West - Centerville, Utah) - husband and wife who started doing triathlons last year. We are training for Ironman Boise 70.3 and a full Ironman in Texas next year. Our blog is full of our training, healthy recipes to fuel our bodies, gear reviews etc.

Valeris (South - TX) - working wife and mom of 4 (12, 11, 3, 1) in Houston, TX venturing into triathlon and pursuing the IRONMAN dream. Follow my baby steppin' journey. :)

Susannah (West - SF, CA) I'm a habitual triathlete and a chronic runner. I'm training for two iron distance triathlons in 2015, trying to break 12 hours

Audrey (East - VA/DC) - Military wife, mom to 2 small kids (ages 3 and 7), Nurse Practitioner, and Ironman and I blog about how to balance it all
Facebook: Trihardmom

Brian Smart, MD. (Midwest- Chicago) Ironman Triathlete, father of five, allergist/immunologist. Blogging about the scientific aspects of endurance sports along with other incredibly interesting topics.

Mike Re (South) - Former age-group runner turned triathlete. Got hooked and now I'm working my way to 140.6 with a goal of IMAZ 2015

Kevin Jarvis (Midwest - Milwaukee) -Multi-time age group winner - looking to become more competitive in overall category. 70.3 in 2016 140.6 in 2017

Leah Berger (Canada) - I'm a triathlon lifer... 'I'm 65 years old, completed over 50 triathlons around the world, and I'm going strong."

Allison Collister (South - TX) - I'm an active gal based in Dallas, TX currently swimming, biking and running my way to my first Ironman

Eric (South-TX) - Started this blog in January 2015 as a way to document my journey into multi-sport racing and provide other new triathletes with resources to train and successfully complete their own triathlons

Alex Eversmeyer (East - VA)- This is my blog about training, racing, and other random thoughts

Joan Scrivanich (West- CO) - I'm a triathlon & running coach in Colorado

Wes (West) -Runner, duathlete and triathlete packmule for my wife. I write a lot about races in the Southwest, primarily in the Las Vegas and St George, UT area.

Eric Lagerstrom (San Diego) - Pro triathlete based out of San Diego currently, but raised in the Portland tri community. 2013 USA Elite Sprint National Champion.

Jesse Carnes (Montana) -I made my Ironman debut in 2014 at Coeur d'Alene and qualified for Kona in my first try.

John Thompsom (Florida) - Completed my second 70.3 in 2014

IMTriGirl (Mississippi) I'm a 6xIronman finisher + many other tri's, a triathlon and running Coach, a race director, and an ADVENTURER!!

Maria Ruiz (Mexico) - 70.3 Ironman Finisher x2 - Training for my 3rd Ironman 70.3 - Cyclist - Triathlete since 2011