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  • A new year, but the same attitude. Your 2003 Half Ironman California race directors.


    Whats new for 2003.

    Well 2003 is well under way, and resolutions are pretty strong right now. It’s all about the new improved plans for the new improved year we are going to have. With things set to launch later next week with our first camp in Virginia, here is a quick update of what, who and where is new around the Encinitas, world:
    · Yes, Roch and Heather have finally moved up to North County in Encinitas after a few years of living in one of the northern suburbs of Tijuana.
    · The multisports testing facility has moved from Solana Beach to Encinitas as part of a new state of the art health and fitness studio CORE. (Yes – Triathlete magazine is going to be moving in just across the street, so we can keep an eye on John Duke).
    · We welcome a new very active coach to our staff – Mike Collins. Mike also heads the Novaquatics Masters Swimming & Triathlon Program in Orange County, is considered one of the top swim coaches in the country. He is certified as an ASCA Level 5 Coach (highest possible). As the United States Masters Swimming Coaches Committee Chair he is often invited to give seminars and clinics around the country to swimmers and triathletes. Additionally, he is one of the original Senior Instructors for Total Immersion. Collins experience goes well beyond swimming. He is a certified USAT Coach and has competed in triathlons since 1984 including professionally from 1988-1992, and continues to serve up impressive results in Sprint and Olympic distance races throughout the country in the 35-39 age group.
    · Mike will be teaming up with Jimmy Riccitello to launch a race specific on-line program for many of the top Sprint and Olympic distance events like Chicago, New York, LA. They will coach Sprint and Olympic distance athletes, not only on-line, but in-person to our athletes in Orange County and the Tucson area. In addition, they will lead course preview and strategy sessions at major Olympic and Sprint distance races throughout the country including the World Championship Trails and USA Nationals." The programs will start 8 weeks before each race and include a detailed plan to be successful on that specific course and of course the trademark ‘Ask the Coach’ forum with Jimmy and Mike. The new program with the events will be up within 2-weeks.
    · Mike will also be hosting his annual ‘Birthday’ weekend training camp in Palm Desert in February. For more info:
    · Jimmy’s off-road print programs will continue to be the official training program for Xterra. He will be adding the official training programs for El Tour de Tucson, Tour of the Tucson Mountains and El Tour de Phoenix to his plate this year. (We have always known that Jimmy really wanted to be a cyclist).
    · It is a new year, so there has to be a new Ironman race. So naturally we will be bringing our 8-week prior weekend training camp to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, April 25-27. The Lake Placi, Wisconsin and Florida camps are all back.
    So – lots to look forward to this coming year and no doubt many, many great stories to come. I have no doubt that 2003 will be like every Hawaii I have ever been to (and that’s a lot!) the hottest, hardest, windiest, toughest ever…………..but we will prevail.

    I wish great things to you all for 2003. See you out there.