Thursday, March 31, 2011

I usually post news and information about other triathletes, but just had to share this personal message I received this evening.

Well, now I know what I'm training for over the next few months!


Podium Multisports - First Impressions

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I visited the new Podium Multisports store on Saturday, March 25 for their grand opening celebration. I'll visit again once they've been up and running a while, but wanted to share my initial impressions.

The store is on Zonolite Road, an odd, semi-industrial strip wedged between the high-priced real estate of Morningside and Emory/Druid Hills. It’s an area that popped up on the radar of foodies in 1998 when Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison opened their critically-acclaimed Flotaway CafĂ© on the street in a former industrial building. Since then the area has attracted studios, light industrial, creative firms and, most recently, the Quickshot Indoor Shooting Range (which is, hands-down, the best in the city).

Podium Multisports has done a great job of creating a warm, inviting retail space with a modern industrial vibe that jibes well with the neighborhood. Inside, the open ceilings, skylights, polished floors and maple wood fixtures combine to welcome shoppers and showcase (almost) everything a triathlete needs - swim gear, cycles and accessories, nutrition and clothing.

Perhaps owing to his experience as a bicycle fitter, owner Matt Cole chose to prominently feature the fitting area on an elevated platform. A large mirror gives cyclists a great view of their form and opens up the space. Behind the fitting area is a carpeted, two-tiered spin area facing a flat screen TV.

The store carries a nice array of gear, with one exception – running shoes. The only non-cycle shoes I saw were from Karhu, a Finnish brand that seems to be devoting a lot of marketing dollars to developing a presence in Atlanta (they were a sponsor of the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon). With so many great running stores in town – Phidippides, Big Peach, Fleet Feet - I think it’s a wise choice to leave shoes to the specialists and focus on what you know best.

The only sour note I encountered was service – I spent more than twenty minutes browsing in the store and was never approached by an employee. Some were talking to each other, some were chatting with other customers, but to be completely ignored was a bit of a turn-off. I even stood in front of the checkout desk for 2-3 minutes without so much as a “can I help you?” I’m willing to cut them some slack since the whole vibe felt like more of a party than a retail event, but it wasn’t a great first impression. I’ll visit again in a couple of weeks to see how their service stacks up to other multisports stores in town.

Overall, I’m excited about this new option for Atlanta-area triathletes. I expect cyclists who made a point of seeing Matt when they bought a bike from All3Sports to be a key part of their customer base, and it will be interesting to see if other multisport athletes will make this a stop on their never-ending search for that one piece of gear that will get them on the podium.


New Triathlon store opens in intown Atlanta March 26

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Triathletes who live ITP (that's Inside The Perimeter for those not familiar with the lingo) won't have to travel far when Podium Multisports opens on Saturday, March 26 at 10:00 am.

The store is the brainchild of uber-fitter Matt Cole (formerly with All3Sports) and the location, on Zonolite Road in the Morningside/Druid Hills area, should be a big attraction for the intown biking and multisport crowd. According to their announcement, they will carry "the highest quality multisport equipment, triathlon gear, triathlon apparel, and all of the hard to find necessities that every athlete needs, including wetsuits, triathlon bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, and bike travel cases, aero race wheels, hydration systems, aerobars, triathlon-specific clothing, and much more."

The grand opening will feature:

• Free food from American Road House Grill
• Free ice-cold beer from Sweetwater Brewing Co.
• Free transition clinic at 10:00 am

• 10% off all merchandise for USAT members

• 20% off for ACTIVE Team-in-Training members
• 20% off for K4K Team Members

Yes, the two favorite 4-letter words of many a triathlete: "free beer."

For more info, visit their website:

BTW - if you're into target practice, Podium is just across from one of Atlanta's best indoor ranges - Quickshot


Cycling group reaching out to motorists to peacefully share the road

Monday, March 14, 2011

Georgia Bikes, a statewide cycling advocacy organization, recently awarded five community group's $1,500 start-up grants from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, using funds from the "Share the Road" specialty tags, to establish local safe roads and safe cycling initiatives.

Augusta-based Wheel Movement was one of the five selected. The group intends to use education and community interaction in its effort to promote safe cycling in the CSRA.

Recent incidents involving motorists and cyclists have heightened public awareness of the dangers of cars and bicycles sharing the same roads. Last October, a group of cyclists was struck from behind while riding through Beech Island, S.C. Five cyclists were injured in the collision. One rider, Dr. Matthew Burke, died Feb. 6 from head injuries sustained in the crash.

Full story

Wheel Movement Blog


Tough Mudder draws Georgia triathletes, adventurers

It’s touted as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” and many of those who ran the 12.8 mile obstacle course this weekend in Polk County would likely agree.

Watching participants cross the finish line, the Tough Mudder stands up to its name. Runners came through the final obstacles caked in Georgia red clay with simultaneous exclamations of joy and exhaustion.

The course is chock-full of hills and obstacles, like tunnels that dump participants into icy water that leaves limbs frozen and numb, and traversing muddy water-filled pits in a smoke filled barn. And that’s just in the first few miles.


Three brothers, one triathlon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

From 11Alive News

ATLANTA -- Three brothers from Atlanta are going to make history this May.

They will be doing a triathlon together in Tampa, but with one unique twist: one of the brothers is in a wheelchair, and the other two will be taking him the whole way.

"I think it's gonna hit in a couple of weeks," said Kyle Pease, a 25-year-old who was born with cerebral palsy. "It'll be like, 'Wow, this is really going to happen.'" 

Meet the Peases: Brent, Evan, and Kyle. In May, they'll be tackling 40 triumphant miles as they take on the Tampa Triathlon.

"Everything is a challenge, and I can't wait to tackle it," Kyle said. "It's gonna feel amazing."

Kyle was born with cerebral palsy, meaning his life's been different from Day One. Now at age 25, the word "driven" doesn't just refer to his wheelchair.

"So many said when I was a little boy that I was gonna die and that I wasn't gonna live past 7 years old," he recalled. "And look at me now."

Full story


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