Triathlon Ambassador Teams Opening Up

Two years ago I wrote a short post on the growing popularity of triathlon brand ambassadors (  It’s that time of year when teams and sponsors are starting to think about 2014.  Given that, I wanted to send out a quick update on some news that came across my desk.  I will continue to update and please send me others if you see any (twitter: @michaelhutto)

I think joining a team is a great way to share your passions and meet like minded people.  I’m biased having been on the REV3 team for the past three years.  I will be forever thankful to my teammates who supported me this year dealing with my family tragedy.   Below is the start of the known teams that are open or opening soon:

  • Join Us…

    It’s that time of year… Rev3 looking for the next class of Team Rev3 recruits! We love us some newbies and the app is about to go LIVE!

    Start thinking about your goals for 2014 – whether it’s to finish your first triathlon or WIN the Rev3 Age Group Series Championship race– but most of all:


    Stay tuned for the official app on the Rev3 site, or rumor has it that some of the Team has apps on hand if you want to reach out directly! To learn more about the team and what we do, check out some of the blogs on our Team page, our Twitter list or just reach out directly!!

    The application is now live through November 1st, 2013 at


  • Powerbar Team Elite2014-15 Application– The 2014-15 application will launch on or around Monday 9/30
  • Timex Team (@TeamTimex) tweeted at 9:28 AM on Wed, Sep 25, 2013:
    Time to apply! Follow this link below to access the 2014 Timex Multisport Team application. More info within the…
  • QT2 Systems ‏@QT2Systems25 Sep In the first week, the @qt2systems team has received 80+ applications. About 1 week to go! . Join us! #qt2
  • John Cobb & crew (@CobbCycling) tweeted at 1:41 PM on Tue, Sep 24, 2013:
    Cobb Cycling is please to announce our plans for a Nationwide Triathlon team for the 2014 season! It will be a…
  • BMC Ambassador Program
  • First Endurance 
  • Every Man Jack Triathlon Team
  • Powertap & Cyclops 2014 TeamDo you have what it takes to join the PowerTap/CycleOps Grassroots Team?  We’ve had a tremendous group of athletes as part of our 2013 Team and are excited to welcome new members for the 2014 season. Application for 2014 PowerTap/CycleOps sponsorship opens on Wednesday, November 6th.  If you’re interested in sponsorship and are looking to partner with PowerTap and CycleOps, we’d love to hear from you!
  • Zoot Team: Zoot is currently accepting applications from US based amateur triathletes for the new 2014 TEAM ZOOT. Launched in 2006, the original Zoot Ultra Team was comprised of 35 elite amateur and professional athletes primarily focusing on 70.3 and IRONMAN racing. The new TEAM ZOOT will be approximately 10-15 athletes by region, totaling 150-200 across America. ZOOT, Team Sports, and our other partner brands look forward to supporting the team as they accomplish their goals and compete in the sport they love




Inaugural REV3 Williamsburg Olympic Race Report


Awesome finish line setup!

Awesome finish line setup!

As many people know, my race season has been turned upside down by a tragedy in my family.  I’ve been solely focused on my three young daughters and making sure they “survive and thrive”.  My training has not been consistent through the past few months, but it’s getting there as I find some more normalcy and balance in my life.  Given all that, I was excited to travel to this inaugural REV3 race and be with my supportive Team REV3 teammates!  There was no taper here and no expectations besides try to rekindle my tri passion and finish.  Coming off a family vacation in Tahoe where I pr’d a hard windy 72mi ride around Lake Tahoe, I wasn’t sure how my legs would feel.  I need to give huge props to NormaTec here, as my boots were a huge help in recovering from that effort!

Team REV3 Peeps!

Team REV3 Peeps!


Personalized race nameplates!

It was great seeing so many friendly faces at the expo on Friday and Saturday.  After getting fitted on my QR rental by Alex and the REV3 crew and dropping it off at T1, I went back to hotel to relax.  The fit was a snap, as I just brought my Retul numbers! My brother in law Steve drove down from Potomac to see me race.  We grabbed an early dinner on Saturday before crashing early for the early morning wake up call.


Ready for my first race of the year!


Sweet pic of pro race swim start!

Swim Leg(0.90mi):  30:49, exited 12th in Age Group and 85th overall out of approx 500

The swim took place on the James river near the historic Jamestown Island.  After taking the bus from T2 to T1 earlier and setting up in the rain, it was nice to have the skies open up for us before the swim start.  I was able to mingle with a few fellow Team REV3 peeps as we waited to start.  There was a slight delay in the overall start due to some parking issues resulting in the switching the entrance/exit of T1.  When they were ready, the Pro’s sprinted into the water.  I was glad to have the pros and other waves go off before me, as they quickly discovered that you could run/walk to the first buoy about 100yds out.   In watching those earlier waves, it also became evident that there was a strong current pulling the athletes to the left.  That was a helpful piece of info as well.  Once my Oly wave was off, I quickly found my groove aiming for that first turn buoy.  I was able to sight well to that turn and then headed directly into the current for the long straightaway before the turn buoy to the finish.  I felt ok in the water and just kept fighting the current.  Unfortunately swimming is were I’ve lacked the most consistent training the past few months and I definitely felt it.  Regardless, I was happy to finish in just over 30min and then I sprinted the .25mi run up to T1.

Loved my QR Di2 rocket!

Loved my QR Di2 rocket!

Bike Leg(24mi):  1:07.15 (21.41 mph avg), maintained 12th in Age group and improved overall to 68th

Strava link:

Last year I rented a nice QR from REV3 at Maine and loved the experience.  I’m hesitant to bring my Kestrel on connecting flights, especially when not traveling to an “A” race.  If you ever have these concerns, look into the REV3 QR Rental program.  You don’t have to go with the high end Di2, but I did to further play with this new toy.  I’m now sold on Di2 and I hope pricing continues to come down so I can rewire my bike for 2014!

I love this bike course and was in aero the whole time!  Only once did I even need to drop down into my small ring.  Having just hammered around Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, this was the perfect course for me!  I successfully dropped from 85th out of the swim to 68th out there on the bike, so I was doing something right.  I did have my Team REV3 and last years Vegas champs buddy, Maggie fly by me like I was standing still though.  I tried to no avail at first to hang on for dear life behind her (not drafting of course) and then just struggled to just keep her in view!

Solid numbers from my bike leg

Solid numbers from my bike leg

What was interesting for me on this bike was my lack of data.  I had forgotten my Garmin aero bar connector and had to ride blind with my garmin in my pocket.  Overall I was very pleased with my fastest bike split ever, but know looking at hr data after that I had more to give 🙂

Loved this fast bike course!

Run (6.2mi):  45:48 (7:32/mi avg pace), Finished 12th in age group and picked up ten more spots to finish 57th overall!

Strava link:


Psyched with my solid run!

Psyched with my solid run!


The run course is mainly on the college of William and Mary and is definitely a challenging leg.  The first two miles were fairly easy as I settled into a nice pace.  Mile two started with a nasty little climb on the outskirts of the College.  The great news was the turn around was at the top and then you could recover on the downhill.  The next few miles were fairly easy and I started to ratchet up my pace to help my avg pace.  The finish line route was a bit disheartening though, as you passed the finish shoot to then go out another .40mi downhill before the final turn around.  Over those last few miles I was working out times in my head and knew if I help sun 7:40’s that I would break 2:30 for a new PR.  That drive helped me finish strong uphill for the PR!  I was ecstatic that I PR’d my first race back and felt great doing so!

REV3 continued to own best race medal award here!

REV3 continued to own best race medal award here!

Overall: 2:29:13 for 12th in age group and 57th overall out of approx 500!

Overall I’m excited to have participated in the inaugural race with a new Olympic distance PR by almost 2 minutes.  It was a great way to ease back into racing and also to see many of my Team REV3/Powerbar Team Elite peeps.  Next up for me is my favorite race in Vineman 70.3 on July 14th.  This was a great confidence building and I hope to keep up my training consistency up to then.  After that is Maine REV3 and I’m up in the air on if I race the oly or the half.


A few of my Team REV3 peeps!


Top pro woman Kelly Williamson showing great emotion at finish!

2012 Rev3 Knoxville Half

I was excited to add a new race for me last year in REV3 Knoxville Half.  It was a bit of a trek from San Francisco to get there, but it was a cool college town and a fun venue.  It was also good to meet up with many of my team REV3 teammates and be able to race in our brand new kits!

All quiet before the storm! (Eric Wynn Photography)

Swimming in the river under the bridges was very cool.  It reminded me of the Vineman half course, although luckily this water was much deeper.

Go, Go Go! (Eric Wynn Photography)

Rev3 Knoville Half Rolling Bike Course

As you can see below, my avg pace on bike was pretty good even with the rolling hills.  I should have brought along my compact crank though, so definitely consider that if you race there.  It was humid out there, but that didn’t really come into play on the bike.  It is a beautiful bike course through the countryside that should be on everyone’s race list.  In 2014 this race will be the REV3 Age Group Championship, which will be a fun and challenging day for sure!

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Definitely a challenging and hilly bike course!

Rocking new Team Rev3 Kit in Style!

Wishing I was running faster!

I felt great those first four miles even with the climbs, as we ran along the river.  That hill somewhere on mile 5 crushed my spirit a bit and I needed to pull back my pace to survive 🙂  At mile 11 I was able to start my charge thanks to a double caffeine Powerbar gel.  I passed over 30 people those last three miles even finishing that last mile with an 8:20.  It was definitely a challenging early season race that was a blast to race in!

Running those back to back hills on mile 3 & 4 crushed me!



New Kestrel Legend SL & Retul Fit

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My New Mistress!

I hope the New Year is treating everyone well.  Going into 2013, I was looking to upgrade my road bike and looked to Kestrel’s new line.  I’ve been a huge fan since I was first introduced to the brand when they sponsored the Trakkers/REV3 team a few years back.  My Kestrel 4000 rocket is the fastest bike I’ve ever ridden.  Last year I made some great upgrades to my 4000 that helped me qualify for Vegas Champs.  Given that I moved to a much hillier area and I’m also tackling some tough hilly courses this year, I felt it was time for a road bike upgrade.  My new ride is the Kestrel SRAM Red Legend SL.  I’ve been most impressed with how feather light it is and the sharp drive train response. If you’ve never ridden a high end road bike, you should give the Legend a spin!  Here are a few review quotes for the Legend:

Peloton magazine Review

“Flawless craftsmanship…feathery weight…I loved the Legend’s ride. It was rock stable at high speed plus nimble and quick. It was light and lively and it made hanging on the descent and climb a breeze.” READ MORE


“A great alternative to ‘comfort’ road bikes like the Specialized Roubaix. As opposed to making a crazy stiff bike and trying to quash vibration, the Legend lets the vibration move through the bike to inform your sense of the road surface.” READ MORE


“Perhaps most notable with the Legend is the fork construction method, which uses both an internal bladder and a foam core to maximize efficiency of the carbon lay-up.”READ MORE

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Sneaking in a ride in between rain showers!

I logged a few rides in between rain storms just before the end of the year and loved her.  I knew that I wanted to fine tune my fit with Retul, as that really helped me dial in my Kestrel 4000 a few years back.  Phil from HyperCat has helped me in the past before moving to Ventura and he now comes up to NorCal once a quarter with his mobile shop.  If you’ve never had a Retul fit, it is well worth looking into.  You will literally see your power increase throughout the fit to find you power sweet spot.

Here is some background info on what a Retul fit looks like:



What are the benefits of a proper bike fit?
A proper bike fit is essential for injury prevention and maximized efficiency.  An optimal position on the bike will allow for greater comfort and enjoyment while riding.  All bodies are different and your position on the bike should reflect your biomechanics.

Why get fit with Retul 3D motion capture technology?
The best way to analyze a rider’s efficiency is to observe and measure the rider while he or she is pedaling the bike.  Retul 3D motion capture technology simultaneously measures three planes of movement on the rider as he or she is in motion.  Retul averages the rider’s pedal strokes to provide a comprehensive data set reflecting the rider’s movements.  Only at this point can a bike fit expert properly evaluate changes to a rider’s position.  Attempts to analyze the rider in a static position, or only in two dimensions, will not provide data at the same level of accuracy as 3D motion capture.      

Who can benefit from a bike fit?
Generally, if you are serious enough to clip into a bike, you will benefit from a bike fit.  Whether you are a professional or recreational rider, getting the proper bike fit is an effective yet economical way to improve performance.

How long does a Retul fit take?
An average fit with Retul lasts 90 minutes.  However, if you have major adjustments or component changes, the fit may be longer.

How is fit data shared with the rider?
The Retul software archives data for every rider and his or her bike/bikes.  The client receives a report of the final fit data, which includes body measurements and angles, as well as bike set-up and measurements.

Hypercat Fitting with Phil

Ok, back to my fit session with Phil.  He was up in NorCal in his mobile shop, which is way more that I imagined.  I also had a new pair of Pearl Izumi Tri-Fly shoes that needed to be fitted. We started off on the trainer and looking at any obvious changes that needed to be made.


Wired up for Retul session!

The biggest thing that needed to be addressed was how scrunched up my shoulders were.  I also needed to improve my elbow angle by relaxing some more.  Below are good before and after pics!


Before/After Photos

Below is the type of output you can expect from a great Retul fit.  We definitely found my power sweet spot in the fitting and I’ve already noticed a significant increase in power on recent rides!


Retul Fit Report

Lastly, as I was writing up this post I saw Phil post a pic of a Retul fit he recently completed for Simon Whitfield!  If the fastest triathletes in the world trust Phil, I’m glad he’s my fitter!!!

You may recognize this Gold medal winner!



2012 Cyber Monday Triathlon/Cycling Deals

Make sure to check out my Black Friday post, as many of those deals are through Cyber Monday:


No code needed, but you do have to register to see the deals.  They tend to have great name brand tri and cycling gear for at least 60% off.  I’ll warn you that the site is addictive though!

Competitivecyclist: Ended

Great deal on Oakley Jawbone Sunglasses for $99!!!  Also added 50% off Reynolds wheelsets

Infinit Nutrition: Ended

Wednesday November 28th starting at Noon EST (9am PST). This is your final chance to get in on the sale for the year.

The code is THESALE

50% for the first hour
40% for the second hour
30% for the third hour
20% for the last hour.

ProBikeKit: Ended

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2012 Black Friday Triathlon/Cycling Deals

It’s that time of year again where I create a post about the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that cater to endurance sports/triathlon.  Yes, I’ve been called an alpha shopper and  love to try the newest and greatest.  Last year was the first year that I shared my list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.  I received a ton of great feedback and was excited to share these deals.  My blog had over 10k hits last November, so I hope that you found a great deal!  My favorite deals last year were the great and rare Rapha sale and the Trix gear tshirt deal! Worth noting is that I don’t get paid to do this, I’m just trying to help my fellow endurance/triathlon peeps find great deals!  I’m more than open to free swag or additional discounts if they come my way though 🙂

The great news with my deal list, is that you will be able to find deals at all price points.  Where do you fall in the following chart?!

This list will grow quickly and the Cyber Monday post historically has a lot more deals.  Here are last year’s deal posts:

2011 Black Friday post:

2011 Cyber Monday post:


Great deals & also extended through Sunday online only!


A great sale of 25% off store wide using code “GOBBLE”.  Looks like there are also some great door busters including Pearl Izumi shoes at 50% off and a Lightspeed Ci2 Ultegra Di1 bike at 60% off!

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Great sale on Canonndale and 2XU

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2012 Tri Season Recap Video!

Check out my 2012 Tri Season Recap video including these highlights:
*Oceanside 70.3
*PRSfit Training Camp in Colorado
*Two Tour of California pre-rides
*REV3 Knoxville Half
*Kansas 70.3

*Alcatraz Challenge

*Vineman 70.3 – New PR of 4:57 & Vegas Championship slot!
*Marin Century
*REV3 Maine
*Ironman World Championship 70.3 Las Vegas
*Diablo Challenge

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