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#irongram – Ironman Lake Tahoe Instagram Contest – Win Yurbuds!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


Up until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 23, when you post a photo of activities related to Ironman Lake Tahoe on Instagram, use the hashtag #irongram to be entered to win a new pair of yurbuds Sport Earphones.

Why yurbuds? We’re convinced they’re the best earphones for sports because they’re water-resistant and they twist-and-lock into your ear, so you can enjoy your workout without the buds working themselves out. yurbuds have taken the sports industry by storm this past year because they don’t fall out, they allow ambient noise (traffic, other racers, timers/buzzers, etc.) to pass through, and they offer fantastic bass and acoustics. For the next week you have the opportunity to win a FREE pair of yurbuds Sport Earphones by participating in our Irongram photo contest.

1. Follow @tahoemountainsports on Instagram and make sure your account is not set to “private”.
2.  Post an image from Ironman Lake Tahoe race week on Instagram. The image can be from any Ironman-related event/party, practice runs/rides/swims, or the race itself.
3. Upload your photo using the hashtag #Irongram
4. Contest ends September 23 at 11:59 am PST. No late entries will be accepted. Tahoe Mountain Sports‘ favorite photos will be chosen on Tuesday (Sept. 24)

Two Grand Prizes:

yurbuds Inspire Pro and Inspire Pro for Women – $60 valueyurbuds-inspire-pro-red

Two Runners Up:

yurbuds Inspire and yurbuds Inspire for Women  – $40 valueyurbuds-inspire-women


Contest Rules

No purchase necessary. A current, valid email address is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes prizes shipped free within the United States. Shipping charges to locations outside the United States must be paid by sweepstakes winner. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Upon entering this contest you release Instagram from liability in any form. Your email address will be kept private. Contact information will never be shared with anyone. By signing up for our contest you will automatically be enrolled in the Tahoe Mountain Sports email newsletter, which you may unsubscribe from anytime.

View our full list of events during Ironman Lake Tahoe race week: Ironman Lake Tahoe Event Schedule

Triathlon Gear: 2XU Wetsuits & Compression Clothing

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

2XU (pronounced “two-times-you”) makes the best wetsuits for racing and compression clothing for athletes. Take one look at – or even better, take one swim in – a 2XU wetsuit and you may feel like you’re cheating. Rest assured, they’re fully compliant to all racing regulations. They only use the highest grade premium fabrics and technologies in their swimming wetsuits, not wasting money or energy on flashy designs or pretty colors. 2XU gear helps you perform your best; or, as the name implies, at twice your regular output. In light of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe coming this September 22, Tahoe Mountain Sports stocked up on 2XU tri wetsuits and compression clothing.

TMS Tri-Tip: Come demo a wetsuit for free during Ironman race week! Even better tri-tip: Come hang with 35-time Ironman Mark Kleanthous on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., borrow a new 2XU wetsuit from us and keep it overnight, then bring it back Friday after a good morning swim in the lake! Details here: Ironman Lake Tahoe Event Schedule

2XU Wetsuits for Swimming

-Swim Faster! 2XU wetsuits maximize flotation and flexibility so you can focus 100% on efficient swimming without exerting excessive energy keeping yourself afloat.
-The neoprene 2XU uses is no different from other brands – but the way that neoprene is used is!
-5-mm thick front core panel and 5mm “roll bar” around hips maximize buoyancy and stabilize body position
-Water entrapment zone creates more surface area on forearms (Greater surface area = greater paddling strength)
-Isolated zipper panel provides more flex (and comfort) than other wetsuits
-Angled ankle cuffs allow swimmer to cut and custom-fit their suits

2xu velocity wetsuit


2XU Velocity Wetsuit
The V:3 Velocity features the best nano-silicone coating of any wetsuit. 1-mm thick underarms maximize flexibility and overhead reach. Stretch panels work with you instead of against you, and the Velocity Strakes (forearms) and Propulsion Panels (lower legs) increase power and boost hydronamics.  The Velocity wetsuit provides 4% more buoyancy and a faster and easier on/off transition time because it doesn’t stick to your skin like tri wetsuits without a nano-silicone treatment.







2xu womens race wetsuit


2XU Race Wetsuit
The R:3 Race has all the same great features of the 2XU V:3 Velocity Wetsuit, only without the nano-silicone coating and with 1.5-mm underarms to promote flexibility and speed. The Race wetsuit’s 5-mm thick core keeps you on the surface and strakes on the forearms and lower legs increase your surface area so you move more water with each stroke.








2XU Active Wetsuit
The A:3 Active also shares the same features of the V:3 Velocity and the R:Race wetsuits, but with 2-mm underarms for added stretch and mobility. The Active wetsuit’s legs are 3-mm thick, but they come with the nano-silicone treatment found throughout the Velocity wetsuit.









2XU wetsuits for swimming are now in Kings Beach – for rent and for sale. And yes, Dave (right) is a goofball.


2XU Compression Clothing

Of all the compression brands out there, 2XU happens to be endorsed by the Australian Institute of Sport. This may not seem like much to U.S. athletes, but elsewhere this is a highly regarded status. 2XU is also the official supplier of Ironman and the U.S. Alpine, Nordic and Freestyle Ski Teams. They make thermal ski-specific tights and socks, coming to Tahoe Mountain Sports this winter, and we couldn’t me more excited to have 2XU compression clothing in-stock. Compression clothing is not only ideal for athletes, but also for working professionals. The idea of ‘compression’ originally stemmed from medical practices, but now is used by doctors, surgeons and nurses who spend most of their days standing. The same goes for construction workers, landscapers, and even office workers and retailers who workout before work and want some assistance recovering when they’re stationary the rest of the day. Anyone who puts a toll on their muscles can benefit from compression clothing.
True story: My right calf was sore this morning, so during lunch break I slipped on my calf compression sleeves and within a couple hours the discomfort had completely passed!



Ironman Lake Tahoe: Event Calendar For TMS, Triathlon Headquarters

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013


This event schedule was created in 2013. We’re really looking forward to the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe, and will post more information about the week’s events in late-summer.

This coming September 22 marks the first of five years that the Ironman triathlon will take place in beautiful North Lake Tahoe. Along with the athletes, who will be scouting the course as they decompress and prepare for race day, will come their sponsors, friends and families. Although not everyone that attends the event is racing, thousands of visitors will be seeking out entertainment during their stay in Tahoe.

During the days leading up to the race there will be fun activities for everyone at Tahoe Mountain Sports, across from Kings Beach State Recreation Area, where the Ironman swim/bike transition will take place. What better way to stay entertained than enjoying free events like wetsuit and footwear demo days, presentations and group activities with seasoned Ironman veterans, and discounts on Ironman racing gear from industry-leading brands and official event sponsors like 2XU, GU, Headsweats, TYR, Yurbuds, Wigwam and more!

10am – 6pm EVERY DAY, September 16-21 – 2XU Wetsuit Demo
Free demos of the best wetsuits for racing from 2XU. Open to the public.
Looking to make an investment in a racing wetsuit? Now is your chance to try before you buy! Want to swim before our store opens in the morning? No problem. We encourage overnight demos so you can get on the water early.

Mon, 16-Sep – All Day –
D-Compression Day  – “D” Is For Discount
Discounts on all compression gear. Save on compression tights, shorts, sleeves, swimwear and more!

Tues, 17-Sep  - All Day – Tuesday Guzday
10% Off All GU energy products AND any purchase over $20 gets a free GU energy gel!

Wed, 18-Sep  - 5pm-6pm“Habits for High-Performance” – Run, Bike, Swim Seminar w/ Local Tahoe Ironman Athletes
Local Ironman triathletes Sherwick and Jami moved to Truckee, CA, so they could train at high altitude. Topics will include Training, Nutrition/Recovery, Race Prep and Mental Fitness. Click here for more information about Sherwick and Jami’s seminar.

Thurs, 19-Sep – 4pm-6pm – Presentation & Book Signing w/ 35-time Ironman triathlete Mark Kleanthous
Mark Kleanthous has completed 35 Ironman triathlons and raced in over 1,000 competitions. He will be speaking about racing, pushing yourself and what it means to be an Ironman, as well as signing copies of his highly acclaimed book for triathletes, The Complete Book Of Triathlon. Click here for more information about Mark, his book, and this great event.

Fri, 20-Sep  - 10am-5pm – Free Footwear Demo with The North Face, Salomon Running, Suunto watches and more!
Open to the public. All ages and abilities welcome. Try out the latest developments in trail running shoes, hydration backpacks and sports watches with GPS, pedometers and more, all for free! Click here for more information about the Free Footwear Demo.
Fri, 20-Sep – 1 pm – 2 pm – Group Fun Run with 35-time Ironman Mark Kleanthous
If you’ll be watching the race on Sunday, come take a casual group jog with us and 35-time Ironman triathlete Mark Kleanthous on Friday! We’ll travel two-to-four miles on the great trail network behind Kings Beach. One great thing about our group runs is that we can break up so everyone can run at their own pace. This fun run is for all ages and abilities, so bring your friends and family along to share the good time! Click here for more information about the Group Fun Run.

Sat, 21-Sep –10am – 5pm – TMS Endurance Expo – Fun for the family, samples & gifts w/ purchase, race info
Learn about the latest and greatest outdoor gear, enjoy free samples and gifts with purchase, play fun games for the whole family, get the latest race and spectator info, decorate motivational race signs for your favorite triathletes, and stock up on last-minute race supplies.

Sun, 22-Sep – 5am – 6pmIronman Triathlon Race Day
TMS will open their doors at 5:00 am to supply racers with last-minute supplies and energy gels/snacks, and they encourage spectators to take advantage of their low prices after the swim/bike transition!

Ironman Lake Tahoe Mountain Sports

We’re looking forward to a fun week with everyone in Kings Beach when Ironman Lake Tahoe comes to town!

PCT Thru-Hike Record Setter Swears By Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

“I had never used the Houdini Jacket before my hike, but now I know it will always find its way into my running and backpacking packs for every trip!”

On August 7, 2013, Heather “Anish” Anderson set a new speed record for her self-supported thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. She completed the 2,260-mile hike in just 60 days – that’s about half the time most hikers spend on the trail. Anish (Heather’s trail name) wore her Patagonia Houdini Jacket almost every day of her hike, and she loves it so much we decided to team up with her to host a giveaway: the first five people to buy a Houdini jacket from will get a $20 gift card toward their next purchase!

A thru-hike on one of America’s 2,000+ mile long trails always puts gear and clothing to the ultimate test. Daily use for months on end is more than most items are manufactured to withstand. From June 8th to August 7th 2013 I hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail (2,660 miles), setting a new self-supported record. During this hike I needed gear I could rely on since there wasn’t really time to replace things along the way. I had several pieces of critical gear that met and exceeded my expectations. The Patagonia Houdini Jacket was one of them.


Heather, aka Anish, rocking her Patagonia Houdini Jacket on Forester Pass

This jacket was the workhorse of my layering system. I wore it probably 50+ days out of the 60 I was on the trail. It offered excellent protection from everything: sun, cold, wind, bugs, etc. I did not carry a separate long sleeve hiking shirt since this jacket covered all my bases. Its versatility is exactly what I was looking for in a jacket/layer and the fact that it dried in an instant was one of the biggest bonuses of all. I also appreciated the hood, which is missing on some other ultra-light wind shirts. Despite constant use it shows no real signs of wear except some discoloration where it was under the pack straps. Add all of that to the fact that it weighs in at less than 2-oz and can pack down to the size of an energy bar and you have the perfect windproof shell.

Tahoe Mountain Sports is a “brick and click” family owned business in Kings Beach, California. They carry gear from top brands such as PatagoniaThe North FaceDeuterMerrell and Black Diamond, and their knowledgeable staff can outfit you from head to toe for any outdoor adventure. I love supporting independent businesses and am very excited to help them with their Patagonia Houdini Jacket promotion because really, everyone should have one of these jackets!  Just in time for the best hiking season (and rainy months), the first five people to buy a Houdini jacket from Tahoe Mountain Sports will get a $20 gift card for use toward their next purchase!


A lifetime achievement – 2,660 miles later at the US/Canada border







I had never used the Houdini Jacket before my hike, but now I know it will always find its way into my running and backpacking packs for every trip!











Steals & Deals: End Of Summer Sale On Outdoor Gear!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Summer is slowly making its way around the globe and boots, sweaters and beanies will soon appear all around us. I almost wore pants to work today. I rocked a long sleeve running shirt on the trail yesterday morning, and I’ll probably wear a thin pair of gloves for tomorrow’s jog. But I like it. I don’t mind the cooler temps because they mean winter is on the way and snow will be falling soon. Plus, the best season for hiking is late summer and fall, it’s not too hot mid-afternoon, the bugs have stopped bugging, and the summer colors turn to fall colors. If you’ve never rode a mountain bike through an Aspen grove on singletrack covered in yellow leaves (picture the Yellow Brick Road on steroids, without evil flying monkeys), you must add it to your to-do list this fall.


Summer turns to fall. Green turns to yellow. Good mountain biking in those Aspens down there. Photo credit: Adam Is Stoked

In light of the season change we’re putting some top gear and apparel on major discount. There are literally over 600 outdoor gear items for all sorts of activities, from camping and hiking and summer swimwear to backcountry skiing and even disc golf. Just follow this link to see all of our outdoor gear on sale.

Featured below are seven of the many great products we’ve marked down. These wicking t-shirts are perfect as base layers under a sweater and the trail running and hiking shoes are ideal for all-day comfort during autumn adventures. The men’s hiking pants are rugged and ideally articulated to promote movement, the jacket is a best-seller meant for high-output activities in chilly weather, and the women’s handbag comes in a convenient size and quirky colors, just like the approaching months.



Marmot Sara Short Sleeve Shirt – Women’s

marmot sara short sleeve shirt

Reg: $47.95
Sale: $38.35

The Marmot Sara Short Sleeve Shirt is perfect for ladies who are active outdoors (or anywhere, really) and need a good top that will work hard for them so they can focus 100% on the task at hand. The wicking fabric manages moisture and resists odor, and the cute button-collar adds some class to an already cute women’s workout shirt. Marmot women’s clothing doesn’t slack on performance or comfort – This Marmot shirt is the perfect top for active women.








Kuhl Fugitiv Pants – Men’s




Reg: $74.95
Sale: $48.71

The Kuhl Fugitiv pants burly, comfortable and scream “style!”. Five well-placed pockets stash your phone, wallet, keys and other items without feeling bulky. Articulated seams at the knees and butt help promote movement when you’re taking big steps uphill or scrambling rocks, but these Kuhl Pants also look great as casual pants you can wear from the workplace to the trail and back!








Montrail Mountain Masochist II – Women’s


Reg: $99.95
Sale: $79.95

The Montrail Mountain Masochist 2 is aggressive and durable, with excellent traction and support underfoot and an arch that accommodates a wider range of feet than other shoes. The breathable upper hugs the foot nice and snug, and a roomy toe-box is ideal for wider forefeet and longer runs that cause swelling. Every woman needs good support, and these Montrail running shoes






Running For Two: Healthy Tips For Active Mothers During Pregnancy

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Can I run while pregnant? Is it healthy for my baby, and my own body, to run during pregnancy?

work in sweats mama


Nicole Goodman is an avid runner, occasional triathlete, and forever outdoor enthusiast. Her idea of a fabulous vacation involves lots of GORP while backpacking in the National Park system, although trail running and stand-up paddle boarding in Hawaii are close seconds. She writes about motherhood, running, travel, and her obsession with athletic apparel at Work in Sweats Mama.



I am a runner. I’ve raced the mile to the marathon and pretty much everything in between.

When I found out I was expecting in 2009, I had no intention of swapping my active lifestyle for a sedentary pregnancy.

Thankfully, long gone are the days of letting your running shoes gather dust for nine months!

My OB knew I was a runner, so she wasn’t surprised when I walked into my first prenatal appointment and bombarded her with questions about pregnancy and fitness.

Pregnancy is not the time to crank up your mileage or train for a marathon, but my OB gave me the all-clear to keep running, as long as I felt comfortable.

I decided to take it day-by-day, and I promised myself I’d only run as long as I felt comfortable and safe.

Now I’ve got bragging rights for life! I ran through both of my pregnancies, even logging three miles the day I went into labor with my first.

And when it was show-time, labor and delivery went pretty darn smooth and quick, a fact I attribute to my overall fitness and endurance…and a little help from a fabulous epidural!

My postpartum recovery was also faster, and I was running just three weeks after my girls arrived.

nicole goodman creek crossing

Nicole doesn’t have any major prego pics, but in this early-stage race she placed 3rd Overall.

If you’re a fierce and fearless mama-to-be, follow these tried & true tips:

    • Talk to Your Doctor – Start an open, honest dialogue with your doctor at your first appointment, so she can provide the best advice and care throughout your pregnancy. If your OB tells you exercise isn’t advisable or permissible, consider switching doctors.
    • Listen to Your Body – Some days it really is better to skip your workout, put your feet up, and watch trashy TV. Your body is working overtime, so don’t feel guilty when you need to swap a run for a nap.
    • Grin & Bear It – You’re going to get funny looks and inappropriate comments from total strangers and concerned family. The sweet little lady on the next treadmill will repeatedly ask if you’re all right. Others will be more direct and downright rude. Just smile politely, nod, and keep on running!

      nicole goodman trail running

      Nicole also took 3rd Overall in this trail race.

    • Stay Hydrated – Keep your favorite water bottle handy and drink. All. The. Time. Hydration is critical for both mom and baby during pregnancy.
    • Be Prepared for Pit Stops – With the extra water and increased pressure on your bladder, you’re going to feel like you need to pee. All. The. Time. Plan your routes around clean, public restrooms.
    • Less Trails, More Treadmills – I love trail running, but I stuck to smooth road and treadmill runs during my pregnancies. As your center of gravity shifts, you may feel less stable and more wobbly. Minimize the risk of falling by avoiding technical trails and rough roads.
    • Find a Buddy – I rarely ran alone when I was pregnant. Enlist your running buddies so there’s always someone to help in case of a fall or accident. If you do run solo, let someone know.
    • Support Your Girls & Bump – Your belly isn’t the only part of your body that will expand during pregnancy. Give the girls the TLC they need with the most supportive sports bra you can find. While you’re at it, splurge on some new running shorts or skort to accommodate your blossoming bump.
    • Treat Your Feet – Keep your tootsies, knees, and joints happy with proper footwear. Your feet may grow during pregnancy, so make sure your shoes are the right size.
  • Forget About Time & Pace – Early in pregnancy, you won’t notice a huge difference in pace, but you may be too tired or nauseous to log your normal miles. As pregnancy progresses, you’ll transition from a run to a jog and finally to a wog (waddle + jog). Leave your pedometer, watch with GPS, and expectations at home, and you’ll be much happier.

Most importantly, just keep moving! You may discover running isn’t the best prenatal exercise for you, and that’s okay!

There are countless ways to stay fit and fabulous throughout your pregnancy, whether it’s running, swimming, hiking, yoga, or spinning. While some activities, like downhill skiing, water skiing, and horseback riding are off-limits, most exercises are safe in every trimester. When in doubt, consult your doctor.

Before you know it, you’ll be crossing the finish line of the best race ever and meeting your baby for the first time!

Ironman Lake Tahoe Events: Free Footwear Demo & Group Fun Run

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Friday, 20-Sep  - 10am-5pm - Free Footwear Demo with The North Face, Salomon, Suunto and more!
Open to the public. All ages and abilities welcome. Try out the latest developments in trail running shoes, hydration backpacks and sports watches with GPS, pedometers and more, all for free!
Friday, 20-Sep – 1 pm – 2 pm - Group Fun Run with 35-time Ironman Mark Kleanthous
If you’re watching the race on Sunday, take a casual group jog with TMS and 35-time Ironman triathlete Mark Kleanthous on Friday! Travel two-to-four miles on the great trail network behind Kings Beach.

Start getting excited for this upcoming event during the week of Ironman Lake Tahoe. It’s going to be a BIG WEEK, and if you haven’t already heard, Tahoe Mountain Sports is the Tahoe triathlon headquarters – you can safely bet we’ve already started stretching.


Taken during setup of our last free Salomon footwear demo.

For this particular highly anticipated event, we’ve partnered with the best adventure sports companies in the world to bring a FREE gear demo to our store on Friday, September 20, 2013. Two days before the inaugural Ironman triathlon you can come try out the latest developments in trail running shoes, hydration backpacks, sports watches with GPS, and more new gear from The North FaceSalomonSuunto and more industry leading brands!

FAQ: Can I demo a pair of shoes, a pack and a watch all at the same time?
A: Of course you can!

Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., pick out whatever gear you want to borrow, use it to your heart’s (or lungs’) desire, then come back for more!  The swim (and bike start) will take place directly in front of our store in Kings Beach, so while you’re here scouting the course be sure to stop by 8331 North Lake Blvd and demo the best new outdoor gear on the market.

Click here for more info about all of our events preceding Ironman Lake Tahoe.

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Mark Kleanthous

In conjunction with the Ironman Lake Tahoe Free Footwear Demo we’re hosting a Group Fun Run from 1 – 2 p.m., and you won’t believe who is going to lead it…35-time Ironman Mark Kleanthous. Mark is arguably the most experienced triathlete in the world. He has been helping others achieve their triathlon dreams for more than 25 years, so he is a very experienced and qualified triathlon coach. This Group Fun Run will be a great opportunity to run at your own pace with the company (and expert advice) of such a highly-regarded professional athlete! We’ll travel two-to-four miles on the great trail network behind Kings Beach. One great thing about our large group runs is that we can break up so everyone can run at their own pace. This fun run is for all ages and abilities, so bring your friends and family along to share the good time!



Team JaS Racing: Tahoe Locals’ High-Performance Ironman Seminar

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Sherwick and Jami Min, a couple of local Ironman triathletes who moved to the Tahoe area so they could train at high-altitude, are coming to Tahoe Mountain Sports to share their racing experience during a fun and educational seminar on September 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. We are excited to learn more about how to train our bodies (and minds) to perform their very best, and we’re sure any attendees (Ironman triathletes or not) will take away loads of useful information to apply toward their own athletic performances.

Team JaS racing

One discussion topic of the evening: How Motorsport Helps Multisport

Team JaS Seminar: “Habits for High Performance”

Here are some topics we will be covering which will help you have your own epic day:

Setting Up Base Camp For Peak Performance – tips on training including technique, aerobic/anaerobic periodization, strength and flexibility

The Fourth Event – tips on fueling and recovery including micro/macro nutrients, nutrition periodization, body fat, sleep, massage

Make Racing Enjoyable – tips on race prep including equipment choices, key workouts, benchmarking vs. time trials, race simulations, tune-up events

How Motorsport Helps Multisport – tips on mental fitness including facing your fears, motivation, concentration, setting goals using inputs vs. outputs


Jami at Ironman Timberman



Sherwick at Ironman Timberman















Bio of Team JaS (pronounced “jaz”)

My wife and I are a Team in Training AND in Racing. We have always been drawn to outdoor challenges, and in fact met during a rough-water swim in Santa Cruz! We each started competing in duathlons and triathlons in the early 90′s. Since then, we have traveled the world in search of epic destination races (over 30 Ironmans) and are extremely thrilled that the destination this time is our own home town! Over the past twenty years, we have been privileged to cross paths with some of the sport’s most provocative personalities and have been personally mentored/coached by triathlon legend The Grip himself, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, Mark Allen. We’ve had some success as well, each qualifying for Kona in our very first Ironman and then returning for redemption another couple of times! Lately we’ve been focusing on the half-ironman distance and will have raced in the past four 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas (including the one two weeks before Ironman Lake Tahoe). We wanted to share with you some things we’ve learned along the way as well as from our racing adventures outside of multi-sport.

 We hope to see you there!

Sneak preview – Jami shot this quick tip for the best wetsuit transition with Ironman legend Mark Allen:

Visit Sherwick and Jami’s multimedia page at Team JaS Racing for more educational videos about triathlon training and preparation.

35-Time Ironman Mark Kleanthous: ‘Ask The Expert’ & Book Signing

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

What: Presentation, “Ask The Expert”, and Book Signing with 35-time Ironman triathlete Mark Kleanthous
When: Thursday, September 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Tahoe Mountain Sports, 8331 North Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA 96143

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About The Event
Come along to meet Mark Kleanthous during the days leading up to Ironman Lake Tahoe! From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, you can “Ask the Expert” about Swimming, Cycling, Running, Triathlon, and Sports Nutrition. Purchase a copy of the The Complete Book Of Triathlon and have it signed by the author. See the products, clothing, footwear and Ironman triathlon gear available for purchase at Tahoe Mountain Sports.

About The Author

Mark Kleanthous is arguably the most experienced triathlete in the world. He has competed for 31 consecutive seasons from a 22-year-old to 53-year-old as a triathlete. During that time he has finished an incredible 460 triathlons worldwide, from a super sprint triathlon to a triple iron distance involving a 7.5-mile swim 336-mile cycle and triple marathon (78.6-mile run) in under 46 hours without any sleep. Mark has twice finished the world Ironman triathlon championships in Hawaii.

Mark is the first Britain to write a book from start to finish for the Sprint Olympic distance triathlon half and full Ironman Triathlon. Mark competed in the first triathlon ever held in the UK at Reading in 1983, and since then has covered more than 6,000 miles swimming, 170,000 miles cycling and 51,000 miles running and racing. He has run 73 marathons in less than three hours during the past 30+ years. Mark has been helping others achieve their triathlon dreams for more than 25 years, so he is a very experienced and qualified triathlon coach.


About The Bookthe complete book of triathlon

The Complete Book of Triathlon - The book explains how to fit training into a busy lifestyle. It’s not just about triathlon, but covers Swim, Bike, Run, Nutrition and Injury Prevention. The book also explains training and lifestyle stress. It has helpful tips on which training exercises to do and how to keep fit when life gets in the way. The book, jam-packed with essential tips and information for any serious competitor, will become an essential point of reference, and priced at just $19.95, offers great value for the money.


Mark will also lead a Group Fun Run during our Free Footwear Demo on Friday, September 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. You can try out new shoes, hydration packs and sports watches from Salomon, The North Face, Suunto and more! We’ll travel two-to-four miles on the great trail network behind Kings Beach. One great thing about our group runs is that we can break up so everyone can run at their own pace. This fun run is for all ages and abilities, so bring your friends and family along to share the good time! Click here for more info about the Ironman Lake Tahoe Free Footwear Demo and Group Fun Run.

Playing Tahoe Vista: Lake Of The Sky Disc Golf Course

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

This post come from Justin Weilacher, a friend of TMS and avid disc golfer (PDGA #41309) residing in Sacramento, CA. With extensive knowledge of the game from years of experience playing in a variety of environments and weather conditions, Justin is a great resource for all sorts of disc golf advice. Read more from Justin at his blog,

I have lived in California for three years and have spent most of my free time playing as much disc golf as life allows at as many courses as my wallet allows. I recently played several of the Tahoe region’s courses. I played the Bijou course to practice the high elevation disc golf skills needed for the 19th Annual Tahoe Pro/Am, Sierra Tahoe Series #4. I also played the Truckee course for an Ace race last year. These two courses are very similar in their basic nature – they are both mainly flat, high desert courses with a good mix of technical holes and open, longer arm-testing fairways.

Tahoe Vista disc golf

Most recently, I played North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, Ca. This course is by far my favorite course in the area. I learned to golf in the mountains of Flagstaff so I appreciate the elevation change of a good mountain course. The Tahoe Vista course, as the locals call it, has a really good mix of elevation, technical shots through the trees, and shots that challenge your arm.

Hole One starts with a brisk walk up the hill in front of the parking area – I wondered if I should have brought a hiking pole. The walk is well worth it when you realize the first view you get of the course is a maintained grass fairway in the foreground with Lake Tahoe and surrounding peaks in the background. It is gorgeous. Be wary of the wind and the way your disc could either hyzer out into the short manzanitas on the left or flip into the parking lot on the right. After that, make your way through the manzanitas to the left of the basket.

Tahoe Vista disc golf course hole 1

Looking out at Lake Tahoe from the tee at Hole #1

The next several holes challenge you with tight lines around the pines. Some elevation change makes holes that seem easy much harder. The manzanitas play several roles on this course – your disc will rarely get any skip or slide here. If the tee signs - which are professional, clean, and very useful – read that the hole is 250’, that is how long your throw has to be. You will not be able to reach that 350′ hole with your usual 275′ drive and 50′ skip, so make the adjustment and throw your disc accordingly. You will also have to keep a close eye on your discs because the manzanitas can make finding them difficult – almost dangerous; play with some friends so it is easier to find discs and have more fun.

Tahoe Vista disc golf tee

A great platform to tee-off from.

The tee pads are rubber mats, which sometimes I don’t like, but these tee areas are really well designed with reinforced landscaping keeping them flat and consistent.

The holes meander back and forth up the slope until they make a right turn back down toward the soccer fields. Once you start playing around the soccer fields, the holes open up and you are challenged with some more distance for a few holes. There are still gaps to hit, but usually just one. There are also still elevation changes to navigate as you play around the other side of the practice fields. Test your arm, get a few of the rare skips on the course, and play the big hyzer lines that don’t work on the really technical holes. After several arm testers, the holes approach the soccer fields again, ending the front nine on a monster uphill drive over a gorgeous rock slide. (more…)

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