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Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Need a race-day wetsuit or just want to take one for a demo swim? Contact TMS and we’ll get you zipped up.

Need a race-day wetsuit or just want to take one for a demo swim? Contact TMS and we’ll get you zipped up.

Tahoe Mountain Sports can’t do much to lessen the elevation for those taking on Ironman Lake Tahoe on Sept. 20, but TMS can help racers and their support crews handle chilly mountain temperatures and the cold water of the Sierra Nevada.

Whether it’s in the lake, on the bike, out on the run or spectating, Tahoe Mountain Sports has everything to cover the pre-race, post-race and race-day nutrition and gear needs of triathletes and their families.

Starting Monday, Sept. 14, Tahoe Mountain Sports, located just off the bike course in Truckee at 11200 Donner Pass Rd., kicks off its annual Ironman appreciation days with a variety of steals, deals and schwag. Make sure to stop by the store to stock up that transition bag and at the TMS booth in the Ironman Village at Squaw Valley for a chance to win gear.

Forget race-day nutrition? Don’t stress; Tahoe Mountain Sports stocks all the best offerings from Hammer, Clif, Gu, Nuun and Epic Bars.

From goggles and swim caps to wetsuits, Tahoe Mountain Sports boasts Truckee-North Tahoe’s best supply of triathlon-specific gear from Tyr, Nathan and 2XU. Need a race-day wetsuit or just want to take one for a demo swim? Contact TMS and we’ll get you zipped up.

And whether it’s a racer taking on the 26.2-mile run leg of the triathlon or the family exploring the area’s trails, Tahoe Mountain Sports has a top-of-the-line selection of footwear for road and trail running and hiking.

From free wetsuit demos and the chance to win a $100 store gift certificate, Tahoe Mountain Sports welcomes those taking on the challenge of Ironman Lake Tahoe. Good luck!

@ TAHOE MOUNTAIN SPORTS (11200 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee)

Mon-Weds (9/14-9/16) – Take 20 percent off all nutrition products, compression and warm/cold weather gear. Check out brands like Hammer Nutrition, Gu, Clif, 2XU and CEP compression.

Ironman Week (9/14-9/20) – Free 2XU wetsuit demos all week long. While supplies and sizes last, stop by the store and take a 2XU wetsuit out for a swim in Tahoe or nearby Donner Lake. 24-hour rental rates are free; anything over 24 hours is $25/day. Race day rentals are available for $25. Inquire at the store for available sizes and rental reservations.


Thurs-Sat (9/17-9/20) – Visit Tahoe Mountain Sports and 2XU at the Ironman Village at Squaw Valley. There will be a huge selection of 2XU compression and triathlon gear and clothing. And don’t forget to stop by, say hi and enter to win a $100 gift certificate by signing up at the booth during the expo.

#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

Ironman Lake Tahoe 2014: Full TMS Event Calendar For Race Week

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Ironman competitors take to the chilly waters of Lake Tahoe. (Photo: Adam Broderick)

This September 21 marks the second annual Ironman 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 we’ll have free events for everyone at Tahoe Mountain Sports, across from Kings Beach State Recreation Area, where the Ironman swim/bike transition will take place. Prep for race day and keep your friends and family entertained by taking advantage of free racing wetsuit rentals and footwear/gear demo days, samples of endurance supplements and trail treats, gifts with purchase and discounts on Ironman racing gear from industry-leading brands and sponsors like Nathan Sports, Salomon Running, Suunto adventure watchesTahoe Trail BarHoney Stinger energy and more!


Check out the FREE Altra ZeroDrop trail and street running demo Friday and Saturday (10am-2pm) Photo: AB

Check out the FREE Altra ZeroDrop trail and street running demo Friday and Saturday (10am-2pm) Photo: AB

Head into Tahoe Mountain Sports, 8331 N Lake Blvd Kings Beach (530-546-7001) to check out the following Ironman promotions, demos and events:

15-20 September – EVERY DAY, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. FREE 2XU Wetsuit Demo (Test new racing wetsuits from 2XU) – Open to the public. Looking to make an investment in a racing wetsuit? Now is your chance to try before you buy! Overnight demos allowed for early swims. On race day, they’re $45 and can be picked up Saturday after 12 noon and returned before 6pm Monday (9/22).


A strong finish at the 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe event (Photo: Adam Broderick)

15- September -All Day D-Compression Day (Save on compression clothing)
“D” Is For Discount – 20 % Discounts on all compression clothing. Save big on calf compressors, swimwear and more.

16- September -All Day Tuesday Guzday (Stay fueled with GU)
10% Off All GU Products AND any purchase over $20 gets a free GU energy gel!

17- September -All Day D-Compression Day (Save on compression clothing)
“D” Is For Discount – 20 % Discounts on all compression clothing. Save big on calf compressors, swimwear and more.

19- September – 10am – 1pm Free Footwear Demo (Check out the best brands in the industry) – Open to the public. Try out the latest developments in trail running shoes, packs and sports watches for free! Featuring Altra Zero Drop trail running shoes.

19- September – All Day D-Compression Day (Save on compression clothing)
“D” Is For Discount – 20 % Discounts on all compression clothing. Save big on calf compressors, swimwear and more.

20- September  – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. TMS Endurance Expo  (A full day of race preparation and fun)
Learn about the latest and greatest gear for racing and outdoor sports, enjoy free product samples, talk to the experts, get race and spectator info, stock up on last-minute race supplies and score free gifts w/ purchase.

21- September  – All Day Race Day Hospitality (Hot Chocolate, Doors open at 5:00 a.m. for last-minute race supplies and warm layers for spectators) – It gets cold waiting for the race start, so we’ll have hot chocolate and other beverages for anyone who needs a hot drink, along with great breakfast options from the Souper Wagon. Beanies, hand warmers, jackets and more wintry clothing will also be on sale for anyone lacking proper warm layers.

22- September – All Day TMS Moving Sale Blowout  (We’re moving to a new Truckee location, but before we do, we’re dropping prices store-wide. Our new Tahoe Mountain Sports store opens in Truckee, CA on October 1 and everything at our Kings Beach, CA location is going on sale!

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!

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.

mark kleanthous ironman lake tahoe

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.

Ironman Lake Tahoe: Preparing For A Triathlon Race At Altitude

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Carrie Barrett is a USAT Level 1 coach, endurance athlete, and freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. She is a monthly contributor to Austin Fit Magazine and her other articles have appeared on, and

Tahoe Mountain Sports is proud to welcome the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe on September 22nd.  This event features a 2.4-mile swim on the waters of  North Lake Tahoe, a 112-mile bike with picturesque views of the lake and natural surroundings,  and a 26.2-mile run that starts and finishes at Squaw Valley. About 3,000 athletes from all over the world are registered for this race, which is sure to become a new favorite on the Ironman circuit for its beautiful scenery, pristine waters, and family-friendly atmosphere. The average elevation of Lake Tahoe and its surroundings is just over 6,000 feet and, according to, the bike course will actually climb to over 7,200 feet.


Training for an Ironman is certainly rigorous, but athletes coming from sea level or lower elevation must also be aware of the effects that altitude will have on their bodies. It’s not uncommon to feel dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, and short of breath as your body adapts to less oxygen. Colten Smith, mountain climber and owner of Altimax Training in Austin, Texas,  and Meredith Terranova, ultra endurance athlete, coach, and owner of Eating and Living Healthy were kind enough to provide many helpful tips for athletes racing at altitude. Follow this advice to prepare yourself as much as possible, and when you get to Tahoe be sure to visit Tahoe Mountain Sports for many race needs and supplies. They’re located directly across the street from the swim-bike transition in Kings Beach, CA.

Intermittent Hypoxic Training– As an avid mountain and glacier climber, Colten Smith wanted to do as much as he could prior to his climbs to prepare for the altitude. After researching both hypoxic tents and intermittent hypoxic training (IHT) machines, he felt that the IHT machines were better for his performance. “I tested a tent for 30 minutes,” he said. “You essentially zip yourself in a plastic bag that blows in air with reduced oxygen. I didn’t think it would be comfortable for me to sleep in a hot and noisy tent, especially since sleep is also crucial to altitude adjustment.” In 2004, he opened Altimax Training that serviced anyone looking to perform better at higher altitudes. With IHT, you mimic interval training by wearing a mask for five minutes and then taking it off for five minutes. While the mask is on, they dial the oxygen back to about 12% and monitor blood oxygen levels. They are looking for about 78-80% blood oxygen level in the first five minutes. At this point, your body starts excreting its natural erythropoietin (EPO) and tells the body to produce more red blood cells. After a session or two, your body will adapt to the 12% oxygen level, so they’ll begin to decrease it further. The goal with IHT is to train the body to become more efficient at dealing with less and less oxygen. An optimum level is 9-10%, which simulates an altitude of 21,600 ft. Each session lasts about an hour and Colten recommends a protocol of five days per week for about four weeks leading up to your event.

While intermittent hypoxic training may not be available in your area, there are certainly other things you can do and foods you can eat to prepare your body for the inevitable effects of racing at altitude.


Collapsible soft water bottles are ideal for training and travel.

Train At Altitude- If possible, visit the course or similar elevation prior to race day to feel the effects that the altitude will have on your body. Know and understand what physiological changes will take place when you move to air with less oxygen.

Hydration – The minute you become dehydrated, your body’s ability to deal with the altitude is diminished. At altitude, humidity decreases and the air is colder and dryer. Naturally, you begin breathing harder and expelling more moisture. Both Smith and Terranova express the importance of hydration prior to leaving for elevation. “I teach clients that there is absolutely no replacement for being well hydrated and in electrolyte balance when going to higher altitude,” stresses Terranova. “This means treating your environment, especially if you are from a warmer climate, like you are still in the heat.” She recommends 60-100 ounces of decaffeinated fluids per day with electrolyte supplements such as Nuun tablets. Smith also recommends loading up on hydration both before you leave and as soon as you get past security at the airport. “Fill up or buy a couple of water bottles as soon as you get on the plane,” he recommends, “and stay hydrated at your destination.” Athletes may consider a Vapur water bottle that travels well and collapses down to almost nothing, hardly taking up any space in the suitcase.

When to Arrive at Altitude– Examples and research are showing that, if possible, it is best to either arrive about 24 hours before your event or at least a week prior to get fully acclimated. College and professional athletes who travel to altitude for games usually wait until the night before or even the day of the event to fly since they aren’t able to get up there several weeks in advance. In essence, they are trying to beat the effects that the altitude will have on their abilities to extract as much oxygen out of the air as possible. The two-to-four day window is not recommended, but if this is your only option, remember to begin the hydration process prior to departure.


Wigwam Ironman Enduro Socks

Dress for Altitude Success- On race day, Smith recommends protecting extremities like your hands and feet, especially if the morning will be cold. Try Wigwam Ironman Endur Pro Socks. The air will be dryer and cooler at elevation. Your body wants to keep blood near the heart, which is why your fingers and toes get cold and have a hard time warming up. Athletes may want to wear gloves and extra socks for the morning, but don’t overdress. Wearing too many layers will actually start the sweating process which will, in turn, start the dehydration process. Plan to be a little cool at the start and wear moisture-wicking material to keep the moisture inside. Also, think about changing socks in between the bike and run to keep your feet dry.

Manage Expectations- Legendary mountain climber, Scott Fischer, once said, “It’s attitude, not altitude.” Your race day attitude will ultimately determine your success. This is certainly true at any elevation, but it’s vital to realize that you simply won’t be able to go as hard or as fast as you can at sea level. Don’t fight it. Instead, set realistic goals and expectations when racing at altitude. Understand that if you are struggling, it doesn’t mean you aren’t fit. It simply means your body cannot utilize the oxygen at that level. Slow yourself down and take in plenty of hydration. Work with your coach to determine realistic goals for racing at 6,000+ feet of elevation.

Wear Sunscreen- The air temperature is cooler and dryer at altitude, so many people coming from sea level severely underestimate the power of the sun. Wearing sunscreen during your Ironman is a must, especially since you’ll be exposed for most of the day. Take advantage of volunteers outside of transition who may be applying sunscreen. Five extra seconds can save you days worth of painful showers. At Tahoe Mountain Sports, they recommend Sol Sunguard Altitude SPF 40 Sunscreen.


SOL Altitude Sunscreen

Training Tips for Success – If you don’t live at elevation and don’t have access to intermittent hypoxic training, Terranova does recommend adding in some specific hill training and high intensity interval training to boost maximal oxygen intake (VO2 max) and increase aerobic fitness. She also recommends breath-control swim sets (hypoxic breathing) where you breathe every seven or nine strokes. The goal of training for a race at altitude is to best prepare your body for the rigors of having less oxygen to utilize. Again, it’s important to work with a coach who understands a good training balance and the effects that altitude will have on your body. These intense workouts aren’t recommended every day.

As a climber, Smith and numerous experts also recommend that, if possible, once you go to a higher altitude environment, it is best to sleep lower than the maximum amount you reached. For example, if you head to Tahoe to train at 6,000 feet, Smith recommends sleeping at a lower altitude. Consider this when looking for hotels and race accommodations. There will be several thousand people looking for lodging this weekend, so you may try heading down from the mountains in either direction toward Reno or Sacramento.

Eat for Altitude Success – Terranova recommends foods and vitamins shown to help with altitude and increase red blood cell production. These include foods rich in iron like red meat, dark leafy greens (spinach), beans and lentils. Folic acid is also important and found in foods like dark leafy greens (kale and spinach), beans, peas, and nuts. Athletes also want to consume foods high in B-12 and B-6 which also include dark leafy greens, red meat, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds. As Terranova notes, vegetarian and vegans have plenty of food options to increase their red blood cell count!

Beware of companies trying to sell supplements to decrease effects of altitude. Across the board, notes Terranova, both Vitamin C (500-1000mg) and L-glutamine were solid recommendations. With L-glutamine, the easiest way to get it is to take a Branch Chain Amino Acid supplement, which also helps with inflammation and recovery.

While you certainly can’t erase the physiological effects that altitude has on your body, these tips provide ways to prepare for and decrease those effects. Best of luck at the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe!


The author takes in a great view from higher elevation.

IRONMAN Lake Tahoe Set for September 2013

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

IRONMAN is coming to Lake Tahoe in September 2013, marking the first full-distance IRONMAN event in California since 2001. The endurance race will include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, all along the shoreline of North Lake Tahoe. Here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, we’ll be cheering the athletes on as they dive into Tahoe’s waters across the street from our shop in downtown Kings Beach. And after the brisk swim, when the athletes transition to bikes, we’ll watch them whizz by on Highway 28, passing right in front of our porch.

Word got out fast for IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, and registration sold out in a mere 19 hours after it opened on Monday. There are still a limited number of IRONMAN Foundation slots, going at $1,350. IRONMAN Lake Tahoe will be a P-2000 race with a $75,000 USD professional prize.

“Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty and experience in hosting world-class endurance events have made it one of the world’s most appealing sports destinations,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for WTC. “The launch of a full-distance IRONMAN event in California has been a long time coming. We’re confident this race will develop into a cornerstone of the global IRONMAN Series.”

The race will start with a two-loop, 2.4-mile swim out from the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Athletes will transition to a two-loop 112-mile bike course, which heads from Kings Beach to Tahoe City, wraps north on Highway 89 to Truckee and back to the shore of Lake Tahoe on Highway 267. After a descent back to Kings Beach, athletes will complete a second loop and then a final, flat 17 miles to finish the bike course at Squaw Valley. With a final transition at Squaw, runners will proceed along the Truckee River bike path into Tahoe City, and continue south to a turnaround in Homewood.

The iconic IRONMAN Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Even thought it’s more than a year out, we’re still getting excited for this global event to hit our small, beautiful town. In the meantime, keep swimming, biking, and running! For more information about IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, go to

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