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Time to start training: Beav’ to host triathlon

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON – Dust off the trail shoes and mountain bikes and get ready for a weekend of racing July 16-17 as Beaver Creek hosts the Xterra Mountain Championship event for 2011.

Triathletes from around the globe will descend on the Vail Valley chasing amateur points toward Xterra Nationals and World Championship qualifying berths. Professionals will race side by side with age-groupers, battling it out for $10,500 in prize purse money and America Tour professional series points.

Athletes can make it a weekend this year and challenge themselves to double down with a triathlon on Saturday and a trail run on Sunday. A half-marathon and a 10K trail run events are new this year. The half-marathon will be a route across Beaver Creek Mountain, over to Bachelor Gulch and back. The 10K on Sunday follows the previous day’s full Xterra running course.

If you want to get ready for the races, Josiah Middaugh, reigning U.S. Xterra champion and local pro, knows what it takes to race successfully at Beaver Creek. He’s created a custom online training plan to help athletes achieve their best performance this year with 12-week plans specific to an athlete’s fitness level. An advanced and an intermediate program are offered for athletes competing in the full Xterra.

A sport training plan is also featured for athletes planning for this distance. All plans are available for purchase online at Training Peaks, searchable by plan author. Middaugh just garnered early-season top professional honors at the West Region Championship in Las Vegas, and this training program is a tremendous opportunity to learn from his proven results.

In addition to the marquee full Xterra off-road triathlon, triathlon newbies can get a taste by competing in a shortened sport distance event. Essentially, the sport race will cover the distance of the full Xterra. This popular race will again start on Saturday prior to the full Xterra event. Saturday will also feature a free kids’ duathlon for children 5-14.

Check out http://www.xterrabeavercreek.com for additional information including registration details and a full schedule of events for the weekend. Learn more about Xterra racing at http://www.xterraplanet.com.

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