WELCOME and THANKS to our new sponsors!

Welcome to Adam Leavitt and Matt Bacon from Hogan Taylor Disciplined Investments — talented Certified Financial Planners. They are new to TAT and come from athletic backgrounds.  (a sincere editor’s note: my husband and I are benefiting from his advise as we face retirement and financing college for our kids. He is a great help!)

We are happy to have Dr. Chuck Zoellner (chiropractor), and his brother Dr. Robert Zoellner (optometrist) helping the club and helping keep us healthy. Our vision and our physical well-being have no price.

TAT is so lucky to have the ongoing support of Tulsa Runner and Performance Care Clinic. Trani helps in countless small and large ways. Dr. Brian Flournoy served as president of TAT for a couple years and his A.R.T. chiropractic skills keep many of us SBRing comfortably and soundly.

Many of you know TATer Janet Wilson as “Coach-Janet”. She is a mainstay of our tri camp programs. She is a USAT-certified triathlon coach, focusing mostly on swim skills development in new and intermediate level triathletes. Also, as club treasurer she spends many hours a week on keeping our club running smoothly and responsibly.

Look for the logos on the website; on our banners; and on our kits. We truly can not have the depth of options that TAT has without sponsors help. Consider them for your future needs.

April 26, 2013   No Comments

Spring Fever : first event in TAT’s ’13 race line-up

Spring Fever? Yes, but with a hefty dose of left-over winter chill.  Air temp was in the low 40′s as the first swimmers hit T1.

Once again, the “Claremore World Championship Triathlon” was contested at the Rec Center there, with some course modifications to accommodate a gun show going on next door in the convention center.  Gun Show and Triathlon used in the same paragraph… that’s Oklahoma!


  • Gobbling up some decadent egg sandwiches at the finish line.
  • Clueless car driver cut into the coned off lane for the bicyclists and t-boned a Tri Tulsa Runner member, who THANKFULLY, was okay!
  • weighing the benefits of staying warm on the bike versus slow T1 times to wiggle into extra bike clothes. I stayed warm on the bike; let’s leave it at that.
  • Some of the volunteers came from the HOW Foundation (I think?) and they did great!  Happy they helped so enthusiastically.
  • Deciding that Sprint Tri’s hurt no matter how much or how little you train, and they are a great starting (or, in my case, restarting) point for the multisport lifestyle.

Keith Kelley battled back from a long-standing Achilles tendon injury to give the race a Thumbs Up. Did you know the thumb bone is connected to the Achilles tendon? For Keith it seems to be! ;-)


April 21, 2013   No Comments

Click on pics to see larger image of 2013-2014 kit items

Bike jersey by Primal.

Bike jersey by Primal.

Tri top
Tri top


Online ordering through Primal. See link and additional info on our Facebook page. ONLINE STORE CLOSES AT 11:59 PM WEDNESDAY APRIL 16. After that you can buy items from TAT but the price may not be sponsor-subsidized.

April 10, 2013   2 Comments

Tulsa Area Triathletes Race Series CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP challenge

We challenge TAT members to participate in our new program to encourage member competition in TAT’s four races. The prizes will reward not just the FASTEST, but also PARTICIPATION.

In a nutshell, TAT members can participate in up to all FOUR of TAT’s multisport events in 2013 to earn points. The four events are:

  1. Spring Fever, April 20, 2013 (sign up here: https://earlysignup.com/springfever)
  2. Chris Brown Tulsa Duathlon, August 11, 2013 (sign up here: https://earlysignup.com/cbdu)
  3. TriTULSA Tri Festival Sprint distance event (September 7, 2013) (registration open soon)
  4. TriTULSA Tri Festival Olympic distance event (Septemebr 8, 2013) (registration open soon)

AWARDS  (based on point system, see below) will be given to TOP MALE and TOP FEMALE.  The big incentive, however, is the Perfect Participation Prize (P3), to be drawn randomly from the list of those who complete all four races.

The prize is a

— Shimano DuraAce Carbon Fiber Tubular Wheel Set w/ tires glued on already —

(Donated by a TAT member who is paying it forward)


  1. You must be a paid 2013 TAT member and a member of USAT.
  2. To be eligible for P3 prize drawing, you must register and complete all four TAT Race Series events.
  3. If you are only competing for top male or female, you have to compete in at least one TAT race series event. See item 7.
  4. Male and Female division for points.
  5. There will be only one P3 prize drawn from list of those who complete all four TAT Race Series events.
  6. The maximum point total available per TAT Race Series event is 33 points. That is, 33 points to the fastest male finisher, 33 points to the fastest female finisher, 32 points to the next fastest male and female finishers, and so on, down to 1 point to the slowest male and female finisher. EACH PARTICIPANT will receive a minimum of 1 point for completing each TAT Race Series event. If there are more than 32 male or female TAT finishers in an event the minimum number of points is still 1.
  7. Your score will be a total of no more than 3 TAT Race Series events. If you compete in all four events the lowest of the four scores will be dropped. (Your name is in still in the hat for wheel set drawing if you do all four events)
  8. In the event of a tie, the TAT Race Series competitors will be sorted by highest to lowest using the competitors’ USAT rankings.

Questions? Please contact Kenneth at gonzoglassart@hotmail.com


Male Championship Points

Pts.  Competitor

33    Brian McKinney

32    Ken Smith

31    Eric Lundt

30    Charles Vachapittack

29    Lancy Pitts

28    Larry Krutka

27    Kenneth Gonzales

26    David Whitney

25    Andy Tiefenthaler

24    Robert McBride

23    Jonathan McBride

22    Keith Kelley

21    Wayne Hamilton

20    Ken Cassel

19    John Ingram

18    Craig Jackson

17    Jim Hix

16    Derk Pinkerton

15    Adam Leavitt

14    Clint Holler

13    Stan Groom

12    Mathew Bacon

11    Jon Moser

10    Greg Hopeman

9      Kevin Blankenship

8      Frank Holdsclaw

7      Joshua Mandevill

6      Don Nelson


Female Championship Points

33    Kelli Benton

32    Laura Bloxom

31    Carolyn Fairless

30    Nicole Dorholt

29    Dawn Vincent

28    Amanda Reynolds

27    Susan Martinac

26    Jana Rugg

25    Tammy Motazedi

24    Kate Williams

23    Tami McBride

22    Stephany Nichols

March 23, 2013   No Comments

TAT 2013 kit reveal social (ordering starts soon)

We will be unveiling our 2013 bike jersey and tri kit designs on Monday April 8, at Tulsa Runner (96th and Riverside) at a WINE AND CHEESE open-house social. We will be there from 5:30 to 8:00 pm with the fit kits, vino and light finger foods. COME AS YOU ARE from work or training. Further info on prices, how to order and so on, will be announced during the event.

March 20, 2013   No Comments

Wednesday Night Rides are BAAAACK! Join us!

TAT usually has a group who ride one of a few routes from the Oktoberfest / Jackson Ave lot on Wednesday evenings during Daylight Savings Time. (This is where the Tulsa WNR phenomenon leaves from).  We are mostly intermediate level riders, averaging maybe 15-17 mph. We welcome new riders to join in. We clip-in usually at 6 pm. We park along the green fence in the Oktoberfest lot, fairly close to Jackson Ave.

If you are new to riding, “clip-in” means the time we roll out on our bikes. So plan to get to the lot maybe 15 minutes before clip-in to get ready. We kinda stick together. If we know someone needs extra TLC we will try to make that happen.

(this is not the Tri Camp WNR)

Some requests to make TAT’s WNR successful for all (in no particular order):

  1. Know the routes. Learn them by riding with us, but then go back and study a map to be sure you can get around if you end up alone. We will try to not drop anyone, but it is still a good idea for you to be self-sufficient out there by knowing your own way home.
  2.  If you are faster than the group and choose to ride ahead, more power to ya! But be sure to let someone else in the group know what is going on. Likewise, if you choose to fall back and ride apart from the main group, try to let us know.
  3.  If you have only been on the trails and not the open roads, let us know, so we can give you a quick orientation to some of the more common “share the road” rules.
  4.  Be courteous to cars, even if the temptation to give the one-finger salute if strong. Each bicyclist out there riding properly and politely reflects on us all. Likewise, one uninformed, or rude bicyclist will counteract 99 other nice bicyclists. Be familiar with share the roads rules.
  5.  Be able to change your own flat, and have YOUR own stuff to do it. We can assist, certainly, and we virtually always all stop while a flat gets changed, but changing your own flat is a mark of a proficient, self-sufficient bicyclist. If you have a flat, or other mechanical, holler out so we know you’re stopping.
  6. We don’t mind tri bikes at all, but use common sense. No aero position in a tight peloton, or in heavy traffic. Hold your line, be aware of your surroundings. If you’re new to riding down on the aerobars, practice some on your own beforehand.
  7. If we use the trails for part of our ride, BE POLITE, slow down around other trail users, and yield to walkers, runners, skaters, kids, dogs, etc etc. We do not own the trails. Call out “on your left” if approaching and passing a person on foot. When in doubt SLOW DOWN.
  8. You don’t have to yell “car up” or “car back” since most of us can hear or see the car ourselves. In a similar vein, try not to call “clear” at an intersection. Each rider should choose for himself if indeed the intersection is clear to cross. HOWEVER, if you see someone about to cross into an oncoming vehicle or other bicyclist, it’s probably a good idea to yell out CAR RIGHT etc., …  if you see that someone ahead of you is indeed unaware of a car back and at risk, holler out car back.
  9. Three-abreast is a no-no but sometimes happens, but be mindful that it is unlawful and irritating to motorists. Single file is sometimes prudent, even though not mandatory. Two-abreast is allowed, but not always prudent. Stopping at stop signs is the right thing to do. Especially in  Sand Springs.


March 19, 2013   1 Comment

Tulsa Runner partners with TAT for 2013

Thanks to our buddies at Tulsa Runner for helping with our kits and training program!

Paid TAT members get a 10% discount off their purchases. Kindly show your 2013 membership card. They have running stuff, swim stuff, gear, and advise. Nice group of folks.

Stop by their store at 96th and Riverside to tell  Trani and his gang thanks for helping us achieve our goals.

March 14, 2013   No Comments

TAT gets it in gear for 2013!

Here are some cool club events coming up, plus some announcements:

1.       Membership sign up for 2013 is here: https://earlysignup.com/tatmembership  PLEASE print your TAT card to show at ORU front desk! Membership includes a high-viz swim cap, a car sticker,and when they get here, temporary tattoos. $7.00 gets ya a nice quality TAT bike bottle. Additional swim caps will be for sale ($5)

2.       Spring Fever and Chris Brown Tulsa Du are here: https://earlysignup.com/springfever and here: https://earlysignup.com/cbdu

3.       We are planning a WNR kick-off tail gate party March 13. Info soon.

4.       We’re so hip we have a Twitter account! @TAToklahoma.

5.       We are planning a SWIM / S-U-P-SOCIAL when the area lakes are warmer. SUP = Stand Up Paddleboarding! (SUPOklahoma is on Facebook, btw)

6.       More Beach-to-Beach-and-Beyond training opportunities as soon as we get some dates set.

7.       ORU pool is OPEN – OPEN – OPEN. (old Mervyn’s commercial). Pool appears to be holding water well, and may be able to stay open all semester.  So our Tuesday and Thursday swims are ON! Still 6-7 pm, and add’l $5 drop-in fee for other hours during regular pool hours. Monthly passes need to be arranged by talking to Julie at the Aerobics Center.

8.       Kits—getting the kinks worked out. Strongly considering Sugoi again. Tweaking color scheme to appeal to women too, not just masculine colors.

10.   TRI CAMP ’13 started with a free info meeting March 3 at 3 pm at Hideaway. SECOND INFO MEETING tentatively March 31. location TBA. We will partner with Tulsa Bicycle Club to use their Spring Training Rides for some of the bike training. Click on “newbies” link on the left side of home page for the details.

February 23, 2013   No Comments

SPRING FEVER TRIATHLON & Chris Brown Tulsa Duathlon

Our club’s three signature races are filling up. Info and online sign up for TAT’s Spring Fever Triathlon is  here;  and for TAT’s Chris Brown Tulsa Duathlon, click here.

TriTULSA info to come soon!

Watch this Facebook page for race-related chatter. And the blue Facebook button on the right side of our club website takes you right to OUR club’s page.

February 1, 2013   3 Comments



Next up on the TAT social scene is our annual Light Run.

DECEMBER 4 at 6 pm

Doubleshot Coffee Company

1730 South Boston Ave.

Meet at 6 pm, socialize some while we assemble the running group(s). Leave for the run maybe around 6:20-ish. Head lamp and reflective gear encouraged, but not mandatory.

3-4+ mile run through the lovely homes nearby. One Santa decoration in particular may be of interest! Coffee, hot cocoa (adult beverage augmentation okay), finger foods.

You don’t have to run; many just come to hang out. Family welcomed, dogs on leashes okay and strollers okay too! NON-TAT or prospective members invited too!

ELECTIONS for 2013 officers after the run. NOMINATIONS OPEN. Will take names from the floor at the meeting too.

. President: Carolyn Fairless unless someone else wants to jump on in!

. President Elect: Matt Weaver

. Secretary: Kenneth Gonzales

. Membership: Keith Kelley

. Treasurer: Janet Wilson

. Members at Large: Joey Gursky, Jessi Hargis, Barbara Pinkerton, and Larry Erps

. STILL WANT (NEED) one more members at large. This is very good way to learn more about the club, and add new ideas and energy.

See you there!

November 28, 2012   No Comments