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Triathlon

Couch to Kona: How one mile at a time led to a dream of Kona


By: Ashley Eisenmenger, Elite triathlete and USABA member An Ironman triathlon is no small feat. Athletes must endure a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and finish the race with a 26.2-mile run. The best of the best flood the town of Kona, Hawaii, each October to participate in the Ironman World Championships. One man never thought he would be there.  At one point in his life, he did not even think sports were possible for him. Stuck in a rut of preconceived notions and doubts, Erich Manser needed to find freedom. Little did he know, that need for freedom would…  Read More

USABA Competitive and Recreational Community Sports Integration Project for Veterans


A key component of military service regardless of the era challenges one’s physical abilities. Remember all of those long ruck marches, unit fun runs, and PT tests? Yes, like many of you I try not to as well, but one cannot argue against the amount of research and information about the benefits of exercise to combat adverse health and mental health conditions. More importantly, organizations like USABA; Team Red, White, and Blue; Achilles, and your local sporting groups built tremendous communities with a vested interest in the wellbeing of those who elect to participate. USABA just rolled out a new…  Read More

Triathletes Get Elite-Level Training at No Sight No Limits Camp

The inaugural No Sight No Limits USA Blind Triathlete High Performance Camp took place January 21-25 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California. Led by former Team USA Paratriathlete, Amy Dixon (Greenwich, Conn.), the camp offered athletes the opportunity to reach a new level of training by providing hands-on instruction and information sessions on nutrition, recovery and mental strategies specific to athletes with visual impairments and hearing loss. “I was inspired to start this camp after meeting so many blind athletes from around the world racing towards the Paralympic Games this past season,” said Dixon. Fifteen athletes…  Read More

Paralympic Athletes Keep the U.S. Medal Count Rising

Updated August 31, 2016 12:00pm MST Next month, U.S. Paralympic athletes will ride on the success of their Olympic counterparts who topped the medal count with 121 total medals – the most ever for a U.S. team in a non-boycotted Games. Among the 289 athletes named to the U.S. Paralympic Team are 46 athletes who will be competing in visual impairment categories, 8 of whom are guides. These 46 athletes will compete in 7 different sports: cycling, goalball, judo, rowing, swimming, track & field, and for the first time ever, paratriathlon. Seventeen of these athletes are returning Paralympians having previously competed in at…  Read More

Two Are Better Than One

It takes a community of people to make races happen. A committee to plan the event, countless volunteers to facilitate water and recovery stations, set-up and tear down crews, and supporters to encourage athletes as they train as well as on race day. But for athletes who are blind and visually impaired, races wouldn’t happen without people like Caroline Gaynor. Gaynor is a super guide. She travels the country to guide athletes in races and triathlons. To date, Gaynor has guided 10 athletes in more than 30 triathlons, including 6 Ironman races. This year, Gaynor guided 2 Ironmans in a span…  Read More

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