I Think Springtime is Here

The weather has been perfect the last couple of weeks here in Acadiana.  I’m sure many of you have been taking advantage of the good weather to get outside for your runs and bike rides.  And many of you are ready for tri season to begin.  I know I am!

To get you ready for your first multisport event, Tri Cajuns will host a spring triathlon camp on March 4, 2017 in New Iberia.  You will be coached by certified Ironman coaches and a master swim instructor.  There will be plenty of food and door prizes.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up.  Remember, you must be a member of Tri Cajuns to attend.

Here are some upcoming races, not far from Lafayette, that you may be interested in:

March 19 Opelousas Rotary Duathlon Opelousas, LA
April 29 Eunice Rotary Zydeco Triathlon Eunice, LA
May 13 Louisiana Triathlon New Roads, LA

You can register for these races and check out other races on the events calendar at www.cajuntiming.com.

If you have questions about anything multisport related, please let us know.  And check out our Facebook page for additional club information, events, and socials.

And there goes 2016,,, Bring on 2017

Well, 2016 is coming to a close and so has our racing season.  I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and will bring in the new year with a bang.  It’s about that time to start planning races for 2017 (some have already started), work on weaknesses, and begin training for upcoming spring races.

The last few months of the year were busy for some of our team.  We even had two world qualifiers!  Jamie Jeansonne qualified for the USAT World Long Course Triathlon Championships with her 2nd place Miami Man finish, and Tim Barry qualified for the USAT World Duathon Championship with his AG finish at the Sprint Duathlon Draft Legal World Qualifiers in New Orleans.  Be sure to congratulate these two athletes when you see them.


Other team members took on the following races.  Pure Awesomeness:

IM Florida 140.6 Finishers, 11/5/2016: Kerry Behrens, Karen St. Germain, Tim Waguespack, Dustin Duval, Corey Brungart, Jimmy Guiberteau, Stan Guidroz, Brad Doucet

USAT Sprint Draft Legal World Qualifer Race, 11/6/2016: Kirk Guilbeau

IM Maryland 140.6 Finishers, 10/7/2016: Mary Hayes

IM Austin 70.3 Finishers, 10/30/2016: James Noriega

Ryan Man 70.3 Finishers, 10/2/2016: Ryan Smith

River Roux 70.3 Finishers, 11/12/2016: Chase Webre, Matt Margaglio, Marcus Marullo, Erika Littell, Sean Landry, Natalie Howard, Alexander Fitz, Patrick Ashley

Also at River Roux 70.3, Summer Mine Marullo and Leslie Reulet-Carrere did the relay with Leslie having the fastest bike split out of the women!


The Tri Cajuns board has been busy planning team events for 2017 to help team members become better athletes.  Events being planned are OWS, training classes (Garmin, Injury Prevention, etc.), a spring triathlon camp, and our yearly club meeting.  Be sure to check Facebook and the website calendar for these events.

Have fun, be safe, train hard, and we’ll see you soon!




Race Report for August and September 2016

Tri Cajuns team members represented in both local and Ironman races in August and September. All that training has really paid off.  Here are some of the podium finishes from recent races:

Tarpon Tri: Heidi Arbeneaux – 1st Female Overall, Tim Barry – 2nd AG 45-49


River Cities Tri: Thomas Miller – 1st AG 70-Over


MPCS Tri: Heidi Arboneaux – 1st Female Open Winner, Elizabeth Blum – 2nd Female Open, Aidan Foreman – 1st AG 15-19, Erika Littell – 1st AG 30-34, Rachel Clostio – 2nd AG 35-39, Laina Fredieu – 1st AG 40-44, Karen St. Germaine – 1st AG 45-49, Lisa Bell – 1st AG 50-54, Kay Blanchard – 2nd AG 55-59, Chris Van Way – 1st Male Masters Winner, Braeden Van Way – 3rd AG 20-24, Sullivan Van Way – 1st AG 25-29, Carlo Bentley – 3rd AG 30-34, Dustin Duval – 3rd AG 35-39, Masta B – 1st AG 40-44,  Mike Hamilton – 1st AG 50-54, Brian St. Germaine – 2nd AG 50-54, Kerry Behrens – 2nd AG 60-64


CajunMan Tri: Heidi Arboneaux – 1st Female Grand Master Winner, Erika Littell – 1st AG 30-34, Tammy Dupre –  1st AG 45-49, Lisa Bell – 1st AG 50-54, Mary Kay Blanchard – 1st AG 55-59, Masta B – 3rd AG 40-44, Chris Calais – 2nd AG 50-54, Geoff Jones – 2nd AG 60-64, Santiago Caballero 1st AG 65-69, Thomas Miller – 1st AG 70-Over


Jennings Lion’s Club Tri: Madeline Kovacs – 2nd AG 20-29, Summer Marullo – 1st AG 30-39, Lucas Hebert -2nd AG 30-39, Kyle Carlos Carrere – 3rd AG 30-39, Tim Barry – 1st AG 40-49, Masta B – 2nd AG 40-49, Chris Van Way – 1st AG 50-59, Chris Calais – 2nd AG 50-59


Towne Lake Tri (TX): Jamie Jeansonne – 1st Athena 0-39, Sullivan Van Way – 3rd AG 25-29, Chris Van Way – 2nd AG 50-54


Congratulations to these Ironman Finishers


Ironman Atlantic City 70.3 – Brandon Bahlawan

Ironman Augusta 70.3 – Laina Fredieu, Lisa Bell, Jerret Daigle, Justin Drew Emerson,   Brittany O’Conner Emerson, Yohannes Berard, Dustin Duval, Kim Broussard

Ironman Chattanooga 140.6 – Natalie Parish Howard

Ironman Maryland 140.6 – Mary Hayes

Ryan Man 70.3 – Ryan Smith

Even though the season is winding down, there are still November races; Ironman Florida 140.6, Ironman Austin 70.3, and Miami Man 70.3, where some of our team will be racing. These guys and gals have put in many hours of training and are getting ready to taper, so watch out!  Be sure keep an eye out for these tapering triathletes and cheer them on.

Race Data – Help us get funding !

Did you know that each year all the USAT clubs compete regionally for prize money that goes back into the club?  TriCajuns has won 1st and 2nd place regionally for a number of years now thanks to all our great members racing! The prize money earned helps keep membership fees down, provides club t-shirts this year for all active members as well as much much more!

Every USAT sanctioned race that you race in earns us points in this friendly competition.

We are urging all members to please submit the details of your races by filling out the following form after each race.  This will help us with tracking all members who have raced at each race and the points earned for the club.


Please take a few minutes to enter any races you may have competed in this year so we can keep the momentum going!

Tri-Cajuns News and Announcements – Jan 2015

Happy New Year everyone, hope it has been going well! Sorry for the lack of communication, this time last year I didn’t have a job, and this year I’m a Realtor, professional speaker, and the first Executive Director of BikeLafayette, which has been keeping me busy, whew!

I was pretty ambitious last year, and while we didn’t accomplish everything we wanted, we have a good structure to move forward with. I think this was mostly due to us all thinking we had more time than we do, great intentions but not a lot of time to spend on them! Because of this, and because I want a framework to continue to grow the club, I would like to establish a board of directors. This will help us stay on track and accomplish our goals; I simply can’t get as much done as I used to. I think one hour/week, with a few special circumstances, is more than ample commitment. If you can do that and would like to help out please let me know! I’m looking forward to becoming even more established. I’d like to set a meeting up for next month, and will have a draft of bylaws and draft agenda.

I’m also changing the price of membership. Each adult will be $25, each child younger than 18 will be $5, and members of the UL Tri Club will be $15. Each person registering will have to do it individually, which will be a bigger headache if using PayPal but will ensure me that everyone member signs the waiver. I am also delaying membership renewals until March, as I think we are better served starting to gear up in the warmer weather.

We placed second in our category in the South Midwest Region! As unstructured as we are, we sure have a fast group! I’m really looking forward to what can we accomplish as we become more adhesive. Our off-season challenge team is rocking it too. We need to have a party and a speaker, if you can help organize this please let me know. Shout out to Dane Devalcourt, who is now keeping our website up-to-date!

Jan 31st-Feb 1 is the annual regional conference Frost Yer Fanny, with the regional duathlon championship, in Shreveport. Please let me know if you’d like to go this year! I am going, and will be doing the clinic to become a certified race official. This way we will have someone local to help with our area’s sanctioned races instead of paying someone to come from out of town.

Well that’s a packed email! Thanks for reading, and looking forward to this year!