Tri Cajuns Coaches Corner

TriCajuns is proud to have two Ironman certified coaches involved with our club.  Brandon Bahlawan coaches with Mind Right Endurance and Josh Louviere coaches with All In Racing.  These guys bring much experience to our club and are able to lend a hand to get our members ready for that first sprint triathlon or an Ironman half or full.

This month’s tip comes from Coach Brandon and discusses how to keep your heart rate down when transitioning from the bike to the run.


2017 OWS Dates Posted for SMP and Cajun X Cables

Our OWS swims at Sugar Mill Pond and Cajun X Cables have been posted to the calendar for 2017!  There will be approximately two swims per month, and we have done our best to rotate between Saturdays and Sundays in order to accommodate member’s schedules.

If you are planning your first open water triathlon in 2017, these swims will help build confidence and endurance.  Experienced members will be there to assist with technique, sighting, and strategy to get you through one of the toughest disciplines of triathlon.

See you on the water!

2016 River Roux Triathlon and Club Challenge

Did you know Tri Cajuns is currently in 3rd place for the 2016 River Roux Club Challenge?  Did you know that Tri Cajuns will have members volunteering at the race and our tent will be set up at the venue?  Come join the fun with us on November 12, 2016 and pass a good time!  Points are awarded to members who are racing or volunteering this year at River Roux.  Here is how it works:

Members racing sign up and enter Tri Cajuns as their club.

Relay teams can sign up as Tri Cajuns too.

Volunteers need to sign up by November 11th. Go to the River Roux website, select “Event”, and “Volunteer”.  Sign up for one of the spots.  In the comments section, add that you are with Tri Cajuns.

Points are broken down as follows:

  • 1 point for every registered participant
  • 1 point for every participant for 1st-3rd placing relay team
  • 3 extra points for 1st Overall Relay
  • 1/2 point for every volunteer (registered on Volunteer Spot by November 11th)
  • Extra points for age group placement: 1st Place – 3 points, 2nd Place – 2 points, 3rd Place – 1 point
  • Extra points for overall: 1st Place – 6 points, 2nd Place – 5 points, 3rd Place – 4 points
  • Extra Points for Masters and Grandmasters – 6 points


  • $250 and swag for registered participants and registered volunteers
  • Gumbo Pot Trophy
  • Bragging Rights

*If you have already registered to race and did not designate a club or training group, please go to the River Roux Triathlon website and contact the race director by email. Let the race director know that you need to sign up with Tri Cajuns Triathlon Club.

Hope to see you there!

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!

Uniform Order !

If you would like a TriCajuns kit, cycle jersey, running singlet

please see the design for our uniforms below.

Click on the Sugoi Fit Guide & the Uniform Order Form to download.


Send your order in via email: and mail a check for 1/2 of your order total as your initial deposit or the entire amount.   See pricing on the order form.

Please make the check out to Tri Cajuns and mail to:

Tri Cajuns
1216 La Rue De Broussard
New Iberia LA 70560


Sugoi Fit Guide


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!
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