About Ben

Actively coaching since 1993, Ben holds a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coaching qualifications from the British Triathlon Federation (BTF) and USAT. Racing since 1989, Ben has competed at all levels including Elite Junior, Elite Senior and Age group. Two time National Championship medalist in the UK (Long Course Triathlon and Duathlon) Ben has also qualified four times and raced at the Ironman World Championships three times. Overall winner of local events such as Beaver Lake, Troika, Ocean Shores, Black Hills and Soaring Eagle Park 50km Trail Race, Ben practices what he preaches. More recently he has parked his own athletic endeavors to focus more on his growing his businesses Vo2 Performance Center and Vo2Multisport. One of the most successful coaches in the Northwest, Ben qualified seven athletes for the Ironman World Championships in 2011 and employs the same principles used to achieve that feat with all his athletes no matter what their ability level. Ben believes no goal is too ambitious and will support and help you to achieve yours no matter what that is!

Team Vo2 Multisport Wins Ironman Triclub Award, 2013

The results are in! Team Vo2 Multisport takes 2nd place in the 2013 Ironman Division IV Triclub Competition. Congratulations! Now bring on 2014!

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Last year IRONMAN announced its unique new Tri Club Program, designed to help clubs drive their membership, provide networking opportunities and a sense of friendly competition. A key aspect of the program was pitting national clubs against one another in a friendly fight for points, which clubs could earn through overall participation and individual performance at IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races through 2013. The program launched its event-based competition at IRONMAN 70.3’s in Oceanside and Galveston, and now, months later, the results are in. In addition to bragging rights, the top five clubs in each division get an award identical to what the winning age groupers receive.

Read more: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2013/12/year-in-review-ironman-tri-club-program.aspx#ixzz2q8PKHsGK

Navin Singh Interview on KOMO News Radio

Hi All,  I was asked to do an interview with KOMO New Radio last week to talk about my journey to become an Ironman. What a wonderful opportunity to reach more people with my story in hope to inspire them. I though I would share it with you.  –Navin

Click here to listen: Navin-Singh-KOMORadio

Singh crosses the line at Ironman Cozumel

Singh crosses the line at Ironman Cozumel

Vo2 Multisport Team Slideshow, 2014

Another year and another fabulous Team Vo2Multisport Holiday Party! Thank you to everyone that attended, I can’t tell you how excited I am for 2014, what an amazing group of people we have!

Enjoy the show! (Special thanks to Daniel Flahiff for putting this together, Molly Larson for gathering photos and Jeremy Kalmus for rocking that hi-tech projector at the party!)

Navin Singh: Anything is Possible

Many of you here at Vo2 may already know Navin and his incredible story of courage, determination and his bid for a Kona Inspired slot this year, but for those of you who don’t, here it is in his own words.

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When I was 18 years old I contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome and my life changed forever. I was a very healthy, athletic person and in a matter of days I was paralyzed from the neck down and totally dependent on others to live. Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the peripheral nervous system. What happens is the person’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the healthy nerve cells which enable the communication between their brain and muscles. This destruction caused by the attack results in paralysis.

Faced with an uncertain future, I decided to fight to turn things around rather than wallowing in my misery and asking, “Why me?”

I turned to an athletic mindset that was ingrained in me from martial arts and playing competitive sports from a young age. I worked hard training as I had done in sports to overcome these new obstacles. I did not listen to estimates of how long it would take to recover nor the negative thoughts from some that I would not have much improvement at all.

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Team Photo and Spring Clearance Event

The temperature is starting to climb and the sun is showing up on a regular basis which can only mean one thing— tri season is nearly here!

Join us at the Performance Center this Saturday, April 6 at noon, for a fun and informal season kick off!

TEAM PHOTO – NEW KIT
The all new team kit is in and we’d love to get a great team picture with everyone sporting the new colors! Pick up or purchase one at the event and get an edge on the competition (the Vo2 kit is rumored to give uncanny powers of speed and endurance to all who compete in it.)

‘EVERYTHING’ MUST GO SALE
You will also have the chance to pick up some great gear at clearance prices! Stock up on Vo2 water bottles, swim caps and tons of other gear at rock-bottom prices!

Approximate schedule:

  • 11:45 – noon – Meet and greet
  • noon -12:30 – Unveil new kit, team photo
  • 12:30 – 2pm – The ‘everything’ must go sale cash/checks preferred.
  • 2 – 2:30pm – Raffle off some prizes tickets $1 all proceeds to CAF
See you Saturday!

Vo2 Junior Team Launch + Clinic

Don’t forget to drop by the Vo2 Performance Center tomorrow, March 16th for the Vo2 Junior Team Launch and Clinic. There are two sessions to choose from: 9 to noon and 1pm to 4pm.

There will be opportunities for juniors (age 11-19) to practice some transitions, hop on the CompuTrainer and treadmill, and learn about the exciting world of junior triathlon from some great Vo2 coaches.

You can sign up here. Hope to see you there!

Zoot Special Event

CANCELLED: sorry folks. We’ll reschedule asap.

I am excited to announce that Zoot Sports will be offering team members 35% off compression and footwear at a special event hosted by Vo2 Performance Center Thursday , Feb 28th at 7pm.

The regional sales rep will present the product line to us all and then you are all free to use the discount code at your leisure.

Vo2 Performance Center will also be using this opportunity to clear out all old inventory at crazy prices so save some pennies to take advantage of some significant savings on Trigger Point, Pactimo, TYR, Sugoi, Endurance Conspiracy, and Cobb Cycling products amongst others.

For those that are free we will gather at Bai Tong afterward for food and drinks at 8:30pm so mark your calendars and save the date –

Thursday , Feb 28th at 7pm

Team Vo2 Welcomes Zoot and FSA

Team Vo2 Multisport is proud to announce two new product sponsors for 2013, Zoot and FSA! Product sponsors provide a  valuable service to Team Vo2 in the form of amazing discounts and special informational events. We are thrilled to have Zoot and FSA on board.

Zoot Sports, a global leader in endurance sports, is 100% focused on providing the athlete with the ultimate in performance apparel, and comes on board as the Vo2 footwear and compression sponsor. For 25 years, they have been pioneering innovative footwear and compression solutions that cover the athlete from start to finish.

Full Speed Ahead (FSA) produces world class bicycle components for many Pro Tour teams, club riders and people who just like to ride their bikes.

As market leaders, we work extensively in research and development to ensure the very best products for those who ride FSA.”

 

Team members don’t forget to visit the Forum for your discount code for these and all our other terrific sponsors. And if you’re not yet a member, join us!

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Mathieu Signoretty: Vo2 Bike Fit Technician

Meet Mat. Actively working in the bicycle industry since he was 16 years old, Mathieu Signoretty is a Specialized® Body Geometry certified bike fit technician. Utilizing a range of techniques,  Mat uses a measured scientific approach to look at power and efficiency while considering your range of motion, pre existing conditions and your athletic goals.

His goal is to ensure that no matter what bike you ride (MTN, Road, or Tri) or what race course you are on, you will be in the fastest, most powerful, and comfortable position.

Mat has been racing Mountain Bike events and Triathlons since 2007, he was introduced to Xterras two years later and quickly made them his specialty.

He has competed in three National Xterra Championship events (2011 national age group champion), and two Xterra AG World Championships.

Actively racing and competing ensures Mat knows first hand the demands of bike racing and the fine line between comfort and aerodynamics!

Make an appointment today to have Mat get you dialed in this season!
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Training Zones Explained

photo by AngryJulieMonday, (CC BY 2.0)I think it is time to give you all a little more insight into how I establish training zones and the purpose of each training intensity (level or zone). I won’t bore you with physiology but will get the salient points across as clearly as I can without using too much jargon, so here goes:

General: The cardiovascular (hearts, lungs, delivery system) and muscular system will improve if given sufficient stimulus to create a response or adaptation. The body though is very smart and will only adapt to a level of efficiency sufficient to cary out your bidding. If you cease to change the stimulus you will cease to improve your fitness.

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Train Slow, Go Slow

I have been working with athletes in a coaching capacity since 1992 when I was studying for a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in Leeds, West Yorkshire.  I was fortunate enough to have a great pool of athletes to work with and some amazing professors who could explain and rationalize why some methodologies worked and some didn’t.  In short this foundation gave me an enquiring mind and allowed me a certain amount of freedom to ‘experiment’ with many different training protocols and a wide range of individuals.

So what did I take away from all this?  Well over the last twenty two years since I started racing and training for Triathlons I have seen and committed many training errors, although never was I guilty of the title of this article, in fact quite the opposite.

I did my first triathlon aged 16 years and 7 months.  Like many sprint triathlons in the UK it was a pool based swim (600m), followed by a short (16km) bike and run (6km).  It was approximately an hour effort and yes it was a full on effort from start to finish.  After that I continued to race sprints and the occasional longer races (yes as long as Olympic distance or ‘standard’ distance as it was known back in the day!) and never did I really even think about stepping up to middle (HIM) or long distance (IM) racing.  In essence I served my apprenticeship and mastered the skills necessary to be a successful triathlete.  Having these skills made me proficient technically, biomechanically and physiologically.  So time to cut to the chase.

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Partay! Vo2 End of Season Celebration

MaggianosThanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the 2012 triathlon season.

The night was filled with good food, great conversation and just enough smack-talk to get Team Vo2Multisport psyched for 2013!

“The goal of the evening was simply to offer a setting conducive for everyone to have a drink, meet new members, catch up with friends and enjoy each others company. I think we succeeded.

“A big thanks to our wonderful new wine sponsor Precept for providing free product for the event and to Mike Sellmeyer for helping me plan the evening. Also thanks to David Kornfield for getting the beer mile organized and awarding the prizes.” -Ben

 

Don’t forget to check out the winter training schedule to get a jump on next year!

RUDY PROJECT keeps VO2 Team Members Safe & Looking Cool

Rudy ProjectRudy Project designs and manufactures hi-tech sunglasses, goggles, helmets and accessories using the application of science, advanced materials and computer technology to create functional, aesthetically superior and technologically advanced products.  All current VO2 Team Members will enjoy a generous discount on all Rudy Project products;  start shopping today at: http://www.e-rudy.com/.

VO2 Welcomes its newest sponsor: BuDu Racing

BuDu RacingTeam Vo2Multisport is proud to welcome aboard one of Washington’s premier event managers, BuDu Racing! BuDu Racing has been promoting multi-sport, mountain bike and road cycling events in the greater Puget Sound Area since 2002. Their main goal is encourage people in the area to have fun, while competing in a safe environment. BuDu Racing has extened a gracious discount to all current team members for numerous events, such as the: Moses Lake Triathlon, Xterra Vashon, Whiskey Dick Triathlon and Lake Sammamish Triathlon, just to name a few. For more information and to register for BuDu events, visit: http://www.buduracing.com.

Team Vo2Multisport Wins Tri Nation Competition

Team Vo2Multisport won the Tri Nation online competition for the small (less than 49 members) club division by over 2000 points over the second place club!  The competition spanned from March 1st to November 15th, 2009 and was comprised of individual results from varying triathlon distances.  Tri Nation assigned points to club members based on their overall, age and gender placing in races throughout the season.  In addition to winning the small club division, Team VO2 earned additional honors as the most active club within their respective divsion.  These two awards won the team a total of $1000, to be used at their discretion!

Additionally, Tri Nation also awarded indvidual members with the most points in their respective race distance.  Team VO2′s own Kara Nielsen won the female half-iron distance division.  Kara will be awared a trophy and featured on the Tri Nation Online news section.  Congratulations to your hard work and dedication, Kara!