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Road Trippin’ Triathlete: Columbus → Indianapolis → St. Louis

Follow Triathlete magazine senior editor Jené Shaw as she drives cross-country in search of cool triathletes and interesting triathlon-related stuff throughout the nation

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Follow Triathlete magazine senior editor Jené Shaw as she drives cross-country in search of cool triathletes and interesting triathlon-related stuff throughout the nation. Click here to read past Road Trippin’ Triathlete articles.

I left Columbus after an early rainy run to make two stops in Indianapolis: Zipp headquarters and Medals4Mettle. You can see some photos from my Zipp tour here. The precision, detail and time that goes into making one race wheel (38 hours for a disc!) makes it clear why they’re not a cheap upgrade.

Better Than a Shadowbox
Medals4Mettle is a non-profit that takes donated medals from race finishers and gives them to people battling illnesses. Dr. Steven Isenberg started the organization when he ran the Chicago Marathon in 2007 and found a better home for his finisher’s medal: around the neck of his colleague dying from cancer. He realized his friend was “fighting a bigger battle” than he did that day, and the idea turned into Medals4Mettle. Now Dr. Isenberg, an Indianapolis-based head and neck surgeon, and his small staff of volunteers take medals to children’s hospitals or mail them, with a note, to adults fighting sickness. They’ve given out more than 80,000 medals since they started in 2005. Medal4Mettle always needs more volunteers and they’re grateful for any donations that will help with ribbon costs and postage.

Eavesdropping in St. Louis
I cruised into the St. Louis Triathlon Club meeting right on time. A packed house of 60+ members listened in as Dr. Matthew Lytle, an ART expert from Precision Healthgroup, gave an informative “this is why you feel an injury” presentation. The club also presented Icy Iron awards for athletes who complete an Ironman-distance of training within a certain time frame. One great idea I loved was a planned cheering section for an upcoming race, where club members will BYOT (trainers) and ride and cheer as runners pass. Thanks for letting me hang out, guys!

Next up: Mastering the dual-city birthday

–Road Trippin’ Triathlete/Jené Shaw