Professional Triathlete Rachel Sears is in the Yard!

Hey Yarbarker! My name is Rachel Sears Casanta and I will be blogging here on Yardbarker...the Yard's first professional triathlete! Triathlon combines the sports of swimming, cycling and running and while it is a lot of work, its a great lifestyle. I hope that by reading my blog you'll become a fan of triathlon or even try one yourself. At minimum, I think you'll find the...
Via RachelSears's Blog
June 02, 2008  |  11 Comments

Pain in the Back

Hey Yardbarker! I've updated my blog...check out the link for the continuation of the article below. It would be an understatement to say that I am frustrated. In 2003 I had the first hints of something not being 'right' with my back. At first it was a little twinge that showed up in my lower back. What has transpired since 2003 includes a never ending treadmill of trips to...
Via RachelSears's Blog
June 05, 2008  |  4 Comments

Training in Ventura

Hey Yarbarker! I'm currently in the Ventura/Santa Barbara, Calif. area to escape for a week or two to some of my favorite training haunts. I arrived in Ventura on Friday night and not a moment too soon. It was a rough week. I went in for another MRI last Monday to get some updated pictures of my back. The pictures were telling and the story not the type you want to write for...
Via RachelSears's Blog
June 22, 2008  |  4 Comments

Riding with History

Hey Yarbarker! I've been enjoying my time here in Ventura. I'm taking some time to digest my back diagnosis and figure out how to cope with the reality of a body that has limitations. The doctor is not optimistic that I can return to competitive running or racing, but doctor's don't always have the final word. The great thing about triathlon is that there are three sports. I'll...
Via RachelSears's Blog
June 25, 2008  |  2 Comments

Chrissie Wellington Makes Ironman History

Great Britain's Chrissie Wellington is nothing short of amazing. This time last year no one in the world of triathlon had heard of this spunky Brit. The Ironman World Champ and three time Ironman winner made it four titles today as she won Ironman Germany. As far as I know there is no triathlete who has won their first four Ironmans. Even more amazing is that Wellington posted the...
Via RachelSears's Blog
July 06, 2008  |  2 Comments

Red Disc of Happiness

Hey Yardbarker! It has been an exciting week with the Olympic Trials for Track & Field wrapping up and of course, the Tour de France. (Don't get me started on Beltran). I've been flat on my back half of the week following my latest visit to the doc, but its given me an opportunity to read, write and watch some great sporting action. Here is an brief excerpt from my latest...
Via RachelSears's Blog
July 12, 2008  |  Discuss

Back in the Saddle

Hey Yardbarker! I can't believe it is already August. Mom says time goes faster and faster as you get older. Eek. In between losing tons of money in a virtual stock game (Garmin and Electronic Arts tanked my portfolio) I've been busy easing my way back into some racing. I've been stretching myself a bit, trying some things I have never done before. On July 26 I competed in...
Via RachelSears's Blog
August 01, 2008  |  2 Comments

Time running out to register for Anthem Holiday Classic Tri

This Saturday, December 6th is the final event on the Arizona triathlon calendar, the 7th annual Anthem Holiday Classic Triathlon.The course consists of a 400 meter serpentine pool swim, a 20 kilometer bike course and a 5 kilometer run. Participants are able to register online until Friday, ...
Via Fanster
December 03, 2008  |  Discuss

Anthem Holiday Classic Triathlon Results

Photo: Fanster.comThe 7th Annual Anthem Holiday Classic Triathlon was held on Saturday, December 6 in Anthem. Hundreds of competitors took part in the festivities.Bryan Melnuk took the men's division, with an overall time of 56:40, while Stacie Towler-Brennise had the top time among women, ...
Via Fanster
December 09, 2008  |  Discuss

Inagural Amica Triathlon series debuts this spring with fall championship in Phoenix

New National Tri Series Features 7 Sprint Events and 1 Providence, RI ? A new national sprint triathlon series, featuring seven races and one championship, was announced today by Eident Sports Marketing. The inaugural Amica Triathlon Series, a sprint distance series of events held ...
Via Fanster
February 04, 2009  |  Discuss

My First Video Blog

Hey Yardbarker!               It has been a long time since I have posted and I thought I'd give a video blog a try. It is definitely a bit scary to do a video, but I finally got over myself and so here it goes...               I'll be sharing tips for health, fitness and competition, but I would love to devote regular vblogs to answering your questions. Anything...
Via RachelSears's Blog
February 05, 2009  |  2 Comments

W. Swimming. Former Mustang Swimmer Laura Bennett Wins Nautica Malibu Triathlon

LOS ANGELES (SMU) - Former Mustangs swimmer Laura Bennett, formerly Laura Reback, won the Olympic distance Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Toyota Saturday, posting a time of 2:00:20.1.
Via SMU Athletics
September 16, 2009  |  Discuss

Matt Reed: Picking the right gear

The super popular soft plastic stickbait may come in a myriad of sizes. But, as Elite Series pro Dave Wolak points out, most anglers can have success by relying on only a few.
May 14, 2010  |  Discuss

Matt Reed: Go light to fish deep

Conventional wisdom says that you have to use heavier baits in order to be successful out deep, but Elite Series pro Matt Reed cautions that conventional wisdom can often be misleading.
May 21, 2010  |  Discuss

Man Forced to Finish Triathlon Before Wedding

Guys, if you ever needed a more conclusive argument against getting married, this is it. I feel equal parts sadness and disgust for this poor sap. Sadness because this is what he had to go through to get the woman of his dreams to marry him, disgust because he actually did it, instead of kicking her demanding ass to the curb. Last week Lachlan Wolfers asked his girlfriend, Jane...
Via The Last Angry Fan
June 28, 2010  |  Discuss

NBA Free Agency: Teams Should Stay Away From LeBron James

A Matt Reed & Collin O’Brien Collaboration The NBA Free Agency of Summer 2010 will shape the landscape of the NBA for the next decade. There has never been a time in NBA history when this many elite players have been free agents...Begin Slideshow
Via Bleacher Report
July 08, 2010  |  Discuss

Haskins, Reed repeat at Minneapolis triathlon

USA Triathlon National Team members and Olympians Sarah Haskins and Matt Reed repeated Saturday as champions at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon. Both Haskins and Reed claimed a first-place prize of $20,000.
Via Universal Sports
July 10, 2010  |  Discuss

Bennett looks to keep strong season going

Despite a decade's worth of triathlon competitions at the elite level and being 35 years old, American Laura Bennett had never been to Kitzbuehel. And she wasn't necessarily planning on visiting the Austrian ski town this weekend either, but some recent strong results left her with few other options.
Via Universal Sports
August 12, 2010  |  Discuss

Jarrod Shoemaker, Laura Bennett win U.S. Triathlon National Championship

Olympians Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett overcame steamy conditions Saturday night to win the U.S. Triathlon Elite National Championship.
September 25, 2010  |  Discuss

Bennett, Shoemaker win national titles

Olympians Laura Bennett and Jarrod Shoemaker outlasted a top-notch field of Americans and overcame steamy race conditions to win the USA Triathlon Elite National Championship at Manderson Landing in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bennett's title is her fist since 2003.
Via Universal Sports
September 25, 2010  |  Discuss

Matt Reed: Contending with turnover

Bubbly water, floating vegetation that's generally related to the bottom of the lake or a stagnant sheen on the surface are all clear indications that a lake is experiencing turnover. This can be among the most challenging scenarios an angler can face.
October 13, 2010  |  Discuss

Matt Reed: Carolina rigging in the cold

Known mostly for power techniques, some may be surprised to learn that, during the winter months, Elite Series pro Matt Reed's preferred technique is the Carolina rig. But when the weather cools down, the action with this technique heats up.
October 18, 2010  |  Discuss

Matt Reed: Standing timber in winter

Standing timber and bass fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, that idyllic vision of bass nirvana can become skewed as winter approaches, given that many anglers abandon timber in favor of more typical wintertime haunts.
December 01, 2010  |  Discuss

Live Chat:Bulls, Canes in Game 1 of Florida Four

Junior LHP Matt Reed will make the start for the Bulls on the mound as the Bulls take on Miami in 2011 Florida Four with first pitch coming at 4:05 p.m.

Live Chat: Reed on the Hill for the Bulls vs. UCF

Junior LHP Matt Reed will take the mound when the Bulls travel to Orlando to take on UCF with first pitch at 6:30 p.m.
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