Welcome to the SWAT message board

Welcome to the SWAT (Southern Wisconsin Area Triathletes) posting and message board.

Please click the JOIN SWAT link in the sidebar below, print you application and mail it in to sign up. After you email the club and become a member, you will be allowed to post here.
It is very easy to post and allows people to post workouts, events, training tips, and other club related news. Others can comment on each post (topic). Anyone can comment with a Google or other account login.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Monday, December 29, 2014

2015 SWAT Membership

Hello!  It's another new year and time to reset the membership lists.  If you haven't sent me your renewal already, your renewal is due by 1/31/15. 
If you have a new member application, please get that out to us soon - we want to be sure you are included in all the things we have coming up, like:
*Comraderie and accountability of group training and socialization
*Ironman Tri Club Program
*Rev3 Dells and Cedar Point discounts
*discounted wetsuits
*Lots of other neat stuff and training opportunities

We welcome anyone new- from the novice to the veteran  from sprints to long course athletes.  Whatever your level, we want you to join us for fun and group fitness opportunities.  Most of our communication these days is through our private Facebook group.  Please feel free to email me with membership questions.

Submit the online application at:http://goo.gl/forms/cCEr3lS4J2
Pay your dues through the Paypal link on the right sidebar of this page

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Membership for SWAT

Hello!  It's another new year and time to reset the membership lists.  If you haven't sent me your renewal already, your renewal is due by 1/31/13.
If you have a new member application, please get that out to us soon - we want to be sure you are included in all the things we have coming up, like:
*Comraderie and accountability of group training and socialization
*Ironman Tri Club Program
*Rev3 Dells and Cedar Point discounts
*discounted wetsuits
*Lots of other neat stuff and training opportunities

We welcome anyone new- from the novice to the veteran  from sprints to long course athletes.  Whatever your level, we want you to join us for fun and group fitness opportunities.  Most of our communication these days is through our private Facebook group.  Please feel free to email me with membership questions.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Spring Meeting and Picnic

Yesterday we had a nice picnic followed by a brief meeting.  Thanks to all that came and took part.  It was nice to meet new members, see old members, and enjoy some great company!
 Here is a link (click) to the meeting minutes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


You may have seen it on the Facebook page but thought I would share some of the things going on:
* we have started our Ladies Rides on Mondays at 6pm, departing from Lions Beach circle drive
* Stay tuned for more news about the Janesville Aquathon Series, we are assisting with implementing it this summer with Race Day Events
* We have new sponsors this year: XTERRA Wetsuits and Michaels Cycles, both offering members nice discounts (see more info on the sidebar to the right of this page and on the Facebook group page).  Please shop with them often as a thank you for their faith in us.
* See me for discount codes for SWAT for the Rev3 Wisconsin Dells 2012 event

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Year, New Logo and New Look

I hope this post finds everyone well and looking forward to the upcoming racing season.

I thought the blog could use a new look so I gave it a face lift.  I hope everyone likes it.

We have changed the design of our logo and are in the process of placing a clothing order for 2012.  Any club member can go here and access the clothing order form.

Happy training everyone.  I look forward to seeing all of you this year.


Thursday, June 23, 2011


We are finding more and more members are using the SWAT Facebook page to communicate group training and conversation. You will find it a much more active environment, but just know that there are a handful of members that are not on Facebook, so if you want to reach everyone, you probably want to use the group email button on this page, which is always kept up to date. Or if you are new to Facebook, search for SWAT and request to be added to the group page.
Summer workouts are underway, so please join us at Rockport Pool on Tuesday evenings for a Swim, Bike, Run, and Fun!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Minutes are ready from SWAT Spring Meeting

Here are the minutes from Tuesday's Spring Meeting.
Please review the minutes at your convenience.
Reminder: If you plan to participate in Race the Lake at the discounted Team rate, please let Jenny Wimmer know ASAP.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Meeting Agenda

SWAT meeting agenda
Marshall MS poolside
April 19, 2011
7:00 PM

1) Call to order
2) Roll call
3) Approval of agenda
4) Approval of November 2010 minutes
5) President’s report
6) Vice-president’s report
7) Secretary/treasurer’s report
8) Webmaster’s report
9) Old business
a) 2011 Race calendar
b) Group race
c) Volunteer race
d) Summer school kid’s triathlon
10) New business
a) YWCA lead rider
i) June 18
ii) 7 AM
iii) Free t-shirt and pancakes
b) Large tech jacket for sale-price donation to SWAT
c) Race to the Cure
d) JVC Bricks
i) Wed. early evening
ii) Palmer Park
iii) Mike Norton
11) For the good of the cause
12) Adjournment

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Food for thought

Hi all!
I stumbled upon this article about the "Lazyman Triathlon" done by a fitness center. http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/02/news/lazyman-tri-gives-athletes-one-month-to-complete-iron-distance_21684
It got me to thinking this concept could easily be adapted to some challenges within our club. For instance:
* as an off season challenge every month or every other month through the winter/off season.
* as a monthly challenge through the summer months
* as a way of accumulating particpation points at our summer Tuesday Tri-Outs

I'm sure there are other options. Anyone else feel like this might be fun or encouraging? I'd be willing to keep stats. Let me know what you think!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's a new triathlon year! Renew your membership before the end of the month!

Hello SWAT friends!
Just a quick reminder that we have entered a new year and hope to see you renew your active membership with the club.
As a reminder we will be closing out the 2010 membership logs around January 31, 2011 and updating all membership lists and permissions, such as blog posting and Google calendar access for the club at that time. Don't let your membership lapse!

To renew your membership:
Simply submit your 2011 dues of $12 to me at: 440 Willow Springs ct, Janesville WI 53548 before 1/31 if possible.
If you completed an application and waiver last year, there is no need to more, but if your contact information has changed, an update is appreciated.

For new membership:
Simply complete an application and submit to the same address listed above. The web address for the form is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qlKc3gDCCpTSh1x14wHQh5Tx4KcVQXY2AGpbZfyui1w/edit?hl=en
Please invite a friend to join and help us broaden the TRI community!

If you have questions, please let me know. See you all soon!!
Jenny Wimmer

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Gobble Waddle

Join us for the 5th annual Gobble Waddle. It is a great way to start your Thanksgiving Day. Eliminate some pre-family stress and burn some pre-meal calories.

Thursday, November 25th
67 S. Blackhawk St. (Viemeister's house)
7:00 AM
4 and 6 mile routes
No race fee = no race shirt, just wear your favorite race shirt from the previous year
continental breakfast to follow

SWAT Fall Meeting 11/13/10

Today was the Fall Meeting. Minutes can be found here or on the sidebar to the right.
Please review the minutes and the reports that are embedded within the document. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please let one of us know. When you review the Constitution, please note that substantive changes have been marked in bold, italicized, and highlighted to make them easy to identify.
Also, please let me know if you find any dead links so I can get them fixed if I need to.
I hope to see many many more of you at the Spring Meeting in April- we need your active participation and attendance!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Turkey Trot

It fall season is upon us. Time to enjoy some fun local running events.

Turkey Trot
Sunday, November 7
1:30 race time
2 and 5 miles
$15-$25 (benefit ECHO - local food pantry)
brownies and cider afterward

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ironman Wisonsin 2010 SWAT participants

Ironman weekend is upon us. Sunday at 7AM, several SWAT members will begin their journey towards the IMWI finish line, all but one(*) for their first official finish.
You can follow their progress from home (http://www.ironmanlive.com/) or better yet you can follow them live and in person, ringing cowbells on the course!

SWAT participants:
Zach Carr
Phil Gredler
*Alison Viemeister
Michele Wilkinson
Jenny Wimmer
Mike Wimmer

Friends of SWAT participants:
*Johnny Brown
*Bob Kincaid
Brendan Wilkinson

Good Luck to all of our SWAT friends! May we have a perfect day!

If you haven't spectated this event before, I have a spectators guide I put together for our friends and family that you can find by clicking here. Of course, you will need to adjust the times for most participants since I suspect I will likely be bringing up the rear of the SWAT pack. :)

Michele Wilkinson: Milton Cancer Survivor Competing In Ford Ironman Triathlon

Milton Cancer Survivor Competing In Ford Ironman Triathlon

Michele Wilkinson: IMWI Update

For those of you that don't know Michele Wilkinson, one of our newest SWAT members, I thought I would share a link to her story featured on the Channel 3000 news tonight. Michele, along with her husband Brendan, will be competing in IMWI this weekend. (See the above post to view the video)

I receive regular updates from her as she reaches for her fundraising goal for the Susan G Komen Foundation in preparation for Ironman. Below, I am also sharing her most recent training and fundraising update.

Five days!!!! Just 5 days until Ironman Wisconsin is here! I can't believe it...the time has flown by. As of today, I am more excited than nervous. I have done what I could do and I can't control the weather, so I am just going to soak it all in and enjoy the experience to the fullest! Taper has been going well and I have been enjoying the shorter workouts. This morning, a 20 minute run, 15 minute swim and 30 minute bike, gotta love it!!! More of the same for the rest of the week.

I did want to share an article that was written about me any my journey to Ironman in the Janesville Gazette...the link is below:


Race timing: As promised, I have attached our cue sheets as to where Brendon and I will think we will be throughout the course of the day/night. These are our estimates based on what we think our pace will be that day. Thursday evening, I will be sending out another email with the My Athlete Tracker information (how to log in and track us), which will give you live tracking information thaat will tell you exactly where we are on the course throughout the day. So, if you have a computer or smart phone, you will be able to use My Athlete Tracker :). Look forward to seeing you out there! And if you see us on the run, be prepared for a sweaty hug.

Fundraising update: Just $136.00 left to reach $15,000.00!!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has made a donation! I have been so overwhelmed by your support! If you have not had an opportunity to make your donation yet, it's not too late. Donations can be made online until Friday, September 10th at the web address listed below. Remember, all proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Madison Affiliate.


I do really want to thank everyone for their support over these last 5 months! My running partners and friends, couldn't have done them without you and appreciate all the early mornings with fun conversation and solving the worlds problems :), everyone at the gym for putting up with my rest days (I will really teach on the bike again), my Mom and Dad for watching the kids upteen times while Brendon and I went out for long bike rides, Tom and Suzie (B's parents and my fantastic in-laws) for watching the kids for long rides, overnights and bringing them to our races, my family and Brendon's family for all of their support, our friends and neighbors who have had the kids over for playdates while we ride or run, all of the new friends I have made through this journey, all of our friends, our amazing children who hae been so patient this whole summer (can't wait for Florida this fall!), everyone at Komen Madison - the support you have given has been phenomenal and am happy to have met all of you, and my ROCKIN' husband Brendon...you are the absolute best, I love you to pieces! Our long rides and running dates have meant more to me than you will ever know. I cannot wait to race with you this weekend and cross the finish line together!! It'll be a great day!!!!!

Thanks again for taking this journey with me and hopefully bringing us one step closer to finding a cure for breast cancer!

Enjoy the day everyone!

Michele Wilkinson

Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forget about the ones who don't, and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.' ----Harvey Mackay


Joy Carr: ADA Janesville Walk

I received this letter via email from Joy Carr. For those of you who may not know one of our newest SWAT members, I thought I would pass this along.
Please consider supporting your team mate, every dollar counts towards a cure, as do your thoughts and prayers.
August 21, 2010

Family & Friends,

DIABETES –A silent killing disease with tremendous challenges 18 million Americans must battle on a daily basis! We are fighting to break the silence and find a cure for this nasty disease.

As you may be aware, I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes unexpectedly on July 21, 2003. My eyes were opened to the severity of this disease and how wide-spread it has become; unfortunately the numbers continue to grow. Zach and I have been blessed with tremendous support from friends, family, co-workers, and health providers to overcome the fears and challenges of living with diabetes. Until we find a cure, it will continue to be a daily challenge, but we want to thank all of you for your continued support!

The diagnosis is a life changing event and one that caused me to re-evaluate my goals. Watching my diet, creating an active life-style and educating others all became a new way of life for me. As any type 1 diabetic will tell you, diet and an active life-style are not easy to manage; your blood sugar is directly affected by exercise and if your diet isn’t properly coordinated, the combination could lead to hypoglycemia. Being the competitive person I am, I wanted to show other diabetics that there are no barriers -- diabetes was not going to be an obstacle! In 2008, I trained with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) team to bike 100 miles in Death Valley. Unfortunately, that day diabetes reared its ugly head and due to low blood sugar I was only able to complete 88 miles; but I did finish in style on a gurney. Last year, I completed two half marathons, a sprint triathlon and a marathon (finishing just minutes away from qualifying for Boston). This year, I’ve competed in two triathlons, a duathlon, two half-marathons, the JDRF century bike ride in La Crosse (finishing the entire 100 miles) and will be competing in the Milwaukee marathon (and hopefully qualifying for Boston). We will overcome diabetes!

American Diabetes Association (ADA) Step-Out Walk to Fight Diabetes -- This will be my 8th year taking part in the ADA Step-Out Walk which will be held at Palmer Park on October 9, 2010. I would appreciate any monetary or emotional support you could provide for this very worthwhile cause. Tax deductible donations are due by September 14, 2010 and should be made payable to ADA. Donations can also be made on-line at http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/StepOut/WisconsinArea?px=1810274&pg=personal&fr_id=7285.

If current trends continue, one in three Americans born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. The ADA is working diligently to fight diabetes and their work is extremely important to all those affected by this silent killing disease.

Thank you again for your continued support. If you have any questions about the Step-Out Walk or the work of the American Diabetes Association, please do not hesitate to call me or check out their website. Thank you.

Joy Carr

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Race the Lake

Congratulations to CJ and Phil Gredler and Mike and Jenny Wimmer. They completed Race the Lake in Fond du Lac this past weekend. It is a 90 mile "race" around Lake Winnebago. They made the trek in about 5 1/2 hours. That would be at 17.5 mph. Great team effort. Way to go!!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday Tri-out

Awesome turn out tonight at our weekly Tri-out. It was great to see Brian and his friend, John. Anne T. was just able to swim as she recently had foot surgery. Our new members, Zach and Ann H. kept a great pace on the bike. CJ swam and biked while Phil, forget your biking shoes, swan and had a long run. The Wimmers made the swim, bike and run. We also gained a new member Trish N., who can hold her own on the bike. Chips and salsa was a great treat afterwards.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Thank You from the Kids Triathlon

Many members of the SWAT Triathlon Club assisted with class support preparing for race day and course support on race day for the Summer School Triathlon class.
The club received a thank you note from Dan Bayreuther, the teacher for the Summer School Kids triathlon.

The handwritten note from Dan said this:
"Thanks to all of you for the help at our KIDS TRIATHLON. The kids were so excited with the medals and the goodie bags!
Thanks Again,
Dan Bayreuther"

Thanks to all who helped on or leading up to race day by giving their time and expertise. This could not have been possible without you time and enthusiasm.
We also need to thank Mercy Health System for their donation of items and bags for our goodie bags and to Michael's Cycles for their donation of water bottles to put into the bags.

Pictures will be posted soon. Stay Tuned!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Waunafest 10 mile run.
Saturday, July 24
7:30 AM
$30 day of registration

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ironman Racine 70.3

Congratulations to all SWAT finishers of Ironman Racine 70.3.
CJ Gredler 7:45:03
Jenny Wimmer 7:44:48
Mike Wimmer 7:30:38
Phil Gredler 7:02:50
Alison Viemeister 6:11: 40

Other friends that finished include:
Michele Wilkinson 6:49:36
Brendon Wilkinson 6:12:28
Jen Brady 5:31:51

Monday, July 5, 2010

Water Quality reports

If you are looking for websites that list water quality data for Wisconsin bodies of water, you can try these:
Wisconsin Beach Health
Rock County Health Department

Thursday, June 24, 2010


SWAT team has permission from the city of Janesville Leisure Services to swim in Lion's Pond. Our times are M-W-F from 6-8 PM and S-S 7-9 AM. You must swim with at least one other person AND be wearing your SWAT swim cap. The JPD and Rotary Gardens are aware of this. If you would like a letter to keep in your car as proof, you can get one from Alison.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Updated Information: Tri Outs and More!

What a great Tri Out we had this week! The weather was nice and it was good to see familiar faces. Remember that next week is our first "Quadrathlon" Tri Out and we will be having some healthy things to eat and socialize after the Tri Out. Hope to see you there and get a chance to meet and talk with new members.

Some things to note:
* SWAT swimcaps have arrived. See a SWAT officer to get yours. We will have them available at the Tri Outs.
* The Summer School kids Triathlon class is in full swing. We have goodie bags for their triathlon on their last day of class (7/15) and are ordering their medals. If you would like to donate items (trinkets or treats) for the bags, please let one of your officers know ASAP.
* We will also be needing several volunteers for the Summer School triathlon as our club has offered to provide the course support to the kids on the morning of 7/15. Please let an officer know if you will be able to help out with this event. You will simply need to show up and to wear your SWAT gear or wear orange clothing so we will be easily recognizable to the kids.

See you next Tuesday!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tri-outs begin

Our first SWAT Tri-out (another name for work-out) of the 2010 season will be on Tuesday, June 15. Tri-outs are every Tuesday evening weather permitting. We will meet at Rockport Pool and go from there. Join us for the swim, bike, and run or any part you can.

Swim 5-5:45 ish
Race group bike 6-7:30 ish
Pace group bike 6:05-7:30 ish
Run 7:30-?

Race group will go 20 miles out and back at a quick pace. This group will drop riders.
Pace group will ride out and back as a group. Leader will answer questions and give tips for improved biking.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Volunteer opportunity

Beloit Duathlon
Saturday, May 15
7:30 AM
Beloit Hospital parking lot

See you there!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April Minutes

If you have not already found them on the sidebar of this page, you can view the minutes from the spring meeting at this link.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Another Free IMWI training camp to consider


Check out this website if you want to explore another free training camp on the Madison Ironman Course.

I know nothing about this one (it is different than the WIBA one I posted before) but received an email about it and thought I would share with the group.

This takes place the Fri/Sat of Memorial Weekend, just before Madison Marathon.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

South Shore Half Marathon (Milwaukee)

Is anyone interested in doing this event on Saturday, April 10 at 8:30 AM? The cost of same day registration is only $13.