The Next Chapter

We’ve had a lot of special milestones the past two weeks as a team – 5 athletes in Kona, our 4th Birthday, another Kona podium.  Each of these milestones should be celebrated because together, as a team, they are possible.  It’s with great joy and pride that we celebrate another milestone.  Our own Haley Chura will be racing as a professional triathlete moving forward.

Haley has grown up as a triathlete with many of you.  Betty Janelle took her under her wing early on as Haley was learning the sport, acting much as a triathlon “mother”.  The Lane 8 girls – Shelly, Beth, Dori – have kept swimming fun for her.  Maria Thrash has been critical in helping Haley maintain that swim weapon she wields and coaching her when Coach can’t find the right words.  Michael Howell has been a long-time running partner pushing her and helping develop that discipline into a strength.  Kathryn Honderd has been a steady, predictable roommate at camps and the races.  Allen Heaton has been the steady hand to get her on her bike safely and swiftly.  Drew Marlar, Micki Donegan, Linda Linda Varney Anderson, Albert Bodine, Erik Johnson, Brent Pease and Michael Kidd have kept training fun and inspiring.  Michael Dukes, Steve Barth and her work colleagues at Bennett Thrasher, including GREENies Brian Hamm and Lyn Reagan, have been encouraging of her sporting pursuits.  Morgan Clark and the All3 Team, Ryan Dolan and the TYR Team as well as Chance Regina at Blue, Matt Booth at Mizuno, and professional triathlete

Happy 4th Birthday & Mahalo

It seems fitting that Dynamo Multisport was born during an Olympic year.  The Olympic year is always focused, determined, stressful, fervent and wildly fun.  These same adjectives could easily describe our GREEN family.  As I wrote to our own Betty and Ernie Janelle last week, we definitely put the “FUN” in dysfunction, something that all families deal with in their own idiosyncratically unique way.  When I think back on these four years, I look at the evolution of our program from humble beginnings in the Chamblee weight room and 12 athletes on the roster to kick off 2009 to the 5 athletes we had at the Ironman World Championships last Saturday.  More defining about those four years, though, was the personification of our community that has developed in that time last Saturday:  the 30 strong support team lining the sea wall in an armada block of green, dotting the streets of Ali’i Drive and pedaling the Queen K on the most sacred grounds of our sport.  To say we’ve come a long way would be an understatement.

I wrote in a blog last week that what defines Dynamo Multisport now isn’t what has changed in those four years; it’s what has remained the same.  Our culture is fiercly in tact.  We are defined by not what we do in the races but the people who compose the ‘We’ in Dynamo.  We are caring, passionate, welcoming, diverse, respectful athletes who have congregated around an idea of community in the shared passion of multisport.  This hasn’t changed.  And as we look towards […]

By |October 17th, 2012|News, Newsletter|0 Comments
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TYR Open Water Demo & Dynamo Day

DynaNation –

It’s time to dust off that skinsuit or wetsuit and come out for the first open water swim of the season.  The swim will take place this Saturday, 4/14, at 9am.  Please be there early and ready to swim at 9am.

TYR - Official Apparel & Swim partner of the GREENAnd if you are in the market for a new wetsuit or skinsuit, our fantastic partners at TYR will be on-site with an inventory of their industry-leading Torque skinsuits andHurricane Cat 1-3-5 wetsuits for folks to demo.  This is a great and rare opportunity to actually “try-before-you-buy” best-in-class, critical equipment in your racing arsenal.  For more information on the location of the swim, please check HERE.  For folks looking to get a ride in post-swim, a group will be heading out from the lake on an out-and-back route that will allow you to go as much or as little as you want or need.  Please be prepared with fluids and calories as needed, as there are no store-stops on the route.

And to make a day of it, our good friends at All3Sports are having Dynamo Day at the store.  All Dynamo Multisport athletes will get a special one-day only pricing on all TYR products at the store (includes wetsuits and skinsuits).  If you enjoyed what you tried on at the swim, get it at a great price at the store later in the day.  All other store items will be discounted at our special team rate, so don’t forget to stock up on any items you may need for race season.

Have a wonderful weekend, and as […]

By |April 12th, 2012|News|0 Comments

Enrolling PowerCycle Series 2

Hello DynaNation!  We’re on the precipice of race season for 2012 and  we are pleased to announce registration for the second series of PowerCycle classes of 2012.  We have already had priority registration for our Coached Athletes and Incumbents, and are happy to report we still have limited spots available.

All sessions will leverage the primary benefits of our training system: a controlled, specific environment that is structured around achieving specific adaptations using your own bike, a certified instructor and a true team of your classmates.  The classes will be structured appropriately for the race season.  Mondays will be a Base Skill & Strength session.  The emphasis will be on skill and strength development, specifically emphasizing pedaling technique through various drills.  We will couple these drills with more sustained aerobic level strength work to maintain current strength during race season.  This class is designed to be very moderate in intensity assuming larger training loads coming out of the weekend.

Wednesdays & Thursdays will be our Base Intensity sessions.  The emphasis for Series 2 will primarily be threshold development and aerobic efficiency.  Classes will often run separate workouts within the class, allowing athletes to choose between more of a long course or short course focus depending on where the athlete’s emphasis lies.

DURATION: 8 calendar weeks from April 2 – May 24, 2012

PRICING: $120 for the 8-week series (1 day) / $240 for the 8-week series (2-days) / $20 drop-in


Mondays – Base Skills / Strength  – 5’45am & 7’05am

Wednesdays – Intervals – 5’30am & 7’05am

Thursdays – Intervals – 5’45am

REGISTER: To register for any of the classes, please click HERE

You do not need to be a previous PowerCycle athlete to take advantage of our methodology that has helped new athletes […]

By |March 21st, 2012|News|0 Comments

Welcome to Local Partner Mizuno Running

Official Shoe Sponsor of The GREENIt’s with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Mizuno Running to the Dynamo Multisport family. Continuing in our focus of partnering with best-in-class organizations such as TYR and GU Energy, we are thrilled to be able to work with Mizuno, whom like our other best-in-class partners All3Sports and Blue Competition Cycles, are local to Atlanta metro. Mizuno’s North American Headquarters are based locally, and our own Matt Booth, represents Mizuno locally as well as in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Our Dynamo Multisport athletes will be able to purchase Mizuno running shoes at wholesale prices plus tax in three group purchases throughout the year:

(1) March 15
(2) June 15
(3) September 15

To purchase shoes for the March 15th deadline, please follow the below steps:

(1) Request an order form from Coach Shanks or Coach Matthew

(2) Go to the Mizuno Running website to get more information on specific products

(3) Submit your order form to Coach Matthew or Coach Shanks by March 15th; this includes providing a current credit card for payment

(4) Orders will be shipped to Coach Matthew within 5 business days and be available only at the Chamblee pool for distribution

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a great local partner and we hope you can take advantage of it.  If you have specific questions about Mizuno products, please contact Matt Booth directly via email.  And when you see Matt at the pool next time, please thank him.


By |March 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments

Enrolling PowerCycle Series 1

Happy 2012, DynaNation!  We are pleased to announce registration for the first series of PowerCycle classes of the 2012 season.  We have already had priority registration for our Coached Athletes and Incumbents, and are happy to report we still have limited spots available.  This series will consist of 10 weeks under the current format – Mondays as Base Skill and Wednesdays/Thursdays as Intervals.  We hope you kick off your season with us this year.
For exact information, please see below:
DURATION: 11 calendar weeks from 1/9 – 3/22 (10 total class weeks); Monday 1/16 class will shift to Friday 1/21 for the Eastern Invite at Dynamo
NOTE: There will be a week break from 2/13-2/16

CLASSES / REGISTRATION LINK / INSTRUCTOR:  *To register, please cut and past the registration URL into your web browser
5’45am Base Skill: / Coach Shanks
7’05am Base Skill: / Coach Shanks
5’30am Intervals: / Coach Matthew
7’05am Intervals: / Coach Matthew
5’45am Intervals: / Coach Shanks
$150 for the series for 1 day / $300 for the series for 2 days (e.g.,$300 for Monday/Wednesday)
Drop-ins -> $20
NOTE: Athletes who purchase the entire series worth of classes will be allowed to use the equipment during off-hours at their own discretion provided a coach is available to open the Loft for their use
By |January 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments

Welcome to the Family

DynaNation –

It is with great pleasure that Maria and I introduce the newest addition to the Dynamo Multisport family, coach Andrew Shanks.  Many of you have seen Andrew as one of our regular coaches in our PowerCycle indoor cycling classes this past year or shadowing Coach Maria on the pool deck.  We are thrilled to have his talent and his passion in a more formal role on the team as another one of our full-time coaches.

Growing the vision for Dynamo Multisport has always been something that Maria and I have been very careful about.  Our people – athletes and coaches – have developed a culture built on integrity, passion and respect for one another.  As it relates to growth, I have only wanted to expand with people who fit the way we do things.  Maria is such a special person and coach that the bar has been set really, really high.  Finding a coach like her doesn’t just happen, and harder yet, more than one coach of her caliber and character.  So for the last several years I have been patient with the process, keeping my eyes and ears open and allowing things like expansion to occur organically.  Be sure that the priority for Maria and me has been to preserve our culture above anything, including expanding the breadth of our reach of our vision.  We are thankful that Coach Shanks – a character person first and foremost and equally as talented coach – allows us to seamlessly preserve our culture and now expand the capabilities of reach.  In short, Coach Shanks “fits” with who we are and how we do things, and we, as a team, are all better […]

By |December 7th, 2011|News|0 Comments

DMS News Link – November 2011

The leaves have changed and are slowly falling off their limbs.  Fall has arrived here in Atlanta and with it, the beginning of the 2012 racing season on the WTC calendar.  With Winter lurking around the corner, most of us are in Transition Season mode.  Take this time to recharge body and mind, heavily invest in those relationships that make your training and racing possible, work on your skills and the aerobic engine.  In short, be kind to yourself for a long season past and the one that is ahead.

We have had a fair amount of 2012 racing already with Ironman Florida, Ironman Arizona and Cozumel in the books this month.  Linda Anderson, Kathryn Honderd and John Marshall (Coached Athletes) as well as Kevin Millam and Mike Buteau hit the sands and flats of Panama City Beach, Florida.  Kevin, Mike and Kathryn all had impressive performances in their IM debuts.  Kathryn culminated a special season by placing 2nd in 25-29, securing the first Dynamo Kona slot for 2012.  Linda had a massive PR at Florida, shaving a full 2 hours off her IM-distance best while clocking in at a shade above 12 hours.  John, coming off a collapsed lung 2 weeks prior, had a fantastic race in context, showing grit and pride.  Carrying the momentum into Arizona, Coached Athletes Bill Otten and Greg Stivers continued the 2012 showcase.  Bill, like Linda, shaved 2 hours off of his personal best en route to a sub-12 finish.  Greg, in his IM debut, clocked under 11 hours even while flatting out on the bike.  Fantastic performances all around for all of our athletes.  Finally, Nate Pramik returned to the Gulf on behalf of THE GREEN, having another nice […]

By |November 30th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Happy 3rd Birthday & Mahalo

Happy 3rd, GREEN!  As i type out those words, I can’t help but smile.  Since our humble, modest beginning three years ago, we’ve shared a spectrum of experiences across our family.  For me, this year marked incredible highs and devastating lows.  In the former, we saw the Brothers Pease – Brent, Kyle and Evan – complete their first triathlon as Walking With KPeasey, providing us the model of strength, endurance and perservearance.  WE ARE ALL BROTHERS, we cried, and through their love of one another, we, as a GREEN family, grew closer through their triumphs.  A week after their triumphant day, we lost one of our own, as Hilton Kort lost his battle with bladder cancer.  Our loss, though, continued to bring us closer together.  We celebrated his life under the perfect fall day this past weekend, as so many of you volunteered and/or ran the first HK5K in his honor.

The DynaNation family continues to grow.  Coach Maria Thrash has built the best-in-class masters swimming program arguably in the entire world.  Two of our Masters Swimmers, Haley Chura and Rebecca Carpenter, exited the the waters off of Kailua-Kona last weekend in the Ironman World Championships, as the number one and number five female amateurs in the swim.  It’s safe to say no other program in the world can boast the same accomplishment.  The masters program has continued to nourish Dynamo Multisport and vice versa.  These two siblings grow our families and allow us to share the Dynamo Multisport culture with more athletes.

And speaking of that culture, the original […]

By |October 16th, 2011|News|0 Comments