Thank You IRONMAN Boulder!

We’re back from Boulder and had a blast being part of the opening ceremony festivities at the inaugural IRONMAN Boulder!

It’s only fitting that a full IRONMAN race finally came to one of this country’s meccas of triathlon. IRONMAN Boulder was, in fact, the largest race held to date in the history of IRONMAN triathlon. With that in mind our hats go off to race director Dave Christen and his army of staff and local volunteers that put on a world-class event and to the local community for embracing the event.

Our thanks also go out to Dave Christen and Dave Downey from Boulder County Communications for inviting us to Boulder to be a part of the opening ceremony, to Dave C’s team at Ironman and Dave D’s crew at BCC for all their assistance (Ironband actually had a “crew”!) and to Mike Reilly for his continued support and letting us rock him onto the stage.

As triathletes we are always taught to “not” try new things on race day; don’t race in a brand new pair of shoes, don’t make questionable adjustments to your bike the day before the race, etc. The same philosophy should apply as musicians (or pseudo-triathlon-musicians). But then that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

As such we eschewed that philosophy and tried all sorts of new things on “race day”; syncing our music to video with embedded lyrics on the jumbotron, playing live backing music to Dave Downey’s live voice-over of the IRONMAN History video and welcoming Mike “The Voice of Ironman” Reilly to the stage to live music.

We had a blast and hope that the athletes and their family and friends enjoyed the beautiful evening in Boulder under the setting sun as they prepared themselves for Sunday’s race. For our part, we spent the better part of the weekend “investing” in the local community by attempting our own IRONMAN of sorts; biking to every brewery in Boulder. Do you know how many breweries there are in Boulder?

As far as the race – congratulations to everyone who stepped up to the starting line and dug deep in their efforts to become a mile-high IRONMAN! There were some impressive first time wins, some new PRs, some not-so-much PRs, and some who didn’t reach that finish line within official time, but as with many things in life it’s the journey and not the finish that’s important so congratulations to all of you.

See you soon!

Highlights from our opening set that kicked off the evening:
Ironman Live @ the 2014 Ironman Boulder Opening Ceremony

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IM Boulder + Ironband = Mile High Rock & Roll

Ironband is heading to the Rockies and thrilled to be part of the 2014 Ironman Boulder Opening Ceremony festivities!

If you’re heading to Boulder for the race or you live in the Boulder/Denver area come out for an evening under the stars as we kick off race weekend at the inagural Ironman Boulder!

This event is free and open to athletes, their family and friends, and the general public. We’ll kick things off with live music at 6:30pm before “The Voice of Ironman”, Mike Reilly, takes over the mic as he hosts the Opening Ceremony at 7:30pm.

We’ll see you in Boulder on August 1st!

Ironband - Ironman Boulder

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Ironband Hits the Road: Fresh Ideas Halfmax Championship

Ironband is hitting the road this weekend for a special appearance at Ultramax Sports’ Fresh Ideas Halfmax Championship at the Innsbrook Resort near St. Louis! With three distances to choose from and one of the most scenic courses in the midwest we’re excited to be a part of the return of this historic event. We’ll be playing at the post-race party on Saturday so look for us as you cross the finish line.

Visit the website for more information on the Ultramax Halfmax, Quartermax and Octomax events.

Fresh Ideas Halfmax Chamionship

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Thank You Ironman 70.3 Kansas!

Age Group Body, Podium Heart

Age Group Body, Podium HeartLive footage and photos from the2014 Oread Ironman 70.3 Kansas

A big thanks the 2014 Oread Ironman 70.3 Kansas, Ryan Robinson and his crew at Silverback, Ironman staff, Dave Downey and the Boulder Communications team as well as all the athletes, spectators and fans in Lawrence this weekend for the warm welcome as we performed at this event for the fifth consecutive time.

As always we had a great time and we loved being a part of the race from a musical perspective. It was great to see a number of faces that we haven’t seen in some time and meet several new ones.

By Request: Weezer's Beverly Hills

By Request: Weezer's Beverly Hills

On the inspiring side of things, do you remember the song/video that we created (You Can Take Your Cutoff) about Chrissy Vasquez and her unwillingness to quit at last year’s event, even after her chip had been taken away? Well, she came back to Kansas this weekend and OFFICIALLY crossed that finish line prior time around – way to go Chrissy!

In between playing, setting up, and assisting in a handful of ad hoc volunteer duties we did manage to snap a few pics and those can be found here:

Photos on Picassa

Photos on Facebook

Congratulations to the men’s champion, James Seear, and the women’s champion, Ruth Brennan Morrey, as well as all the overall winners and age-group winners. We had too many friends out there racing to mention them all so click here to view the full results for the 2014 Oread Ironman 70.3 Kansas.

See you next time!

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Ironman 70.3 Kansas – June 8th, 2014

Ironman 70.3 Kansas

We competed in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Kansas seven years ago, played our first Ironman 70.3 Kansas four years ago and we’re thrilled to return to perform at our fifth consecutive Ironman 70.3 Kansas next weekend!
Always a highlight of of the year, IMKS is our first overnight event of the year which means deluxe accommodations (see below), mountain biking, camping, the carnies and all-around mayhem. This year’s event also marks the return of one of Kansas City’s most famous triathlon ex-pats, Glenn “The Godfather” Bohannon.

The GodfatherIronband Green Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can catch Glenn around the campsites/course/expo all weekend, and if you want to work for the man himself I believe they are still looking for a few volunteers for bike check-in on Saturday; visit KC Multisport’s website or facebook page for details or click here to register for specific volunteer positions.

Tentative plans are to play on the stage in the expo near the finish line on Sunday as the athletes start crossing the finish line so keep your ears peeled and cadence strong!

See you next weekend!

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Live @ Kansas City Triathlon: “I’m on a Truck!”

Ironband is looking forward to entertaining the athletes at this weekend’s Kansas City Triathlon!

We’ll be out on the bike/run course, coming direct to you from atop a truck!

How many of you saw the Saturday Night Live digital short – “I’m on a Boat” – starring Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and T-Pain?

Sure, Rolling Stone gave the song minus four stars, but that doesn’t meant that with a little lyrical tweaking and some distorted guitars it couldn’t be a number one hit.

OK, maybe not…but it was memories of that video and this weekend’s impending “truck” performance that lead to one Ironband member’s brief and ill-advised recording session late the other night.

See you all out on the course on Sunday – good luck athletes!

Ironband: I'm on a Truck

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