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San Luis Obispo, CA / Belize City, Belize, California, United States
Hello, My name is Casey Bateman. I am a professional triathlete on the Belize National Team. I am currently working on making the 2016 Olympic Team and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Team. I came from a swimming background in the USA and have since switched my focus to triathlon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Olympic Training Center Acceptance and Other News

Hello All,
 These past two weeks have been quite eventful. With the olympic training center posting its benchmark tests for residency stays of elite athletes we have been chasing the standards a little bit to check our fitness and compare to some of the countries elite. I had quite a performance. The swim time standard was a 18:23 for a long course 1500 M swim. I used my swim time from this past year of 16:54. For the run time trial I had a not so phenomanal 3k TT. I was out a little slow and negative split coming home. This Past weekend I ran a 5.1K footrace ard went 15:58 which met the time standards of a 15:45 5.0K race. I recieved my invitation to train with some of the top Triathlon coaches in the country as work to qualify for the U-23 Draft Legal National and World Championship teams. I will be going between June and September of 2012 to hone in skills of pack racing, get some altitude training as well as get some exercise physiology testing. I am very excited to be provided this opportunity.

In other news I have recieved my first of new new bikes from my sponsors at specialized bikes. I have recieved my timetrial bike and will be getting my road bike in the next 2 weeks. Once again thank you to Specialized for providing this to me.

The off season is well under way and Training has been steadily increasing and I feel that i'm getting stronger each week I look forward to my first race in March!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Olympic Training Center and U-23 World Championship Team

Hello Everyone,
 I hope this post finds everyone well! Now that we are a month into the new season of training, We have set our sights on a few early season benchmark tests! Last week the United States Olympic committee released its benchmark tests for both the U-23 World Championship team and its benchmark test for the residency programs at the Olympic Training Centers in both Chula Vista, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The swim times are posted as a 18:23 for a 1500 M swim and 18:00 for a 1650 Y swim. Those will be rather easy times to hit considering my swimming back round. I will pursue the long course time trial next week in San Luis Obispo. Also the running time trials have been posted. There are 3 time standards, they include a 9:00 3K run, a 15:45 5K, and lastly a 33:00 10K. Today I will be pursuing the 3K TT at Cal Poly with my Tri team. Next week I will  pursue the 5K TT with a current ITU 40-45 Age Group Long Course World Champion. He is one of my coaches athletes and has a fast 33 minute 10 k coming off the bike. He will be a rabbit to set up the first 2.5-3K where I will be off to do battle on my own. These times will help secure a spot for me to do a week long residency program at either of the Olympic training centers with my coach. We will be given the opportunity to work closely with other USAT coaches, as well as do some exercise physiology tests such as Max VO2, Lactic threshold, and metabolic heart rate tests. I'm looking very forward to get this as well as see where my fitness stands currently as I pursue getting on the U-23 World team. Keep posted this week as I will update you all on the status of the Time Trials!