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Join Tortugaman Tri Hearts


Meet the Tortugaman Tri Hearts Board of Directors and your fellow Tri Hearts club members.  Dr. Michael Pursley, Cardiologist will discuss available heart screening tests the last Friday every month.

Echo stress test: An echocardiogram (often called stress echo) is a graphic outline of your heart’s movement. Stress echo combines echocardiography with exercise to evaluate the heart’s function at rest and with exertion. Echocardiography creates a picture of the heart’s movement, valves, and chambers using high-frequency sound waves that come from a hand-held wand placed on your chest.  This allows the doctor to see the pumping action of the heart.

 Carotid artery duplex scan (checks blood flow-looks for blockages): This test is an imaging scan to look at how blood flows through the carotid and vertebrobasilar arteries in your neck.

 ECG: Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is used to check heart rate and rhythm. This test can often detect heart disease, heart attack, an enlarged heart, or abnormal heart rhythms that may cause heart failure.

 Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm Screen (ultrasound): Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there’s a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your stomach.  This bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. It can be serious if it’s not spotted early on because it could become bigger and eventually rupture.

Tortugaman TRI Hearts 2019

What is a Tortugaman?

TORTUGA – Tortuga is the Spanish word for turtle or tortoise. In our world we took it further to ‘crazy turtle’. Tortuga has also been associated with islands, fictional aircraft, a sporting arena, and an armored vehicle. Any way you slice it, Tortugaman is a BEAST. Tortugaman as it relates to multisport athletes is ever evolving and if you are a Tortugaman you are steady, persevering and determined.

So c’mon and be one of the crazy turtles racing towards 277.7 miles!

B-E-A-S-T is also our  ‘creed’

Join TORTUGAMAN TRI HEARTS and attend all our group training including TRI TOUGH SATURDAYS, then add together all sanctioned runs, rides, triathlons, swims and adventure races in 2018.

2019 Club Annual Membership Benefits

  • COST: $55.00 annually (TeamWorks coached athletes pay $45, included in your program annual set-up fee)
  • MEMBER PACKET includes:
    • “Are You Tough Enough?” team wristband
    • Team Swim cap
    • Team T-Shirt
    • Long sleeve Tortugaman shirt when you reach 277.7 event miles
    • Various additional sponsor schwag
  • 277.7 Event miles Jan. to Dec.
  • TORTUGAMAN Facebook group – Please post upcoming races and race results, along with everyday training tips.
  • WEEKLY team emails with upcoming group training, events, races and Coach’s Notes.
  • TEAMWORKS/TORTUGAMAN website- Free resources training articles, videos, drills
  • ATTEND weekly group training- swim, bike, run, brick training & TRI TOUGH Saturdays
  • TRI TOUGH SATURDAYS are last Saturday of every month March thu October @7am at American Legion. Learn to be adaptable, an important skill of triathletes. Show up at designated time and be prepared to swim, bike, run or any combination for designated time allotted. It’s a surprise!
  • TORTUGAMAN TRI HEARTS offers reward tickets for prize drawings to its members for triathlons accomplished, referring new members, participation/volunteering @TWC events, meeting training challenges and more. {5 reward tickets for TRI TOUGH Saturdays or for Volunteering in any triathlon related event *service to the sport.}
  • DISCOUNTED Club + TeamWorks hosted Swim, Bike, Run or other TRI related sanctioned events.
  • WHOLESALE pricing on Team Kits/gear (tri suit, cycling jersey, t-shirts, swim caps, hats, water bottle.)
  • FREE Team Kits/gear with your club sponsor referral. *See Michelle for sponsorship opportunities.
  • ACCESS to all partner/sponsor discounts and deals.
  • VOLUNTEER at 1, 2 or 3 TeamWorks or Tortugaman events per year to receive reward tickets for prizes or FREE Team TRI Kit.
  • Optional annual heart screening. Dates TBA
  • Corporate memberships available @FAIRHOPE FITNESS 24— Reg. price = $60/mo. TTC price = $33.00/mo.
  • Current partners include; Xterra wetsuits, Karbon Speed Race wheels. See website for additional sponsor and local sports retailer deals (FLEET FEET, RUN-N-TRI, PRO CYCLE & TRI, and others).

Tortugaman Details

Tortugaman Challenge

Tortugaman started in 2011, inspired by Christopher McDougal’s 2010 book “Born To Run”. We adopted his mentality ‘MAS LOCOS’ which means “MOST CRAZY” and borrowed Coach Willie’s Navy team slogan “Start Slowly Then Ease Off”(tongue-in-cheek), to create the TORTUGAMAN CHALLENGE. This CHALLENGE has taken many different forms over the years. It’s been a yearlong race, it’s been a weekend Ironman, a SuperSprint. It is whatever we envision it to be year to year. This year our goal is to attend our favorite races together as a team! Soon we will publish the favorite regional race list and various different ways to accumulate 277.7 race miles.

    • Here are our goals:
  • 277.7 or more EVENT MILES JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2017 (Choose from any sanctioned event such as- swim, bike, run, triathlon, duathlon, aquathon-splash & dash, aquabike, adventure races and rides.)
  • Post a pic of yourself at your race or event on Tortugaman Club Facebook group page.
  • Stand-alone sanctioned open water swims + pool swims count 10x. ex. 1mi open water swim = 10 Tortugaman miles.
  • Choose from our Tortugaman Club “Favorite Races” list to accumulate 277.7 event miles in various ways. (List coming soon)
  • Earn the NEW TORTUGAMAN T-shirt as soon as you reach 277.7
  • 2017 TORTUGAMAN party in December (TBA) to award recognition and prizes.
  • Special prizes to everyone who hits 277.7 race miles on the nose!

Want to Be Even More Involved?

  • INCLUDES USAT or USMS annual membership (choose one).
  • 10% DISCOUNT on TeamWorks custom training plans.
  • HALF PRICE Club or TeamWorks hosted swim, bike, run or multisport events.
      • MUST COMMIT TO BRING IN 1 SPONSOR ($100/$250/$500) in 2017.*See Michelle for sponsorship opportunities
      • FREE Team Kit (choose one— tri suit, cycling jersey) with club sponsor referral.
      • MANDATORY to wear team uniforms/kits/Tech tees in all races.

Terms & Conditions

  • 2018 Membership starts on the date of online registration or TeamWorks athlete registration.
  • Wear Tortugaman wrist band, hat, t-shirt or team kit to all group training including TRI TOUGH Saturday.
  • Must sign ‘risk assumption’ and ‘hold harmless’ agreement to participate in group training.
  • Must be a member of USAT.