I'm organizing a little event on Saturday October 24, 2009. I sent the below email to the folks on the Sunday Bike Ride distro list but since there are only 107 folks on that list, I thought that I should post this on the forum to attract a wider audience.
Drop me an email at number55555 at yahoo dot com and I'll send you details next week or if you have any questions.
SUNDAY BIKE RIDE WITH THE VERTICAL SWIMMER
Star Date: Week 14
Good Morning Peasant Class Citizens,
Your reason for living is back. I took a bunch of weeks off to travel to the motherland to complete a little medical procedure. I know what you are wondering so I'm going to now answer those questions for you. Like I've said before, I'm truly generous to a fault.
1. Yes, I went into the operating room as a man and yes I came out as a man.
2. No, I did not come back with a mail order bride but I could have.
3. Yes, I did smoke a little ganja while I was there. You can judge me if you want but you are peasants and your opinions do not carry weight in the Kingdom. Being Royalty is very stressful and so what if I want to indulge every once in awhile? All those who are royalty please raise their hands right now ... 'nough said.
There will be no ride this week. I want to take another week off to make sure that the medical procedures from the motherland doesn't have a delayed effect. You never know about these motherland doctors. One moment you are peeing standing up the next you are sitting down bitching about why the toilet seat isn't up or down. Vietnamese Royalty wants to make sure that there are no shenanigans going on before he rewards the peasant class with his presence.
I want to organize the Ironman Vietnam that I had talked to you all earlier this year. I'm not sure if folks are still interested. The event will occur on Saturday October 24, 2009. We will do two loops of the Eagleman bike course. I want to see what it's like to go 112 miles in the aero position with the wind bitch slapping me. For the folks that are doing Eagleman next year for the first time, this may be a good opportunity for you to see what the course is like prior to your training. You can do one loop instead of two but you won't be an Ironman Vietnam finisher. One loop makes you an anti-christ.
The same format applies ... swim 0.0 mile swim, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 meters, brag for the rest of your life. SAG vehicle support will be available. If you need help, don't call me. I'll call you. On course support will also be provided ... just keep your eyes open for convenience stores and shooting ranges. Standard operating procedure applies when you ride with me. You will pull me and you will like it. If you give me the dirty look, you will see what a broken clavicle feels like.
My bike fitness isn't what it was prior to the accident. I can't average 20 mph+ like some of the Sunday bike Nazis but I'm pretty sure I can hang around the 17-18 mph average for 112. Unless someone needs to hit the port-a-johns, we will only stop after each loop to replenish our nutrition. If you are interested, let me know and I'll set the wheels in motion.
Just follow the little arrows on the ground. It will either lead you to the promised land or the home of bubba and his first cousin wife ... not that there is anything wrong with that. What you peasants do is none of my concern.
Take care everyone. See you out on the road.
I am in
looking to be on the royalty escort
I might be in, but I would rather bike one loop and then run 13.1 miles (skipping the second loop on the bike).
Hmmmm, three of us did two loops of the Eagleman course last year around this time in prep for IMAZ...I would not wish doing that again on my worst enemy...
Registrations for IMVN is filling up fast ... 9 confirmed and 3 maybes. There will be no deferments, bib transfers, or community slots available. If you volunteer this year, your registration costs will be waved for next year. This is almost as good as free daycare at the Ho Chi Minh Daycare Center.
Have I mentioned about the swag and the post race amenities ?
BTW, the Monarch of the Mekong was again spotted last night, near the Jefferson Memorial, cycling fast this time, not tentatively, shouting out commands to the peons he passed. The whole Tidal Basin seemed to wax silent in reverence for Royalty. The towering statue of the nearby Sage of Monticello seemed a mere pygmy compared to His Royal Munificence, the Saigon Sire, the Jefe of Hue, Haiphong, and Hanoi. Rumour has it the King was also spied briefly in the Hains Point pool, casting a stately, almost vertical figure, pushed along by the mild current produced by the open-air breeze, 'til the King reared up to total Verticality and, with a wave of His strickened, yet still awesome clavicle, commanded the waves to cease.
As of right now we have 14 confirmed athletes and 5 maybes. One more and we can get to that magical 20 number. If you are still on the fences, seize the day and live in the moment by signing up now. You know that you want to do it ... so do it before the cost of registration doubles. As a bonus, the 20th person will have their finishing photo taken with the Prince of Saigon.
We have a biker who needs a ride. He lives near Ft. Totten but can meet you anywhere in DC. If you can help him out with a ride, he'll greatly appreciate it. Please drop me an email and I'll put you in contact with him.
As a reminder, there will be two different divisions out during IMVN. We have the full IMVN division (2 loops) and the Lyndon Larouche division (1 loop). If you are in the Lyndon Larouche division, please shower before coming to the ride.
In! But I am with Hugh....one loop and 13 mile run. Well, not that I will be running with Hugh because he will leave me in the dust after about one minute, but I'll be doing the same workout.
Tuan - glad you're back in action....it's been so boring without you!
Tuan -- Glad to hear rumors of your royal recovery!
I'm going to try and get out of some work to join you guys. Hopefully I'll see you there.
What is the starting time for this kingly, kinetic event?
Anyone offering rides the day of? I can take one more bike.
I might be out. Rolled my ankle pretty hard on a trail run yesterday. Plus, I've got the time trial down at HP that morning. Might be a last minute decision if I head on over.
Ed .. details about IMVN will come out tomorrow.
Hugh ... it's going to rain again on Sat morning so you might as well reschedule the TT now :) Seriously though, you should rest. The biking on the IMVN course might not be the thing to do. This of course, comes from a guy who's doing it on a fractured clavicle :)
Ironman Vietnam Athlete's Guide
The Quest for a Bowl of Pho
A Message From The Race Director:
Welcome athletes and congratulations to you all for taking steps to embark on this wonderful journey. The race is coming upon us. This truly will be an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your lives. To the rest of the world, a 0.0 mile swim, 112 miles bike ride, followed by a 26.2 meters run is unconceivable but to you ... it is air. It is what you think about before you go to bed and what you think about when you wake up.
Your non-IM friends do not understand you. Your co-workers think that people who do this have deep emotional issues that need to be worked out but you have that deep fire that burns from within, that pushes you to a place that few can understand or comprehend. Simply put, you want to be a Vietnamese. Perhaps not forever but for just that one magical day, you want to know what it's like to be a Vietnamese.
While the training has been hard, this Saturday will be your day to celebrate. Some of you women probably have given up men while some of you men have probably given up foosball. The sacrifices have been great, the challenges have been steep but this Saturday you shall see that dream realized.
We have assembled an all star cast of 24 athletes (16 confirmed and 8 maybes). Pace ranges should be in the 14-18 mph arena. I believed that the Ed Moser The Great will there to tend to the lost souls in the back of the pack. There may also be a few people there who are faster than God but they don't count. This is a race that the defending 2008 IMVN Champion Christy Wellington once said "What the F***?" Indeed, WTF.
There will be no Kona slots available because as we all know, the folks that runs the Ironman hate Vietnamese people. We will give them the middle finger by making this race draft legal and EPO legal. Please make sure that you bring enough replenishment and clothing for all weather. It's October and that wind blast from the bay in the early morning can be quite cold while the second loop may want us to go the ways of the Europeans.
Let's try to gather the troops at the end of the ride for some food and beverages at a local establishment. We'll make that decision post race. I'm sure we will all be in different mind sets after the ride.
We will clip at 8:00 AM or when royalty feels that it is time. Please try to show up early since I want to clip as close to 8:00 AM as possible. A lot of us are doing two loops so it will be a long day for us. There is no need to add the stress and extra energy with standing around longer than need be.
This is a map of Cambridge and our meeting spot: http://www.tricolumbia.org/Eagleman/Camb_Map_Overall.pdf
We will meet at Great Marsh Park. It's the red #2 on map. You can mapquest the directions. The cliff note version is to go from 495 to Rt50 and cross the Bay Bridge. Just stay on 50 until you get to Cambridge. The place were we meet is the literally at the swim start of Eagleman. There is a parking lot there that should be big enough to accommodate all of us. Our bike start is the exact spot of the bike start of the course.
The bike ride is pretty easy to navigate. There will be painted arrows on the surface of the streets to tell you where and when to turn. I've done the course twice with other DCTri folks in the past and I've never felt the need to bring along a cue sheet or map.
This is the map of our bike ride: http://www.tricolumbia.org/Eagleman/images/Bike_Course.pdf
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
It "may" rain this Saturday but please be aware of our inclement weather policy. There are no refunds for your registration fees if the weather turns bad. You safety is our ultimate concern. We may have to cut off the 0.0 mile swim and turn this into a Vietnamese duathlon but the show must go on. The forecast calls for early rain. We'll be there all day so it matters little. Also remember that it always shines when you are riding with Royalty. Yes, I know ... that line doesn't work on women either :)
In all seriousness, I will be there rain or shine. If you wake up Saturday morning and it's pouring, know there is at least one crazy Vietnamese out there who is about to get his game on. It rained last weekend. It'll rain this weekend. There are no guarantees that it won't rain next weekend or the weekend after that. We are in the mist of hurricane season after all. Tropical storms, tropical depressions, and etc are the norm this time of year. At some point you will need to soldier up and control your own destiny. If we have to wait for the perfect weather to train in, none of us will ever be an Ironman.
Please be aware that it rained last Saturday and was very very very cold and windy last Sunday. Vietnamese Royalty had to compromise his biking last Sunday due to the weather. He was a skinny man riding as a fat man on his bike last Sunday. Let it be know that 10 layers of clothing doesn't block out all of the wind when 9 of those layers are sitting inside of your car.
We can't compromise our biking like that again. It's a sign that you are the antichrist if you take two consecutive weeks off during IM training season. Sitting on the trainer does not count ... that's like Satan's child running in place. If I'm there by myself for the 112 then so be it. One way or another, I will force myself to go 112. Now, if it snows then you know ... Vietnamese people don't do snow.
Let the quest for the bowl of pho commence!
I'm proud to announced that the organizers of IMVN just secured a sponsor for our race. This is very exciting news. High Clouds (http://www.highcloud.org), an organization founded by two fellow DCTri members will be providing goodie bags for those who show up this Saturday. High Cloud will provide some beverages, post race snacks, Dicks sporting goods coupons and medals for all 24 Ironman Vietnam finishers! Also, two gift certificates to the fastest and the slowest but consistent rider.
Due to the lateness of us getting to this, the medals are not personalized for this year's race. However, next year we will have our own personalized IMVN medal.
To those of you who are not familar, Adriana and Matt Anderson are two DCTri folks who have founded this organization. Adriana will be doing her first IM this year in Florida with the rest of the Royal entourage. Please vist their web site for more details on the wonderful work that've done. They will also be expanding to Vietnam next year (I believe).
This is what they look like as they appeared in a featured article in Runner's World in 2008. The cover is the same avtar that Adriana uses when she posts stuff on the DCTri forum. A truely remarkable couple.
ABOUT HIGH CLOUDS
Just to share more on High Cloud (a 501 (c)(3) International Non-Profit)--our mission is to help alleviate world poverty for the vulnerable among us--children and displaced mothers who are victims of violence, poverty or natural disasters throughout the world. We provide humanitarian assistance and support to orphanages, foundations and rural schools through educational programs, sports and additional extracurricular activities. High Cloud has ongoing humanitarian activities in: Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Kenya, Nigeria, Macedonia, The Middle East, and India (http://www.highcloud.org). High Cloud provides humanitarian support in the form of the following four programs:
1) Cloud of Knowledge provides instruction in languages, math, and science
2) Cloud of Nutrition encourages children to use their limited resources to make healthier eating choices, includes dental hygiene instruction, medical support
3) Cloud of Environmentteaches conservation, basic sanitation, and recycling methods
4) Cloud of Sports emphasizes the benefits of an active lifestyle by encouraging development of natural athletic abilities
See you all this Saturday,
I've been following the forecast for IMVN and it does not look good. Wind and rain I can handle but the forecast also calls for thunderstorms and lightning. As bad as I want to do this, there's nothing to be gained by testing the wills of the gods. I'm going to have to cancel this for this Saturday. Your refund checks will be sent out shortly.
Hey all. Since the ride this Saturday has been beaten by Mother Nature, me and some other IM Cozumel and Arizona people are going to try this once again on November 7, 2009.
We will keep everything the same as scheduled for this weekend, just on the 7th. So, clip-in at 8am, same meeting area, ect.
Tuan, please do sue me for copywrite infringement! :-)
Please let me know if your interested in joining.