Good luck to all Club members racing in Myrtle Beach. Have a great time and kick butt and come back with the title!
Many fast performances. Some of them; unofficial:
Ellen Wexler, Half, AG 2, 4:59.
Stephanie Ewert, Overall Oly 1st, 2:13; Janie Hayes, AG 1; Abby Sanford, AG 3; Julie Kennedy, AG 2; Liz Carroll, AG 1; Courtney Fulton, 2:26; Victoria Andersen, Athena, 2.
Peter Nguyen, AG 1; Andy Blatecky, AG 2; Brady Nelson, AG 1; Bryan Frank 2:18; Sean Ward, AG 1; Jimmy Biese, AG 3.
Jennifer Leehey, Overall Sprint 1st, 57:43; Toby Mandel, AG 3.
Luke Holman, Overall 1st, 51:37; John Erb, AG 1; Steve Carlson, AG 3.
AJ Morrison, Aquabike, AG 2. Ed Moser, AG 2 (2nd of 2 racers in category).
Lindsey Jerdonek, Pros, females, 3rd.
Congrats to everyone who raced! And many thanks to all of the volunteers! It was a great course, great weather, and a great way to end the tri season.
Let's bring an even bigger crowd next year and win it! We're already out-racing the team that won... we just need more people next time!
Stellar performance as usual Luke!
Hmmm, next year the Club championship is in San Diego I believe, so I'm thinking the San Diego tri club may be looking to dominate their hometown race...
Not sure if any body stuck around to watch the pro men race on Saturday, but Hunter Kemper crashed on his first bike lap. He was third out of the water and in 2nd place when a slow swimmer (being lapped) came through transition (where the bike course passed through each lap) and ran in front of him. He had to have been pushing 35+mph on the decline before transition where i was standing. I didn't actually see the accident because they (him and 1 other rider) whizzed by so quick, but I heard the crowd gasp and turned around saw him down on the pavement.
Sounds like he broke his arm, so hopefully he heals up quickly. A photographer was standing right there and caught it...
Olympian Triathlon Crash (click Next to scroll through)
Thanks for posting this Brady. Slowtwitch discussion of the crash here:
Short tongue-in-cheek race report:
Perhaps due to plant runoff, perhaps due to motor oil, the swim was as black as ink, with zero visibility. So much so, that Stephanie Ewert was guided through the course by gutsy blind triathlete Tina Ament, the two tethered together…
Although DC Tri had faster athletes, Columbia, Missouri won the team competition by racing in more, and more elderly, age groups--after scouring Sunrise Senior Living for every retired sportsman in the Slow Me state...
Not saying the race organizer, also from the Columbia, MO team, was biased. But in announcing the awards, he lit up a large Applause sign whenever a fellow teammate stepped to the podium...
In a rare infraction, officials penalized Janie Hayes for taking off her bike bag during the race. The rules state a racer must finish a contest with the same gear she starts with, lest she "lessen her load" or strew the course with abandoned stuff that could trip up competitors. Yet officials didn't see the half of it. Race video reveals that Janie tossed her bag, water bottles, and helmet over her shoulder at oncoming bikers; unclipped and hurled the safety pins on her race number to puncture the tires of rivals; and dripped oil from her lube bottle onto the road, sending pursuers into wild swerves. Her partner in crime Jimmy Bisese, in a superb demonstration of bike handling skills, picked up several of these items on the fly, and returned them to Janie, allowing her to assault her competitors yet again. Well worth the measly 2 penalty points for a podium appearance...
After the race, Abby Sanford suffered from some nausea and headaches. Not from the dehydration of a fast performance--but from having posted 57,485 messages urging clubbers to attend Myrtle Beach. In the off season, Abby will be hosting the club's new training seminar on how to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome...
Despite the 20 kegs on tap, the post-race party unexpectedly ran out of beer. By then DCT had moved to the Cheeseburgers in Paradise pub, and switched to 5-foot-tall beer bongs...
Congratulations and thank you to everyone who raced. What a fun weekend for DC Tri!
Great weekend, indeed! Hey Ed, what about that part about when I was pouring motor oil on the road during the bike? I wanted to substantiate that claim!
Janie: We reviewed YouTube footage of the race with unbiased officials from the Columbia, Missouri team, and corroborated the many penalties you committed, as now detailed above. The video has gone viral, gaining over 3 million hits: suggest you change your identity and move to a distant part of the country, say Columbia, Missouri, to start your athletic career anew. -- Ed