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2021

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Goals for 2021

 

 

Overall AG First Last # Wave Swim Pace Rank T1 Rank Bike MPH Rank T2 Rank Run Pace Rank Overall
1 -1 Paul Mikuszewski -213 8 7:15 1:19 1 1:15 6 38:44:00 23.8 1 1:14 64 22:17 7:14 13 1:10:45
2 -1 Daniel Bensen -127 6 10:32 1:55 25 1:51 23 39:04:00 23.6 2 0:48 25 20:34 6:40 8 1:12:48
3 -1 Mitchell Tebo -256 7 8:38 1:34 7 0:45 1 44:08:00 20.9 8 0:32 6 20:20 6:36 7 1:14:24
4 1 Matt Cain -141 8 10:04 1:50 16 2:26 54 43:16:00 21.3 6 0:40 16 19:22 6:17 3 1:15:49
5 1 Twain Mein -209 9 8:59 1:38 9 1:20 8 42:16:00 21.8 3 1:04 45 22:24 7:16 16 1:16:04
6 2 Win Whitcomb -269 9 8:19 1:31 4 1:11 5 43:33:00 21.2 7 0:56 34 22:52 7:25 18 1:16:51
7 1 Isaac Bingham -130 8 8:13 1:30 3 0:55 3 47:20:00 19.5 21 0:26 3 20:16 6:34 6 1:17:11
8 1 Jack Brown -134 8 9:54 1:48 14 1:22 9 44:23:00 20.8 9 0:36 8 22:54 7:26 19 1:19:10
9 -1 Joellen Reino -232 6 10:16 1:52 20 1:33 14 44:34:00 20.7 11 0:44 20 22:28 7:17 17 1:19:37
10 2 Brian Fitzgerald -160 8 10:59 2:00 34 1:48 20 42:57:00 21.5 5 0:54 29 23:11 7:31 21 1:19:49
11 1 Ric Haupt -173 9 9:59 1:49 15 2:23 52 45:01:00 20.5 12 0:42 18 23:51 7:44 26 1:21:57
12 1 Davis Wheat -266 7 11:02 2:01 35 3:13 96 48:03:00 19.2 23 0:34 7 19:23 6:17 4 1:22:15
13 2 Benjamin Simanski -247 8 12:55 2:22 78 1:31 13 46:16:00 19.9 14 0:45 24 20:58 6:48 10 1:22:27
14 3 John Reino -233 9 11:33 2:07 46 2:52 81 42:29:00 21.7 4 1:08 49 24:30:00 7:57 30 1:22:33
15 1 Charles Chokel -149 9 8:35 1:34 6 2:14 45 46:43:00 19.7 15 1:12 61 23:54 7:45 28 1:22:39
16 2 Edward Sparkowski -251 9 10:52 1:59 32 1:39 17 44:33:00 20.7 10 1:03 44 24:38:00 8:00 32 1:22:47
17 2 Paul Jahnige -178 9 10:14 1:52 18 2:00 32 47:01:00 19.6 20 0:23 2 23:21 7:35 23 1:22:59
18 2 Jacob Revelo -235 7 11:15 2:03 41 1:26 11 46:46:00 19.7 17 1:43 95 23:22 7:35 24 1:24:33
19 1 Lukas Martin -203 8 12:13 2:14 61 1:25 10 46:50:00 19.7 18 0:42 19 23:51 7:44 27 1:25:02
20 -1 Gabrielle Galat -161 10 8:43 1:35 8 1:57 30 49:55:00 18.5 30 1:09 50 23:33 7:38 25 1:25:17
21 4 Elliott Kelly -184 9 11:14 2:03 39 2:21 50 51:30:00 17.9 41 0:30 4 21:17 6:54 11 1:26:52
22 2 Mark Waller -263 8 12:46 2:20 76 1:54 26 45:44:00 20.2 13 1:01 43 25:38:00 8:19 36 1:27:05
23 -1 Alicia Wendolowski -265 11 10:08 1:51 17 1:19 7 46:58:00 19.6 19 0:45 21 28:14:00 9:10 62 1:27:24
24 1 Lisa Ritchie -236 11 9:08 1:40 12 2:44 71 50:09:00 18.4 32 0:54 30 24:36:00 7:59 31 1:27:30
25 3 Will Gray -167 9 8:29 1:33 5 2:46 73 49:01:00 18.8 25 1:10 55 26:18:00 8:32 41 1:27:44
26 1 Nicholas Peterson -220 7 14:19 2:37 111 3:09 92 52:39:00 17.5 46 0:31 5 17:47 5:46 1 1:28:25
27 1 Fred Buse -138 7 12:14 2:14 63 2:58 86 52:08:00 17.7 44 0:45 23 20:40 6:42 9 1:28:44
28 3 Matt Powers -224 7 13:45 2:31 99 3:03 89 47:44:00 19.3 22 1:13 62 23:19 7:34 22 1:29:04
29 1 Lisa Chase -148 12 10:35 1:56 27 1:08 4 52:05:00 17.7 43 0:56 35 24:51:00 8:04 33 1:29:36
30 3 Zachary Wheat -268 7 12:12 2:14 60 3:42 116 50:39:00 18.2 35 0:57 36 22:18 7:14 14 1:29:49
31 3 Paul Rabenold -227 9 11:24 2:05 43 2:01 33 48:25:00 19 24 0:58 40 27:36:00 8:57 56 1:30:24
32 1 Jodi Stevens -252 11 11:48 2:09 51 2:50 77 52:55:00 17.4 50 0:37 10 22:20 7:15 15 1:30:30
33 1 Sarah Howe -176 12 9:02 1:39 10 1:51 24 51:00:00 18.1 37 1:19 75 27:54:00 9:03 59 1:31:06

 

 

LOL, I can't believe I am sending a sprint tri recap to the 50+ crowd, but here goes!
Writing this at 30 thousand feet.

Greenfield Triathlon, Massachusetts

I met Brian Fitzgerald (“Fitz”) back in 1996 (along with Chang) when we worked at a start up called Four11. We had a product called Rocketmail (web-based email) which attracted Yahoo!’s attention. In fact, Y! bought our company in 1997 b/c of Rocketmail which is now known as Yahoo! Mail. Through those years, I got Fitz interested in triathlons and we trained together and did many memorable races, esp Wildflower – the best aspect of it was camping together with friends. In around 2005, Fitz moved back east but every year he would come join me and the crew for Wildflower weekend. I would fix up one of my spare bikes and get him a tent as well. He’d fly in to SFO, drive down, camp, race, and then haul ass back to the airport and fly back home. It was a tradition for years and sort of the triathlon highlight. In fact, in 2018, the Boston Globe did a story about Wildflower which primarily featured Fitz! We actually partied with the reporter and her friends until all hours that year…that was quite a night (Dean, Derrill, Fitz, Chang, Gary, feel free to chime in....)

Unfortunately, as you know, WF is no longer happening. And racing tris has sort of dropped off the radar with Covid. But Fitz wanted me to come out and visit this year; he lives in Amherst, MA. I suggested a triathlon and we found the Greenfield Tri which has been going on for 37 years. Self-centered bastard that I am, I told Fitz that if I was going to fly across country and race, it was important for me to win my age group to qualify for Nationals so placing first in the AG was important. So this wasn’t just a social visit, I was on a mission. I grilled Fitz on the bike I could use and asked him for aerobars on the bike. He said I could use his wife’s bike or his old bike that he had loaned to a friend.

Wife’s bike? Really?

I pressured him for his old bike and asked if he had aero bars. There were a few follow ups “yeah, I have the aero bars – but they are missing one bolt. But I think they fit”. Fitz assured me the aero bar would fit though I had my doubts. And he said he would get a replacement bolt.

So I arrive last Friday after the red eye with 1 hour of sleep. I check out the bike and the aero bars have all the bolts but…they don’t fit. They are size 26 while the handlebars are the more modern 31’s. F!  Oh well, let’s just readjust expectations. That said, the bike is a super cool classic Ibis “Spanky” steel bike that was remarkably stiff and had great handling. I dialed in the fit and Fitz and I went on a pre-ride; wow, sweet bike!

Regarding the swim - the swim is very short; 1/3 mile and in a river. I assumed it wouldn’t be too cold but was also conflicted with what to wear. I didn’t want to lug my wet suit but wanted to be as fast as possible and also wanted to wear my HRM. The only clothing choice was my Team USA one piece. But I thought, what a jerk showing up with Team USA to a little communal triathlon! But that’s what I packed. The day before the race, Fitz and I did a pre-swim. You go down current and then back up. The water was bracingly cold (61 degrees). I went 1:19 pace down and 1:44 pace back up. After the swim I was shivering. F! Why didn’t I bring my wet suit? How would affect race day? Damn!

On to the race. We got there at 6:45AM in time for the mandatory race meeting at 7:30 when they then close off the transition area. Luckily it was pretty sunny and I relaxed about being too cold after the swim. Fitz would go off at 8:36 and me 3 mins later. I got in to the water and it was shockingly cold. Did some warm ups to try and get warm. Gun goes off and I’m in the top 4 but something is wrong. Totally shallow breathing. Feeling like I am going to drown. Ugh! Backstroke time! Interestingly, on the turn around, back against the current, it felt better.

Came out of the swim in a daze, got on the bike and was promptly dropped on the first hill by another guy in my age group on an immediate climb. WTF? This forced me to focus and I soon pedaled by and never saw him again. The course was actually pretty technical with rough roads in spots and some significant climbs. Interestingly, the road bike was better suited to a lot of the conditions and I ended up with the 3rd fastest bike split despite no aero advantage. It was a total ego boost to pass guys on their expensive tri bikes! Cool.

The run was pure survival though, And age has sapped speed. I was struggling at 7:20 pace but just kept it there. It is so crushing how 7:20 pace feels like 6:20 pace of years gone by. Mercifully it was only 3.1 miles. I finally crossed the line, sprinting like a wounded deer, but got first in the AG (55-59) and 5th overall. Fitz, in the 45-49 AG was 2nd AG.

So we both podiumed which was sweet.

Anyhow, it was super cool to use a tri race as an excuse to visit a dear friend and it was an epic experience.
Fingers crossed that this punches the ticket to Nationals as well.

 


Santa Cruz Tri

8/8/2021

 

Results

 

 

Sprint Distance                              
Place Bib   Gender Swim Place T1 Bike Pace Place T2 Run Pace Place Time Age AG place AG
1 446   M 15:24 9 0:56 32:13:00 2:36 5 0:52 17:06 5:30 2 1:06:31 43 1 M 40-44
Stefano Profumo
 
2 471   M 15:13 8 0:59 31:50:00 2:34 3 0:43 17:57 5:47 4 1:06:42 39 1 M 35-39
Jimmy Sopko
 
5 350   M 15:24 10 1:19 31:15:00 2:31 2 1:06 19:29 6:16 9 1:08:33 37 2 M 35-39
Stephen Doinidis
 
7 365   F 13:31 2 1:14 35:35:00 2:52 20 1:11 18:21 5:54 7 1:09:51 16 1 F 16-19
Elizabeth Fetter
 
11 422   M 16:48 23 1:45 33:02:00 2:40 8 1:48 20:30 6:36 16 1:13:53 55 1 M 55-59
Twain Mein
 
19 476   M 18:26 42 1:54 34:35:00 2:47 13 0:51 22:07 7:07 31 1:17:53 59 2 M 55-59
Derrill Stepp
 
21 496   M 18:00 36 1:46 33:16:00 2:41 9 1:28 23:33 7:35 45 1:18:03 58 3 M 55-59
Dean Woerner
 
23 348   M 16:44 22 1:52 37:09:00 3:00 33 1:16 22:03 7:06 30 1:19:04 58 4 M 55-59
Peter Delahunt
 
                                   
Olympic Distance                              
1 285   M 24:59:00 1 1:10 1:03:08 2:33 9 1:32 36:49:00 5:56 2 2:07:37 24 1 M 20-24
Alex Derbyshire
 
5 43   M 27:53:00 13 2:20 1:05:46 2:39 15 1:00 38:32:00 6:13 3 2:15:31 36 2 M 35-39
Xavi Padrosa
 
8 284   M 25:52:00 5 1:09 1:07:57 2:44 28 1:25 40:43:00 6:34 15 2:17:07 53 1 M 50-54
Andrew Hughes
 
9 189   M 26:42:00 8 1:23 1:03:25 2:33 10 1:13 44:43:00 7:13 39 2:17:27 55 1 M 55-59
Mark Pietrofesa
 
16 201   M 25:28:00 3 1:45 1:10:23 2:50 38 1:25 44:20:00 7:09 35 2:23:22 50 3 M 50-54
Sergei Rodkin
 
27 223 Chang So M 33:39:00 65 2:15 1:07:51 2:44 27 1:16 43:41:00 7:03 28 2:28:42 49 2 M 45-49
 
44 93   M 34:36:00 74 1:37 1:05:58 2:40 16 2:41 49:41:00 8:01 75 2:34:33 53 5 M 50-54
Jonathan Glick
 
Aquathlon                                
2 334 Dave Campbell M 17:47:04 4           19:51:01 6:12 2 37:11.3 64 1 M60-64

 

This race was much more matter-of-fact.

The day before, the family went down to Santa Cruz for packet pick-up. We discovered another location for our favorite breakfast burritos, the Point.

Lily also taught me to surf at Pleasure Point. We did it on her board and the SUP.  Did over 1 mile of "swimming".This said, the water wasn't that cold and the kelp seemed safe.

Race day it was a long line to the porta-potties! Best part was seeing Derrill. Second best part was that me, Derrill, and Dean were 1-2-3 in the sprint division for 55-59 age group.

Bonus points: Chang was 2nd in his AG for Olympic. Jimmy Sopko, 2nd in the Sprint/1st AG, Xavi 2nd AG, 5th overall.

 

 


Sandman Triathlon, Aptos

8/22/2021

 

Results

 

 

Triathlon 2021 with Sinda and Finn

 

 

PLACE /TOTAL   NAME                AGE S TOWN            TIME
    1   1/9    MICKEY SHULKIN       24 M                 1:20:21 
    2   1/12   CHRIS JOHNSON        44 M ATLANTA         1:22:11 
    3   2/9    KHEVA MANN           22 M SEBASTOPOL      1:22:46 
    4   1/18   ANDREW HUGHES        53 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:23:48 
    5   2/12   MATUS MARTINI        41 M MARINA          1:24:03 
    6   1/7    PETER NAVARRA        32 M MONTEREY        1:25:21 
    7   1/10   ANDREW HELMS         35 M SANTA CRUZ      1:26:25 
    8   2/18   JEFF TUDOR           50 M LIVERMORE       1:27:03 
    9          JENNIFER FORD        41 R MENLO PARK      1:27:07 
   10   1/9    ANNIKA MCBRIDE       22 F APTOS           1:27:21 
   11   1/18   JEROME GUIONNET      57 M PALO ALTO       1:27:43 
   12   2/18   THORNTON WEILER      56 M ALAMEDA         1:28:16 
   13   2/10   MARK COTE            36 M APTOS           1:28:19 
   14   3/10   KURT STIEHL          37 M LOS GATOS       1:29:37 
   15   1/4    FINN BOURKE          16 M                 1:30:29 
   16   3/18   TWAIN MEIN           54 M REDWOOD CITY    1:30:34 
   17   1/15   CHRISTIAN SIMONSEN   29 M MORGAN HILL     1:31:05 
   18   2/15   BEN LAWLESS          25 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:31:21 
   19   1/8    PAUL COUSINEAU       49 M BURLINGAME      1:31:26 
   20   2/7    NICHOLAS PUHEK       31 M PISMO BEACH     1:32:08 
   21   1/8    THOMAS HERGET        63 M MENLO PARK      1:32:12 
   22   3/18   CARY THOMPSON        56 M                 1:32:35 
   23   3/15   NICHOLAS LOLLI       26 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:33:58 
   24   4/15   COLTON JANG          27 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:34:10 
   25   1/9    JENNIFER ROOST       47 F MENLO PARK      1:34:41 
   26   4/18   PETER DELAHUNT       58 M SAN MATEO       1:35:14 
   27   2/9    PAIGE DOLAN          20 F BELLEVUE        1:35:45 
   28   1/9    ERICA FOX            51 F PEBBLE BEACH    1:35:51 
   29   1/6    JIM TIFFANY          66 M SEASIDE         1:36:18 
   30   1/8    CODI MULLEN          28 F PACIFIC GROVE   1:36:31 
   31   3/9    SIERRA MARTIN        21 F SACRAMENTO      1:36:59 
   32   4/18   JOCHEN BREITWIESER   51 M SAN JOSE        1:37:13 
   33   3/9    CHRIS LAMBERT        22 M SEASIDE         1:37:23 
   34   2/9    MEGUMI MASUDA        47 F CUPERTINO       1:37:34 
   35   3/12   ARTEM GASSAN         41 M BELMONT         1:38:59 
   36   4/12   KEVIN NEWHOUSE       42 M APTOS           1:39:11 
   37   4/9    JACOB BEVILACQUA     24 M SAN CARLOS      1:39:27 
   38          TOM KITTLESON           R APTOS           1:39:29 
   39   2/8    KATHERINE SOMERVILL  27 F DUBLIN          1:40:02 
   40   5/18   ED ACOSTA            54 M WATSONVILLE     1:40:26 
   41   2/8    STEVE BRUEMMER       61 M MONTEREY        1:40:34 
   42   6/18   JEAN-FRANCO VANREUS  51 M PEBBLE BEACH    1:40:38 
   43   4/10   NICOLAS DELECROIX    37 M SANTA CLARA     1:41:00 
   44   3/9    MELANIE PRATT        49 F ALAMEDA         1:41:15 
   45   2/6    CHRIS JONES          66 M SUNNYVALE       1:41:41 
   46   1/2    LILIAN ISKANDAR      43 F SAN JOSE        1:41:57 
   47   5/15   DARON MCCLENNAN-COL  27 M BERKELEY        1:42:06 
   48   5/10   BRYANT TRUONG        35 M SANTA CLARA     1:42:09 
   49   1/4    BRITA BRUEMMER       60 F MONTEREY        1:42:15 
   50   1/1    CADE CROWLEY         19 M                 1:42:33 
   51   2/9    SINDA MEIN           52 F PORTOLA VALLY   1:42:42 
   52   5/12   TIMOTHY RAUCH        40 M SANTA CRUZ      1:42:53 
   53   4/9    ALICE BRUEMMER       23 F MONTEREY        1:43:26 
   54   7/18   VINCENT DE MARTEL    50 M PALO ALTO       1:43:54 
   55   2/4    SAMUEL ALLEN         15 M                 1:43:58 
   56   6/15   ANDREW SHAO          25 M SARATOGA        1:44:00 
   57   5/18   JEFF ERICKSON        56 M SAN CARLOS      1:44:02 
   58   6/10   PETER ANDERSON       36 M                 1:44:07 
   59   2/8    BABAK NIKANJAM       45 M WALNUT CREEK    1:44:20 
   60   1/3    ONA ORTIZ-GUDEMAN    17 F                 1:44:28 
   61   3/7    SINA BIGDELI         30 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:44:30 
   62   1/7    KATE FREELS          37 F WATSONVILLE     1:45:16 
   63   6/12   MATTHEW LIKENS       42 M SANTA CRUZ      1:46:11 
   64   7/10   DOUGLAS CROWDER      35 M CAPITOLA        1:47:30 
   65   6/18   JIM RATLIFF          57 M LOS GATOS       1:47:33 
   66   3/8    ERIC SIMONSEN        63 M MORGAN HILL     1:47:42 
   67          JON DRAKE               R SANTA CRUZ      1:47:49 
   68   4/7    MATTHEW GLIBOTA      30 M                 1:48:15 
   69   8/18   JUSTIN FOXWORTHY     50 M SAN JOSE        1:48:31 
   70   3/8    BORIS SCHUBERT       45 M PALO ALTO       1:50:01 
   71   8/10   SAM HORNER           35 M SAN JOSE        1:50:09 
   72   1/5    ERIN GOODRICH        34 F LIVERMORE       1:50:18 
   73   7/18   JOHN ZENNER          58 M ALAMEDA         1:50:26 
   74   1/1    COOPER MCKENNA       19 F PALO ALTO       1:50:30 
   75   3/9    ANNE GUIONNET        51 F PALO ALTO       1:50:49 
   76   8/18   GRANT CAMPANY        56 M REDWOOD CITY    1:51:04 
   77   9/18   ART GABUDAO          53 M SALINAS         1:51:17 
   78   7/15   ASHUTOSH TADKASE     26 M LOS ALTOS HLS   1:51:30 
   79   4/9    TERI GOLDWASSER      46 F SCOTTS VALLEY   1:51:58 
   80   5/9    JONATHAN BECK        22 M SEASIDE         1:52:16 
   81   7/12   GUSTAVO ALVAREZ      41 M APTOS           1:52:17 
   82   8/15   KEVIN LIN            28 M FREMONT         1:52:52 
   83  10/18   MICHAEL HIDDLESON    53 M APTOS           1:52:56 
   84   4/8    MARK HERBERGER       63 M PLEASANTON      1:53:14 
   85   4/9    CAITLIN OLESKY       51 F MILL VALLEY     1:53:19 
   86   2/7    JO WELCH             35 F CASTRO VALLEY   1:53:41 
   87   9/18   RANDY BATTERSON      58 M LA SELVA BEACH  1:53:55 
   88   5/9    LORI CLERKIN         54 F REDWOOD CITY    1:54:04 
   89   3/4    GEORGE MIRGORODSKIY  13 M                 1:54:07 
   90   4/8    ALEX MIRGORODSKIY    45 M SAN MATEO       1:54:08 
   91   8/12   NICOLAS CALUBAQUIB   41 M APTOS           1:54:09 
   92   9/15   HERIBERTO SERRANO G  27 M SAN PABLO       1:54:39 
   93   9/12   MARK SASAKI          41 M CONCORD         1:54:43 
   94   3/7    JESSICA WHALEN       35 F LOS ALTOS       1:54:45 
   95   6/9    KAREN MISLICK        53 F CARMEL VALLEY   1:54:51 
   96   6/9    HUNTER DEAN          23 M SAN FRANCISCO   1:54:55 
   97  11/18   BRIAN ASCHER         54 M REDWOOD CITY    1:55:09 
   98   2/5    LISANNE KENNEDY      30 F SAN JOSE        1:55:31 
   99   5/8    NIR GALPAZ           47 M SAN JOSE        1:55:39 
  100   5/9    MELISSA SPINALI      24 F SAN CARLOS      1:56:23 
  101          DEKEL GREEN             R PALO ALTO       1:56:28 
  102  10/18   TIM WEYLAND          58 M LAFAYETTE       1:56:38 
  103  10/15   AARON DISHNO         27 M SANTA CLARA     1:57:02 
  104  10/12   FRANCOIS THERY       44 M FOSTER CITY     1:57:27 
  105   1/3    ANN MCCORMICK        57 F ALAMEDA         1:57:36 
  106   5/9    VICTORIA FOLKS       47 F EL SOBRANTE     1:57:38 
  107  11/12   ADITYA SUDHAKAR      41 M MOUNTAIN VIEW   1:57:49 
  108   2/2    RACHEL RICHARDS      43 F MENLO PARK      1:57:53 
  109   3/8    ANA PEREZ            28 F SAN FRANCISCO   1:58:01 
  110  11/18   TOM JACOBSON         59 M BEN LOMOND      1:58:05 
  111  12/18   RANDAL UPTON         55 M BEN LOMOND      1:58:06 
  112  13/18   JOHN MICCO           56 M EAST PALO ALTO  1:58:21 
  113  11/15   JAMES SOMERVILLE     28 M REDWOOD CITY    1:58:57 
  114   6/9    CLARA DE MARTEL      22 F                 1:59:17 
  115   3/6    ANDY GLUCS           65 M SANTA CRUZ      1:59:17 
  116  12/18   RODRIGO DE LA PARRA  50 M SAN JOSE        1:59:20 
  117  13/18   ENRIQUE ORTIZ        52 M ALAMEDA         1:59:32 
  118   6/8    GUILLAUME BARDIN     47 M SAN JOSE        2:00:36 
  119   4/6    GARY GERTTULA        67 M SAN FRANCISCO   2:00:42 
  120   4/4    NICO ORTIZ-GUDEMAN   15 M                 2:01:00 
  121   5/8    MARK BRADLEY         60 M MONTEREY        2:01:04 
  122   9/10   CARLOS DAZA          37 M ROYAL OAKS      2:01:36 
  123  14/18   ROB ALLEN            51 M APTOS           2:01:40 
  124   3/5    CLAIRE GRIST         33 F LOS GATOS       2:01:47 
  125   6/8    STEPHEN BLUM         64 M MARINA          2:02:11 
  126          ANNINA JORDAN           R ALAMEDA         2:02:51 
  127  10/10   PHILIP HALLWORTH     35 M FOLSOM          2:03:44 
  128   7/8    MATT BARHAM          49 M DANVILLE        2:03:52 
  129   7/8    TIM REARDON          63 M KING CITY       2:04:07 
  130   2/4    ALICE ISAACSON       63 F SANTA CLARA     2:04:49 
  131   7/9    ANGIE FUNG           52 F SAN FRANCISCO   2:05:04 
  132  12/12   JOAQUIN CASTANEDA    40 M SACRAMENTO      2:05:35 
  133  14/18   DAVID MCINTYRE       59 M SARATOGA        2:05:36 
  134   7/9    KARTHIK SURESH       23 M PLEASANTON      2:05:57 
  135   4/5    KORY NIEUWKOOP       32 F CHOWCHILLA      2:06:22 
  136   4/8    ELIZABETH VALENTINO  26 F MARINA          2:06:54 
  137   1/2    MICHAEL WEXLER       73 M SAN DIEGO       2:06:55 
  138   7/9    ERIKA TUTTOBENE      22 F SANTA MARIA     2:07:08 
  139   6/9    KATHERINE KENNEDY    48 F DIABLO          2:07:47 
  140  12/15   YUXUAN LIU           25 M SAN FRANCISCO   2:08:18 
  141   4/7    MARTA ZOLL           37 F SUNNYVALE       2:08:23 
  142   7/9    CHRISTINE HICKS      45 F SANTA CRUZ      2:10:03 
  143   5/8    PAIGE DANIEL         26 F BENICIA         2:10:23 
  144   6/8    ERIN MAGNUSON        28 F SN LUIS OBISP   2:10:59 
  145   7/8    ADRIANA CURIEL       28 F WALNUT CREEK    2:11:01 
  146   1/1    ANN BURTON           69 F SAN CARLOS      2:11:46 
  147   5/6    TONY TUTTLE          69 M HERCULES        2:11:59 
  148   8/9    KELSEY GRAY          45 F CARMEL          2:13:03 
  149   9/9    ERIN MACDONALD       45 F LOS ALTOS       2:13:36 
  150   8/8    MARIKA HEINRICHS     25 F SAN JOSE        2:14:54 
  151   3/4    JULIE HYMER          60 F MONTEREY        2:15:33 
  152  15/18   CHRISTIAN AGULLES    51 M WALNUT CREEK    2:15:35 
  153  13/15   BRANDON DICKSON      29 M BENICIA         2:16:02 
  154  14/15   CASEY NOSKA          26 M BENICIA         2:16:05 
  155  15/18   PAUL ISAACSON        59 M APTOS           2:16:40 
  156   1/2    DAVID GILDEA         78 M MENLO PARK      2:17:31 
  157   8/9    SHAVON COLLINS       54 F CAPITOLA        2:17:54 
  158   2/2    DONNELL MACNAIR      74 M BEN LOMOND      2:18:25 
  159   8/9    JAY MEHTA            24 M SAN FRANCISCO   2:19:35 
  160   2/3    TERRY OCONNOR        58 F HALF MOON BAY   2:22:45 
  161   5/7    MEGAN GUEVARA        39 F APTOS           2:23:07 
  162  16/18   JOEL CACERES         51 M SAN MATEO       2:23:44 
  163   8/8    EDGARD CAPDEVIELLE   48 M DANVILLE        2:24:31 
  164   6/7    JACQUELYN ZEHL       36 F OAKHURST        2:24:57 
  165   5/7    FLORIAN MUENCH       32 M SUNNYVALE       2:26:58 
  166   8/9    KATIE MISHRA         21 F                 2:28:23 
  167   9/9    JOYCE LO             24 F SAN FRANCISCO   2:29:46 
  168   8/8    DAVE MANDELKERN      62 M HILLSBOROUGH    2:29:52 
  169   7/7    NAVNEET SCHWORETZKY  36 F SCOTTS VALLEY   2:30:32 
  170   9/9    JACK ROSE            24 M                 2:31:50 
  171   6/7    THEOPHILUS LITTLE    32 M SAN JOSE        2:33:46 
  172   3/3    SHEILA ALFARO        55 F LAFAYETTE       2:34:19 
  173   5/5    LAUREN TENNESON      34 F MARINA          2:36:25 
  174  17/18   NOEL MATYAS          54 M SANTA CLARA     2:38:58 
  175   4/4    ROBIN ROSE           60 F APTOS           2:41:18 
  176  18/18   ERIC JOHNSON         50 M WOODSIDE        2:41:34 
  177   2/3    MADELINE RASMUSSEN   17 F                 2:41:49 
  178   9/9    DARBY CLAYSON        52 F SAN FRANCISCO   2:44:35 
  179  15/15   BRYAN MONTIJO        29 M RIALTO          2:46:15 
  180  16/18   JIM RASMUSSEN        59 M LOS GATOS       2:46:17 
  181   3/3    KYLIE JOHNSON        12 F                 2:46:32 
  182   7/7    ADRIEL PULIDO        33 M LA PUENTE       2:49:54 
  183   6/6    PAUL ZARKA           67 M SAN JOSE        2:51:31 
  184   2/2    HARRY ROGERS         78 M CARMEL          2:52:37 
  185  17/18   ALLAN MISHRA         57 M MENLO PARK      3:06:01 
  186  18/18   ROBERT ROSS          58 M SAN FRANCISCO   3:13:58 

 

August 22 - Sandman Tri Race Recap

 

It is admittedly sort of ridiculous that a sprint tri has this kind of long-winded recap but here goes:

 

For once I wasn’t late to a race – or so I thought. I arrived at 6:55AM and my wave start was 8:15.  Incredibly, when I got there, the public bathrooms were empty which was a huge bonus! (of note, this race did not have additional porta potties). Headed over to packet pick up and was feeling pretty relaxed but then time suddenly stood still. The registration line was huge. And the line into Transition was overly complicated with mandatory body marking and a sort of security check that wasn’t staffed with enough people.  Suddenly it was 7:30 then 7:40, sh@t!  

I finally registered (Penny who runs Finish Line productions – and put on the Santa Cruz tri on Aug 8 was volunteering with registration. What an amazing lady) and went over to transition. Tim Sheeper had smartly organized us at the very end of the transition area which was the bike in/out. Interestingly my parent’s (and Derrill’s) podiatrist, Jim Ratcliff, was doing the race as well as the doc who repaired my torn ACL in 2006, Alan Mishra. Sister Sinda was doing the race as well as my 16-year old nephew, Finn. Finn is a cycling phenom but has never run 4 miles and has never done a tri. It was also awesome to see Andrew Hughes and then Thornton with his mega-watt smile. Plus Gunnar and Martin were cheering us on with Gunnar providing great tips like how to best run in the sand and how to prep for the bike.

 

I did a short warm up in the swim.  Oh man, it felt cold and the waves felt larger than they looked. I should have stayed out longer but went back to the shore. I was worried about my sister who would go out in the earlier wave. But she gamely went to the front row of athletes and charged in to the water like a veteran ocean-swimmer.

 

Finally the gun went off for my wave and it was dicey trying to figure out when/how to dive in to the surf. I tentatively did and was immediately tossed back. Meanwhile a woman on a relay team just attacked the waves and seemed to gallop off in to the distance. I tried to make up for lost time and started swimming hard but it was challenging; waves would smack you in the face while the swells moved you up and down and it was difficult to get a full breath. About 1/4 of the way out I was suddenly overwhelmed. Could not regulate breathing. Holy shit, is it possible that I’ll just DNF right now? That thought entered my mind fully. But I couldn’t see any life guards near by; no where to swim too. Near me, the relay woman who had exploded out front was also doing breast stroke to complement my back stroke, overwhelmed just like me. It is so interesting how triathlon pushes you to these mentally and physically challenging situations in an instant. And how you have to mentally work through these challenges to allow your body to react.

 

Mercifully, finally made it around the ship and the waves pushed us back in. Unfortunately we then had to swim parallel to the beach and once again, faced with waves crashing and pushing from the side. Finally finished. Waddled up the stairs, completely traumatized.

 

Gunnar shouted out that Thornton was about a minute ahead; I saw him leave transition. Thornton’s open water swim practices were paying huge dividends.

 

On the bike, the roads were wet and it was foggy with light rain in places. The road was littered with pot holes and there were a lot of newbies swerving around.  “Careful on the train tracks, they are slick!” a volunteer yelled. The bar tape on my base bars doesn’t have any texture so they were really slippery (mental note: replace the bar tape with cork!). I was fixated on catching this one guy who looked to be in my age group and I finally passed him. Good I thought – he’s done! Well I’ll be damned but he passed me and then I passed him back. We then hit a climb and I thought I’d ride away from him. But the reverse happened, he just dropped me (turns out his name is Jerome Guionnet and he is the President of SVTC). Wow, humble pie! Soon after came a treacherous descent. The road was really bumpy and the rain was stinging. Me and another guy on his tri-bike were just hanging on for dear life; 2 others on road bikes blew by us including a 61 year old woman! At this point I just wanted to finish without crashing, who cares about even trying to catch Thornton, let alone that other dude. As a side note, reportedly there were quite a few crashes. Some nasty road rash on peeps in the transition area.

 

Finally finished the bike mentally and physically frayed. I couldn’t even pull my shoes on, it was ridiculous. Then we had to run down some stairs to the beach with full on booty-lock and then trudge through the tossed up sand. Ugh. Finally zig-zagged down the beach in a death march unable to maintain higher than 160 heart rate. It was hard to focus on anything but finding hard sand and dodging the waves.

Because it is an out and back I saw Andrew come blazing back and then Jerome with Thornton right on his heels.  I struggled to muster up some motivation thinking “maybe” I could catch Thornton. But dodging the debris and waves just made it too difficult. To add insult, the final run back in to the finish line was now churned up with even deeper sand.  There was no way to sprint, only to try and find footing!

 

In the end I finished 3rd to Jerome and Thornton in the age group, 16th overall. My “little” nephew, Finn, riding a road bike must have just crushed it on the bike and run, let alone swimming in the wet suit he borrowed from me. He got me by 5 seconds! Sister Sinda was also 3rd place in her age group. All in all, Team Sheeper got 9 podium spots which was an impressive showing for the team. And Andrew won the 50-54 AG and was 4th overall, just amazing.

 

It’s really interesting how I raced Santa Cruz 2 weeks ago and it was sort of non-eventful; mostly about seeing good friends and being able to focus on racing hard. Yet this race felt so much more traumatic. It became less about pure output and more about finishing. It is so cool how triathlon combines self-improvement, self-awareness as well as camaraderie. And how you can never really predict or completely prepare for what will happen on race day.

What a great sport and I’m am lucky to do it with all of you.