Thursday, April 30, 2009
-Sara Tussey won the women's overall at the Valdese and Belews Lake events.
-Charlie placed 2nd in his age group at Riverwood
-I placed 3rd in age group at Valdese and 2nd in age group at Riverwood.
With 5 races complete and 14 to go, Sara and Amy are currently 1st and 2nd in the female 30-34 age group. Charlie is 8th in his age group after 1 race (he will move up quickly as he gets points in more races). I am leading the male 30-34 age group for now.
If you are interested in joining us at a Tri event, even just to hang out and cheer (there is always something to cheer for at these events), please come along.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Charlie finished 13th overall and I was 16th. He got me by less than a minute, mostly coming from his bike leg which was the 2nd fastest on the day, I believe. We both placed 2nd in our age groups. Amy had a strong race on her new bike and looked great racing in her new PVS kit. We're not sure how the relay team did as of yet, since we left before the awards ceremony was over. All in all, this was a well-organized race with a smooth bike ride. More on this later, but here are a few pics...
Here is amy coming in off the bike...
Me heading out for the run...
Here is Starnes explaining the finer points of speedy triathlon-ing...I am listening intently.
The crew, after the race. Charlie hit the road just after finishing (that man is fast) so he wasn't in the pic.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
If you get the chance to photograph your activities, please do and let Mitch know so we can update the blog.
Keep the rubber side down! Go blue and white!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Shortcut to: http://piedmontvelosports.blogspot.com/
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Oak Island is about an hour south of Wilmington, NC, and is home to Fort Caswell. Here, the Oak Island 10K/5K finished after coursing along the flat, windswept beach roads just a few hundred feet from the waves. Our connection to the place is familial - my aunt has a house down here, so Carla and I have fond memories of ridiculous sunburns and boogie boards.
At the start, I eyed the competition. Carla helped scan for shaved legs, fluffy running shorts and lightweight shoes. We eyed a few likely subjects, so I lined up near them. After a 15 minute start delay (the organizers starting the 10K up the road couldn't find the start line), we took off in a rush. Immediately, I tucked in behind a young guy, maybe 15, running pretty hard. You never know about the young ones, but unless they are experienced they often burn out before 3.1 miles. I felt like I was in a paceline, as I was sitting on this guy big time waiting to see if someone would pass us or if he would pick it up. He looked back often, but held a 6min/mi pace for 2 miles.
At the 2mi water stop, the young speedster took a drink (I did not) and then his body language just shifted, looking almost tired. I decided to go around without waiting. We exchanged quick, breathless encouragements (I do this from time to time to see how others are managing) and I pulled in front. Within 30 seconds I could no longer hear his footsteps and it occurred to me that there was no one else in front of me. 1.1 miles to go.
A few folks lined the sandblown, bleached road, clapping and cheering. As I neared the entrance to Fort Caswell, all I could think about was how bad it would suck to get passed within sight of the line. I pushed hard but could not sprint. I spied the finish clock as I rounded the corner into the chute and it read 19:21, 19:22, 19:23...I had never run under 20:10 in a race, so this was a big surprse.
Jill had a great run on the 10K course and set a new PR by 3 minutes. She credits her killer iPod playlist and her smooth LIVESTRONG visor. My sis set her first time down at 41:01 and was really impressive. She isn't quite ready for full-on PVS action just yet, but as we get her into more and more races, you never know.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Go Blue and White!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
This pic is just before I met up with the guys. Look at 'em mashing the pedals.
Here we are rolling through the WFU campus. Of course, all the co-eds wondered what in the heck we were doing.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Oh, Sirena finished 4th in the crit and got paid! She also won a jewerely preem.
Jon Hamblen won the men's crit with a lot of help from Mark Hekman and Team Moutain Khakis.
Rock Hill RR-
The road race was in hilly Brattonsville, SC. The course was one 45-mile lap that had the worst pavement ever! Potholes, sand, dirt, mud, road washed away, and debris throughout the course. Apparently Brattonsville is the site of numerous battles during the civil war, etc. A dude with a musket would fire the gun and then each group would take off. There were 30-40 cat 5 men in my race. Before our group took off there was a crash in the sprint of an incoming group. I went over and helped one of the riders. I then went to the restroom and before I knew it my field was at the line. I lined up nearly last (not a good place for a RR with the yelow-line rule and the worst pavement in the industrialized world). The race was good. It was fast and steady. There were plenty of steep hills (nothing crazy) that made you have that good-ole quad burn. I was afraid of the distance with my stomach/side issues and doing anything of 40 miles is beyond my realm/desire. I sat in the entire time and was there at then end thanks to two guys from the MOB men's team (since I was Mitch less...due to his car issues/etc). The finishing straight was about one mile long and I did not know when they opened up both sides of the road. I kept asking the motorcycle official but he wouldn't tell me. I stayed close to the yellow line and moved to the front third. With a couple of hundred meters to go I sprinted and finished 7th!!! My best finish ever in my fourth RR. During the last 50 meters I heard that loud, aweful sound of bikes and people hitting the ground. There was a crash behind me. My MOB friends stayed up (way to go Paul and Jeff). It was a great weekend of racing. We avereaged 22.8mph for 45 miles.
Oh, Sirena finished 5th in the women's 4s and got paid again! Awesome.
Deb finished fourth.
Pat Rimron, Charlie, and Scott Morris finished strong in the master's 4-5 race.
Finally...Mr. Mark Hekman of Team Mountain Khakis won the pro race!!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
RR and Crits:
Me and Chancey - Crits on Saturday in Rock Hill.
Chancey - RR on Sunday in Rock Hill
Pat - RR on Sunday in Rock Hill
Charlie - RR on Sunday in Rock Hill
Erich - Tri in Valdese
Erik - Tri in Wilmington
Good luck to everyone.