Race Coverage

Cool To Watch

cathy-lee-and-hubbyAssigned the task of taking splits from the transition bike in and out affords a nice view of the race especially when your partner is doing all of the work (thanks Sarah Foley!).

As always this race brings out a stellar field and is fun to see who is on their game early in the year and what new multi-sporters are joining the fray and going to be the next big names on the scene.

Here are some very basic observations between the timing splits, it

Gear West Duathlon Stuff...

GW Du Start

In an earlier post we admitted that it was more fun to be wrong than right when predicting racing performances. Well, we were in ecstasy after Sunday's Gear West Duathlon.

Rookie Race. Rookie Champions

Rain. Wind. Thunder. Lightning zapped a tree across the street from the venue. Seventy minute delay. Squeegees in transition. A fine event, nevertheless. Baby back ribs and pulled pork afterward. Gastronomic heaven.

Not Amy WoolseyThe girl in the picture (L) is Amy Woolsey. We filched the pic from Facebook. This Amy Woolsey is NOT the Amy Woolsey who won the inaugural Green Lake Duathlon this morning, but this was the only Amy Woolsey photo we could find.

California 70.3

Germany's Michael Raelert and Australia's Mirinda Carfrae, who are arguably their respective gender's premier half distance racers, reinforced the argument with big wins over amazingly deep fields on March 27 at Ironman California 70.3 in Oceanside. Raelert out-raced runner-up Matt Reed of Boulder, CO by almost two minutes. Carfrae's margin over 2nd-placing Scot, Lesley Paterson, was a porcine 5:02. RESULTS

Shouldn't It Be "DOS de MAYO DUATHLON?"

"I would have been here a lot sooner but I obeyed all the speed limit signs," Tom Couillard announced through a wry grin when he arrived in T2. His tone was one of feigned disgust, as if accusing all who outrode him at the 2nd annual Cinco de Mayo Duathlon of blatantly violating traffic laws.

There was one man in the field who rode significantly faster than everyone else, albeit within the posted speed limits. He appeared impervious to the diabolical wind, which gusted to 25 mph at times and always seemed to be in the rider's face; and the hills, which one participant later referred to as the "Alpe d'Wheeze." His name-the fast cyclist's, not the complainer's- is Rick Christenson, and he out-split the next fastest rider by 2:35 over the 20 mile route.

Records Tumble in Alex

"I'm still grinning," Jen Lenarz bubbled in a phone interview ten hours after she obliterated the women's course record at the 8th edition of the Chain of Lakes Triathlon in Alexandria on May 2. Propelled by the briskest women's bike and run splits of the day, Jen covered the 600-13-2.8 course in 1:04:29, bettering Lynette Bacon's 2007 CR by a chunky 1:36.

"I felt good and strong the whole way through," she effervesced, still abuzz with lingering endorphins. "It was a good day. I was having fun."

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