Tri Season Rolls On!
On July 13, I raced the Evergreen Lake Olympic-distance triathlon at Comlara Park, just north of Bloomington-Normal. I have done this race every year since 2008 and use it as a bellwether to mark my annual progress. Through 2012, my time has always improved year-to-year. The weather conditions were excellent this year - cool with very little wind. I had a decent, but unspectacular 1.5k swim at just over 30 minutes. My 40k bike was smooth and steady, at about 88% of my open 40k power output and 35 seconds faster than my personal course record. I faltered a little in the second half of the run, probably due to poor sleep, but averted a meltdown and only gave up 5 seconds per mile to last year’s performance. I kept the streak alive by setting a new PR of 2:18:17 and earned the second step of my age-group podium, out of 29 competitors. Overall, I was 15th among 191 age-groupers. (Results: http://itsracetime.com/Results.aspx?ID=640)
August 3 brought the locally famous Champaign Park District Mini-Tri. It is primarily a recreational, family race, though a few tough competitors line up from time to time. I consider it part of my racing heritage, as it launched my adult tri and cycling career in 2007. (I saw 2006 champion Rick Rundus in the News-Gazette and thought, “I could do that…”) It is a short, intense contest of 400 yards swimming, 6 miles biking, and 2 miles running. The bike course has three 2-mile loops, with 2 corners per mile and lots of congestion to force plenty of crit-like surges. I rode in running shoes with clip pedals to save time in transition, which led to an embarrassing fall-over crash at the end of the bike as I tried to slip out of the left pedal before I was stopped. The race had me gasping for breath almost from start to finish, though I finally found a rhythm in the final half-mile of the run. Despite being 19 seconds slower than my personal course record, I took the overall win as my usual rivals sat this one out. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than fast! (Results: http://itsracetime.com/Results.aspx?ID=793)
Scott R. Dahman
Posted by Karl on 08/08 at 12:19 PM • (0) Comments
Mattheison Mountain Madness
Aaron and I raced at Mattheison Mountain Madness on Sunday. The race loop was on the shorter side, 4.8 miles, and the expert women did 4 laps. After a short pre-loop I entered the woods near the back of pack. This course was on the technical side with several rock gardens, one of which was followed by a steep and slick climb, there were thought-provoking downhill sections, and one long climb with a steep pitch at the top that had lots of people walking. I spent the first lap trying to maintain the gap I had on the three women behind me, the second lap I realized had the ability to climb all the hills, and the technical stuff became no problem. On either the second or third lap, Rachel Gatto caught my wheel on a rigid single speed and gave me some helpful riding tips before easily passing me, on the third and fourth laps, she and I went back and forth, making passes until we were sharing 1st and 2nd. I made a final pass on the big hill and then kept on to the finish line before she could recover and catch me again. So that was my first cat 1 win!
Posted by Karl on 08/06 at 06:31 AM • (0) Comments
Great Egyptian Omnium
And the results are in !!! 1st place in the overall Omnium! (3rd place Road Race, 1st place Time Trial, 1st place Crit).
Posted by Karl on 07/22 at 07:42 AM • (0) Comments
Cat 4 results:
“I led Neil out in the field sprint which he took. A guy went off the front halfway through the race and never got caught. Starte pouring halfway through the race.”
Chris 4th, Aaron Lael 3rd
Posted by Karl on 07/01 at 06:59 AM • (0) Comments
Local Cyclists Complete Grueling Trans-Continental Race
Annapolis, MD (June 22, 2013) Cyclists Jay Yost of Mahomet and Martin Gruebele of Champaign competed as a 2-man team in the 2013 edition of Race Across America (RAAM). They left Oceanside, CA on June 15 along with 34 other teams of 2 to 8 riders from 9 different countries. 39 solo riders began the journey several days earlier. The route took them across hot deserts, over high mountain passes, into strong storms on the Kansas plain, through Greenville and Effingham in Illinois, over numerous climbs in the Appalachians, and finally to the finish in Annapolis. They completed the 2,962-mile journey in 7 days, 4 hours, and 4 minutes, which was good for 3rd place of 7 teams in the male 2-person under 50 category. They were 4th among all eleven 2-person teams.
Posted by Karl on 06/24 at 01:20 PM • (0) Comments