Steelhead 70.3

posted on Aug 12 2014 by Nick Paulson

The Ironman Steelhead 70.3 is a WTC half ironman race held in Benton Harbor, MI.  The 2014 version was my second attempt at this race (the 2011 version with a cancelled swim being my first) and my wife's first half iron distance race.  I finished in 5:04:16, 34/228 in my AG, and 194/2087 overall.

2014 USAT Age Group National Championships

posted on Aug 11 2014 by Scott Dahman

The short: I swam above my pay grade and spent the next 2 hours deep in the pain cave on the bike and run.

Iron Season 7/11: Altitude Meltdown!

posted on Aug 06 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Reported by Martin G. The short: not one, not two, not three, but four U of I faculty went to race the inaugural Ironman Boulder. Bruce Hajek, Andy Singer, Brian Lilly and I headed west to see what Ironman racing at 5400 feet feels like. That run got tough, and I squeaked in at 11:56, just under 12 hours.

Big Jay’s Fat Ass Ultracycling Race

posted on Jul 29 2014 by Martin Gruebele

Photo: The peloton among the corn fields; right: the “Fat Ass” traveling trophy saddle showing Jay’s old course record of 246 miles, now co-held with Collin Johnson at 258 miles.

Route 66 Half Iron Triathlon

posted on Jul 28 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: The Route 66 triathlon is a Half Iron distance race in Springfield: 2000 m swim, 56 miles on the bike, and a half marathon run. Nick Paulson headed over to do it solo, while Ron (swim), Scott (bike) and Martin (run) relayed to save Martin’s legs for an Ironman next weekend.

Iron Season 6/11: Holy Hills!

posted on Jul 04 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: Martin drove out to Idaho with Ron Hoyne to race IM Coeur d’Alène. All went as planned, with a hot and hilly 3:48 IM marathon. The swim was 63.5 F (brrr!) and most of the bike course was a string of 4-6%, 1-2 mile climbs. It was tough for everyone, and Martin finished 14/252 = top 5.5% in his age group, the best finish yet.

ITU Chicago Triathlon

posted on Jul 01 2014 by Scott Dahman

The race was held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Series. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the sport (like UCI), aligned with the Olympic movement. Pros race a draft legal format with short, spectator-friendly circuits for the bike and run. A lot of ITU races, including this one around Chicago's Grant Park, offer age groupers a chance to race separately at the same venue. (It would be like watching Paris Nice, then racing it with other Cat 1-5s - pretty cool.)

O'Fallon Grand Prix - Cat 4 - Ryan Harden

posted on Jun 16 2014 by Ryan Harden

The race started neutral as expected. There was a minor attack from the gun that I think was more likely two guys from a team riding and talking and just rode off the front. So it was less an attack, more of a slowly riding away from the group. A couple guys yelled because they had a team member sitting on the front of the pack slow pedaling, but the rest of us didn't bother since we still had 57 miles to go. The first lap was almost completely uneventful. There were a handful of sections where the group strung out pretty good, accelerated to 30ish, then slowed and contracted.

Iron Season 5/10: IM marathon PR, but not at a ‘hot’ race

posted on Jun 10 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: 10:48 total, 3:45 new Ironman marathon PR, 11th in 50-54 age group: Best rank yet, clawing my way to the top 10 where rolldown qualification for Kona becomes plausible…  Still no ‘hot’ sub-4 IM-marathon: a tropical storm came through, it rained all day, and the temperature dropped to 70 F.


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