Sunday, November 13, 2011

Winners Crowned.

Seven of the club's bravest riders faced some less than ideal conditions for this morning's brick. With no major surprises or upsets, the Fall Classic point series has officialy ended, with the overall titles going to Barry and Claire who have had early leads since the first couple events. This turns out to be rather convenient as their names were already engraved on the trophies earlier this week.

Kevin tried to make up for a bad night's sleep by getting as much caffeine in his system as he possibly could. The jury is still out on how beneficial this might have proved. Seth gave Sherry a 30 second lead, hoping to catch up and draft later in the race. Seth lent Barry his aero helmet for the duration of the race, and as a result he found it much harder to catch up than planned. He managed to just edge out Sherry at the finish. Barry used the helmet to his full advantage, finishing just 10 seconds behind Matt's recorded time from an equally wet and breezy course on Wednesday.

Kyuwon hit six red lights, a funeral procession, a duck crossing and had to stop for 3 different elderly couples crossing the road. Claire was seen sprinkling tacks on the road before the event in order to further guarantee her victory and is suspected of tampering with the traffic lights as well. She took things a little too far, even interfering with the men's race by resetting Johnson's Garmin and costing him precious seconds at the start line. The next unofficial Point Series will be the beer mile, December 2nd, so there are still plenty of reasons to be training hard. And with only 15 or 16 weeks until the start of the spring point series, no off season is really permitted.

Overall Time
Kyuwon 28:30:00
Claire 23:58:00
Sherry 26:52:00
Kevin 23:18:00
Seth 25:45:00
Johnson 25:03:00
Barry 20:13:00
Victoria Gilbert 23:32:00
Matt Reeve 20:03:00
Vincent Lavallee 20:57:00

Leaving the brick competitors behind in Vancouver, an even larger group of club members (8 + one alumna) headed to Lynn Valley for a trail race this morning. Despite course marking problems and persistent rain, everyone seemed to have a pretty good race and get at least a pair of socks from the draw prize table at the finish line. Matt even won free entry into a trail race for next August; seconds after exclaiming "Man, I really don't want to win this". It turns out whoever is standing next to Brendan during draws for free race entries always wins. Take note in case you plan on attending any bike shop openings or similar events.

Naiely originally ran as "Vincent Laval" but after undergoing a rigorous gender and identity verification process after the race was allowed to keep her title of third woman overall in the 24k. In future she plans to actually enter races herself and save much trouble at the finish line.

Overall Place and Times

2 01:51:10 Carl Reilly
4 01:58:52 Liam Harrap
5 02:00:05 Brendan Naef
12 02:14:37 Jake Alleyn
23 02:31:22 Naiely Cabrera

1 00:56:54 Jonathan Heinz
2 01:02:00 Matt Reeve
3 01:07:23 Kaley Strachan
6 01:09:39 Kelsey Knoll

There was also a 19k but no one really cares how that race went as it was reported that very few triathletes competed in this event.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Girls Dominate Swim. Matt Tries His Best.

A familiar pattern repeated itself with this morning's 500m swim. The four fastest times all went to the ladies, with Jen Bhatla taking the event in 7:10, Kendra hot on her heels in 7:11 and Steph Flynn in 7:17. Karin's 7:29 didn't leave her far behind the pack. Kendra might have been able to shave that crucial second off had she not biked to campus this morning; her house is estimated to be 30 or 40k from campus. In a post race interview she revealed that she kind of felt "eh", and that after the event she echoed a similar sentiment. One can only imagine what Kendra might be able to do on a good day without an exhausting commute beforehand.

Also of note, on her way to winning the event, Jen crushed both of her times from the 2010/2011 Point Series by over 25 seconds, a significant improvement.

Kevin Chiarot was the fastest new club member, swimming 7:30 on the dot. Equally impressive was Liam, who took a full four minutes off of his personal best. Another four and he should have Jen in sight.

Winston was heard to remark that the event felt a bit like a Polar Bear swim on account of the beautifully clear but far from warm morning. And he wasn't even trying to squeeze in a late Aquathon, where the first lap of the SUB was cold enough to cause a mild headache. A few degrees colder and a Speedo might freeze to a man's body. For these and other practical reasons, Aquathon make-ups are now banned after October 31st.

Matt Reeve did not beat any of the faster ladies. But he did set the club record for the Aquathon, albeit a bit late to claim an additional 25 points. He will be forgiven for relaxing the pace a little bit in the pool to save precious energy for the run. The following statement was attributed to Matt just last Thursday "I don't know how fast I'll be able to run off of an all out 500, but I think I might give it a go to see if I can crush Barry". I think you did alright, Matt. And if your 500 was all out, then there is no excuse to have finished 4th overall. His 16:53 in the Aquathon makes him the first club member to complete the event under 17 minutes.

You now have only one more chance to make up ground on your nearest competitors in the Point Series with The Brick. Not that anyone can predict these things this far out- but the forecast calls for a dry day, and not too cold for mid-November. So plan on bringing your nicest set of wheels and don't worry too much about getting your best set of spandex dirty. At least give yourself a challenging time to beat next spring.

Matt Reeve 7:25:00
Kevin Chiarot 7:30:00
Vincent Lavallee7:32:00
Barry Claman 7:45:00
Daniel Salamanca8:49:00
Winston Guo 9:00:00
John Heinz 9:16:00
Jesse Chao 10:30:00
Derek 11:18:00
Liam Harrap 11:28:00
Jiri 12:22:00
Seth Bluman 13:24:00
Jen Bhatla 7:10:00
Kendra Swain 7:11:00
Stephanie Flynn 7:17:00
Karin Olafson 7:29:00
Brittany Buchanan8:16:00
Claire Askew 8:44:00
Tal 8:58:00
Kelsey Knoll 9:02:00
Greta Raymond 9:02:00
Annie Mauer 9:10:00
Jen Moroz 9:12:00
Becca 9:27:00
Victoria Gilbert9:32:00
Keely Hammond 10:42:00

Friday, November 4, 2011

Third Tree On Your Right

The Fall Classic is rapidly drawing to a close, with 3/4's of events now having already been contested. So if someone is immediately ahead of you in the overall standings, you had better have a good breakfast on Sunday and give your best effort in the 500m swim if you want to make up some ground.

For several club members this was their first ever timed 5k, so new personal bests were assured. Both men's and women's course records were eclipsed, thanks in part to having a bit of daylight left for the event and a break in the rain just in time for the race.

Jen Moroz became the first female to break 19 minutes on this course (including the impressive performance of professional triathlete Amy Kirkham), running 18:54. The men's lead swapped several times, with John and Barry each taking roughly 500m at the lead before switching off. This pattern continued for four and a half laps. Both finished in personal best times. The overall winner would like to thank Barry for pushing the pace and putting the record within reach. It's hard (not to mention lonely!) running alone. If the landscapers of the endowment lands had planted that finish line tree 18 inches farther to the West, Vince's "run under 17:00" challenge would have been a breeze.

An unknown competitor was seen clearing a few wet leaves off of the street and folding in the mirror of a parked vehicle during the warmup lap of the course. They were accused (and rightfully so) of taking point series events too seriously. 100 points have been subtracted from their overall total.

Special thanks to Johnson for handling all of the timing, and the essential countdown at the start line. I saw you at the finish line tree on lap one, so you must have been moving pretty quickly to get there. The clipboard must not affect your stride at all. For the three club members currently competing in Las Vegas, the first 5k of the 30k run portion of your race will be used for your point series time. Even if Naiely did the 5k in advance. So run hard right from the start.

John Heinz 16:41:00
Barry Claman 17:00:00
Max Stallkamp 17:31:00
Daniel Salamanca17:50:00
Vincent Lavallee18:01:00
Matt Reeve 18:02:00
Drew Senay 18:05:00
Liam Harrap 18:06:00
Ben Kresnyak 18:35:00
Jen Moroz 18:54:00
Dylan Stephanian19:31:00
Kevin Chiarot 20:20:00
Seth Bluman 20:34:00
Jake Alleyne 20:47:00
Mirko Moeller 20:49:00
Grahm Clark 20:50:00
Paul Rozehnal 21:29:00
Victoria Gilbert21:35:00
Thomas Belshein 21:43:00
Kelsey Knoll 21:56:00
Martin Kozinsky 22:22:00
Stephanie Flynn 22:24:00
Sherry Gu 22:32:00
Keely Hammond 22:47:00
Greta Raymond 22:54:00
Theresa Price 22:58:00
Jen Bhatia 23:39:00
Brittany Buchanan24:12:00
Winston Guo: 19:something. Run the event on the proper day if you want an actual time.

IONA Time Trial

A small but rather fit group of cyclists rode down to the Iona Island causeway on Saturday to compete in the fifth event of the point series.

Claire managed to finish the course 30 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor and her already sizable lead in the point series is now even more secure. Even Eddy's long legs couldn't keep up with Claire's time trial pace, she finished 3 seconds ahead of him. But with three events left, the competition for overall lead female is far from over. The spring Point series winner, Victoria was next in 19:26, very much still in the running for the overall title. It was a small group of competitors on the girl's side, the other pair of riders finished in exactly the same time (21:10 for Sherry and Jen Bhatla). Accusations of drafting and illegal pacing would be thrown around if they hadn't started at least 15 seconds apart.

Barry Claman (15:37) was the fastest among the guys, not an unexpected performance considering his dominance in the uphill bike time trial a month ago. And Max, despite putting in some major mileage riding to work on a weighted commuter, was still 30 seconds behind Derrick who has spent a comparative amount of time on the couch.

Barry should perhaps consider himself fortunate that his main competition, the second and third place finishers were one week away from the ITU world championships and were therefore were likely taking it a bit easy and unable to put in absolute maximum effort on the bike. Brendan was only 2 seconds behind in 15:39, while Carl also managed to break the sixteen minute barrier, finishing in 15:59.

Barry Claman 15:37:00
Brendan Naef 15:39:00
Carl Reilly 15:59:00
Derrick Lee 16:19:00
Max Stalkamp 16:49:00
Kevin Chiarot 17:15:00
Johnson Jia 17:24:00
Chris Hard 17:37:00
Winston Guo 18:38:00
Eddy Wu 19:00:00
Seth Bluman 21:15:00
Claire Askew 18:57:00
Victoria Gilbert19:26:00
Jen Bhatla 20:10:00
Sherry 21:10:00

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Barry Claman 4:53:00
Ben Kresnyak 5:07:00
Carl Reilly 5:07:00
Chris Hart 5:52:00
Daniel Salamanca5:14:00
Derrick Lee 5:43:00
Drew Senay 5:00:00
Jesse Chao 5:41:00
John Heinz 4:48:00
Liam Harrap 5:23:00
Matt Reeve 5:15:00
Matt Ridley 5:55:00
Seth Bluman 5:47:00
Winston Guo 5:21:00
Jake Allele 5:52:00
Jameson Cheong 5:53:00
James M 5:24:00
Paul Roz 5:47:00
Matt Tunnicliffe5:32:00
Annie Maurer 6:26:00
Claire Askew 5:52:00
Jen Bhatla 6:48:00
Keely Hammond 6:19:00
Naiely Cabrera 5:56:00
Sherry Gu 6:36:00
Theresa Price 6:32:00
Victoria Gilbert6:12:00
Allison MacDonald6:37:00
Kelsey Knoll 6:22:00
Steph Flynn 6:16:00

Monday, October 17, 2011


Preliminary Aquathon results. Race report to follow!

Swim time Run time Finish time
Barry 07:53:00 09:46:00 17:39:00
Eddy 08:04:00 10:40:00 18:44:00
Max 09:14:00 09:31:00 18:45:00
Kevin 07:50:00 11:11:00 19:01:00
Naiely 08:08:00 10:54:00 19:02:00
Ben 09:30:00 09:42:00 19:12:00
Daniel 09:14:00 10:01:00 19:15:00
Jen B 07:40:00 11:40:00 19:20:00
Winston 09:12:00 10:23:00 19:35:00
Claire 08:10:00 11:29:00 19:39:00
Victoria09:17:00 11:08:00 20:25:00
Kyuwon 08:12:00 12:38:00 20:50:00
Annie 09:09:00 12:13:00 21:22:00
Keeley 10:23:00 11:01:00 21:24:00
Jesse 10:32:00 11:20:00 21:52:00
Sherry 10:27:00 11:47:00 22:14:00
Theresa 11:07:00 12:00:00 23:07:00
Johnson 09:12:00 15:17:00 24:29:00
Seth 15:53:00 12:51:00 28:44:00

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Point Series Begins

The Fall classic has officially begun, with a near record 33 participants competing in the uphill bike time trial. The top three performances by both men and women all came from club members who are very familiar with this particular hill and have placed well in the event before. Over a dozen new members took part, making their debut in the point series. The best performance by a new member was Joel, with an impressive 4:38. He finished 10 seconds ahead of Eddy who vows to make up the difference during the aquathon, an event for which Eddy has focused all of his training over the past few weeks. He even got a VO2 and lactate test done specifically to see what threshold he should be at for the three laps of the SUB following the swim portion of the aquathon. Everyone knows you must wear a hat for V02 tests.

Sherwood wanted to save his tired little legs for a cyclo-cross race the next day, so he did not allow me the chance to out climb him (we both finished in 4:20 last semester). He was however, enormously useful as the starter and timer. Rumor has it he will be making an attempt at breaking Barry’s record later this week, on fresh legs. Since Sherwood has never run a step in his life nor been seen in a swimsuit since high school gym class; he is not too worried about any participation points that he might miss for doing the event late.

Sherwood training on a much shorter hill. Vince's best Tour de France spectator impression.

It wasn’t the warmest morning, so keeping warm at the start was essential. Matt explained the benefits of quick, high intensity warm-ups before such short events. Fabian took his message to heart, riding all the way to the Tolmie hill for a trial run. It is still undecided whether his Tolmie repeats did more to tire him out or warm him up.

Kim and Kory had some of the fastest times of the day (5:09, first woman) and 4:24 (third men’s). Their good performances are almost certainly due to the fact that they wisely chose to opt out of the “warm up ride” on SW marine drive beforehand that really only served to chill most of the riders even further. Since the uphill time trial last February took place on a day where the high reached about -3, there was really no real reason to complain.

Barry was 5 seconds away from his own course record, and a time that would have earned him an extra 25 points under the new rules for the Fall classic. This is likely because he did all of training rides in the flatter areas of Vancouver and he forgot his lucky red helmet. (see below)

On both the men’s and women’s sides, it is still rather too early to say anyone has a significant lead in the race series. Matt and Barry are the only two men to ever win the race series, and finished first and second place in this event, just 12 seconds apart. Only one second separated Kim and Claire, the top two on the women’s side. With the new scoring system for the point series it’s hard to get a significant lead on another competitor in the shorter events. After the 10k time trial on Iona Road it should be a lot easier to see the separation between the leaders in the point series.
So find whoever may be just above you in the standings and let a little air out of their tires while they aren’t watching or loosen a few spokes if you can.

Barry 4:03:00
Matt 4:15:00
Kory 4:26:00
Dylan 4:33:00
Derrick 4:34:00
John 4:35:00
Fabian 4:37:00
Joel 4:38:00
Eddy 4:48:00
Jesse 4:50:00
Kevin 5:01:00
Daniel 5:03:00
Johnson 5:08:00
Kim 5:09:00
Claire 5:10:00
Gaelan 5:11:00
Kellen 5:25:00
Nathan 5:40:00
Jen B 5:42:00
Annie 5:53:00
Naiely 5:53:01
Sam 5:55:00
Jorge 6:02:00
Rachel 6:07:00
Erika 6:12:00
Sherry 6:15:00
Liz 6:29:00
Kyuwon 6:29:01
Jasmine 7:40:00
Karin 5:58

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Four club members decided to head to Grand Coulee, Washington. It wasn’t easy to get there; they were tempted by brothels disguised as espresso stands, free coffee at every other rest area in Washington State and giving up the whole endeavor to tour wineries in the lesser know Okanogan region of Washington.The allure for Kim was to try her hand at her second Iron distance event in 3 weeks, while her three companions wanted to spend just a bit extra on the entry fee and cover 5k in the water, 200 on the bike and 50k on foot.

To break up the drive and allow Johnson maximum time to chase around bike parts being FeDexed back and forth across the country; the first night brought us only just North of Seattle. Aside from the Boeing factory, Everett’s economy seems to run off competitive bail bond offices constantly striving to free up space in the local jails. They likely have a dozen core clients that support the local economy whenever Boeing isn’t getting enough airplane orders. Being able to explore the area in daylight, it turns out there was a bail bond office across the street from the motel with another half a block away. Both offices claim to have the absolute lowest rates. Another indicator of the crime rate in the local area came in the form of a friendly note pinned to the door of our room after returning from dinner:

The four athletes managed to escape Everett with their wallets and all bikes still intact. It did require relegating Brendan to the floor while the bikes comfortably shared a bed in the motel. After a breakfast of oatmeal and donuts individually sealed in little plastic bags, we were off. Sufficient time was needed to track down Johnson’s brand new race wheels which have seen more of the United States than he has during their short time in the care of FedEx. Apparently, Grand Coulee is not on any major shipping routes. And when you change the destination address every hour, your package can really accumulate some miles. The package is now a platinum member of three airlines and has enough travel reward points accumulated to spend each of the next six months at a different Mexican resort.

Lunch before such a race is an important affair, not to be taken lightly. Upon arriving in the Grand Coulee Dam area, it appeared that no local restaurants served anything even resembling a pasta dish. The Mexican restaurant was ruled out; an Oyster burger at a microbrewery the previous night had been enough of a nutritional risk. Johnson inquired about any carbohydrate-based dishes at one dinner, and left rather dissatisfied with the menu. He did however assure the waitress that we would be back in two days, after the race, for salad (or soup) at the very least. Johnson was taking nutrition a lot more seriously today, perhaps drinking half a gallon of milk while waiting for us at the border crossing had reminded him just how sensitive the digestive system can be.

We finally settled on a place recommended by the race directors, even though steak seemed to dominate the menu. The New York steak ended up being the best choice of fuel, followed closely by Salisbury. No one was overly concerned, because the local Rotary club had organized a spaghetti dinner for that evening.

In the end, a local embroidery store in Grand Coulee agreed to accept any shipments for racers. Johnson’s wheels were almost certainly worth more than the entire store inventory of two dozen cheer leading uniforms and one rack of ill fitting sweaters. The lady behind the counter had a sense of humor at least, asking Johnson: “Race wheels?” “Two boxes?” (pause for Johnson’s exclamation of joy). And jokingly she added, “Yeah, they never arrived”.

Plans to pay $15 to camp in the field next to a local elementary school fell through. Which is all right because it may not have been ideal pre-race accommodation. We were a bit confused, it could have been a secondary school and there may have been luxury safari tents set up, but not that we came across. No one was overly eager to wake up in a field and eat breakfast under the glow of a headlamp anyway.

By some string of miracles we managed to get the last motel room in town. We’ll never know just how many miracles because the bearded man at the front desk was only 10 minutes into what was surely a two hour story about his friend from Saskatchewan who was going to come to town but had to cancel but might still be coming and was a great guy and... In the end he interrupted himself and blurted out “the room’s $110”.

When we asked for extra coffee, he scurried to the back room to get some. When Kim pointed out it was decaf, he proceeded to present a little skit of what we would look like the next day. He did a few slow, shuffling strides behind the front desk with a glazed expression on his face “you’d lose the race!” he exclaimed. Who knew caffeine could make such a difference.

I liked the place because it had a pool. Never having covered 5k in the water before, I wanted a good time estimate so that I would know what pace to shoot for in the lake the next morning. Being a 10m motel pool, I knew it would require a lot of flip turns but I was prepared for the challenge. And besides, we still had 8 hours until the start of the race. Brendan had a clipboard, a watch and was all ready to time my splits when Kim made us come inside to help Johnson get into his compression pajamas (a 30 minute process, even with assistance).

Getting the new wheels on the bike consumed the rest of the afternoon, along with getting race number stickers perfectly applied to helmets and bike frames in such a manner as to create as little drag as possible. We brought a little tiny iron and a pair of tweezers to smooth out any wrinkles caused by hasty race number application. This process does not, of course apply to the number attached to your race belt which everyone knows should be as crumpled as possible.

That evening we ran into the race announcer at Safeway while getting supplies for the next day’s breakfast. He was picking up several cans of Red Bull and dozens of snacks. He swears being on your feet at the announcer’s booth for hours can be as exhausting as the race. When we asked if he had any races coming up, he gestured at his belly and expected us to understand he wasn’t in top form. Interestingly enough, this occurred 3 or 4 times over the course of the weekend, several different people we talked to would point to their stomach when we asked if they might be taking part in the race. I guess any slight bulge is enough of an excuse to get out of racing. One man from the Rotary club at the pasta dinner did however assure us that while he was not racing, he did have a Bow Flex machine in his basement.

I suppose when you have a race that starts and finishes at a Dam you should plan on some nearby hills, otherwise the landscape would be unable to hold back all that water that you have just been swimming in. To get to the package pickup, we got to see the rather steep first mile of the bike course that leads from the lake up to the main highway. While we didn’t get a chance to drive the course, we would learn that miles 3-6 had even more of an incline. But you had to smile, because there was a photographer at the top:

The rest of the bike course did not disappoint, rolling hills for the first half gradually gave way to flatter sections with headwinds later in the race. With four events (Olympic, Half, Iron, Slightly-Longer-Than Iron) with staggered starts taking place on the course and only 200 athletes in the whole field, there were large gaps between cyclists out on the course. And no volunteers were screaming out what they had in their hand at aid stations. You often had to actually ask for what you needed, maybe even slow down slightly; an unforgivable error at some larger races. I kind of preferred this aid station format and better yet, you got to have access to your special needs bag 3 times during the bike!

That’s not to say the volunteers weren’t enthusiastic, they couldn’t have been more helpful. The local high school football team was charged with racking bikes in transition 2. Small races are a lot different, nicer in some ways. The entry process was certainly a lot more flexible, it was possible to sign up at 5PM the day before the race. The one man who took advantage of this late sign up entered the longest distance he could of course. And security must be less of an issue in remote areas, because the fencing around the bikes overnight was orange plastic about three feet off the ground. The only guard I could see was an old woman dozing in her chair. And yet nothing was out of place the next morning.

It seems I forgot to mention the swim. After my disappointment of being unable to accomplish a trial run in the Motel pool, I really lost all enthusiasm for anything that was to occur before Transition 1. There was a sign posted the day before, “Water Temperature: 59 degrees”, but it felt much warmer. Brendan was hoping for some fast guys to draft. He got none. All I know is I got caught in a pack of Iron distance athletes who started 20 minutes behind me, and Kim and I swam stroke for stroke for the last 100m, coming out of the water together. She then beat me by 9 seconds in transition. It was cold. I needed a sweater. Also, without wetsuit strippers, I’m useless.

My saving grace was a thin white rope that marked almost the entire swim course. You hardly ever needed to sight, you could just follow the rope that was about 6 feet under water, anchored to buoys every 100 feet or so. I can guarantee that I would have covered an extra few hundred meters had the rope not been there. I must have done better in the swim than I expected because usually there are few bikes still in the rack when I get out of the water, but this time I only noticed that Brendan’s was gone. He was motivated to swim quickly because apparently the reservoir has been heavily contaminated by Teck Cominco’s large smelter just upriver in Trail, B.C. Getting out the water five minutes sooner drastically lowers your chance of serious health problems arising from contact with the reservoir water. Johnson was in there a few minutes longer than I was, if he starts growing gills or loses his teeth, I’ll at least have some warning. All of the lawsuits against the mining company were from the mid 2000’s, so I’m sure they’ve cleaned up their smelter at least a little bit since then.

The run course was simple enough, two loops on a pancake flat course following the river. There was a single steep climb and descent up to a bridge near the dam at the halfway point and again just before the finish. Otherwise the entire course was along a flat stretch of gravel road. Having diligently done our research pre-race, we had discovered that the best strategy was apparently to run along the packed center strips of gravel rather than the loose gravel edges. Since no one tried the alternative, we will never know which method is truly faster. To give the athletes better value for their money, the race directors added just a bit of extra distance to the course. This put the marathon distance at around twenty seven and a half miles and an extra 4 kilometers were added to the 50k course. Per mile, this race was already just about half the cost of an Ironman brand race; this added value was much appreciated and welcomed by all out on the run course.
Tired legs find the bridge much higher over the river than it appears in this image.

For reasons known only to the U.S. parks service, there is an interpretive laser show projected onto the side of the dam every night for 6 months of the year. It certainly was not a tourist draw, none were to be seen. I’m also fairly sure the show was not put on by request of the local residents, who I am sure are very pleased to have loud speakers broadcast facts about the history of the area on a nightly basis. The finish of my run was timed perfectly to coincide with the laser show. It started just as I was running over the bridge during the last mile of the course.

Essentially, the dam becomes a kilometer wide canvas for projected images of the dam under construction, Washington’s floating head and poor animations of salmon, turbines and flowing water. The show is narrated from the point of view of either the river itself “I am the mighty Columbia” or the Dam “I provide 6800 Mega Watts of power”. It was, by far, the strangest setting for a race finish that I have ever seen. I couldn’t even enjoy the laser show because I had to keep checking my Garmin to see if I could bring my pace down for a last burst of speed (at that point, anything under 5:30 kilometers). You have to look good going through the finish line, even if you were barely shuffling ten minutes prior.

Johnson had pre-ordered a one liter IV online while registering for the race, to be administered at the finish line. Guaranteed to promote quick recovery. I would have joined him, but $35 can get you a half hour with a massage therapist or a case of protein bars, both better alternatives in my mind. The wool blanket seen below was an added bonus, the temperature did drop quickly just after sunset.

As for results, all of us finished in the top 4 overall in our events, with Kim second overall for women in the Iron distance. I can’t recall who won the Super Triathlon. I tried calling the local newspaper, but it did not serve to clarify things. The following image was captured at the post-race banquet. There is a chance that the two men pictured did rather well, but it's hard to say because I think the photo gives a distorted perspective of the size of the trophies.

And so we headed back to Vancouver, with more race T-shirts, backpacks and ball caps than we knew what to do with. Stopping by the finish line after the awards ceremony, we also managed to get several hundred Hammer Gels and a bunch of Bananas from the race director. And to think I felt guilty pocketing 5 gels at the last aid station on the course the day before. We only stopped by the finish to see if special needs bags could be picked up, but they were nowhere to be found. In the end, I think it was a fair trade. I have been using Hammer products in place of pancake syrup, ice cream topping, toothpaste, sandwich spread and steak sauce for two weeks now. I’ve never felt more energized.

We abandoned Johnson at the border in Blaine so that he could track down even more products purchased over the internet. We can only hope he declared them at the border, customs officers only have so much patience. I think it was carrying bags for the race wheels that he was picking up. These wheels have made Johnson like a new father. He has a crib ordered for them as well, their own linens, a special 5 gallon drum of wheel cleaning product and he has even set aside an entire room in his apartment for them. His travelling companions are enormously grateful that he decided to sign up for this race months ago and that he didn’t mind us piggy backing on his race plans. Next year, we should send the whole club. They have every distance except a sprint (sorry, Barry) a beautiful course, great draw prizes and the laser show is worth the trip all on its own.

Fuel for the drive back. So that we wouldn't be tempted to stop at any espresso stands.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fall Classic Race Series, 2011!

I hope everyone is ready, because tomorrow, the 5th edition of the UBC Triathlon Club race series begins!

For those of you who don't know what this is. Each semester we hold 8 races:

  • Oct 1 - Uphill Bike
  • Oct 5 - Uphill run
  • Oct 16 - Aquathon (Swim Run)
  • Oct 19 - Mile run
  • Oct 29 - Iona 10.2K TT
  • Nov 2 - 5K run
  • Nov 6 - 500m swim
  • Nov 12 - Brick (Bike Run)
  • Dec 2 - Beer Mile

and keep track of the results in order to have an overall winner!

How do the points work? The winner (Male and Female) of each event gets 1000 points. And the % off from the winner is the amount of points you lose. If you run 10% slower than the winner, you get 900 points. For a more detailed description of the point breakdown, click here.

One addition to the point breakdown, new this semester, if any team record is broken, that individual shall receive 25 bonus points!

The series starts with the uphill bike time trial. People take this one seriously, so much so that some participants even removed their bar tape last year to lighten their bike. Embarrassingly this only achieved him a second place finish.

With the arrival of the race serious, individuals lifestyles will take a bit of a change. Everyone has been pretty relaxed over the summer with the minor B races they have been doing (Subaru series, IMC, Grand Columbian) but now the real racing begins. Rumours have it that a one John Heinz has decided to take this race seriously. Following the fly in his soup at the Grand Columbian, he is reported to be tapering for tomorrows uphill bike time trial. John has taken a new mantra for this semester, he's not going to date, go out to bars, drink coffee, or engage in high risk activities like water skiing or eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Most of the time he just wants to rest up for the race – it's now his job, even if it's not a high-paying one.

Who will win this semester? Will the return of Matt Reeve (Winner Fall 09, Spring 10, Fall 10) prove to be too much for the men to overcome as he attempts to make up for the disappointing interruption in his reign of victories last semester during his absence? Or has Barry's new found taste for victory (As the Spring 2011 winner) inspired a new level of performance from of him? Or will there be a new challenger? Brendan Naef is the newly crowned Super Triathlete, finding ironman just to be a little too easy. But can some random man really pull out the victory? Or will John Heinz running prowess finally allow him to pull out the victory after setting every run record last semester. John fears his running will not be as dominant as Carl Reilly who may have the edge on the flat routes. After all, these two were quoted as saying, "We were chatting during out run on Sunday" without mentioning that the run was a trail half marathon in which they came 1st and 2nd.

Or will it be a new surprise? A young gun born in the 90's that isn't even on our radar yet that steals the show from all our seasoned veterans.

On the woman's side there is a lot of excitement as well. In the uber competitive sex, there has yet to be a repeat winner capable of defending their championship. This semester will see two champions, Lauren Sagadore and Victoria Gilbert returning to try and claim the prize, however, Naielly Cabrera is ready to take on the challenge. Gearing up for the long course world championships in November, she has even started to attack her rivals outside of the race course, hosting a party on Thursday night with the hopes that her rivals will be hung over from the epicness of her household festivities. Kim Seder and Stephanie Flynn are also gearing up for the race series. Both podium finishers with hopes to move up the ladder and one day hoist up the Vincent Lavallée Cup!

Don't miss the first event Saturday October 1st! We will start off with the team photo at West Point Cycles. Meet at the club office at 9 and ride out together to the store, followed by the uphill bike time trial and then the welcome back bbq back on campus!

Past Winners

Fall 2009: Matt Reeve / Lauren Sagadore
Spring 2010: Matt Reeve / Claire Haddock
Fall 2010: Matt Reeve / Victoria Gilbert
Spring 2011: Barry Claman / Kaley Strachan

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Team Records

My main motivation for the race series was to allow people to gauge their improvement and to rank themselves. As such I was reading through a cycling blog where they described a local hill ascent and how they had made a teamwide spreadsheet with the individual records.

As such, I decided to do the same. Let me know if you have any recent PB's that I missed, this is obviously not a complete list. Also, lets keep it pb's since starting triathlon. I know I like to talk about the glory days but those records don't count.

If I missed you and you would like to add your name send me an e-mail at: vlavallee @ gmail . com

Also, if you improve on your time, make sure to let me know. I will add a link to this post on the side panel of the blog for easy reference.

Triple Crown Completers

Derrick Lee 11
Kim Seder 10,11
Kory Seder 10,11
Andrew Wight 10,11
Vincent Lavallée 10,11
Matt Reeve 10
Jesse Chao 11
Winston Guo 10,11
Brendan Naef 11
Elliot Holtham 10
Shauna Gammon 11
Patrick Cafferty 10
Eric Suess 10
Scott Chris 10
Carl Reilly 10
Jared Penner 10
Celeste Pakstas 10
Victoria Gilbert 10

Mile Run
1 John Heinz 4:47
2 Barry Claman 4:53
3 Drew Senay 5:00
4 Matt Reeve 5:03
5 Jared Penner 5:05
6 Vincent Lavallee 5:05
7 Nathaniel Janzen 5:07
8 Ben Kresnyak 5:07
9 Winstorm Guo 5:11
10 Tiger Ye 5:14
11 Dylan Stephanian 5:18
12 Kellen Kjera 5:21
13 Liam Harrap 5:23
14 Brendan Neaf 5:24
15 Dirk Haupt 5:24
16 Kory Seder 5:24
17 James M.. 5:24
18 Andrew Wight 5:26
19 Thomas Belshein 5:28
20 Tobi Volkmann 5:30
21 Matt Tunnicliffe 5:32
22 Scott Chris 5:33
23 Tyler Filteau 5:37
24 James Montgomery 5:37
25 Eddie Wu 5:38
26 Jesse Chao 5:38
27 Derrick Lee 5:44
28 Rodrigo Samayoa 5:46
29 Claire Haddock 5:47
30 Seth B 5:47
31 Paul Roze 5:47
32 Jake Alleyne 5:48
33 Reza 5:48
34 Melanie Van Soeren 5:51
35 Claire Askew 5:52
36 Chris Hart 5:52
37 Jameson Cheong 5:53
70 Stephanie Urness 5:54
38 Matt Ridley 5:55
39 Ceilidh Curtis 5:59
40 Kaley Strachan 5:59
41 Naiely Cabrera 5:59
42 Victoria Gilbert 6:07
43 Rachel Schoeler 6:09
44 Lauren 6:16
45 Jeanie Zabukovec 6:16
46 Stephanie Flynn 6:16
47 Fabian Jankovic 6:18
48 Keely Hammond 6:19
49 Greta Raymant 6:20
50 Karin Olafson 6:21
51 Alana Schick 6:22
52 Kelsey Knoll 6:22
53 Annie Mauer 6:26
54 Ried Kimmett 6:28
55 Sarah Klain 6:28
56 Mel Thompson 6:29
57 Kimberly Seder 6:30
58 Theresa Price 6:32
59 Lauren Sagadore 6:35
60 Sherry Gu 6:36
61 Allison MacDonald 6:37
62 Kyuwon Kim 6:48
63 Jen Bhatla 6:48
64 Celeste Pakstas 7:07
65 Kyuwon Kim 7:16
66 Brittany Buchanan 7:22
67 Kaylee R 7:24
68 Debbie Poon 8:34
69 Laura Freeman 9:04
10.2k Bike TT
1 Kory Seder 14:29 Fall 2010
2 Barry Claman 14:57 Fall 2009
3 Matt Reeve 15:05 Fall 2010
4 Branden Neaf 15:39 Fall 2011
5 Vincent Lavallee 15:47 Spring 2010
6 Sherwood Plant 15:48 Fall 2010
7 Dylan Stephanian 15:52 Fall 2010
8 Kellen Kjera 15:54 Fall 2010
9 Carl Reilly 15:59 Fall 2011
10 Andrew Wight 16:10 Spring 2011
11 Derrick Lee 16:16 Fall 2010
12 Kimberly Seder 16:48 Fall 2010
13 Max Stalkamp 16:49 Fall 2011
14 Tyler Filteau 16:53 Fall 2010
15 Winstorm Guo 16:57 Fall 2010
16 Kevin Chiarot 17:15 Fall 2011
17 Johnson Jia 17:24 Fall 2011
18 Eddy Wu 17:27 Fall 2010
19 John Heinz 17:34 Spring 2011
20 Scott Chris 17:35
21 Jesse Chao 17:36 Fall 2010
22 Chris Hart 17:37 Fall 2011
23 Victoria Gilbert 17:38 Fall 2010
24 Rodrigo Samayoa 17:50 Fall 2010
25 Jason 17:51 Fall 2010
26 Nathaniel Janzen 18:17
27 Celeste Pakstas 18:37
28 Melanie van Soeren 18:42 Fall 2010
29 Lauren Sagadore 18:47
30 Ben Kresnyak 18:53 Spring 2011
31 Stephanie Urness 18:56 Spring 2011
32 Claire Askew 18:57 Fall 2011
33 Claire Haddock 19:06
34 Stephanie Flynn 19:31 Spring 2011
35 Jen Moroz 19:59 Fall 2010
36 Rachel Schoeler 20:04 Fall 2010
37 Kaley Strachan 20:07 Spring 2011
38 Jen Bhatla 20:10 Fall 2010
39 Seanna Martin 20:31 Spring 2011
40 Kywon Kim 20:53 Fall 2010
41 Sherry Gu 21:10 Fall 2011
42 Seth Bluman 21:15 Fall 2011
43 Melanie Thompson 21:48
44 Laura Freeman 22:00 Fall 2010
45 Claudia T 22:10 Spring 2011
46 Karin Olafson 24;43
5K Run
1 John Heinz 16:41 Fall 2011
2 Barry Claman 17:00 Fall 2011
3 Max Stallcamp 17:01 Spring 2011
4 Carl Reilly 17:18 Fall 2010
5 Matt Reeve 17:37 Fall 2010
6 Vincent Lavallee 17:41 Spring 2011
7 Yue-Ching Cheng 17:41 Spring 2010
8 Daniel Salamanca 17:50 Fall 2011
9 Brendan Neaf 17:54 Fall 2010
10 Drew Senay 18:05 Fall 2011
11 Kellen Kjera 18:06 Fall 2010
12 Liam Harrap 18:06 Fall 2011
13 Navid 18:34 Fall 2010
14 Ben Kresnyak 18:35 Fall 2011
15 Winstorm Guo 18:35 Fall 2009
16 Nathaniel Janzen 18:43 Spring 2010
17 Chris Taplan 18:49
18 Jen Moroz 18:54 Fall 2011
19 James Montgomery 18:55 Fall 2010
20 Andrew Wight 19:04
21 Thomas Belshein 19:04 Spring 2011
22 Kaley Strachan 19:29 Spring 2011
23 Kory Seder 19:29 Spring 2010
24 Dylan Stephanian 19:31 Fall 2011
25 Scott Chris 19:36 Spring 2010
26 Dirk Haupt 19:55 Fall 2010
27 Eddy Wu 20:01
28 Jake Alleyne 20:06
29 Jesse Chao 20:06 Fall 2010
30 Kevin Chiarot 20:20 Fall 2011
31 Melanie van Soeren 20:21 Fall 2010
32 Rodrigo Samayoa 20:26 Spring 2011
33 Claire Haddock 20:28
34 Evan Cheng 20:32
35 Matt Robinson 20:32 Fall 2010
36 Seth Bluman 20:34 Fall 2011
37 Naiely Cabrera 20:41 Fall 2011
38 Lauren Slattery 20:46 Spring 2011
39 Mirko Moeller 20:49 Fall 2011
40 Grahm Clark 20:50 Fall 2011
41 Victoria Gilbert 20:59 Fall 2010
42 Katie Wadden 21:01 Fall 2010
43 Stephanie Urness 21:04 Spring 2011
44 Kim Seder 21:23 Spring 2011
45 Stephanie Flynn 21:23 Spring 2011
46 Karin Olafson 21:24 Fall 2010
47 Matt Ridley 21:24 Fall 2010
48 Theresa Price 21:27 Spring 2011
49 Keely Hammond 21:29 Spring 2011
50 Paul Rozehnal 21:29 Fall 2011
51 Rachel Schoeler 21:31 Fall 2010
52 Derrick Lee 21:42
53 Ceilidh Curtis 21:46
54 Greta Raymant 21:54
55 Kelsey Knoll 21:56 Fall 2011
56 Johnson Jia 22:11 Spring 2011
57 Martin Kozinsky 22:22 Fall 2011
58 Sherry Gu 22:24 Spring 2011
59 Lara Russel 22:30
60 Alana Schick 22:32
61 Melanie Thompson 22:37
62 Fabian Jankovic 22:41
63 Jasmine 22:55
64 Dina Bulfone 23:14 Spring 2011
65 Jen Bhatla 23:24 Spring 2011
66 Lauren Sagadore 23:25
67 Kyuwon Kim 23:45 Fall 2010
68 Lauren Riva 23:45 Spring 2011
69 Celeste Pakstas 24;08
70 Brittany Buchanan 24;12 Fall 2011
71 Annie Mauer 24;17
72 Mattias Krestschmer 24;23 Spring 2011
73 Kelsey Foote 24;34
74 Erica Weiss 30;07
75 Debbie Poon 32;30
Swim 500m
1 Derek Westra-Luney 6:09
2 Yue-Ching Cheng 6:23
3 Patrick Waters 6:33
4 Nathaniel Janzen 6:46
5 Alex Lush 6:55
6 Rachel Schoeler 6:56
7 Stephanie Flynn 6:56
8 Kory Seder 6:58
9 Kendra Swain 7:04
10 Vincent Lavallee 7:12
11 Scott Chris 7:19
12 Karin Olafson 7:20
13 Celeste Paskstas 7:22
14 Matt Reeve 7:31
15 Melanie Thompson 7:33
16 Jen Bhatla 7:35
17 Eddy Wu 7:45
18 Dylan Stephanian 7:45
19 Lauren Sagadore 7:49
20 Barry Claman 7:50
21 Jeanie Zabukovec 7:54
22 Matt Ridley 8:09
23 Branden Neaf 8:10
24 Claire Askew 8:23
25 Andrew Wight 8:29
26 Jen Moroz 8:30
27 Melanie van Soeren 8:35
28 Victoria Gilbert 8:40
29 Kywon Kim 8:41
30 Jorg Winter 8:44
31 Winston Guo 8:45
32 Navid 8:49
33 Kaley Strachan 8:58
34 Claire Haddock 8:59
35 Kim Seder 8:59
36 John Heinz 8:59
37 Lara Russel 9:17
38 Greta Raymant 9:18
39 Derick Lee 9:25
40 Kristry 9:29
41 Stephanie Urness 9:29
42 Johnson Jia 9:39
43 Ben Kresnyak 9:40
44 Kellen Kjera 10:00
45 Max Stallkamp 10:00
46 Allison MacDonald 10:05
47 Tiger Yu 10:10
48 Drew Senay 10:26
49 Dirk Haupt 10:30
50 Jesse Chao 10:50
51 Yan 12:10
52 Janice 14:20
53 Liam Harrap 15:00
Cypress Ascent
1 Vincent Lavallée 43:58:00
2 John Heinz 45:44:00
3 Winston Guo 48:22:00
Seymour Ascent:
1 Barry Claman 49:45:00
2 Vincent Lavallée: 51:45 51:45:00
3 Sherwood Plant: 52:00 52:00:00
4 Winston Guo 54:00:00
5 Scott Chris 59:02:00
Half Marathon:
1 Max Stalkamp 1:18:53
2 Brendan Naef 1:21:23
3 Liam Harrap 1:23:23
4 Vincent Lavallée 1:23:57
5 Winston Guo 1:28:32
6 Ben Kresnyak 1:28:57
7 Kellen Kjera 1:29:30
8 Eric Suess 1:31:23
9 Joerg Winter 1:31:53
10 Tobi Volkmann 1:34:42
11 Nathaniel Janzen 1:38:06
12 Kory Seder 1:38:08
13 Victoria Gilbert 1:38:25
14 Jesse Chao 1:39:00
15 Melanie van Soeren 1:39:14
16 Clara Gomez 1:41:29
17 Kendra Swain 1:42:08
18 Scott Chris 1:42:59
19 Stephanie Flynn 1:45:45
20 Kim Seder 1:55:46
21 Kelsey Foote 1:56:08
22 Ceilidh Curtis 1:58:10
23 Sarah Simon 2:01:01
1 Brendan Naef 2:53:02 Fall 2011
2 Carl Reilly 2:58:05 Spring 2011
3 Vincent Lavallee 2:58:14 Fall 2010
4 Max Stalkamp 2:59:42 Spring 2011
5 Kevin Donak 3:01:01
6 Liam Harrap 3:02:09 Spring 2011
7 Winston Guo 3:07:32 Spring 2011
8 Melanie van Soeren 3:30:44 Fall 2010
9 Andrew Wight 3:36:31 Fall 2010
10 Kim Seder 3:47:00
11 Kory Seder 3:47:00
10km Run
1 Derek Westra-Luney 34:27:00
2 Barry Claman 35:48:00
3 Matt Reeve 37:18:00
4 Vincent Lavallée 37:27:00
22 Liam Harrap 37:41:00
5 Eric Suess 38:10:00
6 Winston Guo 39:03:00
7 Ben Kresnyak 39:08:00
8 Andrew Wight 39:59:00
9 Nathaniel Janzen 41:37:00
10 Scott Chris 41:54:00
11 Jared Pener 42:37:00
12 Claire Haddock 42:45:00
13 Melanie van Soeren 44:21:00
21 Stephanie Flynn 45:38:00
14 Derrick Lee 45:51:00
15 Karin Olafson 46:05:00
16 Victoria Gilbert 46:28:00
17 Celeste Pakstas 51:26:00
18 Jordan Sugie 53:58:00
19 Emily Kwok 57:15:00
20 Sarah Koch 59:33:00

*Note Cypress Now Officially finishes at the sign for 50kph
Conveniently that worker is showing it to us.

* There are a few people who I know have gone faster than these times, I just don't know them. Let me know.