Huge club turnout at the Gulf Coast Running Club 's Woolmarket Du #2 this past weekend. Fast times were recorded, lots of hardware taken home, and just plain fun was had by all. Many of these same faces, plus many more are headed to The Grandman in Fairhope this weekend. The Grandman is always a fun race with a fast field, and Fairhope provides a great venue with plenty to do post race. It's also an easy drive over for TTBs that aren't racing! We always enjoy spectators and friends to share in post race fun. Good luck to all racing! See y'all in Fairhope.
Thank you Gulf Coast Bicycle Club for last night's time trial. The event was a big success and everyone had a blast. Great conditions led to so some really fast times, with the course record being challenged for the first time in a long time! Thanks to the many many volunteers, spectators, and photographers that showed up last night. A special thanks to Eddie and Allison for going above and beyond to make this event happen.
Lot's of TTB's were present in preparation for the Gulf Coast Running Club's Woolmarket Duathlon #2 this Saturday. If these times were any indication, should be some fast times on Saturday.
If you missed last night, don't forget to mark your calendars for the next GCBC Time Trial on Wednesday, June 18th. Hope to see even more turnout!
You really can't beat the well run $10 hometown race options we have! Thanks to everyone that makes these happen.
Check out the final results here:http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=22779
Always fun to see Bob the Bomb everywhere! And TTB's were everywhere Saturday at the Gulf Coast Triathlon. The swim was cancelled due to rip currents but that didn't keep the conditions from being quite rough, with strong winds throughout the day and heat and humidity on the run. We had a fantastic overall showing! Congrats to all who participated, I think we counted 23 members in the race!
18mph winds with gusts. 55 air temp 62 water temp.
62 degree water. Looking at it, not so choppy. In the water, a different story. We watched the pros go off and stood on a boat dock. Used waterhose to put some water in my wetsuit, as it always helps me to get wet before colder races. That way I don’t jump in and panic.
My wave was the last one of the Olympic. I started getting that sick nauseous feeling while standing in line. As we got to the dock waiting our turn, I noticed a lot of people were swinging out wide instead of going straight to the buoy. I sat down on floating dock, six of us in at one time. Alarm goes off, we jump in. I immediately try to breaststroke, to get a little bit more comfortable before putting my face in the water. Well, the wind was coming straight at us, so the chop was straight at us. I tried swimming normally, backstroked, No go. All water in my face all the time. I swallowed half the harbor, and begin wheezing, sounded like maybe I had aspirated. Then, I panicked. I never stopped moving, just slowed and took a few breaths. “FORWARD PROGRESS.” Always Always on my mind. I heard people yelling help, I saw a couple people being taken in by jet ski. And I wanted on that damn jet ski. I wanted out of the water, because I knew I would be in the water forever. FOREVER. I considered it, I looked at kayak, they came over. By then I had figured the only way for me to even get close to that first turn buoy, I had to side stroke. She asked if I was doing okay and I said THIS SUCKS. She told me to keep moving , I was doing great. So, I kept moving. It took forever to get to that first buoy, but in the meantime I passed 4 people. WOOPWOOP. Let me say this, I use side stroking in my cool downs and some of my “nonfree” swim workouts. It’s a good damn thing. I used a lot of breaststroking, too, just tried to get my head out of the water high enough. So, I’m still thinking I want to quit. Had enough. BUT my pride wouldn’t let me. After thinking about this today, that swim portion was HUGE in my mind. I didn’t quit. I couldn’t quit! I was able to swim normally once I turned around buoy, as the wind was coming from behind now. Out of all the area to swim ( cause there was NOT MANY people left in the water) a girl runs into me from behind, no worries though, I’m finally used to being grabbed, but able to keep going. Get to second buoy, and there’s a girl hanging on to the back of it. I just yelled FORWARD PROGRESS. Im not sure what she was doing, if she was having second thoughts , because I was having them again. Reason: My body started having a very strange feeling. Started feeling heavy, and my arms were acting kinda funny. I wondered about hypothermia, and stared ahead of me while treading water, cause I guess I forgot what the hell I was doing. Kayaker behind me yelled. GO TO THE YELLOW BUOY. Phew! Glad someone knows what we were doing out there. By then, I was able to swim a little better, so I just swam. Slowly. Way slower than normal, but my goal now was to get out of the damn water. I’d had enough. Last turn buoy to the right, straight to the stairs. Got to stairs, couldn’t get legs up. COULDN’T feel them! Of course I always take the opportunity to bring attention to myself at times like that, so I told everyone how choppy it was.
Finally get into transistion and watch a lady basically body color ashen (nurse in me cant help it), and she was shaking like CRAZY. Not seizure crazy, but cold. I think she had a wetsuit. She was taken care of, so I was able to go ahead and carry on. Yes. I took FOREVER in transition. I don’t know why, but I did.
Get on bike. YAY.
Or so I thought. Tailwind the first 2 miles and to help us over the bridge. At the bottom of the bridge, there was sharp curve that turned into an S curve. BAM. Crosswind. I spent a lot of times locked in so much, my neck hurts. Couldn’t get a gel in, was too afraid to let go….Carry on down New Orleans Roads and more bridges. Had a decent split on the way out. Turn around point came quick. I turn. O M G the Wind. Nothing new, I’ve dealt with this on every weekend ride. But the swim had taken so much out of me, I just didn’t feel like I could do much more. I started to kinda “ sight see.” What else was I going to do with my time. SOOO LONG on the bike. TWO LOOPS. The last bridge was against the headwind, and my only goal was to not get off the bike and walk. NOT GONNA DO IT….Well I didn’t. I finished that up and finally got to my second long break of the day---transition. Couldn’t feel my feet to get in my shoes so I didn’t cramp----took me a bit, but finished….
run course was out and back x2. Those first few run intervals off bike were bad. I loosened up on the 2nd loop and started getting a blister. Blister pain finally went away. Pretty sure that wasn’t going to be good. ( it ended up NOT being, but what the hell. It stopped hurting in the race) The run was a high point for me because I was talking to everyone. I didn’t care who it was. One of the key things of being a back of packer: AIDE STATIONS THAT ARE YOUR OWN WAITERS. I told them that LOL.
On the second loop I spotted a guy about ¾ mile ahead of me. I wanted to pick him off. I tried for THREE MILES. His long leg intervals were just too much. He turned around to see who was behind him and I said IM COMING FOR YOUUUUU. I finally got to him and we started another interval. I told him I was going to run all the way in, and looks like he decided to also. We were on the back stretch of the run and he was still moving. I could see him slowing down and I yelled KEEP MOVING. I WONT STOP IF YOU WONT. He ran all the way to the finish line with me behind him. Bad news…he had lost his timing chip!
1) Safety pin your timing chip strap…it’s always worked for me.
2) Adjust your plan and go with it if you need.
3) Have fun. I did. I hated every second of that race until I got to the run.
4) Forward Progress. One foot in front of the other.
I asked the pro that rode with us to and from the race what her advice was for Ironman. She said to keep the mental part in it and just remember that “ You gotta get back.” AMEN.
So I didn’t race. I had planned on it, but I didn’t. Ended up 3rd in Athena, and damn proud of that s*&t.
I ended up being out there WAY longer than i should have been, but HEY, I got my money's worth.
Congratulations to the 3 Ticking Tri Bomb members who received Age Group ALL-AMERICAN Honors for 2013!
Barbara Walker Kerby F40-44
Jacqueline Sasaki F40-44
Allen Stanfield M30-34
As the club continues to grow and thrive, 2014 looks to be another banner year. Club members continue to do an exceptional job encouraging newcomer's to the sport and engaging in new challenges. In 2014 we will be minting 15 first-time Ironmen (to join the existing 40+), and surely producing a few more All-Americans!
41 Ticking Tri Bombs Participated!
McDougal - 1st 70.3
Pylate - 1st 70.3
Artigues- Just a little warmup for IM Florida!
Branch -1st 70.3
Byrd - 1st 70.3
Brown -Sub 5 hours, Second Fastest time from the Club!
Brown -1st 70.3
Collier - One hour fifteen minute PR over Augusta 2012
Davidson - ate all the chicken wings
Diane - 1st 70.3
Fellows - Qualified for 2014 70.3 World Championships and is going! 1st
70.3 after getting a stress fracture training for River Roux in 2013.
Fikes - Fifteen minute PR over Augusta 2012
Gazzo- 1st 70.3
Hardy- 1st 70.3
High - 1st 70.3 crushed the bike!
Hill - Fastest female TTB run split 1:45, and 4th AG!
Huffman- 1st 70.3
Kerby- 3rd Age Group, Qualified for 14’ World Champs! Fastest female TTB Bike,
Swim and Overall Times! 5hrs flat!
Kerby - Living in the shadow of greatness!
Lee - 1st 70.3
Linn - 1st 70.3
McCombs - Three weeks after an Ironman.
Meadows - 1st 70.3
Miles - Fastest TTB Swim Split!
Nolte - 1st 70.3
Roberts - Fastest TTB Run Split 1:39 and fastest overall time 4:43,
Self - Fastest TTB Bike split 2:28 & broke 5 hours in second
Storr - Toughed out an early bike wreck to make it through. Luke didn't
eat his finger even though it looks like a chicken wing...
Sullivan - 1st 70.3
Tanner- 1st 70.3
Race morning: 4:15 wake up call, coffee, gear check, and head out.
Transition opened at 5am and was quickly full of athletes getting set up. Kat, Barb, and I were all on the same rack. (The proximity to those two immediately made me feel fast!) We headed out for a warm up swim
and quickly realized that it was pretty darn nice. We discussed the thick seaweed and how we would be finding it in all kinds of interesting places later.
Given all of the rain lately, we really lucked out with near perfect race
weather. Overcast skies, minimal wind, and “fair” water conditions made
for an awesome day. I think everyone would agree that the water was nice
except for massive amounts of seaweed and numerous curious jellies. The
biggest issue (to me) during the swim was the current. The longest part of
the rectangular, ½ mile swim course was against the current. Unless you
are Joey, Allen or Barb, you probably noticed the current. One other
observation is that they need much bigger buoys. In my opinion, EVERY race needs bigger buoys.
It was a pretty long run from the shore to the timing mat to enter T1, but there
were a lot of folks cheering along the way. A quick bit on 98 and then the
bike course was on 30A. A few cars here and there but pretty open for the
most part. This is a fast course with some small uphill on the way back.
All of the TTBs that I saw on the bike were looking strong. Allen is
always recognizable because of his back wheel….and the fact that he is usually out front. Kevin Self blew passed me at some point and shouted some type of encouragement. He was tearing it up! The 20 mile bike course was actually 19 something, but it was a great ride. Jeremy Tanner had some
sort of spill but seemed to recover nicely. It’s always a good day when
everyone comes in off the bike safely.
The run course is awesome at this race! It is great being able to see other
team members and urge them on! On my way out I saw Allen digging deep,
Barb looking lean and strong, Kat looking like she just had a baby….Oh wait!
That would be the norm for someone who gave birth seven weeks ago, and we all now that Kat is NOT normal. Seriously, Kat looked amazing and super
human. Freak. Of. Nature.
Anyway, Missy, Kevin V., Kevin S., Mark, Paige, Jeremy, Mr. Barbara Kerby,
Ryker, Joey (the always polite, super fast teenager) and several others were all looking great on the run. It is great to see our gear out there on the
course looking sharp.
Awards were presented by the pool. Allen was 3rd overall, and Barb was
2nd overall! Kat (aka: freak of nature) was first in 35-39, but was presented
the 2nd place medal. When final results were posted, Kat was 1st
which moved me to third. I didn’t know this until half way home, but I’ll take
it. Joey Pocreva was 10th overall and won his Age Group as did Terry
Bailey. Mark Roberts was second for 35-39 males! All TTBs posted
some awesome times and finished strong. One highlight of the awards
ceremony was an appearance by sweet Abigail, Kat’s racing and training partner for approximately 9 months.
This was my first trip to this race. It was a GREAT one. I never really
know if it is actually a good post-race party or if the TTBs are what make it so
much fun. Good food, good beer (after Ryker fixed the broken keg), and
just plain cool people. Add this one to the race calendar, folks! It
is worth the trip. One mistake I made was not staying the whole weekend.
I mean, it’s Destin!
Great race to everyone again-
On the men's side-
Allen Stanfield 3rd Overall Male
Joey Pocreva 1st AG/10th Overall
Mark Roberts 2nd AG/20th Overall
Terry Bailey 1st AG
Bob Walker 2nd AG
And the women-
Barbara Kerby 2nd Overall!
Katya Karpitskaya 1st AG
Amy Hunt 3rd AG
Full results found here:
The Ticking Tri Bombs were small in numbers, but continued the streak of showing up on the podium last weekend at the Possum Town Triathlon in Columbus, MS.
Congratulations to Paul Kaufmann who finished 2nd overall, and Alice Dudley Huffman who dominated for an AG win!
We heard nothing but good things about the race, so hopefully we can increase the TTB and Gulf Coast presence there next year!
Great job guys!
Results can be found here-
A handful of TTB’s made the long trek for the River Cities Triathlon near Shreveport, Louisiana. It’s a long drive, but I hear it’s a worthwhile trip. Rumor has it that the swag bag is worth more than the entry fee. You know a race is good when it sells out (at a whopping 1200 participants) months before race day every year. This race has been around for 32 years, and none other than Lance Armstrong holds the course record-set way back in 1988 (so he gets to keep his trophy). Now, about the race---The race is held at Cypress Black Bayou Recreation and Conservation Park. It is a sprint distance a little heavy on the swim (800 meter swim, 18.2 bike, and 5k run). A plus to this race is the awards go deep in larger age groups. If you are in an age group with 100 people they give trophies to the top six; but if you’re in an age group with 15 people they only give awards for 1st and 2nd place. The only negative ever chattered about at this race is the wave start for the swim. I hear there is lots of kicking and clawing in the water.
TTB Renee Hill won her age group… again! Watching her pass twenty people the last 200 meters is exciting. She’s in competition mode lately. Watch out folks! Ellisa Brown was still hobbling a little (a lot) on that injured foot (you should have seen her coming out the water after the swim), but it sure didn’t slow her down on the bike. She averaged 21.2mph, which is the third best of her age group of 44 people. Other Ticking Tri Bombs racing were Scott Hawkins 8/100 in AG, Cissy Hare, and Susan Linn. Susan came out the swim right after Renee. This group said they would be going back next year for sure, so some more of you ought to join em!
Several TTB's participated in the Little Flower Pace and Petal Duathlon in Mobile on Satudary. Little Flower is a Catholic Church that puts this race on as a fundraising event. This was the second year for this race. This is a good event and features a little different format. The race starts at the church on Government street with a 5 mile bike ride, the route for this event goes down Government Street through the Bankhead tunnel, the tunnel provides a very steep decline where you can reach incredible speeds but like most hills where there is a down there is an up and this up is steep which makes it a hard climb out of the tunnel. Once your out of the tunnel your on Battleship Parkway headed to the Battleship where the transition is setup. The race organizers take care of transporting running shoes to the transition. Each participant is given a bag with your race number and your name written on it where you put your running shoes. When you get to the transition it is waiting on you. Once racking your bike and changing into your running shoes its off to run a 5K, its an out and back course back to the transitions where you again mount your bike and ride the 5 miles back to the church.
Today's race got a late start which meant that by the time most everybody got to the run the heat was brutal! Despite the heat we (as always) came away with lots of hardware!
Among those is 16 year old Joey Pocreva who was the overall winner with an outstanding time of 47:40 . It was a good day for the Pocreva family with brother Jackson (15 years old) also winning 2nd place in his age group and 21st overall with a time of 57:04.
Other TTB participants were
Clayton Legear 2nd place AG time of 58:10 , 28th overall
Alice Huffman 1st place AG time of 106:15, 58th overall
Danny Cook 2nd place AG time of 54:36 , 9th overall
Eddie Holmes 2nd place AG time of 56:59, 20th overall
I think there were somewhere around 180 in this years race. This is a very well organized race for two years in a row and I can recommend it. Its definitely worth trying out.
Great job to all participants, and hope to see YOU at Little Flower Du next year!
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