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2018

Goals | Treeathlon | Sheeper Epic ride | Wildflower | Amgen Tour de California | Morgan Hill Sprint | CIT | Fourth of July Parade Run | Oakland Olympic | Monte Bello Low Key Hillclimb |

 

Goals for 2018

 


 

Wildflower Triathlon 

May 5, 2018

Results

Gary's Pictures

 

WF 2018

 

- Had no injuries going in to race; wanted to do the double
- But didn't have enough base training in the aero bars. Glutes (esp left) flat by mile 30
- Run became survival. Gu at mile 9 was helpful

- G Ted, Boston Globe partiers, Bluegill

 

swim bike pace Run pace Overall Place SexPlc DivPlc
Long Course 50-54      
1294 CHRIS MORGESON 31.39 2:39:34 21.06 1:40:43 7:40 4:57:48 36 35 1
1298 STEVE CHAID 31:42 2:41:53 20.76 1:47:58 8:14 5:05:59 48 46 2
1611 PETER ACKERMANN 32:48 2:41:00 20.87 1:49:05 8:19 5:08:34 54 52 3
1615 JONATHAN WILLIAMS 31:51 2:07:07 9:41 5:10:30 63 60 4
1327 IAIN WOOD 36:52 2:49:39 19.81 1:39:40 7:36 5:11:11 66 63 5
1308 KURT MELLICK 35:49 2:53:44 19.34 1:39:21 7:34 5:16:04 76 73 6
1304 ANDREW HUGHES 28:19 2:50:04 19.76 1:53:52 8:41 5:16:48 77 74 7
1320 TWAIN MEIN 29:46 2:45:34 20.29 1:56:21 8:52 5:17:35 78 75 8
1302 PIKE REARDON 31:28 2:49:25 19.83 1:52:35 8:35 5:18:04 80 77 9
1301 DARREN GILL 31:27 2:40:35 20.92 2:03:00 9:22 5:20:06 86 83 10
Long Course 45-49
1606 CIARAN BYRNE 32:59 2:38:08 21.25 1:32:24 7:02 4:48:56 24 23 2
1627 DEREK LIOU 32:24 2:57:29 18.93 1:50:00 8:19 5:20:21 90 88 7
1151 CHANG SO 36:58 2:48:57 19.89 2:08:17 9:47 5:39:50 161 137 14
Long Course 55-59
1440 JOHN TUTTLE 28:53 2:50:50 19.67 1:45:22 8:02 5:10:08 61 58 1
1438 CRAIG ZELENT 30:55 3:03:06 18.35 1:43:03 7:51 5:23:34 96 91 3
1435 KEITH HANSEN 30:09 2:55:07 19.19 1:57:33 8:57 5:28:53 124 112 4
1449 DAVE LEROY 31:24 2:59:33 18.71 2:02:29 9:20 5:38:07 155 134 6
1447 DIRK BARTELS 38:16 2:55:20 19.17 2:13:30 10:10 5:53:39 215 174 9
Long Course 30-34
419 BASTIAN BARTELS           5:17:45 27 79 81
371 BRETT DAVENPORT 33:15 3:11:17 17.57 1:47:58 8:14 5:37:49 153 132 27
Long Course Relay
2273 TEAM TEAM SHEEPER 34:34 2:48:49 19.90 1:36:53 7:23 5:04:02 5
Olympic 45-49
6212 BRIAN FITZGERALD 33:45 1:24:56 17.56 54:20:00 8:44 2:58:38 238 194 18
Olympic 50-54
6558 ROBERT SKAGGS 21:20 1:06:11 22.53 38:23:00 6:10 2:09:38 5 3 1
6839 THORNTON WEILER 22:37 1:13:45 20.22 45:12:00 7:16 2:26:31 26 24 2
6556 GARY SCHELLENBERG 24:56 1:17:12 19.32 40:35:00 6:32 2:26:53 28 26 3
6557 DAVID CRONWALL 27:01 1:13:03 20.41 44:00:00 7:05 2:27:55 34 32 4
Olympic 55-59
6850 PETER KAIN 20:33 1:12:48 20.48 40:40:00 6:32 2:17:31 11 9 1
6846 GEOFF FARRELL 25:17 1:18:55 18.89 48:11:00 7:45 2:37:01 63 56 2
6852 TODD LOGAN 25:31 1:16:25 19.51 49:39:00 7:59 2:37:20 66 59 3
Sprint Run Overall Place SexPlc DivPlc
8758 DERRILL STEPP 23:13:00 1:13:48 8 7 1
8735 JIMMY DWORKIN 27:38:00 1:22:45 45 39 5
8664 GARY CHAN 35:22:00 1:47:20 255 144 10
Mountain Bike
3153 DERRILL STEPP 14:23 1:14:06 10 10 1
3478 DEAN WOERNER 16:37 1:20:08 28 27 3
3129 JIMMY DWORKIN 18:12 1:26:42 53 49 6

 


Amgen Tour of California Time Trial (21.5 miles)

May 16, 2018

Pictures

 

Official results: 55:06.09 - Twain
- Chang 54:39.00 (-27 sec)
- Derrill 53:25.02 (-1:51!)
- Eiiott 56:02.60 (+56 sec)

 

Morgan Hill Time Trial, 5/16/18            
Amateurs Athlete Time Pace Cadence HR avg HR Max Suffer
1 Tedd Markelz 46:57:00 27.48        
5 Menko Johnson 51:34:00 25.02        
8 Derrill Stepp 53:25:00 24.15        
14 Chang So 54:39:00 23.60 88 167 192 105
17 Twain Mein 55:06:00 23.41 100 162 176 136
21 Eliott Jones 56:02:00 23.02   170 187 165
Pro  Tejay Vandergarden 40:47:00 31.63        

 

 

Amgen Tour de calfornia time trial 2018

 

 


 

Morgan Hill Sprint 

May 20, 2018

Results

WF 2018

 

Bib Name Swim Swim Plc T1 Bike Bike Plc T2 Run Run Plc Chip Elapsed Div Place Age Age Place Gender Place
232 BRIAN LAVELLE 0:15:44 2 0:01:09 0:41:37 1 0:00:35 0:28:48 2 1:27:55 1 43 1 1
231 STAFFAN WESTERBERG 0:15:42 1 0:01:22 0:43:17 9 0:01:02 0:29:32 5 1:30:56 2 43 2 2
374 BARRY PHELPS 0:19:05 23 0:01:13 0:41:40 2 0:00:35 0:28:26 1 1:31:02 3 52 1 3
577 PETE KAIN 0:16:16 6 0:00:43 0:44:27 15 0:00:39 0:32:07 15 1:34:14 5 55 1 5
300 JON ERSKINE 0:22:44   0:01:21 0:42:35 3 0:00:53 0:29:25 4 1:37:00 13 48 2 13
371 TWAIN MEIN 0:18:55 21 0:01:44 0:43:05 7 0:00:58 0:32:40 20 1:37:25 14 52 2 14
336 KENNETH FINE 0:19:11 24 0:01:36 0:43:29 11 0:01:14 0:32:17 17 1:37:48 16 50 3 16
559 SEBASTIAN NUNEZ 0:20:03   0:01:00 0:46:10 27 0:00:58 0:30:43 7 1:38:56 17 41 4 17
392 GUNNAR ROLL 0:17:18 9 0:00:49 0:45:23 20 0:00:45 0:34:59 32 1:39:16 18 53 4 18
574 DAVID CRONWALL 0:21:43   0:00:44 0:43:30 12 0:00:59 0:32:56 24 1:39:54 19 51 5 19
212 MARTIN SPIERINGS 0:17:18 10 0:00:48 0:48:17 37 0:00:35 0:34:58 31 1:41:58 23 42 5 23
339 VINCENT HARDY 0:21:14   0:01:33 0:47:43 35 0:00:48 0:32:00 14 1:43:19 25 50 6 25
593 TEAM SHEEPER 0:17:09 8 0:00:41 0:46:39 30 0:00:28 0:40:16 51 1:45:14        
242 DIMITAR ALEXANDROV 0:24:31   0:01:22 0:45:01 18 0:00:47 0:34:38 30 1:46:21 32 43 7 31
214 MICHAEL CLARKE 0:24:56   0:01:38 0:44:14 13 0:00:35 0:37:06 46 1:48:32 44 42 10 42
313 KIRT IVERSON 0:21:39   0:03:35 0:50:00 47 0:01:24 0:32:38 19 1:49:17 50 48 5 47
362 JIMMY DWORKIN 0:18:36 16 0:01:36 0:48:47 40 0:00:53 0:40:21 52 1:50:15 55 51 12 51

 

Bib Team Sheeper Division Age Chip Elapsed
371 TWAIN MEIN AGE GROUP 52 1:37:25
336 KENNETH FINE AGE GROUP 50 1:37:48
339 VINCENT HARDY AGE GROUP 50 1:43:19
593 TEAM SHEEPER RELAY 0 1:45:14
242 DIMITAR ALEXANDROV AGE GROUP 43 1:46:21
214 MICHAEL CLARKE AGE GROUP 42 1:48:32
330 MICHAEL ROSS AGE GROUP 49 1:56:01
262 MICHAEL ROTHENBERG AGE GROUP 45 1:57:48
252 JENNIFER ROOST AGE GROUP 44 2:00:01
352 ANNE HARDY AGE GROUP 50 2:01:20
283 JONATHAN FRYMANN AGE GROUP 47 2:03:27
429 ERIC RASMUSSEN AGE GROUP 55 2:04:35
595 MARIANA BRANDI AGE GROUP 43 2:15:43
586 ANN BURTON AGE GROUP 67 2:18:47
507 DAVID GILDEA AGE GROUP 75 2:26:34
563 BRADLEY GRAYSON AGE GROUP 43 2:29:21
456 DAVE MANDELKERN AGE GROUP 59 2:53:31
314 JOHN ROLLINS AQUABIKE 48 1:11:33

 

Thanks to you two I had a good race today! I was thinking about you guys for motivation! 

Of course I was late, driving 80mph to get there and arrived at 6:45...

I saw Dave Cornwall, Ken Fine, Barry, Gunnar and Jimmy.  I thought, oh well, there goes the podium - no way would I get Barry and Dave and this would be Ken's year. Let alone there might be another unknown.

Swim was pretty casual; I was next to Pete Kain just chatting; thank God he is in the next age group! Amazing what a nice guy he is. Anyhow, he took off like a friggin bullet. I tried to go with him but my HR spiked and had to back off. There was so much carnage in the water, though, slower waves doing breast stroke, you had to swim around. I went 2 mins slower than what I had been doing in the pool.

After the swim, about 1 mile in to the bike, some dude comes by, swerving in and out of the traffic cones. Frickin it's Ken Fine! He was blowing by me, totally impressive. I thought, yep, this is the year he beats me and so much for top 3. But for some reason he didn't keep extending on me. I came up on him and his bike was making this weird noise and his chain looked funny. Turns out his front derailleur was broken or something; he couldn't get in to the big ring. So I kept going and he fell back. About 3/4 of the way though, suddenly that mofo passed me again! I got refocused and was able to drop him but I was petrified that he'd catch me on the run. The good news is that no one passed me on the bike.

On the run I went by Gunnar around mile 1.5. But he hung on like a tick; I couldn't believe it. We were going 6:30 pace. Finally I extended on him.
At the turnaround, frickin Ken Fine was "right there" behind me. I swear I would never have run that hard w/o him behind me. Dave was right behind as well.
I pressed the pace and ran as hard as I could. I finally looked back but...couldn't see Ken or Dave!
Finished the race and then, boom, there Ken was just 23 seconds behind. Damn, when that dude figures out how to race he is going to be untouchable.
Though as you guys pointed out, it's because of transition :-)

Huge props, though, for Jon Erskine. Back in 2014, when we were in the same age group, he nearly ran me down but I got him by 6 seconds. This year he had the 3rd fastest overall bike split (42:35) and 4th fastest run (29:25!). He got sweet revenge and beat me by 25 seconds. Thank goodness he is in the younger age group (48). But totally impressive.

I am so seriously ruined right now. Took a 3 hour nap. Both calves are shredded.

You guys are the best for the encouragement. Really missed you out there today.

 


CIT triathlon

June 24, 2018

Pictures

 

CIT 2018

 

Bib Name Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total Div Place Age Age Place GPlace
12 CODY FORMAN 0:22:27 0:00:37 1:01:45 0:00:35 0:35:29 2:00:55 1 23 1 1
215 BRIAN LAVELLE 0:20:57 0:00:54 1:02:09 0:00:35 0:37:30 2:02:07 2 43 1 2
319 CHRISTOPHER DANESI 0:21:53 0:01:05 1:05:03 0:00:37 0:41:12 2:09:53 12 50 1 12
74 RICARDO MAZZINI 0:23:56 0:01:04 1:03:36 0:01:11 0:41:02 2:10:51 14 32 3 14
347 Twain Mein (DQ) 0:24:28 0:01:18 1:02:16 0:01:21 0:42:57 2:11:34   52     
322 Kenneth Fine (DNF) 0:25:33 0:01:30 1:07:04              
486 LEROY THOMAS 0:25:47 0:01:12 1:04:45 0:00:59 0:39:51 2:12:35 18 46 1 18
522 ANDREW HUGHES 0:22:05 0:00:55 1:06:21 0:00:53 0:43:15 2:13:31 22 50 2 22
487 DEREK LIOU 0:25:27 0:01:10 1:08:08 0:00:35 0:42:08 2:17:29 29 47 5 29
378 RUNE DAHL 0:29:44 0:01:16 1:04:26 0:00:45 0:41:41 2:17:56 30 55 1 30
284 KEN MEAGOR 0:25:59 0:01:04 1:07:32 0:00:43 0:43:15 2:18:35 32 48 7 32
328 DAVID CRONWALL 0:28:46 0:00:52 1:04:28 0:00:54 0:44:13 2:19:15 33 51 3 33
512 DAVE CAMPBELL 0:28:09 0:01:31 1:09:48 0:00:41 0:41:26 2:21:37 36 61 1 35
524 BASTIAN BARTELS 0:28:39 0:01:48 1:08:01 0:01:14 0:44:50 2:24:33 47 34 7 45
355 THORNTON WEILER 0:25:40 0:02:15 1:16:50 0:01:25 0:50:09 2:36:21 108 53 10 92
335 JIMMY DWORKIN 0:23:47 0:01:20 1:11:56 0:01:13 1:05:14 2:43:32 137 51 16 115
465 SINDA MEIN (Aquabike) 0:31:09 0:02:15 1:22:26     1:55:52 11 50 11 5

 

 

 


Fourth of July Parade Run

July 4, 2018

 

  Chip  Chip Pace Avg HR Max HR Placement Strava Pace
Twain 19:32:00 6:18 175 183 1st/45 19:40 6:27
Maggie 28:59:00 9:20     5th/447    

 


Oakland Triathlon

August 19, 2018
Results

 

Bib Name Swim Plc T1 Bike Plc T2 Run Plc Time Div  Age AG
36 ALEX HANSON 0:20:42 2 0:05:29 0:56:02 1 0:01:07 0:36:39 2 2:00:01 1 29 1
194 CARL PARKER 0:23:35 6 0:04:42 0:59:16 4 0:00:35 0:36:50 3 2:05:00 2 42 1
413 JOHN SAVAGE 0:22:27 5 0:05:09 1:01:55 15 0:01:32 0:36:53 4 2:07:58 3 31 1
269 CHRISTOPHER DANESI 0:22:25 4 0:05:29 1:01:03 10 0:00:46 0:39:00 11 2:08:45 4 50 1
423 GREG COOK 0:24:36 7 0:06:33 0:59:02 3 0:01:23 0:41:44 20 2:13:19 9 50 2
426 THORNTON WEILER 0:24:50 8 0:06:11 1:00:57 9 0:01:58 0:42:37 24 2:16:35 14 53 3
284 TWAIN MEIN 0:27:26 17 0:06:33 1:02:34 17 0:01:36 0:42:16 23 2:20:27 20 52 4
446 LEROY THOMAS 0:28:05 23 0:06:37 1:03:13 20 0:02:10 0:40:41 15 2:20:48 24 46 3
418 GERHARD BRUMMER 0:28:08 24 0:06:12 1:06:33 29 0:01:05 0:38:55 8 2:20:54 25 42 6
235 CHANG SO 0:30:22 27 0:06:15 1:03:51 25 0:01:13 0:42:03 21 2:23:45 29 46 4

 

So Chang suggested that we do the Oakland Tri a few weeks back, a race I've never done. I haven't been really focused on training and had no races planned. But, WTF, why not? It would be a good excuse to see Thornton as well.
That said, I have sort of blown off swimming for the past few weeks. Last week, swam once - when fit I can hit 1:20 pace pretty regularly. However, I am not swim fit. Did 10x200's on Wed and could barely hit 1:30's. Uh oh. So I knew I had to swim 2x more before the race. Planned on it for Thursday...had a job interview and blew it off. Ok, what about Saturday? Went to race registration and walked 2 miles, sat in traffic, and came home exhausted. Blew off the swim.
BIG MISTAKE.

Yesterday at race reg, the course was so intimidating, I debated if I should just blow it off completely. In particular, the run up 5 (?) flights of stairs plus other logistics (where to park?!) made it seem overwhelming. The good news was the water looked relatively clean.

Woke up at 4:45, hoping to leave by 5:30. Well that didn't happen. Was just in slow motion. Worse still, I couldn't get out the typical morning grumper! F! F! F! Left at 6, driving 85mph like a maniac in the dawn.
Got to transition at 6:35 and hustled out to walk to the swim start, and ran in to Thornton who seemed calm and happy. Also ran in to Chris Danesi - 49 yr old who aged up this year and won CIT AG a while back (he would go on to win the AG again today, as well as 4th overall - 2:08, amazing)

The water was reasonably warm though there was no sun - just fog; it was hard to see esp with dark goggles. Dave Leroy was behind me though not for long, he took off like a shot taking massive pulls (unfortunately, he would flat on the bike). I tried to just keep the HR level. However it was amazing how swimmers out there seemed to have no sense of direction. People swimming up under my side and, worse still, coming at seeming 90 degrees right in to me. Bizarre. Though I thought it was a pretty good swim, it was, relatively speaking, crappy. 27:26; I usually do 21:50-24:30. F!

Got out like a wounded seal on the dock and ran through. Ah, there's Chang! We exchanged niceties and then I accelerated. Well that lasted about 15 seconds. Chang got some kind of fuego and charged by me. When we hit the GD stairwell he just took off. I was pretty tired by then and used both railings. Coming down the other side was friggin treacherous.

On to the bike, I had my watch set in "triathlon mode" but the GD thing wasn't showing bike stats like cadence, speed, etc. So i fucked with it and ended up turning it off then resetting it to bike mode. Good lord, what a dork - that probably cost 30+ seconds. Oh well. Chang was now several hundred yards ahead along with this other 40 year old who had passed me. I calmed down and tried to be patient. Slowly reeled in Chang and the other guy by the 1/2 way point. "Phew, that's done" I thought. Then we hit the overpass and I geared down. At the next turn I was surprised to see "the other guy" and Chang go right by me! F! Maybe I was tuned out, dumb ass. Put the hammer down and finally caught back up to Chang but never caught the other guy.  As an aside the pavement was actually pretty good and it's a pretty fast course. I turned in a 1:02 with Chang about 1.5 minutes behind.

On to the run. The weather was pretty much perfect; overcast and cool. It was awesome seeing Jim Silk volunteering and giving me shit - "did you miss the bike turn off again?!" (and Lindy as well who I didn't notice until the run back). My legs felt surprisingly good and I hit mile 1 at around 6:30 pace - couldn't believe it! That said, friggin Gerhard Brummer blew by me - he ran 6:16 pace, amazing (though I got him and Leroy Thomas overall by about 30 sec). Anyhow kept the hr around 170 and seemed to keep it below 6:40 pace. Unfortunately at mile 3 I went the wrong way. Noticed there was no one ahead of me. WTF? Shit! Another 30 seconds or so lost.  Kept the pace up and felt good until mile 5 when the fatigue was setting in. Then, doing the GD stairwell again, I was pretty beat. I had thought it was going to be a 41 min 10k but it ended up 42:16.
As I was crossing the line, I noticed Brandon (Chang's son). I kept trying to make eye contact with him but he kept looking away, out toward the finish line. Well, guess what, he was looking for his Dad! Fing Chang nearly ran me down and came across the finish line soon after, turning in a spectacular 42:03!

In the end Chang and I both placed 4th in our AGs. Both of us agreed that we couldn't have gone any harder though I had some serious rookie mistakes, esp not swimming enough prior.

But the stud of the day is frickin Thornton! Not only did he smoke me in the swim - 3 mins faster with a 24:50 but he also had huge ride @ 1hr 57 seconds! AWESOME. Thornton snagged 3rd place, kicking my ass off the podium. Well done!

The other stud of the day is Brandon So! He was 4th overall in the Sprint and first in his age group. At 15 years old, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with!


In the end, I'd recommend this race. Despite the logistics, really fast course and fun to be with training buds.

 

 



Monte Bello Low Key Hill Climb

October 6, 2018

Results| Strava

WF 2018

 

With Ken Fine (3rd). Got 4th. 176 avg HR, 187 max.

31:17 "Monte Bello" segment, 31:24 "Monte Bello climb" segment. 3rd fastest times on both.