Catching up

Its been way too long since we’ve heard from some of the ‘mates, so we’ll be peppering you with some late summer race wraps.

Today we hear from SSSMST newbie (can you really say that as the season is closing out?) Katie Shaw, who travelled to Columbus for the immensly popular Giant Eagle Multisport Festival.  She PR’s with a very respecable 2:28 in the Olympic race!

This is an interesting race. It’s point to point (a first for me) from Alum Creek to downtown Columbus. The swim is flat and pretty fast. I came out of the water near the front of the pack. T1 was smooth (I did NOT put my helmet on backwards! Success!) The first 9ish miles of the bike had some rolling hills that provided a bit of a challenge. I’ve been working on the bike more this summer and was pleased to see it starting to pay off. I was passing people, especially on the hills, and only getting passed from behind by men. That changed around the 11 mile mark on the bike, the course is steadily downhill from that point heading into Columbus. Riding down High Street was cool. I tried to hang with the women that were passing me but some of them went by so fast I didn’t stand a chance. It still ended up being a very fast bike course. I finally broke a 20 mph average in a race! I knew this race had a reputation for having a fast course so I was shooting for breaking 2:30 for the first time. When I left T2 at 1:41 according to my watch, I knew I could make it unless something went wrong. The run went pretty smoothly. It was hot and a few small hills kept things interesting. I made up some ground on a few women in my age group and got passed by one from behind who was blazing fast. Finished the run around 47:30 and came in at 2:28:16! First sub 2:30 Olympic tri and about 6 minutes faster than my previous best time – humbling when I looked at the results and found that after dropping 6 minutes off my best time, I came in the middle of the pack in my age group! Tough competition! The bike continues to be my weak leg but I’m working on it and overall I was very pleased with this race! 🙂

Great job Katie!  Bushie must have been really busy planning for that wedding to file his report….

 

26 September 2012

Bike MS 2012 Phil Masthead 394x140

First up, The MS 150 Pedal to the Point (as in Cedar Point, which we’ll hear more about in a bit!).  Anna B, Adam, Patrick, Brian and Jen P all share their experiences:

Adam Roark:

I love riding this long tour for charity. It is amazing seeing what people can do for a great cause. I can’t say enough about everyone supporting the National MS Society on anything from tri bikes to cruisers.

Patrick:

This is the most gratifying event I do each year, since my dad has MS. It feels good raising funds for a cause that is so close to my family & getting to do it with some of our close friends. They do a nice job of making it fun & support the ride very well. We got a total of 102 miles on day one & 83 on day two. Great stuff!

Brian:

Fun ride and for a good cause. Did the 100 mile option on Sat. (Ah Haaa – using it as super secret training for IMLP?)

Kudos to the team in helping support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Ohio Buckey Chapter, and Patrick and Adam in topping out at a whopping 185 miles over the two days!

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One Response

  1. Just imagine how fast Katie’s bike split will be once we get her on a tri bike!

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