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Vermilion Harbor Tri/Du Race Recap

Late August brings one of the fan and racer-favorite HFP Racing series races to the North Coast of American.  Destination: Vermilion, OH.  Seemingly the boating capital of the region (so says we who dined on wings riverside, post race).

A great turnout by SSSMST members in both the tri and du, plus some riveting kids race stuff!

Showing off the pipes!

Showing off the pipes!

Jackson wheeling into T2

Jackson wheeling into T2






Tim with Baby Morgan

Tim with Baby Morgan

Jackson post race

Jackson post race







Scotty Z:

I am very happy with my race performance today. After racing the twilight 8k the other nite, I wasn’t sure how I would feel today? My training seems to be where it should be for the Rock n Roll half marathon in October


This was a rough race for me. It was my first tri of the year and just about everything that could have gone wrong did. I now know what I need to focus on before my first full Ironman. I just need to brush off this race and be happy I am in great health!

Mike Schaefer:

I had a great race – a best-ever “Elite Masters” finish (2nd).  I was particularly happy with the run, which was over a minute faster than any previous Oly split – 43:05!  It was nice to have Joe up there to chase during the run- Great race Joe!)   The new bike course was good, but the swim course (basically out-and-back around the bouys) was too long, too close to shore, and too close to oncoming swimmers!  Still a beautiful venue and will remain a favorite.  As usual, it was great hanging out with everyone afterwards!  Now I’m motivated to find one more late-season race.  I don’t want to waste this good fitness! 

Annie C:

The weather was near perfect after suffering in year’s past with heat, humidity and crashes! I had not raced this year since Hinckley Du…oh wait I did run the River Mile!
I had a helmet malfunction and the slowest transition ever in T2. A bout of distress and pitstop on the run made for the slowest 5K in my journal. Over all my hammys felt GREAT! My ride was steady and I am ready to see what I can do at Portage Lakes while you all suffer with IM distances in September!
I will be with you in SPIRIT no doubt!
The Vermilion Race is a great event year after year! This one made me realize that I am not ready for aqua-aerobics and zumba classes at least not all year long…Cheers to the Very Best Multi-Sport Team!

Joe Bush:

This was a great venue for a race and the weather couldn’t have been better. I had never done the Olympic, but after Steelhead I figured I could handle the distance. The swim was a little unorganized and started about 30 minutes late, but was pretty smooth and fast. The bike was rough in some spots and relatively technical for me, but went pretty well. Knowing that my run would be slow, I was just hoping to fend off the other sssmst’ers. I really had no idea what place I was in but figured I was close to he top ten. My legs actually felt great and was able to hold a steady pace the whole way. Schaefer caught me around mile 3, but that was still way better than I expected. Now that the seasons over, this will give me something to work with for he offseason. It’s amazing how much easier it is to race when you lose 20 lbs and actually train consistently.


Racing on a bad “wheel”….not sure how good a thing that is but maybe it’s time for me to hang it up. Beaten by guys in my wave that literally walked the swim.   A lot of disarray in the water due to a narrow swim lane, but the Total Aversion swim training this summer didn’t help the cause.
Felt good to blow the pipes out though. Knee was definitely a limiting factor on the bike, but didn’t bother me too much on the run. With only one gear right now, who am I to complain?!





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