Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Uniforms to Ship "Mid-June"

I've been getting a lot of questions about the current uniform order so I wanted to get a message out to everyone.

The order that we placed with Canari at the end of April will be shipped from San Diego in a couple of weeks. Canari custom orders take 8 weeks to turn around. Our past orders have been in the winter so that everyone could have theirs in time for the beginning of the season. Since the team has grown so much recently, we decided to get another order going, but unfortunately that means that some won't have their uniforms in time for the June races.

Unfortunately, I just don't I have time to place orders year-round. As soon as I get a bit more information, I will post something on the Tri-Dawg Gear page so that everyone will know when to expect to be able to order uniforms.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Movie & Stats!

Go Dawgs!

Watching you all race last weekend inspired me to get some more work done here on our web site! We now have a Stats page with the spreadsheet that Margaret continually updates and previously sent us through email. Now it is always available here to refer to.

Coach envisions this as not only an archive of our team's work over the years, but also as a resource for Tri-Dawgs registered in upcoming races to be able to look back, find a team mate who has done that race, and pick their brains for race-weekend tips.

Also, if you are looking for a good race to enter, I believe that when Mags knows who is competing in upcoming races, she posts the race on the spreadsheet with a link to register and a roster of everyone who is already signed up. Later, she fills in the results. Be sure to tell Margaret what your racing plans are this year so that she can update the sheet and we can all see who is doing which races!

Also, Rich Castro sent me the wmv file of the 2009 Movie he made. Thanks Rich!! It is posted both on our Facebook page and here, in the left column of most of our Tri-Dawg pages.

Enjoy the nice weather!

SwimSense Performance Monitor

You have a computer for your bike and a GPS watch for running. Now for the triathlete who needs all the latest gadgets there is a performance monitor for swimming. Click here to find what this monitor can do to improve your swimming.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Swim Shop

We have added The Swim Shop to our growing list of sponsors. You can find out the discounts they are giving to members at the bottom of the About Us page. I've been dealing with them for over twenty years when most of their business was in the competitive swimming world. They are interested in offering more products for triathletes so if you have any suggestions for products/lines you would like to see them carry, just drop them a line.

Please identify yourself as a Tri-Dawg if you are making a purchase.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Race report weekend of May 21-22, 2011

Hi Dawgs,
Well we had a lot of people racing this weekend!  28 Dawgs/3 Races/Lots of memories!  I reached out to some Dawgs to send me race reports to post... see below what your fellow teammates are saying about the races....Results posted below each race as well....
Columbia Race Report
Per Dave Anshen:
Great time hanging out with all the Dawgs at dinner the night before the race!  Lots of good carbo loading and some wine drinking by coach!  Although I've participated in the event the past four years, this is the first year that the weather forecast did not include rain or T-storms.   In the days leading up to the race, there was some question about water quality (due to the rain and run off), but after we all urinated in the water just prior to the race, the water quality was acceptable and the swim was on! 
For me, my alarm was set for 4:30 so I could eat my usual PB&J (and coffee) for breakfast and allow enough time to get to the race by 5:30.  Many Dawgs met in the tent area before the race and it was a great place to relax prior to race time.  It also nice to have help with zippers and lubricating by that is another story (Vince, Paul and Henry).  Vince and I were in the same wave (7:18) and were one of the first to enter the water.  It was crazy, there were 230 in our wave and everyone seemed to be fighting for the same space.  I had more people swimming on top of me (or under me) than in all other races combined.  After getting kicked in the head twice, I swam into a clear lane near the shore.  After the first turn, things seems to settle a bit.  After the swim exit, I was happy to see that I was more than 1 minute faster than last year...Coach almost looked surprised when I ran past (always nice to hear his encouragement after the swim!).  The transition was fairly smooth and it was time for the bike (my favorite leg).  I really wanted to improve my bike time from last year...but I had my doubts when my legs felt a bit sluggish during the first 2 miles.  I finally got into a groove and started cruising a bit.  Around mile 18 (I heard go Dave) and Carrie was flying past in the opposite direction.  That woman can ride!  It was mile 21 and I spotted Chris up ahead...Vince is flying up ahead and we made the turn onto the final stretch together.  Blair Saunders flew by us...holy crap...Blair was going faster than many of the pro men!  Blair, Vince, and I were all in T2 at the same time and it didn't take long for Vince to fly by me on the run.  Vince's form and pacing across all three legs in fantastic.  He had some nice words of encouragement for me...but I just could not hold Vince's running pace.  At mile 3, Chris McGoldrick flew by (as usual) and made it look so easy on the run.  I saw Paul Randolph looking smooth at mile 4 and then saw Marianne looking fantastic at mile 5.5 as we started the final stretch around the lake.  By this time, I was exhausted...the humidity was taking its toll.  I really wanted to make my PR but I knew it would be close.  I picked it up the last 1/4 mile and ended up breaking my Columbia PR by 42 seconds. 

After crossing the finish line, I was happy to see Vince and Chris...a nice hug and we were very happy to complete this tough race.  To be honest, I felt very weak and needed some food/water.  After the race, two of my childhood friends found me near the food tent...very nice catching up.  I grabbed some chocolate milk and two bagels and then went to our Tri-Dawg tent.  I saw Brett chilling in the tent and can not believe he did a 2:30 on such a hard course (at his age).  Wow...quite impressive!   I wish I could have tailgated with the Dawgs but promised Lauren I would be back home for her soccer game.  Great day...another great showing for the Dawgs. 

Per Jocelyn Saunders:
It was a beautiful day for the Columbia Triathlon today. With lots of Tri-Dawgs competing it was exciting to cheer everyone on. Heather Drysdale, Brian Drysdale, and David Drysdale all did their first triathlon on this challenging course, and David even made it on the podium in his division. Lenny, and Marianne also made it on the podium 1st and 3rd respectively in their divisions. Alexa, Andrew, Brooke, and Brett all competed at their first Olympic distance race. Brett took 1st in the 19 and under men, Andrew took 3rd in the 19 and under men, Brooke took 1st in the 19 and under women , and Alexa took 2nd in the 19 and under women. So on the way home there was talk of a 1/2 Ironman , Ironman, and even an Ironman tattoo like Lenny all some day way in the future. Pre-race nerves got to Alexa and it was great to have Lenny and other Tri-Dawgs encourage her to enjoy her race. It was fun to watch the friendly competition among Vince and Brooke on the swim, also Blair caught Dave, Vince, and Chris on the run, then they again challenged each other on the run. Cheering everyone on at the finish, Diane and I agreed that we would both race next year. It was also great to see the race director, Vigo recovering from being hit by a car 7 months earlier in Hawaii. Lets hope he makes a full recovery.

 We all agreed on the drive home that the Tri-Dawgs are a really nice, supportive group of people and we are really happy to be part of this group. I have to add that this has been a tough year for me with a separated shoulder, then a broken collarbone and the support I have gotten from you guys has been tremendous! Glenn has checked up on me probably more then anyone, and I think it is in the tough times that you learn who really cares about you! (: Thanks to everyone and congratulations to all who raced in Columbia!!!

Columbia May 22nd
Olympic Distance Division Time Awards
Blair Saunders M 45-49 2:16:53  
Vince Lafashia M40-44 2:22:56  
Dave Anshen M40-44 2:25:10  
Brett Saunders M14-16 2:30:57 1st AG
Chris McGoldick M35-39 2:31:01  
Paul Randolph M 45-49 2:31:33  
Lenny Rogers Clydesdale (40-79) 2:37:35  
Carrie McGoldrick F35-39 2:38:13  
Marc Oleynick M-50-54 2:39:47  
David Drysdale Clydesdale (15-39) 2:41:18 2nd Division
Marianne Moore F55-59 2:48:42 3rd AG
Andrew Collier M14-16 2:49:53 3rd AG
Brooke Saunders F14-16 2:53:16 1st AG
Henry Speed Clydesdale (40-79) 2:54:36  
Stephanie Khan F45-49 2:56:33  
Patricia Clifford F50-54 3:05:38  
Alexa Murray F14-16 3:14:06 2nd AG
Brian Drysdale M25-29 3:28:08  
Heather Zolna F25-29 4:08:56  
Escape From Ft Delaware Race Report
Per Rich Castro:
Sunday morning I packed the car and arrived on time to get marked and pick up the race packet. At 9 AM+-, I ran into Bill, Ray, Rockey, and Eric. For about 1 hour, everyone had to wait until the ferry would transport us to the island. Once at Fort Delaware we had to wait for another 2 hours until the first wave went off (quite boring).
On the swim I mimicked the behavior of a zipper; swim left, swim right, and repeat. There was a strong current at the last buoy, making the swim more challenging.
Through transition I jumped on Scarlet and made my way through the crowd. The first 5 miles were ok, including the route 9 bridge. A strong wind started at around mile 7, slowing me down significantly. Once through the marshes, the wind dropped and I kicked it up a notch.
The run was slow and uneventful, until I saw Rockey. He yelled out “Rich”, followed by “Ouch, I think I pulled a muscle when I yelled out your name.” It made me laugh J
Happily finished, I had a chance to spend some time with 3 of my coworkers. Throughout the past year, I have been helping them train, as it was their first multisport event. For us, we finished within 1 minute of each other….amazing….but I did tell them that I had 50 lbs on them, as well as at least 6 years J
Well, it was about 4 years ago when I met the TriDawgs at this race. It’s been great to be part of such a nice group of people.
Per Eric Wolf:
Congratulations to everyone who raced yesterday at Columbia and Delaware City!  And special congrats to all first-timers out there. Nervousness is normal for anyone who has already completed a triathlon before and it can be extra intimidating when every aspect of the race is a step into the new and unfamiliar.
Escape From Fort Delaware brought its one unique challenges to the world of swim/bike/run for those of us who stayed local yesterday, the swimming was it. The skies were overcast for most of the day which made for ideal temps on the bike and run legs but brought with it a fair amount of wind and waves when crossing the river.  For those of you have never swam in the Delaware before, I can confidently say, it has the faint taste of diesel fuel and goes perfectly with the drift wood blocking our access into the canal. At one point, I thought Sun Oil and the Home Depot upstream in Claymont were having a free-sample give away and each of us was going to get our share whether we liked it or not. (Coach, I think at some point in our weekly Saturday swims, and so long as we all agree to keep our suits on, we should consider take turns swimming over top of one another but only after spilling 5 to 10 gallons of 87 octane into Chris McGoldrick's lane. :) 
All seriousness aside, I want to personally congratulate Rockey for completing the swim yesterday. For me, that was the highlight of the day. It was a challenge with two good shoulders and for him to get his feet on dry land without calling it quits beforehand was a great example of our team's never-give-up attitude.
The bike was, in typical Rt. 9 fashion, windy. Despite pedaling in my hardest gear going down the backside of the bridge, the wind was able to slow me down enough that it made reaching into my pull-along refrigerated cooler attached to Candi's (my bike) backside for the second half of my pulled-pork sandwich with creamy Dijon mustard extremely difficult. I attribute this reason alone to why I did not win overall male for the race.  
Sandy Womer had her own problems on the bridge. Apparently she could not get her bike into the small chain ring for the climbs to the top of Reedy Point which I'm sure must have tired her legs immensely in preparation for the run portion. Combine that with the fact that she deliberately disobeyed my direct orders to haul my second cooler of food, the one that housed the Acme $6.99 rotisserie chicken I picked up on way to the race and its clear to see that she was malnourished and was not carrying nearly enough weight to have her momentum carry her down from the top. She also does not believe that Chamois Butter is a suitable alternative to sunscreen and when applied safely can literally cut minutes over your swim splits. (Don't worry Sandy, I will not tell anyone else what else i suggested it was good for.)
The run was, well, what can you say about the run. It's the last obstacle to "free" food I paid $165 for. Escape's run is a flat out and back. The leader passed me on the way back at the mile 1/5 split. I think he may have enjoyed a Mexican meal the night before because he was hauling his butt like methane was shooting out it and he wanted to be first finisher in line for the port-o-poopers. I think there is a medal for that, btw. I'll have to check to confirm. Regardless, I made a mental note to consume a large can of Bush's Baked Beans on all future bike legs and will be taking applications for responsible teammates willing to accept responsibility for making sure this Clydesdale gets his much-needed share of gut busting fiber.
Escape from FT Delaware May 22nd
Olympic Distance Division Time Awards
Wolf, Eric Clydesdale 2:51:55 3rd Division
Smallwood, John David M40-44 2:54:43  
Jackson, Ray M45-49 3:09:37  
Womer, Sandy F35-39 3:15:36 2nd AG
Castro, Richard Clydesdale 3:21:31  
Williamson, Jr., Ronald M45-49 3:22:06  
Poeta, Rockey M35-39 3:49:44  
Dolan, Kevin M50-54 4:03:07  
Ironman Texas May 21st
IronMan Distance Division Time Awards
Jocelyn Wong FPRO 10:50:50  


Monday, May 16, 2011

Dawgy Dawg world!!!:)

Two more Dawgs get married: Congrats to Becki and Andy who got married this past weekend!

Another Tri Pup on the way: Congrats to Paul and Elizabeth who announced they are pregnant!

Good luck to the Dawgs that race this weekend at Columbia! Bummed I won't be there to cheer everyone on but I know we have a full crew traveling to race!

Also good luck to those racing Escape from Ft Delaware!!!! Good luck alll!!!!

Reminder open water swim Wednesday!

Mags race reports

I used to do a great trip report for races that I have been at and have been bad in posting them due to changes in jobs, personal life etc... (love ya Vince!  a.k.a. Babe!)
anyway here are my notes from recent races - - (if you are at a race and want to post your notes or story, by all means let me know and send it to me and ill post on your behalf or we can figure out how to grant access to all?  im not tech savvy so bear with me...
Trip to Boston Marathon
Well Vince and I traveled to Boston with Marianne and Coach on the train - so much fun!  Coach picked us up early from the house (even loaded our luggage in the car!) and off to the train station we went,  Started with some NECESSARY coffee for Marianne and I and we boarded the train (sounds like a song...hmmmm.....) we arrived in Boston (pink bracelets and all in honor of Diane and her battle to beat cancer!!!)  to meet up with Diane and Dave who had already got the lay of the land - we checked into an awesome B&B (per Vince's suggestion) and headed to the expo - OMG can you say wall to wall people!  Carrie, I almost teared up thinking off all the times I have been there with you and how much I missed you and Chris!  anyway we got all the necessary bibs and numbers and t-shirts for Marianne and Diane!  Afterwards we headed out for pizza and wine!  What fun!  we drank a lot of wine and from the pics I saw later on my phone, there was lot of kissing going on - - TMI!!  The next day Vince and I headed out for a run on the Charles River - soooooo beautiful!  What an active city!  I could live there!  Later we hooked up with Coach and Dave (while M and D took a nap to rest for the marathon) and we got to pick Dave's brain and learn some personal stuff about him!  It was fantastic!  He is now one of my favorite people!  You learn a lot about someone when you get alcohol in them!  ha!  To round out the evening the 6 of us went out for a great dinner at the local fish company restaurant!  great wine, food and tons of laughs!  we woke up marathon morning and walked D & M to the start - WOW talk about a lot of people - the runners had to line up for the buses - - we gave them each a hug and kiss and left them with their hubbies and Vince and I went for a run!  Sometime later we hooked back up Coach and Dave and watched some pretty amazing finishes for the marathon - the top wheel chair competitors came down to 3 racers!  and the men’s and women’s races were seconds apart!  AMAZING!  Diane and Marianne finished in typical Boston fashion - !  Boston will break down the toughest of competitors!  Our girls held up great!!!!!  Coach, Dave and Vince then went and got us pizza, ice cream and wine while we sat in the hotel room and re-lived the marathon:)  now I didn't run, but I had to ensure they didn’t pass out so SOMEONE had to stay back while the boys went and got us "refreshments"!  Ah Boston - - you will always hold a special place in our hearts! 
Trip to Devilman Half-Lite and Sprint:
The morning of Devilman started at 3:00am to walk the dogs, get coffee, pack up bikes and drive to race transition that opened at 5:45am.  Josh, the super teammate that he is came to the house at 3:45 to help us pack last minute stuff!  We met up with Brian Kennedy and his wife Michelle at Wawa for the necessary coffee run!!!!  Once at the race we met up with many Dawgs!  My sister Amanda, my neighbor Michelle (who both were rookies to the sport and doing their first triathlon), we saw Carrie in line registering, we saw Lenny and Cindy drive up and Carrie, Bob, Anshen, Doug, Jocelyn and Rich in transition.  Doug surprisingly didn’t forget his helmet or bike (ha ha kidding Doug, we love your aloofness!).  I was super nervous as the sprint waves lined up – Michelle was doing her first open water swim EVER!  Her mom showed up to watch her too!  How exciting and moving emotionally at the same time!  My wave lined up as the sprint waves were already under way… I kept looking for Amanda and Michelle to come out of the water – Amanda passed me and we gave each other a high five (ok phew she is out one more to go…) then Michelle surfaced!  I saw her running out of the water and I yelled to her – she ran towards me and we embraced in a big hug – and we both had tears in our eyes!  I was so excited and elated to see her!  Of course our team photographer got pics of that (thanks Lenny)! 
While on the bike, I saw everyone! It was an out and back course so depending on which race you did (sprint or half, you either did it once or twice) - - I accidentally called Anshen “babe” …. Ooopps thought it was Vince!!!  Ah well!  Rode a bit with Jonathan Cochran and talked some but we broke from each other…..I saw Carrie of course rocking the bike in true form!  So great to see her back on the circuit!  I then saw Bob, Amanda and Michelle on the bike – although my own sister called me Carrie!!!  I just shook my head and thought “Amanda, its your sister!”  ugh! 
On the second loop of the bike (for us doing the half lite distance) – I saw Vince, Anshen and Jocelyn wiz by on the way home!  Wow can they freakin ride!!!
When I finished the bike I decided not to run (stupid Achilles!!!!) so I got to have beer earlyJ  and hang out with the Dawgs!  Eric and Amanda and her Chris (of course sweet Fiona joined too) all came out to cheer us on!  When Michelle finished the sprint, I understand her mom ran her in - - OMG how sweet!!!! 
The awards for the sprint followed and Cindy and Carrie both placed in their age groups!  Not bad for a rookie and a recent mom!!!  Amazing – I love this extended family we have in the Dawgs!
The Half Lite finishers started to come in,,,, Doug rocked the course as did Brian!  Jocelyn came in 2nd female overall and Anshen and Vince had solid finishes!  Rich even finished with an Achilles injury (how you did it ill never understand, but I feel like a failure compared to you as I pulled out prior to the run)!
I didn’t even know Ron raced till I looked at Lenny’s pics!  Ron stick around some more next time and wait for us slow pokes!
And then in true Dawg fashion, we were the last tri team there!  J 
Did I already say how much I love this family? 
Half Lite Distance
Bishop, Doug
Kennedy, Brian
Anshen, David
Wong, Jocelyn
2nd female overall
Lafashia, Vince
Cochran, Jonathan
Castro, Richard
Sprint Distance
McGoldrick, Carrie
3rd in AG
Williamson, Jr., Ronald
Amidon, Amanda
Johnson, Cindy
1st in AG
Galbraith, Robert
Wang, Michelle`