Triathlon at Pacific Grove

Triathlon at Pacific Grove

Post by Tricia Richt » Tue, 17 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Tri-California puts on another fantastic event.  650 triathletes enjoyed a
day that started out with heavy fog and, by late morning, ended up sunny
and warm.  The water temp at Lovers' Point was slightly warmer this year
at 56 degrees (brr!), and the kelp was slightly thicker since the
organizers were not allowed to "trim" it this time around.  

The fog was pretty tough on the bike; I needed mini windshield wipers on
my Oakleys!  Had to settle for now and again bending down and using part
of my singlet to wipe away most of the water.

The sun burned its way through by 11:15 or so, and by the time the pros
started racing at 11:30, the fog was almost completely vanquished.  I
finished up the run bathed in sunshine, and the beauty of the place hurt
almost as much as the racing did.

The pro men's winner was Darren Wood, followed by Eric Bergen, and I
believe either Greg Thompson or Andy Kelsey was third.  The women's winner
was Sara Cox, the British transplant now residing in Encinitas.  Lauren
Alexander took 2nd.  I can't recall the order of the rest, but I believe
it was Heather Fuhr, neo-pro Lisa Allsberger (sp?) in her first triathlon
EVER (!), Holly Nybo, and Wendy Ingraham.  Krista Whelan was in there
somewhere as well.  Geez, sorry to be so inaccurate!  As usual, I was
pretty much a vegetable when I finished, so forgive my inaccuracies.
Hopefully someone who had more brain cells left by the end of the pro race
will post the correct finish order.

I finished respectably in 2:54:47, 5 minutes slower than last year, but I
was more than happy with it.  I approached Pacific Grove as a training
race this year; I just haven't been doing enough speed work since I've
been focusing on longer stuff this season.  My swim was actually faster
than last year, which pleased me enormously.  I have no idea how my bike
compared to last year because my bike computer decided to fritz about 3/4
of the way through, and I somehow accidentally hit the stop button on my
watch during T1.  I ran almost exactly 10:00 per mile, and was perfectly
happy with that.  In fact, I may actually have been faster overall this
year except that I was extremely leisurely in the transitions---I even
went into the bathroom before heading out on the run (I'm afraid I've
gotten too used to doing that in the long races!).  And, my transition
spot was singularly lousy compared to last year.  

So, all in all, not a bad performance.  I placed 12th in the F 25-29 age
group.  I believe there were all of 17 women in that group, so I guess
that makes me the front of the back of the pack ;-)  My pals Deb & Deb
each got first place in their respective age groups (40-44 & 45-49).
RSTers I spied at Pacific Grove included Myke Morgan, pulling out a gutsy
performance in the elite category; Steve Blum, who chugged on by me in the
run; Ralph Lindzon, whom I recognized by the words "Hong Kong" plastered
across his ***(yep, an RSTer all the way from Hong Kong!); Tim Iverson,
whom I saw only briefly in the morning before the race; and, of course,
our most stellar performer, Greg Thompson!  Congratulations, Greg, on an
excellent race.  I found out afterward that Steve Locke was there as well;
I wish I'd known, would have loved to meet USAT's own David who dared to
challenge the Goliath of Les McDonald (unfortunately, the results weren't
the same...).

Once again a marvellous race in a beautiful location with the best bunch
of volunteers in the world.  Only not-so-good thing:  Race Directors Terry
& Betsy Davis are going a little over the edge with all the quotes from
the Bible everywhere.  Don't know about everyone else, but it sorta makes
me uncomfortable.  If they want to put on their races for God, great, but
a slightly more secular, less Fundamentalist approach would be less
off-putting.  But that may just be me.  Anyone else care to comment?

Another gem of a race!

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Post by Gregthmp » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00

I agree. It was a great race in beautiful surroundings.  I am sure glad I
didn't start until 11:30.  I got there at 9 or so, and it was freezing!! I
road by bike from car to transition area and my arms and legs got numb.
Getting into the water wasn't bad at all in comparison. . . I'll say I was
slightly disturbed when I read that thing about Terry and Betsy's vision
in that little newspaper thing.  But that was all I heard of it.  So they
weren't shoving down our throats.  Speaking as a low level pro trying to
exist in this sport, I got to thank them for starting a new prize money
offering race in Northern California.  It is a good thing, because one of
my favorite races is not having $$$ after many years of doing do.  

 
 
 

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Post by SteveBl » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>Hopefully someone who had more brain cells left by the end of the pro
race
>will post the correct finish order.

I don't have more brain cells left, but I do get the local paper...

From the Monterey County Herald, Sunday, 15 September, 1996

Pros - Men
1.  Darren Wood, San Marcos, 1:57.12
2.  Eric Bergen, 1:58.11
3.  Greg Thompson, Santa Clara, 1:59.17
4.  Andrew Kelsey, Danville, 1:59.36
5.  Ryan Huckabay, Kingsburg, 2:01.5

Pros - Women
1.  Sara Jane Cox, Encinitas, 2:09.50
2.  Lauren Alexander, San Jose, 2:10:.14
3.  Heather Fuhr, San Diego, 2:10.23
4.  Wendy Ingram, Walnut Creek, 2:11.32
5.  Lisa Rainsberger, Hutchison, Kan., 2:11.52
This was Rainsberger's first ever tri, according to the Herald, she
qualified for the Olympics in 1980 (only to be DQ'd by "a peanut farmer")
as a swimmer, then switched to marathons and finished fourth in the
women's Olympic marathon qualifier in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and finished
19th in 1996.  She hopes to get to Sydney as a triathlete.

Elite - Men
1.  Kevin Joyce, Mountain View, 2:01.28 (would have placed 5th in pros!)
2.  Steve Rammel, Carmel Valley, 2:08.37
3.  Michael Morgan, Castro Valley, 2:10.41
4.  Jeffrey Cleary, San Francisco, 2:10.44

No women raced in the elite division.

National Club Championships

Open Division
1.  Golden Gate Triathlon Club, 9:26.48
2.  SLO (San Luis Obispo) Roadrunners Open Club Team, 9:31.47
3.  Reno Area Triathletes, 9:50.50 (Go RATs!)
4.  Cal Poly Tri Team, 10:32.22

Masters Division
1.  SLO Roadrunners Masters Club Team, 11:05.21

The Monterey County Herald listed finishers five deep in all age groups,
so if anyone would like more results, just e-mail me.

The Herald also reported that Steve Locke, who did the race as well, was
much impressed with it, except perhaps for the water temperature.  He was
intending, according to The Herald, to take a 20-minute swim Saturday
afternoon, sans wetsuit, to see how workable the site would be for a
hypothetical Olympic Qualifier.

Much was made locally about the potential for Pacific Grove as the Olympic
Qualfier, which made every one feel good.  Say what you want about the ITU
follies, and our own feelings as triathletes, but the fact is that to
non-racers (and there were almost as many volunteers -- 640 -- as racers
-- 650 on hand at PG), the Olympics are magic, and the mere suggestion
that little ol' PG (America's Last Hometown -- which I think refers to its
West longitude) might be the focus of a small bit of that glory was enough
to charge everyone up for the next four years.

That's not something to disregard.  PG was hellaciously well organized
(even to the extent of having stickers with your name marking your
reserved place on the bike rack -- one of the volunteers floored me by
calling me by name as I was searching for my spot) and that kind of
enthusiasm goes a long way towards making this sport the great experience
that it is.  The Olympic carrot attracted a tremendous amount of local
publicity for the race, which in turn inspires the local kids to think
about getting into tris.  There is an upside to all of this.

Quote:
>Only not-so-good thing:  Race Directors Terry
>& Betsy Davis are going a little over the edge with all the quotes from
>the Bible everywhere.  Don't know about everyone else, but it sorta makes
>me uncomfortable.  If they want to put on their races for God, great, but
>a slightly more secular, less Fundamentalist approach would be less
>off-putting.  But that may just be me.  Anyone else care to comment?

I didn't mind the ubiquitous bible quotations.  PG started life as a
church camp, and is home to an unusually (by California standards, at
least) large number of places of worship.  So the religious theme fit the
locale.  On the balance, I don't think there were significantly more
mentions of religion than of commercial sponsors.  Marketing is marketing,
no matter what your product.  I'd be a lot more upset if they had, say,
Marlborough logos instead.

It was great seeing you, Tricia, and everybody else.

Go Bears!


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Post by Myke Morg » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>Tri-California puts on another fantastic event.  650 triathletes enjoyed a
>day that started out with heavy fog and, by late morning, ended up sunny
>and warm.  The water temp at Lovers' Point was slightly warmer this year
>at 56 degrees (brr!), and the kelp was slightly thicker since the
>organizers were not allowed to "trim" it this time around.  

<snip>

Quote:
>Once again a marvellous race in a beautiful location with the best bunch
>of volunteers in the world.  Only not-so-good thing:  Race Directors Terry
>& Betsy Davis are going a little over the edge with all the quotes from
>the Bible everywhere.  Don't know about everyone else, but it sorta makes
>me uncomfortable.  If they want to put on their races for God, great, but
>a slightly more secular, less Fundamentalist approach would be less
>off-putting.  But that may just be me.  Anyone else care to comment?

These quotations made me pause (mentally) and wonder also. The info I got
after the race was that the race benefitted the church or whatever, so
they were allowed to put up the quotes.

As for my race, at least it looked gutsy by the time I was running.  I had
a great swim and a good bike, catching all the pro women and coming off
the bike 2nd in the elite division. Having not run for a month, I just
cruised the last leg, trying not to get passed by too many of those same
women! It didn't work too well.

Overall, this was probably the first race I have ever done that combined
doing fairly poorly and having such a great time. I really liked the loop
format (maybe I'll have to get better and turn pro). It made the course
mentally long on one hand, but at least you knew exactly where you were.
Plus you just have to speed up at the turn around in full sight of
everyone!

Quote:
>Another gem of a race!

>Tri-Baby

Random thoughts:

The consensus desire in the elite wave was to not finish last.
Boy that kelp is really hard to plough through.
Boy I really can't feel my feet on the swim.
I almost fell over in the swim/bike transition after getting out of the
  cold water.
I'm still not talented enough to take a month off running and expect to
  go fast.

Best quote heard: (After the announcer said something like: "These are
  all professional triathletes who make their living doing this sport!")
  "Yeah, along with their two other jobs..."

O my God, this is my last race of the year, better sprint down the home
  stretch!

Going on a forced 2-4 week break,
myke
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Post by Steve Pa » Wed, 18 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> 5.  Lisa Rainsberger, Hutchison, Kan., 2:11.52
> This was Rainsberger's first ever tri, according to the Herald, she
> qualified for the Olympics in 1980 (only to be DQ'd by "a peanut farmer")
> as a swimmer, then switched to marathons and finished fourth in the
> women's Olympic marathon qualifier in 1984, 1988 and 1992, and finished
> 19th in 1996.  She hopes to get to Sydney as a triathlete.

Does anyone know what her name was during that time? (I know, "Lisa," right).
It's on the tip of my tongue.

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Post by SBRM » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach.  I guess I should have scrolled down a bit before
asking about her race result in a prior post.  How did this time stack up
with the winners?  Run split?

 
 
 

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Post by SteveBl » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Steve Patt wrote (re: Lisa Rainsberger, Hutchison, Kan., 2:11.52)

Quote:
>Does anyone know what her name was during that time? (I know, "Lisa,"
right).
>It's on the tip of my tongue.

It was Lisa Weidenbach.


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Post by SteveBl » Fri, 20 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>Lisa Larsen Weidenbach.  I guess I should have scrolled down a bit before
>asking about her race result in a prior post.  How did this time stack up
>with the winners?  Run split?

Pros - Women
1.  Sara Jane Cox, Encinitas, 2:09.50
2.  Lauren Alexander, San Jose, 2:10:.14
3.  Heather Fuhr, San Diego, 2:10.23
4.  Wendy Ingram, Walnut Creek, 2:11.32
5.  Lisa Rainsberger, Hutchison, Kan., 2:11.52

I don't know what her run split was, but she did make up time on the run
-- as I recall, she was down five minutes or so coming off the bike, where
she lost time following, again as I recall, a pretty good swim.  This info
is coming from a hazy and carbo-deprived memory, not from the Monterey
Herald, so please take it with the usual disclaimers.  If I find anything
else out, I'll post it.

The Carmel Group

"Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you;
if you don't bet, you can't win."  R.A.H.

 
 
 

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Post by Myke Morg » Sun, 22 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>>Lisa Larsen Weidenbach.  I guess I should have scrolled down a bit before
>>asking about her race result in a prior post.  How did this time stack up
>>with the winners?  Run split?

>Pros - Women
>1.  Sara Jane Cox, Encinitas, 2:09.50
>2.  Lauren Alexander, San Jose, 2:10:.14
>3.  Heather Fuhr, San Diego, 2:10.23
>4.  Wendy Ingram, Walnut Creek, 2:11.32
>5.  Lisa Rainsberger, Hutchison, Kan., 2:11.52

>I don't know what her run split was, but she did make up time on the run
>-- as I recall, she was down five minutes or so coming off the bike, where
>she lost time following, again as I recall, a pretty good swim.  This info
>is coming from a hazy and carbo-deprived memory, not from the Monterey
>Herald, so please take it with the usual disclaimers.  If I find anything
>else out, I'll post it.

>The Carmel Group

>"Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you;
>if you don't bet, you can't win."  R.A.H.

Relative to Lauren Alexnder: Assuming Lisa was 5 min down off the
bike, 1:40 down at the finish, and Lauren ran right around 40:00 (based
on my feeble run time), Lisa did under 37:00. Pretty darned fast. I got a
first hand view as she flew by me on the last leg. oh well.

myke

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