Wildlife on the swim/bike/ or run

Wildlife on the swim/bike/ or run

Post by Mark A. Jenkins, M.D » Wed, 08 Feb 1995 01:54:48


Since there are so many triathletes from all over the world and most of
us like getting out into nature, I thought I'd start a thread about
wildlife. What are some unusual animals that you've seen (or been chased
by)?

My wife and I encountered a herd of ostriches (or were they emus).
Granted they were someone's captive herd, but it was still strange to
bike along a field next to them -- esp. here in Houston,TX.
                                        Mark A. Jenkins, M.D.

 
 
 

Wildlife on the swim/bike/ or run

Post by Ian L Harp » Wed, 08 Feb 1995 15:49:11

Last year at Wildflower there was a HUGE rattlesnake on the bike course.
It stretched completely across the right hand lane somewhere around mile 15.
The next day on the way out it was still there, no doubt with 1000+ tire
marks in it. Scared the shit out of me even though it was already dead.

 
 
 

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Post by BCor » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 00:16:22

Several years ago, when I was living in Vermont, my training buddy, Jon,
and I were riding on a two-lane, country road.  The road has no shoulder
and it was bordered by fields of knee-high grass and wild flowers.  Jon
and I were mindlessly conversing when all of a sudden, out of nowhere,
this kamikaze groundhog charges straight at my pal, crashing into his
crank and chainring.  After getting caught-up in the components (sorry)
and tumbling around Jon and his bike, it fell off to the side.  The whole
thing lasted only a few seconds, but it seemed like forever.  By the time
we had gotten over the shock and realized what had happened, we were
already several hundred feet from the site of our 'accident'.  When we
turned back, the last of the kamikaze ground hog could be seem re-entering
the grass. Fortunately, my buddy didn't fall so he was no worse for the
wear, if not just a bit frightened.  The groundhog, however, probably did
not fare as well; no doubt he earned some nice "battle scars" for his
efforts.   I wonder what he told his groundhog family... "I was minding my
business, feeding on some nice tall grass, when all of a sudden, out of
nowhere, comes this huge grizzly..."

Cory H.

 
 
 

Wildlife on the swim/bike/ or run

Post by John Kruempelstaedt » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 01:09:36

Quote:

> Since there are so many triathletes from all over the world and most of
> us like getting out into nature, I thought I'd start a thread about
> wildlife. What are some unusual animals that you've seen (or been chased
> by)?

OK... here's my history at Rancho San Antonio, the local running
spot.

  1. Deer - just about every run
  2. Wildcat/Bobcat -  occasionally - the cubs are funny
  3. Quail - (no, not the ex-VP)
  4. Rabbits -
  5. Salamanders -
  6. Lizards - 3 kinds, including the Kamakazi kind that run right
     in front of your feet until the last second.
  7. Snake - no rattlers yet, but they are out there.
  8. Tarantula - I thought I saw that rock move.
  9. Coyote - I thought it was a funny looking dog until I got closer.
     Later, on that same run, I saw a deer carcass. It was creepy.
 10. Wild Boar - I never saw them but they were just passing through.
     It made the local papers.
 11. Farm animals - This one doesn't count, there's a mini farm on
     the preserve. In the spring they all have offspring.  It's usually
     worth the break from running. :-)

John K.

 
 
 

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Post by Dan Empfie » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 01:31:12


[snip]

I don't want to derail your thread, but I just wanted you to know that you
will forever, in certain parts of world, be known as "Jenky".  When JJ and
I talk about you, it's "Jenky said this, Jenky said that."  I wonder if
you intended this when you chose your screen name.

Also, Rolf should just up and officially change his middle name to
"Ironman", and every time I see a post from Paul Menon I think of Ross
Perot.

QRman

 
 
 

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Post by Pat Br » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 01:39:48


Quote:

> Since there are so many triathletes from all over the world and most of
> us like getting out into nature, I thought I'd start a thread about
> wildlife. What are some unusual animals that you've seen (or been chased
> by)?

One of the things I like about training in the mountains of New Mexico--
you never know what you'll run into...

Last Saturday on my early morning long run, I passed 5 elk (4 cows and 1
buck-- who thought it was necessary to "mark" the road), 3 deer and two
cars-- in that order.

Last spring/early summer, I was trail running when a black bear cub ran
onto the trail about 200 yds in front of me.  He stopped and looked
around.  I stopped and anxiously looked for his mom.  A minute or so
later, a truck drove by on the not-so-distant road and the bear scampered
up into the mountain side.  I never did see the mother-- thank God!

One other local master's triathlete has encountered mountain lions at
higher elevations while he was biking.  As he put it..."I was just a slow
movin' meal.  It was a good thing she wasn't hungry..."

On a less exciting note, coyotes are absolutely prolific around here.
They run through the streets, kill rabbits and cats... and thus are
routinely sited on morning and late afternoon workouts.

Pat

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Post by Anthony A. Sa » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 01:00:30

I must be lucky, almost all my workouts are filled with "Discovery
Channel" wildlife scenes. Beavers, geeses, deer, elk, hawks, pepe-le
pew skunks, and those cute little bob-white quails.
We also have rattlesnakes, which always help me with my running
intervals, the meanest farm dogs in the world, which help with
bike intervals, and pheasants which like to sit until you're standing
on top of them before flying off ... doesn't do much for speed, but
sure gets my heart rate pegged.

[homer simpson mode on]
and of course since I live by the Hanford nuke reservation, I see the
occasional 10 foot tall gopher ...

 
 
 

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Post by Fred Cream » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 02:01:01



Quote:

>Last year at Wildflower there was a HUGE rattlesnake on the bike course.
>It stretched completely across the right hand lane somewhere around mile 15.
>The next day on the way out it was still there, no doubt with 1000+ tire
>marks in it. Scared the shit out of me even though it was already dead.

Yesterday, along the South Boulder Creek Trail, a coyote sat
and watched me jog by.  Around Boulder, I have seen many deer and
a couple of elk while riding up in the mountains.  You have to be
careful not to plow into a deer.  It could ruin your day.  A friend
had a frightened deer run into him while he was screaming down a hill.
Didn't hurt the deer.

FC

 
 
 

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Post by SCHUMAKER SCOTT DAV » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 02:58:25


Quote:

>Yesterday, along the South Boulder Creek Trail, a coyote sat
>and watched me jog by.  Around Boulder, I have seen many deer and
>a couple of elk while riding up in the mountains.  You have to be
>careful not to plow into a deer.  It could ruin your day.  A friend
>had a frightened deer run into him while he was screaming down a hill.
>Didn't hurt the deer.

>FC

Fred-

You rec.sport.triathlon lurker! You finally actually posted
something and all this time I thought you were too shy ;-).

Boulder is always a great place for a wildlife close encounter
(just ask Wes Hobson who got plowed by the deer Fred mentioned).

Anyways, one night I was out running along the Boulder Creek
path through Eben G. Fine Park at about 11 pm. Then, whoa,
what's that black shadow with two white stripes on its back.
A quick, adrenaline driven backwards run saved me from smelling
like the that green-gray lump that's been in the back of the frig
for 6 months and is growing legs.

Last summer, I was running through Boulder Mountain Parks outside
of Chataqua Park and came across a two people watching a black bear
and her two cubs feeding about 75 feet off the trail. Needless to
say, I stopped to have a wary look. Very cool.

Scott

 
 
 

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Post by pwcnv » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 04:07:03

On a mountain bike ride around a lake in Raleigh, North Carolina, I flipped
right off my bike and landed by the front wheel.  I looked up to see a thick
piece of black electrical cable tangled between my front spokes.  When I
reached out to pull it loose, it starting moving!  Needless to say, it was a
snake.  My dilemma now:  don't want to hurt snake, don't want to touch snake
either.  My solution was to grab my water bottle and squirt it in the face a
few times, with not result.  When my buddies arrived, they thoughtfully rode
on, telling me that when I was through playing, I should catch up with them.

Brad W.

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Brad W.
Chesapeake, VA
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Post by Eric Rose » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 04:26:36

Also at Rancho San Antonio:

A few years ago I was running along a trail and saw a bobcat stalking    
something in the bushes, so I stopped to watch.  The bobcat turned and
looked right at me (about 15 ft away), then ignored me, and jumped to
the attack.  He picked up a gopher snake (about 4 ft) in his mouth,
then chomped it - I could hear the crunch.  I thought I was on Mutual
of Omaha or something - I wanted to jump in a wrestle the cat like
Marlon Perkins!

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Post by Robert S. Posey 575-6627 msgid 3E » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 04:45:04


Quote:


>> Since there are so many triathletes from all over the world and most of
>> us like getting out into nature, I thought I'd start a thread about
>> wildlife. What are some unusual animals that you've seen (or been chased
>> by)?

>One of the things I like about training in the mountains of New Mexico--
>you never know what you'll run into...

>Last Saturday on my early morning long run, I passed 5 elk (4 cows and 1
>buck-- who thought it was necessary to "mark" the road), 3 deer and two
>cars-- in that order.

>Last spring/early summer, I was trail running when a black bear cub ran
>onto the trail about 200 yds in front of me.  He stopped and looked
>around.  I stopped and anxiously looked for his mom.  A minute or so
>later, a truck drove by on the not-so-distant road and the bear scampered
>up into the mountain side.  I never did see the mother-- thank God!

>One other local master's triathlete has encountered mountain lions at
>higher elevations while he was biking.  As he put it..."I was just a slow
>movin' meal.  It was a good thing she wasn't hungry..."

>On a less exciting note, coyotes are absolutely prolific around here.
>They run through the streets, kill rabbits and cats... and thus are
>routinely sited on morning and late afternoon workouts.

>Pat

I was descending a mountain in Big Bend National Park at ~50 MPH when a deer entered
the road and saw me, and stood in my path.  I slide at least 100 feet before he
moved, there was no way around him.  I suspect it would have hurt both of us a lot
if I had hit him.   Deer are a real road hazard that kill quite a few people in cars
every year.

Posey

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>                            __-------__
>   W.Patrick Brug, Ph.D.  _-           -_
>   Los Alamos National Lab -__       __-    
>                              \     /

>   cis:      72410,3372        /   \
>-----------------..-^--^--..-.-     --^.-----
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Post by Lynn Marsha » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 05:27:56

Since no one has posted anything (yet) about wildlife seen during the
swim, I thought I'd add my 2c worth...

While warming up for a 3km ocean swim in Barbados in October, I saw a sea
turtle swimming slowly along the bottom.  I followed it for a while, but
couldn't dive down deep enough in the salt water to get a really close
look!  We also saw tons of different types of fish, coral, squid and even
a small moray eel!

I'd sure like to be back there now, enjoying the 30C weather -- sure would
beat the -31C (-53C with the windchill) that we had here in Ottawa
yesterday morning!  (And it hasn't warmed up much since then...)  Sigh!


 
 
 

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Post by Ironma » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 05:17:42

I once volunteered for a triathlon up in northern NJ in the boondocks.
Yes, NJ actually has sections like this.  The race was the Fairview Lakes
Triathlon (YM/YWCA??).  

During the race, a bear of some type decided to block the highway over
which the bicycle course passed.  Of course, the triathletes
simply dodged the bear.  The bear later moved away of his
own accord back into the woods.

Would have been an interesting ride!

-Rolf

--
Rolf "Ironman" Arands, Ph.D.|"The world is made for those who are

                            |   - Sue Sarandon in BULL DURHAM

 
 
 

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Post by John Kruempelstaedt » Thu, 09 Feb 1995 06:01:14

Quote:

> Stuff about Kamikaze groundhod deleted.  

His buddies.... "Congratulations, Rocky, you're in the club"

JK