> Didn't anyone see the "Escape from Alcatraz" tri on nbc last Saturday?
> I thought the coverage was pretty good. I taped it minus the commercials
>and human interest stories. Sorry I can't send that over the net.
> Pigg beat out Tinley in the mens division.
I enjoyed it -- it kept me away from painting the house for 1.5 hours :-).
Those trails look like a beautiful place to run. They even gave a few
splits (very few), and compared bike-run transition times of Pigg and
I thought it was interesting that Tinley made a wrong turn on the run near
the end as he was closing in on Pigg. That same day, I participated in the
last biathlon of the season in this area (10K run, 20m bike). At about the
5K mark on the run, a race official sent everyone in the wrong direction
(turned us south instead of north). It didn't take long to realize what
had happened as we started to hit uncontrolled intersections where
we had to stop for cars. Then we hit a T intersection on the edge
of town with no arrows or race officials. It was a little (only a
little) amusing -- actually it wasn't amusing at the time at all -- to
see the people in front of you stop, look around, and throw their hands
up in the air. People went all different directions. I PR'd by 8
minutes! :-) I ended up in the group that came into the transition area
first since the lead pack went further out of town than we did. I got a
kick out of all the cheering spectators who thought we were the
legitimate race leaders -- I've never experienced that before. :-) It
all made for a pretty lackadaisical bike ride and a very embarassed
race committee. They refunded $8 of the $15 entry fee on-the-spot and
offered half price entry fees to everyone for next year's race.
Hopefully they didn't engrave the date on the awards so they can use
them again next year. :-) They also said they would use a lead vehicle
Now that the season is pretty much over, anyone out there have similar
stories of flubbed races to amuse us?
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Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (913)532-6350