Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Vineman Monte Rio

This past weekend I drove up to Monte Rio, CA to race the 2nd annual Vineman Monte Rio.  Here's the race report...I swam, biked, and ran as fast as I could and that was good enough to get me the win in a time of 1:55:45. Now that the boring part is over, I'll share some pictures from the race courtesy of Jeff Kapic. Since this is my blog I mainly linked to photos of myself but if you want to see the full gallery from the race it can be found here.

As the sun rises, the starting chute for the swim is illuminated along the Russian River.

The run course takes athletes on a bridge over the Russian River at the start and end of the run.  Things were calm early morning before the race started.

I stayed at the Village Inn & Restaurant which was across the river from the swim start and about a half mile from transition. Very convenient!

The Vineman races are notorious for having spots during the swim where it is shallow enough to walk.  The river levels were even lower this year due to the drought that California is experiencing.  As a result, there was an approximately 200 yd section at the end of the swim where the water was knee deep and the only real option was to run/walk through it. This provided an excellent opportunity to capture that cool running with water splashing in the air photo.    

I'm going to go ahead and say that the Vineman Monte Rio bike course is way more beautiful than the Vineman 70.3 bike course. Good thing there are pictures because all I remember was staring at the pavement 40ft ahead of me.

Go ahead and criticize my bike fit. It's bad but I'm working on getting it fixed...

The bike course takes you out to the town of Jenner near the coast and then back to Monte Rio.  Here I'm heading back to Monte Rio behind the motorcycle escort.

Still heading back to Monte Rio...

Still on my bike...

No run photos of me, but here are Andrew Bauer and Yu Hsiao duking it out for 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Update....Here's a photo of me running. Looks like I either need a haircut or a hat.

I'm done. Yay! Race splits:

Swim - 18:43
Bike - 59:11
Run - 34:51
Total - 1:55:45

I chose to wear my OG Oakley Frogskins that I have had since I was 10 years old.

Post race shooting the breeze.

Congratulations to Laura O'Meara and Christine Gould for taking home 1st and 2nd overall female, respectively.  We took home some HUGE bottles of wine thanks to Rodney Strong Vineyards!  Also, thanks to Compex and Timex for the additional schwag!

Finally, thank you as always to TriSports.com for your continued support and Honey Stinger for providing me with the fuel to race fast.

Next up is San Diego International Triathlon on June 29.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Drumming...not triathlon

I know this is a blog that is primarily dedicated to triathlon, but I have some non-triathlon related stuff I want to get out on the interwebs and this is my best outlet to do that.
About 10 years ago I was part of a small marching percussion ensemble that played a few gigs outside of Comerica Park in Detroit during a weekend series between the Tigers and Yankees.  As part of that gig I composed a few pieces for the ensemble to play, two of which I would like to share.  Both pieces are arranged for snare drum, tenor drum, and bass drum.   We were a small group so the bass drum part is written for a three piece bass line, but it can easily be arranged for more or fewer if desired.   Both pieces are written at the level that could be played by an advanced high school or collegiate line.  The two pieces are titled “Ball Game” and “Electric Watered-Down-Chair”. 

I had a very short lived career in composing music for marching percussion ensembles.  That being said, I am pretty happy with how these pieces came out.  I am sharing them with the hope that someone finds them on the internet and uses them.  There is no copyright and I am not at all asking for compensation.  If you are an instructor, feel free to pass these pieces out to your drumline and give them a shot.  If you could send me a video or recording of them being performed that would be awesome!

Ball Game
This piece was written based off of the tune “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.  In fact, the drum score matches with and can be played along with the actual song.  The melody is primarily in the tenor part, but there is some melodic back-and-forth between the snare and tenor parts.  The split notes in measure 4 of the snare part are intended to indicate alternating left and right hands played by each player in the snare line.  This piece is written to be played around 70BPM, so it’s not really a piece to march to.  When we played this piece we played it with a repeat at the end similar to the actual song. 


I am not claiming this piece as original material at all.  It is a rip-off of “Electric Wheelchair”, made famous by the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps.  I’ve been out of the marching percussion scene for a while but I’d say this is one of the most often ripped-off cadences (other than The Blue Devils “The Ditty”), and my rip-off is one of many.  As the title indicates, this is a watered down version of the original, mainly so that a group can get together with one rehearsal and be able to perform it.   This piece should be pretty straight forward.  Enjoy!  

Tripp's Groove

The first four bars of this piece are again a rip-off of a piece called "Pete's Groove".  After that I tried to open it up and groove hard.  There is a reference to some old Cavaliers drum parts on page 3.  

Here is a recording of one of the rehearsals for this gig.  I admit the recording and drums sound like crap and the playing is pretty dirty.  But, this is all I've got. It's been a while, but I hope we cleaned it up for the actual gig.

Ball game starts at: 1:48
EWDC starts at: 4:45
Tripp's Groove starts at: 2:48 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 Race Schedule

Hello interwebz...it's been a while!  Missed you, XOXO!! Anyways, because we are already midway through March I thought that I should share my planned 2014 race schedule.  Although quite likely to change, this is what I currently have in mind.  Come race with me!

Date Race Location
2/2 Surf City Half Marathon (Results) Huntington Beach, CA
3/2 Desert Triathlon (Results) Palm Springs, CA
3/15 St. Patrick's Day 10K (Results) San Diego, CA
4/27 St. Anthony's Triathlon (5150) St. Petersburg, FL
6/8 Vineman Monte Rio Monte Rio, CA
6/29 San Diego International Triathlon San Diego, CA
7/19 Lake Tahoe Swim Relay Lake Tahoe, CA
8/3 Dwight Crum Pier-To-Pier Swim Manhattan Beach, CA
8/9 USAT Olympic Distance Nationals Milwaukee, WI
9/1 ITU AG Short Course World Championship Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
9/13 Nautica Malibu Triathlon Malibu, CA
10/26 Lifetime Oceanside Oceanside, CA

Monday, September 9, 2013

Off to London

Right now I am about to put on my ones and twos and hop on a plane to London to race at the ITU Age Group Short Course World Championships on September 15th.  In preparation for London I have raced several times since I last posted here.  I'll spare you the blabber and just post some photos from those races.  

Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim - 4th AG, 45:50

Chula Vista Challenge -  1st Overall, 1:58:15

Nautica Malibu Triathlon - 
International Distance: 3rd Overall, 1:56:27
Classic Distance: 2nd Mixed Relay, 1:28:48

I did the swim leg of the mixed relay filling in for Alison De Lucca.  Thanks to Alison for all of the pictures!

Mavic Race Wheels
Lastly, I was lucky to get a hold of a sweet Mavic wheelset a week ago. I don't often take pictures of my gear and post it on the internet, but daaammnn...in this case I couldn't resist. I found out at Malibu that these wheels ride as fast as they look. They sure spice up the good 'ole P2! Looking forward to racing around London with these wheels!