Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Long-awaited update

Hey kids,
I'm sure everyone's been chomping at the bit for a website update. I honestly haven't had the energy or desire to do much of anything tri-related in a while... so it goes.

But I wanted to use this first update in a while to congratulate Caltech Triclub member Steve Vass on a successful outing at the Alcatraz triathlon last week: 109/174 of overall and 1/2 in his age group. The man is a stud.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Capo Sizing

Under bibs/shorts, the second line should read "waist," not "chest." Bottom line, these fit just like every other european-style cycling brand (pearl izumi, castelli, hincapie, bergamo, etc).

New Cycling Kit!

Here's the design for the 2009-2010 Caltech Cycling kit. It's pretty amazing, and clearly ripped off from the Cervelo test team. Thanks to Jeff for making this incredible kit design a reality. Buy him a beer or beers.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

LA Tri

Hey friends,
We had a couple of triclub members competing in the LA triathlon this weekend. Swim conditions were unbelievably difficult, with a 3-4ft swell in the water and some solid 15kt onshore winds kicking up a lot of chop. Age groupers and pros alike had a tough time getting out to the first buoy, and sighting the next buoy was nearly impossible through all the chop. Lots of saltwater was swallowed, and the lifeguards stayed busy.

Steve Vass posted a 2:58:01 - good enough for 2/7 in the M60-64 division. Nice!

My coach and I thought it was time for me to race with the big boys, so I entered in the Elite division. I was fully prepared to be humbled by the competition, but it turns out that my butt-kicking came from my old friend the ocean. Swim: 29:37 (21/24), Bike: 1:01:29 (1/24), Run: 37:40 (8/24), overall: 2:12:30 (14/24). I'm still a crappy swimmer compared to my run and bike, but the conditions really threw me into a crappier-than-usual day. At least I know what I need to work on in the offseason.

That wraps up the season for most of us. Jeff and I have one more stop at 70.3 world championships in Clearwater, FL on Nov. 14th. Wish us luck.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bikes and BBQ!

Join the Caltech Triathlon Club, Caltech Cycling Club, and JPL Cycling Club for a celebration of all things bike related. Whether you prefer fixed-gears, single speeds, doubles, triples, or whatever, this is a chance to get out, meet some fellow cyclists and have a great time. A love of spandex and lycra is a must (not really), but if you show up in said attire, I promise great things will happen. All members of the Caltech Graduate Student community are welcome to attend as we hope to promote interest in the benefits of bicycles. Food and drinks will be provided. August 25, 6pm until whenever. South Cats Rec Room.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Breath of Life Ventura Triathlon

I know we've had people out racing all season, but I've just been slow to post results and to be frank, I don't know who all has been racing! We've had so many new members and there is so much going on that I've lost track. If anyone wants their results posted, just email me and I'll get them up.

With that said, there were several Techers out at the Breath of Life Ventura races this past weekend. The event features both sprint (400m swim/20.4k bike/5k run) and olympic (1.5k swim/40k bike/10k run) courses that are flat and fast (if not windy). I would highly recommend the event because it is very well organized (at least this year it was!) and your race fee is donated to a great cause. Aside from lots of cramping and very little sleep, this is what happened this weekend:

John Doyle 1:07:32, 2nd M55-59, 33rd Overall despite battling a teetering bike saddle
Oliver Buccicone 1:02:39, 1st M25-29, 10th Overall and a blistering swim

Steve Vass 2:34:17, 5th M60-64
Jeff Hanna (me!) 2:08:44, 7th M25-29, 30th Overall
Alberto Stochino 2:22:47, 17th M25-29

More results and splits by following this link. Note that transition times are included in the bike split.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Zuma Beach ocean swim is on too!

The swim at Malibu's Zuma Beach has started up in addition to the Manhattan Beach swim.

Meet Sundays, at Lifeguard station 14 about 10 minutes prior to 8am. Wear a bright swim cap (not white). More info can be found on the LATC training calendar or directly through this link.

Click for more info on Zuma Beach water conditions. No swim if the water temp is under 57 F!