Friday, March 28, 2008

Ironman CA 70.3

Ironman CA 70.3 is happening this weekend! Come support Diana in her first half-ironman distance. The race starts about 6:40am and Diana's wave takes off around 7:20am. Check out the event website for more info. Stay tuned for updates on her it looks like Diana had a great race. Check out her splits below:

Swim: 1.2mi, 30:07, 1:31/100m (Age Grp. place 1/Overall place 202)
T1: 3:59
Bike: 56mi, 2:58:57, 18.78 mph (5/671)
T2: 3:19
Run: 13.1mi, 1:43:04, 7:52/mi (5/396)
Total: 5:19:26

Good enough for 418 Overall and 5 Age Grp. She was first out of the water for her age group...we expected nothing less from you...Congratulations Diana! I can't wait to talk to you about your race.

It looks like the Pro's race had an exciting finish for the males. Andy Potts won in 3:58:22 with Craig Alexander only :03 back. With 400 meters to go, Alexander passed Potts. Potts responded and beat Alexander to the line by 25 meters. Crowie gave everything he had to close the gap in the last 5k. Erika Csomor finished first on the women's side in 4:23:14. Mirinda Carfrae was 1:36 back and Leanda Cave 3:26 back. More results and race coverage can be found here. Click here for overall race results.

We will have several members racing in half-iron distances this year...all of us for the first time.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Possible Sponsors and Team Kit Design

Scott and I are working to get some material together to send to possible sponsors. Our initial list of candidates is below, and each is linked to the company website in case you are unfamiliar with the name. Each of these possible sponsors makes products we already use, and we would love for them to support us in the future. Having the smartest triathletes in the world use and endorse their products should be an incentive to support the Caltech Triathlon Club.
Hammer Nutrition
Cytosport (makers of Cytomax)
Tri Sports
Incycle (local bike store)
Run With Us (local running store)
Hawaiian Island Creations
Trader Joes
Phase IV
Trillium Sports Medicine
Petes Coffee & Tea
Noah's Bagels
Stone Brewing Co.

The second bit of news is that we'd like to get team uniforms. There are several companies that let you design custom apparel. As of now, we have initially chosen to use Hincapie Sports. The Caltech Cycling Club's 2008 team kit came from Hincapie Sports and is great quality and very comfortable. The discounted prices are also very reasonable. I have been playing around with several different designs, and you can click the thumbnails below to view them. I personally like the argyle with the orange fade. It looks faster than the blue fade and sports more of the school colors. If you like them or don't like them, let me know. Everyone's input is very important here. If there is something you would change, let me know. Feel free to provide any comments or suggestions. I've also posted the template so any of you can design your own. You can email me the file and I'll post it up. In the end we can all pick a few favorites, then take a vote to choose the best. Keep in mind that all designs can be tweaked or changed to suit everyone's preference. As far as designing your own, there are a few guidelines you should follow. I wouldn't be concerned with specific colors right now. Just be aware that the base lycra color on the shorts can only be black, charcoal gray, white, royal, navy, or red. You need to include the Caltech colors (which unfortunately is orange). Also, make sure to leave open space for sponsor's logos. Have fun!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

2nd Annual Pasadena Triathlon

The second annual Pasadena Triathlon returns to the Rose Bowl on March 8, 2008.  The sponsor for this year's race is Whole Foods Market located at 3751 E Foothill Blvd.

This is a reverse sprint distance triathlon starting with a 5k run, followed by a 15k bike, and finishing with a 150m swim in the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

The race starts at 8:00am so come out and support Emily (and her family), Andrew, John Meier, John Doyle, Lenny, and any other members or nonmembers of the Caltech Tri Club. Several members did the race last year and those results can be found here. It's definitely a fun race to kick off the year, and nothing is better than racing in your very own back yard!

Post-race update with unofficial results (preliminary results here):
Emily McDowell - 1:09:27 (That's a 30-minute improvement from last year! Way to go Em.)
Emily's mom - 1:22:31
Emily's dad - 1:10:08
Andrew Tchieu - 58:29
John Meier - 54:57 (1st in Clydesdale Div.)
John Doyle - 56:08 (2nd in Age Grp.)
Lenny Lucas - 55:27 (4th in Age Grp.)
Jeremy Emken - 1:00:03 (4th in Clydesdale Div.)
Congratulations to all!