Taylor Slothower Breath Jan 10, 2015, 2 22 18 PM
We arrive at 5:40am and cars are parked ½ mile away already.
The UVAS Parx casino blackjack is high and the small peninsula of land where the race festivities is held is green and lush.
Race director, Ryan Coelho, is nice enough to invite our FCA Endurance ministry to each of his races.
Robin drops me off with my gear and the FCA equipment and goes to find parking.
Soon I have help as Anna and our friends, Dave, Victoria, and Clyde start preparing the booth.
No time for a bike warm-up but I do get in a run.
I accidentally brought my old beat-up shoes without my Superfeet but will make do.
Triathlon Family I run into all kinds of friends.
Dave Slothower is here despite feeling really ill.
Andy Robles, the original race director for this 20 year old event is here celebrating his birthday by doing the triathlon he started.
Michelle Ridder is racing and 4mo.
Pregnant… what a trooper.
And my other FCA Endurance teammates, Dave Blackmon, who I went back-n-forth with at Wildflower and Clyde, Cory and Christy Floyd, all fairly new to the sport.
But I meet a guy named Ryan and his girlfriend, Mihaela, and tell them about the FCA pre-race prayer.
They both come, along with Andy, our teammates, and a few others.
FCA-E Pre-Race Prayer The Pre-Race Prayer is a great time, the highlight of my day!
I know everyone will have a more fulfilling race because of it.
God is so good that way.
The Swim I go without booties.
I get a warm-up in and line up with the 6th wave.
I swim straight while many head left.
No draft and pushing hard.
A guy on my left is veering right into me.
I surge to get ahead.
Around the first buoy, I start to get in the groove.
I think of my last masters swim workout which went well.
I can feel my arms grabbing the water with my full force behind them.
It feels so much better than Wildflower.
On the backside I sprint for a while to catch a good draft.
I squeeze in behind and now have a great leader for the rest of the distance.
After the last buoy I make a move and am able to pull ahead to the finish.
It was a great dave slothower for me!
The Bike My suit come off fast.
I run to my bike.
Put on the rolled-up arm-warmers and head out on the road.
Once the feet are in the shoes and the warmers unrolled they make a big difference on a chilly morning I start building up to full speed.
I pass a woman who looks pretty casual without any real race gear on and then begin climbing a hill.
Now a Forward Motion guy and a guy on a blue bike, in my age group, come flying by.
Down the hill into the hard right turn.
This is where I try to gain on them.
Up ahead I see the guy lock his breaks in the turn and his blue bike fish-tailing back and forth 4 times!
Each time showing the full side of his disc wheel.
The sight makes the Forward Motion guy slow way down and gives me a chance to take the inside and get ahead of both of dave slothower />Both guys come back and pull ahead again.
But I think of my last ride with the Victory Velo Thursday night group where I mirrored Todd Allington up visit web page climb.
On the next descent with another hard right turn, I again pass my 2 competitors.
I encourage them each time we pass.
Through the S-turn I know so well I pass another guy.
I saw Dan Perkins yesterday on a training ride and he advised me not to blast it but to save it for the descent.
I try to maintain a good push without gassing myself.
Now, out-of-the-saddle near the top I wonder if I did go too hard… perhaps they are taking it easy in hopes of passing me on the descent.
I really want to beat them to the transition.
I sit and dave slothower well past them and then sprint the flat ½ mi to the end.
Good dismount and then switch to running shoes.
The Run Go here dave slothower on socks, which slows down my T2.
Finally, on the run.
Feet are cold and dave slothower />My legs are toast!
But I press on and know things will change.
Sure enough, after a mile, they start loosening up.
Each mile is a little faster.
I start to feel my rt.
I shorten my stride and pump my arms.
I remember a few years ago when I ran here and one of suggest blackjack book free valuable Jr.
High kids gave me water from the aid station.
It was a special moment with much significance in terms of answered prayers from Jesus.
I see my old racing buddy, Mark Cosgrove, going the other way.
And then David, Carrie, Steve, and Dave B.
Hand-in-hand we race the final meters to the finish!
I can still go long with 1 kidney and dave slothower healing foot can go fast without hurting.
My splits compared to the previous 5 years doing this race… year time S T1 B T2 R 2010 1:38:21 0:19:33 00:59 0:43:51 01:03 0:32:56 2006 1:39:22 0:18:34 02:00 0:43:29 01:00 0:34:19 2000 1:27:51 0:16:00 dave slothower 0:40:21 00:51 0:29:20 1999 1:29:14 0:16:00 01:11 0:42:01 00:57 0:29:05 1998 1:30:28 0:17:00 01:00 0:41:24 00:46 0:30:18 1995 1:34:10 0:19:00 01:10 0:42:00 01:00 0:31:00 Go Steve!
Name Age Grp Place Swim Bike Run Time Steve Chavez M50-54 1 19:10 44:37 29:58 1:35:42 Troy Soares M40-44 5 19:32 43:50 32:56 1:38:21 CJ Halsey M20-24 4 21:54 44:07 30:33 1:38:25 David Blackmon M40-44 14 21:10 44:44 35:54 1:41:39 Carrie Chavez W40-44 1 21:33 45:15 33:11 1:42:12 David Slothower M50-54 3 19:17 45:22 37:46 1:45:19 Cory Floyd M25-29 27 22:08 52:59 41:43 2:01:31 Clyde Floyd M50-54 24?
With the old gang, which in addition to Ferrell and Delucchi, included Rick Lowell, Kurt Karbowski, Dave Slothower, Steve Rigor, Ian Ross.... but, most have ...
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