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July 22nd, 2003

2003 Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon

2003 Statewide Race Calendar

2003 Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta
Socorro Fat Tire Fiesta

Triathlon Meeting Friday July 25

A triathlon committee meeting will be held on Friday, July 25th at 6PM at the Chamber of Commerce office. (This is a date and place change!) This is the "two weeks to go" meeting, and we'll be reviewing the courses and volunteer assignments.

Of course, we still need volunteers! Especially if you're planning on racing, please recruit a volunteer (or two). You'll thank yourself later when you're on the course, wondering why you do it, and your friend gives you a boost by cheering you on! Contact Fred or Matt as soon as possible.

Hash Review

On June 17, Striders and Riders hosted its fourth Hash House run. Pappa Don't Preach was our first live hare and the pack was constituted of Nuclear Seaman, Just Robert, Just Dave, Just Laura, and Virgin Evelyn. The pack managed to get very confused, which delayed them for a while but finally managed to find their way back to the site of the Spoke 'n' Word, which will be Socorro's new bike shop.

Trash Cleanup July 29

Due to the difficulties we've encountered in cleaning up our adopted section of Hwy 60 (first low turnout, then rain), the members present at the July meeting voted to try again on July 29th. We'll meet at the east end at 7PM and make our way west.

Regular Rides and Runs Around Socorro

These are not SSR-sponsored club events!

  • Cycling (Road): MWF 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Cycling (MTB): Friday 11:30 AM, meet at the IRIS Parking Lot.
  • Running: Sunday social run, meet at Tech pool parking lot, 7AM Sundays.

Like to start a new regular run or ride? Contact Matt Perini to get it listed here.

Weekend Results

5430 Triathlon

EP and Matt raced the 5430 Triathlon last weekend, a half-ironman distance race in the Boulder, CO area. (5430 is the elevation of Boulder in feet.) We expected a large race, probably because of the media attention any race in triathlon's Mecca generates, but we discovered a relatively small and personal race of 300. It's also held three weeks before the more popular, olympic distance, Boulder Peak Triathlon, and many were probably making plans for the shorter race instead.

EP's wetsuit zipper broke, and so he was one of the three people to go without wetsuits on the two-lap swim, which was broken up with a 100 yard run on the beach. The bike course was an out-and-back ride, following the foothills of the Front Range for about 15 miles, then flat for a while with hilly out-and-back sections interspersed, and then we returned to Boulder along the foothills. It was nice to ride on smooth roads for once, but the volume of traffic was impressive, and cutting across two busy lanes can be a race in itself! The view of the mountains from the course was amazing, and made the 56-mile trip worth it. We arrived back at the transition area for the two-lap run around the Boulder Reservoir within 25 minutes of each other.

Matt's hopes of breaking 6 hours died on the first lap of the half-marathon, as the lower-90's heat built up and he discovered hills on the supposedly flat run course. Both of us trotted through the course, taking time to rehydrate and cool down at the well-stocked aid stations, which were placed every mile on the course. Toward the end of the race, the normal afternoon cloud cover came up, reducing the dehydration, and we were able to run more. Former World Champion Siri Lindley was announcing finishers, cheering each of us on; Matt's final time was 6:25, and EP's was 7:25. Other New Mexicans in the race included John Stermer of Las Cruces, who won his age group in 5:18, and Taz Shurman of El Prado, who won her age group in 5:13.

We both came away from this race happy and satisfied. We were disappointed when the Clydesdale division was removed at the last minute, and Matt had his usual grumbles about drafting and unauthorized assistance on the course, but both of us would do this race again.

Burn Lake Duathlon

Robert Abernathy and Mike Montoya raced the Burn Lake Duathlon, a 5K/28-mile/5K race in Las Cruces on Saturday. Mike won the male elite category with a time of 1:57; Robert finished in 2:32.

July 15, 2003

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