Vineman Half IronMan 7/12

Allison Zwingenberger had a strong PR at the half ironman at Vineman with a 5:53 finish. Mike French, despite sub-optimal training, decided to do more than cheering on Allison and finished the race in 6:08.

Get Fit Triathlon 7/18

Get Fit put together another fun local race event in El Macero. 9 Mad Cows went racing there, representing almost half of the sprint distance field with 8 Mad Cows for 19 total participants! Sara Enders won the race on her birthday. I took 2nd place but won't claim it was to be nice to our new Mad Cow member. After Sara passed me at the beginning of the bike, I never saw her again till the finish line. Nikki Itoi pased Don Schug in a finish sprint for 5th place. Garth Lindley did his first triathlon under the Mad Cows jersey and Staphanie Alder completed her first ever triathlon, congrats! Andy Riffel and Kaleena Jackson added one more race to their already busy season. Fadi Fathallah represented the herd in the super sprint race.

Donner Lake Triathlon 7/26

Donner is usually one of the favorite races of the herd, but for various reason we only had a small crowd over there. Andrea Kirsch came up 8 sec from breaking 3 hours in the Challenging Olympic race taking 2nd place in her age group. Scott Sambucci had a strong performance on the half iron distance with a 5:55 finish for 8th/22 in a very competitive age group.

T4F/T4R 8/1-2

We had 3 bovines at the T4F #3. Led by Don Schug who is having a busy racing season and took 1st in his age group. Keith VonBorstel and Anupama Ganesh were also podium finishers in their age group.
Andrea had recovered well from Donner since one week later she raced T4R. She "only" took 2nd in her age group on this event but her previous T4R performances led her to win the T4R championship. Congrats Andrea! She is now a 4-time winner on this championship.

Folsom Olympic Tri 8/2

On the same day as T4R was another olympic race in Folsom. Ian Pund had a speedy race finishing 3rd in his age group in 2:17:56, which is only 23sec slower than his time at T4R #2 (sorry I had missed that result!). Jean Marc Leininger had a solid race in 2:35, taking 2nd in his age group.

USAT Olympic National Championship 8/8

Allison Zwingenberger traveled to Wisconsin to compete with the top age groupers in the country at the National Championship. She represented the herd with another strong performance (2:35).

Granite Bay Triathlon 8/15

Don Schug was the only Mad Cow at the Granite Bay Tri. JM was ready to race on Sunday but it was a bit too late! Don had a rough race but still finished 3rd in his age group and scored some precious points for the challenge!

 

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Haleiwa Sprint Triathlon

Recently, I was fortunate enough to score a business trip to Hawaii, so I looked for a triathlon to do while I was out there. I came up with the Haleiwa Sprint Triathlon on March 2. Haleiwa is an old plantation town on Oahu’s North Shore and has managed to retain some remnants of rural Hawaii charm. The town has been hosting a sprint triathlon for 15 years.

Given the expense and hassle of shipping my bike I decided to rent one.A couple of weeks before the race I contacted Boca Hawaii, a bike shop in Honolulu, and they reserved for me a Fuji Aloha—a decent entry-level tri bike that went for $50/day. I picked it up the day before the race, and the shop owners were great about making adjustments to get a good fit. I then spent about an hour riding around since it handled very differently than my Cervelo.

 

Guess what? It didn't rain this year!

We had a great turnout with many awards and a delicious picnic afterwards.

"Brian deserves three hearty moos for organizing a great picnic after the Tri for Fun. Also, his renewal of our Power Bar sponsorship is much appreciated. Between those goodies and the Wheelworks discount how can one afford not to be a MC? Let's spread the word about the benefits of membership." -- Don Schug

"...57% of bovines at Rancho Seco got on the podium." -- FrankJ.McNally

Aloha kakou,

I’ll go ahead and post the first MC race report in 2012. I was lucky enough to get a week-long business trip to Hawaii, and since I had to work during the weekdays I decided to return on Sunday so that I could get in some ocean activities. As it turned out I crammed a lot in on Saturday, scuba diving in the morning and sailboat racing in the afternoon.

Late Saturday a friend mentioned that the Valentine's Day Biathlon was the next day. I had a noon flight back to CA, but I was instantly determined to do the race. I had done it, and many other biathlons, when I lived in Hawaii and had many fond memories of those events. There is something so pure and simple about showing up for a race with just running shoes and swim goggles—with wetsuits prohibited, the technology factor is completely removed. 

As with a number of other biathlons on Oahu, the 5k run/1k swim Valentine's Day race is held in Ala Moana Park. You run completely around the park and then swim along the semi-enclosed canal along the beach.

The weather during the morning of the race was perfect (duh, it is Hawaii). The race is sponsored by the Waikiki Swim Club, and, as is all their races, it was faultlessly organized. Running nearly flat out, kicking off your shoes, and diving into the ocean (you run with your goggles around your neck) may sound a bit challenging, but its actually a blast.

I wasn’t in very good racing shape since it still is more or less the offseason here in CA, but I felt alright. I managed an age-group second place finish—the guy that always beat me during the 1990s is still racing, and he can still beat me! It being Valentine’s Day race, there was also a couple’s relay. Another great thing about Hawaii biathlons and triathlons are the prizes (and t-shirts)—I snagged a nice wine glass with the race logo. Oh yeah, I caught my flight home with a few minutes to spare.

A hui hou, Don

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It was a dark and stormy day. Actually it was a sunny, but cool, spring (almost) day. This is the beginning of the racing season for me. Each year, the first week of daylight saving time, just before I'm really ready, the Putah Creek Time Trial series begins. As usual the group was smaller than it will be in the following trials, probably about 40 cyclists. (Official results are not yet in.)

The time trial is an event where you race against yourself for 10 miles. Cyclists start at 30 second intervals. Drafting is not allowed. The trick is to pace yourself so that at the finish you can't go any faster or any farther. A time trial is great practice for the cycling part of a triathlon. You learn to pace yourself and finish as quickly as you can.

And, as usual, it was windy. The first half was against the wind. It took 17 minutes, I tried for 15. The last 5 miles was with the wind! My slowest was 16.5 mph going out but coming back I hit 27.4 mph for a time of 29:55. Not as fast as I wanted but I can only get faster.

The next time trial is on March 30, 6 PM. See you there.

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2010 Mad Cow Awards

* Most Moo-ving - Cary Craig for completing 3 (count 'em - 3!!) Ironman distance races in three countries this year - Ironman-Brazil, Ironman-Hawaii & Ironman-Cozumel
* Most Disciplined - Eric Russell Webb for being in perpetual training this year.
* Most Adhesive - Don Schug for pushing the team to compete in the Granite Bay Team Triathlon competition.  (Don't worry Don - we'll get those RATS from Reno next year!)
* New Member Award - Brian Charn for getting active with the club and his enthusiasm for next year.
* Most Inspirational - Kathy McNally for her first half-ironman at Barb's Race this year.
* Most Active - Kelly Barber for attending the Friday team swims and motivating other to join.
* Most Improved - Laureen Jensen for demonstrating to everyone why we do this crazy triathlon thing
* Most Supportive - Lena Sambucci for her shopping, team race set up, and relentless cheering.
* Mad Cow(s) of the Year - Keith & Susan vonBorstel for their tireless efforts contributing to the team.  Keith with his website work and coordinating the Friday swims in Berryessa.  Susan for her time providing cover from Coors Light-influenced boaters at Berryessa and cheering loudly at the team races.  Keith & Susan with the Mad Cow Award (pictures coming!)

2011 Board Members

Congratulations to our two newest 2011 Board Members - Brian Charn and Christoph Gumb. Our 2011 Board Members are:

* Scott Sambucci (1 year remaining)
* Frank McNally (1 year remaining)
* Diana Cox (1 year remaining)
* Randy Thompson (1 year remaining)
* Keith vonBorstel (1 year remaining)
* Marianne Hernandez (1 year remaining)
* Farran Briggs (1 year remaining)
* Brian Charn (2 years remaining)
* Christoph Gumb (2 years remaining)
* Open (2 years remaining)
* Open (2 years remaining)

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Mad Cows Cary Craig and Eric Russell Webb successful in Cozumel Ironman.

SWIM                          BIKE       RUN      OVERALL     RANK     DIV.  POS.
Cary Craig               1:13:02   5:47:21   4:35:53   11:45:34   522     5
Eric Russell Webb    1:05:20   5:25:13   4:28:01   11:05:11   340     74

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Rain, Mud, Hills, Long Climbs, Treacherous Downhills and 20 Miles of Mostly Awesome

I started this morning asking "Why?" Mostly, this was my next test along the way in preparation for my first 50K run set for December 4 at the North Face Endurance Challenge.  Wanted to see where I was and figured 33k in many of the same trails with the climbs would be a good test about a month away.   This race was organized by Pacific Coast Trail Runs. Couple of aid stations - really well-stocked. Mostly kept in good spirits along the way.  Why else take on such things, right?

The elevation and rain pictures should tell you all you need to know. It was raining. Like really raining.  Like - "holy cow, I really can't believe it's really raining this hard." No pictures from the trail b/c I didn't want to waterlog my Droid.  Mud pretty much all the way.  A few brutal climbs - the very last one was particularly well-placed and entirely uncalled for, in a good way... :--) 

West Sacramento hosted it's first annual Pumpkin Run Saturday at the River City High School/West Sacramento Recreation Center complex Saturday morning.  The 5 K and 10 K races were a fund raising event hosted by the Aquatics Foundation of West Sacramento.

I knew from the moment I stepped off the plane onto the stairs leading to the tarmack of the Kona airport that this year was going to be different.  How?  I didn't dare to venture a guess but it would be different, I was certain.  In past years, when I have made that first step off the plane a wave of intense heat radiating off of the runway and surrounding black lava has washed over me as a sharp reminder of where I have just arrived.  This year it was overcast and raining, bordering on chilly.  As I always do, I went for a short "Hello Island!" run as soon I was checked into my condo.  It had stopped raining, the air was still cool and the humidity was about 220%.  Hello, Big Island!

The days leading up to the race seemed different from past years. 

First the Island.  She was showing many different sides of herself in a short period of time, ranging from gentle and tranquil to fierce and wild.  Crystal clear, calm waters for a totally relaxing swim.  Crazy crosswinds from which legends are born for a harrowing, white knuckle bike ride.  Blazing sun with intense heat.  Torrential downpours with wild lightning.  

Next the demeanor of the event.  It seemed the tension level was dialed back from normal.  Ali'i Drive did not feel like a coiled up rattlesnake, it felt a bit more relaxed and kicked back.  Perhaps this had more to do with a shift in me than an actual shift in everyone.  I felt fit, healthy, prepared and calm.

Race Report – Ironman 70.3 Austin Adjacent

by Eric Russell, 20 October 2010

This race was a fairly late addition to my season – in fact it wasn’t even on my schedule until a month ago.

Race Results and Report

Name Division Overall Age Time
Curtis Fritz 7/29 41/456 47 1:23:20
David Limburg 8/29 44/456 45 1:23:40
Don Schug 2/10 58/456 59 1:26:41
Keith vonBorstel 5/7 367/456 67 1:59:31

The Haiku

by Scott Sambucci, 2 October 2010

Cool swim. Sandy jog.
Cycling with hills and turns. Yikes!
Sun. Hill. Heat. Repeat.

by Jean-Marc Lenninger, July 2010

Christoph Goub and I were the only Mad Cows in the DLT Int'l  last Sunday.

For any female cows, Barb's Race is a great way to enter the field of Half Ironman.  It is the only all women's Half Ironman.  It is held the same day as the Full Vineman, so the course is pretty much open for the full ironman time, ie no time pressure, you can just enjoy the process and learn from it.
The Folsom Olympic Distance Triathlon last Sunday at Nimbus Flats was well attended by seasoned triathletes from the Sacramento and bay area.

Ran the San Francisco Marathon this morning.  Went much better than I thought.  Woohoo!  As always, a huge thank you to Lena, my awesome wife and supporter in my craziness for such things. Getting up at 4:20am is not fun, especially when you're not even the one racing.

Dan Sweet wins Tri for Fun #3 by 2 minutes 29 seconds


Dan Sweet - Finished first overall with 1:10:28, crushing the competition.

crisp air, cool river
water runs shallow, quickly
swim in early wave

rolling roads, vineyards
into valleys, sun graces
bike on striking course

hot, hilly asphalt
exposed feet pushing, steady
run to the finish

Summertime means vacations and barbecues for most, but for Mad Cows Racing, it's high tri-season and time to host a great mid-year clinic! On Wednesday, the Mad Cows gathered at Davis Swim and Fitness (one of our awesome sponsors - thanks Tammy!) for a swim clinic hosted by Steve Sexton.  If you don't know Steve, check out his website at www.trisexton.com.  He's a Davis, CA native and is a member USA Triathlon’s Project 2012 national team, training to qualify for the London Olympic games in 2012.  Last weekend, Steve took second at the ITU San Francisco Pan American Cup - his first race in seven months after recovering from injury.

Steve spent over an hour with the team fielding questions about nutrition, training, and racing tips.  He also jumped in the pool to show technique and drills.  Great stuff - we're honored to have Steve as a guest speaker and are already looking ahead to another date on the calendar with him!

A recap of his pointers and drills is forthcoming. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Morning of race

I got to transition early, around 5:20.  I don’t like being late and didn’t know how much traffic there would be getting to the start.  I dropped off my special needs bags off.  Then I checked my bike and loaded my bottles. 

Yes, it's long and quite detailed, but I promise it won't take you as long to read as it took me to write, let alone actually do the race.  I've tried to make it both entertaining and informative.

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UCD Sprint Race Report 2010 by Cary Craig

Sunday I raced my first multisport event for the 2010 season. An intercollegiate sprint triathlon hosted by UC Davis that is open to non-collegiate athletes. It was a ~750 yard pool swim, 18 mile bike and 4 mile run. It is always a very fun, kind of wild (made wilder by weather this year) event.

Racing from far away places was Cary Craig. She raced Ironman Brazil. Distances were 2.4 mi. swim, 112 mi. bike and 26.2 mi. run. She placed 1st in her age group and qualified for Ford Ironman Championship in Kona Hawaii. Looking at the race results, it looks like she was trailing the whole race and passed the #1 person on the run, giving her a 14 minute win.

Name Div Place Overall Age Group Finish Time
Cary Craig 1 532 50-54 11:13:42

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I spent the past 3 weeks in the backwoods of Georgia hanging out with my sister and brother-in-law and training with them for triathlons. I was really bummed to miss the Mad Cows Tri-for-Fun, but we managed to participate in two other great races.

We had a great weekend of racing at TBF Tri for Fun at Rancho Seco. There were a lot of Mad Cows out there, many who raced and many who just came out to show support. Not only did we have an awesome showing of numbers, we were prominent on the podium. The overall male and female finisher received overall champion awards. Those that placed in the top 5 of their age group received awards.

The Mad Cows receiving awards for the TBF Tri for Fun are Diana Cox, Kristen Alexander, Peter Dempster, Cody Ross, Curtis Fritz and Keith vonBorstel.

Daniel Sweet received the overall champion award for first overall finisher.

Congratulations to all the Mad Cows for a great race.

Name Overall Div Place  Age Group Finish Time
Katie Cassinerio 328 9 F 20-24 1:54:19
Diana Cox 100 3 F 30-34 1:33:47
Kristen Alexander 101 5 F 35-39 1:33:54
Cari Tennyson 407 30 F 35-39 2:04:56
Patricia Price 242 6 F 45-49 1:46:42
Karen Waggoner 249 8 F 45-49 1:47:00
Naomi Naval 428 20 F 45-49 2:08:45
Gina Anderson 296 5 Athena 1:51:13
Katherine McNally 524 26 Athena 2:38:14
Peter Dempster 40 2 M 25-29 1:25:27
Daniel Sweet 1 1 M 30-34 1:11:34
Mathieu Spriet 50 7 M 30-34 1:27:24
Brian Spiritosanto 51 8 M 30-34 1:27:49
Cody Ross 12 3 M 35-39 1:19:08
Christoph Gumb 22 6 M 35-39 1:22:04
Scott Sambucci 30 8 M 35-39 1:23:35
Michael Lindquist 46 9 M 40-44 1:26:44
Gregory Lynch 48 10 M 40-44 1:26:49
Randy Thompson 67 13 M 40-44 1:30:27
Brian Charn 170 22 M 40-44 1:41:13
Curtis Fritz 32 4 M 45-49 1:24:07
Frank Mcnally 52 7 M 45-49 1:28:05
David Limburg 74 11 M 45-49 1:30:57
David Gunther 121 13 M 45-49 1:37:00
Keith VonBorstel 413 2 M 65-69 2:06:00
David Waggoner 371 20 Clydesdale 2:00:21
Andrew Riffel 402 23 Clydesdale 2:03:56

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Tri for Fun #1 June 2010

Tri for Fun #1 June 2010

Tri for Fun #1 June 2010

Tri for Fun #1 June 2010

Spring 2010 Meeting at Sudwerks

Spring 2010 Meeting at Sudwerks

UC Davis Sprint Triathlon 2010

Cliff Bar Challenge 2009

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Auburn Triathlons - Sunday, May 23, 2010

by Frank McNally

The herd had several fine performances at the Auburn Triathlons yesterday.
The start featured air temp in the 40's and water temp of 64 so there was steam
rising up from the surface of the lake.


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