Posted On July 1, 2006 By In The Phish Bowl And 541 Views

July 2006

Bad news, good news greeted Ironman MICHAEL MONTGOMERY last month. He had contacted MIKE GREER to volunteer at Greer’s Buffalo Springs Half Ironman Triathlon. But a week before, Montgomery’s job required him to travel on that date. The good news was the project Montgomery was traveling to is in Spokane, WA, 30 miles from the Coeur D’Alene Ironman Triathlon. Montgomery got to watch and volunteer for an Ironman race instead of a Half Ironman race…. AHMED ZAHER and STACI BRODE were married June 17th.  After their small wedding in Grapevine, they wanted to include all of their friends in their joy. The next day, they invited everyone to join them at the SUMMER SOLSTICE DUATHLON at White Rock Lake. “We decided to have a ‘triathlon wedding’ also so that we can invite anyone and everyone we can!” “Just going to do the duathlon for fun,” Staci wrote, “and wanted to see if you guys wanted to join us at the race on our first day as Mr. and Mrs. Ahmed Zaher.” …Two of JAMES THRUSTON’s White Rock Lake Duathlon Series (or WoRLDS) races were picked by the USA Triathlon’s four state region of Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, as being the best in the region. The Best Small duathlon of this region of the U.S. is the Summer Solstice Duathlon (held this past June 18), and the Best Large Duathlon of the same region is the Two White Dogs Duathlon. This was voted on by the athletes of those four states. The male and female race records for the annual events are: male, 45 minutes, 44 seconds set in August 4, 2002 by Austin’s ADAM RISER; female, 51:34 set July 24, 2005 by NICOLE KELLEHERSHELIA NATHO, recently back from running a half marathon as part of Team USA in Sendai, Japan, won two important races back-to-back. On June 17, Natho won the overall title at Power Maiden Sprint (PMS) Triathlon, and on June 18, won overall at the Summer Solstice Duathlon which had 180 participants. In between, Natho enjoyed beer at a birthday party. At the Sendai (Japan) International Half Marathon, Natho ran 1:32 while local running great, DAVE RAY, ran 1:13… COLLIN COUNTY CLASSIC had 1,976 registered riders at the June 10 event, though an estimated 3,000 participated in the four distances the ride offered. The end of the rally offered some of the best food offered at certainly any bike rally or running event, but maybe also better than one of PLAYTRI’s triathlons… Long time runner AMY JACOBY is engaged to cyclist TOM TURNER, to be married on November 5 at the Fair Park Discovery Gardens. She will not be doing the CCCD Half Marathon that morning, before her wedding. “Our wedding party is very small, it will consist of his brother and my brother’s wife.” …ERIC KOENIGS (erickoenigs@yahoo.com) is selling some bike equipment. “I have a pair of Zipp 404 carbon wheels, size 650, that I am selling for $900.  For all you Ironman-to-be’s or those looking to shave time, these are the wheels to use. They are a few years old, but hardly used as I’ve relied on my HED3’s instead. Let me know if your interested.” …And from “irone@sbcglobal.net,” “I have a set of Zipp 404’s, sized 650 Tubulars that I’m selling. I’ll sell with Cogset and extra tubes for $900 or best offer.”…. …Page 4 of last month’s The Phast Times News stated “JANICE SNYDER lacerated her kidney in a nasty pile up shortly after the start of the Cross Timbers bike rally on May 20.”  It was JANICE SINGER that was injured instead of Janice Snyder… Dallas Police Officer PERRY SKIDMORE ran the Boston Marathon in a time of 3:38:51, an 8:21 pace. He is the on-site patrol officer most users at White Rock Lake are familiar with, having been there for the past decade. He also runs and bikes at the lake… ANDY MCELROY must be proud of his triathlon equipment. After exiting the open water swim leg of the Metroplex Sprint Triathlon on June 11, McElroy dropped his swim trunks, donned a towel, and ran to his bike. Earlier, race officials found a transition spot set up in the middle of an aisle, with a cooler, underwear, and a bike, but didn’t know whose it was. That was what would be McElroy’s first citation. Once he made the jog to his new transition location, McElroy dropped his towel (a second citation for indecent exposure), changed into his underwear, and then his bike shorts. All agree he should be assessed a third penalty citation for wearing underwear with bike shorts. Uck! …A TOUR d’FRANCE watching party is being organized with the help of City Sports Texas Magazine, and Stampede Light, on July 18th at the Premier Club at Central Expressway and Mockingbird. Stage 15, the Gap to L’Alpe d’Huez will be featured on a big screen TV… The TO HELL AND BACK three-day bike ride from Mad Duck Adventure Sports has been postponed until 2007. The ride to the Hotter ‘n’ Hell Hundred bike rally in Wichita Falls this coming August, was to start August 24 in Bedford and ride through Decatur, Forestburg, Montague, Stoneburg, Ringgold, Henrietta, and Jolly before ending near the rally site, for about 135 miles. The next day riders would do the 100 miler, with the following day riding back to Bedford for a total of 370 miles over the weekend. “We were not able to get enough riders committed to make the support and lodging work for the 2006 dates. If you want to be on my list for next year send me an email and I will start bugging folks in January to see if we can get enough interest to do the ride next year.  Again I will be asking you to get money in to Mad Duck before the end of May so that we can tie up the room and meals. It is a great ride, good scenery, rolling hills, and a fine way to spend a three day weekend.  We rode the route last year and it is a great experience.  Mad Duck does a great job of providing sag/mechanical support on the ride to and from Wichita Falls. To Hell and Back 2005 had 10 riders and we had a great time. Saturday after the HHH its pizza and beer, same place as last year.” Cost was expected to be about $150. To reach ride organizers, contact “Robert N ‘Bob’ Chaplin” at bob@carlylefunding.com, or call 817-282-6840 x 32, 800-440-6840, c817-999-428… The track at SMU is closed until September for renovations and repairs.

COEUR d’ALENE IRONMAN TRIATHLON, June 25; swim 1.2, bike 112, run 26.2 miles

North Texas Results:

STEPHEN CROSS     10:11:25

JIM LUKANICH       10:31:29


JEN OHLSON            11:37:23

VICTOR TORRES     11:48:13

DOUG FUSELLA      11:53:21


MARK BUCKNER   12:17:51


GAIL LEVEQUE       12:19:56

RICK SNYDER          12:20:25

MARK NORTON     12:21:46

TREY YOST  12:21:59

JEFF SHERMAN      12:39:03

MARK DANIEL       12:40:42





SCOTT KING            13:23:37

JOHN HURRELL      13:34:27

RICHARD VILLA     13:44:39

CELINA MENDEZ   13:53:48

RYAN COOPER        14:11:52

BRAD ASPGREN     14:14:55

HUGO VELEZ           14:26:07

JIM WATERMAN    14:37:51

RYAN BURNS          14:42:51


JEFFERY PARRY     14:56:12

KATHY HILL            15:01:49

LARRY RONSKO     15:29:02

LEA VELEZ   15:31:37

ROGER ENLOW       15:40:06

DAVID GENECOV   15:11:20

SCOTT SILER           15:29:16

HARRY LOFTUS      15:32:20


STACY LANINGA   16:14:36

SEDAR LABARRE   16:24:28







“Now, go into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold on to what is good. Honor all men. Be just. Love kindness. Strengthen the fainthearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Love, share, and believe. And may grace be with you.”

Stay active and I’ll see you in the Phishbowl. Let’s swim, bike, or run together. Go get’em!

Chris Phelan has written, laid out, photographed, and published The Phast Times News since 2001. He’s crisscrossed Texas on his bike three times, swam 5 miles across Lake Ray Hubbard three times, completed three Ironman triathlons, and has represented the US in completion three times, and run with the Olympic Torch. He maintained All-American status for five years and has also biked across the country, 3600 miles in 30 days. The running/triathlon coach has PR’s of 2:27 marathon, 15:40 5K, 3:55 at the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred, and 10:00:52 Ironman. Chris is the only person to have won overall and Master’s at Dallas’ Crosson Dannis road racing series, DRC road racing series, and the USAT/SMW duathlon series. In 1988 he began Dallas’ oldest track workout, 1998 started north Texas’ first treadmill class, and 2003 he founded the world-wide Ride Of Silence. He’s been twice nominated Master’s Road Runner of the Year, highlighted in a variety of magazines and is frequently asked to speak at camps and organizations about fitness. Outside of swimming, biking, and running, Chris has summited several mountains including Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.