Wonder why there are no more races out at Lake Grapevine? The GRAPEVINE City Council made it law: No more athletic events. This affected the Disco and PlayTri triathlons. When the city suggested closing down the roads around the lake to PlayTri triathlon race director AHMED ZAHER last summer before his race went off, he said they didn’t need to. The city did anyway. After the race, the residents and city were angry and upset with traffic problems. The city then enacted the new law… Odd as it may seem, THE WHITE ROCK ATHLETIC CLUB, located at Buckner and Northcliff near White Rock Lake, did not want to promote THE RIDE OF SILENCE, according to the club manager on Monday, March 27. No reason was given, but he declined to be part of the ride which was started at White Rock Lake and spread across the globe, honoring of cyclists killed or injured, or the “share the road program.” … CINDI ALLRICH, 30, of Frisco, did the Sulphur Springs Spring Fever bike rally casually not knowing she was going to win money at the end. As a long distance rider, Allrich has done lots of MS 150 rides all over the country. On average she does seven MS150’s per year… SCOTT EDDER is back in training and planning to enter a few events this year. Edder was one of Dallas’ pioneering triathlon race directors who went on to inspire others. One of his races was The Tri-Guys triathlon held in McKinney… On May 12, THE PHAST TIMES NEWS met with Dallas City Councilman, GARY GRIFFITH, who represents the White Rock Lake area, and Texas Dept of Transportation Engineers Vincent Lewis and David Lott, to discuss the elimination of the bike lane on Mockingbird Lane over White Rock Lake. Griffith admitted the city didn’t take into account bikers or runners when the new bridge to the south was made unusually narrow, and unable to handle the usual pedestrian and cycling traffic in the morning hours. In its place however, a new hike and bike trail is being planned on the north side of Northwest Highway, running east and west, between West Lawther and Buckner Boulevard. Due to the problem left by eliminating the dedicated bike lane on Mockingbird Lane that went over White Rock Lake, the new trail hopes to placate area running and cycling enthusiasts. The new trail won’t be ready for four years. The Mockingbird bike lane was eliminated in April of this year… DAVID HARTWIG has created a web site for underground bike training sessions, Thursdaynightgroup.com The rides take place in Richardson and, just as the name implies, the rides are on Thursday evenings… CHUCK HOBBS and MICHELLE BOYER have just bought a house together. “So we will be minding our pennies for awhile!”… The MS150 ride on May 6th and 7th was a big hit with area cyclists. ESTELA REYNOSO said she had fun until the wind kicked up. “I had a lot of fun. The first day we had the wind behind us and no rain. I was able to feel great. The second day was horrible, wind from all directions and tired from the first day and four flats. My last flat happen almost at the finish line. I didn’t have any more spare tubes, so I picked up my bike and walked to the finish line. At the finish line there were people cheering me in and clapping. At the end was a lady with MS on a wheel chair clapping and thanking me. I looked right into her eyes as I walked by her and said you are welcome. I almost started to cry. I kept walking until the end. I was very proud of myself for finishing and for having friends that care… On May 7th, ADRIAN HASENBAUER, who has been training for the Coeur d’Alene Ironman triathlon, June 25, went down on her bike opening a gash above her left eye. She was alone at the time with her husband, BRIAN, 50 meters in front. “We were on Lawson Road riding by ourselves,” her husband wrote. “Just the two of us since we left the group, since we had some mechanical seat problems. She looked down and was adjusting her shoe and got off balance and fell.” “I was very lucky that Brian was with me,” Adrian said. “As it stands, I still don’t remember a thing about Saturday, even before the crash.” “Her head hit the concrete pretty hard,” Brian continued, “and had a big gash above her eyebrow. It bled a lot but looked a lot worse than it was. She remained conscious the entire time. The bike was fine, helmet fine and not too many scratches. We went in the ambulance to Baylor and she got a CT scan and everything was fine. About 8 hours and 14 stitches later we were able to go home. She has some memory loss but besides that and the stitches she is doing well. If this had been someone else that I didn’t know I would not have known their health insurance information, allergies or other important information that the medics needed. So please carry some form of ID while you are riding and always carry a cell phone.” “I am planning on ordering a new Road ID tag with current information,” Adrian added. “If Brian wasn’t with me, who knows where I would have ended up and how long it would have taken someone to contact Brian to tell him what happened to me.” … DAVID RICHARDSON was arguably in the best shape of his life this spring. He kept his triathlon training over the winter consistent and steady. He was taking aim at the Coeur d’Alene Ironman triathlon, June 25, hoping to qualify for the Hawaiian Ironman in October. One of the races along the way included the St. Croix Half Ironman Triathlon on May 6. The possibility existed for Dave to qualify for Hawaii at this race if he placed good enough. No doubt David was ready. He would need a good race. After traveling there, David went for a short and easy 2 mile run a few days before the race as part of his tapering for the race. During the run, he slipped and gashed open his right knee that required 10 stitches to close. In a word, David said it “Sucked.” He never made it to the start line in St. Croix, and Coeur d’Alene looks doubtful. The remaining Ironman qualifiers are filled… JANICE SNYDER lacerated her kidney in a nasty pile up shortly after the start of the Cross Timbers bike rally on May 20. DR. DAVE DANNELLS was on hand to offer assistance. The race has a long and storied history of wrecks with no one solving the problem. Yet, each May, thousands descend on Flower Mound for this rough road and not very scenic event… Recently married and long time runner, CHARLIE LAMBETH, who once considered a living as a stand-up comedian, is moving to North Carolina in early June for a job transfer. He has lived his entire life in Texas… Downtown Dallas’ RENAISSANC HEALTH CLUB closed the 1st of June for good. The Baylor-Tom Landry Center pool will close due to cleaning in late June… TOM HULSEY did his first triathlon in 13 years at the PlayTri Lake Lavon triathlon on May 14. Hulsey is hoping to qualify for an Ironman slot at Lubbock’s Buffalo Springs Half Ironman, 20 years after his last Ironman race… Cyclist JIM WILKERSON has been active in getting bike lanes created in Benbrook, going to the state capital to meet with representatives about how important this is. Representatives were impressed and reacted favorably. ERIC JACKSON, who is a member of the BIKEDFW, a group inspired by The Ride Of Silence, is also advocating bike lanes, but is also hoping to put together a bike event where cyclists from throughout the Metroplex will ride to a central location such as Arlington Stadium to show the voice of cyclists’ needs. He says his idea was also inspired by The Ride Of Silence… MICHAEL NANDASON was hit and killed by a Mercedes while cycling on May 25. Mike was riding on the Benbrook Sprint Trail, near some restrooms and a gate where cyclists have to lift their bikes over a fence. “Mike was a great friend, father and husband,” said a friend. “He was a very experienced rider, he used to own his own mobile bike repair shop. This could happen to any of us.” … At the Giro d’Italia last month, one of cycling’s major road races and a Tour d’France tune-up, Plano’s own JONATHAN PATRICK MCCARTY finished 92nd overall. McCarty was included as the cover story on the first issue of The Phast Times News in April 2000. McCarty, who used to ride for US Postal and later, the Discovery Channel teams, now rides with Phonak. He may enter his first Tour d’France this year in July… PAULA KELLEY, a “lane four” swimmer at The Tom Landry Center pool, will be moving to Northern California for a job change. She was known for her breast stroke and distant lake swims… CORTNEY LINDLEY, who is also doing the Idaho Ironman race on June 25, says he’s ready to be done training. “I want to do other things,” he said on a recent bike training ride. Him and his wife are doing the 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon… When RICHARD SARTAIN was struck and killed by a drunk driver on May 19 at 6:20 pm, as he was walking along East Lawther at White Rock Lake, 400 meters south of the Mockingbird Bridge, there was untold irony. Sartain, 63 and retired, had been volunteering for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. His wife made public statement against the city for not having biking and pedestrian lanes… News related to those who train at White Rock Lake surfaced from the SMU ROWING TEAM who wish to use the lake as their training facility. The team used to row at Bachman Lake for years until this year when the school claimed it was too small. Maybe SMU could pressure for the opening of Highland Park’s Mockingbird Lane to the public in exchange for use at the lake. Otherwise, why charge running groups to use the lake on the weekends (usually Saturday) when the rowing team has the lake the entire time for free? One Dallas City Councilman suggested by having the rowers at White Rock Lake, it would encourage the students at NORTH DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL. That’s a leap. I just can’t see the urban NDH students wearing polo shirts and khaki shorts!… BYRON BENOIT is an accomplished runner and hopeful triathlete. He did his first open water swim in mid-May under the guidance of swim expert MARY LESSOR at Lake Grapevine borrowing a friends wet suit. By all accounts, the swim was a success and all were satisfied in Byron’s abilities. Everyone was happy after the swim when putting the equipment away before leaving. Byron had put the friend’s wet suit on top of his Nissan X-Terra, in the roof top cage, before heading down Highway 121 at 65 MPH. By Bryon’s account from his rearview mirror, after the borrowed wet suit flew off the top of his vehicle, he counted at least four other vehicles running over the $300-400 wet suit. The good news: Byron was able to eventually retrieve it. The bad news: the once technical piece of equipment can now be used for strips of insulation along a refrigerator door. Worse news: Byron now has to buy a wet suit to replace the one that was run over, and will still have to buy a second one for himself to use.
“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!