Posted On May 1, 2009 By In The Phish Bowl And 531 Views

May 2009

Track Workouts

Here’s a partial list of known area track workouts. Send us yours to be listed.

Tuesdays, 5:30 pm

Plano West High School, Parker and the Tollway, on Willowbend, Plano
contact GERALD JACKSON, for links to locations

Tuesday, 6:45 pm, TNT

Hillcrest High School, Hillcrest and Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas

Wednesdays, 6:00pm

Allen High School corner of Rivercrest and Greenville (Route 5), Allen
contact DAVE YOUNG,

TRIVIA QUESTION: At 10’ wide, what is the cost to construct one mile of the running trail at White Rock Lake. Hint: it was the same cost to construct a mile of highway in 1960.

PAUL LETTIERI placed 399th overall with a time of 25:01 at St. Paddy’s Dash Down Greenville 5K on March 14. He came in right behind ROBYN FLORSHEIM, 32, and immediately behind JESUS ALVIZO, 27. The surprise is Paul is 84 years old and beat the remaining 3,600 others who ran the 5K. Paul won his age group, 80-99. Local icon JAN RICHARDS won for the women in the same age group with a 36:53, placing 1,706.

Worse T-shirt entry: Butterfly Boogie 10K, March 28; no self-respecting male would be caught dead with a butterfly on his chest!

Men vs. Women, the difference in clothing. From the May 3 Heels and Hills Half Marathon web site: “Women-specific sizing and styling, it’s a hot pink v-neck semi-fitted dry-wicking running shirt!” Men: this is the entire quote: “Men get a white technical shirt.” The event was cancelled, however, at 3:40 AM the morning of the event after a significant weather advisory. “On our final course pass right now, we were caught in the severe thunderstorms, and hail and the streets of Irving are flooded. Regretfully, the decision has been made to cancel the event.”

But, in response to the above race, organizers announced, “You Asked For It, You Got It!” The Inaugural HEELS AND HILLS AND HIM Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile, September 27, Irving, TX. “After three years of men asking why THEY can’t win awards at the women-centric Heels and Hills May events, they are finally getting their day! We’re calling you out. Time to put up or shut up. Take the challenge for this event, where WOMEN can participate but can’t win awards this time. The logo is under wraps and we can’t show you the technical shirt participants will get, but it will be geared towards the guys! No hot pink here.

The Ft. Worth Mayfest 5K, along with other events, was cancelled due to the Swine Flu.

The JINGLE BELL RUN is back!! The once popular downtown event will take place on Tuesday, December 22, 2009.

Runner TODD BLANCHARD has been out with patella tendonitis, while ASHLEY NUNEZ couldn’t go to the Boston Marathon despite qualifying. She’s been nursing a strained hamstring.

The Guinness Book of World Records was set for the largest spin class on March 23, in Plano. Over 400 people showed at the Plano Lifetime Fitness. The band Emerald City played.

The TEXAS BICYCLE COALITION has had some difficulties with leadership and controversy over the last several years, causing its once mighty membership to sink to less than 200 now. The coalition is supposed to be the voice for all the bike clubs and teams, and cyclists everywhere in Texas. But that hasn’t been the case in many years. People are hoping for a change of leadership, and then the numbers will come back up to give the support group some teeth. As recently as May 15, the group sent out emails tying in their need for members and contributions, to the passing of bike safety legislation.

Quite possibly the closet finish of an area triathlon took place April 19 at the King Tut Triathlon in McKinney. DAVID BALIS and PEDRO TRINDADE finished within a second of each other. HAROLD WILSON was also at the finish line at the same moment making it a three-some for the tape. Harold finished less than one second behind David Balis. The previous month, Balis won the Lifetime Indoor Triathlon on March 21.

Two finishers from the area did well at the Little Rock Half Marathon, March 15. BRANDON THOMAS, 16, of Flower Mound, finished 16th overall (1:21:29), while MATTHEW ATKINSON, 19, of Frisco, finished 28th overall (1:27:25).

Think there are too many races in the immediate area? On Saturday, April 25, there were at least 27 races in the Dallas area to choose from. A trophy hunter’s dream for some, over saturation for others.

LIBBY BLOODSWORTH will be returning to the area from Boulder, CO with her new husband, ALICKE “Fritz” FALK. “We are coming back to Dallas. I will be working at Texas Instruments and go to Dallas Theological Seminary after work. We are totally excited to get to hang out with our Dallas friends and the workout scene as we have sweet memories. I haven’t made it known yet inside TI. We will look for houses (ideally near the lake) in early June and move in early July.” Both raced prolifically in the area, at a high level of competition. Both were multi-sport athletes six years ago when they began dating here.

LESLIE GARCIA was one of the best writers The Dallas Morning News had. She was also a friend to runners, cyclists, swimmers, and multi-sport people as evidenced by their constant inclusion in her Fitness Column. But, at 9:30 AM, April 7, after over 30 years there, she was laid off due to cut backs at the paper. “I, alas, was one of 200 DMNers laid off on Tuesday, April 7. My last as-a-staffer story ran a week later. Thus generating more hits on its page! I’m tickled that it was the No. 2 emailed story that day; I just like the idea of going out with a bang. Or at least a cap-gun shot. Hey just wanted to say all of us here (OK, me) at FBHQ (fitness blog headquarters) are going to miss you guys. But just because we (OK, I) am not carrying on as the professional fitness nag, I will still be silently pushing you forward on the non-professional level. Yes, as you have pushed me. Think of me when you don’t want to go that extra mile…to tie those shoes in the first place…or to lift another pound or swim another lap. Or even better, think of me when you do those things! I’m just as proud of you as you are. Even more, really. I have cried (and will again). But right now, I feel strangely liberated and free and happy!!” Runner’s World Editor AMBY BURFOOT wrote her, “So cry with me AND laugh with me. Thanks so much for your support.” Her final post can be seen at: The DMN was her first job out of college. She was considered the best part of the fitness and sports pages. She talked to us, those who did things other than follow football, basketball, and baseball; to people who wished to be part of the picture and not on the sidelines looking at it. She helped a lot of us give voice to what we do, better than anyone currently does. “Thank you very much, Leslie, for the enthusiasm and humanity you put into your work. The best in recent memory. You did a great job. We thank you for that.” According to her colleagues, she was the heart and soul of the DMN. This has to be an awakening for the rest of the sports staffers, and newspaper as a whole. The next day, the DMN Fitness Blog she helped establish was also gone. The sad thing is the paper was still covering bass fishing! Since the lay off, she has taken up a part time job on weekends at Run On in Richardson, and has begun writing for two new blogs. and

THE TOUR OF DALLAS BIKE RALLY, April 4: According to event director, MIKE KEEL, “It was a blessed day. No pressure.” The finish line at City Hall was excellent with only one altercation when someone lit up a cigarette, and asked, “Hey, where’s the beer?” After it was explained there has never been beer served at this event, the man said, “Well that’s stupid.” The biggest controversy was unique. An unusual situation occurred when homeless people came out to take advantage of the free pizza. Keel had already planned for this, and welcomed them. However, it was the cyclists who became abrasive and territorial over their pizza. There was certainly enough pizza, Keel said. That wasn’t the problem. “We were ready for it,” Keel said. Rather it was the people who didn’t want the homeless there in the first place, and especially didn’t want them to have any pizza. “We had a considerable amount of rude comments after the ride from participants. People complained about feeding the homeless.” This doesn’t look good on those that participated at the event. “Next year,” Keel said, “We’ll feed them in a separate line. Serving area will be around the back.” Are people so insulated that they are that quick to be uncomfortable?

Local Greenhill High Sophomore phenom CHELSEY SVEINSSON was ranked top in the nation for the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs. It’s a high honor to claim any one of those distances, but an usual feat to claim fastest in the speedy 800 (half mile) and the more distance oriented 3200 (two mile). An April 23 video of her winning the famed Penn Relays mile, America’s oldest and largest track and field carnival, can be seen at:

Chelsey won with a time of 4:46, an entire straight away in front of 2nd place. Her next race, the local SPC meet where she planned to set a national record was cancelled due to the Swine Flu. She earned top honors at the Texas Relays, a high caliber state meet in Austin, when she broke a 17 year old record for the 2 Mile event by 20 seconds. It was only her fourth 2 Mile race ever. Back in January, she was named Texas Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. “The 5-foot-6 Sveinnson won the Nike Cross Nationals Final individual championship this past season in 17:26.9, The sophomore also finished fourth at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships-the only runner in the country to finish in the top five in both national events. Sveinsson also earned victories at the Chile Pepper Festival, the Oklahoma State Cross Country Jamboree, the Flower Mound Invitational and the Southwest Preparatory Conference Championships. Sveinsson has maintained a 4.06 GPA in the classroom. Also a competitive swimmer, she is a member of the school’s choir and its Diversity Club and has volunteered for a local homeless shelter.” The Phast Times News would love to do a cover story on her. So if anyone knows a contact email or phone number, please pass it on.

One of the more prestigious ultra-endurance run events has died. The SUNMART 50K (31 miler) and 50 Miler was the 2nd largest 50K in the country. It was billed as an elite race. Expensive as trail runs go (it had a great goodie-bag), the race was always considered longer than the advertised distances. This now leaves a hole in the calendar during the prime time of year for such races.

MATT CROWNOVER is once again training for The Western States 100 Miler, June 27-28. Last year, wild fires forced the endurance event to cancel for the first time ever. Matt’s plan this year has been to use races and training as stepping stones to the California event. Beginning in Jan., he was running 50 – 55 miles per week, with one 50 miler every month as a training run. On May 16 he will enter the Jimez 50 miler (4 different climbs to 10,000 feet). Last year, Matt won his age group at the HEARTBEAT 5K, after running 10 miles to the race from home, then running 10 miles back, as soon as he crossed the finished line. This year, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas minister has had some problems with his right knee. Going up stairs, along with the first hour of his runs, is hurtful.

There was a local tie at the podium for the Boston Marathon last month. SALINA KOSGEI, 31, who finished 10th with a time of 2:29:28 (5:42 pace) at the Women’s Olympic Marathon representing Kenya in Beijing on Aug 16, won this years Boston race with a time of 2:32:16. As a 23 year old in 2001, Salina came to Dallas with as part of Team Azteca with JOE TORRES to train at White Rock Lake and compete in the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. She finished first in the 8 miler with a time of 44:58 (5:37 pace per mile) beating MICHELLE BYRNE, 26, (2nd place overall, 46:03) and KATIE COURTWRIGHT, 34, (3rd place overall, 46:23), who would win three years later with a time only 20 seconds faster. “Salina was an Azteca that used to run at the lake,” says Torres. “She lived here for about six months while racing pro circuit races.” She was also 2nd at the Berlin Marathon in 2008. “believed in her,” Torres continued. “She’s got talent. It’s sad we broke up the team.” This isn’t the first time Dallas or Team Azteca hasn’t had ties to professional races. Andre Espinoza who also raced here and was part of the Azteca’s, won the New York City Marathon twice.

This year’s May 20th world wide RIDE OF SILENCE that was started right here at White Rock Lake in 2003 as an event that has no fees, registration, sponsors, or paid personnel, had ties to the pro bike race in Italy, The Giro. The Giro is considered to be the stepping stone to July’s Tour d’France. Three teams were contacted to wear black arm bands just like the rest of the cyclists that attend the ride, as a salute to those cyclists killed on the roads, and to show solidarity with cyclists around the globe. Teams included Columbia-Highroad, Team Astana (Lance Armstrong’s team), and Garmin-Slipstream. Former Mayor RON KIRK was present at the local edition of the memorial ride. Also new this year, The Ride Of Silence teamed up with GHOST BIKES, an organization that places entirely painted stark white bikes in places where cyclists have been killed to draw attention to the lives being lost due to motorists.

DALLAS AQUATIC MASTERS (DAM) has lost two of its coaches: CHELSEA LIPSTREU and KATIE McCLELLAND. Chelsea, a Rookie of the Year in master’s swimming, works as a clinical researcher in brain trauma at UT-Southwestern, while Katie, a native of Dallas, and world record holder in the breast stroke, is a lawyer. Both transferred to the west coast.

As read in last month’s PHAST TIMES NEWS KHAI HARBUT ran a very unusual race at this year’s Boston Marathon, running the second half of this very tough course, five minutes faster than the first half, called a “negative split.” It is the second half of this 26.2 mile race that has the most hills, and the hardest hills, including the infamous Heart Break Hill which is part of a four mile up hill section from Mile 17 – 21. He ran the first 13.1 miles in 1:42:55 (a 7:51 pace per mile), and the 2nd half in 1:38:09 (7:30 pace) setting a half marathon PR. His total time of 3:21 (7:40 pace) was also a PR, by one minute. During the race he was at a 7:59 pace per mile average at the 10K mark, 7:51 average mile at 13.1 miles, 7:46 average pace at 18.6 miles, and finished with a 7:40 average pace for the entire distance. “It was part of my race strategy,” the Ironman triathlete said. Well done!!

Glutton for Punishment

ASHLEY POWELL, 4/17, ran 90 laps of the Baylor Tom Landry indoor track. Rain and subsequent flooding caused her to change her outdoor plans to the upstairs 1/10 mile track. She still managed a 7:00 pace.

KRISTINA MARTIN biking in the torrential rain for 110 miles in preparation for Ironman Coeur d’Alene on June 21.

Thirteen year old NATALIE RATHJEN, was in the lead for 2.5 miles of the April 19 Rise and Shine 5K. She eventually finished second in 18:52, but she had only done one previous race. At same race MARK OLATEJU was hoping to finish his weekend with three 5K races, all faster than 20:00. He missed that goal on the final race, Rise and Shine when he ran to a 20:18 finish.

Though Dallas would appear as the progressive city compared to Ft. Worth, it is Ft. Worth that has the charm and accessibility.

WORST CASE OF SALESMANSHIP?: Sport Authority in Lewisville, 121 and 35, running shoe salespeople trying to sell insurance for your running shoes. The shoes cost $70, the insurance is $9 extra. At first glance, one thinks some one stop these people before they hurt themselves! But the program is actually good, where they will take back running shoes after three months of normal “wear and tear.” And the runner gets another pair FREE! Not bad.

The Strands Trail

“In 2002, construction began on a 7.8 mile non-motorized hike and bike trail along the Trinity River, northwest of downtown Dallas between Stemmons Freeway and the now levied Trinity River floodway. This commuter and recreational trail will connect the Katy Trail to the Trinity River. The trail will consist of 5.6 miles of paved concrete trail and 2.2 miles of soft surface trail.

The trail will not only reduce traffic congestion by providing an alternate method to commute to and from work, but it will also improve air quality, provide recreation and transportation opportunities for Dallas citizens and visitors to the city, promote eco-tourism, and restore the natural wildlife habitat along the original meanders of the Trinity River. This project facilitates active lifestyles and provides appealing, safe transportation alternatives to these urban residents and commuters with connections to existing sidewalks and improved access to the TRE and expanding DART rail system.”

So you think you want to be a race director? Think it looks easy, like anyone could do it? Wonder why, at the start line, they look like they haven’t slept in a week? Or maybe you want to complain about how your T-shirt has a thread lose. The DRC HALF RACE DIRECTOR search ended with the selection of former DRC President CLINE TAPLIN. Others considered include DIANE GOLDEN and former DRC President LIBBY JONES. This year’s DRC Half Marathon/5K, scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 1, is held on a challenging course, and annually draws 4,000 participants. Under “Job Specification,” the DRC listed the following that needed to be done: Reporting to the DRC Board; provide bi-weekly reports; recruit, coordinate, and oversee volunteer team leads for course monitors, parking, packet stuffing, and pick up; chip and finish line timers; bag check, awards, food and beverage, aid stations, course layout, race day administration, signage, volunteers, merchandising, race site layout, obtain all City required permits, maintain the race web-site; coordinate and maintain web based registration system, race bib production with timing contractor, participant T-shirt production, Port-a-let and trash removal needs, emergency medical and police needs, equipment needs (tables/tents/PA sound system/barriers, etc..), race course needs (sports drink/mile markers/timers/ice, etc…); document and retain a list of all contracts entered into for the race, a list of all race equipment and supply vendors; provide the Club with a copy of all documented race information.” Suddenly, that day job doesn’t look so bad.

(If you’re looking for some extra training fun and the chance to get out of town, check out the below opportunity. Be sure to call for confirmation and availability. If you go, let us know what you thought!! – The Bee Keeper) Negative Split Racing, led by experienced triathlon coach, GERALD JACKSON, goes to Ardmore, OK, Aug 7-9. “Camp will include fully supported swim, bike and run sessions. We will swim in Lake Murray just minutes away from the host hotel, Spring Hill Suites. The bike course is a very challenging course. The run sessions are relatively flat. You will gain strength while gaining tips from the coach and group leaders for the weekend. There will be several educations pieces included as well.  The host hotel has breakfast included starting at 6:30am. Dinner is included. There will also be special camp goodies and give-aways including a custom fit camp cycling jersey for all included. Friday, check-in and two informational lectures. Saturday, group swim, group ride (36, 50, 70, 90 miles), group run, two informational lectures. Sunday, group ride (20-40 miles), group run, question and answer wrap up. $199 until April 1, $219 until July 1, $239 until Aug 5. Negative Split Racing also hosts occasional “Transition/Tire Changing Clinic” here in the area for a very nominal fee. Everything is included. Contact:

TRIVIA QUESTION: At 10’ wide, what is the cost to construct one mile of the running trail at White Rock Lake. Hint: it was the same cost to construct a mile of highway in 1960.

Answer: $1 million.

“Now go into the world in peace, have courage, hold on to what is good. Honor all men, be just, and show kindness. Strengthen the faint hearted, support the weak, help the suffering. Love, share, and believe. And may grace always be with you.”

Stay active and I’ll see you in The Phish Bowl. 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.