TRIVIA QUESTION: What is the average yearly income of an Ironman triathlete?
….On October 7th TODD MARTIN, 46, died while riding his bike in the 3000 block of Precinct Road. He was riding with other members of the Fort Worth Bicycling Association when he had ridden ahead of a large group of riders and apparently gone off the road. There was no damage to Martin’s bike. Just a week before, Martin completed 318 miles in 24 hours to finish second in the solo male division of the Texas Time Trials in Glen Rose. SCOTT MURPHY used to ride with Martin often. “I ran across him on the bike about three weeks ago. We watched the Tour together on TV at my house year before last. The preliminary indications are that Todd had a heart condition that may have caused him to veer to the other side of the road and fall into a culvert. The way he fell into the culvert was not survivable so it may never be clear if a medical event or the crash killed him.” Murphy said Martin rode over 15,000 miles per year. “He literally lived on his bike and it was his life. To say he died doing what he loved is an understatement.”… ….Another cyclist who died in Parker County was LARRY MCQUIEN, 55, a Fort Worth native and vice president for business ventures with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, when he was hit by a car Saturday, September 26, 11:30 am, while riding along Interstate 20 on the access road. “A Chevy Cobalt driven by Casey Brieghann Tyson, 20, of Early ‘veered into’ McQuien as both traveled west on the service road at mile marker 417 at 10:59 a.m., according to a Texas Department of Public Safety statement. Trooper Darin Woodson, who investigated the accident, said Monday that it was unclear why the car veered into McQuien. No charges had been filed. Woodson said there were no apparent distractions in the area. Traffic was light, he said. McQuien was wearing a helmet, and the weather conditions were dry and partly cloudy.” He had two sons, 19 and 17, and a wife, Carol… ….In July 2008, a Weatherford man was hit and killed along the same I-20 access road near Willow Park. THOMAS HOLLRITH, Jr., 46, was riding along the north service road between Ranch House and Mikus roads when he was hit by a 2007 Chevrolet pickup, said trooper Simon De La Cruz with the Department of Public Safety office in Weatherford. Both Hollrith and the truck were westbound on the service road shortly before sunset. The DPS said the driver did not see Hollrith because the sun was in his eyes… ….The date has been set for this year’s Life Time Fitness Reindeer Run in Plano. It’ll be held on Saturday, December 19th. Diane Golden has agreed to be race director again. This will be her 5th year directing this event… ….AHMED ZAHER (see page 13) did well at his 7th Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon. “I escaped a bad crash that froze me for few minutes at the end of the bike. Then lost focus on the run, but overall I’m happy considering I’m only training 6-7 hrs per week and have not swam except in races this year.”… ….TERRY ZIEGLER is 59 years old and considered to be a running icon from the past. He ran a 2:16:40 marathon in 1975, and a bunch of sub 30:00 10K’s that he doesn’t remember. Now he’s happy with a sub 40:00 10K. Just last year he ran an outstanding 5:42 for the mile. But lately, more and more, he’s stepping over the line to the dark side, some would say, and is entering triathlons. At Tri the Rock in August he took 3rd in his age group, and at The Blackland Triathlon in September he was 2nd. His swim is admittedly atrocious, but says he’s working at it. “They’re fun,” he says of triathlons. “It’s fascinating to me, the different parts. I discount the swim. When I get out, I know where everybody is.” The crowds are different too, he says. “I don’t know anybody at triathlon. At a run race, you knew everybody, the other eight people at the start. No one knows who I am and what I’ve done.” He also likes not having to warm up for a triathlon, saying the swim is the warm up. He did the Toyota US Open triathlon Oct 11, placing 5th in his age group. “I enjoy that because it’s more national,” he said. “Better ranking, and I like the layout, Joe Pool Lake to City Hall. The bike is as rough as a cobb, but…” The 3rd generation in the family business of selling church equipment, he calls it “Holy Hardware,” Ziegler says he bikes once a week, “whether I need it or not. I’m your average 17 MPH biker.” He mentions “the big drop off once I hit the big 5-0. Flexibility goes out the window!” To keep away from injuries and help with his flexibility, Ziegler says he does yoga and floor exercises. “It’s how I watch television.” At the Blackland Triathlon, his daughter was third overall (“She’s a big biker.”), while his son placed 8th in the 30-34 age group. “It was the first time for him to run without the baby jogger.” As for doing longer triathlons, Ziegler says, “The Olympic distance about kills me.” He says there is no Ironman distance race in his future. “I can’t imagine riding 100 miles and running 26 feet, let alone 26 miles.”… ….On the same day, Sept 13, three multi-sport races were taking place in the area. The Prairie Man Half Ironman and Sprint triathlons, and Aquathon at Joe Pool Lake, The Old College Tri triathlon at North Texas University, and the Firemen’s Triathlon in The Colony. Although amazing in itself, having three triathlons on the same day, what’s more amazing is that all three races went on despite steady torrential rain. JACK WEISS reported there were very few “no shows” for the half Ironman 70.3 mile distance, probably because of the training people had put in to do that race. At the O.C.T., overall Master’s DOUG FUSELLA winner was thankful. “This was my first race since last November, so I was happy. I kind of shifted the life focus this year.” He said he has signed up for Ironman Coeur d’Alene next year. “Third time for that one, so I will have to get serious again.”… ….A swimmer by background, USAT regional President DAVE YOUNG notched 50 races this past season, from March to October, all within the four-state region. Almost every weekend he did two races. An incredible achievement that must have required a lot of endurance, registration and traveling fees, and an injury free 60 year old body. At the Redman Sprint Distance race, Sept 19, he was sixth overall. No doubt he will get the Bronda Starling Award at the year-end banquet… ….DALLAS BIKES TO CITY HALL. On Oct 7th, one of Dallas’ most historic cycling events took place. Several city council members mounted bikes and rode a half mile from Union Station to City Hall. For the many seasoned cyclists who showed, many of whom rode 10, 20, or more miles to get to the starting point, the last half mile was simple. But it wasn’t about hammering out a strenuous ride. It was about “a better Metroplex through bike consciousness, cycling for health, safety, and welfare,” as Council member ANGELA HUNT said. The City of Dallas was starting an initiative called, “Complete Streets,” where every street includes bike lanes, “developing a bike friendly environment.” JASON ROBERTS of Bike Friendly Oakcliff and the Oakcliff Transit Authority, deserves all the credit for organizing the ride and city council members’ attendance. (Richardson Bike Mart owner, JIM HOYT had Jason’s ear after the podium speech, explaining how he could help Jason and the initiative.). The podium exercise also gave a chance for MAX KALHAMMER to introduce himself as the city’s new bicycle coordinator. Five other council members joined in — Pauline Medrano, Sheffie Kadane, Jerry Allen, Dave Neumann, Delia Jasso, and Ann Margolin. Noticeably absent was Mayor Leppert. “Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Developing greater multi-modal infrastructures has proven to improve safety, ease transportation flow, improve air quality, and help the overall health of communities who have adopted them.” After the City Hall affair, Hunt tweeted, “Great success! Tons of cyclists, six council members, DART, DPD, firefighters, trail organizers, plus bike groups from across city.” On her web page, Hunt said, “My husband and I biked from our home in the M Streets, down the Katy Trail (where we met others heading to City Hall), then met with the larger group at Union Station. There were well over a hundred cyclists, from road warriors to slow riders to everyone in between. Bicyclists came from East Dallas, Oak Cliff, Plano, Uptown, University Park, and elsewhere. All the councilmembers welcomed the group to City Hall and discussed the importance of creating a more bicycle-friendly city via better infrastructure and education. I mentioned the city’s new bike plan update as well as our complete streets initiative, to create a multi-modal infrastructure that isn’t solely focused on moving cars, but is rebalanced to move cyclists, pedestrians, and the disabled in an inviting, safe way. We also reassured our road warrior friends that separate bike facilities would not force cyclists to ride there: cyclists who feel comfortable in traffic will continue to have that option. We just want to expand options for folks who may have a different tolerance and comfort level in traffic. It’s all about options, education, safety, and better infrastructure. My hat is off to Jason Roberts and his team who did an amazing job planning this event. I look forward to seeing everyone next year, as we begin to transform Dallas from one of the worst cities for cyclists into one of the best.” Dallas currently ranks as “Worst City in the US for Bicycling.” For more information, visit www.dallasbikestocityhall.com…. ….Meanwhile, BIKE FRIENDLY OAK CLIFF held a bicycle festival in North Oak Cliff from October 2nd to the 11th called Cyclesomatic. Events included a history-themed group ride, bicycle competitions, Bike to City Hall, Biketoberfest! in Bishop, an Urban Bazaar, a “Kiddical Mass” Ride, Bike to School Day, BBQ, Bands, Bicycle Films at the Texas Theatre, Art Bike Shows, and guest speaker councilwoman Angela Hunt…. ….Former runner/cyclist/triathlete GREG FLOYD has moved to the country. After a short spell outside San Antonio, Greg, his wife Liz, and their two little girls, moved to: 99 Old Frazier’s Trail, West Point, VA, 23181, firstname.lastname@example.org, where he says they can see the stars but not their nearest neighbor…. ….GOLDEN ADVENTURES, who does travel arrangements to many running, biking, and triathlon events, is looking for Trip Planners. “I am loaded with running trips so what I need are adventurous souls who would like to organize and go on fun, action-packed, non-running trips.” Contact Diane Golden at: email@example.com… ….ANNE BYERS is recovering from surgery to repair her Achilles. “All’s well. I am moving slow, sleeping a lot. Have plenty of food, and am good. Two weeks wrapped like this, then four weeks in a cast. Total Immobilization. So far, so good. I’m managing.”… ….Local dentist and triathlete STEPHANIE BASSIN was 17th out of 68 at the World Championship Triathlon in Australia, PR-ing in 2 hrs., 26 minutes over the Olympic distance course. She was the 3rd USA resident in her age group, and only 2 min., 30 seconds out of the Top 10….
What is the average yearly income of an Ironman triathlete? According to The Pace Of Chicago, an Endurance Blog by writer David Wallach (www.chicagonow.com/blogs/pace-of-chicago/2009/08/hello-is-anybody-out-there.html)
Ironman triathletes make on average of over $150,000 per year. Wallach also says these men and women triathletes are between 30-50 years of age, “and have plenty of disposable income.” Of himself he says, “I ride a BMC [motorcycle], wear a Garmin 405, hate cold water, and would wear a wet suit in the hot tub if it kept me warmer.”
Race for the Cure, er…LIST?
Perfect weather helped produce fast times this year at the annual sea of pink, The Race For The Cure, Oct 17, at North Park Mall.
So… were you wondering who some of the elite people were who got the free entry, shoes, shirt, and shorts at a reception held at Luke’s the night before the race that is supposed to benefit breast cancer?
According to SUE JANOSKO, the coordinator working for Luke’s with the Race For The Cure, the following people were sort of selected because of their work in the community. That’s all it takes, she said initially. But then wavered and backed up, saying those selected belong to the Luke’s running team. Another quick turnaround, she said they didn’t have to belong to the team. So which is it? In the end she said she wasn’t sure. “I don’t know.”
Why this was in question was, in both cases Janosko stated, there were people missing from this elite list. The list included Michael Aguilar, Lyndsy Bedell, Clint Bell, Fan Benno-Caris, Todd Blanchard, Ernesto Cabbellero, Julie Cattell, Dawn Charlier, Melisa Christian, Jen Clinton, Lisa Coleman, Melissa Cook, Sonya Correa, Cecilio Escamilla, Sean Fleskes, Margaret Filingeri, Bradley Gardner, Yvette Gonzales, Ryan Gorman, Fiona Green, Murray and Betty Forsval, Sharon Foster, Richard Hanson, Jody Hawkins, Yolanda Hopping, Tyler and Ashley Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Linda Kelly, Kim Mang, Mary Kennard, Annabell Lee, Dave and Karen Matlack, Frances McKissick, Bill Moore, Janice Moore, Linda Musielak, Sheila Natho, Ashley Nunez, Mark Olateju, Craig Ottman, Marylyn Patrick, Diane Proud, Wendy Ragle, Natalie Rathjen, Pete Roets, Jeff Roth, Mary Salter, Brian Schmidt, Linda Scott, Allison Semrau, Logan Sherman, Michelle Shiller, Bill Shirley, Steven Smith, Kim Stark, Scott Steffen, Koby Styles, Ed Swiatocha, Ruthie Tate, Patricia Vargas, Todd Waida, Ruth Waller, and Aaron Whitsitt. There are people who have given to the community, but not on the list (the two architects of Dallas running, James Thurston and Dan Millet, quickly come to mind; another might be Charles Cline who assembles a lot of running information on his web site, clinesrunningcorner.com). And there are also fast runners left off the list (Debbie James, Steve Mudget). All four are very deserving to be among this group, but are not included.
This calls into question, where was the listed formulated? How was it arranged? Stories abound of the list going from one person to another. Janosko says the runners don’t have to belong to Luke’s, and many do not. Some belong to competing store Run On, while others belong to another team, and still others are independent. Some are young, some older. Some are strictly runners while there are some known for their triathlon experience. But all enjoyed a Friday night reception of free food, adult beverages, running gear, and clothes where they were reminded the run the next day wasn’t all about them. Ironic.
When asked about which community the runners are active in, the running community or the community at-large, Janosko was tentative, unsure. Then said “help with faster runners [how slower runners are able to do this wasn’t addressed], All-Comers meets [a Luke’s function], social runs, being out there, not just running for themselves, helping with races, and furthering the running community.” Finally, she said, “I can’t define it.” These “ambassadors to the community” as she called them, were puzzling to her as well. She also made the point that they “want to grow the elite field. It’s not closed.”
When asked, some of the athletes on the list admitted they hadn’t volunteered at any running or community event, and weren’t sure why they were on the list, one calling it a “hodge-podge of runners.” All seemed bewildered how the list was put together, who made it, and why they made it on the list. But they were all grateful to be selected, nevertheless.
I asked Janosko why Luke’s Locker supports an elite group and would want it to grow. She answered they were “trying to attract people through the elite field, to rejuvenate the race.” The fast people, she felt, draws the rest of the field, the middle, and back of the back. “The race had lost its focus,” she said. So Don Lucas was brought in to attract the elite athletes. “They knew Don could bring them out.”
In the end she said if someone wanted to be on “the list” email her (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Duncan Cragg (email@example.com). She made it a point to say that everyone who asked to be included on the list this year, was. Though a few people have told me they were not invited, even after contacting owner Don Lucas.
Janosko said the Race For The Cure finish line tent was set up exclusively for the listed runners. Port-o-johns, beverages, and a masseuse all were available.
Out of State: Dallas Area Results
ST. GEORGE MARATHON: Held Oct 4, in Utah, had 162 Texas finishers. The results below are in alphabetical order. Channel 4 news anchor STEVE EAGAR PR’d with a3:45:16. “I’ve run it several times.” His previous best was 4:08. The former Detroit Lions baseball catcher attributed his time to better training, “faster, consistent tempo runs.” However, he admits to problems at the end with both legs cramping on him due to not hydrating the day before. His 19 yr. old daughter, who goes to school at Brigham Young Univ., joined him at Mile 23 to help. But, he says, he wasn’t much company. Right after crossing the finish line, he threw up. “I left it out there. If you want to check it out, here it is!” He said the next day on the TV set behind the desk, “I noticed that I was having to really focus.” He is already at work on his next goal: to finish his first Ironman triathlon. He is signed up for the St. George Ironman Triathlon on May 1, 2010…EMILY TIPPETT was hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon. She needed a 3:45, but did well coming in at 3:46:47. “All in all, it went well,” she said. “It was a beautiful day, beautiful place and great course.” After missing the starter’s pistol, and starting over 5 minutes late, she began with her husband, who had had a serious bike crash a few weeks before. Terrence Tippet got to Mile 18, “realized his heart was really not into it and caught a ride in.” Emily said she stumbled in the last two miles, missing the cut off by 48 seconds. “Hardly the cute finish line picture I had envisioned.”
|BLAIR G||KUHNEN||FORT WORTH||3:13:40|
|MELANIE M||ORME||FLW. MOUND||4:56:03|
|TROY||PRUETT||N. RICHLND HILLS||2:48:53|
|CASEY B||RUSSELL||FORT WORTH||3:47:58|
|MO-PING M||THAM||FORT WORTH||4:09:34|
|JACIE C||VOLKMAN||FORT WORTH||4:27:44|
REDMAN HALF IRONMAN, held in Oklahoma City on Sept 19, was marred by torrential rains that, at first, delayed the start, but later turned the race site into a mud-fest. Multiple other events were also held.
TWIN CITIES MARATHON, OCT 4
Name Overall Div.Place Time Pace
Reuben Chesang 6 1/594 2:15:24 5:10
William Moore 67 4/594 2:40:28 6:08
Melisa Christian 80 3/629 2:41:53 6:11
Brian Schmidt 127 90/4922 2:47:24 6:23
Randal Garland 410 95/1046 3:08:03 7:11
Robert Benson 857 15/239 3:24:20 7:48
Douglas Peterson 1601 204/747 3:38:49 8:21
Randy Jenkins 1783 180/594 3:39:55 8:24
Huntley McNabb 3353 304/594 3:59:01 9:07
Steven Kipisz 4217 376/594 4:13:52 9:41
Kaletia Roberts 4162 439/1236 4:15:28 9:45
David Jackson 4352 477/747 4:15:29 9:45
Rebecca Davis 4357 267/629 4:16:49 9:48
Clyde Shank 5673 63/131 4:34:25 10:28
Roger Bivans 5885 611/747 4:36:04 10:32
Anthony Sisco 7224 398/1046 5:03:07 11:34
Jennifer Duggan 7431 529/629 5:07:11 11:43
Marylyn Patrick 7288 4/5 5:09:23 11:48
Teresa Gossett 7718 146/167 5:16:07 12:04
Lisa Tulk 7959 1135/1236 5:28:36 12:32
Shelby Evans 8242 450/467 5:39:57 12:58
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IRONMAN TRIATHLON Oct 10
This is the endurance event that made marathons look doable for everyone who couldn’t swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run for 26.2 miles. This particular event is the granddaddy that is the original Ironman, if not the toughest. It was DAVID JONES first Hawiian Ironman. “It was the most challenging day in the four times I raced. Very hot and humid with headwinds on the way home!” DELLA IRBY, one of the area’s best triathletes, broke a bone in her foot five days before the race while on a short training run. “I had to go to an Orthopedic [doctor], was put in a walking cast and on crutches. Thank goodness I didn’t put all my eggs in one basket and had a good year leading up to Hawaii.”
NAME AGE SWIM/BIKE/RUN TOTAL
David Jones 46 1:07:19/5:14:45/3:25:07 9:54:25
Ahmed Zaher 45 1:00:20/5:16:32/4:07:20 10:34:14
Jeff Bennett 42 1:19:07/5:39:42/3:50:01 10:56:41
Joan Stepler 45 1:36:28/6:09:50/5:30:13 13:27:41
Robert Dennen 39 1:12:24/6:47:27/5:40:30 13:53:55
George Amundson 70 1:45:35/7:40:46/6:51:36 16:38:41
Richard Hyre 63 1:25:07/6:56:55 did not finish run
Linda Page 62 2:05:06/7:48:43 did not finish run
Jim Lukanich 51 1:24:1/5:56:27 did not finish run
Jack Baum 53 1:09:53 did not finish bike