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Hot Sheet
May 25, 2011
by Tim Sheeper
In this edition:

Race Results

Reservoir Olympic Tri

This first year race was held down in Morgan Hill on the ever popular Uvas course. We had strong early season performances by:
2:36:08 Lyen Huang
2:55:29 Hani Juha
2:55:53 Michelle Santilhano
3:00:36 Michele Kastelein
3:07:52 Brad Grayson
3:11:27 Victor Leung
3:22:04 Kathy Swartz
3:29:57 Dave Mandalkern
3:38:38 David Gildea Wildflower

We then made our annual pilgrimage to Wildflower where tents, campfires and marshmellows are just as popular as the sprint, Olympic and long course races. A great day, that will again be duplicated next year. Results are as follows:

Metro Tri

This second annual event just happened last Sunday and it was contested on the traditional flat and fast course at Lake Almaden in San Jose. Our team stalwarts on the day were:
2:10.08 Jeff Solomon
2:16.50 John Vironis
2:35.13 Eric Filseth
3:20.32 Dave Mandlekern
3:28.21 Dave Gildea


Russian River Tour

The Russian River Tour was a great success! There were 38 riders, 2 coaches, 1 sag driver and 1 chef. The courses were as challenging as ever, and the weather cooperated brilliantly with our schedule. It only rained on Sunday when we were off the bike. Some famous climbs such as Geysers, Skaggs and Kings Ridge were navigated by our stong-legged riders in search of improving their Spring fitness on fresh terrain.

The newest edition to our Touring Crew is Mimi Frey, a natural and organic Chef that prepared all of our meals and snacks with great care and passion. Mimi will be joining us on all of our tours/camps to provide that extra level of service that we love to offer all our hard working athletes.


Fearsome Tri

It has finally arrived. Our annual and traditional bike-run-swim triathlon. On Memorial Day, Monday morning May 30 at 8:30am our team will embark on an adventurous day of riding either a mountain bike or a road bike, running on roads and trails, ending with pool swimming and push-ups while trying to hold the cramping legs at bay.

The course is:
Mountain Bike: Up Kings, down the Purissima Trail into the Purissima_Higgins area to transition one at Burliegh Murray Ranch State.Park . At Burleigh Murray you will rack your bike and put on your run shoes.

Road Bike: Up Kings, down Tunitas, Lobitas cut-off, Highway 1 to Burleigh Murray.

Run: The run does not follow a specified course, but you must make it to the Pacific Ocean and touch the water before returning to Burleigh Murray.

Bike: Retrace your route back to the pool.

Swim: 4x500 yard swims in any lane that becomes available. You will be sharing with lap swimmers and other team members.

Oh yes, you must do 10 push-ups after each and every 500. The team will be providing lunch after the race, so adjust your schedule so you can stick around and enjoy the afterglow. Plan for the event to take you as long as it takes you to complete a half-ironman.


Canary Century

This coming Saturday May 28, the Canary Century is being produced locally to raise funds for cancer patient care and research at Stanford Cancer Center. Our team member Cindy Welton has invested a year of her life to ensure that this event is successful and raises funds for a disease that has or will touch all of our lives in one way or another.

Many of our team members will be participating in this charity ride this Saturday including myself. The course is virtually the same as our regular Saturday Pescadero Ride.

So, I will be riding the Canary Century in spirit and support, while I am riding with our team around the same loop.

There is a $500 commitment to be able to do the ride. I have put in the first $100. Are any of you willing to help me bridge the $400 gap? If so, please donate on my page.


Levels 1, 2, 3

You may have noticed that there are now Level 1, 2, and 3 workouts on the calendar. The team is growing both in size and capability. A number of athletes who started off in our Level 1 program have now grown in ability so that they can benefit from longer periods of training. We want to maintain the Level 1 program as it was originally conceived, so that newer athletes can be introduced to the sport.

Hani, Lindsay, Steve and Tanja will be coaching many of the Level 1 and 2 workouts.

We also have a new coach Chris Waugh, who is about to start with the team and will be coaching some of the rides on Saturdays, and the occasional chase groups. Chris has an extensive cycling background both in racing mountain and road bikes for several decades. Chris has been spending the last 5+ years coaching with the Team and Training program while still holding down a full time job and staying amazingly fit and fast. I am 100% certain you all will enjoy and embrace the energy that Chris will bring to our team and coaching staff. Welcome aboard Chris.


Tuesday and Thursday Morning Tri Workouts

The Tuesday and Thursday morning 9am triathlon workouts will be taking a break for the months of June, July and August. These three months have historically been very slow months for athlete participation leaving the workout energy and team model challenged. We will re-evaluate reinstating the Tuesday/Thursday workouts in the Fall. The Wednesday bike workouts we remain on the weekly schedule.


Santa Barbara Fall Tour-Save the Dates

Our Fall Tour this year will be down the coast to Santa Barbara. This three-day adventure is always our most popular cycling tour and has been successfully completed by several hundred of our athletes. Save the dates: October 7-9, 2011.

 We are currently investigating a four day option for level 1 riders who are interested in :knocking-out" this 330 mile bike fest. This ride would leave on Thursday and meet up with the three day group for the same Saturday and Sunday schedule. Level 1 riders; what do you think? Interested?


Upcoming Team Races

1. Hawaii 70.3-June 4- I will be there with 15 other hearty team racers

2. Silicon Valley Sprint,Olympic,Long Course- June 11-12. This is sure to be a race where we will hit our seasonal goal of 20 athletes. My challenge to the team: if there are 20 or more athletes racing altogether I will compete on both days with you. Anybody with me?

3. Roth Ironman-Germany-July 10- Wow how did I get talked into this one? I will be accompanying 12 team members to compete in this famous race, which is arguably one of the best races in the world.

4. The race director for the Santa Cruz Tri to be held on September 25 has sent us a $15 discount code. The code is she11p. Don't forget to select Team Sheeper in the Triathlon Club menu, its worth points and potential prize money.(