July 31, 2016 - It has been kind of a tough late summer for training—first, very high temps, and when it finally cooled a bit the air quality in the valley was dismal. Nevertheless, we’ve had a number of stalwart bovines out on the race courses.

Mike and Allison continued to rack up half-irons. Both did the Racine 70.3 in July, and then Allison did the Vichy 70.3 in Auvergne, France. Way to go you two!

Other notable half-iron racers are Cris, who set a PR in Vineman, and Peter, who also completed Vineman. Cris also placed 3rd in age group in the last T4R. Jean-Marc remained on the aquabike circuit, with a finish in the Santa Barbara Aquathlon.

August 14, 2016 We had a good showing in TFF#3. Both Melissa and Josephn came in first in age group--way to go!  Jim came in 4th in age group--looks like he is well on his way to mending past injuries.

Also, Kaleena did the Vineman 70.3 and set a PR--good job, Kaleena!

TFR#3 results -- Andrea won AG and first overall woman!  Jim Carman also won his AG. Well done y'all!

July 31, 2016 - My gosh its been hot out there.  But we still have some dauntless cows racing.

First of all, I missed Steph's appearance in TRF2 during the last update--good job, Steph!

Three cows braved Donner this year. Mathieu, a seasoned veteran of the Olympic, recorded an impressive time of 3:09. Jean Marc has been hammering the aquabike circuit--he did the Donner event after also competing in the Pleasanton Aquabike. Jim L. made a valiant effort to complete the half Iron, and though he had to drop out because of cramping, he definitely deserves 10 pts.

Mathieu also did the always interesting Eppie's for the second time.

July 23, 2016 - Congrats to Melissa Corbett for winning her age group on Saturdays tri for fun.

July 4, 2016 - Despite the brutal temps there has been quite a bit of race action. A few weekends ago Mike and Allison did the Victoria 70.3 for the first time and thought it was a nice race. Both recorded impressive times and division ranks.

Ian braved the heat in TFR#2 and managed to pull off a 2nd place in AG and Jim shook off some persistent injuries and did the TFF#2, coming in 3rd in AG--welcome back Jim.

Mathieu and Diana raced the DUTOES in San Pablo Reservoir in Orinda. Diana did the duathlon and took 2nd in AG. Mathieu raced the "long distance triathlon" consisting of a 3.6 mile run, 22mile (hilly) ride and 4 mile kayak a la Eppie's. He took first in AG and 2nd overall (it helped there were only 5 people in the race).

June 11, 2016 - Diana and Mathieu had a great start to their race season at the Folsom Tri. Diane won in her AG and Mathieu came in third in his--well done y'all!

Couple of corrections--I missed Jean-Marc's 1st place finish in the May TBF TFR and mistakenly reported that Ian came in 2nd in the same race when he actually continued his string of 1st place finishes--way to go Jean-Marc and Ian.

May 30, 2016 - There has been some good race action over past couple of weeks.

Frank showed up again at Auburn, a course he knows well. Glad to see you racing, Frank.

Allison and Mike also did Auburn, with Allison coming in 2nd in AG and setting a PR!

Also, Kaleena got on the scoreboard with her completion of the St. George Half Iron in Utah--way to go, Kaleena. Keep it up!

Finally, Fadi and Ian represented MC at the first T4F/TFR--well done, guys. Ian kept his lead in the Challenge with a 2nd in AG.

Great racing this weekend in the TBF Racing Ice Breaker Triathlon!
Ian Pund got to place first in his age group (40-44) and 10th Overall! The final sprint with 3 athletes was insane, but Ian crossed the line first taking the top 10!!
Cristobal Heitmann also won his age group (30-34) and got to place 6th overall.

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The racing season is slowly winding down.
Mad Cows members have been taking part in crazy adventures: Kelly does not stop running (cannot keep track of him... he is venturing to any 100k or 100 mile race he can find...), Scott just survived freezing to death in the Bay (read below), JM had the crazy idea to go road bike racing and Cary has become an elite Elliptigo competitor.

This weekend the action was back on the Triathlon scene.
First of all, huge congrats to Cary Craig for her brilliant come-back to IronMan racing!
It sounds like the Elliptigo has healed the hip injury as carry took 3rd/30 in her age group at Ironman Wisconsin in 12:45.

SantaCruz Ironman 70.3
There also was some strong racing in Santa Cruz at Ironman 70.3 (aka Big Kahuna), where Jenny Hebets and Ken Havens did their half ironman debuts with strong performances. Randy Thompson, Big Kahuna veteran (How many times did you race there Randy?), was also brilliantly representing the herd in Santa Cruz.
 
Don Schug ventured to Oakland by train a few weeks ago for an interesting sprint triathlon where he of course won is age group to consolidate his lead in the challenge.
 
Hope everybody is still training strong: don't forget Golden State Tri on Oct 11th, last race for the challenge.

Upcoming Swim & Social
Also save the date for Thursday October 1st 6-8pm, I am working on organizing a swim and social event at Get Fit Sport, more information to come soon.

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I felt nervous walking from the hotel to the starting area. Real butterflies. This was a new event for me. In triathlons and trail races, I know what to expect from myself and my body. The Touch Alcatraz ‘n Go Swim was going to be about raw effort and faith in my abilities and strength.

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After hearing exciting accounts of recent single sport events (Kelly’s run, Scott’s swim and Jean-Marc’s bike) a report about a triathlon seems pretty humdrum. However, the Oakland Triathlon Festival is worth writing about.

I was looking for a race that differed from the small, rural/suburban Rancho Seco/Granite Bay races. I found it in the 2nd

I don't think anybody raced for 4th July weekend but the previous weekend was a busy one with Tri For Fun, Tri for Real and California International Triathlon at Pleasanton.

We had 4 people in Tri for Fun # 2 with Andy Riffel. Jim Watson, Don Schug and Keith vonBorstel.
Don won his age group, scoring 20 points for the challenge and clinching a spot on the podium (currently 3rd).

5 bovines were lined up in the Tri For Real. Jennifer hebets had a strong race, cutting almost 10 minutes from her T4F #1 and getting 4th place in age group. Andrea Kirsch won her age group as usual... Alex Martinez completed his first Olympic triathlon and Matt Botting and Rocky Doms added one more race to their already busy season. Note that Matt is is currently in 2nd place for the challenge.

Diana Burkart-Waco and I went to Pleasanton for the California International triathlon for a change of scenery. Quite a big event with almost 500 people in the Olympic race  but a fun event, well organized and with a nice course. Also the Bay Area feels quite a bit cooler than Rancho Seco. It was Diana's first attempt on the Olympic distance and she had a great performance finishing 6 th out of 20 in her age group. Fun fact about this event: the waves are by age group but male and female start together! I barely made it on time to T1 to see Diana take off on her bike.

Also although I usually only report on triathlon races, I still want to mention the very inspiring performance of Kelly Barber completing the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in 26:37:44. Congrats Kelly! A week later he came riding at the Solano brick as if nothing had happened. And since he never has enough he is now "training" for 120mile race in August!

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