Okay…we go from subtropical to freezing rain and snow within a 48 hour period, but you have to love Oklahoma weather variety!   We are undaunted though, so we’re making plans….and there’s a lot to put on your calendar.  Let’s get rolling.

First up…Practice for the Spring Fever Claremore Sprint Triathlon

Mayes County will be well represented in Claremore on April 19th.  I’ve talked with several folks at the Rec Center, and the numbers of participants are growing daily.  The organizers extended the limit on entries from 250 to 350 because of the interest in this event.   And we have an opportunity to learn from the “pros.”  Glen emailed this week and his tri friend Eric Switzer has agreed to do a practice “run” for newbies on Saturday, April 11.  I promised details in an earlier post, so here’s the info from Eric’s email to Glen.  I’m a newbie, and I need all the practice I can get, so I’ll be there.  This is a great option for those of us who are unsure how this whole tri thing happens.  If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact me or Glen Woods as soon as possible so we can let Eric know how many to expect.  gscwoods@sbcglobal.net  And please bring $3 for use of the pool.

Here’s Eric’s email to Glen…….

Have everyone at the Rec Center no later than 7:50. They open at 8am.  Make sure your bikes are secure.

Change into swim suits and be on pool deck by 8:05

Review the Snake Swim

Swim – Fastest to Slowest – figure the slowest will be about 15 minutes

Once out of pool change into bike riding attire

Meet in parking lot

Review Swim to Bike transition and Bike to Run transition

8:35 – Ride bike course – 12 miles – figure 1:20 minutes for slowest.

Done at approx 9:40.

Tulsa Tough Update

It’s right around the corner!  Registration is not open yet but will be shortly.  Visit the website and decide how far and what you would like to ride during the Tulsa Tough weekend.  Also make sure you allow some time to watch the criterion racing….  It will make you appreciate your own pace!   I’ll be going on Saturday for sure.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to do Sunday…but you have to do both days to be Tulsa Tough.  It’s that hill at Kiefer that has me thinking twice about Sunday!!!!!       http://www.tulsatough.com/

And speaking of WEATHER…….   Tornado Alley is July 11

Here’s the website for the one, two, three or four state Tornado Alley ride that kicks off in Joplin, MO  http://www.ta110bike.com/    They don’t have rest stops, they have “storm shelters!” 

This week’s CALLED Rides…..

The weather forecast is weird this weekend (when isn’t it weird lately?)   Wayne will have indoor cycling class on Saturday morning.  If you want to cycle afterward, there’s an option there, starting from the Rec Center at 8:30 a.m. (after Wayne’s class at 7:30).  And, Sunday at 1:30 for those who choose to go.  I will not be able to do either ride this weekend, but hey, you guys can go without me!  Rack up some miles.  Please feel free to use the comment section to make some plans among yourselves.

Wayne would like to do some called rides beginning at 4 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.  If you are interested, please comment here and he’ll pick up your name for his contact list.  This group will average 14-16 mph. 

Have a great week!

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
Helen Keller