CONGRATULATIONS  TO PRYOR, OKLAHOMA’S  TRACI JOHNSON!

She is busy training and preparing to compete after her lottery selection to the ultimate of all Triathlons…The Ironman Championship in KONA, HAWAII!  We will all be rooting her on as she gets ready for this unbelievable experience in October.   She is the only racer  from Oklahoma.  And she trains at Pryor Creek Recreation Center!  How cool is that?

In case you don’t know, athletes in this event swim 2.4 miles, then hop on a bike to ride 112 miles along a grueling course and then…run a marathon.   Every premier triathlete who is anyone is invited and then the remaining spots are filled by lottery.  Traci was one of the lucky ones.  She gets to race with the best of the best.  She has our best wishes. and we’ll keep you updated on her training progress.     Here’s the official link to the Ironman World Championship where you can see Traci’s name on the list of competitors and learn more the event. 

http://ironman.com/

Meanwhile, back in Oklahoma….It’s official!  

 The Mayes County/PCRC bunch all finished the Spring Fever Sprint Triathlon last Sunday.  It was cool, a little breezy, and some of us were suffering from stuffy or runny noses, but we all finished and earned the right to say we did it.  We got cool shirts and really great hats, and most importantly a sense of accomplishment.   Some of us were racing to better our time, some of us were just proud to cross the finish line in an upright position.  Either way, we were still smiling at the end.

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Here we are near the finish line after the race.  L to R:   Townsley Dowler, Leann Burger, Kristen Hubbard, Rebecca Whisman, Bob Webster and David Wilkins.  Casey King also finished but we couldn’t find him for the photo.    David posted our best finish with a time of 1:03:50 to place him 51st among 196 men. 

Contrary to what Bob says, I found out it pays to be old….with only seven in my age group, by some fluke, I finished second, and 47th overall out of 127.  My New Year’s Resolution has been met!  Townsley also place in the top half with 55th.    Men and women between the ages of 30-45 are amazing fast.    The men’s winner finished the course which was a quarter mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 2 mile run in slightly over 49 minutes with the fastest woman only two minutes slower.   I felt like a snail compared to them.  This sport attracts some truly amazing athletes! 

Here’s a link to the results.

http://www.onlineraceresults.com/event/view_event.php?event_id=3490

Our thanks to Glen and Traci for encouraging us on the course and spending the day as part of the Tulsa Area Triathletes who volunteered to help.   

Flower Power Report

Jane reports that even though the start/finish was moved this year from Honor Heights park, the “Killer Hill” is still where it has always been…right after the rest stop at the Dam.  This year’s  Muskogee Flower Power ride was a bit windy, but a good turnout and fun ride was the order of the day.   Why are hills with curves so much harder than straight ones?  She and Tom Carment managed to stop at the cemetery on the way back to the marina.  What is a pleasure ride if there’s not a few diversions?   Jane and I haven’t met a cemetery yet that isn’t interesting.  And if you haven’t checked out the one near Bryan Chapel near Boatman Road, you should!

Now…on to the calendar updates

Two major events coming up…

Don’t forget the Tour de Tulsa    http://tulsabicycleclub.com/tour_de_tulsa.php sponsored by the Tulsa Bicycle Club on Saturday, May 2.

And of course, Tulsa Tough May 29-31  http://www.tulsatough.com/   Several routes and events to choose.  Plus real live racing.

Claire Armstrong tells me there will be a Kansas Contingency at the Crit races, so maybe she will let us know when they will be racing and we can bring our cowbells and cheer them on.  This year’s Crit is attracting some major racing circuit teams like Jelly Belly and Rock.  Could be interesting when the “Bad Boys of Bike Racing,” Rock Racing hit the Tulsa streets.

In three short weeks Jane and I join other Oklahoma Bicycle Society members for this year’s Grand Tour in Door County, Wisconsin.  I’ve never been there, but I hope to bring home some photos to share. 

The weather is prime…get out and ride, people!  And just a reminder that we have the Bike Exchange up and running now.  Just click on the link “Bike Exchange” at the top of the page to list or to look for bikes, parts, components or other legal offerings that are bike related.

And here’s your quote for this post….

“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.”
Christopher Morley

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