Monday, October 28, 2013

Aquathon, Nautical mile, and the Ice cube (Brick)!

Aquathon, Nautical mile, and the Ice cube (Brick)!

It's been a busy week for the Tri club! I'm gonna have to cover a lot of ground today within one post but it should be worth your time… so stick with me!

1) The Aquathon 2) The Nautical Mile 3) Ice Cube 4) Poem

1) The Aquathon

This is a 500m swim followed by a gallant run around campus.
I must admit, gathered before the race there was a lot of speedo-lacking-ness.
Considering when I joined the tri club I was the only one NOT wearing a speedo, I think I should be entitled to rant about those who didn’t wear one.
That is unless you fit the list of excuses below...

Acceptable excuses for not wearing a speedo:
-You're a girl (recently was brought into disagreement about, but still valid)
-You're not actually in the tri club
-You’re speedo is tan coloured and might shock opponents
-Youre Chris Bhatla and know you'll win the race anyways. Jk not a valid excuse...
But it does Segway well into the rest of the post!

Chris Bhatla smoked the competition for tha’ men at the race. Some tourists watching the event wear reported to have mistaken Chris for Simon Whitfield. Despite Chris taking a minute to give out autographs he still won the race.
While Chris was busy giving autographs Eric and Keith were on his tail.
Have you ever gotten dinged in transition for taking too long? Eric got a little slowed down after the swim – stuck in transition. Eric was reported to have pulled off a 1 minute 500m, 2 minute run but his transition took 20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes… Well maybe more like 3 minutes but still - he got out of the pool, took a nap, went out and got a haircut, went the wrong direction heading out of the pool and then went back to the pool, the mall, then did the run. Jen Moroz and Jen Bhatla had an intense swim off! Imagine, two dragons fighting underwater…Well, it wasn’t that epic. But I heard it was pretty sweet. After politely asking each other who deserved to win this race, Jen Bhatla decided that it was Jen Moroz’s turn and the deed was settled as they kept racing toward the finish line. Monica and Heather also had some competition –  Monica stole the lead in the end, but it was only because Heather decided that she would help Winston since he had collapse about 10 meteres into the run (which is understandable since he did just did a marathon the other week!). – While Heather made her way to the finish line piggy-back carrying Winston – Lise chased – and somehow Heather managed to get ahead of Monica, but realized later that Winston had fallen off her back. Winston got up, and suddenly he was back on his feet running head to head with Mike– or should I say shoe to shoe, or should I say speedo to speedo. This is just getting weird. But the point is there was some good intense competition and to those who braved this event, I salute you.

2) The Nautical Mile

It was a mild mid-october evening. The mood for running was just right. A little too right…..
Jen Moroz lead an intensive warm-up gearing everyone up as the competitors arrived near the track. We almost didn’t get to use the track (due to some random varsity track guy who told us the track which they weren’t using was only for them). Luckily, after speaking to the varsity coach we got around that meany varisty athlete and although confined to the outside 2 lanes had a fierce nautical mile. There was a massive amount of girl power at the race (14 girls! and 8 guys!). The guys started out first to give them a head start. Everyone guy feared the wrath of Tiffany, Karli, and Jen moroz who lead the way for the girls. There was mad kompetition between all those girls in the club with a first name starting with K…Karli, Katrina, Keely, Ketty and (K)Camilla. – Meanwhile for Mike and Tom battled it out for the mile 1st place title but Mike took off on his last lap taking the lead. Hyun, Josh and Kevin also put on the pace. Hyun and Jojo were also battling it out – showing off all the speed they’ve gained in these last 2 months. I guess we’ll have to see who’s favoured for the 5km run coming up!

3) The ice cube (da brick!)


It was a cold cold morning. It was the kind of morning when cliff bars would be frozen and toes would be swollen or if you were old - you'd either stay at home or go bowling....
But not too cold for the 12 or so who showed up ready to race!!!!!
The brick involves an epic combo of running and biking.
The racers all gathered and were ready to race making motorcycle noises before jetting off to begin.
Eric and Katrina had an epic battle off on the bike. Imagine pirate ships trying to board each other with cannons firing and civilians cheering both pirate ships on. That was nothing like their epic battle, but it does sound cool doesn’t it. Meanwhile mike was reported to have used his fenders during the bike much like a catapult to launch banana peels and turtle shells at his opponents (much like a Mario kart racer)
The race went on... Mike stole the lead, but was closely followed by Sherwood....Sherwood, carried his bike for the run and was reported to have still beaten Seth over tha entire race- what a boss!
There was only one first timer who showed up to the race - tom - who ended up destroying the competition. He pulled off an epic bike and although tailed by Tiffany he went hard in the paint ( show hard in the paint video) and finished strong!
Lyndsey, in her hungover state apparently was found napping in transition, but was woken up by the thunder of Sherwood's thighs as he ran through the finish line. Lyndsey quickly awoke and then she still rocked run!
MVP Tiffany showed some sick improvement on the run and bike yesterday! Many attribute her recent success to her beautiful mussette cafe kit.. Gotta look boss to be the boss! Triathlon is all about style, take a look at winstorm for example. Winston, wearing a leather jacket, black jeans, and a bandanna - stylish as hell- sexy like no other- he had pretty much won the race before it had started. Be sure to make it out to the 5km to see Winston sporting the fashion of the future. THE FUTURE! Future, future, future… (that was meant to be an ‘echo’ voice in case you missed it). Look forward to seeing you all at the next race!

Winston looking stylish (he removed the leather jacket and bandanna for the photo). Sherwood looking ready to do the race all over again.

UBCTC @ the Brick!

Do to my lack of posting recently I offer you all an extra poem today. Here it goes:

I call it,

UBCTC, you athletes are all so pretty!
You get to train in this beautiful city,
With friends like Tom, Brendan and Lyndsey.

Some of us love to bike like eddy, and Derek lee,
Or maybe running is your think like tiff and Mikey,
Or maybe you rock the pool like Jen Bhatla and her bro chris'y.
Whatever you like doing, you do it successfully.
Being in ubctc, we never make like a tree, I mean we barely sit around and just drink tea, but we do occasionally stop during runs to go pee, or drink between miles at the biannual beer mile party!
I hope all you have made ubctc part of your ubc family,
You guys are all great, seeing all your faces at practice is lovely!

An original work by Seth Bluman. Autographed versions available upon request.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Classic Race Series BEGINS! - Aquathon Tomorrow!

Bring your friends, bring your runners, pack your swim caps, you can even bring your mom, and get ready to RACE!

As a recap - last springs winners were Nathaniel Janzen and Jen Bhatla...
This year the heat is on.
Will Jen reclaim the crown? 
Will there be a brother sister throw-down between Chris Bhatla and Jen Bhatla?
I heard them smack-talking each other in the swim lane the other day and I would not want to be caught in the middle of that epic feud.

 Here's a quick recap from the race series event so far - the uphill run and bike!

For the Men of the Tri club: Eddy took the lead on the uphill bike, and Mike took the lead on the uphill run last week.
Sebastian and Tom tied the uphill bike, but I've also heard word that they may have just been riding a 2-man bike
There was also a tight race betwen Seth and Ryan on the uphill run.
Ryan dominated by one second - stealing the lead like a hamburgler. However, Seth claims to have been working on his training on summer and is ready to throw down on the aquathon on Sunday. Ryan also feels ready to bring DA HEAT. What's got Ryan's confidence up you might ask? He's been eating loads of granola bars and other goods which he's gotten recipes for from the nutrition blog. Little does he know, Seth edited ALL the nutriton blog posts to double the sugar quantities in all recipes as part of a secret plot to weigh (pun!) Ryan down in the races.

For the Women of the Tri club: Lindsay took first place in the uphill bike, but Tiffany took the first place for the uphill run. Looks these two will be fighting an uphill battle between each other. And it looks like my commentary just got cornier than ever. 
Other competitors to look out for?
I've heard newcomer Monica is looking for a new trophy for her mantle...but so is Jen Moroz..AND Tiffany.

Watch out for a feud between Tiffany Bilodeau and Jen Moroz. These two may seem like the nicest people you've ever met but they both want that Vince Lavallee cup (he's a legend you know). Will Tiffany's flexible ballet ankles for flipper feet in the pool be enough to match Jen's speed on the run?
WHO KNOWS!?... But stay tuned to find out after Saturday's Aquathon race.. Be thurr or be square!

Or... Will this be the year of Winstorm taking the cup home?

There's been talk of an epic matchup going down this term between Dylan Stephanian and Chris Bhatla... 
I put together a research team to run some stats on these two for you all.

Chris Bhatla:
-good at chemistry labs
-did "kids of steel" triathlon training
-only eats a strict diet of cliff bars and vegetables

Dylan Stephanian
-has been around the club way longer than Chris
-once killed a bear with nothing but a bike seat
-only eats a strict diet of Chris Bhatla's
-has been getting secret tips from Brendan
-goes to stretchy time more often than Chris

Bear in mind (pun intended), this epic duo will face-off in the gear of warriors. Well, not like armour like gladiators - but they will be decked out in spandex, gels, and quick tie laces

Getting back to the big picture. Who will take home the Fall Race Series Vince Lavallee (He must be a legend) cup this term?

I guess we'll just have to wait and see! ;)
See you at the Aquathon tomorrow!

There isn't anything like running around campus in a speedo in the fall!