November 13, 2011
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|Being a goof-ball race morning!|
August 30, 2011
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The scene was set - the professional women would be given a 15 minute head start over the men at the Subaru Sooke Triathlon in the beautiful ocean-side community on Vancouver Island's west coast. As the women dove from the pontoon in to the water and quickly disappeared in the morning fog, the men anxiously awaited their start time. The race drew the largest Pro field ever assembled on Vancouver Island with 40 Pro triathletes including representing Canada, US, Mexico, and Australia. The athletes included a wide variety of different distance specialists competing in "The Chase", a non-drafting Olympic distance event where the women are given a head-start time on the Men - first athletes across the line win $15 000 in cash & prizes.
Taking the early lead out of the water was Ironman 70.3 US Champion, Amanda Stevens of Colorado Springs in 18:46 followed closely by local rising star Christine Ridenour. Next out were a tight group of 3 swimmers including Tenille Hoogland (Courtenay BC), who is coming off an Ironman 70.3 win in Calgary last weekend, local young triathlete Alison Hooper, and Vancouver's Martina Wan. As the men exited the water, they were led by Andrew McCartney, one of the premier swimmers in triathlon, in 17:18, erasing 1 minute 28 seconds from the deficit to the women. Closely following were Olympian Brent McMahon, and local young National Training Center athlete's Aaron Thomas and Cole Stewart.
As Steven's established herself as the class of the field on the new closed bike course up the scenic Pacific Marine Circle Route with its unique coastal communities and ocean views, she became the sole race leader never to be caught by the women again. But would the men catch her? Brent McMahon also established a sizeable lead on the bike with the other men and began catching and riding through the trailing women. Other athletes that had come out of the water a ways behind began catching athletes with strong rides included Jeff Symonds (Penticton), Stephen Kilshaw (Victoria), Rachel McBride (Vancouver), and Victoria's Lucy Smith. When the bike was finished just 3 women had avoided being caught by the men; Stevens, McBride, and Hoogland. Stevens, who was first off the bike, had a 2 minute lead
on McBride in the women's race, and now only a 3:31 lead to a hard charging McMahon in the "Chase". Stevens put up a good fight but could not prevent the inevitable with the run speed of McMahon as he caught her on "Whiffin Spit", approximately half way through the run course on the famous 1km narrow peninsula that extends to protect the Sooke Basin from the ocean. McMahon finished off the run at the same torrid pace, while Stevens held on for second with a fast approaching Symonds who finished 23 seconds back for 3rd overall.
"I held him (Brent) off as long as I could " said Chase Runner Up, Amanda Stevens , " I tried to go with Brent when he passed me but he was flying"
The last stop on the Subaru Western Triathlon Series will take place in Banff on September 10th.
Pro Chase Overall Results - Subaru Sooke Triathlon, August 7th, 2011
1 Brent McMahon, (M), Victoria, BC 1:54:40
2 Amanda Stevens, (F), Colorado Springs,- 4:08 (1st Female)
3 Jeff Symonds, (M), Penticton, BC, -4:31 (2nd Male)
4 Stephen Kilshaw, (M), Victoria, BC, -5:06 (3rd Male)
5 Rachel McBride, (F), Vancouver, BC, -6:18 (2nd Female)
6 Andrew McCartney, (M), Victoria, BC, -6:47 (4th Male)
7 Jeff Phillips, (M), Victoria, BC, - 8:43 (5th Male)
8 Damian Hill, (M), Portland, OR, -9:39 (6th Male)
9 Lucy Smith, (F), Sidney, BC, -10:29 (3rd Female)
10 Alison Hooper, (F), Victoria, BC, -10:46 (4th Female)
July 21, 2011
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July 8, 2011
My very first Triathlon was way back in July of 2007, and OMG what a sight it was, what an overwhelming feeling it was to be a part of such event. It all started a few months back while I was sitting on the hot tub over at the gym I used to go....Well one night I was watching the Master Swim class doing their thing and it hit me " I should learn how to swim well" so I approached the instructor and he just said " Sign up for a sprint Triathlon so you can have something to look forward to" That same night I went home and signed up for the NJ state Triathlon. I had 4 months to learn the basics of lake swimming, and also to sharpen my swimming skills so I joined the master's class. The day of the Tri came and I had probably the best time of my life and the scariest to say the least but I did it and I accomplished something no one in my family ever even dream of. Nowadays I'm still the same guy who has run 16 road races, done quite a few Tri's but I dedicate myself to help others onto the sport.
July 6, 2011
June 30, 2011
New Contest! Tell us about your first TRIATHLON! Was it horrible? Awkward? Easy? Hilarious?
June 17, 2011
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June 5, 2011
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Being an "S", Stevens started at the back of the field and chased down the other competitors one by one. She pulled hard all day long, setting the bar high for the other professional female athletes. By the end of the bike, she had caught all the other women and reached T2 first. There were several girls hot on her heals and she successfully held them off to cross the line as the Memphis in May Champion. Both her swim and bike times were the fastest of the day with times of 19:48 and 57:57 respectively. She crossed the finish line in 2:00:28.
When asked about her results, Stevens replied, “This race was a bit of a 'shock to the system' since it was so short and fast! (My last two races were Ironman disance. ) It was fun to mix it up with the short course athletes and to see how much I could push myself in the Time Trial format."
The 5150 triathlon series consists of a 1.5k swim, 40k bike, and 10k run. According to the Memphis in May website, the 2011 5150 Triathlon Series will be the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and will also be the first non-drafting international race series of its kind. Information on the race can be found at http://www.mimtri.racesonline.com/.
April 27, 2011
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So here are the pics of the rest of the animals. I gotta say the Giraffes are my favorite! So in South Africa, the "Big 5" refers to Africa's greatest wildlife: lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinocerous, and elephant. While we didn't see all five of the big 5, we got to see 3 of them (elephant, lion, buffalo) and plenty of other interesting animals!
Ironman 70.3 Galveston: John=1st place AG, Going to Las Vegas!!!
Ironman 70.3 New Orleans: Traci=1st place AG, Going to Las Vegas!!!
Marilyn=7th place AG
Caveman Triathon: Talbot=1st AG
April 19, 2011
While in South Africa, Randy and I visited a Lion Park. It was amazing to see these huge animals in their natural environment. They were pretty much laying around being lazy in the afternoon sun, however Randy coaxed one to stand up. While he was doing that, I was on the other side of the park befriending a female lion. All but one of the females were hiding back in some shade, but there was one off to the side, right in front of the electrical wire separating us. I decided to lay down on the ground directly in front of her to get a good pic. Now remember, this was the day after Ironman....so my legs were not working properly... Anyways, I am looking this lion straight in the eye, thinking, "Wow, this is awesome!" Then I decide since she's being so friendly, maybe I could get her to stand up for me. As I'm talking to her, I noticed she tucked her hind legs up behind her. Sweet, she's gonna stand up! Then before I knew it, she was lunging straight towards me! I have never been so scared in my life!!!! I was scrambling all around since the electircal wire had become invisible to my eyes...and I couldn't manage to stand up on my legs because they hurt so bad. I am sure it was quite the site, hopefully Miss Lion got a good laugh out of it. I quickly got over my fear and within 20min, Randy and I were in with the 1yr old Lion Cubs!!! We got to pet them and see them up close and personal. They didn't seem too interested in us though! What an awesome adventure!!!
April 14, 2011
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April 9, 2011
April 8, 2011
It's bedtime here in South Africa, but I thought I would give a shout out to my favorite people before I get some much needed rest! Today I had the honor of joining some of the top triathletes in the world for a press conference at The Beach Hotel.
There was lots of talk about how exciting this race will be because of all the competition! There are 1,745 athletes competing for the top 30 places in order to go to Kona later this year for the world championships. I am going to compete to my fullest potential and give this race everything I've got. After months of training I am more than ready to compete Sunday.
April 6, 2011
April 4, 2011
Instead of posting another link for voting this morning, I am going to share a new video with you!
Here is Coffee Talk with Amanda Episode 4. Enjoy!
April 3, 2011
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April 2, 2011
April 1, 2011
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March 31, 2011
Don't forget we have 4 more days to keep voting (polls close on 4/3 at Midnight.) Remind your friends they can vote daily and from both their laptop and their smart phone. Thank you all so much! Have a great day!
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March 30, 2011
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March 29, 2011
As of yesterday's results I am in 9th place to go on to the next round of the cover contest! Woo-hoo, thanks for everyone who voted yesterday, but don't forget to vote everyday for the rest of this week. Also, if you have a smart phone and a computer you can vote once from each place. :) Thanks again!
I have the best fans!! :)
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March 28, 2011
Hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday afternoon! I have a HUGE favor to ask all of you wonderful fans out there. I am in a contest to be on the next cover of Fitness Magazine! This week only you can help me out by voting on my picture.
Have a great day! :)
March 24, 2011
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February 25, 2011
The gun goes off and I am immediately in the lead and swimming toward the first Red buoy, all is good. I usually don't have to sight too often, so my head went back down for about 20 strokes and then, I looked up and could not see the red buoy. Nothing new, but the next time I sighted, and the next, and the next, I could never find the Red buoy. Uh oh! So I ended up taking everyone off course. Finally I saw some splashing up ahead and was relieved, thinking it was the guys and I was on track. But then the splashing was getting closer and closer, opps, they were headed towards us after already going around the first buoy! (they had a 3min head start.) So, all of a sudden, I took a hard 90' left turn and eventually got around the first buoy. I guess the spectators on the beach were getting a kick out of this...they said we totally looked like a 'school of fish' suddenly changing direction in unison. Rounded the buoy, now find the next one. Again, for the life of me, I could not find the buoy. I was blindly swimming towards who knows where?? I even stopped and did a few breastrokes and cleared my googles (on several occasions), I never have to do that, what was wrong with me????!!! Eventually, a boat comes up and hollars, 'derecho', which means right, so I veer to the right. Totally off course, again, they finally come catch up to me, and then I see the Red buoy, way off to my left, argh! Finally make it around there, and YAY, I can see the red buoy on the beach. Finally, I took a straight line to a buoy and ran around it on the beach. Dove back in and was ready for lap #2. I was much more efficient and swam a decently straight line to all the buoys. Coming around the last one, I passed Kelly, and finally took the lead on the swim, to pop up on beach as the first swimmer. For the first time in my life, I was actually glad the swim was over :)
|Here's a look at how I swam...Lap #1 I swam the black line. Lap #2 = much better!|
A huge congrats to all the other girls out there and to Kelly, Kate, and Annie for finishing on the podium. It was a tough day all around and a great way for us all to kick off our 2011 Season! Thanks to Rev3 for putting on such an awesome event at a great destination!
February 23, 2011
On Friday we headed over to the race site and got the first look at how tough the course was going to be. There was a huge climb coming out of transition with some steep grades of 8-12%, a speedy decent, and then another bit of a climb out of the resort. Once out of the resort we had two loops on the bike then back up and over the climbs into transition. The run was going to be a two loop run, more like an off-road course: beach, dirt road, hills, golf course, you name it. And to top it all off--it was HOT!
Then after the race we hung out, did a little shopping (at these booths right on the beach were we swam and ran during the race), then headed back to the Casa. I stretched out by the pool with a good book in hand: The Lincoln Lawyer. I hear the movie will be out soon :) We were somewhat 'stuck' at our Casa on Sunday night, so I got creative and made microwave pancakes for everyone. Yep, you read that right, pancakes made in the microwave. They ended up tasting decent and were the perfect compliment to our chick flick: 27 Dresses (Randy I know how much you would have loved to have watched that one again!!)
Unfortunately, Bree missed her flight...but we made it alive. I ended up flying all day long and was so excited to touch down in Colorado Springs. I was even more excited to find my husband waiting for me at the airport with my own personalized sign! Until the next adventure....
February 20, 2011
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Amanda is in Guanacaste, Costa Rica this weekend, getting read for Rev3 Costa Rica! The race begins in less than 36 hours, which will be very early morning February 19th in American time.
Follow @DrAmandaStevens (http://twitter.com/#!/DrAmandaStevens) on Twitter, or (http://www.facebook.com/DocAmanda) on Facebook for immediate updates.
Also, check out the race course and today's photos straight from Costa Rica by going to Revolution3's website: http://rev3tri.com/live/. The website will also feature live footage of the race when it begins. :)