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IM Melbourne

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2013 by brianestover

Every once in a while as a coach something happens that really pisses you off. Slam your fist on the counter and want to punch the offender in the face mad. A few days before this race, this is was where I was at. Janine was having dinner with some of her friends. Her old coach, somewhat of an asshole if you were to ask me, pops into the restaurant and says hello to everyone at the table but Janine. That’s not really enough to set me off. But what he did next was inexcusable. He told Janine “you look to fat to race IM”, no hello, just that you look too fat, then he leaves. She found this very upsetting. This is a coach who over the past few years had her doing weekly weigh in’s, losing her hair, breaking out in acne and having other issues associated with over training. What he did is inexcusable, both as a person and a coach. There are better ways to coach than nearly wrecking your athlete(s).

After learning this, I found out she’s 1 kg heavier then when she raced under him. She’s not losing her hair, not run down and not having other issues associated with over training. Training for an Ironman really wouldn’t be considered a healthy pursuit, but one can do it in a healthy or unhealthy manner. Sometimes lighter isn’t better.

Ultimately, besides being pissed off, I really only wanted Janine to have nothing but a great race, a little FU to her previous coach.

We all know by now that IM Melbourne had horrible swim conditions, big winds on the bike and nearly a headwind for the entire run. Janine exited the water 6th in her age group. She then rode away from the rest of the age group women’s field, throwing down the fastest female age group bike ride. She stayed in front of the age group field until the last few km’s only being overtaken by one age group athlete. She won her age group, ended up 17th overall, crossed the line as the 2nd overall age group female while having enough energy to give someone the finger (I can only hope on that last part). Not only a superb race under difficult conditions but a little vindication to go along with the $200 prime she pocketed for having the fastest female age group bike ride.

Janine 1st place IM Melbourne F35-39

Janine 1st place IM Melbourne F35-39

2013 Kicking Off

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on December 17, 2012 by brianestover

2012 hasn’t left the building, but as far as I’m concerned it’s the 2013 racing season. Racing season seems to start earlier and earlier for me as a coach. 11 out of the last 12 months have seen someone race.

While it’s winter here in the northern hemisphere it’s summer in the southern hemisphere. Summer means racing, and if you are an Accelerate 3 athlete it means winning.

One of the newest Accelerate 3 athletes Janine, a Canadian living in Australia, raced the Western Australia Sprint Triathlon Championships. I think she was a little nervous racing the day after a couple of big sessions, but since it’s a sprint, no rest for the weary, just get out there and knock it out. Knock it out she did. Janine set a PB on the course and for all three events. She finished 3rd overall, winning her age group, becoming the state champion…again, and was the second amateur on the day beating out almost all the pro’s. Which is never a shabby thing.

On the bike

On the bike

Although not a pic from this race, after seeing this and a few other pics of her position we were able to make a lot of changes to make her more aerodynamic with no reduction in power output.

Now that the bar is set high, I’ve got my work cut out for me to help the rest clear the initial hurdle.

The Places I’ve Been

Posted in Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by brianestover

As I prepare to wrap up my trip and begin the journey back home, I found myself reflecting upon my travels over the past month.

Opera House

In general, no matter where in the world you go, time after time, I’m still amazed at how nice people are. From people like Peter and Alex who helped with much of the leg work for my New Zealand journey, to the guy who could barely speak English helping me figure out which bus stop I needed to get off in Auckland, to the friendly, talkative chap on the bus in Sydney who gave me a street by street account of the suburbs we were passing through, people all over the world are generally willing to help out with directions and such.

Some of the things I noticed this trip that in the past I rarely saw, were people using their phones to navigate. Instead of maps, you could often tell the visitors from the locals by the use of their phone as a guidebook.

It also seems that American’s are loath to trust another American with train directions unless they are in America. I’ve noticed this in London when I spent some time there, and again here in Sydney. As soon as you answered the American’s question about which trains to take, off they hurried looking for someone with an accent. The guy with the accent didn’t seem to mind when I helped him with the buses.

A Lychee

Where ever I go, you can count on rain. I now have fond memories of getting rained on in Austria, Belgium (more then one trip), Canada, Holland, Italy and the UK. You can now add Australia and New Zealand to the list. It’s not that I mind the rain, in fact it’s better then blazing hot. But it does get a little old when you are out in the rain for 7-10 hours touring around. At some point you are not getting any wetter, but you’re not getting any drier either. Besides, when using just a small backpack, wet clothes + your only dry clothes = only wet clothes. It’s no fun putting on clean clothes in the morning only to have them wet before you leave.

The other thing you can count on is no matter where I travel the dollar will fall as my trip goes on.

All is all it’s hard to complain about traveling and seeing other parts of the world. Be it city’s or countryside. Zoo’s, botanical gardens, maritime museums, scenic vantage points or running along the beach. Nothing shabby about that.

New Zealand Coromandel Coast

Plus I learned a new skill. Driving on the wrong side of the road! Round abouts rock and the US should have more of them. Maybe I’ll start a campaign.

Super Driver

Tomorrow I’m going to actually go back in time. I’ll arrive back in Arizona 35 minutes before I leave Australia. Of course, I’ll waste all of that time plus some waiting for the world’s slowest baggage handlers (Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport) to get my luggage to me. So much for getting a second chance at something.

Sun and Fun

Posted in Stuff with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by brianestover

The Beach. Sun, sand, warm temps and cool water. What better paradise is there? I’m about to try another country to see if there is something better.

My little nephew, while not the biggest fan of the cold water, loves the sand. Or more precisely loves to play with his digger in the sand. He dug holes for two hours. Talk about self sufficient.

Today we went to a Christmas party. Once there we went lawn bowling barefooted. Bare feet, sun, beer, grass under your toes and bowling. Now that’s a Christmas Party! To cap it off, on the way home we got to witness one of my niece’s infamous meltdowns. I’ve heard about these from my parents and from her parents, I’ve even seen some little breakdowns here and there. Today though, the ice melted, the tears flowed, the sniffles came and went and came back, she was gasping for breath and wailing. Oh my the wailing was impressive. Her parents on the other hand, weren’t as impressed with her ability to cry as I was. In the course of the car ride, she had her blankie and her dolls taken away for a couple of days. Haha.

Now the only thing left is to figure out my beard thing that I’ve got going on. It’s beyond fuzzy, but not Taliban style. It’s itchy and scratchy. When I run, it seems to collect sweat at a much greater rate then I’m used to having on my face. Right now, the internal debate is raging. To shave it all off, shave just my neck cleaning it up or let it grow Taliban style. Option 3 would be good, but I’m not sure I can handle the scratchy scruff. Not a grey hair on my head. Now I know where all my grey grows. Maybe I’ll just go with a mustache.

Some things stay the same

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2009 by brianestover

My sister who lives in Sydney AUS is back in NC for the month of July.  This afforded me an excuse to make the trip back to where I started racing triathlons to see her, my niece and nephew (who woke me up from my nap & is now out of my will, tough lesson to learn at 11months but better now then never, sorry dude), Mom, Dad, Nana and Granddad.  My sister also happened to have the good sense to come back when I could get in a race.

I started back in triathlon in 1988, here in NC.  In 1989 I raced in my first elite wave. 20 years later, I tee’d it up in the open division. Some of the same people I raced back then are still racing open now.  Us old dudes still have some get up and go, not a lot but enough to teach the young bucks a lesson or two.  Pretty good race overall, googles didn’t leak one bit during warm up and immediately filled with water once the gun went off.  I think they filled with water before I even got into the water. Swim went ok, non wet suit, I rode my friend’s Stacey’s feet most of the way, I didn’t feel great but I’m chalking that up to not swimming since Monday due to travel. Decent T1, only got passed by 2-3 people on the long run to the bikes.  Bike went well, lost my bottle right off the bat.  No liquid refreshment for me on the 17 mile bike.  Just as good though as I was having heartburn from everything I ate and drank this morning for some reason. Good ride, took me a loooong time to catch the train. Finally got on after chasing for 10+ miles and moved through it up a long hill.  The train broke into 2 parts, 3 of us dropping the other three.  I was pretty happy to catch on, it’s hard dangling 50-100m off the back of what started as 1 guy then became 2, then 3 and eventually grew to 5 guys and keep them from pulling away.  The pace was fairly high though, so I got lucky that they weren’t rotating through.  The stronger rides were at the front and the weaker riders were in back.  Had they been attacking and rotating through, their pace would have been higher. I probably wouldn’t have made it on.  Rolled off the bike in 5th place.  Passed one person in T2, and tried to run with 3rd place leaving transition. After 1km he had put ~:05 on me, then he put another :20 on me to the mile mark. Found out later he is a 15:0Low 5k guy and a 69:00 half marathon dude, so no matter what, my running is not going to keep contact with him.   He disappeared in that .4 mile, way out of sight.  Was able to claw back some time on the guy who ended 3rd OV but not enough to move onto the podium.  Pretty happy with 4th OV, didn’t know what to expect since I haven’t raced a tri in NC in 10+ years.   For those interested in power NP was 270 AP 260.  Here is a link to the results:

I could really use a nap right now, but with an 11month old and a 2.5yr old running around the house making noise, I don’t see it happening. Good thing I got 3hr and 20 min of sleep last night. Tonight I’m taking an above recommended dose of Lunesta and going to sleep..hopefully for 10 hours.  Maybe a nap on the plane tomorrow, hopefully there won’t be any noisy kids around me when I try to sleep on the plane.