Monday, September 22, 2008

New NETT Tri-gear broken in at Firmman

Boy, did NETT look sharp at Firmman in the new NETT uniforms. And NETT delivered some sharp results as well.

In the mixed relay, the team of Al Prescott, Bruce Goode and Mary Smith took 3rd place. Al posted one of the fastest swim splits of the day with a 25:37 for the 1.2 miles, Bruce faced a 56 miles TT for the first time and that on his brand new Triathlon bike. Despite going off course twice and crashing due to a broken aerobar Bruce persevered and handed the baton off to Mary who - reliably as always – ran a solid half-marathon in 1:35. And that just one week after running in Reach The Beach.

In the individual results, Jim de Zutter showed same high spirit in the aqua bike division despite no less than 3 flats. After the 3rd flat he was close to throwing in the towel and jumping in the sag wagon. But with some help from the mechanical van he got back on the road and finished strong.

Frank had promised himself to have a good experience from start to finish and had just that with solid splits in all three legs and energy to smile and say thank you to the volunteers and spectators along the way. In the end, Frank was only two and half minute slower than last year. 4th in age group and 15th overall.

Ali (NETT by affiliation) had a phenomenal race finishing 2nd age-group and 7th overall due to a strong swim, strong bike leg and fast run leg - 1:28 half-marathon off the bike. That is 6:43 min/mile pace – including the infamous finish on the beach.

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