Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jim and Katherine take on the flies

Never ones to sit still on any given weekend, Jim and Katherine De Zutter headed up to New Hampshire this weekend to race at the Black Fly Weekend festival of races, which according to Jim were very fun and well-organized events. "This race is a must do for the team and families next year so much to do," he tells the NETT newsroom. The weekend race festival includes an Olympic distance tri, a sprint tri, a kids race (the Little Bugger) and a bike time trial, all based at Waterville Valley. Here's Jim's report:

"The new Black Fly Triathlon was this past weekend. This race is part of the EndorFun series and lived up to the style of races they are accustomed to putting on. This race was held in Waterville Valley in New Hampshire and was set over 3 days. Day 1 was a 4 ½ mile time trail 2 ¼ mile down the mountain and 2 ¼ back up followed on Saturday by a shortened International distance triathlon ¼ mile swim 21 mile ride around the valley followed by a 5 mile run, the water was 52 degrees and the race director was concerned about people having issues in the water. The last leg was on Sunday and was a sprint distance ¼ mile swim followed by a 7 ½ mile bike down the valley and 7 ½ back then a 3 ½ mile run. If you chose the 3 events it was called the LOF or Lord of the Fly’s. Katherine competed in the sprint distance on Sunday that was part of the USAT Juniors series and captured second in the 15 and under and 4th 19 and under. I competed in the LOF in the Clydesdale division and finished 3rd in the time trial 4th in the international and 4th in the sprint. Overall I finished 4th in my division I was happy to have just finished. This race was the most enjoyable event I have competed in the in my short racing career but I would say that it a not to missed next year. The village of Waterville has something for everyone and its all within walking distance."

Even the results of this race are well coordinated, as they break out the fastest splits in each discipline (which we runners always love!). Here's Katherine unleashing a devastating kick on some unsuspecting old fart. (Note the difference in form--Katherine's pumping the arms, high knees, the other guy looks, well, like most of the rest of us at the end of a race!

Congrats as always to Jim and Katherine! Now if we could only get Jim to SMILE more...

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