Monday, June 20, 2011

NETT Relay Team Wins the Big Take at the Big Lake!

Well, you gotta give Frank credit for not shying away from a challenge. At Sudbury, it was the Battle of the Dynasties, relay team vs. relay team. This week, it was the Big Take at the Big Lake at the Webster Triathlon, where Frank -- solo -- challenged the relay team of Nicholas (swim), Bruce (bike) and Crazy Dave (run).

Frank headed off in the first wave, and three minutes back, Nicholas hit the water. As the results show, Nicholas was about 13 seconds faster than Frank, so it was close. But then, the rules worked against the Great Dane. The organizers at the last minute allowed relay teams' runner to run the chip up the 200 meters from the beach to the first transition area which was a big advantage for team Nicholas. They put a minute on Frank there (closing the head-start he got going in the first wave to about two minutes).

On the bike, Bruce surprised himself and threw down a 34:29 to Frank's 34:02, keeping Team Nicholas' about a minute ahead (and only two minutes back physically). "I have to say I was very impressed with Bruce's bike split, especially given the hilly course," Frank said.

On the run, Crazy Dave set out about 2 minutes after Frank and got a glimpse of Frank at the turn around. "Frrrannkk....I'm commminnning Frank!" Dave caught Frank with about 300 meters to go on the run and the two came in stride for stride to the finish.

At the end of the day, Frank deserves big credit for organizing everyone and putting in a great effort. He was 11th overall and first in his division.

Team Nicholas ran away with the relay team crown, finishing more than 2:30 ahead of the next team. It was a lot of fun.

"Another successful day for NETT in a multisport race," Frank summed it up.

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