I had a great week of training with the return of my long runs and rides. It was a lot of fun to be back out there on the bike Saturday for 4 hours with some friends. The best part of the training is riding with friends and others that are training for the season. One of my training partners, Al Richardson is also going to Kona. He qualified at Florida last year and this will be his 2nd trip. Al is in the 50 – 54 age group but can ran as fast as most of the pros.

My week ended with a great Mother’s day dinner with Shani and the kids. We had a wonderful time at Jasper’s in Market Street. The kids got all dressed up and we treated mom extra special for the night. Our kids are at an age where they are so much fun to be around. I could not imagine what my life would be like without my family. I am very lucky.

Tomorrow night is the start of the T-Ball World Series. The Angels are playing like champions and we get our first test tomorrow night. Parker and I threw the ball for a while today and he continues to improve.

Special congratulations goes to Laura Gaddy for winning her age group at the local Tri-Girl Sprint race in Humble. This was Laura’s second race and she climbed to the top of the podium!

Lastly, the local press had an article on last weekend’s CB&I Race. It was great to be mentioned, but it was not the most flattering portrayal of the day. But hey, if you are going to be in the front, you better be able to deal with getting “crushed”. I get another chance next weekend to race at the Silverlake Triathlon. Shorter course, but another good opportunity to build up some speed. A copy of the article about the CB&I is below:

woodlands villager – sports

Houstonian dominates CB&I Tri

Jody Gaddy (middle), of The Woodlands, keeps his eyes trained on the road ahead during the biking portion of the CB&I Triathlon Saturday.

Published: 05.04.09
While area triathletes Michelle LeBlanc, Dana Lyons and Karen Ponette-Maldonado turned the sixth annual CB&I sprint triathlon into the unofficial championship of The Woodlands, Houston’s Dean King quickly eliminated any suspense that a local might have grabbed Saturday’s top spot.

The 36-year-old petroleum engineer from Sydney, Australia, who moved to Houston at Thanksgiving two years ago, came out of the water in the event’s first 500-meter swim wave just seconds ahead of former Cy Fair High School and University of Denver swimmer Timothy Monk, of The Woodlands.

But King added two minutes to his lead during the 15-mile bike leg over Monk, the 38-year-old who is bound for Kona, Hawaii, in October, before crushing him with the day’s best five-kilometer run time of 16:49 — and besting the field with a winning time of 1:00:58.

Although extremely humid, the morning’s cloud cover spared the approximately 1,000 competitors from any searing early May heat.

“This morning was almost perfect as there was not much in the way of sun,” said King, who wasn’t bothered that there wasn’t anyone with him to push the pace. “I just try to race my own race. I train alone so I’m comfortable with pushing myself along.”

So comfortable that he kept masters winner Lyons, 51, of The Woodlands, from having any shot of winning the overall title.

“I felt pretty good, as it’s nice to be doing a short course,” Lyons said of his 1:03:11 effort, less than a week removed from winning the Corpus Christi Duathlon last Saturday. “I really hammered the bike and redlined the run, but it wasn’t enough to catch Michelle.”

Hammering the bike meant equaling the 25.9-mph pace of LeBlanc, one of the best woman cyclists in the region. But she defended her women’s title with a 1:02:56 performance that was second overall and bested fellow Finish Strong Running coach Lyons by 16 seconds.

“It went well,” LeBlanc said, speaking to an Achilles injury that has toned down her potential racing schedule for 2009. “Even with the injury, it is hard to stay away (from the CB&I). It is the community event of the year.”

And with Rice University swimmer Natalie Kirchoff, 23, of Columbia, Mo., almost nine minutes behind in second place in the women’s division, LeBlanc, like King, had no problem creating challenges for herself.

“I make my competition anybody and everybody,” she said.

Ponette-Maldonado’s competition surprisingly got harder when she turned 40, but her winning women’s masters performance, in 1:12:40, resembled anything but a difficult trip Saturday.

“I’ve been injured recently, but I had a really strong bike today,” she said. “I really wanted the age group win today.”

And she got it with a four-minute, 42-second margin over Houston’s Ann Morris, 45.

Saturday’s most impressive performance may have come from 13-year-old Audrey Manchester, of The Woodlands.

While finishing 13th among all women with a time of 1:16:44, she was the fastest female 19 years and under — a minute and 18 seconds faster than Clear Lake’s Jeanette Wacker, 18, and almost five minutes better than The Woodlands High School Triathlon teammate Hannah Berryhill.

In fact, the younger Manchester finished just one spot and six seconds behind Wacker’s mother, Ann, 51, a former University of Texas swimmer.

Manchester’s mother, Tammie, 42, may not be much longer for the Athena division, but before she goes she won her 40-and-over division in 1:24:51 and was just 58 seconds behind 39-and-under winner Laura Green, of The Woodlands.

Greg Colvin easily won the men’s 40-and-over Clydesdale division in 1:11:49, while The Woodlands’ Mike Bard, 38, took the 39-and-under age group in 1:12:26 — with three competitors trailing by less than 70 seconds.

The Woodlands’ Stephen Daniel, who won the 50-and-over Clydesdale division, was given the Randolph Parnell Award, which honors the triathlete who died during the swim portion of last year’s CB&I.

Meanwhile, the margins of victory in the relay divisions were nearly as wide as the Mississippi.

College Station’s two-person mixed team of Rooter Wareing and Michelle Roskowsky, though, proved that the currents from the Brazos run pretty strong too as their near eight-minute, mixed relay division win in 1:04:31 was the day’s fifth-best time.

The Mighty Ducks won the men’s division for the second year in a row on the strength of a three-minute personal best 5k run of 19:54 by The Woodlands’ Bill Crews. Joining Crews to post the event’s seventh-best time of the day (1:06:12) was Dan Mayfield in the water and Brandon Ewers on the bike.

Heidi Allen, Carrie Davies and Diane Richardson formed Watch Out Bernhard to win the women’s relay division in 1:24:03.

Copyright © 2009 – Houston Community Newspapers Online

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