Khoury's 4.13M
Somerville, MA, August 30, 2001
===================================================================
Steve Vaitones          Waltham, MA       31:20


Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Series
Brockton, MA, August 29, 2001
===================================================================
25	Doran		Dick 	Pembroke	45:36
26	Scott		Tom	Pembroke	45:37
31	Nally		Tom	Dennis		45:53
55	Wallan		Peter 	Sharon		46:30


Coby's Run 5 & 10K
Scitutate, MA, August 26, 2001
===================================================================
 280 1:09:45 11:15   31 50-59  183 M   455 Dennis Hanlon               E. Sandwich,MA                                                    


Women Running Wild
Osterville, MA, August 26, 2001
===================================================================
   7   18:17  5:54    1 35-39    7 F   249 Lori Horan
  10   20:06  6:29    1 50-59   10 F   261 Cathy Klim
  15   20:41  6:40    4 40-44   15 F    84 Susan Lowry                 Sandwich,MA
  22   21:30  6:56    2 45-49   22 F   120 Mary Ellen Peabody          Dennis,MA
  24   21:54  7:04    5 35-39   24 F     8 June Bertucci               Hyannis,MA
  35   22:59  7:25    5 45-49   35 F    60 Sharyn Greenleaf            Brewster,MA
  38   23:18  7:31    7 30-34   38 F    14 Maj Turi Brown              Centerville,MA
  39   23:20  7:32    8 30-34   39 F   142 Natalie Shea                Centerville,MA
  51   24:05  7:46    3 50-59   51 F    74 Janet Jordan                Sandwich,MA
  66   24:51  8:01    1 60-69   66 F    70 Elizabeth Jazowski          Falmouth,MA
  69   25:02  8:05    8 45-49   69 F    53 Kathleen Field              Sandwich,MA
  97   26:14  8:28   14 45-49   97 F   244 Jane Lovelette
  99   26:20  8:30   15 45-49   99 F   218 JANE HATTEMER
 116   27:04  8:44   10 50-59  115 F    51 Cheryl Ferguson             Yarmouthpoint,MA
 122   27:14  8:47   17 45-49  121 F   159 Judy Terry
 138   27:58  9:01    5 60-69  137 F   203 Martha Edwards
 140   28:02  9:03   17 30-34  139 F   113 Becky Newton                Brewster,MA
 143   28:10  9:05   31 40-44  142 F   239 Jackie Browne
 145   28:15  9:07   27 35-39  144 F   132 Janet Radziewicz            S Yarmouth,MA
 263   36:16 11:42   37 30-34  258 F   140 Joni Schriver               Hyannis,MA


Coffee-O Five
Falmouth, MA, August 24, 2001
===================================================================
   2 Ken Gartner               W. Falmouth          41  M     31:11


Khoury's 4.13M
Somerville, MA, August 23, 2001
===================================================================
Steve Vaitones          Waltham, MA       33:01


Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Racing Series
Brockton, MA, August 22, 2001
===================================================================
17	Nally		Tom		Dennis		 25:56 
34	Scott		Tom		Pembroke	 27:54 
36	Doran		Dick 		Pembroke	 28:24 


Coffee-O Five
Falmouth, MA, August 17, 2001
===================================================================
1  Ken     Gartner     West Falmouth      41  M 28:07
29 Dick    Hill        Middletown         64  M 39:50


Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Series
Brockton, MA, August 15, 2001
===================================================================
26	Scott	        Tom		Pembroke 27:34 
27	Wallan	         Peter 	Sharon	 27:59 
30	Doran	        Dick 		Pembroke 28:31 


Falmouth Road Race (Massachusetts members only)
Falmouth, MA, August 12, 2001
===================================================================
Name			City		State	Number	Age	Gender	Time		Place	Place

											Overall	Gender

======================================================================================================
Barry Merrill		Centerville	MA	63	43	M	00:39:56.0	97	72	
Paul Fendler		Hyannis		MA	381	45	M	00:41:39.0	129	99	
Geof Newton		Brewster	MA	103	34	M	00:42:02.0	143	113	
Dustin Baker		Hyannis		MA	116	29	M	00:43:21.0	174	139	
Bill Lord		Hyannisport	MA	467	57	M	00:46:00.0	288	240	
William Riley		Marstons Mills	MA	406	65	M	00:46:08.0	295	246	
Kevin Petrovek		Hyannis		MA	382	50	M	00:47:18.0	361	306	
Matthew Theodore	Mashpee		MA	620	30	M	00:47:21.0	365	310	
George Bent		Centerville	MA	152	36	M	00:47:28.0	370	315	
Cathy Klim		Cummaquid	MA	F234	52	F	00:48:17.0	430	68	
Chris Sabatini		Centerville	MA	690	39	M	00:48:47.0	469	389	
Susan Lowry		Sandwich	MA	F217	43	F	00:49:10.0	510	85	
Shaun Merrill		Centerville	MA	107	19	M	00:49:41.0	569	476	
David Mason		Cotuit		MA	974	50	M	00:49:46.0	573	480	
Clarence Eckerson	Yarmouthport	MA	1692	50	M	00:50:28.0	640	537	
Gene Cormier		South Dennis	MA	1246	53	M	00:51:31.0	754	632	
Thomas Nally		South Dennis	MA	1062	52	M	00:52:26.0	893	746	
Mary Peabody		Dennis		MA	F220	47	F	00:52:34.0	915	151	
Leisa Marks		Marstons Mills	MA	F236	43	F	00:52:41.0	936	156	
Kathleen Thomas		Mashpee		MA	F415	43	F	00:52:49.0	954	159	
Bill Masterson		Centerville	MA	1099	63	M	00:53:03.0	986	818	
Bill Ferguson		Yarmouthport	MA	1693	55	M	00:53:39.0	1061	883	
Dennis Monahan		East Dennis	MA	882	41	M	00:54:56.0	1303	1053	
Natalie Shea		Centerville	MA	F233	31	F	00:55:36.0	1453	300	
David Baker		Hyannis		MA	475	56	M	00:56:15.0	1609	1265	
Tom Scott		Pembroke	MA	943	52	M	00:57:27.0	1890	1467	
Dwight Pfundstein	Mashpee		MA	1532	44	M	00:57:49.0	1992	1541	
Robert Kadunc		Hyannis		MA	2524	34	M	00:57:58.0	2041	1580	
Steven Falletti		Yarmouthport	MA	1413	43	M	00:57:59.0	2047	1586	
Antonia Asa-Thomas	West Chatham	MA	F802	57	F	00:58:12.0	2091	474	
Sharyn Greenleaf	Brewster	MA	F324	48	F	00:58:22.0	2136	491	
June Bertucci		Hyannis		MA	F4272	36	F	00:59:02.0	2302	542	
Stephen Terry		South Chatham	MA	1399	48	M	00:59:29.0	2446	1851	
Patricia Nally		South Dennis	MA	F434	50	F	00:59:35.0	2485	609	
Elizabeth Jazowski	Falmouth	MA	F578	65	F	01:00:14.0	2656	667	
Peter Tancredi		Sandwich	MA	2488	59	M	01:00:27.0	2735	2044	
James Hines		Marstons Mills	MA	442	68	M	01:00:30.0	2746	2052	
John Ladner		West Barnstable	MA	2044	58	M	01:00:34.0	2760	2060	
Kathleen Field		Sandwich	MA	F923	48	F	01:01:35.0	3025	790	
Robert Smith		West Chatham	MA	2953	61	M	01:01:50.0	3099	2285	
Marcia Duggan		Sandwich	MA	F914	42	F	01:02:16.0	3201	854	
Edward Vaughn		Norwell		MA	2581	56	M	01:02:30.0	3277	2392	
Cheryl Falletti		Yarmouthport	MA	F679	53	F	01:03:05.0	3425	943	
Brenda Conlan		Eastham		MA	F1771	36	F	01:03:35.0	3559	1009	
Steven Putnam		Sandwich	MA	945	44	M	01:03:54.0	3631	2595	
John Worgan		Brewster	MA	6043	63	M	01:04:59.0	3913	2755	
Jane Lovelette		Yarmouthport	MA	F1566	48	F	01:05:01.0	3923	1161	
Mark Hammett		South Dennis	MA	3945	41	M	01:05:31.0	4042	2829	
Joan Marcy		Dennis		MA	F4362	49	F	01:06:29.0	4327	1334	
Janet Garnier		Sandwich	MA	F1198	56	F	01:07:33.0	4599	1451	
Cheryl Ferguson		Yarmouthport	MA	F1776	53	F	01:08:09.0	4777	1527	
Janet Radziewicz	South Yarmouth	MA	F1650	39	F	01:08:09.0	4782	1529	
Bernie Swansey		South Yarmouth	MA	3123	66	M	01:08:10.0	4789	3256	
Ken Casson		Yarmouthport	MA	5146	55	M	01:08:33.0	4891	3309	
Ellen Gutermuth		Centerville	MA	F3647	38	F	01:09:28.0	5137	1707	
Andrew Hatch		Hyannis		MA	6562	39	M	01:09:29.0	5144	3433	
Joe Carroll		East Falmouth	MA	5178	50	M	01:10:41.0	5413	3565	
Martha Edwards		West Yarmouth	MA	F3508	61	F	01:10:47.0	5427	1856	
Stacey Foster		West Barnstable	MA	F2833	25	F	01:11:20.0	5539	1909	
Dennis Hanlon		East Sandwich	MA	4244	57	M	01:11:40.0	5618	3674	
John Harlin		East Sandwich	MA	3023	52	M	01:13:02.0	5904	3815	
Thomas Radziewicz	South Yarmouth	MA	4806	57	M	01:14:50.0	6206	3957	
Patricia Burke		East Falmouth	MA	F1131	69	F	01:17:29.0	6565	2446	
Thomas Sweeney		Bourne		MA	3728	57	M	01:17:58.0	6610	4136	
Lucy Duffy		Brewster	MA	F2432	68	F	01:22:39.0	6985	2680	
Joanne Creel		Yarmouthport	MA	F3483	51	F	01:23:00.0	7011	2694	


Timberman Triathlons
Guilford, NH, August 12, 2001
===================================================================
   34   221 George Gomes           EAST SANDWIC MA M    38  302   40:39 33:53    1:46   69 2:39:15  21.1    1:33    6 1:25:40  6:33         4:48:52   5/80   M35-39  33/402  M 
  107   302 Michael Parker         COTUIT       MA M    44   93   34:14 28:31    3:14  134 2:45:46  20.3    4:15  108 1:42:22  7:49         5:09:49  14/61   M40-44  97/402  M 


Brew Run
Brewster, MA, August 11, 2001
===================================================================
  36   32:51  6:19   10 30-39   33 M   941 Mike Herlihy
  43   33:34  6:27    5 40-49   40 M   570 Francis Guido
  53   34:20  6:36   17 30-39   50 M  1089 Vincent Smith
  55   34:24  6:37   18 30-39   52 M   617 Chris Sabatini
  79   35:26  6:49    5 50-59   71 M   642 Clarence Eckerson
  91   35:46  6:53   27 30-39   80 M  1036 Kurt Martin
 106   36:16  6:58    9 50-59   95 M   977 Gene Cormier
 124   36:53  7:06   11 50-59  112 M   129 Steve Ryan
 125   36:56  7:06   12 50-59  113 M    80 Tom Nally
 134   37:10  7:09   33 40-49  121 M  1104 Wilhelm Kadunc
 147   37:35  7:14   38 40-49  132 M   249 Steve Connors
 156   37:47  7:16   41 30-39  139 M   654 Bill Campbell
 169   38:09  7:20     Age?    148 M  1216 Bill Ferguson
 198   38:48  7:28   19 50-59  170 M  1109 Jim Peters
 221   39:21  7:34   23 50-59  187 M   913 Tom  Keith
 234   39:32  7:36   25 50-59  195 M   474 Tom Scott
 239   39:34  7:37   18 30-39   39 F    17 Kate Naples
 259   40:02  7:42    9 40-49   44 F   868 Sharyn Greenleaf
 278   40:25  7:46   28 50-59  227 M   826 Gary Campagna
 328   41:26  7:58   36 50-59  265 M   686 Brian Kelly
 334   41:32  7:59    3 50-59   64 F   276 Janet Jordan
 384   42:32  8:11   98 30-39  299 M   140 Robert Kadunc
 425   43:24  8:21    5 50-59   93 F    79 Pat Nally
 445   43:49  8:26    3 60-69  340 M   857 Robert Smith
 457   43:58  8:27   50 50-59  346 M   861 George Graeber
 539   45:22  8:43  122 30-39  396 M   422 Mike Wallace
 584   46:34  8:57  106 40-49  422 M   667 David Mason
 653   47:47  9:11   25 40-49  185 F   240 Terry Dooley
 753   49:34  9:32    7 60-69  515 M   671 Ed Weinberger
 769   50:01  9:37   38 40-49  238 F   460 Marcia Duggan
 947   54:43 10:31   13 60-69  604 M   126 Wes Chadbourne
 956   55:07 10:36    3 60-69  344 F  1026 Lucy Duffy
 988   56:25 10:51   22 50-59  359 F   114 Joanne Creel
 999   57:06 10:59   65 40-49  363 F   143 Linda Darbyshire
1049   60:57 11:43   18 60-69  647 M   118 Peter Buffington


Bridge of Flowers 10K / 2 Mile
Shelburne Falls, MA, August 11, 2001
===================================================================
  407  42/60   M5059   57:00   9:11 DICK DORAN             52 M PEMBROKE MA               375


Coffee-O Five
Falmouth, MA, August 10, 2001
===================================================================
   3 Adam Polakowski           W. Yarmouth          32  M     30:26
   5 Ken Gartner               W. Falmouth          41  M     30:49


Centerville Old Home Week
Centerville, MA, August 9, 2001
===================================================================
   1   15:34  5:11    1 20-29    1 M   684 Jake Klim
   3   16:05  5:22    1 40-49    3 M   686 Ken Gartner
   5   16:38  5:33    2 30-39    5 M   524 Adam Polakowski
   6   16:49  5:36    3 30-39    6 M   673 Geof Newton
   8   17:13  5:44    2 40-49    8 M   665 John Martin
   9   17:21  5:47    4 30-39    9 M   718 Mike Herlihy
  14   18:04  6:01    4 40-49   14 M   676 Francis Guido
  16   18:23  6:08     Age?     16 M   735 Vincent Smith
  29   19:57  6:39   10 30-39   29 M   634 Bill Campbell
  30   20:10  6:43    8 40-49   30 M   526 Wilhelm Kadunc
  44   21:04  7:01    2 30-39    2 F   595 Alison Byland
  50   21:43  7:14   14 30-39   44 M   649 Sean Doherty
  59   22:38  7:33    5 30-39    9 F   520 Natalie Shea
  60   22:40  7:33   16 30-39   51 M   527 Robert Kadunc
  69   23:15  7:45    1 70-98   57 M   664 Bob Borglund
  89   25:02  8:21    6 40-49   18 F   647 Jane Lovelette
  98   26:04  8:41   19 40-49   74 M   691 Ron Winner
 122   28:13  9:24   14 40-49   43 F   571 Jackie Browne
 161   32:37 10:52    5 50-59   73 F   570 Joanne Creel
 168   33:38 11:13    4 60-69   89 M   572 Peter Buffington


Jerry Garcia Memorial River Run
Cambridge, MA, August 9, 2001
===================================================================
    4. Dick Doran               WCRC           Plympton, MA                   37:56
    WCRC= Wes Chadbourne Running Club


Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Series
3.75 Miles at D. W. Field Park,
Brockton, MA, August 8, 2001
===================================================================
19	Scott		Tom	 29:05 
27	Wallan		Peter 	 30:51 
31	Doran		Dick 	 31:42 


NETT - Massachusetts Triathlon
Sharon, MA, August 5, 2001
===================================================================
   62  10/92   M3539      411   MIKE HERLIHY              36 M BREWSTER MA               60   12:31  118   39:10   40   28:57 1:20:38
   64   4/26   M4549      640   STEPHEN EDWARDS           45 M HYANNIS MA                96   13:21   26   35:21  141   32:26 1:21:08
  129   5/5    ELITEF      11   JANE ZEE-ZOUFALY          43 F CENTERVILLE MA            45   12:10  166   40:28  245   34:32 1:27:10
  459  25/26   M4549      664 C RUSSELL HUBLER            48 M BREWSTER MA              188   15:05  478   47:47  525   43:08 1:46:00
  503  28/41   F4044      590 F CINDY MESMER              43 F S YARMOUTH MA            603   25:03  444   46:43  385   37:59 1:49:45
  531  43/52   F3539      464 A ELLEN GUTERMUTH           38 F CENTERVILLE MA           447   19:07  510   48:50  550   44:42 1:52:39
  574   1/1    F6064      721   MARTHA EDWARDS            61 F W YARMOUTH MA            579   22:20  470   47:33  576   47:12 1:57:05


Green Mountain 10K Road Race
Killington, VT, August 5, 2001
===================================================================
   53 STEPHEN BROWN          28 M6069 N CHATHAM          MA   52:54  8:31


Fresh Pond 5 & 2. 5 mile
Cambridge, MA, August 4, 2001
===================================================================
16. Duke Hutchinson			15:48


Irish Pub Road Race
Harwich, MA, August 4, 2001
===================================================================
  12 DON FOSS          M 33   30:22  5:47   2/184  M3039 1019 HYANNIS    MA
  15 DUSTIN BAKER      M 29   31:19  5:58  10/114  M1929  412 FITCHBURG  MA
  19 JOHN MARTIN       M 49   31:55  6:05   4/158  M4049  907 HYANNIS    MA
  24 MIKE SELLARS      M 43   32:48  6:15   6/158  M4049  437 MASHPEE    MA
  37 VINCENT SMITH     M 39   34:39  6:36  10/184  M3039  976 MARSTON MI MA
  43 CHRIS SABATINI    M 39   35:03  6:41  12/184  M3039  823 CENTERVILL MA
  71 GENE CORMIER      M 53   36:54  7:02   4/72   M5059  174 SOUTH DENN MA
  74 BILL MASTERSON    M 63   37:04  7:04   2/18   M6099  878 CENTERVILL MA
  76 DAVID MASON       M 50   37:09  7:05   7/72   M5059  611 COTUIT     MA
  85 TOM NALLY         M 52   37:36  7:10  10/72   M5059  149 SOUTH DENN MA
 100 MARY PEABODY      F 47   38:17  7:18   3/55   F4049  612 DENNIS     MA
 103 STEVE CONNORS     M 41   38:21  7:19  23/158  M4049  711 BREWSTER   MA
 169 BOB BORGLUND      M 72   40:19  7:41   3/18   M6099  419 FORT MYERS FL
 173 GEORGE GRAEBER    M 58   40:31  7:44  16/72   M5059  468 MANSFIELD  CT
 194 BRIAN KELLY       M 58   41:06  7:50  17/72   M5059  810 SANDWICH   MA
 197 EDWARD CONLIN     M 34   41:10  7:51  51/184  M3039  473 BREWSTER   MA
 198 ROBERT MCKECHNIE  M 50   41:16  7:52  18/72   M5059  508 HYANNIS    MA
 205 SHARYN GREENLEAF  F 46   41:24  7:54   8/55   F4049  142 BREWSTER   MA
 212 GARY CAMPAGNA     M 54   41:34  7:55  21/72   M5059  749 BREWSTER   MA
 236 STEVE RYAN        M 52   42:02  8:01  23/72   M5059  951 BREWSTER   MA
 246 PAT NALLY         F 50   42:18  8:04   3/13   F5059  148 SOUTH DENN MA
 265 JANET JORDAN      F 51   42:43  8:09   4/13   F5059  687 SANDWICH   MA
 298 CHERYL FALLETTI   F 53   43:16  8:15   5/13   F5059  243 YARMOUTHPO MA
 326 BRUCE STELLO      M 49   43:58  8:23  75/158  M4049  559 HARWICH PO MA
 354 KATHLEEN FIELD    F 48   44:35  8:30  16/55   F4049   34 SANDWICH   MA
 394 BILL NOUN         M 67   45:18  8:38   7/18   M6099  136 E WALPOLE  MA
 484 JOE WEINBERGER    M 59   47:06  8:59  43/72   M5059  206 S YARMOUTH MA
 574 JACK DELAHUNT     M 70   48:49  9:18  11/18   M6099  179 WEST HARWI MA
 585 JUDY TERRY        F 48   49:04  9:21  33/55   F4049  251 S CHATHAM  MA
 596 MARGARET MUSE     F 39   49:16  9:23  66/125  F3039  920 S. YARMOUT MA
 750 SEAN DOHERTY      M 10   53:24 10:11   9/17   M0114  744 WALPOLE    MA
 782 TERRY DOOLEY      F 45   54:32 10:24  41/55   F4049  541 BREWSTER   MA
 807 LUCY DUFFY        F 68   55:45 10:38   3/6    F6099  650 BREWSTER   MA
 857 JOANNE CREEL      F 51   57:36 10:59   8/13   F5059  838 YARMOUTHPO MA
 859 DENNIS HANLON     M 57   57:40 10:59  66/72   M5059  129 E SANDWICH MA
 898 JOHN WORGAN       M 63 1:02:04 11:50  18/18   M6099  953 BREWSTER   MA


Peoples Beach to Beacon 10K
Cape Elizabeth, ME, August 4, 2001
===================================================================
 1940 101/274  F3034   55:37    52:47  8:30 JAN FELT               33 F  3427 E. SANDWICH MA
 

Coffee-O Five
Falmouth, MA, August 3, 2001
===================================================================
   2 Ken Gartner               W. Falmouth          41  M     29:29


Hockomock Swamp Rat Summer Series
Brockton, MA, August 1, 2001
===================================================================
20	Doran		Dick 	Pembroke	 28:36 
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After a while, grinding out the miles on your tried and true neighborhood courses makes getting excited for a run on even your most favorite course virtually impossible.  As the leaves on the few deciduous trees on the Cape begin to change color and leap from the trees, here are a few ideas on how to add some spice to your daily runs.

Run the course backwards.  Take one of your daily courses and run it in reverse.  As well as turning all the up-hills into down-hills (and unfortunately making all the down-hills up-hills along the way), you will see the course from a new perspective.  One holiday season, I ran one of the courses that I normally run several times a week, backwards and discovered a bright blue star of lights and a bright white peace symbol on the sides of two houses facing me.  I had never seen them running the other way.

Introduce a friend to one of your favorite training courses.  If you have a friend that runs, take them along on one of your courses or go visit one of theirs.  There’s no feeling quite like sharing that hill at mile 7.

Run one of your favorite race courses by yourself at a completely different time of year.  That race course you ran in the middle of July with 2000 people will have a completely different character in January.  Allow for some time to look around and next year, when you’re dying of dehydration at the 5th mile, imagine the course is still covered in snow that freezes your toes with every step.

Splice a few of your training courses together.  Joining a few short courses together to make a longer run tends to make the long run a little more endurable.  In addition, the endorphins at 10 miles will make the course look a lot different than it does at 3.

Drive somewhere new and explore.  Hop in the car and drive 30-45 minutes from your regular running routes.  Then run a few miles somewhere that you’ve never run before.  If you go on business (or pleasure) trips, be sure to get out and explore.  Its the best way to get to know the place and the people that you’re visiting.

Run with your kids.  For your kids, every run is on a new course.  See what running looks like through their eyes.

Leave the watch at home.  If you always train with the chrono attached to your wrist, leave it at home.  Instead of keeping your eye on your time, take a look around and see what you’ve been missing.

Run a track workout.  If you’ve never run on a track before, find a group that does a weekly track workout and join them for a few runs.  As well as giving you a very accurate way to judge your pace and perceived exertion, you’ll find a number of nuances in track running that don’t exist on the roads.  For a real challenge, tack on a pair of spikes and try to keep from falling over.

Take to the woods.  If you run on the roads all the time, find a nearby trail and explore.  Its gentle on your joints and you might stumble over some flora or fauna.  But watch out for bicycles, bears, or scorpions, depending on your latitude.

Find a group to run with.  Its a great way to catch up on events of the day (or week, or month), run places you’ve never run before, find out about local races, commiserate about your most recent running injuries, chat about healing remedies, and in general, make running less like work and more fun.

So, you’ve been running hard all spring and summer and are in a rut.  Now’s the time to experiment, try new things, and take a little time off.  And pretty soon, your old courses will be refreshing old friends.

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It is with some trepidation that I’ve finally undertaken the onerous task of purchasing a “real” bicycle.  For the past several years at the local sprint triathlons, although I manage to hold my own fairly well on my 1970’s bike, I’ve always been passed by the fast riders of the wave that starts after us.  These UFO’s hum up behind you with their disk wheels and pass you as if you’re standing still; and they started 5 minutes later!  Never having paid more than $150 for a bicycle in my life and it being the weeks of the Tour de France, I thought I’d share some of the important lessons that I’ve learned thus far.

  • After riding a beat-up, second hand ten-speed for the past 10 years, any machine costing more than $200 is like riding in a Delorian.

  • When you prefix any equipment with “tri,” the price is automatically adjusted upwards by 30%.  The same is true with the word “aero.”  Never, never ask for the aero version of the tri- time-trial bike for triathlon sprints.

  • I’ve been reading Bicycling Magazine and Inside Triathlon enough to almost handle the lingo: downtube, chromalloy, brazons, clinchers, skewers, schraeder, presta, cassettes, head sets, cleats.

  • Bicycles made of precious metals (e.g. titanium, uranium, tritium) are very expensive.  They also move so fast that I can’t catch them to ride on.

  • When you live in a resort region, its tough to find a shop with more than one highly priced “show” bike and a fleet of three thousand rentals.

  • Triathletes will snatch up any performance enhancement, even aero water bottles (just $19.95 with mounting bracket)!  I guess now I can get rid of those weighty brazons.

  • Every shop has someone working there who rides that exact same model and loves it.  I guess these people have a lot of bikes at home.

  • You used to buy the bike that was on sale on the rack at Sears.  Now, bike shopping is like buying shoes; bikes have to be tried on for the correct “fit.”  And if you’ve got the money, you can get a bike made just for you, exactly to your physical dimensions.  What’s your frame geometry?

  • Bikes come in a lot more flavors than they used to.  You used to be able to choose from road, country or kids – yeah, that thing with the basket and banana seat that you used to deliver newspapers on.  Now you can pick from mountain (full suspension, cross-country, downhill, recreational, street (?), touring, vert, bmx), country (manual or automatic, performance, touring, cruiser), road (time trial, sprint, touring, triathlon, cyclocross), not to mention track or any combination you can think of.  Now, do you want that with a double or triple chain ring? … front and rear disk brakes? … record, chorus, 105, ultegra or dura ace drive train?  The catalog I currently have in front of me has 27 different models of mountain bike, 19 road bike models, and 20 hybrids!

  • It’s the same story with wheels: you can get wheels with 28, 24, 20, 18, 4, and 3 spokes, deep section, or disc in 650c or 700c.  “Full length spokes with structural carbon fiber skin ….” ??

Well, I guess I’ll take a break and get some nifty new sunglasses so I can look real cool when (if) I finally get my new bike.  Watch out at the next triathlon because I’ll be the one humming up behind you on my brand new speedster … and if you happen to have a gently used Litespeed or Griffen lying around your garage, send me an e-mail.

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