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TRIATHLON CLUB OF SAN DIEGO

DECEMBER CLUB MEETING Thursday December 12th Featuring Taylor Phinney Schedule: 5pm Food/Social 6pm Announcements/Raffle 7pm Interview with Taylor Location: Function Smart 10803 Vista Sorrento Parkway, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92121

Refer to the Club’s website for complete/updated information.

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Board Members Weekly Workout Calendar New Members TCSD On The Podium

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TCSD Conversation Member Profile Question of the Month

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the arraignment, the prosecutor presented circumstantial evidence of kidnapping, extortion, and a laundry list of other crimes I supposedly committed on the late summer day while I endured my solo triathlon. It was a A Tale of Fiction long-distance course, and my endeavor had taken me most of the day. The only crime I knew about was somebody swiped two water bottles filled with energy drink I had placed in the shade under my pickup in the parking lot. Security cameras at the crime scene had captured frames of what looked like my dark green pickup with its white camper shell and a front quarter panel painted primer gray. I had taken the truck across the border to Tijuana several months earlier where some guys on the street straightened the fender and primed it for a cheap price. I paid them cash and had no receipt for the work. Now the D.A. claimed I was working in collusion with a local body shop to launder money. I would have laughed at the absurdity of the charges if I hadn’t been standing before the judge who determined there was sufficient evidence to try me.

“Mr. Handen, do you have evidence you participated in this triathlon?” the judge asked. “Do you have witnesses for where you were at eleven AM that Saturday?” Scores of surfers must have seen me at seven AM when I dove through the waves for a one-hour swim, but I didn’t know them. After shucking off my wetsuit, I d r o v e about two miles to a parking lot popular with both By Barbara Javor cyclists and runners. It bordered roads and trails that were well-used by recreational athletes. I had passed hundreds of cars on the coast highway where I rode my bike for nearly eighty miles, and scores of runners and walkers where I ran over sixteen miles. I didn’t pass anyone I knew, and I doubt if anyone recognized me. I had no witnesses to back up my alibi. How could my pickup have been anywhere else besides that parking lot? After the arraignment I was free on bail and frustrated with the whole legal system—my attorney for not digging up a single witness, and the D.A. and police for not finding the real criminals. I decided to replay the events of that continued on page 20


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DECEMBER TCSD MEETINGS, CLINICS, RACES & RIDES INTRO TO TCSD AND FRIENDS Wednesday December 11th, 6pm

ALWAYS REFER TO THE TRI CLUB’S WEBSITE AND CALENDAR

TRI TO FIND

Are you interested in learning more about the Tri Club of San Diego? This is a great opportunity to hear about all the Club has to offer, learn the basics about the sport of triathlon, and gain training partners. If you are new

to the sport, or just new to the Club, this meeting is for you! Food and beverages will be offered. Non-members are welcome, no RSVP necessary! Contact: Paula Munoz, pmariemunoz@gmail.com or Jay Lewis, jay.lewis@mac.com

Location:

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UPDATES AND DETAILS. DATES, LOCATIONS, EVENTS, GUESTS ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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All dates and events subject to change. * Refer to the Club’s website/calendar for additional workouts and latest information.

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TCSD BOARD MEMBERS

CONTACTS Triathlon Club of San Diego P.O. Box 504366 San Diego, CA 92150-4366 www.triclubsandiego.org Send correspondence to the address above or contact President, Steven Banister.

President

Steven Banister

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Vice President

Debbie Wittich

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Treasurer

Mike Plumb

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Secretary

Brian Maiorano

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Independent Directors

John Hill

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Brian Long

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TCSD Board of Directors

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TCSD VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS Apparel: Zoca Gear

Hank Montrose

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Aquathlon Director

Jay Lewis

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Membership & Renewal $75/year, $60 active military (w/active ID). Additional years available at discount.

Beginner Coaches

James Ismailoglu

james@triclubsandiego.org

Dean Rosenberg

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Steve Tally

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Bike Case Rentals

Bob Rosen

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Club Historian

Ian Kelly

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Creative Team

Arch & Christy Fuston

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Expo Coordinator

Deborah Jones

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Ironman Coaches

Mike Drury

Membership Director

James Ismailoglu

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Newsletter Editor

John Aspinall

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Newsletter Publisher

Dean Sprague

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Race Director

Jim Johnson

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NEWSLETTER STAFF AND INFORMATION Publisher & Design/Production Sprague Design, Dean Sprague dsprague@triclubsandiego.org (858) 270-1605 Editor John Aspinall john.w.aspinall@gmail.com Newsletter Articles and Ideas Please send to Dean Sprague at dsprague@triclubsandiego.org and/or John Aspinall at john.w.aspinall@gmail.com Contributing Writers: Barbara Javor, and Craig Zelent

Social Directors

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Social Media Manager

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Sponsorship Director

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Swim Director

Chris Costales

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Swim Director, Open Water

Trevor King

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TCSD Cares

Steve Tally

stally@triclubsandiego.org

Track Coach, North County

Mike Plumb

mplumb@triclubsandiego.org

Volunteer Director

Dawn Copenhaver

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Youth Team Coach

Judi Carbary

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John Hill

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Richard Reilly

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TCSD OFFICIAL WEEKLY WORKOUT CALENDAR

WELCOME NEW TCSD MEMBERS Mark Armendariz Kayla Astl Wolfgang Beez

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OFFICIAL CLUB WORKOUTS, REVIEW THE WORKOUT SCHEDULE ON THE CLUB’S WEBSITE.

Louis Bove Michael Brooks Nathaniel Bruce

Monday 6:00 AM Ocean Swim, advanced/expert swimmers 6:00 PM

Ocean Swim in Carlsbad

7:30 PM

JCC Swim Workout

Josh Cagwin

Location: La Jolla Cove.

Hector Canovas

Location: Tamarack Beach.

Location: Jewish Community Center (JCC) in University City

Fee based.

DeLeon Dan

Tuesday 6:00 AM Pannikin Bike Ride 6:00 AM Ocean Swim

Kerry Driscoll

Location: Pannikin - 7467 Girard Ave., La Jolla.

Patricia Fea

Location: Carlsbad.

6:30 AM Bike Workout in Point Loma, Group ride 6:00 PM

Joey Chavez

Location: Moment Cycle Sport, Liberty Station.

Track Workout in Carlsbad/North County, Coached session Monroe St. and Chestnut Ave.

Location: Carlsbad High School,

6:00 PM

Bike Workout in Central San Diego, Coached session

7:30 PM

JCC Swim Workout

Allison Girouard

Location: Tamarack Beach.

Ocean Swim in Carlsbad

Alberto Galante

Location: La Jolla Cove.

6:00 PM

Erik Flakoll Kimberly Gaines

Wednesday 6:00 AM Ocean Swim, advanced/expert swimmers

Andrew Fisher

Location: varies, typically Fiesta Island.

Location: Jewish Community Center (JCC) in University City

Fee based.

Thursday

Galen Hand Christopher Happ Brian Hensarling

6:00 AM Ocean Swim

Location: Carlsbad.

6:15 AM Pannikin Bike Ride

Katherine Koepp

Location: Pannikin - 7467 Girard Ave., La Jolla.

6:30 AM Bike Workout in Point Loma, Group ride

Location: Moment Cycle Sport, Liberty Station.

Friday 6:30 AM First light ocean Swim 12:00 PM Swim workout

Daniel Lacy Daniel Lee Katerina Leftheris

Location: La Jolla Cove.

Cindy Lin

Location: Ventura Cove.

Ben Mack

Saturday 8:00 AM Bike Workout, Group Ride

Location: Meet at Starbucks in Del Mar, Hwy. 101 & 15th St.

Danny McCarville

8:00 AM Bike Workout, Group Ride

Location: Nytro Multisport, Encinitas.

Laura McConnell Brendan McNamara

Sunday 2:30 PM

Youth Triathlon Workout • Location: various • Contact coaches for details, Judy Carbary, jcarbary@triclubsandiego.org.

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* Refer to the Club’s website/calendar for additional workouts and latest information.

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TCSD CONVERSATION WITH:

Suzanne Davis

By Craig Zelent

It’s not every day that we get to hear from the reigning Ironman World Champion, but today is one of those special days. I know you will enjoy this conversation with TCSD member Susanne Davis who won the women’s 40-44 age group at this year’s Hawaiian Ironman to go along with her USA Triathlon National Championship. Craig: What was your athletic background before triathlon & who influenced you? Susanne: Who knew I would be going 9:41 at the Ironman World Championships when quitting Cross Country after my first race in seventh grade. I thought Susan and her su pportive fam ily, Scott an running 1.5 miles was d two childer n Brooke an d Matthew. extremely long and painful! In eigth grade the ning coach encouraged & pressured me to try out the Boston Marathon with my again because he coached two of my older sis- sister for her 40th birthday four years ago. She ters and said we were given good genes. From had a dream of running under 3:30. As a gift I that moment, I’ve been a runner. In Junior High said, let me coach and pace you! I’ve never ran I was brought up to the High School level to a race and not “raced” it. The gun went off and race Varsity! I ran with Suzy Favor - 4x National we ran side by side for 26.2 miles in matching and State Champion; but my passion and drive bright orange outfits I had screen printed 3:30 to be a runner came from the influence of my or BUST. We killed it and finished in 3:26! It was sister Beth. I was always competing to be as an epic day, memory and her personal best! The good as she was. I even went to the same col- pride, joy and endorphins we experienced lege, University Wisconsin La Crosse. I loved the together gave me a new appreciation for running team atmosphere of people in Cross Country and and coaching. Track. Everyone always supported and pushed What was your experience like during your each other to get faster. I was an NCAA All first career as a triathlete and what was your American in the 1500 racing (4:41) and in Cross greatest accomplishment during this time? Country which my top finish was second overall Susanne: Before my senior year in college I did at the Regional Championships. my first triathlon. I borrowed my boss’s bike and What was your athletic background before you signed up. I think the entry fee in 1993 was

got involved with triathlon? Susanne: One of my favorite memories was run-

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$25. I came out of the water almost in dead last and rode past 100 people. I sat down in T2 and tied my running shoes! I passed another 50 people running up to first place in the first triathlon I ever entered and WON $100! I quickly learned that the biking, swimming and cross training from triathlon was a big help in my running. I knew I had to become a better swimmer, so my senior year in college I joined the swim team! I learned how to do a flip turn the day before practice. This was the hardest sport I’ve ever done. I swam 3000 to 5000 sometimes twice a day! I pulled myself out of the pool in front of the coaches and started bawling. “I’m going to drown. I’ve never swallowed this much water and I don’t think my legs can manage one more kick!” The coach laughed and gave me a hug. He liked my determination and worked diligently with me for 3 months, I took 10 minutes off my mile time! Think about that. A LOT of time. All runners who think they can’t learn to swim? Good news, you can! In 1995 I packed up my Chevy Celebrity car and moved to Phoenix. Warm weather to train in and a job interview was the carrot I was chasing! I turned down the job and moved to Tucson to chase my dream and a five year journey of becoming a Professional Triathlete and Olympian! As an amateur I won most of my races and set some new course records! Running was my strength and I became the top female triathlete and duathlete in the state of Arizona. This helped me decide to turn professional in 1996. My first Pro win as a triathlete was at one of my favorite races still to this day; the San Diego

International Triathlon. I won a check for $800, which seemed like a big pay day! If you watch Seinfeld it was “gold Jerry, gold”. In 1998 and 1999 I was selected for the US National Resident Triathlon Team. I was lucky to live and train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and do camps in Chula Vista, CA during the winter. New names on the triathlon circuit back then but Olympians today were two of my teammates Laura Reback Bennett and Hunter Kemper. We all lived, trained, ate and travelled together for the two years hoping to make one of three spots on the first Olympic Triathlon Team. In summer of 2000 in Sydney, Australia, triathlon would become an Olympic Sport! I raced and travelled every two weeks chasing points to build up to my eighth place in US and 42 in the World Ranking. I flew to Japan, Australia, Brazil, most islands in the Caribbean, many parts of Mexico and all over the United States. Five years of hard work, racing with lots of ups and downs due to winning or placing 50th in a World Cup culminated in reaching one of my dreams. I competed in the US Triathlon Olympic Trials, held in Dallas, TX in May of 2000!

How did you meet your husband, Scott? Susanne: Despite the belief that being a professional triathlete is glamorous and a great life style, it was very difficult. I was constantly training and traveling to the next race with virtually no money. If you had a bad race you didn’t make prize money and had way too much time on your hands to think about it or question if giving up your college career job was the

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right path. It was really an emotional roller coaster now that I reflect back. In June of 1999 I was scheduled to race at a World Cup Triathlon in Oceanside, CA. As I lived in Colorado and didn’t have a lot of money I reached out to the Triathlon Club of San Diego for a home stay. I headed to California and stayed in this guy’s house for a week with another athlete from Canada named Sebastian. The homeowner wasn’t even there and a neighbor let us in his house! I thought how trusting for a person to let two strangers live in their house when not even in the state! He was on a business trip in Charlotte, NC. I met him the night before my race for a brief 15 minute conversation before I headed to bed. I raced terrible that morning, but that evening a group of athlete’s including my homestay Scott insisted we go out for dinner at Coyote’s Bar & Grill in Carlsbad. I made new friends and learned my homestay was from the mid-west, just an hour from where one of my sisters lived. Three months later Scott travelled to Tucson for work. I just moved there and we hooked up for an eight mile run then had a five hour dinner! That spark lit the fire and he has been my husband Scott Davis of 12 years :) Scott later told me he offered homestays as a way to give back to a sport that was so important to him. We’ve had many homestays since!

US, but they taught me speed for shorter races. Ironman was a whole new thing and now I was a mom on top of it! My first IM World Championships in 2005, I went 10:18 and proudly placed third on the podium in my age group! I thought that was it for Kona. I had an amazing experience and didn’t think I’d do it again.

After my second child, Brooke, was born in 2008 I again had baby weight to lose and went to the Honu Half Ironman with my family for a vacation in our favorite warm, sunny, beautiful place. I said to my husband that there is no way I’m going back to Kona, it was too much training and now we have two kids. He said, “Susanne, you’re 39 years old and you’re peaking, this may be the best you’ll ever be. Are you sure you don’t want to go?” “NO”, I said with authority. “Leave the checkbook at the hotel and let’s get to the awards.” My name was called and I went on stage to receive my Umeke bowl. Standing there the MC explained that “Umeke Bowl” symbolized honor & accomplishment. You athlete’s should receive this with great pride and respect. These sacred traits are what you hold within yourself”. That moment I decided I had to go back to the Ironman. I had You have raced the Hawaiian achieved my perIronman four times now. How sonal victory and wanted to feel r Honu 70.3. did your first three attempts go waiian Lei afte Ha that again! Then my husband turned to me and ith w e nn and what did you learn from Scott and Susa handed me the check book. He just said, “told ya you’d go.” He those experiences? knows me very well. Susanne: I never intended to race in Hawaii. It seemed way too My second time in Kona was 2010 and I had an amazing race. I long, hot and not something I could keep my focus on. My attenwent 9:50 and was second amateur in the world! I broke the age tion span for a two hour Olympic Distance race was hard enough. group existing World Record, but was beat on the day by another In 2005 I had a two year old son and was working to get the baby German girl in my age group! Can you believe it? Now the fire was weight off (58 lbs). Vineman Half Ironman was an appealing goal lit! I was six minutes away from the amateur world record in the because I went there when I was pregnant but couldn’t enjoy the history of the Ironman. I knew I could find six minutes. The next camping and vineyards and always wanted to go back! It had the year I joined Team Timex and our goal was to break the amateur reputation to be a great race and seemed like a perfect vacation world record. In 2011 I went back to Kona and I was slightly venue. In my first attempt, I earned a slot to Kona! After a five injured but had a strong race. This time I was in the 40-44 age year break from triathlon and being burned out after the Olympic group. I again broke my age group existing world record going trials I earned a slot to the most prestigious triathlon! My gut told 9:51 but was second again! Having a type A personality I wanted me, “go for it!” I didn’t really know how to train for these longer to perfect my performance and still had a burning passion to go races. I had learned many tricks from great coaches all over the continued on page 10

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CONVERSATION, continued MEMBER PROFILE MIKE BECK Nickname: Dad Member since: 2006 Website: www.jeffreykrebs.com

Age Group: M40-44 Status: Married, 15 years, 3 kids (13, 11, 11) Occupation: Business Owner/ Engineer. Favorite local restaurant: California Pizza Kitchen (kids). Brigantine Seafood (no kids). When not training, I enjoy: Spending time with family, hiking, watching my kids play sports primarily ice hockey and of course recovering from injuries!! Before I became a triathlete I was: A tennis player in school, then lots of running, marathons. Who or what inspired you to start triathlons? Wear and tear of running every day was taking its toll, needed more cross training. My first triathlon: Spring Sprint down on Mission Bay, 2005 I think. Pre and/or Post event ritual: Only 2 beers the night before a race!! Post race - stretch, stretch, stretch. Favorite event/tri: Locally SDIT and Oceanside 1/2 are awesome races. Desert tri in La Quinta and for an ”easy“ iron IMAZ is great.

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for it one more time! In 2012 I was injured and couldn’t race. When you can’t do what you love it makes you appreciate what you don’t have even more. I strained my achilles and couldn’t run for eight months. This year I came back to Kona and finally won my age group and was the fastest woman over 40 with the result of 9:41. I didn’t break the all-time amateur world record, but I am the fastest american amateur over 40 in the history of the Ironman which just celebrated its 35th year! Bucket list, check mark!

This spring brought lots of promise and hope into your life, but your family had to endure a terrible adventure that I would not wish on anyone. What happened that turned your life upside down? Susanne: In 2000, the year before Scott and I were married he and I were perfect training partners. We loved running and biking together for hundreds of miles. We knew each other mentally and could help motivate each other to get in a 6am or 6pm workout even if tired. Scott was going to race in his life goal of Ironman California here in Oceanside and I was racing in the first US Olympic Trials. Athletics has been part of love and lifestyle which brought us together. A couple years later we took two bike trips across Tuscany enjoying

Italy at its finest! This April our world was turned upside down and the unexpected happened. My husband Scott had a heart attack at 49 years of age, in a friend’s garage, just before going biking. It was no doubt the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to endure. It took the EMT two shocks to bring back a hearty rhythm after a close friend had given him ten rounds of CPR. I was called to the hospital and they had no idea what caused the arrest and if he would live or die, or live but experience brain or physical limitations after waking up. We road 60 miles together the day before this happened climbing over 5000 feet in elevation. God really had his hand on Scott. Scott has been athletic his whole life. He grew up competitive in track, baseball, & football. His journey was cut short when he had his first open heart surgery in high school due to an imperfect valve in his heart since birth. They fixed it when he was 17 years old, but it leaked 25 years later and he had another immediate eight hour open heart surgery with me at his side in 2007. His heart attack this past April was due to genetics. He had a double coronary bypass surgery. 90% of his blood was blocked going in and out of his heart. When he first opened his


MEMBER PROFILE, continued Favorite segment (swim, bike or run): Run. Getting slower with age but can still get by a few people on the run. PR/Best race (or any split time): Not a PR anymore but my first 1/2 at Oceanside in 2009 was 5:31:23. Not bad for not having a clue was I was getting into. This year’s athletic goal: Just to recover from illness and finish at least a 1/2 next year. Had a PE (multiple blood clots in my lungs) after Vineman full this year, was in the ICU for 5 days. Wear your compression socks, hydrate, and don't sit in the car/plane for long periods after races!! This can happen to anyone.)

eyes the first question I asked was if he remembered our children’s names? He said both of their names then added and you are banana. That is my nick name; Susanna banana, only to my husband. I took three months off of training to help him get back to health along with our two young kids Matthew nine and Brooke five years old. God showered us with so many loving friends and people in the community to help us with meals, carpool and life’s daily demands giving me more time to focus on Scott. God and my faith has taught me to pray and turn toward him when life throws you a curve ball, explosion or just more than you can handle on your own.

Craig: Another terrible event happened in August. This time to your best friend’s family. What happened? Susanne: Udo Heinz passed away. He and his wife Antje are two of my very best friends. We met due to triathlon when I first moved to California in late 1999. We bought dogs together, had our first child two weeks apart and basically went from singles to newlyweds to parents together. Udo was needlessly killed by a city bus while riding in Camp Pendleton. It was very, very difficult not just on me but also the entire cycling community. My husband spoke and honored him at his memorial service which

attracted about 200 people from all parts of his life. It hit us so hard because it was just too close to home. That could have been any one of us. Also, it was the second funeral I had been to in four months of husbands and fathers being torn from their family. It’s just become so much more dangerous out there. It still stings and I’m certain it will forever.

How did you manage to go forward after these things happened to Scott and Udo? Susanne: It was really tough. For three months my attention had been caring for Scott. He couldn’t work, drive or lift anything over five pounds and I felt so bad just leaving him home alone to go train. I questioned why I was even out training? What purpose did it have in my life and should I spend my time doing something else, being with my family or something that contributed to society in a more impactful way? But it always returns to God. He’s been a compass throughout my life that has guided me. It has with Scott also. I heard the pastor speak on Sunday about the gifts that God had given us. I thought about it throughout the coming weeks and found peace that my athletic abilities were gifts from God. The best way I could honor God was by using them. The contribution to society I was questioning was easily answered when my clients missed me and continued on page 12

Can’t race without: FS and Saltstick, keeps me fueled. Most embarrassing or disastrous moment: Crashing the bike during SDIT. Came down the big hill at the end of the bike way to fast and couldn't make the corner. Bike was fine but I had lots of road rash. Finished the run while leaving a trail blood behind me, made for great photos at least. My equipment: Wetsuit: Quintana Roo SuperFull Bike: Cervelo P2 Shoe: New Balance, 20 years and counting. Wish list: Kona Lottery Spot - too slow to qualify. Fully heal from PE/Lung infarction. More time to train/race. Best advice: After nearly popping off after my last race, my advice is to enjoy every day we have. Attitude is everything, enjoy your training, enjoy your race day, stay positive. Favorite Thing(s) About TCSD: The people have to top this list. Followed closely by the Club races, they are awesome. Third would be the food after the Club races - Dawn you are the best!!

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wanted me back. I was helping society in a very meaningful way. I was working with clients to make their dreams come true. They’re lives were changed and goals were achieved by going to Boston, getting a college scholarship, competing in the Ironman or standing on the podium for the first time. The positive energy which that brought into their lives was seen by others.

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You won your age group at the Ironman World

The race went exceptionally well. It was a marker to see how well I was progressing towards Hawaii. I knew my engine was there but didn’t know if I had the extra gears to go You won the USA hard on the shorter Triathlon National course. A two hour Age Group race is a lot different Championships in than ten hours. All my Milwaukee less numbers were right on than one week the money and I finafter Udo passed ished so strong on the away. How did run with my family that race go for screaming at me along you? the entire course. In the Susanne: Yes, picture below you can see and that was a me saying “Udo” as I came very difficult across the finish line. He decision. I didpropelled me and I n’t want to go. I called thought of him much Antje (Udo’s along the way. I finished wife) and had a in 2:09 and knew I left conversation it all on the course about it. I didn’t mentally and physically ask her permisfor that day. I was now sion as much as I the US Master’s told her I wasn’t Champion and felt an going to go. She amazing pride and insisted I should appreciation for the still race. Udo was human body and an incredible fightmind. My family was er and so tough on there to see it and the bike. He was celebrate with me. one of the most perThirteen years ago I fect cyclists I’ve ever raced in the US ridden with. She told . ip Olympic Trials and sh on pi me and I knew Udo oup Cham s of an Age Gr rd wa re e now I was the National th g would want me to go. Sharin Champion at 41 years old. This is when you So I did. I think the only reason I went was because it was in Milwaukee and my entire fam- realize that only God knows how the story will ily lives in Wisconsin. They all came for the play out. You are just in it for the ride.


Championships in Kona in October. How did that race go for you and what challenges did you have to overcome to win? Susanne: It went almost perfect. My husband is ridiculously detailed with numbers. He knew all my competitors, where they qualified and what their strengths were. He had me projected to finish anywhere from 9:30 to 9:44. That was a big jump from 9:50 and I was three years younger then! I went 58:30 for the swim which is was 1:30 faster! I dropped to 5:11 on the bike beating my previous time by thirteen minutes! I was on course record pace and feeling great. I changed my whole bike program which included big blocks of 300+ miles. I learned that I could hold my running mileage longer in my system than I could hold my biking. I consulted with a couple professional cyclists and they all confirmed my hunch. Then I hit my strong leg of triathlon, the run! I’d run 3:17 and 3:18 in Kona in the last two races and I knew I was in 3:15 shape. Running is usually my playground but not this time. Ouch! My hips, glutes, back and it seemed like my entire body was locked up. I

ran two good miles and then things really started to go south. This is where I leaned on my life experiences you just read about and I sang the song, “He can move the mountains, my God is mighty to save he is mighty to save”. Others were walking. I was tight and running in discomfort for 24 miles but my heart knew that I could break thru that mountain of pain and persevere. Ironman is a personal journey and I am happy to share mine without filters. I crossed the finish line 10 minutes faster with a new PR (personal record) and set the fastest American Amateur Record for women over 40 in the history of the World Championships in Kona which just celebrated its 35th year.

How have your experiences in triathlon while you were in your 20’s translated to your success now that you are in your 40’s? Susanne: I’ve actually been getting faster with age! I guess that means I probably didn’t reach my potential earlier. In your 20’s you are out to prove something. You want to earn a living, get continued on page 14

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If you could waive a magic wand over the sport of triathlon, what would you like to change? Susanne: I truly love this sport and when I don’t have the passion anymore I will find something else to compete in or give my time and energy. I think there needs to be a drug testing program with the amateur athletes. The entry fee’s of Ironman have gone up from $350 in 2005 to $775 in 2013. I believe $20 of every per-

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son’s entry fee could be allocated to the cost of a drug test for the top three people in each age group at a championship event. I find it odd that when I was second in the world at the 2010 Ironman World Championships that I crossed the finish line and they thought I was first and wanted to drug test me. They grabbed my arm but after two minutes when they realized I was second they let go of me and didn’t test me! This year I was top in my age group at Kona and wasn’t tested. Let me be clear that I don’t know the answer and I don’t know anything about how and when drugs show up in your system. I just see everyone getting so fast that it boggles my mind. A lot of these faster times come from improved competition, but course records are getting smashed. Records that have stood for eight years are now getting faster by 30 minutes! The more people you have doing a sport, the faster it’s going to get. There should be some type of program in place to at least deter it. Again, I don’t have any knowledge that it exists at all. I simply feel that it’s gotten so competitive to get into Kona and it’s such a star in someone’s athletic career that some out there might consider a short cut. I just want that deterred in some way.

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What he really brings to the table is a level of Elite, Shimano, Quintana Roo, Nytro, Blue excitement and teamwork and sharing this with Seventy, Skins and my husband Scott are the our children. I’m my own most wonderful sponsors. I am very fortunate to get support with the newest, fastest and best equipment. I’ve been sponsored many years, but what I’ve now realized is that these aren’t companies but people with a relentless passion. As a younger Pro, I didn’t have the maturity or self assurance to talk and get to know the people in the companies. Now I have tremendous relationships with the people that support me and they genuinely want to see me succeed and win, not just because of the brand but because they are friends. When we say it takes a village it really does. Elite Care Chiropractic, Gina Rittschof Massage therapy, Studeo DNA bike fitting, Dr. Lumkong our MD who also takes my weekly spin class and numerous friends and family. Certainly my husband Scott is my number one fan and my children. Scott’s more than accepting of me doing the sport, he loves it. After doing triathlons for 20 years he can now appreciate the sport in a differpionship finish. IM World’s Cham ent way even if he can’t race anymore. continued on page 17 Susan’s 2013

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CONVERSATION, continued coach, but he’s an emotional coach to me. He knows me better than anyone in the world and he’s been with me for more than 100 races. He knows if I’m procrastinating, being lazy or if I need a kick in the butt to get out the door. I cannot mask or fake it with my husband.

In addition to mother, wife, and world champion triathlete, you are also a triathlon coach. What is your coaching philosophy and how can people reach you? Susanne: There is no “one” best coach for everyone, but I may be the best coach for you. I’m clearly different than a lot of coaches out there according to the athlete’s I train. First, I like to work more one on one with clients. I don’t train 40 athletes at a time and give them all the same workouts. I don’t have cookie cutter programs and brief calls with my athletes once per week. I feel like everyone is completely different and balancing three sports with a job, travel, family and friends is very difficult. I

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There’s an off season or a change of seasons? After IMAZ and HITS we switch to half marathon and marathon mode and then in Late January start working bike and swim back in since March starts off with Desert Tri. The one thing that has been steady for me is running year around with different workouts to support the events on the schedule. —Richard Reilly I don’t have an off season. Maybe it is just because I am new to sports, but I just shift my training to my next race or goal. Maybe a 5k, maybe an ultra, maybe a motorcycle race. I may relax a little and put on a few pounds, but obesity and diabetes runs in my family, so it is a huge risk to put on weight. — Jason Tootell Kayak surfing. No tourists, better waves. More space, so the loco local surfers don't attack me. (oh yes, it can be violent out there) Mountain biking with the non-competitive guys and gals, for long hours, with long stops, and laughter. — Bill Dusting My offseason starts at the same time as Thomas’. My training plan: Run when I feel like it. Ride when I feel like it. Surf instead of swim. I try to eat more moderately and healthy. Getting rid of ten pounds at age 55 is a bitch. — John Chisholm My off season looks like: Lazy weekends, hiking, ultimate frisbee, and contemplating buying a track bike.” — Ian Young

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and breathing and watch your form change over paces and terrain. I can see your attitude shift more positive or negative. I wait to see how you will deal with adversity then offer a few words of encouragement to see how you can self-adjust. I can see the heart rate and pace data each day when you upload it into Training Peaks which informs me immediately that you achieved or struggled to finish the planned workout. I know my clients extremely well, some of them have been with me for ten years and most of them have become lifelong friends. I love the sport of running and triathlon. I race it myself and continue to improve or learn something. I’m faster now at 42 then I was at 32. Triathlon is a lifestyle and it’s a moment in life I hope to be part of and will always remember.

How can learn and follow your journies? Susanne: They can follow me on twitter @tricoachdavis or facebook Susanne Martineau Davis. And my website is www.tricoachdavis.com or email at tricoachdavis@gmail.com.

Susanne, you and Scott have been good friends for many years. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on your accomplishments this year and always. Craig Zelent is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach. Craig can be reached at (760) 214-0055 or tricraigz@yahoo.com.


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REPLAY, continued day, hoping to uncover even one clue. I visited the beach again the next Saturday morning, though the water was too cold and the surf too rough to swim. After watching the surfers, no fresh ideas came to mind, and I returned to my truck. I stared at it a moment. Where were my flip-flops? I hadn’t seen them since the triathlon. Maybe I had left them on the bumper instead of throwing them in back with the old, shabby carpet I used as a changing mat during transitions. The carpet was missing too. Strange. I couldn’t recall using it during my triathlon. Was I so spaced out that morning? I pondered the events of the day and couldn’t remember details of my bike ride or run. Is it possible I drove away, committed crimes, and returned later like a sleepwalker on wheels? Next I drove to the parking lot where I had embarked on the bicycle ride and the run. I parked the pickup where I had left it before, the last spot in a row so I could open my door without banging a car next to me. It was also next to the lane that led out of the lot, and close to the bathroom, drinking fountain, and trash bins. While I parked, a man in need of a shave, haircut, and shower scavenged through the trash bins for aluminum cans. I thought I

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had seen him before. I noticed he wore a t-shirt with the name of a local ten-kilometer running race. I also noticed he wore an expensive model of running shoes that were worn down but not worn out. Given the rest of his attire, I wondered where he got them. Curious, I stepped over to talk to him. “I think I’ve seen you around,” I said. “Are you a runner?” He shook his head. “I just collect cans here. Sometimes people give me running things.” He indicated his shirt. “Sometimes they just leave them here.” I had an aha! moment about the fate of my missing water bottles. I was pretty certain I had seen this man on the day of my triathlon. “I guess someone left those shoes too.” “No, sir. A foot doctor gave them to me. He said they’re not good for running anymore, but they’re okay for walking. He runs here every Saturday. My ears perked up. “Do you come here every Saturday?” “Yes, sir. I’ve met some really nice folks here.” His air of innocence led me to my next question. “You didn’t happen to pick up two blue water bottles filled with sports drink under that truck parked right there a few months ago, did you?” I pointed to my truck.


“I picked up two bottles, but they were sitting out in the sun getting hot. There was no truck parked in that spot. I put them in the shade over here and waited awhile for someone to return for them, but no one did. I remember that was the day the doctor gave me these shoes. After he left, I did too. It was lunchtime.” My heart skipped a beat. This was a tenuous connection to my case, but it was something. “Would you recognize the doctor if you saw him again?” “Sure. He drives a tan Mercedes Benz with a plate that reads 1FUTDOK. I keep an eye on his car while he runs. He said strange things sometimes happen here.” Hoping the doctor wouldn’t miss his run this morning, I paced and jogged endless loops around the parking lot, asking the drivers of the entering cars if they had been there that Saturday. No one had. Just before I was ready to call it quits, the Mercedes entered the lot. I introduced myself to the doctor and told him my strange tale of woe. Our scavenger friend listened. “I remember that morning,” the doctor said. “I saw a tow truck pulling a pickup out of the lot. I recall thinking what a way to ruin a weekend

run.” “I’ve seen a tow truck here several times,” the scavenger said. “Sometimes it tows cars away, and sometimes it tows them here. I remember its license plate is LUV2TOW.” Gears clicked in my head. Body shop, tow truck, towing out and towing in while people were gone on long bike rides or runs. “Aha!” I hugged the scavenger, oblivious to his lack of hygiene. “I think you solved the mystery.” I knew I was a free man. I exchanged contact information with the doctor and scavenger, phoned my lawyer, and left him a long message. I took my bike out of the pickup and double-checked the truck’s alarm this time. No longer needing to burn up the highway miles out of frustration and anger, I wanted a long, easy ride to plan what I’d say to the police and D.A. about their half-baked allegations. While cycling up the highway, details of my triathlon came back to me as I passed familiar landmarks. I savored my two recent victories over adversity—once as a triathlete on this road in a solo pursuit many weeks ago, and again today as a friend of strangers who shared the road.

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