Wednesday, July 16, 2008

2008 Pickerel Lake Triathlon

2008 was the 4th year of the Pickerel Lake Triathlon. The PLT has become a much anticipated summer event for the Indian Trails Cottages. We had another terrific turnout this year. 2008 was our highest turnout with a total of 18 people that completed the triathlon solo in addition to 5 relay teams.

The weather was perfect yet again and we met at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. The course is a 1/3 mile swim around 2 buoys, a hilly 9.5 mile bike ride around Silvan, Emerald, and Pickerel lakes, and a hilly 5.2 mile run around Pickerel lake.

Last year I surprised a lot of people, including myself, when I won it by about 4 minutes. This year I really wanted to defend my title and I put in a ton of training, especially on the swim. Winning wasn't my only goal, or even my most important. My goals for the 2008 PLT are below, listed in order of importance.
  1. Beat Paul, who had boldly proclaimed to dozens of people that he was going to beat me.
  2. Win
  3. Beat Jason
  4. Finish in sub 1:20:00
  5. Win the swim section
  6. Set the swim course record

I didn't quite reach all of my goals, but I hit my top 3. I know it seems a little weak for a 26-year-old to want to beat a 45-year-old so badly, but all I heard about for the 7 days prior to the PLT was how Paul planned to beat me. Then, when confronted, he totally denied it even though I had more than 5 independent sources.

The overall and results are below.

PlaceNameOverallSwimBikeRunBike Pace (mph)Run Pace (min/mi)
1Randy Elenbaas1:22:320:09:410:33:540:38:5716.810:07:29
2Jason Schaaf1:26:370:11:150:33:450:41:3716.890:08:00
3Paul Soper1:30:130:12:250:37:340:40:1415.170:07:44
4Dan/Terry Kett1:30:480:11:110:38:210:41:1614.860:07:56
6Stewart Aspinall1:36:140:16:350:35:320:44:0716.040:08:29
7Darren Schaaf1:36:570:14:510:35:460:46:2015.940:08:55
8Mark VanHarn1:39:520:12:340:42:020:45:1613.560:08:42
9Dan Kuiper1:39:520:14:050:35:340:50:1316.030:09:39
10Steve Elenbaas1:41:190:13:420:40:540:46:4313.940:08:59
11Dave Geschiere1:41:460:15:010:37:310:49:1415.190:09:28
12Derek Elenbaas1:42:100:17:410:39:400:44:4914.370:08:37
13Roger/Claire Steensma1:47:170:18:140:40:360:48:2714.040:09:19
14Andrew Wiersma1:47:170:12:090:40:330:54:3514.060:10:30
15Dan Wiley1:51:480:13:570:39:340:58:1714.410:11:12
16Mike Johnson1:52:150:12:000:45:450:54:3012.460:10:29
17Marv Elenbaas1:52:240:15:590:43:040:53:2113.240:10:16
18Seth Kuiper1:54:390:15:080:41:250:58:0613.760:11:10
19Grace/Haley/Lydia Elizabeth1:56:270:17:540:45:530:52:4012.420:10:08
20Jenny Scott1:56:430:17:230:48:520:50:2811.660:09:42
21Ben Elenbaas2:05:500:15:320:51:200:58:5811.100:11:20
22Sarah Kuiper2:09:320:17:080:51:171:01:0711.110:11:45
PartialLindsay ElenbaasN/A0:15:131:00:26N/A9.43N/A
PartialJim VerhoefN/AN/AN/A0:47:35N/A0:09:09
PartialErik VerhoefN/AN/AN/A0:48:00N/A0:09:14
PartialJay SchaafN/AN/A0:48:27N/A11.76N/A

My greatest improvement was the swim. I set the course record (Dan Kett had a lower swim time in 2005, but we had a different swimming route that year) and had a nice lead going into the bike. I also introduced the triathlon wetsuit to the swim, which proved very helpful and somewhat controversial.
NameSwimSwim Pace (min/mi)
Randy Elenbaas0:09:410:29:03
Dan/Terry Kett0:11:110:33:33
Jason Schaaf0:11:150:33:45
Mike Johnson0:12:000:36:00
Andrew Wiersma0:12:090:36:27
Paul Soper0:12:250:37:15
Mark VanHarn0:12:340:37:42
Steve Elenbaas0:13:420:41:06
Dan Wiley0:13:570:41:51
Dan Kuiper0:14:050:42:15
Darren Schaaf0:14:510:44:33
Dave Geschiere0:15:010:45:03
Seth Kuiper0:15:080:45:24
Lindsay Elenbaas0:15:130:45:39
Ben Elenbaas0:15:320:46:36
Marv Elenbaas0:15:590:47:57
Stewart Aspinall0:16:350:49:45
Sarah Kuiper0:17:080:51:24
Jenny Scott0:17:230:52:09
Derek Elenbaas0:17:410:53:03
Grace/Haley/Lydia Elizabeth0:17:540:53:42
Roger/Claire Steensma0:18:140:54:42

As more evidence how badly Paul wanted to win, look closely at the following pictures.

Everyone nicely lined up before the start.

Paul, lunging forward in full stride ahead of everyone.

Paul (in the center) in an all out dive to get ahead at the beginning of the swim.
The bike was again very eventful, but at least we didn't have any flat tires. Jason and I both crashed at the exact same spot while biking around Emerald. Ben popped a wheelie going over a speed bump and his front tire decided to roll away, leading to a painful crash.
NameBikeBike Pace (mph)
Jason Schaaf0:33:4516.89
Randy Elenbaas0:33:5416.81
Stewart Aspinall0:35:3216.04
Dan Kuiper0:35:3416.03
Darren Schaaf0:35:4615.94
Dave Geschiere0:37:3115.19
Paul Soper0:37:3415.17
Dan/Terry Kett0:38:2114.86
Dan Wiley0:39:3414.41
Derek Elenbaas0:39:4014.37
Andrew Wiersma0:40:3314.06
Roger/Claire Steensma0:40:3614.04
Steve Elenbaas0:40:5413.94
Seth Kuiper0:41:2513.76
Mark VanHarn0:42:0213.56
Marv Elenbaas0:43:0413.24
Mike Johnson0:45:4512.46
Grace/Haley/Lydia Elizabeth0:45:5312.42
Jay Schaaf0:48:2711.76
Jenny Scott0:48:5211.66
Sarah Kuiper0:51:1711.11
Ben Elenbaas0:51:2011.10
Lindsay Elenbaas1:00:269.43

For a good time you need a respectable swim and bike, but the run can make or break you. I had a 1:30 lead after the bike and knew that Jason could catch me if he had a great run so I never let up. My dad provided on course updates so I knew whether Jason was gaining or losing ground. Thankfully my legs had enough left in them for a good run and I finished with new overall course record of 1:22:32.
NameRunRun Pace (min/mi)
Randy Elenbaas0:38:570:07:29
Paul Soper0:40:140:07:44
Dan/Terry Kett0:41:160:07:56
Jason Schaaf0:41:370:08:00
Stewart Aspinall0:44:070:08:29
Derek Elenbaas0:44:490:08:37
Mark VanHarn0:45:160:08:42
Darren Schaaf0:46:200:08:55
Steve Elenbaas0:46:430:08:59
Jim Verhoef0:47:350:09:09
Erik Verhoef0:48:000:09:14
Roger/Claire Steensma0:48:270:09:19
Dave Geschiere0:49:140:09:28
Dan Kuiper0:50:130:09:39
Jenny Scott0:50:280:09:42
Grace/Haley/Lydia Elizabeth0:52:400:10:08
Marv Elenbaas0:53:210:10:16
Mike Johnson0:54:300:10:29
Andrew Wiersma0:54:350:10:30
Seth Kuiper0:58:060:11:10
Dan Wiley0:58:170:11:12
Ben Elenbaas0:58:580:11:20
Sarah Kuiper1:01:070:11:45

There are now only 4 participants who have officially finished the PLT each year. Steve and I have both improved each year.
4-Year Solo Finisher 2005 200620072008
Jason Schaaf1:35:591:24:521:27:251:26:37
Randy Elenbaas1:35:311:32:411:23:061:22:32
Paul Soper1:40:411:33:171:37:401:30:13
Steve Elenbaas2:02:411:53:091:43:121:41:19

It seemed like many of the participants improved this year. When I looked at the results, I found that EVERYONE who completed the PLT in both 2007 and 2008 had an improved time this year. A few had remarkably improved times like Derek, Seth, and Dave. But Mike made the biggest improvement by far. Nice work Mike.
Comparison with Last Year20072008Time Diff% Impr
Mike Johnson2:34:191:52:150:42:0437.5%
Derek Elenbaas2:01:481:42:100:19:3819.2%
Seth Kuiper2:10:261:54:390:15:4713.8%
Dave Geschiere1:52:041:41:460:10:1810.1%
Paul Soper1:37:401:30:130:07:278.3%
Grace/Haley/Lydia Elizabeth2:02:561:56:270:06:295.6%
Dan Kuiper1:44:171:39:520:04:254.4%
Sarah Kuiper2:13:012:09:320:03:292.7%
Steve Elenbaas1:43:121:41:190:01:531.9%
Jason Schaaf1:27:251:26:370:00:480.9%
Randy Elenbaas1:23:061:22:320:00:340.7%

All the participants
The Elenbaas participants.
Jenny made Evelyn a great onesie. I know many of the other competitors did not appreciate it, but I couldn't resist dressing her up for the occasion. It says "My daddy can outswim, outbike, and outrun your daddy."


Blogger Jason and Melissa said...

First, nice job on the tables with the times - they turned out very well.

Second, goals 1 and 3 are kind of unnecessary given goal 2.

Third, goal 6 was not accomplished. You may try to make your case based on a technicality, but Dolphin Dan is still da man.

12:58 AM  
Anonymous Deniel Hopkins said...

good post and love the photos!! especially that last one!!
keep tri-ing :)

8:16 AM  

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