Monday, October 30, 2006
The Picture above is from the 1.2 mile pre-Ironman Swim. The picture with the boat in it below is from the actual Ironman swim start area.
Group picture below is from the 1.2 mile swim race the week before Ironman. Nancy came in 3rd in her division in this "fun" race!
That's right, it's Simon all the way on the right and he's broken out his kilt. Some things just never change. At least this time he is wearing his kilt in warm weather... the last time we saw Simon dressed like this was at one of our annual December Holiday parties. I guarantee it wasn't "Hawaii" warm!
Nancy told me that there was going to be a "fun" run before the Ironman and now, I believe her!
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
And, with 1,700 pro and age-group Tri's competing, it's not exactly a small, local event! Check out the 2. 4 Mile Swim start above and below.
The crowding eased up considerably as the 112 Mile Bike leg "rolled" on!
The 26.2 Mile Run followed... which leads us to our "local" Huntington results in which we still include Simon even though he now lives a few thousand miles away.
Simon Butterworth was 7th in his age group with an overall time of 11:37:46. (Swim Time: 1:21:58, Bike Leg: 5:57:50 and Run Time: 4:06:28).
Nancy Lipira was 5th in her age group with an overall time of 11:52:41. (Swim Time: 1:13:30, Bike Leg: 5:53:35 and Run Time: 4:35:53).
Mary Ellen Stajk was 10th in her age group with an overall time of 12:12:13. (Swim Time: 1:31:47, Bike Leg: 6:05:00 and Run Time: 4:25:47).
Mary Ellen, Nancy and Simon!
Monday, October 16, 2006
All is well with everyone on the Island as you may have heard by now. Nancy and Mary Ellen were on their way, walking, to the beach for a swim. Locals were not going in the water and they, unlike many other athletes, followed local precautions. We were in our time share when the house started shaking. We did not think it was all that bad when the big one hit. I don’t think we realized fully what was happening. When the significant but weaker aftershock hit we were much faster at exiting the house.
There is not much visible damage around town, a few walls have collapsed and some rocks rolled out on the road here and there. We are however wondering what will happen next Saturday. The upper part of the bike course has some big cracks in it.
Thanx for the concern.
All the best
Friday, October 13, 2006
Needless to say, we will all be thinking of Nancy (and Simon) on Saturday, October 21, 2006. We wish them both the best of luck!
Below is a link to IronmanLive if you have the time on Saturday, 10/21, check it out...
Thursday, October 05, 2006
FYI, Nancy's Ironman Bib Number is 521
Our old friend Simon Butterworth is already in Hawaii but emailed a personal message to Nancy, (which she is reading above), for the Kona Kick Off Party. Simon is our first "West Coast" (more or less) Huntington Master's Swim & Tri Team member and is waiting in Kona to greet Nancy.
FYI, Simon's Ironman Bib Number is 307.
Here's some great Ironman advice. If you see a big fish... swim faster!
Paval was there and was gracious enough to offer his services as Nancy's Personal Physician if airfare and a 5-star hotel was included. Michele offered her services as a private nurse and was willing to settle for a 4-star hotel. Anybody willing to settle for a 3-star?
Sorry Greg. Sorry Sal. My "stupid" camera decided that the best object to focus on was in the background. Operating automatic digital cameras and drinking at Meehan's just don't mix!
Lynn FINALLY arrives with a big smile and a hug from Nancy!
Paul FINALLY arrives and gives Nancy, (with the "where you been?" hand gesture), a big Lynn-Like smile.
Honest, Sal wasn't watching the Mets Game the whole night! It only seems that way in this picture.
Does this put her in the "pro" ranks? Nah. Not with the amount that she got from us!
" If you see a fish any bigger than this... swim faster!"
Harry shows and explains to Nancy how all the locals will be dressed (the local tourists, that is!).