Arizonawas the last official IM race appearance for the EN coaches and the next-to-last Ironman® on the ’10 calendar. TeamEN had nearly 20 athletes racing in Tempe. A few of the members arrived on Wednesday and Thursday, and met to preview the bike course and organized their own cocktail hour at Rula Bula in downtown Tempe.
Rich arrived on Friday afternoon to lead the TeamEN Dinner at…Rula Bula…that evening. Over 35 athletes, friends, and family members were on hand to meet each other and enjoy dinner together
On Saturday morning the Team and ENFans assembled at the Powerbar bottle at the swim start at 10am for Rich’s Four Keys Talk conducted in the grass just outside the expo. 25 athletes quickly became 50 became 75. All heads were screwed on straight and minds gotten right. Go here to become an ENFan and receive a FREE copy of the Four Keys DVD, the worlds only Ironman® race execution-specific DVD.
Rich went out on the bike course to spectate at about Mile 20, while TeamEN members John Stark, David Ambrose, and Penny Wilson volunteered in transition. When they weren’t helping the athletes they found time to snap a few pictures.
Conditions: the water temp was in the low 60’s, which proved to be a problem for some athletes in the water longer than about 1:45. Airtemps were in the mid to high 40’s, but warmed up quickly to the low-mid 60’s…when the wind picked up big time. However, the winds on the bike were opposite of the normal pattern, this time blowing as tailwind out on the Beeline Hwy (a gradual 2% grade for about 8-9mi) and a strong headwind coming back which became much stronger on each lap of the three lap bike course. Athletes saw headwinds, crosswinds, some driving rain, some hail, and even a dust storm!
Rich and the TeamEN Cheering Squad assembled at Mile 17-18 with the ENFlag to cheer on their teammates…with a little help!
The squad hammed it up for the Team and the athletes on the course until it got dark, and then retired to the finishline, where Rich was able to greet most of the TeamEN finishers, thanks to their teammates back at home watching the feed and texting Rich as athletes came across the finishline video feed.
At around 9:30pm, many of the finishers assembled at…Rula Bula…for burgers, beers, race reports and tall tales!
Below are Race Reports, Podcasts, and Finishline Interviews from TeamEN athletes
Complete Team Results here
Greg Charbeneau: 10:04, Kona Qualifier
Read Greg’s Race Report / Listen to Greg’s Race Report Podcast Here
Paul Hough: 10:36Read Paul’s Race Report / e
Gilberto Hernandez: 11:19
Read Gilberto’s Race Report /
Terry Olivas: 12:26
Read Terry’s Race Report
Scott Dinhofer: 13:57
Read Scott’s Race Report
Ellen Charnley – 12:37
Read Ellen’s Race Report /
Chuck Peterson – 14:25
Read Chuck’s Race Report
Julia Herrmann: 14:45
Read Julia’s Race Report /
Adam Ainbinder – 11:38
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