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larsfinanger

Sep 28, 13 12:58


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Here is a piece I recently wrote about this incredible event that takes place tomorrow. If you live near Coronado, this one is worth coming down to race or volunteer at!




“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” is the widely heard motto of the most elite commandos in the world, the US Navy SEALs. In recent years, these warriors have been in news headlines for their leading role in capturing and killing Osama bin Laden - or “UBL” as they tagged him - and for numerous tragic losses their community has faced in battle. With the growing spotlight on SEALs (best selling books, movies, video games, exclusive TV specials, etc), one thing remains unchanged to be sure, these are the bravest men our country has who operate under intense risk, are fiercely loyal to one another, their families and this country, and would most likely prefer to carry-on their duties in the shadows instead of in the national spotlight. Without knowing it, they challenge each of us to look at ourselves and make us more courageous as we go and tackle our own lives.




Seven years ago I was living in Boulder, CO and working at a publishing company in the endurance sports market, Inside Communications, which produced titles including VeloNews, Inside Triathlon, SkiRacing and VeloPress. I worked exclusively with Inside Triathlon and often researched events throughout the world that presented unique challenges. I stumbled across SUPERFROG, billed as the world’s oldest, and toughest, half-Ironman in Coronado, Calif on the US Navy SEALs training grounds. I was immediately intrigued.


I convinced my wife, a top level age-grouper at the time, to train for and travel out to Coronado to compete. We have been involved as competitors or in the race directing capacity with SUPERFROG every year since! In those seven years, my wife earned three overall wins (with their unique paddle awards to prove it) and I came close-but-no-cigar on nearly every occasion with three runner-ups behind top pros Chris McDonald, Jonas Colting and Jozef Major and two other near misses. Last year, I took a step back from racing and helped produce the event as we had a special guest racer which required extra planning.



(With SUPERFROG Owner and retired SEAL Moki Martin in 2011)


I am not training at the same level as a triathlete any longer but have put together a few consistent years as a cyclist. So, while I won’t be toeing the line on Sunday, September 29th in the 35th edition of the event with the individuals, I’ve compiled a strong relay team to challenge for that category title.


On paper, our team is stacked and includes top local swimmer (and former pro triathlete) Kosuke Amano, San Diego’s finest runner, Okwaro Raura, and me on the bike. To give you an idea of the firepower amassed on this team here is a brief sentence on each racer:


In his first marathon earlier this month, this former University of Arizona swimmer won the Ventura Marathon in 2:37! Previously in the summer he attempted a Trans-Tahoe ultra swim. This guy has gills, especially considering his newly discovered talent as a runner!

Okwaro ran a 1:19 half-marathon over arguably the toughest run course SUPERFROG has ever seen last year. It was high tide which forced the lead runners high up onto the beach into the soft sand. His 6:05/mile pace was fastest on the day and he was the only person on the day to outrun Lance Armstrong (yeah yeah, we know.....Lance did all three sports).

I’m the weakest link but I’ve got my sights set on the 2:03:58 bike split put up by pro cyclist Karl Bordine at last year’s race. I shouldn’t say this, but Karl only managed the 3rd fastest time last year behind Lance’s race best 2:02:48 and Leon Griffin’s 2:03:08. Even on a pancake flat course like SUPERFROG’s, averaging over 26.5 mph will be no small feat.



(LOOK 596 with Mavic CXR 80's are weapons of choice for crosswinds Coronado's Strand can kick up)

Barring mechanicals, bonks, or any unforeseen issues, I think we’ll be tough to beat but we are taking nothing for granted. That’s why they hold the race and until the first team crosses the finish line, it is everyone’s race to win!


I’m equally looking forward to seeing how the individual race unfolds as a few top pros including Ian Mikelson and Tim Marr amongst others will battle it out for the win and the prestigious paddle!



(L to R: Tyler Butterfield 3rd, Lance 1st, Leon 2nd)

Cheers,
Lars


2011 SUPERFROG race report from 2nd overall finish



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(This post was edited by larsfinanger on Sep 28, 13 16:03)

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