12 TriForcers made their annual pilgrimage to Santa Cruz to race the Big Kahuna triathlon. Everyone either podiumed or PRd! (Except Monzy, but he managed a sub 5 and a pose down victory!) Also congrats to TFer Dean Johnson who was first overall at the Capitolaman Full IM over the weekend and to Ken Ashcraft for an olympic distance PR at Pacific Grove. Overall, maybe the best weekend ever for the Force!
We also had a great cheering section with TF photographer extraordinaire Caroline Bontia, Yohann (below, in the giant TF jersey), Andrew who spent all day in his speedo (per usual), Theo, and myself as well as family and friends of TFers waiting at the finish.
Li “Gimme” Moore- first place 35-39, 4:28 (PR).
Amy Rubin – 5:50 (6 minute PR!)
Rob “An Ironman Per Day” Gray- first in the elite division (4:33) despite DI2 failure, flat tire, and going the wrong way for a couple miles on the bike!
John “Snickers” Nickerson- 2nd in 30-34 (4:40)
Sven “Swedish Fish” Mawson – 5:11- PR! Sven knocked 24 minutes off his Big Kahuna time from last year.
Chaitanya “Hard Core” Gharpure – 5:01 – PR! Next up– sub 5 at Oceanside next year!
Jason “Ready, Willing and” Hable- 5:10 – PR! Jason knocked 35 minutes off his time from last year!
Peter “Do Win” Nguyen. 5:51. OVER AN HOUR PR!
Saurabh Bhasin – 6:05- ANOTHER ONE HOUR PR!
Robert “Bobby Mac” McNamara. 5:43- massive 30+ minute PR!
Dan “Monzy” Aminzade. 4:59! Once he finished going sub 5, he won a pose off against TriForce spectators Andrew Sellergren and I.
Jeff “So Right It Almost Feels” Wong. Jeff did the swim leg of a relay with 2 friends from his local tri club. They took 2nd place
Caroline asked for the butt shot:
Wonder Twins– ACTIVATE!