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Make sure you're fully decked out in BSV Gear for the season! Place your order by Feb. 14th!

Hi BSV friends and family,
The kit ordering details have been finalized and Pearl Izumi’s website is now open for BSV orders!
You can order as many clothing pieces as you like, but all members must order at least one current jersey. If you already have one from last year, you can order a different upper body piece ( ie, vest, jacket, l/s jersey).  We want to make sure we represent our current sponsors well, by making sure everyone has current Blue Sky Velo kit pieces!
Here’s your link to place your clothing order: (Window closes on Feb. 14th)
If you’be been thinking of joining Blue Sky (or haven’t re-upped for 2013), please do so NOW! Fees are only $40.  You won’t find a better cycling club bargain anywhere! Here’s your link to sign up:

Hi fellow BSV-tri members!

I just wanted to write a race report for my first-ever iron-distance tri, last weekend’s
PPD Beach to Battleship in Wilmington, NC.

Overview:
In my opinion, this event has a fantastic location and was probably the best experience of all my triathlons due to energetic volunteers everywhere and supportive fans. On top of that I loved the small downtown metro, great beach/water, excellent roads, etc.

Perhaps we got super lucky with weather, but it was the most perfect day in so many respects and I finished in 10:26:37.  Broken down, I had a 52:04 swim, 5:27:40 bike and 3:53:56 run plus approximately 6 min. each for T1 and T2.  That put me in 30th place overall (650 total), and 5th M40-44 to cross finish, but technically a SECOND PLACE age group finish because of the roll-down of awards as others in age group place top-5 overall. Every aspect of my day was essentially perfect!

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This past Sunday I “raced” in the Ironman Branson 70.3 event.  This
was one that I did back in 2010 and I suffered big time, so this time
around was purely for vindication.  In 2010, I was not prepared at all
for the bike course which is considered the hardest on the 70.3
circuit.  I clocked it at 4500 feet of vertical over the 56 mile ride,
which is on the order of Lyons to Brainard Lake, for context.  I spent
a lot of time on hills this year to prepare and also logged about
1000+ miles more than 2010.  The weather in 2010 was 95 degrees and
100% humidity which absolutely drained me – I lost 10 pounds on the
course that day.  This time around it was 45 degrees at the start of
the swim and in the 50s and 60s on the bike.  40 degrees cooler makes
a LOT of difference.

The short story is that I missed my goal of sub 6:00 hours, and ended
up with 6:22 and change.  Needless to say, I’m a bit disappointed, but
6:22 isn’t a bad time, I suppose.  Here’s the abridged version of the
race report.

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