Your Fighting Texas Aggie Triathletes did great today in the Trifecta Triathlon at Possum Kingdom Lake. Both the men and women had all of their scoring 4 athletes in the top ten of the collegiate division! We had 18 aggies compete in what I now consider the most difficult course I have completed. Huge shout out to some first timers and users of mountain bikes! Join us tomorrow morning for a 7am recovery ride! The only excuse is an 8am class. Helmets mandatory, water and flat kit highly recommended.
Howdy, I hope everyone is ready for the start of the semester!
Monday, September 1st – First Day of Classes
Wednesday, September 3rd – Sport Clubs Day (3-6pm): @ Rec Center Lobby. Say hi to us and the other sport clubs!
Sunday, September 7th – MSC Open House (1-5pm): @MSC. Once again, stop by and meet the officers, look for some Zebras riding bike trainers outdoors and see what other ways there are to get involved at Texas A&M.
Monday, September 8th – FIRST MEETING (9pm) @Rec 281 – When you walk in go up the stairs/take the elevator on your right and look for a “TAMU Triathlon” sign on the double doors on the second floor.
Tuesday, September 9th - Practices Start (7:30pm) Swim at Rec Natatorium.
This year the Assumption of Risk (AOR) form will be completed online at the following link (through Maroonlink): <http://maroonlink.tamu.edu/
We look forward to meeting you all at either of the open house events and/or our first meeting on September 8th in Rec 281 at 9 pm (if you can't make it we will be sending an email out with everything we talk about at the meeting).
I will be sending out this semester's practice schedule out soon but here is a text version of it (Beginning September 9th).
Mon: 7:00 am Easy Ride (In front of Rec)
Tue: 7:30 pm Swim (Rec)
Wed: 6:00 pm Run (A&M Consolidated Track)
Thu: 7:30 pm Swim (Rec)
Fri: 4:30 pm Trail Run/Swim (Lake Bryan)
Sat: 8:45 am Long Ride (Brazos Valley Cyclists group)
Sun: 7:00 am Long Run
I was fortunate to be able to participate in my 3rd collegiate nationals with the team. What a journey it was! We left Wednesday night, arrived in Tempe on Thursday, raced Friday and Saturday, competed for the Spirit Award the entire weekend only to have it stolen by UC Santa Barbara. If only our conference was as united as theirs (and actually showed up to awards), maybe we could have won. However, we've been nominated as finalists two years in a row now, so third time's a charm , right? After an uneventful bus drive, we made it to College Station late Sunday night. I'm super proud of how all of our zebras did, from Carleigh's break-out performance in the Olympic distance to Colin McCatharn's blazing run that put him into top 75. Our girls finished 6th out of the women with Lauren Lewis leading the team, narrowly missing the podium by 10 points. Combined, we also finished 6th as a team behind University of Colorado, UCLA, UC Berkeley, West Point, and Navy. Michael Arishita had a great performance finishing 13th in the combined men's score. Our relay also had a stellar performance, finishing 11th out of over 40 teams.
It has been very exciting to serve as your 2013-2014 president, but I'm afraid it is time to pass on the baton. Colin McCatharn will be your new president, and he's got my full support going on into the next school year!
You can find the results here: http://www.pigmantri.com/jmsracing/results14/usatcollegiate14.html
Your now former president,
Sean "#zebraforever" Chang
Great job to everyone who come out today! Today it was wet, windy, cold, rainy, wavy, and 57 degree water temperature... But we did it! Whether you only did the swim, bike/run, or all three, just know that all other triathlons out there are going to be easy from here on out. :) Dustin Joubert was the fastest male and Ciara Teter was the fastest female. Each individual received a $25 gift card to Brazos Running Co.
Results are posted here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7a0VlTbD928VVdYOEg2NzVLYms. The bike/run course this year was slightly longer than in previous years, but you can still compare past times by going here. Also keep in mind that the swim times may be slightly skewed as our first turn buoy came untied from the anchor as our first swimmers reached it, and it drifted to shore. The later swimmers may have ended up cutting the course a bit.
Lastly, thanks to the University of Texas, Baylor University, Texas State University, University of Incarnate Ward, and University of Houston for coming out and racing with us! We had 61 racers with 28 completing the entire race and no injuries/accidents/major mishaps. We look forward to hanging out with y'all at regionals and nationals!
If there are any issues with the results, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are racing or volunteering at team time trials (March 2, 2014):