17 of NC State's most valiant athletes headed just down the road to compete in the Belews Lake Sprint near Greensboro NC September 12/13. After a brief caravan down I-40, we arrived at the Lambrecht household where we were met with frisbee, corn hole, snacks, and lacrosse games. We loaded up on pasta and called it an early night claiming all of the beds, couches, sleeping bags, and whatever other soft objects we could find. Before the sun came up we were walking out the door to show MACTC who runs North Carolina. Conditions were a bit chilly and intermittent drizzling couldn't dampen our spirits. What kind of race would it be without a little input from Mother Nature? In the time trial start system the collegiate athletes started over the course of about 20 minutes. All of those swimming junkies would get a head start and clear water. Two by two they went with the Field and Lambrecht family spectating the Belew's Lake action.
Taylor and Margaret led the team out of the lake and onto the bike course. We fought the wind and rain battling it out with local schools like App State, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill along with some northern teams such as Liberty, Maryland, and The Naval Academy. Lindler headed NC State starting onto the run course hoping to hold off a few of the Navy folk. As the team came tearing through T2 and onto the run course, the weather let up some and the music lightened the day.
Everybody finished strong through pain, dehydration, or that feeling when you remember that your hungover friends won't be awake for like two more hours. Our man Scott not only survived an epic bike crash near the finish, but he went on to have a decent bike split and awesome run time with blood oozing from elbow and knee. Congratulations to Danielle and Margaret who completed their first triathlon and finished without missing a step. Also Daniel took on the bike course on an 80's era Finnish road bike with a grin on his face the whole time.
Rockin the Rox
The State crew peeled out the health center parking lot on a leisurely mid morning schedule Saturday. After dealing with a few mix ups we were on our way to Richmond for an Olympic throwdown. The team was a bit unsure what to expect and somewhat worn from racing the previous weekend, but on arriving at the packet pick up we realized that Virginia has a unique way of running triathlon. We got all kinds of freebies and food with our packets, the Virginians were quite cordial (even though parking sucks). After meeting the crew we checked out the bike course and took a brief tour of downtown Richmond which in no way could have possibly resulted in us getting lost and making U-turns on one way roads.... Several Volunteers associated with the race were generous enough to allow us to spend the night in their homes cutting down on hotel costs. Thank you Richmond Multisport Volunteers! We awoke in our respective households and walked out the door with bagel in hand to meet up at the race site. The transition area over looked the James River and was situated on a cobblestone walkway with a disused railroad bed on the opposite side. We watched the half distance athletes begin and we anxiously awaited our turn to take on the James. All collegiate athletes began together; all 100 of us, it was time to turn it on.
Zack and Taylor immediately tore away from the main pack with some of the fastest swim times of the whole day. The rest of the wolfpack followed shortly behind. At the point where we cut across there river all Olympic distance athletes were met with a little surprise. ROX. Like a giant sunken pirate ship six inches below the surface of the water. There's nothing like a surprise bouldering section in the middle of a swim race. I thought it was awesome throwing in a twist or two always keeps me on my toes. After the quick adrenaline burst it was time to head back to the boat ramp. There was a long (~100m) run from the swim finish to the transition area where those of us not fortunate enough to be born with gills could try to make up some ground. The bike course was a beautiful sample of the Richmond landscape with some downtown at the beginning with countryside and residential portions later. Shortly after the bike turn around at a septic treatment plant, we were greeted with enthusiastic volunteers holding out gatorade. Water bottle handoffs are a luxury at this distance and were greatly appreciated. After contending with the deceptively tough bike course the team started to settle into its groove. At least the run course is flat right? Well, the first 2 miles or so were on the Canal walk by the James and had almost no elevation change until the bridge. After the bridge we were faced with uphill then downhill then uphill then flat then steep downhill then a turnaround then everything backwards. Grrrr, so much for a fast run course.
The bike and run slowed us down a little bit but we persevered and finished strong. The State team only brought 4 men and 4 women, so the performance of every member was vital and no one let us down. Zack crushed his first ever triathlon; only learning about it four days in advance. Anne got to take her sweet new tri-bike to the limits. We finally got to race with Chris, our new friend from the other side of the globe.
See you guys at Conference Championships in a few weeks!
WELCOME all new freshman to your new home for the next four years! We have gotten a few more likes recently, and I'm sure more of you will see this page due to RecFest. If you came out today you would have experienced how amazing our team is, and seen how close we have all become. Join!!! If you didn't attend recfest and still want to know more about the club, I can give you the full scoop if you shoot me an email. We are a fun loving team that does require a lot of dedication, but we are completely accepting of all levels. Triathlon will change your life if you've never done it, and it is a fantastic lifestyle to embrace. As your head social chair, you will not meet me until the spring since I am studying abroad in Australia this semester, but I'm sure you'll know who I am by the time I get back
Further down is a post to join our Facebook group where we will post practice info and you can organize rides, etc., so go join that group if you're keen to race some triahfalawns!
Julie Falzon , social chair
NC State showed up to the Azalea Sprint Triathlon in Wilmington NC last Saturday with 10 student athletes. This was a first triathlon for two of our members, and one of several hundred for our faculty adviser. Azalea was our first race of 2014, and a great venue to start off the year. Last season we finished 3rd for men and women in the Mid-Atlantic conference, and we are hoping to show up to Nationals with the same kind of speed we brought to the races last semester.
After caravaning from Raleigh to Wilmington on Friday, we spent the night at a teammates home. We woke to a beautiful morning and began the race time trial style. State brought their A game to battle it outwith athletes from Duke, Liberty, Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, UNC Charlotte, and others. Hannah Field got second in her Age Group, and Michael Lindler got 3rd in his Age Group. Congratulations to everyone on their performance. The rest of the results are on the results page, and pictures are in the photo gallery!
The NC State Triathlon team took on more than just fellow collegiate racers at the MACTC champs at the Rev3 Half Full Triathlon in Ellicott City, MD on Oct. 7th, 2012. With temperatures hovering in the upper 40's at race time, and a steady rain throughout the entire race, the men’s and women’s teams completed a fantastic fall season which culminated in both teams qualifying for the 2013 USAT Collegiate National Championships to be held in Tempe, Ariz. in the spring.
The women’s team came into the race needing to finish seventh or better in order to qualify for as a team. Things looked bleak after several key athletes were out due to school sponsored events and injuries, but the depth of the team shined through as the women finished in seventh place on Sunday, guaranteeing them a spot in the top seven overall for the conference season. Coach Brooks Doughtie stated, “We had some girls that really stepped up their game today, and our depth and teamwork was key to finishing strong. Today was a tough day for some of our athletes, and I was really excited to see everyone step up and finish so well.” With their seventh place in the MACTC conference championship race they guarantee themselves a team slot at the 2013 USAT Collegiate Nationals.
The men’s team knew coming in it would take a great team effort to pull off a win. With the one of the men’s top athletes, Benjamin Rachunok, out due to an injury sustained less than one hour before the race, the men finished in fourth, with Navy winning the meet. With a fourth place finish at the conference championships, N.C. State solidified third place for the 2012 fall MACTC season. This means that the men’s team gains its first team podium for a season in the team’s history. Club president Chris Fundanish summed up the season, “My first goal for the team was to send a complete (7 athletes per team) men’s and women’s team to nationals. The first stage of this has been completed, and we are excited for the future.”
The offseason training is the next phase for the team, as the team doesn’t race again until the spring of 2013. Fundanish is looking forward to the team fundraising which will help get the entire team to Tempe in the spring. He stated, “The NC State Triathlon Team is thankful for all the sponsors and support we have received, and I look forward to working with more sponsors to promote this team and the sport.” The NC State Triathlon team looks forward to getting more exposure and as the team's top female, Colleen McCarthy put it, “We accomplished some great goals so far, and the future is looking bright for this team.”
The NC State Triathlon Club aims to promote the sport of triathlon with NCSU students while providing a supportive network for training and racing. Info on the team can be found at www.ncstatetri.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
History Made for NC State Triathlon Team at Wilmington YMCA Triathlon
The N.C. State Triathlon had 30 team members racing in the Wilmington YMCA Sprint Triathlon, part of the MACTC conference race series, on September 22, 2012 and recorded historical performances. The women’s team became the 1st NC State tri team to ever record an team victory, as it took home 1st place, well ahead of UNC-W, while the men in a closely contested race finished in 2nd place overall, just behind Virginia Tech.
The women’s team had a strong team approach in winning the race, with Colleen McCarthy, Jen Kopenitz, Kimberly Spence, and Madeleine Gaffaney all finishing in the top 16 to easily outdistance 2nd place UNC-W. Colleen McCarthy asked about the team’s performance replied, “The team is looking stronger each week. We were very competitive at Wilmington and I can’t wait to see how we do at Rev3."
The men’s team was just beaten by VT in a closely contested men’s team race, as they were led by Ben Rachunok, Kory Gray, Charlie Lambrecht, and Bryan Deitz. Asked about the performances from the team, club president Chris Fundanish responded, “NC State triathlon is a legitimate contender for the team titles and everyone now realizes that.”
Up next for the NC State Triathlon team is the MACTC conference championships which will be taking place at the Rev3 Half Full in Columbia, Maryland on October 7th. Head coach, Brooks Doughtie, asked about their chances replied, “I couldn’t be more proud of where this team has come from and where this team is going. I think the excitement on the team is at an all time high level, and I think the kids can go out there and compete and represent themselves and NC State very well.”
Early Success for NC State Tri Team at MACTC Opening Race
The NC State Triathlon team participated in the MACTC conference season opener Patriot’s Sprint triathlon in Williamsburg, VA on Sept., 9th, 2012. With more than 16 guys and girls racing for the wolfpack, the men’s team finished in 4th place while the women’s team finished in 7th place. Asked, how the weekend went, NC State’s tri coach, Brooks Doughtie, stated, “The team wanted to compete and see where they stood as a team. We had several top guys sitting out as well as our top girl this year, so I think the team gained a lot of confidence from this race, and I’m excited for the next few races.”
Up next for the wolfpack triathlon team is the Wilmington YMCA sprint that will takeplace on Sept. 22, 2012 in Wilmington, NC. Charlie Lambrecht stated, “I feel like we
can improve our standings and I can’t wait for Wilmington.” After the Wilmington race is the conference championship, so in just a few short weeks the team will know where it stands. Stated Doughtie, “The fall races really do start quickly, so the team has jumped into training from day 1 of school, and they have really worked hard.”
The NC State triathlon team is a club sport that focuses building a team atmosphere on the road to a top overall team finish at USAT Collegiate Nationals.
As one of the Presidents of this team I'd like to stop and say how excited I am about this first practice and the year ahead. I hope everyone at practice had a felt comfortable and enjoyed themselves. I hope practices continue to be this large (or larger!) so, please keep coming out to practices! GO PACK!
Please pay attention to the clubs Facebook, Moodle page, and this website for up to the minute information about the Triathlon club for this year. We will be having our first practice this Friday at 4PM and will meet at Miller fields (behind Carmichael Gym). We will also be announcing our meeting for new and prospective members soon.
So I wanted to give a little intro about myself, talk about some things I'd like to do to help with the NCSU tri club, and kinda go over some ideas.
First off, I'm Brooks Doughtie, a Level 1 USAT certified coach. I live here in Raleigh, after bouncing around in a bunch of places over the past 8 years. I graduated from NC State in 2004, with a degree in Marine Science (college of PAMS). I've been coaching triathletes since 2008, having coached various athletes both juniors and AG's along with assisting several current ITU athletes. I'm a F.I.S.T. certified bike fitter, level 2 USAC cycling coach, and have CPR/First Aid certifications. I currently coach for Vanguard Triathlon, who's directed by Level 3 USAT coach, Justin Trolle, out of Colorado Springs. Working with him has allowed me to really improve and learn alot while bringing a world class training program to athletes. My philosophy is to help athletes achieve athlete success whether it's simply to improve fitness, improve in their age group, or compete at the highest of levels. I think the most important aspect of coaching is communication between athlete and coach. I want my athletes to feel like they can understand every workout, but can also come to me and let them know how they are feeling. The greatest thing for success, is when you the athlete can tell me how training is going. I base alot of workouts on the results you do in training, and therefore, really like feedback. Whether the workouts are too hard/easy, maxed out with homework, finals, etc.
So, what I'd like to do with the club? Well, frankly I want to make you guys a top 10 program. I want to build a program that is inviting to both the top end athletes, but also the athletes that are just there for fun and a way to blow off some steam. So, don't ever feel afraid of coming to a practice or event associated with NCSU triathlon. I'm here for the team, and I want everyone to know that they are going to get a great experience from this. I'd like to do 2-3 "coached" workouts each week, focusing on some high intensity work. That is where we are going to get better as a team, and I'd love it if as many people as possible can show up. The more participation we have, the more you guys are going to push each other to get better. I'd like to sit down with each person in the club over the next few months (or in fall semester), and kinda see what each of you has for personal goals with the club. I'd I'd like to work on some sponsors to help get yall more funding so that potentially more people can race.
So this is an exciting time for NCSU triathlon. Nationals is coming up and then I know some are racing the FS race on Cent. campus. I'm planning on putting a social together sometime right after finals, so that we can all have 1 last party for the outgoing team members, but also to get some team commaradie going as well.
I look forward to meeting all of you and working with the team.
Also, please just call me Brooks!
USAT-L1; USAT-Y&J; USAC-L2
The semester has settled in and everyone has figured out their schedules. Time to get some awesome training in before Nationals in April. If you are interested in the club's workout schedule, check out the "Schedules" link on the top.
Some of the races the Tri club will be attending are listed below:
Azalea Triathlon - 3/10 (Setup Events)
Cary Duathlon - 4/7 (FS Series)
USAT Collegiate Nationals - 4/21
Beaver Dam Triathlon - 4/28 (FS)
TOA Triathlon - 4/29 (FS, located on NC State Campus!)
White Lake Half - 4/5 (Setup)
FS 50 / IOS 100 - 5/19 (FS)
These are just a few spring races. Expect to see the NC State Tri Club at a bunch of races over the summer including the Old School Aquathon Series.
Also make sure to check out FS Series new Washington Race Weekend including the FS 50 and Inside Out Sports 100. Not comfortable racing the entire distance? Try a relay. The club gets 40% off that FS Series race and select others!