Tuesday, August 31, 2010

So here we are at the end of August! Time to announce the new Triathlete of the Month. Check out the green box in the center column to see who Coach Jacklynn has picked this month.

Also, if you haven't yet signed up for the Roy McConnell Mango Sprint Tri on Saturday, 9/18, please do so soon. There are also duathlon (run-bike-run), aquathlon (swim-bike) and relay options for those who do not wish to do a tri. Right now on our Facebook Fan Page, there are two people in the club who are interested in doing a relay and they're looking for one more person who would do either the bike or run. If you're not on Facebook and would like to be on the relay team, please email the club (bpytri @ gmail.com). Update: Relay team spot has been filled!

And lastly, we are collecting money for Roy's Memorial Fund (see Announcements in the third column). To thank donors, we'll be raffling off a prize package that will include some Nuun electrolyte drink, a Nuun water bottle, Buttar and/or Advocare products, plus more TBD. If you can't donate cash but can provide something to add to the prize package giveaway, please email Shirley or the club. Each donor will receive one raffle entry per $10 donated. Thank you to all who have already donated!

Congratulations to Melissa for being named ‘Triathlete of the Month’ for August!

I've seen huge improvements with Melissa since her training has begun with the Blanchard Park Y Triathlon Team. Melissa has been working hard on her run form and because of this she has been shaving off crazy time. Melissa is an animal out there when she trains in the pool as well while she is gliding smoothly in the water and improving in time here as well. She just completed her first 'Olympic' distance triathlon which has qualified her for the Age Group Nationals in Alabama (along with her son Erik). We're very proud of her. Whether she's out playing with her 'Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra' as a violist or teaching young students music at Walker Elementary School, she may be their 'Teacher of the Year' and a two-time 'Disney Teacherrific Winner' but she's also our triathlete of the month! We know we can count on her support and love for our Blanchard Park Y Triathlon Team. Way to go Melissa! Thank you for being you and for being on our team.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hooray! Another GREAT weekend of racing for Roy, this time at the Moss Park Fall Festival Tri. We had four people complete their first-ever tri:

Cameron - 2nd Super Clyde in the Olympic tri. TERRIFIC!!
Nathalia - 1st F15-19 in the regular sprint tri. OUTSTANDING!!
Denise - 1st F30-34 in the My First Tri sprint tri. FABULOUS!!
Natalie - 1st F35-39 in the My First Tri sprint tri. WONDERFUL!!

And impressive performances as well by several who did the olympic distance:

Britney - 1st F25-29 and her first oly tri!! (AG Nationals qualifier)
Evie - 4th F25-29 and her first oly tri!!
Ellen - 2nd F30-34 and her first oly tri!!
Tracy - 2nd Athena and her first oly tri!!
Melissa - 1st F55-59 and her first oly tri!! (AG Nationals qualifier)
John - 3rd M25-29!
Shirley - 1st F45-49! (AG Nationals qualifier)
Coach Jacklynn - 2nd Overall Woman!!!

Here are some pictures from both races (sprint tri first followed by the olympic tri):

Congrats to everyone who raced. Additional photos can be found on Facebook here for Saturday's sprint tris and here for Sunday's olympic tri.

Those who attended the race also heard that Buttar is officially renaming the upcoming September Mango Tri Festival as the Roy McConnell Mango Tri Festival. WOOHOO!! There will be special activities that weekend to remember our beloved teammate Roy. And best of all, this is NOT just a one time thing. The race will retain the name and be held in Roy's honor from here on out. So, get ready to race again next month for Roy!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why in the world would our team travel 3 hours to race a sprint tri in Jacksonville?

Because it's FUN to get away for a weekend with your tri club buddies!!!

And a BLAST to race together. We had over 30 folks again suited up and ready to tackle the 400 meter ocean swim, 10 mile bike course and 3 mile run (really, 3.1 according to those wearing Garmins).

Everyone who raced had "Racing 4 Roy" written on the back of their calfs and many had written our team motto, "Powered by God, Inspired by Roy," on their swim caps. We all lined up to show off our calfs and Dave the Bike Geek, thinking we were doing a Can-Can dance, snapped this marvelous photo of us below.

Sometimes the best shots just happen by chance ...

We also lucked out with cooler than expected weather on race day thanks to an overnight storm. It left a lot of water on the bike course when we showed up that morning to set up but much of it was gone by the time we rode. Woohoo! The nice cloud cover stayed during the run helping many to finish the race with PRs, including four who were doing their first-ever tri.

Below are some of the many photos taken at the race:

Congrats to everyone who raced. Additional photos can be found here on Facebook. Race results for the team can be found here. Thanks to Dave for the photos, to Mike for compiling the team's results and to everyone who came out to support us!

Monday, August 9, 2010

While most of the team was racing in Jacksonville on Saturday morning, hundreds of cyclists rode in Oviedo to honor to our fallen teammate Roy McConnell and his three sons. The ~35 mile ride was organized by Roy's brother Jim McConnell, an avid cyclist and member of the Orlando Road Club (ORC). Jim, riding Roy's T-mobile bike, led the way to Fort Christmas, the turnaround point, and back. Though the ride was advertised as being unsupported, volunteers showed up to provide food and drinks. Truly an incredible turnout and a testament as to how many have been affected by this tragedy.

Two Blanchard Park Y teammates, Denise and Tracy (along with her son), participated in the ride. Below are some photos that Denise took. Thank you, Denise!

More photos and news stories links can be found on the ORC Facebook Page.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yesterday teammates gathered together at the Blanchard Park YMCA pool to remember Roy McConnell and his 3 sons. Roy was a regular at our Wednesday 6am swim practices and his swim lane (lane #4) was reserved for him all day.

Usually only 10 or so people swam in the mornings but on this day about 30 people showed up. Coach Jacklynn, Roy's sister Deb McConnell (below in yellow) and Pastor Paul said some wonderful words in remembrance of Roy.

Then Coach Jacklynn gave us a special workout with two options for total yardage: 1600 or 2100. For teammates who were unable to attend, you may download the workout here.

Additional TV coverage of our memorial swim can be found on MyFoxOrlando.com and WESH.com.

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