A fast paced Petersen and Fleishmann weather the storm for victories in SLO town
Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2008
Eric Gilsenan- Tri-Cal TV
If you want the telephone to ring get in the shower, if you want showers just put on a triathlon.
Now of course we know that it was just coincidence but after months of dry sunny days in central California the autumn’s first rain greeted the hundreds of triathletes this October morning at the friendly confines of Lake Lopez.
Whether or not, the Elite race went off without a hitch at 8am as both the men’s and women’s professionals wave started simultaneously. This was a little different than what Jillian Petersen was used to, she had been accustom to taking off with the girls and settle in quickly to match the pace of her fellow fairer gender competitors. This race though had her side by side with the girls and the boys, this made for some interesting strategy and navigating in the first of a two loop swim.
“I am used to starting with the women’s wave so starting with the men was a new challenge, I was immediately separated from the women and had to battle the first few hundred yards with whomever was out there, after the first buoy I was able to hook back up with Alexis Smith, Kelly Couch and the rest of the women’s field. Alexis lead after the first loop but I stayed on her feet and eventually passed her and I exited the water in first spot. The rain was a bit cold and I had never been on this course before so I was really pedaling blind at times out there.”
The former University of Missouri track star who by the way sports a sweet tattoo of the Road Runner on her right hip maintained the lead into T2 and gladly traded her bike for the running shoes, the 2 loop run course had a little hill she had to climb twice but coming from a running background it wasn’t going to slow down this up and coming multisport star. Wyllie Coyote never did catch the Road Runner and neither did the world class women’s competition behind Petersen.
This second win for her in the TriCalifornia Elite series will make The San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island next month a showdown to see who wins the TriCalifornia Elite series.
In the men’s race Brian Fleishmann led from start to finish, the former Florida State University track star was first out of the water on the first loop with a chase pack just ten seconds behind. By the time the second loop was done Fleishmann had put a two hundred yard gap from the rest of the men.
“I like to just relax a bit on the first loop of a two loop course, let the rest of the competition fight it out. That’s what I did today, but on the second loop I pushed myself and intentionally put a gap in between myself and the rest of the men, hopefully enough of a gap so that no one would catch me.” No one ever did catch Brian in T1 as he headed out on the bike course.
“Having won her before I knew what I had to do and I went for it, the rain wasn’t as bad as some of the weather I’ve run into training in Colorado Springs, but I was defiantly happy to get off the bike and into some dry running shoes”.
Brian didn’t look back and brought home his second win here at Tinley’s Adventures weekend.