Published on June 12th, 2012 | by Steven N. Tomboni0
MuncieMan 2012 Wrap-Up
Dawn. Prairie Creek Reservoir, Muncie, Indiana. June 9, 2012. The 4th race in the Triton Brewing Indiana Triathlon series
At 6am the sun painted the sky every color from red to yellow as 350 athletes, 200 volunteers and 3 security agencies with 500 nervous family and friends watching as 25 race team leaders finished the last-minute preparations that started at 3am. The events of the day included a sprint triathlon, Olympic distance triathlon, 2 duathlons, an aquabike, a 5k run and walk and the 1st MuncieMan Triathlon; a 3k swim, 61.8k bike and a 15k run.
The title sponsor, Central Indiana Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, provided the national anthem singer in Amber Thornburg and she did a phenomenal job. The cannon-shot was heard at 8:03am and all the swimmers, runners and walkers were on the course.
Laurissa Dalrymple..comments on becoming the Ladies MuncieMan Champion:
The MuncieMan Triathlon was my second race of the season and was in preparation for the upcoming Muncie Ironman 70.3 which will be my first half distance triathlon. I felt that the timing and the distance for the MuncieMan was perfect for evaluating the training and preparation I have been doing for the Half-Ironman distance. Coming into the race, I wasn’t sure what to expect having never done any triathlon longer than an Olympic distance. I liked the longer swim which was fast and enjoyable. On the bike, my least favorite of the disciplines, the three-loop course was perfect as the loops helped me to mentally break the ride into three (3) short rides. It was pleasing to ride consistently throughout each of the three loops. The rolling hills made the run challenging. Overall, I was pleased with my race results. I want to thank Muncie MultiSport for putting on this fun and challenging distance. It is strategic for those who are preparing for the Muncie 70.3 specifically or any half-distance triathlon.
I also want to thank all the volunteers who make race day possible!
Daniel Bretscher; 1st MuncieMan Triathlon Champion stated:
It was my return to racing after a month hiatus for an IT band injury. With half distance triathlons on the horizon I wanted to race something a little longer to prepare. I knew that I was in good swim and bike form, but my run was a bit of mystery coming from an injury. I really enjoyed the swim in Prairie Creek Reservoir, it went by quick, and the 3k distance was a fun unique, yet manageable challenge. Onto the bike I knew coming into the race I’ve trained really well and I set a lofty goal of riding sub-90 minutes for the 62k course. I was pleased to end up riding 89 minutes for an average speed of 25.8mph. I headed onto the run and immediately was feeling the heat, hard bike effort, and lack of run training. I set a conservative pace for the first half and after a few miles was feeling better. I was pleased that I was able negative split the 15k run by over a minute and finish strong to grab the overall win!
I want to say thanks to Muncie MultiSport for putting on a race of this distance (3k/62k/15k). In a market that is over saturated with sprint triathlons geared towards novice triathletes, it was a breath of fresh air to know there is a good option for those who prefer to race a little longer. And with the 70.3 series rising in popularity, the MuncieMan is the perfect opportunity to for those racing the Muncie 70.3 to preview and do a longer race on the 70.3 course. Another big thanks goes to all the volunteers who unselfishly dedicated hours of their weekend so that we were able to compete. Without volunteers these events do not exist!
Finally, it was great hosting the Muncie Triathlon Camp for the second year in a row. We had a great group of athletes this year preparing for the Muncie 70.3. After racing in the Muncie Man and spending the weekend working with a coach, I think everyone departed feeling more confident and ready for the Muncie 70.3 next month.
The party atmosphere continued all afternoon as Pizza King supplied the food and Triton beer flowed until late in the afternoon. Everyone had a great time and many athletes comments revolved around the excellent venue, safe race and outstanding volunteers.