Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

By Sasha Underwood

Several years ago Becky Piper was attacked while living in Guam by would be armed robbers, severely beaten with a gun and left to die. Local naval doctors immediately evacuated her to San Diego for treatment. She is now partially paralyzed. Yesterday she completed Xterra Lory. What happened in between is remarkable and brought tears to my eyes watching her finish knowing all that she went through to even compete.  You can read about her account HERE.

Prior to the attack, Becky was an ultra-marathon runner. A friend of hers had mentioned the Xterra in Guam and essentially challenged her by saying because he was a guy he would be faster than her and would beat her time – which ignited a small fire in her. She trained and completed the 2013 Xterra Guam, finishing 2nd in her age group and qualified for the Xterra National Championships.  Oh, and her friend, did not even start because he didn’t train.

Shortly after that she was attacked.  When she finally emerged from her coma weeks later and barely started talking, she asked the doctors if she could resume racing. They explained that her paralysis may be permanent – to which she replied, “Ok, well that’s why there’s a Para Athlete division!” After spending some time with her I can only imagine her saying that in a matter-of-fact, upbeat, genuine way with that huge Becky smile of hers!

She is now paralyzed on her right side and uses a brace to walk. Within the past three years, she has become a USAT Coach with Team MPI, and she completed two sprint triathlons last year. Check out her accomplishments on her Facebook page!

When we met last year, I asked if she would be doing Xterra’s again. She explained that she would like to but wasn’t sure of which one would be suitable for her. I immediately thought of Xterra Lory – it’s such a great course for beginners and experts alike. A flowy bike course with a great climb of a run.

She signed up for Xterra Lory at the beginning of this year. I mentioned how I love that race but I can’t run anymore since my hip surgery in November, to which she replied, “then walk! I’m doing it!” Of course I signed up after that. Originally I was going to race the swim and bike portion and have my mom do the run.

Becky was nervous about the bike portion. She pre-rode the course a couple times and a few days before the race I asked her if she would feel more confident if I rode behind her on the bike course. She loved that idea so I planned to stay with her the entire race.

The Swim:

We put on our wetsuits to go do a quick practice swim. It was the first open water swim of the year for both of us – nothing like waiting until race day! Anna, Becky’s transition handler, and Sam, Becky’s husband, helped Becky into her wetsuit. The best part was watching them lift Becky up by either side and try to shake her into her wetsuit! I REALLY wish I had taken a picture of that!

The entrance to the lake was slick and muddy and several athletes slipped while entering. It was a good time to discuss a strategy for Anna to help Becky out of the water when she finished. The water was chilly and both Becky and I had a little cold water shock panic when we put our face in the water.  We were in wave seven so we had plenty of time to practice. By the second wave we were comfortable and I tried to stay slightly to her right and in front of her so she could follow me.

We finished faster than her projected time in under 30minutes!

The Bike:

Sam modified Becky’s bike so all of the shifters and brakes are on the left side. In addition, her bike is a full suspension, more of a down-hill, slack geometry and has a 27.5 wheel on the front with a 26 wheel on the back. Becky can’t stand up to get over obstacles or downhill sections so the wheels and geometry of the bike help put her in a better position to ride that type of terrain.

I had so much fun riding with her! Becky had named many sections of the bike course from pre-riding it. The first section she named ‘Bridges Galore’ (but later renamed it to ‘Why Will Becky’s Foot Not Stay On the Pedal’). Next came ‘Where Becky Endo’d’. Then ‘Holy Crap! Look At All the Uphill!’ And last but not least, ‘The Part I Only Saw Once Because the Other Time I got a Flat Tire.’

This girl would fall over, get back up, and do it again. Over, and over, and over again. I was so impressed with her tenacity and perseverance – all the while with a ginormous smile on her face. At one point she fell over, threw her arm up and with a grin from ear to ear said, “ta-dah!” I’m so glad I was there to help out when I could and put her foot back into her unruly pedal. By the end of the bike we pretty much had that down to a science.

Her family and friends were waiting for her at the bike finish cheering with excitement. Anna and Sam helped her transition, changing her biking brace to her running brace made with carbon fiber which is more comfortable and allows better mobility for hiking.

The Run:

I originally was going to do the run with Becky but I forgot my running shoes. Fortunately my mom, who was already planning to run, ran with her instead.  Becky described her run as an attempt to get over rocks. She fell a few times, ended up with a mysterious scrape down her entire length of her arm, and has a bruised and skinned knee… but she did it. She explained that my mom gasped the first time she fell but by the 5th time she was unphased. That’s just what happens. You fall, and then you just get back up.

Becky’s friends and family ran with her through the last 200 yards leading up to the finisher’s chute. I personally could not hold back the tears of joy, knowing what I know about Becky, knowing how meaningful it is to train and overcome obstacles and push through no matter the odds or what life throws at you… knowing what it feels like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, 10k, Marathon and Ironman… the feeling is the same and I couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Looking around there was not a dry eye among us.

Becky is incredibly motivating, inspiring and her up-beat, nothing-can-get-me-down attitude is infectious. I am honored to have raced with her and call her my friend. I look forward to watching her race the Boulder Half Ironman in August!

 

 

 

 

BRINGtheKIDZ at the Colorado Triathlon

BRINGtheKIDZ offers families the opportunity to be together on race day.  They provide quality child care and fun activities allowing mom and dad to focus on race day with out worrying about the kids.  Michelle’s staff will be at many tri events this summer.  Read parent comments from this past weekend’s Colorado Triathlon.

 

On June 3, 2017, BRINGtheKIDZ spent a beautiful morning at the Boulder Reservoir for the Colorado Triathlon with Without Limits Productions. As an added bonus, we also got to cheer on our Ambassador Jessica Kaiser who competed in the sprint!

We enjoyed making motivational signs, a nature scavenger hunt, jewelry making, bubbles, and lots of other fun activities, including cheering for the hardworking athletes.

Jessica told us afterwards, “”My daughter Amy had a great time at the BringtheKidz camp during the Colorado Tri. She told me she loved making craft projects, and I loved seeing her smiling face at the swim exit. It was a great day for both mom and kid!”

We’re looking forward to lots more multisport events this summer and fall, and hope to have more kids join us to add to the fun! Visit us at www.bringthekidz.com to learn more!

6/24/17                TriBella Sprint Tri

6/25/17                Boulder Sunrise Tri

07/09/17              Boulder Peak Tri

07/23/17              Tri Boulder

07/30/17              Outdoor Divas Tri

08/26/17              Boulder Sunset Tri

09/17/17              5430 Tri

In Memory: Kevin Sanford Edwards

Kevin Sanford Edwards, 59, passed while skiing at Loveland Ski Area on the afternoon of April 28, 2017. Kevin was born June 13, 1957, in Ann Arbor, Michigan to David and Mary K Edwards. He spent his childhood in Michigan, Germany, and Pennsylvania before his family settled in Boulder, Colorado in 1971. Kevin received a B.A. in English from Colorado College in 1978 and a J.D. from the University of Denver in 1981. He was married to Laurie Mizener from 1998 to 2006, and their daughter, Aleah Edwards, was born in 1999. After practicing law for eleven years, Kevin founded Ski Gear Direct, a pioneering mail-order and online ski gear company. In the latter part of his career, he was a lawyer for the state of Colorado, most recently as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. A dedicated triathlete, he competed in over 100 triathlons since 1984, including ten full Ironman races, often winning his age group throughout an elite career. Kevin’s passion for racing and training was infectious, and his ability to encourage others and welcome them to his sport seemingly boundless. As passionate as Kevin was about triathlon, he was more passionate about skiing, having started at the age of four in Bavarian Germany. No matter the weather or conditions, the company or location, the very act of skiing brought him unmitigated joy. Kevin was an adoring father to Aleah and a dear friend to so many; he also touched the lives of countless other people with his joy of life, kind heart, wit, compassion, and sense of humor. He loved his family and friends deeply. He is survived by his father Dr. David Edwards; his two brothers Scott and Chris; his ex-wife Laurie and daughter Aleah; his in-laws Carol, Karen, Tiffany, and Tammi; his nephews Christopher and Nathan and niece Jenna; and his girlfriend Erin. Kevin was preceded in death by his mother Mary K Warwick.
A service in memory of Kevin’s life will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Calvary Bible Church, 3245 Kalmia Ave, Boulder, Colorado, 80301, starting at 3:00pm. A reception will follow the service. All whose lives were touched by Kevin are welcome.

 

From Laurie –

“we have opened a college saving account for Aleah, and the bank’s suggestion is just to have checks sent to Aleah, and they can be marked “college fund” in the memo section.” 

1420 Moss Rock pl, Boulder CO  80304

 

Report: Boulder’s Newton Running cofounder out, reorg underway

The Newton Running Store is shown here on Pearl Street in this file photo. ( Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer )

From the Times Call

Newton Running, which abruptly closed its flagship Pearl Street Mall store last month, has launched a major reorganization which includes the departure of its cofounder Danny Abshire, according to a report in Runner’s World.

The report was confirmed by company spokesman Michael Doyle.

Doyle said cofounder and investor Jerry Lee has returned to lead the venture as chairman of the board temporarily.

“We don’t know what the long-term plan is,” said Doyle, but he confirmed that the company’s primary financial backer, Fireman Capital Partners, is no longer involved and that company executives are in the process of forming a new investor group.

The Daily Camera reported the store closure March 31.

“the street retail scene proved a tough one to make profitable”

Read the full story

Dash-n-Dine Race Recap: Fun is Key

By Cheri Felix

Now that we’ve completed Dash & Dine #1, here is my race report. Mine might be different than the usual race report (as if anyone else went home to write in their Dash & Dine diary).

Easy. I signed up a long time ago so all I needed to do was pick up my bib. Keep your bib. It’s your bib for the series. That’s slick. Now all I have to do is show up. No waiting in line. Now I have more port-o-potty time.

Warmup. Matt from Revolution Running lead us in a FREE coached warmup. First we ran and then we did drills. It was my first coached warm up and I’ll admit, my first real warm up. Matt was nice and helpful. It was fun. And he’ll be there again next Tuesday.

Fun. I want to be very clear. I am not that person who says “I’m just out here to have fun. I don’t care about my time.” That’s not me. I do care about my time. I want to get faster and stronger. Of course, at some point I won’t get faster, things will level out. But for now, there’s room for improvement. But it does have to be fun. Even after childbirth they handed me a beautiful baby. Suffering is fine as long as it’s served with a side of fun. Friends, kind spectators, food afterwards and a welcoming finish line; all ingredients for a fun evening.

My time. Okay, here it is. My time was 14 seconds slower than my fastest time last year. Which means I am 14 seconds slower than my peak time which was at the END of the Dash & Dine 5k series. The good news is that my last mile was faster than my first two. Can I go out a few seconds faster on the first mile without losing it? Can I go a bit faster on the second mile if there is no headwind this time? Maybe. Or maybe #2 will just be slower. What then? Who knows. Perhaps that’s part of why we line up. It’s an unknown and in this life of immediately knowing whatever we need to know whenever we need to know it (goodbye microfiche, hello Google) we line up not knowing how it will all work out. And like when some of us get married or take our car into the shop, we hope for the best.

Honesty. I’ll be honest. There are some people out there that are fast. Like 18, 19, 20 minute 5k fast. You can’t see me, but I’m clapping for them. For the rest of us, we line up, we run and we finish. Our time is our time. It’s a number on a clock. It’s not a statement about who you are as a person. It’s not a determinate of how long you’ll live or how much you will be loved. It’s not a hint as to how nice you are or how you will be remembered. It’s a number and it’s your number.

I hope you’ll come out for the next Dash & Dine on Tuesday. I’ll be there and I’ll probably be talking loudly at the start and laughing at the finish. If you need a pep talk, come find me.

See you there!

Boulder Coach Neal Henderson on Babbitville Radio

“Combination of the practical and scientific application in working with athletes to help them be better, be faster, be able to do what they do healthier and more sustainably.”

Coach Neal joined Bob Babbitt on Babbitville radio discussing topics such as Leomo, coaching methodology, the hour record, and much more!

Neal Henderson

Do you Strava? Join Team Colorado & win prizes!

Boulder, Colorado, USA – Mike Ricci & Jim Hallberg: D3 Multisport

Author: Bill Plock

Do you Strava? Yet another verb in our language morphing from a website (i.e. googling). Join the Team Colorado Strava group and you can be eligible to win prizes for completing the D3 Multisport segment within the Ironman Boulder bike route. The segment essentially starts at 63rd and Nelson Rd., heads West to highway 36, then North to St. Vrain and East to 65th and south back to Nelson Rd.

D3 and some of their partners including; Rudy Project, Infinit, Colorado Nutrition, Pro Bike Express, and Lock Laces will be giving away products to athletes who complete the D3 segment in the month of April. You need to join the Team Colorado Strava group to be eligible—and ride your bike between Arpil 7th and April 30th—that’s it! Click here to join

This isn’t about coveted KOM or QOM’s (king and queen of the mountain) but rather participating. Team Colorado is initiative started by Ironman Boulder to build a stronger community feel at their race in June. It’s morphing to be an inclusive group encouraging athletes to be more engaging and have fun training. All clubs, athletes, groups and individuals are welcome at events.

Most of the prizes will be given at the Team Colorado picnic scheduled for Sunday afternoon on April 30th at the Ironman office/warehouse in Louisville. There, food and beverages will be available along with some great advice from experts of D3 Multisport along with other fun events and a chance to see some of the behind the scene happenings on how a triathlon is put together. The Ironman warehouse in Boulder is the staging place for everything needed for all of their North American events. Families will be encourage to join the picnic!

The Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports : No More Grease Stains on My Carpet When I Change a Tire?

By Alison Freeman

You know when you’ve been struggling with something over and over and over again, and you get so used to clunky and difficult and annoying that you never pick your head up to think about alternative solutions? That pretty much describes me, in my basement, swapping out trainer tire for outdoor tire for trainer tire for outdoor tire, getting chain grease all over the carpet, and just assuming that this is how it’s done. And then I learned about the Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports.
TAAAHHH-DAAAHHH!!! Light bulb does not even begin to describe it.

WHAT IS IT?
The Sprint Work Stand by Feedback Sports  is a bike work and wash stand. Unlike the work stands that you often see at your local bike shop that use a seat post or top tube clamp to hold your bike, the Sprint Work Stand uses a fork mount to secure and stabilize your baby. I mean bike.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
For starters, I am now convinced that anyone who does any work on their own bike – tire changes included – should own a work stand. If my grease-on-the-carpet story didn’t resonate with you, how about the fact that my race wheels stayed on my bike for 8 weeks because there wasn’t a day warm enough to pop my bike on my car’s bike rack and swap out wheels. Does that sound familiar? Now just imagine changing wheels and mounting rear bottle cages, all in the comfort and warmth of your house – without getting grease everywhere. SOLD, right?

Glad that we’re on the same page. So, then, the reason that you want the Sprint Stand specifically is because, since it uses a fork mount, you don’t have to stress about the top tube shape of this bike and the seat post shape of that bike and is there any one stand that will work with all of my bikes? Yes! The Sprint Work Stand. DOUBLE SOLD!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Sprint Stand is a cinch to use. Even though I only glanced at the directions the first time I whipped it out to change my daughter’s tire, I had it set up in just a minute or two. The stand uses four clamps similar to the clamps on your bike’s seat post to manage the entire setup and breakdown process, which makes everything quick and easy.

You open one clamp to expand the tripod base, a few others to adjust the height of the stand, and then there’s a nifty clamp to lock the horizontal mounting bar in place. Just like that, the stand is set up. To mount your bike, you simply remove the front wheel and throw it on the fork mount using one of the three provided skewers and their accompanying spacers. The fork mount has a slide adjustment, so once your bike is mounted you can easily slip the fork mount forward or backward so that your bottom bracket rests on the rubber base.

Once you’ve got your bike mounted, you can rotate it 360 degrees to provide easy access to whichever part of your bike you’re working on. In just a few weeks, I’ve used it to change tires, swap out wheels, wash my bike and un-attach my rear bottle system. Previously I would’ve attempted this with my bike either on the car’s bike rack or leaning against the wall in my basement, neither of which provides the same access or stability as the Sprint Work Stand. My bike was super sturdy once cinched into the fork mount and, with the rotation and adjustable height, I could easily get to anything I wanted to work on. The only two drawbacks were that my hands still got greasy dealing with my chain (granted, that’s totally a user error thing) and that you can’t adjust the front brakes on the stand since the front wheel isn’t on your bike. It’s easy enough to adjust those brakes once you pop the wheel back on, though, so it’s really not a big deal.

Once you’re done working on your bike, the stand folds down more easily and quickly than it sets up, and collapses into a compact unit that you can easily tuck away in your garage or the corner of your pain cave. It’s only been a couple of weeks, I’ve already used it several times, and I really don’t know how or why I managed to go this long without scooping one up.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The Sprint Work Stand is available direct through Feedback Sports for $269.99 plus tax and shipping.

Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial

The following post is sponsored content provided by the cobrascycling.org

It’s that time of year for some of our favorite races and setting up the race season for both cyclists and triathletes might begin with some time trial practice. What a great way to transition from indoor training rides, getting that bike fit over the off season and testing it on a time trial.

In Denver, The Karen Hornbostel Memorial Time Trial series is an attractive way to start the season.  The KHMTT is hosted by the long-standing COBRAS Cycling team and is a favorite for those wanting to get out in the middle of the week and spin their legs.

For those not familiar with the KHMTT, it is a seven-week time trial series held at Cherry Creek State Park on Wednesday nights starting on April 5th with start times from 4:30 to about 6:30 PM. The course is a somewhat challenging 9.5 miles with a heart pumping climb to the finish. This is one race where you don’t want to leave anything on the course!

It’s a great opportunity to have a great time as well as hone your time trial racing skills and improve your time week after week. The COBRAS post results quickly and keep a running tally of the series ranking on their web site.

They also hire local photographer Ryan Muncy every year to take action shots of the racers and post them to their web site and make them available to racers at no cost. That is a really sweet perk!

This year they are encouraging cyclists who have never raced before and would like to try it out by offering a one night race, USAC license for the night and all for only $20!  That is a really inexpensive and easy way to try out the sport and see if you like it or not.

For more information about the KHMTT and to register, you will find everything on their web site at http://KHMTT.com.

CU student cyclist victim of hit and run; Triathlon community rallies support, driver still at large

source: channel 7 news

 

University of Colorado student and member of the CU Triathlon team, Phoebe Iguchi was hit by a green pick-up truck on Saturday during a training ride on Monarch road near Tom Watson park northeast of Boulder. The motorist fled the scene and has not been found. Fortunately it appears she will make a full recovery and luckily Matt Miller was right behind her and first on the scene.

 

Matt Miller, BASE Performance

Matt Miller, owner of BASE Performance a popular nutrition and supplement brand based in Boulder commented, “Phoebe was face down and crying, devastated as to what was occurring. Her bike was in pieces. One of her cycling shoes was literally 10-15 feet up the road. The impact had knocked the shoe right off of her foot. And yet this guy in the truck fled the scene. It was deplorable. We stayed with Phoebe until the police and ambulance arrived. At that point there was not much else we could do as it was under control.”

Realizing she was going to be ok, Matt said, “Without insurance, thanks to the driver fleeing the scene, and with the triathlon season around the corner, I wanted to help her get back as fast as possible. I quickly got on the phone with companies I work with and they didn’t hesitate to help. Our community is so helpful and fabulous, that’s what I love most about the triathlon community, the people.”

 

Matt’s efforts resulted in several companies in the triathlon industry helping her replace her bike and helmet. QUINTANA ROO, COBB SADDLES and Denver’s RUDY PROJECT have all committed to getting her back on the road as quickly as she can. CEO of Rudy Project North America, Paul Craig said, “All of us at Rudy Project send our best wishes and prayers to Phoebe for her speedy recovery.   To help Phoebe get back on her bike and gear up for the road ahead we will donate 20% off all sales on E-Rudy.com in the month of April using the code PHOEBE at checkout and get a 30% discount.

Phoebe knows it could’ve been a lot worse and said to 303Triathlon, “I just want to thank the triathlon community for all the support they have shown. I also want to take this opportunity to say that I was doing all the right things as a cyclist, yet it doesn’t guarantee safety. Take precautions and invest in a good helmet, mine probably saved my life. As for vehicles, they need to take equal responsibility when sharing the road.”

 

Longmont Times Call article commenting on IBM security footage of the accident held by Colorado State Patrol here

 

Video from 7news:

 

Additional story from 7news here