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Author Topic: Took 2nd at the Sea Isle Duathlon in Bikilas!  (Read 3044 times)
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« on: May 30, 2010, 05:58:06 PM »

Did my first multisport race yesterday in VFFs at the Tri For Veterans duathlon in Sea Isle, NJ. I planned on turning some heads at the start in my Bikilas, and I did just that. I finished the first two mile run in the four man lead pack, and slipped my cycling sandals over my VFFs to take off on the bike. An ambulance got between me and the two leaders, holding me up for what I thought was a few inconsequential minutes. I passed the first of them at the halfway point, but the strong winds prevented me from closing the 200 yard gap to the leader. I blasted through the transition and headed out on the final 5k. I slowly creeped in closer, watching him start to falter, but I waited too long to speed up and finished 50 yards back.
The good news: The sandals helped chop off 20 seconds from my T2 time!
Last year I also took second here and was hoping for a chance to do better, but a shortened bike course (8 miles instead of 12) took away my advantage. Still, it was a fun time and I'm sure I'll be there again next year!
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2010, 06:18:19 PM »

good work and great pics - jersey boy here also
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2010, 07:17:34 PM »

Awesome Great Job!

My father is from NJ.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2010, 08:20:04 PM »

congratz that's awesome! 
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2010, 09:20:04 PM »

Awesome Orlin!
I bet it made people wonder what shoes you were wearing! SWEET!
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2010, 07:48:50 AM »

Awesome Orlin!
I bet it made people wonder what shoes you were wearing! SWEET!
Thanks! Yeah it was a huge conversation piece before and after the event! Everyone that said they did train in them couldn't believe I pulled off racing in them!
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2010, 04:00:48 PM »

That's great man!  What are those cycling sandals like?
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 04:05:22 PM »


Thanks! Yeah it was a huge conversation piece before and after the event! Everyone that said they did train in them couldn't believe I pulled off racing in them!

I don't know if I'm just not enough of an athlete to understand that comment, or if it really just is that bizarre. Why would anyone train in something they don't plan on racing in?
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2010, 05:02:17 PM »

I agree Aiea I don't understand it. I'm sure Orlin can shed some light on it.
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2010, 05:27:23 PM »

I'd be interested in more detail on the 'sandals.' I've been playing with some ideas to develop a platform for a pedal that would work for VFF, but if the wheel has already been invented... Any close-up picks? Brand?
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2010, 05:30:47 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 12:57:38 AM »


Thanks! Yeah it was a huge conversation piece before and after the event! Everyone that said they did train in them couldn't believe I pulled off racing in them!

I don't know if I'm just not enough of an athlete to understand that comment, or if it really just is that bizarre. Why would anyone train in something they don't plan on racing in?

i imagine they mean that they do some training in them but not full time training.  the same way a lot of pros will do barefoot drills but they dont run races bare.  a lot of people see vffs as a training tool and not a full time shoe and definitely not something to race in...that's what shoes are for  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 04:40:57 AM »

  the same way a lot of pros will do barefoot drills but they dont run races bare.  a lot of people see vffs as a training tool and not a full time shoe and definitely not something to race in...that's what shoes are for  Cheesy
Well said; most people don't think they are faster in them, even though they realize they get stronger in them. They also are sceptical because they fear they will take too long to get in and out of.

The sandals are Nashbar brand; they go for around $40-50, and are SPD cleat compatible. I normally wear size 46 in shoes/sandals, but the 46/47 size fits perfectly over my size 43 Bikilas. They are a bit heavy, and I think that some other brands might be lighter, but I have tried them for everything from flat time trialing to explosive hill climbing, and they work fine.
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2010, 01:13:42 PM »

Well done! Another Jersey boy here, well at least born and raised. How's that saying go...you can take the boy out of jersey, but not the jersey out of the boy....lol
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2010, 01:20:56 PM »

still fist pumping like a champ down in florida? 
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