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Old October 2nd, 2006, 02:22 AM   #1
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OMG - our Jessica finished 3rd overall among all of the women competing in the 87 mile Athens to Atlanta Road Skate today in Georgia USA. And Peter Doucet of Canada - the nicest guy in the world - finished 3rd overall. I'm so excited! Congratulations to top finishers Mauro Guenci and Erica O'Connor and all of the other participants in this hilly and difficult race.

TOP MEN
Mauro Guenci (Italy) 4:50:08
Aaron Arndt (Canada) 4:50:08
Peter Doucet (Canada) 4:56:58
Eddie Matzger (USA) 4:59:19

TOP WOMEN
Erica O'Connor (USA) 5:23:09
Karin Gabriel (USA) 5:35:23
Jessica Wright (USA) 5:49:04
Eva Rodansky (USA) 5:57:15

Here are the preliminary results from the A2A Web site:

87-Mile Overall Results
87-Mile Results by Division
52-Mile Overall Results
52-Mile Results by Division
38-Mile Overall Results
38-Mile Results by Division

Can't wait to hear all of those A2A war stories...

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Old October 2nd, 2006, 02:48 AM   #2
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Congratulations to all you A2Aer's! I'm in awe and admiration of your finishing off all the hours & miles, sweat & pain by crossing the finish line. Thank you all for sharing your journey with us.

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Old October 2nd, 2006, 10:46 AM   #3
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Congrats, guys!

I hope they find time to give us blow by blows. For all of us who were kicking back, doing the wine and pringles thing.

Does anyone know how complete those lists are? I cannot find a couple of names.

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Old October 2nd, 2006, 02:52 PM   #4
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Agreed - it seems the list is missing some folks that I was fairly sure were skating...

CONGRATS JESSICA
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 03:30 PM   #5
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Big Way ta gos to all of you!!!! Skating 87 miles. Can you believe you did it? Amazing!!
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 05:48 PM   #6
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Congrats to everyone!
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 06:05 PM   #7
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Damn Jessica, a sub 6:00:00 finish! Guess the training paid off, and bigtime!

Congrats to all!
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 08:05 PM   #8
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congrats, Eva, our Salt lake City Homie/and sometimes-training-partner, for your 4th place finish! You know who your fans are!
Awesome!
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Old October 2nd, 2006, 08:12 PM   #9
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Congrats Jessica and Speedy. Check out Jessica's podium pictures...she towers over the competition.

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Old October 2nd, 2006, 11:19 PM   #10
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JT, you finished 2 seconds ahead of one of the guys I was training with outdoors. (Farid Zidan) He's a hell of a nice guy.

Of the people I was training with in the spring, 7 finished the entire distance. They are:

13 5:17:41 16.4 Tom Keane M4049 45 ICB (Boston, MA)
17 5:19:56 16.3 Marshall Randolph M5059 57 ICB (Boston, MA)
29 5:56:40 14.6 Farid Zidan M4049 45 ICB (Boston, MA)
32 5:56:53 14.6 John Charbonneau M4049 46 ICB (Boston, MA)
84 7:32:59 11.5 Sharlene Sallet F4049 43 ICB (Boston, MA)
101 8:18:54 10.5 Chrisy Grudzien F6069 62 ICB (Boston, MA)
122 9:12:45 9.4 Don Druga M5059 51 ICB (Boston, MA)
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 05:53 AM   #11
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Hey you guys delivered! Hot diggity!

I've read a couple of stories already, and they are fascinating if you were perhaps considering telling yours.
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Hey folks, stories I have. Cohesion I do not. Logic and reason seem to be playing a waiting game with all of the physical impacts of the day. I will say this for now, they have our times wrong. Jess and I finished together at 5:49+/- The order seems correct, though.

As usual, this event, like no other, provides the opportunity to demonstrate the human condition, as our spiritual and intellectual side tries to master, yet rally the animal side. New friendships form, others are cemented. I'll be poking around for some pics to validate that we finished with a "49 and change" on the clock.

Way to go, Jess, 3rd overall. Wow. We cracked 6 on a day when times were down by 30 minutes. Wet pavement for the first 30 miles? a headwind? There's been plenty of other days when your effort would have put you well under 5 and a half. Way to go.
People, you have no idea how many friends and acquaintances came up to me and said,
"Damn man, who was that chick? She's a machine"
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thinking "that's just what she looks like when she goes by..."
Inside, I know she's far more than that.
Way to go, Jess.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 11:37 AM   #13
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Way to go everyone! It is awesome to see how all of Jessica's training and hard work paid off! For the record, I have a DNS. My better half got back into town on Friday night from a retreat for work and was "against" me leaving her with the kids all weekend. The good thing about a DNS is that I have set the bar really low for improving next year. Again, congrats to all of you!
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 03:22 PM   #14
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Cool admiration

i sit and try to keep my mouth shut, but it keeps falling open in admiration ...

140 real kilometers. wow. way to go !!!!
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 04:04 PM   #15
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You guys are great - I've got the waterworks coming. I couldn't have done it if it weren't for the advice and inspiration I got from the people on this board, the help of the wonderful people I was lucky enough to skate with, and of course the constant support from my close friends. My time was partly the product of hard work, but that's just a small part - more later. Another unforgettable weekend that will be nearly impossible to top. I'm so sad it's over! Report and pictures to come later - I have to get some work done
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 06:17 PM   #17
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Thank God, you can't see me staggering to the line here, jersey blown out, legs spasming!!!
You can see the clock better in the other pictures, but you can still see the "5:4" part of the 5:49
I had really wanted to shell the guy in the all red jersey, atta boy, red shirt guy, you took sandbagging and wheel sucking to the next level. That extra placement an hour behind the winning time was well earned. I really liked how you waited up for us when we let you go, just so you could insure that you wouldn't lead one second of the race. Classy. The other two gals in our little pack were dicing it our for the womens win in the 52.

edit: yes, I want some cheese with my whine It's one thing when wheelsucking is part of a strategy for the win or a podium spot, but this was just sad.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 08:54 PM   #18
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7:49.

It's a finish.
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:21 PM   #19
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Congrats Dev....would you do it again?
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Old October 3rd, 2006, 09:27 PM   #20
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heck yeah, he will!!! I sense a whole contingent from the Mich vicinity for next year, s-dog, the geebo, hell yeah, we got us a skatelog convoy.
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