Friday, February 13, 2015

2015 Goals

With the 2015 season upon us, we reached out to some of the Cobb Mobb members to see what their goals and plans were for the season.  This team has a wide variety of people on it - ranging from people who are trying to win Ironman races and place at the World Championships - to people who are looking to get on the podium in their age group for the first time - to people who are looking to just finish their first triathlon.   Due to this, there is also a wide variety of goals ranging between the 100+ members on the team.

Check out some of them below from members of the 2015 squad!

Many of the goals were "time specific" in how they wanted to finish a big race:

Robin Nichols said that she wants to finish Ironman Arizona in under 12 hours for the 2015 year.
Luis Bonilla said that he wants to break 2:10:00 in an Olympic distance race.
Andy Martin said that he wants to go under 4:30:00 in a 70.3 distance race.
Leslie Martin Stelpflug is aiming to run under 3:20:00 at the Boston Marathon this year.
Brad Stoufflet has a goal of finishing Challenge Roth in under 11 hours.
Jones Rusty Ramsey is aiming to run under 4:00:00 in the Houston Marathon in 2015.
Sharon Deane is hoping to go under 13:00:00 at Ironman Chattanooga.
Matthew Vance is going to try and break 2:40:00 in a marathon sometime in 2015.
Sarah Hankla plans to finish her next 70.3 distance race in under 5:30:00.
Chad Mahakian is looking to finish Challenge Cedar Point in under 10 hours.
Matt Diehl is also looking to finish in under 10 hours, but at Ironman Louisville.
Mark Saroni is looking to finish Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in under 4:05:00.
Les Carr is looking to finish an Olympic distance race in under 2:10:00.
Jennifer Tsang Hirsch is looking to finish Ironman Chattanooga in under 12 hours.
Ryan McEnhill is looking to to go under 4:30:00 at an Ironman 70.3 event, specifically Steelhead.
Ben Hall is looking to break 4 hours in an Ironman 70.3 race sometime during the year.
Delinda Doty Waldron is looking to finish both her full distance races in under 14 hours this year.

Some of the team members also had time specific goals - but they were not for overall races, but more for areas on a specific leg of a race that they wanted to improve upon:

Jeremy Rielley is looking to improve his swim in a 70.3 distance race and go under 30 minutes.
Liz Baugher is looking to to get as close to an hour as she can in any race where she's doing a 40k time trial.
Deanna Fisher is looking to go under an hour in an Ironman swim.
Dominick Mancini is looking to lower his run times to under 8 minute miles for his races.

A lot of members have goals of landing on the podium or qualifying for a World or National Championship.  Some members even have goals of winning some of those big races.

Barry Phelps is looking to place top 5 at the Age Group World Championships this year.
Ryan Moore is looking to qualify for both the Ironman World Championship in Kona AND the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Clay Emge is looking to have a spectacular race at Ironman Boulder and qualify for Ironman World Championship in Kona in the process.
Jared Fayer is looking to place in his age group at the Six Flags Triathlon.
Erin Klegstand is looking to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona at her "A" race 0 Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
Kathy Harris is looking to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship at Ironman 70.3 Honu for the 2015 race, and at Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe for the 2016 race.
Ginger Turner Spansel is looking to qualify the Age Group World Championship this year.
Michael Dreesen is looking to place in the top 10 at any event he competes in this year.
Allison Falin is looking to podium at the State Time Trial championships.
Pamela Anne Ferguson is wanting to finish in the top 5 in her age group at her 70.3 races.
Steve Ford is hoping to podium in his age group in 75% of the duathlons he competes in this year.
Nichole Nuccio is planning to qualify for the Long Course World Championships at Redman this year.
Thomas Gerlach plans to win at least one pro race, and land on three pro podiums during his 2015 campaign while representing the Cobb Mobb.

Many of the members goals were a lot more general -but no less important!  They ranged from wanting to finish a specific race distance, to developing a better mindset about triathlon, to getting healthy, to developing consistent training habits, to building their training base to handle a future race.

Chris Morelock is looking to get healthy enough to be able to train again after coming off a very successful 2014 year.
JD Allen is in the same boat - looking to get back to a healthy point where he can train and compete against himself to get better.
Carol Scheible is looking to reach out to people new to the sport and help them along - sort of a "pay it forward" gesture.
Kat Vann Hammers is going to kill it at Galveston 70.3 and Oilman 70.3.
Cathy Tibbets is looking to build a very large base so that she can handle finishing ten 140.6 distance races in 10 days.
Greg Simmons is looking to build a base for his first marathon and his first 70.3 distance race.
Crystal Self is looking to keep herself healthy and finish Ironman Texas.
Matt May is looking to build up to his first 140.6 race in 2016.
David Reynolds wants to finish his first Ironman 140.6 race.
William Ritter is looking to have as much fun as he can while continuing to remain fast.
Lauren Lewis is looking to maintain her training habits to the point where she can sneak in something sweet in her diet every now and then.
Travis Allred is looking to finish Galveston 70.3 with a smile on his face.
Christy Hellman Richbourg is going to finish her first Ironman.
Nicholas Brodnicki plans to stay in the moment and be happy at every race he competes in this year.
Joanna Gifford is going to finish her first Olympic and Half distance triathlons, all while keeping a positive attitude and pushing herself to the edge of her abilities.
Erika Griffith is in the same boat - looking to finish her first triathlon while giving it everything she has.

It looks like it will be an incredible year this year, and each and every member of the Cobb Mobb will absolutely crush it in the path to meeting their goals - regardless of what those goals may be!  Here's to a great 2015 for all of our members and everyone associated with the Cobb Mobb and Cobb Cycling.

Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Kicks off for the Cobb Mobb!

The Cobb Mobb is an official USAT Club!

The Cobb Mobb logo.

After the team was selected in late December - they wasted no time getting to work and setting down a foundation for a great 2015 campaign!  With over 100 members, this group of competitive age group and professional triathletes looks to have a great season for 2015!

Many of the members kicked off 2015 by getting their bike some upgrades.  From saddles, to aerobars, to decoratives - the members of the Cobb Mobb were gearing up early!

Jeff Lam has this shiny, new JOF 55 ready to go on his tri-bike.

Liz Baugher set her aero rocket up with a new set of aerobars.

William Ritter set up his Orbea with a Cobb Mobb decal that compliments his new Plus 2 saddle very nicely.

A few of our members also got set up on the biggest upgrade one can get for triathlon - they were fitted on their tri bikes by the master himself, John Cobb!

Pamela Anne Ferguson smiling through the process.

Les Carr, on the other hand, looks a little nervous.

In addition to gearing up - the members of the Cobb Mobb got to work in January and were training for the long season ahead.  Whether it was braving the cold, putting in the long miles, or hunkering down in the pain cave - the Cobb Mobb was preparing for a successful 2015 season!

Carlos Torres putting in the time in the pain cave.  His Cobb Rapido shorts serve him well during his trainer time.

Second year Cobb Mobb member JD Allen is bulking up the legs to produce a lot of watts this season!

Tommy Barlow with this nice underwater shot.

Christy Richbourg logging in some saddle time.

Andy Compass got some training in regardless of the temperature.

Kat Vann Hammers getting it done in the pool!

Gregg Simmons putting in the time on the trainer.

Les Carr taking to the open water to get his swimming in.

Travis Allred putting in some quality time on his bike.

Rachel Olson and Seth Cooke had to pause their training because SOMEONE forgot to bring some spare tubes.  hehe
Cobb Mobbers Landi Wheeler and Leslie Stelpflug getting in some time in the saddle in some very un-winterlike weather.

Second year member Heath Thurston looking like exiting the water looking very determined!

Michael Krishner putting in time in the Pain Cave.

Tommy Barlow getting in some mountain "running".
Jeff Lam getting after it in his computer trainer class (looks like he's the only one that showed up)

And when training is all done, Seth Cooke, William Ritter, and Rachel Olson lay down in the warehouse for a nap!

In addition to the training - some of the Cobb Mobb managed to get some racing done in January - and even brought home some hardware!

Some Cobb Mobb athletes all placed at the Dustbuster Duathlon - Ginger Spansel 1st Overall Female, Greg Simmons took 3rd in his Age Group and Nichole Nuccio placed 2nd Overall Female.

Matthew Vance threw down a massively fast time at the Houston Marathon while representing the Cobb Mobb!

Brad Stoufflet took 1st place Overall in the Precision Bikes/Corner Bar Duathlon.

Brad cutting through the air (and the rain) on his bike, sitting atop a JOF 55 Cobb saddle.

Christy Rouchbourg raced the Megan Baabs Road Race and took 19th overall on her pink Cobb saddle!
Delinda Waldron placed 1st in her age group at the Frosty Frozen 10 Mile race.

Pamela Anne Ferguson raced the La Vuelta de Puerto Rico - covering 375 miles in 3 days!
 The Cobb Mobb had multiple people who placed PRs at the Half Marathon distance in January.  There were a few people at the Rock and Roll New Orleans Half Marathon, all with great times.  Darla Shinn put a 1:33:08 for a PR, Landi Wheeler put a 1:35:45 for a PR, and Leslie Stelpflug ran a 1:30:23 for another PR!  In addition Matt May PRed at the Louisiana Half Marathon with a 1:55:21 and Marianna Clement set a PR at the 3M Marathon and Half Marathon with a 1:38:16!
Leslie Stelpflug post PR race.
Matt May set a PR at the Louisiana Half Marathon!
Nick Matthews ran a 1:36:42 half at the Olympic Oval Indoor Marathon.

Ginger Turner Spansel placed 3rd overall at The Trail Run!

Ryan McEnhill won his age group at the Sgt Preston Yukon King 6 miler with a 39:06!

Michael Dreesen placed 9th overall at the Dam Triathlon sprint with a 1:05!

Nick Matthews paced the Surf City Marathon for the 4:30:00 pace.

The month of January actually concluded on the first of February for the Cobb Mobb with the Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon in Shreveport, Louisiana.  This race saw a host of Cobb Mobb members attend, and a host of great results!

The Cobb Mobb had a text at the expo of the race.

Cobb Mobb and Cobb Cycling tents set up side by side.

A little bit of pre-race motivation for the athletes.

Cobb Mobb race Sarah Hankla getting ready for the race in style!

A bit of a pre-race warm up for the crew.
Hopefully they decide to come back for the race...
Crystal Self and Nichole Nuccio

At the start line - and the Cobb Mobb is representing in full force at the front!

Seth racing out of T1.

Jeffery Mayhill about to pump it coming out of T1.

Ginger Turner Spansel getting ready to dismount.

Seth heading out as Rachel and Jeff head in.

Crystal Self taking off on the bike course with a pretty sweet backdrop.

Seth Cooke prepping to drop into aero and go fast.

Rachel Olson zooming out of transition!

Sarah Hankla showing perfect transition form!

Carlos Torres looking like a speed demon coming around the turn out of transition.

Sean Kwiatek coming in on the bike.

Jared Daley coming in from the bike.
Seth Cooke coming in from the run.

Travis Allred on the run.
Rachel chasing down Jeff heading in to T1.
Nichole coming around the bend on the run.

Jared trucking along on the run!

Rachel wondering what that squirrel is doing to that bid in the tree.  haha
Jared comes through the finish line - first place in the Clydesdale division.
Matt May cruising in, with Ginger and Sarah in the background.

Ginger at the finish line next to an exhausted looking fella'.
Sarah all sprayed up at the finish of her race.  Notice how her spray-on tat matches her shoes.
Jeff was one of the many winners representing the Cobb Mobb in the race.
The Cobb Mobb family all together at the conclusion.

Apparently, Sarah is the only one who isn't confused by the camera.
Everyone hanging out with the man post race.

As you can see from the pictures - the Cobb Mobb was well represented at this race and nearly everyone won or placed in their division - including the relay team!  Some results of note:  
Seth Cooke placed 2nd Overall.
Rachel Olson won the Overall race for the females.
Carlos Torres won the Male Masters division and placed 4th Overall.
Jeffrey Mayhill won the Mens 25-29 age group.
Matt May placed third in the Mens 25-29 age group.
Ginger Turner Spansel won the Female Grand Masters division.
Sarah Hankla won the Womens 25-29 age group.
Sean Kwiatek won the Men's Clydesdale race.
Jared Daley won the Age Group/Division.
Crystal Self and Nichole Nuccio won the Women's Relay Race under The Cobb Mobb relay team.

All in all an excellent string of events and one heck of a way to cap off the first month of 2015!  If this is any indication, the Cobb Mobb will be a force to be reckoned with all year long!  Congrats to everyone who raced, trained, and worked to hard to represent the Cobb Mobb!

(Special thanks to Kat Vann Hammer and Kim Cooke for the photos used in this post)