Thursday, November 28, 1996

Kestrel Bicycle

Kestrel 1995 500 SCi - Time Trial

Going into my 4th year of triathlon my Cannondale touring bike wasn't cutting it.  Loving unique designs I found this bike without a downtube fascinating and moving to carbon was a big step forward as it was lighter and more cushioned.   It had 650 wheels which were great for quick acceleration.   A big improvement from the bike I was using for triathlon, however, this version of the frame had a lot of flex at the crank when I was pushing hard which I didn't care for so it only lasted me two seasons. 

Stock photo

Stock photo

Sunday, November 10, 1996

Columbus Marathon (Ohio)

November 10, 1996
Marathon 4 (Age 28)
Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, August 28, 1996

Klein Bicycle

Klein 1998 Mantra Comp

I've always had an eye for unique things.  When I saw this bike in Tri-Tech Multiport it immediately caught my eye.   I now had a road bike so I decided to upgrade my hybrid bike that I was using for off road for a true off road experience with front and rear suspension.   This bike I got my money's worth as I had it for 22 years.  In 2005 I noticed disc brakes had become "a thing" so upgraded the front fork and wheel so I could have disc breaking in the front.   I had this bike from Ohio, thru Seattle, and even up until a year ago in California. 

Stock Photo of Someone else's similar bike


Original frame and forks.  Riding trails in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, August 1, 1996

Muncie Endurathon 70.3 (Indiana)

August 1996
4th Half Ironman (70.3)
Muncie, Indiana
5:10:30 (Run 1:59:11)

Race Swim Bike MPH Run Pace City State Date Time
Muncie Half Ironman 37:15 2:29:48 22.4 1:59:11 9:06 Muncie IN 9/7/96 5:10:30

Monday, July 22, 1996

1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games

If 1996 couldn't get any better having just carried the Olympic Torch as a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer on my birthday June 7th.   I learned from my company which sold Lanier office solutions I'd won a sales promotion where my name was entered into a lottery and I won a all expense paid trip to Atlanta to see five different events.

We were picked up at the airport with limousine service to our lodging.  Most every hotel in the area was already full so they had reserved some condos that had just been built and didn't look like anyone had ever lived there.  

We dropped off our luggage and headed toward all the action at the Georgia Dome to see USA's Dreamteam play basketball.  The train system was overloaded and was absolute chaos. 

After the game we headed to the Olympic Village and Bud World.  


Taking the Train back to our Condo

By the time we rolled in late the night before we hardly got any sleep as had to get up extra early to make it back down to the Olympic Village for our next event at 9:30 am. Women's Gymnastics back in the Geogia Dome.

After gymnastics we had a little more time to check out the Olympic Village. 


Our afternoon event was Men's Waterpolo. 

Right next to the Water Polo pool was the main pool for all swimming competitions.  I didn't have a ticket to enter but somehow talked a security guard into letting me in to take a photo of the swimming complex.

I think after swim I ended up back at the Olympic Village and Bud World again.

The next day I only had one event which was Women's Beach Volleyball in another part of town.  This had to be one of the funnest days!   The match we saw was Australia vs Canada.  We sat next to a lady who's husband's company sponsored the Australian team and we got to meet the players after the match with our new connection.

My final day was a super early start and to see Equestrian.  

I even ran into a high school classmate from my younger sisters class while in the Olympic Village.