Category Archives: Tempe Town Lake

Ironman Results: Top Ten

Congrats to all of the Ironman Arizona finishers! After a 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake, 112 mile bike ride on the roads of Tempe and Phoenix and then a 26.2 mile run to complete an IRONMAN, you should all be very proud. Thanks for visiting Tempe and showing all of us what truly great athletes look like.

Here are the top ten men and women of November 18, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona:

Nils Frommhold, the 2012 IRONMAN Arizona Champion

TOP TEN PRO MEN
FROMMHOLD, Nils: 08:03:16
MATTHEWS, Paul: 08:05:01
TOLLAKSON, Tj: 08:07:39
BUTTERFIELD, Tyler: 08:14:44
HAST, Jarmo: 08:16:12
MIKELSON, Ian: 08:19:41
STARYKOWICZ, Andrew: 08:20:39
RUSSELL, Matthew: 08:30:53
RITTER, Christian: 08:35:11
GERLACH, Thomas: 08:36:08

Linsey Corbin, the 2012 IRONMAN Arizona Champion

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN
CORBIN, Linsey: 09:01:44
KESSLER, Meredith: 09:06:44
ABRAHAM, Corinne: 09:15:13
GROSS, Sara: 09:18:07
WEERD, Mirjam: 09:24:30
CAVE, Leanda: 09:24:54 (2011 winner)
CHURA, Haley: 09:28:25
HOMO, Malaika: 09:28:43
WERNICK, Charisa: 09:30:30
SCHWABENBAUER, Kim: 09:30:57

Click here for results.

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A Warm Day in Arizona for Ironman Athletes

Usually the Ironman rolls into Tempe just as the cooler weather begins, but today was surely a test of endurance of the true IRONMEN out there, competing in 80 degree temperatures. If you are not familiar with the event, the Ironman is a triathlon, which is a multiple-stage competition of continuous activities such as swimming, biking and running in sequential order proving extreme endurance disciplines. Today, I went to Tempe Beach Park to cheer on athletes from the sidelines and snap a few photos, of course. I can’t wait to hear the results.

Welcome Ironman Arizona

At 7 this morning, the athletes began their goal of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and full marathon, 26.2 miles. The athletes who participate in Ironman’s train extensively, have specific diets, workouts and even personal coaches help them prepare for such a high level of competition.

Bike race on Rio Salado Parkway

When standing at the bike finish line, I saw a coach calmly update his client on his combined time of swim and bike thus far, as the man dismounted his bike and shed the cycling shoe. I noticed a very fast paced mentality where you need to keep moving all the time. As soon as the athlete comes close to the check point, they clicked off the cycling shoe and begin dismounting the bike and give the bike to a volunteer who takes the bike to valet as the athlete prepares for the running stint.

The dismount

I love watching the race and the feeling of inspiration that surrounds me as they pass by. I feel a strong sense motivation and realization that working hard for something is a beautiful thing.

It’s a lifelong goal for some, and a career for others. To all, they show motivation and drive, each has their own personal story, but all want to finish the race.

Close to the bike finish line

Ironman bike race

A quick interesting fact: People come from all 50 United States and many other countries to compete in the Ironman.

Too Busy Riding Around On My Bike

I know that I haven’t produced a particularly entertaining blog in some time. I’m really sorry about that! It’s a shame because there have been so many bike events going on in Tempe in April! After all we’ve had the most lovely weather that one could dream of for a bike ride! (I highly recommend Tempe Town Lake for a breezy ride during sunset- beautiful!) If you have attended any bike events recently please feel free to drop me a line about your experience at the event or even a photo. Whatever you want to share!

So here’s my excuse, I’ve been super busy with classes, a PR internship and even hiking when I really need to get out, but the important thing for my readers to know is that, where ever I may be, I most likely rode my bike there! Throughout the last few semesters at school, my car has been unreliable and I mostly use my bike on the daily! Think of all the gas money I have saved! (Although I’m still paying car insurance!?) I’ve taken my bike on the light rail many times and that is always an adventure. It’s difficult because my bike is about medium weight, which is too heavy for Lizzle to lift onto the little rack on the train. Sad face ūüė¶

Anyways, I usually upload photos to Twitter and sometimes to this blog, when my iPhone app is working correctly! If you want to keep up with me and my travels on bike, make sure to follow @twowheelintempe and @lizzlemynizzle. I also made up the hashtag is #GoRideABike and it’d be cool with me if you borrow that from time to time!

Happy Biking!

Minutes From the Tweed Ride

Speeding my bike along the lake was the perfect way to commute to the Tweed Ride on Saturday evening at Tempe Town Lake.

When I arrived I saw a group of well dressed lads with their bikes near the entrance of the park.

Where did you buy your tweed?

The weather had been warm all day, but at the 5:30 p.m. meeting time, the breeze was just right for wearing tweed!

People gathered with their bikes for photos taken by Ryan Guzy, of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. We know the bike activist group in Tempe, as T.B.A.G.

Finally the ride began!

Someone bellowed, “Off to Robbie Fox’s Public House!”

(Remember to practice bicycle safety and use a bike light or two after dark.)

A line of cyclists took off down Mill Avenue towards the first destination.

The group chimed bells throughout the ride signaling we were on our way.

At a stop light, near Mill Avenue and Fourth Street a man in a large white truck asked about the bike group. Someone quickly explained about T.B.A.G. The man nodded as he told us to “be careful”!

Robbie Fox’s had a few tables on the patio reserved for the crew. We all locked up bikes behind the patio.

Plaid looks good on you!

The next stop was Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, which did not require a ride- just a short walk, as it neighbors Robbie Fox’s.

I sat at the bar for a quick shot of pineapple infused tequila, which was recommended by the bartender.

The group enjoyed a cocktail or beer while chatting and getting to know the newcomers.

After a few drinks and socializing, prizes were awarded for the best dressed and other categories.

Then the signal was given to move on to the next location, Casey Moore’s Oyster House.

Sampling from the beer selection

The sun went down and everyone needed to use bike lights and attach extra reflectors. While crossing the street, one cyclist pointed out an instance when bikers should wait for a car speeding by.

Once the crew had all showed up at Casey Moore’s, Ryan took a group shot. Although it was difficult to see in the dark, he did a great job!

The Tweed Crew

Other bars on the map were Yucca Tap Room and Boulders on Broadway.

Upcoming bike ride:

Excuse me. I must asche you a question.

Photos by: Lauren Fach and Ryan Guzy

Rockin’ the Tweed

So you heard about the Tweed Ride, and really want to go, but not sure what to wear?

Or even what Tweed is?

No problem!

I’ll give you the deets on the always fashionable fabric of tweed!

Tweed: a coarse, nubby woolen fabric woven together.

 

 

According to essortment: The Fashion Comeback of Tweed in Designer Clothing and Accessories, Tweed dates back for centuries in the United Kingdom, where it was woven into cloaks.

Then, it was used mostly for:

  • horse riders uniforms
  • warm clothing

And then in the 1890s:

  • women wore tweed for work coats
  • also people keen to the new trend of cycling dressed in tweed

In the 1950s and 60s:

  • Coco Chanel used tweed in high fashion in matching suits or accessories

More recently, we know tweed from 2003, when:

  • tweed was used in pastel colors paired with jeans for a casual look

As you can see, tweed can come in the form of shoes, dresses, jackets, hats, accessories, etc.!

 

So, look for these type of threads. If you don’t have anything tweed, check out Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Sunset Clothing or the closets of your friends and family.

  • Remember the Tweed Ride is¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, @5:30 p.m.

  • Meet at Tempe Town Lake!

Tweed Ride in San Francisco

 

Tweed Ride in D.C.

 

 

 

 

The Tweed Ride

Content from the Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s website.¬†

Banish the spandex and don your most dapper casuals for the return of the Tweed Ride, an evening adventure of woolen skirts, bucket hats, and sport coats on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. starting at Tempe Beach Park.

Tempe Bicycle Action Group, a local bicycle activist group, welcomes riders of all types and skill levels to wear their favorite woolens skirts, capes, shawls, tweed jackets, caps, and knickers on this fine night of cycling and style. Cyclists will meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park for photos and to show off their style at 5:30 p.m. Following the meet and greet, riders will be off to show off their herringbone, twill, plaid and checkered styles with class at the finest Tempe drinking constabularies.

' All Tweeded Out' from the Rochester, NY Tweed Ride (Photo from Flickr)

  • Where: Tempe Beach Park on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Ride at 6 p.m.
  • What: A fine night of cycling and style at the classiest public houses of Tempe.
  • Cost: The ride is free!

Other Notes:

TBAG’s monthly social bike rides will now be held on the Second Saturday of every month.

Sign up and see who else is rollin’ with the crew via Facebook.

This nighttime ride is hosted by Tempe Bicycle Action Group, a nonprofit organization working to make bicycling a prominent, safe and convenient form of transportation and recreation in Tempe, Arizona and surrounding areas through education, grassroots events, and civic participation.

The Pedestrian Bridge at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake has enjoyed the great white arches of the pedestrian bridge over it’s dam since October of last year.

The lake seems to have a lot more bike and foot traffic on this end of the park.

People are drawn to the bridge for many reasons. First of all the new bridge helps to separate the lake and marsh area into a smaller loop to the Priest Bridge, making the walk less strenuous and time consuming.

Standing before downtown Tempe and "A" Mountain

Second, the pedestrian only bridge has a great design with large white arches canopying over the concrete path. At night blue lighting gives compliment to the color scheme of the light rail bridge.

Cyclists are seen breezing through the new bridge on their way to the other side of the lake.

A couple speeding by on bicycles a brisk morning

The dam area, along with Tempe Center for the Arts, is livelier than ever, with lots of people out and about enjoying the relief that Arizonans feel in the winter months.

Once the spring weather shows up around March, the weather will jump to much warmer temperatures.

Now is the time for cyclists, runners, rollerbladers, dog walkers and families, to utilize and appreciate the gift that is Tempe Town Lake.

If you haven’t been to the new bridge yet, check it out next time you are near Tempe Town Lake. Bring your bike along to ride the trail or a camera to capture the lovely sunset.

Azcentral.com initially wrote an article about the opening of the pedestrian bridge. Click here¬†for a slideshow from azcental.com’s website.

If you are a Foursquare user, there is also a check-in spot for the pedestrian bridge!

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