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Congrats to MarkyV: 2nd @ Big Kahuna

Posted By: walnutcreek tri
Date: Monday, 10 September 2007, at 9:40 p.m.

Great race Mark. I was looking for those compression socks on the run. Guess you decided against them. Can't believe you went 10 minutes faster than me on the bike and still ran sub 1:30.

A piece of the BK article from today's the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

"The men's second-place finisher, Mark Van Akkeren of Boulder, Colo., didn't seem to mind finishing second to Thompson either. The two athletes had met before, plus, Van Akkeren had to be impressed with Thompson's time as well as his own of 4:08:08.1.

Van Akkeren led for most of the race and had a four-minute lead on Thompson heading into the run. Thompson knew partway through the bike leg that he would have to push himself hard to catch Van Akkeren, but he also knew he wouldn't be able to make up that time on the bike without burning up his legs. So, as hard as it was, he stayed within his limits. He caught Van Akkeren halfway through the run and never looked back."


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