Monday, May 18, 2009

Wassner Twin Powers.............ACTIVATE!

Wassners 1 st and 3rd at Columbia Triathlon

The Wassner twins traveled to their home state of
Maryland for the 26th Annual Columbia Triathlon

on Sunday May 19. In drenching rain, Bec defended
her 2008 title with a three minute victory over
three-time Columbia Triathlon winner Margie Shapiro.
Laurel surprised the crowd with her 3rd place finish in
a strong field that included undefeated Iron man
champion Chrissie Wellington.

The twins swam side-by-side for the 1500m swim, exiting the water in I st and 2nd place.
On the bike, Bec pulled away and rode the very hilly 40k alone. "It started pouring rain halfway
through the bike, but I just put my head down and kept FIGHTing. With no competitors in sight
it was challenging to stay on pace, but that's what training is like most of the time." Once out on
the run course, Bec extended her lead and comfortably ran away from the rest of the field.
Meanwhile, Laurel was just a few minutes behind, bettering her bike time from last year by 3
minutes. "I've been working on improving my cycling, but the biggest difference was my new
bike, a Cervelo P3, my Rudy Project aero helmet, and also a brand new set of race wheels that
were a generous gift from Conte's bike shop in Bethesda, Maryland."
The twins were 2 of 52 competitors racing for Team Fight--the triathlon training team that
benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. "Seeing so many teammates in yellow
along the race course was hugely motivating to us. Congratulations to all the finishers and
keep on FIGHTing!"
The Ulman Fund and the Livestrong Young Adult Alliance have
just announced a new triathlon for 20 I O. The "Half Full"
Triathlon is a 70 mile fight for young adult cancer support and
will take place on October 3, 20 I 0 world-wide LlVESTRONG Day.
Please see www.halffulltrLorg for more information.
For more photos from the race please see

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