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We’re going to eat well this year 

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Champion, always

Marshall June 2017 ELLT

Best hockey player to ever win it all

I wrote this a couple weeks ago and meant to publish it sometime this month…..

Eric Marshall, 2014 overall winner – perennial dark horse contender, looking for a second perfect year. Like most overall winners, Marshall has one strong sport and has punched above his weight in others at the right time to get the overall win. Unlike other winners, Marshall’s one strong sport has shifted over the years, from golf to biking, primarily due to his own training (and a little bit due to new racers with mad golf skillz, please say hello to Amit). Considering the race’s history, with golfers winning more often than non-golfers, kind of crazy that Marshall’s overall win came at the peak of his golf skills and a repeat win for him would come despite his golf game. These days, where Marshall can get sneaky is on the rocks and the court. With a strong effort climbing and some luck (and the right teammates) for hoops, he could medal across three events, possibly four depending on his golf foursome. Expectations for 2017: Simple – a 1st, and 2nd, a 3rd, and just missing for a fourth medal. In contention for the overall, depending on whether the other specialists stymie the overall contenders. Weakness: Late night renditions of “Aqualung.” Simple as that. Odds: 10-1, just needs some breaks and needs to spend every day between now at ELLT 2017 biking from his house to MetroRock.

 

2017 Odds: Leo

Leo Heffernan: 2016 Overall Winner – three words best describe Leo’s 2016 win: “medal medal medal.” As the only racer ever to count his medals (at least aloud) before they hatched, Leo cemented his ELLT reputation forever, joining McParland’s “No Apologizations,” the Grey Ghost’s pink triangle, and Gary’s muddler as in-erasable parts of the race. His 2016 performance was medal-worthy, worthy enough to win overall (in a squeakah over Eric Lapham, truth be told). Leo fits the Danno-mold of ELLT winners – a biker, not a golfer – and his win may start swinging that pendulum back, giving the crap golfers some hope. He’s had the advantage of growing up with the race and home court for three of the four events. What he lacks in common sense (“medal medal medal”) he makes up for with developed biking and climbing skills. Oh, and if you think he’s got an advantage because The Commissioner loves him, you misunderestimate The Commissioner.

Expectations for 2017: he’s trained in two medal (“medal medal medal”) events, basketball and biking, and while he could surprise on the rocks, he has no chance, even in an improved format, of placing in golf. He’s also facing the “year-after” curse of raised expectations and diminished performance. He will likely medal (“medal medal medal”) on the bikes, unless Ben Moeling, Eric Marshall, and Danno all put in peak performances. He picks last for hoops (or maybe not), which means he likely will have me and Steve Ball (in a 3v3 format). And maybe he can pick up a medal (“ “) on the rocks. Weakness: no one likes a repeat winner and everyone knows how hard it is to compete with a hangover.

Odds: 20-1, because if he dunks during basketball, outrides the old men, and climbs moderately well, he could be repeat. Big if on all three.

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Prologue starting soon

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ELLT 2016 – let’s get started

Prologue stage starts as soon as the first roadie lands…

ELLT 2013 mountain biking bikes

ELLT 2016 – pics of the day

Just getting fired up for this year’s triathlon, looking at some old pictures, taking some new ones