Jeff Yeager, Tommy Nettleton, Bob Boehm, Duane Leach, Jon Winchester

Jeff Yeager, Tommy Nettleton, Bob Boehm, Duane Leach, Jon Winchester

Jeff Yeager posted a 23.7 mph average on the 15 mile bike split of the Mach Tenn Triathlon on June 7, 2014. His run was sub seven minute pace even though a broken foot has kept him from running for several weeks prior to this. He placed 2nd in his age group and 17th overall.

Newcomer Jamie Barnett showed he has natural talent for the sport with his 21.7 mph average bike split.  And, he had the fastest run split in his group with a 6:13 pace on the 4-mile run. Jamie placed 5th among 36 in his age group and 33rd overall.

This Mach Tenn Triathlon has been around for 31 years and it often reunites old friends. Former Columbia resident Tommy Nettleton was there. He is still very fast and he placed 2nd Masters with a time of 1:20:50.

Bob Boehm returned from Florida to continue his 21 year streak with this triathlon. Boehm and Duane Leach exited T1 together and then challenged each other on the bike portion, each one passing the other about five times. Boehm’s results are missing from the posted results for some unknown reason.

This Tri consisted of a .6-mile swim, 15-mile bike and 4-mile run.  There were 316 finishers.

Jeff Yeager 48 17 18:11 37:55 23.7 27:14 6:49 1:25:06
Age Group Rank 9 2 2 2/25
Jamie Barnett 41 33 19:01 41:32 21.7 24:50 6:13 1:28:43
Age Group Rank 19 6 1 5/36
Duane Leach 53 53 18:36 41:43 21.6 28:52 7:13 1:31:54
Age Group Rank 15 4 5 4/30
Jon Winchester 33 112 21:29 46:08 19.5 28:45 7:12 1:39:30
Age Group Rank 15 11 3 7/19
Cody West 28 153 21:38 46:53 19.2 32:06 8:02 1:44:39
Age Group Rank 6 6 6 6/6



Four members of the Columbia Cycling Club raced in the Waverly Lions Paul Haase Memorial Biathlon on May 24, 2014. The event consists of a 5k run followed by a 16-mile road bike. It was a small race and all four came home with a trophy.

Duane Leach was in 4th place following his 21:58 5k run. The lead runner had a significant lead with his 19:00 5k but he dropped out after the run. Leach chased down the remaining two on the bike, clocking an speed of 26.9 mph according to the 3.5 mile Strava segment, and taking over the lead at about mile 5. Accompanied by a police escort with full lights flashing, Leach held onto the lead and achieved his first ever overall win.

Newbie, Michelle Maquiling, in her first-ever duathlon, led the females after the run. Sherrie Giles admitted to a sluggish 5k (26:10) but made a comeback with a strong 19.05 mph average on the bike. Giles passed Maquiling at mile 10 to assume the overall female spot. Maquiling placed 2nd among females (1st in her age group). Giles has been specializing in duathlons lately. She qualified and is taking the trip to Nationals this July in Minnesota. However, like Leach, this was her first time to have an overall win in a multi-sport race.

Name Time Age Pl Age Group O’all Pl
Duane Leach 1:06:17 1 M50-59 1
Richard Kalmanek 1:13:52 2 M60-69 6
Sherrie Giles 1:17:55 1 F50-59 13
Michelle Maquiling 1:18:52 1 F40-49 14
Leach, Maquiling, Kalmanek with trophies

Leach, Maquiling, Kalmanek with trophies

Cindy Davis & Michelle Maquiling

Cindy Davis & Michelle Maquiling

Cindy Davis topped her age group at the ADPi-Athlon, and Michelle Maquiling placed second in her first-ever triathlon.  Michelle decided she wanted to do a triathlon and Cindy Davis helped direct her to the first available triathlon of the season on April 6 in Murfreesboro.  Conducted by the Alpha Delta Phi sorority at MTSU before school lets out, this Tri can be a cold one in the early morning.

Michelle had a jacket on but her fingers were cold in her fingerless gloves and it made the second transition difficult.  Nonetheless she had an excellent race with a first place ranking in the swim and run in her age group.

Cindy placed a whopping five minutes ahead of second place finisher, Mary Strickland, a native Columbia resident now living in the Nashville or Murfreesboro area.  Cindy was 7th out of 112 females.

Former Columbia man, Tommy Nettleton placed 1st Masters and 4th out of 156 men with a time of 56:53.  Full Results

Name Age AgePl Time Swim Bike Bike Run Run
300 Mtr 10-Miles MPH 3.1 Mi. Pace
Cindy Davis 33 1 1:07:53 7:41 35:04 18.8 25:07 8:06
Age Group Rank 2 1 1 .
Michelle Maquiling 40 2 1:16:14 8:36 41:30 15.9 26:07 8:25
 Rank 1 2 1

Maquiling finish Maquiling with girlsMaquiling bike


Xterra Worlds Report

In May 2013, Duane Leach competed in the Xterra Southeast Championship Triathlon in Birmingham and achieved a second place finish that qualified him for the Xterra World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii.

Duane accepted the invitation to compete in the World event that took place in Maui on October 24, 2013.  He commented, “The muddy course at Birmingham seemed to work some luck in my qualifying for Worlds, and so I did not think I was worthy to compete against the best in the world.  At first I was afraid that I might come in last in my age group.  However I did some studying of the prior year results, and I cross referenced it against last year’s winner in my age group.  Considering that I had generally raced 30% slower than last year’s winner in other races, I calculated that I might be able to place about 35th out of 50 (top 70%) in my 50-54 age group.”

The race course for the World event consisted of 1-mile ocean swim, a 20-mile off-road bike with 3700 feet of uphill climbing, and a 6.1-mile trail run with 1500 feet of uphill.  Total racers numbered 678 from 35 countries and 45 states.

Here is Duane’s description of the World’s race:

Swim start

60 Pro’s started 2 minutes ahead. Looks like white waves.

For the swim, the waves were not big.  We swam out 500 meters to a buoy, and then returned to shore to run around some flags, and then we swam out 250 meters to another buoy and back.  Once we cleared the waves, the ocean swim was fairly routine, somewhat crowded, but there was plenty of room to move away from the people that I would occasionally bump.  The water was warm and clear. It felt like I was swimming against a current going out, but the current was with me coming back in.

Swim exit Swim smileI ran about 200 yards to arrive at my bike in the transition area.  There I quickly put on my bike shoes, gloves, helmet, glasses, and water backpack and exited the transition area.  The uphill climbing began right away and I came into a long line of bikers slowly cranking in the easiest gear.  So I got in line and climbed along with them.  For five miles we climbed 1300 feet at some very steep angles.  I had practiced on hills at home, but these were much worse.  It took 40 minutes to get to the first peak and my legs were very fatigued.  And the temperature was well in the 80’s.  We had two miles of downhill that went by quickly and then we commenced to climbing a 500 foot hill that was even steeper than the first.  There were times when everyone dismounted to push the bike.  This took 15 minutes and I averaged 3.7 mph.

When I reached the highest point in the course, it was time to take the big 3-mile downhill that dropped 1300 feet to the lowest point on the course.  I flew down the Jeep road at breakneck speed passing several racers.   But the fun ended at the bottom because the climbing resumed.  There were 8.5-miles to go, starting with a 700 foot climb.  It was as if the course designers looked for the hardest ways to send us.  Each downhill was followed by a killer uphill.  We went through sand pits from when this portion was previously a golf course.  There were spots that were impossible to ride.

Bike finish

Finished with bike and returning transition spot

When I reached the end of the bike segment, my legs were overtaxed and on the edge of cramping even though I had taken eight sodium capsules and eight magnesium capsules to try to offset.  I took my bike back to my spot in transition, stripping off the shoes, water pack, etc. and put on my running shoes and visor.  Off I ran with another wave to Renee.

The first three miles of the run course were the same as the bike course, straight up.  I could only run for a short period and then walk.  The legs were just not cooperating and I was feeling rough too.  It took 14 minutes to complete the first mile.  I was doing a little better in the second mile and completed it in 11 minutes.  At the 2-mile water stop I took a gel pack of nutrition, the remainder of my sodium and magnesium capsules, a cup of Gatorade, and I poured a cup of ice water on my head.  Almost at the top of mile three, I had one more sharp incline to make and my legs could not do it without going into full cramps.  Stuck there, standing, I tried turning around and going backwards up the incline.  It worked!  This third mile took me 14 minutes.

Reaching the peak, my legs began recovering on the downhill and I was going faster.  After a few minutes I tried running faster, but this triggered the cramps and I had to stop and walk it out.  Restarting I was now aware of how fast I could run.  My fourth, fifth and sixth miles were each around 10 minutes.  Fortunately I did not notice anyone in my age group passing me during the run.  Our age was written on our calves with temporary tattoos.

Run shuteI reached the finish line in 4:29:42.  The finish results card said that I placed 31st out of 67 in my age group (46%).  This put me in the top half and I was smiling and dancing.  Renee posted this on Facebook within minutes and there were lots of kudos.  However, later results on the Internet showed only 54 racers in my group (57%).  This probably means there were 13 who signed up but did not show up to race.

Finish lineHere are the details of finish results with rankings for each segment among all 678 racers:



1-mi. Swim



Trans. 1


20-mi. Bike



Trans. 2


6.1-mi. Run






Happy with the results card indicating a top half finish

Happy with the results card indicating a top half finish

Jon Winchester and Chris Webb

Jon Winchester and Chris Webb


Heather McDonald, Larry Woody and Cindy Davis

Chris Webb and Cindy Davis both achieved third overall at the Star Triathlon in Manchester, Tennessee on August 31, 2013.  The race consists of a 200 yard swim, 14-mile bike, and 5k run.  Jon Winchester and Heather McDonald each achieved 3rd in their respective age groups.  This is about the third triathlon for both Jon and Heather.

There were 116 participants.  FULL RESULTS

Name Age AgePl O’all Time Swim Bike MPH Run Pace
Chris Webb 32 3rd O’all 3 1:07:17 3:27 38:22 21.9 23:29 7:32
Cindy Davis 35 3rd O’all 19 1:15:23 3:18 41:41 20.1 27:41 8:55
Jon Winchester 39 3 39 1:18:39 4:11 45:32 18.5 25:55 8:22
Heather McDonald 30 3 62 1:26:34 3:14 48:53 17.2 30:42 9:54
Larry Woody 59 5 88 1:34:16 4:46 49:47 16.9 34:37 11:10


Shelter from the rain

Shelter from the rain

Repeating similar trips in the past to the same event, four friends traveled together to Fall Creek Falls State Park to compete in an Olympic distance triathlon on August 18, 2013.  Although Tommy Nettleton has moved to Nashville, he joined the other three in Murfreesboro.  Frequent rain brought the water temperature down enough to wear wetsuits, but Duane Leach was the only one of the four who wore one.  The air temperature was cool and rain rolled in at the end.  Leach was expecting the rain and so he came prepared to set up one of Columbia Cycling Club’s canopy tents at the finish area in advance.

Nettleton raced well finishing 9th overall and 2nd in his age group.  Leach had a course PR on the day giving credit to the cool temperature.  He placed 3rd in his age group.  Waugh and Boehm had a close finish time separated by 16 seconds, but they started in different waves and did not know they were close during the race.  Christine Schmalzer opted to race the swim-bike event called the AquaBike.  She wore a wetsuit.

The event is a nice venue at a reasonable price.  They give racers a custom string backpack at check-in, t-shirt, and they put a custom medal around the necks at the finish line.  Awards are unique banjos.  The race carries a theme of “Race for the Banjo” and they play a lot of banjo music at the finish area. They had 212 finishers.  Full Results

There is about 500 yards of uphill running from water’s edge to the first transition, so T1 is included in the results below.  The bike course is an out-and-back that leaves the park to the south.  The run course uses the paved trails that goes through the woods and along the lake.  The bike has moderate hills and the run is hilly.

Name Age O’all Time Swim T1 Bike MPH Run Pace
Tommy Nettleton 52 9 2:16:47 22:21 3:36 1:04:30 23.1 45:34 7:21
 Age Rank 2 2 2 1
Duane Leach 52 28 2:31:26 25:34 5:02 1:08:51 21.6 50:41 8:10
 Age Rank   3 4 4 4
Robert Boehm 53 42 2:34:28 28:00 3:53 1:08:12 21.8 53:11 8:35
 Age Rank 5 8 3 7
Mike Waugh 44 63 2:40:12 26:10 4:18 1:13:51 20.1 54:41 8:49
 Age Rank 10 6 12 13
AquaBike event:
Christine Schmalzer 44 4 1:53:16 25:06 6:46 1:21:24 18.3
 O’All Rank 4 2 4
Keeping dry in the tent

Keeping dry in the tent

We presented Boehm with a "Tenn. Clydesdale Legend" trophy

We presented Boehm with a “Tenn. Clydesdale Legend” trophy

Wet Dog 2013

Heather at Wet Dog

Heather McDonald starting her second-ever triathlon

In her second-ever triathlon, Heather McDonald placed 7th out of 22 in her age group.  Being a former college swimmer, it is not surprising that she had the 4th fastest in her group.  She had an impressive 19.1mph average on the 9.3-mile bike course.  Her run time was ranked 7th in her 30-34 age group.

It was Jon Winchester’s second-ever triathlon as well.  He place 15th out of 24 in the 30-34 males and posted an impressive 20.5mph average on the bike.


Leach, Waugh and Boehm

For the three veterans, Waugh, Boehm and Leach, it was an all-out assault on this short course.  It was a close race between the friends who traveled in the same vehicle to the race.  Due to the time-trial start, Mike Waugh started a couple minutes ahead and was not caught during the race by the other two.  Boehm started about 20 seconds ahead of Leach.  Boehm increased his lead to about one minute after the swim and bike, but Leach caught and passed him in the last half mile of the run.  Boehm was able to stay close enough to come out ahead by 12 seconds in the results.  Boehm placed first in the Clydesdale category.

The 14th annual Wet Dog Triathlon was conducted on the grounds of the Point Mallard Water Park in Decatur, Alabama.  The 400 meter swim was done in the Tennessee River and then there was a 100 yard run to the first transition where the transition timing mat was.  The water was very dark with dirt and competitors wearing white finished the run looking light-brown.  The bike was out and back on flat roads.  The run was on a nicely manicured trail through the woods.  There were 527 finishers.  Full Results

Name Age AgePlc O’all Time Swim Bike MPH Run Pace
Robert Boehm 53 1 38 56:56 7:28 23:33 23.7 24:39 7:56
Duane Leach 52 4 41 57:08 8:03 24:36 22.7 23:16 7:30
Mike Waugh 44 8 53 58:02 6:59 25:36 21.8 23:49 7:40
Jon Winchester 32 15 162 1:06:21 10:27 27:11 20.5 26:35 8:34
Heather McDonald 30 7 196 1:08:23 7:50 29:12 19.1 28:55 9:19

Monster Triathlon 2013

DSC02045The competition was tight among four friends from the Columbia group at the 2013 Monster Triathlon in Pulaski Tennessee on June 15.  There was a battle on the bikes between Bob Boehm, Cody Goodman, Eric Schroeder and Duane Leach.

Leach and Schroeder had lower starting numbers and they pulled out of the swimming pool melee together.  Leach gained 25 seconds with a swift transition.  Schroeder caught and passed Leach after the first significant hill.  Then Goodman and Boehm made up their 25-50 second start time deficit, and came along and passed them both.  Leach and Schroeder regained contact on the next hill that is considered the “Monster.”  After this began a series of continual passing among all four as one would feel stronger for a short while and then fade.

Coming into transition it was Goodman first, followed by Boehm and Schroeder, and Leach brought up the rear.  Goodman held the lead out of transition with a swift 38 second transition time but he was the weakest runner of the four.

Leach was still in last position as they started the run, but he quickly overtook the other three with a strong attack on the initial downhill.  Boehm passed Goodman early, but Schroeder held with Goodman for awhile before picking up the pace to catch and pass Boehm.  Leach stayed in front with his 7:02 pace.

This was the first-ever triathlon for Heather McDonald, Jon Winchester and Keith Thrailkill.  There were 178 participants consisting of 44 women, 132 men and one relay .  Full results are HERE.

Name Age AgePl SexPl Finish Swim Bike MPH Run Pace
Duane Leach 52 2 21 1:14:22 3:35 48:27 20.9 20:23 7:02
Eric Schroeder 41 5 25 1:15:21 3:33 47:49 21.2 21:33 7:26
Bob Boehm 53 4 29 1:16:09 3:34 47:58 21.1 22:28 7:45
Cody Goodman 32 4 33 1:16:35 3:40 47:26 21.4 23:23 8:04
Mike Waugh 44 8 42 1:19:07 3:24 52:08 19.5 21:30 7:25
Chris Webb 32 5 48 1:20:37 4:10 53:27 19.0 20:54 7:13
Miki Peek & Stephanie Robinette Relay 1 1 1:22:46 4:57 52:16 19.4 24:05 8:18
Tim Hoeldtke 56 1 66 1:23:34 5:03 51:42 19.6 24:30 8:27
Cindy Davis 35 3 8 1:24:26 3:48 53:22 19.0 23:51 8:14
Richard Kalmanek 69 2 79 1:28:05 5:14 55:07 18.4 24:54 8:35
Charles Ferguson 33 11 83 1:29:28 4:21 52:37 19.3 28:37 9:53
Jon Winchester 32 14 99 1:35:55 5:15 1:03:17 16.0 24:25 8:25
Larry Woody 59 8 106 1:37:50 5:32 1:00:14 16.8 27:32 9:30
Emily Ferguson 32 9 25 1:39:21 4:31 59:13 17.1 32:40 11:16
Tim Pounders 43 16 116 1:42:32 9:07 1:05:19 15.5 23:41 8:10
Tyler Crews 31 16 119 1:43:32 4:44 1:07:36 15.0 28:09 9:43
Heather McDonald 30 10 29 1:44:59 3:38 1:10:01 14.5 28:05 9:41
Keith Thrailkill 52 19 129 1:51:45 8:09 1:09:38 14.6 27:31 9:30

Mach Tenn 2013 groupThe Mach Tenn triathlon near Tullahoma Tennessee has been a staple for area triathletes for 30 years.  Bob Boehm has been to the last 20 and was given an award in recognition of this.  He raced for free this year as a gift from race.  

Unfortunately Boehm will be moving to Tampa Bay, Florida soon.  I have been racing against Bob for over 22 years and this news is saddening to me.  The most polite person I know, Bob has been an unwavering friend for which we share the same passion of triathlons.  We have probably done close to 100 races together.  His conditioning over the 22 years has been unwavering and he has dominated the Clydesdale category in Middle Tennessee each year.  We will miss him.

The awards at this race go five deep in a lot of age groups so our group did well. Boehm placed first in the Clydesdale category.  Christine was thrilled to be able to hold up an award in this year’s group picture.  Duane reports that his time is a PR for the race.  This year’s race was on June 1, 2013.  Full results are HERE.

Jeff Yeager 47 26 15:53 41:30 23.2 28:17 7:04 1:27:48
Age Group Rank 14 3 6 4
Duane Leach 52 83 15:04 46:44 20.6 29:57 7:29 1:35:16
Age Group Rank 3 7 8 4
Bob Boehm 53 99 17:05 45:15 21.2 32:08 8:00 1:37:00
Clydesdale Rank 6 2 2 1
Mike Waugh 44 118 15:42 48:05 19.9 32:41 8:10 1:39:11
Age Group Rank 10 22 23 19
Christine Schmalzer 44 232 15:22 55:29 17.3 36:47 9:12 1:51:42
Age Group Rank 1 8 9 5
Bob Boehm

Bob Boehm

Keith Thrailkill

Keith Thrailkill

Keith Thrailkill, age 52, topped our list of local runners at the Tom King Classic, running an 8:14 pace for the 13.1 miles on March 9, 2013.  Stephanie Riley placed 4th in her 15-19 age group.  In the accompanying 5k, Charity and Bradd Kimes place 4th and 5th respectively in their age groups.

The race takes place at LP Field in Nashville and it is a very flat course along Shelby Bottoms.  Runners enjoyed a warm and sunny spring morning.  There were 1335 and 539 in the Half and 5k respectively.  Result details are HALF and 5K.

KEITH THRAILKILL 52 15 215 1:47:39 8:14
KRISTEN DAUGHERTY 27 25 130 1:53:08 8:39
STEPHANIE RILEY 19 4 216 1:59:26 9:07
ZEKE WHITESIDE 15 8 373 1:59:42 9:09
BRITTANY MEALER 26 56 276 2:03:59 9:28
SHANNON LAMBERT 35 63 291 2:04:54 9:33
LORI MIZER 41 44 292 2:04:55 9:33
BARBARA MITCHELL 44 50 310 2:06:32 9:40
SARAH LAMB 35 85 402 2:13:30 10:12
RANDELL BRADFORD 26 57 494 2:15:47 10:22
JENNIFER FLEMING 38 89 420 2:16:02 10:23
JANET KING 46 50 426 2:16:30 10:26
AMANDA SMITH 22 24 477 2:21:29 10:49
JEFF WHITESIDE 51 44 533 2:24:09 11:01
JEFF WEIDENBENNER 50 45 541 2:25:29 11:07
WESLEY BRYANT 35 87 559 2:30:25 11:29
BILL RILIEY 55 7 68 24:40 7:58
CHARITY KIMES 40 4 21 24:51 8:01
BRADD KIMES 42 5 71 25:02 8:05
JIM HUTCHENS 59 9 113 27:01 8:43

Bradd and Charity Kimes