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Monday, May 11, 2009

Marianne Archer Paddles Crazyman's Butt

Yes, she sure did: Titahi Bay's Marianne Archer set the opening pace for the 2009 Crazy Man multisports Race, she went on to win the paddling section of the race outright. In 30 years I have never seen this until now - a woman beating the best multisports paddlers in the country (Richard Usher was not competing this year).

This phenomenal performance came hot on the heels of the Porirua Grand Traverse. Doing the paddling for an all woman team made up of my partner, Alofa (cycling) and my daughter, Mary Ann (running), 29 year old Archer cleaned up setting a new women's course record.

I have been assisting Marianne for several months now, helping to get her muscles working well and perfecting her nutrition. Her coach, Mark Watson, is an aquaintance from the days when I dabbled somewhat seriously in downriver racing and multisports. With Mark's superbe coaching, Marianne has come on in leaps and bounds that are nothing short of breathtaking.

Archer is threatening to cause more than a few surprises within paddling circles over the next several months.

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