Archive for June, 2012

Rocking the 70.3 podium

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by brianestover

This past weekend saw some rather fine performances by Accelerate 3 athletes. Kerry grabbed 2nd in her age group at the Heartland Triathlon in Florida. She missed out on winning her age group by :13. She used the fastest run in her age group and the third fastest women’s run to almost close completely a 3:17 gap over 5k.

Across the pond Nick won his age group at the UK 70.3 and now has his tickets punched for the Vegas 70.3 championship race and Kona. His race start and therefore finish was a bit iffy due to a car smashing into him almost a month ago. He raced with a still separated shoulder. For those of you not familiar with this race, it’s one of the hardest half Ironman’s on the the 70.3 circuit.

Nick Baldwin, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Flying past his AG competitors

In the swim he was that guy, you know the guy way, way on the outside swimming away from everyone to protect his shoulder. He moved into second in his age group on the bike. Then on a very hard run track he unleashed a half IM PB run to grab his first AG 70.3 win and finish as the 10th age group athlete on the day. He erased a 4 minute gap less then halfway through the run. His 1:25 was 10 minutes faster then the next fastest run in the M18-24 age group.

Nick crossing the finish line for his first AG 70.3 Win!

Bust your Balls in Asheville NC at Tri Camp!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by brianestover

Accelerate 3 coaching is excited to announce in conjunction with HD Coaching a four day triathlon camp held in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, NC. Join us July 12-15, 2012 for some of the best cycling and running on the east coast.

We’ll cover a mix of flat and rolling roads with some stout climbs thrown in to test your legs. Come pick our brains, ask us all the questions you always wanted to but never have. Join your fellow athletes and campers for a 4 day training extravaganza.

Bikes ready to roll at camp

Asheville has been called home by pro riders such as Ted King, Davide Frattini, Lauren Tamayo with current resident pros John Murphy (Kenda), Ally Stacher (Lululemon/Specialized), Johnny Clarke (UHC) and Tour de France Veteren Brent Bookwalter (BMC). These pros, along with the many top amateurs, know that the combination of mild year round weather, low traffic and terrain that ranges from flat riverside roads to 12 mile steady climbs make for some of the best on-bike preparation of anywhere in the country. During camp we’ll be riding some of the same roads and climbs that were once covered in the famous Tour DuPont.

Asheville is also home to 100’s of miles of running and hiking trails. The running trails range from very technical single track on the Mountains to Sea trail, to groomed double and easy single track on the Bent Creek Experimental forest and DuPont National Forest preserve. We’ll be taking a little break from pounding pavement to explore some of these areas.

Outside of training, Asheville has one of the most vibrant and diverse food cultures in the south. It has also been declared Beer City USA for the last 4 years. If you are into that sort of thing, there are over 12 different Breweries in and around the area for you to explore and most recently Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues have decided to open up their East Coast operations in the area. Don’t explore too much, since there will be no mercy for any hangover induced grousing.

What is included? 4 days of training in and around beautiful Asheville NC. Pool access, daily rides and runs, swim stroke analysis, dinner one night as a group. Please be prepared to ride and run 4x per camp and swim 3x.

Swimming at triathlon camp

Who is it for? This camp is geared towards intermediate to advanced multisport athletes.

What is not included? Lodging and most meals are not included. You will also need to bring at least 2 spare tubes and the knowledge on how to change them. We will have support during the camp but that is not a guarantee that support will be next to you when you need it the most.

What is the cost? Camp cost is $450. Current Accelerate 3 and HD Coaching athletes are offered a discounted rate, please contact your coach. Athletes are responsible for their own hotel and food costs. Accelerate 3 and HD coaching will be providing a BBQ dinner one night during camp for participants. Participants are required to be USAT members per insurance requirements. Please contact for further inforomation.

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Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , on June 12, 2012 by brianestover

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Two for One Special

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by brianestover

It’s been a couple of good weekends of racing for Accelerate 3 athletes. Last weekend Tom smashed his half Ironman PB by 11 minutes. Chad woke up after a wedding reception and grabbed 2nd overall in a local 5k and set a new 5k PB.

This weekend Chad crossed the line second overall, smashing the field on the bike at the Buster Britton Triathlon. While he was out in front of the entire field on the bike he received a 2 minute penalty which dropped him off the podium and into winning his age group. Not exactly what you want to find out after you’ve crossed the finish line. It was a solid performance for him but that penalty cost him 8 spots.

Further east James and Jenny picked up a pair of wins at the Tri Latta Triathlon. Jenny currently sits in 7th position with one to two less races then those ranked above her in the IOSNCTS. This win will help James move up the standings where he is now positioned 6th overall. Did I mention this is the second race this week that James won? On Wednesday James set a new AG record at the Lowes TT series.

Dusty had a chilly time over in the Boise 70.3 – some factor for weather, shorter then half Half Ironman. This was his first race back, other then bike races where he has garnered quite a few top 5’s in the cat 5’s, since tearing tendons in his foot.