Archive for Abu Dhabi

In like a Lion

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2013 by brianestover

March is here, charging in with the roar of a lion after some lambs. And roar Chad Chad did. Over the last five miles of the Tuscaloosa Half Marathon he stalked the leader trimming the gap. In the closing miles he struck fast to win the race!

Adu Dhabi once again hosted the Abu Dhabi triathlon. The first major triathlon race of 2013 loaded with a star studded field, is always a look into who’s hot and who’s not. Nick and Daniel made the journey to race this year. This was Daniel’s first long course race and he finished 9th in his age group.

Nick closed out his age group career here. He repeated his results from last year, winning his age group, and placing as the 2nd overall age grouper on the day. This year he moved up 11 spots to finish 11th overall including the pros. Watch for Nick at a pro race near you, as he will be joining the pro ranks and making his pro debut at Ironman South Africa.

Nick Baldwin in Abu Dhabi

Nick Baldwin in Abu Dhabi

Dusty raced one of the season opening races in CA, the Desert Triathlon. Dusty lead his age group off the bike and ended up second. He’s been battling some running injuries over the last 6 months and we expect nothing but faster run times as the season progresses.

Dusty at the Desert Triathlon

Dusty at the Desert Triathlon

I encourage all my athletes to try racing different events in the early season. Like many of my athletes Adam has taken me up on the offer for the second weekend in a row. Last weekend was a time trial, this weekend was a masters swim meet. His first swim meet. He did a wide variety of free style events, from the 50 to the 1650 as well as swimming on some relays. For a rookie he did pretty good, grabbing some top 3 finishes in his age group and cracking 1:00 in the 100 free on his first attempt.

Abu BOOM Dhabi Triathlon

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2012 by brianestover

The first weekend of racing for Accelerate 3 athletes in 2012 is in the books. 2012’s first big triathlon of the season, the Abu Dhabi Triathlon has showed us who is in good early season shape. Some of the fastest long course athletes in the world, pro’s and age groupers, made the journey to this race. With cooler temperatures and a wet suit swim, this years race shaped up to be a very fast race.

Nick on the run

Nick started off the season with a great race and a result that is sure to make even more people stand up and take notice of him. He crossed the finish line in the Abu Dhabi Triathlon the second age grouper overall and the winner of the M20-24 age group. He won his age group by nearly an hour. The only age grouper to beat him? One of the best age group athletes at IM Hawaii over the last few years. Here though, Nick closed the gap significantly that has historically existed between them.

Congrats Nick on a great finish and setting the bar high for the rest of the Accelerate 3 athletes.