Archive for Accelerate 3

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.

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Making News

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , on December 22, 2012 by brianestover

Nick Baldwin was interviewed recently by the world’s biggest triathlon site. You can read about him, his globe trotting ways and what his plans are for 2013 by clicking the link below.

http://www.slowtwitch.com/Interview/The_fast_nomad_known_as_Sesel_3289.html

Doubling Up

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2012 by brianestover

A pair of Accelerate 3 athletes racing and a pair of good results.

Billy, went to the Trisports.com Desert Classic Duathlon. He grabbed 3rd in his age group behind two of AZ’s top age group competitors. He crossed the finish line as the 10th overall finisher in the age group field.

James started his season off just like he did last year, with the W! Coming off three weeks of training in AZ where he racked up some impressive training time, he took his mini van to the Alston & Byrd Corporate Cup 5k. After running a 5:05 first mile and shredding the rest of the field, he was able to cruise in to break the tape.

So far this year, three Accelerate athletes have raced. So far this year, three Accelerate 3 athletes have had three rather good finishes.

If You Can’t Run….

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by brianestover

Then ride your bike. A lot. Besides a little extra riding never hurt anyone but the people you race against.

In that vein, since I have President’s Day off, I decided that four days of a lot of cycling wouldn’t do me any harm. Friday was a short little interval ride that lasted all of 31 minutes. Saturday I cruised through 70 miles in 3:26 on the (hopefully) old TT bike. Sunday was a nice ride over Twin peaks and up Picture Rocks for 3.5 hours. Today I rode 80 with Accelerate 3 athlete James Haycraft. You’ve got to keep the kids in line and going up Mission rode I made it a hard 58 minute effort. We rode at 90+% of FTP for that portion. Thankfully he was able to pull me back home. When your legs detonate they detonate. After a bit of a break I was able to do some more work on the trip home.

Pee Break

This was probably the most solid three day block of bike training I’ve done in 6 months, maybe more. If you want to count Friday then it’d be a solid 4 day block. Total for Saturday through Monday was 209.62 miles + Friday’s 9.75 miles which gave me 219 for the four days. 11.9 hours of riding of which 11.4 were done Saturday through Monday, This netted me 800 TSS for those three days. 838 TSS over the four days. Now it’s time to destroy James in some Halo!

Smashing SC x2

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2011 by brianestover

2011 is wrapping up. Even though some Ironman triathlon was going on in Hawaii, the real action, if you are a triathlete, was taking place in South Carolina. If you were racing in SC and you are not an Accelerate 3 athlete, well, maybe you should reconsider based upon yesterday’s results.

James was doing at the Myrtle Beach Triathlon run in conjunction with the USAT Half Iron distance National Championships. This was his last shot to qualify for his elite card for next season. He seized control of the race on the bike whomping the field by over a minute. Then he turned in the second fastest run split grabbing the victory, his elite card and a prize check. His margin of victory was a comfortable :51 seconds.

Meanwhile on the other side of the state, Rich was ripping it up at the Rev 3 half ironman race in Anderson, SC. He lead the M35-39 out of the water, came off the bike 2nd in his wave and finished on the podium grabbing 3rd place in his age group. He was the 4th age grouper out of the water and finished 15th overall in the age group field.

For the second year in a row, Accelerate 3 athletes prove very successful when in SC.

That’s a (Training Camp) Wrap.

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2011 by brianestover

The Accelerate 3 Training camp has finished. It was a small camp open to just the guys and girls that I coach. Since everyone is scattered across the country and even in other countries, it’s great to get part of the group together and put a face to the name of the person you are coaching.

The purpose of the camp was to challenge each person with more intensity and volume over the four days of the camp then they would normally see. Add in the wind Mother Nature threw at us every ride and the fact that it snowed going into the final day and it became a pretty grueling camp. Those of us that had late flights out got to ride Sunday afternoon. Mother Nature snowed on us, then rained on us, then threw a stiff headwind that had us going at 3.0+ watts per kg maybe hitting 15mph….downhill. Then we got snowed on….again.

Snow low on the Santa Catalina's

The campers got to see some of the best climbs that are offered in southern AZ. Thursday we rode around McCain’s Loop and did a couple of trips up Gates Pass and it’s 14% grade. The next day we climbed Kitt Peak. That’s 20k of climbing averaging between 7-8%. On Saturday it was up Mt. Lemmon up to Windy Point in the very cold weather for another solid 20+km of climbing.

Throw in some runs with intervals, a long run through the Tucson Mountains and you’ve got the makings of a tough four days for the athletes.

Cory, Billy and Steve framed by snow before the long run

We swam in the world class facility at the U of A pool. It was interesting to see other coaches there and how they ran their squad’s swims. One coach, whom I won’t name but is based in Tucson and is a coach to several IM winners, must have gotten hold of my Thursday swim workout. I watched him write my Thursday main set for his athletes on Friday. Either I’m a genius for writing such a kick ass set (which I tend to think is true) or he’s a genius for recognizing geniusness when he sees it and decided to use my main set.

Since we were in Southern AZ, I wanted to show the guys somethings they may not see in their home ranges. While taking our clothes off at the base of Kitt Peak (don’t you wish you came to camp now?), we got to see some illegal aliens run across the road about 50 yards away. We had to go through a Border Patrol check point, some of us while biking. We ran through snow, which is a pretty rare thing to do in Tucson unless you go to the very top of Mt. Lemmon. We weren’t anywhere near Mt. Lemmon for our run. We climbed up and then descended down a 50 yard wide patch of black ice on the road to test our bike handling skills. Four of the campers climbed Kitt Peak for the first time and were able to look one way into Mexico and the other way looked towards Canada. Everyone got in about 20-25 hours of training over four days. Most of the campers reaffirmed my lack of climbing ability by spanking me soundly on the climbs. Some of the campers also got to see a Javelina. All in all good times for everyone while at camp!

Javelina

Wham Bam

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by brianestover

As the dust settled today at the Casa Grande Traithlon, not one, but two Accelerate 3 athletes stood atop the Overall Podiums. Sarah crushed the womens field by over seven minutes. Not only did she chick all but three guys on the bike, she chicked all but four men, grabbing fifth overall today. Hahaha you guys got chicked! (NP-213, AP-203).

Several people commented, most after being passed by her I might add, on her awesome riding of late. She now has won two of her last three races and finished third overall in the other.

I erased my :23 deficit after the swim riding 1:20 faster than anyone else to move clear of everyone. Today was one of those days where you just know you are on. It’s my second win in a row, not a shabby way to end the season. (NP-251, AP-246)

If my math skills are correct, that is between seven and nine overall wins spread across five athletes and about 20-25 podium placings spread across nine athletes. Not shabby at all.

The only thing left this year is to put the race wheels away and await the results of tomorrow’s Silverman Ironman Triathlon where there are a few Accelerate 3 Athletes racing.