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Super Sunday Sweep

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by brianestover

James blitzed the Mayday Biathlon in Morganton, NC. He lead wire to tape and set a new 5k run PB in the process. It wasn’t enough that he gapped the field on the run, he also made sure no one got close with the days fastest bike split. His efforts earned him the $125 first place check which amounts to just over $2 per minute of racing. In triathlon speak that’s not too shabby of an earning per minute rate.

Heading south to Florida, Kerry it seems, won the women’s age group race at St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the third time….in four years. The results list her second overall but first in her age group. The person who beat her originally was first overall but got a drafting penalty to end up dropping a spot. Kerry and I were both worried about this race. She changed jobs, changed work schedules an had fair bit of down time during that transition. She managed to get enough work done to get the job done and have a solid race all around.

What do James and Kerry have in common for the year? They’ve both won cash while making the dash to the finish line this season. This is the 8th or 9th year in a row Accelerate 3 athletes have won cash racing.

Five athletes raced this past weekend. Two age group fifth places and an age group sixth place as well as one of those athletes sneaking into the top 20 overall at Duathlon Nationals. A you never even got to see the front of my jersey overall win at the Mayday Biathlon and it appears to be an age group win along with topping the rest of the women’s age group field at St. Anthony’s.

When it came time to produce results, Accelerate 3 athletes stepped up to the line and delivered.

This coming weekend sees Accelerate 3 athletes racing at Ironman St. George, the Iron Gear Sports Triathlon and the White Lake Half.

Here We Go

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , on April 27, 2011 by brianestover

Duathlon Nationals is coming up this weekend. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve raced this race. I’m pretty excited to return to racing a national level duathlon race. I’m even more impressed that over 500 people signed up for a duathlon. Best thing is it’s only 10 miles from my house. Nothing bad about sleeping in your own house the night before a race.

There are several big guns entered in my age group. Continuing my undefeated streak (2-0 yeah, I’m a masters bad ass!) since entering into the M40-44AG is going to be hard, if not impossible. But I’ll try to du it.

We’ll have to see how it goes. My hamstrings seem to be better. Missing all that training on the run can’t be a good thing. The cycling I feel is going fairly well. I’m putting up some good power numbers. Hopefully with my rather aero position I can take advantage of the false flats and wind to generate a fast split on low watts. Although generating higher watts then my last race might be the smart thing to do. I’d clean my bike before the race, but since I’ve only ridden it in two races this year, it’s pretty clean, or at least not dirty enough to warrant me cleaning it. It’s turning into a ride my TT bike only in races year I think.

My only concern is the run. It starts up a f*cking hill. For at least a kilometer. Straight uphill. I have no idea what the RD was thinking except maybe generating slow run times. That course either goes uphill or down hill. It’s going to be a quad buster for sure on the final run. I think fast times = a sexy race. Maybe it’s just me, but I really don’t think races should be about who can slog uphill the best. It’s probably just me eh?

On the plus side there are several Accelerate 3 athletes racing. Hopefully we’ll all turn out good results.