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Huge Win, Shattered Streak

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by brianestover

Dusty has been on a roll. Three weekends in a row of racing and three top finishes. At the Nautica Malibu Triathlon he won his age group and did his longest run of the year. The next weekend saw him mosey over to Bend, OR for the Leadman 125. After leading the race out of the water, he finished 11th overall, won his age group while doing his longest run of the year.

Dusty Nabor, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Dusty heading into T2

This weekend was the LA Triathlon. Dusty turned in the 2nd fastest swim and bike to hold onto 2nd place in his age group. Three races, 2 age group wins and a second place. Not a bad three weeks of racing. His swim and bike times have been 5-8 minutes faster then previous years over the same courses. He’s looking forward to big things next season, his competition…not so much.

Dusty Nabor, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Dusty grabbing hardware…again.

The Augusta 70.3 race just wrapped up. For the second time this year, Jenny topped the entire age group woman’s field at a 70.3 race. First at the Muncie 70.3 and now at the Augusta 70.3. Of course this means she also won the F30-34 age group, again.

Jenny Leiser, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Augusta F30-34 Age group Winner

This is the first time she’s been able to win in this manner in a long course race. In years past she’d come off the bike near the top of the age group race only to drop down the results sheet on the run. But times are a changing! She not only ran herself up the results sheet, she ran almost 5 minutes faster in a half then she’s ever run before. When pressed from behind she held until the other girl broke. Now maybe those emails worrying about her running will stop.

Augusta 70.3

Trophy says it all!

A Weekend of Kicking Ass

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

This weekend was filled with quite a few firsts for me. It was the first time both of my EU based athletes were in the same city as I was. The highlight of my weekend was meeting Tom and Nick. It’s pretty awesome to finally put faces to email addresses. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera with me to the expo where I was meeting them. Bad coach. Really bad.

This past weekend was the 70.3 World Championships. Both Nick and Tom raced. It was hot. Very hot. You ended up sweating. A lot. You needed to drink a lot of fluids just to stay upright. Lots of people were falling out. And that was just spectating. I can’t repeat what one pro woman said about the heat but it had a cuss word to describe how hot it was.

Tom crossed the line in 5:07 which last year would have been a PB for him. This year though he has raced much faster over the half distance. Still a solid showing on a day in which he set new PB’s for the highest temps he’s ever raced in.

Nick absolutely smashed it out on the course. He finished as the 9th age grouper on the day and comfortably won the Men’s 18-24 age group. Yeah, it’s totally bad ass, he became an age group world champ! I’m not going to lie, when I saw him rounding the corner for the finish and I knew he was way up there both age group and overall, my allergies may have caused my eyes to have a very brief, tiny reaction.

Accelerate 3, Nick baldwin

Nick Baldwin M18-24 AG World Champ

Another first was taking place down in the hot, muggy depths of Alabama. James and Chad were squaring off to see who would have the fastest bike split at the AL Coastal Triathlon. At the end of the day a string of firsts would happen. James posted the fastest bike split and finished first overall. Chad posted the second fastest bike split and finished second overall.

This is the first time two Accelerate 3 athletes have taken the first two overall podium places at a race. Also the first time that Accelerate 3 triathletes have grabbed the first two bike splits in a race. Not to mention James won $300 and Chad won $200 which makes racing in 100F temps a little better. James and Chad get to square off again at the Rev 3 SC race in October.

Chad Williamson, Accelerate 3

Chad’s check!

All in all, as a coach I couldn’t be much happier about this past weekend. There was a good bit of success, some cash flowing into the hands of my athletes. It’s a reward for these guys for their hard work and dedication. Most people want to dream big, but when it comes time to put in the hard work, most people settle for a smaller dream. These guys have been doing the work. It’s paying off. Good job lads.

70.3 WC Awards

Nick Baldwin, M18-24 champ

A New Deal 5 for 3!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2012 by brianestover

Five athletes racing this weekend at five different races. Surely it’s not possible that all five would finish in the top three overall is it? Is it? It is!

Kerry kicked off the weekend by grabbing a win at the Fort Desoto Sprint triathlon. She not only won the women’s race, but she also came in third overall. Quite a few dudes got chicked in this race. This may also be the highest a female Accelerate 3 athlete has ever placed overall in the men’s field. There have been a few fourth overall finishes but this may be the first top three overall.

accelerate 3 athlete Kerry Allen

Kerry laying claim to the top spot!

James continued his winning ways, grabbing his third W of the season at the Lake Norman Triathlon. He came into T2 in a dead heat for first place. James blasted out of T2 gaping the competition for the win. This should increase his lead on top of the Inside Out Sport Triathlon Series standings.

James Haycraft, Accelerate 3 Coaching

James running towards his 3rd Win this season

Chad grabbed third overall at the Rocketman Triathlon using his strong bike to move up towards the top three. He then unleashed his run to grab the final spot on the overall podium. In a few weeks I’ll be looking forward to Chad and James racing each other.

Chad Williamson, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Chad running into the top 3.

Rich snagged second overall at the Red Top Mountain Triathlon. He led out of the water, dropped to second during the bike then used the second fastest run split to hold his position over the field.

Rich Klepacz, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Rich locking down 2nd place on the bike

On the opposite coast of the country, Dusty ripped it up at the Santa Barbara Aquabike grabbing third overall. Dusty knocked off just over 8 minutes from this race last year over the swim and bike legs. last year he knocked off 10 minutes from the year before. 18 minutes over two years. That’s a huge amount of time and a testament to what happens when you go out and do the work.

Dusty Nabor, Accelerate 3 Coaching

Dusty in TT mode

A great weekend of racing by this group of athletes. 5 races, 5 states and 5 overall podiums. Not a shabby weekend of racing at all.

IM NYC – BOOM

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

IM NYC, one of the high profile IM races of the year. There was a lot of hype surrounding this race. It’s held in one of the highest profile cities in the world. 2500 of your closest friends all getting onto a ferry at 3am. To do an Ironman.

Doug boards the ferry for his first IM. The finish is only eight blocks from his house. This is his home course. His family was there, his friends were there, even his neighbors were there cheering for him.

The gun goes off and it’s soon obvious that the current is helping 2500 triathletes set a PB in the swim. After boarding his bike Doug follows the power plan perfectly, riding within 2 watts of his targeted wattage. This deposits him at T2 in 417th place. But never fear, Doug can run. Only 9 people in the entire race out ran him, pro’s included. He moved up 342 overall places on the run to finish 75th overall. He passed one person on average every 150 meters of the run. He can run faster then you can drive if you’re trying to flee to the Hampton’s on a Friday. From 89th in the M35-39 to 15th at the end of the race with a 9:59:06 while posting the fastest run in his age group by over 7 minutes. Breaking 10 hours, setting a top 10 overall run split and running faster then anyone else in your age group isn’t too shabby for your first crack at the distance. Nicely done Doug.

Doug starting the run

Chad continued his winning ways. He turned on the heat during the bike leg posting the fastest bike split of the day on his way to grabbing 5th overall and winning the M25-29 AG at the Mountain Lakes Triathlon in Al.

Chad Beginning the Run

Across the state line in GA, Rich, in his first race back since IMTX grabbed 4th overall and 1st in the M35-39 AG in the fourth race of the Tri in the Parks Race Series. Not a bad way to start the second half of your season.

Bringing the Heat!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by brianestover

It may have been hot at the Muncie 70.3 which became Muncie 70.3 minus a lot of kilometers but Jenny proved too be to hot to handle for any of the other age group women. After spending much of the day in the top 5 overall she fell down the rankings late in the run. She finished 8th overall and won her age group and the age group portion of the race by a rather comfortable margin. I think I’ll let her niece sum up her race.

Jenny’s niece stating the facts

In NC, James traveled to High Point to race the men’s Cat 3 State TT championship. He grabbed the silver medal for his sub 56 minute effort.

Elsewhere Chad and Doug both placed top 10 in their age groups at the Chattanooga and NYC triathlons.

Another weekend of hot performances by Accelerate 3 athletes.

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!

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.

Asics Gel DS-Racers 9

Posted in Product Review, Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by brianestover

Since race season is here, you need some go fast shoes to go fast. With the Asics Gel DS Racer 9‘s you can go fast in a great shoe. One of the great thing about Asics, something that no other company has really been able to replicate in their shoe line, is the feel that Asics delivers from shoe to shoe in their line up. Each shoe is predictable, when you go from the 2160’s or 2170s down the the DS trainers then down to the DS racers there is no question about how it’s going to feel or run. A quicker ride, a quicker transfer from landing to toe off, a little less cushioning, but it’s predictable and consistent. You can grab a pair of Asics’s and know how it’s going to run right out of the box. This predictability and consistency across their line is something other shoe manufacturers have not been able to replicate.

Asics DS Racer 9

These shoes run great. As a light weight stability racing shoe the DS Racers provider a firm but not harsh landing, a quick seamless transition and smooth toe off. Running in this shoe is like driving a very high performance sport car – fast, handles great, and fits like a glove, snug but not too tight, like a slipper with laces. The shoe has a Doumax medial wedge and the high wear points of the sole are shod in Asics’s DuraSponge material. The sole is also perforated in case you happen to dump a cup of water down your leg. Those perforations also help shave a bit of weight off the shoe. The sole is anchored by the carbon Trusstic system. The uppers are well vented and there was no irritation, chafing or rubbing any of the times I’ve worn these shoes.

The DS Racer’s sole

The lacing system is straight forward with two eyelets at the top to make sure the heel cup sits snug on your heel. One of the best things is what is does not have. There is no clutch collar on this shoe. Asics’s does a lot of great things with their shoes but the clutch Collar isn’t one of them.

DS Racers -so pretty & so fast

It’s hard for me to find anything wrong with these shoes. My biggest complaint is that I no longer run fast enough to take advantage of these light weight beauties. This is a great racing shoe for someone who runs neutral or pronates but still wants a light weight racer. Suitable for all distances from the half marathon down to the 5k, although for the average triathlete, there are better choices for you when doing a half ironman. Go out, grab a pair, put them on and then race fast.

Jenny Gets The Interview!

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

Here is an interview with Accelerate 3 athlete Jenny Leiser. If you’re a top AG female, I’ll apologize in advance for her improvement this year on the bike and run.

http://iceracingteam.blogspot.com/2012/04/1-on-1-interview-with-jenny-leiser.html

Making Some News

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , on April 7, 2012 by brianestover

Here is an interview done by Beyond Going Long about Accelerate 3 athlete Nick Baldwin.