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2012 – Kicking Ass, The Recap

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

It’s been a great season for Accelerate 3 athletes. Just about everything has gone according to plan. People are faster than they were before, people are winning and when those things happen I’m a very happy coach with very happy athletes. Happy might be an understatement though. It’s been a very, very successful year for a lot of athletes. The adage still holds true. Do the work and the results will follow. I’m fortunate to have a great group of hard working athletes. To you girls and guys I say thank you.

How well has the season gone? Awesome would be a HUGE understatement. It’s actually hard to select the top performance. Could it be a World Championship title, or having three athletes qualify for their elite licenses, or seeing people make 5-15 minute gains over last season, or watching people run faster in a triathlon this season then they were running in open races last season? While there were truly some phenomenal performances, I’m going to let their results speak.

Some of the highlights for WTC events include having the overall amateur woman at three 70.3 events, Augusta, Miami and Muncie spread among two of my athletes. An Age group win and 9th amateur on the day at the 70.3 World Championships, 2nd in the age group, 11th amateur and 40th overall at IM Hawaii, an age group win and 10th amateur on the day at the UK 70.3, 3rd in the age group at Boulder 70.3 and having an athlete post the 10th fastest run time on the day at IMNYC. Out of the seven WTC events, only once has an athlete not finished either overall as the top age group racer or in the top 3 in their age group. That’s some serious ass kicking by Accelerate 3 athletes.

Other results include the fastest female age grouper at St. Anthony’s triathlon…again. 2nd age group male overall and winner of his age group at Abu Dhabi, a course record at the Lowes TT series, AL TT Cat 5 State Champ, SE Regional Cat 5 TT Champ, NC TT Cat 3 Silver medalist, 2nd overall male in the Tucson Triathlon Series and 3rd male overall in the Inside Out Sports NC Triathlon Series. The 1st female overall in that same series is an Accelerate 3 athlete. It’s also the first time in the 11 year history of the series that a female has scored more then 10,000 points in more than one race in a season while going undefeated.

Accelerate 3 athletes have won 16 races this season, have another 15 2nd and 3rd overall finishes. They also recorded 16 top 3 age group podiums excluding overalls. Oddly or thankfully, no one finished either 4th overall or fourth in their age group all season. There has been only one 5th overall and one 5th in their age group. It seems my athletes prefer first through third. Who am I to complain? There have been numerous PB’s across triathlon, cycling and running events by my athletes. Three of my athletes have qualified for their elite license for next year. I’m looking forward to taking these and everyone I coach to the next level next season.

And yes, I’m very, very proud to call these over achievers my athletes.

As I look forward to 2013 there are several big changes on the horizon. I’ll be making the jump to full time coaching, which I am rather excited about. For the first time in ten years, I’ll be able to take on more then 1-2 athletes per year. A lot of times when this happens people have to just expand. I’m reloading while I expand. If you are looking for a coach or are a top age group athlete looking to step up to the elite level, contact me.

There are one or two big things in the works for Accelerate 3. You might see Accelerate 3 morph into something bigger and better then it currently is. I suspect the competitors of the people I coach will be less thrilled about all the changes. But then isn’t that always the case?

Keep checking in to see the changes! Thanks for reading.

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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!

A Weekend of Racing…Well!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by brianestover

It’s the first big weekend of racing on the East Coast. Kerry went back to St. Anthony’s Triathlon. Last year, her first year in the female 30-34 age group she won the age group. This year saw a repeat of that performance but with a faster time. Which is never shabby.

Kerry 1st place F30-34 St. Anthony's Triathlon

Up the coast in NC, James and his race ready steed showed up at the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon.

James Haycraft's race machine

James posted the 2nd fastest swim, then topped the field with the fastest bike and run time to comfortably break the tape for the WIN! This will earn him some valuable points towards the overall title of the IOS NCTS.

Moving west Billy Oliver captured 7th place in his Age group at USAT Duathlon Nationals by posting a faster time then he put up last year on this course.

Finally even further west, Dusty grabbed 3rd place by half a wheel in the Chuck Pontius Crit. He took all he has learned over the previous races where he’s tried to break away every which way is possible often to be caught just before the line. Today he raced tactical and grabbed a podium spot.

Lots of races and lots of top places. That’s the way we roll at Accelerate 3!

Triple Three

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

Three athletes, three different races and three people grabbing hardware. Good things do come in three’s especially when you add the fastest bike split in the mix.

If it’s late March, it’s Powerman Alabama time. This year saw two Accelerate 3 athletes racing, Rich in the long course event and Chad raced the Double Oak Mountain Duathlon aka the short course event.

Rich grabbed third in his age group, by posting the third fastest run and bike followed by the fourth fastest second run. Even a 4 minute penalty for riding too far left couldn’t drop him out of the top three.

Rich nearing T1

Chad was second overall in the short course duathlon. He ran solidly posting the third fastest runs of the day then laid down the fastest bike split in the race. You can read his race report here.

Chad, 2nd row in the middle, with an A for Awesome on his kit!

Across the country Billy was placing 8th overall and 2nd in his age group in the Tucson TinFoilman Triathlon. His time of 1:01:06 is one of his better times on this course in the last five years. As he gets older he gets faster.