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Another BIG Weekend!!!

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2012 by brianestover

The Hawaii Ironman has come and gone. What a great race at the front end of both the women and men’s fields! But that wasn’t the only racing going on. Nick was racing, fresh off his recent M18-24 age group win at the 70.3 World Championships. We were looking towards having him climb atop of his second WC podium. He did a ton of work heading into this race, was fitter than he’s ever been and was able to overcome some harsh conditions to go faster than last year, which not many people did.

Last year Nick was 118th overall, a fabulous result for any age grouper at IM Hawaii. This year he crushed it. Nick crossed the line 40th overall, finishing 2nd in the M18-24 age group and as the 11th amateur on the day. He turned in a marathon that was 9 minutes faster than he’s run before. An awesome performance from an athlete with lots of room for improvement.

Nick Baldwin, Accelerate 3 coaching

Nick on the run

Several time zones away Chad was racing at the Rev 3 Anderson Half. he grabbed 5th in his age group on a very hilly, hard half Ironman. This was his first long course attempt this season and it was a good hit out. I suspect he’ll have a few more cracks at this distance next season.

Chad rolling along

In Tucson, Billy finished 2nd in his age group and wrapped up second overall in the Tucson Triathlon series. He was three minutes down after the first race, cut that in half after the second race, but couldn’t quite cut the gap in the third race. This is his best overall series finish in nearly a decade of racing this series. Once again Billy proves getting older doesn’t have to slow you down.

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.