Archive for White Lake Half

Rocking at the Races

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

It was another busy weekend of racing for Accelerate 3 athletes across the country. That also means it’s a busy weekend of me blogging about their successes at the races.

In California, Jeff destroyed his Wildflower course personal best by 45 minutes. Yeah, you read that correctly, 45 minutes. That’s almost 6 miles ahead of his old self. Talk about kicking your ass. He kicked his and was quite proud of it. He is all systems go for setting a new IM PB this summer.

Elsewhere in CA especially since I don’t know where Wildflower and Piru are in relation to one another, Dusty grabbed 2nd in his category and 4th overall at the Piru TT series race. When not training for triathlons he is turning into quite the bike racer…with a CTL to back it up.

In Knoxville TN, Rev 3 came to town. Chad grabbed 1st in his age group on the back of his 5th fastest overall age group bike split and ended up as the 14th overall age grouper. Not a bad way to kick off the triathlon season.

In NC, Jenny, James and a friend teamed up to smoke the White Lake half race. They went sub 4hr and every member of the team turned in the fastest team split. Notable was James 2:08:58 bike split. It looks like he is showing some of his bike fitness. James turned around and raced the White Lake sprint on Sunday. He earned some valuable IOSNCTS points by finishing 2nd overall. He also earned some good karma points by plucking a cat off the road so it didn’t get run over. He “may” have left some watts out on the road from Saturday’s bike but all in all it was another solid weekend of racing for him.

Triumph and Tradegy

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by brianestover

It’s with a heavy heart that I start this blog post. One of the Accelerate 3 athletes lost her son this week. Losing a family member is always a tragedy especially when they are only 23. My condolences go out to Noreen and her family in this difficult time.

On the racing side, it’s turned into a pretty good weekend. Cory finished IM St. George in a new PB dropping 28 minutes off his Ironman PB. His effort netted him his first trip to the medical tent ever post race. A double congratulations go out for his efforts. IM St. George is considered one of the hardest IM courses in the world. This is the second year in a row Cory has lowered his IM PB on this course. Last year was a 50 minute PB, this year was a 28 minute PB. That’s not shabby at all!

James finished fifth overall at the White Lake Half today in NC. They cancelled the swim keeping his streak alive of swims being cancelled for every half he has done this year. This was a bittersweet result for him. Bitter in the fact that he is disappointed that he did not run as fast at Nola 70.3, sweet because even though he never felt on top of his game, he still ran his second fastest half run ever. This race shows he continues to make significant progress towards his goals of racing elite in the next year. Looking towards his late season half’s he is set up to swim a huge PB for the swim portion of a half, if they let him swim.

I raced up in Phoenix at the Iron Gear Sports triathlon. Which may not have been the smartest thing I’ve ever done. I woke up with a sore throat but raced anyway. A decent swim had me out in 7th but a blazing fast transition put me on the bike course in 4th position. Historically my transitions have been ok if not a bit on the slow side of fast. But this year I’ve started the bike or run legs at many a race thinking “holy shit I was in and out of there like Superman changing in a phone booth.” My bike was the 5th fastest on the day and left me in 2nd overall starting the run and ahead of third by about a minute. Unfortunately my lack of run speed was evident by my plummet down the results sheet faster then a hooker taking off her clothes. I dropping six spots losing the majority of those spots over the last 2km.

A wiped out Coach Brian

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.