ITU Long Distance World Championships - Spain
Jappas Du Preez took his first goal of the season to town this past weekend, producing a 3rd place AG at the end of a stellar performance in Pontevedra. A shorted swim due to cold temperatures (1500m) didn't seem to phase Jappas and once onto the bike, he went to work moving up 14 places, coming off the bike in 2nd position. After a very steady run, Jappas was able to hold on and cross the line with a massive smile on his face. An athlete who is extremely consistent with his training, and meticulous to detail, it is easy to understand why the results produce themselves! So proud of your work, Jappas! Very well done. Now take a well deserved mid-season break before we build towards ETC Long Distance at Almere!
Photo Credit: Wagner Araujo
Crandic Time Trial Series - USA
Bill Knoedel has taken his fine Spring form and backed up his win at the Elkhart TT Series a couple weeks ago with a 2nd place, new course PB and new threshold power at the Crandic Time Trial Series in Iowa, USA this past weekend. Very well done, Bill!
Photo Credit: Matt Hartmann
St. George 70.3 - USA
Melissa Barrett went to St. George looking for a good start to the season of mid to long distance racing with the ultimate goal of a solid result at Kona in October. Melissa took on the cold waters of Sand Hollow by producing a 1min best ever swim at the distance, out in 33min and ready to go to work. Being a great runner, the bike is still something we are working on and Melissa was able to produce a very strong effort, stay on top of nutrition and get to T2 ready to run down the athletes in the front. Quickly onto the hilly run course, Melissa steadily moved her way up through the field over the 13.1 miles, ultimately finishing with a new 70.3 PB of 5:05, a 7min run course PB and a top 10 (9th place) finish on the day! We are well on our way to a very solid Kona later in the year! Awesome job, Melissa!
Eddie Luna also went to St. George looking for an early season race day. A steady day overall was placed aside by a couple bike mechanical issues that added quite a bit of time. Fortunately, Eddie could keep a good head and enjoy his run while picking off quite a few athletes at the end! With some better luck, and some more confidence in the swim, the results will keep coming!
Honolulu Women's Health 10km - Hawaii
Michelle Simmons made a fitting start at the Women's Health 10k in Hawaii this past weekend on the 20th annivesary of being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma! And what else can be better than setting a new best 10k result in the past few years! I am very proud of Michelle for her hard work since we started working together, finding things that work and don't work, and constantly looking at what is needed to get us ahead and an edge for the upcoming goals this season! Things are starting to click, and we are really excited about the bigger race goals ahead!!!
Anne Perry also toed to the line of the 10k and also set a 4 year old best ever 10k time according to the data! With the Escape from Alcatraz race closing in on the calendar, we are striving more for strength endurance rather than pure speed due to course specificity, but it is always nice to see an increase in speed as a result. Strength through speed is one of our motos! Brilliant job, Anne!
Billstein MTB Marathon - Germany
Sascha Moryson continued his buildup to a couple UCI MTB Marathons in the next month with the goal of Worlds qualification by getting a fine 3rd place result at the Billstein MTB marathon in Germany. A day with soupy, peanut butter-like mud, it was hard to get a real good feel of the bike, but Sascha was able to keep some good power to the treads and finish on the podium. You can't, nor will always feel good, but it doesn't mean you can't go fast! We always strive for placing higher on the podium, and we look to the areas of improvment we can focus on over the next 4 weeks! Way to persevere, Sascha.
Riva del Gardo MTB Festival - Italy
Maxi Spahn went to Italy to ride with some of the best riders in Europe at the ever popular Riva Bike Festival on Lake Garda in Italy. After having been suffereing from a slight back pain / bikefit related issue, it was good to see that Maxi go through the race course unscathed by beating his race goal of a top-10 (9th) finish. Keep up the good work, Maxi!
L' Etape de Tour - Mexico
Carlos Martinez is back to the grind after a bout of IT Band syndrome and was able to enjoy some time at the L'Etap de Tour Gran Fondo this past weekend witha top-20 result in his age group while still being cautious about how much srain we are putting the leg under. Very happy with your patience i the rehabilitation and knowing that the best performances are yet to come!
SOLA Run Relays - Switzerland
Larrisa Vogt and Jan Tschudy both took part in a local running relay event in Zurich this past weekend, each helping their respective teams to the best time and most fun they could! It's nice to see Jan back after a bout of illness and injury, and Larissa is smashing out some of her best form ever as we look ahead to 70.3 Mallorca this next weekend!