Race Coverage

Rockin' the FKT...

mike_hike.pngBy Mike Ward (mikeward.cool)

Hike Date: September 1-9, 2016

Trail: Superior Hiking Trail

Trip Plan: Canada to Wisconsin, ~310 miles. Finish on the 9th day. Average of 34 miles per day. Solo, unsupported.

From Fastest Known Time archive (FKT Proboards): “Unsupported means you have no external support of any kind. Typically, this means that you must carry all your supplies right from the start, except any water that can be obtained along the way from natural sources. This approach has also been termed “alpine style”. The longest trip I’m aware of using this style is Coup’s 20-day thru-hike of the Colorado Trail. For most people, carrying enough food for more than a few days to one week will be prohibitive. Unsupported also means unaccompanied! (i.e., no pacers) Further note: Some people get really crazy about what does or does not fit into “unsupported”.” ...

"Thank You, Body"....

1_AZ.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

Keep fighting.

Ironman Arizona Race Report - This sign – held by a woman at mile 10-ish of the marathon – sums up my IRONMAN Arizona. I fought so damn hard all day long, but punching that second trip to Kona just wasn’t meant to be this past Sunday. Was there a smidge of disappointment? Of course. But, there were plenty of lessons learned, and it was a solid day building some serious mental fitness....

"This is Hard. But I Can do it."...

DANI_MIAMI.pngBy Dani Vsetecka (4iowasisters.blogspot.com)

Miami 70.3 Race Report - It’s always easier to write a race report for a race where everything clicks. But all races - especially the tough ones - provide an opportunity for growth and are just as important to reflect on. Ironman Miami 70.3 was an incredible experience and a lot of fun, but I definitely feel like I left behind some unfinished business.


First a little background.  Following a half-marathon PR in June at the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon in Duluth (easily one of the best race experiences ever) and the Rochesterfest Road Mile less than a week later (easily one of the worst race experiences ever), I found myself faced with stress fracture number six....

My First DNF...

img_8522.pngBy Heather Lendway (heatherlendway.com)

RACINE 70.3 RACE REPORT - 1. About 30 minutes before race start they told us not to walk down the beach to the swim start.  We were soon told the race would be delayed until at least 9:30 and to go seek shelter due to an incoming storm.  While this was unfortunate I can say that the storm was intense with torrential downpours and I was happy not to be out on the bike when that rolled in.


2. The race was changed to a duathlon, completely cutting the swim, a bike shortened to 31.5 miles and the full run and we’d start at 10:20.  I had gone back to my hotel to stay...

Sunscreen & Bra Waffles....

23_kona.pngBy Erin Klegstad (sweetsweatlife.com)

 

Hawaii Ironman Race Report - Where to start! It’s been a month(!) since Kona, so ample time for race reflection – both while sunning on Kauai’s incredible north shore and while back at home in the real world (of mittens and brushed running tights!).

Overall, Kona didn’t disappoint. The concise race report: 140.6 miles of fun, smiles and so much gratitude. During the race, I repeatedly reminded myself that I was, in fact, racing Kona (someone still pinch me, please) – a goal realized thanks to countless hours of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I wouldn’t have it any other way....

Jorgensen Repeats at Island House...

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By Triathlete.com
USA’s Gwen Jorgensen and South Africa’s Richard Murray held off tough competition to claim the victories on the final day of competition at the three day triathlon stage race in the Bahamas. Read the recaps from race organizers below....
 
For the third and final day of racing in the Island House Invitational Triathlon, the top 10 female and male athletes on general classification relocated to the private island of Highbourne Cay for the final sprint-distance stage to determine the overall champions. Athletes started the race according to their deficit on GC to the overnight leaders, Jorgensen and Murray.
Women’s Race
On the women’s side, Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence (GBR) dove into the water 45 seconds behind Jorgensen, with reigning ITU World Champion Flora Duffy just 10 seconds further back. Duffy closed the gap quickly to Lawrence and the two worked to reduce the deficit to Jorgensen out of the swim to 30 seconds. Once on the bike, the duo went to work reeling in the Olympic champion.

 

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