Hope you all are enjoying a pleasant Thanksgiving weekend!
A nice time to reflect on what happened LAST weekend, as far as racing goes, anyway. Of course, I’m talking about IMAZ.
But first, also last weekend, congratulations to Kyrsten Sinema who ran the JFK 50 Miler and finished in a solid 12:30! Kyrsten remarked that it was definitely tougher on the body than an IM. Our hats are always off to ultrarunners.
As you know, for IMAZ, the race took place under near perfect racing conditions. How great that you all can remember a world record was set on the course this day. Great job to all our racers!
Eero Allison – 11:44, PR!!
Heather Wilson – 12:13 with a 4:15 marathon!!
Sally Borg – 14:13 – PR and 6th in AG!!
Steve Sweeney – 12:23 in his first IM!!
Amy Engel – 15:27 and her 8th IM!
Joe Gervais – 12:27
Heather Grahame – 14:28 and 7th in AG in her first IM!
Tali Toncray – 11:39 with a 4:04 marathon and 7th in AG!
Kristin Patterson – 13:59 in her first IM!
Paul Kluzak – 11:35 in his 7th IMAZ!
Bring on the meat of the running season and look forward to 2017!!!
Despite the warm weekend, there were some good races out there!
Adela Riehle completed the Phoenix Summit Challenge (7 hi points in Phoenix in a day). Kyrsten Sinema did the first 4 and then cut it short to save herself for her first 50 mile run which is this weekend!
At the Tempe Splash and Dash (1K swim, 5K run), Jennifer Talbot finished as 1st overall female!
David Hay ran the Veteran’s Day 5K and finished in 25:30 which was fast enough for 1st in his AG!
Tomorrow night (Wed) at 6pm is our race strategy lecture for IMAZ. We’ll go over pacing and race strategy for Sunday. Good luck to our IMAZ racers!!
The running and MTB season is finally underway here in AZ! Hopefully the weather will continue to cool for IMAZ next week. There were some nice races this weekend.
Frank Smith kept his marathon streak alive by finishing the Monumental Marathon in Indianapolis. Frank finished in 4:40 and took 115th in his AG about a month after doing IM Maryland!
Peter Ney ran a nice 2 hour run at the San Tan 25K off road run. Peter took 15th overall male.
We had several people race the Phoenix 10K and 1/2 marathon this weekend.
Joan McGue – 59:01 – 4th in AG
Mike Auther – 47:55 – 9th in AG
CJ Ketterer – 48:16 – 3rd in AG
Phoenix ½ Marathon
Dave Frome – 1:50 – 3rd in AG
Near Zion, Utah, Ric Emery raced a 25 hour endurance MTB event called the 25 hours of Frog Hallow. Ric had an excellent race and covered 195 miles in 25 hours. This was good enough for 2nd in his division and also ranked him as the number 2 single speed endurance racer on the circuit nationally! Nice job, Ric!
As a reminder, our next IM lecture is on Wed, Nov 16th at 6pm. We will meet at the Comfort Inn in Fountain Hills. This meeting will cover proper pacing and race strategy for IMAZ. We are holding the meeting during IMAZ race week so that the information stays fresh in everyone’s mind! Hope to see you there – all are welcome!
Loving the cooler weather and rain today! We have three races to report on from the weekend, of which two of them could have used these cooler temps. First, Kory McCarthy won the overall title at the Tri-Family Halloween Sprint Tri. He finished in an impressive time of 1:06. At the same race, Tanya Perry completed here first triathlon and took 3rd in her AG with a time of 1:43!
The hot weather made things pretty tough for the ultra-runners at the Javelina 100 in McDowell Mountain Park. Toby Baum was not deterred and finished the 100 mile run in 27:56!
In Texas, Sharon Johnston competed in the Austin 70.3. The swim was cancelled due to fog and Sharon crushed the bike/run course with a time of 5:11 and took 3rd in her AG!
Only 17 days until IMAZ! Keep your fingers crossed for overcast skies and light winds!
We had a nice surprise today when we learned that Camelback Coaching won the Ironman Tri Club Div IV at IMAZ 70.3! Pretty cool! Congrats to all our athletes!
What a weekend for racing! Congratulations to everyone who raced at AZ 70.3 under the hot conditions. Let’s hope IMAZ’s weather is better in a month!
Pat Devine – 5:44
Rebecca Felmly – 8:35
Mike Haenel – 6:47
Phil Haenel – 7:13 – 1st 70.3!
Tali Toncray – 5:45 – 8th in AG and she had two flat tires!
Kory McCarthy – 5:10 – PR!
Kristin Patterson – 6:04 – PR!
Melissa Samuelson – 6:21 – 1st 70.3 and she did it a week after running 1:25 at the Twin Cities 15K!
Steve Sharp – 9:26 (pictured)
Marc Suarez – 6:38 – 1st 70.3!
Steve Sweeney – 5:51 – 1st 70.3!
Bo Micek – 51:42
Robert Hess – 6:23 – 1st ever marathon!
Remember our next lecture is this Wed at 6pm! Comfort Inn in Fountain Hills next to Denny’s!
What a great weekend of racing! First off, congratulations to Dwight Lundell who raced Kona and finished in a solid 14:44 and 9th in his AG. Dwight is now a 10-time Ironman finisher and has made the podium at Kona twice!
The Xterra Rockhopper Tri was also held this weekend in Papago Park. Off road tri is an exciting form of racing and a great way to break out of a triathlon rut if you’re bored of the same old races. We had three racers doing it this year and all did great and had fun!
Brian Toncray (pictured) – 2:08 – 3rd in AG
Joan McGue – 3:05 – 1st in AG
Jennifer Talbot – 2:59 – 2nd in AG
David Hay and Bo Micek raced the 30 miler at the Tour de Scottsdale. David finished in 1:38 and Bo finished in 1:49. Sue Frome also raced the 30 miler and finished in 1:40. She took 2nd in her AG and 12th overall female! Way to go Sue!! By the way, this race is organized by our own Jona Davis, who is a long time Camelback Coaching athlete!
Last weekend, Nir Joels raced IM Barcelona and finished in a nice 11:45. Great job Nir!!
One of the great things about triathlon training and endurance sport in general is that it keeps you in shape for all sorts of other adventures. In that spirit, congratulations to Adela Riehle, who completed the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim run/hike this weekend in 10 hours car to car. Adela finished IM Boulder earlier this summer.
We look forward to seeing everyone at AZ 70.3 on Sunday!
Huge congrats to Gail Gladwell, my 85-year-old swimmer who competed in the Huntsman World Senior Games In St. George, UT.
She swam the 50, 100, and 200 Back, the 50 and 100 Breast, and 50 and 100 Free, and came away with 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals in the 85-89 age group.
So very proud of her. When she first started lessons with me, she was using a walker to get to the pool deck, and just look at her now! Unbelievable!
Congratulations to Frank Smith who raced Ironman Maryland on Sat. What a race! They had to cancel the swim due to heavy rain and currents. The roads were flooded so the bike course was shortened to a 100 miles and the marathon course had sections of shin-deep water! Frank made it through the day in 13:22 and finished his sixth Ironman! He also kept his marathon streak alive!
In warmer climes, Kory McCarthy raced the Bartlett Lake Sprint and took 3rd overall with a time of 1:41!
And finally, good luck to Dwight Lundell who is racing Ironman Hawaii this weekend!! Go Dwight!!!
Bill and Toby enjoyed a climb up Washington Column in Yosemite over the weekend. Cool pics below!