The First Half of June Racing


June is one of the busier months of the season for Migonis Multisport athletes, so we’re doing two race reports this month.  June is when the multisport season really starts to kick into full gear and we start to see many athletes competing in their first triathlons of the season.

The month started off with Lauren Pfendler racing the Skinny Mini 6k in Anchorage, AK on June 1st.  The Skinny Mini is a night race in one of the most beautiful places in the United States.  Lauren kicked some butt running a personal best time for the 5k in route to a 26:43 6k (7:10 pace), which was good enough for 38th overall, 12th female and 4th in here age-division.  Lauren just recently got back into training and this was a fantastic race result for her first time racing in 2018.  Well done Lauren!

On June 3rd Matt Ryan and Matt Migonis raced at the Albany Heart Run and Walk at Suny Albany’s Campus.  The Matt’s ran to the race from Matt Ryan’s home (5 miles) to make this as part of a long run day.  Both raced well with Matt M winning the race in 18:01 and Matt R finishing 20th in 23:19.  While leading the race, Matt M was taken off course by the lead bike race guide and had to make a short trip cross country through the grass to get back on the right course just past mile 2.  Never a dull moment and it made his race a little longer than 5k, but still got the win in his first road race in a very long time.  Matt R is training for a short-course filled triathlon season, so this was an “over distance” day with a great race in the middle.  He was a little nervous during the run from his house as the pace was much faster than he normally runs warm-ups.  However, it didn’t seem to phases him one bit during the race and once again showed us how strong his run is this year.  Great job Matt and Matt!

On June 6th Ryan Meek raced in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Syracuse, NY.  Ryan once again proved that he is one of the fastest masters runners in Central New York as he crossed the line in 21:53 which was good enough for 56 place out of the over 5,000 racers.  Ryan’s time was just a few seconds off his personal best for the event.  Nice work Ryan!

On June 9th Elyssa Rosenbaum finished 3rd overall female at the Green Lake Triathlon in Syracuse, NY.  It was her second overall podium at this race in the last two years (she was 2nd in 2017).  Elyssa’s time of 1:13:32 was also good enough for 13th overall and 1st in her age-group.  She is training hard for Ironman Tremblant in August, so to come back down to this short course race was something a little out of the ordinary for Elyssa, but a fun thing to do on a recovery week.  Wonderful job Elyssa!

On June 10th Ryan Meek, Annie Ball, and Chris Ogden all competed at the Keuka Lake Triathlon in Keuka Park, NY.  Ryan had a magnificent day finishing 7th overall and 1st in the male 40-44 age-group in a time of 2:24:36.  His time was also over 10 minutes faster than his finishing time from the 2017 race.  This will hopefully mean good things next week when he races at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse on Sunday.  Annie also had herself a day swimming, riding and running her way to another age-group win (female 35-39), 7th overall female and five minute PR from the last time she raced at Keuka in 2015.  A big accomplishment, especially because Annie has been training for long course Ironman Lake Placid for the last 5 months and not for short course speed races.  This was a good test for Annie and shows that her training is going very well and according to plan so far for Lake Placid.  Chris Ogden had a breakthrough performance as well, winning the male 30-34 age-group for his first ever age-group victory in triathlon.  His time of 2:47:56 was also good enough for 43rd overall and it qualified him for the USAT Age-Group National Championships later this summer.  Because of their age-group wins, Ryan and Annie also have qualified for the championships which is held in Cleveland, OH on August 11-12.  Great job Ryan, Annie and Chris and congratulations on the age-group wins and championship qualifiers!

Also on June 10th Phil Sconzert showed us a little bit of his triathlon potential as he raced to a first career overall podium (3rd), a new best international distance triathlon time and a new best 10k time at the Trinona Triathlon event in Minnesota.  Phil had a great swim and very good bike and a breakthrough run to come across the line in 2:20:26.  His place also qualifies him for the USAT Age-Group National Championships in August. This was the first of two weekends in a row of racing for Phil and a fantastic way to start off the racing season. Next week he drops back down to a sprint distance race that is very suited to his strengths and should yield another great result. Way to go Phil and congratulations on the big breakout performance!

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