August Racing Action
The month of racing started off strong for the Migonis Multisport team. On August 4, Annie Ball, who was just two weeks removed from her Ironman in Lake Placid, ran very well at the 27th Annual Jenny Kuzma memorial Bergen 5k in Bergen, NY. Annie ran a strong 21:08, 6:49 per mile pace. A great result after running very little the previous two weeks and a great indicator of her fitness moving towards her marathon in late September. Chris Ogden was also in action the first weekend on August. He raced at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon in Ithaca, NY. Chris raced the sprint distance race and broke the tape in 1:30:18. His time put him 5th in his age-group and 50th overall in the race. Chris has one more triathlon race this summer before putting a cap on the 2018 multisport season. Well done Annie and Chris!
On August 19th, Elyssa Rosebaum raced Ironman Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. Elyssa was in the best shape of her life heading into this race. She was fast, strong and confident. However, as has sadly happened to so many athletes in the past, Elyssa was bitten by the sickness bug just a few days before race day. Her breathing was so labored that come race morning she contemplated not even starting. The race being delayed an hour due to fog made matters worse. But true to Elyssa’s nature, she got herself into the water when her seed time came and got her Ironman underway. The swim was tough, but she actually felt better afterwards. The first 30k of the bike was full of worries and thoughts of dropping-out, but after she started eating some calories and caffeine things started to turn-around. She got off the bike with a very strong time and while she was well on her way to a distance PR she was still just focused on finishing above all else. She found an effort level that didn’t cause any coughing fits and she ticked off the k’s on her way to a 12:08:31. Her finishing time was a huge PR over her first ironman performance in 2015. There is no-doubt that if she was healthy Elyssa would have been well under 12 hours for the race. She has already signed-up for Mont-Tremblant 2019 and it very determined and hungry to get back there healthy and really throw-down a great performance. Great job Elyssa!
On August 25th, Phil Sconzert raced the sprint distance race at the Maple Grove Triathlon in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Phil raced very well once again and kept his podium streak alive. He finished in a time of 1:06:22 which was good enough for the age-group win and a 6th place overall. His finish time was a big improvement over his result from last year. Phil has raced four triathlons this summer and he has finished on the podium (age-group or overall) in all four. Next week is Phil’s final triathlon of the summer and he’s looking to make it 5 for 5 on the age-group podium for the season. Awesome job Phil!