The May racing started off with some fantastic performances at the Fly By Night Duathlon at the historic Watkins Glen race track in Watkins Glen, NY. Annie Ball, Ryan Meek and Chris Ogden all raced the F1 race which consisted of a 1.5 mile run, 10 mile bike, 1.5 mile run, 10 mile bike, 1.5 mile run. A very unique race which features more transitions than a normal duathlon and more legs overall. It’s also a night race and on a closed course, which are also two features you don’t often see for duathlons.
Ryan led the way for the trio finishing 10th overall and 3rd in his age-group with a time of 1:30:42. A very impressive performance seeing how a week prior to the race Ryan crashed hard at the Tour of Battenkill bike race and wasn’t able to do much of anything all week leading-up to Fly By Night. Annie raced for the first time in a multisport event as a member of Migonis Multisport and had an impressive debut. She was the 6th women overall and 1st in her age-group in a time of 1:39:49. Annie is training hard for Ironman Lake Placid so she hasn’t been doing a whole lot of short course speed work, which makes her results for Fly By Night all the more impressive. Chris was also having a strong race until leg cramps on the last run derailed his good night. Still he managed to finish in 1:56:07 which was good enough for 7th in the fastest age-group of the race. All three of these athletes will be racing their first triathlon of the season at the Keuka Lake Triathlon on June 10th. Well done Ryan, Annie and Chris!
On May, 17 Matt Ryan participated in the 3.5 mile Workforce Team Challenge in Albany, NY. Matt finished in a time of 26:11 which was good enough for 390th overall out of 8,277 total finishers. Not a bad day at the office. The Workforce Team Challenge is a race in which several hundred companies in and around the Albany area compete for bragging rights, fitness and good fun. Also competing that night in Vermont’s version of the race, Alison Migonis ran in the Vermont Corporate Cup 5k. Alison finished 13th overall female in a time of 21:01. Not quite the size of the Albany race, the Corporate Cup still saw over 4,000 finishers in Downtown Montpelier. Awesome job Matt and Alison!
On May 19, Emily Lesher raced in the Popular Brooklyn Half in NYC. Emily and the other 25,000 competitors battled rough conditions with cold rain, high winds and very wet roads for 13.1 miles. Her time of 1:41:08 wasn’t quite what she wanted, but it still showed her toughness and grit as she finished 619th out of over 12,000 female finishers. Also on the 19th, Annie Ball raced at the Dogwood 5k in Dansville, NY. Not being phased by the fact that this was part of her long brick workout (bike and run), Annie took home the overall win for the female division in a time of 20:42. She promptly followed-up the race with a long cool-down and then 3+ hours of hilly bike miles. While it isn’t a traditional brick workout, she accomplished the goal of suffering for over 4 hours in preparation for her Ironman Lake Placid race in late July. Fantastic job Emily and Annie!
Annie didn’t recovery very long from her busy day on Saturday and was right back at it again the next morning at the very popular and very competitive Lilac 10k in Rochester, NY. Annie made this race part of here long run for the day and despite the long miles from yesterday, the humid conditions and the very minimal recovery time between events, she still pulled off a great result crossing the line in 44:56 which was good enough for 4th in her age-group and 85th overall. Needless to say she was tired that afternoon. Joan Kane, who’s training hard for the Tupper Lake Tinnman Triathlon in late June, also raced on Sunday. She ran the Erie Canal Half-Marathon as more of a training run then a race, but still had a solid result finishing 8th in here age-group. Joan’s training this year has been one of, if not her best to date, so we’re super excited to see how the races play out this summer. Great job Annie and Joan!
On the 27th Justina McConnell teamed up with her husband Andrew to run in the two person relay at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT. Justina ran a big time personal best for the 13.1 mile distance hitting the transition area in 1:53:03. Her goal at the start of her training in March was to run sub 2:00 for the ½ marathon. She crushed that and them some at Vermont City. She and Andrew finished in an overall time of 3:38:28. Well done Justina and Andrew!
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