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!

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Ending July Strong


The second half of July was a very impressive one for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  On the Saturday the 14th, Ryan Meek, Alison Migonis, Elyssa Rosenbaum, Matt Ryan and Chris Ogden raced at the Mini-musselman triathlon.  The Mini-musselman is the first of two days of racing in Geneva, NY as part of the Musselman race weekend.  Musselman weekend is the most popular weekend of racing for the MM team each summer and this year was no exception.  Ryan led the way in the mini finishing in a time of 1:21:17 which was good enough for 18th overall and 3rd in his age-group.  Alison was next across the line taking home 1st in her age-group and 43rd overall in a time of 1:26:22.  Elyssa was shortly behind Alison finishing in 1:26:59 for second in the age-group and 48th overall.  After Elyssa, came Matt, who finished in 1:30:12 for 72nd overall and 12th in his age-group.  Chris was shortly behind Matt breaking the tape in 1:34:46 for 114th overall and 8th in his age-group.  Awesome job guys!

The next day some more great racing.  Sunday was the day of the big race, the Musselman Triathlon.  The Musselman is a half-ironman distance race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run).  Elyssa raced again on Sunday as part of the Double-Mussel competition that combines the times of both the Mini-mussel and Musselman races for a separate category/competition.  Elyssa raced very well crossing the line in 5:34:17 which was good enough for an age-group win and 19th overall placing in the female division.  Her time of 5:34:17 added to her time for 1:26:59 from Saturday gave her a total time of 7:01:16 and a 5th place overall female placing in the Double-Mussel. That 5th place finish gave Elyssa her third podium of the weekend.  Well done Elyssa!

Chris, Ryan and Matt also raced again on Sunday.  They did it as part of a relay and raced under the name of Chicken Killers.  Chris swam in a time of 32:41, Ryan biked in a time of 2:37:22 and Matt ran in a time of 1:56:07 for a total time of 5:08:19 which was good enough for 2nd overall in the relay competition.  Great job guys!

Also racing this weekend was Joan Kane.  She participated in the final Delta Lake Triathlon event.  She raced in the sprint distance race and scored yet another age-group podium.  Her time of 1:20:40 was good enough for 2nd in her age-group and 18th overall.  Two triathlons and two age-group podiums so far for Joan this summer.  Excellent job Joan!

Phil Sconzert was also racing this weekend.  He took on a very tough field at the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon and came home with another podium in his age-group.  His time of 2:21:19 was good enough for 33rd overall and 2nd in that very competitive age-group.  His time was a little slower than last year at this event, but his placing was much higher in the age-group.  This was a testament of how tough the day was and how tough Phil is.  Well done Phil!

On July 22nd, Annie Ball got into the race mix too when she took on Ironman Lake Placid for the second time in the last four years.  Annie had a good race going her first time around back in 2015 until stomach issues on the run forced her to walk a bit.  She still finished with a very solid 12:37:35. This time-around her goal was to break 12 hours.  She started with a fantastic swim which was a over 10 minutes faster than her swim in 2015.  Annie and all the other athletes then had to battle some serious wind on the bike.  It wasn’t too hot though, which was a huge benefit and relief as the last time she was training in Lake Placid, three weeks prior to race day, it was extremely hot and humid.  The wind did cause the times to be a little slower and the effort a little higher on the 112 mile, two loop course, but it didn’t keep her from riding strong the whole way.  Annie got off the bike and onto the run needing a four hour marathon to best the 12 hour mark.  She worked hard, battled through the fatigue and came across the line in 12:09:41.  While it wasn’t under 12 hours it was still a huge PR for her of nearly 30 minutes.  I have a feeling she’ll be back racing here again in the near future.  Awesome job Annie!

The month of July ended with Phil Sconzert racing at the Chisago Lakes Triathlon in Chisago Lakes, MN.  Phil bested his time from the 2017 event by over a minute and finished on the age-group podium once again.  This time he took top time in his age-group when he broke the tape in 1:23:26. His finish time was also good enough for 8th overall.  That makes three races for Phil this summer and three podiums (one age-group win, one age-group runner-up and a third place overall podium).  He has two more races this season to rack-up some more podiums and with the way he’s rolling now, it seems very likely that he’ll do just that.  Congratulations Phil!

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Summer Racing Heating-up


The month of June ended with another age-group podium for one of the longest tenured athletes on the Migonis Multisport team.  Joan Kane raced her second Tupper Lake Tinman event held in beautiful Tupper Lake, NY on June 23rd.  While the weather didn’t really cooperate for the athletes, raining all race long and cooler temps than the usual 70’s the race sees, that didn’t stop Joan from finishing second in the female 55-59 age-group.  Joan’s raced at Tupper twice and has been on the age-group podium both times.  Well done Joan!!

The busy racing month of July has started for Migonis Multisport.  Michael Robertson got after it right away racing the Challenge Roth event in Roth, Germany over the weekend.  The Challenge events are full ironman length races (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run).  Michael had the swim of his life, and solid ride and fought through a tough run to set a new PR for the distance finishing in 13:04:10.  A good 37+ minutes faster than his first crack at the 140.6 mile race at Ironman Tremblant in 2016.  Awesome job Michael!!

On July 8th, Ryan Meek and Jaimee Balloni ran in the 41st Annual Utica Boilermaker Road Race, in Utica, NY.  In one of the most interesting results Migonis Multisport athletes have ever had, both Ryan and Jaimee came across the finish line in a time of 1:02:23 good enough for 440 and 444 overall out of the 11,509 finishers in the race.  I say it’s interesting because they didn’t run together, didn’t see each other until the end and just happened to finish in the same time.  Jaimee was 12th in her age-group and the 50th female to cross the line scoring a big PR for the race, while Ryan was 34th in his ultra-competitive age-group and also brought home a new PR for the tough 15k run.  They both had amazing days and once again showed us how strong they both are on the run.  Great job Jaimee and Ryan!!!

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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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A Big May For Migonis Multisport


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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