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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April Racing Recap


April racing is in the books for the Migonis Multisport team and overall the results were fantastic.

The month started off with a great performance by Chris Ogden at the Skunk Cabbage 10k race in Ithaca, NY.  Chris had to miss some key training time leading up to the day due to various reasons so he wasn’t going into the race 100%.  However, that didn’t stop him from running a PR for the course and executing a near perfect race plan and ending the race with his fastest mile of the day.  Chris’ multisport season will start next week at the Fly By Night Duathlon.  Congratulations Chris!

First year team member Jaimee Balloni had herself a day at the Boston Marathon.  In arguably the worst conditions the race has ever seen, Jaimee was one of the few athletes in the huge field to not only PR, but PR by A LOT!  She ran a fantastic time of 3:13:40 in monsoon like condition besting here time of 3:19 from last year when it was 70 degrees and beautiful outside.   Her time was less than 30 minutes behind the overall winner and averaged out to 7:24 pace for 26.2 miles.  Well below her goal of 3:15 at the start of here training.  She said herself after the race that if the conditions were like last year she probably could have gone another 6 minutes faster.  Jaimee’s time put her 406 in the women’s field which had nearly 14,000 finishers.  Great job Jaimee on a very impressive performance in one of the biggest races in the world!

On April 22nd, Emily Zipprich got her multisport season underway at the same pace she did last year, the Delaware Valley Duathlon in Doylestown, PA.  Emily hasn’t done much training since her Marathon last month, so this was seen as a training day and not a race.  Without much training under her belt, Emily preformed amazingly in the 5k run, 25k bike, 5k run event.  She crossed the line in 1:44:16.  A great performance for Emily at this point in the season.  Well done Emily!

The month ended with several MM team members racing at the very popular and highly competitive Tour of Battenkill bike race.  The race featured a combination for paved roads, dirt roads and gravel roads which challenged the riders bike handling and flat fixing skills.  Flat tires were going to happen, but keeping the amount as minimal as possible was the key to a good day.  The Migonis Multisport Team raced the 42 mile race and the team members included Matt Ryan, Ryan Meek, Mark Zipprick, Jordan Halverson and Matt Migonis.  The weather, which was 100% rain all day the day before, held out pretty well for race day, but made the three dirt sections a little tricky.  Still the guys did very well and no one got a flat!

Coach Migonis lead the way finishing 1st overall in a time of 2:05:13.  Ryan Meek, who suffered and then recovered from a bad fall within the last 10 miles, finished 8th overall in 2:17:36 which was also good enough for 3rd the 40-49 age-group.  Yet another way that Ryan showed us all just how tough he is.  Finishing shortly behind Ryan was Mark Zipprich in 9th overall (2:19:01).  Mark was 3rd in the 30-39 year old age-group.  Matt Ryan was next across the line in 11th overall, 4th in the 40-49 age-group in a time of 2:24:37.  Jordan Halverson was the 5th man across the line in 2:34:59 which put him in 29th overall ad 4th in the 30-39 age-group.  This was the first time Ryan, Matt R., Mark and Jordan had raced an actually bike race. There were no actual team results, but with all 5 of the MM team riders in the top 29 it would be a good guess that they were the top team overall too.  Awesome job guys!


Skunk Cabbage:

Boston Marathon:

Delaware Valley Duathlon:

Tour of Battenkill:

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The 2018 Racing Season Has Begun!!


The snow keeps coming and the temperatures are below normal for most of the north eastern part of the country, but that hasn’t stopped members of the Migonis Multisport team from getting their 2018 racing seasons underway.

Michael Robertson competed as part of a running relay on February 17 just outside of Boston.  Michael, who is training hard for the Challenge Roth event (ironman distance triathlon) in Roth, Germany on July 1, ran a very strong 10 mile leg of the relay finishing in 1:12:54 (7:17 pace).  Not bad for a guy who has had to run 99.9% of his runs since early December on the treadmill.  Well done Michael!

Matt Ryan has had some tough luck with colds and illness this winter, but his latest bout last week wasn’t enough to keep him from racing very well on Saturday at the Runnin’ of the Green 4 miler near Albany.  Matt’s time of 31:31 for the 4.1 mile race (7:42 pace) was very good because, like Michael, Matt has ran most of his winter miles on the mill and not the roads.  Great job Matt!

Unlike Matt and Michael, Elyssa Rosenbaum and Emily Zpprich chose to run in a little warmer climate and headed south to run in the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach on Sunday.  These two young women trained their butts off all winter in one of the toughest places to run, the Snow Belt region of central New York.  When they first decided to run a marathon they had to pick one that was going to give them enough time to train and then recover before starting their training for their late summer Ironman events.  The Shamrock Marathon was a very logical choice, but that also meant a lot of running indoors.  They both clocked amazing workouts throughout the winter on the treadmill hitting their splits and often blowing them out of the water.  They also logged many long runs on the “dreadmill” too, including runs in the high teens and even a 20 miler. To do what they were able to do for 3.5 months was astonishing and very inspiring for many of the athletes who saw them running mile after mile at the Y or on the roads.  Emily and Elyssa really did put 110% effort into getting ready for this race and while the actual race day didn’t go as they had hoped and were prepared for, they still showed the courage and strength to fight, just as they had all winter, to get to the finish line.  Elyssa scored a PR for the marathon distance running a time of 3:48:43 (8:44 pace) and Emily crossed the line in 4:37:53.  Awesome job ladies!

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