A Crazy Win, a Great Race and a National Championship Olympic Distance Triathlon, Aqua-Bike
09/14/2015 » Sackets Harbor, Croton-on-the-Hudson » Event Website
This past weekend marked the final weekend of multisport racing for several members of Migonis Multisport. Ryan Meek, Matt Ryan and Matt Migonis ended their 2015 campaigns on a high note with each of them having a very successful race on Sunday.
Ryan competed in the Incredoubleman Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday morning at Westcott Beach State Park just south of Sackets Harbor, NY. Ryan had one of the more unique and odd races of his triathlon career. It started off in brutal conditions weather wise, which made for a very tough day of racing. Swim times were a lot slower than normal for the athletes which made it very evident that there wasn’t going to be a fast day of racing happening today. On the bike Ryan was doing well until he made a wrong turn and added seven miles onto the route. That’s a pretty significant amount when the bike leg is only 25 miles long. Once he realized this he thought about stopping as the race was surly lost, but that’s not Ryan’s style. He pressed on and ran his butt off as soon as he left transition 2. He was able to run down the leaders and cross the line in first place overall. Pretty remarkable considering that fact that he added a good 15+ minutes to his bike leg. It was Ryan’s first overall win of 2015 and a great way to end his season for sure. Congrats Ryan!! http://www.incredoubleman.com/
Matt and Matt were also racing on Sunday, but in a far different place and a slightly different type of event, the USAT Aqua-Bike National Championships. The race was held in Croton-on-the-Hudson and it featured a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike. It was held in conjunction with the Toughman Triathlon Series Championship. Neither Matt nor Matt had ever raced an aqua-bike event and both really weren’t sure what to do without having to run after the bike leg. With aqua-bike once you cross the timing mat at the end of the bike leg prior to entering transition your time stops. You can take as much time as you want and walk across the finish-line. It really was an odd experience, but a fun one knowing that you can push harder and not worry about running 13.1 miles afterwards.
Both Matt’s had great days. Matt Ryan finished off his season with a 4th place finish in his age-group after swimming a very good 1.2 mile swim and riding a fantastic bike split which saw athletes cover 4,000 feet of elevation throughout the 56 miles of cycling. Matt Migonis also had a great day as he managed to win the overall race by nearly nine minutes. Matt used the 6th fastest swim and the top bike split to claim the victory and National Championship. This win marks the second National Championship event that Matt has won in his 11 year multisport career. He also won the overall Sprint Distance National Championship in 2013. Congratulations to both Matt’s on a fine race and a great 2015 season!!! http://www.toughmantri.com/
Next weekend Travis Glazier will finish off the multiport racing season when he races the Cortland Triathlon in Cortland, NY. Travis is the only Migonis Multisport athlete with a triathlon left on the 2015 calendar. Good luck Travis!!!!