A Tough Sunday of Racing Ironman, Ironman 70.3
08/24/2016 » Montreal, Canada, Gilford, NH » Event Website
This past weekend of racing was a tough experience racing experience for several Migonis Multisport athletes. Two raced in Canada at Ironman Mont-Tremblant and two others raced at Ironman 70.3 Timberman in Gilford, NH.
On Sunday, cold wet conditions at Ironman Mont-Tremblant made for an epic day of racing and suffering at the same time. Sisters Kellie Nasiff and Nikk Garofalo were both racing in Tremblant with the goal of completing their second Ironman in as many years and besting the finishing time they established last year at Ironman Lake Placid. While both Kellie and Nikki raced their hearts outs and fought through the conditions like the champions they are, setting a new best Ironman finishing time wasn’t in the cards today. Kellie crossed the line in 14:37:54 and Nikki in 15:32:38. Both sisters achieved their number one goal for the race and they now can say they finished two Ironman triathlons. Everyone at Migonis Multisport is so very proud of these two very determined and hardworking athletes. We couldn’t be happier to call them teammates and 2x Ironman finishers. Well done Nikki and Kellie!
Matt Ryan and Matt Migonis all competed on Sunday, but in a much shorter race with much better conditions. They raced at Ironman 70.3 Timberman. New Hampshire is known for many things, but one in particular had a direct relationship with this race, hills, and a lot of them. Times weren’t very fast and the temps were much warmer than predicted, but in the end both Matt’s had solid days of racing. Matt Ryan finished in 5:15:56. While it wasn’t his best finishing time, it still was very impressive with all of the racing he’s done so far in 2016. He’s got one triathlon race left this season, Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City and that course is a prime opportunity for a new 70.3 PR.
The other Matt had a great day going as he lead his age-group into the run, but a freak, unforeseen issue at mile 4 of the run derailed his day. He still hung on to third place in his age-group crossing the line in 4:26:04. IT-band issues were the culprit from mile four to mile 11 of the final leg of the race making each step for that seven mile stretch very painful and slow compared to the pace of the first 4 miles. Things worked out for the final two miles, but he had to settle for the bronze medal in the age-group on this day. However, with that finish Matt achieved his number one goal of the weekend, which was qualifying for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships held in Chattanooga, TN. Matt has raced in eight Ironman 70.3 branded events since 2008 and other than one DNF at last year’s Syracuse 70.3 due to flats tires on the bike, he has finished in the top 3 in his age-group in all of the events including an age-group win in 2009 at Ironman 70.3 Kansas. While he has qualified for the 70.3 World Championships on all of those occasions, this will be the first time returning to the race since he last raced it in 2009.
Great job to both Matt’s!!!
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