Catching-Up on Some Great Racing
The past three weeks of racing have been some memorable ones for several Migonis Multisport athletes. Some more PR’s were accomplished and some more podiums were achieved.
On July 23rd Emily Zipprich and Kristin Mullally competed at Ironman Lake Placid in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Emily and Kristin have both raced this event in the past and used that knowledge of the course, along with their great fitness, to break their personal best times for the ironman distance. Emily used a very well rounded day looking much better throughout the day than she did two years ago in her debut ironman. She swam faster, road faster and ran faster than she did in 2015 and used a hard charging finishing dash to break the 12 hour mark besting her previous time by well over 40 minutes. Emily’s time was 11:59:03, which was 15th in her age-group, 96th women overall. Kristin also had a personal best day finishing in 12:21:33, 41st in her age-group and 131 women overall. Kristin was having a strong day until the run when she was forced to slow down due to foot pain caused by her shoes. Unfortunately this plagued her the majority of second half of the marathon. However, she fought through the pain and still stayed positive the whole run fighting her way to a 20+ minute improvement over 2015 Ironman Lake Placid time. Kristin will be back racing LP next year, while Emily isn’t sure where and when her next Ironman will be. First though, they still have some short course triathlon and running races to do this season. Well done Emily and Kristin.
The following weekend Phil Sconzert had a huge day at the Toughman Minnesota Triathlon. Phil used a great swim and amazing bike along with a very much improved run to finish in 1st place in his 30-34 age-group and 11th overall in a very tough field. His time was 1:25:02. Phil is training hard for the USAT Age-group and Sprint Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska on August 12-13. This race had a lot of guys who will be battling with Phil in both races this coming week, so he got a good taste of what to expect when he toes the line on Saturday and Sunday in Omaha. Great job Phil!
This past weekend saw some more great racing from Migonis Multisport athletes. On Saturday Joan Kane raced the Bolder Inspiration 5 mile trail race in Trenton Falls (just north of Utica, NY). The race is a favorite of Joan’s and she always finds a way to preform very well at this event. This year she scored another age-group podium finish (3rd) and was the 24th female overall finishing in 47:56 for a brutally tough 5 mile race. Her last mile was smoking as she ran it under 8 minutes! Joan is preparing for Ironman 70.3 Maine in a few weeks and will be racing the Old Forge Triathlon next weekend. Awesome job Joan!
On Sunday Ryan Meek, Kristin Mullally, Chris Ogden and Nikki Garofalo all competed at the Cayuga Lake Triathlon event in Ithaca, NY. Ryan raced in the international distance triathlon and the Kristin, Chris and Nikki all raced in the sprint triathlon race. Ryan scored yet another age-group podium finish crossing the line in 2:26:19 which was good enough for 12th overall and 2nd in the 40-44 age-group. Kristin won her age-group and was the 5th women overall in the sprint triathlon breaking the tape in 1:24:58. Chris was next across the line in 1:30:01 good enough for 5th in his tough 30-34 age-group and Nikki was on the podium again for her age-group finishing 3rd in a time of 1:40:40. All four of these athletes still have some racing to do this summer and will be looking to build on these great performances from Sunday. Well done Ryan, Kristin, Chris and Nikki!!!!
Cayuga Lake: http://www.score-this.com/all-multisport
Boulder 5 mile: http://www.leonetiming.com/
Ironman LP: http://www.ironman.com