Catching-Up On Some Recent Racing
On Saturday Phil Sconzert continued his breakthrough season by accomplishing his second major goal of the 2017 summer, qualifying for the USAT Age-group National Championships. USAT Nationals, which are held in Omaha, NE in Mid-August, are considered one of the, if not the most, competitive amateur triathlon races in the world. Phil qualified with a 9th place age-group finish at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon held in Minneapolis, MN yesterday. Phil used a very well rounded race with a very fast run to break the tape in 2:20:37. This marks two major races that Phil has qualified for since early June. He scored a spot in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 with his fine performance at Ironman 70.3 Victoria on June 4. Up next is the Toughman Triathlon on July 30.
On the 4th of July Amie Thomas ran the VERY popular Firecracker 4 miler in Saratoga Springs, NY. Amie was one of nearly 3,000 runners to lace-up the shoes for a very fast 4 mile race on our nation’s birthday. Amie ran strong the whole race and scored a hard fought 30:28 (7:37 pace). Amie is training hard for her first season racing Xterra triathlon events, which trade road riding and running for trails and more trails. It’s a new adventure for Amie and this race was a very big confidence booster for her heading into her first Xterra race on July 15. Well done Amie!
On June 18 ten members of the Migonis Multisport team had to fight through Kona, HI (home of the Ironman World Championships, arguably the hardest Ironman in the world) like conditions to finish the hilly, tough and competitive Ironman 70.3 Syracuse event held in Syracuse, NY. With temperatures at record levels for mid-June and very high humidity added on top of that, it forced athletes to race for survival more than anything else. And survive is just what each of these athletes did. Matt Toporowski, Ryan Elliott, Travis Glazier, Ryan Meek, Kristin Mullally, Brandi Brown, Emily Zipprich and Scott Milnamow all fought tooth and nail to get through the choppy 1.2 mile swim, windy and hilly 56 miles bike ride and hot, humid and hilly 13.1 mile run. They all powered their way to the finish-line. No one had a PR that day and that wasn’t the objective. The #1 objective was make it through the race. While so many athletes fell and had to DNF do to the conditions, all eight of these athletes accomplished that #1 objective. In addition to each of them racing the full ½ Ironman, teammates Beth Lancer and Elyssa Rosenbaum also raced as part of a relay. They also had to find a way to get through the rough conditions and they both did with flying colors. Well done everyone and you should all be proud of your efforts today!