Ending July Strong

07/29/2018

The second half of July was a very impressive one for several Migonis Multisport athletes.  On the Saturday the 14th, Ryan Meek, Alison Migonis, Elyssa Rosenbaum, Matt Ryan and Chris Ogden raced at the Mini-musselman triathlon.  The Mini-musselman is the first of two days of racing in Geneva, NY as part of the Musselman race weekend.  Musselman weekend is the most popular weekend of racing for the MM team each summer and this year was no exception.  Ryan led the way in the mini finishing in a time of 1:21:17 which was good enough for 18th overall and 3rd in his age-group.  Alison was next across the line taking home 1st in her age-group and 43rd overall in a time of 1:26:22.  Elyssa was shortly behind Alison finishing in 1:26:59 for second in the age-group and 48th overall.  After Elyssa, came Matt, who finished in 1:30:12 for 72nd overall and 12th in his age-group.  Chris was shortly behind Matt breaking the tape in 1:34:46 for 114th overall and 8th in his age-group.  Awesome job guys!

The next day some more great racing.  Sunday was the day of the big race, the Musselman Triathlon.  The Musselman is a half-ironman distance race (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run).  Elyssa raced again on Sunday as part of the Double-Mussel competition that combines the times of both the Mini-mussel and Musselman races for a separate category/competition.  Elyssa raced very well crossing the line in 5:34:17 which was good enough for an age-group win and 19th overall placing in the female division.  Her time of 5:34:17 added to her time for 1:26:59 from Saturday gave her a total time of 7:01:16 and a 5th place overall female placing in the Double-Mussel. That 5th place finish gave Elyssa her third podium of the weekend.  Well done Elyssa!

Chris, Ryan and Matt also raced again on Sunday.  They did it as part of a relay and raced under the name of Chicken Killers.  Chris swam in a time of 32:41, Ryan biked in a time of 2:37:22 and Matt ran in a time of 1:56:07 for a total time of 5:08:19 which was good enough for 2nd overall in the relay competition.  Great job guys!

Also racing this weekend was Joan Kane.  She participated in the final Delta Lake Triathlon event.  She raced in the sprint distance race and scored yet another age-group podium.  Her time of 1:20:40 was good enough for 2nd in her age-group and 18th overall.  Two triathlons and two age-group podiums so far for Joan this summer.  Excellent job Joan!

Phil Sconzert was also racing this weekend.  He took on a very tough field at the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon and came home with another podium in his age-group.  His time of 2:21:19 was good enough for 33rd overall and 2nd in that very competitive age-group.  His time was a little slower than last year at this event, but his placing was much higher in the age-group.  This was a testament of how tough the day was and how tough Phil is.  Well done Phil!

On July 22nd, Annie Ball got into the race mix too when she took on Ironman Lake Placid for the second time in the last four years.  Annie had a good race going her first time around back in 2015 until stomach issues on the run forced her to walk a bit.  She still finished with a very solid 12:37:35. This time-around her goal was to break 12 hours.  She started with a fantastic swim which was a over 10 minutes faster than her swim in 2015.  Annie and all the other athletes then had to battle some serious wind on the bike.  It wasn’t too hot though, which was a huge benefit and relief as the last time she was training in Lake Placid, three weeks prior to race day, it was extremely hot and humid.  The wind did cause the times to be a little slower and the effort a little higher on the 112 mile, two loop course, but it didn’t keep her from riding strong the whole way.  Annie got off the bike and onto the run needing a four hour marathon to best the 12 hour mark.  She worked hard, battled through the fatigue and came across the line in 12:09:41.  While it wasn’t under 12 hours it was still a huge PR for her of nearly 30 minutes.  I have a feeling she’ll be back racing here again in the near future.  Awesome job Annie!

The month of July ended with Phil Sconzert racing at the Chisago Lakes Triathlon in Chisago Lakes, MN.  Phil bested his time from the 2017 event by over a minute and finished on the age-group podium once again.  This time he took top time in his age-group when he broke the tape in 1:23:26. His finish time was also good enough for 8th overall.  That makes three races for Phil this summer and three podiums (one age-group win, one age-group runner-up and a third place overall podium).  He has two more races this season to rack-up some more podiums and with the way he’s rolling now, it seems very likely that he’ll do just that.  Congratulations Phil!