Migonis Multisport Takes on Tupper Lake sprint, olympic, 70.3, Aquabike
06/27/2016 » Tupper Lake, NY » Event Website
Nine Migonis Multisport athletes made the trip to Tupper Lake, NY to race one of the oldest races in the country. The race offered a 70.3, Aquabike, Olympic, and Sprint event. Migonis Multisport had at least one athlete in each event except for the Sprint.
The weather was predicted to be a scorcher in the Adirondacks on Saturday. Athletes woke up to a sunny morning and the sun didn’t disappear for the entire race. Temperatures soared into the mid-80’s which made for a tough day of racing!
Matt Ryan and Travis Glazier started the day off for Migonis Multisport at 8:10 a.m. for the Olympic distance event. Having the fastest bike split of the race with a 1:11:08, Matt came in 3rd overall and 2nd in his age group with an overall time of 2:27:50. This was a huge accomplishment for Matt Ryan! Unfortunately the race misplaced his award but they will be sending it to him soon. Travis Glazier battled the heat and hills for his first Olympic distance race. Competing in a tough age-group he was able to secure 4th place with an overall time of 2:47:12.
Starting at 8:20 a.m. the 70.3 and Aquabike athletes began their day. Coach Migonis and Mike Espejo were in the water first. Both athletes had spectacular races last weekend at the Patriot 70.3 and they were excited to see how their bodies would perform a week later. Coach Migonis came out of the water first in 28:16, not far behind was Mike in 30:53. At the end of the bike course Coach Migonis had a very large lead of over 10 minutes. Last year he set the bike course record with a 2:12:25 and this year he beat his own record with a 2:11:38 bike split. The second place male and Mike pushed each other for 56 miles. Mike never backed down and came into transition right behind second place with a 2:20:54 bike split. Coach Migonis and Mike gave the run their all. There were some last minute changes to the run course which added a few more hills. Both athletes attacked the hills and had fantastic finishes. Coach Migonis won the 70.3 with a 4:15:52. Mike crossed the finish line as the 3rd overall male with a 4:20:50 total time. He beat his time at the Patriot 70.3 by 2 minutes! Mike is having a fantastic season. In the coming weeks he will begin his preparations for the Ironman World Championships in Kona and we couldn’t be more proud of him.
Next to hit the water was Emily Zipprich. Emily decided to tackle the Aquabike this year instead of the 70.3. Switching events wasn’t an easy decision as the Toughman Tupper Lake Tinman holds her 70.3 PR. Emily came out of the water right behind the first place female with a 36:18 swim. On the bike she made a couple of mistakes by not carrying enough calories and running out of fluids. She came into the finish line as the 2nd overall female with a total time of 3:42:01. Even though the race wasn’t her fastest she still had fun racing at one of her favorite events (minus the run)!
Amie Thomas, Kellie Nasiff, Nikki Garofalo, and Joan Kane each raced the full 70.3 distance on Saturday. Amie had been battling an injury for the past few weeks and wasn’t sure what to expect. She had a fantastic swim exiting the water in 34:41 which was the fastest swim in the 30-34 female age group. She battled the heat while pushing herself on the bike and run. Amie crossed the finish line in 5:53:56 which was a 5 minute personal best! Kellie had an awesome race. She raced the 70.3 in 2015 and crushed her times on Saturday. She shaved 2 minutes off her swim, 1 minute off her bike, and 4 minutes off her run! She crossed the finish line in 6:01:35 and placed 6th in a very competitive age group. Nikki raced the Aquabike in 2015 but tackled the full 70.3 this year. Posting a quick 43:55 swim split, Nikki beat her time from 2015. She battled the brutal heat and lack of shade on the bike and run course and crossed the finish line in 6:50:46. New to the 70.3 distance was Joan. Joan has been competing in Sprint and Olympic races for a few seasons and was ready to tackle the 70.3 distance. Joan put together a well executed 70.3. She came out of the water as the 3rd fastest swimmer in her age group with a 40:13. Joan worked the bike course and came into transition with a 3:05:16 split. Her run of 2:21:07 led her to the finish line of her first 70.3 with an overall time of 6:11:11 and 2nd in her age group. She had an incredible performance.
Migonis Multisport had a great weekend in Tupper Lake, NY. Our team plans to be back in 2017!
Photos still to come!!!