Some Tough Late Season Racing Sprint Tri, 70.3, 13.1, Aqua-bike

09/19/2016 » NY, NJ, DC » Event Website

Tough racing conditions made the final triathlon race of the season a hard go for several Migonis Multisport athletes this past weekend.  Even though they didn’t all race on the same day or in the same race, Travis Glazier, Matt Ryan and Ryan Meek were all in action once again and for the last time in a triathlon event for 2016.  All three wound-up battling windy and “un-Fall” like humid conditions on race day.

Travis was racing the Cortland Triathlon, which is held in Cortland, NY, for the third year in a row looking to build on his great performance from the previous year.  His time in 2015 smashed his overall time from the year before which was his first year racing triathlons.  The waters were very rough in this race and Travis dealt with some nauseating feelings coming out of the water and in T1.  After getting his baring’s back he took off on the windy bike ride which was much harder than the ride in 2015.  Travis battled through and got to T2 in good shape in his age-group.  He used a solid run to come home 11th overall and second in his age-group on the day in a time of 1:18:36.  This race marked yet another podium finish for Travis who had several of them in 2016.  He can’t relax too much as he is continuing his training towards the Syracuse Marathon in October, which will be his first ever attempt at the marathon distance.  Great job on a great multisport season Travis and good luck on the marathon and the remainder of the training!

Matt and Ryan ended their multisport season at the Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City race held in Atlantic City, NJ.  It was a first time event for Ironman at that venue, but with the race profile showing a very flat bike and run course Ryan and Matt were hopeful for fast times for their final race of the 2016 campaign.  However, what they didn’t expect was a washing machine like swim and super humid conditions which made both the swim and run very difficult.  Ryan road a new bike PR and ran a solid ½ marathon to cross the line in a new personal best time for the 70.3 distance finishing in 5:06:33.  Ryan was 33rd in a stacked age-group of 183 competitors.  Matt had a good swim, especially considering the conditions, and a very good bike before suffering through the intense heat of a no shade run along the boardwalk of Atlantic City.  He crossed the line in a time of 5:17:46, which was good enough for 40th in an age group that had an amazing 228 finishers.  Both of these guys are done for the season and will be taking some much needed time off after a very busy last 11 months.  Well done to both of you and congratulations on a great 2016 season.

In addition to Travis, Ryan and Matt competing over the weekend, Ironman World Championship bound athlete Mike Espejo was also racing hard.  Mike took on the Toughman Aqua-bike which was part of the Toughman Triathlon Championship event.  There’s a few reasons they call this race the Toughman Championship and all the reasons are true.  The hills on the bike were something that you don’t often see in any triathlon and the amount of climbing for 56 miles was near what many of the hardest ironman’s in the world climb for 112 miles.  Mike was just glad he didn’t have to run afterwards.  He was using this as part of his final prep for Kona in three week’s time.  Mike’s time of 3:17:11 was good enough for 2nd overall on the day.  Not bad for a guy who broke his collarbone in mid-July and had swam all of 5 times prior to the race.  Well done Mike and good luck the final three weeks and in Kona!

Erin O’Connor was also in action this weekend for the first time in a long time as she raced the Navy Air Force ½ marathon held in Washington DC.  Erin is a few weeks away from racing the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah and was using this a day to race with her Dad and get a long run in at the same time. Erin crossed the line in a time of 2:08:18 which isn’t her best time ever, but considering her roller-coaster summer she was very happy with the result.  Well done Erin and good luck in Utah.