What A Weekend 70.3, sprint

06/21/2016 » East Freetown, MA Syracuse, NY, Averiall Park, NY » Event Website

The weekend of June 18 and 19, 2016 will go down as one of the most memorable in team Migonis Multisport history.  Saturday saw two fantastic performances that showed power, speed and skill while Sunday saw two performances that exemplified what Migonis Multisport is so much about, determination, grit and finding a way to push yourself when you think you can’t anymore.  Sunday also marked the day a Migonis Multisport athlete won his first age-group triathlon title.

On Saturday Matt Migonis and Mike Espejo raced at the Sun Multisport Patriot Half, which is Massachusetts premier half-ironman race. The race draws over 800 racers to East Freetown, MA and is known as one of the best places in the state to race triathlon.  Despite losing a contact lens coming out of the water Matt managed to win the overall race breaking the tape in a course record time of 4:10:36.  Matt’s time was eight minutes faster than second place and was what he considered to be one of his best, if not the best race he’s ever had.  He used the day’s 6th fastest swim, 2nd fastest bike and 4th fastest run to come away with his third 70.3 victory in the past two seasons.  Mike came across with his second best time ever for the 70.3 distance finish in 4:32:16.  Mike used a very solid swim and run split to go with a top 12 bike split (23.6 mphs for 56 miles) to finish 13th overall and 3rd in his age-group.  http://sunmultisportevents.com/events/patriot-half/

Mike and Matt will tango again next weekend at the Tupper Lake Tinman in Tupper Lake, NY.  They will both be racing another 70.3 distance race.  Well done and good luck guys!

Sunday, Father’s Day, was a very hot, humid and downright uncomfortable day in Syracuse, NY.  Very typical for the time of year and very typical condition for the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse race.  However, the extreme conditions and hilly course didn’t deter two Migonis Multisport athletes from giving it a go as this day was just another step in their journey to the start-line at Ironman Lake Placid in late July.  Dana Cooreman and Ryan Meek were both racing today and both were looking to test their fitness against nearly 2,000 other racers.  Dana finished in a lifetime best placing for an Ironman 70.3 event, 7th place in her age-group.  Her day was full of ups and downs and really showed how tough she has become.  She swam her fastest time ever for the Syracuse course, but was then hit with a blow by the triathlon gods when she dropped her bike chain during the ride.  With the help of honorary team member Mark Zipprich, Dana got things together and finished her ride.  She then battled the heat and hills of the run to work her way up to 7th.  Her run time was as fast or faster than most of the girls who beat her today in her age-group and if she hadn’t had the bike issue who knows how high she would have climbed.  Great work Dana.

Ryan also had a very up and down day.  He felt good on the swim and the bike and although they weren’t as ideal of split times as he would have liked they still were solid splits considering the conditions.  Ryan had been dealing with a chest cold all week and has long been dealing with a knee issue that will most likely require surgery at the end of the season.  The latter played a huge role in the run leg than turned from racing to surviving to playing it smart and not doing any more damage.  This performance for Ryan, while not anything close to what he wanted or what he is capable of, truly showed what kind of athlete he is.  His race showed how strong the human will can be and the importance of finishing what you’ve started when you’ve worked so hard for it.  Migonis Multisport couldn’t be more proud of Ryan for fighting through and showing his two young sons that there is no quit in their dad.  Well done Ryan.

Ryan and Dana won’t race again for a while and their next triathlon will be Ironman Lake Placid on July 24.  www.ironman.com

Sunday also marked the day that Matt Ryan won his age-group for the first time in a triathlon event.  Matt took 4th place overall and first in his age-group at the MSL Super Sprint in Crystal Cove, Averiall Park, NY.  The results are not uploaded yet, but they will be soon.  The race was close the whole way and if it was just a mile or two longer Matt believes he would have caught third place.  Well done Matt and way to get the age-group win.  http://skyhighadventures.com/MSL_Super_Sprint.html

Matt will also race next weekend at Tupper Lake.  Matt will compete in the Olympic distance triathlon on Saturday.