Miami International Triathlon
Christopher Lemos of North Bethesda, Maryland, placed 10th in the Men's Elite Division with a time of 2:01:56 at the Miami International Triathlon on March 20th, his first time competing as an elite. "Overall it was a great day to kick off the season with little prep and big competition in what I had considered more of a training race," says Lemos.
Since the Miami event is part of the 5150 Triathlon Series, Lemos's performance there qualified him for the national 5150 championships Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 4, 2011.
Santiago Pan American Cup
Meanwhile, Newton athlete William Huffman placed 15th at the ITU Santiago Pan American Cup Triathlon in Chile, and was the youngest, at age 18, athlete among the field of 53 international elite athletes, most of whom are full-time athletes. He was also the top American, with a time of 1:51:04.
William sent us this report:
"I exited the water in the main pack, which gave me good position going into a quick transition to the bike. During the bike portion, which had some long inclines that tested everyone’s power, several groups bridged up to our main pack and we eventually reeled in the breakaway group during lap 7 of 8, using everything we had.
The intensity of the bike at the elite level was a new experience for me, since this was my first ITU Olympic distance ITU event. By the bike's end, our lead pack grew to 25 and I was very pleased to hold onto my position near the front.
But the race really came down to the run, which was hot and very fast on a hilly course. I had one of my best run performances so far and ran 35:04 for 10K ."
This weekend, William will compete in an ITU race in Valparaiso, Chile.
Cross Country World Championships
Newton's top runner, Rob Mandje competed this past weekend in Punta Umbria, Spain, at the IAAF World Cross Country World Championships. The former Olympian finished a disappointing 111th position with a time of 41:54.
He sent us this recap:
"Unfortunately the race didn't go at all as I had hoped. I'd gone into the event feeling fit and very strong after a few 130 - 140 mile weeks. Having the World Championships in Spain, my birth country, was a big impetus for high expectations, as well as having friends and family around to watch.
One hundred meters into the race I caught a fellow competitor's foot in my knee. My leg buckled but I stayed on my feet. The start of World XC is a total mad dash with elbows and legs flying everywhere.
Somewhere into the first lap the throbbing of my right leg (where I got kicked) got worse and worse and by 3 kilometers I knew I wouldn't have a good race or regain my pace. I didn't fly all the way to Spain to DNF, especially with friends and family there. It was by far my most disappointing race.
Yet, I am very fit and it's still early in the year. I look forward to having down time with family in Spain before returning to Colorado's Rocky Mountains, where I'll resume my high-level training and continue the pursuit of my 2011 goals.
Now while training, I repeat this message to myself: 'Fall down: 9, Get up: 10.'"