"June is early for me to be racing. I train primary indoors November through May, with plenty of functional strength training over the winter and spring. I love summer because my schedule allows me to get outside more in the hot temperatures. After taking five months off swimming (October to February), I swam about a dozen times. I have struggled with injuries the past two seasons and was unsure how my running would go this year. Cycling is still my weakness yet my favorite event to train.
In the Boulder Olympic Distance race, I swim a fast 1.5 k, the swim must have been short, then made up for it a week later swimming a long 1.2 mile course in Kansas. Both races I was first out of the water in my wave.
My bike felt strong at each race. Two very different course terrain. I love the mostly downhill course that Boulder has to offer, not a fan of the rolling, bacon strip type course in Kansas. I felt strong both weekends and came off the bike first in my wave. I guess I am getting stronger on the bike.
Leading both races after the bike I was worried about hanging on to my lead during the run, struggling the past two year. This year I feel like my running is back on form. In Boulder my calf tightened up and I held back on the run, still finishing strong, taking first female overall. In Kansas, I ran my fastest half marathon after biking. I won my age group and a slot to Vegas 70.3 World Championships.
Next I'm looking forward to Ironman Lake Placid July 24th!"
Hellstedt Scores Fourth at Patriot Half
Triathlete Brett Hellstedt placed fourth among the elite competitors (seventh overall) at the Patriot Half in East Freetown, MA on June 18. His time was 4:29:11 for the half-distance triathlon south of Boston. The course involved a one-loop swim in a clean, clear lake, two loop bike on flat, country roads and one loop run on rolling quite roads.
"I don't really have the volume of training to expect a great half result at this point," says Hellstedt. "That said, I was pleased with my day. It was the hottest temperature I have experienced all spring which made the run a bit of a struggle but all in all was very pleased with the race and my day."
Find full results here: http://www.sunmultisportevents.com/Patriot_Triathlon/2011_Results.htm
Holderbaum Hangs Tough at Eagleman 70.3
In his build up to the World Championships in Kona, triathlete Chad Holderbaum raced his sixth Eagleman 70.3 triathlon in Cambridge, MD, on a hot day in June. He placed 9th amateur overall, taking fifth in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4 hours 17 minutes.
"The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course," says Holderbaum. "I really pushed my pace on the bike and averaged over 25mph. And even though I faded some on the run, I still managed to run a 1:29 half marathon in the grueling heat thanks to my awesome Distance Light Weight Trainers!
Pierre-Olivier Dupuis Has "Best Race" Mooseman Ironman 70.3
It was a great day for Pierre-Olivier Dupuis, who has his best race ever at the Mooseman Ironman 70.3 in New Found Lake, New Hampshire on June 5.
Dupuis finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run with a time of 5:21:20, placing him 11th in his age group.
"This was my fifth half Ironman, but my first in the 70.3 series," says Dupuis. "The water was cold as hell at just 57 degrees. This was the hardest course I’ve ever done with long steep hills, but it turned out to be my best ever race. It and second-fastest 70.3 race and I ran my best half marathon off the bike (1:39:00)!
This race came on the heels of completing the Sorel-Tracy Duathlon on May 15 (where he finished second in his age group), and Oka's Sprint Triathlon on May 29, where he finished 11th overall (first in his age group) with a time of 1:13:30.