Julia Eyer (pictured left) won her age division (13 to 15 year olds) at the 29th Annual Avia Wildflower Triathlon on April 30. She also participated in the following day’s Olympic-distance relay triathlon (she did the run leg), with her team, called the Pink Ponies” scoring sixth.
Raff Stellar in St. Croix
Newton Running athlete Gabriel Raff, who was competing in the male 25 to 29 age group age group, placed 7th overall (with only six pro men finishing ahead of him) at the Ironman 70.3 St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on May 6.
“I had a good race overall, but my feelings were changing dramatically minute after minute, especially during the bike,” reports Raff. “I started minutes behind the Pro Men, but had a solid swim, almost entirely alone with no pack to follow and lost two minutes on the lead Pro Men.”
"I had high expectations for the bike portion considering that cycling is my strength (I set a personal record of 4:42 in Kona last year and wanted to ride really hard in St Croix). But that day it wasn’t possible. My legs felt empty with no power and when I reached the transition, was about eight minutes behind my expected time.
Considering that I didn’t have my legs on the bike, I thought I wouldn’t be able to run and I had to overcome all sorts of negative thoughts. By mile 4, my legs started to return and I began running smoothly. I decided to finish as I hard as possible and achieved the 5th fastest run split of the day!"
Watch for Gabriel next at the Florida 70.3 Ironman later this month and at the World Championships in Kona.
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