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  • Experience Spartan World Championships With a 14 Year-Old

    I sat on the steep hillside with a 5-gallon bucket of gravel between my legs, protecting it from spilling. This was just a temporary stop to collect my strength as I climbed up the Killington, Vermont ski run. It was a brutal reminder that ski slopes are for skiing down and that is it! This same obstacle was my biggest challenge at my first Spartan Beast several months ago in Utah. The sight of a bucket now makes me cringe. Descending the hillside, with my bucket in my arms, I thought I might actually cry. As I dumped my gravel into the bin at the end, successfully completing the obstacle, I said to myself, “Pull yourself together, you still have a long way to go.”

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-start line

    Show Time

    I had no idea this race would be so hard. Standing at the start line, I felt welcomed amongst my new Spartan family. I appreciated the cheers and well wishes from my fellow racers as my name was called to the start line of the Spartan World Championships. I found myself standing amongst some of the world’s greatest athletes. There were Olympians from around the globe as well as Xterra, USTAF and Trail World Champions, Professional Obstacle Course Racers, Adventure Racers, triathletes and marathon winners. This talented group of athletes, including the Spartan Pro Team, will be featured in the NBC Sports Network TV special about the World Championships on October 19th.

    Given Spartan’s history and the presence of NBC TV, most of us assumed we were about to embark on the toughest, most grueling 13-mile course ever designed by Spartan. Little did we know how humbling the day would be—the steep climbs, cold water and grueling course would sideline even some of the world’s most fit athletes.

    Climbing & Descending

    The first part of the course was mainly a steep never-ending trail climb up the hills of Killington Ski Resort. I was happy with my selection of running this course in my Newton Distance. I knew there would be a lot of serious climbing so I chose to stay on the lighter side with my shoes. I had done my last Spartan Beast in my Newton All-weathers. The unique lug design of Newton shoes is not only great for forefoot running but also provides great traction on these difficult courses. Spartans were once again falling, slipping and sliding on the steep descents and I was able to keep my footing. There were a few walls and round hay bails to climb on our way up, which is always fun.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-wall traverse

    Living and training at 7,000 feet in Park City, UT, as well as only carrying 98 pounds on my small frame, was a great advantage on the first part of the course. I was surprised to find myself hanging with many of the elite females for the first six to seven miles. It was only when we encountered the heavy obstacles, that their more adult bodies became a huge advantage for them.

    Two-thirds My Weight

    Upon reaching one of the few black diamond ski runs at Killington, I peered up the steep slope.  As far up the mountain as I could see, it was just a stream of racers carrying something. As I approached a pile of sandbags, I quickly realized there was only one size. Many of the weighted obstacles at Spartan Races have female and male sized weights. This was the World Championships, though, what was I thinking. There was no time to stop and think. This was a race!

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-60#sandbag carry

    As a competitive athlete, you learn to improvise as you go. I wasn’t sure how I would handle this heavy obstacle but knew I just had to get moving with it. I grabbed my sandbag, tossed it up onto my back and began the long trek. I would alternate carrying the weight on one shoulder, then the other. When both shoulders got fatigued, I would place it evenly across my upper back and neck.  The one thought I had the entire time was, “Why is a 14-year-old girl carrying what a grown man is carrying?” At the time, I had no idea I was carrying 60 pounds, literally two-thirds my body weight. All I knew was, “It was heavy”.  It was only after the race, that I had learned the actual weight we were all carrying.

    Burpees & Perseverence

    The Hercules Hoist gave me my first set of burpees. A cement bucket is hooked to a pulley system.  You must use a rope to pull the bucket up to the top. As I started to hoist the bucket up, I would quickly find myself being pulled up in the air as the bucket returned to the ground. “You got to be kidding me! I’ve done this before. This cement bucket must be heavier than my last race.” After being lifted off the ground several times and only getting the weight half way up, I realized Hercules would win today. I immediately started doing my 30 burpees.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-rope climb

    During the entire race I was reminded, “I had it easy.” I was not carrying a tumor, like my new friend, Iram Leon. He is 32 years old and living with an inoperable brain tumor, yet not letting it slow him down. I had two healthy legs unlike the amputee that crawled up the entire Killington ski slope on his hands and knees or like the female amputee who stood at the start line with me. I was able to just be at the event, unlike my dad and many others that left this world too soon. It wasn’t hard to put my pain aside and persevere.

    Having previewed the course the day before, I knew the water obstacles would come at miles seven and ten. Seeing all the water on this course, I also knew I wanted a shoe that had great drainage, not one that would hold water. I had poured water in my Newton trainers prior to the race to see how quickly it would drain out. Unlike many Spartans, I was not intimidated by the water, but rather excited. As a two-time triathlon national champion, I had been battling it out in the water since I was five years old. I didn’t take into account, however, how much wearing shoes affected your ability to swim. I was especially glad I didn’t wear a hydration pack like so many did. It would have been yet another thing to weigh me down as I swam across the frigid water and climbed up the rope climbs.

    Tarzan & The Tyrolean Traverse

    The Tarzan Swing was nearly impossible! I heard of only one female who made it successfully across. This obstacle consisted of ladders and ropes suspended from a bridge in the middle of a lake. After swimming out and climbing up to the top of the bridge, there were about five or six little ropes. One had to swing across these ropes to get to the bell. I made it across two ropes then fell about ten feet into the lake.  As I swam to shore, my only thought was, "I think I’m turning into an ice cube." As I crawled onto shore, it was burpee time again.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-barb wire

    Next up, the Tyrolean Traverse. Imagine a rope suspended across water; a kids dream, an adult’s nightmare! I may have moved slower than Sid, the two-toed sloth, but I made it! I hung below the rope with just my knees and elbows draped over the long rope that spanned the freezing cold, irrigation pond for the ski resort. There was no way I was going to fall off that rope, swim to shore, do 30 burpees and then have to reattempt it again. It was pretty intimidating seeing Elite men wrapped in a foil blanket at the edge of the water, hypothermic and unable to continue on. Today, the Tyrolean Rope would separate the winners from the losers. All I could think was, “Just hang on!” I have some great rope burns on my arms to show for my effort.

    Tyrolean Traverse- Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013

    Pushing Beyond

    The Spartan World Championships pushed me farther, mentally and physically, than I have ever been pushed before. However, with this being said, I know I have not reached my limit. There is always a take home lesson I learn from every race; whether it is a triathlon, a marathon, an aerial skiing competition or a Spartan Race. Spartan reminded me how crucial the mental component of a sport can be. Even if your body wants to give up, you can usually mentally keep pushing on and many times your body will recover. If you give up mentally though, it is over immediately.

    Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013-fire jump

    For many, crossing the finish line on Saturday was the end of their race weekend. Placing first in the world in the 19 & under open division and 28th amongst the elite females was perhaps my greatest accomplishment ever. However, the most important race to me was actually the next day. For the first time, Spartan offered a charity race. Beat up and exhausted but willing to do it all again, my team of five athletes, Team Winter, set out Sunday morning to try to capture the Spartan Charity Race Title. Our team raced for the 1 in 6 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, the cancer that took my 40 year-old-dad from me when I was only 9-years-old.

    We were expected to navigate a two- to three-mile course, with the fastest three times from each team counting. Seeing some of Spartan’s best obstacle course racers smiling at the start line Sunday and getting their “Spartan On” for something bigger than themselves was a great sight. These guys and gals went out with revenge and were ready to give everything they had left for their cause. Although Team Winter took 2nd place by only a few seconds, we were proud to stand on the podium as one of the top five teams in the world. Each team took prize money home for their charity and most importantly raised awareness for their cause.

    Finish Line Spartan Vermont Beast World Championships 2013

    Spartan World Championships was great training as I headed into my sixth marathon on October 12th on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island—my second to last continent on my world marathon tour for prostate cancer awareness. Keep following Newton for my next race report!

    Never Give In!


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  • Masters of Mileage

    We love sharing stories that illustrate how deeply “we live this stuff”.  Hopefully you caught Kara Henry and Stephen Gartside’s pre-Leadville 100 interview. Their results and post-race comments are a source of Newton pride.

    Pre-race Dinner The Night Before Leadville Pre-race Dinner The Night Before Leadville

    Newton: Describe your experience at the Leadville 100?

    Kara Henry: Looking back, I’ll tell you I had a blast the whole day…but during the race it was a different story.

    I definitely had a few moments of ‘WHAT AM I DOING??’ but luckily those were few and far between. I had an awesome crew who bullied me out of every aid station and never let me sit down. It’s because of that alone that I ran an hour faster than my goal.


    Stephen Gartside: For me, the Leadville 100 has been a new challenge after years of road marathons. You can’t beat the big open country that makes up the 100-mile route. It gives you some road and plenty of trail, with all kinds of elevation. I find that quite the challenge.

    The day unfolded with 50 miles of pretty easy running, then the 50-mile trip home with pacers, which goes all night. It’s kind of like a party with everyone out there running, pacing and volunteering.  My kind of party and it takes more mentally than just about anything else you can cram into a day.


    What was your highest high?

    KH: Absolutely hammering the last mile when I realized I could get under 24 hours. Actually, the reason I started pushing was because I saw what I thought was another female racer in front of me…I even made my pacers be super quiet so I could sneak up on ‘her’. When we got close I realized it was a dude with long blonde dreadlocks. I was bummed but at least it got me moving.

    Kara nearing the top of Hope Pass Kara nearing the top of Hope Pass

    SG: The highest high is when you know you are done with Hope Pass. Or, anytime a good song hits the iPod as you down some fresh caffeine. Of course, seeing that finish line is pretty sweet.

    Stephen running down Hope Pass Stephen running down Hope Pass

    What was your lowest low?

    KH: I hate climbing Hope Pass at mile 55 more than anything ever. HATE IT. I told my pacer to stop talking and ‘get me off this f**#$ing mountain.’ (Sorry Thom)

    SG: The lowest low for me in 2013 was losing everything in my stomach at mile 63.  Thank goodness I bounced back pretty fast, which is what you learn running ultras. You can come back from a low point!

    What would you tell someone who is thinking of running an ultra?

    KH: Don’t. Just kidding…I would tell them to find a training partner. I had so much fun training for Leadville this year because I had a great group to run with. Last year I trained on my own and too many hours on the trails alone is NOT good for your social skills.


    SG: If you are starting out with ultras my advice is slow down and you will be amazed at how far you can travel.  Find friends that share your interests and thus the journey. The Leadville 100 for me each year is more like a 6-month journey of getting ready, leading up to the actual race day.

    gartside finish3

    If we asked you the day after the race, would you have said you would run it again?

    KH: Yep! Because I’m a dummy and apparently a masochist.

    SG: After 3 straight years at the Leadville 100, I may need a few years off which means probably returning as a volunteer or pacer for at least 2014-15.

    post race

    What about now, two weeks later?

    KH: Now I’m thinking that I definitely won’t run it next year, but I’ll definitely do it again. I’d like to try a 100 closer to sea level.

    Kara Henry with her pacing team Kara Henry with her pacing team

    Editor’s Note: If Kara has lead you to believe that her recovery is all about pizza and beer, she has you fooled. Kara is currently running from hut to hut in the Alps in preparation for the U.S. 100 Mile Champs this winter. Shhh…don’t tell her that we told you!


  • Lucky Number Three With Chris McDonald

    NAME: Chris McDonald

    AGE: 35

    HOMETOWN:  Austin, Texas


    RACE: Ironman Louisville, Louisville, KY; August 25, 2013

    Chris IM Lou

    DOES THIS RACE HOLD ANY SIGNIFICANCE TO YOU? The race means a lot to me, as it was where I won my first IM.

    HOW DID YOU FEEL GOING INTO THE RACE? I felt calm and content going into the race, which is always a good sign for me. After having problems that were out of my control in my last two Ironman races, I was just hoping for a smooth day.

    WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE COURSE? The course in Louisville is very challenging! It is a warm non-wetsuit swim with a bike course that has relentless rolling hills, and a run that is in the wide-open streets with temps in the 90s. I am a believer that it is very much a strong man’s course.

    Chris IM Lou 3

    CAN YOU GIVE US SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE RACE? It’s funny that when a race goes well, there is often not much to talk about. The swim went great for me and I was able to get some good feet and stay pretty close to the front. I think I was about 30 seconds down exiting the transition, but was able to take the lead by mile one of the bike.

    Then it was out onto the bike and the only thing to report was I lost my spare tire at about mile 4—the rest of the ride was very uneventful! I felt good and was having fun. Out onto the run, I really had no idea of my lead until the turn around at roughly mile 7. So I did run the first half marathon pretty strong. Once I saw I had a solid lead and Pat (2nd place guy) was giving me the “It’s your day wave,” I tried to dial it back a little and save something for the upcoming races.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS? Consistency! If you can’t get up and train day after day, I think you have over done the day before.

    ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENT IN 2013 VERSUS 2012 OR 2011? Nope, just consistent training and always looking to improve, even on my strengths.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY SPORTS NUTRITION TIPS YOU COULD SHARE? Keep it simple!!! You are putting your body under an amazing amount of duress during an Ironman and the last thing you want to do is upset your stomach or eat something that takes a lot of digestion.

    HOW DO YOU MANAGE FAMILY AND TRAINING? I put family first! If they are happy I am happy and training is easy. I like to swim early so I can be home for breakfast and I like to start my last training session before school ends. I also try to include them, nothing better than some company while you are out running long.

    DO YOU EVER TAKE DOWN TIME? IF SO, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? I do take down time! I like to pretty much take December off. At the start of January I hate myself, but by mid March I am very happy I did it. It always leaves me motivated and pumped up for the year ahead.

    WHAT’S NEXT? IM Tahoe [Lake Tahoe, CA; September 22, 2013].

    DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF INSPIRATION FOR FELLOW RACERS? “If you do push your limits, you set your limits.” And keep it fun! We like to do things that are fun.

    Chris IM Lou1

  • Giving Back To Kids In Kauai

    In the last two years of visiting the island of Kauai and winning the Kauai Marathon I felt a connection to the island.  In 2011, I stayed in a family’s guest bedroom and felt like I was a member of the family. I could not afford to stay in a hotel so this was the most affordable place I could find off of AirBnB.com. This ended up being a “blessing in disguise” because I was able live like a local for a week.  Sadly, I noticed the poverty was prevalent across the island.  As a runner, I became immediately aware of the lack of proper shoes.  I learned that there was not a running specialty store on the island and many are therefore only able buy their shoes at K-Mart, Walmart, or Costco.  This year I wanted to make a positive difference to the island and I thought it would be very beneficial to get the kids on the island in Newton shoes.  If you’ve ever browsed the Newton Running Website, you’d find a global responsibility page that highlights a lot of the great work being done across the world through Newton Running. When I proposed the idea to Newton, they liked the idea to donate shoes to the Kauai youths and I went to work with the Kauai Marathon to organize it.  The Kauai Marathon loved the plan and a few months later we had nearly 100 pairs of sizes for elementary and high school students shipped to Kauai.

    Tyler 1

    This year was the first year the Kauai Marathon added Keiki (kid’s) races.  The toddler trot was for kids up for 4 years old (100m dash), the 4-7 age group will race 1/4 mile and the 8-12 age group will race the 1/2 mile.  The course was planned on a beautiful section of grass next to the Grand Hyatt. We also did a ‘fun run’ on a dirt cane road near the Grand Hyatt.  In addition, Bart Yasso (CRO at Runner’s World), Dean Karnazes (ultramarathon man), Michael Wardian, and myself would be at the expo for presentations and Q&A.  Since the high school runners rarely have the opportunity to learn about running, this was a great opportunity to get the high school kids excited for cross country season. The big goal of the two weeks: get kids inspired to run and live a healthy lifestyle while providing shoes to the kids that need them.

    Tyler 2

    The Kauai Marathon decided to make a $500 donation to the school that brought in the most participants to the Keiki races.  This was publicized and the marathon public relations director Robin Jumper went to work on organizing the elementary schools for me to give a presentation.  I gave presentation to full school assemblies at four elementary schools and ran with three high school cross country teams. The goal was to get the kids excited to run the Keiki races, inform them what running is all about, and to share my experiences traveling across the US and the world. I learned that kids are very brave and love to ask questions.  Some of the questions I received were…

    “What the longest you’ve ever run?”

    “How many medals do you have?”

    “How many race have you won?”

    “Have you ever raced Usain Bolt?”

    When asked if I have ever raced Usain Bolt, my response was “No, but I guarantee that if he shows up on Sunday I can beat him in the marathon!!”

    On Wednesday I had a meeting with the mayor where he was shocked at the generosity.  He said that I was his “braddah” and I was blessed for helping with the kids. He explained how the island is building bike and walking paths to give kids and parents the opportunity to walk or bike to school/work.  He was hopeful that the Kauai Marathon youth program and Newton Running would inspire more kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.  This meeting with the mayor lead to a newspaper article (“Students Score Newtons”) in the Garden Isle that spread the word about the Kauai Marathon Youth Program and Newton shoes donation.

    Tyler 3

    On Saturday morning, the course that race director Bob Craver and I designed, was fortunate to have an impressive 171 kids running around it with their parents and spectators cheering them on! To put that number into perspective, I talked to all schools within a half hour drive and that was about 750 kids less than 13 years old. Some of the kids came from the mainland, but that’s still over 10% of the keiki’s came from local elementary schools! I spent the morning cheering on the kids and taking pictures with them and their parents. It was a fantastic morning and a very successful event. I took so many pictures with families where I had spoke to the kids at the schools. My favorite was the registration form that came back saying they signed up because the daughter heard me speak in school. A picture says a 1,000 words so here are a few gems mostly from Jo Evans of Dakine Images of the event…

    All Keiki races were led by a giant rooster. Yes, he is undefeated (121-0 in fact) in his career leading keiki races.

    Tyler 4 Photo posted by Brennecke’s BeachFront Restaurant after the Keiki Races! http://www.brenneckes.com/
    Tyler 5 JT Service (http://www.soulfocussports.com/), Dean Karnazes and I getting the kids warmed up. JT did a wonderful job getting the kids moving, warmed-up, and excited for the races!
    Tyler 7 One of the proudest moments of my life was reading this…inspiring kids to run and lead a healthy lifestyle is so important.

    When I walked back to my room and laid down after the event, all I could think about was how incredible this event was.  This was by far the most rewarding experience in my life.  Immediately I started thinking… “How can I get more kids to participate?  How do I help more kids have proper footwear?  How do I inspire more kids to run and lead a healthy lifestyle?  How in the world do I properly thank the Kauai Marathon and Newton Running for allowing me to be a part of this incredible experience?  How do I spread the word to other runners about what an amazing family event the Kauai Marathon weekend is? How do we get more high school kids in Kauai to do cross country and participate in the events?

    The next morning was the Kauai Marathon and my turn to run.

    The next morning was the Kauai Marathon and my turn to run.  I woke up at 2:45AM, had breakfast, and was browsing the newspaper to kill time.  I found a 'letter to the editor' from one of the high school coaches who applauded me for being a role model for young kids. At that point I knew that I couldn't lose the race.  After speaking to the kids about setting goals, working hard towards your goal, and then the joy of sharing your success with others, I knew I had to be a living example for them. Two hours, twenty-one minutes, thirty-three seconds, and 26.2 miles later I achieved my goal of winning the race and setting a new course record.  I was motivated by the dozens of handmade signs on the course that said "Go Tyler" and the number of volunteers that cheered me on by name.

    Pomaika'i is the hawaiian word for good fortune/good luck.  When I was doing my last long run on the island before the race a white owl flew in front of me for nearly a mile.  The owl is a symbol of pomaika'i and the white owl is the rarest of all.  Without the fear of sounding cheesy, Newton Running is going to experience a lot of pomaika'i for the generosity this year.  Thank you all for letting me be a part of it!

    Enjoy the photos below…

    Tyler 9 With the Island School XC Team
    Tyler 10 On my way to a new course record at the 2013 Kauai Marathon!


  • Kōkua: Helping Others One Triathlon at a Time

    By Nicole Clark

    Back in February, I heard from my husband, Nick Clark, about the potential for a Newton Running Ambassador Team. Then, I noticed the application on Facebook to apply for the inaugural IRONMAN Foundation Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon team. It took me about a week to finish up the application process and another month until I received an official email stating that I was chosen to be part of the team.

    Being part of this team is quite an honor. We have more than 40 teammates from around North America with one common goal: to give back to the communities in which we are racing. Our team motto is kōkua, which means “extending loving, sacrificial help to others for their benefit, not for personal gain...” This sums up exactly what our team is all about. I wanted to be part of a team that wasn't focused on PR’s, splits and power, although that is perfectly fine, I felt like this team was going to be more than just that.  I love training, racing and being at different venues, but raising money for the different charities and community outreach programs for select IRONMAN races has been an amazing experience to be part of.


    I am fortunate enough to live in a great community. I have amazing friends and family all over the country who have supported this experience. I reached out to a local restaurant in Louisville, Colorado, Lucky Pie, where they support fundraising events. They were kind enough to allow me to host a silent auction social. We had wonderful local business who donated for the event, ranging from teeth whitening, local triathlon shop packages, to autographed Craig Alexander Newton Running visors. We also had representation from Newton Running, Ironman and IMF teammates.

    The monies raised by my teammates and I will go to local Henderson charities served by the IRONMAN Foundation at the IRONMAN World Championship 70.3: Coronado High School Band, Coronado High School, Clark County School District, Foothills High School, Student Council Getting 2 Tri Foundation, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, Green Valley C.H.A.N.C.E., Green Valley Women’s Basketball, Green Valley Wrestling, Greenspun Junior High, Henderson Lacrosse Club, James Gibson Elementary, Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation, Pinecrest Academy, SECTA Student Organization of Latinos and Somerset Academy of Las Vegas.

    I qualified back in September 2012 at Branson 70.3 for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships 2013.  What a great set up for the year ahead. This made fun planning for upcoming races. Leading up to Vegas, I raced the Boulder Tri Series and Kansas 70.3. I had the opportunity to race Vegas two years ago, while living in Florida. Now that I live in Colorado, with the ability to train at altitude and really knowing how to ride hills while also having the advantage of knowing what the course is like, I feel like I am a little more seasoned and prepared for a great race. I’m really looking forward to having fun, enjoying the weekend with family and friends coming to support me and meeting new teammates at our charity project.

    Ironman 70.3 World Championships donation page
    Nicole Clark’s Blog
    IRONMAN Foundation Newton Running Ambassador Triathlon Team
  • Training with KPeasey

    By Kyle Pease

    Brent and Kyle Pease are a team of brothers from Atlanta Georgia who compete together in athletic competitions — despite the fact that Kyle is relegated to a wheelchair, the result of Cerebral Palsy at birth. Brent, his older brother, pushes, pedals and paddles Kyle in 5k's, 10k's, marathons and triathlons to encourage those who witness their efforts that anything is possible. Through their foundation, The Kyle Pease Foundation, the duo raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports.  


    The following is from Kyle Pease’s blog: Where There is a Wheel There’s a Way:

    I’ve been finding it difficult to fall asleep at night knowing that everything that Brent and I have been working toward is just around the corner. Up until this point, the greatest moment of our running career occurred recently at the Peachtree 10K, where we became the first assisted pair in the long history of the race to compete. It doesn’t get any better than the local crowds cheering our names as we traveled 6.2 miles through the familiar streets of our hometown Atlanta…or does it?

    Now, just two months later, Brent and I will make Pease history as we try to have the word “Ironman” etched next to our names. For this, we will cover 140.6 miles through the water and roadways of rural Madison, Wisconsin — 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles on the bike, and finishing with the 26.2 mile marathon. Our goal is to break the 17-hour mark, which of course would make us forever IRONMEN. But even though Brent and I are hoping for a time between 14 and 16 hours, I’ll be honest anything this side of 16:59:59 is good enough. But that one second, is the second that differentiates an Ironman from a couple of guys who competed to truly becoming Ironmen.


    Now, as strange as some people find it, I have been training harder than I ever have in my life. Many people think that I have the easy part. Although Brent may agree with them while he’s paddling, pedaling and pushing me for 140.6 miles, it is important for me to be prepared for this, too. I have never sat on a bike for nearly nine hours and the average human body is not likely to fare well without proper preparation. Brent and I are training far longer and more often than we normally do in order to get both of our bodies used to the many miles and hours out on the course. I’ve been eating better than I normally do and have been trying to increase my liquid intake. I’m struggling a bit there, as I don’t really enjoy drinking water, but it’s very important to stay hydrated. It would be a shame if Brent was up to the task, but I wasn’t. It’s important to me to not let my brother and my teammate down.

    My trainer, Matthew Rose, (yes I have a trainer) tells me to visualize the shoot. The thought of 45,000 screaming fans lining the shoot at the end of the race is something I just can’t imagine, despite his efforts to help me mentally imagine what it will be like. That is the golden carrot hanging just in front of me that will motivate and inspire me and subsequently inspire Brent to the finish line.

    Yet, there’s one very important thing for my readers and our fans to remember, becoming an Ironman is not and never will be for or about Brent and me. It’s about our Foundation and the people who we are hoping to inspire: People who see what we are about to accomplish and believe that anything is possible through our efforts.

    We are very proud of the Kyle Pease Foundation and take great pleasure in seeing the looks on the faces of the athletes who compete with us. It is exciting to know that through the efforts of a few, we have impacted the lives of many. Although Brent and I will be thrilled to wear the Ironman medal around our necks on the evening of September 8th, we really know that the medal symbolically hangs from the necks of all those friends, fans, athletes and sponsors of the Kyle Pease Foundation. We know that through their continued inspiration and efforts that the only thing that will not be humanly possible is finishing in a second more than 16:59:59. Off to Wisconsin!


  • Race Roundup: Downhill Mile, Dawg Days XTERRA, Ironman Austria

    The Downhill Mile

    A few weeks after racing in Western Africa, Roberto Mandje placed second at The Downhill Mile road race in Superior, Colorado, on July 4th.

    "I figured it'd be fun to race such a short
    distance," says Mandje, who clocked 4:10 on the fast course. "I would've liked to run quicker,
    but with zero speed work and barely a week after returning from Africa, I'll take it. I always enjoy racing  and supporting local races."


    Colbert Tops Women's Field at the Dawg Days XTERRA

    After breaking her foot during the run leg of the Dawg Days XTERRA offroad triathlon a few years ago, Lucia Colbert, 54, was thrilled to find herself leading the women's field at this year's race, held on June 25th in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    She rocked the 0.5-mile swim, 12-mile mountain bike and 4-mile trail run with a total time of 2:06:00 and the overall women's victory.

    "I didn’t have my best day because of a sore hamstring, but ended up winning by staying steady," says Colbert. "I wore my Lady Issac Guidance Trainers to protect my toes from all the rocks. In fact, the men's overall winner also broke his toe on the run!"

    Find full results here: http://xterraplanet.com/races/view_results.cfm?race_id=1222

    Awesome at Ironman Austria


    "There’s nothing quite like the “Big Show” of Ironman Austria," says Newton Running athlete Meredith Dolhare. "They’ve been doing this event for a long time, and have it down right. The swim was beautiful, the bike was one of my favorite courses ever, and the run can be super fast. Spectator and volunteer support are second to none for a European race."

    Dolhare had a great race in Klagenfurt, Austria, on July 1, especially considering that she had completed Ironman France just one week earlier. Her time of 11:35:22 placed her 26th in her age group.

    "I went faster in all three disciplines, and my legs held up pretty well," says says. "I was very surprised to have ridden so well, however, I wish I could have carried that into the run. Incredibly enough, the top-five women in my age group went under 10 hours. Last year, my time would have been ninth, so I am kind of shocked at the placement."

  • Race Roundup: Patriot Half, Eagleman and Mooseman 70.3

    Wendy Mader's Report from the Boulder Sunrise and Kansas 70.3 Triathlon

    "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.

  • Race Roundup: Britton Memorial Tri, Rev3 Quassy 70.3

    Smith Fourth at Buster Britton Memorial Sprint Tri

    Newton Running athlete Neal Smith placed fourth in his age group at the Buster Briton Memorial Triathlon in Pelham, Alabama on June 11.

    The 25-year-old sprint-distance triathlon took place at the beautiful Oak Mountain State Park and is one of the longest running triathlons in Alabama. The race honors the life of Buster Britton--one of the Birmingham area's original triathletes that lost his life in a fun run after completing the Hawaii Ironman only a short time earlier.

    "Despite an extremely hilly course and high temperatures, I bettered my time from last year by over 8 minutes," says Smith, who finished 29th overall with a time of 1:05:53. "I improved most significantly on the run thanks to my Newton Light Weight Distance Trainers!"

    Revved Up at Rev3 70.3

    The Rev3 Quassy 70.3 Triathlon boasts an amazing venue with an extremely hilly bike course and very challenging (though beautiful) run in Middlebury, CT.

    At the June 4th event, Andrew Salmon placed 15th in his age group (63rd overall) against a very competitive field.

    "My day went well despite not having the greatest swim," says Salmon. "I rode the bike smart hoping to put a solid run up on the board. Thankfully proper pacing on the bike allowed me a to post a top-nine run for my age group of 1 hour 23 minutes."

    Josh Gelman, television producer for 48 Hours, also competed at Rev3 Quassy, is pictured here wearing the Gravity Neutral Performance Trainers.

    Another Hot Day at Eagleman 70.3

    Newton Running athlete Chad Holderbaum raced at the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon in Cambridge, Maryland last weekend, his sixth time at the half-Ironman event.

    As always, the heat is a challenge and it is a great course gearing up for Kona," says Holderbaum. "The day went really well for me and I had a personal best by 11 minutes on the course. I really pushed 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!

    Holderbaum finished 9th amateur overall and 5th in the 30-34 age group with a time of 4:17.

  • Race Roundup: XTERRA Moab, Teva Mountain Games and More!

    MORF in Moab

    Team MORF was back at the races last weekend, with Debby Sullivan placing 9th women (first in her age group) at the XTERRA Moab triathlon in Utah.

    "The race went well for the most part," says Sullivan. "It has been really hard to mountain bike much or spend time time running on trails since they are all still covered in snow up here in the Colorado mountains.

    The swim started out in Ken's Lake and it was cold!  I got in the water extra early to adjust, which helped me tremendously. The swim went smoothly and I felt good during most of the mountain bike. The course was very technical but I was had fun and pushed hard on the out-and-back Steelbender Trail.

    At the bike turnaround I was in fourth place, but the return trip I did not go as smoothly. I held strong despite not being at my full strength due to an injury to a month-old ankle injury, but continued to do well during the run until I rolled my ankle and hobbled the last 2.5 miles to the finish."

    Read more about Debby's race on her blog, dsulli.blogspot.com and an article about the race on Sky Hi Daily News.

    Jeremy Freed Second at Teva Mountain Games 10K

    Less than a week after winning the citizen's division at the Bolder Boulder 10K, Newton Running's Jeremy Freed placed second against a stacked field at the Teva Mountain Games Spring Runoff 10K trail race in Vail, Colorado. Freed, wearing the MV2 Speed Racer on muddy and partially snow-covered trails, battled against national trail-running champion Max King before King pulled ahead for the win in 41:30. Freed finished just 10 seconds back.

    Check out this article for a race recap and photos on Examiner.com.

    Roberto Mandje Third in Half Marathon Despite Run-In with Taxi

    Newton Running's Roberto Manje completed the toughest race of his career last weekend in West Africa, finishing third in the long half-marathon course with a time of 1:12:50, despite being hit by a car mid-race.

    "The race started at 10:30 a.m. instead of the scheduled 8:00, by which time the 90+ degree heat combined with 95% humidity was brutal," says Manje. "On top of all that, the race was 23.5K (instead of the usual 21.1K half-marathon distance.) But the toughest challenge was getting nicked in the hand and side by a taxi. YES! The race organizers didn't even close the roads so cars zoomed by the whole way. When the taxi hit me, I fell down momentarily passed out before getting up and finishing the race. I'm happy to be alive and survive all the carnage to finish third!"

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