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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 22

By Caryn Maconi | May 22, 2017, 3:02 p.m. (ET)

Major League Triathlon Charlotte

Major League Triathlon, the first and only professional triathlon league in the United States, held its first race of the season on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each Major League Triathlon team features two men and two women. Teams compete in a super-sprint mixed team relay format, with each athlete completing a 300-meter swim, 4-mile bike and 1-mile run before tagging off to the next teammate.

The Cleveland Rock ‘N Roll, represented by Sarah Alexander, AJ Baucco, Lindsey Jerdonek and Kevin McDowell, took the win at the season opener in Charlotte. The Colorado Peaks, represented by Paula Findlay, John O’Neill, Brittany Warly and Alex Libin, took second. The Sarasota Sun, represented by Kaitlin Donner, Rudy Von Berg, Jillian Petersen and Michael Arishita, rounded out the podium in third. The next MLT race takes place in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 3.


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IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga

It was a U.S. podium sweep for the pro women at IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga on Sunday, with Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.), two-time Olympian Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) and Jackie Hering (Mazomanie, Wisc.) taking first through third place, respectively. Jackson finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course in4 hours, 15 minutes, 20 seconds. True, who was racing her first 70.3 since 2009, was just over two minutes behind in 4:17:25, while Hering followed in 4:18:18.

Americans Matthew Russell (Sarasota, Fla.) and Adam Otstot (Williamsburg, Va.) went 1-2 in the men’s pro race, sharing the podium with Canadian Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches in third. All three men finished within two minutes of each other, with Russell leading the field in 3:37:35, Otstot following in 3:58:43 and Jolicoeur Desroches recording a 3:59:16.

For full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, visit

IRONMAN Lanzarote

Jesse Thomas (Bend, Ore.) represented at IRONMAN Lanzarote in Canarias, Spain, on Saturday, taking third in the men’s pro field. Thomas covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run course in 8:49:02. He shared the podium with race winner Bart Aernouts of Belgium (8:34:13) and Alessandro Degasperi of Italy (8:43:23). In the women’s pro race, Kelly Finlow was the top American finisher in eighth with a time of 10:56:28.

Visited some dark, dark places today at IM Lanzarote. I've never gone through such a spectrum of emotion in a race - from optimistic to flat out never wanting to do this again, and all that's between. . After a solid swim, I was sluggish starting the bike. This is semi normal so I kept an open mind and let myself build into it. But it became obvious as the ride went on that I would struggle between what I "believed I should be able to do" and what I "could actually do" on the day. I had stretches of good riding, but was eventually forced to back off expectation, "regroup", and hope for a charge on the run. . The first 12 miles felt great. I clicked off target pace with relative comfort, thinking I'd have the best marathon of my life while moving into second place. But over the next 5 miles, it was clear something was wrong as my stomach turned and my pace slid from 6:15 to 7:00/mile. I was passed, unable to muster any response. Oh how I wanted the run to end as we started to the second loop at 18 miles. I was in pain. . But I still had 5+ minutes on 4th, and tried to stay excited, thinking if I just ran 7:15's, I would probably hold on to a podium. What followed instead was a 7:20, 7:29, 8:03, and a 9:11 - where I flat out stopped at an aid station, forcing myself to walk, eat and drink as much as possible. Whatever I did worked, as just 5-10 minutes later, with 4 miles to go, the gap down to 1:30, my energy returned like a light switch. My stride opened up and I averaged 6:25's back home, feeling strong hanging on to 3rd. . It's easy to see mistakes in hindsight, in the moment it's a dark cloud of negativity, doubt, and bewilderment. That's racing, and it all plays a part in your performance and result. While I feel like I underperformed my training on the day (and given how well Bart and Alessandro raced it might not matter) I have to be happy with my result, given that I kept at it through sweat, pain, doubt, and in full honesty, a few tears. . Thanks to my family, coach, sponsors, and you all for the support. Having a story to tell makes it worth it. Happy to have survived another of these crazy freaking races. . Pic from Ironman

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For full results from IRONMAN Lanzarote, visit

XTERRA Oak Mountain Championship

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) took the win at the XTERRA Oak Mountain Championship in Pelham, Alabama, on Saturday. Middaugh covered the 1.5k swim, 30k mountain bike, 10k trail run course in 2:25:23. Runner-up Karsten Madsen of Canada finished less than a minute back in 2:26:04, while Mexico’s Francisco Serrano completed the podium in 2:26:52. Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.) was the top female and 14th overall finisher in 2:45:29. She was followed by Lesley Paterson (San Diego, Calif.) in 2:51:36, and Julie Baker (Sonora, Calif.) in 2:54:42.

The race served as a qualifier for the 2017 XTERRA World Championships, a gold level XTERRA Pan American Tour stop and a 100-point level XTERRA America Tour championship race.


For full results from the XTERRA Oak Mountain Championship, visit

Ixtapa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup

Michelle Mehnert led all Americans in the women’s elite race at the Ixtapa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Mexico on Saturday, finishing 12th. Mehnert covered the 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run course in a time of 1:08:18, recording the fastest swim split of all finishers with a 10:32. Cecilia Gabriela Perez Flores of Mexico took the win (1:04:03), sharing the podium with compatriot Vanesa De La Torre (1:04:33) and Diana Castilla of Colombia (1:04:42).

Andrew Roos and Jack Calhoun represented the U.S. in the men’s elite race, placing 34th and 41st respectively. Roos covered the course in 1:00:07, and Calhoun was close behind in 1:00:43. It was a Mexican podium sweep, with Cesar Saracho (56:36), David Mendoza (56:37) and Irving Perez (56:39) taking the top three spots.

For full results from the Ixtapa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit

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