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.
For more information about Major League Triathlon, visit majorleaguetri.com.
I had a blast racing my first @majorleaguetri race this past weekend! It is such a unique format and one of a kind. Truly felt like a breath of fresh air, compared to the standard races we typically do. Nice to get to know all of the amazing competitors in the #MLT32 this year. This was the closest feeling I had to racing with my college team @cutriteam , which I truly miss; I feel very fortunate to have been given this opportunity and to experience the positive camaraderie among all the athletes. Many takeaways and lessons learned this weekend and I'm excited for the upcoming races! #ColoradoPeaks #growthmindset
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.
Yayyyy! So happy😀Can't thank race directors,volunteers+spectators enough! ❤this town and race! Thanks to all for the support !!!! xo pic.twitter.com/4rv2xNoaeN— Heather Jackson (@hjacksonracing) May 21, 2017
I may not have won Chattanooga 70.3, but I won the champagne bottle opening contest. Small victories! One of the things that I love about this sport is that there are always new challenges. I have a lot to learn about time trialing, 70.3 pacing, nutrition and long course chafing, but I genuinely enjoyed stepping outside of my comfort zone. Congrats to fellow NH-ite @hjacksonracing for the win, @jackietrigirl for her 1st 70.3 podium and to everyone else who competed. A huge thanks to the awesome volunteers and everyone who cheered, especially the @wearedynamo team. I couldn't have gotten through the last couple of miles without the support.
For full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, visit IRONMAN.com.
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
For full results from IRONMAN Lanzarote, visit IRONMAN.com.
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 xterraplanet.com.
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.
If you don't love racing in Triathlon in Mexico, you probably don't love racing 🇲🇽 ... Don't know my time or place yet, but happy to be out enjoying the day. So much local support- rough seas, hills, & heat- loved every minute ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... #swimbikerun #triathlon #ituixtapa #triathlete #mexico #triathlonmexico
For full results from the Ixtapa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.