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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: November 13

By USA Triathlon | Nov. 13, 2017, 6:52 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Aquabike and Long Course Triathlon National Championships

More than 40 age-group champions were crowned on Sunday at the USA Triathlon Aquabike and Long Course Triathlon National Championships in Miami, marking the last stop of the 2017 USA Triathlon National Championships calendar.

The event was held in conjunction with the Miami Man Triathlon organized by MultiRace. The aquabike featured a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike, while the long-course triathlon featured the same distances on the swim and bike with the addition of a 13.1-mile run.

Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn., F35-39) earned her third consecutive overall long-course triathlon national title, breaking the tape as the leading woman with a time of 4 hours, 50 minutes, 49 seconds. Luis Pou (Longwood, Fla., M40-44) was the men’s overall long course triathlon champion, clocking in at 4:27:01. In the Aquabike National Championships, Adam Voss (M25-29) claimed the men’s overall crown in 2:44:19, while Karin Biskovich (F40-44) took the women’s overall title in 3:00:53.

Done! I love that Aquabike is becoming more popular and competitive. What a race venue here in Miami! #miamiman

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Yessss! I finally completed a 70.3!!! 😃 I’ve had the wish to complete one of these for many years - years being drawn towards it but never seeming to be able to put it all together. Life happens, and my reactions to it resulted in not being able to maintain any real consistency with training. Removing alcohol from my life five years ago definitely helped make the dream more realistic, but I was still unable to check this off the bucket list, as my “tomorrow I’m going to start” habit remained very present. I wanted to complete one, but never put a real plan in place. I told myself this time around I was going to buy a training plan online and stick to it, or I was never signing up for one again. Fast forward - I would say old habits die hard, but I followed it pretty dang close! Progress, not perfection? 😉I’d give myself a B- 🤓. Felt pretty great to see the gains that happen with consistency! That one big workout (or anything) a week will not give the results that daily, smaller goals strung together will - need the “build”! ...140.6...? 😏

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Race report-ish.... First things first - qualified for a second event for Team USA! I was nervous about that because 3 of the 4 fastest US women in Aquabike (based on USAT Rankings) are in my age group (exhibit A: one was first place female and 11th overall today!) Now the weather worries from yesterday: Well, the weatherman was mostly wrong... but he got the wind right! Absolutely beautiful day, save the 20-25 mph winds that made for what looks to be lots of DNFs and some folks walking around the finish area with some gnarly new road rash! I was able to hold over 20 mph average for the first 22 miles and then just under 20 mph average by mile 37, but by mile 56, after a 13 mile return that had me pushing high sustained watts (for me) at the highest cadence I could against a wall of headwind mixed in with stretches of crosswind, I finished at an average of 18.1 mph (includes the run out of and back into transition). Goal was over 20 mph average, but grateful to not have had the thunderstorms they were calling for! Side note: I was within 27 seconds of the two ladies ahead of me in my age group - this keeps happening to me. Must shave at least 30 seconds in all races from now on! 😂 The swim has a run out of the water and back in for the second lap included, so it’s hard to compare to a continuous swim of the same distance, but I’m happy enough with my time and the water was crisp and clear, so all in all a great day! As always, a top notch event by Multirace! Now to enjoy vacation with the fam and re-taper for next Sunday! . . . . . . #racereport #thinkstrong #awkwardflexingphoto #headsweats #keepacoolhead #miamimantriathlon #tifosioptics #justkeepswimming #wearemultirace #racehappy #miami #mackcycle #swimbikerun #multisport #fortemultisport #aquabikenationals #usataquabike #swimbikedone #halfiron #swimbikerunworld #tricommunity #athlete #garmin #tritraining #findfaster #triathlon #teamrwb

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Fully finished up triathlon season at the USAT amateur Long Course National Championship. I had the good fortune to have the support of some old friends from high school at the race before returning home to the support that’s been there for me all along. The race went well despite an odd series of mishaps (possibly arising from getting bib 666?!). I finished 3rd overall behind 2 pros who entered the race, making me the US long course amateur national champion. Not all the nation’s best talent was at this race, so the title is a little bit hollow, but national champion or not getting to share a podium with Kona bike course record holder @cjwurf was pretty awesome (great guy too). I should have a race report up soon, and then this triathlon season will be a wrap! . . . #triathlon #swimbikerun #miamiman #usatlctri #usatlcnats #nationalchampionship #teamemj #friends #family

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For complete results from the USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship, click here. For complete Long Course Triathlon National Championship results, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos

Two American men reached the podium at IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos in Mexico on Sunday, as Matt Chrabot (Boulder, Colo.) and Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.) took second and third respectively. New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone claimed the victory, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3 hours, 45 minutes, 34 seconds. Chrabot crossed the line in 3:49:25, and Collington clocked in at 3:51:03. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) was just outside the top three, taking fourth with a time of 3:51:43.

In the women’s pro race, Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) was the top American in fifth place. South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour won in 4:18:23, followed by Canada’s Angela Naeth in second (4:18:36) and Australia’s Carrie Lester in third (4:21:20). Rachel McBride, also of Canada, claimed fourth in 4:22:50, and Jerdonek rounded out the top five in 4:25:54.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen

U.S. athletes earned four top-five finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen in China on Sunday. Justin Metzler (Boulder, Colo.) led the American effort in the men’s pro race, taking second place. Metzler covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3 hours, 53 minutes, 45 seconds. He was less than five minutes back from the winner, Sam Betten of Austria, who broke the tape in 3:49:18. Jonathan Shearon (Tucson, Ariz.) also raced to a top-three finish, crossing the line with a time of 3:55:01.

Haley Chura (Bozeman, Mont.) led the American women with a third-place finish, covering the course in 4:13:10. Ireland’s Eimear Mullan was the winner in 4:09:55, and Switzerland’s Imogen Simmonds claimed the runner-up sport in 4:10:01. Sarah Cameto (Walnut Creek, Calif.) also raced well, finishing fourth in 4:24:13.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen, visit