The Island House Triathlon
Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) was victorious in the men’s race at the Island House Triathlon in Highbourne Cay, Bahamas, over the weekend, while Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) took second in the women’s race. The Island House Tri is a unique format, with three stages taking place over two days. Friday’s racing features a super sprint individual time trial (7-kilometer bike, 2-kilometer run, 200-meter swim) followed by a sprint enduro (2k run, 375m swim, 10k bike, 2k run, 375m swim, 10k bike, 1k run). The third and final stage on Saturday was a sprint pursuit, featuring a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.
Kanute covered the three stages in a total time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 53.1 seconds, edging New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone by just 0.4 seconds to take the win. South Africa’s Henri Schoeman was third in 2:06:20.2. Other U.S. finishers included Cam Dye (Boulder, Colo., 6th), Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo., 10th), Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore., 12th) and Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo., 14th).
In the women’s race, Flora Duffy of Bermuda claimed the win with a time of 2:17:39. Zaferes was just over a minute back from Duffy to take second in 2:18:53, and Holly Lawrence of Wales rounded out the top-three in 2:20:55. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) was just 17 seconds off the podium, taking fourth in 2:21:12. Also racing for the U.S. were Sarah True (Hanover, N.H., 7th), Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla., 10th), and Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo., 15th).
Hard to believe I just won @islandhousetri! Had to really dig for the win! @terenzo1 you are an animal and pushed me farther than I thought I could go! Congrats on a stellar performance! Congrats to all the racer out there. Can't quite find the words right now, but this win means so much. Thanks to all who put on the race, and those who support me. #paininparadise #timetofly #TeamTYR #showyourstripes #nyac #dowork #allout As always @tzaferes capturing the perfect moment.
It’s really difficult to describe how special this race is. It’s hosted on a beautiful private island, with a unique tough race format and a great prize purse. However it’s the people who pour their hearts, souls and time into making this event possible that make it stand out to me. The fact that the people working on the island are so welcoming and friendly and take such good care of us while we are here! It’s being able to be in a race situation while also having a good time with my competitors. Racing hard against one another in the race but filling every moment outside the competition enjoying one another’s company and camaraderie from before the start to as soon as the line is crossed. So really I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes @islandhousetri possible, because it is such an amazing experience where great times are had while making memories that will last! #paininparadise 📸: @tzaferes
Running towards the end of my 2017 season and grateful for all that helped me get there. Thank you to my sponsors, coach @multisportbrain, @usatriathlon, and family and friends for such a good year. It was a year of the 4️⃣th place😄 4th Rotterdam World Championships 4th overall in the @worldtriathlon series 4th @superleaguetriathlon 4th @islandhousetri Time to enjoy some down time, but know I will be back training soon to get out of that 4th place spot and on that podium! 📸: @tzaferes
Happy to have been a part of another amazing @islandhousetri This race embodies all the things I love about triathlon and racing with the crazy format and fantastic group of athletes! Gotta say a huge thank you to @markholowe for making this race a reality and to @lukemckenzie and @bethgmckenzie and crew for putting on such a seamless production. It’s an honor to be amongst such a quality field. Now it’s time to give the body and mind a break, have a few 🥃 and spend some time with the family. 2017 was a good year of racing and here’s to 2018! Thanks to @tzaferes and @talbotcox for the baller 📷
After wrapping up @islandhousetri, I’m too tired to write a witty caption. Found my legs for stage 3 and ended up 7th at this incredible event. A huge thanks to Luke, Beth, Jordan, Mark & everyone who put in the hard work to make this such an special experience. Now time to relax and enjoy the off-season! 📷: @tzaferes #paininparadise #bahamas #triathlon #offseason
I am absolutely thrilled with my 10th place finish at @islandhousetri this weekend. The field was stacked and I knew it was going to be hard to achieve my goal of finishing top 10 and it was. I dug deep and am so proud of my races. Massive thank you to @markholowe and @lukemckenzie & the entire race organization for making this event possible. #paininparadise #highbournecay 📷 @talbotcox @tzaferes
@islandhousetri is over and it was an amazing experience on such a beautiful island with a ton of very strong athletes.. pretty happy to stay in the Top10 and battle it out with legends throughout the stages. A big thank you to @lukemckenzie @bethgmckenzie @markholowe for the invite and for organizing everything so nicely Pic: @tzaferes
2017 racing is done. Not on the high note I was working for, but zero complaints at this incredible event. Just an experience that will serve as a catalyst for change. This whole season has been turned out to be a lesson and an opportunity for reflection. Here’s to some time off and to planning 2018. Thanks to all my sponsors for their support, and to all the people who have helped me in some way this year. There are too many to count, but none have gone un-appreciated and I feel so grateful to be a part of this family. #triathlon
For complete results from The Island House Triathlon, visit islandhousetriathlon.com.
Five U.S. women and three U.S. men earned top-10 finishes in the professional field at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe on Sunday. Sarah Piampiano (San Francisco, Calif.) led the American effort in fifth, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9:09:10. Also placing in the top-10 were Katy Evans (Lakewood, Colo., 6th), Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas, 7th), Natasha Van Der Merwe (Austin, Texas, 9th) and Erin Green (Boise, Idaho, 10th). The top three overall were Kaisa Sali of Finland (8:51:54), Helle Frederiksen of Denmark (8:55:35) and Jen Annett of Canada (8:59:27).
In the men’s pro race, Jonathan Shearon (Tucson, Ariz.) was the top American in sixth with a time of 8:26:19. Also placing in the top-10 were Jesse Vondracek (Ticson, Ariz., 7th) and Jim Lubinski (Los Angeles, Calif., 10th). Canada’s Lionel Sanders took the win in 7:54:10, followed by Brent McMahon of Canada (8:07:40) and Jeremy Jurkiewicz of France (8:15:22).
Several amateur athletes also earned top-10 overall times, outracing several athletes in the professional fields. Representing the men’s 30-34 age group, Clay Emge (Tyler, Texas) earned a ninth-place finish for all men, including pros, in 8:43:55. On the women’s side, Jessica Jones (Baton Rouge, La., F30-34) was 10th overall in 9:42:56; Emily Lanter (Clayton, Mo., F35-59) was 11th in 9:45:20; Christine Hoffman (Tucson, Ariz., F30-34) was 12th in 9:45:48; and Jacqui Giuliano (Oakwood Hills, Ill., F30-34) was 13th in 9:46:40.
5th today at @ironmantri #IMAZ. Not my best or my worst but definitely one of the most painful Ironman races I have ever done - that run chewed me up and spit me out! Huge huge huge congrats to @kaisa.sali on the win, @helletri on an amazing debut Ironman (you were SO great!) and @annett_jen on a stunning bike ride and new bike course record! Thanks for inspiring me to work harder ladies! Massive thank you too to my incredible Fiancé (🤗🤗🤗) and @grandpachamp for their support all day and to my absolutely amazing sponsors: @saucony @clifbar @cervelocycles @rideshimano @zone3us @sosrehydrate @haloneuroscience @cercacor @rudyprojectna @bearmattress @cycleops @velofix @theolympicclub @velofixbayarea @polarusa @polarglobal @bohemewines @purplepatchfitness Now - time to do some serious recovery - I have @ironmantri #IMArgentina in 2 weeks! Thank you @must.always.look.up for the 📷😘😘👍👍 . . . . #ironman #racing #triathlon #140point6 #cervelo #p5 #simplyfaster #rudyprojectna #shimano #clifbar #feedyouradventure #ineedsos #racezone3
6th place for me at IM Arizona today. I was aiming for the podium but today was not going to be that day! Somehow even though I got all of my nutrition in on time on the bike, about 1 1/2 hours in I started bonking really bad(very low energy and dizzy). I compensated and the last hour I felt a lot better but the damage was done. Besides that the bike was VERY windy which made a bad situation even worse. Anyway, no mistakes on my end and I felt good in the water as well as the run(relatively speaking). Time for some rest then a big build starting in Dec for IM South Africa which is in April. Swim-53 mins Bike-4:31 Run-2:57. Overall 8:26
IM Arizona did not disappoint today - I experienced a range of emotions including getting my breath taken away by how cold the water was, flying back into town at the end of each lap on the bike, going into a very dark place at times during the run, and finally being overcome with joy to see my family at the finish! None of this would be possible without the support of @emjtriteam and all of our wonderful sponsors - @everymanjack @feltbicycles @envecomposites @bocogear @garneau @lululemon and @cobb_cycling to name a few!
For complete results from IRONMAN Arizona, visit IRONMAN.com.
Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Robin Pomeroy (Madison, Wis.) led all U.S. athletes with a fifth-place finish at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon in Thalang, Thailand, on Sunday. Pomeroy covered the 1.8k swim, 50k bike and 12k run in 2:52:51. The victory went to New Zealand’s Amelia Rose Watkinson in 2:35:01, followed by Great Britain’s Imogen Simmonds in 2:41:47, the Netherlands’ Yvonne Van Vlerken in 2:45:24, and Australia’s Kate Bevilaqua in 2:52:08.
In the men’s race, the top five were Germany’s Michael Raelert in 2:19:32, France’s Antony Costes in 2:20:29, Australia’s Mitchell Robins in 2:23:06, Italy’s Alberto Casadei in 2:23:58, and Brazil’s Fernando Toldi in 2:26:43.
Two-time ITU world champion and 1995 IRONMAN world champion Karen Smyers (Lincoln, Mass.) raced in the amateur field, winning the women’s 55-59 age group with a time of 3:21:25. Smyers was the 16th overall female, including pros.
Such a fun race 2day @LagunaPhuketTri. I really enjoyed just being out there racing on the swim and bike. Run was a sufferest in the heat! Hopefully I get acclimated by next Sun. 😎 #triathlon #mdwsports #phuket— Robin Pomeroy (@robin_pomeroy) November 19, 2017
For complete results from the Laguna Phuket Triathlon, visit lagunaphukettri.com.