Weekend Notebook: October 1

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 01, 2018, 1:57 p.m. (ET)

RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey

A weekend of racing at Super League Triathlon Jersey was anything but ordinary, except for one thing: Katie Zaferes was standing on the podium. In one of the more unique formats you’ll find in triathlon, Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) won the overall women’s title over the weekend and is now at the top of the Super League Triathlon leaderboard with 46 points. Day 1 of competition on Saturday in St. Heller, Jersey, featured the Triple Mix race — an event that includes three stages of swim-bike-run (300-meter swim, 5-kilometer bike, 2-kilometer run) in an order that shuffles after every stage. The ultra-competitive rules mandate that any athlete who falls 90 seconds behind is eliminated from competition. Zaferes took second place to set herself up for an even more successful Day 2.

The second day of competition featured the Enduro race — three stages of swim-bike-run (300m swim, 5k bike, 1.6k run). This time, Zaferes was the first to break the tape on the women’s side in 1 hour, 37 seconds. Fellow U.S. athlete Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) wasn’t too far behind, taking second in the event with a time of 1:00:51 to finish third overall on the weekend with 37 points. France’s Cassandre Beaugrand took third in the Women’s Enduro (1:01:27) to place second overall. Summer Cook crossed the line fifth in the women’s Enduro race on her way to a fifth-place finish overall.

On the men’s side, Vincent Luis of France won both events on the way to being crowned Super League Jersey Champion and jumping to the top of the leaderboard with 50 points. South Africa’s Henri Schoeman took second overall (42 points), while Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt rounded out the top three on the weekend with 34 points. Ben Kanute was the top American finisher, placing ninth overall on the weekend.

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Happy to finish on the podium after @superleaguetriathlon Day 1: The Triple Mix! Picture two shows how I felt about my first two stages but able to put together a solid final stage! I did indeed get mixed up a couple times in the Triple Mix. One of those times being when I accidentally started running towards the mount line with my bike and run shoes still on. ๐Ÿ™ŠLuckily @tzaferes yelled at me so I was able to correct that error. Any who onwards now! Looking forward (kind of) to another day of hard racing where not only are they taking away our breaks but also eliminating two people from each leg of the race! Tomorrow is S-B-R x 3 non stop so 18 will be eliminated throughout! โ˜ ๏ธ . Remember, link in bio to catch us live tomorrow! Same time, same place! #IAMSUPERLEAGUE #IAMKATIEZAFERES #theislandbreak . ๐Ÿ“ธ: @thatcameraman

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Stoked to come away with the stage win in the Enduro to take the overall win for the weekend! Today was a good day to feel strong and I was very happy with how I raced. After feeling a bit scatterbrained yesterday I not only did my best to physically recover but also mentally prepare for what was to come today. . Jersey has been such a special place to race. I am so driven by the amount of people who make this event possible for us from the race organizers to the sponsors and of course the community! Thank you so much for giving us the warmest welcome and the most fantastic venue! It was such a stellar start to the series! #IAMSUPERLEAGUE #IAMKATIEZAFERES #theislandbreak ๐Ÿ“ธ: @thatcameraman

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For complete results from the Super League Jersey Triathlon, go to superleaguetriathlon.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel

Elite U.S. triathletes were also in action in IRONMAN races around the globe this weekend. In Mexico, two American women finished in the top eight at IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel. Christen Brown (Longmont, Colo.) crossed the finish line in fifth in a time of 4:31:41 on the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course. Laurel Wassner (New York, New York) took eighth in 4:52:08.

Australia’s Ellie Salthouse (4:15:12) won the race, while Ivory Coast’s Svenja Thoes (4:16:44) and Canada’s Angela Naeth (4:25:12) rounded out the podium.

In the men’s race, Austria’s Michael Weiss broke the tape with a winning time of 3:47:14, while Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield took second in 3:49:25. Mexico’s Alan Carrillo Avila placed third in his home country with a time of 3:52:33.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel, visit ironman.com.

IRONMAN Chattanooga

Meanwhile in Chattanooga, Tennessee, six American men placed in the top 10 at IRONMAN Chattanooga. Matt Russell (Sarasota, Fla.) represented the red, white and blue on the podium with a silver-medal finish, completing the race with a time of 7:21:55. The 2.4-mile swim was canceled due to torrential rains, so competitors raced a 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile run course. Canada’s Cody Beals won the race in a time of 7:10:22. Estonia’s Kirill Kostegarov took the bronze in a time of 7:23:06. After that, the next three finishers were U.S. athletes. Adam Otstot (Williamsburg, Va.), Scott Defilippis (Encinitas, Calif.) and Adam Feigh (Lexington, S.C.) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. While, Colin Laughery (Longmont, Colo.) and Jim Lubinski (Pacific, Calif.) crossed the finish line in ninth and 10th place.

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What a note to end my best season on! A wire-to-wire win at @ironmantri Chattanooga makes my IRONMAN record 2/2 ๐Ÿฅ‡! Despite a cancelled swim due to heavy rain, the bike-run time trial format, hilly 116 mile ride & crushing heat trashed me like no other race! Thank you for all the love and support! Knowing that so many of you were tuned into the live coverage made my day much less lonely. ๐Ÿ˜Š Congrats to comeback kings @mattrusselltri & @kirill.kotsegarov rounding out the podium. Special thank you @stac_performance for supporting me on site, my homestay Chris & Nate Lawyer (& emotional support cats!), my coach/mentor @coachtilburs, @skechersperformance_canada for getting me those crazy prototype shoes to test, & the army of volunteers. More thoughts to come!

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For complete results from IRONMAN Chattanooga, head to ironman.com.