Three athletes raced three VERY different events this past weekend!
ADKrazy - Old Forge, New York
Tiffany Barrett decided to take on the ADKrazy in Old Forge, NY. This is a three-day running event; on Thursday, athletes run a 5K, on Friday they run a 10K AND a Half Marathon, and then on Saturday, they run a Marathon for a total of 48.6 miles of racing in just three days! Many, many of those 48.6 miles are on trails, which adds an extra layer of challenge to this already challenging event!
Preparing for something like this takes some careful consideration, but I’m proud to say that Tiffany persevered through the challenging workouts and long days. As such, she arrived in Old Forge on Thursday, September 9 without any training-related injuries and ready to race!
The 5K went great, and was a good start to the weekend. On Friday, Tiffany ROCKED the 10K and Half Marathon, so much so that she finished as the First Place Masters Female in the Half Marathon!
Saturday came. With 22.4 miles under her belt, Tiffany still had more than half of the total mileage to go. She started the Marathon, and was able to maintain a consistent, steady effort for all 26.2 miles. She even ended up passing MANY people toward the end (folks who had started off a smidge too hard and faded!), ultimately finishing as the 11th Overall Female in the Marathon and OFFICIALLY completing the ADKrazy!
Tiffany had a strong, wonderful weekend. Her result was the icing on the cake of consistent, dedicated, focused work over a long period of time building to this past weekend. She did the work that needed to be done; sometimes that work that needs to get done isn’t what is the most fun, but it can lead you to where you want to go. For Tiffany, it did just that; it lead her to her goal, and she ended up exceeding even her own expectations of the weekend.
WAY TO GO, Tiffany! You are officially ADKrazy! :)
Littlefoot Triathlon - Lakewood, Colorado
On Saturday, September 9, Jennifer Pearce raced the Littlefoot Triathlon in Lakewood, Colorado. This race takes place in the park where Jennifer trains A LOT, so she has a “home field” advantage here. It is also one of her favorite races!
Jennifer was sick for a pretty significant amount of time in the last month, so our goal was to build her back up enough that she could safely complete the race. And that’s exactly what she did! She had a very good day, especially considering that she was unable to do ANY workouts just a few weeks prior.
Newport Triathlon - Middletown, Rhode Island
On Sunday, September 12, Sarah Grundy raced the Olympic Distance of the Newport Triathlon in Middletown, Rhode Island. Conditions were rather extreme for this race; winds were in excess of 40 mph, which caused the Race Director to choose to shorten the swim. The conditions were so significant that they couldn't get buoys into the water and water support was limited.
Disclaimer: Conditions like this are not for the novice athlete!
Sarah chose to continue to do the race, and into the water she went. She swam through waves that were so massive that they never broke, but successfully completed the swim. She battled the ferocious winds on the bike, and then NAILED her run - finishing with a personal best time for the 10K in a triathlon. All of this led to her finishing THIRD in her age group!
All in all, Sarah had a VERY memorable day! (Though she says that she will not choose those same conditions again anytime soon. :) )
Coach Laura Henry
Laura Henry is a Syracuse, NY-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Long Course and Level II Paratriathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach, VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and has successfully completed NASM's Certified Personal Trainer course. Coach Laura is passionate about helping athletes of all ability levels reach their goals and has coached many athletes to success.