Athlete Race Recap: Alpha Win Lake George

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
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Daria Bakina, Melissa McAllister, and Dan McAllister all raced at Alpha Win Lake George this past weekend!  Alpha Win Lake George is a multisport festival, with several multisport events taking place over a period of two days.  Daria raced in the Half Distance Triathlon on Saturday, September 2, 2023.  Melissa raced in the Sprint Distance Triathlon and Dan raced in the Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday, September 3, 2023.

Daria shows off her finisher medal, beaming after a great race!

Daria is an experienced triathlete, with many years of training and racing under her belt. Alpha Win Lake George was something new for her, though, because it was the first time she ever raced two Half Distance Triathlons in a single season! (Daria raced at IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman earlier this summer.) IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman was a tough day for Daria, but Alpha Win Lake George was basically the exact opposite. Daria had a strong, happy, and joyful race. She really enjoyed the scenery and views on the course and had a lot of fun cheering for her fellow athletes, especially her friends Beth and Rob, who were also racing. What a way to cap off her season! Way to go, Daria!

Melissa and Dan after they finished their first-ever triathlon!

Melissa and Dan McAllister are married and decided that they would each do their first triathlons at Alpha Win Lake George. Both Melissa and Dan have strong athletic backgrounds and are highly motivated to train. They recently hired me for Performance Coaching and we used the time we had before the race to dial in on some specifics about multisport/triathlon so they could be as prepared as possible for this new-to-them challenge. They each ended up having a great experience! Melissa was particularly proud of her race and was thrilled with how she felt at the end. Dan struggled with nutrition and hydration, but persevered through to finish strong. In addition to having fun, they learned a lot, and we will be applying these lessons to their training as we move forward. Congratulations, Melissa and Dan!


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.

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