On Friday, August 12 through the morning of Saturday, August 13, 2023, Tiffany Barret took on her first-ever ultramarathon race when she completed the Anchor Down Ultra in Bristol, Rhode Island!
Tiffany chose to participate in the 12-Hour event (taking place from 7:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.), which required her to complete as many loops of the 2.45-mile course as possible in that time span. The course consists of 1.5 miles of pavement, 0.90 miles of trails, and 0.05 miles of grass. This changing terrain makes for a fun, but sometimes challenging course!
Tiffany followed a Custom-Built Training Plan to prepare for this event. Over the course of that plan, we implemented a run/walk strategy on her higher-volume running days since that is what we reasonably knew we’d be planning for as a strategy on race day. Tiffany was able to follow the intervals we trained with (which included nine minutes of running followed by a minute of walking) for all but her final two laps of the race! She ended up completing a total of 45.74 miles in 11 hours and 17 minutes and was the sixth overall female in the race!
Wild Fish Swim Festival
It’s been a little while since Emily Resciniti enjoyed a race day; she got back into the racing scene on Sunday, August 13, 2023 when she swam the 1-mile event at the Wild Fish Swim Festival!
The weather at the venue turned out to be absolutely beautiful on race morning. The water temperature was around 63ºF, which made for brisk and fast conditions! Emily planned well for the in-water start and set herself up so she’d be out on the far left side of the pack when the race began. This enabled her to have a really good sighting line and to swim pretty directly and straight for the entire race. Most importantly, she felt strong and good for the entire swim and had a ton of fun being in a race atmosphere again.
Way to go, Emily!
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.