It was a fun weekend for the Mercury Rising crew as 5 athletes raced at Ironman Coeur D'Alene in Idaho. Coaches Sara and Clint took the trip south to cheer and encourage and, umm, have a little holiday....
The big breakthrough of the day was Jeremy Hopwood's 9h34, good enough for 21st man and a Kona spot in his age group! Fantastic. Rachel "the terminator" Kiers put together a solid race for an 8th place finish in just over 10 hours. See race report here: http://rachelkiers.blogspot.com/. Julie Anderson held it together for a 12h19 finish, another solid Ironman under her belt. See her race report here: http://runningwithdoggies.blogspot.com/
Miranda Aldritt had some bad luck out there and decided to call it a day and focus on IM Lake Placid, see http://miranda-alldritt.blogspot.com/. And the heartbreaker of the day was 73-year-old Evan Fagan who missed the bike cut off by 2mins!!
Jeremy Finishing in a blistering time, while wife Lesley looks on and cheers.
Rachel takes on the tough bike course
Meanwhile in Texas, Michelle Milot was having the race of her life at Buffalo Springs 70.3. Despite the heat, she put together a solid 4h57, just a taste of things to come i suspect ;)
Michelle's calling card, the self shot. Here, she is poised for a pre-race swim.
And Carlos Vilchez, of the Ontario MRT branch, raced to a 5h06 half iron in Welland, taking on a friend and training partner in a sprint finish (which he won!).
Carlos takes the sprint finish!
Great weekend everyone! Congratulations!