After a solid week of training at the PHAT camp in Penticton, Todd, Shana, Julie, Tessa, Nick, Michelle and John all raced Calgary 70.3. They were joined by team members Leanne Sherman, Lorraine Churchill and Laura Dodds. Leanne took 35mins off her time from last year, while Lorraine took a whooping 45mins off her time to finish 6th in her age group.
Other highlights include Julie Anderson who took over 20mins off her time from last year and Tessa P. who ran a long-awaited PB off the bike. The mosquitoes were so bad in the Albertan countryside that Nick Doulias was literally swarmed when he stopped to change a flat tire and had to be taken to hospital! And Nick has no previous allergies to the pesky little buggers!!
Last but not least, Michelle Milot stormed the race course, running 1h30, taking 1st place amateur and 10th OVERALL FEMALE, even beating some of the pros!
The following weekend, Tisha Wintringham pb'ed at the Frank Dunn triathlon by 18 minutes!! This girl continues to rock! While Jenna Berthelot took home the trophy for the fastest female swimmer, herself racing to a 7min PB.
The same weekend, Carlos Vilchez finished 6th at the Barrie Sprint Triathlon with a time of 1h02. Carlos seems to get faster by the week! Meanwhile, Olympic distance chick Megan Jones finished 9th overall and 2nd in her age group at the Coeur D'Alene Olympic Distance.
Finally, Luke Gillmer finished 2nd overall in the Sooke 1/2 Ironman in his first race as an elite! Well done to everyone who raced these last 2 weeks, its turning out to be an amazing summer for the Mercury team.
Tough-chick Laura heads into T1 (Laura had forgotten her bike shoes and did the entire bike ride in her skate shoes! What a champ!)
Leanne exits the swim on her way to a great day.
Todd, focused and ready for a solid race.
John, who suffered from an injury heading into the race had a solid swim and bike as part his prep for Ironman Canada.
Lorraine happy to be running!
Young Tessa has turned herself into a runner!
Shana put together a solid race.
Michelle blazing by!
Julie tries to smile, but cant hide her relief to be within view of the finishline!
On the evening of August 1st after the race, Mercury Rising held our first Charity Event in the "Inspiration Series". We hope that the series will grow and we will be able to give back to the community in many way in the coming years. This particular event was held at JRs in Calgary and included a fantastic dinner of Prime Rib and Turkey. All proceeds went to The Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network's Empowerment Fund. Laura Dodds, who herself lives with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was our speaker for the evening. I think i speak for everyone when i say that we were suitably inspired by Laura's story.
At the beginning of the evening, we held a short tribute to Kerry Enick, a team member who we recently lost. We presented Kerry's wife Sharon with some photos signed by the team.
The group of 70 or so attendees look on as Laura steals the show!
Laura gave an amazing speech which gave us all lots to think about!
Thanks to Michelle Milot who made the event possible and all the people and sponsors who donated auction items! Thanks to Kaz Matsumoto for the fantastic photography as always!
Great weekend everyone!