I'm behind on my admin these days! In the past several weeks there have been several notable Mercury Rising Performances and they need to be acknowledged!!
And one of the most exciting results to brag about came from Jennifer Mansell who, on April 10th was the FIRST FEMALE OVER ALL - out of a 116 women at Port Royal Sprint in a time of 1:05:10! So exciting!
This past May 1st weekend Luke Gillmer made his pro debut at the Port Macquarie 70.3. He posted a PB of 4:29:18 and ended up cracking the top ten. It was a great introduction to the big show for this young man who is a genuine triple threat in the sport. Watch out for this one - more to come!!
Jeremy Hopwood who is a new dad has obviously been sneaking in a few runs. He ran 17:13 in the Dave Reed 5K on March 26th and was 19th over all in the race. A month later and he went 17:04 in at Eugene 5K. It's always tough with a new kid in the crib but Jeremy is finding his rhythm. He'll have some great races this year!
Rachel Kiers ran the Gibson 1/2 marathon on April 3rd. She ran 1:26:49 and came 2nd in her age group. This result is especially note worthy because athletes are sometimes fitter than they think they are!! Yay Rachel!
Island Triathlon athletes Steffen Hagen and Alison Dickson, who I'm working with, went to Kona last month for a fun I Tri camp that culminated in everyone doing the Lavaman Triathlon. They both had great races. Steffen PBd at the distance by FIFTEEN minutes going 2:33 and Alison went 2:38:06 coming 6th in her age group!
I also have to mention that sneaky Cathy Noel - slipped into the Vancouver marathon and ran a 4:04. We're both pretty happy with that!
Sara also made her return to racing recently. On April 16 ran a 39:12 for her first official toeing of the start line at the hilly Sooke River 10K where she ran a 39:12 good enough to come 2nd over all.
For her first foray back in the pro triathlon world we chose a tough one - the St. Croix 70.3. Neither of us put high expectations on a result there. It was a test for sure. It's just too bad we didn't test the race wheels out - specifically the extended stem. It wouldn't seal and when Sara had to fix a puncture about 37 miles into the ride she was unable to get air into the repair. It was almost an hour before a mechanic got to her and was able to get her back on the road. Of course after that long on the side of the road the impetus to red line to the finish line is gone but Sara finished out the ride and got a nice run in. It was a good thing she did. The money went 10 deep and there were only a 11 pros. Unfortunately one of the women went down on the bike and was unable to finish. This meant Sara picked up a pay cheque just for finishing. Sure was glad to see that ridiculous 8% rule removed!
It's going to be a great race season!!