Monday, May 18, 2009

Dangerous Dave

So my most consistent, hardest working athlete, Dave Smith from Virginia Beach, VA, stepped up and got the job done this past Sunday at the Rocketts Landing Triathlon in Richmond, VA.

3rd place overall, including all pro/elites in attendance. Dave walked away with a little loot and, more importantly, a GREAT bike split/average power output of about 285 watts; not bad for a 24 year old (or are you 25 now Dave? I forget) full time PE teacher who only weights a buck 48 or so. You start pushing 4.2 watts/kg over the Olympic distance and you're really getting somewhere...

Keep an eye out for Dave at Ealgeman 70.3 in 3 weeks time. Based off of what we saw this past Sunday, he's got a 270+ watt bike leg and a 1:2x low run in the legs. If he can throw those splits down, he'll certainly make an impact in the amateur race, that's for sure.

Other shout outs go to:
  • Newbie Quinn Borchard (another one of my workhorses), who won his AG and placed very high overall in a stacked sprint race in Encinitas, CA.
  • Cyclist Thom Connor for shrugging off a full workweek and a bunch of missed training time and still managing to set a new PR (and pretty respectable avg. power of 291 watts) at the Crank the Kanc TT.
  • UConn triathletes John Babcock and Evan Barry who went 1st and 3rd overall, respectively, at the 6th annual Bobby's Run 8 miler in hilly-as-hell Vernon, CT on Saturday. Both of these guys got up and rode long the next day as they continued prepping for the Rev3 half IM that's right around the corner.
  • Triathlete April Bowling's breakout day at the JCC Tri in Marblehead, MA after rebounding from an oh-so-fun case of fifth disease (training and racing isn't much fun when your joints are screaming in pain)
  • and... last but not least to Marty Miserandino for his PR day at the JCC Tri as well.

That's a wrap. Seems like everyone is doing well. The real fun begins next month when the crew starts hitting the 70.3 scene along with a few other major events, one of which (I have to keep it under wraps for now) will include an attempt at a national record. More to come here in early June.

We have A LOT of horses in the stable right now and they're all chomping at the bit to get out and run free. Although some of the athletes I work with have already begun racing, MANY are still locked down and immersed in heavy training. That's all about to change within the next 3 weeks or so.

Exciting times. It's going to be a very good year.

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