Virtual Racing

Congratulations to all 2020 graduates! I have to say, Bill and I had never envisioned a drive-through graduation from high school for our kids, but it was actually pretty great!
 
We’d like to give shout out to a couple of our athletes who enjoyed virtual races last weekend. These virtual races can be a great way to keep your competitive juices flowing! Congratulations, guys!
 
6K Run
Sorin Tohatan – 24:48
 
Sprint Triathlon
Laura McGhghy – 1:35

Spring Thaw Virtual 50K, Ohio

Happy Mother’s Day, all!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy, while enjoying this spring weather/heat!

We just wanted to give a shout out to Frank Smith who kept his monthly marathon streak alive last weekend when he completed the Spring Thaw Virtual 50K in Ohio. Frank ran 31 miles in 7:01 on an 80-degree day! Nice job keeping it going, Frank!!

Have a great weekend!

“Running Not Cancelled” 50K

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Happy Sunday, everyone! Yes, we have race results! Actually, it is just a single result and a virtual one, but a result nonetheless.

As many of you know, our longtime athlete from Ohio, Frank Smith, possesses quite the running streak. He has completed a marathon or ultra-event every month for over seven years! In these uncertain times, it looked like Frank’s streak might just screech to an unceremonious halt. Fortunately for him, and for athletes everywhere, event directors nationally are taking a page from the swimming community, who have been running “postal swims” for years, where each athlete swims on their own and posts his or her time to see who wins.

Frank ran the “Running Not Cancelled 50K” last weekend (in Ohio) and finished in 6:46. Well done, Frank! And long live streaks!

Wishing all of you continued health and safety . . .

Glendale 4K, Antelope Canyon Half Marathon

Scott and Melissa Wiegand

We’d like to recognize a few race performances that happened last weekend. Congratulations, Scott, Melissa, and Mark!

Glendale 4K
Scott Wiegand (pictured) – 19:09 – 3rd in AG!
Melissa Wiegand (pictured) – 20:52 – 1st in AG!

Antelope Canyon ½ Marathon
Mark Livingston – 2:11 – 1st in AG!

It appears this might be the last race results posting for a while, but if you’re out on a hike or run or ride and happen to snap any photos, we’re happy to post them here. Hang in there, athletes. We realize we have a bit of a bumpy, unknown road ahead, but we’ll get through this.

IM New Zealand, Run Hard South Carolina Marathon, Mesquite Canyon Half Marathon

Congratulations to Frank Smith, Liz Flint and Rebecca Felmly!

Frank kept his years long, monthly marathon streak alive with a 4:35 finish at the Run Hard South Carolina Marathon. Frank finished 1st in his AG!

Liz Flint finished her first Ironman at the epic Ironman New Zealand. Liz finished in a solid 15:30! Nice job, Liz!

Here in AZ, Rebecca Felmly finished the Mesquite Canyon ½ Marathon. Go Rebecca!

Have a great weekend!R

Black Canyon 60K, Lost Dutchman Marathon and Half Marathon, 24 Hours of Old Pueblo MTB Race

Heather Wilson and Eero Allison – Black Canyon 60K

Happy rainy day! Our athletes shined in several long-distance running races last weekend along with one very long MTB race!

Black Canyon 60K Ultra-run
Eero Allison – 6:54- 2nd in AG!
Heather Wilson – 7:54 – 7th in AG!

Lost Dutchman Marathon
Jodi Ehrlich – 4:23 – 6th in AG!

 

 

Lost Dutchman ½ Marathon
Melissa Wiegand – 2:22
Scott Wiegand – 2:28 – PR!!
Laura McGhghy – 2:11

24 Hours of Old Pueblo MTB race
Kyle Higham and his team completed an impressive 12 laps in 24 hours.

Scott and Melissa Wiegand – Lost Dutchman Half Marathon

 

 

Phoenix Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K

Kathy Stanley – Phoenix Half Marathon

We had some nice running results from last weekend!

 
Phoenix Marathon
Melissa Samuelson – 3:59
 
Phoenix ½ Marathon
Kathy Stanley (pictured) – 1:51 – 8th in AG! 5th straight year of running this half!!
 
Phoenix 5K
Scott Wiegand – 30:09
 
Good luck to those of you running Lost Dutchman this weekend!

Pancake Run 5K, Columbus Marathon, Surf City Half Marathon CA, RAGNAR Relay AZ

Michelle Muellner – center – RAGNAR

Our athletes not only enjoyed some great race performances last weekend, but almost certainly had some of the best race outfits we’ve seen!

Pancake Run 5K
Joan McGue – 30:27 – 2nd in AG!

Columbus Marathon
Frank Smith – 4:48 – 1st in AG! This marathon was run over a one mile looped course!

Surf City ½ Marathon, CA
Melissa Wiegand – 2:27 – course PR!

RAGNAR Relay
Michelle Muellner (pictured, center) – team of Ultra Running Bunnies 2 – 3rd overall in the mixed masters division with a time of 33:53!

She Power Half Marathon

Sunrise swim lesson – McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center

We want to give a shout out to Melissa Wiegand who ran the She Power ½ Marathon last weekend in Chandler. Melissa finished in 2:34. Her next race is the Huntington Beach ½ this weekend!

Good luck to everyone racing the Pancake Runs this weekend!

And finally, here’s a nice sunrise photo from a swim lesson at MMR. One of the perks of being a swim coach!

Endurance Exchange, Tempe, AZ

I enjoyed attending the Endurance Exchange held this last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A triathlon summit, of sorts, which included professional coaching seminars, like what we used to have at the Art and Science of Triathlon International Coaching Symposium. Presenters included Boston Marathon director, Dave McGillivray, along with former head nutritionist for Team Sky, Dr. James Morton.

One interesting tidbit from Dr. Morton’s presentation, The Carbohydrate Paradox, was Team Sky’s practice of “sleep low/train low.” Meaning, go to sleep low on carbohydrates (not eating carbs at dinner, for example), and then not eating carbs before the next morning’s training. We learned about AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase), an “energy switch,” if you will, that controls cell growth, among other processes, and even promotes mitochondrial health. In a low-carb state, this AMPK switch turns on sooner, instructing the muscles in ways such that the muscle becomes “better trained.” Basically, a better muscular adaptation to stress is achieved in this low carb state.

Dr. James Morton

However, this doesn’t negate the need for carbs to finish long rides (like the 6-hour variety), where the Team Sky riders might use water for 3 hours and then go to carbs) or to finish high intensity training. It’s a periodization of sorts that changes daily, but it seems like they’re on to something!

Overall, an interesting 3 days to be sure!