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!
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 . . .
We’d like to recognize a few race performances that happened last weekend. Congratulations, Scott, Melissa, and Mark!
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.
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
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.
We had some nice running results from last weekend!
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!
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!
Michelle Muellner (pictured, center) – team of Ultra Running Bunnies 2 – 3rd overall in the mixed masters division with a time of 33:53!
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!
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.
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!