Race season here in Alberta is getting into full swing and it’s time for some race updates from my most amazing, hard working athletes!

Ralph was down in Arizona and was able to take part in the Lake Bartlett Sprint Plus!  A fun unique distance to mix things up and start the season off!  A 1km swim, 20.5km bike and 6.4 km run.  Ralph had an excellent swim besting his swim pace from this race last year.  The very hilly and windy bike proved to be a challenge once again!  His normalized power for the bike and average pace on the run were solidly better that last year, setting the stage for a great 2017 season!   A solid effort all around that also snagged Ralph an age group win!

Travis P has recently had great outings at both the Spring Trio 10km and Eyeball the wall 15km.  A bit of a late arrival at Spring Trio forced a slower start caught behind crowds but ended up with a very solid early season 10km that came with a negative split and a wicked closing 3km!  A nice 3rd place in his age group was an added bonus!  After a great 10km that could have been faster Travis was itching for another race so jumped into the Eyeball the Wall 15km one week later.  Promising his coach not to go too hard he raced a neatly paced race and came in at 1:14 and 5th in his age group.  Time for some recovery Travis!

Willie has been busting out some wicked speed workouts lately and was ready to roll for the Glencoe Icebreaker 10km last month.   He ran a solid 39:50 and was 4th in his age group.  This was a good race for Willie, but he wants more and is motivated to get there!  Bring on the MEC half this weekend!  Here’s hoping you crush it ( and me ) on Saturday!

Darryl’s first race of the season came last weekend at the Police Half 10km.  After being very patient with a knee injury he was ready to test his training.  After a great start to the race a calf cramp hit in the back third of the race.  He was determined to not let his pace drop off too much and was able to finish strong, passing people in the last km, earning himself and nice second place age group finish.  Although it wasn’t the time he was looking for it was a great start to the season and a sign of good things to come as he prepares for his first full marathon.

Sophia and Grace are a mother daughter team who were preparing for the Calgary Police Half (Sophia’s firsts half!) together while Sophia trains full time with the Kronos Triathlon team.  Unfortunately some illness before the race and stomach cramps derailed Sophia’s day but she and her mom worked together to get the finish.  Despite the difficulties Sophia still earned herself third place in her age group 🙂  A hard fought finish ladies!  Those finish lines should be celebrated just as much, if not more than, the days when everything clicks!  Congrats, I’m proud of you both!

Hillie and Leoni are friends and training partners in Olds!  They both signed on to do the Eyeball the Wall 30km as part of their planning and prep for the ITU Long Course World Champs in Pentiction this Summer.   Hillie had a great start to the race, running the first half as planned.   Some fueling errors made for a difficult second half, and it wasn’t the day or time we both know she is capable of.  Like a true champ she was able to find success in her day by the lessons she learned and will carry those forward to Penticton knowing what she needs to do to have a successful day there!  I can’t wait to see you carry this run fitness into your favorite running race in two weeks!  Look out Woody’s Half!IMG_4950

Leoni had set a goal to hold pace for the 30km and run as event split as possible.  Well she absolutely nailed her goal.  Her training peaks data is an example of perfect execution!  Steady pace, cadence and HR from start to finish!   A strong race and a nice 4th place in her age group as well!IMG_4948

Rene has been training for not only an early season 70.3 in Chattanooga but the Calgary Firefighter’s stair climb that they will do in full gear! (this weekend!) .  He did take some time out of his busy work and training schedule to do the Jasper First Responders 10km with his son and daughter!  Love to see this family running together!IMG_4951

Last but not least is our Cali girl Tami who did the Half Moon Bay OD race as her final prep for Santa Rosa 70.3.  This gal tells me she isn’t a swimmer, but I think she can say that she is now!  This swim course isn’t the friendliest…   It was cold, in the Pacific any only about 10C!  And it was long!  Almost 2km long!  And Tami, you did it!  Santa Rosa will be no problem after this swim!  She finished that up with solid bike and run splits and some extra confidence going into Santa Rosa!  I know you are going to have the day you want out there Tami!  You’ve worked so hard for this!