Race Weekend Bonanza
Wow, what a weekend of racing. Who says we are in the off season? Not The SAA.
Huge congratulations to Steve M who heard the words “You are an Ironman” on Sunday for the first time at Ironman Arizona.
Steve gave this report of his race:
“IMAZ was an amazing experience. Â Mass swim start amidst 2600 AGers. Â Bashed from all sides and kicked in the goggles 3 times. Â Water so murky that visibility was 4-5 inches. Â Â Bike course (3 loops out and back) had changing wind conditions on each lap. Â As the day progressed, so did the winds, but they weren’t bad. Â I believe I raced smart. Â Easy on the first 60k loop then race pace, only to slow on the last 60k with some cramping. Â Off the aerobars on the last 3k to spin. Â Not having run for 5 weeks prior, was not sure what to expect. I eased into a run after alternating walking and running for the first 9 miles. Â By the second half, I was ran except walked through the aid stations to refuel. Â Â Cola and chicken broth were a great fuelling combination. Â Â Experienced no lows, except for 7 blisters which needed two stops for vaseline. Â Thank you all for your overwhelming support.”
In sunny, hot and humid Waikiki, Hawaii Dawne and George T ran the Mizuno Val-Nolasco Half Marathon. This was an extra special run for Dawne since it was on her birthday! Nice way to celebrate.
Closer to home, Tim and Erin L and Laura T ran the New Balance Fall Classic Half Marathon. The weather cooperated making for a cool but sunny run. Congrats to Laura T who ran a half marathon PR by more than 10 minutes.