As already reported, Christine Patton completed the Chatanooga Ironman 70.3 on Sunday but she was not the only Bermuda triathlete to participate.
Jonnie Betts (men 45-49) finished 36th in his age group with a 29:55 swim, 2:37:37 bike and 1:55:50 run for an overall time of 5:10:23
Jennifer Wilson ( female 40-44) was 29th with splits of 32:27, 2:51:17 and 2:11:51 for an overall time of 5:43:12.
Tim Patterson (mens 4-44) was 73rd with splits of 30:32, 2:48:49 and 1:56:00 for an overall time of 5:23:38
Kandis Matthews (female 35-39) finished 28th with splits of 34:13,2:57:49 and 1:57:32 for an overall time of 5:36:14
As already reported Christine Patton finished 23rd in her 55-59 age group but evidently she was sick during the race and had to stop repeatedly. Credit to Christine for toughening out to the finish, especially as she went into the race with a shoulder injury.
Thanks to Jenn Wilson for the race report below and to Jonnie Betts for the photo.
The mainly down river swim was fast!! Then a challenging rolling hill bike course combined with riding into a head wind for the 2nd half (but with gorgeous scenery) plus a tough run course took its toll on all of us. We were all very happy to be done and having a beer – as you can see in the picture! This was also post massage so we were feeling human again!
Sue Edney finished 3rd today in the 50-54 age group in the Barcelona Ironman 70.3 in Calella,Spain. Windy but cool conditions created a difficult swim, made more difficult by a strong current.
Sue exited the water in 9th place in 42.19 but soon picked up places on the long climb on the technical bike course which contained a diffuclt descent after the 2nd long climb. After finishing the 90km bike in 3hrs 28 mins 12 secs she had move into 4th place. Her run of 2hrs 07 mins 42 seconds took her into a podium position and she finished in 6:27:57 which gave her 112th place amongst female competitors. 2500 competitors started the race.
Martina Olcheski Bell was crowned Caribbean Triathlon Champion today in Miami, Florida. Although the innaugral event only attracted 16 Caribbean competitors who raced alongside other non Caribbean competitors, Martina neverthless got the job done and produced a strong race finishing as the 4th fastest female overall in 2 hrs 17 mins 15 secs for the .5 mile swim ( short of the standard / olympic distance swim), 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run.
Steve Petty finished in 2hrs 36 mins 11 secs to win his 60-64 age group in the Caribbean Champs.
13 year old Nick Pilgrim and 16 year old Lynsey Palmer produced outstanding races today to finish 1st male and female overall out of 33 competitors in the 2016 Caribbean Sprint Triathlon Championships in Miami, Florida. Lynsey was also 4th overall.
Nick and Lynsey exited the .25 mile swim together in the lead and although Nick was caught on the bike by Cameron Roach (men 35-39) on the 10 mile bike he produced the third fastest bike split. He then had easily the fastest 3.1 mile run split to win comfortably.
Meanwhile Lynsey had the fastest female bike split and a solid run to also win comfortably.
The Caribbean competitors started and raced alongside other competitors, mainly from the USA, and Nick, in his first longer distance race, was 6th overall male and Lynsey 2nd overall female amongst all starters.
Report by series director Dawn Johnson (thanks Dawn),
Supersprint 2016 kicked off in fine style on Thursday evening at Clearwater Beach. 23 individuals turned up to test out their winter training schedule and catch up with people they probably haven’t seen since the supersprints finished last September. Youngsters Nick Pilgrim and Lynsey Palmer took the honours by being 1st and 2nd respectively, closely followed by the ever-present Kent Richardson. It was good to see some new faces at the Supersprint including Sarah Bonnet of cycling fame (asking the eternal question “why do we do this?”), Wolde Place, who gamely swam and ran although has yet to secure a bike for the middle part of the race and Arianna Balestrieri. Nancy Stevens bravely cycled a whole circuit wearing the wrong shoes and decided that was enough after all. Many thanks go to Ian Pilgrim for introducing us all to a new and amazing app for timing races called, I believe, race timer!, to Donna Pilgrim for manning the bike turnaround, Charlie Duffy for recording times and to Nick Pilgrim for donating brownies
The Argo Re Summer Series of Super Sprints starts tomorrow, Thursday 12th May, at Clearwater Beach, St.David’s with transition in the triathlon hut car park.
Although not alot of details have been forthcoming, racing usually gets underaway at 6.30PM so try and get there a little before then to set up.
Distances are very short with the 200m swim in waist deep water for those who want to stop and rest, a three loop 8km bike and a 2km 2 loop run. However, participants can opt to do a shorter swim (or no swim), fewer loops on the bike (or no bike) and just 1km on the run (or no run) or a combination of the above !!. There are shorter distances for juniors.
The series is designed to encourage newcomers to take up triathlon but every week there is always a good combination of athletes ranging from very experienced triathletes to newcomers. Experienced triathletes are always willing to help out and explain how it all works !! You do not have to have a fancy bike.
You can sign up to an EMail list to get updates ( for example to find out whether a race is going ahead on a bad weather day). The series usually runs through to September /October with breaks for public holidays. Results are published on the BTA website at http://www.bta.bm
Please encourage newcomers to come down and tri-a-tri.
Tyler Butterfield was forced to withdraw from the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships early in the run after suffering a calf strain. Last year Tyler had mechanical problems on the bike but still managed to finish but bad luck hit him again this year.
He looked to be well positioned after the swim exiting the water in 25:35 close to the leaders. After trailing the leaders by almost 3 minutes, Canadian Lionel Sanders again used his blistering bike speed to quickly most past Butterfield and the other contenders. Tyler’s bike of 2:12:23 left him in 11th overall going into the run but he had to pull out very early in the run. Sanders bike split of 2:03:57 saw him exit first onto the run and he then posted the fastest run split of 1:13:30 to win by over two minutes from Germany’s Sebastian Kienle, the only other contender to post a time close to Sanders.
As expected Bermuda’s age groupers did exceptional well with two of the island’s competitors making the podium.
Ashley Estanwik finished a brilliant 2nd in the female 35-39 age group whilst Phil Mace made up for the disappointment of his DNF in Miami taking 3rd overall in the very competitive mens 40-44 age group.
Ashley had a solid swim of 35:07 (11th fastest in her age group) and then a bike of 2:52:46 which moved her up to 8th going into the run. Ashley is ofcourse known for her outstanding running ability and her run of 1:32:18 took her to her podium finish in an overall time of 5:05:59. As a newcomer to long distance racing her performance was excepional and suggested that she could well be taking top spot on the podium in races to come in one of the most competitive female age groups. Ashley was the 23rd female finisher
Meanwhile Phil Mace produced the fastest time of the Bermuda contingent as he finished in an overall time of 4:43:12. After emerging from the water in 29:18 ( 7th fastest in his age group) he produced an excellent bike of 2:34:15 to move up to 4th. His solid run of 1:34:48 then saw him seal a podium place. Phil was the 84th overall and was the 75th male finisher.
Kristen Palmer continues to impress taking 9th spot in the female 30-34 age group in 5:26:20
Allison Schindel also had an excellent race finishing 11th in the female 35-39 age group in 5:24:33 after an excellent swim of 29:48 which put her in 3rd place onto the bike.
Spencer Butterfield kept the Butterfield family flag flying proud as in his first 70.3 race he finished a very impressive 14th place finish in the mens 35-39 age group, again a very competitive age group. He trailed in his age group in 45th place after the swim but a very strong bike saw him move up to 15th going into the run and he made up another place on the run to finish in 5:00:42.
Aaron Garcia was Bermuda’s other age group finisher taking 34th place in the mens 25-29 age group in a good time od 5:32:11.
Phil Lupsic did not start the run and Mark Robinson pulled out on the bike. Mike Scindel was a non starter.
The women’s race was won by Canada’s Heather Wurtele in 4:16:48
To see full splits for each athlete and full results click here and put in the athlete’s name in the box provided or scroll down to see top finishers.
For those of you who are ocean swim training please note that I have spotted a lot of Portuguese Man o War (called jellyfish but not actually of the jellyfish family) on South Shore this week so watch out for them and note that they have long tentacles below the water surface. They cause a very painful sting. See below from Wikipedia and how to treat stings.
For more on how to treat stings, from Wikipedia, read on :
Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about 1 to 3 hours (depending on person). However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, a more intense pain. Venom effects may mimic an allergic reaction but this is not due to true allergy which is defined by serum IgE. There can also be serious effects, including fever, shock, and interference with heart and lung function. Stings may also cause death,although this is extremely rare. Medical attention may be necessary, especially if pain persists or is intense, the reaction is extreme, the rash worsens, a feeling of overall illness develops, a red streak develops between swollen lymph nodes and the sting, or either area becomes red, warm, and tender.
Treatment of stings
Stings from the Portuguese man o’ war may result in severe dermatitis, characterized by extremely painful, long, thin open wounds that resemble those caused by a whip, but are not caused by any impact or cutting action, but rather irritating urticariogenic substances in the tentacles. Treatment for a Portuguese man o’ war sting includes the application of salt water and hot water to the affected area.
Vinegar has been shown to inactivate undischarged cnidae on tentacles. Vinegar has also been shown to inactivate venom. Still there exists contention in the literature in that other isolated studies suggest that vinegar dousing increases toxin delivery and worsens symptoms of stingsfrom the nematocysts of this species. Vinegar has also been claimed to provoke hemorrhaging when used on the less severe stings of cnidocytes of smaller species.