In beautiful Los Cabos, Mexico, Alyssa Godesky once again punched her ticket to the Ironman World Championship in Kona this October. After a couple of 2nd place age group performances the past couple of seasons, she finally got an age group win - and it was big. Her time of 10:53:30 was nearly an hour ahead of her nearest competitor. Splits: 1:07:46 swim, 5:43 bike, and a 3:55:05 marathon in the heat (90 degrees). And she was nipping at the heels of some of the female pros!
Closer to home, PJ Anderer ran the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in Wilmington. Last week he demolished the Shamrock 5k (after dropping his keys in the first mile and going back to retrieve them, no less), so he was feeling confident heading into this one that he could break 1:30. And break it he did - 1:27:31! PJ is having an excellent 2013 so far. Keep it up!
Down in Sarasota, the Spring Training home of the Orioles, Lillian Pinault ran 1:38:12 at the Sarasota Half. There's no money and it's not very competitive, but Lillian said it's a beautiful course and gave the race high marks.
We had Dr. Rodney Taylor up at the NYC Half Marathon, running 1:29:55, and in Connecticut, Allison Letourneau ran - and won - the Max's O'Hartford 5k in 18:21.
At Virginia Beach's Shamrock Marathon, Dave Berdan finished 4th in 2:23:21. Not surprising, wind was a factor, and he commended the winner's remarkable 2:17 effort. Dave said that one minute he was running his pace just fine, and the next he turned into the wind and poof, 20 seconds slower. A tough day, but another great race under his belt.
So many awesome results, but our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week went to Joel Gladfelter for his 3 minute PR in the half on Saturday.
We did have an AutoZone In the Zone award this week, which went to Nate Brigham. Nate has been battling some hampering issues for the past month which have limited his hard training, and to an extent his swag. But his race Saturday validated his fitness, and with just a month to go til the big day, should have him feeling good.
And we also had a KC Masterpiece Award for coming through in the clutch - and that went to Justin Gerbereux for his amazing efforts on Saturday.