Jerdonek finishes 5th at Tiszaujvaros World Cup
5th place finish marks new career best and makes three straight top 5 World Cup finishes for team
Lindsey Jerdonek once again proved her recent race results were not a fluke by capturing 5th place at the Tiszaujvaros World Cup in Hungary on Sunday. The unique race format had athletes racing in qualifying heats on Saturday in order to compete in the finals on Sunday. Both Jerdonek and teammate Chelsea Burns were in the 2nd qualifying heat and got off to a quick start with top 5 swim splits. Jerdonek was able to use her strength on the bike to stay in the lead group of 6 while putting nearly 2 minutes into the chasers. The gap heading into T2 made for an easy run for Jerdonek to qualify while Burns raced to capture the final qualifying spot. Burns finished in 12th place just 3 spots outside of qualifying while Jerdonek finished the heat in 3rd. Lindsey picked up where she left off on Sunday by posting the fastest bike split of the day and coming off the bike in the lead group of 11 athletes. Lindsey ran with the leaders throughout the run before eventually finishing a career best 5th place. Both Lindsey and Chelsea will be racing at WTS Stockholm in a couple of weeks.
Read Lindsey’s race recap below-
“I had been looking forward to the Tiszaujvaros World Cup for its unique format of hosting two sprint distance triathlons over two days. Three heats of twenty plus women competed on Saturday with the top nine from each heat, and three at large, advancing to the Sunday final.
I finished third in my heat without expending too much energy and was ready to go on Sunday against a competitive field. While I was the first athlete around the first buoy in my semi, I swam amongst the masses in the final and got smashed at the first turn placed only 115 meters from the pontoon. The swim pace was on with WTS super swimmers in the field: Carol Routier, Pamela Oliviera and Lucy Hall. I moved up in the field after the first turn and exited the water close enough to the front group that I was able to latch onto the front pack after a very hard first bike lap.
Once in the lead pack, I did my best to conserve energy for the run. I had a good T2 and established a spot in the first group out on the run course. I did my best to stay with the lead bunch and got to experience the changes of pace when running tactically against others. It was tough! In the end, six seconds separated finish places 3-6 and I came away with fifth place. It was exciting to be in the mix and log my highest World Cup finish to date!
Next up for me is the Stockholm WTS on the 23rd with the WTS Grand Final in Edmonton the following weekend. Thank you to Team Psycho, New York Athletic Club, and Powerbar for helping me compete this season!”
Garufi, Weigl compete at Age-group Nationals
Both athletes finish inside top 10 at Nationals for first time, Weigl finishes 2nd in sprint race
Photo Credit: Andy Weigl
While our Pro team has been finding success around the world this season, our amateur athletes have been making a name for themselves stateside. Team members Beau Garufi and Dustin Weigl traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past weekend for the USA Triathlon Age-Group nationals. With very successful seasons thus far Dustin and Beau looked to improve upon their 12th and 19th place finishes in the 20-24 age-group in 2013. Beau got off to a quick start by coming out of the water in 3rd place while Dustin, whose swim has improved significantly over the past season, began the bike in 41st. Despite a flat Beau maintained his 3rd place position throughout the bike leg while Dustin used one of the fastest bike splits of the day to move himself inside the top 10 heading into the run. With a start time after 10AM the heat became a major factor as the run wore on but Beau was able to hold on to a top 5 finish while Dustin ran his way into 6th place in the age-group just 40 seconds behind Beau. Both athletes showed significant improvement from the previous year and are looking to make the jump to the next level in the sport by this time next season. Dustin backed up his 6th place on Saturday with an incredible 4th place overall and 2nd place in the 20-24 AG in the sprint race on Sunday missing out on the overall podium by just 7 seconds. Dustin will continue his season at Age-Group Worlds in two weeks while Beau will be racing at the Detroit EDR next weekend.
Beau recaps his Age-Group Nationals experience below-
“I had a great swim and came out of the water third, still feeling pretty fresh. I wasted no time in transition as I had every intention of catching the guys who out swam me. I actually thought I was the second swimmer out because I only saw one person ahead of me at the first turn around on the bike course but then I realized I was mistaken when I passed someone else. I wanted to take the lead on the bike because I knew that my run wasn’t strong enough to overtake anyone that might be ahead of me. I was feeling great and averaging over 27 mph when I was passed right before the final turn around of the bike leg. I recognized the rider and knew that he was one of the fastest bikers in the race so I made the decision to follow him at three bike lengths and not let him get away from me no matter the cost. My mind was set on this and my body was just going to have to take the abuse. While passing a female rider on the course I went over a pot hole in the middle of the road and my race suddenly took a turn for the worse. Every racer’s worst nightmare. A flat tire.
At first I didn’t think I had a flat because I was still going really fast. I thought maybe it was just the cracks in the road or that maybe my skewer had broke free and the wheel was a bit loose. When I came to a fairly sharp turn, however, I skidded out of control and nearly crashed. It was at this moment that my worst fear was confirmed. There was no doubt I had a flat. Since I was still going pretty fast I decided to just push through and see what happened. I knew there was an excellent chance that I would ruin my wheel but I was doing too well to just throw in the towel. I knew that I had about twenty minutes of riding ahead of me and this was pretty uncomfortable not only because I had to put out a huge amount of effort to maintain a mere 25 mph, but also because the bike was vibrating like crazy and this was hurting my butt. I finally reached the homestretch and somehow hadn’t been passed by anyone. I was surprised by this as I had really lost a lot of speed. I was completely out of control every time I made a turn I actually was bracing myself for a crash. I almost crashed as I made the final turn to the dismount line but luckily I didn’t repeat my events from the Cohasset triathlon (where I crashed right at the dismount line).
Moving into the run I was about a minute and a half behind the leaders and I pretty much knew I was not going to catch them. My main goal was to not fall further behind and to not get caught by anyone else. I gave it my best effort but I knew that my legs were cooked from the bike. I had wasted so much energy riding on the deflated tire. I gave it my best effort and had a solid first two miles with a 5:33 and 5:37 but I could feel the onset of fatigue and I could see the guys chasing me at the first turn around. I recognized some strong runners including Dustin and I knew that they were too close for comfort. It was a struggle mentally and physically to try and hold my pace but my strength was fading quickly. I managed to hold off the next runner until about the four mile mark and was passed again at mile five. I thought for sure that Dustin would be the next guy to pass me but I dug deep and forced myself to go as fast as I could, despite my body’s furious protest. Somehow I managed to hold on the 5th place in the age group which I really shouldn’t be too upset with and thought that maybe I could sneak in the top ten overall.
I was slightly surprised and disappointed to see that I was 21st. It was with a mixture of pride and dismay that I ate my post race cookie and retired for the night. I really can’t be too upset with improving by four minutes total, with best splits in all three legs. Top five the the 20-24 age group is a solid achievement as it’s an incredibly competitive age group but at the same time I know inside that I was capable of more. Big thank you to Team Psycho for helping me get to this point in the season, your support has been huge in helping be develop as a triathlete!”
Burns finishes top 5 at Banyoles Continental Cup
5th place finish was Chelsea’ first top 5 in an ITU race in her career
After a string of bad luck early in the season Chelsea Burns is back on track following a win at the Challenge Vittoria Half-iron race early this month and a 5th place finish the Banyoles Continental Cup this past weekend. In Banyoles, Burns used the 4th fastest swim of the day to firmly establish herself in the lead group at the start of the bike. While the lead group swelled to roughly 20 athletes of the course of the bike, Burns stayed out of trouble and was well positioned in the lead group heading into the run. While the eventual podium quickly pulled away on the run, Burns settled in to a battle for a top 5 finish. Her 37:54 10k split was enough to secure 5th place on the day, her best ITU finish of her career. Read about her experience below-
“My streak of ITU splash-n-crashes has thankfully come to an end. I drove to Banyoles from my summer training hub in Vitoria, Spain for the conti cup there. Not having to pack my bike, rise to 30,000 feet, descend again and build my bike was the first highlight. I swam well, 4th out of the water well, which might be my best ever. The bike became a 20-woman or so casual spin, a cruisy 6 times around the lake. The course was pretty flat and non-technical and not all that conducive to breakaways so we rolled into T2 all together. In July Spain is sweaty. I dashed out on the run a bit conservatively and spent the 10k’s trying to keep my body temperature and fluid level from going haywire all while eying the podium. I ended up 5th, in respectable enough position and replaced some confidence I’d lost over the past few months of racing. I’m excited to build on this and hit Tiszy and my late season racing hard! Also excited to be representing the OTF contingent in Europe and appreciate Team Psycho support from afar. ”