JRunners Succeed, and Tri, Tri Again
JRunners weren’t interested in mere footraces on Sunday, 6/23/13, no, they wanted more. They wanted to ride bikes and swim in bodies of water, too! On a scorching day! You think you were hot, doing whatever it was you were doing? Try trying a tri!
First up, we had David Colman, tackling the olympic-distance (0.9 mile Swim/24.8 mile Bike/6.2 mile Run) Philadelphia triathlon and TriRocking it to a PR of over 40 minutes with a grand finish time of 2:57:38!
Next up was Yaakov Bressler on a Badwateresque course (90 degrees fahrenheit, 85% humidity) with abnormal hills at Ironman 70.3 Syracuse. Despite the conditions, and knowing it wasn’t a PR day, he nevertheless improved his position after every discipline. Out of 1611 competitors, he was 1,083rd after the swim, 559th after the bike, and 276th after the run, finishing at 5:38:25 overall, 9th in his 18-24 division. Spectacular. His transitions were 2:23 and 1:50. Nobody who doesn’t not do this stuff has any idea what that means, including me, but heck, I’ll brand them spectacular as well.
Finally, we have Michael Weber, who joined Yaakov on the same course, but had a rougher time of it. First, he had bib issues at the start, which rendered him untrackable for most of the day, then his Garmin went haywire, then lightning on the course led to cancellation of the race while he was still on it, then he got massively sunburned, then he finished the race anyway despite all these grueling challenges, because that’s how JRunners are made.
Nice going, fellas!
Martin Bodek, with Asher Fried providing statistics and enthusiasm, Beat Reporters, JRunnersClub.org