As the valley begins to heat up with temperatures already in the 90’s, it is finally feeling like summer in Phoenix. Despite my longing for winter temperatures already, the summer brings with it the excitement of triathlon season, and for this I can put up with some heat! The Cactus Man Triathlon is the first local race of the year in Tempe, and this race certainly didn’t disappoint with Sebastian Kienle, 2014 Ironman World Champion, toeing the line to use it as a tune-up race for Ironman 70.3 St. George on May 5th. It was exciting to have a pro triathlete of this caliber racing in the streets of Tempe, and even more exciting to see some of our local pros and speedy amateurs giving him a run for his money! Kienle would eventually pull away on the bike, however, and take the overall win in the Olympic distance. Of course, I had to get a picture with him after the race!
It was also a big day for Kinga Wolska, one of the athletes coached by Peak Endurance Solutions, as she came away with a huge PR in the Olympic-distance! Kinga is a very talented athlete having completed a few sprint and Olympic-distance triathlons already and was determined to beat her previous best Olympic-distance time. In addition to working on her triathlon-specific fitness, Kinga and I also spent some time going over some of the smaller, more innocuous details that an athlete begins to dial in as they gain experience in the sport. Kinga spent a lot of time getting comfortable riding in the aero bars, paid special attention to pacing herself on the run, and dialed in a solid fueling strategy that would set her up for success on race day. Kinga’s work paid off big on race day, and she came away with a 3rd place finish in her age group and a 14th overall female finish! Congrats Kinga!
It was great to see so many friends and local athletes out there racing. There was a great showing from Moxie Multisport and Tri Scottsdale. Congrats to everyone that finished and had fun out there racing around Tempe! A huge congrats to Simon Holzapfel for his 2nd place overall finish in the Olympic-distance and to Dylan Delacruz on his 3rd place overall finish in the Olympic-distance. I'm not as used to spectating at races as I am racing in them, so I'm still getting used to snapping action shots of athletes.