Boulder 70.3

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Boulder 70.3

With nine athletes, and myself (Tristan) residing in or around Boulder, the Boulder 70.3 and Full have become the new home town races. 

Of those nine athletes, seven competed in the 70.3 over the weekend!

Jeanni Seymour was once again the star of the show. Out of the water in 3rd position and off the bike in 3rd, Jeannie was roughly 3 minutes out of the lead once she hit the run. Quickly overtaking Alicia Kay for second, the focus became Ellie Salthouse and the overall win. Spectators eagerly awaited the split times and were teased with the announcement of a 1 minute gap, and then a 16 second gap. With roughly one mile to go, Jeanni made the pass, taking the lead. However, her move was short lived as Ellie surged once more, regaining the lead and managing to hold Jeanni off in the end. It was an all out battle and Jeanni, once again, raced with no fear and all heart. 

So close. Both ladies collapsed at the finish.

So close. Both ladies collapsed at the finish.

Christine Hammond also crossed the line in an impressive 7th place, continuing a stellar return to the sport post pregnancy.

In the men's race, rookie pro and fresh new face of the Timex Multisport Team, Sam Long, was out to prove he belonged. Only two weeks after accepting his pro card, Sam was racing against a stacked field, including his fellow team members, Leon Griffin and Justin Metzler. After playing catchup on the bike, Sam came out of transition in sub-6 minute pace. The pace was fast enough to position him near the top 10, but was a little too ambitious. In the blistering heat, Sam's splits slowed a bit, but still paced him to a 17th place finish.

Sam and Leon climbing the long gravel incline.

Sam and Leon climbing the long gravel incline.

Leon and Justin both struggled on the day, finishing 12th and 19th, respectively. Both solid performances, however, not what they had set out for.

It was a hot one in Boulder.

It was a hot one in Boulder.

On the age group side, Tim Hola had an amazing day, finishing 2nd in the M40-44 age group and 4th age grouper overall. Ellen Hart, suffering from a few injuries, decided to only swim and bike. It's worth noting that Ellen crushed the bike with a 23.14MPH average for the 56 mile course!

Timex alumni and Boulder resident, Joe Gambles pulled off the win, marking his 5th Boulder 70.3 title.

Photo Gallery above by: Dennis Meeker

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Results Round-Up

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Results Round-Up

There have been a number of great results pouring in from Timex Athletes. Here's a little results recap from the last month.

Helen Phipps (TX) and Susanne Davis (CA) are both participating as guides for Rio Paralympian hopefuls, Elizabeth Baker and Amy Dixon. The battle is still on for Rio selection so both took on the ITU Yokohama Race in Japan in hopes of performances that would help secure a Paralympic birth. Amy, guided by Susanne, finished 1st and the Liz and Helen team finished 2nd! Selection has yet to be completed but we are rooting for these two amazing ladies! We also hope to see our two athletes guiding them in Rio.

Helen and Liz hanging out with the crew at Shimano

Helen and Liz hanging out with the crew at Shimano

Meghan Fillnow (NC) took on the USA Duathlon Long Course National Championships in Cary, NC. Meghan finished the race (5 mile run, 33 mile bike, and 5 mile run) in 2:26:58 - good enough for 1st place! As the F30-34 National Champ, Meghan is invited to race at the Duathlon World Champs in Switzerland next year.

Emily Kratz (WI) traveled all the way to Brazil for the Ironman South American Championships last weekend. Finishing the race in 10:03:46, Emily grabbed the top step in the F34-39 age group and a Kona slot!

Two thumbs up from Emily Kratz

Two thumbs up from Emily Kratz

Our Connecticut contingent of Amy D'Anna and Chris Thomas competed in the grueling Rev3 Quassy over the weekend. Known as one of the most "honest race courses" out there, both had impressive finishes with Amy taking 3rd and Chris 1st in their age groups.    

Out in California, Felicity Joyce (CA) and Derk de Korver (CA) took on the Folsom Triathlon. Felicity finished 1st in her age group and 2nd overall in the Olympic race. Derk took 1st in his age group and 2nd overall in the Sprint!

The champs of Folsom 

The champs of Folsom 

Recent addition to the Timex Multisport Team, Sam Long (CO) brought home the overall victory with a time of 1:14:55 at the Steamboat Half Marathon over the weekend! Sam also recently took his professional card and will be competing as a pro at Boulder 70.3 this weekend, along with a number of his fellow Boulder team members.

We will have a large contingent of athletes racing Boulder 70.3. Stay tuned for a full recap from the race!

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When Triathletes Mix It Up - Ann's Epic Ride!

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When Triathletes Mix It Up - Ann's Epic Ride!

In four days, Ann Parthemore, our American living in Europe, is starting one hell of an epic bike trip. Over 14 days, she plans to average 121km/day, traveling from Germany to Estonia! Her travels will take her through the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia! Here is the latest update, pulled from her travel blog.

When I dreamed up this trip, I thought I might do it on my old, trusty Merida road bike. But upon further inspection, it did not have the attachment points to add any kind of racks, so my options for bringing gear would be very limited. 

I was very excited to see that Trek offered a line of adventure bikes, the 520, 720, and 920. They are one of the sponsors of the Timex Multisport Team, and I was thankful that they agreed to help me out with purchasing a 720, even though it has nothing to do with triathlon. 

This bike has an aluminum frame and a carbon fork, just like my Merida. But the advantage comes in a few other areas:

1. It is rack ready and it was no problem to install the rear rack. Since it bolts directly to the frame, I am feeling more confident about hitting the cobblestones or poor quality roads.

2. The front bags (the fluro-yellow ones) came with the bike. There are clips on each fork that accommodate the bag holders and you can easily remove the whole thing for regular riding or just the bags for access. They are only rated for about 3lbs each, so I'm planning to fill mine with rain and cold weather gear that I will want to use quickly.

3. It also features disc brakes, which should come in handy on some of the downhills or at sketchy intersections. 

4. My legs are very excited that the cassette is an 11-32. I'm sure the granny gear will feel less granny with all the stuff mounted on there...

5. Comfort-wise, it does have a bit wider tires as well as a handlebar with built in "squishy zones" to reduce the road vibration. I was planning to put some gel pads on the handlebars, but it was unnecessary. 

Other modifications and gear choices that I made:

- The bags on the back are on loan from my friend Tim. So they are more experienced than me. 

- In addition to the back rack, I also added fenders. I really, really want to minimize being wet and grimy for extended periods.

- Instead of road pedals, I am using my mountain bike shoes and pedals so I can actually walk around when I stop for lunch or to check out something cool.

- As I usually do, I will be riding with a front and back blinky light so I am more visible to other drivers. I got some Cateye lights that are ridiculously bright and are USB charging.

Now, time for some thank-yous, since this has been quite the ordeal:

- Trek Bikes for being a great team sponsor, as well as making great products. If you want to check out all the specs on my bike, you can find them here.

- My old bike store, Santa Fe Trails in Leavenworth, Kansas was turbo-fast with ordering the bike, assembling it, testing it, and then mailing it to me. Once I got it, I only had to re-assemble a few things and it was ready to roll. 

- My new bike store, Lifestyle, and the owner, Stefan, has been unbelievably helpful with all things bicycle-related. He ordered the parts I needed and installed and adjusted everything, plus did my bike fitting so I am comfortable for two weeks of riding. If you are a Graf/Vilseck person, this is the bike store you need to go to!

Follow dispatches from Ann's Epic Ride on her blog. Good luck Ann!

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Team Weekend Results - 5/23/16

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Team Weekend Results - 5/23/16

Sunday was Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga. The event had a strong field in attendance with former World Champions towing the line in both men's and women's races.

In the Women's race, Jeanni Seymour, put on another great showing, taking 4th place.

Jeanni Seymour on the hunt 

Jeanni Seymour on the hunt 

The Men's race saw both Leon Griffin and Justin Metzler finish in the top ten, 6th and 8th, respectively.

In Colorado, Tim Hola took on the HITS Grand Junction Half Ironman race and came away with the overall win!

Out in Washington, Roger Thompson and Brian Schaning grabbed 2nd and 4th overall (1st and 3rd amateur) at the Troika Triathlon. 

Roger Thompson on the run - Photo by Craig Thorsen

Roger Thompson on the run - Photo by Craig Thorsen

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Ironman North American Championship - Texas

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Ironman North American Championship - Texas

An event ridden with weather issues - requiring an adjusted swim course, a shortened bike, and a run that was cut short when bad weather flared up - ended well for many Timex athletes.

Lisa Roberts (AZ) continued her streak of great races, finishing on the podium in third place! Lisa can be see below, having way too much fun with that champaign!

Women's Pro podium

Women's Pro podium

Christine Hammond (CO) also had a stellar race, finishing 6th in a stacked pro field. This was Christin's first Ironman race since having her first child!

Emily Rollins (TN) finished her day 5th in the F35-39 age group and punched her ticket to KONA!

Mike Wien (GA) crossed the line in 10:52:14 and 3rd in the M65-69 age group.

Caitlin Glenn (OH) took 7th in the F25-29 age group.

Scott Boylan (MD) took 12th in the M60-64 age group.

Elyse Gallegos (TN) crossed the line in 18th in the F25-29 age group.

Christine Hammond training in Tucson, AZ

Christine Hammond training in Tucson, AZ

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Ironman 70.3 St. George

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Ironman 70.3 St. George

The 2016 North American Pro 70.3 Championships were this weekend in St. George, Utah.

A combination of a beautiful and honest race course, a larger points and prize purse or the pros, and a central location to both West Coast and Rocky Mountain residents, meant that the fields, both pro and age group, were stacked!

On the pro side, the likes of Ironman World Champions, Sebastian Kienele and Mirinda Carfrae were present, along with a who's who of top 70.3 athletes.

Three Timex pros took on this stacked field - Leon Griffin, Jeanni Seymour, and Justin Metzler. While Leon did not have the race he was looking for, Jeanni and Justin (the duo dubbed #metzlmour) had performances to write home about.

Jeanni (CO) was in the mix throughout the entire race. Out of the water near the front, keeping a 22+ MPH average on the bike, and running a 1:24:16 half marathon clinched a 6th place pro finish!

Justin (CO) was also in the mix all day. With a goal of going within the top 16, Justin managed to finish in 4:02:48, good enough for 13th overall, only a couple minutes out of the top 10.

Leon (CO) not having a "Leon Day", still managed to finish 18th.

Jeanni Seymour crossing the line in 6th place 

Jeanni Seymour crossing the line in 6th place 

On the Age Group side:

Susanne Davis took 1st in the F45-49 age group (2nd age grouper overall)

Ellen Hart took 3rd in the F55-59 age group

Leah Carrol grabbed 3rd in the F18-24 age group

Adam Olson finished 4th in the M25-29 age group 

Sam Long of the Timex Factory Team has been on a roll lately. The UC Boulder student finished in a time of 4:12:43. 1st in the M18-24 age group and 2nd age grouper overall (19th overall with pros). Look for big things to come from this young athlete.

Adam Olson coming down the finish line 

Adam Olson coming down the finish line 

Congrats to all on stellar performances on a tough, rainy, and cold day.

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70.3 New Orleans & The Boston Marathon

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70.3 New Orleans & The Boston Marathon

The podium placings continue with two more amazing performances by our athletes at 70.3 New Orleans.

Bruce Gennari (TN) set the pace early with a blistering 25:43 swim and followed that up with a 2:23:23 bike and 1:40:33 run to finish the day in 4:35:12 - A time good enough for 1st in the M50-54 age group!

Emily Rollins (TN) didn't have the speedy swim that Bruce did, however, she made up for that with a 2:40:10 bike and a 1:37:06 run. Finishing in 5:01:55, Emily grabbed 2nd in the F35-39 age group.


Training buddies, Scott Boylan and Mike Wien, took on the 120th edition of the Boston Marathon this Monday. Running together for the entire race, both crossed the line in 3:30:50, though Mike technically lost the sprint finish with a 3:30:51.

Scott and Mike at the 120th Boston Marathon

Scott and Mike at the 120th Boston Marathon

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A Weekend Full of Results

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A Weekend Full of Results

The weekend was full of debuts and podiums! 11 athletes took the start line at events across the globe on Sunday and four of them were donning the Timex Multisport Team kit for the very first time. Both Justin Metzler and Jeanni Seymour competed their first races as Timex Team athletes along with fellow rookie Caitlin Glenn at 70.3 Galveston. Derk de Korver, a former member of the Timex Factory Team, raced his first event as a Timex Mulisport Team athlete at Lavaman in Hawaii. Here are this weekends results: 

70.3 Galveston - 4/10/16 :

Justin Metzler and Jeanni Seymour embrace at the finish line

Justin Metzler and Jeanni Seymour embrace at the finish line

Jeanni Seymour - 2nd Place Pro (4:13:54)

Tim Hola - 1st M40-44 (4:12:22)

Scott Boylan - 3rd M60-64 (5:11:42)

Justin Metzler - 22nd Place Pro (4:01:37)

Kelly Fillnow - 15th Place Pro (4:28:29)

Caitlin Glenn - 9th F25-29 (4:59:22)

Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon - 4/10/16 :

Ellen Hart and Derk de Korver take a pair of first place finishes

Ellen Hart and Derk de Korver take a pair of first place finishes

Ellen Hart - 1st in Age Group

Derk de Korver - 1st in Age Group (6th overall with pros)

70.3 South American Championships in Palmas, Brazil - 4/10/16: 

Griffo on the 2nd step today.

Griffo on the 2nd step today.

Leon Griffin - 2nd Place Pro (3:56:49)

Lisa Roberts - 4th Place Pro (4:31:13)

70.3 Florida - 4/10/16:

Elyse Gallegos - 6th Place F25-29 (5:07:21)

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Jeanni Seymour Gets Fit

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Jeanni Seymour Gets Fit

South African Pro, Jeanni Seymour is a Boulder resident much of the year and is taking full advantage of the many unique amenities this triathlon mecca has to offer. Jeanni had a chance to meet with Ivan O'Gorman at the Retül headquarters for a full bike analysis and fit. 

Photos and story by Tristan Brown - @bristantrown

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70.3 Puerto Rico

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70.3 Puerto Rico

3/20/16

Fresh out of Timex Camp, newcomers, Leon Griffin (CO) and Emily Kratz (WI) made the trip down to San Juan for Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico.

Leon came across the line in 3:54:21, good enough for second place overall behind fellow Trek sponsored athlete, Tim O'Donnell. Leon beat out the likes of Cameron Dye and Romain Guillaume.

Leon Griffin - 2nd place Pro Men.

Leon Griffin - 2nd place Pro Men.

In the age group race, Emily finished atop the podium in the F35-39 category. Finishing in 4:46:56, Emily placed within the top 10 females overall and was the first overall age group finisher!

Emily Kratz takes 1st place in the F35-39 age group and was the 1st amateur female finisher.

Emily Kratz takes 1st place in the F35-39 age group and was the 1st amateur female finisher.

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Timex Team Update - Maryland & Duathlon Worlds

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Timex Team Update - Maryland & Duathlon Worlds

10/18/15 Team Update

Ironman Maryland was scheduled to take place a few weeks ago, however, due to Hurricane Joaquin, the race was postponed until this weekend. Similar to Louisville, Maryland is an age-group only race meaning amateurs battled it out for the race title.

Chris Thomas was our age grouper fighting for the overall win on Saturday and he came SO CLOSE. Chris went 8:50:21 and crossed the line second overall (out of 2,600 athletes) and 1st in the M40-44 age group

Over on the other side of the world, Ellen Hart was taking on the worlds best at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia. To no surprise to us and many of her competition, Ellen came away with the world title yet again! This win marks Ellen's fifth World Title in the last 50 days!

Photo: Larry Rosa Photo

Photo: Larry Rosa Photo

  • ITU Sprint Worlds
  • ITU Olympic Worlds
  • 70.3 Worlds
  • Ironman Worlds
  • Duathlon Worlds


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Timex Team Results Update 9/14/15

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Timex Team Results Update 9/14/15

Tune up races are a big part of testing fitness before taking on a huge race like Kona. Several of our athletes chose to spend their last month before Kona racing a variety of "tune-up" style races.

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Timex Team Update - Results and Kona update 8/31/15

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Timex Team Update - Results and Kona update 8/31/15

Some recent results from the past two weekends:

  • Tim Hola - 1st overall at Toughman New Mexico 1/2 ironman (photo attached)
  • Ann Parthemore - 21st place at Red Bull 400 in Bischofshofen, Austria
  • Mark Vermeersch - 1st overall at Google Aquathon (California)
  • Ellen Hart - WORLD CHAMPION in the F55-59 category at Ironman 70.3 World Championships (Austria)
  • Scott Boylan - 34th place M60-64 at Ironman 70.3 World Championships (Austria)

The Ironman World Championships are coming up fast and Timex and the Team will have a large presence on the Island.

On course and around the Island all week will be a number of Timex Multisport Team athletes. The following list of athletes will be gracing the race course on Saturday:

  • Susanne Davis
  • Sam Mazer
  • Jennifer Pinto
  • Ellen Hart
  • Shannon Coates
  • Roger Thompson
  • Craig Lanza
  • Daniel Bretscher
  • Pierre-Marc Doyon

As usual, plenty more team athletes will be in Kona cheering, working and spectating.

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Timex Team Update 8/17/15

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Timex Team Update 8/17/15

Timex Team Update 8/17/15 - Results and more results!

The weekend was packed full of races, and great Timex Team performances.

Ironman Mont Tremblant: Both Lisa Robert and Jackie Hering had outstanding days, taking* 3rd* and* 4th* place, respectively in the Pro division!

Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens: Sam Mazer went 2nd in the F30-34 age group and *3rd place female overall*! And this was just a tune up race for Kona.

Ironman 70.3 Timberman: Chris Thomas *grabbed *2nd place in the M40-44 division Richie Cunningham went top 10 in the men's pro field

Weilburgman Half (Germany): Tim Stutzer took 2nd place overall and 1st in his age group!

 

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