70.3 World Champs Wrap Up
This past weekend we had 9 athletes racing at 70.3 World Championships in Australia. Below is what Coach Scott and Coach Sam had to say about the weekend.
"This weekend the KIS Performance Team did an amazing job on a beautiful & challenging course at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Australia. Leading the charge was Louis "Goose" Mancusco Men 45-49. He had an impressive race finishing in 5:17! Next up was Coach Sam Cardona coming in right behind with 5:25. On his first World Championship Bo-You "The Bo-inator" with a time of 5:43. He struggled with some craps but keep fighting to the finish. In Sarah Goudreau's first World Championship race, she went 5:47 after battling some bike mechanical issues. On only his second Half Iron Distance race Christ Deptula finished in 5:54. With a PR Run of 1:40!! Franz "Doc' Hinojosa comes in at the same time with 5:54 after battling some equipment issues. The Captain Glen Lee powers in at 6:18 for another great race. Last but not least big congrats to the Rookie Adriana Osorio Lugo who tough it out for a 6:23. She has improved so much and we are all so proud of her."
"The 2016 World 70.3 Championships was the first time our sport's championship event for the half distance has taken place in the Southern Hemisphere. KIS Coaching was pleased to have had 9 athletes attend the event. We are happy to report that all who were able to make the trip down under had an exceptional experience regardless of how their day on the course played out.
The athletes experienced a gorgeous swim along the Sunshine Coast's Mooloolaba Main Beach in the mild Pacific Ocean. The bike took the athletes North on the motorway towards the world famous beach town, Noosa, QLD before heading into the coastal foothills of the nearby Glasshouse Mountains, before returning to the Mooloolaba Promenade where they ran 2 laps that went up and over Alex Headlands, the scene where for many years ITU athletes have gone to battle in early season races.
While all of our athletes fought hard through out the day we wanted to send a special congratulatory note to Louis Mancuso who had nearly 10 minute personal best. Lou is well on his way to having a stellar day in next month's Ironman Maryland.
We also would like to say well done to 'Rad' Brad Williams who was the lone American Male Professional to toe the line against a field full of Aussie swim/bikers. Unfortunately for Brad, a slight miscommunication amongst race organizers caused a dozen of the male professionals to somehow miss the start of the race which put them on the defense from the start. Brad fought his way through the first 2 legs of the race but realizing his goal of top 20 was out of reach he shut things down and began to look towards next weekend Challenge Weymouth in the UK.
As we now enter the final few months of the season we still have some exciting races coming up for KIS athletes which will include the Ironman World Championship as well a few more Ironman events in Oct and Nov so be on the look out to see how everyone finishes the year."