It's been an action packed month of July for KIS Coaching that included a few misses, a few podiums, and an IRONMAN Title.
At the Mussleman Triathlon festival in Geneva, NY. Andrew Quong raced both the sprint and half distance on the Saturday and Sunday. He was able to get the speed up to finish 3rd in the 50-54 division in a time of 1:25 then backed it up the finishing on the podium once again in just under 5:15. Good for 3rd place in the 50-54 division.
We had just one athlete from our NYC contingent competing at IRONMAN Lake Placid. We’d like to say congrats Sean McGuirk for finishing his 3rd IRONMAN in a time of 12:44:31. Impressive work Sean!
Also, in action the 3rd week of July was Coach Brad Williams at Challenge Iceland. Brad used this race a training race as life’s been hectic for him the past month with travel and family commitments. He was still able to finish 10th in the Pro division and now sets his sights on some races in Asia next month.
The highlight of the this week's action was coach Carrie Lester who won IRONMAN France in 9:27 earning her $15,000. This was Carrie’s 8th Iron Distance Title and a very special one to have added to her resume as Nice, France has a very long history in our sports history! Big congrats to Carrie!
We’d like to say thank you to all of our athletes that followed her race, you all are a part of the team effort it takes to win an IRONMAN Title! With the win Carrie now has enough points to qualify for the IRONMAN World Championship this coming October in Kona, Hawaii.
As the month of July comes to an end Coach Scott and Pro Manuel Kung were busy tackling the most famous mountain in the French Alps in Alpe d' Huez. Coach Scott had very high hopes going into this Thursday's Long Course race (only the French can hold such a high profile race in the middle of a week) however things went South about half way through the bike. After a brief respite at Dutch corner with just 5 bends left he was able to crawl to the top and salvage the day with a negative split run but finishing well back in 26th in just over 6.5 hours. Coach Scott's message to all our athletes is that even a seasoned pro like himself can mess up his nutritional plan so never ever ignore it but even if it goes south, with some quick thinking, you can recover on the run!
The next afternoon it was Manu's turn in the short distance. Manu came storming up the Alpe then nailed the 1 lap 6.7 kms run to finish just 12 seconds off the podium in 4th place. The duo then set off on their bikes riding 2 days over the Alps back to base Camp in Leysin, Switzerland with Coach Carrie playing Sherpa.
To Close the month we had 2 outstanding results at IRONMAN Canada and IRONMAN Santa Rosa. First up was Pat Redner who set a personal best by 40mins to finish 5th in the unbelievably competitive 25-29 age group and 8th overall in a time of 9:17. Pat just missed out on earning a slot to the IRONMAN World Championships. We have no doubt he will get his slot with the next swing of the bat at the IRONMAN.
A bit further up I-5 Richard Kane was busy battling the up and down temperatures and terrain that IRONMAN Canada challenges it's competitors with each year. Richard battled to the end in a very respectable time of 11:31 to finish 27th in the 45-49 division. Coach Scott was pleased to hear Richard was up and about supporting the final finishers and not flat on his back as he's been in previous Iron Distance event. Great effort Richard!
The first two weeks were jam packed as well and you can read about them HERE.