Sunday, June 24, 2007

Young and Frauts Rock at Coeur d'Alene IM and other Weekend Results

Kim (Sorenson)Young and Katie Frauts finish 1st and 6th, respectively at Coeur d'Alene IM

Here are their splits. Both had awesome runs off the bike. Kim was 2nd female out of the water by 2 seconds.

YOUNG, KIM 25/178/103 33 00:57:34 05:52:15 03:32:41 10:27:55

FRAUTS, KATIE 188/423/216 31 01:06:51 06:07:34 03:34:45 10:55:55

Kyle's partner Kim also had a great result finishing 11th female.

TOWNSEND, KIM 174/238/267 34 01:06:26 05:49:52 04:07:34 11:10:25

I know that both Kim and Katie were wanting IM Kona spots and I am certain that today they will be taking those spots!!

In other races:

Netherlands National Championships
Former Krono member Lisa Mensink who is now using her dual citzenship and competing for the Netherlands finished second in the Elite. This gives her additional points in her goal to compete in the Olympics for Netherlands in 2008.

Edmonton BG Triathlon World Cup Festival Age Category Olympic Triathlon
Mike Chui was 8th in his age category (men 25-29)
Lisa Graham was 6th in her category (female 25-29)
Grant Burwash won his age category (men 20-24)
Tegan Owen was 4th in her age category (female 20-24)

2007 Pan American Junior Championships
Alex Coates was 2nd
Kyla Coates was 17th. Kyla had some difficulties in transition confusing her running shoes for her bike shoes. As such, she had to return back to where her bike was racked to exchange her shoes. That's rough.
The Coates twins continue to amaze me.
Jeremy Roles was 19th.

My women's team won women's overall category.

What an awesome weekend of great results!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes it was a great day last Sunday. The morning was cool and a bit windy; two conditions I felt were to my advantage. Despite the swim being my strongest discipline of the three sports, it was my least favorite part of the day. The swells made it hard to see the buoys and navigate the course. On the second loop I realized that there was another woman among the pack I was swimming in. We stuck pretty close together for most of the second loop until I got kicked in the face by a poor woman doing breast stroke still trying to complete the first loop. I still have the ‘war wound’ to prove it across the bridge of my nose.

By the time I got into the change tent there was another woman there, but as I was crossing the mount line for the bike a volunteer yelled “You’re the first female out!” I was a little surprised but reserved. I have been in this position countless times before, only to spend the rest of the race counting each place I lose. My plan was to not worry about whom may pass me on the bike, it’s a long day and the run is were it can really count.

It was a new bike course this year. At the pre-race meeting the race organizers promised it to be more challenging than the original one. In addition to some rolling hills, it was technical with a few sharp corners on descents and three 180 degree turns per loop. I took it pretty conservative and focused being light on the peddles and avoided letting my cadence drop too much (with the exception for the hills). Throughout the whole bike ride I only noticed one other female and estimated her to be about 3 – 4 minutes back, and not gaining much. I started to question…am I going to hard, why have no women passed me? I checked my heart rate…and it definitely confirmed I was being conservative.

So going into T2 I knew I was still the lead female. In the change tent all I could think about was “were the heck is the porta johns”. Despite going twice on the bike course I still had to go…I figured this was a good sign. Once out on the run I was still thinking about the washroom. I got to the first aid station and found an empty john. When I exited and started running again I realized I had a thrown off the ‘Lead Female’ bike escort and apologized. This guy was really (almost too) friendly and became my new friend for the next 3.5 hrs. He offered to ride back every once in a while to check on were the other ladies were, but I insisted it was not necessary I had only one gear and it was not going to change.

The run was 2 loops with one short (~2 miles) out and back and then another longer one (~10 miles). At first my pace felt a bit slow, but at about mile 8 I asked one guy I had been running with what pace he was holding, and he estimated about a 7:45 min/mile. I thought, wow! My dream goal pace was 8 min/mile. [My final average pace was ~8:10 min/mile.]

Now, you have to understand my racing history. I have never been known to be a very good runner. This was usually the portion of the race where I kissed any lead I may have been able to maintain “good-bye”. I still can’t believe that I was able to fend off the several women behind me. After the final turn around and on my way back into town I was looking for the second place woman. I finally asked the bike escort “have you seen the second woman yet?” and he responded “no”. I now had over a 10 minute lead. Yes! I could start walking the aid stations!

The best part of the whole day was the finish (isn’t it always?). The crowds were unbelievable, and my bike escort informed me that it was the most people he had seen out for this race yet. At the finish line the first person to hug and congratulate me was Heather Fuhr, my mentor from my junior days (when she and Roch still resided in Canada). It was really neat because I haven’t seen her for 10 years. After a couple of interviews I was finally able to give my husband a big hug. He had been a wonderful support throughout the week and was awesome on race day cheering me on. He will not allow me to be humbled by the fact that there were no pro women at the race. [The pro women will be racing at Lake Placid next month.]

THANKS SANDRA for all your support over the past year. I am not totally sure why my run has improved the way it has, but I am sure running with you has something to do with it.