Spring Round Up!

So much racing has happened this spring! Sarah Sullivan ended the spring season with her first Ironman 70.3 at St. George. She had lofty goals of going sub 5 on her first attempt on a hilly course. She crossed the line in 4:53 , placing third in her age group! The podium has become a familiar place for Sarah, as she landed on the top step in a number of other races this spring. She won the Javelina Chase, the Tolero Crit, and the Southern AZ Omnium. She was also a close second with friend and "double trouble" teammate Christine Hoffman in the Tucson Bicycle Classic, and the South Mountain TT. Sarah has a fast and bright future in any sport!

 

 It's windy on the top step!

It's windy on the top step!

Christopher Villegas has also had a fast and furious spring! He raced the La Paz Stage race, two local crits, Valley of the Sun Omnium, Tucson Bicycle Classic, and a mountain bike race! He recently took 3rd in a local crib in Hermosillo! Look out for him moving up the fields as he gains race experience. 

 Chris looking smooth at TBC

Chris looking smooth at TBC

Sarah Smith has been on a training tear this spring! She has had her nose to the grindstone, putting in more hours and miles than ever before. She started the season with a HUGE PR and an age group win at Oro Valley Sprint. Since then she has been working hard to tackle her first 70.3 this summer. Keep your eye out for her at Boulder 70.3 in August. 

 

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John Ryan is back in the mix after an off season. He has his first race of the year coming up. Best of luck to John at the Utah Half Marathon!

Also back in the mix is Laura Reddoch! She took very little actual time off training as she gave birth to their fourth girl in March. Welcome to the Reddochs, Emilia! She is gearing up for the Arizona State Road Race, just 13 weeks after Emilia was born! She will then continue her triathlon career, so look out tri world, Laura is back!

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Pat Mcintosh has been on another level this season. He raced the South Beach Triathlon as a season opener and was able to shake the rust off and get ready for the race season. Next up was The Around the Mountain Sprint Tri, where he placed fourth in his age group. What a race! He is is gearing up for Eagleman 70.3 in a couple weeks!

 Making that TST kit look good!   

Making that TST kit look good!

 

Neil Johnson has been working hard all spring, as his long runs are now twice as far as they used to be. He is diving in head first into triathlon by gearing up for his first half ironman -  Arizona 70.3 this October. The summer of heat training here in Tucson will leave him more than prepared for the race in the fall!

The newest edition to the Top Step Training Team is Yolanda Jordan! Keep an eye out for her everywhere! She is on the move and training hard while she's on the road. This season she has already raced Desert Classic Duathlon, Oro Valley Duathlon, Oceanside 70.3, and Cactusman Olympic distance tri. She has a full summer and fall planned with a few races leading into Ironman Cozmel! 

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My partner in crime here in Tucson, Tyler Jordan, had a solid start to 2018! He ran away from us all at Desert classic Du and land in the second spot. Later in the spring he strapped on a bib number again at the Cactus Man Olympic in Phoenix. Little did he know that Sebastian Kienle was using it as a tune up for St. George! Does going 2nd to Sebi count as a win? After that, he helped me out by driving out to Wildflower with me! This turned out to be a fun trip and solid plan as Tyler and I both landed in the money! He is now headed back East to jump into a couple of 70.3s out there.

 Kaori Photo for the win!

Kaori Photo for the win!

 

The man, the myth, the legend Cameron Hummels is up next. He has had some high highs and some low lows this spring. He turned 40, and had a stellar 40 mile run to celebrate the milestone. This set him up for the Leona Divide 50 mile run. He was a bit sick and the race didn't go as planned. That sickness coupled with some injuries this spring have held him back a bit. However, he has gutted it out and is on the other side! He is just weeks away from the Northface Lavadero Ultra Trail 110k in Italy! Now that he is back on track I am excited to see what he can do!

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Sara Frye is another new addition to Top Step Training. She kicked off the year with the Arizona Distance Classic half marathon. It was a great start to the year and gave us a good base to build her triathlon career! Next up was the Oro Valley Sprint Triathlon. She was 3rd in her age group with an awesome race! She currently is hard at work getting ready for her first half ironman this Fall at the Arizona 70.3!

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Adam Feigh of feighathlon.com is racing Victoria 70.3 this weekend! This will be his first race as a father! I expect some dad power will come out the second half of the run, so look out for that!  He has been busy training a ton for Ironman Canada, but has still had time to sneak in a few local wins this year. He crushed the bike leg of a 70.3 relay in Mountains to Main, cruised to a win at the Parris Island Triathlon, and earned himself Chick-fil-A for a year at the Chick-fil-A 5k! I am excited to see what this Dad can do the second half of the season, and hope I never have to race him again!

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Long time athlete stepping back into the triathlon world, Vanessa Brown, is back! She has been training hard in a few other disciplines but now is back to Triathlon! She has been back at it for a little while now and raced her first tri this spring. She placed 2nd overall in the HITS Olympic in Napa! She wasn't sure if she was ready... looks like it worked out! Look for her next at the Superfrog Half in San Diego this Fall.

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Last but certainly not least is Caleb Brantley! After absolutely crushing his first Ironman last season, Caleb has been spending some time in a different direction. He has done a bit more running and raced some Xterra races this spring. He raced Xterra Renegade with a crazy challenging course a few weeks ago. This left him hungry and better prepared for the next one! The weekend before he raced the Sahuarita Olympic Triathlon! Despite not feeling super fresh, he landed on the top step! Earlier this season he raced the Super Seal Olympic and had a strong showing on a tough and long course. Let's not forget the marathon he did, pacing his wife to a BQ at the Phoenix Marathon in February. Next up for him is Xterra Deuces Wild!

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The Race Season begins!!!

Our first big weekend of racing happened!!

 Nice race Caleb and Laurel!

Nice race Caleb and Laurel!

We had Caleb race the Oracle Rumble half marathon. In prep for his up coming marathon, Caleb ran a hard half on trails! It was a great fitness bump to get him on the road to an early season marathon. 

 Caleb smiling his way through his first race of the year!

Caleb smiling his way through his first race of the year!

 

Cameron was back in Tucson for the Oracle Rumble as well. After an epic long run the weekend before, he was a ready to rock! Unfortunately, he met the wrong side of a rock, and ended up with a broken radial head in his elbow. He is TOUGH and will be back out there before you know it!

 Toping out in the snow

Toping out in the snow

 Cameron leading the way on our 21 mile journey!

Cameron leading the way on our 21 mile journey!

 

Adam Feigh raced TWICE this weekend. The most exciting bit on that is that he landed on the Top Step in both races!! He won the All Saints 5k on Saturday. Although he did not PR, he was close. His season is just getting underway so to be fit enough to be just off his PR is a great sign for the year!

 Finishing STRONG!

Finishing STRONG!

Sunday Adam raced a 50 mile gravel race. This is not his specialty. He did it on a road bike. He was planning on it as a hard ride to cap off a good week of training. But, you know what happens when the gun goes off! He spent a large portion of the race off the front, and was able to cross the line that way! Great racing Adam!

 Adam ridin' Dirty!

Adam ridin' Dirty!

Last weekend Chris Villegas raced a Crit in Hermosillo, and hung on for second place! He was in the sprint against an entire team of guys. Racing solo, he did his best to take them down. We were both excited to see him roll into the season with a second place! 

 Chris in the #2 spot!

Chris in the #2 spot!

Welcome Tyler Jordan!

As we roll into 2018 Top Step Training has a slew of announcements to make. We have some changes in our roster for the new year. The first change is that we are adding in Professional Triathlete, amateur male model, and fellow Tucsonian Tyler Jordan! He is a youngster with his eyes set on the 70.3 circuit. He has a background in running and riding and I expect big things from him this season!

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Ironman AZ - Mr. Hairy Bison - Tour de Tucson

     What a weekend of racing! Ironman AZ is Tucson's home race. This means a ton of friendly faces on course, and all of the spectators! I had the pleasure of racing with Top Step athlete Caleb, and Top Step affiliate Leo Carrillo. Caleb raced his first Ironman. He went in with mixed expectations. His dream goal was to go sub 11 hours, but really we were focusing more on the controllable things and getting across the finish line happy and healthy. This seemed to work pretty well as he CRUSHED his dream goal and finished in a 10:35!!

 a little too much fun out there!

a little too much fun out there!

 Support Crew's rock!

Support Crew's rock!

 Caleb the IRONMAN 

Caleb the IRONMAN 

     Leo had a dream day out there. He raced a smart race, and earned himself a Kona spot! At age 50 he had the 21st fastest swim-bike including PROS! He held on on the run for a 10:02, good enough for second in his age group and a chance at the big dance. 

 Serious business on that bike!

Serious business on that bike!

 Is that a smile?

Is that a smile?

 Kona baby!

Kona baby!

     I was a little unsure of how my third Ironman in three months was going to go. The preparation going in went well. I was feeling good all around, but nervous about the backend of the marathon. I stuck to my race plan, and rode at my goal watts. I felt the best I have EVER felt getting off the bike. I ended up with some serious stomach cramping, which seemed to be my limiter. My legs got pretty heavy the last few miles. I was getting splits on Clint, behind me and I heard I had a five minute gap. I so I was content to jog it in. After I crossed the line, I saw him cross right behind me! I am glad it did not end up in a duel. I am excited to finish in the money and the top ten at this one. A huge thanks to all the people cheering, volunteering, and to my amazing support crew. 

 pure gold!

pure gold!

     Also this weekend Adam Feigh raced AGAIN! He raced a 30k trail run for the title Mr. Hairy Bison. He also wanted to set a PR and a course record. I love that he aims high! He raced an extremely smart race, and let the leader go off fast. He was on track to break the two hour mark, setting the record and to pass the leader at about 1 km to go! He missed a step and almost snapped his foot off. He somehow ran it in, still setting a PR but he had to settle for second. 

 we need to discuss his attire

we need to discuss his attire

     Finally, Josh raced El Tour de Tucson. This was his conciliation prize for skipping IMAZ this year due to a broken bone in his pelvis! He will be back to triathlon and racing an Ironman this spring, don't you worry! He had a great El tour, and finished in 4:10 with the lead pack!

 in the pack!

in the pack!

A first time Ironman and two more PR's!!

Jason Klein finishes his first Ironman! They had some warm weather at Ironman Los Cabos, by he made it across the line in 10:34! He combated a heat index of 95 degrees, major travel delays and the fact that is was his first at the distance. Overall what a huge success!

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Adam Feigh can't stop, won't stop. a quick three weeks after his last triathlon he is pinning a bib on again to take win and a huge PR of 1:14 in the Lexington half marathon. Read what he has to say: Adam's Blog

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A mere matter of hours after returning from India Patrick McIntosh strapped on a bib and ran the Delaware Canal half marathon. He cracked two hours for the very first time! He is well on his way!

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Weekend round up!

Patagonia Sprint Tri

Sarah Smith was second overall in the patagonia sprint tri! She had a great race on a challenging course. What a way to end her season! She will be in the lab next weekend to dial in some numbers in order to go even faster in 2018!!

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Austin 70.3

Pat Macintosh tackled ANOTHER 70.3 over the weekend! His quest to go sub 6 continues, but the times are coming down! Awesome job, and some solid improvements made. More to come!

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90km Road Race

Last up over the weekend, Chris took on a 90km Road Race in Mexico! He fought hard as a solo rider against a bunch of other teams. He dug deep and with no lead out train he still managed to hang on for second! Keep your eye on this guy!

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