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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