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Saturday - March 29th
Rennen von Pedricktown Circuit Race
Maureen Grib took on the Rennen von Pedricktown Circuit Race and took 1st in the Women's 3/4 Race and 7th in the Women's Open Race. Great job, Mo!
The Ocean Drive 10-miler
Michael Mader battled the head winds at the Ocean Drive 10-miler as part of his long run in preparation for the Boston Marathon. Even though he ran 10 miles prior to the race, he still managed to clock in at 1:09:31. Well done, Mike, and I'm looking forward to seeing you hammer Boston!
The Love Run Half Marathon
Nobu Shan took on another half marathon as a workout in preparation for his next marathon in a few weeks. Nobu followed the plan to a "T" and clocked in at 1:48:32. Great job, Nobu!
Carly Daniels clocked in at 1:56:55 and is looking forward to taking on some 5ks in the near future. Well done, Carly!
Kelly Yanek has been doing a lot of easy run/walk runs. Boring? Yes! But her main goal is Ironman Lake Placid in July. With that said, she still set a half marathon PR, clocking in at 1:59:43! Well done, Amy!
Bob Christman clocked in at 2:20:28 for his 1st half marathon and still had plenty in the tank! He now sets his sights on training for Shoreman Half IM. Well done, Bob!
The Phillies 5k
Colleen Zanger took on the always awesome Phillies 5k and set a new PR along the way! She also placed first in her age group (40-45) with a time of 22:07! Great job, Colleen!
Syracuse Half Marathon
Despite having some GI issues, Wendy Marsh literally "gutted out" a PR at the Syracuse Half Marathon, clocking in at 2:03:35. This is 10 minutes faster than her last PR! Awesome job, Wendy!
Haddonfield Adrenaline 5k
Every year, a bunch of ETA Coach athletes take on the fastest, flattest, and most well run 5k in the south Jersey area and always walk away with PRs, age group placings, and overall placings. Great job, everyone!
Brian Quilty led the way with a time of 14:59, good enough for 6th overall. This was a course PR for Brian!
Nicole Strand set a PR, clocking in at 17:55! Not bad for a 40 years young former D1 runner who is focusing on triathlons and running less than 20 miles a week! This was also good enough for 5th female overall and Masters Female Winner. Race director Dave Welsh said, ?I know some of you don't like that I allow double dipping, but if you run that fast when you're that old, you deserve the money.? Ha!
Andrew Hoagland is ramping up for the triathlon season and ran the 5k as a test of fitness, clocking in at 18:57. Well done, Andrew!
Tim Gallagher clocked in at 18:35 and took 2nd in the 45-49 age group! This is more than a 90-second PR from the last 5k he ran back in October. Well done, brother!
Kurt D'andrea clocked in at 19:59 and continues to set his sights on the triathlon season. Of course Kurt wanted faster, but he is not running that much at all and pulled out such a great time. Kurt, keep crushing it!
John Roszko smashed his old PR by 40 seconds and clocked in at 22:13! Awesome job, John!
Bob Christman clocked in at 25:51! Bob is training for his first Half Ironman this summer and had a great winter of training. Bob has had injury issues with his running in the past, but he has never been more consistent. This was his fastest time in three years and physically he feels great!
Julie Christman clocked in at 32:16! Julie was a competitive swimmer and while she has been training on the bike and in the pool over the years, she?s been on the shelf competitively. She contacted Matt back in November as she wanted to get back into racing. Julie and I met prior to race day and gave her a pace to follow based on her runs and workouts. She hit the range exactly and had a great race. Up next for her is a sprint triathlon! Great work, Julie!
Cardinal O'Hara Leprechaun 5k
Mike Billingsley took on the Cardinal O'Hara Leprechaun 5k and smashed his old PR, clocking in at 25:05! Awesome job, Mike!
West End St. Patrick's 5K
Jason Birdsell came to ETA Coach looking to break 20 minutes in the 5k. He knows it's going to take some time, but after training for 8 weeks, he is already setting PRs! Jason clocked in at 21:51 and looks forward to continuing to train hard!
South Harrison 5k Run
Kelly Yanek was all business at the South Harrison 5k Run, clocking in at 25:55 and smashing her old PR by more than 1 minute! Kelly continues to set her sights on her first Ironman this summer in Lake Placid, NY!
Front Runners Invitational at NYC Armory
ETA Coach Athlete Herb Heffner wrapped up his Masters Indoor Track season at the Armory with a 3k for the first time clocking in at 9:25.20?good enough for the fastest 3k in the country in the 45-49 age group. Herb has had a fantastic season; he also set Master PRs in the 1600 (4:36) and 800 (2:07). Awesome season, Herb! I look forward to switching over to the triathlon season, but don?t neglect that run so you can come back next season to set some new PRs!
3/14/15 Rock 'n' Roll DC Half Marathon
Nobu Shan just finished the Tokyo Marathon a few weeks ago. He jumped into the Rock ?n? Roll DC Half Marathon as a workout and ended up scoring a 1-minute PR! Nobu clocked in at 1:44:28 and sets his sights on one more marathon and half marathon in the next 6 weeks.
ETA Coach Athlete Results 2/19/15
ETA Coach Athletes Brian Quilty, Patrick Casterline, and Herb Heffner all took on NYRR Night at the Races Meet 3 at the Armory, and all of them had a stellar night!
Brian Quilty smashed his current 5k PR by 17 seconds, clocking in at 14:44.49. Brian had broken 15 minutes in the 5k back in the fall in a flat road race running 14:59, but the accuracy of that course was questionable. This time around, not only did he break 15 minutes, but he obliterated his old PR. Brian will be looking to continue to improve on both the roads and the outdoor track during the next few months in the 5k.
Patrick Casterline also had a fantastic race and a 6-second PR, clocking in at 15:56.52. This was no walk in the park for Pat, because he was having stomach issues for the entire race, but he still wanted that PR so he gutted it out! Patrick has not run a 5k in quite some time and never on the track, so this was a great debut for him. Patrick now turns his focus to the La Sportiva mountain racing series that kicks off in a few weeks.
ETA Coach masters athlete Herb Heffner jumped in the 800-meter race to mix it up, clocking in at 2:07.70. This is a 4-second Masters PR too, but Herb was merely using this race as a workout. In the past 5 days, he had a hard critical velocity (CV) run and race pace track workout, so he was carrying some fatigue.
ETA Coach Athlete Results 1/23/15-1/24/15
Collegeville Classic 1/23/15
Matt Ciociola 9:51.31
This was Matt's first indoor 3k since college as he prepares to run 5ks on the track this spring. Matt enjoyed mixing it up with the college guys and went out a bit too fast but held on for a solid 9:51. Well done, Matt--you are well on pace to break 16 minutes in the 5k this spring!
Eileen O'Mara 11:03.13, 6th/36 competitors
Eileen is really coming into her own since last spring. Last spring, she ran a 5000m PR of 19:17 on the track and ran a strong race at XC club nationals. In this race, she nearly broke 11 minutes in the 3000m for the first time ever, placing 6th against the collegiate field! Great job, Eileen!
1/24/15 Princeton Tiger Open
Men's Mile and 800:
Brian Quilty just can't seem to stop setting PRs! At this race, he clocked in at 4:21.75 6th/29 Overall which is 4 seconds faster than his previous PR set a few weeks back. Brian followed that up with a solid 2:04.83 in the 800m. Well done, Brian, and keep slaying your PRs!
Women's Mile and 800:
After battling some ITB issues during the past week, Alyssa Douma dropped a 5:25.42 mile and a 2:26.26 800m and continues to focus on her long-term goals for late spring/early summer in setting PRs in both the mile and 5k. As I tell every athlete when I first start working with them (Alyssa included), it takes time to observe an athlete and learn how each one responds to certain workouts, so it's necessary in the beginning to make adjustments on a daily basis to ensure each workout has a purpose and is precise. Enjoy the journey, Alyssa, as we continue to train through these meets in preparation for achieving long-term success.
1/15/2015 NYRR Night at the Races Meet 1
ETA Athletes Herb Heffner and Pat Casterline took on the mile at the NYRR Night at the Races Meet 1 on Thursday night. Pat has not run the mile since high school almost 7 years ago and has strictly been focusing on longer distances. We decided to have him work on some faster races to ultimately help him in his longer races. Pat clocked in at 4:36:94 taking the win in his heat. This smashed his high school PR and he now is looking forward to his next indoor track meet in a few weeks and taking on the 3k! Herb bested his mile time from a few weeks ago by a second clocking in at 4:40.53 at 47 years young. Herb continues to focus on the mile this indoor track season.
1/11/2015 USATF NJ Indoor Open Championships
Newer ETA Athlete Alyssa Douma jumped into the USATF Indoor Open Championships, banging out a 1500m and leading off for the Women's Garden State Track Club 4 x 400 relay shortly after for a test of fitness to start the Indoor Track Season. She clocked in at 5:06:10 for the 1500m and split 64 seconds in the 400m. Well done, Alyssa!
1/11/2015 PSCI Mayor's Icicle 10 Miler
Matt Dahl, 56:21 3rd Overall, 1st in age group (25-29)
Matt used this race as a test of fitness as he trains for the Boston Marathon. Matt ran a very controlled first (hilly!) half of the race in 28:40, and then opened up on the last half, coming home in 27:40. Matt noted after the race how smooth it felt and he is ready for the weeks of training ahead.
Eileen O'Mara, 1:08:38, 5th Female Overall, 1st in age group (25-29)
After her strong race at Club XC Nationals, Eileen is looking forward to a solid spring racing season and had a great opener with this race. Six miles into the race, Eileen was the 7th female, and she moved up over the last four miles to claim the 5th spot overall and an age group win!
Laura O'Mara, 1:14:17, 4th in age group (25-29)
Like her sister, Laura is excited for the spring track/road race season and is looking to continue her strong races on the track. She ran a solid race on the hilly course, far exceeding her expectations for the day!
New ETA Coach athlete Pat Casterline took on the NYC Run Winter Series Roosevelt Island 10k as a test of fitness and crossed the line in 34:55, good enough for 3rd Overall. Well done, brother—now time to focus on the mile!
At 47 years young, ETA Coach Athlete Herb Heffner opened up the masters indoor track season running the 1 mile and 800m at the B. U. Mini Meet #1 and smashed previous openers in past indoor track seasons! Herb started off with the mile clocking in at 4:41.24 which is his best mile time since college. Last year, Herb opened up with a 5:01 and that was in late January! About 15 minutes after the mile, Herb took on the 800m, clocking in at 2:10.14. He had no taper and had done four key workouts in the past 11 days. It's safe to say Herb is ready to get after it this winter track season! Well done!
2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
When Coach Matt and I found out that the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships were going to be at Lehigh University, we knew we had to put a team together. So, we e-mailed seven of the ladies we had been coaching individually. These seven women are very different in terms of experience, age, and goals, but they all showed up this past Saturday and toed the line, representing both ETA Coach and the Delaware Valley Track Club (DVTC). The women had a great race on the 6k course, placing 30th out of 43 teams and 343 competitors—not bad, considering that none of them were focusing on this race! On the men's side, ETA Coach had 4 athletes running for two different teams (Breakneck Track Club and the South Jersey Athletic Club). All the men had great races as well!
Women's Individual Open 6k
Leading the way was ETA Coach athlete Nicole Strand, one of two masters and moms who represented ETA Coach, clocking in at 22:30:86 and placing 140th. If you look at the results you will quickly find Nicole was running against LOTS of women who were 15-20 years younger than her! In fact, if she had jumped into the masters 6k race, that time would have put her in the top 7 finishers! But Nicole knows the forties are the new twenties, and she will continue to take down her PRs. Nicole now sets her sights on the 2015 triathlon season where she looks to smash her 70.3 PR! Well done, Nicole!
Next up was ETA Coach athlete Ashley Zimmer, who was just coming off the Philadelphia Marathon, and this was her first cross country race ever! Ashley showed up ready to race, clocking in at 23:24:65 and placing 207th. This was a whole new world for Ashley and her world is going to continue change in running as she now sets her sights on both an indoor and outdoor track season for the first time in her running career. Awesome job, Ashley, and way to take on this new challenge!
Former Rowan University runner Eileen O'Mara was next to cross the finish line, running a strong race and clocking in 24:05:29 and placing 237th. Since graduating, Eileen has been dabbling in some track and triathlons, and this was the first time she had been back on the cross country course and she looked right at home! Well done, Eileen!
Right behind Eileen was new ETA Coach athlete Lisah Hamilton, crossing the line in 24:06:82 and placing 239th. Lisah is just getting back into competitive running after taking the past few years off and now sets her sights on a half marathon in the spring. Awesome job, Lisah, and way to represent the masters runners on our team!
ETA Coach athlete Maggie Bradley laced up spikes and toed the starting line of a cross country race for the very first time and had a great showing, clocking in at 24:13:68 and placing 245th. Maggie will be racing in the very competitive 40-44 division of triathlon this year and set her sights on an Ironman distance race in August. Well done, Maggie!
Kelly Malloy, a former Bishop Eustace runner of Assistant Coach Matt Ciociola, was next up, crossing the finish line in 25:05:03 and finishing in 272nd place. Kelly is currently in DPT school and one only knows how she fits in time to train, but she does and had a great race. Thanks for helping the team, Kelly!
Next up was ETA Coach athlete Laura O'Mara, who clocked in 25:23.64 and placed 283rd. Laura is a newlywed who recently tied the knot with ETA Coach assistant Coach Matt Ciociola. She gutted out a great race as she gets back to running consistently. She sets her sights on the spring track season. Great job, Laura!
Masters Men Individual 10k
ETA Coach Athlete Micheal Mader and Kurt D'Andrea represented the South Jersey Athletic club in the masters race. Mader clocked in at 39:57 and placed 275th out of 588 runners. Mader now sets his sights on an Ironman distance race in the fall of 2015. In other words, it's time to hang up the spikes and get on the bike!
Next up was ETA Coach Kurt D'Andrea taking on his first cross country race clocking in at 42:31and placing 353rd. This was a 10k PR for Kurt D'Andrea too! Well done, Kurt, and welcome to the PAIN and fun of cross country!
Men's Individual Open 10k
Leading the way for the Breakneck Track Club was ETA Coach athlete Brian Quilty who clocked in at 32:39:90, placing 228th out of a large and stacked field of 572 runners. Quilty now sets his sights on the spring track season and maintain his rep after breaking 15 minutes in the 5k this past fall.
11/22 - 11/23/2014
As always, Philadelphia Marathon weekend is a busy one for ETA Coach Athletes, and as always, it was a great weekend!
Chris Pannone – 2:21:57
ETA Coach Athlete Chris Pannone crossed the finish line in 2:21:58. To many, this time is stellar, but it was a rough day and our goal was not attained. 3.5 weeks ago, Chris suffered a mild foot injury, and it took him a little over a week to feel 100% and get back to the goal at hand. This was not ideal with the marathon so close. Chris is a stellar athlete and I know he will bounce back after reflecting on the day, all the variables that the marathon entails, and then put it behind him and get after the goal we originally set out to achieve. As his coach, of course I take responsibility and will go back to analyze every nook and cranny of his training and race day, and I will aid Chris in bouncing back to smashing his next marathon. Well done, Chris, and stay strong.
Ashley Zimmer – 2:59:15 PR
ETA Coach Athlete Ashley Zimmer crossed the finish line in 2:59:15 (a 1-minute PR) and achieved her goal of breaking 3 hours! If you know Ashley, her dedication to her running is no secret. She pours her heart into every workout and race, and sometimes that means holding back! She did that yesterday, perfectly pacing herself through the first 10 miles to set herself up for a fantastically paced race. Ashley has focused on marathon racing for the past 15+ months that I have coached her, so now we take her to a place she has never been before in the next 6-12 months: to the track for some 1500-5000m races on both the track and road. The sky is the limit for this young lady and this has shown with her continued improvement and dedication to the tasks at hand. Great job, Ashley, and congrats on not only a great race this weekend, but getting engaged, too!
Dan Riley – 3:22:57 PR
ETA Coach Athlete Dan Riley crossed the finish line in 3:22:57 and this is a PR, because the last marathon he ran was after a 2.4-mile swim and 112-mile bike ride in 2013 at Ironman Lake Placid! Dan spent his summer focusing on racing the inaugural Princeton 70.3 Half Ironman back in September and then quickly switched focus to the Philadelphia Marathon. I was skeptical as always, so we played it safe and merely focused on building progressive volume and frequency of running with one small interval workout a week. Dan seeded himself at 3:50, but we knew Dan was a solid runner and trained him to run in and around 3:30. Well, Dan smashed that goal by 7 minutes. Awesome job, Dan!
Meg Wright – 3:33:28
ETA Coach Athlete Meg Wright is no stranger to marathons and her experience or in this case "guts" showed today when she crossed that line in 3:30. We had Meg coming in just under 3:20 based on her training, but the marathon has plenty of variables and Meg started to feel beat up in the race much earlier than we anticipated. Despite that, Meg still pushed and gave it everything she had. No doubt she will move forward and smash her next marathon in the spring! Great job, Meg, and way to hang in!
John Rosko – 3:51:46 PR
It's been quite a year for John. Formerly a high school football player and bodyguard for his endurance athlete friends, John finished his first Half Ironman back in June at Eagleman and decided to follow that up with his first marathon on Sunday. John ran very smart early and actually dropped his pace as the race went on. As a coach, I am most proud of how John dedicated himself every day to the training. Congrats on the great race, John!
Garret Strouse – 1:17:57 PR
ETA Coach and Drexel athlete Garret Strouse had a great half marathon, clocking in at 1:17. Garret now sets his sights on Collegiate Triathlon Nationals in the early spring!
Michael Mader – 1:21:55
ETA Coach Athlete Micheal Mader had a great race and attacked it just like we had planned, clocking in at 1:21 which is just a few seconds off his PR! Awesome job, Michael!
Tom Whalin - 1:34:56
ETA Coach Athlete Tom Whalin was at it again besting another one of his PRs. Tom clocked in at 1:34:56, which was 10 minutes faster than his last half marathon. Tom now plans to take some down time and get back at it in the New Year. Great job, Tom!
Chris Hope – 1:43
ETA Coach Athlete Chris Hope is still only 8 weeks past his first Ironman back in late September and was already back racing, clocking in at 1:43. Chris now continues to set his sights on a run-focused season for the next few months!
Carrie Biemer - 1:57:55
ETA Coach athlete Carrie Biemer had one goal in mind and that was to break 2 hours and she did just that clocking in at 1:57:55! Awesome job Carrie! Now its time to sit down and chat Ironman training!
Brian Quilty took 17th overall with a time of 25:05 and now sets his sights on Cross Country Club Nationals in early December. Well done, Quilty!
Shout out to all the Drexel Tri Team athletes that took on one of the three races this weekend as well! Word on the street is everyone set at PR!
ETA Coach Athletes Herb Heffner (featured below), Joe Caruso , Bob Christman, and a few of the Drexel Triathlon Team members took on the Rocky Balboa 10k and 5k in Philadelphia as a test of fitness. Despite the course being longer than 10k and the weather being cold, everyone had great races! In the 10k, Herb clocked in at 36:36, taking 3rd place overall—not too shabby for 46 years young! Joe Caruso was next to cross the line in 46:31, and he's now ready to continue his run focus in preparation for his 3rd Ironman in 2015. The Drexel Tri Team represented and got their time trials in, too! Bob Christman took on the 5k as a test of fitness and clocked in at 27:08. Great job, everyone!
Shout out to ETA Coach/Drexel Athlete Garet Strouse for taking the win at the City Six 5k this past weekend. Garet took advantage of the slightly short 5k course clocking in at 15:28.
Also shout to the president of the Drexel Tri Team Austin Kuba for having a great race and in theory scored a PR! Way to get after it!
11/2/14 Run the Bridge 10k
• Eileen O'Mara, 41:01, 7th female overall, 1st place age group (20-24)
• Laura O'Mara, 43:07, 5th place age group(25-29)
• Bob Christman, 59:30
Coach Matt had three athletes take on the bridge, wind, and cold temps, and all three came away with a good race. Eileen has been quite busy with her first year of teaching but showed she still possesses great fitness with her age group win. Laura used this race as a test of fitness as she prepares for Club XC nationals and another spring on the track. Bob started his fall/winter of run-focused training with this as his benchmark race. In the past, Bob has had issues running consistently, but he's off to a great start!
11/2/14 TCS New York City Marathon - Bill Rodgers said, "The marathon can humble you," because each one demands respect and is its own race.
Matt Dahl, 2:39:39
Matt started the day facing wind and cold but was ready to hit his goal after a great year of training. Matt was a tad quick in the early part of the race, but he pressed on, settling into his pace. The cold got to his hamstring, an old college injury, but he held on the last 5k and came away with a PR on the tough NYC Marathon course. Matt has earned some great downtime, and then he'll prepare for Boston 2016!
Paul Amos, 3:29:11
After competing in Ironman Lake Placid this past summer, Paul was ready to take down his current marathon PR in NYC. Like many others that day, Paul pushed through the cold and windy conditions and crossed that line in a very respectable time. Paul's PR still stands, and no doubt he will smash it in the future. Way to gut it out, Paul!
11/2/14 The Chester River 5k
Timothy Gallagher, 19:50, 2nd overall, 1st Masters
11/1/14 PurpleStride 5k
Robert Machlus, 21:48, 13th overall, 6th place age group (55-59)
11/1/14 NYRR Dash to the Finish 5k
• Chris Pannone, 15:13
• Herb Heffner, 17:20
Chris and Herb both took on the wind and rain at the Dash to the Finish 5k in Central Park and walked away like they had been in a fight. The weather conditions were harsh, but it was a good solid effort for both athletes. Both are putting in a lot of training and were instructed to just go out, shake off the cobwebs, and race!
AC Half Marathon 10/19/14
ETA Coach Athlete Michael Mader took on the AC Half Marathon taking 9th OA and 1st in his AG (40-44). The best part is Michael was instructed to just run half of the race at his actual race pace and the other half nice and relaxed. Way to stick to the plan and still walk away with some hardware Micheal.
Monster Mash Marathon 10/18/14
ETA Coach Athlete Bob Machlus, age 59 years young, set another PR at the marathon distance with a time of 3:33 at the Monster Mash Marathon. Every race Bob has entered in the past year has been a PR, and it's all due to his hard work and patience. Great job, Bob, and congrats!
Fueled Up and Fired Up Pick 5 Challenge – 5-miler
Maggie Bradley took a page out of ETA Coach Nicole Strand's book and beat up on all the men at the Fueled Up and Fired Up Pick 5 Challenge, clocking in at 32:53 and taking 1st overall! Well done, Maggie!
Breakout 5k Philly 10/11/14
ETA Coach and Drexel Tri Team Athletes took on the Breakout 5k as a test of fitness and produced some great times and PR's along the way! Great job, everyone!
• Brian Quilty, 1st Overall 15:50
• Ashley Zimmer, 4th Female Overall, 19:21
• Andrew Keenan, 19:30 (PR)
• Drexel Tri Team – 3rd Place Team
Steamtown Marathon 10/12/14
Shanna Peterson O'Neal took on the Steamtown Marathon, finishing with a time of 3:42:48, setting a PR and qualifying for Boston! Shanna also did her first Ironman back in late July at Ironman Lake Placid! Great job, Shanna--your dedication is reflected in all your race results!
Lisa Sanon-Jules, 3:37:06, Boston Qualifier
Lisa signed on with Matt back in May and boldly stated her goal form the start: run a BQ. Lisa had run some good marathons in the past but stated she would slow down in the later miles, which caused her to narrowly miss a BQ. Throughout her training, Lisa was a model athlete: consistently logging her workouts, communicating well with Matt regarding scheduling key workouts and with how she was feeling, and always asking questions about a given workout. We pushed her a lot in training and gave her some new workouts that she had not previously done. She followed everything 100% and she got her reward! Great job, Lisa!
21st Annual Tomm May 5K Run 10/11/14
ETA Coach athlete Nicole Strand was at it again tearing up the local racing scene and beating all the men at the Tomm May 5k Run! She placed 1st Overall with a time of 18:32! Well done, Nicole!
Wineglass Half Marathon - October 5th
ETA Coach athlete Maggie Brill took on the Wineglass Half Marathon and finished as the 4th overall female with a time of 1:27:30! Awesome job, Maggie!
Treasure Island Sprint Triathlon - October 5th
ETA Coach's youngest athlete, Cameron Humphreys, took on the Treasure Island Sprint Triathlon in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and walked away with some hardware placing 2nd in his age group! Cameron was the youngest competitor in the field and this was his first triathlon. His hard work and dedication shone through yesterday as he swam, biked, and ran his way to a very respectable finish for an 11-year-old young man! Great job, Cameron!
5k Race Down Broad Street - October 4th
ETA Coach athlete Brian Quilty defended his title at the 5k Race Down Broad Street, clocking in at 15:22. After a summer of running and winning lots of 5ks for some extra cash, Brian now sets his sights on breaking 15 minutes in the 5k this Spring. Last spring, Brian got down to 15:01 and scored a 15s PR in the 5k, so there is no doubt in my mind that he is on track to meet his goal during the upcoming spring track season.
Ironman Chattanooga - September 28th
ETA Coach athlete Chris Hope is no stranger to competition when it comes to endurance athletics, because he has been racing bikes and duathlons since the early 1990s! On September 28th, Chris took on Ironman Chattanooga with all guns firing. Chris smashed his Ironman distance PR by by almost 45min, clocking in at 10:35—not too shabby for 49 years young! In the beginning, it was tough coaching Chris, because he had been in the sport for such a long period of time and was already extremely knowledgeable about training and racing. However, he bit the bullet and followed every workout and paid attention to every detail, and the results of this effort were evident on race day. Chris, your hard work paid off, my friend—congrats!
Ocean City 5k Run - September 28th
ETA Coach athlete Maggie Bradley took on the Ocean City 5k as a test of fitness, clocking in at 19:29, which was good enough for 4th overall and 1st female overall! Great job, Maggie!
Princeton 70.3 9/21/14
Lots of ETA Coach Athletes took on the inaugural Princeton Half Ironman and walked away with lots of Personal Records and first time 70.3 finishes! The Princeton course offered some challenges on the longer bike course, but everyone pushed though to have a great day.
Hilliary Schmidt, Total Time- 5:34:37, 9th F35-39 AG – First Half Ironman. This was Hilliary's first year of triathlons and her 2nd triathlon ever! During the race she even stopped during the bike to help a fellow ETA Coach athlete out with a flat tire! This is a testament to what a super nice person that she is, but also to the fact that she put most of the race on cruise control to finish and see how she felt. Next time she will be leaving her comfort zone!
Barbara Kutis, Total Time – 5:41:35, 10th F30-34 AG – First Half Ironman. It was a great day for Barb in her first half ironman debut as well. If you know Barb, she does not back down from anything that stands in her way, so when she got a flat with 6 miles to go on the bike course and could not fix it (bad Co2s), she rode to T2 with a flat tire and used the frustration from the flat tire to fuel her run and hammered 13.1! There is no doubt in my mind that her time would have been 10 minutes faster or more without that flat and that next time she will be coming out with all guns firing looking for another great race!
April Cardone, Total Time- 5:48:43, 13th F35-39 AG (PR). April is not your ordinary athlete, because she struggles with an autoimmune disease every day. Regularly she has fevers and fights bouts of illness. Thankfully her training has been spot on and her illness has been fairly under control. This led to April having a great day and scoring a PR!
Rob Newbold, Total Time – 5:50:58 (PR). Between working 60-plus hours a week and lots of travel, Rob is a model for hard work and dedication. Rob had a great day, scoring a PR and faster splits in all three events compared to his last 70.3.
Dan Riley, Total Time – 5:52:54. It's hard to believe this was Dan's first half Ironman, because he is an Ironman athlete! Dan had a great showing and one of his fastest 13.1 run splits to date.
Jennifer Tapner, Total Time – 5:55: (PR). Less than 8 weeks ago, Jen finished her 3rd Ironman and still wanted to take on one more race before the season ended. She took this one on full force and scored another PR, too!
Allison Lee, Total Time – 6:37:16 (PR). Allison had struggles with some injury after her first Ironman back in late June, so her training leading up to Princeton was not what she wanted. Despite all this, she still squeaked out a PR and now looks forward to focusing on her run!
Evelyn Shreve, Total Time – 6:48:30 (PR). Evelyn is detail oriented and it showed on race day when she toed the starting line injury free. During the past few years, she has battled injuries on and off, including a stress fracture back in February. Her patience showed off as she diligently trained for this race, and this "injury free" streak will continue to pay off with that same mindset.
Kerry Marder, Total Time – 6:52:39 – first half Ironman. Kerry had a goal of breaking 7 hours and she did just that! All those long workout weekends, trips to the lake, and endless hours on the indoor trainer paid off, Kerry!
Michele Juliana, Total Time – 6:57:17, first 70.3 - This was Michele's first 70.3. She's done quite a few marathons but after a less than enjoyable experience at the Devilman Triathlon, she contacted us to prepare for her first 70.3. Since then, Michele has been an ideal athlete: following her workouts and logging every day, asking questions and learning as much as she could about the distance, and simply putting in the work everyday. Her goal was to break 7 hours, and she went into race day confident and followed her plan perfectly.
Philadelphia Rock n' Roll Half Marathon 9/21/14
Every year, a slew of ETA Coach Athletes take on the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in dominating fashion. Nothing changed this year and everyone showed up firing on all cylinders.
Chris Pannone, Total Time – 1:07:20. Chris is preparing for the Philadelphia Marathon and along the way his solid racing continues.
Matt Dahl, Total Time – 1:12:43 (PR). Matt also continues to prepare for the NYC Marathon and based on these race results, Matt is well on his way to a great NYC marathon.
Paul Amos – 1:33:41. Paul had a great race and also used this race as a long run. Very close to a PR too!
Nick Camardo – 1:38:44 (PR). Nick continues to train for the Philly Marathon and continues to set PRs along the way!
Robert Machlus – 1:41:14 (PR). At 57 years young, Bob keeps setting PRs in distances from the 5k to the marathon. Bob now sets his sights on a marathon in a few weeks.
Colleen Zanger – 1:40:58. Colleen has done this race for the past few years and always gives it her all. This was a tad shy of her current PR, but I have no doubt she will get there again!
Shanna Petersen – 1:49:33 (PR). Shanna did Ironman Lake Placid back in July and now has her sights set on qualifying for Boston in a few weeks at the Steamtown Marathon. She used this race as a long run, running 5 miles before the race, and still set a PR. Way to get after it!
Jim Rizol – 1:52:25. Jim did Ironman Boulder back in August and now sets his sights on the Marine Corps Marathon. This race was used a long run/marathon race pace workout.
David Walter – 2:02:29. David is just coming off a successful first triathlon season and wrapped it up with a half marathon!
Denise Smallacomb took on the Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon and clocked in at 07:52:23! It was a challenging course with lots of head winds. Great job, Denise!
Run the Vineyards - Down the Shore 5K
• Michael Mader 18:18 – 1st overall
• Joe Caruso 20:19 – 4th overall
• Susan Smith 27:22
Cape May Beachfront 2-miler
Michael Mader 11:18 – 1st overall
Atlantic City Triathlon
Lots of ETA Coach athletes took on the fast and flat Atlantic City International and Sprint Triathlon and showcased all the hard work they had done to train for the race!
• Andrew Keenan, Total Time: 1:57:15, 14th overall, 2nd M18-19 AG
• Joe Caruso, Total Time: 2:04:30, 1st M40-44 AG.
• Kurt D'andrea, Total Time: 2:17:19, 6th M40-44 AG.
• Jennifer Tapner, Total Time: 2:38:28, 6th F40-44 AG. Jen had a blow out on the race course, but still managed to get back in the race and make up some time on the run!
• Gina Schweizer, Total Time: 3:13:09. Congratulations to Gina for completing her 1st International Distance Triathlon!
Matt Ciociola, Eileen O'Mara, Laura O'Mara, Total Time 2:25:28, 2nd Place CoEd Relay.
1 mile Swim
Jason Kilderry, Total Time: 32:59, 6th Overall
• Micheal Mader, Total Time: 1:00:59, 3rd overall
• Matthew Petroski, Total Time: 1:06:15, 3rd M35-39 AG
• Barbara Cresse, Total Time: 1:33:42, 1st F65-69 AG
• David Walter, Total Time: 1:46:39. David's bike split may look very long, and that's because it is; David had a minor accident when a car drifted into his bike lane. David made it out mostly OK but had to wait 20-30 minutes for the police to finish their report. After that, he was on his way and was able to finish the race! He even has a nice picture with his race medal and the police report! Nice job, David!
LBI Sprint Tri 9/14/14
Bob Christman, Total Time: 1:08:45, 3rd M55-59 AG - A week after completing the Shoreman Quarterman triathlon, which included his longest run leg ever, Bob followed that up with a podium finish at his final triathlon of the season. Bob has always been a strong cyclist and swimmer and now will focus on addressing the run discipline of triathlon as he gears up for next year. Great work, Bob!
Sharyn Beenstock, Total Time: 1:30:03. She did it! After trying to convince Sharyn that she was ready for a triathlon starting back in April, she took the plunge and dominated her first race! Awesome job, Sharyn—all your hard work paid off!
Princeton Health Care SYS 5 Miler 9/14/14
Nicole Strand, 30:17, 3rd Overall, 1st Female Overall
Shout out to ETA Coach and Drexel athlete Andrew Keenan for finishing 8th overall in the collegiate division of the Westchester Triathlon! This ends a fantastic season for Andrew, and now he sets his sights on 2015 collegiate nationals!
Medford Lakes Triathlon 8/24/14
ETA Coach athletes showed up to the Medford Lakes triathlon ready to race!
Tom Whalen crossed the line in 1:16:33, good enough for 16th overall! Kurt D'Andrea was next with a total time of 1:19:21, smashing his time from the previous year by 4 minutes! After battling an Achilles injury in the month leading up to the race, Simon Varley showed up ready to race and placed 5th in his age group (50-54) with a time of 1:23:35.
TriRock Asbury Park Triathlon 8/24/14
**Swim cancelled due to conditions. Substituted with a 1.25-mile run.
Michele Juliana, total time 2:24:58, 3rd in her age group (45-49). Michele used this race as a test of fitness roughly one month out from Princeton 70.3. The swim was cancelled due to weather conditions the previous day and the water being extremely choppy. Michele came out of the day with a 3rd place age group showing and a lot of confidence for her final weeks of training. She has done a great job of completing her training since Devilman Triathlon back in May and she'll be ready to rock Princeton come race day.
Run for Tony 5k 8/27/14
Nick Camardo took on the famed Run for Tony 5k as a test of fitness, running 20:39. Nick now sets his sights on his first marathon in November! Well done, Nick!
8/30/14 AC Pagent Swim
Matt Petroski fought the against the current and rolling swells at the AC Pagent Swim, taking first in his age group (35-39) and 40th overall.
8/30/14 Egg Harbor Lake Duathlon
David Walter had a great showing at the Egg Harbor Lake Duathlon, clocking in at 1:24:50 and placing 7th overall!
Quassapaug Sailing Center Open Water Swim Festival 8/30/14
Cole Gindhart took on the Quassapaug Sailing Center Open Water swim festival, competing in the 5-mile championship. What that meant for this race is that he swam in the 3-mile race, the 1.5-mile race, and the 0.5-mile race, and all of his times were added up for an overall 5-mile time.
3-mile: 4th overall finishing in 1:07:21, a mere 7 seconds out of an overall podium position. 3rd place male, and 1st in his age group (20-24). Only an hour and half after finishing the 3 miles, Cole went out again for the 1.5-miler, taking a 1st place victory with a time of 34:08. In the last swim (0.5 mile), Cole took 3rd overall with a time of 10:28. Cole was 2nd place overall, with a final cumulative time of 1:51:57. Awesome job, Cole!
8/31/14 Tim Kerr 7 Mile Run
Tim Pappas jumped in one of his favorite summertime races, the Tim Kerr 7-mile Run, and finished with a time of 47:36 and 2nd in his age group (30-34). Nice job, Tim!
Philly 10k 9/6/14
Four ETA Coach athletes took on the Philly 10k as a test of fitness and they were faced with super hot and humid weather. Despite the heat, all of them pushed through and had great races!
• Chris Pannone, Time: 31:57 1st overall
• Art Fritzinger , Time: 48:27
• Carrie Biemer, Time: 51:31
• Kerry Mader, Time: 1:00:22
Shoreman Quarterman Triathlon 9/6/14
Bob Christman, total time 3:29:23, 4th in his age group (55-59)
Bob has been working with ETA for a short time now but has been a model athlete since working with Coach Matt. Bob took on not only the humid, hot conditions but also his first triathlon with a 10k as the run leg. Bob's swim was 12th place overall and he pushed through the run to place in his age group. Bob has the LBI Sprint tri next week before focusing on improving the run leg of his racing to become a complete triathlete!
World Half Ironman Championships 9/7/14
ETA Coach athletes Andrew Keenan and Maggie Bradley took on the 70.3 World Half Ironman Championships in devastating fashion. Andrew was the youngest competitor in the field and clocked in at 4:39:33 (first 70.3 was Syracuse back in June). This young man has many years of successful racing to come! Andrew will now focus on short course racing, because coach said so! Awesome job, Andrew!
Also shout out to ETA Coach athlete Maggie Bradley who clocked in at 5:19:19! Maggie was cut off during the bike portion of a race back in July and broke her collarbone, but this did not stop her from competing in this race! Now that is hardcore! Great job, Maggie!
Diamondman Sprint Triathlon 9/7/14
Simon Varley, total time: 1:49:06, 5th in age group (50-54).
Simon wrapped up his summer of triathlons (which included many top 5 age group finishes) with his 5th place AG finish at the Diamondman Sprint Triathlon despite getting a flat on the bike. This race was actually long for a sprint with a 0.5-mile swim, 19.5-mile bike, and 3.3-mile run. Simon also had the 14th overall fastest run split out of the 115 finishers in the race.
River to Sea
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athletes Lisa Sanon-Jules and Hillary Schmitt for being part of the seven-woman team, Her Journey to Keep Calm, that won the Fastest Elapsed Time Women's Division at the River to Sea Relay. River to Sea is a 92-mile race from Milford, NJ across the state to Manasquan, NJ where teams of seven runners each run two legs of varying distances. Lisa ran a total of 10.5 miles for the day and Hillary ran legs 1 and 9 totaling nearly 14 miles; great job to both of you!
Canoe Creek Triathlon
ETA Coach Athlete Kurt D'Andrea took on the Canoe Creek Triathlon in devastating fashion, clocking in with a total time of 1:15:44, placing him 10th overall and 2nd in his age group (M40-44). Kurt also posted the fastest run split in his age group! Way to get after it, Kurt!
ETA Coach Athletes Jim Rizol and Jen Tapner both took on the challenging Ironman Boulder! They battled the higher altitude and blazing heat on the run. This was Jim's 2nd Ironman and Jen's 3rd! Congrats, Jen and Jim!
• Jen Tapner: Total Time: 13:43:39
• Jim Rizol: Total Time: 14:51:24
Queen of the Crest
ETA Coach Athletes Erin Reynolds Cunningham, Gina Schweizer, and new ETA Coach Athlete Susan A Smith all took on the first annual Queen of the Crest triathlon. All battled the rough ocean waters and had spectacular races!
• Erin Cunningham, Total Time: 1:22:19 10th overall, 2nd in her age group (F30-34)
• Susan Smith, Total Time: 1:22:45, 12th overall, 1st in her age group (F40-44)
• Gina Schweizer, Total Time: 1:48:27
ETA Coach athlete Matt Petroski smashed his time from last year's race by over 5 minutes with a total time of 1:09:34, which placed him 24th overall and 4th in his age group (M35-39). This was in pouring rain that delayed the race start by more than 2 hours. Well done, Matt!
Coombs-Douglass Memorial Bay Run
Congrats to new ETA Coach Athletes and Susan Smith and Michael Mader for having great races at the Coombs-Douglass Memorial Bay Run!
• Michael Mader, 1st overall, time of 30:41
• Susan Smith, 45:56
IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead
ETA Coach's fittest athletic couple, Art Fritzinger and Carrie Biemer, took on the hot weather at 70.3 Steelhead walking away with great overall race results and super quick bike splits. Carrie once again bested her loving husband, but there will be another 70.3 thrown down in October! Awesome job, Art and Carrie!
• Carrie Biemer, Total Time: 5:29:01, 6th in age group (25-29)
• Art Fritzinger, Total Time: 5:33:49
ETA Coach Athlete Victoria English took on Ironman Mont-Tremblant and plain and simple smashed it! Victoria crossed the line in 11:01 scoring herself a Ironman PR and a solid day all round! Congrats!
ETA Coach Athlete Dan Riley took on the Steelman Olympic and scored a PR along the way! Dan crossed the line in 2:43:46 and now sets his sights on an upcoming 70.3!
Presidentital Lakes Olympic Triathlon
ETA Coach Athletes Ryan Fulmer, Chris Hope, and April Cardone all took on the Presidential Lakes Olympic Triathlon and walked away with some hardware and PRs! Well done, everyone!
• Ryan Fulmer, Total Time: 2:16:43, 5th fastest bike split, 1st in age group (30-34), 12th overall
• Chris Hope, Total Time: 2:17:20, 3rd fastest bike split, 3rd in age group (45-49), 13th overall, 7-minute PR on the course
• April Cardone Greenagel, Total Time: 2:42:30, 7-minute PR on the course, 2-minute Olympic Distance PR
Cazenovia Olympic Triathlon
ETA Coach and Drexel Triathlon Team Athlete Andrew Keenan took on the Cazenovia Olympic Triathlon and set a 2-minute course PR, crossing the line in 2:14:05! Great job, Andrew!
Tuckahoe Triathlon and Aquabike
• Paul Canton, Triathlon, Total Time: 58:02, 1st in age group (35-39), 14th overall
• Barbara Cresse, Aquabike, Total Time: 53:52, 2nd overall!
Not an easy mile by any means, because the whole mile was into the wind! Well-done, Mader!
• Michael Mader – Total Time 5:28, 8th overall, 1st in age group (40-44)
Ohio River Swim
• Barbara Kutis, 50:08 1.2 Mile Swim Event, 7th overall
Harry Yates Memorial Swim
• Matt Petroski – 16:30, damn fast, Matt! Well done!
Tri the Wildwood Triathlon
Each year lots of ETA Coach Athletes take on one of the Jersey Shore's premier races in North Wildwood, NJ: "Tri the Wildwood." And just like every year, everyone had a great day, raced hard, raced fast, and had fun. Thank you to Delmosports for continuing to put on such stellar races.
• Joe Caruso 1:03:40, 3rd Masters, 14th overall
• Micheal Mader 1:05:06, 3rd in age group (40-44), 23rd overall
• Tim Pappas 1:05:49, 5th in age group (30-34)
• Shawn Deangelis 1:14:33
• Jen Tapner 1:15, 3rd in age group (40-44)
• Christine Venuti 1:22:29, Course PR!
• Allison Lee 1:28:20
• Barbara Cresse 1:39:53, 1st in age group (65-69)
• Gina Schweizer 1:43:31
2nd Coed Relay – Jason Kilderry, Maureen Gribb, and Ashley Ashley Lauren Zimmer 1:03:57
New ETA Coach Athlete Susan Smith took on her first 70.3, crossing the line in 7:17. She is already plotting her revenge on the next 70.3 she does and ETA Coach is going to help carry out that revenge!
YMCA Spirit, Mind, Body Triathlon
Barbara Kutis, 1st overall Female, 2:51:00. This is Barb's 2nd overall win of the season. In her words, "I'm doing a good job of cherry picking races I can win this season." Fantastic job, Barb! You're having a stellar season with overall wins, age group wins, and PRs!
2014 NYRR Team Championships-Men
Chris Pannone – 25:15. Chris used this race as a tune up and test of fitness as he sets his sights on an early winter marathon. Well done, Chris!
Ironman Lake Placid
Each year, ETA Coach has a slew of athletes compete in Ironman Lake Placid and each year is always eventful to say the least, but this year proved to be full of surprises and challenges. The weather was a big challenge; thunderstorms prompted race officials to pull/force hundreds of swimmers from the water. As of now, race officials are only omitting swim lap 2 and T1 for all Age Groupers. Unofficial results, including these, were posted on the site below:
Unofficial Results | Official Results
Those who finished both loops were given their time from the unofficial website.
Between the crazy weather and bike mechanical issues that many ETA Athletes had, they pushed through like the Ironmen that they are and finished strong!
ETA Coach Athlete Joe Caruso is a competitor to say the least. Joe did this same race back in 2012 and had a well-paced, spectacular day then. We were hoping to replicate this same performance but with a faster time in 2014, and he did just that. Despite having to stop for 10 minutes to fix a mechanical issue with his bike, Joe followed the plan to a T. On the run he was cool, calm, and collected and spot on with his pacing. The look on Joe's face during the race just got me so pumped up, because he was so determined but kept everything controlled. This is key for such a long race with so many variables and opportunities to "blow up" on the course. Joe finished with nothing left in the tank when he crossed that finish line in a total time of 11:08:43, a 51-minute PR from Ironman Lake Placid 2012. Joe earned every minute of that PR with all his hard work, attention to detail, and patience. There is no doubt in my mind that the next time Joe takes on an Ironman, he is dropping another 50+ minutes off his time and earning a new PR!
ETA Coach Assistant Coach and Athlete Matt Ciociola took on his first Ironman and finished with a spectacular time of 11:16:18. Matt had minor mechanical issues on the bike which cost him about 8 minutes on the 2nd loop. Matt has to be the most organized and prepared person I know when it comes to any task, and this race was no different. Matt is still very young in the sport of triathlon and as his coach and employer, I loved seeing him kick ass. I loved running along with him to check in every time I saw him for a few seconds, but it was what he learned from this race that I enjoyed most. Matt will analyze these results until his next race. He has always respected the ironman distance, but now I know he will bring his own Ironman experience with him in his coaching of other ironman athletes and I'm confident that he will smash his PR by more than a hour the next time he takes on this distance. I expect to see some big things in the next couple years as he continues his journey from former very competitive runner to competitive triathlete. Great job, Matt, and although the 1000 emails you send me often annoy the heck out of me, they also remind me how blessed I am to have such a great friend, dedicated assistant coach, and athlete working and racing for ETA Coach.
ETA Assistant Coach and Athlete Christian Whipple is the product of long-term development, dedication, and determination. Christian knew that this year's Ironman was not going to be his best. Why? Well his son is almost 1 year old and between working, coaching, and holding down his household duties, Christian's time for training was limited to say the least. In fact, almost every ride and run he did was around town on his mountain bike with his son on the back or in a stroller. He completed less than 6 workouts a week with his training leading up to the race. The thing is Christian was prepared for this and as the race got closer he knew his training needed to get underway. He did the best he could with the limited time he had, sneaking in the long swims, bike rides, and runs when he could. Now, ETA Coach is known for promoting long-term development when it comes to training for these events. This was Christian's 8th ironman and in my opinion it was one of his best. Christian crossed the line in 11:40, which was 1 minute faster than when he raced IMLP in 2008 and had triple the training load. Using his coaching knowledge he stuck to a pace in the swim he knew he could hold. During the bike he stuck to a power that he know would set him up for a solid run and avoid blowing up. On the run he ran a great race and kept it controlled to the end when he was going toe to toe with a fellow friend and competitor. The friend did beat him, but not by much, and he probably trained twice as much as Christian had. Christian's race results reflect that long-term development we often talk about. Awesome job, Christian, and congrats!
ETA Coach Athlete Nicole Strand
"The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!" – Rocky Bolboa
This quote sums up ETA Coach Athlete Nicole Strand's past 6 weeks. She was hit with everything and it all started with a bike crash while training on the Ironman Lake Placid bike course. It was a freak accident when Nicole hit a bump and her water bottle dislodged and went under her rear wheel taking her out. Prior to that, Nicole was on tear, having dominated a local sprint triathlon taking the first overall women, setting a personal record in a 5-mile race with a time of 29:40 (sub 6min/mile pace), and crushing the Quassy Half Ironman placing 2nd in her age group (40-44) and 7th woman overall. After she went down on the bike, both she and I initially thought her season might be over and her goal of going to Ironman Lake Placid and being in the running for top 3 in her age group might be over. After her crash, we learned she had 3 dislocated fingers, 2 broken fingers, road rash, and all the bumps and bruises that come with going down on your bike while riding downhill at 26 mph. Despite all this after leaving the ER we thought there might be a chance she could still do Ironman Lake Placid and she did indeed, but the bad luck did not stop there. After 1 week of very little training on the bike and run and no swimming, we started to gradually increase the frequency and volume of the bike and run. Nicole was feeling back to herself with about a week and a half to go and was given the ok to swim 2 weeks out from race day. We had her swim every day starting off with a simple 600 meters, and like Nicole she did more despite the pain! Fast forward to the day before the race: Nicole found that her front tubular tire might be leaking some air and had it checked out. After a "professional bike tech" looked at her wheel and just squeezed it, he thought should was good to go. Later that day Nicole's Garmin was not working, so after messing with it for hours she went and bought a new one. We were hoping this was the last of all the possible hindrances.
Nicole was ready on race day and I was very impressed by her swim despite her fingers. In fact I think she would only have swum maybe 2-4 minutes faster if she had not had her crash. On to the bike! As I waited for Nicole on the bike, I knew something was wrong, because she was a lot slower than I thought she would have been based on all her data and riding the course once. My suspicions were right. First, Nicole's Garmin was not reading her power tap and after the race she found out her battery had died, so she had no power data during the race. Second, Nicole had a flat, and it was a tubular wheel. She had no replacement tire with her, so she had to ride 16 miles until she finally found a tech on the course with a new tire. Needless to say, her bike time between riding 16 miles on a flat and waiting for techs at various aid stations was about 45 minutes off where we wanted her to be. On to the run—Nicole's weapon! She gave it her all and passed over 600 people, including 28 athletes from her age group, bringing her to the finish line in 11:58:52 which was good enough for 14th in her age group (40-44). The ironman triathlon possesses so many factors that are out of the athletes' and coaches' control. I know Nicole learned a great deal when it came to "bike equipment" here, and I'm certain she will buy a brand new bike, tires, races wheel, Garmin, and helmet before her next race to be sure that nothing goes wrong. All joking aside, despite all that went wrong and Nicole taking a mental and emotional beating having to deal with all these difficulties, she still pushed through to complete a awesome first Ironman. I can't tell you how proud of her I am. She is a devoted athlete doing every workout to a T, downloading every power/Garmin file, communicating often, and never complaining about anything. You are an Ironman, Nicole, and you earned it the hard knocks way. Next time, you will have experience and your hard work ethic do get that spot for Kona and set a huge ironman PR! Well done, and congrats!
Two Lawyers, One Engineer, and an Evidence-Based Coach walk into a bar to discuss Ironman training...
Bill Kline, Amy Kline, and Shanna Peterson O'Neal approached me in 2013 about coaching the three of them for the 2014 Ironman Lake Placid. At first I thought they were living in a dream world, because each of them had only been in the sport of triathlon for 1 year.
"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ---Douglas Everett
I quickly explained to them the concept of long-term development and how it would benefit them to wait a few years to take on such a feat. I explained further that chance of injury would indeed increase, because their volume, intensity, and frequency of training would be implemented progressively but would get to a point where they had never been before and stay there to fully prepare them for this race. They were all on board 100% knowing what laid ahead of them and that this journey would not be easy. All three of them work more hours per week than the average person, all three of them have kids, and all three of them have busy lives outside of Ironman.
"Attention to detail, communication, and consistency are what separate the athlete who wants it and the athlete who doesn't." – Coach Jason Kilderry
These three amazed me day in and day out. They were constantly uploading workouts, communicating, and asking questions to ensure they were on the right path. I had told them several times that there was a good chance that there would be a possibility of minor aches and pains or even injuries along the way, and there were. But as soon as this happened they were the first to tell me and in the physical therapists office that I suggested the next day. Each time they felt a little run down, had to move a workout, or had a question about their workouts, there was no hesitation in contacting me. They were slaves to their power/paces/speeds (well, except Bill in the pool), and it showed come race day.
Race day was, as Bill put it, "just another training day," except for the thunder, lightning, torrential rains, and even hail according to ETA Athlete Joe Caruso (I call BS), and all three of them crossed that finish smiling and feeling strong.
Bill Kline, Total Time: 12:09:07. Bill wanted to break 13 hours and I told him on the course, "are you @#%#&ing kidding me, you're going to crush that." Bill has shown some tremendous potential and there's no doubt in my mind that he can keep making rapid improvements, because he is still a baby in this sport. Last I heard, he is going to quit his engineering job and rely on Amy to be his sugar mama so he can train full time. All kidding aside, you blew my expectations away, Bill, and I'm extremely impressed with your work ethic. Well deserved, my friend, and it's been an absolute pleasure training you!
Amy Kline, Total Time: 13:02:33 (pulled on 2nd swim loop, and I'm certain that whatever official told her to leave the water either physically assaulted or a piece of her mind). Amy almost fired me as a coach a few times, but that is because she is just 100% type A and wants everything to go smoothly. Good thing I'm a talker and was able to keep my job. Amy asked the most interesting, thought provoking, and challenging questions, and I loved every second of it. Her determination day in and day out was on 100% overdrive since the first day that I started coaching her. All this paid off in the end with a tremendous finish time and keeping a smile on her face the entire time. Your attention to detail paid off, Amy, and thank you for that. Congrats!
Shanna Peterson O'Neal, Total Time: 13:14:03 (Pulled on swim 2nd loop. Shanna would not have tried the Amy approach, but whoever pulled her is lucky, because I'm certain if the morning did not go smoothly she would have drowned that person, but in a calm Irish manner). Between working long hours and the duties of a single mom, Shanna brought hard work to a whole new level. Even a few weeks ago she twisted her ankle and like clockwork was at the PT the next day, got MRI's, and saw anyone and everyone she needed to, all in the first 48 hours. There was no messing around and she portrayed that same mentality with her training. She e-mailed me often to make changes so she could still get her workouts in, and that is the communication coaches love to get to ensure their athletes are getting the most out of their workouts. Come race day, she was all smiles, stuck to the plan, and crossed that line knowing she earned every second of that time. Congrats Shanna!
For the record: both Shanna and Amy were having their best swims to date, and there's no doubt in my mind they would have broken 14 hours if they'd been allowed to complete the swim.
ETA Coach Athlete Benjamin Ramos, Total Time: 13:37:44 (Pulled on 2nd loop, but Ben has been one of my best friends for the past 12 years and no doubt in my mind whoever pulled him has a black eye). It's simple. Ben put in the time, showed patience, communicated, and come race day kept everything under control. When I saw him on the run and he said, "I have never felt better before" and that was simply all Ben's hard work paying off. Awesome job, Ben, and well deserved.
ETA Coach Athlete Rich Bandoy was ready for an epic day. He was fit, well prepared, and looking forward to cashing in on all his hard work. Rich had a fantastic swim and when he was on that bike in the pouring rain quickly figured out that he was a bit chilly. Despite this, he pushed through. I knew Rich's numbers and goals, because his coach, ETA Assistant Coach Christian Whipple, filled me in prior to the race. When I saw Rich on the race he seemed ready to let it go, but I told him to relax for a few miles. The next time I saw Rich he looked pretty beat up, and did not seem himself. Rich battled his way through he rest of the run, finishing in a total time of 15:09:10. Later, I found out that while Rich thought he was fine, he seemed to have a little heat stress, or maybe it was the Red Bull he drank?! Needless to say, he battled through the variables that are tough to control on race day and still crossed that finish line with his head held high! Awesome job, Rich! No doubt in our mind you will come back with a vengance in your next Ironman!
Like any coach, I take my athletes' racing to heart. I want to see all their hard workouts pay off and everything come together on race day. I was tested this year at Ironman Lake Placid. I had emotional ups and downs seeing athletes deal with these variables that they can't control. I think when I truly started to "take my own medicine" was when I saw my friend Matthew Coleman on the run course. I wanted to get to the run course earlier, because I knew Matt, a very talented and fast athlete, was in the hunt for top amateur overall. I had heard through the grapevine that he was up by a good 10 minutes on the bike at some point during the race. When I came down to the run course and saw Matt in 4th or 5th place, I wondered what had happened. Matt was furious because of a technical bike issue that led him to riding with one gear for 50-plus miles. I ran with him for less than 30 seconds and told him to relax and focus on the present. Nothing can be done now, except running his competition down. Focus and race in the present. He did just that and ended up gaining close to 5 minutes on the lead guy. God knows if I was in the same situation as him I would have been just as mad. I took my own advice there and knew that there was nothing I could do about some of the issues my athletes had and that I needed to live in the present and encourage them to keep pressing on during the run. The next 4-plus hours that I was on the run course, I did what I do best: cheered, encouraged, and reassured my athletes about sticking to the plan, staying focused and relaxed, and enjoying the moment. Watching ETA Athletes at this race each year is hands down one of the biggest highlights of my year, and I thank all my athletes for giving me that highlight. With out their hard work, dedication, patience, and positive attitudes, it would not happen. Congrats, everyone!
Shout out to all the ETA Coach Lake Placid Camp Athletes who completed IMLP!
- Paul Amos, Total Time: 12:00:38
- Fred Tanjucto, Total Time: 13:23:11
- Jason Kuder, Total Time: 13:56:14
- Bryan Davis, Total Time: 14:00:12
- Brian Primost, Total Time: 14:11:09
- Ryan Lehrfield, Total Time: 14:26:00
ETA Coach Athlete Francis Alueta took on Ironman Canada and faced the grueling course head on! I'm very impressed with Francis's time and training the past 3 months leading into this race. Francis is no stranger to ironman distance races, but this time his job became increasingly demanding, leaving little time for workouts. Despite this, Francis pressed through, stuck to the game plan with prescribed power/velocity numbers, and had a well-paced day, finishing in 14:08:28! Great job, Francis!
Barnegat Ocean Mile Swim
- Bob Christman 51:14
- Kevin Cuba 48:36
Ironman 70.3 Muncie
Midge Kerr, Total Time 5:37:47, 7th in F50-54 AG, Fastest Swim Split in AG
Lake Lenape Sprint Triathlon 7/12/14
Tom Whalen, Total Time 58:30, 8th Overall, 1st Place Police Division
Kurt D'andrea, Total Time 1:02:46 this was over 90s PR from 2013!
Jennifer Tapner, Total Time 1:07:13, 3rd F40-44 AG
Maya Hunnewell, Total Time 1:03:46, 6th Female Overall, 2nd F35-39 AG
10 Mile Kingdom Swim 7/12/14
Cole Gindhart 2nd Place Overall 10-Mile Swim in a time of 4:25:17
Randolph Lake Triathlon 7/13/14
Denise Smallacomb, Total Time 2:08:55
Musselman 70.3 7/13/14
Victoria English, Total Time 5:20:51, 13th Female Overall, 2nd Place F25-29 AG
Musselman Sprint 7/13/14
Derek Quong, Total Time 1:26:23
NJ State Triathlon - Sprint
Michael Phinney, Total Time: 52:39, 1st Overall
Hillary Schmitt, Total Time: 1:09:23, 2nd F35-39 AG
Barbara Kutis, Total Time: 1:10:24, 4th F30-34 AG
Jennifer Pan, Total Time: 1:17
NJ State Triathlon - Olympic
Andrew Kennan, Total Time: 2:13:32, 1st M 19 & Under AG
April Cardone, Total Time: 2:44:30. April has struggled with Eosinophilic granulomatosis with Polyangitis for years now year and this year has been no different. Battling fevers, fatigue, and illness on and off for days and weeks at a time April still improved by over 10min from the last time she competed at the Nj State Olympic Triathlon. Awesome job April and keep up the great work!
Erin Cunningham, Total Time: 2:59:20
Christine Venuti, Total Time: 3:01:55, 6 minute PR even with the bike course being 3 miles longer so its roughly 15 minute PR if bike course is the same as last year. Also set 6 minute PR on the run leg!
Kerry Marder, Total Time: 3:09:06
The Drexel University Triathlon Team also took 2nd in the Collegiate Division! Awesome job Team!
NJ State 40k Time Trial Championship
Chris Hope, Total Time: 57:24
Stone Harbor Triathlon
Tim Pappas, Total Time: 1:02:19, 2nd M30-34 AG
Matt Petroski, Total Time, 1:05:30, 10th fastest swim split, 3rd M35-39 AG
Barbara Cresse, Total Time: 1:31:19, 2nd F60-64 AG
6/28/14 Queen of the Hill Triathlon
Two ETA Athletes took on the Queen of the Hill Triathlon and had a great showing. Christine Venuti led the way, clocking in at 1:16:47! This was 1 minute 45 seconds faster than last year, and she was faster in all three disciplines! Next up was Michele Juliana, clocking in at 1:27:41 and setting a 5k PR along the way in both triathlon and standalone 5k! Well done, ladies!
6/28/14 Islandman Triathlon
ETA Athletes Tim Pappas and Victoria English took on the always competitive Islandman Triathlon in Avalon, NJ. Tim crossed the line in 1:09:54 and placed 3rd in his age group (30-34). Victoria crossed the line in 1:12:47 and was 5th overall Female! Well done, Tim and Victoria!
Challenge Iron Distance Triathlon and Aquavelo Atlantic City 6/29/14
This year marked the First Annual Ironman Distance Race Challenge Atlantic City and we had plenty of ETA Athletes who wanted to take it on! First and foremost, I have to give a shout out to the race directors for pulling off such a fantastic and well run race. With a race of that caliber, a lot can go wrong, and as I cheered on athletes I saw this. But the race directors handled it with professionalism, poise, and passion. This race will grow bigger and bigger each year and I have no doubt that each year more and more ETA Athletes will participate!
I've had the pleasure of knowing Jim Harris since he first became a triathlete more than 7 years ago. Early in his endurance athletics career, Jim was a runner, taking on half and full marathons. Jim then turned to triathlon and quickly become a competitor in his age group. Jim took the long-term approach in his training and waited several years before taking on the Ironman. Well, the waiting paid off. Jim had an awesome day and it was solely because of his dedication, attention to detail, communication, and patience. Training was not easy for Jim, because he is a full-time airline pilot. Often Jim would have to pack his running and swimming gear to train in places like Puerto Rico, Arizona, the Bahamas...wait, now that I think about it, Jim was living the dream—except when he had to train in Detroit! All of Jim's training paid off on race day when he crossed the finish line in 11:13:57 and we both knew he had some left in the tank. Awesome job, Jim and well deserved!
Tim Drake is an ETA athlete and swim coach. Tim was a former high school swimmer and D1 rower. This young man has a ton of natural ability, and he showed it on race day. What with holding down a full course load in college and working 20 30 hours a week as an assistant coach for Drexel's rowing team, Tim had very little time to train. In fact, he really did not start putting in any real training until about 8 weeks out from the race. However, he followed his plan diligently, communicated with me, and was patient. On race day, Tim crossed the line in 11:27:32—good enough for 1st in his age group (18-24)! There is no doubt in my mind that once this young man graduates college and devotes more time to triathlon training, he will become even more competitive due to his natural ability and willingness to be coached. Well done, Tim, and now it's time for you to work on that long-term development in this sport!
Shawn DeAngelis has been in the sport a few years and I will be the first to admit that I was very hesitant about him doing this race. We had planned on him racing an Iron distance race in 2015, but Shawn felt this would be a better year with his work and life schedule. Whether I think a athlete can finish in 9 hours or 17 hours, if it's their first Ironman, it's all about managing their training load so they stay injury free and cross that finish line on race day not beat up and unable to work out for weeks after. I took this approach with Shawn, but it was very hard to do so because he would eat up any workouts I threw his way! He did his training while also being a dedicated single father and working a lot of hours. On race day, Shawn's patience paid off when he crossed the finish line injury free in a total time of 12:41:35. Shawn is already back to training and we are working on some short turnover work for some upcoming sprint triathlons. There is no doubt in my mind that as Shawn continues to develop as a triathlete he will get faster and faster! Well done, Shawn, and more importantly, well earned!
I have worked with Allison Lee for over 3 years now and she is the definition of the example athlete that follows every workout to a "T", downloads all her data (power and Garmin files), communicates often, sends feedback often, and knows the meaning of patience and long-term development. In the midst of all this, Allison works a ton of hours on her feet, supports her two very athletic teenage children's athletic endeavors, and keeps her husband Mark Lee in line. All her hard work paid off on race day when she crossed the line in a total time of 14:27:10 and placed 7th in her age group (50-54). Awesome job, Allison, and I look forward to seeing your continued successes!
John McArthur is fairly new to the sport of triathlon and is not your typical triathlete. John played football in college and like any athlete, especially former collegiate athletes, has the drive to take on anything. John came into training a little on the heavier side and with a few mild aches and pains, so we had to take his training very slowly and cautiously. There were many "bumps" in the road, but between John's patience and communication, we were able to offset each bump and continue to build up to the appropriate workload for John to finish his Ironman feeling good. During all of this, John easily worked 60+ hours a week! John had a great showing on race day, crossing the line in a total time of 14:56:14. He is now back to training with no aches and pains and is ready to take on some short distance triathlons! Well done, John!
When Kelly Eid first approached me about competing in the Challenge Iron Distance race, I was hesitant because I thought she could use a few more years in the sport. But when she told me that the day of the race would mark her 5-year anniversary of beating breast cancer and being cancer free, I changed my mind and agreed that this had to be done. Although she was worried about making the swim and bike cut off after only a few months of training with me, there was no doubt in my mind that she was going to be fine. On race day, she did awesome and I had the pleasure of seeing her on the run course a few times and she had a smile on her face the entire time! Kelly crossed the line with a total time of 15:29:52 and still had that smile on her face! Well earned, and congrats, Kelly, on both accomplishments!
Karen Durkin has been racing triathlons for only a short period of time; in fact, she was a complete couch potato prior to 2012. I had "the talk" with Karen about it being too early for her to be taking on a Iron distance race, but she did not want to hear it and wanted to take on the challenge. Karen had a few minor obstacles in her way during her training, but she was able to overcome each of them and put in the proper amount of training she needed to go complete her Ironman debut. Karen ended up crossing the line in a total time of 16:23:52 with a smile on her face and a huge sense of accomplishment (although the fireman who did the race stole some of her thunder as he entered the race chute just before her)! No worries, Karen; as much as the finish line crossing is a highlight, the true satisfaction lies in all the hard work you did leading up to race day. As Karen reflects on her race, she knows she has a long way to go in this sport, because it takes a long time to develop fitness and improve performance in this sport. She plans on smashing her Ironman debut time in 2015 at a different Iron Distance venue! Awesome job, and congrats!
Stacy Noonan works more hours than anyone I have ever met. A respected attorney and triathlete for years, Stacy stepped up to the plate to take on an Iron Distance race. She too had her ups and downs, and who wouldn't with working 60+ hours a week, but she managed. Although she may have made some of her neighbors angry riding the bike trainer late at night, she put in the work and it paid off on race day when she crossed the line in a total time of 16:31:03! Congrats, Stacy!
ETA Athletes Chris Hope and Joe Caruso took on the Aquavelo (Swim and Bike) at Challenge as training for their upcoming Ironmans. Both showed their tremendous talent on the bike, with Chris posting a 4:49 and Joe posting a 5:26 (that's with two flats) for the 112 mile bike course, and finishing in total times of 6:37 and 6:46, respectively. Well done, you guys, and way to represent with such great performances!
7/4/14 Berlin Parade 5k
Nick Camardo, 20:13, 9th overall, 2nd in his AG (30-39)
7/4/14 Riverton Bill Oliver 5k
Bob Machus, 2nd AG (55-59), 21:44 and that is a PR!
7/5/14 Vincentown Triathlon
Carrie Biemer, 3rd overall female, 1:12:44, 7th fastest swim split overall
Kerry Marder, 1st in her age group (30-34), total time 1:31:52
Art Fritzinger, 2nd in his age group (25-29), total time 1:19:47
ETA Athletes have been very busy the last few weeks racing!
Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8k 6/7/14
Chakir Bouchaib 25:57 1st Overall
Escape the Cape Triathlon 6/8/14 - Sprint Distance
Greg Wilkinson - Placed 1st overall in the Sprint Triathlon, winning by nearly two and a half minutes, with a time of 55:50. I have had the pleasure of coaching Greg for the past 6 years and it has been a blast watching him improve so greatly. I mention this because Greg decided to make this his last triathlon of the season and "retire" from the sport to pursue other adventures. Greg is no stranger to competition, having come from a competitive swimming background that led to him swimming at Towson University. When I first met Greg, he had just started taking on the sport of triathlon and averaged barely 20mph on the bike and breaking 20min. Today, Greg's stats include holding 24 plus mph on the bike and running under 18min in 5ks during sprint triathlons. Outside of triathlon, his running has also come a long way, averaging in the low 17min for 5ks. Greg is a perfect example of patience, dedication, and long-term development. Nothing came overnight for him with his success in the bike and run. Greg had to spend years putting in lots of miles. Many of these years he was holding down graduate/doctorate work and coaching as well as his own training. Greg never complained, but just had lots of patience and worked hard at improving on the bike and run, and he did just that. I'm bummed to see him go, but other adventures await Greg, including marrying his fiancee! Best of luck, Greg, and thank you for being such a dedicated athlete and teaching me so much about swim coaching.
Andrew Keenan - Placed 4th overall, 1st in his age group (15-19), with a time of 59:07
Midge Kerr - Placed 4th overall Female with a time of 1:06:40
Kurt D'Andrea - Placed 2nd in his age group (40-44) with a time of 1:07:03
Kerry Marder – Finished strong in 1:23:42
Barbara Cresse - Placed 2nd in her age group (65-69) with a time of 1:37:10
Escape the Cape Triathlon 6/8/14 - International Distance
Joe Caruso - Placed 13th overall, 2nd in his age group (40-44), with a time of 1:47:26
Tim Pappas - Placed 2nd in his age group (30-34) with a time of 1:49:33
Jen Tapner - Placed 2nd in her age group (40-44) with a time of 2:06:24
Karen Durkin - Had a great day as she prepares for her Iron distance debut at the AC Challenge Iron distance race!
Escape the Cape Triathlon 6/8/14 - International Relay
Jason Kilderry, Maureen Gribb, Joe Meloni - Placed 1st in Coed Relay and Fastest Relay Team of Day
Eagleman 70.3 6/8/14
Mark Malczynski - Total Time 5:02:01. Mark took on IMLP last year and decided to step back and do his first Half Ironman?! Needless to say he had a great race!
Paul Canton - Total Time 5:20:10 and 20min plus PR!
John Roszko - Total Time 5:42:43, First Half Ironman!
Kevin Cuba - Total Time 5:59:25 and PR breaking the 6 hour barrier!
Lums Pond Triathlon 6/8
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Simon Varley who opened his 2014 triathlon season at the Lums Pond Triathlon to test his equipment for his "bigger races." Simon placed 4th in his age group, just missing the podium with a time of 52:16. Not bad for just testing things out! Great work, Simon!
Wallyman Sprint and Olympic Triathlon 6/14/14
Barb Kutis, 2nd overall female, 10th overall both genders, 1:19:55 total time
Carrie Biemer, 9th overall female, 1st Place age group (25-29), 2:36:20 total time
Colorado 70.3 6/15/14
Jim Rizol 6:03:06 and this was only 1 minute off of his Half Ironman PR that was set on a much less difficult course! Well done, Jim!
Gary Papa 5k 6/15/14
Ashely Zimmer 5th overall, 3rd in her age grup, 19:11
Laura O'Mara 10th overall, 6th in her age group, 21:08
Media 5-miler 6/20/14
Carly Daniels clocked in at 40:28 and now sets her sights on some summer 5k's and a fall half marathon.
Philadelphia Sprint and Olympic Triathlon 6/21-6/22
Michael Phinney - Placed 1st Overall in the sprint, clocking in at 1:09:18 and doubled up with the Olympic distance triathlon the following day, clocking in at 2:03:36. During the Olympic race, Michael had some bike mechanical issues and an accident that led to a nasty fall. Despite this fall and injuries to his hand, arm, and chest, Michael got up and finished the race. Michael is a very new athlete to ETA Coach and we are excited to have him on board. This young man is newer to the sport and is showing some untapped potential. As a coach and exercise physiologist, it is exciting to see how much talent Michael possesses and the possibilities that can come from it. Michael has a great head on his shoulders and knows that long-term development is the key to success. There's no doubt in my mind that success will continue to come his way.
Simon Varley (Sprint) - 9th in his age group, total time of 1:28:45, 5k PR in the run portion of the race.
Evelyn Shreve (Sprint) - 1:47:51 and smashing her old course PR by 3 minutes!
Tim Pappas (Olympic) - had a good race, clocking in at 2:24:12!
Grandma's Marathon 6/21/14
Chakir Bouchaib clocked in at a solid 2:33:38 at Grandma's Marathon, and this time and marathon do not even begin to tell the remarkable story of this young man. Now I will be the first to tell you that this is not Chakir's marathon PR, but despite that I'm still super proud of him. Chakir is from Skoura, Ouarzazate, Morocco and grew up playing soccer, so naturally running came easy to him. Chakir easily works 65-70 hours each week at a jewelry store in Philadelphia. While working, he stands on his feet all day, but this still does not wipe the constant smile from his face. Before work and many times after work, Chakir can also be found running with the Back On My Feet group. Chakir gives a lot of his time to this amazing group and is very well known in the community for his kind, warm hearted, and encouraging attitude with anyone he meets. Recently, Chakir decided to add one more thing to his plate and go back to school, too! In my eyes, this marathon time is a PR for Chakir, because it boggles my mind that he is able to have such a full life and still get his training in. Anyone and everyone, including me, his coach, tells Chakir that if he took a step back from a few things, he could really focus on his running and see some major gains, but Chakir is too much of a giving person. He would much rather help others succeed in the tasks they pursue. Congrats, Chakir, on a stellar race, and thank you for being such a big inspiration to the running community!
Stafford Triathlon 6/21/14
Sarah Chiles, 2nd Female overall, 1st in her age group (20-24), total time 1:09:29. Not bad for her first triathlon!
6/22/14 Governors 2 mile Island Swim
Cole Gindhart 1st overall 34:03
ETA Athletes were at it again this weekend, having great races and taking on some very challenging courses!
Quassy Half Ironman
ETA Athlete Nicole Strand went into the Quassy Half Ironman knowing it was going to be a difficult course. That did not stop her from having a great race! Nicole finished in 5:12:33, was the 7th female overall, and 2nd in her age group (40-44). Next up for Nicole is Ironman Lake Placid! Great job, Nicole!
Black Bear Triathlon
Lots of ETA Athletes turned out for the Black Bear Sprint, Olympic, and Half Ironman Distance Triathlon and took on its brutally hilly bike course and rolling run course.
Half Ironman Distance
Matt Ciociola placed 13th overall and 1st in his age group as he continues to prepare for his first Ironman at Lake Placid this summer. Matt withstood the very challenging bike course, began the run 13 minutes behind the leader in his age group, and used a strong run leg that turned out to be the 4th fastest overall to win his age group. Well done, Matt!
Rich Banboy had a great day, clocking in at 6:46:14, and now sets his sights on Ironman Lake Placid! Awesome job, Rich!
Ben Ramos battled the Black Bear Race course, clocking in at 8:03:46. Ben just has his second baby boy a few weeks ago and needless to say, his training had taken a back seat since then! Very impressive showing, Ben, on little sleep and training! Way to gut it out!
Art Fritzinger had a great race, clocking in at 2:45:53, and now sets his sights on two 70.3 Races!
Jennifer Pan took on her first triathlon ever, clocking in at 3:19:38! Congrats, Jennifer!
Kerry Mader took on her 2nd triathlon of the season, clocking in at 3:58:13, and now sets her sights on a 70.3!
ETA Athletes Bill Kline, Amy Kline, and Shanna O'Neal all took on the sprint in preparation for their upcoming first ironman at Ironman Lake Placid. All three had stellar days and walked away with some hardware!
Bill Kline 1:35:47 – 12th overall and 2nd in his age group (40-44)
Amy Kline 2:00:25 – 2nd in her age group (40-44)
Shanna O'Neal 2:01:12 – 3rd in her age group (35-39)
Great job, everyone!
ETA Athletes Jess Hyland and Garret Watkinson both took on the Independence Triathlon in Quakertown, PA. Garrett clocked in at 55:58 and placed 2nd in his age group (30-34). Jessica Hyland crossed the line in 58:57 and placed 1st in her age group (35-39). Well done, Garrett and Jessica!
Jersey Genesis Triathlon
ETA Athlete Jim Harris took on the Jersey Genesis to shake out his legs before Challenge AC in a few weeks and had a great day, finishing 23rd overall! Well done, Jim!
Ironman 70.3 Switzerland
ETA Athlete Craig Nueber took on this first 70.3 at the Ironman 70.3 Switzerland, crossing the finish line in 5:51. Craig blows my mind, because this man easily works 80 hours a week and barely has time to train. Well done, brother man!
George Benjamin and Browning Ross Memorial 5k
ETA Athlete Nick Camardo finally broke 20 minutes in the 5k this past weekend, clocking in at 19:48 at the George Benjamin and Browning Ross Memorial 5k! Not bad for a former collegiate sprinter! Well done, Nick!
Spring Lake 5-miler
ETA Athletes Brian Quilty and Nicole Strand took on the Spring Lake 5-miler and both of them took 5th place overall male and female. Brian crossed the line in 26:09, and Nicole crossed the line in 29:40 and set a new 5-mile PR! Well done, Brian and Nicole!
Hammonton Sprint Triathlon
ETA Athletes and the Drexel Tri Team left their mark at the Hammonton Triathlon, walking away with overall wins, age group wins, age group placings, and first time races.
Greg Wilkinson had his work cut out for him, because there were some heavy hitters at this race! With that said, he kicked off his triathlon season by finishing 5th overall and 1st in his age group (30-34)! Way to get after it, Greg!
Joe Caruso used this race as a test of fitness as he prepares for Ironman Lake Placid and scored a 2nd place age group finish (40-44)! Awesome job, Joe!
Maggie Bradley was the overall female winner and continues to set her sights on her upcoming 70.3! Way to kill it, Maggie!
Tom Whalen had a great triathlon debut of the season especially after working crazy hours!
Barbara Kutis had a fantastic first triathlon of the season, placing 3rd in her age group (30-34)! Fantastic job, Barbara!
Matt Petroski took on his 2nd triathlon of this season and had a great showing after battling some injuries the past few weeks. Well done, Matt!
The Drexel Triathlon Team raced the Hammonton Triathlon as well, taking 2 top 20 finishes, age group wins, and age group placings! Awesome job, Team!
ETA Athletes Ashley Zimmer and Bob Machus took on the Wildwood Half Marathon and walked away with some hardware! Ashley led the way, placing as 1st Female overall, 11th overall, and setting a half marathon PR by over 1 minute with a time of 1:25:25. All this after having a stellar race at the Boston Marathon! Well done, Ash. Bob Machus had a great day, setting a PR by 3 minutes and taking 3rd in his age group (55-59). Well done, Bob! Also, a big shout out to the ETA Pacers that helped out at the race!
ETA Athlete April Cardone Greenagel took on her first triathlon of the season at the Red Bank Sprint Triathlon and started off with a bang, placing first in her age group (35-39). Well done, April!
ETA Athlete Kurt D'Andrea took on his 2nd race of the season at the Lake Raystown Olympic Triathlon, crossing the line in 2:41:13 on a very difficult course! Well done, Kurt!
ETA Athlete Carly Daniels took on the Fox Trot 5k at Sly Fox in Pottstown, PA and clocked in at 23:08. Now, this was not a PR for Carly, but this was no easy course with its multiple climbs! Well done, Carly!
ETA Athlete Shanna Peterson O'Neal took on the Upper Dublin Sprint Triathlon and clocked in at 1:13:05, good enough for 4th in her age group and a race picture that is 100 times better than her previous race! :)
ETA Athlete Midge Kerr took on the Columbia Triathlon which was turned into a duathlon due to the weather. Midge placed 3rd in her age group (50-54) and now sets her sights on Escape from Alcatraz in a few weeks!
5/3/2014 - 5/4/2014
Broad Street Run 10-miler
Chakir Bouchaib 52:44 –PR: Chakir works 70 hours a week, volunteers any free time he has, and still managed a PR!
Matt Dahl 55:11 –PR: Matt continues to set PRs in all distances that he has been racing! Next up: NYC marathon.
Tim Pappas 63:21: Tim ran a great race. Broad Street is one of Tim's favorite races to run each year, so it was tough for him not to focus on the 2014 BSR race, but he wanted to solely focus on his triathlon season this year. This was a great run for Tim, especially since it was off of about 50% less running volume than he typically does.
Maggie Bradley 65:00: Only 9 seconds off her PR, which is very impressive since Maggie did not run longer than 30 minutes at a time until the end of February as we were rebuilding her running fitness while she was coming back from injury. She went into this BSR with close to 50% less training than many years before. This goes to show that volume does play a role in performance, but ultimately smart training trumps all!
Mark Malczynski 65:24 –PR: A solid race for Mark with a 3-minute PR!
Maggie Brill 67:10: Great race for Maggie as she now sets her sights on a half marathon in the fall.
Nick Camardo 70:52 –PR: Solid 2-minute PR for Nick!
Simon Varley 76:27: Simon is focusing on his triathlon season and still managed to squeak out his second fastest BSR time ever!
Elissa Mendenhall 77:47: After battling some injuries over the winter, Elissa still showed up and had a great race!
Art Fritzinger 77:06 -PR: 10-minute PR!
Carrie Biemer 78:59 –PR: 8-minute PR!
Doug Rubino 81:54: Doug struggled with some illness a few weeks before BSR and did not have the race he wanted, but he still got out there and went for it. Great job, and way to not give up!
Erin Cunningham 89:13: Although Erin is focusing on triathlon this year she still had a great showing!
Gina Schweizer 1:47:52: Gina had a great race and now sets her sights on a summer packed with racing!
Devilman Sprint Triathlon
Andrew Hoagland 1:30:04 -6th overall and 1st in his age group (25-29): Andrew kicked off his season with a stellar race, which landed him 6th overall.
Rich Banboy 1:46:00: Rich smashed his PR on the Devilman sprint course from last year by 13 minutes!
Devilman Half Lite Triathlon
Every ETA Athlete that raced the Half Lite was instructed to hammer the bike, so we could use the power data to prep them for their upcoming Ironman races throughout the summer. They all did so, and hated us on the run, but it paid off with great data and overall great races!
Chris Hope 3:25:36: As instructed, Chris hammered the bike and ended up having the 3rd fastest bike split overall in the race!
Bill Kline 3:34:12: Bill had a great race and did as he was instructed in hammering the bike! Ironman Lake Placid is coming up quick and Bill's results are a testament to the fact that he is going to have a great race!
Jen Tapner 3:54:59 - 3rd AG (40-44) and Course PR: Jen not only placed in her AG, but set an 8min course PR! You would never know that Jen battled a hip injury over the winter!
Amy Kline 4:06:13: Amy had a great race and did as she was instructed and hammered the bike. Her key race of the season, Ironman Lake Placid, is right around the corner and she is on target for a great race!
Jim Rizol 4:07:28: Jim had a great day and overall race as he preps for Ironman Boulder later in the summer!
Shanna Peterson O'Neal 4:07:48 – 4th in her age group (40-44) and a 20-minute course PR!: Shanna is also training for Ironman Lake Placid, and her Devilman race results showed that her training is paying off and will continue to do so.
Allison Lee 4:28:18: This race was another training day for Allison as she preps for her first Ironman distance race at Challenge in AC in June. She had a fantastic bike split (following her instructions in hammering the bike) and despite having a little knee pain, she still had a great run.
Stacy Noonan 4:43:31: Stacy used this race as another training day in her prep for AC Challenge Iron distance race in June. She finished feeling strong and learning a lot, which will pay off come race day in AC!
Bassman Sprint and Half Ironman Triathlon
Despite an unorganized and chaotic race, ETA Athletes had a good showing!
Midge Kerr 1:14:02 – 1st overall Female: Midge jumped into the sprint last minute as a test of fitness and took the overall Female win!
James Harris 2:23:01 - 3rd in his age group: Jim had a great race that was used as a test of fitness in his preparation for his first Iron distance race Challenge AC!
John Roszko 3:40:51 – 2nd overall: John took on the Aquavelo in prep for his upcoming half ironman debut at Eagleman and took some hardware home with him placing 2nd overall!
Shawn DeAngelis 6:02:23: Shawn took on the half in preparation for his upcoming debut at an Iron distance race AC Challenge. Another training day in the books and Shawn is already back training hard!
Earl Mcminn 6:18:00 - PR: Earl took on the half in preparation for Ironman Lake Placid and set a new PR!
French Creek Triathlon
Victoria English on a whim decided to take on the French Creek Olympic Triathlon and grabbed 2nd Place OA Female. Way to get after it Victoria!
Great Job Everyone!
As the triathlon season starts, it's always nice for athletes to "shake off the cobwebs" and test their fitness. Some ETA athletes did just that at two local sprint triathlons and collected some PRs and hardware along the way!
Riverwinds Sprint Triathlon
Andrew Keenan – 52:37, 2nd overall, 2nd Male: Despite getting a little confused on the run course, Andrew held strong and continues to see improvement in his run!
Nicole Strand – 54:14, 5th overall, 1st Female: Nicole is months away from her Ironman debut in Lake Placid and her fitness continues to improve!
Matt Ciociola – 55:44, 10th overall, 1st in his age group (30-34): Not a bad day for Coach Matt, who is also preparing for Ironman Lake Placid and did an 80-mile bike ride the day before the race!
Kurt D'Andrea – 1:01:34, 1st in his age group (40-44): Kurt's winter training paid off with a great race, course PR, and age group win!
Eileen O'Mara – 1:02:10, 3rd Female: After coming off a best-ever track season, Eileen took on her second triathlon ever and showed her run speed, which helped secure 3rd female overall!
John Roszko – 1:02:58, Course PR by 4 minutes: Great way to start the season with a PR, and now John has his sights set on the Eagleman 70.3 Aquabike!
Matt Petroski – 1:03:47, 3rd in his age group (35-39): Matt is coming off a couple of rough weeks dealing with injury and illness, but he still made a solid showing!
Garret Watkinson – 1:03:51: This was Garret's first triathlon ever and his training paid off with a great race!
Erin Cunningham – 1:05:20, 1st in her age group (30-34): Erin started her season off with a solid performance and an age group win!
Christine Venuti – 1:07:25, 2nd in her age group (40-44): Christine had a great race, placing in her age group for the first time ever and setting a course PR. Well done, Christine!
We also had lots of first timers and seasoned vets from the Drexel Triathlon Team take on Riverwinds. Amongst those finishers were overall placings, course PR's, and age group placings! Great job, Drexel!
Upper Main Line YMCA Sprint Triathlon
Tim Pappas – 56:10, 10th overall, 3rd in his age group (30-34): Tim started the season off strong and is showing some promising results for a season solely focused on sprints and Olympic racing.
Maggie Bradley – 56:37, 13th overall, 1st overall Female: Maggie spent the winter coming back from a stress fracture and it paid off in three ways: PR in the swim for this course, her highest power output ever for an 8-10 mile bike race, and a great run after rebuilding for the past 4 months!
Bill Kline – 56:53, 14th overall, 2nd in his age group (40-44): Sometimes I think Bill competes in triathlons to make sure his wife Amy never beats him, but I hope after a few months of hard training for his upcoming Ironman in Lake Placid, he realizes that he has some speed!
Carrie Biemer – 1:00:03, 1st in her age group (25-29): Carrie has been training hard over the winter and it showed in her splits, age group win, and beating her husband Art!
Arthur Frizinger – 1:01:21, 2nd in his age group (25-29): Art spent most of the winter working on his run and now he sets his sights on two half ironmans and beating his wife Carrie!
Amy Kline – 1:07:55, 1st in her age group (40-44): Amy has put in a ton of hard work over the winter and it showed on race day with an age group win! The best part about this is that she is training for an Ironman not a sprint triathlon.
St. Luke's Half Marathon
ETA Athlete Jim Rizol took on the St. Luke's Half Marathon in preparation for his upcoming half and full ironman and had a great showing, crossing the line on a difficult course in 1:50. Well done, Jim!
ETA Swim Coach and Athlete Cole Gindhart traveled down to Virginia to take on the first race of the Open H2O race series. The race was 1500m, a cold 55 degrees, and both with and against the current. Of course out of all the competitors, Cole was the only one who did not wear a wetsuit, but that did not stop him from taking 7th overall and first in his age group (20-24) with a time of 22 minutes. Well done, Cole!
ETA Athletes Ashley Zimmer and Bill Pinto traveled up to Boston to take on the Boston Marathon on Monday.
ETA Athlete Ashley Zimmer had a stellar race performance. Ashley crossed the line in 3:00:16 following her race plan to a "T." This time was good enough for a 15-minute Boston Marathon PR and a 2-minute lifetime marathon PR. I have had the pleasure of coaching Ashley for the past 8 months and she has come a long way in such a short period of time. This is still just the beginning for Ashley, because with continued hard work and patience, there is no telling how fast she can run. Great job, Ash!
ETA Athlete Bill Pinto is no stranger to the Boston Marathon; in fact, this was his tenth. In November, Bill ran his fastest marathon in almost 10 years clocking in 3:15, and we had our sights set on him running that time again or faster! However, sometimes life gets in the way of our goals. Between being sick, minor injuries, and an unexpected increase in work hours, Bill's training was a little up and down, but this did not deter him. He continued to press through and train right. Bill was ecstatic to be back at Boston and with his whole family that had been with him 9 years earlier as well. Bill started the race feeling a little warm and not like his usual spry self. After an early bathroom stop, Bill decided to set it on cruise control and run an 8-minute per mile pace through the finish. Bill finished the race happier than ever, because he was reflecting on what an amazing family and friends he had there with him on race day and to support him every step of the way. He was also celebrating the fact that at age 57, he has been running workouts and racing like when he was in his 30s! Great job, Bill. You are a true inspiration, not just for your dedication to your running, but more importantly to your family and work. Congrats, brother!
Congrats to ETA Athletes and Sisters Eileen & Laura O'Mara who hit the track at Widener University again at the Widener Invitational on 4/18. Eileen, two years out of college, used perfect, even splits to win her heat in a lifetime PR of 19:17.22. Laura continued her resurgence to finish in a post-collegiate PR of 20:08.45. Great work ladies!
A few ETA Athletes were out racing in the beautiful weather this past weekend at some local 5k's and a half marathon.
ETA Athletes Maggie Bradley and Colleen Zanger both took on the 19th Annual Dash for Donor Awareness 10k in Philadelphia. Maggie led the way in the 10k, crossing the line in 39:55—good enough for 2nd female overall! Now, I must note that Maggie should have been first, because there were some errors in the timing. Apparently, the first place female ran her second 5k of the 10k at a 4:10min/mile pace, which is a world record pace! Well done, Maggie, and way to walk away knowing this race was just a test of fitness. Next up was Colleen Zanger, crossing the line in 46:19! She was a bit caught off guard as were most of the 10k runners when the 10k and the 5k races came together and had to do a lot of bobbing and weaving! Well done, Colleen.
ETA Athletes Barbara Kutis and Robert Machlus took on the Cherry Blossom 5k in Philadelphia as a test of fitness and earned some hardware along the way! Barbara finished first female overall with a time of 21:59, and Robert placed 1st in his age group (55-59) with a time of 22:18. Well done, Barbara and Robert!
ETA Athletes Stacy Noonan and April Cardone both participated in the Unite Half Marathon and 8k this weekend and walked away unscathed and ready to continue to focus on their main goal of taking on a long distance triathlon this season!
Well done, everyone!
As always, we had tons of ETA Athletes taking on the Adrenaline 5k this past Saturday. There were lots of PRs and great efforts, especially considering the crazy winter we have had!
Brian Quilty 15:08 – PR
I have been coaching Brian on and off for the past 2 years and he has continued to improve tremendously during that period of time. Since we have started he has shaved more than 40s off his collegiate 5k PR. This Saturday, Brian set another 10-second PR in the 5k, but he was not even on his A-game. We had a very short taper that was interrupted by some hamstring soreness, so leading into the race Brian felt a little heavy and like he was running on "tired" legs for most of the race. Despite this, he still put on a great effort and will be looking to break 15 minutes this spring on the track! Well done, Brian!
Matt Ciociola 16:58
ETA Athlete and Assistant Coach Matt had a great showing considering he swam just under 3000 meters before the race. His dedication and attention to detail is going to pay off this summer as he prepares for his first Ironman!
Greg Wilkinson 17:39
Andrew Hoagland 18:30 - PR
Josh Frake 18:36
Maggie Bradley 19:35
Kurt D'Andrea 19:52 – PR
Nick Camardo 20:20 – PR – Fastest 5k in almost 8 years!
Laura O'Mara 20:38
Maya Hunnewell 21:07 - PR
Garret Watkinson 21:26
John Roszko 23:35
Amanda Gettelfinger 26:37
Christine Venuti 26:37
Karen Durkin 29:50 – 1-minute PR from last year!
Great job everyone!
NYC Half Marathon
Congrats to ETA Athlete Matt Dahl for his performance at the NYC Half Marathon, where he placed 84th out of almost 21,000 runners in a time of 1:13:04 equaling his PR from the 2013 Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half. Matt's performance at NYC was remarkable as it was his first race since the Philadelphia Marathon and equals his PR which he set in the middle of marathon training. Great work, Matt!
ETA Athlete Doug Rubino took on the Leprechaun 5-miler dressed as a ninja and finished in 37:01. Well done, way to get after it, and a great start to the 2014 season on such a cold day.
2/15/2014 - 2/23/14
ETA Athletes were busy last weekend and this weekend at the races!
Leading the way this weekend was ETA Athlete Brian Quilty taking on an indoor 3k at the Princeton Indoor Invitational. Brian placed 4th overall and set a new 27-second post-collegiate PR, clocking in at 8:46! Way to get after it, Brian!
ETA Tim Pappas took on the mile for fun and a test of fitness at a local masters meet at Widener University, clocking in at 5:18! Well done, Tim, and not bad for the winter and while getting geared up for the tri season!
ETA Athlete Shanna O'Neal took on the always challenging Frostbite 5-miler in Ambler, PA on Saturday. Despite the black ice on the course, she smashed her time from last year, clocking in at 39:55! Awesome job, Shanna!
ETA Athlete Bob Machlus took on the Myrtle Beach Marathon last weekend and finally grabbed that Boston Qualifying time, clocking in at 3:36! Not bad for 57 years young! Congrats, Bob!
Some ETA Athletes ran some local Valentine's 5ks this weekend and took home some hardware, too!
ETA Assistant Coach/Athlete Matt Ciociola and his lovely wife-to-be Laura O'Mara took on the Love Run in Bryn Mawr, PA as a couple and ended up placing 2nd in the "Lovers Division" (Matt in 17:07, Laura in 20:56). It was cold, but you would think the race was in Antarctica based on how Matt was dressed! ETA Athlete Tim Pappas
ETA Athlete Ashley Zimmer took on a very cold Cupid's 5K Sunday morning and ended up placing 1st female overall with a time of 19:01. Way to get after it, Ashley!
I'd like to give a shout out to Brian Quilty for smashing his 1600 and 800 PRs last night at the Thursday Night at the Races at the Armory Track in NY. Brian first took on the mile, clocking in at 4:25 and scoring a 7-second PR. Later that night, he took on the 800, running 2:03 and scoring a 6-second PR. Way to keep running hard and fast post-college, Quilty!
ETA Athlete Nicole Strand took on the 31st FARC Winter Series 5k as a test of fitness and placed 1st overall, clocking in at 19:02. Way to own it, Nicole!
1/11 & 1/12 2014
A few ETA Athletes were off at the races this weekend!
ETA Athlete Joe Caruso took a trip down to Florida to test his fitness by taking on the HITS Olympic Triathlon. Joe crossed the line in 2:13:26, smashing his old PR by almost 10 minutes, and this was with virtually no taper. Way to get after it, Joe--the upcoming 2014 season looks promising!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Simon Varley for his performance at the Abominable Slowman 5k on Saturday, January 11th. Simon is using the winter to focus on his running and used this 5k to test his fitness. Simon aced the test with a 2nd place in his age group (50-54), 16th overall, and his first 5k under 22 minutes since 2010. Job well done, Simon!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Kevin Cuba for completing the Disney Dopey Challenge this past weekend, that consists of four consecutive days of racing; a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon. His times were: 5km=29:24, 10km=59:12, half marathon=2:13:55, marathon=4:44:31. Kevin did the Goofy Challenge (half marathon and marathon) last year and improved his half marathon time by 15 minutes and his marathon time by 73 minutes, and that was with an extra two races added to this year's challenge. Well done.
Way to get after it everyone!
11/28/2013 - 12/1/2013
Last Thursday through Sunday, ETA Athletes were out tearing up hometown Turkey Trots taking home 2 overall wins, age group placings, and setting some personal records!
Chris Pannone once again defended his title at his hometown Turkey Trot in Flemington, NJ: the CEA-Johanna Foods Turkey Trot. Chris placed 1st overall with a time of 15:04 and beat the 2nd place finisher by 40 seconds. Way to battle the winds and kill it, Chris!
Brian Quilty took on the always hilly Matawan Borough 5k Turkey Trot and placed 1st overall, clocking in at 15:52 and beating the 2nd place finisher by almost 2 minutes. Way to own it, Quilty!
Nick Desantis took on the 2013 Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot which claims to be the biggest Turkey Trot in the country with well over 5000 runners! There was a 5k and an 8-miler, and Nick took on the 8-miler, finishing 10th overall and first in his age group (25-29) with a time of 43:23. Way to get after it, Nick!
Shawn DeAngelis took on East Greenwhich Turkey Trot 5k and clocked in at 21:09, scoring a PR and placing 17th overall. Well done, Shawn!
Shanna O'Neal took on the Medford Lakes Turkey Trot, clocking in at 23:15! Nice job, Shanna!
11/16/2013 - 11/17/2013
ETA Athletes took over the Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8k this past weekend! They could have not asked for better weather, a better venue, or a faster course.
Matt Dahl led the way with a time of 2:40:16 in his first marathon! Matt was a 1500m/5000m runner at Rider University. After graduating in 2009, Matt took some time off from running and rejoined the sport with ETA Coach in early 2011. During the past two and a half years, Matt used patience and dedication as he worked towards his goal of running his first marathon. In 2013, Matt ran his fastest track 5k since college, set a half marathon PR, and ran a great first marathon. Matt exemplifies what two and a half years of hard work and dedication get an athlete. Great work, Matt!
Ashley Zimmer has been working with ETA for close to 16 weeks now and has made tremendous gains, recently setting personal records in both the 5k (18:36) and half marathon (1:26). Well, Ashley was at it again, smashing her old marathon personal record by more than 13 minutes with a time of 3:02:29! Ashley followed the race plan to a "T" and only ran into one minor hiccup around 22 miles when she had to pee! Without that pit stop, she would have broken 3:02 and possibly 3:01, so next time I will put that in the race plan! This is just the beginning for Ashley and as she sets her sights on Boston and even a few years down the road, I expect tremendous gains because she works for them. Consistently communicating, downloading her data, and carrying out her workouts in precise fashion are just a few things that make Ashley is such a dedicated athlete, and it will continue to pay off in the long run. Way to own it, Ash!
Meg Wright came into the marathon with a 3:32 personal record and she wanted to badly break that 3:30 goal time. We had Meg running more than she ever has and communicating with her coach along the way, and it all paid off in the end with a 3:25 finish! Patience is a virtue and Meg showed that during her race and in the many months leading up to her race. It was that patience that helped smash her old PR! Well done, Meg!
Stefanie Bucholski ran in her first full marathon and nailed it! A field hockey player in college at Monmouth University, Stefanie had previously competed in a couple half marathons. She signed up for Philly in June and got to work on her training right away. After running a great half marathon in September at the Philly Rock n Roll Half, Stefanie encountered a bit of knee pain but was able to stick closely to her training planafter a week off. She showed race execution beyond her experience, running near even splits to finish in 4:03:20. Great work, Stefanie!
Leading the way in the half marathon was Chakir Bouchaib, finishing with a time of 1:12:30. Chakir continues to make his comeback from a few months of hiatus and up and down training due to his very busy job and travel. He now sets his sights on a spring marathon. Well done, Chakir!
Colleen Zanger is like any runner: she wants to PR at every race! Well, she has done a lot of personal record setting the past few months, and that streak kept rolling at the half marathon with a 2-minute PR and a finish time of 1:38:38. Last year she was running more and did not have such a "hectic" life schedule, either! Way to keep killing it, Zanger!
Jennifer Tapner is running a winter marathon, but she jumped into the Philly half marathon as a test of fitness and set a PR along the way! Jen clocked in at 1:45:14 and now sets her sights on her full marathon 8 weeks from now!
Carly Smith has been an ETA Athlete for 2 years now. When she first came to ETA, everything hurt and injury had plagued her for a few years. Well, Carly just recently beat her 5k PR that stood for 20 years, and now she has finished her first half marathon in 1:46:45, averaging a faster min/mile pace then she did at the Broad Street Run in May, and she did all this injury free. When she first started training with ETA, she did mostly walking with very little running; now, she is up to 4-5 days of running weekly with nothing but PR's and no injuries. Keep at it, Carly--you're a rock star!
Jim Rizol was merely using this race as another test of fitness and it looks like the training is paying off! Jim crossed the finish line in 1:47:25 and now sets his sights on a half and full ironman for the 2014 season!
Evelyn Shreve is a seasoned triathlete and has competed in distances ranging from sprint to half ironman. Ironically, this was her first solo half marathon! Evelyn's goal was to get to the half marathon injury free and to break 10-minute miles, and she accomplished this with plenty of room to spare, crossing the line in 2:08! Well done, Evelyn!
Another first timer in the half marathon was Karen Shilling. Karen followed her training plan very well, which is very admirable for a first timer. She nailed all of her long runs and went into today with a confident mindset. Karen was rewarded with a time of 2:19:46, beating her goal time of 2:20, her goal time. Great work, Karen!
ETA Athlete Brian Quilty kicked off the Philadelphia Marathon weekend by crushing his old 8k collegiate PR by almost 2 minutes. Brian crossed the line in 25:01 and placed 20th overall. Way to kill it, Quilty!
Next up was Andrew Hoagland, who took on the 8k distance for the first time. Andrew clocked in at 31:39 and is even more hungry then he was before to continue improve his running for the upcoming 2014 triathlon season! Way to get after it, Andrew!
Steve Back is still showing continued improvement from his last race a few weeks ago, clocking in at 35:04! Well done, Steve!
ETA Athlete Max Fennel took on the Rev 3 Half Ironman in Florida a week ago and walked away feeling humble but hungry for more. Max crossed the line in 4:48. Most athletes would have been ecstatic with this time for their first half ironman, but not Max. He entered the run with a very solid bike, but he quickly found out why pacing is key on longer distance events. Max knows where he went wrong and is determined to improve upon it. Most athletes who have some sort of "meltdown" during a race would be discouraged as well, but not Max. Max does not have a negative bone in his body, only ones that are made of pure grit, determination, and perseverance. I have only had the pleasure of coaching Max for under 5 months now and the gains he has made in such a short period of time is just a precursor for what is to come in the next few triathlon seasons. It won't be easy, but Max has the ingredients to make his goals and dreams a reality. Keep up the great work, Max, and 2014 will be an epic season for you!
ETA Athlete Greg Wilkinson took on another local 5k this past weekend as a test of fitness and showed continued improvement, clocking in at 18:04. Keep at it, Greg, and you will be breaking 17 minutes come March!
11/2/2013 - 11/3/2013
ETA Athletes were out racing for fun, testing their fitness, and becoming first time Ironman finishers this past weekend!
ETA Athletes Rich Bandoy and Kevin Cuba both took on Ironman Florida this weekend and crossed the line feeling great! Rich was meticulous in following his training plan and it paid off with a finish time of 12:30:17. The Gulf of Mexico presented rough seas and Rich still swam on pace and finished with a swim time of 1:21:58. He had a fast bike split of 5:43:37, and he just missed breaking 5 hours on the marathon with a time of 5:00:22. Rich had two racing goals for Florida: to become an Ironman and to better his brother Ryan Bandoy's time from last year's Florida Ironman. He accomplished both goals, so there will be a grudge match between the competitive Bandoy brothers next July at Ironman Lake Placid. Congrats, Rich!
Congratulations to Kevin Cuba for becoming a first time Ironman in Panama City, Florida. Kevin has kept a very busy schedule juggling cross country commuting for work, driving back and forth to spend time with his kids and family, and enjoying crabs and beers along with training for Ironman Florida. Kevin was successful in overcoming these obstacles and finished with a time of 13:34:33. He finished on pace with a swim time of 1:28:14, a bike split of 6:06:38, and a marathon time of 5:32:25. Well done!
ETA Athletes Chakir Bouchaib, Elissa Mendenhall, Kurt DKurt D'Andrea, and Shawn DeAngelis took on the Run the Bridge 10k which offers two steep climbs and descents over the Ben Franklin Bridge and lots of flat roads through the beautiful city of Camden, NJ. This year's race seemed to be on the windy side, too! Well done, everyone!
Chakir Bouchaib 33:22
Kurt D'Andrea 42:41 - PR
Sean DEANGELIS- 44:43
Elissa Mendenhall – 47:15 - PR
April Cardone Greenagel took on the Vikings 5k, clocking in at 21:41 and scoring her long awaited Brunswick Cup pint glass!
ETA Athletes Gregory Stick Wilkinson and Holly Ann Geldhauser both took on local 5ks for a test of fitness and placed 1st overall Male and Female in their respective races. Great job!
Way to get after it everyone!
10/19/2013 - 10/20/2013
ETA Athletes were out tearing up the pavement at two local 5ks this weekend. Brian Quilty, Chakir Bouchaib, and Steven Back all took on the Heroes to Hero 5k in Gloucester City, NJ. Brian was first to cross the line in 15:18, scoring a 1-second 5k PR! Both Chakir and Steve were using this race as a time trial and test of fitness as they are both just getting back into their running after taking some time off. Chakir crossed the line in 16:19 and Steven crossed the line in 21:40. Well done, Chakir and Steven! This is just the beginning since both of your key races are in the spring!
ETA Athlete Carly Smith took on the Uff is Tough 5k in Aston, PA and clocked in at 22:22, breaking her old 5k PR of 22:50 that was set when she was a sophomore in high school 20 years ago. I have coached Carly for the past 2 years, and she has been patient and listened to every single word I have said and followed it to a "T." She began working with me after training on her own and following cookie cutter training plans resulted in stress fractures and soft tissue injuries in the right hip/glute region. When Carly jumped on board, I told her she needed to start from scratch and build her training load super slowly, and she did just that. The best part is that she is not focusing on 5ks right now, but rather is training to race her debut half marathon at Philly in November. Great job, Carly, and congrats! Onward and upward, because this is just the beginning and the sky is the limit!
10/12/2013 - 10/13/2013
ETA Athlete Chris Pannone took on the Chicago Marathon and crossed the line in 2:20:44. This was a solid effort for Chris, whose main goal in this race was to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Chris went out a little aggressively and fell a bit short of his goal, but he gave it everything he had. You can always learn something from a race, and both Chris and I did learn from this one. After chatting with Chris, we both came to agreement that for his next marathon, we need a longer preparation period. Sometimes, life gets in the way of our goals and we need to reflect on them, learn from them, and improve on them. Chris is now ready to race some cross country and shorter distance races with the long-term view of knowing that this will only help him come back stronger to the marathon next time around. Way to give it everything you had, Chris!
ETA Athlete Ryan Fulmer and Rob Newbold took on the Hawaii Ironman Championships. Ryan was crossed the line in 11:20. Ryan is no stranger to working hard and it showed on his bike split of 5:19! That wicked fast bike indeed taxed Ryan a bit on the run, but still felt strong crossing the finish line. Way to go Ryan!
Rob Newbold crossed the line in 13:10 which was only 11min off his Ironman PR that was set at Ironman Florida last year. It's very easy to say that Hawaii's course is much harder and Rob had a fantastic day! Great job Rob! Rob almost beat former Steeler Hinds Ward, but Hinds got him by a few minutes. Maybe Rob should have drank more chocolate milk or quit his job and just focus on training 24/7? On a side note Rob raised over 70,000 dollars for the Autism Speaks foundation during his journey training for Ironman!
ETA Athlete Ashley Zimmer took on the Breakout 5k in Philadelphia Pa placing first overall with a time of 18:44! Well done Ashley! Next up Philadelphia Marathon!
ETA Athlete Max Fennel took on the Rev 3 Olympic Triathlon In Anderson South Carolina and snagged a PR crossing the line in 2:08! This was also good enough for 5th OA and 1st in his AG (25-29). Max will finish out his season with one more Rev 3 Olympic in FL. Keep on killing it!
ETA Athletes Kurt D"Adrea took on the AC Half Marathon and Sara Paulus took on the full AC Marathon. Both ETA Athletes battled the winds of the Jersey shore and still had an awesome day. Kurt cross the half marathon finish line in 1:34 scouring a PR and this is after only a few weeks of focusing on his running coming of the triathlon season! Those track workouts paid off Kurt! Sara has only been an ETA athlete for 9 weeks and 2 weeks into her training (she was already training for her marathon before signing up) she took a nasty spill and messed up her knee and ankle. After extensive PT, lots of walking, communication with coach, and patience Sara finished her first marathon in 4:16:33. Way to be stick to the plan and finish strong Sara!
Some of the ETA Women athletes took on the all Women's Perfect 10miler and 5k races and scored some PR's along the way! Well done ladies!
- Elissa Mendenhall 1:13:42 PR - 3rd AG (25-29)
- Colleen Zanger 1:14:29 PR 5th AG (40-44)
- Allison Lee 1:28:23 - PR
- Evelyn Shreve 1:36:15 - PR
- Sharyn Sherman 2:10.
This was Sharyn's first 10miler and although she wanted to run the whole thing her coach instructed her not to, so injury could be avoided, because she is newer to longer distance running. Sticking to the plan like a champ Sharyn had a great race! Well done Sharyn and awesome job ladies!
April Cardone took on the 5k in dominating fashion clocking in at 21:21 and taking first OA! Well done April!
Last but not least ETA Athlete Colleen Neely made her return to racing in her new state of residence Texas! It sounds like the race was very unorganized, but the swim was cancelled because of the weather..oh and the alligator in the water. It ended up being a bike/run race and Colleen smashed out a good split on the bike and hung on during the run. Way to get back into Colleen and next time just swim, because you know your faster than most swimmers anyways, so you would not have been alligator food!
Thanks to all the ETA Pacers that helped pace the 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12min/mile pace groups at the Perfect 10miler!
Shout out to Assistant Coach Maya Hunnewell who set a 14min PR at the Steamtown Marathon this weekend clocking in at 3:39 which also secured her spot for Boston!
ETA Athlete Maggie Bradley was first female overall at the Bassman International Distance Triathlon on Sunday. Maggie is prepping for the NYC Marathon. She wanted to bang out one more triathlon for the season and did so in dominating fashion. Well done, Maggie!
ETA Athlete Brian Quilty was at it again, winning the Run Down Broad Street in Woodbury, NJ this weekend. Brian crossed the line in 15:29 and walked away $200 richer. I expect a case of beer on my doorstep in the next week. Way to get after it!
Rich Bandoy competed in the half Ironman (70.3) in Augusta, Georgia with a few of his closest racing buddies. Rich felt great on the swim with a time of 47:55 and had a very solid bike ride with a time of 02:32:36. He had some struggles on the run but kept at it with determination to finish for a total time of 06:08:07. Rich will be competing in Ironman Florida in a month. Good luck, Rich!
ETA Athletes Brian Quilty and Elissa Mendenhall took on the 2013 Dragon 5k this morning. Brian battled two other runners the entire race which led him to a new PR of 15:19 and a 3rd Place Overall finish! Well done Brian. Elissa Mendenhall smashed her 5k PR by 39s clocking in at 21:30 and placing her first in her AG (20-29). Way to go out and kill it!
ETA Athlete Andrew Hoagland headed down to Delaware to take on the Bethany Beach Triathlon. Andrew placed 13th overall and first in his age group (25-29). Way to finish out the season strong!
ETA Athlete Laura Pyott (aka "Mama P") took on her 2nd Iron distance race ever at the ChesapeakeMan down in Maryland and gutted out a tough day, finishing in 14:31. Iron distance races are by no means easy, especially when there are so many factors that can pop up race day that you really can't prepare for. Laura started training for this race a bit further out and was hands down in the best shape of her life leading into race day. She smashed the swim and swam 4 minutes faster than her previous Ironman on the same course. Once Laura was on the bike, she got right to work and stayed with in her power levels (zones). Around mile 20, Laura started to feel her IT band starting to tighten up and hurt. This was a shock to her and me, because she had no ITB injuries leading into this race or since the beginning of her training. The pain and tightness continued to get worse and at times she had to just coast and pedal, coast and pedal to offset some of the pain, but Mama P gutted it out and finished the bike. During the run, her other IT band started to flare up. All in all, this was just not turning into a good day for Mama P, and I feel many would have dropped at this point, but not Mama! She gutted it out and crossed that finish line. Her work ethic, attention to detail, and positive attitude had her set up for a PR that day, but unforeseen variables put a halt to this. Post-race, Mama P was not upset and complaining about her injuries; instead, she was ecstatic about the gentleman that she met during the run who had one of those amazing stories where he was within 1% chance of living at some point in his life and now he was alive, kicking, and doing an Ironman. Mama P's heart was more stoked for him and she was just happy she finished. Great attitude, Mama P, and all your hard work paid off, but ultimately it was that no-quit, high-on-life attitude that got you there. Congrats, and onward and upward!
ETA Athlete and Swim Coach Cole Gindhart took on his first open water 10k swim at the Little Red Lighthouse 10k Swim in the Hudson River, finishing in 1:38:48 which was good enough for 1st overall! Great debut, Cole! Remind me to talk to you about your hat.
The Philadelphia Rock and Roll Marathon brought out a ton of athletes on Sunday, and amongst those athletes were some of ETA's fastest runners! The combination of the flat course and beautiful weather created a perfect venue for ETA Athletes to set some PR's and put in great races! Well done, everyone!
ETA Athlete Chris Pannone led the way, crossing the finish line in 1:08:48. Chris was using this race as a tune up leading into the Chicago Marathon next month. Awesome job, Chris!
ETA Athlete Matt Dahl, in his second half marathon ever, ran 1:13:04-- a 2-minute PR from his 2012 Philly Rock and Roll Race. Well done, Matt!
A fellow Rider graduate of Matt Dahl, ETA Athlete Josh Frake, competed in his first half marathon and finished in 1:17:16 as he prepares for the Philadelphia Marathon. Great work, Josh!
Next up was ETA Athlete Maggie Brill crossing the line in 1:26:13, which was good enough for a 1-minute plus PR! Maggie now sets her sights on a marathon in early November.
Right behind Maggie was ETA Athlete Ashley Zimmer, who ran 1:26:50 and smashed her old PR from last year by more than 3 minutes! Awesome job, Ashley!
ETA Athlete Maggie Bradley jumped into the race at the last minute using a friend's bib and carried out her "workout" for the day as planned, taking the first half of the race at 7:05 min/mile pace and then progressively speeding up in the second half of the race to hit a 6:30min/mile pace by mile 13. Maggie did just that, crossing the finish line in just under 1:30. Well done, Maggie!
Next up was Ellissa Mendenhall who also smashed her PR by more than 8 minutes, clocking in at 1:39:11! Way to get after it, Elissa!
ETA Athlete Colleen Zanger was next up crossing the line in 1:41:16, which beat last year's time by more than 1 minute! Awesome job, Colleen!
ETA Athlete Jim Rizol crossed the line in 1:48:34. Jim recently completed Ironman Lake Placid, and this was his first race back after that amazing feat! Nice job, Jim!
Ernestina Estrella rounded out the pack of ETA Athletes, finishing in 2:28:20 and using this race as a test of fitness in her preparation for the Philadelphia Marathon. Well done, Ernestina!
Delmosports finished another year of putting on fantastic races with their 3rd Annual Atlantic City International and Sprint Triathlon. As always, ETA Athletes were in attendance, earning PR's and hardware! Great job, everyone!
ETA Athlete Max Fennell led the way with a time of 1:53:08, which was good enough for 6th overall and 2nd in his age group (25-29). Max also posted the fastest run split of the day! Well done, Max!
Eric Geisinger was next to cross the line, finishing in 2:01 and placing 4th in his age group (25-29). Eric completed his first half Ironman a few weeks ago, and AC was his official last race of his FIRST season of triathlon in which he showed tremendous potential. Great race and season, Erik!
Joey "Grapes" Caruso crossed the line next in 2:01:14, putting him 2nd in his age group (40-44) and putting a solid stamp on a rough season. Joe battled colds, car accidents, and a heavy workload, yet still managed an age group win this season and a few age group placings. Great season, Joe!
Tim Pappas finished in 2:02:07, which smashed his time of 2:08 from last year's race where he finished 42nd overall. This year he placed 19th overall (and in reality 13th if it was not for a ridiculous penalty) and 3rd in his age group (30-34). Unfortunately, Tim was nailed with a 3-minute penalty during the race while he was riding completely solo. Yes, it was bogus, but Tim pressed on with a good attitude, unlike his coach who thinks it was a bunch of crap. Awesome job, Tim, and way to end your season with a bang!
This would be Kurt D'Andrea's longest triathlon to date and he had a great debut! Kurt crossed the line in 2:14:37 following his race plan to a "T", which set up him for a great run utilizing his weapon of the run. Kurt ended up 8th in his age group (40-44). Way to kill it, Kurt!
ETA Athlete Jen Tapner rounded up the ETA Athletes for the international distance, placing 2nd in her age group (40-44) with a time of 2:21:58. Jen set a PR at every distance of triathlon this year! Awesome job, Jen!
ETA Athlete Erin Reynolds led the way in the sprint triathlon, taking 3rd in her age group (30-34) and 21st overall with a time of 1:11:38! Not bad for just coming off of a foot injury! Well done, Erin, and great way to end the season!
Allison Lee was right behind Erin, crossing the line in 1:12:26 and placing 2nd in her age group (50-54) and 26th overall! Way to end the season on a high note, Allison!
Kerry Marder took on her first triathlon ever and had an awesome day, finishing in 1:22:06! She is now hooked for life and enjoyed her post race donut!
ETA Athlete Mama Pyott (aka "Laura") took on the Aquavelo as a turnover workout for her upcoming full iron distance race next weekend. Mama P took 2nd overall female and now set sights on her race next weekend. Well done, Pyott, and good luck next weekend!
ETA Athletes and fastest ETA triathlete married couple Art Fritzinger and Carrie Biemer took on their first half iron distance race weekend at the Diamondman Half Ironman. Art crossed the line in 5:23; Carrie finished in 5:26:03, placing first in her age group (25-29). I can't express enough how impressed I am with the dedication both of these two put towards their training. They were always on time logging their workouts, always asking questions, and they stuck to the schedule no matter how hard it was for them not to do more or go faster. Both of them have made tremendous gains in all three sports. This is not surprising, because both come from a competitive sports background. Art played football and Carrie played basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. Obviously, the sports they grew up playing are a lot different than triathlon. The future is bright for Carrie and Art after seeing such significant improvements in their performance. Congrats, you two, and keep up the great work!
ETA Athlete Bill Pinto took on the Lehigh Valley Marathon on Sunday and finished in 3:16:54, placing 2nd in his age group (55-59) and smashing his previous marathon time of 3:36 ran back in March. Now, Bill had already qualified for Boston, but he wanted to make sure he was able to register first, and he secured that with plenty of room to spare! Bill is no stranger to marathons, but he took the past 5 years off from marathons to focus on triathlons. Well, he is back with a vengeance and there is no doubt in my mind that he could run sub-3:10 at Boston! Great job, Bill!
ETA Athlete Joe Caruso was all set to take on the 70.3 Timberman, but the week before the race Joe came down with a killer cold. Joe still tried to attempt to do the race, but he pulled out after 200 meters in the swim. The next few days Joe still had to lie low and shake the cold, but he also decided to sign up for another race: 70.3 Muskoka. Well, little did Joe know that he signed up for one hard race! This course was hilly to say the least. Joe went out and put everything he had into the race, only to be rewarded with mechanical issues on the bike. Needless to say, Joe had a lot of chips stacked against him, but he still went out and gave it his all, finishing in 5:21:50. Joe does not know the meaning of quit and he showed that during the past few weeks. We knew Joe was easily in 4:45 shape the week before Timberman, but life events beyond his control hit him hard. It's hard to bounce back from a taper and race again three weeks later after taking a week off to fight a cold. Joe, you're a trooper, and when you next take on the 70.3 race distance, there is not a doubt in my mind that you will get that qualifying spot for 70.3 Worlds that you so want. Keep at it, brother!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey took on the Nations Triathlon in Washington, DC this past weekend, and all his hard work paid off. Last year, Adam finished the race in 3:02:25 and this year he smashed that time, crossing the line in 2:49:18. Our goal this season was to work on Adam's cycling and it showed with a bike split that was 10 minutes faster than last year. Well done, Adam!
ETA Athlete April Cardone took on the Jersey Girl Sprint Triathlon finishing with a time of 1:08:30 and placing her 3rd in her age group (30-34) and 21st overall. Way to get after it, April!
A few weeks ago, ETA Athlete Kevin Cuba competed in the Patriot's Half Aquabike in Williamsburg, VA this past Saturday. Kevin finished with a 42:51 swim split and completed the bike course in 3:01:19 to place 3rd overall in the Aquabike Division. Kevin is training for his first Ironman.
I'd like to give a shout out to ETA Athlete Ashley Zimmer for smashing her 5k PR by 15 seconds this weekend at the St. James School 5k in Philadelphia, PA! Ashley crossed the line in 18:26, which was good enough for 1st overall female and 6th place overall. The best part is that Ashley is not focusing on 5k racing right now; she is training for half and full marathon races in the next 8 weeks. I have only been coaching Ashley for a short period of time, and I can already see that the sky's the limit for her with all of her talent and untapped potential! Well done, Ashley!
ETA Athlete Ryan Fulmer took on the Quakerman Half Iron Distance race this past weekend in preparation for the Hawaii Ironman Championships and had a great showing. Ryan finished in 5:03:34, which was good enough for 7th overall and 1st in his age group (30-34) on a course with rolling hills and with no taper leading into the race. Well done, Ryan!
ETA Athlete Elissa Mendenhall took on the Hero Haul 5k, placing 2nd overall and first female overall with a time of 22:09. This race was just a test of fitness for Elissa as she sets her sights on a few half marathons in the next couple of months. Well done, Elissa!
ETA Athlete Jessica Deane decided at the last minute to jump into the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon while on vacation and crossed the finish line in 1:14:13!
ETA Athlete Tim Pappas jumped into the Quad XC Open 5k at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, PA. Tim clocked in at 19:05, and for those of you that ran in high school or college, you know that Belmont is a classic and tough cross country course! Well done, Tim!
8-31-2013 / 9-1-2013
ETA Athlete Tim Pappas took on the Tim Kerr 7-mile run in Avalon, NJ, placing 7th overall with a time of 43:24. Way to get after it, Tim!
ETA Athlete Jen Tapner rocked the Marlton Lakes Sprint Triathlon in Marlton Lakes, NJ, placing first in her age group (40-44). Congrats, Jen!
ETA Athlete April Cadone took on the Jimmy D 5k in New Brunswick, NJ and knocked off 1 minute, 36 seconds from last year's time, clocking in at 22:13. Great job, April!
8-18-2013 Timberman 70.3
ETA Athletes hammered it at the Timberman 70.3 last weekend, and I could not be more proud.
ETA Athlete and Assistant Coach Matt Ciociola led the way, crossing the line in 4:48. This was Matt’s first half ironman and he also qualified for the 70.3 World Championships in 2014. I could write a book on Matt’s hard work, attention to detail, and devotion to the sport. This is Matt’s second year of racing triathlon and he is showing more and more potential each time he races. All his hard work in the pool and on the bike paid off this weekend; he posted very solid splits after just less than a year of focus on the swim and the bike, which is impressive for someone who by nature is a runner. Matt showcased his running on the half marathon, posting the 3rd fastest run time (1:26:39) in his age group (25-29). Matt was not only an athlete at this race, but a coach as well. One of his athletes, Erik Geisinger, had a fantastic day too. Erik crossed the line in 4:58 and met his goal of cracking 5 hours. Erik is a different type of athlete. He is also new to the sport of triathlon; this was his first triathlon season, and also his first half ironman. Leading into the race, Erik had some minor halts to his training including a two-week trip to Europe, a minor injury that required stitches, and last but not least, Erik was a counselor at a cross country camp the week before the race where he had no opportunity to bike, did a little swimming, and ran 60 miles. Not your ideal taper. Now back to why Erik is a “different” athlete. I have always said that mental toughness can come from good training, but a lot of it is very much inherent. I have known Erik for years and he is hands down one of the strongest athletes mentally that I have ever coached and I’m sure Matt has seen this as well. He was by no means in ideal shape for this race. On top of all this, during the winter and spring, Erik would fit in training while teaching, coaching, and commuting 2.5 hours each day back and forth to work. Erik is a work horse and this is just the tip of the iceberg for him in the sport of triathlon. Next year, you will see dominance in his short course focus! Well done, Erik and Matt--I’m proud of you both!
Also on the Timberman 70.3 race course was ETA Athlete Maggie Bradley who clocked in at 5 hours on the dot and also scored her spot for the 70.3 World Championships in 2014! Maggie said she sprinted her heart out to break 5 hours and when she ran underneath the finishing arch, she went to slow down but then realized the mat was still a few feet ahead of her. Ugh! Regardless, this was a PR for Maggie on the course and in my opinion overall in her 70.3. Her old PR was 90 seconds faster on a flat and fast race course down in Clearwater, Florida, but Timberman is rolling and offers many more challenges. Congrats, Maggie!
Three days, 58.4 miles, 8500 feet of elevation, 11 hours 33 minutes, and 9th overall female. The statistics speak for themselves, but ETA Athlete Kelly Brown dominated the TransRockies RUN3 race that covered a course from Buena Vista to Camp Hale, CO. Kelly is no stranger to endurance sports, because she is a very seasoned triathlete and Ironman finisher. Ultra running is a different sport altogether, but especially when a race takes place at high altitude. Kelly prepared well for this race before she jumped back on board for coaching the last 12 weeks leading to the race. We progressively and systematically worked her running up to 7 days a week, 60+ miles a week, which was easily 30% more mileage than Kelly had ever run before. To increase her volume that quickly, we had to include a fair amount of walking, especially since on many parts of this course, you had to walk! Her patience and willingness to stick to the plan paid off in keeping her injury free and in stellar shape to take 9th overall female at a race that was packed with seasoned trail runners. No one is counting or anything, but all the ladies that beat her were younger, too. ;) Kelly is a true example and product of what hard work, attention to detail, and patience can accomplish. Rock on, Kelly, and congrats!
8-10 & 8-11-2013
ETA Athlete Meg Wright took on the Steelman Olympic Triathlon, finishing 3rd in her age group (35-39) and scoring a PR for the course, clocking in at 2:36:40. Well done, Meg!
Congrats to ETA Athletes Matt Dahl and Karen Shilling who both took on the the Capt. Bill Gallagher SIC 10 Miler on Saturday. Matt placed 19th overall and 5th in his age group (25-29), with a time of 1:00:16. Matt is deep into his training for the Philadelphia Marathon and will test his fitness again in a month at the Philadelphia Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Great work, Matt! Karen Shilling, a perennial competitor at this race, improved on her 2012 time by almost two minutes with a time of 1:52:17. Karen, who is in the early stages of her training cycle as she trains for her first half marathon this November, used a patient race plan to finish this difficult race feeling confident and strong. Great work, Karen!
ETA Athletes Carmen Tucker and April Cadone both took on the Presidential Lakes Olympic Triathlon on Saturday and earned some bragging rights along the way! This was Carmen’s first Olympic triathlon and she finished 3rd in her age group (45-49)! Well done, Carmen! April scored a PR in the Olympic distance and, more importantly, donuts after the race! April, fellow ETA Athlete Laura Pyott, aka “Mama P,” would be very proud of your donut consumption! Well done, ladies!
I'd like to give a shout out to ETA Athletes Jen Tapner and Jessica Deane who both took on the USAT Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and had great races!
Shout out to ETA Athlete Kurt D'Andrea for placing 1st in his AG (40-44) at the Canoe Creek Sprint Triathlon!
ETA Athlete Tim Pappas and Simon Varley took on the Brigantine Sprint Triathlon in dominating fashion. Tim lead the way finishing 8th OA, first in his AG (30-34), and smashed last years time by 3min. Simon also had a great race finishing 4th in his AG (50-54).
Ironman Lake Placid is always an awesome race with its beautiful scenery and spectacular race organization and volunteers. But don’t be deceived by its beauty, because this is a very difficult race course. We had six ETA Athletes racing this year in Lake Placid (five of whom were taking on their 1st Ironman), and they absolutely owned this difficult race and did so with smiles on their faces.
Leading the way was Andrew Hoagland of Philadelphia, PA who was competing in his first Ironman. Andrew has eaten, drank, and slept training during the past 6 months. He was always on time with logging his workouts and uploading data and communicating with his coach. Consistency was his middle name, because Andrew very rarely missed a workout and if he did he managed to fit it in without neglecting his sleep or quality of life. All of this paid off when he crossed the line in 10:46:30. Andrew followed his race plan diligently and it showed in his results. Well done, Andrew!
Next to cross the line was Mark Malczynski of Havertown, PA who was also taking on his first Ironman. About 2 hours into the bike portion of the race, Mark took a spill on his bike, coming down hard on his arm and wrist. After the race he would spend a few hours at the ER for x-rays to see if his wrist was broken. His injury did not stop Mark at all and he pushed through, showing the fighting spirit of a former high school and college lacrosse player. Mark paced himself superbly during the race and this was strictly by feel—he didn’t use a power meter, heart rate monitor, or a Garmin. Mark showed true diligence and patience to hold back and race his race and it paid off with extremely even splits and a very impressive time of 11:46:59. Awesome job, Mark!
Next across the line was Brian Petrun from Perkasie, PA, another first-time Ironman racer. Brian asked me more questions about his training plan than any other athlete for this race, and I loved every second of it. He took this race with the seriousness it deserved and it showed in his eagerness to do everything correctly to stay injury free and show up to the starting line in the best shape of his life. After following his race plan to an absolute “T”, Brian crossed the line in 12:23:40! Attention to detail is a must and Brian showed this on race day. Way to get after it, Brian!
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Next to cross the line was Steve Metzler of Churchville, PA who was also taking on his first Ironman. Steve is an engineer, so naturally he loved going over his power/velocity numbers on a regular basis. He would pick the numbers apart to ensure he understood every aspect of the testing we did and how it was going to make him a better athlete for race day. Well come race day, that number crunching paid off and Steve stuck to his race plan and had an awesome swim and bike. The run was a struggle due to GI issues, which is something we struggled with in Steve’s training during the past few months. Steve talked to many different doctors and we tried many different nutritional approaches and thought we had it nailed down. Unfortunately, the GI issues hit, but Steve is one of the most mentally tough athletes I have ever coached and he was still able to push through, crossing the line in 12:50! Well done, Steve, and way to “gut” it out!
Dan Riley, another first-time Ironman racer from Philadelphia, PA, was next to cross the line. Like everyone else, Dan followed his race plan with the utmost respect. Dan had struggled with some IT band problems about 4 weeks out from the race, which can put any athlete in a state of panic, but he reacted like most coaches could only hope for: by doing whatever it took to keep the injury at bay, including hours of physical therapy and aqua running. On race day, the benefits of this smart training showed. Dan held back on the bike, which was not an easy thing to do. Dan knows that the bike is not his strength, but he also knew that if he did not stick to his power levels (zones) and didn’t race his race, it could result in blowing up on the run. Dan ended up having a smooth run and in my opinion even held back a little, finishing in 13:38! Well done, Dan—your patience paid off!
Right behind Dan was Jen Tapner from Haddonfield, NJ, who was taking on her second Ironman. Since this was Jen’s second Ironman, she wanted to do more than just finish; she wanted to be a bit more aggressive and race. Ironman Lake Placid is not an easy course because of its very hilly terrain, but Jen plowed through and followed her race plan, resulting in a 20-minute Ironman PR on a tougher course than her first Ironman! Jen crossed the line in 13:40 with a huge smile on her face! Awesome job, Jen!
Also competing in an Ironman distance race this weekend was ETA Athlete Ken Goldberg of Pismo Beach, CA at the Vineman Triathlon in California. Ken has been on my coaching roster for more than 6 years, and I am beyond pleased to see how well he did. He took the traditional approach to training for an ironman by participating in the sport of triathlon for many years before taking on the big dance of ironman! I have seen Ken come from a 6:45 half ironman to a 5:15 half ironman and from a 3-hour Olympic distance triathlon finisher to a sub-2:30 finisher. He took on a very difficult ironman, but he did so in the same fashion as he has approached training for all of his races: with consistency and hard work. Ken is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and has a wife and two kids. Ken wakes up crazy early to get in his workouts and still manages to work more than 60 hours a week and spend time with his family. Ken crossed the line on Saturday in 12:35 and I could not be more proud of him. Seeing his progression over the past 6 years has been a testament to what hard work, dedication, and patience can do for someone. For the record, Ken has never been injured and is feeling just fine a few days after his race. At his next race, he will set out to do more than “just finish”—he will race a lot more aggressively! Well-paced race, Ken—I’m very proud of you and not bad for 50 years young!
ETA Athlete Meg Wright tore up the course at the Catfish Triathlon, placing 4th overall female! Well done, Meg!
ETA Athletes Tom Whalen, Kurt D’Andrea, and Simon Varley all competed at the Lake Lenape Triathlon this past weekend. Tom led the way, placing 1st in his age group (40-44) and just cracking an hour, finishing in 59:54. Kurt was next to cross the line in 1:04:04, scoring a great bike split. Kurt has been working hard to improve his bike time—it’s great to see that hard work paying off! Simon scored his second fastest time ever at this race, breaking the tape in 1:04:53 and placing 2nd in his age group (50-54)! Well done, everyone!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey had a solid race at the Diamond in the Rough Triathlon, crossing the line in 1:05:53. Great job, Adam!
I’d like to give a shout out to ETA Athlete Carly Smith who set her 2nd all-time best 5k PR on July 4th, clocking in at 22:52 at the Broomall Firecracker 5k! This was just 2 seconds off Carly's high school cross country PR that was set 20 years ago! Well done, Carly!
Also on the 4th of July, ETA’s fastest engaged couple Sean Cunningham and Erin Reynolds took on the Pitman 4-miler. Sean and Erin clocked in at 30:46 and 32:50 on the hilly, but always fun, 4-mile race. Way to go, Sean and Erin!
This weekend was the 3rd Annual Queen of the Hill Triathlon, and ETA Athletes Erin Reynolds and Christine Venuti showed up ready to race! Erin crossed the line in 1:09:46, placing 7th overall and 2nd in her age group (30-34)! Christine broke the tape in 1:13:41, which is a 2-minute PR from last year! This placed her 27th overall! Well done, Erin and Christine!
At the Avalon Triathlon, ETA Athletes Tim Pappas, Meg Wright, and Laura Pyott took on the rough waters of the Atlantic and all had solid race days. Tim crossed the line in 1:07--good enough for 2nd in his age group (30-34). Meg battled her way to 2nd in her age group (35-39), finishing in 1:14. Mama P crossed the line in 1:21, which placed her in a solid 4th place in her age group (40-44). Well done, Tim, Meg, and Laura!
Special Shout Out to ETA Athlete Jen McCarthy who also competed in the Queen of the Hill Triathlon this past weekend. Despite getting a flat on the bike, Jen finished 3rd Place Overall and also had the 2nd fastest swim split and fastest run split. Great work Jen!
ETA Athletes showed up at the TriRock Philadelphia Sprint and Olympic Triathlon this weekend and either set PRs or placed overall in the race. It was a hot day and the bike course was very crowded (as always), but we are super pumped about everyone’s performance!!
Ryan Fulmer led the way for the ETA crew, clocking in with a PR of 2:12:54!
Andrew Hoagland set a PR by more than 15 minutes, crossing the line in 2:18:37!
Tim Pappas scored a PR, finishing with a time of 2:21:40!
Mark Malczynski finished with a PR of 2:29:42!
Carrie Biemer set a PR by more than 10 minutes and won the Athena division, clocking in at 2:32:35. She also would have placed 5th in her age group!
Megan Wright had mechanical issues with her bike that cost her a few minutes on the course; however, she still managed to squeak out a PR of 2:36:28!
Art Fritzinger had a great day, crossing the line in 2:38:27—a PR by more than 12 minutes!
Erin Reynolds was battling with some hamstring issues going into the race but still had a fantastic day, finishing in 1:49:27!
Sean Cunningham had the 2nd fastest bike split overall in the Sprint Triathlon and Aquavelo and took the overall win for the Sprint Aquavelo with a time of 55:00!
The Drexel Dragons had a great time at TriRock Philadelphia this weekend. The team had volunteers working at both the Sprint and Olympic races and had 5 participants compete in the Olympic Triathlon and Aquavelo race on Sunday.
Tommy Boran competed in Philly for the first time and came across the line in 2:42:59!
Austin Kuba had a stellar performance, earning a PR by exactly 15 minutes with a finish time of 2:44:02!
Joe Meloni fought hard to complete his first ever Olympic-distance triathlon, finishing in 3:02:54!
Megan Staples was in one of the last waves to start, but battled through the quickly rising heat to place 7th in her age group with a time of 2:44:06!
Cole Gindhart rocked the swim with his split ranking in the top 10 of ALL athletes competing this weekend, and he placed 6th overall in the Olympic-distance Aquavelo with a final time of 1:37:34!
More Race Results!
ETA Athlete Carly Smith took on the always hilly Media 5-Miler and improved by more than 2 minutes from last year! Carly clocked in at 39:36 and now sets her sights on her first half marathon in November. Well done, Carly!
ETA Athletes Chad Fiedler and Allison Lee took on the Stratford Sprint Triathlon in dominating fashion. Chad led the way placing 10th OA and 3rd in his AG (20-24). After some time off from racing, Allison Lee was back in action racing the Stratford Sprint Triathlon and taking 4th in her age group (50-54)! Well done, Allison, and welcome back!
ETA’s fastest triathlon engaged couple Sean Cunningham and Erin Reynolds took on the Brian Ballard Triathlon in Glassboro, NJ the day after racing the sprint triathlon in Philly. Both took home some hardware; Sean took 2nd overall and Erin took 9th overall and first in her age group. Well done, Sean and Erin!
As always Eaglman Half Ironman 70.3 was hot, humid, and full of challenges, but ETA Athletes pushed through, learned a few lessons, and had a fantastic day of racing.
- Joe Caruso 4:57:55 (5min PR on Eagleman Course)
- Maggie Bradley 5:03:14
- Andrew Hoagland 5:07:19
- Tim Pappas 5:19:04
- Midge Kerr 5:23:28
- Rich Banboy 6:08:07 (45min PR and Tri-Pimp-Cup Winner)
- Laura Pyott 6:12:41
- Greg Martin 6:49:20 (PR on 70.3 Course)
- Eveyln Shreve 6:55:19 (45min PR on Eagleman Course)
- Matt Ciociola 3:32:46
ETA Athlete Christine Venuti was at it again setting another 5k PR at the Fabulous Friday Night 5k last weekend crossing the line in 25:53! Word on the street was that the race was actually closer to 3.15, but who is counting :). Since working with ETA Christine has dropped 1min and 30s off of her 5k PR! Keep up the great work Christine!
June 2nd, 2013 will go down in history, because it was the day that the very first Escape the Cape Olympic and Sprint Triathlon and Aquavelo took place in Cape May, NJ. Even though this race had lots of publicity, hype, and excitement, it did not stop the ETA Athletes from showing up to race and take some hardware home with them!
Midge Kerr used this race as a last minute tune up before her first half ironman of the season this upcoming weekend. Despite a heavy week of training, Midge was the 2nd female overall finisher!
Tim Papa, who is also preparing for the Eagleman half ironman, placed 7th overall and 1st in his age group (30-34)! Well done, Tim!
Kurt D’Andrea placed 30th overall in the sprint race and finished with a strong run on a difficult run course! Well done, Kurt!
Erin Reynolds showed up with all guns firing, placing 3rd in her age group (30-34) and representing both ETA Athletes and her teammates in the Mullica Hill Women’s Triathlon Club!
The first ETA Athlete to cross the line in the Olympic race was Erik Geisinger, placing 8th overall and 2nd in his age group (25-29)! Very impressive for only his third triathlon ever completed!
Ryan Fulmer was next to cross the line, placing 3rd in his age group (30-34) and 10th overall! Ryan now continues to prepare for Hawaii Ironman in the fall!
Right behind Ryan was Joe Caruso. Joe had the opportunity to represent his home town of Cape May and he did so by winning his age group! Joe placed 21st overall and 1st in his age group (40-44).
Jen Tapner wanted to race one more time before Ironman Lake Placid and she did just that, placing 3rd in her age group (40-44)!
Laura Pyott (aka Mama P) had a great day, finishing right behind Jen and placing 4th in her in age group (40-44) and she now sets her sights on a full Ironman at the end of the summer! Well done, Mama P!
Dan Riley had a solid day racing against a tough field of competitors; he finished out with a strong run and now sets his sights on Ironman Lake Placid!
Sean Cunningham took on the Escape the Cape Aquavelo and did so in commanding fashion, taking 1st place overall! Well done Sean!
ETA Athlete Chakir Bouchaib took on the Scott Coffee 8k in Moorestown, NJ in the blazing heat and came in 4th overall with a time of 27:00! Well done, Charkir!
ETA Athlete Rachel Bennion took on the Reston Lake 2 mile swim and scored a 14 minute PR, clocking in at 1:07! Well done, Rachel!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey took on the Jim McDonnell 1 mile swim in 26:24--good enough for 2nd in his age group (30-34). Way to get after it, Adam!
ETA Athletes had a another great weekend at the races!
ETA Athlete Maggie Bradley took 2nd overall female at the Red Bank Olympic Triathlon in preparation for her upcoming half ironman. Maggie did this after a 3-hour bike ride the day before! Well done!
ETA Athletes Midge Kerr and Jennifer Tapner took on the always difficult Columbia Olympic Triathlon and both finished strong! Midge finished 4th in her age group (45-49), and Jennifer raced 12 minutes faster than she did last year!
ETA Athletes Steve Metzler and Rich Banboy took on the ever-so-hilly Black Bear triathlon in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Steve crossed the line 2:38:30, setting a new PR! This is not a course where most people achieve a PR, so well done, Steve! Rich crossed the line in 3:04:22 and now sets his sights on the Eagleman Half Ironman! Well done, Steve and Rich!
ETA Athletes Ryan Fulmer and Stephanie Cooper battled the heat at 70.3 Florida and had great races along the way. Ryan had a great swim and bike, but the heat took its toll on the run. Despite the heat, Ryan still crossed the finish line in 5:03:24 and now sets his sights on Kona in the fall! Stephanie crossed the line in 7:19:27 and set a 13-minute PR! Well done Ryan and Steph!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Matt Dahl who ran a Post Collegiate PR of 15:27.41 at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying Meet on Monday May 13th. Matt now turns his attention from the track to training for his first marathon this fall at the Philadelphia Marathon.
ETA Athletes and mothers Allison Lee and Christine Venuti were tearing up the streets on Mother’s Day running local 5k races. Allison Lee took on the Run Like a Mother 5k in Mercer County, NJ, clocking in at 24:58 (just shy of her PR, but Allison is all about the triathlon season right now!). Christine Venuti took on the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Philadelphia and scored a new PR by 20 seconds, clocking in at 25:42! Well done, ladies!
Broad Street 10miler ETA Athlete Race Results!
Chris Pannone - Chris took on the Broad Street Run for the first time and he showed up ready to race. Chris had an awesome day, crossing the line in 49:35 and placing 7th overall. Well done, Chris!
Chakir Bouchaib - After battling a sprained ankle and severe allergy flare-ups, Chakir still managed to set a PR of 52:27!
Tim Pappas - Tim crossed the line in 61:31 scoring a PR!
Maggie Bradley - Maggie is a new ETA Athlete and was using the BSR as a time trial and managed to only be off her PR by 1 minute, crossing the line in 65:54!
Jennifer McCarthy - Jen had a great day, setting a new PR of 67:05!
Jeff Stead - Jeff just started to make his return to the running scene and crossed the line in a solid time of 68:36!
Mark Malczynski - Mark had a great race, clocking in at 69:39, and now sets his sights on Ironman Lake Placid!
Megan Wright - Meg not only got engaged this weekend, but also set a new PR of 69:55! Congrats, Meg!
Laura O'Mara - Laura crossed the line in 70:04 for a new PR!
Ed Douglas III - Ed just ran a marathon two weekends ago and still came out to the BSR and ran a solid time of 71:39!
Bill Reis - This was Bill's third race in the past 4 weeks and he came with all guns blazing, clocking in at 74:24!
Colleen Mooney Zanger - Colleen set a new PR, clocking in at 75:58! That is almost 10 seconds faster per mile than she wanted to run!
Greg Martin - Greg is training for a few half ironmans this season, so was using this race as a time trial and crossed the line in 82:00!
Carly Smith - ETA Editor and Athlete Carly Smith went into this race wanting to just have fun and she not only did that, but set a PR as well! Carly crossed the line in 87:42!
Devilman Sprint and Half Lite Triathlon
Almost all of the ETA Athletes were racing this weekend, and one of the races was the New Jersey Devilman Sprint and Half Lite Triathlon! This is a great season opener for short course athletes as well as for long course athletes preparing for a season of half ironmans and ironman races! It was a very cold morning, which meant a very cold swim and T1, but the ETA Athletes pushed through, stuck to their race plans, and won some hardware, scored some PR’s, and learned some valuable race lessons along the way!
Sprint Triathlon – The Devilman Sprint Triathlon is a bit longer than most sprints, but it's a great way to start the season!
Christian Whipple – ETA Assistant Coach Christian Whipple finished with a time of 1:43:50 and placed third in his age group (40-44).
Elizabeth Coleman – Elizabeth crossed the finish line in 1:58:20 and placed second in her age group (35-39).
Rich Bandboy – Prior to the race, Rich was instructed to hammer the bike as hard as he could in order to establish some power data, and he did just that. Despite feeling beat up after the bike, Rich cracked the 2-hour mark, finishing in 1:59:03.
Stephanie Cooper – Steph had a great day of racing and crossed the line in 2:21:00.
Half Lite Triathlon – The Half Lite triathlon is a longer course triathlon and a great preparatory race for athletes looking to compete in the half ironman and ironman distance races over the summer.
Andrew Hogland – Andrew had a great day, placing 4th in his age group (25-29) and finishing with a time of 3:18:57. Andrew now sets his sights on the Eagleman Half Ironman and Lake Placid Ironman.
Erik Geisinger – Erik took on his second triathlon ever and ended up placing 5th in his age group (25-29) with a very solid time of 3:20:58. Erik will be taking on his first half ironman this summer.
Joe Caruso - Joe Caruso is no stranger to longer distance races and came out with all guns firing, crossing the line in 3:23:01. Joe did this with virtually no taper and also placed 3rd in his age group (40-44).
Steve Meltzer – In the two weeks leading up to the race, Steve was dealing with some illness, so he was instructed to use the race as a long training day. Despite that illness and some missed workouts resulting from it, Steve still came out and had a great day, crossing the line in 3:36:04. He now sets his sights on Ironman Lake Placid.
Brian Petrun – Brian had a great day, crossing the line 3:39:52. Brian struggled with a few injuries during the week leading up to the race. Thankfully, his injuries are getting better, and he now prepares for Ironman Lake Placid.
Dan Riley – Dan had a great race, crossing the line in 3:45:44. This was the first time Dan raced with power and an actual race plan, and it paid off! Dan now sets his sights on Ironman Lake Placid.
Adam Bussey – Adam broke the 4-hour mark, crossing the line in 3:58:56, and now sets his sights on the Eagleman Half Ironman!
Jen Tapner - Jen crossed the line at exactly 4 hours and listened to her coach to use the bike portion as a “bike race” to establish some new power data!
Laura Pyott – Mama Pyott had a great race, finishing in 4:08:48. Laura now sets her sights on the Eagleman Triathlon and an Ironman at the end of the summer.
Evelyn Shreve – Despite the cold weather, Evelyn scored a 17-minute PR from last year's race, crossing the line in 4:34:12! Way to go, Evelyn! She now sets her sights on the Eagleman Triathlon.
ETA Athlete John Pressman took on the Great Valley Criterium on Sunday. Despite battling major allergies, he still had a great race, placing 5th overall in the Cat 3 Race.
Shout out to ETA Athlete Midge Kerr for taking 2nd overall at the Bassman Sprint Triathlon on Sunday! Way to start the season off strong, Midge!
ETA Athlete Kurt D’Andrea took on the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday and executed his race plan nicely which scored him a new PR! Kurt crossed the line in 1:35. Well done, Kurt!
ETA Athlete Ken Goldberg took on the Wildflower Olympic Triathlon this past weekend and this race was not easy! Wildflower is known for its hills and overall tough course, but Ken plowed through and had a successful finish. Ken now sets his sights on his first Ironman distance race in July!
4/27 - 4/28 2013
Last weekend, both ETA Athletes and the Drexel University Triathlon Team took the Riverwinds Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquavelo by storm! We had everything from first time tri finishers to first place overall finishers!
Triathlon – ETA Athletes Erik Geisinger and Katie Van Horn placed 3rd and 1st overall in the triathlon, and this was the first triathlon for both of them! Katie had the fastest women’s run split of the day amongst the Triathlon and Duathlon competitors!
ETA Athlete Sean Cunningham and Drexel Tri Team Athletes Chad Fiedler and Cole Gindhard took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Overall. Sean had the fastest bike split of the day of all the competitors in the Triathlon, Duathlon, and Aquavelo, and Cole had the fastest swim split of the Triathlon and Aquavelo competitors!
Age Group Winners
ETA Athlete Tom Whalin came in 6th overall and 1st in his age group (40-44)! ETA Athlete Matt Ciociola finished 11th overall and 1st in his age group (25-29). Matt also had the 2nd fastest run split of the day of the Triathlon and Duathlon competitors!
ETA Athlete Bill Reis placed 1st in his age group (50-54)!
I’d like to give a shout out to ETA Athlete Kurt D’Andrea who had a very solid race. Kurt spent the vast majority of the winter focusing on his run, which showed during the race!
Overall congratulations to all the ETA Swim Clinic and Group athletes that took on the Riverwinds Triathlon!
Drexel Triathlon Team Riverwinds Race Recap by Austin Kuba
The Drexel University Triathlon Team had a big weekend! Out of our 13 total racers, 8 finished their first triathlon, which is quite an accomplishment. We also had two overall Aquavelo medalists and 6 people medal in their age group. In the Aquavelo (swim and bike), Chad Fiedler took 2nd place overall and Cole Gindhart took 3rd place overall with an injured glute. In the Triathlon, in the women's 17-19 age group, first-timers Eugenia Chalbaud and Elizabeth Cahill placed 1st and 3rd, respectively. In the men's 20-24 age group, Tommy Boran placed 2nd and first-timer Joe Meloni placed 3rd. We also had the 4th and 5th place finishers in this group with Austin Kuba (myself) a minute behind in 4th and first-timer Randy Goldfarb in 5th. First timer Celia Jaeger won the women's 20-24 age group with the fastest time on the team of almost exactly 1 hour, and Megan Staples won the women's 25-29 age group. For context, there were 234 people racing the triathlon, and we had 6 in the top 50. Congratulations to everyone who came out!
ETA Athletes Tim Pappas and Maggie Bradley took on the Upper Main Line YMCA Triathlon this past weekend. Both were instructed to use this race mainly as a bike time trial. In other words, they were to have fun on the swim, put in a 100% effort on the bike, and then survive the run. Maggie ended up placing 3rd Overall Female and Tim placed 3rd in his age group (30-34). Well done, Maggie and Tim!
ETA Athlete Elizabeth Coleman took on the Run the Vineyards 5-miler, finishing with a time of 38:19 and placing 1st in her age group (30-39)! Well done, Elizabeth!
Congratulations to ETA Athlete Rich Bandoy with a 13 minute PR at the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon. That's a 1 minute per mile improvement from a year ago. Way to go Rich.
ETA Athlete Bill Reis aka (Dave McLaughlin, because Bill ran under Dave’s name) took on the Brooklyn 15k, crossing the finish line in 1:09:31—good enough for 1st in his age group (55-59)! Well done, Bill!
I’d like to give a shout out to ETA Athlete Katie Van Horn for placing 2nd overall at the Lower Providence Criterium Cat 4 Bike Race on Saturday—not bad for her first bike race! Katie now turns her focus towards the triathlon season. Well done, Katie!
ETA Athlete John Pressman took on the Lower Providence Criterium Cat 3 Bike race. John diverted a rider who cut right in front of him in the last sprint of the race and still earned a little cash by placing 10th overall! Well done, John!
ETA Athlete Erin Reynolds set another PR at the Unite Half Marathon by running 1:55:00, which was 2 minutes faster than her last half marathon a few weeks ago! Well done, Erin!
ETA Athlete Brian McGee raced the Delaware City Duathlon as a kick-off to his duathlon season and finished 3rd in his age group (35-39). Well done, Brian—looking forward to seeing a great year of racing from you!
ETA Athlete and resident editor Carly Smith took on the Gener8tion 8k run and scored a new PR of 38:59! This is another PR that Carly has set even though her training has included virtually no speed work! After a year of injury-free running, it’s time to start adding some speed workouts to her regimen so we can see those PR’s continue to drop. Well done, Carly!
Yesterday was the 4-year anniversary of my kidney transplant. It was also yesterday that I had the pleasure of speaking to the Mullica Hill Womans Tri Club: No Nuts, Just Guts - on run training, technique, and nutrition. I love the fact that I had the opportunity to spend the anniversary of receiving a kidney doing one of the things I love most in life: educating others about healthy lifestyles and athletics.
I’d like to give a shout out to ETA Athletes Chris Pannone and Ryan Fulmer for both taking 9th place overall at their respective races this weekend. Chris took on the Scotland Run 10k through beautiful (but very hilly) Central Park in NYC. Chris crossed the line in 9th place in 31:28, and he now has his sights set on The Broad Street Run!
Ryan Fulmer took on the Delaware Valley Duathlon, formally known as the Doylestown DU. As always, this race draws some heavy hitters to take on a very challenging course. Ryan crossed the line in 9th place with a total time of 1:23:33. Ryan now has his sights set on Ironman 70.3 Florida.
Both athletes had 1 day of easy workouts before their races due to training for some upcoming big races. Well done, guys!
It’s always a pleasure coaching former collegiate athletes, because their drive to succeed is usually very high. Ed Douglas is no different. Ed was a former runner at the University of Delaware, where he specialized in the 5k and 10k. His collegiate PR’s were 4:12 in the 1500, 16:09 in the 5k, and 33:23 in the 10k. The toughest part about coaching former collegiate athletes is taming the drive to train and compete at the same level that they did in college. Ed had this same mentality. I have coached Ed for over 5 years now, and for the past 4 years we have attempted to get Ed to compete in a marathon. Ed had a lot of barriers in this way. He is a teacher, a coach, and athletic director for Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ, and sometimes works 60+ hours a week. He has struggled with osteoarthritis in both knees for the past 10 years. And, he has a beautiful family that he loves to spend time with. In addition to all of these things, Ed was also trying to train for a marathon with 90% less time than he had when he was in college. Ed had made three attempts to get to the starting line of a marathon, but injury kept holding him back.
Ed has learned a lot during the past few years of training, but I think the number one thing he learned was to harness that inner collegiate athlete so he could be realistic with this training and not get hurt. Ed successfully did that, training smart during the past 5 months and finally getting to the starting line of his first marathon: the Ocean Drive Marathon last weekend. Ed crossed the finish line in 3:40 and is already looking forward to the next challenge! Well done, Ed!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Matt Dahl who took to the outdoor track Thursday March 28th for the first time in four years. Matt ran 15:46 running even splits the whole way. Great job Matt!
ETA Athlete Chris Pannone took on a stacked field of runners at the Coogan's Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5k this past weekend. Chris crossed the line in 15:15 on a very challenging course. Well done Chris!
ETA Athletes Chakir Bouchaib and Elizabeth Coleman were busy last weekend testing their fitness at a 5-mile and 5k race. Chakir took on the Frostbite 5 Miler, clocking in at 26:16 which was good enough for 6th overall. Elizabeth escaped the cold weather of Philadelphia and headed to Austin to run in the Paramount 5k, crossing the line in 22:37 and placing 3rd in her age group (35-39). Well done, Chakir and Elizabeth!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey was tearing up the lanes at the Carol Chidester Memorial Swim this past weekend.
50yd Free - 25.80 - 3rd 30-34
100yd Free - 57.31 - 3rd 30-34
500yd Free - 6:25:20 - 2nd 30-34
Well done Adam!
Shout out to new ETA Athlete Jeff Terebey for taking 3rd OA at the Shrimp and Gritts 5k in Charleston South Carolina yesterday! Jeff crossed the line in 17:30! Not bad for just getting back into the swing of things Well done Jeff!
ETA Athlete Maggie Brill took first overall female at the Shiver by the River 5k this weekend in Reading, PA! Maggie set a new PR, clocking in at 18:46! Well done, Maggie!
ETA Athletes Daniel Riley and Steve Metzler took on the Ryan Strong 5k in Fairless Hills, PA as a test of their fitness in preparation for the upcoming triathlon season! Dan clocked in at 19:53 and Steve at 22:52. Well done, boys! Ironman Lake Placid will be here in no time!
ETA Athletes Debbie Manning and Jen Tapner both took on half and full marathon at Walt Disney World this weekend! Both finished with smile on their faces and are now sporting some awesome finisher medals! Well done ladies!
Shout out to ETA Athlete Fred Dunn for setting another 5k PR at the Williamstown Badgers 5k where he finished in 24:20! Great way to start off the New Year! Fred’s prior PR was 26:22 back in 2010, and in 2011/2012 he was averaging around 27 minutes for most 5k races. Since training with ETA Coach for the past few months, he is now 2 minutes faster! Fred logs his workouts every day, regularly downloads his GPS files for me to view, and always communicates with me in great detail about each workout. It’s this constant communication that allows me to make specific decisions to ensure the appropriate adjustments are made to Fred’s workouts so he can stay injury free and keep on setting PR’s! Well done, Fred! Thank you for your dedication and keep up the great work!
On Sunday, December 9, Carly Smith ran the Havertown Reindeer Romp 5k in 25:18--a PR of 5 seconds, and good enough for 2nd place in her age group! Carly virtually did no speed work in prep for this race, because her primary focus is to stay injury free. This PR was gained from patience and pure determination. Way to look at the "big picture" Carly and think long term!
Allison Lee yet again set another 5k PR at the Jingle Bell Run Lake Como, NJ clocking in at 24:38! Allison will continue to work on her run through the New Year, but then its back to Triathlon Training for the 2013 season!
ETA Athletes Chakir Bouchaib, Ed Douglas, and Laura Pyott (Mama P) all took on the Brian’s Run 5miler in West Chester PA yesterday. This race is notorious for its very hilly course, but all ETA Athletes pushed through and had a great race. Chakir lead the way finishing 4th overall in a time of 25:38! Ed Douglas was next to cross the line in 33:01! Mama P was next finishing in 44:51! Well done everyone!
Shout out to ETA Athlete Chris Pannone for winning the CEA-JOHANNA Foods Turkey Trot 5K yesterday in Flemington NJ! Chris crossed the line in 14:50. Well done Chris!
ETA Athlete Ed Douglas III also took on a turkey day race. The 5.5k Trot at Cooper River always brings lots of wind, but Ed battled through finishing 19th overall and 3rd in his AG (30-39), Crossing the line in 21:55. Well done Ed!
Allison Lee decided to set a 5k PR before easting some Thanksgiving Dinner at the TRINITY TURKEY TROT 5K RUN/WALK clocking in at 25:43! Well done Allison!
ETA Athletes Chakir Bouchaib, Matt Dahl, and Maggie Brill tore up the Rothman 8k on Saturday! Chakir clocked in at 25:31 (a new PR !), followed by Matt at 26:21! Maggie was next, finishing in 31:36 (a new PR!) and placing her first in her age group (35-39)!
ETA Athletes Chakir Bouchaib, Mike Bress, Logan Shrader, and Jenn Tapner took on the half marathon on Sunday. After having a stellar race at the 8k on Saturday, Chakir doubled up and ran the half marathon in 1:11 on Sunday! It was a great start to the season for Chakir as he now focuses on some shorter races ahead. Mike Bress set a new PR running crossing the line in 1:26! Logan Shrader was next to cross the line in 1:35:40 and now turns her focus to breaking her longtime 5k PR set in college. Last year she was only 1 second off from breaking it! Rounding out the pack was Jenn Tapner crossing the line in 1:48:06. Jenn now sets her sites on the Disney Marathon in January.
ETA Athletes Matt Ciociola (also an ETA Assistant Coach), Christian Whipple (also an ETA Assistant Coach), Kelly Brown, Maya Hunnwell (also an ETA Assistant Coach), Colleen Zanger, and Eduardo Guzman all took on the marathon on Sunday and all set either a PR and/or qualified for Boston!
Matt Ciociola led the way in dominating fashion, crossing the finish line in 2:39! This is a 1-minute PR for Matt and well deserved. Matt has been trying to break 2:40 for some time now and after following the race plan we laid for him to a “t,” he accomplished his goal! Matt now turns his sights to triathlon training.
Coach Whip was next to cross the line in 3:14:50, which was just in time to grab his qualifying spot for the Boston Marathon!
Kelly Brown was next to cross the line 3:43:33, scoring a 12-minute PR and securing her Boston Marathon qualification! Kelly has had an amazing 2012, setting PR’s in Half Ironman Triathlon, finishing her first Ironman, and now a PR in the marathon! Well done, Kelly!
Next to cross the line was Colleen Zanger with a time of 3:51 (a 9-minute PR)! Last year Colleen took on the Philly marathon but struggled with nutritional choices and ending up very much disliking the marathon distance. After revamping her race day nutrition and working on her pacing, she crossed the line feeling strong and now loving the marathon distance!
Coach Maya set a new PR by 9 minutes, crossing the finish line in 3:53:27!
Eduardo Guzman had a streak of bad luck during the 4 weeks leading up to the marathon. A fluke ankle injury a few weeks out caused him to have to put his training on hold and focus on recovery and hours off deep water pool running! Anyone who has ever done any deep water pool running knows how monotonous it can be! But Eduardo pressed through and was running again 2 weeks out from the race. Unfortunately he caught a cold two days before the race, but again this did not stop Eduardo from racing. He set a PR by more than 25 minutes, clocking in at 4:32:14!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athlete Melissa Yemma for finishing the Richmond Marathon in a time of 4:27:58. This was the third straight year Melissa has completed the Richmond Marathon, great job Melissa!
Shout out to ETA Athlete Ben Ramos for completing his first Ironman at Ironman Florida this weekend! Ben crossed the finish line in 16:04 with a huge smile on his face! 2012 has been an epic year for Ben, during which he finished his first half ironman, had a beautiful baby boy Benjamen Julian Ramos, and became an Ironman!
ETA Athlete and Fast Tracks Running Club member Rob Newbold took on Ironman Florida this weekend, crossing the line in a awesome time of 12:58! Rob is a husband, father of 2, and dedicated athlete. Not only did Rob devote tons of time to his training, amongst long work hours and business travel, but he also raised over $30,000 for Autism Speaks! Rob is the featured Ironman Florida Foundation athlete and you can learn more about him and his quest to raise money for Autism Speaks in the video here
Congrats to ETA Athletes Matt Dahl, Kurt D’Andrea, and John Jaworski for their performances at the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k on Sunday, November 4th. Matt was running his first 10k in nearly four years; he finished in 33:30 for 15th overall and 5th in his age group. Matt will conclude his 2012 season at the Rothman 8k on November 17th. Kurt was next to cross the line in 42:57, setting a new PR! John Jaworski set a new 10k PR by over a minute, finishing in 51:00. Great job, gentlemen!
10-22-2012 & 10-21-2012
Shout out to ETA Athlete Midge Kerr for representing the USA at the 2012 Barfoot & Thompson World Sprint Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland, NZ on October 22nd! Midge finished 16/67 in her age group (45-49). Well done, Midge!
10-20-2012 & 10-21-2012
ETA Athletes had a beautiful day near the Delaware River waterfront at the Heroes to Hero 5k on Saturday to get out and test their fitness. Chris Pannone led the way with a time of 15:31, which was good for 3rd overall and 100 bucks cash! This was Chris’s first time racing in more than a year due to injury, so it was nice to see him back in action! Chakir Bouchaib was next to cross the line in 16:08, placing 4th overall. Chakir was back at home in Morocco for more than two months visiting family and getting engaged, so this was a good way to get the feel of racing back! Congrats on the engagement, Chakir! Martin Nolan finished in 22:31 using this race as a prep for the Philadelphia marathon in a few weeks. After completing Ironman NYC, Fred Dunn decided he needed to work on his run a bit. He had a great day finishing in 25:08 and is looking forward to his continued focus on making improvements in his run. Well done, boys!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey finished up his triathlon and running season by taking off the Garmin and enjoying the Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC. Adam crossed the line in 1:26:00 and is now ready to set some new goals, including taking on a half ironman and starting to prepare for his next season. Great season, Adam!
Shout out to ETA Athlete Richard Shimizu for smashing his marathon best this weekend at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Richard clocked in at 4:02, beating is old personal best by more than 40 minutes! Well done Richard!
10-6-2012 & 10-7-12
Congrats to ETA Athlete Brian Quilty who made his marathon debut at the Portland Marathon. Despite running into a few troubles (such as there being no food on the course), Brian crossed the line with a solid time of 2:52! Brian learned a lot at his first marathon and is eager to get back out there and do it again! Well done!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Ed Douglas for placing 6th overall and first in his age group (30-34) at the Treasure Island Duathlon!
ETA Athlete Kelly Brown was firing on all cylinders as she took on the LBI 18 mile run! Kelly took 3rd in her age group (45-49) and finished in 2:25:16. Great job, Kelly!
ETA athlete Maggie Brill had a stellar race performance at the Wine Glass Marathon in the Finger Lakes region of New York! Last year, Maggie crossed the line in 3:08:29, finishing as the 10th overall woman and 3rd in her age group (35-39); this year, Maggie crossed the line in 3:05:12, taking 6th overall woman and first in her age group (35-39)! This was a solid PR for Maggie, and she and I both know that a sub-3 hour marathon is in her near future! Great job, Maggie!
ETA athletes Martin Nolan and Elizabeth Coleman took on the 70.3 Half Ironman in the Pocono Mountains yesterday in very cool temperatures; at race start, the water temp was cooler than the air temp! Despite the cooler weather, both had a great race. Martin crossed the line in 5:40:01 and Elizabeth finished her first Half Ironman in 6:18:20! Great job, Martin and Elizabeth!
ETA athletes Midge Kerr and Ed Douglas took on the End of Season Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon at Island State Park, NJ in dominating fashion. Midge placed as the first overall woman in the sprint triathlon with a time of 56:43. Ed placed 2nd in his age group (30-34) with a time of 1:03:21. Well done, Midge and Ed!
Midge Kerr competed in the West Chester, NY Olympic Distance Triathlon and scored a solid time of 2:37 and 2nd in her age group (45-49). Way to go, Midge!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Allison Lee for setting a new PR at the Carnegie Center 5k run with a time of 26:07!
ETA Coach Joe Caruso represented for ETA up in Rhode Island at the Y Not Tri Sprint triathlon placing 3rd overall with a time of 50:50. Well done, Joe!
ETA athletes flooded the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon. Lots of first time finishers and great performances!
Matt Dahl 1:15:05 – First Half Marathon!
Matt Ciociola 1:15:09 PR
John Jaworski 1:54:47 PR
Mandie Samuels 1:30:48 PR
Logan Schrader 1:33:17
Jeff Berns 1:35:54
Andrea Bramblett 1:42:21 First Half Marathon!
Colleen Zanger 1:42:29
Eduardo Guzman 1:55:43 PR
Richard Shimizu 1:56:38 PR
Melissa Yemma 2:06:22
ETA athletes took the podium by storm at the Atlantic City Sprint Triathlon! Midge Kerr led the way, finishing 1st overall female with a time 59:30. Kurt Dandrea was next to cross the line in 1:06, placing 3rd in his age goup (40-44). Laura Pyott rounded out the pack, crossing the line in 1:08 and finishing 2nd in her age group (40-44). Excellent job, everyone!
Congratulations to ETA athlete Ed Retzbach who ran 54:02 at the Navy 5-Miler as he continues his training for the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November. Great job, Ed!
ETA Athlete Adam Bussey and Eduardo Guzman had great races at the Nations Triathlon in Washington, D.C. Eduardo met his goal spot on and broke 3 hours, finishing in 2:59! After battling a cold all week, Adam still pressed through and crossed the line in 3:02! Well done, boys!
Congrats to ETA Athletes James Baliko, Allison Lee, and Steph Cooper for finishing their first half Ironman at the Shoreman Half Triathlon at the Jersey Shore! Well done, everyone!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Jen Tapner for finishing the Louisville Ironman this past weekend in 13:59:51! Jen is a mother of three and is the Executive Director for The Watermark at Logan Square in Philadelphia. A year ago, Jen had just completed her first sprint triathlon and then signed up to do an Ironman. When we first met, I was a little taken back to learn that she had only had done a few sprint triathlons before signing up for an Ironman distance triathlon, but Jen was also a seasoned marathon runner so that made me feel a little better! Jen has been a machine with her training. No matter the workout distance or intensity, she would get it done. From staying within her prescribed power levels and run parameters to practicing race day nutrition, Jen was all over it. This led to a great race day at Louisville where Jen crossed the finish line in 13:59:51! Jen has a bright future ahead of her in the sport of triathlon and I look forward to continuing to see her progress! Great job, Jen!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Angela Dunn who, in her first race since USATF Club Track & Field Nationals, was the first overall female in the Clementon Park and Splash World Classic 5k race with a time of 19:53. Great race, Angela!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Rachel Bennion who took on a 2.5-kilometer swim on Saturday and a 4-mile swim on Sunday at the Lake George Open Water Swim races. Rachel finished the 2.5k swim in 1:05 and the 4-mile swim in 2:47! Way to go, Rachel!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athletes Tom Whalen, James Baliko, and Stephanie Cooper for having a solid showing at the Medford Lakes Colony Sprint Triathlon. Tom had a run PR and a finish time of 1:22:47. James was next to follow, finishing his first triathlon in 1:38:59. Stephanie followed with a time of 1:40:42.
Thanks to all the ETA Athlete pacers who came out and paced for the Wildwood Half Marathon! Also a shout out to ETA Athlete Marty Nolan for running the half as a training run in preparation for his next half Ironman, and Ed Douglas who ran the 8k and came in 3rd overall with a time of 33:20!
ETA Athlete John Pressman took part in the Cycles 54 Twilight Series Criterium Category 1/2/3 race and finished 6th overall and earned a few points towards his Cat 2 upgrade! Congrats, John!
ETA Athlete Rob Newbold took on the Timberman Half Ironman, finishing in a time of 6:03:53! Rob, well done on your first Half Ironman!
ETA Athlete Midge Kerr and Drexel Triathlon Team member Megan Staples took on the fierce competition at Age Group Nationals in Vermont on Saturday and Sunday. Midge crossed the Olympic triathlon line in 2:30:21 and just missed her spot to London. But that did not stop her, because she was racing the Sprint Triathlon on Sunday as well! Great time on a tough course! Midge rallied the next morning in the Sprint Triathlon, crossing the finish line in 1:13:17, placing 8th in her age group (45-49), and earning her spot to London! Megan set a 1-minute PR in the Olympic Distance Triathlon on a very difficult course, crossing the line in 2:37! Well done, Megan!
Lots of ETA Athletes participated in the Wildwood Sprint Triathlon this weekend! The weather was wet and the roads were slippery, but everyone came out with all guns firing.
Joe Caruso – 1:09:14 - 3rd AG (40-44) and 11th OA
Laura Pyott – 1:18:31 – 1st AG (40-44) and 7th Female OA
Andrea Bramblett – 1:24:12 – 4th AG (40-44)
Erin Reynolds – 1:25:56 – 5th AG (30-34)
Christine Venuti – 1:30:46 – Her second fastest 5k ever in a Triathlon!
Barbra Cresse – 1:42:46 – 1st AG (60-64)
ETA Athletes Elizabeth Coleman, Martin Nolan, Tom Whalen, and Matt Ciociola took on the Presidential Lakes Olympic and Sprint Tri on Sunday. Elizabeth took 1st in her age group (35-39) and was the 5th overall female to finish, with a time of 2:34:10! Next to follow was Martin, finishing with a solid time of 2:43:43. Tom took on the sprint and had a great day despite having to duke it out on the swim, resulting in his chip being ripped off; he was still able to refocus and finish in a respectable 1:05:00, placing 2nd in his age group (40-44). Matt Ciociola, who is also a running coach with ETA Coach, took on his first triathlon in the sprint race. Matt finished in 1:10:15, placing 1st in his age group (25-29) and posting the 2nd fastest run split of the day!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Ed Retzbach who competed in his first race as an ETA Athlete this past Sunday at the Tuckahoe Duathlon. Ed placed 32nd in the race with a finishing time of 1:33:13. Great job, Ed!
Congratulations to ETA Athlete Marc Gauval who raced the Get2It sprint triathlon in Ohio on Sunday. Marc posted the fastest bike split of the day and finished 2nd in his age group (45-49) with a time of 1:18:56. Way to go, Marc!
ETA Athletes Christian Whipple and John Williams both had impressive showings at Ironman NYC! John completed his first Ironman in 11:51:03 and said that was hands down the hardest run he had ever done! Well done, John—all your hard work paid off! Christian Whipple was next to cross the line in 12:13:56. This was a longer than expected day for Coach Whipple. Christian could not figure out why it was so hard to stay within his power goal for the bike course, until mile 90 when he stopped to see if it was a mechanical issue. When he spun the front tire it barely moved; the front brake had been rubbing the wheel. This did not affect Christian at all, because as much as he wanted to set a new Ironman PR, he was more thrilled to be racing with his two brothers and for Team Buddy. All three brothers were racing in honor of their dad, who passed away 10 years ago on the same day as Ironman NYC. All three brothers crossed the line with smiles on their faces and their dad in their hearts. Well done, Christian, Drew, and Ryan!
Congrats to ETA Athletes Stephanie Cooper and Christine Venuti, who took on the SheROX Triathlon and Duathlon this weekend and set some PR’s along the way! Stephanie took on the duathlon and finished in 1:44:22, placing 4th in her age group (45-49), 14th overall, and achieving a PR by more than 1 minute. Well done, Steph! Christine took on the triathlon and set a 7-minute PR, finishing with a time of 1:44:40! Way to go, Christine!
ETA Athlete Laura Pyott raced the Brigantine Triathlon this weekend, finishing 1st in her age group (40-44) and posting the 24th fastest swim time overall. Well done, Laura!
Joe Caruso is a husband, father of two, president of the thriving wine import company Big C Wines, and Ironman! I started working with Joe two years ago as he prepared for his first half Ironman. Right away, Joe's passion for the sport and willingness to learn was evident. As with many athletes, I had to pull the reins on Joe because he was so excited to improve that there was a chance of him getting carried away with his workouts. Joe also worked and traveled a lot due to being a president of a booming wine import company. But no matter where Joe was in the world, he would find a way to work out. It was this dedication that led Joe to a stellar performance at Ironman Lake Placid in July. If there is one race when it's extra important to communicate with your coach and follow the training and race day plan, it's the Ironman due to the many different variables that could easily turn a good race day into a bad one. Joe started to establish himself as a very good cyclist early in his training, so on race day it was crucial that Joe stick to his prescribed power zones so he did not "cook" himself on the bike. Joe followed his race day plan to a tee, working the swim and sticking to his prescribed power zones and run plan! Joe finished strong, running the last 2 miles of the marathon at a faster pace than the other 24! Joe's patience, unbridled enthusiasm for racing, and dedication to training is what brought him across that finish line in a such a great time!
ETA Coach athletes Brian Quilty and Barbara Cresse were firing on all cylinders at their respective races on Sunday, July 29! Brian Quilty took on the San Francisco Half Marathon and ran it in 1:16:12, scoring a 3-minute PR! Barbara Cresse placed third in her age group (60-64) at the Jersey Girl Triathlon. Well done, Brian and Barb!
ETA Coach athletes Joe Caruso, Kelly Brown, and Brian Boecklen took on Ironman Lake Placid in dominating fashion! Joe Caruso reached his goal of breaking 12 hours and crossed the finish line in 11:59:54! Kelly Brown had lots of goals along the way and she reached every one of them with a smile on her face! Kelly crossed the line in 13:40:52! I received a text from her yesterday (July 25th) that she was going for a run because she was bored! Brian Boecklen was next to cross the line in 15:45:20. Brian struggled with cramps from mile 80 on the bike until the finish, but his IRON will helped push him to the finish! Awesome job, everyone!
ETA Coach athletes Amy Kelly and Allison Lee took on the NJ State Olympic Triathlon and loved every second of it. Amy crossed the line in 2:56:41 and Allison scored a 12-minute PR, crossing the finish line in 3:08:49! Well done, ladies!
ETA Athlete Laura Pyott took 2nd Overall Female at the Manland Triathlon, a great local race in Avalon, NJ! Well done, Laura!
ETA Coach athletes Greg Wilkinson, Marc Gauval, Stephanie Cooper, Erin Reynolds, and Evelyn Shreve took on the NJ State Sprint Triathlon full force. Greg Wilkinson lead the way finishing 3rd Overall in a time of 55:49! Marc Gauval finished his first ever sprint tri in 1:11:08. Stephanie Cooper bettered her time by 15 minutes over last year, finishing in 1:14:52. Erin Reynolds was next to cross the line in 1:18:34. Evelyn Shreve crossed the finish line in 1:23:28 and accomplished her 2nd goal of the season: to finish in the top 50% versus the top 80-90% in sprint triathlons! Great job, everyone!
ETA Coach athlete Brian Quilty took on the Rodeo Run 5k in Fortuna, CA taking first place with a time of 16:28!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Barbara Cresse for taking on the Stone Harbor Sprint Triathlon and placing 1st in her age group (60-64)! Well done, Barb!
ETA Coach Athlete Tom Whalen and ETA Assistant Coach/Athlete Maya Hunnewell both took home hardware from the Lake Lenape Sprint Triathlon. Tom was the 1st Law Enforcement Officer across the line and 4th in his age group (M 40-44) with a time of 1:02:21. A great showing for his first tri in open water! Coach Maya bettered her time from last year and was 1st in her age group (F 35-39) in 1:05:57. Congrats to you both!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Matt Dahl who placed 7th overall at the Belmar 5 Mile Run with a time of 27:25, which also placed him 3rd in his age group. Matt will now train for the Philadelphia Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in September. Great work, Matt!
ETA Coach athletes took on the Marlton Lakes Splash and Dash (1/4 mile swim and 5k run) last night as a workout and picked up some hardware along the way. ETA Coach Athletes and Swim Coaches Bill Sepich and Greg Wilkinson placed 1st and 2nd, finishing in 24:36 and 24:39 respectively. Well done, boys. Elizabeth Coleman placed 3rd in her age group (35-39) and 24th overall, clocking in at 32:17! Next in line was Tom Whalen finished 30th with a time oft 32:42. Well done!
ETA Coach Athletes Midge Kerr and Jen Tapner took on the New York City Triathlon. Midge led the way, placing 2nd in her age group (45-49) clocking in at 2:27:12! Jen had a great race, crossing the line in 2:45:31; this was good enough for over a 10-minute PR! Well done, Midge and Jen!
The ladies of ETA Coach were represented at the Queen of the Hill Sprint Triathlon this past weekend! Despite the heat, the ladies pressed through and clocked in some great times. Leading the way was Christylynn Petersen, finishing 20th overall with a time of 1:11:21; that’s a huge PR from last year when Christy crossed the finish line in 1:24:36 finishing 109th overall! Christine Venuti clocked in at 1:15:45, scoring over a 1-minute PR! Rounding out the pack was Erin Reynolds, clocking in at 1:18:27! Great job, ladies!
ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn competed at the USATF Club Track and Field National Championships this past weekend. Angela went up against tough competition and the heat and still finished with a time of 19:42. Congratulations on a great season, Angela!
ETA Coach Athletes Sean Cunningham and Ed Douglas jumped into the Pitman 4 Miler Race for a test of fitness on a very hot 4th of July! Ed clocked in at 27:26 and Sean at 32:09. Well done, boys!
ETA Coach athlete Francis Alueta battled the heat at Ironman Austria this past weekend and still managed to finish with great time of 12:34:11! Great job, Francis!
ETA Coach athletes dominated the Avalon Triathlon this past weekend, either placing overall or in their respective age groups! Leading the way was Greg Wilkinson, finishing 2nd overall with a time of 59:08. Right behind Greg was Bill Sepich, finishing 3rd overall with a time of 1:00:37. Next up was Laura Pyott, placing third in her age group (40-44) with a time of 1:16:18. Barb Cresse placed first in her age group (60-64) with a time of 1:35:04! Also, a shout out to Kim Kerr for finishing her first triathlon!
A few ETA Coach athletes decided to jump into the Independence Day 5k and 10k in Medford, NJ to test their fitness last weekend. ETA Coach Assistant Coach and Athlete Matt Ciociola finished 2nd overall in the 10k race with a time of 35:08. Neil Fishman crossed the line in 1:00:36 and is already gearing up for his next race! Elizabeth Coleman swam a mile at the ETA Coach Open Water Swim in the early morning, then headed over to the race and placed 2nd overall in the 5k with a time of 22:12!
In the Philadelphia Olympic Triathlon, ETA Coach athlete (and Assistant Coach) Christian Whipple crossed the line in 2:21:28. Christian now jumps right back into his heavy training for Ironman New York! Jennifer Tapner trained through the race and still finished strong with a time of 2:50:12! Candace Gantt was just coming back from an injury and still had a fantastic day, crossing the line in 2:55:58.
ETA Coach athlete John Williams took on his first Half Ironman at 70.3 Syracuse and did a fantastic job. John crossed the line in 5:24:17. Well done, John!
As always, ETA Coach athletes had a strong showing at the Philadelphia Sprint and Olympic Triathlons! At the Sprint Triathlon, Greg Wilkinson led the way finishing 1st overall amateur, 5th overall, and 1st in his age group (30-34) with a time of 1:14:49! Next up was Bill Sepich placing 1st in his age group (25-29) with a time of 1:18:00! Midge Kerr had a fantastic race placing 2nd in the Elite Race with a time of 1:26:54. Not bad for 48 years young! Scott Ensley was a bit under the weather, but still managed a great time, crossing the finish line in 1:27:21. Evelyn Shreve was next and feeling good! She crossed the line in 1:51:53 and said she has never felt better!
ETA Coach athlete Sean Cunningham decided to jump into the Sprint AquaVelo at the last minute and placed 1st in his age group (25-29) and 1st overall with a time of 59:38!
ETA Coach athlete Brian Quilty took on the Dow’s Prairie Run 6.1 Mile and won the race in 34:27!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Adam Bussey for running a solid race at the Baltimore 10-Miler in a time of 1:22:33!
ETA Coach athlete Christine Venuti took on the Parvin Sprint Triathlon which unfortunately was turned into a duathlon due to poor water quality. Christine still pushed through and finished in a time of 1:30:32! Well done!
ETA Coach athlete Carly Smith took on the Media 5 Mile Run as a test of fitness and squeaked out a great time of 42:12! Great job, Carly!
ETA Coach athletes Joe Caruso, Jenn Tapner, Evelyn Shreve, and Candace Gantt all took on the Eagleman 70.3 Half Ironman in Cambridge, MD as well as the heat that day! Joe Caruso crossed the line in 5:01:32, scoring a nice 70.3 personal record. Jenn Tapner was competing in her first half Ironman and did so with great results, crossing the line in 6:02:10. Evelyn Shreve also was taking on her first 70.3 and did so with a smile on her face. After crossing the finish line she said, “That half marathon was worse than childbirth.” Evelyn finished with a respectable time of 7:41:34! Candace Gantt took on the AquaVelo portion of the Eagleman, 70.3 taking first in her age group (55-59) with a time of 3:54:14.
ETA Coach athlete Midge Kerr took on the famed Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco California which is very well known for its cold water, steep climbs, and difficult run. Midge still finished strong, placing 6th in her age group (45-49) with a time of 3:07:07.
ETA Coach athletes Maya Hunnewell (also an ETA Coach), Laura Pyott, and Stephanie Cooper all took on the Belleplain Sprint Triathlon in dominating fashion. Maya clocked in at 1:12:35, scoring 1st place in her age group (35-39) and 4th woman overall. Laura was next to cross the line in 1:15:02, taking 2nd in her age group (40-44). Stephanie was next to finish in 1:24:53, placing second in her age group (45-49). Great job, ladies!
6-15-2012 & 6-17-2012
Had a great time up at the ETA Coach Lake Placid Training Camp last weekend! Check out all the photos here: www.facebook.com
6-2-2012 & 6-3-2012
ETA Coach Registered Dietitian and Athlete Michelle Ulrich took on the San Diego Half Marathon crossing the line in 1:26:45! Her time was good enough for a PR and second in her age group out of 2,155 runners!
ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn competed at the USATF NJ Open Championships as a final tune up in her preparations for USATF Club Nationals. Angela ran 2:36:38 in the 800m for third place and ran 5:13:12 in the 1500m for fifth place. Great work, Angela, and good luck at nationals!
John Jaworski set a new 8k PR at the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8k! John ran 40:18, which is an 11-second PR!
The ladies of ETA Coach represented at the Jersey Genesis Triathlon. Midge Kerr led the way taking first in her age group and clocking in at 1:26:56. Allison Lee was next to cross the line with a solid time of 1:43:45. Rounding out the pack was Barb, finishing in 2:02:03 and taking 3rd in her age group. Well done, ladies!
Christylynn Petersen was flying solo at the Black Bear Triathlon. Black Bear is very well known for its challenging and very hilly bike course. Christy did not let the hills bother her and took the race by storm crossing the line in 1:59:44. Well done!
Christine Venuti keeps running 5ks and keeps setting personal records! Christine ran the Mullica Hill Women's Triathlon Club Women’s Only Fabulous Friday Night 5k 2012, clocking in at 26:11!
5-26-2012 & 5-27-2012
ETA Coach athletes were well represented at the Hammonton Triathlon. Greg Wilkinson led the way and placed third overall with a time of 56:16. Close behind was Bill Sepich, placing 8th overall and first in his age group with a time of 57:51. Allison Lee jumped in the race at the last minute to test her fitness and crossed the line in 1:20:28. Rounding out the pack was Steph Cooper finishing in a time of 1:23:54, which is a 3-minute PR from last year’s race!
ETA Coach Athletes and The Drexel Triathlon Team (Coached by Head Coach Jason Kilderry) were on a tear at the Sea Isle City Tri for Our Vets Triathlon. ETA Coach athletes Midge Kerr took third Overall Female and Laura Pyott took first in her age group. The Drexel Triathlon Team had great results with top 3 overall finishers, age group winners, age group placings, personal records, and first time finishers.
5-19-2012 & 5-20-2012
The Columbia Triathlon in Maryland is very well known for its very tough course, but ETA Coach athletes were up to the challenge! Everyone was humbled by the course and loved the experience!
Kim Dietrick 2:41:55
Midge Kerr 2:43:17
Jen Tapner 3:05:15
Adam Bussey 3:18:26
ETA Coach athletes Greg Wilkinson and Chakir Bochaib took a break from racing and had some fun at the Philadelphia Run a Muck race. Both still showed up and ran hard. Greg finished his heat first and Chakir finished his heat third.
ETA Coach Athlete Scott Ensley took on the Jersey Man sprint triathlon finishing in a time of 1:45:26. Very hilly course, but a great start to the tri season.
5-12-2012 & 5-12-2012
Allison Lee started her triathlon season off with the Jersey Shore Multisport Kick Off Sprint Triathlon placing first in her age group with a time of 1:24:35 and a new course PR! Well done!
Adam Bussey participated in the Centennial Lake 1 Mile Swim in central Maryland and finished with a time of 25:15!
ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn was continuing her preparation for USATF Club Track & Field Nationals. Angela ran 19:11, her fourth best 5k ever, at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College.
ETA Coach athletes were hammering away at the Broad Street 10mile Run Sunday! Lots of PR’s and great race results!
Chakir Bouchaib 53:19 PR
Matt Dahl 55:56 PR
Matt Ciociola 56:20
John Williams 62:37
Logan Schrader 66:32 PR
Tom Whalin 71:59 PR
John Stelmaski 73:22 PR
Laura O'Mara 74:59 PR
Richard Shimizu 83:57 PR
John Jaworski 86:54
Christlynn Peterson 87:40 PR
Debbie Manning 89:50 PR
Amy Kelly 95:19 PR
The Bassman Half Ironman was next on the agenda for ETA Coach athlete Kelly Brown. With a small 3-day taper and a slightly long bike and run course, Kelly smashed her old PR by 17 minutes, finishing in 5:48:46! Kelly stuck to her prescribed bike power perfectly, which set her up for a stellar run despite the sandy trails! Kelly also took first in her age group (45-49)!
ETA Coach athletes took over the Devilman Sprint and Half Lite Triathlon in Cumberland County NJ. In the sprint, Laura Pyott started her season off by using this race as a test of fitness mostly for the bike, and she did exactly that, hammering home a great split. She still managed a great run as well, finishing overall in 1:57:44. Kim Cyganik was not far behind and also made her triathlon debut of the season crossing the line in 2:02:08. Stephanie Cooper also had a solid day, finishing in 2:20:24.
All the ETA Coach athletes who competed in the Half Lite Triathlon used the race as a long workout in preparation for either the Eagleman 70.3 Triathlon or upcoming Ironman races this season. With only a very small taper, everyone still did awesome! Christian Whipple crossed the finish line in 3:35:49. Jen Tapner made her long course debut and had a very solid race finishing in 4:12:12! Candace Gantt was next to cross the line in 4:43, setting a 2-minute PR. Rounding out the pack was Evelyn Shreve, who also made her long course debut and despite lots of nerves had an awesome race, finishing in 4:52:08!
Earl McMinn made his long course debut at the White Lake Half Ironman in NC, finishing in 6:45! Earl had a great day on the bike and quickly found out that hot days and hammering on the bike can make for a tough run! Despite being spent from the bike and heat, Earl pushed through and finished strong! Great job, Earl--next up is Ironman Lake Placid!
Lots of ETA Coach athletes started off their Tri season with the RiverWinds Sprint Triathlon in West Deptford, NJ. Tom Whalen led the way with a time of 58:41--good enough for 18th overall! Erin Reynolds had a solid season debut, finishing in 1:06:43. Rounding out the pack was Christine Venuti setting a PR of 1:11:05.
Adam Bussey took part in the Fran Crippen Mile Open Water Swim in Florida. Despite some uncontrollable fogging in his goggles, Adam managed to clip off a nice mile in 28:56! Well done. Side note: I had the pleasure of meeting Fran Crippen on a few occasions, and he was an amazing person. I'm glad an ETA Coach athlete could be down in Florida to participate in the Crippen Mile!
ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn continued her amazing outdoor track season this past Saturday at the TCNJ Lions Invitational. Angela finished 5th in the 5000m Run, running 18:45:09, which is a new PR and qualifies her for USATF Club Track & Field Nationals!!
ETA Coach athlete Jonathon Pressman took part in the Briana Pettit Memorial Bike Race Jonathan established a solid position in the beginning of the race, but a crash that took place ahead of him pushed his time back a bit. Jonathan made a solid hard effort and avoided a crash, so all in all it was a good day!
Sunday ETA Coach athletes Laura Pyott, Stephanie Cooper, and Allison Lee set out to run the Rutgers UNITE Half Marathon. All three of these ladies have their sights set on the triathlon season, but wanted to throw a half marathon into the mix. Stephanie Cooper led the way crossing the line in 2:02 setting a 1min PR. Laura “Mama” Pyott crossed the finish line in 2:02:09 and broke a few water stop fraternity boys hearts a long the way. Allison Lee rounded out the pack in 2:05:11 setting a 5min PR on a training run! Great job ladies!
Also thank you to all the ETA Coach athletes and friends who came out to help pace for the Unite Half Marathon! You guys were great and everyone enjoyed your patience, encouragement, and dedication to staying on pace!
ETA Coach athletes were busy at the races this weekend! Angela Dunn and Chakir Bouchaib took on the Widener Invitational Friday and Saturday. Chakir started things off Friday night running the 5k in 15:15! This was a 3 second PR for Chakir and he now sets his sights on the Broad Street Run 10miler. Saturday Angela ran 5:09.16 in the 1500m, which was a 7 second season PR. Angela came back a couple hours later to set an overall PR in the 800m running 2:34.06. Great job Chakir and Angela!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn for placing Second in the 5000m Run at the Rider Invitational running an 18:57.45. Angela's performance improves upon both her high school and college PRs! Great work Angela!
Congrats to ETA Coach Francis Alueta for conquering the Bucks County Half Marathon. Francis crossed the line in 1:50:34! Solid time for such a hilly course!
ETA Coach athlete Holly Geldhauser decided last minute to jump into the 4th Annual Doylestown Duathlon. Holly ended up taking first in her age group (25-29) and 8th overall female in a very stacked race.
ETA Coach athletes Logan Schrader, Brian Quilty, and Chakir Bouchaib took on the 5k at Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton NJ. Chakir and Brian had a solid race finishing in 15:25 and 15:34. Logan was 1 second off her collegiate PR running 19:04!
ETA Coach athletes were very busy this weekend at the races!
Michelle Ulrich kicked off the weekend with a solid performance at the Carlsbad 5k in San Diego California. Michelle clocked in at 19:20 and continues to train hard in preparation for the San Diego Rock and Roll half Marathon in June.
Tom Whalen and Gina Rogers Mooney both took on the Phillies 5k. Tom clocked in at 20:21 scoring a 20s PR! Gina Rogers Mooney also ran a PR clocking in at 28:57!
Angela Dunn participated in the Danny Curran Invitational at Widener University. Angela placed 50th out of 114 runners in the 1500m in a time of 5:16.18 and later came back to place 69th out of 120 in the 800 in a time of 2:39.82!
Dan Bucherer, Matt Brill, and Maggie Brill took on the Cherry Blossom 10miler in Washington DC. Matt led the way clocking in at 56:45. Maggie scored a new PR clocking in at 66:42. Dan rounded out the pack running a solid 66:45, which was well ahead of his goal time!
Barb Cresse was strutting her stuff down in Miami at the Nautica South Beach Triathlon. Barb won her age group (60-64) and is already looking forward to her next race!
Christine Venuti scored another PR at the Mullica Hill NJ Hop and Run 5k clocking in at 26:30!
Richard Shimizu raced the Get the Lead Out 10k in Ambler PA crossing the finish line in 53:19!
Jen Tapner and Carly Smith both took on the April Fools 7k and Half Marathon in Atlantic City NJ. Carly scored an age group win (30-34) in the 7k clocking in at 37:41! Jen scored a new PR in the half marathon clocking in at 1:47:36!
Great job this weekend everyone!
- Coach Jason, Maya, and Matt
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn for placing 2nd in the 3000m Run at the Richard Stockton Invitational with a time of 11:27.95. Great work Angela!
ETA Coach athlete and resident Nutritionist took 3rd in her AG at the Saint Patrick's day 10k In San Diego CA a little over a week ago. Despite the rainy day and hilly course Michelle ran a solid time of 41:16! Keep up the great work Mich!
ETA Coach athletes were busy and HOT at San Juan 70.3 Half Ironman today.
Holly Geldhauser placed 2nd OA Amateur female and first in her age group. She even squeaked out a PR of more than 2 minutes, clocking in at 4:52:31. Holly had a rough few weeks leading up to the race battling some illness and even battled a cold on race day. Despite all challenges, Holly still had a fantastic race and she is looking forward to her next half Ironman!
Joe Caruso and Kelly Brown had a great swims, super fast bike splits, and gutted out solid runs for the day. Joe finished in 5:14:49 and Kelly in 6:14:38. Not long after finishing San Juan, both Kelly and Joe had their sights set on their next race and are looking forward to competing in their first Ironman this summer!
Keep up the great work!
ETA Coach athletes were tearing up the pavement last weekend at the 7th Annual Adrenaline 5k! All the results are listed below. Multiple personal records and age group places! Keep up the awesome job everyone!
Adrenaline 5k - ETA Coach Athlete Results
Chakir Bouchaib 15:18 - 20 second PR – 5th OA
Brian Quility 15:35 – 3rd AG
Nick Desantis 15:41 – 2nd AG
Matt Ciociola 16:45
Greg Wilkinson 17:18 – 20 second PR
Scott Ensley 18:00 – 40 second PR
Angela Dunn 19:40 – 3rd AG
Logan Schraider 19:43
Garrett Watkinson 20:35
John Stelmaski 21:00
Kim Cyganik 23:14
John Jaworski 24:38
ChristyLynn Peterson 24:52
Christine Venutie 26:18 – PR
Allison Lee 26:28 - PR
This weekend was the annual ETA Coach Athlete Appreciation Party at the Irish Mile in Westmont NJ. I’m blessed to have so many hardworking and dedicated athletes. My medical history limits the amount of training I’m able to do, therefore I live vicariously through each one of my athletes every day. Every athlete that I coach I look to transform, inspire, and educate, and although they may not realize it, they do the same for me. Anyone can appreciate their athletes by buying them beer and pizza, but my appreciation level goes a little deeper. It’s great to see their personal records, accomplishments, and wins, but seeing them evolve in the respective sports and enjoying their training day in and day out is what makes me tick. Sometimes it’s hard to call them “ETA Coach athletes,” because they are much more than that to me. Every day of coaching my athletes is a team effort that is fueled by their attention to detail. I love my job and my awesome athletes a.k.a. friends! Thanks for all that you do. - Head Coach Jason Kilderry
Kelly Brown ran the Livestrong Austin Half Marathon in 1:43:51 setting a 2min PR! This race was a “workout” for Kelly, because she will be racing 70.3 San Juan in a few weeks!
Samantha Budd competed in the Group 2 NJ State Championships placing 4th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:21.84 tying her current PR. Placing 4th qualified Samantha for the Meet of Champs this Saturday in Toms River NJ.
ETA Coach athletes Chakir Bouchaid and Logan Schrader took on the Feel the Love 5k in Brynmar PA last weekend as a "test" of fitness. Chakir finished third overall in a time of 16:03 and Logan finished in 19:14, which is not to far off her Collegiate PR ran on the track! Both Chakir and Logan have their sites set on setting PR's in the 5k this spring on the track!
Congrats to Brian Quilty for setting a 5 second PR last night in the mile at the Armory's Thursday Night at the Races in NYC! Brian clocked in at 4:32! Later that night Brian ran the 3k and clocked in at 9:18. Solid night at the races!
Check out this video of ETA Coach and West Deftford, NJ athlete Samantha Budd winning the 800m Group 2 South Jersey Sectionals! Samantha clocked in at 2:21.84 her second fastest time of the season! Next up States! Keep up the great work!
Shout out to ETA Coach athlete Joe Caruso for setting a new 5k PR last Sunday at the 8th Annual Super 5k Road Race Narragansett, RI! Joe crossed the line in 20:21. Next up for Joe is 70.3 Half Ironman In Puerto Rico!
We are only 10 days into the New Year and ETA Coach athletes are already kicking but at various races:
Jen Tapner traveled down to the Disney Marathon and finished in a solid time of 4:03. Jen now turns her focus to training for Ironman Louisville in August 2012.
Holly Geldhauser was at it again winning the Pretzel City Sports 10k Trail Run! Despite the hilly course Holly still managed to bang out a 41:01. Keep up the great work Holly!
Last Thursday Brian Quilty attended the Thursday Night at the Races in NYC’s Armory indoor track. Brian jumped into the 1mile and 2mile races, but after missing his heat for the mile he was forced to enter a slower heat with no warm up. Brian still managed to run 4:40, but was not satisfied so he entered the 2mile race! Brian ended his night with a solid 2mile race finishing in 9:55.
Page Greenberg started the New Year off with a bang at the NEW YEAR'S EVE 5K in Berwyn, PA placing first in her age group (50-59) running 24:35!
Christylynn Petersen - Former standout high school lacrosse player, pursuing a MS in biology with a concentration in neurochemistry, mother of three, and 1-year veteran in the sport of triathlon! Christylynn is still very new to the sport of triathlon and has years of PR's and accomplishments yet to come, but it's her dedication to her training that makes her stand out.
After her first season, Christylynn was not satisfied with her performance and immediately wanted to train all the time and as hard as she could in hopes to improve. It was this mentality that drove her to injury, which led her to rethink how to approach her training. When I first started training Christylynn, her competitiveness made it hard to slow her down, but it was a necessity due to injury. Here we are a few months later: no aches, no pains, and her fitness level continues to grow. Her patience and willingness to listen, learn, and provide feedback to me is what brought her back to health and made her ready to take on more training.
2012 is going to be a breakthrough season for Christylynn, and that is due to her perseverance and drive to succeed and train smart. She looks to be competitive in her age group this year and has a long term goal of completing an Ironman in 2014! Keep up the great work, Christylynn!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Ed Douglas for taking 2nd overall at the Moorestown Hoop Trot 5k! Despite a very muddy course Ed ran 19:56. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations ETA Coach Athlete Tom Whalen for setting a 5K PR at the Haddon Heart 5K on Saturday with a time of 20:53!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn for making the long trek out to USATF Club XC Nationals in Seattle, WA. Angela braved a tough, slippery course to finish in a time of 24:54 to place 228th. Angela, after a brief rest period, will train to break 19 minutes for 5k and qualify for USATF Club Track & Field Nationals. Great job Angela!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athlete Page Greenberg for setting a 5min PR at the Rehoboth Beach 1/2 marathon! Page crossed the finish line in 1:42:40 placing 2nd in her age group (55-59). Congrats Page and keep up the fantastic work. Page will now be focusing on training for the 2012 Boston Marathon!
Shout out to ETA Coach athlete Brian Quilty for using the Ocean Running Club Reindeer Romp 5k as a workout and still ended up winning! Brian crossed the line in 16:58 with second place over a minute behind. Way to represent your home town!
ETA Coach athlete Ed Douglas took on the famed Brian's Run 5miler this weekend clocking in at 32:25! Good for a 27s PR from last year. Brian's Run is notorious for its very very hilly course! Great job Ed!
Maggie Zdziarska Brill - Maggie Brill is not your typical distance runner, although her recent race results beg to differ. In fact, Maggie was a sprinter 14 years ago when she was in college. Times have changed and Maggie is now running a lot farther than 400 meters, doing distances from 5k to the marathon.
Maggie is a personal trainer and the mother of 2 boys, but you can catch her in the early morning putting in the miles before everyone else normally starts their day. Maggie is a pleasure to coach because in every workout I give her, she does her best to stick to every single detail, and if she is off by a second or two she is the first to apologize. Even though that second is not a big deal, she still takes the workouts very seriously. It's this attention to detail that has led to Maggie's recent success. In the past 6 months, Maggie has set a personal record in the 5k running 19:31, in the half marathon running 1:27:28, and in the marathon running 3:08:21.
As Maggie takes a few weeks' break from competitive running, she is unsure what distances she wants to pursue next. One thing is for sure: whatever race she decides to take on, she will attack it with everything she has! Keep up the great work, Maggie!
Shout out to ETA Coach Assistant Coach Matt Ciociola for coaching the Bishop Eustace Mens Cross Country Team to another successful season. The team ended up winning the Olympic Conference National Division and Non Public "B" State Title for second year in a row. Keep up the great work Matt!
11-26-2011 & 11-27-2011
A few ETA Coach athletes were busy at local Turkey trots this weekend.
Page Greenberg ran 39:10 at the Fairmount Park Turkey Trot 5 mile placing 1st in her age group (50-59).
Brian Quilty ran the Matawan Borough 5K Turkey Trot placing 2nd overall in a time of 16:28.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Angela Dunn for placing 1st Female (4th Overall) at the Jolly Holly 5k in a time of 19:20, which was a mere 2 seconds off of her college personal best! Angela now focuses on training for USATF Club XC Nationals on December 10th where she will conclude her fall season.
Ed Douglas ran 18:46 at the Cooper River Turkey Trot in Pennsauken NJ placing 3rd in his age group (30-39).
ETA Coach athletes flooded the starting line at the Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K this weekend. Check out everyone’s race results and write-ups below!
In the marathon, Chakir Bouchaib led the way with a blistering time of 2:32:12.
Frank Maneri was next to cross the line, setting a PR of 3:02:56 at the young age of 49.
Dan Bucherer was next to cross the line in his marathon debut with a time of 3:14:08, and he’s already talking about what marathon to run next!
Garrett Watkinson also made his marathon debut crossing the line in 3:33:25, and he hopes to run another marathon in the spring.
Michael Kelly had a fantastic race and crossed the finish line in 3:48:18!
Samantha Murphy and Jillian Schneider both struggled with injuries while training for their first marathons, but their hard work and dedication enabled them to finish the marathon in 5:42:15 and 6:03:38, respectively.
In the half marathon, Matt and Maggie Brill led the way crossing the line in 1:15:44 and 1:27:28, respectively. Matt was 2nd in his age group (35-39) and Maggie was 4th in her age group (34-39) and also set a 40-second PR. That is one strong gene pool!
Scott Ensley grabbed a PR for the day crossing the line in 1:29:44. Not bad considering Scott was forced to take some time off from training due to being hit by a car while cycling!
Tom Whalen took on his first half marathon and crossed the line in 1:45:56.
Page Greenberg jumped into the race for fun after recently finishing the NYC Marathon, crossing the line in 1:50:24 and placing 6th in her age group (55-59).
Kim Dechen made her comeback race after having a beautiful baby boy and crossed the line in 2:21:31!
Saturday at the 8K, Holly Geldhauser ran a solid 32:27 and now sets her sights on a half marathon in 2 weeks!
ETA Coach athletes had fantastic performances this weekend at The Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k and NY City Marathon!
Angela Dunn for placed 1st in her age group at the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k in a time of 41:42.
The Brill family was very busy this weekend collecting Hardware and Cash! Maggie Brill finished 1st overall female at the Citizen Advocacy Phoenixville 5k clocking in at 19:43! Matt Brill ran the Octrun 13k placing 3rd overall and clocking in at 45:50! Well done Mr and Mrs Brill!
ETA Coach athlete Joe Caruso competed in the Atlantic Coast Half Ironman crossing the line in 5:03:48! This is over a 30min PR! Keep up the great work Joe!
ETA Coach athletes were very busy at the Atlantic City Half Marathon setting PR’s and winning cash prizes! Brian Quilty led the way running a 1:18. Interestingly enough Brian was 1st overall male due to lead runners taking a wrong turn. This also earned Brian a 1,500 dollar cash prize! Andrew Kotula set himself a 4min PR crossing the line in 1:48:17. Caren Yeamans crossed the line in 1:49:11 and earned herself a 9min PR! Well done everyone!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Kelly Brown for running a great race at the Baltimore Marathon! Kelly smashed her previous marathon PR by more than 20min crossing the line in 3:46:28! Well-done Kelly.
Congrats to all the ETA Coach Athletes this weekend.
At the Chicago marathon Nick Destanis and Matt Ciociola both set PR’s for themselves by over a minute. Nick came in at 2:38:52 and Matt 2:40:05! Erik Geisinger made his marathon debut running a smart race crossing the line in 2:47:36. Great job boys!
At the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton PA Lisa Satteson crossed the finish line in 3:18:58 placing 5th in her age group and setting a 5min PR! Well-done Lisa! In the Duathlon world Ed Douglas took first in his age group (30-34) and 8th overall at the End of Season Triathlon/Duathlon. Great job Ed!
Despite heavy ran and deep puddles Maggie Brill smashed her marathon PR by more than 23min at the Wineglass Marathon clocking in at 3:08:21. Maggie was 10th in her age group (35-39) and 60th overall!
Brian Quilty took 2nd overall the Susan Komen Race for the Cure at Six Flags 5k in a time of 16:23! Brian will make his ½ Marathon debut at the Atlantic City Half Marathon.
Ed Douglas made his 1/2 marathon debut at the Ocean City 1/2 Marathon placing 6th overall and 2nd in his age group (30-34). Ed crossed the finish line in 1:30:07.
Joe Caruso was 23rd overall at the Bassman International Triathlon. Joe was scheduled to do the Poconos half Ironman, but after they canceled the swim decided to stay local. Joe was 5th out of 13 in his age group (35-39).
Donna Poucel also did the Bassman International Triathlon placing 68th overall and 3rd in her age group (45-49).
Holly Geldhauser placed 3rd overall elite female at the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Dallas! A great result after coming back from a few down weeks of training!
Scott Ensley ran 18:55 at the Cranford 5k. Scott recently set a PR in the 5k back in march March, but then turned his focus to sprint triathlons. We were both very pleased to see his 5k time leading into an upcoming half marathon focus.
John Jaworski set a PR of 23:49 at the OCNJ Half Marathon & 5k and also placed 1st in his age group. John now will focus on his training for the Rothman 8k on November 19th.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Laura Connell Pyott completing the Chesapeakeman Iron Distance Race yesterday in a time of 13hours and 30min! This was Laura’s first Iron Distance race and she also placed first in her age group (40-44)! Well done Laura and well deserved!
The ETA Coach athletes were representing at the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon this weekend. Chakir Bouchaib ran the half as a tune up race and test of fitness in preperation for the upcoming Philadelphia marathon. Chakir crossed the line in 1:11:02.
Lisa Satteson was also using the race as a tune up and final long run before the Steamtown marathon in 2 weeks. After a nice and easy 6 mile warm up Lisa ran her 13.1 in 1:35:42.
Rounding out the pack was Samantha Murphy who completed her first half marathon! Samantha will race her first marathon in 9 weeks.
The tremendous head winds and unexpected cooler weather did not stop ETA Coach athletes Ed Douglas and Kelly Brown from placing in their age groups at the LBI sprint triathlon/duathlon! Kelly placed 2nd in her age group (40-44) in the triathlon. Ed placed 1st in his age group (30-34) in the duathlon.
ETA Coach athlete Holly Geldhauser battled through the extremely hot weather and hilly course at the Half Ironman World Championships just out side of Las Vegas Nevada. Holly exited the water 6th in her age group (25-29). Holly quickly took charge on the bike and ended up first off the bike in her age group. The run was brutal to say the least, and Holly held on as best she could taking 4th in the women’s 25-29 age group! She was 30 seconds out from 2nd in her age group. A tough field to say the least! Holly crossed the finish line in 5:01:32! Great job Holly!
ETA Coach athlete Donna Poucel represented at the Nations triathlon this weekend. The race was turned into a Bike/Run so we thought it would was best for Donna to use the 40k bike as a test of fitness before her last race of the year coming up in a few weeks. Donna posted her fastest bike split of the year enabling us to establish some new power zones for the next few weeks! Great job Donna!
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Tom Whalen who placed top 10 overall at this weekend's 9/11 Hero's Run 5K.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Amy Kelly for finishing her first Half Ironman at the Shoreman in Port Republic NJ!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athlete Dan Bucherer for his successful Half Marathon Debut at the MCRRC Parks 1/2 Marathon. Dan finished with a chip time of 1:31:23 while placing 113th out of 2300 runners.
Congrats to ETA Coach Bill Sepich who placed 7th overall and first in his age group at the Marlon Lakes Triathlon. Bill clocked in at 50:47! Great work Bill!
ETA Coach athlete Kelly Brown set a nice 5min PR at the Timberman 70.3 Half Ironman! Kelly clocked in at 6:10:54! Next up Baltimore Marathon! Great job Kelly.
Congrats to ETA Coach Scott Ensley for setting a new PR at USAT Age Group Nationals! Scott clocked in at 2:26:53. Keep up the great work Scott!
ETA Coach athletes Greg Wilkinson and Bill Sepich placed 3rd and 7th overall at the Brigantine Sprint Triathlon. Greg finished in a time of 1:03:38 and Bill in a time of 1:03:53 also good for first in his age group.
ETA Coach athlete John Williams took down the NY City Triathlon with a solid time of 2:14:18. This was good for 27th overall out of 2000 plus competitors!
Congrats to the ladies of ETA Coach who rocked the Philadelphia She Rox Sprint Triathlon. With over 900 participants in the field Erin Reynolds lead the way with a time of 1:38:39 placing 73rd. Kelly Brown was right behind Erin in 74th with a time of 1:38:59. Donna Poucel came in next placing 81st in a time of 1:39:26. Great job ladies and keep up the great work!
Congrats to Jeff Berns for placing 7th overall at the South Jersey Athletic Club No Frills Just Thrills Summer Race series 10k. Jeff clocked in at 44:39 which was also good for 3rd place in his age group!
Holly Ann Geldhauser - During the day Holly is an instructional designer, but early in the morning and after work she is a triathlete on a mission! Competing in her third season of triathlon this year, Holly is on a tear to say the least.
Holly is no stranger to competitive athletics. A former Division 3 swimmer at Agnes Scott College and Division 1 rower at Clemson University, she also competed at the elite level in rowing for Vesper rowing club for three years post-college.
Holly's attention to detail, dedication, and competitive spirit has led her to an amazing season so far, and she is not finished! So far she has acquired several overall wins, including the NJ State Triathlon. She placed 2nd amateur female at the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, qualified for 70.3 Half Ironman World Championships, and acquired enough wins to apply for her Pro Card to compete as a professional triathlete. Believe it or not this is only Holly's third triathlon season! Holly is wrapping up her 2010 season with the 70.3 championships and US Open Triathlon.
With her continued hard work and passion for the sport there is no doubt in my mind that Holly will continue her success in her next two races and in years to come. Keep up the great work Holly!
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Nick Desantis and Matt Cicicola who helped their team Break Neck Track Club in placing 2nd at the River to Sea 89.2 mile road race in Milford NJ. The team ended up averaging 5:37min/mile for the entire race!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Chakir Bouchaib for placing 2nd overall at the Philadelphia Run for the Hill of it 5-mile race. Chakir clocked in at 26:20.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Dan Bucherer for Placing 17th overall and 3rd in his age group at the Friends of W&OD Trial 10k in a time of 39:57 in Vienna, VA. Nice work Dan!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Holly Geldhauser for placing first overall female at the Olympic distance NJ State Triathlon. Holly clocked in at 2:14:33 which was also good for 11th overall!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Scott Ensley for placing first in his age group (35-39) in the NJ State Sprint Distance on Saturday!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Sean Cunningham for earning his Cat 3 Cycling license! Keep up the great work Sean!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete John Williams for placing first in his age group at the Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon! John was 13th overall and came in at 1:08:52!
ETA Coach athlete Erin Reynolds competed in the Sunset Sprint Triathlon last weekend and placed 2nd in her age group! This was only Erin's second triathlon!
ETA Coach athlete Joe Caruso battled the heat and hills this past Sunday at Rhode Island 70.3 finishing in a solid time of 5:36:20! Joe’s great race was also a 14min PR!
A few ETA Coach ladies rocked the Lake Lenape sprint triathlon this weekend. ETA Coach athlete Colleen Neely placed 2nd overall in a time of 1:02:44. ETA Coach assistant Coach Maya Hunnewell placed first in her age group (35-39) with a time of 1:06:20 and Amy Pocino Kelly set a 90 second PR clocking in at 1:14:03. Way to go ladies!
ETA Coach athletes Greg Wilkinson, Laura Pyott, and Donna Poucel all placed in the Islandman sprint triathlon! Greg placed fourth overall in a time of 1:01:24. Laura placed third in her age group (40-44) in a time of 1:19:09, and Donna Poucel placed third in her age group (45-49) in a time of 1:21:06.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Sean Cunningham for winning the Cat 4/5 3 day Heart House/CADV South Jersey Omnium race!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Ed Douglas for placing 3rd in his age group at the Pitman 4-mile race. Ed clocked in at 25:53, which is 1min faster than last year!
ETA coach athletes Nick Desantis, Erik Geisinger, and Jeff Stead all jumped into the Sister Blister 5k in Stone Harbor NJ for a time trial. Nick lead the pack with a time of 15:55, followed by Erik who clocked in at 16:58, and Jeff crossed the finish line in a solid 17:25.
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Holly Geldhauser placed 2nd amateur female at the Philadelphia Olympic Distance Triathlon. Holly even beat some of the professionals racing as well!
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Arlene Homer and Mindy Valorie both finished their first Olympic Distance Triathlons this weekend!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Colleen Neely placing 1st overall at the Queen of the Hill Sprint Triathlon.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete and assistant coach Maya Hunnewell placed 3rd overall at the Queen of the Hill Sprint Triathlon.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Laura O’mara placed first overall female at the Pineland Striders 10k in a time of 41:51.
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete and assistant coach Matt Ciociola placed 3rd overall at the Pineland Striders 10k in a time of 35:45.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Scott Ensley placed 3rd in his age group at the Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon
ETA Coach athlete Laura Connell Pyott who placed 3rd in her age group at the Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon.
ETA Coach athlete Jeff Stead placed 2nd in his age group at the Jenkintown Sunset Solstice 5k while running the race as a workout. A car also hit Jeff during this race! Thankfully it was a mild bump.
ETA Coach athletes Colleen Neely and Catherine Storer were busy collecting hardware at the races last weekend! Colleen Neely placed 3rd overall female at the Parvin State Park Triathlon and Catherine Storer placed 2nd overall in her age group at the Long Branch Triathlon Series. Keep up the great work ladies!
ETA Coach athlete Laura Connell Pyott set a 8min PR, clocking 6:02 at Eagleman Half Ironman! She also smashed her time from the 2010 Eagleman by 40min!
ETA Coach athlete Jeff Stead placed 6th overall and won his age group at the Ocean City Police Chase 5k in a time of 16:34.
ETA Coach athlete Sean Cunningham took the overall win at the Tour de Pitman cat 4/5 race! Pitman is Sean's home town, and he show cased his power at the end of the race with a long sprint to the finish. Sean rides for team Caffeinated Cyclist and was thankful to have their help during the race! Keep up the great work Sean
ETA Coach athlete Maggie Zdziarska Brill won the Kimberton Austin's 5K in a time of 20min flat! This race was actually a time trial for Maggie with no taper, and ran solo the entire race!
6-4-2011 & 6-5-2011
ETA Coach Athletes were once again kicking butt at the races this weekend. Congrats for Holly Geldhauser for qualifying for 70.3 Worlds at Moosman ½ Ironman. Holly was 2nd in her age group and 8th overall posting a time of 5:02:30!
Sean Cunningham placed first overall at the Belleplain Aquavelo with a time of 43:38 posting a 25.8mph bike split!
Scott Ensley placed 2nd in his age group and 16th overall at the Black Bear Sprint Triathlon in a time of 1:35:30!
Bill Sepich and Paul Canton ran the Scott Coffee 8k and both set PR’s. Bill clocked in at 28:21 and Paul in at 33:26!
Rounding out the weekend was Joe Caruso who completed the famous, and very difficult, Escape from Alcatraz race in a time of 2:52!
Congrats ETA Coach athlete Caren Yeamans who posted a 22 second PR and earned 3rd in her age group at the Badge of Honor 5K. Total time: 24:40!
ETA Coach athletes were racing on all cylinders at the Hammonton Sprint Triathlon this weekend. Bill Sepich lead the way placing 1st in Age Group and 7th overall. Tj Bruzek placed 3rd in his Age Group and clocked in 3 minutes faster than last year. Colleen Neely had a great start to her triathlon season placing 1st in her Age Group.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Amy Kelly for placing 3rd in her age group at the Nave-Sink-or-Swim 2.4 mile open water swim on May 29th. Total time: 1:08:22
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Mindy Valorie for her strong finish at the Hammonton Sprint Tri, posting her fastest run split yet.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Fracis Alueta for finishing Ironman Texas this weekend in a time of 12:20:19. Despite some mechanical issues with Francis's bike and also having to stop twice for traffic, Francis still managed a 20min PR! Great Job!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Sean Cunningham for placing 6th at the Cat 4 race of the Wilmington Grand Prix! Keep up the great work Sean.
ETA Coach athlete Bill Sepich had a great race today at the Cascade Lake Triathlon finishing 7th overall and 1st in his age group! Bill shaved 6 minutes of his time from last year, and posted his fastest 5k run in a triathlon yet in a time of 17:19! Way to go Bill!
ETA Coach athletes were show casing their skills today at the Jersey Shore Kick Off Triathlons! Holly Geldhauser took first women overall in the Sprint Classic race in a time of 1:01:28! TJ Bruzek took first male overall in the in the Punt race in a time of 59:05! Great job today Holly and Tj!
ETA Coach athletes were busy this weekend at the NJ Devilman Triathlon! Laura Pyott competed in the Half Lite Triathlon and came in at 4hrs! Greg Wilkinson and Sean Cunningham competed in the Sprint. Greg placed 1st in his age group and finished in a time of 1:31:54. Sean placed 2nd in his age group in a time of 1:36:14. Great job everyone.
The ladies of ETA Coach rocked the Bassman Sprint and Half Ironman Race this past weekend! In the Half Ironman Holly Geldhauser clocked in at 4:53:34 winning the women's race! In the sprint triathlon Kelly Brown took 3rd in her age group clocking in at 1:19:40!
The ETA Coach Athletes were very busy this weekend at the Broad Street 10miler. Nick Desantis lead the pack with a time of 53:48, Matt Ciociola 56:09 (9s PR), Jeff Stead 59:23 (1:43 PR), Joe Caruso 1:11:39 (19min PR), Jeff Berns 1:12:37 (6min PR), Catherine Codella 1:35:25, Samantha Murphy 1:42:57.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete John Williams for a solid race at the Saint Anthony's Triathlon. John clocked in at 2:11:19. Great start to the season!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Caren Yeamans for a great showing at the NJ Marathon. This was Caren's first marathon and she achieved her goal of finishing under 5 hours!
Congrats to Matt Ciociola, Josh Eddy, and Jeff Berns for successful finishes at the Boston Marathon! Matt lead the pack with a time of 2:43:55! Josh Eddy scored a nice 4min PR with a time of 3:09:52. Rounding out the pace was Dr Jeff Berns in a time of 3:31:43. Well done everyone!
Congrats to Cindy DiPietranotonio for finishing her first 5k this weeked! Cindy ran the The West Deptford American Liver Foundation 5k in a time of 28:27.
Amy Pocino Kelly - Amy is a dedicated athlete who juggles training, family, and a full-time job as an attorney. Although I could go on about her accomplishments to date, it's her drive, dedication, and willingness to try something new that makes Amy an amazing athlete. Her schedule this season is peppered with many "firsts," including her first ever marathon, first go at the 4.4 mile Chesapeake Bay Swim, and (of course) her first half Iron-distance triathlon. There is no doubt in our mind that Amy will soon check these races off her "bucket list." Keep up the good work Amy!
ETA Coach athlete results from yesterdays Haddonfeild Adrenaline 5k: Nick Desantis 15:31, Matt Ciociola 16:25, John Williams 16:57, Jeff Stead 17:39, Kate Reese 18:19, Scott Ensley 18:46, Ed Douglas 19:30, George Milner 20:07, Sean Cunningham 21:19, John Jaworski 24:40, Erin Reynolds 24:43, Caren Yeamans 25:02, and Amy Kelly 26:53.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Joe Caruso who smashed the Wildman Olympic Triathlon in FL last weekend. Joe finished in 2 hours and 21 minutes. Keep up the great work Joe!
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Amy Kelly and Caren Yeamens for both setting PRs at the NJRR 1/2 Marathon this past weekend! Amy clocked in 2:05 for a 4min PR and Caren clocked in at 1:57 for a 17min PR! Well done ladies and keep up the great work!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Scott Ensley and Francis Aluerta for running great races at the CJRRC HANGOVER 5K. Scott clocked in at 19:05 and Francis 23:25! Well done gentlemen!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete TJ Bruzek and ETA Coach Athlete and Coach Maya Hunnewell for running solid races at the Laxers 4 Life 5k in West Deptford, NJ. Tj clocked in at 19:33 and Coach Maya clocked in at 22:22 which is a 20 second PR!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete John Williams for running 1:21:15 today at the Mardi Gras Rock n Roll half marathon. Great job John and keep up the great work.
The ladies of ETA Coach were tearing up the roads this weekend at the 2011 Feel The Love 5k in Bryn Mawr PA! Kate Reese led the way with a time of 18:07. Logan Schrader was next to follow clocking in at 20:08. Laura O’mara was right behind Logan at 20:11. Rounding up the pack of ETA Coach ladies was Austin Thomas with a time of 21:22. Great job ladies and Happy Valentines day!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Josh Eddy for setting a 3min and 45s PR this past weekend at the Surf City Half Marathon! Josh clocked in at 1:26:06 and placed 98th out of 13,400 runners! Well done Josh and keep up the good work.
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Nick Desantis, Matt Ciociola, and Kate Reese for fantastic performances last Thursday Night at the Armory in NYC. Nick ran 15:30 in the 5k, 2 seconds of his PR. Matt ran 16:59 in his preparation for the Boston Marathon. Kate Reese ran the 3k in 10:30, which was a PR! Well done everyone.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Josh Eddy for placing 3rd in his age group at Kaiser Permanente Southern California 5K! Josh clocked in at 18:50, good enough for a PR!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete John Plumley for finishing his first Iron Distance Race at the Beach to Battleship Triathlon! John finished in a time of 13:26:04.Finishing an Ironman is an accomplishment in itself, but for John it was also redemption. A little over a year ago John was in the best shape of his life and 2 weeks out from the 2009 inaugural Ironman Cozumel. Unfortunately, at the same time John had caught a wicked virus that put him down and out for more than a week. Thankfully a few days before his race he felt much better. On race day, ten miles into the bike, John knew the virus he had was not completely gone. John would have to call it a day 9miles later, due to feverish symptoms and severe dehydration. John was very disappointed after all that hard work he put into his training, to have to DNF because of illness.
John continued to train, but nothing too structured. John decided that it was time to settle his score with 140.6 miles 16 weeks out from the 2010 Beach to Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon. Well he did just that, crossing the finish line feeling fantastic. Congrats John on a well deserved finish and well earned redemption!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athletes Matthew Byrne and Kate Reese for solid showings at the historic and notoriously difficult 9mile 2010 Run for The Diamonds on Thanksgiving day. Matt was 4th male overall with a time of 47:32 and Kate was 9th overall female with a time of 57:10.
Congrats to all the ETA Coach Athletes who competed in the Philadelphia Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8k this weekend. In the 8k Nick Desantis ran 25:18 good for a 16 second PR, Greg Wilkinson ran 28:48 good for a 1min and 22 second PR, and Sandra Kuserk clocked in at 35:27. In the 1/2 Marathon Maggie Brill ran 1:28:07 good for a 2:30s PR. Paul Canton ran 1:31:14 good for a 13min PR, and Amy Kelly ran 2:09:09. In the Marathon Matt Brill ran a marathon debut time of 2:45:11, Joe Caruso scored a 40min PR running 3:40:34, and Thuy Tran ran 4:39:17 in her marathon debut.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete John Plumley for finishing his first Iron Distance Race this weekend at the Beach to Battleship Triathlon! John finished in a time of 13:26:04. Not to shabby for deciding 16 weeks out from race day to take on 140.6 miles!
ETA Coach Intern Laura Omhaura had the pleasure of coaching Lisa Sattenson the past few months for the NY City Marathon. Last weekend was the big day for Lisa and she clocked in at 3:26:56! That is over an 8min PR for Lisa. Not only did Lisa set a PR in the marathon this past few months, but also the 5k and 1/2 Marathon. Great job Lisa and Luara!
Solid showing for ETA Coach Athletes at Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10k Today! On the Men's side was Nick Desantis with a time of 32:28 setting a new PR. Kate Reese, Logan Schrader, and Sandra Kuserk used this race as a Time Trial today with their sites on Spring, and still ran fantastic. Kate 38:15 (1st 25-29), Logan 41:45 (1st 20-24), and Sandra 44:54 Well done ladies!
Congratulations to ETA Coach Athlete Michelle Ulrich for placing third in her age group at The LA Rock and Roll Half Marathon this weekend! Michelle clocked in at 1:26:53.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Sandra Kuserk for placing first overall female in the Uff is Tuff 5k this weekend. Posting a time of 21:17 while in a Pirate Costume!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Maggie Brill for placing 2nd place female in the Citizens Advocacy 10K in Phoenixville PA! Maggie clocked in at 42:26 over a very hilly course.
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Paul Canton for making his 1/2 Ironman debut this weekend at the Hunterdon Half Ironman. Paul clocked in at a time of 5:43. Not bad for a last minute decision and racing sprints all season!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Lorrie Beck for placing 5th in her age group at Long Course Triathlon National Championship this past weekend!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Matt Ciciola for placing 6th at the Hersey Half Marathon this weekend! Matt ran a solid time of 1:17:52!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Dr. Berns (also Head Coach Jason's Kidney doctor) for running a 18min PR today at the Wine Glass Marthon in NY! Dr. Berns ran 3:30:05 and earned his spot for Boston!
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Ken Goldberg for smashing his 1/2 IM PR at 70.3 Augusta in a time of 5:15:27! That's a 35min PR from last year.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Colleen Neely for placing first overall female at the Wallis Sands Sprint Triathlon!
Congratulations to ETA Coach assistant Coach Maya Hunnewell for setting another PR this season at Syracuse 70.3! Maya finished in a time of 5:40:12. Great job Maya!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Colleen Neely for placing 3rd overall female in the Buckman sprint triathlon Collegiate Championships! Colleen is a student at Boston University and competes for the Boston University Triathlon Team.
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Matt and Maggie Brill for both setting PRs today at the Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half marathon. Matt ran 1:13:40 and Maggie 1:30:39!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Greg Wilkinson for Placing first in his age group at the Nations Triathlon this past weekend.
Greg posted a time of 2:07:47. Well done Greg.
Congrats to Ed Douglas for placing 1st in his age group this weekend at the Wildwood Duathlon.
Nice to have you back racing!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Dave Bresnahan for placing third at the Madison Mini Marathon today in a time of 1:14:49.
ETA Coach athletes were busy this weekend at the races!
Collen Neely placed 3rd Overall Female at the Kings Grant Tri, Greg Wilkinson, Jennifer O'sullivan, and John Williams placed 1st in their age groups at the Brigatine, Mountaineer, and Pequannock Triathlons! Congrats Everyone!
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes for a great job at Ironman Lake Placid! A second shout out to ETA Coach athlete Frances Alueta for smashing his old Ironman PR by 1 hour and 4 minutes!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Lorrie Beck for placing 2nd overall female at the Sunfish Triathlon this past weekend!
Amongst the women Lorrie posted the fastest bike split and third fastest run split. Keep up the great work Lorrie!
Congratulations to Joe Caruso and Nicole Pruitt for finishing their first 1/2 Ironman triathlon this weekend at Mussleman Triathlon in upstate NY.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Mary Lund and Colleen Neely for placing first and fourth in their age groups this past weekend in the CGI Philadelphia Women's triathlon!
Congrats to ETA athletes Nick Desantis and Josh Eddy for fantastic performances at the Huntington Beach 5k this morning. Nick was 5th over all with a time of 15:36 and Josh placed 2nd in his age group with a time of 19:20.
Congrats to ETA Coach Athlete Nick Desantis for placing first over all at the Ocean City Police Chase 5k!
Nick crossed the line in 15:37!
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Michelle Ulrich for placing 2nd in her age group at the San Diego Rock and Roll Half marathon!
Michelle posted a time of 1:26:56 good for a PR and 8th overall female.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Matt Byrne for winning the Rock 2 Rock Mountain Trail Run last weekend!
This places Matt second overall right now in The La Sportiva Mountain Cup series. Keep up the great work Matt!
Congrats to ETA Assistant Coach and Athlete Maya Hunnewell for placing 1st in her age group and posting a time of 5:47 at The Jersey Man Half Ironman this past weekend.
This was a 40 minute PR for Coach Maya!
Congratulations to ETA Athlete Mary Lund for placing 2nd in her age group at the Black Bear Olympic Distance Triathlon this past weekend!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Bill Sepich for placing 2nd in his age group this past weekend at the Cascade Lake Sprint Triathlon.
Despite a injured foot, Bill pressed through and churned out a great race.
Congratulations to ETA Athlete Jodi O’Neill for breaking the course record and placing first overall female at the Saint Dots 5k Run!
Jodi won the race in a winning time of 18:39.
Congrats to ETA Athlete Greg Wilkinson placing 4th in his age group at the Rev 3 Knoxville Olympic distance triathlon.
Greg posted a time of 2:14. Great start to the season!
Congratulations to ETA Athlete Lorrie Beck who won the 50-54 age group at White Lake ½ Ironman in North Carolina!
Lorrie posted a time of 5:38 and was also 13th women overall.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Matt Byrne and Kate Reese placing 19th and 18th overall in the Male and Female divisions at The Broad Street 10 mile Run!
Matt ran 53:52 and Kate ran 1:03:24. Matt was 2nd Philadelphia male to finish and Kate was 2nd Philadelphia female to finish.
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Michelle Ulrich for placing 5th overall female at the La Jolla Half Marathon!
Michelle ran 1:29 at the La Jolla Half Marathon a very tough and rolling course, great job Michelle!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Nick DeSantis at Boston Marathon running 2:44:45.
Great job Nick for placing 321st overall!
Congrats to ETA Coach athlete Matt Byrne placing 2nd at Mt Penn Mud Fest.
You can see Matt in action here!
Ulrich Wins 2010 SCPD 5k at the Beach!
Congrats to ETA Athlete Michelle Ulrich for winning the SCPD 5k at the Beach in a time of 18:35! Michelle not only set a personal record, but was also the first female overall!
Schaefer Wins Museum of Aviaton Marathon!
Congrats to athlete Kathleen Schaefer who was the first women to cross the line at the Museum of Aviaton Marathon in Warner Robins, GA running a time of 3:16:58!
Eddy earns slot to Boston, and smashes his personal best!
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Josh Eddy who ran 3:13:43 at the California International Marathon and beat his personal best by 9min!
Douglas Conquers Hilly Course at 32nd annual Brian’s Run 5 Miler
Congrats to Ed Douglas running 31:38!
Ciociola and Ulrich Smash Philadelphia Marathon!
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Matt Ciociola and Michelle Ulrich clocking in 2:41:19 and 3:09:44!
Despite Gash in Foot, Fulmer Pushes Though at 70.3 Championships
After exiting the swim, ETA Coach athlete Ryan Fulmer had the misfortune of cutting his foot. After he finished he would need 8 stitches. This did not stop Ryan from clocking in at 4:50:53, congrats Ryan!
Hurricane like Weather does not stop Wilkinison and Ensley at Atlantic City Half Marathon
Congratulations to ETA Coach athletes Greg Wilkinson and Scott Ensley running 1:31:49 and 1:34:36
Ciociola and Desantis Run Tough at Philadelphia Distance Run
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Matt Ciociola and Nick Desantis running 1:15:10 and 1:30:00
Wilkinson Places 17th at Nations Triathlon in D.C.
Congratulations to ETA Coach athlete Greg Wilkinson clocking in at 2:06:24
Goldberg and Ensley set Personal Bests at Timberman 70.3
Congrats to ETA Coach athletes Scott Ensley and Ken Goldberg clocking in at 5:52:42 and 5:59:59
Lisa Raudenbush. It has only been year since Lisa made her marathon debut at the NJ Marathon. Lisa is one tough cookie! She came to me about 3 months before her first marathon, with little structured training under her belt. 3 months later she crossed the finish line at 5 hours and 20 minutes with a big smile on her face! Now a year later, Lisa found her self back at the starting line of the NJ marathon, where she ran 4 Hours and 35min! A 45min personal record is an accomplishment to be super proud of. Lisa has many other obstacles in her way when it comes to training. She works full time in the city where she commutes each day and has 3 children, although Lisa corrects me in stating, "she has 5 children including her husband and the dog". Lisa is living proof that no matter how busy your life is, you can fit in training and still excel with hard work, dedication, and mental toughness. Keep up the great work Lisa!
We are recognizing Gregory Wilkinson after a stellar 08 triathlon season, followed by a short but productive specific run season in the fall. Gregory finished his triathlon season with 1 overall win at CGI North East Sprint Triathlon, and finished top 10 overall and first in his age group in every race. Although his accomplishments are outstanding, it's his dedication to the sport that should be in the spotlight. Gregory has plenty on his plate and its his time management and sacrifice that should be well noted. Gregory is a full time teacher, pursing a doctorate degree, a swim coach, and would like to try and compete in the professional ranks of triathlon in the future. After a fantastic second season of racing and such a hard work ethic, Gregory has all the tools to achieve his goal. Keep up the great work Greg.
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