Ole’ School House Initiative Time Trial
40K Bike Time Trial
West Salem, OH
Finish Time: 57:48
Overall Finish: 4th Place
Division Place: 1st Place
Race Recap from Matt Addessi
Pretty happy with my longer race effort. Race conditions were tough with a crossing headwind on the way out and a slight tail wind on the way back. I was blown all over the road both ways but handled it pretty well. I came off the aero bars a few times for some extra control in the windier spots but all in all I am pretty happy with my result. This race was great prep for the State Championships in August as it’s on the same course, so I know where I can burn the matches and put in a better time.
I averaged 25.8 mph over 25 miles with 800’ of elevation change with a finish time of 57:48.
I have more in me and truly believe I can break 56min. I can go faster!
Great Island Adventure Triathlon
Lock Haven, PA
Finish Time: 1:53:07
Division Place: 2nd Place
Overall Place: 9th Place
Race Review By Scott Orlando
This was my 5th time competing in the Great Island Adventure Triathlon in Lock Haven, PA. The race consists of a 5K kayak, 25K bike, and 5K run. This was my first solo triathlon in over a year thanks to a strained calf that limited me to just triathlon relays in 2017. Race conditions were less than ideal with temperatures in the 90’s. The race field was much smaller than years past. I am not sure if that was due to to extreme heat or other factors. The participants that did show up were experienced fast racers up for the challenge of the course. I started off slow and a little behind in the kayak leg. This race always brings out top national and regional paddling champions. I managed to catch up and pass a few kayaks in the back half of the paddle but lost the time when I pulled my kayak into the boat launch only to find out that the takeout point was 50 yards downstream. The heat and lack of confidence in my calf kept me fairly conservative on the bike leg trying to reserve energy and effort for the run. My run went much better than the other race legs. My hydration strategy kept me ready and energized. While other racers were cramping and walking I kicked it into gear and made up a lot of time passing several people. I managed the 3rd fastest run split behind the top 2 overall finishers. All participants received long sleeve tech shirts and a finisher mug or pint glass. This race is always well organized and a lot of fun. I am happy to report that my calf held up and I am sure it will give me confidence going into my next triathlon.