Michael Raelert, Annie Warner win Scott Tinley's Adventures long course triathlon
Raelert, the current Ironman 70.3 World Champion, comes from behind with a fast run; Warner holds off a fast bike and run by Courtney Brown to win by 18 seconds.
Posted: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Ironman 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert came from behind with a sizzling fast run and Annie Warner's race-best swim, third-best bike and third-best run held off Courtney Brown's bike and run by 18 seconds to win the Scott Tinley's Adventures long course triathlon Saturday at Lopez Lake.
"This was a hard race and a test of my fitness going into a final four-week training block to defend my world 70.3 title at Clearwater," said Raelert, the 30-year-old German who has not been defeated at the half Ironman distance this year. Still, his closest rivals were quite surprised to finish the 48-miler bike leg ahead of the world champion.
"Michael was struggling with the cold water and took a long time to warm up," said runner-up John Dahlz of South San Francisco. "But I'll take second any day to a class act like Michael who also happens to be the Ironman 70.3 World Champion."
"I went pretty hard for the first 20 miles of the bike," said Raelert. "But I felt off after the cold swim and it took me that long to get my rhythm back and cut their lead back."
Raelert arrived in the bike to run transition 69 seconds back of Dahlz and 66 seconds behind Kevin Everett of Boise, Idaho. Both competitors acknowledged that Raelert, with his 1:09 half marathon speed, was inevitable despite their lead. "Kevin and I both knew we were leading on borrowed time," said Dahlz.
"Raelert got me near the end of the first lap of the run and gapped me right away," said Everett. "With a guy like Raelert, you can never get comfortable with a lead.:
"When he went by me on the big hill, he ran up like a gazelle," said Dahlz. In fact, Raelert's 51:56 timer for the 9.3-mile run averaged a conservative-for-him 5:46 per mile, while Dahlz's ;per-mile pace was 6:24 and Everett's 6:29.
At the line, Raelert's 3:25:34 winning time was 4:46 in front of Dahlz and 4:58 ahead of Everett.
Annie Warner of Nine Mile Falls, Washington was thrilled to win her second professional victory just weeks after breaking into the win column at another Tri-California race at Pacific Grove, California. Especially after fading badly in the heat of and humidity at the USA Triathlon National Championships last weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
"That race was so hot, I couldn’t handle it," said Warner, who clearly preferred the mild temperatures Saturday at Lopez Lake near San Luis Obispo. "This was a great way to finish the season on a high note."
Warner's consistency won the day. Her race-best 31:19 swim, third-best 2:20:00 bike over Lopez Lake's steep but short hills, and third-best 1:05:21 for the 9.3-mile, two-loop run was pressed to the hilt by Boulder, Colorado's Courtney Brown, whose splits were anything but consistent. Brown started with a super-slow 45:32 swim which put her 14 minutes and 13 seconds behind starting the bike. Brown's dominant 2:08:42 bike gained back 11:17 of that deficit. Brown then unleashed a women's race-best 1:02:03 run, which took back another 3:18 from Warner's lead.
" Halfway through the first lap of the run I had some stomach trouble and had to back off," said Warner. "My pace slowed quite a bit but I kept pushing. I didn't realize that Courtney was that close, which was a blessing because I couldn’t go any faster."
Brown started to realize she had a chance when she started to see Warner on the last lap of the run. "I was so far back on the bike I thought I was out of the race," said Brown. "But when I caught sight of her, I decided I was going to catch her and I got closer and closer. But if I'd known earlier how close I'd come, it would not have made a difference. I ran as hard as I could all the way."
Emily Cocks, who finished third, just one second behind Brown according to official results, said she was homed in on Warner near the end of the run until she was passed by Brown. "We were both catching Annie until Courtney caught me. Going up that last steep hill was tough and I think I blew up a little bit at the end."
Brown had been disqualified by USAT officials due to missing section on the bike course, moving Emily into 2nd place.
Scott Tinley's Adventures Long Course Triathlon
San Luis Obispo, California
October 2, 2010
S 1.5 mi./ B 48 mi./ R 9.3 mi.
1. Michael Raelert (GER) 3:25:34 -- $2,500
2. John Dahlz (South San Francisco CA) 3:30:20 - $2,000
3. Kevin Everett (Boise ID) 3:30:32 - $1,500
4. Kenneth Rakestraw (Newport Beach CA) 3:31:19 - $1,000
5. Dan McIntosh (Denver CO) 3:37:37 - $800
6. Ian Mikelson (Torrance CA) 3:38:05 - $700
7. Nicholas Thompson (Danville CA) 3:40:14 - $600
8. Greg Remaly (Mill Valley CA) 3:42:31 - $400
9. Damian Hill (USA) 3:43:13 - 300
1. Annie Warner (Nine Mile Falls WA) 3:57:42 -- $2,500
2. Emily Cocks (Napa CA) 3:58:01 - $2,000
3. Christine Sym (AUS) 4:02:43 - $1,500
4. Charisa Wernick (Carlsbad CA) 4:11:41 - $1,000
5. Kristin Iavarone (Santa Rosa CA) 4:31:50 - $800