Fantastic racing by the Durapulse Team over the weekend. Your hard work, race execution, and results make me a very very proud coach. Ryan hardy and Shane Arters both qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Canada in September.
Ironman 70.3 Muncie
4:17:00 Ryan Hardy (3rd AG M25-29)
Ironman 70.3 Vineman
4:24:45 Shane Arters (1st AG M45-49)
4:51:21 Hana Sykorova
5:55:53 Grant Hayzlett
Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon
1:01:37 Dmitry Baer (1st Overall)
1:13:27 Lowry Barfield (1st AG M55-59)
1:14:22 Tyler Barfield (2nd AG 14 and under)
AP News Wire (Phoenix, January 24, 2014); Sherman Set for Epic Challenge in Roth, Germany in 2014
Two Time Ironman Scott Sherman of Phoenix, Arizona shocked the triathlon and civilized world today when he formally announced that he will compete in “Challenge Roth”, which is the pre-eminent Iron-Distance event in Europe. Rumors have been circulating for months regarding a comeback of the athlete affectionately known as “The Shermanator,” and there have been various unconfirmed reports of Sherman swimming, biking and running throughout Southeast Asia, Alaska and on the moon. Challenge Roth consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by a 26.2 mile run and takes place in the triathlon mecca of Roth, Germany which is located about 30 miles from Nuremburg. The event is world renowned for its community support with crowds of over 200,000 beer filled Germans cheering on the triathletes. The course highlight on the bike is simply known as “The Hill” with an ascent about 1.5 km long and up to 10% incline. The crowds literally part as the athletes climb and are cheered up the Hill in a manner reminiscent of the Tour de France.
Sherman last did an Ironman in 2009. When asked what would possess any sane person to try this again, Sherman responded: “Your answer is in the question….I am NOT sane, but I am crazy for the challenge of triathlon and the journey to get to the start and hopefully the finish of another epic adventure.” Sherman has been training with a new guru, Nick Goodman of Durapulse Performance Company. Under Nick’s secret training methods, Sherman will be ready to rumble (and hopefully not stumble) at Roth. Sherman will also be poised to unveil his newest weapon, the “Red Dragon”, when it arrives from the Trek Factory in February 2014.
What will make this event even more epic is Sherman’s son Zachary, a PhD student at MIT, will be taking a break from his chemical engineering endeavors and cheer his old man on to the finish. When contacted by the AP, Zach said he had the same advice for his Dad as he did before the last Ironman in 2009, “Dad, please don’t die!” Sherman hopes not to disappoint his son as they have further travel plans in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich after the race. Sherman commented that “Beer is the recovery drink of choice in Bavaria and I will be in need of a lot of recovery.”
Roth Race Director, Hans Strudel, stated that “Sherman’s addition to Challenge Roth only adds to usual media hype and commitment that Roth draws the greatest and most unusual athletes on the planet. We wish him good training and look forward to seeing him in Germany.” Other spectators expected to watch Sherman in his epic quest are his cousin Heido Wags and CEO of Schuff International Scott Schuff (Sherman’s boss). More spectators are encouraged to see what Two Time Ironman World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack calls “The greatest race and beer gardens on earth.” Challenge Roth is set for July 20, 2014.
More Information on Challenge Roth can be found at (http://www.challenge-roth.com/en/index.html); on Durapulse Performance Company at (http://www.durapulseperformance.com/). Follow Sherman’s quest at www.dumbasstriathlete.com
Tom’s Thumb trail run from Gateway Trailhead. Meet at the Gateway Trailhead at 5AM to start running at 5:10AM. The loop is 12 miles and takes good runners around 2 hours to finish. There are no services on this run, unless you have the survival skills to tap into a Saguaro Cactus for water and sweet berries so bring enough food and water for a 2 hour trail run. The Gateway Trailhead is located north of Bell Rd. on Thompson Peak Parkway. If a trail run is not on your plan and you would like to switch things around then contact me and I will adjust your schedule.
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