Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Worlds-news from the U.S.

USA Triathlon reported that United States duathletes claimed two world titles and eight total medals at the Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland last weekend.

Steve Sloan, from Berkeley, California (not far from yours truly in Oakland), earned gold for his 7:21:33 performance on the extremely long, difficult course. At age 19, Steve was also the youngest athlete in the race. He’s certainly got a long, successful career ahead of him.

Jenny Hay, from North Richland Hills, Texas, also topped her 20-24 age group with an impressive 10:42:46.

Read the USAT press release and get full results here.

I’m fascinated with Zofingen and intimidated by it. I’ve heard Ironman triathletes say it’s the hardest race they’ve ever done. Yikes! I think of the hilly 10K-150K-30K course as the pinnacle of our sport. When I talk to someone that’s finished Zofingen, my eyes get all big and I have to know more.

Soon, I hope to have my own stories to tell. My goal is to compete in this race before 2020. 2018 will be Powerman Zofingen’s 30th birthday. That could be my year!

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USAT Duathlon National Championships-Results

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My head is pounding and I’m walking a little stiff-like after competing at the Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon this morning. The weather turned out to be nearly perfect—cool at the start, warm at the finish. The sprint races, which started at 1 p.m., had a rougher time, as temps climbed up to about 80 degrees. And…the oddest thing…a mini twister! Apparently, a mini twister took out a few port-o-potties, tossing crap everywhere, literally. And then it blew over the finish line arch and the bike-out sign. Amazingly, no bikes or bodies were harmed by the mini-twister.

The standard distance races, which started between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., had none of that. A little bit of gusty wind, but nothing torrential.

I will have more to write when my head stops pounding. In the meantime, here is a pic of yours truly and my friend Cassie, who was my neighbor in transition and finished fifth in our age group!

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It was a little chilly at 6:30 a.m.

Bend is a lovely city. I love the views of the mountains and the river running through. I love the abundance of health food stores. Don’t love the traffic on either 20 or 97, whatever this road is called that my hotel is on. I look forward to coming back next year for Du Nats 2017!