GHS Half, Azalea, Cardinal Strut | Wilmington is shakin’ it up!

GHS Half Marathon

Congrats to coach Tom for battling to a 4th place overall finish in a tough field running 1:10:03 on tired legs.  Tim Nichols with a breakthrough 1:12 half finish and Christa Iammarino getting 5th with a 1:22:45 on tired legs.  Barb Kornegay ran a PR of 2:09 for 13.1 miles

Congrats to Allie Kassons running 5:27 at the masters indoor championships for the mile!

Cardinal Strut:  

Some awesome podium Rockstars at the 10K this past weekend.  Mark Austin 2nd AG, Doug Wheeler 3rd AG, and Erin Green 2nd AG.  John Cockrum with a great 10K as he preps for is Marathon in just a few weeks!  Tiffany Shifflett runs a smart 10K working on her pace for Quintiles, nice work Tiffany. Ashley Frank had a great time being out there and runs a 53:41. Lauren Stephenson breaks 30 with her SUB 29 5K, and Eddie Buchanan continues to excel with a 1st place AG win at 21:25, well done.  Way to go everyone.  Special thank you to Renee Griffin for all of your hard work putting on a fantastic event.   You certainly went above and beyond to make it a great day for the runners and we know Holly Tree and everyone involved is so appreciative for what you do.   That makes you the biggest Rockstar of all.

Azalea Triathlon  

The tri season started off with a warm race, for once azalea was great weather.  Cycling coach and WOL Athlete Matt Wisthoff took the win by 2 minutes!  Awesome race Matt.  Caroline Kratz took 1st overall masters female.
Shay Hutchings, 3rd overall age group.
Ren Rotondo 1st overall age group
Mark Dillon – 3rd overall age group
Bryan Haas – 4th overall age group behind Mark
Ed McDermott –5th in a big age group
Dave Dupont – 2nd in AG with a PR!
Lindsay Dean WON her age group
Windy Christy took 3rd in AG

Mary Jo Barbaretta – Come back 5K with a sub 10 pace at the Chattanooga Classic 150 5K.  Awesome work MJ.

Ryan Bartsch – Get’s a PR at the Cardinal Stadium 5K in AZ.  Great train through race in preparation for Vietnam 70.3!

Jenny Perrottet gets a 11 minute PR at the Desert International Triathlon this past weekend.  Her first race this season as an Elite and places 3rd OA.  Way to go in those tough conditions!

Myrtle Beach

Whitney Collins and Windy Christy both had PR’s at their half marathon this weekend in Myrtle Beach.  Way to go ladies.  You two have been working hard and deserved those smoking times!

Practice Shout outs

And “Here’s the Headline News”.   The tri camp was an awesome experience and a huge shout out to everyone that completed the Education and Execution Weekend.  Check out Matt Dixon’s Book, The Well Built Triathlete for more information, as it is the #1 selling triathlon book on the market.   Thanks to everyone that made the weekend happen including Mark Austin, Lawrence Landrigan, Rocco Quaranto, Holly Cunningham, Bob Gibbons and every single athlete that showed their support.   We couldn’t do this without you!  

Level 3 has been holding each other accountable gearing up for Quintiles.  Big weekend groups hitting their instructed pace work and working together!  You all are going to race the same way and crush it!

Shout out to Kelli Kerkhoff and Jennie Mott as they both have been having breakthrough training session as the get ready for their upcoming races.  These two have been smart, consistent, and dedicated to their training and its really starting to show!  Awesome work you two!

Congrats to Nick Rashid on the Las Olas Olympic Triathlon in sunny florida

Congratulations to Becky O’Daniell, Level II “Yoda” Athlete of the Month

Becky has tackled her resistance to swimming and is working hard towards her goals of tris for the year.  She has surrounded herself with an awesome and inspirational team and she WILL get it done.  

Nick Frank finished a 9 mile training run with Level 1 through Landfall as they prepared for upcoming spring races!  These athletes have been so dedicated and consistent, and they will enjoy the results.  Frances White is running her 6th Wrightsville Beach half marathon. Despite a full schedule, which includes traveling on the weekends to be a primary caregiver, she stays active and enjoys the races!  


What defines the WOL Level II “Yoda” athlete of the month you ask?

Don’t try. Do.

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

When you say that you will do something there is more determination and power behind that decision. When the inevitable obstacles that always show up start to block your path you are determined. You will do this.

Overcome your fears.

“Named must your fear be before banish it you can.”

Overcoming your fears is one of the most important things to improve yourself and grow.  Well, first, as Yoda says, you have to stop avoiding your fear. You have to think about it and see what is you really fear.

Your world is a reflection of you.

“You will find only what you bring in.”

You find in your world what you bring into your world.  By observing the world around you can gain insights into yourself and what you may need to improve.