Chattanooga posted it’s hottest September 25th in over 100 years and it happened on Ironman Day. Who knew? Proving yet again that the Ironman day is full of challenges (and some beyond our control), Without Limits athletes stepped to the starting line and gave it everything they had. With the temperatures rising above 97 degrees, over 30% of the athletes did not cross that finish line. Coach Brian Bohrer proved yet again how tough he is and channeled his inner drive to get Rockstar Marla Engrahm across that finish line, while finishing a truly memorable IM for himself. Marla’s journey to that line wasn’t perfect, but she owned the day. With another first time Rockstar in our midst, Megan Stephens crossed the finish line to become a first time Ironman. Fighting through injury, she posted a strong swim and bike duo and held strong to her plan. And who else, but Wild Billy Loyd proved that age is just a number and toughed out the day. Billy Loyd, you are an Ironman! After speaking with some of the athletes that found themselves unable to continue, lessons were learned and they will race another day. In fact, after some recovery time, they will toe the line at IMNC proving the motto “Never Give Up.” They will not give up their dream of becoming an Ironman whether for the first time or more. They are proving along with the finishers that they are Without Limits.
Awesome race Allie Kassens 1st overall in a hilly Virginia 4 miler. Check out her blog post here.
Congrats to Charleston and Wilmington athlete Ricardo San Pedro with a sold 5:11 finish!
Lauren Stephenson, Holly Cunningham and Lisa Kerr had a fabulous time in Augusta all rockin’ the 70.3.
Walt Greer hit a 1:16:14 for a top 50 finish!
Shawn Wellersdick put the finishing touches on his Chicago training with the 15K as a workout and winning his age group
Colin Hackman – great racing this week from Coach Colin up at Haganstone XC meet and then taking 2nd at Oktoberfest 15K averaging 6:22s!
Jeremy Snodgrass is back hitting the pavement with a 1st AG win in the 30-34 division. 1:01:31
Sue Bark took 3rd in her age group 60-64
Kathryn Collins our newest WOL member paced out a 1:13:58 sub 8:00 pace
Leslie Jurado 1:24:33, great tempo Leslie!
Nick Monroe: 1:24:33
Brian Eber is back 1:33:08 – hope your ankle clicking was at a 180 cadence!
Lynda Smith and Camille McKeon – 1:34:49 Camille getting 3rd in her AG
Christine Bean 1:47:27
Tricia Bennett 1:51:39
France White 2:05:41
Mark Dillon won his age group 40-44
Jenny Mott had a fantastic finish! Words from Jenny ” I am strong enough. I am a triathlete. I can do this. I’ve been chasing that feeling since the first tri and it finally sunk in I’m so proud of me for how I did today. I’m gonna remember this the next time I think I’m tired.”
Ray Caffee 3rd age group 35-39
Without Limits Team Workout
Tons of energy, and a lot of hard working people did between a 4 and 8 hour brick Sunday together! The atmosphere was exciting, some nerves running, and confidence building for the fall 70.3 and 140.6 races! We are not the elites of the world, but we are ordinary hard working people doing extraordinary things! Here’s to more!