Finish Strong’s Ryan Myers and John Tortorici race the Olympic distance US Open Tri in Dallas on October 16.
“Congrats to Ryan Myers with Finish Strong Coaching for finishing a grueling race today in Rockwall at the US Open Olympic Tri. This had to be one of the hardest races we have ever done! The course was absolutely relentless. Winds out of the south at 20mph really kicked up the surf. 3 foot swells and no way to site the buoys unless you got to the top of a high wave. Coming back in was a lot better with the wind, but still hard to breathe. From the swim exit to T1 was a half mile run on concrete, up stairs and then through grass (luckily we got there early this morning and snagged some prime spots on the transition racks). The bike was a two loop and right out of T1 starts with a 100 ft climb over a half mile dead into the wind. The first 5 miles is mostly uphill and south into the wind. Coming back you get the tailwind but that sharp downhill has no benefit because you have to slam the brakes and U Turn back up the hill (many people walked their bike up the hill), and then of course, on the way back down, you slam the brakes to go into transition. The run was one of the most brutal I have ever seen. 4 laps, 1.5 miles, 4 u-turns, 4 climbs up a 75ft hill (and of course back down where you have to protect your quads from freezing). The last half mile is backtracking to the swim only to go up one last hill and…. U-TURN!!!! Overall, we still had a great time and just finishing this race was an accomplishment. Many DNF’s. Ryan finished 96th overall out of 250 and 11th in his age group with a time of 2:53:12 (and did that with a crash on the bike U-Turn. I finished 25th out of 250 and 3rd in my age group with a time of 2:25:25 (7:30 minute PR).” Race report from Coach John Tortorici.
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