The early season has been a whirlwind for Vixxen Racing! We kicked off racing the first weekend of April by earning 3 more slots to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and haven’t slowed down since!
Briana started the season strong at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside where she won the Overall Amateur Women’s race by over 5 minutes! This was Briana’s first overall win and incredibly well deserved from years of putting in the hard work. The following day Ana and Michelle raced Ironman 70.3 Texas. Ana had a 30 minute personal best running her way into 10th place in the women 30-34 age group and Michelle held strong racing through some obstacles to hang on to 8th place in women 45-59. Ana and Michelle earned slots 6 and 7 for the Vixxens heading to Chattanooga to race the 70.3 World Championships this fall.
Since that first weekend in April there hasn’t been a weekend without a Vixxen racing, but we still managed to slip in our 2nd Annual Little Black Dress Team Soiree at Colorado Multisport. We had a great evening with the Boulder Community and left with full bellies to train on the next morning complements of Boss Lady Pizza and Kim and Jakes Cakes!
Our first big team race of the season was Ironman 70.3 St. George on May 6th. This was our second year sending out a team contingent to race, and as expected we had a blast. This year the team Performance Director, Eric Kenney, joined the team in Utah and worked with us right up until the start of the race getting all of the athletes to focus on taking control of the race and being prepared for any conditions that we may face. We knew it was going to be hot, but the forecast also called for very high winds. Coach EK prepared the team to “lose all of the descents” by having to face a headwind for all of them. All of our athletes executed very strong races! Jessica placed 5th in the women 25-29 division, Kelly and Liz raced head to head for the second year in a row. Kelly placed 6th in women 30-34 with Liz just a few seconds behind in 7th; Ariana had a 13 minute course personal best!
Martha wasn’t able to make it St. George from finishing up her grad school classes for the year, but raced her first long course race the next weekend at Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa. Not only did she have the fastest swim for women’s 20-24, she placed 5th! Not a bad start to racing 70.3s!
Even though many of us traveled for some early season racing, as far as we are concerned the official start to the race season in Boulder is the Without Limits Summer Open Triathlon. This race can be categorized as having classic spring time in Colorado conditions: some years it is blazing hot and other years 2 feet of snow fall in the week leading up to the race. This year we had the later to deal with resulting in 3 of our athletes racing the Summer Open duathlon due to a canceled swim. Amy and Liz raced in the Elite wave and continued their back and forth racing with Amy winning the division and Liz coming in 2nd. Ana rounded out the podium spots for the Vixxens taking 3rd in women’s 30-34.
Those few weekends barely scratch the surface of everything going on with the Vixxens this spring. We are keeping our training in full swing and between Track Tuesdays and lots of weekend rides, we are growing stronger as athletes and as a team.
The Vixxen Mission is to Inspire women and girls to accept no limits, conform to no standards, work hard, stay humble, and strive to be the best they can be. This month we launched our Find Your Feisty Series to start living that mission. We hosted our first of many clinics to bring women together through peer to peer mentorship and support to break down the intimidating barriers to entry of triathlon. Our kickoff night at Outdoor Divas was a huge success and we will be hosting events throughout the summer for women as they prepare for the Without Limits Outdoor Divas Triathlon on July 30th. Check out the events here.