Stone Harbor, NJ; Laconia, NH
Abby Dean and Pat Ward played beach patrol with wins at the Lions Club Stone Harbor 10k. A weekend down the shore means rest and relaxation for some, but for avid racers in late August it means the Stone Harbor 10k and 5k. A warm morning and full sunshine kept beach goers happy but meant difficult conditions for racers. Patwould find himself battling the 5k winner early on, coming through around 16:20. Competition would fade in the second half, as Pat increased his lead to come through unofficially in 33:30 to win by over a minute. Pat looks forward to testing his fitness at the Battle Royale in early September.
On the women’s side Abby would lead the women’s field from the start, finding some competition among many of the men in the field. Despite having competed in a half ironman just a week before, the Stone Harbor race would be just what she needed to spring back into the running scene. Abby won handily, in an unofficial time of 37:30.
In spite of hydration and nutrition snafu’s, Abby Dean completes her tri season with a fast showing at the Timberman Triathlon. Rough water made the swim perilous, but even lacking as much pool time as previous years, Abby managed to come out of the water faster than ever. The bike was a beautiful course with rolling hills and temperatures in the 70’s. Abby again beat her previous best, but lost her water bottle early on in the race. Hydration and nutrition are a huge component of longer triathlons and loosing this edge is never ideal. Abby would push on with the race she was given, and continue to hammer on the bike. Despite being hampered by the lost bottle, Abby found she could still move fast on the 2 loop run course. Legs on fire and temperatures rising. she continued to pass people and go on to a stellar finish. Her run would be the 12th fastest of the day (that includes all male finishers) and 2nd fastest female to pro triathlete Chrissie Wellington, who just won the Kona Tri. Abby finished 2nd in her age group, 7th amateur overall, and earned a berth in the 1/2 ironman world championships this November in Florida.