Season Opener

I think we can all agree that after last weekend the off-season is officially over! With major races taking place literally all across the World my Twitter feed was abuzz with race updates, results, and congratulations all weekend long. I love pro’s who choose to challenge themselves this early in the season. They aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and struggle when they know they aren’t in tiptop fitness. They are out there because they love racing.

Meredith Kessler on her new Cannondale at Ironman New Zealand.
Pictures from Triathlete Magazine
Meredith Kessler returned to Ironman New Zealand and swam away with her second consecutive title, while showcasing her “I’m pretty much always in Ironman shape” expertise. The girl snatched up 3 Ironman Champion titles last year, and then wrapped things up with back-to-back Ironmans in Florida (4th) and Arizona (2nd). Seriously, she is an Ironman machine!

Heather Jackson getting ready to grab the tape at Escape from Alcatraz.
Picture via Lava Magazine.
Sarah Groff Tweeted this photo after the race.

Heather Jackson exited the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean and road like a bat out of hell making up 4 minutes on Olympian, Sarah Groff, at Escape from Alcatraz. Did I mention this was in a mere 18 miles and on the ├╝ber-technical streets of San Francisco? Poor Groffy bonked her head in some tiny pedestrian tunnel on the run and tried desperately to not let Ms. Jackson out of her sights and finishing only 29 seconds behind. She then went and got her head stapled back together.

Long course winner Melissa Hauschildt flew through the
city of Abu Dhabi on her Specialized Shiv.
Picture via Triathlete Magazine. 
In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi International Triathlon's pro list appeared noticeably shorter this year. I wonder if it has anything to do with pro, Andrew Starykowicz’s visit to Abu Dhabi prison last year due to a crashed at an aid station.  Hmm… anyways. Alistair Brownlee stepped up to the plate and took a stab at the 70.3ish distance race. Surprise. He won.  I’m sure the Olympic bronze medalist will have no problems playing in the big leagues. 

Can you tell I'm a little excited about triathlon season?!


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