It’s been a busy past few weeks for the Sierra Endurance Sports Team, so we thought we would share a quick update on a few recent highlights. Here are some of the things we have been up to lately…
- Last weekend, team members David Duncan, Craig Manning and Kara LaPoint all participated in the TBF “MTB Challenge” 32-mile mountain bike race in Granite Bay, CA. They were greeted with an ideal riding day of tacky trails, sunshine and mild temps. David charged hard from the gun with leaders and finished strong for 4th place in the men’s pro field. Craig came into the race with a goal to ride sub-2:15 on the 4-lap course. He finished 9th in his age group and 27th overall with a time of 2:12:50, beating his goal and showing his continuing progression in mountain biking as he works to prepare for the Sea Otter Classic race in April. Craig said of his race: “It was a great confidence boost and a sign that my training is on track.” Kara finished 3rd overall in the women’s race, and was happy with a great workout and solid first test of fitness while continuing to work through an injury.
- Meanwhile, team member Brandon Nied raced the TBF Double Duathlon (2* bike and run), and took a convincing overall win to kick-start his season.
- Back at home, other members of the team took part in a special Reno Running Company Sunday Store Run event that featured an Altra Running shoe demo. This was a great opportunity for runners from throughout the area to test out Altra shoes, and people were stoked! (And we know why, as this is our team’s shoe of choice for training and racing). The Sierra Endurance Sports crew enjoys RRC’s Sunday store runs because it’s a great chance to meet other runners in our community and get in a good workout at the same time!
- Further away, JP Donovan raced the Mount Taylor Winter Quadrathlon in New Mexico, where he placed 2nd, with only reigning Xterra World Champion Josiah Middaugh going faster on the grueling course that combined running, skiing, snowshoeing and biking.
- Also last week, team member Matt Pendola of Pendola Training hosted a performance seminar for members of the community which many of our athletes attended. This was a great opportunity for our team and other athletes to learn about nutrition, blood testing and elite mindset. The elite mindset talk was presented by our own Suzie Snyder, who is one of the top off-road triathletes in the world and had some extremely valuable insight to share with the group.
- On February 12th, team member Ben Tedore ran to an overall win at the “Love Can Be Cold” Ascent Run series race in Carson City, besting his nearest competitor by more than 3 minutes on a very challenging 10km course. He even earned himself some press!
The whole crew has been working hard and having fun with lots of great training in the amazing Sierra backyard we call home, and while we are loving winter, we are getting fired up for spring and lots more racing yet to come! Stay tuned…