2013 Collegiate Triathlon National Championship: NAU TriJacks’ Stats

I’ve had the honor and privilege to coach Northern Arizona University’s triathlon club (NAU TriJacks) for a year and a half now and I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s team. First off, this is only the second year the team has had to qualify for Collegiate Nationals (before, everyone could just go, but it’s become incredibly popular and competitive so qualification was implemented) and they qualified again this year after accruing points at a few conference races that took place during the school year. The most important race prior to Nationals was the Lake Havasu Triathlon on 3/17. It is arguably the most competitive Olympic distance race in the country outside of Nationals and the TriJacks punched their tickets to Nationals that day in incredibly windy, challenging conditions.

We lucked out this year in that Nationals took place in Tempe, AZ, just over two hours away. The last two years it was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the two years before that were in Lubbock, Texas. As you can imagine, it’s challenging to get a dozen+ poor college athletes out to a race that’s several hundred miles away, so having it in our “backyard” (not to mention in a *familiar* place) was a huge relief.

The training schedule I laid out for the team consisted of three levels of volume and intensity and, based on current ability level, time, and experience, athletes picked which schedule they followed. While preparing their training plan, I started at Nationals and worked my way back through Havasu and the beginning of the semester to ensure that they were going to be primed to peak at Nationals – and boy howdy, did they peak!

Admittedly, it turns out that the bike course at Nationals was two miles short (which is ridiculous for a National Championship and a huge peeve of mine…) but the absolutely massive personal bests that TriJacks had much more than account for the short bike course. For instance, at 20mph, the bike course was 6 minutes short – just keep that in mind when looking at the size of the PRs.

Without further ado:

The Ladies
Hannah D finished in 2:28:49 – PR: 15:12
Allie N, 2:34:23 – PR: 17:54
Lexi F, 2:52:33 – PR: 5:50
Rachel C, 2:52:39 – PR: 10:42
Liz W, 3:02:33

Average women’s finish time – 2:46:11
Average PR – 12:25
Average swim time – 28:17
Average T1 – 1:35
Average bike time – 1:08:11
Average T2 – 1:42
Average run time – 1:06:03*
*The women’s races started at 11am at the earliest and the high temp for the day was around 90 degrees, which shows in the results for the majority of the women’s results

The Guys
Alex K, 1:59:51 – PR: 7:05
Andrew D, 2:11:22 – PR: 8:00
Adam S, 2:13:44 – PR: 9:26
Clay P, 2:15:20 – PR: 15:28
Skylar R, 2:22:51
Christian P, 2:27:55 – PR: 24:57
Kameron W, 2:27:58 – PR: 14:33
Blake S, 2:34:24 – PR: 44:36
Peter N, 2:35:04 – PR: 16:17
Joey M, 2:43:12 – PR: 23:09
Austin J, 2:48:13 – PR: 40:12
Ryan M, 3:12:14 – PR: 42:34

Average men’s finish time – 2:29:21
Average PR – 22:23
Average swim time – 30:37
Average T1 – 2:17
Average bike time – 1:05:50
Average T2 – 1:51
Average run time – 48:23

On top of the way that all of these athletes executed on an important day, I’m also very proud of how these athletes carry themselves. They’re classy, fun, responsible, happy, hard working, and friendly – they’re good people, and that is why the NAU TriJacks have been a huge part of my life over the last five years.

Seeking athletes to make faster!

As many of you know from when I discussed it here, I’ve started coaching triathletes and runners with Racelab. Coaching has been my goal since 2006, and I am thrilled to finally put my dreams into action!  Following my enlistment in the Air Force, I moved to NAU to earn my BS in Exercise Science, where I learned about human physiology, nutrition, exercise testing and planning, and biomechanics among other things.  I am now a USA Triathlon certified coach, and I have loved my first year of coaching.  (As a side note, I have a “Coached Athletes” tab at the top of this page where I’ll continue to post updates about athletes that I coach.)

I am passionate about helping athletes to improve and achieve their goals.  It is so rewarding to see people push themselves to accomplishments they weren’t sure were possible, whether it’s a couch potato completing his first 5k or an experienced athlete winning her 30th race with a new personal best.  I have 15 years of personal training and racing experience as a runner plus 5 years as a triathlete, and I am eager to share my expanding knowledge and experience.

Now that Kona is behind me, I am actively seeking more athletes.  I set up individualized training plans which take into consideration factors like experience, fitness level, time availability, and goals. Athletes are encouraged to contact me at any time with questions, concerns, or comments; I think it is very important to be available for my athletes and to adjust training according to situations that come up.  Racelab’s head coach, Bettina Warnholtz, approves all of my schedules, so my coaching is backed up by her 15+ years of coaching experience and expertise.  She is a USAT Level II certified coach and has coached me since 2004. Whether you’re a beginner looking to complete your first race, a seasoned veteran that wants to improve and/or is looking for a more structured plan, or anywhere in between, feel free to contact me at josh@racelab.com (and spread the word)!