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TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE AGE GROUPER ATHLETES

Why would five age group athletes want to take on the training load of some pro-athletes for a week? Why not?! Come meet our five athletes taking on the challenge

TRAIN LIKE A PRO: MEET THE AGE-GROUPERS

Why on earth would five age-group athletes want to take on the training load of pro-athletes for a week?  ‘Why not!?,’ they all shouted when we asked them.

Our JackRabbit ‘volunteers’ might have a few reservations going into the week, but each of them is ready to pull the trigger on a week of training, training, training ahead of them.

Come meet the team!  They are not pro-athletes; they are just like the rest of us, getting it done, one training session at a time. 

Meet our three women age-group athletes ready to take on training like their mentor pro- Ironman triathlete Linsey Corbin.

Melanie, Maureen and Lori have 13 Ironman races, three careers and six children between them. They’ve all come to Ironman racing from different athletic paths, but all know the value of consistency, showing up and
long-term goals as the key to Ironman success. Time is their ultimate enemy.

They race for Team Poppy Sports, a group whose mission is supporting women athletes juggling careers and life with endurance
training and racing.

LORI PACHECO

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: An old timer who has been around the block. Lori played volleyball collegiately at Villanova University, and then professionally in France. Recognizing that her income potential was better by using her degree, she moved on to a career as a lab rat and switched sports to ultimate frisbee. After several years of competing nationally on both women’s and mixed gender teams in ultimate, she gave in to her biological clock decided to pop out a couple of progeny. Knowing that she would never be truly fit again without a goal, she signed up for her first triathlon, Ironman Florida while nine months pregnant. 11 Ironman races later, she is motivated to not be the worst athlete in her family behind her Ironman Kona qualifying husband and rock-climbing children, and by dreams of Ali’i Drive.

LORI PACHECO

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: An old timer who has been around the block. Lori played volleyball collegiately at Villanova University, and then professionally in France. Recognizing that her income potential was better by using her degree, she moved on to a career as a lab rat and switched sports to ultimate frisbee. After several years of competing nationally on both women’s and mixed gender teams in ultimate, she gave in to her biological clock decided to pop out a couple of progeny. Knowing that she would never be truly fit again without a goal, she signed up for her first triathlon, Ironman Florida while nine months pregnant and never having completed a marathon, triathlon or open water swim. 11 Ironman races later, she is motivated to not be the worst athlete in her family behind her Ironman Kona qualifying husband and rock-climbing children, and by dreams of Ali’i Drive.

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Time management, the ability to say no, and the fact that I dread getting in the water every. single. swim.

Most excited about: Getting a sense of what it takes to compete at the highest level in this sport

Most nervous about: Fatigue and the possibility of injury due to a GIANT increase in volume

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Time management, the ability to say no, and the fact that I dread getting in the water every. single. swim.

Most excited about: Getting a sense of what it takes to compete at the highest level in this sport

Most nervous about: Fatigue and the possibility of injury due to a GIANT increase in volume

MAUREEN KENNEDY

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: Never bored, because she is willing to try new adventures outside of her comfort zone. Might be due to attending 12 different schools before she got to college as a military brat, not a delinquent. She played many different sports growing up and did her first solo triathlon on a dare. It was an Xterra. Thankfully, no one told her open water swims were not the same as swimming in a pool.

MAUREEN KENNEDY

Age Group: 50-54

Bio: Never bored, because she is willing to try new adventures outside of her comfort zone. Might be due to attending 12 different schools before she got to college as a military brat, not a delinquent. She played many different sports growing up and did her first solo triathlon on a dare. It was an Xterra. Thankfully, no one told her open water swims were not the same as swimming in a pool.

Strength: Natural athletic abilities

Weakness: Natural slacker abilities

Most excited about: Improving cycling strength/pace

Most nervous about: Drowning

Strength: Natural athletic abilities

Weakness: Natural slacker abilities

Most excited about: Improving cycling strength/pace

Most nervous about: Drowning

MELANIE MITCHELL

Age Group: 45-49

Bio: A former collegiate swimmer for the University of Salford ‘Sharkin’ Army’ team (arguably, the worst-ranking collegiate team in the UK), Melanie, by default discovered triathlon spending four years bike-commuting to swim practice; her college didn’t even have their own pool.  Fast forward to a move to the US, two kids later and a lot more mileage on her legs, Melanie finally crossed the finish line at Ironman Boulder in 2017, 20 years after her first triathlon.

MELANIE MITCHELL

Age Group: 45-49

Bio: A former collegiate swimmer for the University of Salford ‘Sharkin’ Army’ team (arguably, the worst-ranking collegiate team in the UK), Melanie, by default discovered triathlon spending four years bike-commuting to swim practice; her college didn’t even have their own pool. Fast forward to a move to the US, two kids later and a lot more mileage on her legs, Melanie finally crossed the finish line at Ironman Boulder in 2017, 20 years after her first triathlon.

Strength: Swimming

Weakness:  Mental attitude to running and rarely doing brick workouts (due to time, not that she hates them. Oh no, not that at all.)

Most excited about:  Putting training front and center for a whole week at a completely different level.

Most nervous about: Even with all the support, fitting work/training/life into a 24 hour day

Strength: Swimming

Weakness:  Mental attitude to running and rarely doing brick workouts (due to time, not that she hates them. Oh no, not that at all)

Most excited about:  Putting training front and center for a whole week at a completely different level.

Most nervous about: Even with all the support, fitting work/training/life into a 24 hour day

Meet our three gentlemen runners at JackRabbit, ready to take on the training load of elite runner Ben True for a week of high-mileage adventures.

Pat and Dan are the fast men of JackRabbit, both coming from collegiate running backgrounds. Now well into their working careers at JackRabbit, they’re embracing the challenge of how to maintain and improve performance
as they move up the age-group rankings. With big goals ahead of them for 2018 races their training week will fall in line with the kind of mileage they used to follow in their college careers.

PAT JACOBS

Age Group: 30-35

Bio: A soccer-player turned to track/cross country runner in high school.  He specialized in the mile and 2 miles on the track, and moved up to the 1500/5k in college, competing for Lynchburg College in Virginia. 

Post college days, Pat took a break from running to compete in the fast world of road cycling.  As a Category 2 cyclist he raced in the northeast. After sustaining a couple hard crashes, Pat decided to switch back to his running shoes and took on the NYC Marathon in 2016. Pat runs about 1-2 times per week, and has high hopes to use ‘Train Like a Pro’ week to jumpstart his training and get in shape for a rocking PR at the NYC Marathon 2018.

PAT JACOBS

Age Group: 30-35

Bio: A soccer-player turned to track/cross country runner in high school.  He specialized in the mile and 2 miles on the track, and moved up to the 1500/5k in college, competing for Lynchburg College in Virginia. 

Post college days, Pat took a break from running to compete in the fast world of road cycling. As a Category 2 cyclist he raced in the northeast. After sustaining a couple hard crashes, Pat decided to switch back to his running shoes and took on the NYC Marathon in 2016. Pat runs about 1-2 times per week, and has high hopes to use ‘Train Like a Pro’ week to jumpstart his training and get in shape for a rocking PR at the NYC Marathon 2018.

Strength: Speed

Weakness:  Base miles

Most excited about: To see what a professional runner goes through on a weekly basis.

Most nervous about: Seeing how my body holds up doing this high mileage with very little (almost none!) base miles in my legs.

Strength: Speed

Weakness:  Base miles

Most excited about: To see what a professional runner goes through on a weekly basis.

Most nervous about: Seeing how my body holds up doing this high mileage with very little (almost none!) base miles in my legs.

DAN PINTER

Age Group: 30-35

BioOnce a soccer player turned runner at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped running since. Dan ran collegiately at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, division II NCAA program and competed in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track running the 1500 to 5k.

Since college Dan has gradually moved to the longer distances, realizing his strength being his endurance. He’s knocked out 10 half marathons and 5 full marathons and is not stopping. Highlights include winning NYC Tune Up in Central Park, scoring some TV time on ESPN during the NYC Half! Oh, and running his fastest marathon in front of his friends and family in Chicago.    

DAN PINTER

Age Group: 30-35

BioOnce a soccer player turned runner at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped running since. Dan ran collegiately at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, division II NCAA program and competed in Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track running the 1500 to 5k.

However, his passion was always cross country; he just dreamed of being a miler.

Since college Dan has gradually moved to longer distances, realizing his strength is endurance. He’s knocked out 10 half marathons and 5 full marathons and is not stopping. Highlights include winning NYC Tune Up in Central Park, scoring some TV time on ESPN during the NYC Half. Oh, and running his fastest marathon in front of his friends and family in Chicago.  

Strength: Mental toughness

Weakness: Sleeping enough and indulging in the odd adult beverage.

Most excited about: Excited to run this level of mileage.

Most nervous about:The same, running this level of mileage!

Strength: Mental strength

Weakness:  Sleeping enough and indulging in the odd adult beverage.

Most excited about: Excited to run this level of mileage.

Most nervous about: The same, running this level of mileage!