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Athlete Accolades

April 12th, 2013


Stacey "SW" Finerman in Oceanside.
Linday Vigil
Linday Vigil "Ante" rocking the bike in Oceanside - on her way to second place in her age-group.
Ken Rideout sets a PR in the NYC Half Marathon. Looking good in the NYAC kit! Photo by: Nils Nilsen
Ken Rideout sets a PR in the NYC Half Marathon. Looking good in the NYAC kit! Photo by: Nils Nilsen

Lots of early season racing going on by Riccitello Coaching athletes!  There’s nothing like starting out with a bang.

Stacey “SW” Finerman followed up a great result in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon with a stellar performance at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.  Despite battling a nagging staph infection picked up in SF, Stacey raced to a personal record in Oceanside.  Stacey is toughness personified and never ceases to amaze me with her accomplishments.

Linda Vigil “Ante” showed that her Olympic distance training is paying off.  She raced to a second place in her age-group and a 25-minute PR.  I’m looking forward to watching this Super Mom continue to kick some triathlete booty.  I’m also looking forward to showing the Vigil boys a thing or two about Air Hockey.

Kudos to Ken “Big Apple” Rideout who continues to set lifetime bests across the board.  He followed up his podium in Escape From Alcatraz with a PR in the half marathon on a tough course in downtown NYC and Central Park.  A bout with pneumonia has done little to dampen his spirits for the drive to a killer performance at Ironman Canada.  Keep up the good work, Ken!

Susan “Smooh” Hayden continues to impress and inspire all who come in contact with her.  A killer, all things considered, performance at Ironman 70.3 Galveston bodes well for her upcoming assault on Ironman Lake Tahoe.  I’m sure Smooh’s hard work on Smooh and Riccitello’s Run Challenge will come in handy during Ironman training!  By the way – stay tuned for our next challenge …

Congrats to Vic “Tattoo” Riquelme who continues to manage work, family and training in an admirable fashion.  Vic and his Body By Vi p/b VeloVie Cycling Team are racking up the results in an impressive manner, proving what can be done with comradery and teamwork, including second and third in last Friday’s Tour de Mesa Twilight Criterium and first and third last Saturday’s Tour de Mesa.  Keep up the good work, Vic.

Jenny “Legs” Lagerquist is back on the circuit!  Congrats for starting the season right with a 6th place overall/1st Age Group/1st Masters finish in the Smithfield Triathlon.  Look for JL to continue to find her legs as she gears up for Ironman Lake Placid.  And congrats Coach Jenny and her athletes who are also enjoying much success.

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