Carly Johann Places 3rd at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Milwaukee
by Ryan Schneider
It's only fitting that Carly Johann's best Olympic triathlon distance performance came in a city -- Milwaukee -- that is widely regarded as an American beer mecca. After all, when Carly isn't leading her age group as she did this past weekend at the USAT Age Group National Championship with her third-place podium finish, she's cultivating her passion for craft beer via her tricraftbeer.tumblr.com blog.
For Carly, that's two distinct tastes that apparently taste great together. After the smackdown she laid on the Milwaukee course -- including a 1:01 bike split (24.3 mph avg.) that propelled her to her fastest Olympic-distance race by two minutes -- Carly more than earned the right to down a cold frosty one.
Carly has enjoyed several toast-worthy accomplishments this past season as she closes in on earning a coveted pro card. But her results have not been a surprise to anyone who trains with her. Carly has unlocked another level of speed and power via intense weekly strength-building sessions with Fitamorphosis and on the track during Fortius-coached speed work. (Carly's training partner for both workouts may also be responsible for her breakthrough season but this has not been officially confirmed by anybody but him.) This season, Carly has doubled-down on pushing through discomfort, punctuated by primal grunts and growls during these grueling training sessions, and now it's her competitors who feel the pain on race day.
Fortius Coaching raises its collective beer stein to Carly Johann for her USAT Age Group National Championship effort and a highly successful 2013 campaign.
Also in Milawaukee, 65 year-old, Jackie Yukawa, has successfully come back from knee surgery to finish the sprint race at USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship. This was Jackie's fastest time in several years. Jackie has been working hard to get faster and stronger since her surgery and is enjoying a new-found speed in her racing. With today's finish, Jackie has, once again, has qualified to represent Team USA at the ITU World Championship in Edmonton in 2014!