Friday, July 31, 2009

Europe Report Card: Rebecca Donaghue

Across the Atlantic Ocean, there is a vast expanse of majestic landscape, there are bustling city streets, windmills, breathtaking works of art, there’s even something called ”tea time”, BUT MOST ESPECIALLY there is a group of American based KIMbia athletes on the European track circuit. The front half of most of these athlete’s time in Europe is over while some are just getting started. We will be checking in with the athletes to get a full report on how their summer is going. They will be grading themselves on how well they have raced so far and how well their training has been going this season. They’ll also be detailing some of their time off the track to give an idea of what life is like for them on the European circuit.dsc_1439.JPG

2009 has been very good to Rebecca Donaghue.  Earlier in the season, Rebecca lowered her PR considerably in the 10k, clocking a 33:08 to win the prestigious Payton Jordan Invite in Stanford.  She rolled into the U.S. Championships shooting for nothing less than a top three finish and a spot on the World Championship team in the 5k.  After leading through a considerably windy second mile and into the third in the 5k finals, Rebecca finished fifth, just three seconds short of third place.  Still, with Kara Goucher forfeiting her 5k spot for the marathon, the third World Championship slot was still in the cards for Rebecca if she could dip under the ‘B’ standard (15:25) over the next few weeks.  And so, Rebecca headed to Europe.

Despite missing the standard, Rebecca made strides in her first European season by posting two more PR’s in the 5000m (15:34 in Liege) and 1500m (4:12.07 in Ghent).  Clearly, the European circuit has treated Rebecca Donaghue well.  Click below to read how Rebecca graded her season and how she describes her first “business trip” to Europe.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Europe Report Card: Matt Tegenkamp

Across the Atlantic Ocean, there is a vast expanse of majestic landscape, there are bustling city streets, windmills, breathtaking artwork, there’s even something called ”tea time”, AND there is a group of American based KIMbia athletes on the European track circuit. The front half of most of these athlete’s time in Europe is over while some are just getting started. We will be checking in with the athletes to get a full report on how their summer is going. They will be grading themselves on how well they have raced so far and how well their training has been going this season. They’ll also be detailing some of their time off the track to give an idea of what life is like for them on the European circuit.Matt and Statue in Europe

Today, the wily veteran of the KIMbia group weighs in on his season thus far. If you have read anything about Matt Tegenkamp since he finished college running and turned pro, you know that he has a laser guided focus to one race per year. This year, that race is the 5000m World Championship in Berlin on August 23.

Since winning the 5000m U.S. Championship in late June, Matt has only raced once, a 5000m in Heusden, Belgium, and he absolutely lit up the track. He finished 2nd in 13:07, missing the win by half a second and beating a pair of sub-13:00 runners in the process. After the jump, check out Matt’s report on his European season so far.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Matt on Madison: Episode 3, “Wisconsin to Worlds”

The US 5000m team of Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky, and Evan Jager might just owe their careers to a single decision they each made individually, years apart, but which now binds them together: choosing to attend the University of Wisconsin and put their talent in the hands of Coach Jerry Schumacher. All three now live in Portland and compete as members of OTC, but this past winter, before moving out west, Matt Tegenkamp showed us around the Wisconsin campus where each athlete launched his foray into the world of big-time running.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Inside the European Circuit: Episode 2, “Wisconsin to Worlds”

Teg Heusden 1The annual summer migration of the American distance runner to the tracks of Europe takes many forms.  Some chase new PB’s and the time bonuses in their contracts, from vacation destinations to tiny Belgian outposts.  Others seek to raise their profile and race their way into a shoe deal.  For Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky and Evan Jager, trips to Paris and Belgium meant the opportunity to check their fitness and hone their racing instincts for the World Championships in Berlin, set to kick off just one month after their first competitions on the far side of the Atlantic.  Watch those initial efforts, and their reactions, below:  Read the full article

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Monday, July 20, 2009

First Episode of “Wisconsin to Worlds” Officially Debuts!

Matt Tegenkamp, Chris Solinsky and Evan Jager surprised the US Distance Running scene with a podium sweep in the 5000m at US Nationals. Now hear them talk about how the race unfolded and what it meant to each to compete with his teammates.

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