Inspired: Adjective. Meaning of extraordinary quality.

We saw a Facebook Post recently that said “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, because of you, I didn’t give up.”   We love that quote! Now, it’s true that quite a bit of inspiration has to come from within, but there’s no question that being witness to an extraordinary effort is motivational!  Did you all ever inspire us.

Case and point. The recent performances by Coeur Customers, Ambassadors, and Friends (aka “The Coeur Family”).

On August 8th and 9th, Nicole Baxbrow-Brown competed at the USAT Nationals. The USAT (who is the National Governing Body for triathlon and part of the Olympic process) held the Championships for the Sprint & Olympic distance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nicole had great results. She placed 13th in her Age Group and qualified for the USA age group world championship in Mexico.

Nicole Brown at race finish

Nicole at USAT Nationals

This past weekend, we were glued to the computer following Ironman Mont-Tremblant (“IMMT). As many of you may know, Mont-Tremblant is a city in the Laurentian mountains, which are in Quebec, Canada. The operative word here is “Mountain”, and as you might expect with a ski town, the scenery is amazing and the course is very challenging.

We’re incredibly happy for Amy Fielder who posted a 14hrs. 18 minutes time on this tough course and for Lindsay Holmes who finished 6th in her division.

Coeur Ambassador Lisa Holt grabbed a top ten finish at IMMT with her 8th place showing

Lisa Holt finishing Ironman

 This picture says so much. Way to leave it on the course Lisa!

and Kristin Higden (also an Ambassador who is known in the blogosphere as “Sweat Courage”) snagged a coveted Kona slot by finishing second in her Age Group.

Kristin Hidgin at race finish

Kristin is joining a big contingent of Coeur Customers, Friends & Ambassadors in Kona

We also had the Ironman 70.3 Timberman going on over the weekend in Gilford, New Hampshire. Like Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Timberman combines scenery with plenty of climbing. Coeur Pro Beth Shutt showed that she’s officially back from a serious shoulder injury that came as a result of a bike crash and finished 4th at Timberman in a very deep pro field. We’re so happy for Beth and are glad to see her on the course doing what she loves!

Kaitlin Anelauskas also put in a strong performance and finished 12th in the Pro Field.

Kate, Beth and Matt

Coeur Pros Beth & Kaitlin along with honorary Coeur Pro Matt ("Turbo") Curbeau

Coeur Customer Shannon Porges finished on the podium at Timberman with an impressive 2nd place in her age group.

We also want to give a shout out to another Coeur Customer Lisa Mackenzie, who was 3rd in her division and 12th female OA at Peasantman Half Steel.

Over in paradise (aka Hawaii), Coeur Ambassador Michelle Simmons put on an amazing display by winning the overall title at the Kawela Triathlon. Michelle put in huge effort in the island heat and we're are so happy for her! 

Michelle Simmons on podium

Michelle on the Podium with the win

Also, we're giving a big ole shout out to Coeur Ambassador Denise Blue Buckley not only for her 2nd place overall at the Dirty Devil Half Marathon but also for making a great heart!

Denise Buckley making a heart sign

Denise shows us how it's done

Finally, you may have seen that we posted a blog over the weekend by Coeur Pro Jess Jones Meyers. Jess was serving as a guide for Para Olympic athlete Patricia Walsh and she sent us her post from the plane. The pair was on the way to Detroit and at the time, we had no idea how they would do in the event.

Jess Jones Meyers with a blind athlete

Patricia & Jess

Well, we’re incredibly pleased to let you know that Patricia & Jess finished in first place and stood atop the podium!

Patricia and Jess on podium

Top Step! Congratulations Patricia & Jess

Now, we’re sure we just scratched the surface on all the great racing and we’d love to hear more from all of you. So, next time you’re heading out, give us a heads up on Facebook or Twitter, so we can track and cheer for you!




Reginald Holden