Senior Matt Coleman qualifies for the World Championships in Edmonton in 2020

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Senior Matt Coleman qualified for the World Championships in Edmonton in 2020 and will be competing in the triathlon - Olympic distance. He persevered through a flat tire to place 30th in the Olympic distance. The following day he completed the sprint course and set a personal record!

Here are his words:

The racing was definitely an experience...

Saturday: The swim was shortened to 750 meters due to very rough water and the risk of rip currents. The swimming leg went okay, nothing extraordinary. 

The biking leg was 25 miles. I was flying. I moved up through the field relatively quickly, and by mile 15, I was sitting in the second position. I reached the 20-mile mark in 49 minutes. I was averaging 24.5 mph. Then, at about mile 20.5, my rear wheel exploded. I heard a loud boom, and I looked down, and I could see that the rear wheel was pancake flat. I had to make a hard decision: run my bike the 5ish miles back to transition or ride in on the flat and risk severely damaging the wheel. I opted to ride in on the flat, very carefully. I almost crashed around a few corners because I had no grip on the back wheel. It took 20 minutes to ride the last 5 miles of the biking leg. When I got the flat, I was leading my age group, and I was safe in a spot that would have qualified me for Worlds. About 25 people passed me while I was struggling with the flat. I was very frustrated.

The run was 6.2 miles, and I ran an average of 7:30 for a time of 46:36. I cramped a bit, and my legs were fatigued. 

In the end, I placed 30th in the Olympic Distance with a time of 2:14:38.

Sunday:  I woke up with a nagging pain in my groin from the race the previous day. I took my time through setting up my transition. Then I realized that I had 35 minutes to the start of my race, and I still had to warm up. I did a quick jog, some stretching, and some pick-ups. I threw on my wetsuit and hightailed it to the start line. Honestly, I was expecting to be very fatigued and not have much energy for Sunday's race. Oh boy was I wrong!

The swim was the full 750 meters. The water was very calm. I kept the pace up and finished the swim in 12:23.

The biking leg was 12.4 miles, and I was a little cautious to not flat again. I finished the biking leg in 32:18 at an average pace of 23.71 mph.

 The run was 3.1 miles, and I booked it. My first mile was 6:40. My second mile was 5:45. My third mile was 6:30. I finished the run in 20:35 at an average pace of 6:18 min/mile.

In the end, I placed 21st with a time of 1:09:13. This is the fastest I have ever competed in a sprint distance triathlon.

In June, I clocked a time of 1:16:49. In August, I went 7 minutes and 36 seconds faster. I was very happy with my performance on Sunday.

Inspiration

Killian Jornet is one of the most inspiring skiers that I like to follow on YouTube and I am sharing my favorite video featuring him. While his accomplishments are exemplary, I am most inspired by his attitude about training, life, and competition. Here are some of my favorite quotes about skiing, goals, and failure from this video:

“What is cool about mountaineering is to fail. Is to go there and see that—no you cannot because you are not ready or because the conditions aren’t. You fail, like, 50% of the time. That means you have the motivation for keeping going… I think my big moment is always tomorrow.”

“Most people think about me as a runner, but I’ve never considered myself a runner [fyi: he’s the best mountain runner on the planet!]. I started running as a training for the winter. I grew up skiing, I grew up climbing, and running was just a thing to do in the summer when it’s dry. It’s cool to run when there’s not snow, but when it’s snow, it’s no way that you’re gonna run!”

“We have the possibility to explore a huge playground. That’s what I like.”

“ I have been racing for 15 years, but the final goal is not to race, it’s to be able to move in the mountains quick.”

1st Report from Patagonia!

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Hello from Bariloche!

We just finished an afternoon ski and we’re heading back to the house now! We had a sleep-in this morning—some of us slept and some of us used it as an opportunity to do some summer homework. A brunch was made in our nice, spacious kitchen. Allie Walton and Lisa Bates have been exploring the local grocery stores, and we’ve discovered that Argentinians eat a lot of carbs and not so many veggies. So, we’ve gotten creative with our meals and we have made it work. 

After a relaxed morning, we headed off to the mountain. Everyone from Club Andino Bariloche [our partner club who spent February with us in Dublin] is so friendly, and they’re always willing to listen as we attempt to articulate our plans in Spanish. The daily ride up the gondola was beautiful, as always. The view from the top never gets old—snow-covered peaks in the distance, a stunningly calm lake, and a perfect layer of clouds. We clipped into our skate skis and did a two-hour ski with a mix of no pole skiing and speeds. The snow was perfect, and it was just warm enough to ski without a jacket and gloves. When it was finally time to finish up, we ran into some fellow Dublin students, Maddy and Adam! They were enjoying a weekend downhill ski with their host families. 

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The ski was great and all, but we had to act quickly in order to fill our glycogen window. No need to fear, we found the Milka Chocolate shop and Waffle Cabin—we’ve become frequent customers. 

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Tonight we head out to dinner as a group to a local restaurant. The trip has been amazing so far, and we look forward to many more adventures to come!   -Agnes Macy

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Dublin takes on 36th Run of the Charles

On Sunday, April 29th, Dublin School a group of students and faculty once again took part in the 36th Run of the Charles, a 24-mile canoe race on the Charles River, from Dedham, MA to the outskirts of Boston. The third leg of our endurance triumvirate, which includes Reach the Beach and the Canadian Ski Marathon, this race provides a formidable test of strength and will, with miles of slow-moving, upwind stretches of the river.  In addition to paddling, teams are required to navigate a series of 6 portages, ranging in length from 200 yards to ½ mile. 

Jasmine Barette (Dubai) was a part of the ten-member relay team that took on the 19-mile challenge. Barette is a junior who has grown up in Dubai but is of French Canadian heritage. She has spent many of her summers in the Eastern Townships of lower Quebec and has an affinity for kayaking.  She has done a lot of it in Quebec, and last summer participated in a sea kayaking tour in Alaska. Despite the similarities, canoeing was a new challenge.

Nordic Team Ends the Season on a High

The Dublin Nordic Ski Team enjoyed an exciting and fun season on the snow and trails around Mount Monadnock. Thanks to our snowmaking and grooming guru, Steve Sanders, we were able to practice on snow almost every day of the winter. Having this experience on snow and working with Coaches Weber, Groves, Maddock and Masterson enabled our fifteen rookie skiers to develop at a very fast pace. With thirty-two skiers on the team, Dublin Nordic was a force to be reckoned with in New England!

The boys' relay team of Ethan, Marco and Quinn.

The boys' relay team of Ethan, Marco and Quinn.

The Nordic Team traveled to Proctor Academy on Saturday, February 24th to compete in the New England Prep School Athletic Championships (NEPSAC). Last year’s boys’ team won Dublin’s first ever NEPSAC Championship in any sport, and with ten of those boys off to college the expectations on the boys’ squad were not very high heading into the championship races. The day started with a five kilometer mass start skate race. Quinn Wilson ’20 paced the squad finishing 4th, our Argentinian exchange student Marco Dal Farra finished 5th, Ethan Stanhope ’20 missed his start and recovered to finish  33rd, and AJ Lee ’19 rounded out the scoring in 41st place. Rookie ninth grade skier Eathan Hood ’21 finished 43rd and served as a “displacer” in the results. For the 3 x 2km classic relay in the afternoon, Marco decided not to use kick wax so that he could just double pole the entire course in fast skis for the first leg. The Argentinian’s gamble paid off and he finished almost thirty seconds ahead of the favored Holderness, tagging our Bahamian Ethan and sending him off with a good cushion. Only Holderness’s second leg skier was able to catch Ethan and he tagged Quinn in second place. Quinn closed the gap a little on first place and finished in a very comfortable and thrilling second place. The Dublin boys surprised the league by finishing third in New England during what was supposed to be a “building” year. With JV skiers Alex Antonellis ’20, Will Boot ’20, Bob Paltrineri ’21, Lawrence Chen ’21, Yifu Zhang ’18, Grady Allen ’19, Harrison Parnell ’21, and Eric Gu ’21 turning in strong races the league has been put on notice about the depth of our ski team.

The girls' relay team of Aggie, Lilly and Robyn.

The girls' relay team of Aggie, Lilly and Robyn.

In the girls’ mass start skate race Aggie Macy ’20 took the bronze, Lilly Bates ’19 finished 4th, Robyn McIntosh ‘18 skied her last race for Dublin and finished a solid 9th, and Sita Moses ’19 rounded out the scoring in 33rd. Olivia O’Rourke ‘19 in 38th and Theresa Barth ‘19 in 42nd served as our varsity displacers. The girls put in a dominant performance in the relay with Aggie setting the pace and tagging Robyn with a comfortable lead. Lilly took a comfortable lead over Holderness and expanded it, earning these three girls a second consecutive New England relay gold medal. Combining the individual and relay results the girls finished second in New England for the second year in a row! Three other courageous girls, Lindsey Gould ’21, Isolina Miller ’21, and Grace Harrington ’21, entered the junior varsity race and finished right in the thick of the pack.

Coach Bates with Lindsey and Isolina.

Coach Bates with Lindsey and Isolina.

Adding to their strong seasons, three Dublin skiers qualified for regional and national events as a result of their efforts in qualifying races. Lilly Bates and Aggie Macy were two of only twenty-one junior women selected to represent New England at the Junior National Championships in Soldier Hollow, Utah, the site of the 2002 Olympic ski races. Lilly qualified as a U18 skier and Aggie qualified as a U16 skier. Aggie and Lilly were the only girls from New Hampshire to qualify for the Junior Nationals. After narrowly missing qualifying for the Junior National Team, Quinn Wilson skied his way to the number one ranked position among skiers under the age of 16 in New Hampshire and was chosen to lead Team NH at the U16 Championships against deep teams from Minnesota, Vermont, New York, Maine and Massachusetts. Aggie, Lilly and Quinn will next ski for Team NH at the Eastern High School Championships in Rumford, Maine on March 27th, 28th and 19th.

Bob and AJ during the classic relay race.

Bob and AJ during the classic relay race.

All of the coaches had a wonderful time with our team and loved skiing with all levels of skiers on our beautiful trails at the Dublin Nordic Center.

Head of School, Brad Bates, Competes at the Nordic Masters World Cup

Head of School Brad Bates competed at the Nordic Masters World Championships in Minneapolis MN on January 21st and 22nd.  The Masters World Cup is only held once every ten years in the United States and this year's location gave Brad an opportunity to fulfill a long-term goal and to visit some alumni in the upper mid-west. In fact, former head and Dublin founder's son, Michael Lehmann, flew in to serve as a part of Brad's support team for his two day's of racing.