There’s no doubt the Dimond Miners were a little distracted this weekend from their usual breakfast burrito and mine grind. Why, you ask? Race season. Our eyes were glued to our monitors and the refresh button was heavily used all weekend, with Dimond Clubbers racing around the world. Each photo posted of a Dimond racked and ready to roll got our blood pumping. And as the results poured in with Age Group win after Age Group win and the announcement of an early season Kona slot, our spirits soared. There’s a spark in the air; a noticeable shift in attitude. We can feel it. This year is the year of the Dimond.
To kick things off, Jesse Thomas took second place at Ironman Liuzhou 70.3. In a strategic move to up his chances for a Kona slot, Jesse skipped out on Oceanside and jetted across the ocean to test his stamina in an impressive field. His Kona-themed Dimond Marquise is as strong as ever, and he PR’ed on the run.
The Kona ticker started late last year, but the pressure is off one Dimond Clubber. Sam Gyde was 2nd overall amateur at Ironman South Africa, punching his ticket to the big island on his new Marquise.
Back on the other side of the planet, Ian Hersey and Rebecca McKee placed first in their age groups at Lavaman, and a few other Dimond owners made their way near the top of the fields.
Ahhh Oceanside. It can build you up or tear you down for the rest of the season. The 70.3 had a big showing for the Dimond Club. Among Dimond owners, SMASH-DIMOND members showed the field what it is to be boss. Lynne Fiedler and Mary Knott each took first in their age groups. (Side note: we stoked to watch Mary take on Ultraman Australia next month!). And Emily Lanter placed 2nd in her age group and took home the title of 3rd overall female.
And finally to Galveston. Mother nature threw a few curve balls, but the Dimond storm prevailed. Sean Michael took the cake for his age group, and John Kilburn and Bruce Cook each saw a second place finish in their age groups.
An unbelieveable showing by every Dimond athlete. It’s just the beginning of the season, but the year of the Dimond has been a long time in the making. We see your countless hours of training, sweat sessions and pain cave rides. It drives and inspires us to improve each and every day. Your successes are our successes. Keep being brilliant. Keep pushing yourself to the edge.
This is your year. This is the year of the Dimond.