When USA Triathlon announced their 2010 Age Group Athletes of the Year last week, we were stoked to see long-time Team CLIF BAR member Barry Lewis take the top spot as Masters Duathlete of the Year. The pride and joy of Philadelphia's multisport community, Lewis has been on our roster longer than just about anyone. In fact, he precedes my stint here in the Team Clif command center by a few years, and I I've been here since the last time the Eagles lost the Super Bowl. Coincidence? Who cares?
In a self-proclaimed "off year" during which Lewis intended to rest a bit after spending last season focusing on his first Ironman (Kona, 12th in his age-group if you must know), the well-rounded athlete put in fewer training miles, but worked hard on his speed. And apparently, it paid off! In a season so varied even Bo Jackson would have to be impressed, Barry started off by finishing third in the multi-stage Gasparilla Classic running race. Next up was the HAT 50K trail run, where he was the first-placed masters finisher and 5th overall. He then changed gears, literally, and finished 2nd at Duathlon Nationals - on a borrowed bike, no less! His tremendous nats result qualified him to compete at the Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. But, since Barry isn't one to travel overseas to compete in just one event, he took a look at the race calendar and realized that Tri Worlds were in Budapest - and only one week removed from Du Worlds! Barry spent some time honing his fitness by crushing the competition in some local races, then traveled to Europe where he competed in both Worlds events. He placed an impressive 5th in the Duathlon and then killed the run to come in 3rd at Triathlon worlds. Quite insane. Taking home the Duathlete of the Year award is a deserving feather in Barry's cap for completing an incredible season. Congrats, Barry! We hope you got some sort of huge shiny trophy. Because that's more fun than just getting a feather.
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