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Craig was dominant at the Tweed Enduro – reward for consistent hard work.
It has been an excellent few weekends for my Aussie athletes
First up two weeks ago Craig McGuigan lined up for Tweed Coast Enduro Half Ironman to break of some of the hard yards he’s been putting in since Christmas. Craig is probably one of the hardest workers I’ve seen, he is the epitome of consistency hard work & dedication so there was no doubt he would do well. We’ve changed a few things lately and wanted to test the waters for this race with a little less freshness than others. He nailed with the fastest swim of the day, fastest bike in his age and for the first time also the fastest run in his age. This was fantastic as it was one of the hardest conditions the past three years if this course, swells in the swim, lots of wind of the bike and the usual hot run which made Craig’s result even more excellent. Now the countdown to Ironman Australia for Craig- he’ll nail it.
Nat Kerr did a double header and came away on top of the podium in both. First was Raby Bay 900/25/6 2 weeks ago where Nat won by 7 min and 9th overall which included some fast female pros like Emma Jackson. The second race this past weekend was the Bribie Island Tri sprint race where Nat not only won her AG but had the 3rd fastest bike of all the females . So in Nat’s past seven races since July of last year, Nat has WON five, came away with one second and a fourth. Pretty good going. As an online coach I do like to look at some numbers in training and collect data for after the races and it’s VERY clear of Nat’s improvements this past seven months, her last three races especially she’s hitting some pretty high numbers and still able to hold together her run. I think it’s one thing to hit the bike super hard and fall apart on the run BUT to still hold together the run, even if it’s still similar paces to before- that’s an indicator of huge improvements in strength on the bike. Can’t wait to see more from our humble racer Nat
Race Recap from Coach Mary Beth Ellis:
I am very proud of Emma. She had her race day go sideways in the swim and bike. But instead of dropping out, she adapted and overcame like a true champion to finish with a strong run and fifth place overall.
Race Recap from Coach Brett Sutton:
Steve takes the win at the Desafío Octava Isla off road triathlon. Photo Credit: Mariate Lorenzo Rodríguez
Well done Steve, another brick in the wall as part of his IM Lanzarote prep.
Race Recap from Coach Bella Bayliss:
An outstanding weekend of racing for Bella’s team! Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
At TriActiv Lanzarote we had a busy weekend of racing, On Saturday it was the Desafío Octava Isla off road Triathlon! A beautiful event on the small beautiful island of La Graciosa. In the morning the adults raced over a 1km swim, 20km Mountain Bike and 6km Run, It was a successful day with both myself and Stephen winning the Triathlon and Lucy Biddlestone having a good race to finish 3rd, and Leon Drajor finishing 3rd in the mens race. We also had great races by Laura Mulcahy, Paul Kay, Juan Carlos Albuixech and Sergio Cuéllar Betancort successfully finishing his first triathlon.
Determined efforts from Jorge, Mia and Anne in the Aquathon. Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
In the afternoon we had the 13-16 year olds racing Aquathon (run, swim, run) in the Infantile category we had Jorge Wilkes having a real battle in his race and getting over the finish line in first place. In the girls Cadete race we had Mia Leadbeater racing strong from the gun to the tape and continuing to show her attacking style of racing to win the category, with newer member of the team, Anne Perdomo finishing not far off the pace in 2nd.
A top weekend of racing for all ages. Photo Credits: James Mitchell Photography and John Bayliss
The day was still not over as we had the younger kids racing an obstacle run race, all giving a great effort and finishing strong, they were all champions!
On the Sunday we had kids racing mountain bike races on the island of Lanzarote, all successfully finishing, some doing personal bests, some on the podium and some winning, meanwhile Lucy Biddlestone was racing again on La Graciosa doing the 2nd day of the challenge, a 31km trail run race. Lucy has been training really hard for upcoming long distance triathlon events and this weekend of racing showed her training is on track as she had a great run on Sunday, convincingly winning the 31km trail run and the overall 2 day event. Congratulations Lucy!
Lucy was rewarded for he consistent hard work work; Congratulations Photo Credit: James Mitchell Photography
Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:
After a rough few weeks recovering from a virus, Hayley Stevenson finished off her first week back training with the Tweed Coast Enduro Half Ironman. We went into it as a training session seen as Hayley had already entered it, and so to not disrupt plans further we built the weeks training up gradually and turned up for a catered brick session… Hayley has been so consistent for the last 12 months training, that a couple of weeks off with illness doesn’t effect you like it would if your schedule was already up and down… She built into the race bit by bit and finished strongly, smashing last years effort and being able to train the next day. Well done for turning around a bad situation into good!!!
Liz Lucas raced the Caloundra Just Tri It event as a little hit out 2 weeks out from the Mooloolaba Olympic Distance race. Apart from serving it’s purpose as a chance to go through the race process ahead of her goal race, Liz won her age group and was 2nd overall in the women’s field.
Rachel Jones also had a pre Mooloolaba hit out at Raby Bay sprint distance and keeps progressing nicely coming 5th moving closer to the podium with each race…
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Steve Pressman demonstrated the fortitude he is know for, at Ironman New Zealand on Saturday. A swim that turned out to be quite rough conditions, a windy bike and some nutrition issues on the run. However that’s Ironman, and it is for Iron people. Steve adapted and overcame the challenges of the day. Good job Steve, another one done and dusted. Enjoy your well earned mini vacation, then we regroup for the US summer of racing.
Andrea Rudin raced at the Bribie Island sprint distance 750 / 20 / 5km, finishing 4th place in the open category. A change of course meant a quick dash to the changed swim start, but otherwise everything taken it it’s stride, with a good race effort workout in preparation for Mooloolaba triathlon this coming weekend. It’s good also to note that Bribie Island Tri series is another grass roots race series with a 30 year history, that has been won by many champions of our sport, and is good to see it still surviving.
Chiin Hooi-Tan raced in the DGI Sydvest Crossløbs-serie in Denmark. She had been a bit under the weather earlier in the week, but with some rest, and knowing Chiin to do the right thing, gave her the choice to run or not. Chiin sums up her race perfectly –
I wasn’t feeling great in the morning so decided I wasn’t going, although Jesper was. Climbed on to the bike to do an easy ride. Felt like lead when I started. By the time I got to 1 hr, it was almost time for Jesper to get going, and I felt ok, so I decided I would go along for the companionship. No warm up, no cool down, everything within the 7.5k. Even decided to not bring proper shoes for it, I was that not serious.
Turns out I felt ok. Did a warm up anyway because we have half an hour to kill. Started race feeling ok. Did first loop a bit fast then decided I was leading by so much that I didn’t need to run fast. Spent 2nd loop cheering on kids. Ran ok in 3rd loop. Finished well. Happy. Won by 5 minutes!
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
A great effort by David this weekend in Ironman New Zealand. When we started working together four months ago David could not swim or run due to two different injuries. We have slowly fixed the problems and started building up towards IM NZ which wasn’t easy during London winter. We had to improvise and adopted quite unconventional solutions but it was worth it. David has embraced longer than usual turbo and treadmill sessions and not only completed the Ironman but also beat his PB set on an easier course and in much better conditions.
The extracts from his email after the race sum up the conditions:
‘So that was a really dramatic race. Huge swell and chop on the swim which caused chaos. People were fighting in the water and I heard a number had to be fished out. And exhausting start of the race. Bike also pretty brutal. First section very fast, downhill with the wind behind you, but the straight back up the same road uphill into this gale. So most people were also slower here too. Really pleased with the run split of 4.45 which is 40 minutes quicker than Austria and helped me set a new IM PB of 12.41 despite the swim and bike conditions. The run course was incredibly beautiful, just stunning.
Thanks again for all your help and support for this race.’
Steve Lyons ran a half marathon last weekend and I’m very happy with the progress he is making with the run. He is a man of few words and the race is best summarised in his short email:
Hi Coach,Just got in from half marathon. 1hr 43 mins and couldn’t have gone much harder.7 mins faster than my last half in November, so happy!!
More to come from Steve, there is still scope for further improvements.
Race Recap from Coach Cali Amaral:
Productive weekend for our Team. On Saturday in Sao Carlos City inside Damha Parque Eco Esportivo we competed at the GP Extreme. The distance was 1 km Swim / 100 km Bike / 10 km Run. Patricia Barros was Vice-Champion despite being unwell before the race (and she having missed the course at 1.3 km.)
On Sunday, Karina Freitas, who finished in 7th place on Saturday, returned to compete this time in the Sprint Distance She become Champion in the 40/45, She was accompanied by teammate Francisco Freitas (Chico) who finished in 3rd place in the 50/54. And from Minas Gerais came the excellent result with Marcelo Pasquini Vice-champion on Short Triathlon Juiz de Fora.
In addition to these Triathletes we had others who races too. Daniel Pegoraro, Doc Joao Quialheiro, João Braz and Doc Renato Lucas all on Saturday doing 1 km Swim/100 Bike/10 Run.
Race Recap from Coach Carson Christen:
Jan Tschudy started off his season with an 11k running race this past weekend at the Asics Bremgarten Reusslauf. We wanted to test his fitness and had him do a controlled race at the beginning to test his fitness. Not going full gas, he was only slightly off his best from this race in the past. It was a solid start to his build towards 70.3 Rapperswil and Ironman Zurich later in the year!
Steve Birnbaum had to spend a couple weeks in Switzerland for work in the past month, missing some good training time on the bike, he took on the challenge at his first race of the year at the Frostbite TT in Colorado, placing 4th. For some of the race speed and power we didn’t have in the legs, he produced a very solid pace and consistent effort in the very windy conditions. It shows the Winter training worked, and he is on a good path for solid results this season. Congrats Steve!
Christian Pleul started at his first 2016 race, a test at the Chemnitz Swim Run, placing 7th in his Age Group. The 800m was a good test for triathlon race starts as he had to deal with a handful of other swimmers in the lane. A consistent first swim effort lead to a strong run on a hilly forest 5k. With the first full triathlon in the plans for this next month, Christian is showing that the consistent training is paying off and he is ready to produce a strong swim, bike, and run!
Race Recap from Coach Irene Coletto:
Serena Pruzzo achieved her goal, or let’s say even her dream! Up untll now, she never been able to get to the finish line of the 42,195km because of several misadventures. But on Sunday she became a Marathon woman! Running with a constant pace at the Treviso Marathon (Italy) she was able to finish in 3h 59’ 16’’
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Alina Losurdo did the Granfondo del Po cycling event (Italy), finishing the 134km in 3hours 59min. She was not riding with a group, but pushing herself, so excellent Ironman training for her.
Race Recap from Coach Susie Langley:
Nina and Michelle Derron took on the runners at the Bremgarter Reusslauf 11k race on Saturday – a chance to test out the run legs before the tri season comes around. A good training day and experiences in the bank.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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