THE PROPER TRI - NELSON, NEW ZEALAND
Jess Barnes - 1st Female Overall - 2:35 (32/1:15/47) - An inspiring day out for Jessie - Kicking off with a strong 1.8km swim for her,, she jumped on the bike and while the terrain was not conducive to fast times, she held good power into T2. Throwing the runners on, she struggled on the 10km of trail run with an upset stomach. Nevertheless she hung tough, got the job done and won overall female to boot! Impressive effort under trying conditions. Well done JB!
OAKEY SPRINT TRIATHLON
Shane Lee - 1:13:40 (12:15/39:21/19:04) Big congratulations to Shane who in the mix of long course training still delivered a fast and furious race over the sprint distance format. Although no official results have been published, we are thinking Shane was approximately 5th/6th in overall males with a definite podium in his age division. Well done Shane and bring on the next few big months of training and racing.
Penny Ivory-Smith - A fabulous race from Penny who officially became a member of the T:Zero family today! A strong swim/bike and runner. Penny managed a great day out at the local event and managed to cross the finish line 3rd placed female overall only to be beaten by two up and coming junior athletes. Some very exciting times ahead for Penny in terms of racing and some big goals to be hunted down in 2019. We are so thrilled to welcome you to the T:Zero Multisport crew.
TRIATHLON TASMANIA SPRINT DISTANCE STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sarah Fitzgerald - Approx 1:20 - (official results yet to be released). A great race from Sarah over the sprint distance format and a result which showed Sarah is still able to mix up some speed and suffering in the short course format whilst in the building for some long course races later on in the year. Some unsavoury weather conditions made for a tough day, yet those are the days that make us stronger athletes. Well done Sarah on another wonderful result.
PORT OF TAURANGA - HALF IRONMAN
Jess Barnes - 4:49:50 - 19min PB! - 2nd F25-29 (2nd Overall Age Grouper) - After taking some much needed downtime post Kona, Jess put together a solid, yet stress free, month in the lead up to this race with the focus on just building consistency and building fitness. The race goal was to go and enjoy the experience without any specific plans. Jess wanted to go ‘sub-5’ and she absolutely crushed this. Despite an average swim, JB rode strong and ran controlled, finishing up 11mins under 5hours, and enjoying the entire race! Mission accomplished! Well done JB.
Rachel Matthews - 1:29:13 - After coming back from some forced time off post Ironman WA, Rach took to the chilly waters of Lorne to tackle her first 5k open water swim. The conditions were great for the first half until the wind changed and affected the currents. Rach managed to hold strong despite these conditions to finish under 90mins! Shout out also to three of Rach’s kids - Aiden, Grace and Jonah who all had an awesome time in the Lorne Mountain to Surf run fun! Well done team Matthews!
QUEENSLAND TRIATHLON SERIES - ROUND 5 ROBINA
Steve Nurse - 2:38 - After waking up feeling unwell, Steve decided to still head to Robina and tick off the OD. A solid swim was only to be met at T1 with a flat rear tyre. Another to flats on the 40km bike and it was clear that today was not Steve’s day. When many of us would have called it quits, Steve stuck it out and ticked off the 10km run to finish the race. A true sign of grit and determination and so not the result you deserved mate! Bigger and better things just around the corner, rest up.
Eliza Silverwood - 2:38 -8th place F30-34 - One minute off an OD PB for Eliza and such an impressive result for Eliza who is in the mix of some fast and furious racing over the sprint and olympic distance races over the first half of 2019. A solid swim, smashing bike and a run where Eliza is building strength each race she does. Such a great result and so exciting to see all of the hard training and consistent months coming together Eliza. Placing 8th place also earned Eliza some quality qualification points towards ITU World Championships. Huge Congratulations!
Peter Easton - 3:00 - 9min PB! Without a taper, Peter arrived at the start line ready to get things underway. He put together a great swim, a very strong ride and although he felt the fatigue of the current build in his legs on the run (which is understandable given he did his long run the day before), PE still crossed the finish line with a massive 9min PB. This is seriously promising signs going into Hell of the West in a few weeks time. Well done mate.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE AQUATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Samuel Evans - 37:38 - 5th place Open Males - The super fish does it again and starts the 2019 racing campaign off to a flying start with a 5th place in the open male division at the South Australian Aquathon Championships. Mixing it with some of the top elite and Junior Elite athletes, Sam showed he is more than capable of sticking with the bunch and as always delivered an incredible swim to regain some slightly lost time from the first run leg. Well done Sam and we are super excited to watch the rest of your racing in the months ahead.
Kelly McManus - 4:39 - nothing like a quick marathon to round off a summer holiday in Tasmania. With a short build and a flare hikes in the week leading in Kelly did impressively well on the undulating course and set the tone for the rest of her season. A short recovery of more hiking, scones and a beer to end the vacation and can’t wait to get stuck into the next phase for the races ahead! Congratulations Kelly