DOLOMYTHS ULTRA RUN - SOUTH TYROL - ITALY
Lisa Thompson - 11:49 - What a day out for LT! Knowing this race had the most aggressive cut off times at the 4 checkpoints (all the bottom of each of the four mountains), Lise headed out hard to arrive at the bottom of the first mountain 50mins inside the time cut. The second mountain was the hardest and her returning knee/ITB issues from Austria didnt help her cause.
Slowing right down in the descent and reaching her lowest point of the race, Lise arrived into CP2 with less than 20mins spare. She spent less than 45seconds at CP2 to go straight into the third mountain pass. She was a woman on a mission and crushed this penultimate mountain, to arrive into CP3 with over 35mins in front of the cut! Then with less than 15km to run, she dominated the last of the mountains to finish with 71mins up her sleeve! 3670m elevation gain, at altitude! The race gives her a heap of confidence leading into the final push to the Swiss 100 miler next month.
Well done Lise!
IRONMAN JONKOPING 70.3 - SWEDEN
Ingi Doyle - 8th (50-55) - 6:00:12 (43.18 / 2:57 / 2:07) well done Ingi! A top 10 result! This is an amazing effort from Ingi in extremely cold conditions in Sweden. Ingi set herself up nicely for the top 10 performance with a solid swim and a beautifully executed bike leg. Having paced so well in the swim and bike allowed Ingi to execute a very solid run into the top 10! Well done Ingi, we are super proud of you!
WALES LONG COURSE HALF MARATHON - WALES
Amy Halliday - 2:20. Congratulations to Amy in ticking off an easy and social half marathon on a challenging hilly course! This race formed a part of Amy’s aerobic base phase and was an excellent hit out. Amazing result in an amazing location!
CHALLENGE ROTH - ROTH, GERMANY
Harry Mitchell - 12:04. Congratulations Harry! Absolutely brilliant race! Harry set himself up nicely with a well executed swim and had a solid bike leg. Making the most of the amazing atmosphere, Harry set about executing his run leg sticking to the plan and getting the job done nicely. Enjoy some downtime and recovery before the final build for IMWA in December! Well done Harry, super proud of this effort.
QUEENSLAND CYCLING ITT SERIES RD 2 - QUEENSLAND - AUSTRALIA
Kyle Shipton - 43.31 3rd B Grade / 7th overall - Massive congratulations to Kyle. For the 30km ITT on this course, he set himself over a 4min 30sec PB, improved his placing by 27 spots to get on the podium and went very deep in the hurt cave. We could not be happier for Kyle who keeps training smart, keeps being a student of his craft and keeps digging deep in races - Kyle you deserve all the rewards you are getting and then some. Congratulations and let the good times roll.
BRISBANE TRAIL ULTRA - QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Craig Richmond - 27:52:46 - 2nd M45-49 - 10th Overall - On debut, Richo absolutely crushed it. While he has done a number of 100k trail runs, running a 160k for the first time is always a daunting prospect. That distance increased between check point 2 and check point 3 when Richo took a wrong turn and added 5km to his run! Regardless of that, he had a wonderful day/night/day out to nab a top 2 finish in his age group and 10th overall! Craig has worked hard for his result, we couldn't be prouder of him and his awesome crew! Well done Richo!
GOLD COAST HALF / MARATHON - QUEENSLAND
Robbie Andrews (42km) - 3:08 - (17/400+ in M50-54) - the goal was to have a crack and give it everything, and for those of you who know Robbie, this is never a problem. So much grit today. RA was right on the money for a sub 3 hour run until the piano came crashing on down through about 30k. To his absolute animalistic abilities he hung tough and stayed strong through the last 10k of his first official marathon run (other than pacing duties) without a 180k ride in front of it. He’s super stoked with the time he notched up and loved the experience of running with fresh legs. No doubt he’ll be back for another go next year ;-) Congrats Robbie - you worked hard leading into this one (as always) - back into SBR now and a Mexican IM to finish the year.
Darren Cottrell (42km) - 4:02:37 A bit of a rough last couple of weeks for Darren on the training paddock with some niggling foot issues had him lacking a little confidence coming into race day. Not for his ability or determination to have a great race... just if his body was going to come along for the ride. Right up until the 30k mark, Darren was bang on his plan, but the next 12k home became a little challenging. This guy has some serious determination to get the best out of himself, and he toughed it out to the line to come in with a very respectable marathon time. Plenty of achievements to come for you mate!
Coach Heidi Sowerby (21km) - 1:41 - After a very solid week of training and a last minute entry on Sunday, Heidi punched out a very respectable 1:41 to put her 23rd out of nearly 600 female finishers in her AG. Super strong running for Heidi after a big week of training amidst her 2019 Kona prep. Awesome signs for you and Bev :-) Stay legendary coach!
Melinda Rashleigh (21km) - 1:59 - Tenacity and grit were the order of the day for Mel. The legs didn’t do as they were entirely told today and it was a battle for the ages mentally and physically. Lots of positives and learnings from the run today for Mel. We would have loved to feel a little better and end up with a quicker time, but given the last couple of weeks leading in being super hectic, to lay down a sub 2 hour run is pretty remarkable. Hold your head high Mel and let’s get back into it for our last push towards SC Mara in a few weeks.
Tom Uhlich - 1:31:22. What an awesome race Tom! This race was in the rain with cold and miserable conditions, but this did not seem to phase Tom! This race was so well executed and paced and it goes to show what hard work and determination can achieve! This race was a hit out for Tom before Sunny Coast 70.3 in a few weeks and this race has shown that Tom is on track for a super race with a few more weeks of hard work. well done Tom, amazing effort!
Megan Ross - 1:50:22. Megan put together a super solid race today which resulted in a 5 minute PB! This is even more amazing given the poor weather conditions. This race was a learning race for Megs as she builds strongly as she moves into the building phase for the Melbourne marathon preparation. This result is amazing and should provide some great confidence as we start building! Well done Megs! So proud of your effort today!!
Penny Ivory-Smith - 1:58. Well done Penny! A solid hit out in some challenging conditions! This was a really strong run from Penny as she continues to build her fitness and skills in the coming months as she marches towards the ITU World Championships in September! Well done Penny, awesome effort and amazing results!
Heath Niven - 1:58:03- A super consistent performance from Heath today. He stuck to the pace that he was confident in achieving, with a plan to come in under the 2 hour mark. And that he did. Coming home strong in the last few ks, it was an awesome performance from Heath after a bit of time out of racing. Super pumped for you mate, can't wait to see you tear it up at the Sunny Coast 70.3.
Rachelle Mulligan - 1:56:59 - 10min PB amazing!! With a strong & consistent build coming into this race Rachelle was looking down the barrel of a good result. With the plan to break 2hrs we had a solid and staged plan to negative split the run which was executed to perfection. A well deserved result for all the hard work Rachelle has been putting in and now the focus goes fully into SC70.3 and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.
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WELLINGTON MARATHON, NEW ZEALAND
Jess Barnes - 3:25:58 - 1st F20-29 (5th Female Overall) - PB!! A clinical first half marathon by JB had sub 3:20 written all over it - smooth, controlled running. Unfortunately soon after 23km, she experienced feeling nauseous and had to back off the pace. The HR came down and she managed to make it to the finish line all with a PB!! Well done JB - super proud of you.
TUGGERANONG TROT 8KM TRAIL RACE
Kylie Catchpole - 49:09 - 20/56 (F<50) - The race went really well. The course was undulating on grassy track and single track. Kylie reports “I felt great, and felt like I paced it pretty well.” We agree Kylie. A super solid performance and this will give her a tonne of confidence moving forward to her next race in a few weeks time. Well done Kylie :-)
ROVER TRAIL RUN - CAIRNS QLD
Bek Curtis - 63mins - After a race director decision to reduce the course to 8km due to bad weather, Bek had a really enjoyable morning out, running with her daughter all the way to the finish line! Bek's son crushed it too, winning the entire race overall! Well done Team Curtis!
MOZART ULTRA (63km) - SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Lisa Thompson - 11:06 - After fighting off jet lag, Lisa toed the line in the old town centre of Salzburg about to embark on the 63km "figure 8" course covering just under 2000m of vert. Travelling really well for most of the day, Lise started to suffer from a very tight ITB which made her outer knee quite painful on the descents in the final third of the race. Although this did slow her up, it was a great race to show her endurance and strength are coming along nicely. Lise heads into the Dolomites in Italy next to start her strength work in preparation for her A race of the year - the Swizz Alps 100 miler in August. Well done LT!
2019 IRONMAN ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Morgan Millington - 10:14 - (1:09/5:23/3:32) - 2nd (F30-34) - HAWAII IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION - She did it!! ... all with a broken elbow!
In Morgan’s third Ironman (after missing Kona qualification by one spot on both occasions), she absolutely sent it on Sunday. Only four weeks before race day, Morgs tripped on the footpath while running and fractured her elbow. The race itself was in doubt, with no running for two weeks and no swimming for three! Morgs kept a very calm mind and went to work on the things she could do. The second X-Ray at the start of race week confirmed it was still broken but the doctor confirmed the pain should be tolerable. We lined up on Sunday, refusing to let the elbow be the reason for a sub optimal performance. What transpired was incredibly consistent performance across all three disciplines. The swim was always going to be abnormally slow due to her arm, but once on the bike she got going, arriving in T2 in 4th in the age group. With only 2 spots available to Kona, she ran to her truest potential to run into 2nd and incredibly allowing her to realise her goal by booking her ticket to the big dance in October. Seriously incredible effort Morgs - we are proud beyond measure. Enjoy the rest and let’s crush Kona with all bones in place, please.
Judi Robinson – 15:16 – (1:18/7:37/6:00) – 2nd (60-64 AG) – IRONMAN DEBUT – HAWAII IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION – Last year Judi came back to T:Zero after a small break with the “crazy idea” (her words) of completing an Ironman for her 60th birthday year. Her only goal was to make the cut off and, in her words, “I’ll crawl if I have to”. Months and months of hard work, not one missed session and looking fit as a fiddle, Judi rolled into Cairns with everything falling into place at the right time. There was a plan in place and Judi stuck to it throughout the day. A good swim, an evenly paced ride in some extremely tough conditions – especially as the day went on. A an almost happy look on the face as Judi set off out of T2 on the marathon. Over the course of 42.2km Judi ran perfectly to her run walk plan and ticked off a 6 hour marathon! Crossing the finish line in a great time and earning herself 2nd place was a sensational achievement, to then claim a Kona ticket and earn your spot at the 2019 Ironman World Championships was the icing on the cake! You deserve this Judi, not only for an amazing IM debut but for the months and months of hard work you put into getting to that start line. We struggle to find the words to express how incredibly happy we are for you and your support crew and am so proud of what you have achieved! Bring on the next 18 weeks! KONA BABY!
Brett Dunstan - 9:51 - (1:10/5:14/3:19) - 3rd M50-54 - HAWAII IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION - A very gutsy performance from our man in Geelong, Victoria! Without a super consistent lead into this race, juggling illness, life and training, Brett toed the line ready to give everything he had on the day and he did just that. After a swim that confirmed his requirement for navigation training in the future, BD jumped on the bike and went to work on the power plan. Arriving in T2 in 9th, Brett needed to implement his renowned run ability to secure his Kona ticket. While a 3:19 marathon is far from his best, it was a wonderful performance given the cards he had to play and absolutely got the job done to book his place at the 2019 Ironman World Champs! Well done mate! Pumped for you and the family and what can happen in October!
Luke Radonich - 9:46 (54/5:08/3:39) - 9th (30-39) - For those not behind the scenes, Luke’s improvements in training over the past 9 months have been monumental. The goal for Cairns was to improve in all legs but most importantly run sub 3:30. The data we had collected in training suggested he was well in front of that expectation. So the gun went off and Luke went to work. A strong, yet super relaxed swim, Luke emerged 2nd in his age group. To the bikes, and he executed one of the best bike splits you could ever want from an athlete. Strong, controlled, conversative and relaxed. Into T2 and feeling so ready to run this marathon. Averaging 4:56 pace for the first half marathon with a relatively low heart rate, Luke then experienced, quite unexpectedly severe leg cramps! Forcing him to walk and hobble for the better part of 20km! It was such a shame, considering his form leading into the race - But, we know him. He will be back, he will get that sub 3:30 and next time it wont be just by a few minutes. Well done mate, an incredible race still - and one that we are very proud of you for enduring what you did!
Liz Butler - 13:05 (1:12/7:10/4:31) - 10th (50-55) - After battling the washing machine that was the Cairns swim, Liz Butler arrived into T1 in a competitive position. On to the bike and following the power plan. While the power meter failed her from about 40km in to the ride, Liz is a master at perceived effort so away she went! Battling the winds that are served up on the return trip from Port Douglas, Liz arrived into T2, maybe a little slower than expected but with everything to play for in the marathon (knowing how quick she has been running in training). First lap in and she was crushing it! Feeling in control and running well. Unfortunately, half way through the second lap, she was succumb to crippling cramps in the inner thigh - forcing Liz to hobble and then eventually walk. After the cramp had eased off, she was able to get back to running, albeit not to her potential due to the constraints of her spasming muscles. While the result wasnt what we had planned, at all times Liz was doing her best, was living her potential with the cards that were dealt her way during the day - and for that we are incredibly proud! Well done Liz. Stoked for you.
Samuel Evans – 10:32 – (53:41/5:22/4:07) – 14th (25-29 AG) – 14 minute PB – Another brilliant race from Sam in only his second Ironman, in pretty tough conditions and after being unwell earlier in the week Sam still managed a 14 minute PB and a 14th place in one of the biggest and most competitive male AG fields. 4th out of the water, a brilliant and well-paced bike where Sam listened to the instructions of being patient and keeping in control and then a well fought run where, despite not feeling the best Sam still managed to finish strong and keep well-paced. A very tough day out and a brilliant result Sam, you have developed so much as an athlete over the past 18 months and the future is so exciting to see what you are capable of! For now, enjoy your very well-deserved recovery.
Brodie James - 10:34 (1:09/5:34/3:43) - 15th (25-29) - 25min PB!!! Even without the most consistent preparation, dealing with a difficult back, Brodie’s focus and determination delivered in spades on the weekend. An incredible consistent performance across the board, landed him in 15th in an incredibly competitive age group and importantly near on half an hour personal best! The amazing thing is, that for the majority of the run, Brodie was dealing with painful stomach cramps, which was ultimately dictating what he could consume in fuel. This kid has so much potential and we can not wait for him to show this to the world with a niggle free prep and a cramp free race! Well done mate, sensational race!!
Tom Baker - 11:44 (1:07/5:38/4:46) - After an incredible preparation, Tom toed the line ready for a strong performance at Cairns. A wonderfully paced swim, he arrived to T1 ready to ride. Despite implementing his nutrition plan perfectly, he never felt strong on the bike, ‘surviving’ the final 90km which is never ideal. He still battled well and arrived into T2 ready to find his legs on the run. After a strong first lap, his leg strength faded quickly resulting in a rather searching day in FNQ for TB. Days like this are never enjoyable but often we learn a lot about ourselves when things dont go to plan. Well done on getting the job done mate, given the circumstances, we will find that race that shows the athlete you really are!
Michael Buxey - DNF - An incredibly frustrating day out for MB. A relatively indifferent swim, he left T1 with super tight glutes and unable to drive the power through the pedals. Being well off the power, he arrived into T2 already outside of his goals and made the right decision to pull the pin, especially given how much the niggles in his legs have been given him grief over the past couple of months. It is always a tough pill to swallow but we have been there and know exactly what you are feeling mate. Chin up, take stock and set some massive goal to go after in 2019/20. We know you will!
Hamish Neish – 11:45 – (1:11/5:51/4:31) – Another athlete hitting their second Ironman and having mother nature blast some tough conditions. Hamish put together a brilliant swim, evenly paced bike and left absolutely nothing in the tank over the marathon. Four months ago, after blacking out on course in race, Hamish was undecided if he would even do Cairns. Not only did he put together some very consistent and solid weeks of training he also managed to gain back his racing confidence and tick off another IM under the 12-hour mark. Pretty incredible accomplishment and no doubt all the more special having your wife and Fergus there cheering you on! Awesome day, well done.
Ben Holmes – 12:22 – (1:10/6:05/4:56) – Ben had the perfect lead up going into Cairns IM, no stone had been left unturned and it was clear from the training numbers and B goal races that fitness was at an all time high. Some days however, despite all of the above the body just doesn’t turn up to the party. A solid swim, a perfectly executed bike where Ben followed the race plan to be conservative and hopped off the feeling ready to execute a great marathon. Sadly, only 10km in and the body started to shut down and Ben was unable to hold down any form of nutrition. Easy option would have been to call it a day, there were many reasons why you should have, yet out of pure grit and determination and respect to the sport Ben dug extremely deep and somehow managed to finish and finish in still a very respectable time. It is always a bit of a cliché saying, but we learn more as an athlete and a person from the tough days and Sunday you showed mental toughness to the next level. You should be as proud of your achievement as we all are Ben. Until next time IM.
Simon O’Connor – 12:50 – (1:14/6:31/4:48) – What a race! Again, one of these athletes who has had months of granny smith apple weeks in training peaks and was heading into race day fit as a fiddle. A plan in place and some goal times in mind, Simon was on a mission to conquer Cairns. A great swim in choppy conditions and a bike where we aimed to play it safe and be over cautious (which always is difficult when facing tough head winds). Simon came out of T2 looking fantastic and ready to give the marathon his all. For the first time in an IM breaking the 5 hour marathon mark (4:48) and finding out just how much he can “hurt” and mentally suffer to get through some incredibly tough times on race day. An exceptional result from someone who deserved nothing less! Congratulations Simon, been a privilege to watch the story unfold to this point and we couldn’t be more excited for the road ahead.
Elle Goodall – 15:10 – (1:11/7:08/6:38) – Ironman number 4 for Elle today and Cairns is always a special race being able to compete in front of friends and family. As always, Elle showed her dominance in the swim and came out with the top women in her age group. A consistent bike over the 180km and Elle looked fantastic coming into T2. The run, as always and for most of us is always going to be tough and Elle had to dig extremely deep and bring herself out of some tough moments to reach that finish line. This girl again displayed some incredible mental strength on race day. It wasn’t the run you were hoping for Elle, but another wonderful IM result added to your name and another opportunity to learn more about yourself in this crazy sport of ours. Proud of how hard you have worked and how hard you will continue to work until that perfect race day comes together. Enjoy some recovery and down time and bring on IM WA in only 6 months’ time.
Chelsea Gallash - 15.27.38 (1.22.57 / 7.34.53 / 6.12.58). Massive congratulations to Chelsea - grit, determination, courage are all words to describe Chelsea in just getting to the start line. Exactly 2 weeks before race day Chelsea was hit by a car on her bike which is enough to rattle anyone - but not Chelsea. She picked herself up, got on with healing, gently returning to training to iron out the rattled bits and got to race day with a fantastic positive attitude. Chelsea set the day up with a fantastic swim, 9min PB before jumping on her TT bike which she was only able to ride for a total of 55min in last weeks (it needed some healing time at the bike shop too). Having negotiated the bike leg in trying conditions Chelsea got to work on the run. One of the goals was to improve her run and that is exactly what Chelsea did with a 5min run PB.. Chelsea the character you displayed in the last 2 weeks is a true credit it to you - congratulations on the road to the start line and being able to achieve an “amazing” finish line.. Rest and recover and dream of the “next”.
Manny Usman - 13.04 (1:20 / 6.21 / 5.03) (Debut IM). What an awesome debut Ironman! After months of solid focus for this race, Manny has diligently laid down the platform for this result with smart, consistent training week after week. Manny was as prepared as he could be for this race and he absolutely nailed his debut race at this distance. Manny set up the day with a solid swim in very difficult circumstances with a solid 1.20 effort. After a minor mishap in transition with a cracking stack in front of everyone, Manny managed to regroup and set about drilling the ride. With the majority of the ride into very strong head and cross winds Manny stuck to the plan and Cameron in strongly to T2 with a big smile on his face as always. The run was a challenge with the stack injury starting to kick in and despite the pain of it all, he put together 4 solid and consistent laps to finish the marathon in a very respectable time of 5.03. The highlight of the race was seeing the look on Manny’s face when he came down the finishing chute to hear those precious words “Manny Usman. You are an Ironman”. Well done Manny, you deserve this time to bask in your glory and enjoy the recovery! We are all so proud of you and all you have achieved.
Peter Easton - 14:21 (1:09/6:33/6:07). Huge respect to Peter who had an amazing swim, nailed his bike plan and then toughed it out for 42 long kms! At the time of writing Peter is still feeling nauseated and suffering the effects of a day that he says “wrecked” him. In saying that Peter feels it somewhat “therapeutic” that he’s not alone in the wash up. Wind like he’s never experienced coupled with heat and humidity paved the way for one of the most mentally and physically demanding days of his life. Despite the challenges along the way Peter pushed on and secured a finish time not far from his previous one gained in conditions that were a stark contrast to Sunday. Peter your performance is something we are super proud of and can’t imagine how your family must feel! Well done.
Coach Heidi - DNF - Not the day Coach Heidi Sowerby was after, but some very good takeaways for her and Coach Bev. Heidi had a super controlled swim, enjoying the rough conditions. She then set about hooking into her bike leg, only to have an unfortunate bike mechanical requiring more than a multi-tool and a bit of ingenuity to get going again. A solid 40’ spent waiting for tech support to fix the handlebars meant she was a bit behind schedule, but we are stoked she was safe and had the presence of mind to stay cool and keep pacing well through to the end of the bike ride. Still in contention for a great result up at the pointy end, she set about sticking to her original race plan for the first two laps of the run, before making the tough call to pull the pin early. She’s a tough cookie our Coach Heidi and carry’s a very smart racing mind too, we commend her on her brave decision to choose the smart option for herself on the day and wish her and her coach all the best for her Kona prep (having already qualified at Busso and IMNZ earlier this season). Fresher legs means an earlier start for Kona… not such a bad thing ;-)
Steve Kelly (Debut IM) - 12:47:16 (1:12/6:08/5:16) - Congratulations Steve, first IM under the belt and what a great first time experience over the distance. Steve felt confident, controlled and strong right across the day and true to his usual positive outlook, he smiled his way through the ups and downs of the day to get the most out of himself and enjoy every inch of that tough Cairns course. It’s a been a huge journey for Steve accomplish this massive feat, it wasn’t too long ago he was looking at this distance in awe and thinking ‘there’s no way’ he could ever do that… now look ;-) You’re an Ironman Mr Kelly… soak it up brother! We’re all super proud of you champion.
Clint Millar - 10:36:39 - (1:04/5:41/3:44) - 34 min PB on the Cairns course from 12 months ago on arguably a much tougher day out. An awesome show of discipline, strength and race smarts on Sunday for Clint and just reward with a smoking time. He shaved 7 mins off his wim time and a whopping 27 mins off his run time… an awesome showing. His well paced bike was solid right across the day and set himself up really well for that solid run split. The self belief is there, the work ethic isn’t a problem, it’s only a matter of time before we see Clint getting down well under 10 hours and pushing the limits again very soon. Kudos Clint… a great 9th Ironman mate and lots of positives to take away and add to. Enjoy your recovery time and allowing Lisa a bit of a break too ;-)
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Ash Hunter - 4:54 - (32:04/2:35/1:40) - 1st F25-29 (4th Female Overall) - A very strong performance all round by Ash Hunter on Sunday over the half ironman distance. Executing her renowned swim/bike combination in difficult conditions, Ash arrived into T2 leading her age group and 2nd overall. Our focus this year is to make big inroads into Ash’s run, and while we werent expecting massive gains in this area on Sunday’s run, she did an incredible job pushing the envelope over the 21km. Well done Ash!
Neil McElvanna – 5:37 – (30:10/3:04/1:55) – A flying start from Neil who had a sensational swim across the 1.9km. Heading out into the bike Neil was keeping to the plan and riding well within himself. Sadly, in the final half of the race witnessed an accident where another athlete was left very unwell, true to his nature Neil spent the next 20 minutes with them waiting for medical assistance. After that, the mind was just not in the game, but determined to get it done Neil ticked off the run in reasonable fashion and got himself a medal, shirt and new towel! Congratulations on a big year and a solid race and more importantly for showing such wonderful sportsmanship, I am sure that injured athlete and their family will be forever grateful for the kindness you showed yesterday! Enjoy Europe.
Nick Loukas - 5:30 - (39:21/2:43/2:11) - A super effort by Nick who has only recently returned to consistent triathlon training. Nick has clearly recovered from his first ever Marathon at the end of April and delivered a solid result in the tough conditions experienced by all. Despite minimal swim training Nick exited the water calm and relaxed. The power plan on the bike was difficult to execute due to the wind but the experience will be one that equips Nick further as he looks ahead to the full distance in 2020. A negative split off a tough chain had Nick finishing feeling like the hard work had paid off and the building blocks in place for IM Cairns 2020. Great effort Nick!
Larissa Svanback – 5:38 – (34:56/3:01/1:51) – 10th (25-29 AG) – Not having quite the perfect build this time around, yesterday was all about getting through the motions and ticking off the race in a controlled manner for Larissa. A solid swim, where it is evident this area which was once a weakness is now becoming a strength, good bike where due to technical fault had no power or speed/cadence, so spent 90km riding to feel (which is not always a bad thing). Feeling strong and in control Larissa managed a great run split despite having a few niggles over recent months and running more conservative than usual. A 10th place in a top-quality field for a controlled hit out is a super impressive result and a sign of how on track you are ahead of the bigger goal IM WA at the end of the year! Congratulations Larissa.
Sharon Dean – 5:53 – (38:46/3:01/2:06) – 14th (30-34 AG) – Awesome race from Shaz who stuck to the race plan the entire time! A solid swim in choppy conditions, a great bike, where Shaz put all of the strength developed from the three peaks Challenge in March to good use and a near perfectly executed run, where it was only over the final few kilometres that the pace started to drop ever so slightly. A tough day with winds and high humidity, yet a result that demonstrates just how hard you continually train is paying off and also a sign that the 70.3 training focus is starting to come into form. 14th in one of the most competitive female age categories was the icing on the cake. Exciting times ahead, well done Shaz!
Lucy Hobson - 6.08 - (36.13/3.11/2.14) - First 70.3 under the guidance of T:Zero and Lucy you absolutely blew us out of the water. Your commitment to your training has been exceptional and whilst you suffered on the run you stayed strong to finish to the best of your ability and that is what T:Zero is all about. Your swim was strong in choppy conditions and your bike even stronger into that intense head wind and rain. Whilst you’re disappointed with your run, you still stayed strong mentally which is so important. We are very proud. Yay for a few weeks rest and then we move onto your build to your A race! Great job Lucy
Martin Ball – 6:24 – (46:07/3:21/2:07) - Third 70.3 in 3 months (with two of these overseas races) was always going to be a tough ask of the body! Although Cairns was more about enjoyment and getting it done, Martin still managed to dig deep and tick of another solid result. A solid swim in rough conditions, evenly paced bike and as always, a strong run! You should be proud of all of these races over the past few months Martin, you have been super consistent and ticked off some great accomplishments! Bring on the next adventure.
Megan Coppins – 7:22 – (40:30/3:56/2:36) – Sadly Megan woke up feely pretty poor, questioning whether she should race at all. Megan managed to get to the start line and fight some mind games from start to finish. One very determined athlete and as she will tell you “today I learnt a lot about mental toughness”. Not the day the training indicated you were capable of, but that is sometimes triathlon life. A brilliant job on getting to the finish line Megan, look out Western Sydney, this girl has redemption in her sights! Enjoy some lighter weeks and get well soon.
Cameron Moses - DNF. The story of two sides. Super tough day out for Cameron, who after having a really solid swim, crashed out on the bike just 15 minutes in. On the other hand, while the gravel rash is extensive and the bike will need some major repairs Cameron’s OK and his attitude is even better. As a coach when you chat to an athlete after a crash and the first thing they say is “I’m OK, nothing major …..It was my fault…. We will keep moving forward” you know you are coaching a great athlete. Cameron, it is a tough day out but it is super exciting moving forward knowing first hand you have the resilience you have. Bring on the rest of the year.
Cam McIntyre. DNS. Sadly in the weeks leading to this race Cam had a stack and injured his hip. This resulted in him not being able to do any running sessions and the pain of a pinched nerve impacted on his movement and training in general. A few days before the race the injury intensified and unfortunately Cam had to make the toughest decision to pull out of the race. True to his character though Cam was at the swim start cheering and encouraging all the TZero athletes. He then spent the entire day in the tent cheering the 70.3 athletes and then into the night to get behind the ironman athletes. This is the type of person Cam is and the day out cheering has only strengthens his resolve to get fit and find a new challenge. Great work Cam, you were amazing at the race and I know we all appreciated your support.
Jarrod Hoffmann - DNS - It was always going to be unlikely, but JH took all his gear to Cairns, hoping that his knee issue would be manageable. Unfortunately, the decision was made two days prior after a small ride around town with significant pain in the front of his knee. While it was so frustrating for Jarrod to watch everyone else race, the fact that he so keen to be out there racing is such a positive sign. Chin up mate, get that knee right and unleash the next race!
Kayla Biddle - Swim (team) - 46.51 - Well done Kayla. It’s been a turbulent build up to this swim with life simply getting too busy and turning life long career goals into a reality at the same time. You said it yourself that you actually surprised yourself with how strong you stayed throughout the 1.9km swim and we think you should be extremely proud. Bring on your new goals :)
Rachel Matthews - Swim (team) - 33:08 - A great swim by Rach who took part in a high quality team over the 70.3 course. Executing the plan well, she arrived onto the beach navigating well and swimming in mostly straight lines to hand the batten off to her husband, Viv, on the bike! Rach now focuses on her preparation towards the 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France in September. Well done Rach.
Lana Casey - Swim (team) - 29:05 - Well done to Lana who as usual, showed her aqua prowess and notched up the second fastest female swim time of the day. The rougher the better for Lana and she showed all her class today to put her team into a commanding position. She did this amidst a ‘welcome back block’ of training and all that travel/weekend expo work too so big props LC… smoking as always.
Bek Curtis - Bike (team) - 2:51:34 - After spending a weeks holidays in Hawaii after crushing the 50km UTA trail run a couple of weeks ago, Bek had only a handful of days to get ready for the 90km TT to Port Douglas and back. Executing the plan well, she arrived to the ¾ mark but unfortunately missed the timing mat after riding left of the safety barrier. After doing a u-turn, dismount, cross the road, then go over the matt, Bek was on her way again but ultimately was held up by traffic heading back into town. All things considered it was a great performance by Bek with such limited preparation. Well done BC!
Monique Ralph - 6:31:58 (39:07/2:59:35/2:43:14) - First 70.3 back for a while for Mon and this one was a strong showing across the day. Mon has been super patient this year and really only getting stuck into some run conditioning over the past few weeks. As we know in this sport, consistency and patience are two of the key factors attributed to long term success and this is the path Mon is on. Cairns 70.3 is a step forward for Mon on her journey back to the form and performance she is truly capable of. Congrats Mon, proud coach and lots of ticks from Sunday. Soak up the recovery and let’s add some more layers :-)
Warwick Bourguignon - 6:28:26 - (35:24/3:01:22/2:43:36) - A solid day for Warwick across the three disciplines and most importantly lots of takeaways from the day. Most impressive was Wazz’s resilience when faced with new hurdles on the day, and his positive growth mindset looking back on the race. Cairns wasn’t initially on the radar, but Wazz has been training the house down, so we dropped in there to test the waters. Onwards to Sunny Coast now armed with the weaponry to weak a couple of things and really get after the performance we are hunting for… with the work ethic this guy lays down, it won’t be a problem. Congrats on a solid day Wazz and enjoy the recovery week mate.
Tomorrow....IRONMAN CAIRNS WRAP UP!!
Carmen Atkinson - 9.08.44 (Up race). Holy wow congratulation Carmen. For those not in the Ultra Running circle “The Comrades” could be known as the spiritual home of Ultra Road Running. The 87km “Up” course is brutal in its relentless climbing for the first 53km whilst still having another significant climb after that. Having finished 3 previous “down” Comrades Carmen was out to see what she could do on the “up” course with 25,000 other runners from across the world. A truly determined, gritty, committed approach to both her prep and race has Carmen coming away ticking nearly all her goals for the race. In a race that attracts the best Ultra Road runners in the world, Carmen was in the top 230 females and top 80 in her age group which included Chrissy Wellington (14th). Huge congratulations Carmen couldn’t be more proud of the prep you did and the race you executed - rest recover celebrate because we have a feeling the “next” could be even bigger.
BAYVIEW BLAST - 84km (approx) MTB MARATHON
Tony Bryan - 6:20 (22min PB!!!) - Another weekend and another incredibly strong performance on the mountain bike by TB. Over 80km of single track lay ahead of Tony which he successfully negotiated leaning his improved bike strength and handling over the past year. Although he took it out a bit too hard, resulting in some bad leg cramps in the final 2 hours, TB held it together to cross the finish line with a 22min PB! Well done mate- very impressive day out!
TOOWOOMBA DUATHLON RACE 1
Penny Ivory-Smith – 3rd overall – 1:17 – Amazing result from Penny in her winter training build towards ITU World Championships in late August. Penny ran the first 5.5km in 27:05, rode the hill 11 lap course in a time of 36:58 and then ran the final 2.2km in 11:20. After a big week of training and 3 hours in the saddle on Saturday in the hills, this race was such a good indication of where the current fitness is at and that all of the hard work is paying off! Congratulations on a great race Penny!
Stay tuned for our amazing Cairns IRONMAN wrap up tomorrow!
HERBALIFE24 TRIATHLON LOS ANGELES, USA
Mitch Page - An awesome effort by Mitch Page, only a few weeks after completing the half ironman in St George, Utah. Mitch took on this Olympic Distance event with some specific pace goals in mind and, again, nailed his execution of these paces. Unfortunately, with a timing chip malfunction, the official result is in the hands of officials but there is a lot of confidence here that Mitch has qualified for the USA National Championships in this distance. Well done Mitch, it is a credit to you to continue to aim big for personal bests and what you have achieved at two very different triathlon distances over the past month.
BRISBANE RUNNING FESTIVAL
Michael Gale - 45:49 - 9th in AG - NEW 10KM PB - Congratulations to Michael who executed the plan perfectly over the tough 10km course through Brisbane city streets on Sunday morning. The reward for months of hard work and consistent training and the first of may great results to come. Well done Michael.
Sarah Fitzgerald - 6:39 - Well done to Sarah who ticked off this beautiful destination race over the weekend. A fabulous swim exiting the water in 4th place, then ticking off a solid bike and run in hot, humid and windy conditions. A wonderful result and no doubt a sign of some more epic racing adventures in the months ahead. Enjoy the vacay!
CHALLENGE CHAMPIONSHIP SLOVAKIA
Kass Cartia - What an experience! True to European form the days prior to the race saw a bucket of rain come in which dropped the water temperature to just below 15 degrees, not something us Aussies are use to! A solid start in the water, the freezing water temps sadly got the better of Kass who was given some assistance to get through the swim. When many would have called it a day, this girl picked herself up and told the medics she was still riding and running, and didn't she do it well! Ticking off a 2:50 for the 90km bike and running 2:12 on virtually a cross country course in the midday sun. Whilst today you may struggle with the result, tomorrow you will be stronger because of it. A true display of determination, respect to the sport and perseverance to get the job done. We grow from the harder days and this is just the very beginning of your racing days on the world stage! Well done KC.
QUEENSLAND ROAD TEAM SERIES AND QUEENSLAND ITT SERIES
Kyle Shipton - An absolutely mammoth effort from Kyle over the weekend, I could not be more proud and stoked for him. Saturday was the start of Kyle’s first real Teams Road Race and the pace in the peloton was slick. Covering the 79km course (670m elevation) in 1hr 51, Kyle punched out some massive power numbers ticking the boxes of staying in the bunch and avoiding the carnage. Just hours later after some diligent recovery work, Kyle was warming up for the 20km ITT. Again pushing massive power numbers Kyle finished in a very impressive 30.58. It was then time to get back to recovery so he could backup for the very lump Road Race on Sunday.
Kyle again went there and impressed. Covering 65km and over 850m of climbing, hitting above a recently tested FTP for 1hr 40min on day 2, Kyle was cooked and called it a day. Holy wow nothing but super impressed by the aggressiveness, courage and determination in each event and the willingness to learn while going very deep in the pain cave.
Congrat’s Kyle - rest, recover and let the good times roll - your FTP will definitely be update now young man
MARLOW CLASSIC HALF IRON DISTANCE TRIATHLON
Amy Halliday - 5:52 -( 43:42/3:11/1:54) - 9th AG - A fabulous race from Amy who ticked off the challenging half iron distance course in a fabulous time and even managed a top 10 finish. A strong and controlled swim in very cold waters, a well paced bike which included quite a lot of climbing and a fabulous run over the half marathon off the bike to tick off a 1:54 run off the bike! All in all a wonderful day and a wonderful sign of progression and fitness from an athlete who given 110% in all of her training. Well done Amy, enjoy a nice easy recovery week.
COTTER CANTER 5KM - CANBERRA
Kylie Catchpole - 30: 24 - A solid run over the mixed terrain course from Kylie who is proving that some consistent training and hard work is paying off to help bring those running times down. More importantly Kylie felt strong and controlled throughout the event. Well done Kylie, a good sign of things to come. Keep up the great work.
PORT TO PORT MTB - 4 DAY STAGE RACE
Tony Bryan and Robbie Andrews - 5th GM - 10:33:26 - The boys took the trip to Newcastle for the 4 day stage race and put on a great 4 days of racing. As they do, they got stronger and stronger everyday on the very hard racing format which sees athletes at pretty well max effort from the gun to the tape. The lads can hold their heads high from this race with a top 5 finish after the 4 days and having banked a very solid block of riding which is going to pay dividends in the latter stages of the year. Kudos men - all heart and great racing.
RUNAWAY NOOSA MARATHON - 10KM
Melinda Rashleigh - 49:48 - 9th/168 - What a run from Mel. It’s nearly always the case in our wonderful sport, that the more consistent, patient and smart you are with your training, the bigger the rewards with your racing. This rang loud and true for Mel on Saturday as she executed a near perfect 10k race in Noosa with her pace virtually unwavered the entire run and a very solid red lined HR. An awesome result too placing in the top 10 out of 168 in her AG… unreal. Great signs ahead for Mel as we tick some big boxes ahead of her main event in the coming months. Super racing Mel - well done.
GREAT BARRIER REEF MASTERS GAMES - CRITERIUM
Bob Sager - 1st place - M65-70 - After a great prep, albeit having back issues in the final few weeks, Bob turned up at Gordonvale in Far North Queensland ready to ride the multi lapped road race. He had a lot of fun and rode sensationally to cross the line taking out his age division. Well done Bob!
ULTRA TRAIL AUSTRALIA - BLUE MOUNTAINS, NEW SOUTH WALES
Naomi Tutticci (100) - 17:15 - 2hour 45min PB!!! Performance of her life on the weekend! Naomi has been so diligent in her preparation, trusting the process and not limiting herself with what could be possible. After helping Jen McMillan with her double marathon at Ultraman on the Monday, Naomi arrived in Katoomba late last week ready to run and run she did! Feeling strong throughout the day and the best between check point 4 and 5 - you know it has been a great run when your athlete describes the last 20km of a 100km trail run as “wicked”. Well done Naomi - near on 3 hour PB over a 100km run is exceptional! Living your potential - it is infectious! We are so proud!
Bek Curtis (50) - 6:53:38 - “Never in my wildest dreams id do sub 7 hours!” Bek had trained the absolute house down in Cairns in readiness for this race. She arrived in the Blue Mountains for her first Ultra marathon and without knowing how her body should feel like. The gun went off and she got down to business. Running strong all day, Bek started getting cramps with 13km to go. Knowing she was on a great run, she battled hard, dug very deep and never gave in- to arrive at the finish line in under 7 hours which is a ridiculously amazing time for a debut performance! Well done Bek!
Craig Richmond (100) - DNF - After an epic weekend at the Buffalo Stampede, Richo threw in the UTA100 only a few weeks later. It proved a little too much for a jam packed start of the year which included Hut2Hut. Arriving into CP3 with unusually fatigued legs, Richo made the right decision to pull the pin and rest up. He will now have a week or two easy before preparing for the Brisbane 100miler.
Kerry Prior (100) - DNF - He went into this one 50/50 after taking a bad spill the weekend before and busting himself up pretty good. Despite being super fit and mentally tough as nails, he followed suit with his mate Richo and pulled the pin at CP3 to call it a day nice and early. Loads of rest and recovery now, and a complete deload from a strict training regime. Enjoy the break KP - it’s been a big couple of years legend.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD HALF MARATHON
Kelly McManus - 1:57:32 - not quite the run we’d hoped but when you finish the day in the medical tent it rarely is. Coming back from the recent Canberra Marathon and off a busy few weeks Kelly got off to a good start before having to fight in the final 6km to finish. But credit to Kelly and all she represents she kept moving forward and earned that finishers chute. Congratulations Kelly and rest up!!
Paris Moore - 1:58:49 - coming off a holiday in NY and in the midst of build, Paris got to the start line ready but under fatigue. The idea to treat this like a Sunday long run worked a treat and while not a PB its yet another great launching pad for her as we continue to build to IM later in the year. Congratulations on a great run Paris
Dan Barrett - 1:44:30 - NEW PB - Congratulations to Dan who demonstrated that is fitness from Port Mac 70.3 is still at an all time high. Following the race guide to a tee and bringing it home strong over the final few kilometers, Dan managed to not only feel strong throughout the entire race but also record a new personal best. Fabulous effort Dan and nothing shy of what you deserve. Excited for the months ahead building to SC 70.3.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD RUNNING FESTIVAL
Sophie Hicks LLoyd - So amazing proud of Soph. Sometimes you race for times, sometimes for experiences and sometimes to support your mates. Soph got to the spectacular Great Ocean Road Half Marathon and nailed the goal of loving the experience and supporting her mate. I am so happy for you Soph - awesome to hear how much you loved the whole race and weekend… Let the good times roll.
HAWKES BAY MARATHON
Lisca McClanachan - 4:23:18 - A great run today from Lisca who stuck to the plan of attack and executed a really well paced race. And when plans are followed we tend to find more enjoyment of the experience is had and this is exactly what Lisca did - she had a really awesome time in Hawkes Bay. Her time is well short of her capabilities, but considering we were managing a never ending chest infection during the heart of the prep, she managed to bank some great training the last 4 weeks and ran really strong. Congrats Lisca and enjoy your R&R time.
STRADDIE SALUTE - PURE (SPRINT TRIATHLON)
Rene Grenfell - 2:11:06 - A great race today from Rene who was looking to get out there and lay down a solid and fun day. And this is exactly what she did, she paced things well in the swim, took a cautious approach on the bike due to wet roads and enjoyed herself over the tough little run course (loads of stairs on the run course). Lots of fun and no doubt some sore glutes and quads today ;-) We look forward to seeing Rene’s next big goal. Congrats RG - great to see you out there having fun.
Carl Buckland - (3rd AG) - 42.2km over five races in two days = brutal. Race 1 (21.1km = 1:40:48); race 2 (4.6km cross country = 20:07); race 3 (5k road race = 21:11); race 4 (10k uphill road race = 54:24); and race 5 (1500m road = 5:43) = Total time of 3:22:12. Wowsers, what a weekend for Carl. Coming in consistently in the top 5 for each race (a lot just doing individual races) he showed good strength and discipline across the weekend and ended up with a 3rd place out of 18 Penthathrun runnners, a great achievement, especially off the back of a massive weekend of crewing at Ultraman last weekend. An open mindset and no limits set brings about great results - and busting and avg pace of 3:44/km for the 1500m at the end of all that is something pretty darn awesome. Congrats Carl, awesome running mate.
Luis Fernandez – 3rd Overall
Day 1- 7:25:16 (2:50:05 / 4:35:11)
Day 2 – 8:40:41
Day 3 - 7:25:48
What an amazing race from Luis! Toeing the start line on Saturday not knowing how he would go against himself let alone against the field. Three days later and he has put together an absolutely incredible race to finish on the overall podium in his debut race. A solid swim followed by an very consistent and well measured 145km on the bike, put Luis in 2nd place overall heading into Day 2. A solo 280km ride distributing the power in accordance with the plan perfectly – he arrived back at Noosa maintaining 2nd place by 12mins. After a stress fracture in the sacrum in late January, he was meticulous with his run rehab. With literally only 6 weeks of running before the race, trusting the training program and applying the race plan, he did himself so proud crushing the double marathon in 7:25! Well done Luis and your crew – a legendary performance!
Day 1 - 10:53:35 (3:49:30/7:04:05)
Day 2 – 11:45:07
Day 3 – 11:54:42
SHE DID IT! Jen McMillan take a bow! A performance for the ages. More than a year ago, Jen toyed with the idea of doing Ultraman. She had the courage to dream big and was all about getting through each day under 12 hours. It is this quality that we love at T:Zero – dreaming so big it scares the pants off you! She trained the house down, was ever trusting of the process and came to Noosa with an open mind as to what she could achieve. After a solid swim (if not a 1km longer than she needed to swim), she jumped on the bike and got through day 1 without drama and 66mins in front of the day cut off. Feeling good, she pushed off on day 2 not knowing whether her legs could manage to ride 280km in 12 hours. Early bike issues meant that her gear choice was extremely limited but that didn’t faze her and she got on with the business. Arriving home with 15mins to spare was an incredible effort, she trusted the plan and road hard for most of the day. Day 3 arrived, with everything to play for. She set off with the run strategy and plenty of support behind her! Just minutes under 3 hours for the first marathon, she picked up the pace to make the half way mark in 5:50. Needing antibiotics, strapping tape, ice and anti-inflammatories – Jen stormed home, running incredibly strong to go through the ¾ mark in and finally reaching the finish line with 5mins and 18seconds to spare! We are lost for words with this performance. Jen McMillan – you are incredible.
Trudie Newcomb - 6.37.14 (37.15 / 3.40.23 / 2.06.05) - PB. Holy wow what an amazing result Trudie. The goal was to have a quicker swim then previous 70.3 - nailed that by over four and half minutes. Then it was out onto the bike course which had a hill that deserved respect - Trudie you smashed it. Finally the run in which you wanted to hold 6 min km’s - you did that to perfection for a run PB of over 27 minutes. Even with the challenging bike course Trudie did a 17min PB. So happy and proud not only of your result on race day but on juggling everything in your life including your training. Celebrate and recovery - there is more fun to had this year.
BYRON BAY TRI
Cameron Moses - 2.11.12 2nd AG and PB (20.54 / 1.06.12 / 44.06) . What a fantastic start for Cameron racing in the TZero family. Cameron had a solid swim on the course followed by a strong bike leg which included some nasty cross winds. The run was fast and consistent. The goal was to have a really solid hit out to see where you were at - mission accomplished with a PB for Cameron - Congrat’s. It is super exciting looking forward to the rest of the year after such a great first up result.
Judi Robinson - 2:51 - (25:07/1:26/60) - 3rd AG (60-64) - Congratulations to Judi who in the mix of Cairns IM training was able to execute a strong and well paced Olympic distance race. Practicing the IM nutrition plan and going into the race with heavy legs, this race was all about ticking boxes and enjoying the Byron racing scene. A wonderful sign of where the fitness is at leading into the final four weeks. Well done Judi.
MOTHERS DAY CLASSIC - SYDNEY
Frances Kelly - 45:10 - 8km - Well done to Frances who ran the MDC over the 8km distance off the back of some busy weeks. A great sign of where things are at moving forward into the winter build. Congratulations Frances.
Martin Ball - 6:15:15 - (44:45/3:02/2:21) - 6th AG (60-64) - What a race from Martin who managed a 6th place in his age division and was the first Australian in his AG across the line. After a solid swim, Martin sadly collided with another competitor on the bike, leaving him laying on the hot road with some battle wounds. When most would have called it a day, Martin picked himself up and with grit and determination finished the race. A very impressive display of mental toughness and also such an impressive result given the unfortunate circumstances. Rest up, enjoy the vacation and we hope to see you healthy on the start line of Cairns 70.3 in 4 weeks time.
Rachael Kropp - 53.43 3rd Female (10km) PB. A fantastic run for Rach back in the trails after recovering from her first ultra and debuting in triathlons. Awesome to see you back happy healthy and loving your running again Rach. Congrat’s and let the good times roll for the rest of the year now.
This T:Zero family is something incredible. It is our pleasure, as coaches, to play a small part in our athletes living their potential!
IRONMAN AUSTRALIA - PORT MACQUARIE
Meg Radcliffe - 13:00:19 - (1:04/7:01/4:45) - 1st Place & KONA QUALIFIED (F18-24) ON DEBUT - What an unreal performance on debut from Meg. All that a coach asks for on an athlete’s debut is that they are able to have a great time out there and really enjoy experience. Occasionally, those first time experiences turn into something very special. Meg executed her race day to absolute perfection, sticking to the plan like a seasoned Ironman athlete. The plan was to pace well on the swim and bike to enable every chance of running well and this she did super well. Getting off the bike she was spritely and feeling pretty good, ready to endure the marathon. All the pre race talk in the world still doesn’t get you ready for the back end of that marathon 10+ hours into a race, but when the fatigue and soreness really kicked in, she rose to another level and showed she has a level of grit (let’s say mongrel) we now know she possesses. 1st place and Kona spot aside, this was one of those performances where you can honestly look back and say you left it all out there on the paddock - so proud and stoked for you Meg - just reward for the years of unwavering consistency and hard work you do everyday. Enjoy it all legend!
Ian Blatchford 11.25.43 (1.03.52 / 5.37.13 / 4.36.41). PB. Yahoo - congratulations Ian! An absolutely cracking swim setup the day really nicely. Ian then got to work on his favourite leg and put down a great ride. While there were some tough patches in the run leg I am super happy for Ian to have come back to Ironman with such an amazing performance. When we hear from our athletes that they “enjoyed the day massively” and left everything out there we know the athlete has absolutely nailed their prep, race and result. Congratulations Ian you nailed it!! Time to rest recover and get excited about Xterra World Champs later in the year!!
Shane Lee – 12:30:10 – 58:56/6:32-4:42 – Ironman Debut – First Ironman and what a performance from Shane. Blistering swim, a well-paced bike where sadly the heart rate monitor didn’t work from the get go and the wind also added some extra challenges and a run where, like many athletes was a hard task come the final 20km. Despite hurting, Shane looked fabulous from sun up to sun down, kept mentally strong all day and had the race that his training and preparation indicated he would. Your first Ironman is always an experience you never get again and one experiences challenges that they never prepared for, you should be so proud of not only your race Shane, but the entire build and training prep into Port. Enjoy some rest and recovery and we are super excited to see what challenge lays ahead.
Tammy Collins – 12:57 – 1:06/7:29/4:07 – This race saw Tammy tick off every Ironman in Australia over a 3-year period. A very exciting achievement. Tammy went into the day with such a positive attitude and never did we see the smile leave her face. A new PB swim, a bike where it was about being super cautious and controlled and an awesome run of 4:07 which is a new PB off the bike over the marathon distance. The result was not at all a surprise for how hard you have worked and how consistent you have been over the year leading into this event. Enjoy some recovery time and planning is already underway for the next adventure. Huge congratulations Tammy.
Andy Budgen - 14:17 (1:07/6:50/6:04) - NUMBER 12 Ironman and a legacy spot awaits. A true legend of the sport is Andy. Persistence, commitment, gratitude, humility are all words to sum up this man and his love of the sport of Ironman. A solid day for Andy across the board after a busy prep. He endured the tough conditions and as always, pushed through the run to bring it home in happy fashion, enjoying that red carpet for the twelfth time. Congratulations Andy, we are super stoked for you and grateful to have played a small part in your journey. All the best for the recovery mate and we look forward to seeing that legacy spot notification very soon.
Mel Speare - 13:35 (1:07/6:37/5:40) - Top 20 (F50-54) - GRIT with a capital G today for Mel. A strong swim put her out on the bike course in a good spot to launch into her day and begin making her way through the field… unfortunately, things didn’t play ball like we had hoped and like we know Mel is capable of today. When she would normally tear the pants off the bike course with strong legs, she struggled to find her legs today and despite making her way up into top 10, the run legs wavered and made the run less than enjoyable for her. But even after a 20’ stint in the Ambulance to warm up and double check her sugar levels, she rallied hard and fought on to finish the race out with all the grit we could ask for. She’s a true warrior and an amazing person - what’s most important in racing and in life is having truly honest character. Mel embodies everything that T:Zero is about and we are super grateful for her presence and spirit. Recover quickly and enjoy the break from structured training Mel, you’ve earned it.'
Nick Quinn - 10:31 (22nd in M35-39) - 55/5:18/4:09) Nick came to Ironman Australia with the primary goal of wanting to suffer. Mission accomplished! He had a fairly normal swim for him, importantly without too much effort, then onto the Argon and out on the bike course. Executing the bike plan with fair precision, he must have been one of only a handful of athletes posting a faster second lap then his first! He made it to T2 feeling good and ready to burn the marathon. As soon as he started the run he could feel his knee playing up. It was bearable for the first lap, and he was right on pace. Then as the run went deeper, his knee became more and more of an issue. The pain was immense and while it was slowing Nick down, it inadvertently was giving him an opportunity to suffer just in a different way than we had planned. The old Nick would have DNFd, this guy battled, as hard as he could, despite being off his goal run time, didn’t give in and crossed the finish line one content man. Well done mate - epic day of racing!
Craig Millman 12:23 - (66/5:48/5:20) - Personal Best TIme - A much improved swim time for CM, allowed him to start the day on the front foot. Strong and controlled for the first lap, he rode through the second lap with much the same feelings - in a great place to execute the run to perfection. Shoes on staying in T2 for the smallest time required, Craig set off to get his marathon. First lap done and dusted, feeling easy and light and on pace as per the plan. Then half way through the second lap, he experienced some tightness in his legs that he hadnt felt before. Trying to run through it, he managed to about 27km but by then it had started to become far more controlling on his ability to run. Unfortunately he was left no other choice but to walk it to the finish line and kudos for doing that mate! For those who know, Craig has been stripping off times in training, and while this race didnt show his gains made in training, we are very confident his next Ironman will do just that. Well done mate.
PORT MACQUARIE 70.3
Manny Usman (40-44) 5:27:55 (37:59 / 2:47 / 1:56). Take a bow Manny at 47 minute PB on this course and a personal 70.3 PB. What an amazing day!! Congratulations Manny on a perfectly executed race plan! We are all so proud of you. The fact that you have consistently put together your sessions, week after week and month after month is a testament to this result. There is no secret and no magic it is simply hard work done consistently that makes the results happen. Manny had a solid plan which saw him ride very well and at the power pace that was optimal to set up a 14 min PB on the bike which set up the 32 minute slash off the run. Well done Manny, an amazing race and an excellent lead in to Cairns IM in a few weeks. Rest up and reveal in this outstanding result!
Dan Barrett – 6:09 – 34:39/3:36/1:52 - After a great swim, Dan was well on his way to ticking off a cracking bike time. Sadly, 3 flats later and the motivation for Dan to compose himself and continue on was at an all time low. Acknowledging the sensational support from the volunteers, Dan managed to get himself together and somehow put together a well paced run. Not at all the result Dan was capable of or a reflection of his training, but lessons learnt and it was amazing to see you dig deep Dan and get the job done when many would have simply not finished. Onwards and upwards, the best is yet to come champ.
Mick Farrag - 5:27 (31:19/2:54/1:57) 23rd spot (M50-54) - Today was all about Cairns IM and executing some good race practice including a great opportunity to dial in pacing and nutrition both which went very well despite a couple of obstacles on the bike. Mick executed today with really solid pacing across the board, and showed good strength and fitness which is very promising ahead of his main goal in Cairns in 5 weeks time. Crush the next few weeks Mick and add the icing to a very polished prep mate. Believe it mate, you are right where you need to be.
Bryan ‘Barney’ Langler - 7:56 (48:26/3:47/3:06) - Barney showed great race smarts and some good honest determination today to manage things on the day and bring it home for a finish. He’s far from where he can get to with his performance right now and this is a good reminder of how much of a beast Ironman is and where we need to get to in order to have the performance he’s after in 12 months times. We live and we learn, Barney is determined and we’ll sit down and work out a plan of attack for the next race at SC70.3 in September where we are sure to see another layer of strength and speed. Kudos for grinding it out on a very tough day and honest course mate. The mind is willing, the work will be done and that performance you’re after is on the horizon.
Aaron Beckinsale – 5:29:5 – 36/2:50/1:57 – A solid day out for Aaron who was coming into the race carrying a bit of the flu. Another athlete who dug deep on race day and managed to put together a solid swim, bike and run to cross the finish line in a very respectable time when no doubt there were many moments when pulling out seemed appealing. So much left in the tank Aaron and no doubt the result you are capable of is just around the corner. Enjoy some recovery and then straight into PB hunting at the Gold Coast Half Marathon in 9 weeks’ time.
Ben Holmes – 5:19:25 – 32:25/2:47/1:54 – A great race from Ben who is right in the thick of cairns Ironman training. Coming into a race off the back of no taper (especially Port Mac) is never an easy challenge, physically or mentally. Congratulations on a fabulous swim, a strong bike and a run where the fatigue of the training load no doubt crept in. The job and outcome we wanted was achieved and it is head down into the final building weeks towards Cairns Ironman, Well done!
Jade Pavitt (40-44) 6:28:52 (37:25 / 3:20 / 2:23). After coming to Tzero 6 months ago with a nasty stress fracture of her fibula Jade has work tirelessly to overcome her injury and work towards her goal of racing another 70.3. Not only did Jade get to the start line injury free she erased 10 minutes of last years time! Jade has been super consistent in her training over the past 6 months showing us that juggling work, family (4 kids) and training is possible. Amazing result Jade well done.
CONVICT 100 CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKE (68KM)
Igor Zevaka - 4:33:46 (31st M30-39) Congrats to Igor on knocking out a great race amidst all his Marathon training. After only knocking out one ride per week on avg, this is a great performance. In Igor’s words, it was ‘mad fun’. Yet another humble athlete who embodies hard work and the T:Zero ethos, yet knows that at the end of the day, the more fun you have, the better you go! Great racing Igor and best of luck with the rest of your run training mate.
MK HALF MARATHON
Amy Halliday - 1:44 - Brilliant run from Amy who managed to feel comfortable and controlled for the entire 21.1km. Showing wonderful signs ahead of some long course racing in future weeks. Congratulations Amy.
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ST GEORGE IRONMAN 70.3, UTAH
Mitch Page 4:48:14 (34:38/ 2:30 / 1:35). New to T:Zero just this week, Mitch Page showed how its done coming 17th out of 150 in his age group. Despite feeling heavy in his arms on the swim, Mitch executed a smooth bike ride at his target intensity and finished it off with his target pace on a run course with very little flat sections. Well done Mitch and we look forward to the journey ahead!
Andrew Bailey - 4:34:44 - (37:29/2:26/1:26) - 5th - Wow wo wo! What a race you had. After a delayed start due to the brutal swim conditions you battled through a super tough swim and came out the other side. Then to go on and PB in both the bike and the run is exceptional. Your run was one of the most consistent half ironman runs a coach could ask for bringing home a 1:26 off a great bike. You had left no stone unturned during your build from the start of the year to give yourself every opportunity to have the best race and that you did all whilst starting full time work. Whilst you’re already wishing you had gotten on the podium to get some hardwear you should be so proud of yourself. I am one proud coach and cannot wait to continue this through to your Ironman in December. Well done Andrew!
BYRON BAY OCEAN SWIM
Judi Robinson – 45:00 – 2.2km - A great time and swim over the choppy 2.2km from Judi who was using the race as part of another solid weekend of Cairns Ironman training. Always one to display such a positive attitude and race with a smile always, it was fabulous to see Judi have a great result and show of her strength of open water swimming. Onwards and upwards now into Cairns Ironman.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Ironman Australia / Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie Update!
CAIRNS MARATHON AND COMMUNITY RUN FESTIVAL
Nick Loukas - 4:25:36 - first ever marathon after a limited 8 week preparation! Nick stuck to his HR based and nutritional plan incredibly well and has pulled up fresh. A great goal to have ticked off ahead of his future plans to race Ironman.
Warwick Bourguignon - 2.11 - perfectly executed half marathon today done as a training race. It’s always a pleasure to see a well paced run and today was a great example of how patience and sticking to the plan renders a pleasing result. Congrats Warwick, all that consistency, discipline married with race day execution is exactly why you are ticking goals mate.
Shane Genet - 2:28. Congratulations to Shane on finishing the anugral half marathon in cairns. Shane has been suffering from a knee injury which has stifled his running training significantly, but true to his character he gutted it out and got the job done. Great work Shane, keep working on the rehab as we march towards cairns 70.3.
Sharon Dean - 1km - 52:24 - A wonderful run by sharon who stuck exactly to her negative split 5km plan, which is not an easy way to run a foot race. Showing her speed and strength is exactly where we are wanting it to be 6 weeks out from Cairns 70.3. Congratulations Shaz on a very well ran 10km.
TWILIGHT RUN - UQ
Rachelle Mulligan 10km - Another race another PB (90sec). Coming off a tough week with sickness Rachelle was able to dig deep at the back end of this race to come away with a great time. This is a great result for the dedication and consistency she’s been showing and positive signs as we build the run further into the GC Half in just under 10wks time.
Clint Millar 21.1km - 1:39 - When pacing and fitness combine, we get great results and this one rings both of these loud and clear. Amidst a big block of training for IM Cairns, Clint toed the line and set about sticking to the plan. Whilst it was a solid run and great result, we also learned a couple of valuable lessons on bladder control and controlling your own nutrition too.
WILDHORSE CRITERIUM - 6 HOUR
Lisa Thompson – In her return race after having her second child, Lise had solid night/day out! Starting at 3am, she got through 43km in the 6 hours and loved every minute of it! In rather wet and muddy conditions, she ran well over the relatively flat course which finished off her trail endurance phase of training. Lise now heads into elevation gain focus to prepare for her 110k race in Austria in June! Well done Lise!
IRONMAN 70.3 LIUZHOI, CHINA
Ash Hunter - 4:51 (29:05/2:28/1:46) - 3rd F25-29 - What an experience for Ash over the past week. Not only travelling solo to a place like China, but to prepare and execute her race to her absolute best potential was incredible to watch. A strong swim from Ash, had her arriving on the bike in career best time. A challenging course to navigate at the best of times, but add in torrential rain and you have a fairly precarious challenge! Onto the run in 2nd in AG and 3rd ametaur overall, Ash hung on as long as she could but just ran out of legs. She hung tough to stay on the podium and we are super proud of her efforts! Well done Ash!
Vicky Huang - 4:58 F18-24 5th (32:47 / 2:34 / 1:45) What a race from Vicky! What a slick race this was with very fast ride and run times this was a hotly contested age group. Vicky stuck to her game plan and executed this training race to perfection. Vicky is still overcoming some knee issues and has been doing the hard yards in the gym and in run squad to produce this amazing result! Well done Vicky, have a good recovery and let’s keep the consistency as we build for worlds!! We are all super proud of you.
TOUR DE BRISBANE
Manny Usman - 3:51 - 20th in age group. Today’s ride was a tough one with the ascent up the iconic Mt Coot-ha. This sorted th riders out and it was great to see Manny pushing hard in the hills demonstrating the strength he has build this summer! Well done Manny. Another tick in the box as we move towards the big goals of 2019. Enjoy the short rest period as we march towards Port! Super effort and one to be proud of!
Clint Millar - 3:25 - well done sir. After a big week of training mid Cairns IM prep, this was the icing on a very solid week. Big 5 weeks coming for Clint now as we head into the final throws of our build for Cairns. Feet up!
MORETON BAY TRIATHLON
Kyle Shiptop - 2.20.57 2nd AG (30.04 / 1.04.56 / 45.56). Wow this truly is reward for consistent training, willingness to learn and being a true student of the sport. Not only is this a podium finish for Kyle it is also a massive 17min Olympic Distance PB. A much improved swim led into a rock solid ride which was executed perfectly to plan. Then came an amazing run - 7min run PB and again executed perfectly to plan and finishing so strong. We couldn’t be more proud of you and happy for you Kyle.. Let the good times roll - congratulations.
Hamish Neish - 2:19:40 -(30:25/1:08/40:38) - A quality race from Hamish as he ticks off an OD Sunday race after a full building week of Ironman training. A strong swim in not so enjoyable conditions, a strong and consistent ride and a run that as per usual was exceptional and so close to that sub 40 10km off the bike! An awesome result and a great session to have ticked off under some fatigue. Well done Hamish.
Carl Buckland - Sprint Distance - 2nd AG - 1:09:29 (13/34/22) - Congrats to Carl on sneaking in a casual Sprint Tri at Moreton Bay and coming away with a podium spot on the day- maybe the short stuff suits you after all?
CANBERRA MARATHON AND 50KM ULTRA
Carmen Atkinson - 10th (6th AG).. Grit, persistence, determination are all words that automatically spring to mind to describe this performance. The goal was to complete the 50km healthy, happy and all going well improving on a Comrades qualifier. Well those boxes were all well and truly ticked and then some. Including a top 10 finish in the Australian National 50km Championships. BOOM!! Super impressed by the run and even more impressed with the discipline to follow the plan and shut it down and stay focused on the big picture - Congrat’s Carmen.
Kelly McManus - 4:35:43 - finishing a marathon is always a challenging endeavour let alone while having pain/issues with your feet for most of the way. Running to the plan Kelly showed true grit when the tough questions were asked and crossed the line in a great time. Can’t wait to see what the next adventure will be. Congratulations Kelly on a race well run.
QUEENS HEAD HOTEL TRIATHLON GALA OD - 7 MILE BEACH
Sarah Fitzgerald - 2:36 - 2nd place AG and 3rd overall female - Another top race result from Sarah and another podium, not only in her respective AG but also taking female line honours overall. A strong swim in sub 15 degree waters, a perfectly executed bike on a technically demanding course and a run (which included sadn running) where Sarah felt strong from the first to the last stride. A wonderful sign of things to come Sarah and a positive display of where the fitness is at as we head into the final building block towards Hawaii 70.3. Well done.
BUFFALO STAMPEDE - ULTRA MARATHON
Craig Richmond - 10k Sky Run - 1:53:20, 75km Ultra Marathon - 13:51, 42km Trail Marathon - 8:08:45. Take a bow Richo! What an achievement. Experiencing the altitude of the Victorian Alps, Craig had a wonderfully consistent and enjoyable 3 days of running, battling fatigue well to claim a grand slam finish! Well done mate. Next up, in only a few weeks, UTA100! Let’s do this!
BRECA (SWIM:RUN - REPEAT MANY TIMES) - BAY OF ISLANDS NZ
Team GC USGO - 7:51:59 - 5th/25 WOMEN - Well done and congrats to Coach Heidi and her team mate Lisa for enduring the Run: 27.4km | Swim: 10km | Transitions: 24 | Total: 37.3km and bringing it home for a great result. The ladies are hooked and are already looking forward to Breca Wanaka - cause the water isn’t cold enough up north ;-)
YUNGABURRA OLYMPIC DISTANCE TRIATHLON,, CAIRNS
Monique Ralph - 3:15:52 (39/1:29/1:02) - 7th W40-49 - Coach Mon put her athlete hat on this weekend and had her first triathlon race for the year. Under difficult conditions, she showed just how strong she is both mentally and physically, to come through with a very pleasing 7th place. Mon had a strong (extra bonus metres/laps included FOC) swim; she backed it up with an equally solid bike ride, despite being super cautious in the wet conditions (coaches orders there); and finished things off with a consistent run split. Most pleasing at this stage of the year, is to see Mon’s aerobic fitness developing super well after we’ve spent a solid few months working strategically on her base and only a couple of weeks bring in some work on the run. Massive kudos Mon - always leading by example and pushing boundaries. We shift focus to Cairns 70.3 now - keep the good flow going!
Sharon Dean - 3:16 - (37/1:27/55) - 2nd AG 30-34 - Congratulations to Sharon Dean who in dreadful conditions managed a strong swim, bike and consistent run to place 2nd in a very competitive age group. Having come out of a heavy bike focus, it was awesome to see Shaz back out there kicking some swim, bike and running goals and enduring some pretty horrendous weather conditions. Brilliantly executed race and a great way to kick off the first triathlon of 2019. Onwards and upwards now into Cairns 70.3.
Tammy Collins - 10km team runner - 52:03. Using the team 10km run as part of her IM long building run, Tammy ticked off a very evenly paced run and banked some big kilometers towards her Ironman Australia preparation. Strong and consistent and this time was a very good sign that the running form is coming together just at the right time Tammy. Well done.
Cam McIntyre - 3:05:55 (41/1:25/56) - 6th- What an awesome effort Cam! This was a super tough race not only with a very hilly and technical ride but also the hills and false flat of the run. Throw in the continuation of rain for the wet season with very strong cross and head winds and to have a very challenging day! Cam had a very solid race across all three disciplines. The swim was slightly over standard distance with an extra 500m thrown in for fun. Cam looked very strong on the bike and maintained a consistent speed and cadence which set him up nicely for the run. The plan for the run was to consistently build the pace and effort and then in the second half up the ante and see how his legs felt. This was an amazing effort considering Cam has had a few issues with his Achilles and that coupled with a truly absurd roster has played a bit of havoc on his consistency in training but it goes to show when the sessions are nailed the magic happens! Awesome effort Cam, enjoy the recovery week and then Operation Cairns swings into full effect!!
GOLD COAST TRIATHLON - LUKE HARROP MEMORIAL - NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Penny Ivory-Smith - 1:17:15 - (13:25/38:37/25:12) 7th place (AG 45-49) - The perfect way to end a big season of racing with a top 10 finish at the Australian Sprint Championships. A wonderful swim, strong and controlled bike and a run where no stone was left unturned. Such a wonderful result from Penny who had hopes of coming in under the 1:20 mar and well, that goal was well and truly smashed! Some well deserved recovery weeks to come and then the off season building and hard work begins again. Congratulations Penny on a wonderful race.
Eliza Silverwood - 1:18:56 - (14:27/39:49/24:40) - 9th pace (AG 30-34) - Another outstanding race from Eliza to round out a big season of sprint and Olympic distance racing, ending the season with a top 10 finish at a National Championship event. Strong swim and bike, yet is was the sub 5 min pace 5km which really was the strong point of yesterday's race and such a positive sign of things to come! Well done Eliza, enjoy some recovery and then bring on the off season build.
Ingi Doyle - 1:20:20 - 3rd place (AG 50-54) - (15:03/40:09/25:08) - New PB - Some days everything just comes together and the hard work pays off, for Ingi this day was yesterday! Bronze medal at the National Sprint Championships and a new sprint course PB. Such a wonderful achievement and nothing shy of what this hard working athlete deserves! A busy front end of the year racing ticked off and some fabulous results achieved. Enjoy some lighter weeks and active recovery Ingi and then let's bring on the build into IM 70.3 Sweden!
Rachel Brown - 1:23:47 - 12th - (AG 40-44) - 15:47/40:20/27:40) - A wonderful race ticked off from Rach who had a great swim, solid ride over the 20km and a strong run to end her front end season of racing with a 12th place finish. Lots of positives coming from the race and a sign that things are well on their way to putting together a strong year of swim, bike and running. Enjoy a lighter week Rach and then the build into GC Half Marathon begins!
SWIM RUN WILD - O’POSSUM BAY TASMANIA
Sarah Fitzgerald - Congratulations to Sarah and her racing partner Michelle who claimed 1st female team and 2nd placing team overall at the Tasmanian swim/run event. Some rough and choppy swims and hilly/rough terrain running made for a tough day of racing. Sarah again showing her strength in the OW and rough conditions. Another wonderful race ticked off and a great sign of where the fitness is at heading into the IM 70.3 Hawaii Build.
HARBOUR TO HILLS HALF IRONMAN- NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND (2km/95km/21km)
Jess Barnes - 5:32:30 - 6th in AG (top 10 female overall)- In very tough conditions over a long half ironman course, JB did her best all day and arrived at the finish line relieved her racing season has come to a close! It was a monumental 6 months since she recovered from the Ironman World Championship and we can not wait to see what she does next after a well deserved break over winter. Well done JB!
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Michel Gale – Sprint – 1:21:21 – (20:15/38:35/22:39) – First triathlon in the bag for Michael and what a way to begin this wonderful sport. Michael managed to do his best to put the nerves and anxiousness away for the 750m swim, keeping relaxed and just getting through the distance. Onto the bike and run and there was nothing stopping him. A wonderful achievement and result and such an encouraging sign for the adventures ahead. Congratulations Michael.
Kassi Cartia – 2:29:37 – 4th place AG 30-34 – (22:22/1:14/52) – New PB. Some days everything that you work hard at day after day just comes together! An awesome swim, super solid bike which saw Kass clock the 2nd fastest split in her AG and a consistent run across the 10km finishing with a sub 2:30 time, a 4th place and a new PB. Nothing shy of the result this lady works hard to achieve every day! Next up, the Challenge Championship!
Rachelle Mulligan - 2:47 - Olympic Distance PB by 17min!!!! Fantastic race from Rachelle. She executed the plan to perfection in the swim and bike to allow for a strong run finish. While only being with T:Zero a short time Rachelle’s consistency is paying dividends already. Congratulations on a great race
FORSTER SPRINT TRIATHLON – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER
Penny Ivory-Smith – 1:21:08 – 1st place AG 45-45 – (15:17/38:09/23:08) – A cracker of a result for Penny who in her second last qualifying race towards representing Australia in September managed a 1st place! The race dealt out some tough conditions with cool temps, wind and torrential rain, yet Penny was able to stay composed and put together a great swim, consistent (yet frustrating bike with 4 different races occurring at once) and an awesome run off the bike. The hard work is coming together at the right time. Congratulations Penny, one week now until National Championships on the Gold Coast.
Ingi Doyle – 1:24:23 – 2nd place AG 500-55 – (16:25/37:56/24:37) – Another weekend and another fabulous result for Ingi. A solid swim where Ingi put herself in the mix of things right from the start, a blistering bike ride (despite the weather, single one-way traffic and cars) to clock the fastest bike split in her age division and a well-paced consistent 5km run off the bike. Placing 2nd and securing close to maximum points. Well done Ingi, another fabulous result, one week now until National Championships.
RIDE THE RANGE
Shane Lee – 164km, 1800m of climbing all ticked off in 6 hours and 7 minutes. Shanes exact words “talk me out of this one next time”. A super tough day in the saddle on some brutal terrain, but a very successful and rewarding day in the saddle building that volume and strength towards Ironman Australia in 5 weeks’ time. Well done Shane, big week banked and a nice little Sunday spin to round out another IM prep week.
Liz Butler - 164km - Massive day in the saddle, battling heavy heavy winds and loads of climbing but such valuable miles in the bank! Liz heads full noise into Ironman prep for Cairns now, watch this space!! Wel done LB!
Judi Robinson – 169km, 7.5 hours – Another athlete who endured a big day in the saddle and banked some quality volume and strength towards Cairns Ironman in 10 weeks’ time. Covering some very tough hills and undulating terrain for much of the 169km. A wonderful way to practice the nutrition routine and endure some big kilometres on the bike, you’ll be stronger for it. Well done!
UP THE BUFF TRAIL RACE
Manny Usman 2:42 22nd place. What a race! Manny managed to slash 17 minutes of his PB!!! Make no mistake this is a challenging event with a cracking 16% climb. Well done manny another amazing result.manny has a very busy schedule coming up as he marches towards Cairns IM. Great day out manny!
Kyle Shipton - 1.07.53 (13.44 / 33.40 / 20.37) 2nd AG. Another fantastic race from Kyle. This was a really well put together race in preparation for Olympic Distance in a couple of weeks. Super impressed with Kyle’s development especially in the last 6 months in all 3 disciplines. Always nice to walk away with a PB and podium especially when you hold off your mate to claim 2nd. Congrats Kyle - super excited about the next 6 months.
Rachael Kropp - 48.36 (8.35 / 24.02 / 15.58) 2nd AG. Congratulations Rach,what a fantastic start to racing triathlon. Rach was a little nervous about the swim but had done some great work in the pool to get ready and come race day she handled it with ease. Once on terra firma Rach was always going to be strong and have fun. A very solid bike followed by a really strong run saw Rach walk away from her first triathlon with a 2nd place. After a performance like that on debut the options are endless on what’s next for Rach, but for now celebrate.
SRI CHINMOY RUN SERIES (RACE 1)
Paris Moore - 1:16:52 - this was an early hit out for Paris who’s just started her Ironman Preparations to help gauge where the fitness is at, and what a great result. Hitting it from the start the heat and humidity caught up by the end of the race but she stayed strong and finished well. Can’t wait to see where Paris will go over the coming months, we’ll done!!
FROGMAN SWIM RUN CHALLENGE
Sarah Fitzgerald - 2:59 - Congratulations to Sarah and her racing partner who completed the swim/run challenge along the Mornington Peninsula in a total time of 2 hours 59 minutes. A solid performance from the duo, especially as Sarah was nursing a bit of a cold going into the event. A fun and fantastic way to spend a Saturday and tick off some quality training at the same time.
CATHEDRAL COVE SWIM (4km)
Sidonie Carpenter - 1:11- 3rd Place! - An unreal result from Sidonie who raced off the back off her impressive Breca expedition with Liz Butler only a week ago. SC swam through the iconic cove, did the little run down the beach then back into the water for 2km return trip into the chop. Well done SC!!!
BRECA WANAKA - TEAM SWIM/RUN
Liz Butler & Sidonie Carpenter - 9 hours! (2.5hours PB) 3rd Female Team Overall! What an accomplishment - what a team! Liz and Sidonie take a bow! After months of preparation and diligent assessment of the new course, these two amazing ladies had one awesome day out around Lake Wanaka. Shaking off the hypothermia from last year, their fitness and strength as well as prior knowledge from last year allowed them to hit the finish line some 2.5hours in front of last years time (as well as this year beating some of the all males teams home to boot! Well done you two! Incredible work.
MOOLOOLABA TRIATHLON FESTIVAL
Karen Armstrong 3.02.42 (36.53 / 1.19.36 / 60.39). Congratulations Karen on a fantastic prep and race. While the prep for this years Mooloolaba Tri was definitely less frantic then last years, it didn’t come without its challenges. It is the get in get it done, find ways to make things work attitude Karen displays day in day out that makes her such a pleasure to coach and means even on the challenging race days the performances are still very very solid. So proud of the what you put out there on the course Karen - now it is time to celebrate and recover.. Then whats next?
Kitouli Wood 3.03.27 (25.21 / 1.21.37 / 1.10.21) 8th. Holy wow what a debut performance from Kitouli. Going into this event only ever completed a triathlon enticer previously and having never run 10km, this was really uncharted territory for a young athlete. Kit absolutely excelled and executed on the day. Super stoked for Kit and really proud of the race she put together and the road back from injury she has endured. Onwards and upwards from here - I think she might be hooked on triathlon - let the journey begin I say! Congrat’s Kit
Meg Radcliffe - 2:49:00 - (26:21 / 1:17 / 59:48) - Another cracking race from Meg amidst the thickness of her Port IM build. Meg showed a good pair of heels to lay down a strong performance across the board for a whopping 17 second PB ;-) Today was mostly about practice, fun and as always, learning something new. Onwards to Meg’s debut Ironman at Port Mac in just under 7 weeks time. Congrats on a great race today and best of luck for the rest of the Port prep Meg.
Rene Grenfell - 3:12:33 (35.50 / 1:21 / 1:08) - Congrats on a good solid day at the office RG after a big couple of weeks working away. To quote Rene… a ‘lovely’ swim, ‘fun’ bike and a grit fuelled run was the order of the day and this was achieved, as always, with style and grace ;-) Port Mac 70.3 next and a few final weeks to nail down another layer of strength and fitness.
Steve Kelly - 2:43:25 - (28:15 / 1:10 / 1:00) - 7min PB - With pretty well personal best times across the three disciplines, Steve had a great day out. This is just cause for Steve as he has been super consistent leading into Mooloolaba as he tracks for Ironman Cairns in June. And with training ramping up, he is eating it all up in his stride and going from strength to strength. He is showing that the big ‘C’ is the real ‘secret’ to gains in this sport and we can’t wait to see a stellar debut in 11 weeks time. Massive congrats Steve - a thoroughly deserved PB today!
Mel Speare - 2:33 (26:52 / 1:10 / 51:35) - Super slick from tape to tape today for Mel resulting in 7th place in a very competitive 45-49 AG. In the middle of her final build for Port Mac IM she showed how strong the engine is and that with a few more weeks of consistent training, things are falling into place nicely and right where they need to be for a top performance down the coast. Congrats Mel - very polished today!
Mick Farrag - 2:28:37 (25:21 / 1:08 / 50:55) - A very strong performance today from Mick across the board at Mooloolaba. A good day to practice and have fun with no expectations other than to lay it down and learn something new as we set our sights on the crux of his Ironman Cairns build. Lots of positives from today and a great spot to build off and set things up for a final push into Cairns. Kudos Mick :-) Awesome sauce! PS. Mel’s shout ;-)
Shane Lee – 2:23:40 – (24:05/1:07/48:19) – OD PB – Nobody ever rule out a new PB when in the middle of an Ironman training build. An outstanding swim, bike and run put together by Shane who not only is 7 weeks away from his debut Ironman at Port Macquarie but also raced last weekend as well. Shane executed a near perfect, swim and bike and felt a little fatigue creep in on the final hill into Mooloolaba at 8km. Such an impressive result Shane with the current load and fatigue and a wonderful sign of things to come. Congratulations.
Hamish Neish – 2:22:57 – (26:33/1:06/46:23) – Hungry and determined to put all of the hard work to training, Hamish had a fabulous swim, phenomenal 40km bike and ran well and consistent over the 10km in some extremely hot and humid conditions. A result that is very well deserved and a sign of many more fabulous results to come in 2019. Hamish will now turn the focus to a 11 week build into Cairns Ironman. Congratulations on a great race Hamish.
Tammy Collins – 2:42:44 – (27/1:19/50:42) – Another athlete racing in the OD distance who was using the day as a quality training day in their preparation towards Ironman Australia. Tammy put together a fantastic swim, a bike where she averaged above 30km/hr and a brilliant run over the tough and humid 10km to cross the finish line in a time of 2:42 and finishing inside the top 20 ladies in her age division. Racing on fatigue and heavy legs is often hard mentally as well as physically, it was so wonderful to see you have not only a very well executed race but also out there on course enjoying racing! Bring on Port Mac in less than 7 weeks’ time.
Ingi Doyle – 2:42 – (30/1:14/59:12) – Another weekend and another brilliant racing performance from Ingi! Only having returned from a skiing holidays 3 weeks ago, Ingo has already banked two weekends of racing and had a fabulous day out in Mooloolaba. A wonderful swim, super quick bike and a fabulous run where despite a little fatigue and extreme heat, Ingi still managed to tick off the tough 10km in less than an hour. All whilst smiling and enjoying everything this fabulous race has to offer. Finishing 11th place and showing that this is only the start of many more fabulous results this season! Congratulations Ingi.
Margaret Mielczarek – 2:46:10 – (32/1:15/53:04) – OD PB – A return to swim bike run for Margs after not having raced since 70.3 world championships last year. This race was all about getting back some confidence and enjoying the sport, not only were both outcomes achieved, Margs also managed a huge PB. A controlled swim, strong bike and a great run where Margs even managed some smiles and high 5’s along the way. So good to have you out there representing T:Zero and finding your love again for swim bike and run. A very positive sign for the 2019 season. Bring on the next adventure and the road to Cairns 70.3!
Elle Goodall – 3:02:07 –3rd place Athena Division- (26:26/1:14/1:14) – What a day for Elle, a brilliant swim, a fantastic bike, a strong run where Elle managed to fight off some mental demons up the Alex Hill, a new OD PB and a 3rd place finish out of 13 athletes in the Athena division. So many positives achieved Elle and such a wonderful day of racing. We are looking forward to the next build and seeing you again live your potential down in Port Mac over the 70.3 distance. Congratulations.
Sarah Atkinson - 2:59:41 - (26.21 / 1.22 / 1.04) - Your 7th Mooloolaba Triathlon and you gave everything you had. With a less than ideal few weeks before the triathlon with sickness you should really be proud of yourself. You swam strong and were out of the water in 5th and continued to show your strength throughout the bike and using all your leftover energy you had for the run. It got steamy but that didn’t stop you giving it your all. You may not have hit your original goal time but life truly gives you other plans sometimes and all that we ask for as coaches is 110% on race day and I can truly say you did that. It was a joy to watch. Well done Sarah. Now bring on your next big exciting goals.
Michael Buxey - 2:19:37 (22:46/1:02:23/49:07) - A tough couple of weeks leading into this early season hit out for MB made us have a specific race plan in mind. Enjoy the swim, work really hard on the bike and cruise the run! Mission accomplished. A great swim followed by an even more impressive bike split, Michael then turn off the after burners and enjoyed a relaxing run while still breaking 50mins! Well done mate.
Jarred Hoffmann - Bike - 1:03:31 - A great team ride from J-Hoffmann on Sunday. Whilst a little off the pace as he would have liked, it was still an impressive power hold over the triathlon bike course. JH now bunkers down to lock in some epic consistency and progression in time for Cairns Ironman. Well done J
Paul Wheat - Swim - 21:51 - Super Fish Paul Wheat, moved to the swim leg of his team at late notice, but the team was forever thankful- posting an impressive 21min swim for the 1500m course. Well done mate.
Andrew Crew - Bike - 1:00:03 - Bang on 40km/hr hold from this super athlete! Putting his team in the best position possible leading into the run leg. AC has some big goals in the next two years so watch this space! Well done mate
Ann More (1:36.22) 9th (16.49 / 45.07 / 29.26) What a great result! Ann has had a very limited build for this race due to a bung knee and a busy job! Despite the injury Ann was determined to do this event and dropped back to the sprint distance with a goal to simply have fun and enjoy the day! Ann is off on an overseas trip for a few months and hopefully her knee will get some good rest and she will return to racing in the later part of the year. Well done Ann. Enjoy your trip and the break!
WHANGAMATA MULTISPORT RACE - TEAM
Coach Scotty and his cousins Simon and Joel - 3:37:37 (9th Male Team) - Congrats to the boys who put together the first of many Team Multisport events in their home away from home in Whangamata, NZ. Simon and Joel did awesome in their first official endurance event, pushing through massive barriers to come away with a solid performance and set the tone for many years to come. Awesome works boys. Considering the severe absence of training, next year will be a walk in the park ;-)
MOTATAPU XTERRA TRIATHLON - NEW ZEALAND
Ian Blatchford - 4.22.19 2nd AG (36.40 / 2.52.33 / 53.50). Huge congratulations to Ian on a fantastic albeit tough day out. Ian put in a great swim leg before hitting his beloved bike. It was a tough bike course with 28 river crossings, loads of climbing and finishing with a fast technical 10km. Ian went to work and really nailed this tough bike course before getting to the goal of the day - finishing strong on the run. Again the course provided ample challenges but Ian handled it really well and definitely achieved the goals for this race. To walk away second in his age group and 20th overall is absolutely awesome - Ian you should be super stoked with your efforts - congratulations. Time to recover now, Port Mac is just around the corner
ABU DHABI ITU TRIATHLON
Team Jason Langer / Heidi Meyer - A cruisy swim around the waters of the Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jase threw off the goggles and jumped on the bike. He was patient early and came home very strong to record a 3min PB over the 40km distance to close a time of 1:22! Very impressive work! The timing chip was then handed to Heidi who had been training the house down in preparation for the 10km run. Unfortunately with a long-haul flight the day before, H didnt have the day she wanted but toughed it out and got to the finish line! Well done team!
PORT MACQUARIE HALF MARATHON
Jade Pavitt - 2:33:30 - Not happy with 21kms Jade Pavitt jogged to and from the car to give her daily total 23kms! Relaxed, comfortable and keeping a lid on things Jade still ran 2:30 with eyes on some bigger goals in the coming months. Fantastic running after a big few weeks of training and no taper!
KAITERITERI GOLD HALF MARATHON - NEW ZEALAND
Jess Barnes - (6th overall) 1:37:19 - A super hilly half marathon on trail presented Jess Barnes on the weekend. She paced the run well, to arrive at the finish in 6th female overall and only 4mins off the podium! Well done JB! She now focuses on preparing for the final triathlon of the New Zealand summer up in Napier. Watch this space that is for sure!
THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE - FALLS CREEK
Bek Curtis - 11:07:55 - Such a impressive day by Bek! After spending a week at the T:Zero Alpine Training Camp and training over the course, Bek went home to Cairns and worked very hard on her riding to be ready for this epic day. Just finishing this race was a huge effort for Bek who is one of the more cautious descenders and was previously not comfortable riding in packs. But she embraced her weaknesses and left her comfort zone to have an incredible day out! We are so stoked for you Bek!
James Coate - 11:32:04 - Battling altitude, single figure temps, cramps and 4500m of elevation gain over the 235km… Mr Mahatma pushed through and completed what is one of the most beautiful, rugged and brutally challenging course in the country. Massive kudos for ticking this one off JC. The legs will remember this one and no doubt adapt and go to another level from here. Next up… Sunshine Coast Velothon - could there be a coach-athlete race happening for this one?
Monique Ralph - 12:11:26 - Coach Mon took a very measured approach to this one and apart from the hours of rain and freezing temps up the last and toughest climb near the end of the day, she had a very steady day out. There’s not many tougher, and on a day when DNF rates were up due mainly to the rain and 4 degree temps, Mon endured and pushed through to the rooftop finish in Falls Creek. Can we get back to triathlon fun now Coach? I think her last words were “Give me an Ironman anyday”.
Sharon Dean - 12:11:26 - Huge congratulations to Sharon who like her riding buddies endured freezing temps, winds and wet roads just to add to the fun of 4000 plus meters of climbing. There was never any doubt that Shaz would finish well within the cut off time and no doubt will be a stronger athlete and person due to enduring such a tough event. A huge achievement and one you should be so proud of. Time to rest and recovery and hit the tri scene again.
VICTOR HARBOUR STANDARD DISTANCE TRIATHLON
Samuel Evans - 2:09:53 - (19:53/1:06/39) - 7th place opens men and 8th male overall. This race was all about shaking off the cobwebs after some lighter weeks post Geelong 70.3 and having a good swim, bike and run hit out. True to form though, Sam despite saying “nothing spectacular” had a super impressive race. A blistering swim as always, a solid bike that just keeps on improving and a sub 40 minute run off the bike. Racing the opens category and finishing 7th place out of 12 is a super impressive result Sam, especially off the back of a recovery block. Bring on the next 12 weeks and the road to Cairns Ironman.
Larissa Svanback - 2:42:29 - (27:16/1:19/51) 5th place 25-29 AG - Not every day can we expect to have brilliant races but we can expect to learn so much from the difficult ones. A good swim and bike combo for Larissa who has also just come off the back of a few lighter weeks post a super impressive result at Geelong 70.3. However, the run and Larissa didn’t see eye to eye yesterday and it became a bit of a just get it done type scenario. Pretty impressive to still finish 5th place in a tough age group and seeing the lighter side of racing. Larissa boasts one of the best attitudes and despite not having a brilliant race is still keen as a bean to start the next build and chase many more epic results. Well done on getting the job done yesterday and bring on Cairns 70.3!
CYCLE OF GIVING 100KM
Margaret Mielczarek -Well done to Margs who ticked off a lazy 100km on a hot and humid Sunday morning with a pretty impressive average pace of 30.3km. Raising money for a fabulous cause and exploring some of the beautiful roads of Brisbane with many other like minded individuals.
TOOWOOMBA TRIATHLON CLUB SPRINT RACE - OAKEY
Shane Lee - 1:16 -(12:44/37:51/20:58) 2nd AG - Not a bad result for someone who is in the middle of an Ironman build right? A great hit out from SHane who managed a super quality swim and bike and a blistering sub 21km run. Finishing 2nd place in his AG and 6th male overall. A very good sign that things are all pointing in the right direction. Shane then went on to swim and bike for a corporate team in the challenge event. The strong duo managing to finish 1st overall. Congratulations Shane on a wonderful weekend of training and racing.
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IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND
Brodie James - 10:26 (1:04/5:32/3:40) - 30min pb! A very strong day from young Brodie in the new age group! After a trying lead in with a niggly leg, the lack of running caught up with him but he held strong and finished off the job! After a muchly improved swim, he jumped on the bike and went to work to follow the power plan. With hills early and late on the course, power is integral to get right and Brods did just that. With his second lap stronger than the first, he had the legs when the winds were at their highest. Onto the run, he got through 26km holding 5min pace fine, and then his niggles caught up with him, reducing him to a still incredible 3:40 marathon time! It is an impressive race considering the circumstances and we cana not wait to see Brodie be at full flight come Cairns in June. Well done mate.
Carl Buckland - 11:25 (1:02/5:52//4:17) - Almost 2 hours faster than the last time he went around in New Zealand 6 years ago… and a good strong performance across the board for Carl. Maybe a little shy of his certain potential, but definitely a stepping stone in the right direction. His day started well with a solid 1:02 swim to put him out on the bike course with the masses. He then set about executing a very well paced bike ride in the windy conditions, sticking to the power plan and putting himself in a good spot to have a good run performance. The run started well and right on pace, but it wasn’t long before the grips of the day began to take hold and the pace and strategy changed to more of a management protocol. Carl brought it home strong for his official 12th Ironman (14th across the distance) and cement his position as a legacy athlete. With a long term focus on his big goal of nailing the process and discovering what he is truly capable of through more consistency and applied effort, we are sure to see Carl back out there and going next level very soon. Enjoy your break mate!
Courtney Lornie - 13:41 (1:26/7:01/5:00) - A very solid performance and a thoroughly enjoyed experience on debut for Court. As a coach, the biggest thing we hope for is that an athlete enjoys the experience and can find joy in both the highs and lows of the beautiful beast that is Ironman racing. Courtney started the day with a good solid ‘wake up’ call when the mass start got a bit hot and heavy for 10-15’, with lots of pushing and shoving happening before settling into the swim properly - she took this in her stride though, and adapted with a calmness and maturity beyond her years to finish the swim feeling strong and comfortable...tick. Onto the bike and like everyone on the day, she felt awesome until the turnaround point when the double banger of headwind and net uphill return leg kicked in. Again though, she remained calm (amongst temptations to throw her toys outta the pram) and set about grinding it out into the stiff kiwi breeze for a few hours. Onto the bike and we were all smiles until the last lap when inevitably the wheels began to fall off a little and the Ironman shuffle took hold. Court endured and summoned a last push to bring it home and carry that big smile across the red carpet to hear those words “You are an Ironman”. Massive props Court - a very solid day across the board and we can’t wait to follow and see you take it to the next level in the coming years! Enjoy your recovery :-)
Steve Nurse - 11:49 – (1:05/5:49/4:41) – Huge congratulations to Steve who had a solid day out over the swim, bike and run. Off to a strong start with a 1:05 swim, Steve was onto the bike which dished out rough roads, hilly terrain and some solid crosswinds. Steve, despite the elements kept the bike well controlled and paced throughout the 180km. Onto the run and it became a battle to the finish line, feeling the effects of a tough bike and struggling with some cramping issues, it became a tough final couple of hours on course. Steve dug deep and kept in high spirits throughout the entire 42km to cross the finish line in a time of 11:49. A sub 12 on a tough course in some trying conditions is a ripper of an achievement and we couldn’t be more proud of you for your performance on race day and you representing T:Zero in all of its colours out there on course. Excited for the next challenge. Enjoy the very well deserved break champ.
Shane Genet - 16.00.40 (1.35 / 6.58 / 7.15) If ever you want to see the definition of mental strength and sheer will Shane is the man to see. Shane tore his miniscus in his knee about 6 weeks out from event. This of course meant a very limited training approach and that coupled with the floods at Townsville meant even more impact on his training. Shane stuck it out through the pain and got the job done. you are an Ironman and a complete legend. We are all so proud of you and imagine what you can do with no injuries and no floods! Take some time to recover in Bali and then look out Cairns!
Howard Reed - DNF - One of the really unfortunate stories to come out of Taupo on the weekend. Howie has been on program for the past year for this race and he was at his absolute peak, raring to go! A solid swim and a very very strong bike up until 170km, when another athlete turned into him and brought Howie and 2 other athletes down. Howie crashed hard, smashing his helmet, handlebars, ribs and knee. He managed to somehow ride into T2 sometime later and despite concussion, he tried to get his shoes on and head out onto the run. After 15mins it was obvious that that wasnt the best idea and went to medic. He is all fine now, and getting some scans today to see what, if anything, is broken - but Howie is focused more than ever to ensure he will be back ready to show the world the athlete he has turned into. We are proud of you mate - recover well.
IRONMAN 70.3 NEW ZEALAND
Ben Holmes - 5:12:08 – (32:20/2:47/1:46) – 6th (45-49 AG) – After only 2 weeks from Tweed Enduro, ben backed up to tackle New Zealand 70.3 and had a near perfect race day execution. A strong swim where Ben averaged close to 1:40 pace per 100m, a bike of 2:47 where he stuck to the plan and kept things conservative and well-paced throughout the windy 90km and finally that run we have been searching for 1:46, only just missing a perfect 5 min per km paced half marathon. Ben looked strong all day, enjoyed the event with his family on the sidelines and ticked off such a quality race where we learned so much. Very impressive Ben and such a wonderful sign of things to come for the remainder of 2019.
Martin Ball - 6:13 – (51:05/3:18/1:54) – 5th (60-64 AG) – Not a PB for Martin over the distance but a PB here in Taupo. After a solid swim, Martin unfortunately got a pretty bad cramp in this hamstring which required some sitting and stretching at the swim exit and again at T1 (old age Marty😊). Despite the intense pain, Martin dug deep to ride strong over the gusty 90km and then somehow run a 1:54 in the heat of the mid-day sun. A brilliant result and a 5th place to finish was just the icing in the cake. A great step in the right direction. Enjoy the recovery Marty and we are excited to see what pans out in Vietnam in less than 2 months’ time.
Sophie Hicks Lloyd - 7.11.12 (43.33 / 3.43.12 / 2.33.44). Huge congratulations to Soph on a great Taupo 70.3 journey. Soph nailed the swim with a course PB. Like many I am sure the windy conditions meant the RPE plan for the bike was critical and Soph did a great job of executing in tough conditions. Super proud of the way Soph finished off the run and left everything on the course. Congrat’s Soph - enjoy the recovery before we turn our focus towards some running goals.
Nat Jaques-Sinclair - 6.32.08 (41.10 / 3:17 / 2:21) 8th. What a massive result for this legend! Nat had a very disrupted last few weeks before this event with the flood in Townsville. Nat and her family suffered some damage and destruction, but true to form she put the needs of the community first and pulled some massive shifts at work to help those in need. This is typical of her selfless approach to life and work. This was an amazing effort and to finish 8th in age group is the icing on the cake! Well done Nat we are all so proud of you and wish you luck with your break from triathlons and resumption of footy.
QTS RABY BAY GRAND FINAL
Penny Ivory-Smith – 1:33:38 – (17:05/49:26/27:06) – 1st (45-49 AG) – What a race! After racing last weekend and a lighter week of taper style sessions, Penny backed up for the QIS grand final down at Raby Bay. Strong and consistent swim, bike and well-paced run allowed Penny to cross the finish line in 1st place. An awesome achievement and nothing short of what Penny deserves with her diligent and consistent approach to training. Penny also took out 2nd place in the overall Queensland Triathlon Series, how awesome! 2019 season is already off to such a flying start and it is only the beginning. Well done Penny.
Ingi Doyle – 1:38:14 – (18:47/49:31/29:54) – 3rd (50-55 AG) – A very impressive performance from Ingi who only returned from a 3-week ski holiday on Wednesday. Shaking off the jet lag and ticking off a couple of short and sharp bike sessions, Ingi was at the race start Sunday morning ready to go. A great swim, bike and run and a faster time than her previous Raby Bay event, Ingi managed to place 3rd in her AG and as well as this managed to place 2nd overall in her age division for the entire Queensland Triathlon Series. Two amazing results for one dedicated and talented athlete. Congratulations Ingi, we look forward to cheering you on in 2 weeks’ time at Mooloolaba triathlon.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY FUN RUN
Rachelle Mulligan - 10km - 54:50 - 3min PB. Only new to the T:Zero family Rachelle had a great run. With a slower start due to the congestion she was able to bring it home strong with gas in the tank which was exactly to plan. Can’t wait to see Rachelle continue to progress over the coming months after more time with the squad. Congratulations Rachelle!!
WAIKAWA TRIATHLON SERIES - 750/20/5
Jess Barnes - 1:15:36 - 1st Female Overall - A fun hit out by our awesome kiwi pocket rocket Jessie Barnes. An enjoyable swim, strong ride and 4min/km run to claim top spot of all females!! Well done JB
OTWAY ODYSSEY MOUNTAIN BIKE MARATHON 100KM
Tony Bryan - 6:14 - 36 min PB - Huge congrats to TB who in his third time around the gruelling 100km MTB course at the Otway Odyssey down in Lorne, came away with an absolute scorcher of a ride. Taking a massive chunk out of his previous times there and giving his younger bro a good touch up in the process ;-) TB executed the race to near perfection, pacing things super well early on enabled him to launch into the last segments of the ride with good strength and focus. Fighting off the cramps in the last single track segment, he brought it home like the wild man he is. We know how hard TB works and this last year has been an absolute text book year of consistency on the bike. The skill level and general strength/aerobic capacity has gone to another level for TB and it’s really showing in his riding and results. Massive props TB - bring on Port to Port next.
BRIBIE TRIATHLON - SHORT COURSE
Rene Grenfell - 39:08 (6:06/24:22/8:39) - 3rd Place - F40-44 In a modified Bribie Tri due to Oma-gawd. A duathlon instead saw a run-bike-run. Rene took it in her stride, had a good honest hit out over the technical Bribie bike course and came away with a 3rd Place Mug, just in time for Autumn and copious cups of tea ;-) Congrats Rene - a good fun hit out and a good kick start to her Port campaign.
NEWCASTLE CITY OLYMPIC DISTANCE
Jade Pavitt - 3:10:13 (30:10/1:37:18/56:14) - 2nd Place - F40-44 Newcastle City Olympic Distance. Extreme weather including 50km/hr winds didn’t deter Jade as she navigated the hilly and technical bike course in Newcastle. Once off the bike Jade ran beautifully and onto the podium. Great signs for Jade as she heads towards Port 70.3 and away from a frustrating injury spell.
DALBY SPRINT TRIATHLON
Penny Ivory-Smith - 1:20:43 - 1st (45-49 AG) A wonderful race from Penny who after a full week of consistent training was able to still have a great swim, bike and run at the local Dalby triathlon. Placing 1st in her AG and 5th female overall, Penny is definitely setting the benchmark high for a great year of racing. Well done Penny.
HUSKISSON - LONG COURSE TRIATHLON
Dan Barrett - 5:28 (44:01/2:39/1:58) - So good to have Dan back out and racing with zero niggles and completely pain free. Dan has been training the house down over recent months and sadly on game day had to deal with some stomach issues early on in the swim which made for a rather un-enjoyable half iron distance race. A battling swim, a terrific bike ride considering how Dan was feeling and a run where it was all about just getting the job done. An awesome effort from Dan, smashing it out when an easy option would have been to DNF. Onwards and upwards over the next 10 weeks Dan before we hit Port Macquarie. Awesome work.
IRONMAN 70.3 GEELONG
Roz Quirk - 4:47:26 (31:01/2:35/1:35) - 5th F30-34 - WORLD IRONMAN 70.3 QUALIFIER! A massive congratulations to Roz Quirk who gave everything she had on Sunday. A solid swim, allowed Roz to head out onto the bike ready to execute the plan. Holding good power numbers, she arrived into T2 ready to run. Heading out strong, she was focused and determined. She came 5th in the age group and 9th amatuer overall which goes to show how strong the F30-34 division is at a race like Geelong! We wanted to qualify for the 70.3 Worlds and we are very proud of Roz’s efforts to get one of only two spots in the age group! Well done Roz!
Vicky Huang - 5:33:11 (29:37/2:49/2:97) - 6th 18-24 - WORLD IRONMAN 70.3 QUALIFIER!!! What a massive result and a massive congratulations to Vicky! Vicky smashed the swim with a blistering 29:37 setting her up nicely for a very strong and solid bike with a very consistent pace and cadence. In the past few months Vicky has battled with a knee injury so the run was going to be tough, but true to form she tougher it out to finish with a respectable 2:08. After coming so close for qualification in her last outing this was the icing on the cake. Look for Vicky to go from strength to strength in the next few months as she heads to niece for the ultimate race! Well done Vicky, we are all so proud of you!
Courtney Lornie - 5:58:04 (40:18/3:06/2:03) - 12 min PB. Today was all about a final run through leading into IMNZ in two weeks time to practice and dial in a couple of things for Court. The old fun police coach had to put the handbrakes on Court as she was feeling amazing and wanted to push throughout the morning at Geelong. But she stuck to the Ironman focussed pacing plan we had set leading into the race, adapted to what was thrown her way on the morning and still laid down a couple of PB splits over the 70.3 distance on one of the tougher 70.3 courses in the country. Court, despite being hamstrung by coach, laid down a PB swim and a PB run leg to contribute to her 12 min PB on the day. But mostly, we are happy to have dialled things in with a last run through practice race, and now it’s all about freshening up, getting organised, and arriving in New Zealand ready to rock and roll in less than two weeks time. Well done Courtney!
Samuel Evans - 4:30:01 (25:02/2:23/1:36) 5th place (M 25-29) - 7min PB - A bear perfect race executed by Sam who as always had a killer swim, averaging 37.5km on the ride with a NP of 267 watts and then still managing to put together a 1:36 half marathon off the bike. We new that you were capable of big things Sam and yesterday’s results is only the beginning of a sensational year to come. Congratulations on sticking to the plan and on executing such a brilliant and well controlled race. Looking forward to seeing what you can do at Cairns Ironman in June. For now though, enjoy some much deserved recovery.
Larissa Svanback - 5:16 (34:42/2:48/1:44) - 6th (F25-29) - 10 minute PB - Without a doubt, the best racing performance Larissa has put together over the past 2 years! A new PB in the swim (which for someone who learned to swim at the age of 21 is simply amazing), a well executed plan where Larissa built over the 2 lap course and a run where Larissa kept relaxed and controlled the entire way hitting that sub 5 minute pace throughout the 21.1km. 6th place in such a competitive and big age group is nothing shy of the result you deserve! Not only now is Larissa a competitor, she is mixing it up with the best female athletes in the country. So proud and so excited for what the rest of the year has installed.
Amy Halliday - 6:01:33 (39:39/3:09/2:06) - Congratulations Amy on a wonderful race on what is only the 3rd 70.3 this athlete has ticked off. A great swim where most importantly Amy gained some confidence and felt strong in the water, a strong ride and despite feeling the heat and struggling with some heat exhaustion on the run, still managed to run a very respectable time of 2:06. A solid result and only just shy of the sub 6 hour barrier. So much learnt and still so much left to experience and accomplish in the sport Amy. Congratulations and we look forward to following your journey into the next racing adventure.
TWEED COAST ENDURO – POTTSVILLE
Nick Quinn - 4:38:17 (27:33/2:26:11/1:44:32) - 10th - M35-39 - The second half ironman in 6 days for NQ. He recovered well post HOTW and was reset the bar with regards to time goals- notably wanting to run faster than out at Gundi. A good swim for little effort, which was the same formula for the ride. Heading out of T2, he was ready to give it his all. Going out a tad quick, he held on strong, even if it did get a bit ugly but to run sub 5 min pace is a great result at this stage of the year and top 10 in the competitive M35-39 to boot! Well done NQ. Bring on Ironman Australia!
Craig Bywater - 4:41:59 (33/2:34/1:34) - 13th 35-39 - Polished, controlled and aerobically ‘on point’ is what we would call this performance on the cool Saturday morning in Pottsville. In his first race since Port Mac IM over nine months ago, this one was about testing the waters, blowing out some cobwebs and seeing where the body is at after a large build of aerobic work. Craig’s performance was super controlled, evenly paced and shows he has prepared himself very well so far for a very solid build into IM AUS in eleven weeks time. It also showed he had at least another gear to tap into on Saturday too. The foundations are laid, now the final layers will be added, and watch out for this guy at Port Mac. Bring it on!
Ben Holmes – 5:01:36 (33:10/2:37/1:50) – 6th place (45-49 AG) – 8-minute PB – Huge congratulations to Ben who had a cracker of a race at the Tweed Enduro Half Iron distance event. A consistent swim, a controlled ride over the 90km where Ben rode to a power plan for the first time and then a run which despite the heat of the day was still his best to date over the distance off the bike. So many positives to come out of this race and so many little things learnt also. So stoked to have you wearing the T:Zero cap Ben and doing the team proud. Ben will now prepare for Taupo 70.3 in less than 2 weeks’ time. No rest for the wicked.
Aaron Beckinsale – 5:05 (31:14/2:43/1:50) – A solid race from Aaron to kick start the 2019 racing year. A great swim, a great ride sticking to the power plan and building over the 4-lap course and a well-executed run, where despite the legs hitting the wall a little over the closing stages, Aaron still managed to keep controlled and finish in a very respectable time in warm temps. Congratulations on a top race and we look forward to seeing another awesome result in 10 weeks’ time at Port Mac 70.3.
Tony Richardson – 5:49 (34:02/2:45/2:29) – A last minute suggestion from the coach to have a hit out at the Tweed Enduro and it was definitely a strong day out on course for Tony. A great swim and a solid ride, Tony battled with some stomach issues over the course of the half marathon. Despite feeling far from his best, Tony still managed to get the job done and put to good use many months of hard and consistent training. Onwards and upwards now champ into Ironman Australia.
Simon O’Connor – 5:50:24 (34:39/3:00/2:15) – New PB – Congratulations to Simon who travelled up from Newcastle to race Tweed for the very first time. A great swim, a solid ride where Simon averaged a tick over 30km/hr and then a run where it came down to a bit of a mental battle over that final 7km loop. Despite the wind, heat and legs feeling a little zapped off the bike, somehow Simon still managed to get a new PB and was only seconds off breaking that 5:50 barrier. Such a wonderful way to start the year Simon and it was such a privilege to have you representing the T:Zero squad and meeting some of the other athletes. Bring on the next few months and the road into Cairns Ironman.
Judi Robinson – 6:29:40 (38:55/3:16/2:34) – 3rd place (55-59 AG) – 20-minute PB. The only lady out on course at the endure wearing the T:Zero colours and Judi by far walked away with her best half ironman distance race yet. A great swim, controlled and well-paced bike and a super consistent half marathon off the bike where Judi stuck to her run/walk plan perfectly. A 20-minute PB on last year and also a 3rd place podium finish, you showed the lads how it is done! So proud of you, this result and how consistent and hard you work week after week. 2019 is going to be simply awesome.
Troy Grimshaw – DNF – After a sensational swim time of 29:09, and a cracking 70km on the bike, Tory was well on his way to mixing things up with the top athletes in his age group. Sadly, two flats meant that Saturday was simply not his day. That is the nature of the sport and there is always a silver lining. Troy quickly managed to lift his spirits and turn things around by entering Round 2 of the Summer Mountain Bike Sprint Cross Country Series on the Sunday morning. In true Grimshaw style and in only his second mountain biking event Troy claimed 2nd place and turned a disappointing Saturday into an awesome Sunday. Well done Troy on a great weekend, many positives still to come out of the Saturday race.
Hamish Neish – DNF – A strong swim and bike from Hamish and setting off well into the run, however sadly the body had other plans on race day and a mixture of fatigue from night shift working, extreme heat and tiredness got the better of Hamish who sadly had some time with the St Johns ambos only a few kilometres from the finish line. A fantastic athlete and such a kind-hearted person. Hamish was too busy out on course cheering and high fiving all of the other T:Zero athletes that he managed to completely empty the tank. A tough day in the office, but we come back stronger from these hard days and we know that you will be back ticking off results that you so very much deserve. Rest up, enjoy a lighter week and we cannot wait to see your smiling face in the T:Zero colours out on course again soon. Champion!
HUT 2 HUT - OSCARS 100km TRAIL RUN
Craig Richmond - 19:57 - Take a bow Richo! Craig started strong and stayed like that all day and night! Pushing the boundaries of what he could handle to avoid all of the overnight sleeps stops along the way. He battled hard but finished incredibly under 20 hours! This result is not to be understated - one of his best runs of his life and we are just so privileged to have played a small role in his success! Well done Richo!
CHALLENGE HALF - WANAKA
Jess Barnes - DNF - After a solid swim and first half of the bike, Jess felt her lingering knee niggle become more intense. By 90 km it was hard to handle and accordingly she made the right call in forgoing the run. While she will be getting her knee sorted as soon as possible, watch out for the continual improvements from Jessie this year over the 70.3 distance!
LIFECYCLE WOMENS CRIT RACE - BRISBANE
Margaret Mielczarek - C grade 2nd place - Congratulations to Margs who accidently stumbled into racing her first criterium race on Sunday mixed within her long ride. A strong performance from this pocket rocket and no doubt the first of many podium finishes for Margs this year, Well done.
TARAWERA ULTRA MARATHON - 100KM
Kerry Prior - 19 hours 34 minutes for a… wait for it… 3.5 hour PB on last year’s time. In true Ultra Marathon form, KP battled the beautiful NZ course, answered the questions, and pushed through cramping and a leg that had had enough, to bring it home in under 20 hours - a great achievement and a big tick for the goal time. A very consistent run from start to finish considering the leg for KP who after a couple of solid years is going to have a good honest break to take stock of what he has accomplished and rejuvenate/recover until the next challenge manifests. A huge congratulations KP - it’s been a pleasure to have you racing under the T:Zero banner. Thanks also for taking the time to stop and let Courtney Dewaulter (some random ultra runner) take a selfie with you - a true gentlemen of the sport.
HELL OF THE WEST QLD STATE LONG COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS – GOONDIWINDI
Ash Hunter - 4:27:44 (36:44/2:09:42/1:41:18) - 1st F25-29 - State Long Course Champion - (1st Age Grouper Overall) - 10min PB - Clinical performance from AH out at Gundi this weekend. This race represented the least amount of expectation for 2019 and we couldn't be happier with how it went down. A comfortable swim, followed by a very strong bike ride allowed Ash to arrive into T2 as the leading age grouper. While her run progression post Kona is still happening, Ash still managed a wonderful run to hold onto the top spot for the day! Well done AH!
Morgan Millington - 1st F30-34 - State Long Course Champion- (2nd Age Grouper Overall) - 4:32:43 (35:59/2:19:46/1:36:57) - 7min PB - A wonderful performance for Morgs after putting in a strong summer of base training with partner Luke. Three super consistent disciplines on the weekend, allowed Morgs to notch an impressive PB over the course, 1st in her age group and 2nd age grouper overall! Well done MM!
Luke Radonich - 2nd M25-29 - 4:14:50 (30:34/2:11:27/1:32:49) - 23min PB! Performance of the weekend would be hard not be given to the big Mahn Luke Radonich. 2nd fastest age group swim followed by a very strong yet well paced bike ride delivered Luke into T2 in a commanding position. Not unfamiliar territory for him, but it has been his run in the past that has seen him fade. But not this day. His lap splits of 30:46, 30:38 and 30:03 were incredibly consistent and allowed him the just rewards of a 16 min faster run split than his previous best! Well done mate.
Nick Quinn - 8th M35-39 - 4:32:45 (34:26/2:14:06/1:44:11) - An absolute pleasure to see this result from Nick Quinn. Being held back by the coach for his usual killer swim/bike combo, Nick arrived into T2 ready to run. And run he did. A faster than we expected and he left it out there on Sunday notching up a sub 1:45 in the process. Nick now recovers and will back up at Tweed Enduro this coming weekend. Well done Nick!
Shane Lee – 4:49:42 – (38:33/2:22/1:48) – 11th (AG) – A solid race from Shane who was always keen to head out for a top day of racing but more importantly it provided a stepping stone race to practice some specifics as we begin the road to Ironman debut in Port Macquarie. A strong swim, solid bike a a run where Shane battled with some cramping issues, yet nothing was ever going to stop this top athlete from giving it 110% and having a good day out. Hard conditions and some big weeks under the belt, 11th at the State Long Course Championships in the 45-49 AG is certainly a very handy result at this time of the season. Well done Shane.
Mick Farrag - 4:54 - (42/2:24/1:47) - 12 min PB - 12th AG - A strong swim put Mick in a good position to launch into a very polished and evenly split bike across the 80km. Today was all about having no expectations and putting himself into a position where he could get after it on the run, to which he executed right on point. Shaving 6 mins off his previous bike time and then another 6 mins off the run is testament to the consistency and application over the past couple of years. The layers are stacking in Mick’s favour and the mind is fast showing the potential of true grit needed to go to that next step in performance. Kudos Mick - super stoked for you mate.
Craig Millman - 5:11:35 (43:57/2:25:59/2:01:38) - In his second outing as a T:Zero athlete, Craig was ready to execute like never before. After a great swim, he jumped on his bike and set to follow the power plan. This was CM’s first real attempt at negative splitting power and he absolutely revelled in it! Picking athletes off heading back into town, Craig arrived into T2 feeling pumped at the 20k that lay ahead of him. Craig also had in incredibly consistent run, with lap times of 39:24, 39:32 and 39:27 - you can’t ask much more than that. Well done Craig - an absolutely magic race mate.
Peter Easton - 6:02:54 (41:20/2:42:10/2:39:14) 22nd M50-54 - A great effort by Peter in his first ever attempt at this distance. A strong swim and ride combination and managed to hold things together and push through a tough run. It is wonderful to see success fall his way as he heads towards his main goal this year at Cairns. We are super proud of Peter as he continues to work hard and achieve greatness along the way!
HARES AND HOUNDS ULTRA
Rachael Kropp - 3rd Female Overall (6.26.14) - Wow what a way to start your ultra running career. This was Rach’s first ultra and first time racing as part of the TZero team - and it was a super impressive performance. Rach has been on a massive learning curve since starting with us and has committed herself to not just the training but also learning everything she can about the sport. So happy for you Rach - you nailed the plan, crushed your goal time and walked away with a podium finish - awesome.. Time to celebrate and recovery now. Congrat’s Rach.
ELITE ENERGY OLYMPIC DISTANCE – CANBERRA
Eliza Silverwood – 2:30:12 (24:22/1:08/53) – 8th (30-34). A sensational result for Eliza, who managed to embrace the changed format from a triathlon to a 5km/40km/10km duathlon format due to poor water quality in Lake Burleigh Griffin. Nailing the first 5km and sneaking into the sub 25 bracket, Eliza then managed to ride a 1:08 for the 40km bike and still run well and build into the 10km to end her day in 8th place. Earning so great points towards her World Championship campaign, Sunday’s race should have sealed the deal and the focus will now shift over to ticking off the Sprint National Championships in 7 weeks’ time. So very proud of not only this result but all of the effort and hard work which Eliza puts in week after week. 2019 is going to be the best yet.
TASMANIA STATE AQUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – KINGSTON BEACH
Sarah Fitzgerald – State Champion 1st in AG – 3rd female overall across the line – The 1km swim and 5km run format suited Sarah perfectly as she was able execute a strong lead early in the race and then build perfectly into the run to claim 1st place in her AG and 3rd female overall. Another solid result banked and a sign that the training is heading in the right direction for ticking off some bigger goals later in the year. Well done Sarah.
THE ROYAL HOBART REGATTA TRANS DERWENT SWIM
Sarah Fitzgerald – 23:25 – 1st (30-59 AG) – Another day and another race for Sarah who embraced the double race format over the weekend. The Aquathlon on Friday night followed by an open water swimming even Sunday morning. Despite some choppy conditions, Sarah managed to keep cool, calm and collected and finish the swim across the river in a very handy time and take line honors in a huge age group division. Well done Sarah.
QUEENSLAND TRIATHLON SERIES – ROUND 6 CALOUNDRA
Roz Quirk - 1:16:56 (21:48/34:53/20:14) 3rd place (30-34). Under some serious training fatigue, we used this race as somewhat of a dress rehearsal before Geelong 70.3 in a fortnight's time. After a solid swim, she jumped on her bike and put together a strong 20km. It is always difficult holding high power when we haven’t trained for it, but Roz did great considering and arrived into T2 ready for a solid run. Posting the fastest 5km of the age group, she simply ran out of real estate to get higher on the podium. Encouraging signs heading into Geelong 70.3! Well done Roz.
Sarah Atkinson - 1.29.19 (17.44 / 43.35 / 28.00). After being met with less than ideal conditions, Sarah powered on in true T:Zero style and something that we as coaches can only aspire to. Sarah had a super strong swim in the choppy conditions being the second in her category out of the water setting herself up for a great race. Stayed super strong on the bike and managed to negative split her 5km run also going 1.30 quicker than last year. A few big weeks on the bike before Mooloolaba to gain the final bit of strength we need to hit a fantastic race goal. Well done Sarah!
Penny Ivory- Smith – 1:26:36 (19:29/40:07/26:59) 6th place (45-49). A great race from Penny who despite fighting some battles over the sprint distance race still managed to negative split the 5km run and place herself well within the top 10. Only 37 seconds separated 3rd to 6th place, the choppy swim conditions and windy bike made for a tough day, yet being able to still bank a solid run and end the race in such a great position is definitely something to be proud of. We always learn more from the tough days Penny! A great race and so many positives moving forward. Well done.
Ingi Doyle – 1:28:42 (22:02/39:39/27:00) 2nd place (50-55). An amazing performance from Ingi who has only been on program one week and has already had her first podium result under the T:Zero banner. Choppy swim conditions aren’t Ingi’s favourite way to start a race, yet to still manage a solid swim in those conditions and to then continue on in the bike and run looking so strong is such a huge effort to be proud of. Earning herself another podium result in the QTS series, Ingi is well on her way to being in the top 3 women in the overall series. So many positives ahead Ingi and we are so stoked to have you on board.
Rachel Brown – 1:30:04 (21:28/19:42/28:53) 11th (40-45). Congratulations Rach on a sensational start to your 2019 racing season. A great swim, cracker of a bike which was the 4th fastest in her AG and a new PB in the 5km run off the bike. A sign that consistent training and finding a balance is all coming together. Very excited to move forward and continue some great training and racing in the first half of the year Rach. Great job and keep that big post-race smile up😊
Steve Bowman - 1.20.41 (17.51 / 39.39 / 25.08 - 12th AG). What a fantastic way to start 2019 off Steve. With the goal to go out there and have a red hot dig to see where we were at after a hectic school holidays - Steve put together a fantastic race. After negotiating the swim Steve put down a great bike leg then finished with a 5km PB on the run. Congratulations Steve - super excited about what the rest of the year has in stall.
Kitouli Wood - 42.12 (Enticer - 6.04 / 23.07 / 13.00 - 2nd AG). Yahoo, welcome to the sport of triathlon, we are so excited for you Kit.!! It has been a bit of journey for Kit to get to the start line and I couldn’t be more proud of her competing in her first race. Kit blitzed the swim as to be expected and then put in a great bike leg. With limited run preparation, Kit put together a fantastic run and finished with an AG 2nd. I think the most exciting result though was when I asked did you like it out there the response was “I loved it” !!! Congratulations Kit
COLE CLASSIC – OCEAN SWIM
Dan Barrett - 2km – 36:40 and 1km: 16:50. Yes you read correctly, Dan completed not one of the events but too and even managed to PB in both the 1km and 2km events. Dan has worked so hard and consistently over the past couple of months and it is not at all surprising that the PB’s are already showing so early in the season. Enjoy a recovery week champ before we ramp things up before the first triathlon of the year.
SUMMER SPRINT SERIES – TIMED MOUNTAIN BIKE
Troy Grimshaw – Well done to Troy who at the last minute decided to have a crack at a times mountain bike format race alongside his partner. The event covered loops of 4.8km over a 40-minute duration. A great little addition of strength in the cycling legs and always a challenge to step outside the comfort zone and try something new. Enjoy the final solid week before we hit taper time and cruise into Tweed Enduro.
NOOSA SUMMER SWIM
Paul Wheat - 47:16 - After a busy fortnight with work, Paul shook off the cobwebs and went hard at Noosa for the 3km. Doing this sort of event is always beneficial and even if limited training, Paul took a lot from this experience. Awesome work mate - bring on 2019!
LONDON WINTER RUN - 10KM
Heidi Meyer - 1:14:30 - PB! - An unreal day out for Heidi! In almost perfect conditions H put together her plan and reaped the rewards. A very satisfying result and wonderful to see progression happening over in London!
Jason Langer - 1:24:59 - When your goal is to break 1:30 and you do just that with 5mins to spare it has been a great day out. Most encouraging is how Jase’s knee held up throughout (and after) which has been his limiting factor over the past couple of years. A great result for JL as he know puts his mind to the Abu Dhabi triathlon and teaming up with Heidi! Well done mate.
KINGSTON BEACH AUSTRALIA DAY OCEAN SWIM - TASMANIA
Sarah FitzGerald - 27:03 - 1.5km Ocean swim - (1800m actual distance) - 2nd place AG - Congratulations to Sarah who had an awesome swim in choppy conditions to claim 2nd place in her age division. A slightly longer than planned swim, however a great opportunity to test what the body can do on race day. Some positive signs for the year ahead - Well done.
BURLEIGH SWIM RUN - QUEENSLAND
Kassi Cartia - 30:56 - Well done to Kass who took part in this iconic Australia day event which consisted of a 400m surf swim and a 4km beach run. Not a familiar format for many triathletes, Kass got to mix shoulders with the best surf lifesaving athletes and ocean swimmers in the business and put together a red hot 30 minutes of intense exercise! Congratulations Kass, such a wonderful way to start what will be one amazing year ahead.
GATTI AUSTRALIA DAY TRIATHLON - SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Samuel Evans - 1:39:33 - 2nd AG (5th male overall) - What a way to start 2019 from this young gun! A unique format of racing covering a 1km swim a 33km bike and a 8km run. Sam boasted the equal fastest time for the swim on the day and managed to bike and run really well to cross the finish line in 2nd place in the fast and furious 25-29 Ag and 5th placed male overall. A result that is extremely well deserved given Sam’s relentless work ethic and commitment to the plan week after week. Congratulations Sam, the year ahead is looking pretty impressive.
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