Over the past 2 weeks many of our team have lined up for their first 2019 races, revving the engines for the year ahead.
Tweed Enduro - Australia
With consistent training in camp on the Sunshine Coast, Michi dipped his toes back into racing at the Tweed Enduro half iron distance race. It was a successful new beginning, with control and patience, before running away with the title in the second half of the run. Well done Michi. We continue to build - one day at a time.
Coaches were very proud of Sarah's first venture into longer racing with our team, as she took on the Tweed Enduro also. Sarah has trained diligently for this event since the New Year and come race day she clinically executed what was practiced day in, day out in training. Any talk of marshmallows were laid to rest. A category win and 2nd place overall has her itching for more.
Kelly-Ann and Max also headed out to Tweed, resoundingly winning the Sprint events; excellent training race hit outs as they look ahead to the WTS races later in the year.
Geelong 70.3 - Australia
After a period of rest following her Ironman WA win, Caroline lined up at Geelong. A good swim and bike, but lacking a few miles was unable to follow the pace set in the run, finishing a solid 4th place on the day. Now back to work, with renewed vigour.
Daman Challenge TriYas - Abu Dhabi
Fantastic to see Shannon back racing and fully recovered from the broken bones inflicted on her in Ironman WA last year. Although a little underdone, Shannon was not going to pass up the opportunity to be part of the first ever Women's Elite field at the TriYas Olympic Distance Event. It was a wonderful effort to finish in 3rd place, coaches were very pleased and we now get back to work with another Ironman on the horizon.
Hell of the West - Australia
Nini headed out on a road trip with her friends returning to one of our favourite races, the Hell of the West in Goondiwindi. The Hell of the West lived up to its name with not everything going to plan. Nini persevered and will benefit as she prepares for her upcoming race back home in Thailand next weekend.
Kinloch Sprint Tri / Huka River Swim - New Zealand
It was the Huka River Swim/Kinloch Tri double header for Jane out at Taupo. Jane took home the Masters win in her favourite river swim, following up the next day with 4th place in the NZ National Sprint Champs. Well done Jane!
Queensland State 3000m Track Champs - Australia
Max raced in the Queensland State Athletics 3000m Championships in Brisbane. The pace was good from the start with 63 seconds first lap, and 2 minutes 40 seconds the first km. Sitting in 5th in the break away group of 5, Max marked the competition until the final km, when the State 5000m and 10000m Champ moved to the front. Max did move up into third, but was unable to follow the first and second in the moment that the race was decided, and a late charge from behind saw Max finishing a creditable 4th place in 8:18. It was a solid effort against the runners, however also a learning experience, to take into the ITU World Cups and WTS series races.