It has been a big few weeks for AP10 athletes, with many training hard for Huskisson, Ironman New Zealand, Port Macquarie Ironman and other races around the country.
Last weekend, Melinda Witchard, had some great results at the NSW Country Athletics Championships, which was held in Newcastle. Mel has been training super hard over the last 6 months and is now entering the thick of the track-racing season, thus I have been giving her some solid racing prep training in the past 6 weeks, following on from a threshold phase. Mel raced both the 800m and 1500m. In the 1500m Mel placed second behind the national cross country champ, running a 4.41:17 and only missing her PB by a fraction of a second following a tactical error. In the 800m Mel won, running a solo race, but still setting a new PB of 2.15:86, with more in the tank! Mel is now doing quite a bit of racing, with the end goal of making nationals.
Mel is an awesome example of perseverance. When we started working together, she had been plagued by injuries for several years and had not been able to string together any consistent training. We then had her going back to basics, building her core and run form/technique from the ground up and she is now reaping the rewards!
As “they” say, there are no short cuts to anywhere worth going!
On the weekend, Dom Whitebourne, who lives in Victor Harbour in South Australia, raced in the Kingston Olympic Distance tri, which is also the home of crayfish in South Australia. Not to mention the ‘Big Crayfish’!Dom and I have been working together since late last year and she has had some great gains in that time. She had a great day, setting a run PB and placing 2nd in her age category! Congratulations to Dom and we are looking forward to the Victor Harbour race, which is in a few weeks, a race which I have many fond memories of when I first started tri’s!
This weekend in Huskisson, I will be racing in the Open catagory, which will be quite a challenge. There are rumoured to be 3 athletes who placed in the top 10 in Hawaii, amongst other top class triathletes. This will be a good opportunity however to really test myself and even thought I may have a tough day, there is nothing like exposing yourself in a race to really determine how the training is coming along and what you still need to work on. I have just started swimming hard this week after a problematic shoulder, so it could be interesting. None the less, it is always a great weekenddown there and I cannot wait.
All the very best to all people racing this weekend in Huskisson, especially the AP10 crew – Ed Birchall, Josi Hollywood, Megan Gregory, Michael Perry, Shanon Spargo and Sam Bowden. They have all been working very consistently recently and I can’t wait to see you all out on the course!
A huge “all the best” to Steve Head, from the central coast, who is doing his first Ironman in New Zealand in 2 ½ weeks time. Steve is a no-fuss bloke, who I’m sure will have an awesome experience in NZ. All the best mate!
Train Smart, Race Fast