It has been a busy couple of weeks for the start of the season, seeing athletes competing all over the country and globe for that matter!
Two weekends ago saw the start of the tri season, with elite energy taking a race to Yamba. This was a very successful one for Shane Barrie and Simone Campbell. While Shane didn’t see much competition from the level he is on, he had resounding wins in the open water swim, swimming 12:12 for the 1km, in the 5km fun run and also the sprint tri, where he put to the test a lot of the work we have been doing over the winter in preparation for Nepean and Noosa and is in great shape! Simone Campbell had a great race, winning her age group in between work commitments! Brenda Munro competed in the McClaren Vale half marathon, racing very well in her first one and a stepping stone on the way to the Murray Man half ironman in SA in November.
This weekend was also a busy one, with Port Macquarie 70.3 having 10 athletes competing; Phil Deverson, Kellie Ridges, Lauren ‘Banger’ Hargraves, Dan and Anna Kelly from SA, myself just swim/biking, Jon Elvy, Julie Condon, Dave Mainwearing and Leisa Ridges in her very first triathlon! Leisa had an awesome day, surprising herself and smiling and looking fresh the whole day. Mainy was in contention for the overall podium, running level 3rd when a slight lack of race conditioning took its toll with solid cramps, but very good signs ahead for the season! Otherwise the team had very positive results and as always there are things to learn from moving forward into the season.
Ed Birchall, Bec Lewis and Mel Witchard ran in the Wollongong fun run on Sunday, with Bec and Ed having very solid results on tired legs from Saturdays training and Mel taking out the 6km race and coming 5th overall in 20:26!
Meanwhile across the globe in Canada, Gary Bowden ran in the Whistler Ultra Marathon – an 80km hilly race, which he has been training for for the past 4 months. Gaz has shown exemplary application to his training and preparation over this time, which showed on the day, finishing the 80km in 9hrs 18minutes. This put him in 15th overall in his first attempt at an Ultra! Congrats Gaz on a huge achievement.
The racing continues in the coming weeks, with Nepean this weekend, with Shane Barrie and Dave Mainwearing going up against the cream of Australia’s triathlon crop and Megan Price coming out of retirement and giving the field a shake up in the ladies race, against the likes of Emma Moffat and Ash Gentle!
The following weekend is the Noosa race, which I will head up for with Shane competing and then Husky 1 and Murray Man, where our SA contingent will fly the AP10 flag!
AP10 is then holding an Open Water Swim Course on November 24th, sharing information learnt over many years of experience!
Keep up the great work team.