It was a huge weekend of triathlon in Wollongong, with Tri The Gong in its third year.
The weather was perfect for racing and showing off the area, which I think is made for the sport!
AP10 had a big representation on the Sunday in both the sprint and olympic races.
After some great training recently, Dave Mainwearing racing in the Elite category was 3rd out the water, 30sec down on two athletes. Dave showed some key things we had been working on while on the bike, riding strongly but within himself, then got off and ran a 32:27 10km to take out the overall win in 1:49:12. Great controlled racing by Dave, who is in the thick of aerobic training ahead of some long course races on the horizon, Bateman’s Bay and Busselton and Cairns 70.3.
For Holly Orchard it was her first Olympic distance race and she put in a great and consistent effort from start to finish.
Phil Deverson, Holy’s partner showed how much he has progressed recently, having a great day. Phil has raced 3 out of the last 4 weeks in a bid to qualify for London and has done so very well, combining the training and racing with studying Medicine is a huge effort!
Kellie didn’t have the race she was after, but again learnt a lot about racing and it is only a matter of time before she really nails one!
Phil Catchpole who is currently in training for Port Mac IM, put in a blinder, recording a 25min PB! He did this on the back of a long hard ride which we did Saturday morning. Good signs for Phil.
Ed Birchall, who is in the shape of his life ahead of Melbourne IM in 2 weeks, had a great day also. The race was the perfect prep for Melbourne and I am surprised more people who are racing Melbourne weren’t out there! Ed raced strong all day with zero taper. Signs are very good for 2 weeks time!
Jon Elvy raced as part of a team, had an awesome swim, to help the team take the male teams win overall.
Michele Roche had another podium, coming 2nd in her age group in the Sprint. She cannot keep off the podium this season!
Justin Adams had a breakthrough race on the weekend. Finally he learnt from some mistakes (& listened to his coach!) and held back a little on the bike and it payed off, finishing 5th in his age group 25-29. Justin has come a huge distance in the past year and every part of that is due to consistent hard and directed work. Congrats mate.
I was happy with my race, finishing 6th overall. On the Saturday before the race, we had our last really long brick session ahead of the Melbourne Ironman in 2 weeks, so the body felt a little rusty in the race but loved every minute of being out there on home ground!
On the weekend, I organised the team from Phytness Healthcare, where I work, to volunteer the post race massage. There were 6-8 physio’s giving massage and advice through the whole day! It was great to have the AP10 team and the Phytness team working closely together throughout the day, a relationship I am very proud of, with the backbone of each being the quality of people involved.