Quarterly Update- Success doesn’t just come and find you, You have to go and get it!

It’s been a fleeting finish to winter and a flying start to Spring and the new season of racing for our team; with 6 of our crew racing World Champs, already some 2016 Worlds 70.3 qualifications and plenty of personal bests and podium finishes.  Winter is the perfect time for solid base training and we like to invest in the off season to work on skills, technique, general strength and endurance development across the three disciplines through specific individual and group sessions.  With a number of our athletes heading overseas to race Worlds and International events it was a solid few months for most, training through winter (which was pretty wet and cold this year). It’s been inspiring to watch the team continue to grow and develop and to see many competing so well in local running events, duathlons and time trials with some speedy results showing very encouraging signs for the Tri season. We even had time to sneak a few camps in there.

Key highlights;

October so far... with lots more racing to come

  • Congrats to Chris for his Hawaii World Champs debut in his second ever ironman. To get a Personal Best in Kona and in this renowned gruelling event isn’t an easy achievement, so well done.
  • Fantastic effort by Pat for his 2nd place in the State All Schools 5km which has him heading off to Nationals later this year.
  • Canberra Camp- Over the October Long weekend we held our annual 3 day Tour De Canberra training camp which was our 3rd camp of the year and was once again a huge success and lots of fun for all. Canberra put on some superb weather and our group of 20 athletes were challenged with a stacked 3 days of training in and around the Canberra surrounds with a major cycle focus.  We look forward to watching some of the great form come to fruition in upcoming races.

                                

                        

September

  • We had 5 racing in Sunshine Coast 70.3. As the first race of the Australian season and a comeback race for our guys and girls the results showed good signs for the 70.3 race season ahead.  Loz 4.49 (7th in AG), Ben 4.57 (PB) Nic P 5.00.44 (PB, 8th in AG and fastest run split!), Sami 5.15 (5min PB) & Kristy 6.36 and a PB.
  • September was also a busy month with lots of running events on the go and we had a number of the team racing in various road and off road events- Special mention to Sonya for coming home second female overall in the Coastal Classic and it was great to see our boys Pete and Ryan after racing Worlds 70.3 the week before in Austria, cleaning up the podium at the Budapest 5km. 

August

  • World 70.3 Champs, Austria- Huge congrats to our superstars who raced in very unpredictably brutal conditions. With 34 degree temps on what was already a very challenging course that's going to make it one tough day. To race at the World Champs, and particularly on the other side of the world, against the best triathletes in the world, is a lifetime experience that you'll always cherish and it's these tough races that make you a stronger and better athlete. We are all really proud of your efforts!! Congratulations. Ryan 5.06, James 5.14, Thomas 5.20, Pete 5.39, JA 5.38.
  • Bintan 70.3- Huge congrats to Andy who had a sensational race in the sweltering heat in Bintan. Finishing top 5 in his AG and with a PB time of 4.44, he picked up a Worlds 70.3 qualification for Sunshine Coast 2016. Really well deserved mate and things are looking bang on track for IM Malaysia.
  • Sydney Duathlon- Smashing effort by our boys who all placed in the top 10 overall with James 3rd, Ryan 5th and Pete 10th.
  • City2Surf- We had a number of the crew racing as a training hit-out but still saw some fantastic results…. James 49mins (6mins quicker than last year!), Peter 54mins (3min PB), Sonya 56mins (2min PB), Laura 58mins (first time), Justin 59mins (whopping 10min PB!!!), Ben 62mins (just coming back) & Zoe having a comeback hitout.
            
 
July 
  • We had 2 athletes racing Ironman Switzerland this year. On a super hot day over a demanding Euro course the boys did really well with Sam smashing his race goal in his first ever Ironman and Stu coming home with a solid race.
  • Well done to youngster Pat who placed 24th in a hotly contested race at State Cross Country, in a PB time and huge improvement on last year.
  • Hunter Valley Camp- We had another brilliant weekend in the winery region for our annual Hunter Valley camp with superb racing and training for all and some really solid results (especially after the 180km ride up from Sydney on Saturday). Special mention to James and Ryan in the half marathon for first and second in their Age Group and 4th and 6th overall, and the rest of the group for some good PBs on this tough slow course. Whilst the training and racing was challenging, it was wonderful to finish the weekend and celebrate as a group with some wine tasting at some of the Valley's best boutique wineries. Overall Results; Half marathon- James 81.23 (1st AG, 4th overall!), Ryan 84 (2nd AG, 6th overall!), Pete 90.14 (6th AG), Andy 91.46 (9th AG), Loz 95.49 (4th AG), Rhiannon 128.26 (PB) and in the 10km- Ray 52.14 (7th AG), Sus 56.22
                     

We are really looking forward to watching everyone’s hard work from the winter months unfold with lots more major races between now and the end of the year as the Australian Triathlon season really kicks off.  

Camp News

On the camp front our next stop is our 4th camp for the year in the breathtaking Snowys.  Our Snowy Mountains training camp is held over the Christmas-New year break, commencing on Sunday 27th December through to Sunday 3rd January 2016.  In case you missed it, check out a snippet of the action from last year and see how much fun we had; https://vimeo.com/117886212

Spots are limited and whilst we are close to full we welcome any enquiries by emailing us at team.ward@optusnet.com.au

Cheers to a strong 2015 finish!  

 

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