The second event of the 2XU series saw a new format introduced with a swim/run to the ranks. The event brought with it new challenges that were far more than just eliminating the bike and made for classic and intuitive racing. A group of 11 MEC athletes made the trek to Portsea and it was obvious prior to the start that the current effected swim was going to challenge even the strongest of swimmers and that the tacticians would prevail in... Read more.
It was the last Iron distance race of the season in Busselton Western Australia and it certainly was one to remember. As with all long distance races many curve balls get thrown at athletes and this race had it all. A cancelled swim due to a 'fish' sighting meant the day turned to a ride/run event. Upon confirmation of change on race morning, the MEC athletes were told it was to be 'business as usual' and race to their plan.... Read more.
We had the long and the short of it on the weekend with the MEC crew racing the sprint event in Victoria and 70.3 in Western Sydney. 2XU Race 1 At race 1 of the 2XU series it was the first time for both ladies racing a sprint distance event having only raced longer distances previously. Shri make quick work of the 500/20k/5 and moved her way through the field to finish 3rd in her age group. Plenty of racing... Read more.
With a 'break' in the racing proceedings for many ahead of Western Sydney, the Victorian Short Course Series and Ironman WA we still had two of the MEC crew venture out to toe their respective start lines last weekend. The Ironmum did what she does best and made short work of the Western Suburbs Tri Club sprint event. A true ambassador for what parents with young families and jobs go through Woody managed to sneak out of the house, get... Read more.
Your path in the sport is rarely simple but it is ever important to stay true to what you want to get out. Many regular readers of the MEC athlete wraps will have noticed an obvious omission from last weekends race results, particularly those in the white and blue. I'm far from one to play favorites and it was my thought that Angelo Bonacci deserved his own write up particularly after the character he has shown during his time with... Read more.
It was back to good old fashion country racing in Shepparton on Sunday with the sun out for a great days racing. This race is a staple for Victorian triathletes and on a great backdrop at Lake Victoria. The sprint, standard and half iron distances on Sunday had a good portion of MEC athletes racing. It was fantastic to see the juniors racing on Saturday afternoon with a number of athletes watching on as their kids took on their own... Read more.
The season is beginning to ramp up and the MEC crew were again in fine form. Ironman is a tough day no matter what age or ability. Hartley Wess decided a little over 12months ago he wanted to celebrate his 70th year in style and for him that meant completing his 5th ironman distance event at Ironman Florida. Much planning went into this between himself, family and his coach to ensure that not only did he finish but that he... Read more.
It was a short course weekend with racing in both Tasmania and Vic/NSW boarder. After an extended time out of racing due to injury it was great to see Sarah Hardy back out on the track doing what she does best. Making her return at the Devonport Duathlon Sarah stretched her legs out finishing 2nd in her age group. It has been a test in patience for Sarah making her way back from injury and a testament to her character... Read more.
It was a great weekend of racing across the globe with ironmans, marathons and ocean swims Andy White was on debut in Kona for the Ironman World Championships and had a great day. A strong 52min swim had the Captain out of the water as planned well ahead of the age group peloton that happens in Kona. Being able to ride his own race and ride smart he got to 160k before getting a flat, but he kept his head... Read more.
We had the long and the short of it last week in racing from a 5 day race to the sprint distance duathlon. Al Thompson kicked off Tuesday of last week in the Tour De Timor. A 5 days mountain bike event across Timor Leste. Al held together well and showed the strength work done in training has paid off. A multi day event is always a challenge and by the looks of it Al enjoyed himself along the way.... Read more.