Notorious for being up and down weather in mid November, Shepparton turned on a calm, sunny and pleasant racing conditions for athletes. Naomi Wood was keen and eager to hit the half iron distance at Shepp however following coaches orders stuck to the Olympic distance to match her current training load. Nac put down a strong race for where she is at in her training and came away with 6th female and 2nd in her age group. Now we build... Read more.
New York City Marathon I was a year ago exactly that Hartley Wess completed Ironman Florida at 70 years young. In January this year H contacted me with another event that he wanted to tick off. Hartley grew up in NYC and it was the hometown marathon that had his interest. After some downtime post Ironman last year and well into 2018 I got the message that he was ready to get going however while playing softball he had torn... Read more.
It is always good when the racing calendar take us to the country where the backdrop and vibe is always very welcoming. Martin Sprong had put in a great block of training for this race which he chose as his main race for the end of the year. While what has been executed well in the pool didn't appear on race day in the open water this is certainly not a uncommon thing particularly not coming from a swimming background.... Read more.
Melbourne half and full marathon Melbourne turned on a warm and windy day which is not uncommon in early October. While it is not the favourite for those competing in the marathon we don’t sign up for endurance sports because they are easy. On his marathon debut Scott Morrison put down a strong run to come home in 3hrs 06mins. As everyone does in their first marathon he will have learnt a great deal and sit down with his coach... Read more.
“Rule 1: The actions of confidence come first; the feelings of confidence come later.” - Russ Harris How can you ever really know you are able of achieving something until the moment that you achieve it? You can’t. You cannot know in certainty. You can believe it, learn about it, acquire the knowledge that will provide you with an educated guess. Nothing is permanent until it is. Avoiding things that make us uncomfortable is a natural. It keeps us safe.... Read more.
September has been a busy month with many races and last weekend took the MEC athletes to yet another continent in Europe. 3 of the MEC athletes had their eyes set on Ironman Italy as a destination race, one of the great things the sport of triathlon offers is the ability to train and race in some amazing locations and cultures. Coming into the race and in a way a 'home' race for Tim Martelli, he had been showing much... Read more.
The girls were out in force again last week taking on short and long races and showing they have it covered no matter what the distance. Up at the Gold Coast Sam Janssen raced the ITU Sprint distance World Championships on Thursday morning and had a heap of fun racing the draft legal format. From the beginning of the year with Sam relocating to Melbourne with her young family and making a late decision to qualify for this years event... Read more.
Ironman Gurye Both Mon Liston and Shri Vasudeva took off to Korea mid last week unsure of what lay ahead and both being told by their coach "your body is more ready than your head knows, so let it do its job". Both girls are without a doubt some of the hardest working in the squad. Age group racing isn't easy with everything else that goes on that is far more important than triathloning, they both juggle this with great... Read more.
It has been a steady trickle of races for the MEC athletes since Cairns in June and now that spring is here the calendar gets busier as it did on the weekend. Chris White is looking to add another string to his triathlon bow having shown going long is no issue. With that, some shorter and faster work is well under way and on the weekend he took on a 5km trail event. Flat and fast it was not with... Read more.
Over a few conversations I’ve had recently with athletes the question has come up about particular data that can be used in training or racing and if it would be beneficial for the athlete to use it. In one of the conversations I used a metaphor that seemed to sit well and make sense to the athlete and so thought it useful to share. The metaphor was about having the ability to freehand draw rather than using tracing paper or... Read more.