It was the Western suburbs of Melbourne that held the racing on Sunday with the Williamstown Open Water swim and the Western Suburbs Triathlon Club sprint event.

The water had honest conditions for both events and doubled as a good test to see how things are progressing in open water skills for the athletes.

John Winterburn is in the process of getting well acquainted with the water ahead of Ultraman Australia next May. In  5 weeks John has been making progress and there has already been some big gains in the water. He got through the swim well and has a shopping list of open water events he will be doing over the next 2 months.

Adrian Polidano is another who has been working on transferring the pool swim gains to the open water. A strong swim by Adrian and immediate improvements noted by himself post event means he is learning. With many things clicking in training he will continue to chop the wood to keep improving.

Leanne Keating has come a mile with her confidence in the open water. There is no longer a hesitation about the swimming, now it is down to the efficiency and time in the open water to master the art. Leanne had a good swim on the weekend and dealt well with some trouble she gets in choppy waters, to which we are figuring solutions. A block of swimming on the cards for the Croc over the next 2 months will have a new athlete out the other side.

A mention to Seb Duchene who is a group training regular for a good swim on Sunday getting through the distance comfortably.

Across to Altona Beach where the Western Suburbs Triathlon Club had there sprint distance event.

Naomi Wood put in another race to cap off what has been a great and developing year. Coming in with a good block of training she got through the race well to finish 2nd in her age group. The Ironmum has a big few months ahead and is ticking off all the things needed for another great year ahead.

A mention to Les Toth who again pieced together a great race with a ripping bike split and followed up with a strong run. He landed himself in 2nd for his age group on the day.

With less than a week to Christmas we wrap up our final race weekend of the year. There will be races scattered between boxing day and early new year and we will recap those in our first 2018 post.

For all those that having been following and supporting MEC we wish you a safe Christmas and New Year period and look forward to continuing on well in 2018.

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"My motivation increased when I could see the thought put into my training plan and the difference it made in my result. The sessions were built for what I needed and I felt strong all day racing. Most of all I could feel Michael cared, so a very big thank you."

Samantha March 25, 2019