With the festive season coming to an end we opened the racing account last weekend ahead of what is to be another busy year of competitions. Down in Melbourne in the 3rd race of the 2xu series Angelo Bonacci opened his 2019 campaign in the sprint distance event and showed all is in good order with training at the moment and the body happily cooperating to place the first stick in the sand for the year. Adrian Moore recently began... Read more.
2018 in Review It was a big year for many in the MEC squad and I very much enjoyed sitting back and looking over the results achieved an photos from 2018. This was the 3rd year for MEC which considering how short a period of time the group has been around the depth of results produced, the camaraderie between athletes by pushing each other to be better as well as picking each other up after the lows suggest a well... Read more.
With the year nearing an end it was a great turn out from the local greater Melbourne triathlon community for one of the final races of the year. It was a great sight to have many of the local Tri clubs with their respective tents up in a prominent area and many having a BBQ cook up post race for their members. MEC had its contingent of athletes out racing and from the age group perspective it was great to... Read more.
With the year winding down the racing is still coming on with plenty hitting the start line over the weekend. In Melbourne we had Kathy Delos Santos running in the Carmans 1/2 marathon. In blustery conditions she ran her way to a 2 minute best time over the half marathon distance and showing that she is now knocking on the door of that sub 2hr soon. Further down The Bay Martin Spronge lined up for the Sufferfest events in Mount... Read more.
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.