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 into the season aiming to work on what we did last season.

The half iron distance was where the remaining athletes went to work on their respective races. Chris White pieced together a strong and controlled race which saw him finishing in 2nd place and fastest run in his age group. A great performance from what would seem short distance racing having last raced Ultraman Australia earlier in the year.

It would be safe to say that Sam Elliot was happy with his race coming off his peak training in his lead in to Busselton Ironman next month. Untapered Sam showed the control and strength in the legs he needs to put together his best result in the half iron distance and coming away with the fastest ride in his age group and 5th place. While after some big training over the last few weeks there may have been some doubt about his form, but they have certainly been put to rest as we aim to finish the year well over in WA.

Simon Miller took the calm conditions with both hands and made improvements across all 3 legs from his race here last year. Even with the run course short there is no debate that a 27 min improvement from this time last year is significant and certainly reflects the time and effort Simon has put in over the past 12 months. Well done and some well earned R&R now before he takes the leap into Ironman next year.

Angelo Bonacci and his other half Alex teamed up in the mixed team event. Ang is building back into training after a well earned break and by the looks of Alex's bike leg she will be keeping him honest in the next few months training.

A special mention to David Cunningham and Marie Backstrom who both had good days out and have finished the year well with plenty of ups and downs in 2018. Well done!

Finally down south in Portsea, Coach Andy White took 3rd place overall in the Portsea Running festival half marathon. While having some downtime away from triathlon himself it is great to see him giving the other competitors a good run for their money.

Not just a triathlete coach, but also a life coach

Not only has my coach helped me to achieve what I have set out to achieve, he has taught me so much more, I actually call him my triathlete coach and life coach. He believes in me before I have believed in myself, without him I would not have achieved my 70.3 World qualifier and Ironman pb's.

Leanne February 5, 2021