From boxing day onwards there were races a plenty to keep athletes sane after their Christmas indulgence. We have put together a wrap of the events over the last 3 weekends.
Point Leo Classic
Down on the Mornington Peninsula on Boxing day we had 3 athletes line up for various events as part of the Point Leo Classic
Adrian Polidano did the double racing the 4k beach run and placing second is his category then later in the day lining up for the 1.2k ocean swim.
John Winterburn started his summer of open water campaign with the 2.5km event getting through comfortably while Mon Liston put her last 6 months of swim training to good use in the 2.5k event as well.
Rip View Classic
The following week John Winterburn again lined up for what would be his and one of the last races of the year at the Rip View Classic in Point Lonsdale. John did the double completing the 1.4k and 3.8k events. All great training for his Ultraman campaign in May.
The last weekend gone we had an boost in races with the first one at Jan Jac on Victoria's Surf Coast with 4 athletes racing.
Kate Elliot did her first after starting with MEC competing in the 2.5km event. We look forward to seeing Kate improve throughout 2018.
Sam Elliot toed the start line for the first time since racing at Bussleton last December. A good and well earned break means he can gradually roll on to his next race mid 2018.
Simon Miller opened the 2018 racing account and is showing that the open water practice he has been diligently working at is paying off with confidence and navigation improving greatly in the open water.
John Winterburn was again a starter showing that in May he certainly will have had plenty of open water practice.
Yamba Ocean Swim
Monica Liston traveled down from her base at the Gold Coast to Yamba for the 2k event and swam away with 3rd in 20-29 age group.
Samantha Doust travelled up the coast to Yamba where she is getting more time in the water ahead of her Rottnest swim in 2018. Sam swam well and comfortably took 2nd in the 30-39 age group.
Sarah Hardy was the first to take the start line in 2018 for MEC in triathlon competing in the sprint distance event in Bridport Tasmania. Sarah is making great progress and training smart on her comeback from injury and finished 2nd overall female in the sprint event.
The year has already started well and we look forward to seeing the MEC athletes with great performances throughout 2018