It was a good old fashion honest day down in Geelong on Sunday for the 70.3 event. In what was the first Geelong 70.3 in the 'post Melbourne IM / Sunshine Coast Worlds era' there was certainly a different vibe at the event to previous years.
MEC had 4 athletes on the start line, 2 of which were a late call up.
Leanne Keating used the event as a stepping stone towards her Ultraman race in May this year. Getting comfortably through the swim and bike Leanne finished off with pb 70.3 run leg. Training starts to pick up now as Leanne works towards her next race at Noosa in May.
Angelo Bonacci was a late sign up entering mid last week as a tester for where he is at. The form guide was accurate with Angelo running pb 95min run leg after a run block to start the year. We look forward to seeing Ang produce some more strong results in the coming months.
David Lloyd again showed that age is just a number in your head with a strong race off a somewhat relaxed lead in. David managed a pb on the Geelong course from last year which shows the strength that he has built over the past 12 months.
Stacey De Bono was another late call up. On New Years Day Stacey came off her breaking her hand. She had already entered Geelong and as committed athletes do, looked to find away to get to the start line. Being patient, doing her rehab and controlling what she could in training the decision was made to race on the Friday before race day. Stacey had a great day considering the last 6 weeks. With only a handful of rides outside she handled the course well on a tough day and finished only a few minutes outside her pb. Credit to you Stacey for finding a way to make things work.