Hazelwood 100 and triathlon festival
We saw the beginning of the tri season kick off last weekend at the Hazelwood pondage for the LVTC annual 'winter triathlon'. A great venue 2hrs east of Melbourne that lends itself to year round triathlon on account of the water being the cooling pond for the nearby power station.
MEC had 7 athletes racing across the Sprint, Olympic, '100' (2x Olympic distance) and swim events.
Les Toth, Stephen Hempel and Stacey De Bono did the double Olympic distance that is the Hazelwood 100. The first race being at 8am then the 2nd at 1pm. A tough gig backing up and all did well with Stephen managing line honors in the 50+ division.
Chantelle Reiter got through her 1st open water swim triathlon and was all smiles in the sprint distance, while Leanne Keating and Adrian Polidano tackled the Olympic distance.
Travis Hill gets the resilience award this week after turning things around drastically over the last 12 months. As with many triathletes the swim leg caused a lot of angst for Trav however sticking to his guns and being persistent has seen his swimming ability and times improve dramatically. This showed in his 1.5km swim on the weekend.
Monday morning Ultraman Australia announced the invited athletes to next years event held in Noosa, QLD. 55 athletes have been given the chance to compete in the 10km Swim - 421.1km Bike - 84.3km Run event . MEC has been fortunate enough to receive 2 initiations with these going to Leanne Keating and Coach Michael Harvey. Both have accepted their invitation and are looking forward to preparing for the challenge ahead.