The long weekend brings with it plenty of races across the country with open water being the go to on Friday.

Samantha Doust is in the finishing stages of her training for the Rottnest Island swim next month where she is competing in a duo. Sam swam the Sydney Harbour Splash at Rose Bay. She made short work of the 5k swim (which we suspect was actually 6k) finishing in just under 90mins and second in her category. Just the finishing touch she needed in training before heading off to WA next month.

John Winterburn has been putting in the work in the water and set out on Friday for the Mount Martha Aus Day swim 5k event. Getting through comfortably he went on to complete another 2x 5k swims over the course of the weekend. Getting out of the water at Ultraman in May in good condition will be key to a good race and John will be ready.

Tim Martelli also took part in the 5k event in Mt Martha and cruised home only feeling the pinch in the last 500 m. Getting some momentum back in his training, Tim has the race calendar set for mid to late 2018 and will build from here.

Simon Miller took on the 2.5k event in Brighton and was another one to show the work in the water paying off. Simon set himself the target of getting under 50 min and was successful finishing in 49 min 35 sec. Confidence and skills learned from the open water session are paying off along with the swim strength and fitness showing through.

Sharon Robinson has been attending Monday squad sessions and it was great to see her out getting it done in the 1.2k event at Brighton. Sharon should be congratulated on her tenacity when it comes to open water swimming and is a great reflection of what she learnt from her late coach. Well done Sharon.

Les Toth has been quietly chipping away and has learnt the value of swimming fitness having influence on his ability to ride a bike fast. With a string of podiums over the past few weeks and the Sandown crits, Les raced a great strategic race and had the fitness to back it up riding himself onto the top step and his first win in B grade. Well done

I could see the thought put into my training plan

"My motivation increased when I could see the thought put into my training plan and the difference it made in my result. The sessions were built for what I needed and I felt strong all day racing. Most of all I could feel Michael cared, so a very big thank you."

Samantha March 25, 2019