It was no surprise to see John Winterburn on the start line of another open water swim for the season. John lined up on Saturday for the Mentone Marathon 10k swim, his first crack at 10k in a single swim. He passed with flying colours getting home in a touch over 3.5hrs full of confidence and on track with Ultraman under 8 weeks away.

Kathy Delos Santos pieced together another successful week of training coming back from a bike accident and took on the Run for The Kids in Melbourne. While Kathy was out with her shoulder injury she certainly hasn’t lost all she gained from her consistent training over the past few years. She is bouncing back well and had a good training run on Sunday in the iconic run.

Down at Portarlington it was a day to remember with windy conditions to keep everyone racing honest.

Kate Elliot has taken on all the advice her coach has given her since joining the group and Sunday was a testament to that training paying off and racing strongly despite the conditions.

Bridie Meade is another one, who with a busy schedule has taken on her training and put together a strong race. Across the board in her swim, bike and run Bridie is steadily making improvements.

Simon Miller made use of the open water training he has been doing and had a great swim. In his usual style he brought it home well with his trademark run and again posted another strong bike split.

This week also sees the conclusion of the Term 1 Triathlon Program at Huntingtower School for the year 9 students where all students will compete in their own school based triathlon on Thursday. All the best to each of the students and it has been great to see many young eyes opened to what they are capable of compared to at the beginning of the term where they didn’t think things were possible.  

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