It was another short course dominated weekend in Melbourne with the 2xu race 4 at Elwood and the calmest conditions seen in a while.

Elwood saw a big contingent of athletes come to race with World Championship points on offer. Sam Janssen was one of those on the hunt for points and got what she came for with a personal best over the sprint distance and 6th in her age group.

Credit: 2xu 17/18 series

Martin Sprong has started his build into the season and had a good day out, keeping a small gap on those ahead out of the water and held his own with a strong bike/run combo. 6th for him on Sunday as he prepares for Geelong in a couple of weeks.

Kate Elliott lined up for her first triathlon since working with her new coach. Kate logged a good day at the office and it was evident that the strength and fitness gains from some good consistent training are starting to pay off.

Simon Miller enjoyed the calmer conditions compared to what he has been training in recently and as a result logged a swim and bike best for the distance along with a pb overall. 12 months of work is well and truly showing through now.

Sam Elliot loves a race and pushing himself. After a Christmas/NY 'break' he is on the return and had a great day although he no doubt would have liked to take a few more scalps for the day. Back to chopping the wood for Sam with a mid year goal race.

Leanne Keating while wanting to be a long course specialist is doing the work to learn the art of racing. The Croc put together another good performance with plenty of take aways for the next one.

Angelo Bonnaci after a few hiccups at the St Kilda event turned around a great all round race almost claiming the sub 30 min bike/20 min run double. Again, another athlete who is working the shorter races to help improve their long distance.

As always David Lloyd was all grimaces but never fails to give his best on the day. A great all round performance and a step in the right direction as he heads into a big 2018 of racing.

Another well executed race from Les Toth with his trademark bike leg and now consistently bookending it with the swim and run.

Up in Canberra we had Shri racing however as eventually happens to everyone, mechanical luck was not on her side on the bike and as a result wasn't able to finish the race. Hats off to Shri for doing everything she could spending 20 mins trying to sort it before calling it a day. Valuable lessons learned and will mean a hungry Shri will be lining up at her next event.

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Leanne February 5, 2021