It was a good turn out for the final 2XU series race at St Kilda for the MEC crew and it was backed up with great results.
Shri stomped her way to a win in her age group while recording the fastest female bike split of the day in the sprint event. A great summer season of short course racing finished off well for Shri as we move back to the longer events later in the year.
Sam Janssen is still waiting patiently to find out if she has booked her spot to the Sprint Distance World Championships at the Gold Coast. Not wanting to sit around wondering, she was out and about Sunday firing on all cylinders in the sprint distance and ran home to finish 2nd in her age group.
Adrian was our other sprint distance racer and made good work taking his first top 10 finish in the 6 race series. A big focus on the swimming and riding is starting to click for Buddha.
To the Standard Distance where the majority were racing for the day
Kathy is in the final stages of getting ready for her half iron distance debut and got around well off the back of a big training week and long ride day prior. She is doing incredibly well managing limited range of motion swimming after her bike accident last year, yet she gets on and gets it done.
Sam Elliot got around well in the water and on the bike however is learning patience when it comes to dealing with a niggly hamstring. Like many the temptation is to 'test' to see if it is alright but taking the smarter option will pay off in the long term.
Sarah Hardy made the trip up from Tassie to earn her final lot of points towards the Standard Distance World Championship selection. Back to her first out of the water best and backed up with an improving bike she put together her 2nd 10k run since returning from injury. With a smart and great start to the year we can start to work on getting the run back up to where it can be.
Andy White made the move to the open category and managed a good day at the office. True to form he raced hard all day coming out in the front pack and holding on for 3rd place.
Simon Miller keeps learning more from each race and improves the next time around. Sunday was that again and a good confidence booster for Challenge Melbourne in 2 weeks time.
Martin Sprong was a man on a mission and after the sub 40min run time. A good swim and a sub 1hr bike showed he wasn't sand bagging for it, he came in right on 40mins. We have it on good authority that the course was about 300m long but we know he still wants to see a thirty something at the beginning of the run split. Great race Martin.
Leanne Keating had a good race off the back of a big week and being sent out to ride efforts the day before the race by her coach. No excuses from her and she ripped in riding a pb bike split for the course. We look forward to having the Croc back down in Melbourne for Challenge in a bit under 2 weeks.
Peter Smith lowered his fastest time he set in Noosa last year by 5mins. He also has other upcoming events he is preparing for which made a strong race a good sign things are going in the right direction.