It has been a steady trickle of races for the MEC athletes since Cairns in June and now that spring is here the calendar gets busier as it did on the weekend.

Chris White is looking to add another string to his triathlon bow having shown going long is no issue. With that, some shorter and faster work is well under way and on the weekend he took on a 5km trail event. Flat and fast it was not with 300m of climbing in 2.5km but a good hit out for the legs and Chris came away with the overall win.

5 MEC athletes lined up at Altona on Sunday to both stretch the legs and rid the cobwebs as well as Sam sharpening up for worlds in 2 weeks time.

Sam had a good race and is itching to have a swim after all the work she has done over the winter in preparation for the worlds. She held her own and came away with 3rd place in her age group and is looking forward to tapering up for her race next week.

Martin Sprong was out to defend his state title that he picked up this year. Coming off a break and with others in full flight leading into worlds, he held his own for 3rd place.

Simon Miller was keen to get the first race in after some time off and continues to show he is developing his bike leg to match his strong run. Simon took morning learnings away as well as finishing 4th in his age group.

Talia Goddard also has new racing distances in her sights and this was her first race back since Cairns. Her bike run combo continues to get stronger and 5th place was a good bench mark for this part of the season.

Kathy Delos Santos has been enjoying some down time and keeping fit in the process post her first 70.3 earlier in the year. She had a great day and showed coach that she has improved a lot since last year equalling her best time on that course as she starts back formal training this week. Up and up for Kathy.

Adrian Polidano was keen to have his first hit out this season, however some muscle tightness held him up and he made the smart move to save the fight for another day.

Sarah Hardy flew the flag in Tasmania ahead of her World Championship race at the end of next week and walked away with first female and 5th overall at the duathlon in Tasmania. After a slow start to the year it is great to see Sarah coming back into great form when we want it most.

And Sam Elliot had an adventurous time over at the World 70.3  Champs taking on a good bit of water during the swim and vomiting for some of the bike. He held himself however and still managed to steer things home to finish and his 2nd ever sub 5hr 70.3 time. Great work sticking it out.

He was able to push me beyond my limits

Michael's coaching methods are so unbelievable. He was able to push me beyond my limits without me feeling pressured, not one bit. His advice is always timely, and he actually cares about me as a friend. On his own time he continues to pursue more knowledge on how to help his athletes better, both physically and mentally. Most of the mental strategies that he shared with me helped me get through some of the darkest hour during the race without much trouble. He is an inspiration to me.

Brandon, Ironman Finisher March 10, 2016