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Red Shield Ride Day 0

I think I am packed and have everything I need. We have been told to pack light but to have gear for every weather types and casual clothes, nutrition, foam rollers, spare tyres, tubes, brake pads and canisters. The bag is not very light.

I have spent the last few days stressing where I worry about any muscle twinge or if I sneeze but I think I am ready and ready to go tomorrow Monday 29th April for Day 1.

I am $1,500 short of my fundraising target that means that I need to raise just over $1 for every kilometre that I cycle over the next 10 days. Or think of it this way 15 donations of $100 or 30 donations of $50. Every little bit helps so please give what you can and help me support The Salvos.

Hopefully you can follow me over the next 10 days of this exciting journey and challenge.

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Kids Tri Training

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In 2018 we started a kids Tri Training program during the summer terms. We did focus on developing skills, technique and fitness, but I think the smiles on the kids faces every week at training says that we also had lots fun (Parents are happy too seeing their kids being active). These squads are being run again in 2019, with the first session starting on Wednesday 30 January 2019. Please refer to our Kids Tri Page for entry and further details. Come along and join in on the fun.

Kids Tri Update

The Kids Tri training program is progressing well with participants learning and improving on many new skills. We are all getting much faster at our T1’s and T2’s, improving riding technique and skills (eg dead turns). On the running we are focussed on improving our running form and also fitness.

We have 6 weeks left of the program for term 1. We have room for more. If you want to book now for the last 6 weeks the price is $150 and entry is available now. Next training session is on Wednesday 28 Feb 2018. ENTER HERE

Kids Tri Training

We are excited to announce that in 2018 we will be starting a kids tri training program aimed at introducing children to the sport of triathlon and a healthy and active lifestyle. This will be a 10 week program starting on 31 January 2018. Please refer to Kids Tri for further details. The entry portal will open on 2 January 2018.

Nepean Triathlon

What an absolute cracker of a morning today to race Nepean. The race in its 32nd year is always a sell out and always a quality race.

Really pleased with the performances with Barbara taking out her age group and Julie, Trish and Fred all stepping up to a new distance and learning. I even managed to toe the start line, guessing it must be 13 years since I last raced Nepean and I loved every minute of it (well almost!). see below picture of brilliant sunrise over the lake prior to the triathletes wreaking havoc.

Was also great to be part of the Northern Suburbs Tri Club contingent with about 20 of the club members racing and 3 podium places.

Nepean Sunrise

Parys and Em Vegas 70.3 World Champs

Being a world champ event this was clearly the race that both Parys and Em wanted to be in peak racing form for. Both had taken slightly different paths through the season and racing, Em had always listed this as the main race and was keen after missing out on the European tri champs earlier in the year due to illness. Parys had initially set the year as a focus on standard distance (Olympic distance) and after being crowned the European age group champ earlier in the year thought it was a good year to also target the world champs for the same distance. Due to work commitments she would be unable to attend the race and hence altered the plan and set about qualifying for Vegas.

As a coach it can be hard knowing you have 2 athletes up against each other in the same age group, you can’t have a favourite, you want them both to do as well as they possibly can.

Here is an extract of the Ful-on tri report regarding the race.

The Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas is a truly brutal race, with a hilly bike course and over 9kms of climbing on the run. On a sizzling hot day which caused many of the worlds finest athletes to melt in the heat, Parys and Em braved the brutal conditions to deliver some inspirational performances. Congratulations to Em who mixed it with best with a 15th in age group.

However, there’s no doubt that the superstar of the day was Parys Edwards. She had a great swim, then absolutely nailed the tough hilly bike leg to lead her age group into T2. Once on the run course she just ran away from the competition to win her age group, whilst beating half of the world class Pro field, finishing 18th female overall and becoming the new age group World Champion!!!

Parys has said she’s utterly delighted with her result, “I had a firm race plan in mind and I stuck to it though at times I wondered if I was pushing it too hard and might not finish”, “I had no idea how I had done until I got to my phone and oh what a great moment that was! The support from home has been amazing and I thank God for giving me this ability and for placing me at such a great club (Ful-on Tri)!”

 

I think the results speak for themselves but great effort to qualify, well done on an impressive season of results for both Parys and Em and a superb race results to top it off.

 

Forster Ultimate Tri

In October together with a large contingent from the NSTC tri club we made the journey north of Sydney to Forster to compete in the Ultimate Tri. This is a new distance introduced by Elite Energy this season with a 2k swim, 120k bike and 20k run.

From a personal point of view it was great to be back at Forster racing long distance tris again.

Forster never disappoints both as a venue and the volunteers who are always friendly and helpful, they will go out of their way to help you.

I was not expecting a great race as my training had been severley hampered over the last 4 months, but didn’t want to miss out on the chance to race. The swim was a nice one lap in Forster keys, the bike ride was a 2 lap heading south of Forster, the first lap felt nice and easy and trying to stick to my predetermined effort. By the second lap of the bike a strong southerly had blown up, making it a rather hard effort, for those who have raced previously at Forster this was little out of characteristic as we usually had a strong westerly to content with heading back into town. By about 90k my  lack of training started to show and even with my efforts to stay hydrated and keep the energy high, I had hit a wall.

Getting off the bike things did not improve, taking all my effort to keep the legs moving forward. Glad to say I finished but was considerably slower than what I would like. Everyone from the club had a great race, capped off by a nice evening meal together and a lovely breakfast by the river before heading back to reality and Sydney.

I will definitely think about returning next year to do this race.



“If you are comfortable with your training regime then you should be concerned. You can only make the big gains by being out of your comfort zone.”
- Me

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