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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.

 

Racing Update Qtr 3 2012

True to form I have been slow in updating some great results over the last month.
Blackmores Running Festival Sydney, held in September with a brilliant spring day, I was on the start line with 15 half marathoners from CanToo Mac Uni Pod, we had be training together for over 14 weeks, for some this was their first half marathon and others were returning. A really great performance by everyone with 5 of the group going sub 2hrs and a couple of others getting very close, everyone had great races. For those that know this race this was a massive running day with distances from 4k, 9k, half marathon and marathon. undoubtedly the best running event in Sydney (in my opinion). It was also great to see many CanTooers out on the course who had been training in various groups over Sydney.

Emma, has been putting in solid race performances leading into Ironman 70.3 world champs (this race deserves a separate post). Results include

  • Ironman 70.3 Norway 2nd in age (4:54)
  • Bedford Classic Olympic 6th in age (2:23)
  • Monster Middle Distance 1st in age and 2nd female overall (14th position overall too) (4:36)

Excellent results particularly coming back from illness early in the season.

Parys, has continued her awesome form as she too prepared for Ironman 70.3 worldchamps. She is simply impressive the way that she always pulls out a superb performance every race.

  • Tri Challenge Team Relay (Dorney), mixed team winners
  • Milton Keynes Triathlon (English Champs) 1st in age, which means English age group champion to add to her impressive list (2:10)
  • Beford Classic 3rd in age (2:20)

The girl is just unstoppable!

Half Challenge Henley, to round out the list both Iain and Claire returned to training racing after Ironman France earlier in the season, great results to return to racing with 4th in age 4:37 and 8th in age 5:46 respectively.

It has been a busy a productive quarter with great performances, apologies if I missed any results.

Parys on the podium as England Olympic distance champ F35-39

Em, happy with her prizes I am not sure which lasted the longest!

June 2012 Race Roundup

As usual I am slow to update my blog with race updates, fortunately people’s race times are much faste. the following is some great results for June.

Switzerland 70.3 Parys finished a credible 4th in age and bagging a slot to Vegas 70.3 in the process. Not sure if the credible part was starting the race ill and then declaring the race as some of the darkest moments ever experienced in a race, a lesson learnt is to never race when unwell ever again!

Ironman Regensburg, Richard took on his maiden Ironman and literally hit every target we had set finishing with a sub 11hour (10:54), a superb effort and definite evidence of you reap what you sow (training) on race day. Richard had trained methodically and diligently over the last 8 months for this with a brilliant result

UK 70.3, rated as the toughest 70.3 on the circuit Em and Chris took this race on. Em’s goal was a slot to Vegas 70.3 and having spent a fair amount of time unwell, this was a case of being the first major hit out for the season (definitely not what was planned). Em was absolutely on fire and not only claimed a spot for Vegas 70.3 but took out 2nd place in age too, absolutely ecstatic and can’t wait to see her race with an uninterrupted block of training. Chris’s goal was quality race time in preparation for Ironman UK having only completed the London Marathon some 6 or 7 weeks prior. Chris ran a good steady race as planned and finished 8th in age showing that we are progressing well to Ironman UK

TriStar 111 a last minute race slot saw Stuart head over to France for TriStar 111 Deauville for a spot of race practice, looking at the race and current training decided it was a chance to really nail the run, achieving 14th in age group and one of the faster run splits in the age group.

Awesome training and racing everyone looking forward to the next batch of results

Ironman and 70.3 Cairns

On the first weekend in June Cairns hosted their inaugural Ironman and 70.3 races, as winter was starting to bite at home I was happy to be heading to a warmer climate. At the race we had around 10 people competing from NSTC (Northern Suburbs Tri Club) and everyone found the racing tough particularly the run due to hot and humid conditions.

Of particular importance for me Steve was taking on his first Ironman, with a good base and preparation behind. I was pleased to be able to cheer him on in the later stages of the run and see him finish achieving his goal. Also Bec took on her first 70.3 race and whilst I may be corrected on this, loved the challenge and stepping up to the longer distance. So safe to say achieved goals of finishing and having fun.

I dusted off my race shoes and gave the 70.3 a whirl although was not expecting great things, here is my race report.

The swim, the biggest challenge was getting into the water as the steps were single file only and caused some stress as we all waited to enter the water, once on the start it was a very rough swim heading out to the first turn around, once turning I hung a few meters right of the field and had a much smoother swim. My best performance of the day was T1 where I had one of the fastest times in my age group sadly this did not help me too much in the overall standings. Onto the bike and all seemed to be going well as I settled into my rhythm and eating when at about 15k my spare tyre fell out and into my rear wheel. I noticed this in the nick of time to get off my tri bars as my rear wheel locked up and the rear of the bike was sliding all over the ride, fortunately I kept the bike upright, but the friction from the skid caused the tyre to explode! This required a full tyre change and very frustrating with so many people going past. I finally got going again however not long after the rear wheel felt spongy, rather than stopping again I continued riding, at the end of the race checking my tyre I would have had 40 – 60 psi in the tyre. The bike course headed north along the coast from Cairns and truly spectacular scenery. By the time I hit the run my goal time was well out of reach. I just set to running at my target pace keeping the nutrition in. I was happy with my pace and was moving forward in the field. The run course was hot running alongside cane fields which did not give much back from an inspiration aspect. On finishing I was done but had maintained a consistent tempo, despite finishing way down in the field I managed a top 20 run split in my age group so some consolation.

Cairns is a great location for a triathlon with the benefit of a nice holiday post race, admittedly there were a few teething issues with split transitions, registration and water entry. Hopefully these will all be improved next year and I highly recommend this race.

Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

Over the weekend, I was conveniently on holiday in Port Macquarie, with the Ironman 70.3 in town.

With a large contingent of NSTC (Northern Suburbs Tri Club) & members of my swim squad and friends competing I was naturally drawn to watching the race. I was ably assisted by Ben & Kylie from NSTC in cheering on the competitors.

The buzz of race start is always something special, it does feel different watching and not racing but exciting none the less.

The Swim was a mass start, with a mass of arms and legs churning up the water. On the bike we placed ourselves on Matthew Flinders drive (on the Hill), this is a great place to spectate and encourage competitors up a rather steep incline. The bike was 2 laps of undulating terrain. The run course again 2 laps and undulating terrain following the coast line. With a tough bike and run, this is clearly not your average 70.3 and challenges all competitors.

I had a great time watching, cheering and enjoyed being able to get some good photos. All competitors rose to the challenge of the course with many that I spoke to achieving PB’s on last year.

Port Macquarie is a great place to race or spectate, with the added bonus of plenty of good coffee shops near the start and finish lines to keep the spectators going. I will be planning to be back to watch the Ironman in May.

Antwerp 70.3 and Milton Keynes Races

Update on 2 really great results over the weekend

Simon raced Antwerp 70.3 treating the race with a view of “dipping the toe in the water” to try out some longer distance racing. All the training for the year has been tailored around Standard distance. Simon flew around the course in a sub 4:30 (4:28) and picked up a slot for the world champs in Clearwater along the way, well done

Eleanor went to race Milton Keynes standard distance after a great race at Upton just a couple of weeks ago. A major goal for the year was to get under the 2:30 mark for this distance, which was achieved with a time of 2:28 a new pb by around 8 minutes. To top the day off this great time also placed her 3rd in her age group. Well done

Races Update

The Race season in the Northern Hemisphere is in full swing and I have been a little lax in updating progress of the team (too busy prescribing the training). I have also re commenced training the South West pod in Sydney for Can Too for the Blackmores running festival, we will always welcome more people if you want to train, we meet on Wednesday nights in Liverpool and Saturday mornings in Georges Hall.

Due to my delay in updating results below is a summary of recent performances

Eleanor, had a good start to the season with Thames Turbo sprint 1 posting a pb by 3 minutes and has dabbled in a few cycling events, most notably a 50mile TT, where she was second female overall

Ellen, recently competed in the UK middle distance champs at Bala, however treating this as a training racing looking to her full distance tri. It was a good result also considering that for many of the competitors this was a major race on their calendar. What was most impressive was that Ellen posted the fastest run time of the day for females and the 22nd fastest run time overall.

Jackie, raced Liverpool standard distance, posting a 9th in her age and a swimming PB she is aiming for faster times over the coming months

John, after being plagued by injury for a few months, but with the help of some medical advancements in treating Achilles problems, was able to race Austria 70.3, achieving a PB and raced Royal Windsor standard distance achieving a pb of 13minutes. I think one of Johns goals for the remainder of this year is to stay injury free and be able to race fully fit.

Parys, raced her first middle distance tri in Switzerland 70.3, coming 9th in her age. A great result for the first attempt.

Richard, also raced Austria 70.3, carrying a slight strain to the hamstring was given the all clear to race conservatively and managed to achieve a PB, narrowly missing out on sub 5hrs.

Simon, raced the Dambuster standard distance tri. A pleasing performance almost attainging a PB, with a blistering run on what is not considered to be a fast course and is looking forward to the ETU champs in Athlone. Simon also competed in the Crystal Palace sprint Tri, improving on last years time by 1 minute and coming 2nd vet.

Tamsin, raced Switzerland 70.3, coming 11th in her age, but more importantly improved by a massive 30minutes on last year, well done.

It is always pleasing when people race to their potential, with most of the team improving at every race and showing signs of improvements for the remainder of the season.



“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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