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Norseman Xtreme Triathlon

Over the weekend Ellen participated in the Norseman Xtreme Triathlon. when looking at details of the race and the profile I am not sure if Xtreme adequately describes it. Ellen had to endure, a swim in the cool waters of the fiord, a rather hilly bike run and then finish with a marathon with the last 15+k being a mountain climb.  Ellen was 8th Female and 126th overall, well done.

Here is Ellen’s account of the race

My trepidation at the tag of the Norseman ironman event in Norway as ‘the world’s toughest long-distance triathlon’ was somewhat calmed by the beautiful conditions we enjoyed at 4am as the car ferry left the shore of the Hardangerfjord, shining with viking-like braziers.   Norsewomen are in a severe minority, 30 out of a total of 230 competitors, but at this stage it carried a great advantage with a satisfying role-reversal of sauntering past hardened men queuing for their facilities on board.  The jump down from the ferry (4m drop) an hour later into the shimmering green, flat water was almost inviting – no need to stoop to the alternative side exit at water level, described at the race briefing as the ‘chicken door’.  Once we had rounded a corner in the fjord, it was possible to sight in a straight line towards the massive bonfire lit at the end, although as I cooled down progressively despite my neoprene hat and boots, it could not have come soon enough.  An entire change in transition in order to combat the cold may be one reason why I seem to hold the record for the slowest swim to bike transition of the entire day, with a time of 14 minutes…  The conditions held for all but 5km of the bike, ensuring that stunning views were to be had throughout the climb up to and across the Hardanggervidda Plateau, then up the Imingfjell mountain.  The race manual suggests there is a total of 5000m of ascent in the event, but I felt strong and confident in the hills, eternally grateful for Tongy’s bike training sessions.  I wished I had brushed up on my basic Norwegian to appreciate where there was local support.  In other triathlon events I would hope to gain ground on the run, and in this case I had to pick people off on the first 25k of the run along Lake Tinnsjoen on flat ground, before the start of the climb from 25 to 42k, almost all of which must be walked.  Given that the coveted black t-shirt is awarded to the first 160 finishers, I felt the pressure to ensure that I was comfortably within that 160 group by the end of this first 25k of the run, after which it was possible to appreciate the scenery further on the way up ‘zombie hill’ and on a completely clear, 360 degree view to jagged snow-capped mountains from the top of Gaustastoppen mountain at 1850m – and of course last but not least the black t-shirt!

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.

Exmoor Trail run

Ellen has provided a race update of her current training.

“On the 22 May I headed down to Exmoor for the last of my season’s trail runs, half marathon distance, before getting back on to some more serious cycle training the following weekend with the 3 day Tour of Wessex – which consisted in a fairly challenging 329 miles worth of hills, although amazingly enjoyable through stunning scenery in the south west of England.  This time round I had more confidence in my ability to finish fast, so I started with the frontrunners and benefited from being able to avoid too much of a bottle neck on the very steep coastal paths.  It also enabled me to judge my position more accurately, allowing me to finish third overall, as well as first lady – though I did not get two medals”

I am truly impressed with another great performance and think that Ellen does deserve a medal for third overall too, keep up the good results and please don’t enter the same races as me!

London Marathon part 2

Following on from my account of the London Marathon, here is what Ellen has to say about her race.

I am not sure I can better Tongy’s account of the run. My time was beyond what I had ever hoped for in terms of improvement on previous results. Thanks to Tongy’s training plan so far, I was more confident than before about my ability to sustain a certain pace. This really helped when I was lucky enough to join a group of runners following the 6.50/mile pacer and stay with them at a fairly constant pace until around the 20 mile mark, when they slowed down – slowing seemed unnecessary to me, since that was exactly the point when I had planned to stop holding anything back and give it all I had left. Knowing that I was in a position break the 3 hour mark by a good margin did a lot to spur me on at that stage, in addition to hearing Tongy on the final stretch. Whereas I managed to miss most others watching, there was no mistaking Tongy’s remarkably vocal presence for someone fresh off an epic ash impacted intercontinental flight. Then on the finish the sun came out with perfect timing, after it had been wet for the first part of the race.

London Marathon

Yesterday Ellen ran the London Marathon and with the limited air travel during the week, it was an absolute miracle that I managed to get on a flight to London in time. therefore i did find it a little surreal to be watching the Marathon yesterday.

I am sure Ellen will provide a better account of the day, but in what could be described as very good conditions for running London was taken over with Marathon fever.

Having discussed with Ellen her goals for the race over the last week and reviewing recent training, we set two goals, the first to go quicker than last year and the second to target sub 3hrs. Both of the goals were achievable but you never know what can be thrown at you on race day.

It was an absolute joy to spot Ellen on Bird Cage Walk with only 600 meters to go and definitely on target to achieve both goals. The end result a massive pb by 10minutes and under 3 hours. As the finishers T-shirt says “LonDONE”, well done Ellen.

Broadland Half Marathon – More Race Gear!

Ellen, raced the Broadlands Half Marathon in mid March, here is what she has to say about her race.

“Keeping on the theme of gear, for a road half marathon last weekend in preparation for the London Marathon, I decided to try wearing lightweight racing shoes – something I had previously dismissed due to the improbably large number of trainers which already attract comment from unsuspecting visitors tripping over them on the way in to our home.  I lined up on a narrow country lane to the East of Norwich for a great event organised by Norwich Road Runners, through countryside and flint churches so beautiful I found myself regretting the lack of a camera and time to use it…  Although Aussies might struggle to believe it, with spring on its way, I even caught the sun.  Cheerful support in the villages along the way had an amusing effect on a few male runners who took a while to admit to being overtaken.  In such pleasant surroundings, I was able to keep to Tongy’s advice on pacing and ran comfortably, speeding up towards the finish and feeling very light footed in the new trainers!  Glad to say this enabled me to take home an embarrassingly huge trophy, especially when being made to drink out of it in the evening.”

Well done to Ellen, we had previously discussed a pacing strategy, to start the first half at marathon pace and speed up to half marathon pace. The race plan was executed to perfection and what Ellen fails to mention (minor details?) is yes she did take home a huge trophy as she was first female overall, she broke the course record (again!)  in 1:25:06 and was 16th overall, so more than a few males would have been overtaken. Well done to Ellen on another great race performance, we are now gearing up for the final preparations for the London Marathon.

Steyning Half Marathon – Maybe it is about the gear?

After my bold statement last week (it’s not about the gear) with Ellen racing a trail half marathon without the specialist equipment and still winning, she decided to try racing with the right equipment and set off on Steyning half marathon at the weekend in her new trail running shoes.

All I can say is I think they must still be in pristine shop condition as she flew around the course, perhaps too scarred to get the new shoes dirty? One thing is for certain is she had a clean pair of heals as she again was the first female finisher and managed to smash the course record which had stood for the last 5 years by 10 minutes. Congratulations and well done Ellen



“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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