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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

2012 Quarter 1

2012 so far

It is hard to believe that the year has got away from me and I have not updated my blog. Well here goes for the year to date, what I can remember for the first quarter.

Ironman, whilst no races yet, I have been working with a number of athletes and Ironman season is almost upon us. Currently working towards Port Macquarie, Lanzarote, France, Cairns. Regensburg & UK with a number of athletes

Huskisson 2012, this was another great weekend of racing with a number of improved times over last year, the most notable was Steve who improved by around 45 min and dished out a good lesson to the coach in the process.

Races that have been used to monitor progress towards ironman are Batemans Bay Ironman 70.3 Singapore and Ball Buster duathlon. All results showed that Ironman preparations are on track.

Sydney ITU, a great race in my home city which included a good number of participants from swim and run squad and NSTC. We also formed a Trifocus team entry about 36 hours from race start, with the aim of participating and having some fun. What a brilliant race and background, highly recommended to do this race.

Parys is back in fine form, with solid performances, so far results are 1st in age group Thames Turbo Sprint (2nd female), 1st Clumber Park Duathlon and an outright win in the South Devon Coastal Trail run (10k), yes that is right she beat all the males too (great work) Emma also took out 2nd place female in the half marathon at the same event.

Swim squad continues with a plenty of solid training going on, with a couple of sets focussed on maximising distance in the hour.

Run squad, commenced in January and is growing steadily. As usual regular attendees are already posting good run improvements

CanToo, Mac Uni pod has grown this year starting with 40 participants preparing for SMH half marathon, it is great to be a part of this group as they achieve key milestones building towards their goal race, it is hard to believe we only have 2 more long runs to finish our build phase.

Keep training hard and remember what doesn’t break you makes you!

Beijing ITU World Champs

In September Emma ventured off to Beijing to represent team GB at the triathlon world championships. Initially it was in our plan to qualify for the worlds or Europeans in 2012, but when Emma qualified for this year what would you do but take the spot.

Obviously for a race of such importance and prestige you want to be at your best. The goal was to put in a PB type performance and on an unkown course and conditions it is hard to put too many specific and achievable targets that are not controlled by outside factors. As a coach I thought it would be nice to be in the top 10 for your age, but I never mentioned this goal. Looking at the profile of the course I did think that it played to Emma’s strengths and she would race well.

On race day Emma definitely pulled out that PB performance and came home 5th in age group. A brilliant race and everyone is ecstatic with the final result. To use her words “the coaching rocks”, although I would prefer to say Emma rocks!

Since returning from Beijing Emma raced the Fixed relays at Dorney, this is a team event where every member completes all 3 legs. Happy to say that Emma’s team with Parys and CJ all from Ful-on tri club took out the win for the fastest female team and 5th fastest team overall, this result included a 5min PB over last year from Emma. I am already looking forward to see what Emma can do in 2012.

London ITU Dextro Triathlon

The previous weekend saw the final test event for the 2012 Olympic Triathlon venue in Hyde Park London. In the Elites it was not surprising to see a home win in the mens race for Alistair Brownlee and in the female race Helen Jenkins also won this for UK and pleasing to see her on top of the podium as she has been consistently at the top end of the race all season. Her consistency also showing in her current 4th ranking in the World Championship Series points.

From an Age group perspective, two very pleasing results with Parys being the fastest female age grouper overall, showing a nice to return to full fitness after injury & rehabilitation in the off season. Adding this victory to her Windsor Age group result in previous seasons, nice.

A more outstanding result was for Emma who took off a massive 10 minutes from last year and her previous pb and placing 3rd in age. This is a massive improvement over one season and showing that her fitness is peaking as she prepares for Beijing age group race next month. Great racing.



“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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