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World Champion Photos

A picture says a thousand words, so here is 4 thousand words, courtesy of the 2013 ITU Female age group Olympic distance triathlon champion. I am still in awe of how hard Parys trains and pushes herself, a true champion in every sense of the word and the nicest most encouraging person you could ever meet.

MedalFace of Pain Home Straight  on top of world

ITU World Champs London2013

The 2013 ITU final was held in London over the weekend. This event also hosted the age-group world championships for both the Sprint and Olympic distances.

I am very proud of some brilliant results. A result that just puts me in total awe and say she is nothing but awesome. Parys absolutely destroyed the field and not only won her age group by a considerable margin, but was the fastest female age grouper overall. It has been an absolute privilege to work with Parys over the last 5 years leading to this result. Having seen her work through highs and lows over this time and always coming back stronger each season is inspirational. A result of unrelenting dedication and perseverance to keep working to achieve her best.

Barbara decided that one race wasn’t enough so competed in both the sprint and Olympic distances. Achieving a 7th and 9th place respectively in her races. It was a very competitive field with none other than the Sydney 2000 gold medallist winning both of these events. In both events Barbara was the first Australian home in her age group. A brilliant result in her first season of tri. and Dwyn competing in her first world champs event placing 39th. Another result to be proud of in only her second season of tri, I know both of these ladies will be achieving greater results in future seasons.

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!

ETU Champs 2012

On Friday 20 April, the ITU held the European champs in Eilat Israel.

I am absolutely delighted to report that Parys competed in the Standard Distance and not only achieved her goal of Gold in her age group, but was the fastest female age grouper overall by a clear 4 minutes! no doubt this medal will sit nicely alongside her gold from the duathlon 2 years ago. Well done Parys awesome result

Noosa Triathlon

Earlier this year I was approached by two tentative people, who had just signed up for their first Olympic distance triathlon and purchased their first road bikes.

Over the last 6 months Bec & Kerrie trained diligently, learnt many new skills (including how to pack bikes for travel and maintaining a bike) and faced their fears head on.

Leading up to the race Kerrie picked up a foot injury, which meant no running pre race. Both were ready and keen to race. They stuck to their race plan and when it came to the run Kerrie stayed strong and positive and achieved a good result, running keeping the injury at bay. Bec was feeling strong but was struck with food poising on the bike. Finishing the bike in a good time she pushed onto the run and soldiered on with the effects of the bug taking its impact, which impacted on the overall time.  Needles to say it was a great effort for both of them to finish and I so suspect that it was due their diligent training and preparation that helped them triumph in the face of adversity. Well done I know you both are looking forward to your next races already.

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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