Back on the podium over the full Ironman Distance, great work Emma! Photo Credit: Challenge Wanaka Media
Racing in Challenge Wanaka, Emma Bilham had a great podium performance to kick off her long course season. Emma led out of the water with the fastest swim, had a solid bike, and capped off her day with the fastest run split. Emma is on a roll and the momentum from this stellar performance will take her straight into Ironman New Zealand in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, Jennifer Lentzke’s race was not to be. She had a bike crash avoiding another racer the day before Challenge Wanaka. A cracked rib left Jennifer on the sidelines race day, deciding to be smart and save her racing for later this spring when she is back at 100%.
Race Recap from Coach Cameron Watt:
Last weekend we had three of our Brisbane Trisutto crew fly down to the Geelong 70.3. Geelong is notorious for throwing extremes in weather from one day to the next.. I’ve been there when it’s been 47 degrees, where organisers of a criterium allowed feeding every 1km lap!! Then other extremes of wind, rain and feeling like it’s about to snow!!
Sunday produced the later…
Josh Amberger produced a solid day across all 3 legs, leading the swim out, then thinning the pretenders out on the bike, where eventual winner Sam Appleton was the only one that could keep up, a little rough patch for Josh early in run allowed Sam to open a small gap which he maintained to the finish. Josh is next off to the inaugural round of the Super League Triathlon where on his way to his first IM (and 2nd ever) of the year in South Africa.
Sarah Crowley showed great fight back to claim 3rd behind Bella Luxford and Barb Riveros. After going off course in the swim, she gave the first 3 girls 2:20min head start out of the water, but clawed her way back with the 2nd fastest bike split to come off with Ellie Salthouse, but the effort came at cost, and was unable to hold off the fast finishing Riveros (who was 5th place RIO no less).
Katey Gibb put in a solid performance to place 6th. After a solid swim and bike where she towed a few around on bike, it gave us a good gauge on progress and another hard day in the bank in her long term journey up the long course ranks….
Race Recap from Coach Mat O’Halloran:
Last Friday, Dubai-based Filipino triathlete Paolo Magnilinan was in action for his third race of the year, at the TriYas Sprint Triathlon in the UAE. He managed a very strong swim, and maintained a good rhythm on the bike, then closed it off strongly on the run. His efforts were rewarded with the top spot in his age group.
Top 10 overall for Andy at the Bangsaen Triathlon. Photo Credit: Asia Tri
A few days later, near Bangkok, Andy Wibowo of Bali Indonesia was competing in his second race in 7 days, at the Bangsaen triathlon, of the Thailand Tri League, which was of the unique distance of 1500m swim + 75 KM bike + 15 KM run. Andy managed to keep touch with the main group of pros on the swim and bike. Despite some confusion on the bike course, he managed to reach T2 with a few seasoned professionals from Australia and Europe. On the run, his effort on the first 2 legs showed, and he soldiered to a respectable top 10 in the international field.
On the same day, Andy’s countryman, James “Joi” Iskandar broke the ice for his season, by doing his first ever long distance Duathlon, at the inaugural Powerman Indonesia. He put together a very solid all-around effort, over the 10 KM run – 60 KM bike – 10 KM run, to finish in 3h49. This being used as a training race, it sets the tone for a promising year, where the objective is to improve gradually, safely and consistently.
Race Recap from Coach Ed Rechnitzer:
I had one athlete racing this past weekend, down under, in Huskisson. Leanne Smyth raced her second long course race this (Aussie) season at the same place she did her very first sprint triathlon a year ago. Leanne had a solid race overall setting new personal bests in the swim (2min) and the run (5min). “Today hurt but it was a different pain….I could feel I was fitter and more conditioned and it gave me a quiet confidence to push through I haven’t felt before. It was a good race and I can’t believe how much I’ve improved in only 10 weeks. So thanks coach. We had a good day 🙂 “.
What has impressed me the most about Leanne, and which has made working with her an absolute pleasure, is her tenacity and determination to get the homework done while juggling a law profession and a young family. But even more so what underscored her character – that which is made when no one is watching – this time around were the brutal conditions in which her preparation had to unfold leading into this race. As many a reader will be aware south eastern Australia was suffocating for weeks on end from a stifling heat wave. Morning temperatures would easily rise above 30C, often reading +45C by mid day, with no respite even in the early evening. Not one to be deterred she often got up at 4am to get her long rides done on the turbo in the relative “coolness” of her garage demonstrating time and again one precious quality that no one can coach – desire.
Race Recap from Coach Rafal Medak:
Congratulations to David Nicholson for two PBs in one race – half marathon and 10k on the way. He raced on tired legs after 3 days of climbing in Wales. Consistent training paying off, great job David! He described the race in a very short report:
This was a great race for me. Felt really well prepared, fresh despite 12 hours climbing and lots of driving in the past three days. Started out behind the 1.45 marker but soon decided that I could press on. Went through 10km in 47 mins (new PB), struggled slightly with cramp after 13km so eased back for a few mins, felt OK again by 15km. Very pleased with gel strategy (5, 10, 14, 18km) which kept my cadence high and strong rhythm right to the finish. New PB of 1.42 – down from 1.45.
Kati Pusey ran a 5k cross country event as a training race last weekend and did very well despite not having proper shoes, lesson learned but a great training which she will benefit from in early season races. This is how she has described her race:
The race was tough. it was so muddy and with normal trainers I was sliding all over the place. But raced hard and considering the conditions came in mid field. It is such a skill to run fell. Good and hard training day!
It seems to be an English speciality to design muddy races this time of the year and Steve Lyons excelled last weekend despite not tapering for the race. His short report below:
The event was brutal!! And I mean brutal! The run was up a massive hill with snow on the tops 42 mins in total and the bike ride was constant climbs, the only downhill being too technical to relax. 1hr 2mins. The final run was up a hill and less brutal, only 15 mins. All in all a great event and I gave it everything, 2nd in age group. The guy that won it was previous uk cyclocross champ.
Race Recap from Coach Robbie Haywood:
Andrea Rudin ran in the Town Of Seaside Park Run on Saturday morning. A nice 5km warm up lap of the course, a 5km race pace effort, and a 5km cool down, followed by a splash in the ocean a nice way to start the weekend (Andrea also completed a solid swim set at the pool in the afternoon, then ran the 8km home – another good day of training). Well done Andrea.
Mark Richardson ran a 20 mile road race at Bramley in the UK on Sunday as part of preparations for Ironman South Africa in April. The day before was a long bike and recovery swim. During the run race, Mark used the moderate, medium, mad approach, holding back the first half, then building through to the finish. Another recovery swim to loosen up, and an excellent weekend of training was completed. Well done Mark.
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.
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