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Matiu Somes ... take 2
Off we go again - this time Feb 18th. Swimming Petone to Matiu/Somes Island. 3.2 km. Yippee.
Matiu Somes Island Swim
As part of our 'everyday adventures' training goals I'm organising a swim from Matiu/Somes Island on the 21st of January. Register now.
Dave Oliver set a huge challenge for himself & knocked it off really well in May's Ultraman Australia. It would be fair to say everything went to plan and he finished an astonishing 6th place, out of 41 entrants. The event was comprised of 3 competition days -
Day 1 = 10 k swim + 146 k bike; Day 2 = 284 k bike; Day 3 = 84 k run
Sarah Dwen, Claire Samuels, Ange Clothier and I supported Dave to complete the course and had a ball. We were very proud of Dave and ourselves, it's fair to say! The event was fabulous and we may see another Tractioneer do it next year, aye Claire!
Ironman Athletes - hats off!
Wow, what a weekend we have just had. Claire, Mike, Sarah & Adrienne were so awesome during the Ironman event. All out-performed their goals by 30 mins! But for me it was the fun they had during the event which I was most proud of. What's a sport that you don't love? So, so proud. Thanks also to the great team of supporters who traveled to Taupo & added to an enormously memorable occasion. Coach is rapt!
Performances of the Week: Kinloch
Bayley .... breaking the Sovereign ribbon at the end of the women's event and showing a real maturity in the bike leg and on a tough circuit.
Callum Hancock showed the spirit of a great sportsperson by running in together with the other boy he was racing.
Kinloch National Sprint Champs
So this was the most important points event if you want to qualify for the NZ Team which will race in Mexico later this year. Double points on the offer. We had great results with the exception of Juliet not finishing due to a flat tire early in the bike leg. Bayley won the whole affair - that's the women's race! Callum Hancock ran over the line first in the youth event. Harrison was 1st overall off the bike and finished his best ever placing, 4th in the juniors. Liam had a stunning swim and run & finished 10th. Annabelle and Sarah Croxford finished there 1st big time events and loved the experience after feeling really nervous. Euan had a boomer and finished without injury (yay). Barbara finished 4 mins faster than last year & in doing so found the run tough. It was very hot and everyone suffered in the run leg. Sophia had her usual good race, in the shadows ... watch that one! David Brechin-Smith had a solid race but found the run hot stuff. Nick didn't race as he fell off his bike early last week (he's OK but a bit scrapped up). So it was a great showing. Cathy Alderton won her age group title also! Storming performance.
Well done everyone and also the supporters - The Hitchins; Korena Moon, The Hancocks and Myles Carson.
Performance of the Week
This week we have joint performance titles - Ange Clothier and Annabelle Brown. Both stood on the start line of their 1st triathlon finish feeling very nervous. For Ange it was her 3rd try at finishing a swim leg successfully. For Annabelle she had started to invest a lot of time training in this new sport. Both felt sick. Ange lept with delight as she successfully exited the swim before going on to finish the medium distance Scorcher - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5 k run - and Annabelle was all beaming smiles as she explained her feelings and how much she absolutely loved the experience. We're all really proud of you two - you put it on the line and came out winners!!
Half Ironman Results
What a wonderful 3 weekends of Half Ironman events and results we've seen.
* TAUPO 70.3 First was Taupo and then Rotorua. We had a few athletes doing Taupo and although Peter Kane hasn't been training with us so much lately I count him as one of our team and my super athletes. Peter finished 1st in his age group with a super sub 5 hr time. Tammy Reed finished in 4 hrs 54 mins. Mel did a PB and Anthony also had a solid event. Ross Capill team did a great job of officiating.
* ROTORUA HALF Most of our athletes headed to Rotorua this year. It was my 1st time watching & I loved the scenery and course. As for our athletes - WOW, they did fabulous. Basically I think everyone did a PB! Hard act to follow really. Congrats to Sarah Dwen, Mandy Hancock(30 mins faster than last year), Adrienne Hannan, Dave Oliver (had dream race compared to last year), James Parker (3 hrs 10 min bike leg), Mike Pilgrim (swam like a fish), Ailsa Robertson (1st half tickerty wickerty), Claire Samuel (1 hr 48 run) and of course Anna Marshall and Ange Clothier who won the female teams event.
* IRONMOARI HALF Amy Barbara blitzed her first half I event with a 26 min swim (bit short in distance; 2 hr 53 min bike and 1 hr 52 min run. She did it fast and did it easy. We think she is destined for bigger things!
Crazy stuff for the 1st big racing weekend of the season. So many athletes cracking PBs and standing on podiums. Let's retire now!
Mandy Hancock - Huka Challenge 85k MTB event; 1st in AG + within 10 mins of the winner!
Nick Sasse - 2nd NZ Aquathlon Champs & fine race in Sprint Tri
Nicki Sutherland - 10th overall Round Taupo Bike Ride!
Sophia Hitchins - 2nd NZAq Champs
Bayley-Rose 3rd NZAq + 2nd Sovereign Tinman Sprint
Graham Biggs - killed his PB for a sprint event by miles, Sov Timan Sprint
Tammy Reed - was a star in both the NZ Aq Champs & Tinman Sprint. 1st in AG.
SpringBike400: The Rapa
We had 3 days of blissful cycling training over Labour Weekend based in Masterton. What a pleasure it was - we're going to have another camp in February.
Get fit to fly this winter. SIgn up now.
Helen's Going to Kona!
How happy are we all - one of our group is off to the big Island to represent NZ at the Ironman World Championships. Great job at IMNZ. You made us all very proud. The result was based not only on talent but diligent training practices. You blew us all away Helen - great job!
Feb 2015, TriNZ Youth Camp, Takapuna
I spent 3 days with 78 young Kiwi triathletes aged 14.5-18yrs of age in Takapuna over the weekend. We have some VERY talented athletes jiggling around in the wings of greatness. Some great nurturing will see us bring through some stars we can be very proud of! .....
I'm feeling buzzy after a great weekend in which every athletes made progress towards Ironman, & also simply being a switched on triathlete!. Finishing Ironman seems less scary now!
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Tuesday Windtrainer Session
If you are serious about improving your bike speed then come to this session. 75-90 mins of pure cycling genious. Build your power & fitness for a much faster tougher you!
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