The purpose of Athlete of the Month is to recognize an individual for stepping up and performing over and above what they are expected to do making them eligible for nomination. The approach to preparation and training can be worthy of nomination, but the crucible is where all this training and preparation comes together to be tested – race day. Therefore the performance relative to ability (and not necessarily the result overall) on this day has to take precedence. So, it’s been a busy January for Team T2A in both training and racing. This month we have seen the start of base training for those preparing for races in 2012, sprint races in Australia, a 70.3 in New Zealand and the Marathon and 10km races here in Dubai. January’s decision has been made by a committee made of a few team members and is based on their ‘opinion’ of who has shown true grit and determination, consistency and willpower. It’s proved a difficult decision and the committee have debated long and hard over whom should take the title this month.
T2A ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
For his performance in 2012 Dubai Marathon
This months nominations: 1) Stuart Caunt – For his own personal triathlon tour of down under. Two solid performances following a long training build up. Stuey is an integral member of the team and works hard to achieve his results. He raced in the 70.3 in New Zealand following a three year plan – with a little sprint race thrown in a week beforehand for good measure! His faultless commitment and preparation makes Stuey an example to T2A athletes old and new. 2) Jason Metters – For finally making his comeback after 9 years and winning his AG in his debut race (and again in his final QF race and taking a National Title to boot. Impressive!). Firstly, there was some debate on whether Jason should be eligible. However Jason is not only the Coach he’s part of the team. He trains ‘with’ the team and since he is now racing AG he can be and has been recognised as a nominee. Jason has come from nowhere in the summer to deliver two convincing wins in AG in high level races, under a lot of pressure, from himself, his family, his team, and his Pro mates. Jason has worked very hard to come back. We have all seen him unfit having come back from Malaga and the likes in the past and by his own admission he has attempted many come backs before, but the dedication and discipline over the past months of training is a great example and inspiration to us all. He has put himself out there and stood up to be counted, yes he’s an ex-pro, but it’s the application rather than the result and that is what has been stand out regardless of level or ability. 3) Simon Kelly (Chombi) – For being out there on his own week after week doing his 180km rides SOLO! Simon has been out there a 3am braving the cold… We see his car at 4am when we roll out and still there when we roll back in 5 hours later…. Tenacity 4) Gamal Wahab – For making a late call to enter Dubai Marathon and against all odds smashing it on debut with a 3:36:16 on the back of very little marathon training. A very impressive show of character and determination. I wonder if Stitch danced down the finish chute again? 5) David Hunt – For taking 20-mins off his previous marathon time and delivering a PB of 3:15:14 in Dubai Marathon this after being dogged by
a recent hamstring injury. You’d be forgiven for thinking it may have hampered his training but with a careful and patient recovery the result was an outstanding performance from Hunty. 6) Chris McVicars – For completing Dubai Marathon on debut in a very respectable time of 3:47:26. Chris is a relative newcomer to the team and is showing definite signs of improvement and has cemented this with his run. Well done Chief. So in February we have Sri Lanka Ironman 70.3 & 50150 and Suisse Marc is taking part in the Jebel Hafeet Mountain Triathlon (who deserves a nomination just for volunteering for that particular race!!). It is recognised that Coach is best placed to make the decision on who achieves the title ‘Athlete of the Month’. As such Jason will make the call at the end of February and going forward throughout 2012
Jason Metters has done it again and smashed the field in his AG 40-44 despite a torn calf to take 1st in AG in the Australian National Sprint Championships (13th overall out of a field of 478). Let’s hope he’s not done any further damage to that
calf! We look forward to reading Jason’s race report for the low down on the race. Swim: 0:09:27 // T1: 0:01:13 Bike: 0:30:58 // T2: 0:01:03 Run: 0:19:43 // Finish Time: 1:00:09 Australian National Sprint Championships – Results This should be enough to secure his place in the Australian AG team to have a shot at the World Title at the 2012 ITU AG World Championships held in New Zealand in October. I do believe Coach Pain is back in full force in 2012 🙂 Well done Coach, job well done 🙂 (Race photos courtesy of his biggest supporter and wife, Mrs Metters)
Coach continues on his quest to QF for the Australian AG Team for the ITU World Championships in New Zealand in October and takes part in his second and last qualifying race. He’s racing the Australian Sprint Championships on Sunday 29-Jan under steamy Canberra racing conditions. The M40-44 field is loaded and unfortunately Jason is carrying a calf tear, an injury he picked up in his last race 2-weeks ago in Kurnell.
Word is he’s managed to continue training in swimming and biking on the HT and did his first run yesterday – he ‘thinks’ he’ll be able to bear the pain and run 4-mins/kms. If he gets in the Top 10 or so, he should make the team and that’s all he wants. We all know Jason, if he’s in the hunt, he’ll throw caution to the wind and tear his calf even more so let’s hope he manages to play it safe. We know he’s heavily strapped up and has said he’s looking forward to belting the swim and bike at the very least…
Good luck Coach, make your team proud 🙂
For more information go to Offical Race Website
Weather forecast Canberra
First the marathon….
42.2km had Hunty PB by 20mins with a 3.15hrs marathon…yep, you read that right
Capt J got me by surprise and trained a 3.25hrs marathon, scary how good he can run in training…
Beejy and Lizzy PB and hit the goal to the minute with a 3.30 hrs
Gamal blew thre event apart
with a 3.35hrs on debut.
‘Chief’ Chris on debut runs a 3.47 marathon
Hass in 5-hours and I would say we had a problem (more to come)
Benny first white man and PB 33.58
Ian La Pelley PB 34mins
Ed PB 35mins
Higgsy PB with a 43mins
Hammer PB 38min 10km, we have got faster since we met at age 39, now at 47 and almost 48, he still is PB’ing…
Peter Faulhaber PB 39mins
Annie P 52mins
Marie PB 47mins
Jo PB 47mins
I am well over the moon team. I cant believe the ENTIRE Team so far have PB’d…..we are going to blast 2012 I guess 🙂 I shall run my calf in two on Sunday on emotion alone!!
Thanks team and congratulations on the above results guys, I am blown away!!
This weekend we have Gamal racing his first ever marathon in Dubai off little marathon training. He is under strict instructions to jog and smile and gather some experience. Hass comes back for unfinished business and is in great shape to smash his 4.40hrs or so he did 2 years back. I believe both these boys may get under 4 hours on the perfect day, anyway, no pressure, just go out there and enjoy the day guy’s. Hunty, Lizzy and Beejy will be all trying for a PB which means we need to all get under 3.30hrs which is 5-min per km.. Now, the 3 of these athletes are doing 30km
or so in training alone at that pace so all going well, I think we may see the 3 break 3.30hrs here which will be exceptional running from them. Hunty has found some form following his December hamstring injury, Beejy is going in on slight calf/achilles issues however, has been given the green light from the Docs and Lizzy is in fine form outside a slight quad strain doing some swim kicking 2 days back. By all accounts, the above 5 are ready for some hurt. The “Chief’ Chris is also racing.. he tried to keep it under the radar but Coach found out! Let’s see how he gets on 🙂 Let’s not forget those who are running in the 10km race tomorrow… Ben, Ed, Annie P, Roy, Higgsy, Jo and Marie to name a few. Lets have some PB’s here also!!! Good Luck Team 🙂 Check out the new marathon route Dubai Marathon Official Website Expected weather conditions in Dubai
Stuart battled fierce winds out there today on a hilly course and has had a fantasic race down there in God’s Own Country and has finished Challenge Wanaka in a very respectable 05:35:18 placing 28th in AG 35-39. Brilliant effort 🙂 We hope Stuart and Victoria enjoy the post race party and have a few too many Monteith’s 🙂 Well done Stuey, and not forgetting to mention Victoria who’s been out there with her pom-poms! We can’t wait to see you both back in the sandpit to hear your stories… including ‘bungee’, racing down under
and training with a few celbrities of the triathlon world. But it’s not over yet…. Enjoy the road trip…..Happy days 🙂 Challenge Wanaka Half Ironman Race Results
Stuart ‘Captain Clipboard’ Caunt continues on his quest to conquer triathlon in the South Pacific in 1-week. He has hopped over the water after racing in the Sydney Triathlon Series race in Kurnell last weekend to
New Zealand’s South Island and is racing in Challenge Wanaka Half Ironman race on Saturday 21 Jan 2012. Challenge Wanaka is one of the world’s toughest and most honest half iron distance triathlon courses set against the stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Reports in today from Stuey’s support team – his lovely wife Victoria is that ‘it’s blowing a hoolie in Wanaka!’ Oh my goodness, looks like Stuey is in for a tough day at the office 🙂 Good luck Captain Clipboard – the team shall be watching… Half Ironman Swim start (men) Sat 7:35am – remember New Zealand is 9-hours ahead of Dubai so that’s Fri 10:35pm Dubai time. Looking at his previous 70.3 race result in Switzerland 2009 he came home in a respectable 5 hours 28 minutes. In his current form Stuey’s swimming, biking and running all seem to be sound and strong. Lets see if he can secure a place on the Top 10 leaderboard tomorrow 🙂 For race information and to track Stuart go to the official Challenge Wanaka website Wanaka weather forecast
Sydney Triathlon Series Results
Not bad for his first comeback race on his home turf, expectations were high from both his team here in Dubai and his home crowd and he didn’t fail to perform… 1st in AG 40-44 in 1:02:35, 4th overall…. One step closer to the 2012 ITU World Championship in New Zealand in Oct. Next for Jason is his second QF race at the end of the month (29-Jan)… So he can’t take his foot off the gas just yet!
Stuart Caunt had a blinder and took a PB from the race finishing 12th in AG 35-39 in 1:11:35… Brilliant, we know how hard that AG is…. now he has Challenge Wanaka 70.3 to look forward to next week (21-Jan).. Looking forward to following you there Stuey.
So that means we have a new AG leader on the Sprint Top 10 and Stuey moves up one place with that result! Brilliant….
We await your race reports lads!
Sydney Triathlon Series Results
Stuey and the Coach are racing in the New South Wales Championships in the Sydney Triathlon on Sunday 15 January. This is Coach’s first race in
9-years since his retirement!!! The race is a selection race for the 2012 ITU World Triathlon Championships, so we are expecting Coach to smash himself in an appropriate manner and it’ll be a great hit out for Stuey who is passing through Sydney on his way to race Challenge Wanuka 70.3 in New Zealand next week. We can expect some great results and equally great race reports to follow – Good luck from all the team here in Dubai!!!! Do us proud guys!!!
Happy New Year guys, may 2012 bring at least 2 World Podiums, 2 Kona athletes, 8 Vegas athletes, 4 sub 10 hour IM members, a dozen first time Ironman finishes and a whole heap of PB’s. Thx Team, the coach..