Captain Carl is King…. racing an incredible 10.40hrs today in Melbourne 🙂
After what turned out to be a disastrous Ironman S.Korea in 2011 followed by a hernia operation, Coach went soft and took a pressureless approach for Capt.Carl in preparation for IM Melbourne today.
Coach and Capt knew what time they were shooting for and neither were about to spill the beans until after the gun went off so that Capt would have even less pressure going into the race. The apparent game plan was for Capt. Carl to prove he can run a marathon – and for those who dont know Carl is indeed a brilliant runner.
The target times were a 65min swim, 5.25 bike and a 4 hour run with 10mins combined with T1&T2.
Carl went 65mins, 5.18 and a 4.07 with 10min T1&T2. The Coach/Athlete combo were looking for sub 10.45hrs on a perfect day and they did better than that! They acheived 10.40hrs for an 8th placing in what many will see as the most competitive Ironman on the Age Group scene along with the Pro’s.
Coach can’t be happier with today’s result. Capt. Carl put together a race performance today hitting the targets set by Coach within minutes. Bring on next year when Capt. Carl breaks into the 60-64 AG – and being the youngest in the field will have a real shot at that Kona slot he’s been after 🙂
Capt. Carl really is a legend, one of the most popular and most positive guys in the team. A big thank you to both Carl & Noelene for everything they epitomise and congratulations on a superb result in Melbourne.
David Hunt and Tony Hchaime took on the Long Distance race 3km swim, 200km bike, 20km run. unfortunately Tony suffered a puncture after 120km and was forced to
withdraw, whilst Huny finished in 9:18:26… He did a 1:32:08 for a 20km run off a 200km bike – that’s amazing! A long tough day as the winds whipped up after lunch. ADIT really is a long, hard, lonely race. Not for the faint hearted. commendable 🙂
Trudy Strukenboom out on the bike course
We saw a massive 22 of the team racing in the Short Distance race yesterday 1.5km swim, 100km bike, 10km run with some fab results by one and all including placings for Trudy Strukenboom (2nd AG F25-29) and Ed Hawkins (3rd AG M35-39). 11 took part in the Sprint Distance race. 750m swim, 50km bike, 5km run and we really did smash it with Liz
Mercer winning overall female outright (1:56:13). Brilliant 🙂 Neil Flanagan 2nd overall and 1st in AG M35-39 (1:14:31) BOOM. Not very far behind (and he did call Flanners out) was Simon Marshall who came 2nd in AG M35-39 (1:43:00). Glen ‘Chicago’ Osmond pulled 2nd in AG4-44 (1:50:32). Roy ‘Hammer’ Nasr came 3rd in AG M45-49 (1:44:56). For all results go here Well done to all those who took part in the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2012. See you all out there next year 🙂
After all that hardwork training for the Ironman event and what we all most dread is an unforseen change to our plans…
looks like Ben Selier will be doing a 70.3 race now…. in terrible conditions at that!!!… read more
This month we have seen the majority of the the team race either RAK Half Marathon or Ironman Sri Lanka 70.3 or the 5150. We have 7 nominations this month and its been a very difficult decision for Committee. There’s a huge talent in the team and we have had some great achievements in each respective race.
T2A ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Marie O’Neill – Sri Lanka 5150 & Aerofit Marie is a relative newcomer to the team, since she’s joined us she’s demonstrated a positive attitude and enless enthusiasm in training – which is certainly not an unusual trait within the team! 🙂 February has been a great month for Marie for two reasons. Firstly, Marie went to Sri Lanka and won her AG F30-34 & 3rd Female overall in the 5150 standard triathlon distance race. Second, a week later she backed it up by achieving a PB in the Aerofit Sprint Race 5 (1:19:41) – knocking a massive 11-minutes off her time since her last appearance in Aerofit Sprint Race 3 – November (1:30:06). These two results are a testomy to Maries dedication. Keep it up Marie as you can only go from strength to strength 🙂 Simone Green – RAK Half Marathon What’s great about Simone’s performance here is she said ‘I’m not a runner’ and look at her now – sub 2 hour half marathon on debut. Sean Mcmanon – Sri Lanka 70.3 Sean has come from 120kg when he first met Coach and has cut down to 105kg for a shot at doing the Ironman. This was the first stepping stone for such a goal and out of the past 10 weeks, 70% of his time was smack in a war zone with next to no Tri training. He is an elite super trooper. Seano certainly is the real deal team 🙂 Ian Le Pelley – Sri Lanka 70.3 It should be noted that Ian obviously had a great event which could of been even better if he showed a bit more patience however, thats racing and the Silver Fox is a great racer, one of the best racers we know outside guys doing it for a living. A brilliant result for Ian on 70.3 debut – 4.29 1st in AG M35-39 🙂 Ahmed Al-Malki – Sri Lanka 70.3 What a race Ahmed had. It just shows how hard he’s been working over the last few months since Phuket to taking 56-mins off his over all time. Wow! A great solid performance by Ahmed! Steve Morgan – Sri Lanka 70.3 A brave performance from Stevo getting a podium finish, 3rd in AG M50-54 after taking a tumble on the bike too. Steve has again come on in the last few months and his dedication to training its really starting to show in his racing. Chantal El Khoury – RAK Half Marathon Not everyone will know Chantal but she has gone and produced a brilliant half marathon from scratch. Another sub 2 hours of half marathon on debut. March is a busy month in the T2A calendar. We shall see nominations from Ironman New Zealand, Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, DDDD and the Jebel Hafeet Camp… March is going to be interesting!