TT2A ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
Jeroen Van Cauwenberghe
Simon Marshall travelled to Japan this month, flying the T2A flag in yet another country with the main objective – to secure a slot for Kona!! Simon is currently in superb form, by far the fittest he’s ever been in all 3 sports.
Japan has some brilliant runners in the heat and humidity and it’s a technical bike course so Marshall really had to pull out all the stops in this race.
He started with a great swim – 26-mins. to put this into context, Marshman was only 5-mins behind the Pro’s which is very very impressive as this time last year the Pro’s were swimming 12-mins into him!
Simon Marshall moved up the field from 34th out of the water to 5th off the bike. Simon ran to 2nd place in his AG40-44. It materialised that Simon was in the lead at 12km, and had a complete war with 1st place and ran 1.23 for the 1/2 marathon to only to be beaten by 12 seconds!
Simon has taken Team T2A up to the elite end of the sport here. There were 300 athletes alone in his age group and he placed 27th out of 1800 athletes. A massive result, he said it was the greatest race sporting moment of his life and rode as hard as he could on a hilly, technical bike to storm into the lead.
Team, those who are new have to understand that this guy could not swim to save himself 3 years ago…a perfect example of hard work ethic, believing in his team and coach and NEVER EVER giving up. Simon did not just become good, he works damn hard. Simon Marshall smashed it in Japan and has the team including Coach in complete awe 🙂
Simon Marshall has qualified for Kona again this year…
Capt J is no stranger to the same dilemmas we all face when trying to fit our Ironman training in around our daily lives, family, work, friends and the Dubai weather. Capt. J regularly flies long haul to US which takes him away for days on end, however J has adapted his training to suit his schedule – along with his bike!
Some of you may know Capt J has a crazy fold up bike with wittle wheels and aero bars small enough to fit in a suitcase which he takes with him to do his long rides out on the open roads in Texas, Utah, Arizona, etc. whilst he’s over there. There really is no stopping some 🙂
Now, this is actually a belated AOTM as Capt J went under the radar in May and unbeknown to most of the team, he raced Ironman St George in Utah which is considered one of the toughest Ironman courses around. Capt J didn’t use his crazy little fold up bike for the event itself but it certainly drew a lot of attention the day before!
Unfortunately there was an issue with J’s timing chip on race day and he had to email his training data to Ironman HQ in US to get his time verified. So it is now official…
Capt J completed Ironman St George in a fantastic 10.37hrs!!!! This is a 1-hr PB for J in horrific conditions. The Pro’s were 1-hr off their PB’s whereas J went an 1-hr faster. Only a handful broke 10-hrs in the entire field, a tough day at the office for sure. Coach has admitted that this is one of the best results he has ever coached 🙂
Capt J missed Kona by 1 spot 🙁
You can read Capt J’s race report here and J’s racing again on 11th August in Ironman NYC. Another one to watch 🙂