Flanners hot off the press….

Flanners’ race report from the ITU Sprint World Champs can be found here

Flanners, as much as you were down with your result at the time you raced in the 2012 World Triathlon Championships in a stacked Southern Hemisphere field. You were 4th Brit by the way and that alone is something that you should be proud of!!!
My old swim coach never rated an athlete on his result, he rated it off how hard the kid worked in training and gave in the event. I saw you mate on the run course, we gave it everything, it was an honour to be racing in the same event and same category as you Neil. Sitting in the swim pen 2 minutes before the gun was my entire reason why I came back, nothing beats that feeling, nothing!!!
Where do we go from here Flanners, we go Top 10 in Vegas next year 🙂 I don’t see a white flag and like Mr National says, this stuff inspires our team at any level they may be.
Your a legend mate, your a loyal friend and you are a team player.

Weekend Round Up

We saw some fantastic racing this weekend in the Southern hemisphere, the team are certainly prepared to travel as The Chief took on his second IM 70.3 in Mandurah, Western Australia and bagged a PB.

AG45-49 Position 29 :: Swim 31:40 :: Bike 2:45:24 :: Run 1:49:35 = Finish 5:11:48

Cracking result from The Chief. He’s now got some solid weeks of training in his final build to IM Bussleton (9th December) when he returns to Western Australia to tackle his first Ironman distance race. One to watch 🙂

Now to a very different event – The ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland NZ where we had 3 of the team racing in the Sprint World Championships representing their respective countries, and didn’t they do us very proud 🙂

It was a tough day, with water temperatures of 14 degrees and the constant threat of rain, a technical bike course and a loaded field. It is reported that this was the largest AG field ever seen, and the level of competition was second to none. There are some very talented AGer’s out there!

Jason Metters AUS
AG40-44 Silver Medal :: Swim 0:10:20 :: Bike 0:30:42 :: Run 0:17:38 = Finish 1:04:14

Jason finished 6th overall (all competitors, all AG’s). To put that into context he out raced the more spritely AG’s 20-24, 25-29 and 35-39 with ease. 0:01:Not a bad performance!

Bonus! Coach took the opportunity for a hit out a few days before the Sprint race in the Aquathon and earned himself a Bronze medal in AG40-44. Cheeky!

Neil Flanagan GBR
AG40-44 Position 32 :: Swim 0:12:09 :: Bike 0:34:14 ::: Run 0:19:23 = Finish 1:12:36

ITU have commented that the 40-44 age group was the most competitive field assembled – in which Metters and Flanners were both racing. Flanners has expressed disappointment on his result, but when you consider the field of 80 competitors it’s a truly remarkable result and one to be very proud of 🙂

Finn Zwager NDL
AG45-49 Position 25 :: Swim 0:13:37 :: Bike 0:35:14 :: Run 0:19:05 = Finish 1:14:25

Finn raced on the back of 6 weeks of sprint specific training. Prior to this he’s been training long for Ironman and Half Ironman distance races. The true sportsman, Finn acknowledges that to get a top 10 or a podium in Auckland where the field was huge would take an incredible amount of specific training and dedication. Another awesome performance from Finn 🙂

One thing that was apparent this weekend was how hard our athletes were on themselves for what are just admirable results. It goes to show the determination and courage that runs through the heart of this team – as Coach would say, it’s been emotional.

Forever Tri2Aspire.

TT2A Racing :: IM 70.3 Mandurah

The Chief is no stranger to the TT2A blog and he’s gone into this race somewhat under the radar! We saw him complete the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town in April, more recently conquer his first 70.3 in Austria in August and tomorrow we’ll be watching him race in IM 70.3 Mandurah, Western Australia as he continues his build up to his A race and first Ironman distance event in Bussleton, WA on 9th December.

You can follow Chris on the IM 70.3 Mandurah live tracking. The race starts at 06h30 which  I believe will be 02h30 here in Dubai, so we can watch him on the run at breakfast time 🙂

Race hard Chief!!!!!

Weather for Mandurah WA, Australia

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A BIG cheer for Simon Marshall

Well done to Simon Marshall, what a absolute superstar! Simon finished his day after 10hrs 47mins of what seems to be pure hell on the Big Island…. Swim: 1:20:24 || Bike: 5:35:17 || Run: 3:45:16 || Overall: 10:47:56

Word in from Simon, and it sounds like he gave it everything he had, as he said himself ‘Normally I’d be very critical of my time, but I raced very hard and gave everything
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I had. Swim navigation was hopeless, some suggested course long, but I don’t think they would mess that up, bike was, well I’m laughing to myself, thinking about it, I remember looking down and seeing 13.4 kmh and doing 252 watts on the flat, a tad windy! Rolled the dice on the run and had a stormer until Palani hill, and then had major issues after that. Dehydrated and had a few big “exorcist moments” 6k from home’. I think the dehydration part says a lot considering this is a man who trains in the desert and loves the heat!

Simons pretty damn pleased, and so are we 🙂 Inspiration to get yourselves out there, train hard and get yourself a QF spot for next year. I’m sure Simon will be back next year, hopefully with a few other TT2A rock stars 🙂
BUT… the fun isn’t over. We see 3 of TT2A racing in the ITU World Championships next week… more on that later 🙂

Kona Update: Go Marshie!!!!!!!!

It’s been a fabulous night with some awesome performances from the Pro’s – Jacobs taking the men’s crown with Raelert putting himself in the hurt locker to take second place (again).

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Unfortunately TT2A favorite was off form today and finished 11th… I can only think he’s saving himself for racing the team next month at the Ghantoot Sprint 🙂 We have a new Queen of Kona, representing GBR Leanda ‘Bird’ Cave. Awesome run, Xena showed courage, lead off the bike and hung in there for second place holding off Rinni 🙂 Brilliant racing. So inspiring. Our man Simon Marshall is out there on the run and is going strong on a hot, hot, windy day – is there any other in Kona? Simon has been running well in the heat in training and Coach has been holding him back, saving him for this, his A Race. He swam 1:20:47 which is a little off the mark by Marshalls standards, but biked near on target with a 5:35. So he’s on the run and running well in true Marshie style 🙂 Keep going Marshall… the chatroom has been up all night, Dubai is waking up now waiting for you to cross that finish line!! Remember Marshall – keep on believin’ 🙂

It’s Kona Time!

This Saturday has one of our favourite cult members racing, Simon Marshall in the biggest race
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on the planet (outside ITU World Championship racing of course 🙂 the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon.

Coach has had a few chats with Sime over the last few days and reports, ‘we have gone a very new freshness approach. From his incredible Japan result and Roth, we have simply revved the engine from time to time and rested him well. He is in great spirits, fit and fresh and absolutely chomping at the bit to race a low 10 hours’.

Marshall has reported in from Kona and is in good spirits. ‘Its getting a little more real now, I’m all registered (#1216), feeling great and looking forward to Saturday. It’s forecasting for the winds to pick up, rougher sea conditions and a few degrees warmer, so all good! Saw Crowie last night, he looks in super good shape and did mention about an important event he has coming up in Dubai (think he means my 40th 🙂 – but good to see him focussing on the important stuff! Annie and Paulo arrive tomorrow afternoon (the pom-poms have arrived). Hope everyone is well and will be thinking of you all back in the sandpit’.

It’s a late night in the UAE for Kona so, but I suspect a few will be there for the last 5 hours watching our little Marshie go round 🙂
Don’t stop believin’……. 🙂

TT2A Athlete of the Month – September 2012

September! Proved to be another busy month of racing all over the globe with Tim heading out to Las Vegas to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. Finn smashing a 70.3 race on his home turf in the Netherlands, we saw Stevie take on the Brutal Triathlon in Wales… and Brutal it certainly was and finally not so newbie Andy dip his toe in the water to take part in his first 70.3 distance race in the IM Pays D’Aix, Provence



Finn ‘Dataman’ Zwager

Finn Zwager – Finn has participated in many races since joining TT2A, and is proving versatile to all distances from Sprint to Ironman taking his place on the start line in IM South Africa in April. Finn smashed the Dutch National 1/2 Ironman championships in Almere with a 4.33hrs making him one of the fastest 70.3 athletes in T2A. Dataman lit this event up with a 31 swim, 2.33 bike and a 1.25hr run and in typical fashion, he did not claim the run saying it was a bit short. Coach asked for fast T1 and T2’s and that they were!!! A quality tough classy modest man and a stellar result 🙂 Finn’s next challenge with the ITU Sprint World Championships in New Zealand on 22nd October. It’ll be interesting to see how Finn fairs on the shorter distance 🙂

Andy Veall – Ironman 70.3 Pays D’Aix, France
For some reason Andy chose his first 70.3 race to be what is probably on of the toughest and mountainous courses on the circuit and then backed it up with what was probably one of the funniest race reports out there!!! A great race performance on debut Andy found as like all of the team who have raced at this level, that 70.3’s are no joke. Job well done 🙂

Tim Hawes  – Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas
🙂  Tim qualified for the World Champs in Sri Lanka earlier in the year and finished this tough race on what turned out to be a hot, hot day, with grinding hills on the bike and an equally grinding run in he Nevada sun with no shade, Tim produced at 6hr39 – a tough day at the office 🙂

Steve Morgan  – Brutal Long Course Triathlon, Wales
Stevie is officially nuts 🙂 Proven by the fact he entered an Ironman distance triathlon which involved running a marathon up the highest mountain in the British Isles outside Scotland – Snowdon in Wales! Unfortunately Stevie pulled a hamstring and made the wise decision to stop and fight another day, but he’s nominated for his sheer determination to take The Brutal on 🙂