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.