TT2A success in LPT

The newbies and oldies will remember what I always say when we race a big event. That being that my goal is for you all to safely finish the event with a smile until we take it more serious. Well, we did it again and the team and coaching has proven itself one more time.
Colleen placed 2nd in her age group 25-29’s with a 3.45 hours….Amazing race considering last week at camp was her first ever triathlon. Heather placed 4th in the very competitive 30-34’s with a 3.39hrs and I believe now, Miss Chatterbox has some confidence with how good she can be.
Shazza has blown me away, last year she missed cutoff and was thrown out of the event. This year we wanted to break 6 hours and finish the event. She finished in 5.22hrs and although I obviously have zero pull with AOTM, I believe she may be worth consideration as I know how hard she worked for this. Mike is hooked, fullstop and was the first to text me ( 3 mins ahead of Doc Hisham ) and broke 4 hours with a 3.57hrs.
Damo beat his sister, thats all we wanted 🙂 and went 3.35hrs which is very impressive as we have only just comeback to training. Doc is another one hooked, he went 4.15hrs and does ALL HIS training out of Riyadh and up until 8 months ago, had no idea of Triathlon. A very very impressive result Doctor Hisham. You owe Hunty a coffee as he is the one who got you into this.
Lea was sick and has been working hard long hours with travel. Was worried she would not get through the event yet, raced in 4.45hrs with a smile I wager. Huge respect Lea as I know your working hours are horrific. Jimmy C proved last week at camp how much B..LS he has and it is no surprise he was first from the team in a 3.20hrs, I am backing this kid to go mid 10-hours next year in IM.
OK, lets leave it there and wait for the changeover as our big guns come out to play in the 70.3 with Hunty, Higgsy, National, Marshall and Henry stepping up to play.
Coach

TT2A Racing :: Laguna Phuket ‘Classic’ Triathlon

On Sunday 25th November we have a contingent of the team over in Phuket participating in the Laguna Classic Triathlon. A favorite race of the team, and endorsed by Coach Pain as a perfect first race for the newbies the Laguna Triathlon proves a challenging race with a 1.8km swim, 55km bike and 12km run.

TT2A racers: Colleen Byrne, brother Damien Byrne, Heather MacKenzie, Sharon Ditchburn, Lea Lehtinen, James Cresswell, Hisham Alomran and Mike O’Brien. Race hard chaps, its a fun race, the whole event is fun – especially the post race celebrations!

Race start time 6:30am (GMT +7) and there may be ‘live’ tracking for this race go to www.lagunaphukettriathlon.com

TT2A Racing :: Mamzar Park Triathlon

This weekend we saw the first of three races in the 2XU Triathlon Championship race series at Mamzar Park in Dubai. TT2A racers included Freddie, Cameron, Carla, Jonesee, Batman, Gazza, Sellar and Tron… results pending

Well done to long standing Tri2aspire team members Jamie ‘Tron’ Atherton and Chris Sellars who stepped on the podium to take 1st place in the Team Sprint race and young gun Frederic Jacobs who took 3rd in the Sprint race.

     

The T2A Annual ‘Crowie’ Camp

It’s that time of year again, and time for th 4th annual Crowie Camp here in Dubai with T2A honorary member…

Craig Alexander

2008, 2009, 2011 Ironman World Champion and Record Holder

Craig Alexander, known by many as Crowie, is arguably one of the greatest triathletes on the planet. Craig has won more 70.3 Ironman’s than any other athlete in the World and has won the past two Ironman World titles, a feat only 3 other athletes have accomplished.

Being one of the most respected triathletes amongst his peers and a favourite with fans across the world, Crowie hopes to add invaluable knowledge and personal touch to this very special triathlon event.

The event will include a duathlon, biking, swim and run technique Q&A. Lectures with T2A sponsors Eletewater and AeroFit along with a Wolfi workshop to round it all off, the infamous T2A handicap Triathlon against Crowie. To wrap up the weekend there will be the opportunity to chat and dine with Craig at the exquisite five star Armani Hotel which is this years camp HQ. Awesome 🙂

There will be some hard training here @ threshold that suits the entire team along with some easy biking after both intense mornings. Craig he loves a chat so an opportunity for all those Tri Geeks to get stuck in and tap him up for some serious knowledge! What a weekend it going to be!!! 🙂

TT2A Athlete of the Month :: October 2012

October has been an interesting month with a wealth of racing from the team at the very highest level. We have seen The Chief sneak off down under to race IM 70.3 Mandurah, Marshall make his pilgrimage to the triathlon mecca that is Kona to be tortured out on the course, and then of course we had the ITU big guns out this month, Coach, Flanners and Dataman. A year in preparation (in fairness, 6-weeks for Finn) to serve their country on the triathlon front line otherwise known as the ITU Sprint World Championships. The Committee had a difficult choice this month.

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TT2A ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Chris ‘Chief’ McVicars

Chris McVicars – Ironman 70.3 Mandurah, Western Australia A relative newcomer to triathlon Chief went, well he tried to go under the radar and race in his second half ironman distance event in the inaugural IM 70.3 Mandarah in Western Australia. Now some of you may remember Chief took to the swim, bike, run in Zem Al See in Austria at the end of August. We now see that was a test bed for the man, either that or it was too cold and wet as he pulled an impressive PB out of his bag of tricks in Australia. The Chief returns to the West coast to take part in Ironman Western Australia in Busselton on 9th December so we’ve not heard the last of the Chief. Well done and keep on training hard kid 🙂 Finn Zwager – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand Nominated again and AOTM himself in September Finn continues his triathlon campaign adding the ITU Sprint World Championships in New Zealand to his tri repertoire. Finn grabbed the opportunity to race in his National colours and bagged 25th in a field of 80 in AG45-49 on the back of 6-weeks of Sprint specific training. Way to go Dataman 🙂 Simon Marshall – ‘Kona’ Ironman World Championships in Hawaii What do you have to do Marshie, getting to Kona just isn’t good enough to acclaim the prestigious TT2A AOTM anymore 🙂 As one of the Committee members observed your outstanding performance was the race that got you to Kona. Nevertheless, you worked very hard for your outstanding achievement and sounds like you were humbled by the Big Island this year. Simon Marshall is the prime example of someone who shows complete dedication to his training, someone who listens to his Coach and has unbridled determination and an immense strength of character. You ask Marshman what his next goal is… He just can’t stop, and why would he? Neil Flanagan – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand You’ll have read Flanners’ honest race report, if not it’s here 🙂 Neil was disappointed with his result but 32nd out of a field of 80 primed world-class age group athletes is nothing to be disappointed about. Neil ranked 4th GBR AG40-44. We’re proud of you Flanners 🙂 Jason Metters – ITU Sprint World Championships, New Zealand Jason made a come back after 10 years and achieved a Silver medal in the M40-44 and placed 6th overall out of 1,500 athletes. He is also won a Bronze medal in the World Aquathon Championships 4 days prior. Worth a vote but not good enough for TT2A AOTM Coach.