August was all about the Byrne family. First, Damien Byrne raced in the Virgin Active London Triathlon under his alias ‘Martin Grove’ and then his sister Colleen raced in a sprint race in Copenhagen and placed 4th in the girls only 52 seconds off first place and it should be noted that she got held up in the swim and bike with so many people on the course (information provided by Damo on the sidelines whilst she was racing). The very next day Damien raced in his first ironman distance event – IM Copenhagen – you can read Damien’s race report of the day and events leading up to the race here.
TT2A Athlete of the Month August 2013
Damien ‘Sea-shepherd’ Byrne
I seriously think that Damo has won Athlete of the year here with his 11.29hrs in Copenhagen.
1- He wanted to finish
2- He wanted to break 13 hours and just sneak into the “12” club.
3- He swims 66 and the goal was 80
4- He bikes 5.36hrs with the goal 6.20hrs
5- He runs 4.30hrs with a goal time off a 6.20hrs bike to be 5hrs.
6- A T2A Facebook posting record by the rest of the team tracking him on the day
7- He finished in T2A stripes
He went 1.30hrs faster then our goals which included my goal. He obviously went faster as we were programmed to race at HR pace. For me, this has T2A Athlete of the year written all over it. Especially if you know Damo and his very busy life. I am blown away, thanks Damien for believing and sending me all your data these past 8 weeks and really putting your head down when I pressed you and said now is the time to step it up….You did precisely that son. You among many others have backed me these past 12 months, that’s means a lot to me mate. You deserve that result in front of your kids, wife and family!!!
A very happy CP 🙂
It’s race day again.. 70.3 Pays d’Aix is a race in the beautiful Aix en Provence, France. Recommended by both Coach and Andy Veall who raced last year (race report), entries were instigated by Sam after his disappointment following the cancellation of 70.3 Rapperswill in June. It’ll be an interesting race for the team and we anticipate a battle out there on the run if training has been anything to go by… This will be debut for Sam and Robbie at this distance and Ben is coming out to play after a long break from racing and Anders is coming off a great season, just racing the Worlds last week. Its a challenging course with a big hill in the middle of the bike course and according to Andy Veall the run is pretty hilly too. Follow the chaps today (if the live tracking is working) at www.ironman.com
Ben Walton, GBR M30 (677)
Robbie Clark, RSA M35 (724)
Sam McCone, BEL M18 (289)
Anders Strandburg, SWE M45 (1406)
The ITU Grand Final is a festival of triathlon at the end of the triathlon season which commenced in April, the Grand Final was a festival of triathlon slap bang in the centre of London utilising the 2012 Olympic course, it began on Thursday by the Junior U23 events, Friday saw the AG Sprint and Para-triathletes Worlds Champs, the Elite Women raced on Saturday with British Non Stanford taking first place and the World Title. Finally the AG Standard distance and Elite Men raced on Sunday with that fantastic sprint finish between British Jonny Brownlee and Spaniard Javier Gomez, with that fine specimen of a man Gomez taking the World Title – for more information on the 2013 ITU World Triathlon go to www.triathlon.org It was a mild bright and rainy day in London on Friday 13th September 2013, unlucky for some, but not for our AG athletes taking part in the Sprint race starting with a 750m swim in the cold murky water of the Serpentine which is, essentially a large duck, or rather swan pond in the centre of leafy Hyde Park, a 20km bike comprised of 3 laps of closed roads around Hyde Park, the bike course was technical made more difficult by the wet conditions with a large number of crashes on what was endearingly labeled ‘carnage chicane’ by the spectators. The 5km run was an undulating 2 laps on foot and bridle path through Hyde Park finishing down that infamous blue
carpeted finishers chute with a show of medals and a debrief in the Lido Cafe 🙂
|Capt Carl Luitingh
For a full list of all the results from all categories go to the 2013 ITU Grand Final Results page The level of competitors in this Grand Final was extraordinary with in the region of 5,000 athletes participating from around 33 countries, with the host country contributing to around 1,000 of the total field. It was a spectacle of an event, with a constant stream of ‘very fit’ athletes on the course from 8am into the afternoon. For those who know those from the team who took part, the training they have invested in the last 12-months will appreciate the depth of field in each age group. The team did a remarkable job and has provided inspiration for others to qualify and represent their countries in Edmonton 2013 and Chicago 2015… With the level of competition as it stands anyone who wants to be a contender must be dedicated and be prepared for the long haul 🙂 Kudos to Freddie, Colleen, Chicago, Gazza, Anders and Captain for your dedication and fantastic results – see you next year in Canada 🙂
… or NOT as the case may be as none of the British contingent in the team qualified what with making babies and stuff, hem hem Zoe Cresswell 😉 and we lost Coach 8 weeks out due to a broken shoulder, which is a crying shame as he was building up to world championship form, hunting for his World Title! So we’ve left it up to the truly international team representation…. Frederic Jacobs 20-24 BEL Colleen Byrne 30-34 IRE Glen Osmond 40-44 USA Gary Rynhoud 40-44 SWI Anders Strandburg 45-49 SWE Capt Carl Luitingh
All the best to the team and Coach up in London this weekend… Give it nails! You’ve all trained so hard for this and juggled life 🙂 I hope the sun shines in London on Friday for you all and you bring the bacon home (or any kind of metal alloy) with you… We will be watching wherever we all are!!!
I am not a crier Hammer as you know mate but when Johan called me yesterday morning its all I did. Its amazing how far you came as an athlete. You were the first person I trained, long before T2A became a force.
Coach & Hammer, 2009 Trons Palm swim
Hammer, remember when we stitched them up in 2003 in the Abu Dhabi Triathlon. Your best result prior was 10th or so in the days when only 40 raced. You did your usual swim, bike domination and they all thought they would run us down. They didn’t know how much we suffered at the Polo club on our running 5 long months before and how much we trimmed that perfect muscular frame down. Tina was so damn proud of her husband that day. Another trophy to add to your over flowing and proud shrine only this time your first triathlon victory against UAE’s best. Little did they know we had much greater medals to collect. How you loved to suffer on a bike, how about the Wolfi two up TT when we led off the front to only just get pipped by Kev and Tom. When we had lunch with Craig only 2 years back that you said you had never ridden and suffered so much on a bike but loved every minute of it. To this day, nobody in the local triathlon scene came close to your 70.3 World Championship record and that was at the age of 45. Then we headed to Beijing and placed 3rd in the World Sprint championships and
not only that, how proud were we all when Didge, Janey and Stuey all went in the Top 10 that same day.Before all these results were the Asian Games where you were so nervous yet again, performed on the World stage, this time against the Pros. The list goes on and your hard work and total dedication to your training is what paved the way to your incredible results. I was always close to my predictions, you would not of just qualified in Kona, you would of pushed a podium in the 50-54’s. What brought us together though was emotion, we wore our heart on our sleeves, its how we trained, how we raced and how we viewed our families. I will cherish those talks on life mate in particular on our kids and will never forget you. I often said to Mareesa in 20 years time when I am long gone from the desert, it will be Roy that will always be in my life. You will always be the Captain of our team, they never quite got that 🙂 From the entire T2A family both past and present, you will be deeply missed and long live TriDubai, a club that became your pride and joy. Your coach, Jason
2009 Phuket Laguna Triathlon awards party
Golden Tulip Triathlon
2010 Singaore 70.3 – 3rd
2009 Laguna Triathlon awards ceremony – 2nd
CP coaching the Hammer
Hammer & CP at Aerofit Tri
2010 Crowie Camp with the team
One of the many Hafeet Camps
2011 Crowie Camp – Newtons!
2009 Trons Palm swim on the support boat
2011 Hammer & Crowie