TT2A racing :: Dubai 70.3

There was a flurry of excitement among the team when Ironman announced they were coming to town in January 2016, the announcement came at the beginning of December which didn’t give much time to prepare for the 70.3 event, unless you’d just done DIT or IM 70.3 Bahrain. So whilst the long course die-hard’s signed up for the individual event, the rest of the team came together to form teams. T2A had 18 racing in some capacity.

Individual entries
On the individual front we have Capt J, Chief, Benny, Sellar, Britt, and Bollywood racing. I am not putting pressure on this lot as 3 are training for future events with the other 3 in fine form to deliver. However, I want them going in relaxed so not even mentioning names here as Britt, Sellar, and Benny are all chilled and primed anyway πŸ™‚

The teams – 4 squads
Chicks Squad : new comer Alison swimming, T2A stalwart Q, and one of the fastest age group triathlete runners in the World off the bike (sometimes) Zoe running. That’s a scary squad for any of the ladies out there although I am told, a mixed bunch of athletes have formed a chicks team making podium a real cat fight.

The Mixed Squad : with Colleen swimming (and has trained this time), the Viking biking and slowly finding form again, with Kirsty all excited about her 21km run. Kirsty has been training damn hard and like many of us, has the demons telling her she is not ready. That’s usually a sign you are πŸ™‚

Next, the men’s teams with two very fast squads. On paper, the kid, Jimmy and Cavemen look like certain victors over Ulrik, Stuey and Jordo. However, let’s break it down. Who wants to swim against the kid among T2A? Few do but the Danish bomber does not fear him which is interesting as I would πŸ™‚ Jimmy set the 70km solo TT a blaze last month but quietly sitting in the top 5 was also the unsung China 2011 hero, Captain Clipboard. Than we have everyone’s worse nightmare to run beside being the Caveman. Who is the Caveman, you will find out Friday when you see him on a rampage for those who don’t know him. That problem is, he is up against Jordo, a seasoned tough bastard who relishes being in the trenches those last 5000m. So, I think the T2A men’s race may be closer than first appears πŸ™‚

Race Day
The weather conditions on race day were not favourable, unless you liked wind and waves, the Gulf waters were pretty angry and the event organisers were having a few issues tying the swim course down so they had no option but to adapt the swim course and significantly reduced the swim, from the usual 1900m to 500m, which came as a blow to the swimmers, I am sure the progressive swimmers were pretty happy. It was also a rolling race start which lends itself to more of a solo TT than a head-to-head race. The bike course was tailwind for 45km and headwind for the 45km back, with a good lick of sand. There was no escaping the wind on the run either. Tough day out.

Results
1st 45-49’s chicks with a smashing 9-minute victory goes to Britt.
4th 35-39’s hotly contested male category goes to Sellar (1.24 run).
30-34’s Benny snapped his chain, ran 5km bare feet, then ran 1.24 off the bike
Chief, Jeroen, and Andy all raced above what Coach expected as they were always using this race for training purposes.
Men’s teams – we got 2nd and 3rd out of many, including UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait National squads.
Chicks relay – we got 2nd, robbed with swim but the better team won on the day. We shall take that silver with pride.
Mixed relay – we were 8th.

For all results go to the Ironman website