October is the pinnacle of the season for endurance triathletes with the allure of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, and whilst the heat is on in Hawaii it’s still hot and humid here in Dubai but it’s the start of the local race season as we head into winter.
This months nominations are:
12 October was the first local triathlon race of the UAE season- the Roy Nasr Memorial Sprint Triathlon and and the team was well represented with Jimmy (1:14:27), Chicago AKA Tom of Oman (1:09:49), Lea (1:41:30), Stuey (1:20:35), Freddie (1:14:34), Marci (1:28:03) and Shaz (1:50:36) all taking part. Stand out performance was from Tom of Oman placing 5th in VET 49-49 which also would of bagged him 5th in his real AG 19-39. Jimmy & Freddie came in 11th and 12th respectively, only 7 seconds apart in AG 19-39.
12 October also brought with it the much anticipated Ironman World Championship – this one is hard to summarise, Capt. Carl finally realised his dream after setting out on his quest which started in Bussleton back in 2009, he QF winning his AG in IM Port Mcquarie, Australia on 5th May and after a splendid performance in London in September he took on the Mecca of Triathlon in Kona. Capt. started well with a solid swim (1:12:25) and bike (5:54:09) however the unpredictability of the ironman racing, combined with the power or the magical island, took the Captain (and those following him via the www) on a unpredictable journey… the longest marathon I think we’ve seen in the history of T2A! Not one to quit, Captain soldiered on to finish the race by moonlight, reinforcing his status as a true legend and Captain of endurance. Ask him about this race… he’s philosophical about it and his tenacity shines through. The big question is… will he have another crack at the Big Island?
18 October was the start of the running season with ABRaS Mina 10km – there was a showdown between Jimmy and Andy V, the goal to crack a sub 40-min 10km, neither achieved the elusive 39:59 or less and Jimmy (41:41) handsomely turned Andy V (42:18) over and spanked his bottom. Whilst Andy and Jimmy were battling it down the field the day belonged to Chris Sellar (34:47) who smashed the 10km followed 3-mins later by Robbie (37:51). Another impressive run of the day was mum-2-b Zoe McGrath Cresswell (46:30) romping home in her ‘condition’ approximately 5-months gone- you’re average Joe won’t beat that!….
….meanwhile, on the same day up the road, Tom of Oman had entered the wrong running race and was partaking in the Emirate Hills Half Marathon and smashed out a 1:29:50, 11th male- the boy did good 🙂
AOTM October 2013
Tom of Oman