August 2012

August! Is the height of the racing season in Europe and US and we saw our comrades go out and battle in the field of triathlon and conquer 🙂 We saw a wet, cold but fast day for the Ironman 70.3 in Zell Am See, Kaprun, Austria at the end of the month, preceded by a hilly Ironman Timberman 70.3 in New Hampshire, US Sprint National Championship in leafy Vermont for qualification for the ITU Worlds in London 2013, the US clearly like to prepare early 🙂 the classic Swanage standard distance triathlon in UK, a tough course in Ironman European Championships in Wiesbaden, Germany and the inaugural Ironman in New York.

AUGUST 2012

TT2A ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Glen ‘Chicago’ Osmond

Glen Osmond – Over the last 12 months Chicago has shown massive improvements, without any question he is the real deal qualifying to represent his country in Vermont at the US National Sprint Championships, securing his place in TeamAG USA for the ITU Worlds in London 2013. Chicago then followed it up a week later with an outstanding result in the Chicago Standard Distance Triathlon, placing 4th in AG 40-44 in a massive field 🙂 A very well deserved AOTM if we ever saw one 🙂

Peter Faulhaber – Ironman ‘Timberman’ 70.3
Known for a tough challenge Illinois Pete focused the last 6-months preparing for a very tough hilly Timberman course. Result 5.10 hours. Impressive, very impressive!!! 🙂

Chris ‘Chief’ McVicars – Ironman Austria 70.3
Chief pulled a 5.28hrs out of the bag on his debut 70.3 distance race 🙂 A great hit out before his ‘A Race’ and Ironman debut in Bussleton in December. Keep on truckin’ Chief.

Ian Jones – Ironman Austria 70.3
Big Ian went 6hrs flat on his debut half ironman distance race. What makes this result so incredible is Ian had gone out there ‘to finish’ as it’s only 8 weeks since he underwent  heart surgery, with some careful coaching Ian was expected to do 6.30hr all going well. He smashed it 🙂

Captain Jeroen Van Cauwenburge – Ironman New York
Capt. J backed up his performance earlier this year and did it again, for the second time he has pushed into the 10 club with a 10.58hrs, and we know he flatted twice. He ran well, only 5-mins off some of the Pro’s times. Capt. J trains hard using Utah and NYC as the build up for his A Race in Bussleton in December. Awesome! 🙂

Paulo Costa – Ironman Austria 70.3
Mr Paulo delivered an impressive 5.35hrs on his debut half ironman distance race 🙂 A busy man, Paulo travels a lot with work and faces challenges meeting everything on his plan, but a 2 week break in Portugal in the lead up to the race was well-timed. Imagine his result when he gets back into training hard with the team again 🙂

Henry Clarke – Henry placed 4th in the 50-54 in Swanage with an impressive 2.30hrs in windy conditions and a hard (almost called off) sea swim in the English Channel. It’s a notorious hilly course 🙂 He wanted Top 5 and got it.
Mr National – Gritted out a 6.30hrs in 70.3 Wiesbaden, Germany on a hard hilly, technical bike course. He suffered some medical issues (Crohn’s disease) on bike and had some steroids and pain killers in T2. Now, most people with this disease would pull out but not National, he gritted out the un and completed a bloody hard course.