Weekly round up: A busy August weekend of racing… plenty of Ironman action!!
Dave Morgan made the long and not so straight forward trip to Sweden for IM Kalmar. Always a fast race, Dave was hunting down a big PB this weekend and delivered brilliantly. One thing we had to work on with Dave this year was “less is more” and consistency is key. By never overloading him with training and making the key sessions count Dave has logged more training over the year than ever built around his busy work life which involves a lot of international travel. Dave clocked a 12:25beating his previous best in his last 4 IM races by 1 hour and 20 minutes – great performance Dave.
Across the Nordics to Copenhagen, Denmark for the IM where John Robb and John Wilding were racing in the 50-54 and 55-59 AG respectively. Both the John’s managed to produce great improvements across the disciplines, with both coming away with big PB’s. Notably John Robb knocked a cracking 10mins off his swim time, John R pipped John W to the post by a mere 2mins 40secs! Excellent work by both now time for some recovery now.
Over in Dublin for the IM70.3 we had Tom Garbett and well known Ironman Race official turned TTT athlete Melissa Thomas in action. They were greeted with great weather for the event and both went on to post great times.
Tom, a little disappointed to be 3rd in his age group with some serious talent around him in the 18-24 category still pulled off 34th place overall and PB over the distance of 4:24 with great times in each discipline.
Mel, who has struggled with swim time this year due to a shoulder issue, got through the swim and then went on to show that the training is working with a 30 minute improvement on the bike over last year and a 10 minute better run with a finish time of 6:28. Next stop IM Italy!!!
Scott Welsby and Annaliese Maudsley flew the TTT flag at the Monster Middle distance race in Cambridge. It was great to see Scott back in triathlon action after spending much of the year managing illness. He pulled off a middle distance PB, AG win and 10th overall finish in a solid performance offering plenty more to come next year. Annaliese’s’ race started very well 2nd place out of the water, followed by a strong bike leg but unfortunately her stomach wasn’t too good on the run so lost a bit of time with the obligatory stops, but even this didn’t stop her coming 1st in the Age Group!
Matthew McDonnell came away with another fantastic race result this time at Manley Sprint coming 6th overall and 1st U20’s he is only 16 and wasn’t too far off the overall leaders. Well done Matthew on another fine performance from a very promising athlete. Andrew Wyrko also raced at Manley sprint he performed excellently considering he suffered an asthma attack after getting his goggles kicked off in the swim, he finished strong after taking his meds in transition to storming to the finish line with a 19:51min 5km run.
Charlie Edmondson had a great race coming 4th in her Age Group and 2nd Brit home at the World Sprint Duathlon Champs in Penticton, she raced really well and is having a well deserved break now as she is getting married this Friday!
And finally, Victoria Roberts did well to survive some very rough windy conditions to complete the Dock to Dock swim in Liverpool.
Well done on some great racing all!