Heather Mayer produced a fantastic race at Maine 70.3, knocking a considerable 50mins off her previous race time to come 4th in her age group, just 20seconds off 3rd but it was still good enough to secure her slot at the 70.3 World Championships in South Africa in 2018. Heather said she felt really good in the race, an impressive 2.33 bike split but went out too fast on the run always lessons to learn from every race. What a fantastic way to end to the season!
Closer to our North West home at the Wirral Sprint race was a successful one for Team TTT Daisy Pickles finished second overall which she was delighted with after a combative swim she emerged battered and bruised but recovered well to bike and run strong.
Yvie Ryan produced a 3minute PB on the Wirral Sprint course to finish 6th overall and new addition to the TTT fold Nicky Prince conquered her fear of open water to finish 2mins quicker than last year. She really enjoyed the race and we are excited to see how winter training can progress Nicky ready for her challenges next season.
A number of athletes headed off to the severe heat in France to the IM Vichy weekend. It was tough weekend for all due to non-wetsuit swim and the searing French heat which saw temps @ 35 degrees a 7am!! In the 70.3 event Carol Bagijn put in her strongest performance to date and finishing the year well with a 5:45 and 19th AG. Massive PB by over 30mins. Keryn Legg raced her first 70.3 but was unsure how it would end due to her not running for last 3 months due to stress fracture. Strong swim and bike but the run was tough. Finished in 6:36 but she’s really happy and a way to sign off a personally tough 12 months.
Rob Flack headed out injured and was unable to run. He decided with his coach, that despite the injury he was going to swim as normal and then bike harder than he has before to see how he felt coming off the bike. Rob rode a very fast 2:13 bike split leaving him right at the front of the race and said that he could have held it together in his view for a good result. Every day is a school day Rob!
Tim and Claire Riding both made the trip to race. Tim had a great outing despite being totally focused on full distance training right now for IM Barcelona in a few weeks. Without a real taper and recovering from a very hard Block Tim PB’d on the course by 14 minutes, nearly all from the bike work he has been putting in while nursing a troublesome calf injury for some time. Just goes to show the impact that the improved bike strength can deliver in the run performance. Claire had unfortunately been under the weather this week to the point of not even being sure if she was going to race. She made the decision at the last possible minute – some people had already entered the water!!! She did and she was very glad as once underway had a strong day out with a great bike split and has come away with some clear goals to work towards now.
In the long course on the Sunday, Lisa Jefferies returned to see if she could improve on last year’s debut Ironman. It started well with a swim PB by 15 minutes, and a solid first 140km of the bike but the heat and severe dehydration meant she collapsed at 160km and was rushed into the medical tent. Two litres intravenous fluid saw her back on her feet but frustrated to not finish. She is a stubborn cookie this one and is already scouring the Internet for a race to finish the year strong!! The heat takes no prisoners and organisers are now considering moving the event earlier in the year to avoid the unrelenting heat.
The French Theme continued with Mark and Laura Hadfield crossing the channel to race at the Castle series French round in Chantilly. Mark had a brilliant race over a shorter course than he is used to taking 6th in his AG but only 3 mins down on the winner in what looks like a very tight race. Laura had a fantastic race over the same distance as Mark of 800m/40km/8km. Laura has come from finding her feet in Triathlon 18 months ago to a real dedicated hard worker and has had more than her fair share of hurdles to overcome to get to this point. A great attitude to training has lead her to finishing within half an hour of Mark with a time of 2 hours and 46 minutes……. Best watch your back Mark!
Kieran Morris raced in the British Junior Elite Champs on Bank holiday Monday and has come away with a clear view of a hard winter ahead on his run after once again showing he is a great swim-biker and the new sport of running (to him) will take some time, but the engine is there – well done Kieran and we are sure you will use this as a great building block for future performances.