Weekly round up for the last 2 weeks….Race season is definitely coming to an end!

Tim Riding

Race season is definitely coming to an end with a much quieter round up from the last 2 weeks of action! Last big IM event for Europe was IM Italy, in this race we had two IM virgins going long for the first time. First up was Mel Thomas well known as one of the UK Ironman Race officials (often the one that has to tell people they have not made the cut off times!) finally took on the challenge herself this year having always wanted to cross that finish line. Mel Travelled to the new IM Italy in Cervina after only a short prep period with us at Total Tri. A very hard day ensued but she emerged super happy with a finish in her first attempt with a 15:49:00. Her big fear of not making the cut offs herself never materialised, testament to all the extra hours she has put in this season!

Annaliese Maudesley

Also in Italy was Annaliese Maudesley who finished in 13hr 13mins coming in 29th in her age group.  A strong swim of 1:03 started her day off, followed by a good bike section but in her words she would of preferred more hills on the course as that is where her strength lies. The run was a case of getting round in one piece after an nasty niggle developed over the past couple of weeks and week she struggled with stomach issues on the run, she said she averaged about 2.5 loo stops per lap!!  Well done Annaliese a superb achievement and a fine effort of juggling IM training with a very busy medical profession.

Well done ladies as they say “You are an Ironman”!

Tom Williams after narrowly missing the podium at the World Olympic Distance Champs in Rotterdam had a repeat result over at the brutal Triathlon X. Taking on some of the toughest climbs in the Lake District including Hardknott and Wyrnose pass. It was 4th place again for Tom. Another great season for one of the most consistent TTT athletes!

Victoria Sparkly Roberts was also back in action and completed the Loch Ness Marathon! Super work Vic well done.

This last weekend saw 3 of our athletes take on the last European Ironman of the season over in Barcelona. Seasoned Iron distance athletes Tim and Claire Riding had differing days. Claire had been battling a cold all week in the lead up and bravely toed the start line but failed to finish just down to a lack of energy but Tim (managing to avoid his wife’s cold all week) fared well in tougher conditions on the course to come home in 10:21. This is 3 mins slower than last year but with a run of injuries and illness late in the season was very happy to cross the line at all so a great performance all told. Mark Hadfield raced his first Ironman race hoping to go sub 12 and nailed it at the first attempt. Possibly a touch cautious on the bike leg but it showed as he delivered a great run to go 11:49 – great end to a great year Mark.

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