The clock is ticking…

Time flies. The clock is ticking. If everything falls in place, it looks like June will be packing time.

Australia Day Tri first place in age group

Australia Day Tri first place in age group

So far the tri season has gone very well

Update on 2013/2014 achievements…:

  • Armadale National duathlon 2nd and WA state state champion
  • Bunbury OD 2nd with a nasty fall.
  • Mandurah 70.3 2nd place, bought me spots for Kona and Mt Tremblant worlds
  • Ironman WA 4th (9:44 finish time)
  • Vacation!
  • Australia Day Tri, 1st
  • Mandurah Olympic distance triathlon 2nd and WA state state champion
  • 2nd places in City of Joondalup, City of Armadale and City of Rockingham. Still have a shot at first in the Telstra series, but only if destiny helps. It can always go either way. But races are not over until they are over.
  • Busselton half marathon 1st in Super Vet 50+. Too bad the course was 500 m too long for a new PB..!

Kuddos to my 2 nemesis:

  • Francis Mahony from Queensland who won the Armadale Duathlon, Mandurah 70.3 and Mandurah OD. Not a member of TWA so states 1st roll down to me.
  • Steve Mitchell from Rockingham winning 3 sprint tri’s.

So, I have several 2nd places. Hopefully I’ll remediate that, and will race hard in late March in Karri Valley and early April in Hillarys 2. And after that … the Busselton 70.3 in early May, state long distance championship race. Expect lot of tough competition to show up, so more extra hard training needed for that one.

A few “distractions” … ATTA time trials in Chidlow (2) and Wandi, Busselton Jetty Swim (3.6 km), and training with the usual suspects. NCTC rides with David Martin, swimming with Arron Robertson, running with Jo Rees and Frank Boyes, and lovely support from Gilly’s Angels.

My oldest daughter has moved to Perth for a year or so. She’s doing very well, working at the Scarborough Wild Fig, enjoying the good life down under.



Gilly & Justi at Sorrento Beach

Gilly & Justi at Sorrento Beach

Trying to get a bit of local sponsorship… look for the UpBeat Nitrate shirts out there in the following races.

Train smart, race hard! Until the next update.



Ocean swim like in a pool

After somebody said today that the ocean was full of stingers at the Sorrento Beach, I decided to swim at the Hillarys Marina (Perth, Western Australia). I’ve done it before, and if you swim at a reasonable time during the day, chances are that if there is a shark a lot of people will have seen it by mid morning. Gives me some peace of mind with the Trigg beach closed a few days ago because of a 4 m shark… 😉

It’s an ocean swim in a protected area of the boat harbour, almost like a pool. Even better, because you get to see decent sized fish close to the inner jetty, if people are feeding them.

The lap is 285 m long so a set of 5*2*285m makes a decent 2.850 km swim. Not bad! I measured the distance using a “Google Maps distance calculator“.

Getting ready for Busselton 70.3 – Half Ironman update

Last long ride before the half IM: Sorrento to past Two Rocks (witn brekky at Joondalup Maccas) = 117 km

The half IM swim course was modified to be parallel to the beach rather than parallel to the jetty.

Weight under control, in awesome shape

Getting ready for Busselton 70.3 – Half Ironman

This time of the year, again. Working towards my goal. Race day at 67 kg, strong and without starving.

Weight loss challenge - 2

On a different note, to make things more interesting for the Busselton 70.3, there was a fatal shark attack nearby, and Busso beaches were closed several times recently. Competitors received the following note from the organizers:

“Triathlon WA Inc will ensure the provision of maximum duty of care to all participants, volunteers and spectators for the 2012 SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton. The safety of all who attend our event is our highest priority. The SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton Race Contingency Committee (RCC) shall be responsible for determining the plan of action should there be unexpected circumstances, weather conditions or race course situations that may pose a risk of harm or injury to a competitor. Participants should be confident the appropriate additional safety measures will be put in place prior to the event to mitigate any potential harm or injury to participants during the swim leg of the event. The Race Contingency Committee will remain in close dialogue with local Sea Rescue, Rangers and Water Police and Surf Life Saving to monitor and assess the risks and if required the appropriate course changes will be implemented. Should it be a requirement Participants will be informed of any changes in the 48 hours lead up to the event. Currently there are no changes to the current course.” Ought to be fun..!

Ironman Melbourne 2013

The next big goal:

1 year to get ready…

2013 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Ironman arrives in Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia. The course features a 3.8-kilometre swim in Frankston; a 180-kilometre bike ride on the EastLink Tollway; and a 42.2-kilometre run along Port Philip Bay towards the finish at the St Kilda Baths. 75 Kona qualifiying slots are on offer.