WA Triathlon Season wrap up

The best tri season ever!

2013/2014 achievements (all results refer to Age Group M 50-54 unless specified otherwise):

    • Podium in all 9 races in the TWA calendar
    • 2nd place at Armadale National duathlon and WA state state champion
    • 2nd place Bunbury OD 2nd (after a nasty fall).
    • 2nd place in Mandurah 70.3 , Qualified for Kona and Mt Tremblant worlds
    • 4th place in Ironman WA (9:44 finish time)
    • 1st place in Australia Day Tri at Point Walter
    • 2nd place at Mandurah Olympic distance triathlon and WA state state champion
    • 2nd places in City of Joondalup 1, City of Armadale and City of Rockingham.
    • 3rd place in Karri Valley OD+, for some time in pouring rain
    • 1st place in City of Joondalup 2 (finally beating Steve Mitchell in in a Telstra Series tri)
    • 3rd place in Busselton 70.3 , and a 6 minute PB.  (4 hr 31 min). (finally beating Francis Mahony from Queensland)

    Triathlon Western Australia state championships:

    • Duathlon, 1st
    • Sprint, 2nd
    • Olympic, 1st
    • Long Distance, 2nd
    Running:
    • 1st place in Busselton half marathon in the Super Vet 50+.
    • 2nd place in Lake Monger 10 km
    • 3rd place in the Perth Marathon (3:05:26)
    • 3rd place in 45+ Eagle and Child Perth Trail Series Half Marathon
    NCTC Aquathlon:
    • not sure about my place in handicap
    Championships:
    • qualified for Ironman World Championship Kona, Hawaii
    • qualified for 70.3 World Championship Mt Tremblant , Quebec, Canada
    • Telstra Series 2nd place
    • Obviously, can’t represent Australia because I’m not an Aussie citizen, but I would have made it to every team.

And Triathlon WA 1st place TOTY (triathlete of the year)

With Eve O'Hare (TOTY 1st place both in age groups)

With Eve O’Hare (TOTY 1st place both in age groups)

 

With all the family together

With all the family together

With Simon Beaumont the best triathlon commentator of the world!

With Simon Beaumont the best triathlon commentator of the world!

 

I’m publishing this post from Houston where I’ve moved with the family for work.

Just taking it as being too chicken to train in cold weather. It’s warm and humid now, ideal training camp for Kona Ironman !

So see all y’all in September, October and or December !

 

From Houston Texas

GILLY

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Finish 2012 on the podium

And finally after almost 4 years in Australia, a podium finish!

City of Joondalup Triathlon (Hillarys 1), which happens to be the Sprint distance State Championship.

(For those of you overseas, Hillarys is a suburb near and North of Perth, Western Australia)

Cycling Perth – Sorrento to Kalamunda

A spectacular ride from the Sorrento Surf and Life Saving Club (SSLSC) to Kalamunda, in the Eastern Perth Hills.

Route

Perfect weather, cool morning, slight easterly breeze (good for the way back)

The ride has a cat 3 hill: Gooseberry Hill Rd (the main incline), continuing to the town of Kalamunda.

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Check the ride profile.

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So this ride starts at sea level and goes up to about 300 m over sea level. Returning from Kalamunda there’s a fast downhill where you can easily exceed 60 km/h without pedalling. Just watch for traffic in 1 or 2 roundabouts.

Road is for the most part fairly safe and broad, with generous shoulders. As usual, watch for broken glass and small branches up in the hills.

Interested in the route? Download from: MapMyRide or Garmin Connect

ASICS Run for Gold 2012

First 10 km race after a 2 week vacation in Europe.

I ran 2 out of 3 days during the holiday. Now back in the 67 kg window… makes me very happy.

Goal, under 40 minutes, in slightly convoluted course. Plan to travel light, no nutrition or fluids, and light shoes. We’ll see what happens.

For those who don’t know the Perth running scene:
http://www.wamc.org.au/RunForGold.html

The 3H30M bus arrived on time

What a day for running! Beating the forecast (a few showers during the morning) weather was cool, almost no wind and no rain. The sun even came out to warm up the cheerful crowd.

As one of the winners said during the awards ceremony, this is a race organized by runners who know what they are doing. Marshals and volunteers were great. And to be honest, prices and raffle were above average value. Thanks to the sponsors

Once again, a wonderful experience. Kudos to the volunteers, marshals and the cheerful crowd, made the effort worth every km. The weather was awesome, it never rained and the course was fairly dry.

I had a failed attempt at organizing the 3H30M pace group. I was told the Marathon Club (WAMC) would have balloons or signs for me to carry, but there were none available. I was almost late to race start, so there wasn’t much I could do about it… My bad..!

We were just a few in the group when we started. Some joined along the course, and all dropped off, at different times. I admit to starting a bit fast. By mid point I was 2 minutes faster than goal, mainly because of the faster pace during the first 5 km. However, I held a more constant 5M/km pace (+/- 5 sec) and finished the race in 3H29M18S.

A trivia nugget: I helped a mate 500 m before the finish line. He was stopping and cheered him up to start running again, and together we crossed the finish line. Funny, ends up we are in the same age group and share EXACTLY the same final time! So that was the 3H30M bus accomplishment of the event.

Maybe next time, if I’m not ready to try a new PB… I’ll take another stab at pacing a group.

Congratulations to all finishers! Y’all did great!

If you want to see some more pictures, go to Dash Photography (link to my pictures)