By Tim Reed
After a very literal pain in the butt that turned out to be a sacral stress fracture I got the all clear to resume training in March. Instead of going back to aerobic base building basics I decided to test out the â€˜old school’ method of training that is racing a tonne to get strong and fit. Back in the Aussie triathlon glory days while I was running around thinking I was going to be the first 5ft NBA basketball player utterly oblivious to triathlon there was a time when you didn’t have to travel abroad to be a professional Australian triathlete. However those that did including the legends Welch, Bevan, Macca, Stewart etc had a crazily busy race schedule and off the back of the Australian season would go on to dominate internationally. I wanted to see whether that method would work for me, hence from March to May I tried that philosophy and did five 70.3/Half Iron distance triathlons in three months. By the last couple of races I was starting to find my form again. Disclaimer- I only think the â€˜racing to get fit’ method works for those that have several years of aerobic base work and sound running technique under their belt.
My plan for the States was to take advantage of the speed my youth sometimes coughs up and focus on Olympic Distance racing. It’s taken me a good 5 years of learning how to swim to finally consider this option (huge thanks to Grant Giles). Additionally prize money is normally better than 70.3 and Ironman racing yet and it’s only two hours of suffering so occasionally I can even afford to get a motel before the race instead of sleeping in my hire car.
The hitters of the race included Paul â€˜Barney’ Matthews (multiple 70.3 and Olympic Distance Champ) , David Thompson (Rev 3 Series winner and serial podium finisher) Tyler Butterfield (70.3, ITU and Olmpic Distance champ), Stephen Hacket (Aussie who can swim and bike with the very best), Andrew Starykowicz, Eric Linkemann and Andrew Yoder (15yr old with a very good fake ID that lets him win many a short and Long Course race). There were many other US guys that were dangerous and a few more that would never get a pro licence in Australia. Aussie Michael Fox also towed the line but after having made the same mistake myself at Rev 3 Quassy of a long flight then only a week at altitude I knew that he was going to have a very tough day. One week at altitude kills, if you survive 3 weeks you’re stronger than ever.
I knew the swim was going to be key to a good race so I was pretty annoyed that the officials let half the pros in the water to warm up and then blocked the other half including myself from entering the water. I’m 62kgs, I need to warm up or I turn into a small ice sculpture. I found Barney for the swim and went hard to stay on his feet for the first 500m. Then he surged and dropped me and I realised I was way wide of the main pack and all by myself. Strangely enough I actually started singing â€˜all by myself’ in my head. Talk about an inability to focus! Thankfully with the help of my Zoot swim skin and a dangerously high lactic acid level I was able to only lose about 20 seconds to the main pack. I got onto the bike and was relieved to know that my legs were going to work for me. I always know whether I’m going to ride well within the first 20 metres.
The 40km bike course was surreal. I weaved my obedient Kestrel Kev 4000 through a completely shut down Washington City with many spectators cheering us on and many more wondering what the hell was going on. The course was a U turn buffet and guys gradually got shelled with the fast accelerations out of these turns. I hit transition with Dave Thompson, Jordon Jones and a Russian guy who got third at Eagleman 70.3 last week, Stanislav Krylov.
Barney had ridden amazingly. He has been in tremendous form in the last 3 weeks picking up $10 000 big ones at Rev 3 Quassy and winning Kansas 70.3 by 5 minutes with his trademark deceptively fast troll like run (1.12 half marathon!). He had now had put about 2 minutes into us on the bike. When I was doing my 5th triathlon battling out my age group at Gold Coast Half Ironman Barney won the race so I always get a little awestruck when I get to race guys, Barney included, that I thought were invincible when I was racing age group.
It was evident that it was Barney’s race and I just had to take to care of David Thompson and Jordon Jones to secure a nice pay day. I really only opened up to max effort between the 6 and 7km mark which dropped off the 2nd place contenders and I could then run more comfortably and keeping my legs a little fresher for next week’s Philadelphia Triathlon. I was surprised to have the quickest run of the day and very happy with 2nd place securing good points towards qualifying for the best paying triathlon race in the world Hy-Vee Triathlon. However if I had backed it off ever so slightly Barney would have backed it off much more getting a very comfortable win.
A huge thank you to my home stay Toby Mandel. So hospitable, generous and kind and I hope you come to Australia so I can repay the favour.
For my Aussie readers, enjoy winter!
|1||Paul Matthews||M PRO||17:58||55:43:00||34:24:00||1:49:58|
|2||Tim Reed||M PRO||18:20||57:15:00||33:27:00||1:51:05|
|3||David Thompson||M PRO||18:36||56:56:00||33:52:00||1:51:24|
|4||Jordan Jones||M PRO||–||–||–||1:51:50|
|5||Chris Foster||M PRO||19:13||57:28:00||33:48:00||1:52:38|
|6||Holden Comeau||M PRO||18:05||57:23:00||36:12:00||1:53:50|
|7||Stanislav Krylov||M PRO||17:58||57:37:00||36:29:00||1:54:25|
|8||Tyler Butterfield||M PRO||18:39||59:52:00||33:49:00||1:54:32|
|10||Eric Limkemann||M PRO||17:44||58:42:00||36:24:00||1:55:02|
|11||Andrew Starykowicz||M PRO||17:57||59:15:00||36:02:00||1:55:36|
|12||John Kenny||M PRO||17:17||59:28:00||36:37:00||1:55:43|
|13||James Bales||M PRO||18:42||59:54:00||35:03:00||1:55:49|
|14||Sean Bechtel||M PRO||18:04||59:11:00||36:32:00||1:56:04|
|15||Jared Woodford||M PRO||18:40||59:45:00||35:31:00||1:56:14|
|16||Allen Gardner||M PRO||18:03||58:42:00||38:22:00||1:57:21|
|18||Stephen Hackett||M PRO||17:46||1:00:12||38:15:00||1:58:29|
|19||Peter Mallett||M PRO||18:41||1:02:05||36:04:00||1:59:15|
|21||Branden Rakita||M PRO||18:32||59:52:00||39:33:00||2:00:07|
|22||Thomas Francis||M PRO||21:52||1:01:22||34:48:00||2:00:08|
|24||Brad Perry||M PRO||18:36||1:01:34||38:29:00||2:00:55|
|26||James Burns||M PRO||19:59||1:02:43||36:51:00||2:01:43|
|27||Michael Fox||M PRO||18:05||1:02:51||38:42:00||2:01:47|
|64||Kalen Darling||M PRO||18:01||1:11:29||38:17:00||2:10:24|
Peter Robertson’s Gamagori Memories inspire Australian Talent Academy Young Guns
Triathlon Australia’s National Talent Academy â€œYoung Gunsâ€ won’t have to look too far for inspiration when they line up in Sunday’s ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Gamagori.
It was in 2005 in the picturesque Japanese coastal city of on Mikawa Bay that one of the legends of Australian triathlon, Peter Robertson created history when he won the last of his three World Championships.
After victories in Edmonton and Queenstown in 2001 and 2003 â€œRobboâ€ stuck to his two-year cycle to dig deep again and take a third and deserving world championship victory.
Now seven years on Robertson, 36, is one of several coaches on the NTA Young Guns tour in charge of an exciting new generation of Australian triathlon stars.
Melbourne-based Robertson has been appointed along with the likes of Craig Walton, Chris Lang and Keiran Barry to steer an exciting group of youngsters who have already made a big impression.
Queensland’s Sarah Deuble, who is coached by Dan Atkins, has already chalked up two wins from two starts in the Mooloolaba Oceania Cup and at last Sunday’s ITU Triathlon Asian Cup race in Amakusa and is looking for a third.
“I’m really enjoying my first experience with the Japanese races,â€ Deuble said. â€œObviously Amakusa was great fun, winning the race there. I hope I can continue to race well again this weekend in Gamagori.â€
Deuble was 20 seconds behind in the swim and then went on to dominate the bike and run.
Sydney’s Bree Jones had a great start and lead to the first turning buoy but was forced wide and wasn’t aggressive enough to hold position so lost time to the lead three Japanese athletes. A four-women second pack lead by Jones and included Kirralee Pride with Deuble was further 20 seconds behind and out by herself.
Onto the bike the Japanese trio tried to form a lead while the group formed behind and included all three Aussie girls. They were caught at the 15km mark.
The group completed the bike together with Deuble making a very smart, very sneaky move at the end, finishing the bike about 100m off the front, the bike course finished with a moderately steep downhill with a shallow turn mid-way through.
She positioned herself on the front for the dismount line but the Asian athletes all braked for the downhill and Sarah managed to roll off the front.
Deuble then built a lead from there and raced out of sight, finishing 1min clear of Japanese pair Kirra and Sato who ran together until the last kilometre where Kirra managed to get a small break on the last small rise before the finish.
â€œOn the last hill of the bike I managed to break away from everyone and had about a handy lead on the field going down the hill but then I didn’t realise that the dismount line was so close so when I got to the line I had to fully slam on my breaks to not go over it as I still had to get one of my feet out,â€ Deuble said.
â€œBy the time I did this the main pack had all caught me so I was a little disappointed about that but I still managed to be third out of transition onto the run.
â€œThen on the run I started off at a nice comfortable pace and just eased into the first 1km and then at about the 2km mark which was this long gradual hill I pulled away.
â€œFrom then on I led the whole way although I started to struggle at about the 8km mark with a really bad stitch.
â€œOver the last 2km I just tried to push through the pain as best I could and finally at about 500m to go the pain finally subsided and I was able to finish strongly.
â€œOverall I was really happy with how I raced, I was just annoyed at my dismount but apart from that everything else ran smoothly.
â€œMy transitions were nice and fast so hopefully coach Dan Atkins will be pleased with that.â€
Mitch Keally wins Bronze in the Men’s race
In the men’s race it was Shane Barry and Taylor Cecil who led out of water with a five to seven second lead to a group of men including former Commonwealth Games athlete Mitch Kealy (who would go on to finish third) Marcel Walkington, Kenji Nener and Kane Simpson.
Michael Gosman was a further 10sec back with another Japanese athlete. Sam Speachley was 1.10min down on the leaders.
On the mount line Kim (Korea) ran into the back of Walkington who broke his rear derailleur resulting in a DNF.
This group formed a lead pack of 12 men on the bike that worked well together to build a 2 min plus gap on the chasers.
Onto the run a lead group of 10 formed straight away with Michael Gosman falling off the pace out of transition.
Mitch, Taylor and Shane ran at the front until the 4km mark where Svarc (CZE) and Goldsmith (NZL) formed a small break on the steep downhill.
Goldsmith built a strong lead from there and looked well in control from the 8km mark and was never headed.
Svarc built a small lead but that was cut in the last 1km as Mitch and Taylor finished strongly dropping Shane over the last rise on the course a bridge with 1km to go.
Svarc held on while Kealy and Taylor had a sprint finish for 3rd (the race finished on a tartan track for the final 300m) with Barry fifth, Shaw sixth and Nenner seventh and Simpson ninth â€“ giving Australia six of the top ten.
As for Robertson he can’t wait to get back to the Gamagori course with so many great memories.
“After winning the world champs in 2005 in Gamagori I can’t wait to return this time to watch and support the young guns from Australia!â€ said the duel Olympian.
â€œThe Japanese always put on great events and I sure Gamagori will once again be exciting racing. A little less painful for me this time around though!”
Australian Triathlon Olympic Team Voting Results
We ran a poll on Trizone a couple of weeks ago to get some feedback from the Australian triathlon community. 474 people voted on who they wanted in the Australian Triathlon Team for the Olympics. It was interesting to watch the voting. Macca and Atkinson were the overwhelming favourites to fill the remaining two men’s spots. Brendan Sexton receivedÂ around about 12% of the men’s votes. Interestingly Macca received 1% of the vote to fill one of the female spots.
For the record Brad Kahlefledt and Emma Moffatt are already in the team.
In the women’s voting things were heavily weighted towards Erin Densham for obvious reasons. However voting for the third spot was interesting. It was all Emma Snowsill for the first few days then over a 2-3 hour period on a Thursday afternoon there was a plunge on Emma Jackson and she swept to the lead and remained there until we closed the poll.
The talk is that Snowy will get the 3rd spot and it is pretty obvious that Erin Densham is the number 2.
A lot of people are questioning why Ashleigh Gentle’s name is not being mentioned. The word is that she is still young and not quite consistent enough but is definitely being groomed for the Olympics in Rio 2016. Along with Emma Jackson and whoever else we will have an incredibly strong female Olympic team in four years time.
In the men’s team things are not quite as straight forward. Courtney Atkinson has come good recently and with his past form will get the nod for spot number two. To everyone it looks like Chris McCormack should get the nod ahead of Brendan Sexton. However the inside talk is that Sexton has met more of the selection criteria over the last year.
In Sydney during the ITU it was obvious who the triathlon public wanted to see in the London 2012 team. Everytime Macca came past the cheers were huge.
Sexton seems to be struggling to get out of the water and is then struggling to get back in to the race.
A dark horse would be Aaron Royle. If it wasn’t for a major mistake in T1 Royle could very well have placed top 10 in Madrid. Coming out of the water with the leaders Royle then proceeded to follow them through transition forgetting that he was around number 49 not 9. So he had to double back to get his bike and missed the front pack. In saying this Royle has not had the opportunity over the last year to meet selection criteria.
Let’s see what happens this weekend.
Triathlon Australia’s Newest Board Member Mick Maroney wants to Connect Triathletes with the Board
The appointment of Dr Mick Maroney to the Triathlon Australia board recently has been met with a positive reaction from the general triathlon community in Australia. A professional in the sport in the late 80s and 90s Mick Maroney brings a true â€˜triathlon’ representation to the sport’s governing body.
Maroney has replaced Michelle Gallen on the TA board. “I have jumped at this great opportunity. Whilst it is an 18 month term I hope to be involved at this level for a lot longer. I would like to eventually be involved in the High Performance area in TA post London.”
Maroney is adament that he wants to be a conduit for communication between the general Australia triathlon community and the board. “I am passionate about the sport as everyone who knows me is aware of. I want to be someone that triathletes in Australia feel they can come to and talk about anything that is going on in the sport.”
Many newcomers to triathlon will not be so familiar with Mick Maroney, especially if they are from outside NSW. These days you will see Mick racing the NSW triseries, TriShave Sprint Series and world ITU age group championships. In 2009 and 2011 Mick won the ITU world sprint championship title for his age group and regularly wins NSW sprint race and always his age group. At 45 he is still showing the young guys and girls how to race. He has been heavily involved in the junior development of the sport.
In 1989 Maroney won the Noosa triathlon title and was selected the following year in the elite team. He then went on to race domestically and made the unselfish decision to travel the world and support his young sister in her swimming endeavours. You can find photos of Mick standing with Fidal Castro in Cuba when Susie Maroney famously swum from Florida to Cuba amongst many other great endeavours.
Out of school Mick followed his father’s (deputy police commissioner ) footsteps in to the police force. This lasted for only a couple of years before he realised it was not for him. He went on to do triathlons professionally for a few years.
In 2001 he stepped down from racing completely and didn’t take it up again until 2006 when the children were getting a little older.
Maroney came from a swimming background. “When we started we knew nothing about triathlon. I spent all my time reading magazines from the US trying to work out what to do. A long with a number of other pioneers of the sport we developed a bunch of guys in Cronulla like Troy Fidler, Greg Welch, a young Chris McCormack, Craig Alexander, Brad Bevan occasionally turned up along with Peter Roberston, among others.”
People like the great Scott Mollina where his idols and what got him in to the sport. Something that a lot of newcomers to the sport don’t have. The past greats of the sport were what attracted people to triathlon. These days it is more about lifestyle for most people.
After pulling back from the sport and supporting Susie in her endeavours Mick became a fireman. “While my colleagues were watching Foxtel I was studying to get a degree so that I could become a teacher. I wanted to get a career that would be ideal for family life and triathlon coaching.” He now teaches PE full time and also lectures at university in Educational Psychology. Mick received a Doctorate in Education Psychology after doing extensive studies and papers on adolescent development.
I took the opportunity to ask what everyone wants to know. Is the way that TA selects the Olympic team is working? “The process is a collaborative process and is put together by a number of parties. TA really only looks at the process to make sure that it is followed. The selection committee makes the policy in collaboration with coaches and athletes. TA oversees its implementation.”
Could TA communicate this better to the triathlon public so that there is less â€˜TA bashing’ taking place?
“The board is a representation of the membership. Some information bandied about is incorrect. The board has copped a bit of flack when all it is doing is following a process. The communication process could be improved no doubt. But that is more my opinion as a triathlete.”
“The board doesn’t say this person should be in and this person shouldn’t. The board simply makes sure that process is followed.”
On the board because he thinks he could make a difference. “I hope that people in the sport will come to me and tell me what they are not happy with so I can make a difference. It is alright to complain after but what about tell me earlier if there are things you are not happy about. We need to hear from people on what is working and what isn’t.” Mick hopes this will happen.
Inaugural Port Stephens triseries a Huge Success
The end of season and inaugural triseries race at Port Stephens last weekend was a great success with Elite Energy holding their usual three race format and putting on a great triathlon festival. A race for everyone is what seems to make these events so great. The weather was perfect and the times the main races were held was ideal for Sydneysiders and those travelling to the race on the day.
How warm was it for mid May? You did not need a wetsuit and in the Sprint race there really was no advantage. With the rip dragging everyone out to the first buoy it was really only and couple of hundred meters of swimming before we had to stand up and run another couple of hundred meters in calf deep water. That was hard!!
In the main race of the day Kieran Roche and Caroline Sweeney took the overall Olympic distance honours. In the men’s open category Roche pulled away on the bike from second placed Sam Douglas and was never headed. He ran a 36:42 to cap off a successful race.
First time to the open category was Wollongong’s Nathan Miller racing in the Mark Scott stripes. Miller headed out of T2, along with Shaun Vidler, ahead of Ben Hammond. Hammond fell off the pace in the bike leg towards the end but had enough of a run in him to get over the top of Miller and take third place.
(Victor Lee’s photos from the day can be viewed here)
Upstaging them all though was age grouper Adam Conquest who’s race time put him in second place overall. Conquest is known for his very strong bike but backed it up with a run that was faster than the open guys to have the third fastest run time overall. The three fastest runs of the day all went to age groupers. Balmoral’s Owain Matthews posted a 34:59 to continue his impressive start to the sport of triathlon. The renowned runner from Great Britain is loving the multi discipline sport. He is still playing with the balance between the bike and run. Jarred Adams posted the second fastest run with a 36:14. Adams works with Mark Newton at Jet Cycles and is part of the coaching team that looks after Douglas and Roche.
In the women’s race there was again a lack of open females racing. This is no slight on Elite Energy as there have been a distinct lack of open females racing this season everywhere. Brook Langereis was down to race open but with no other open female entrants she changed to her age group which she duly won.
Caroline Sweeney eventually took the overall title. This â€˜Wonder Women’ (full time worker, mother of two pre schoolers, violinist in the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra) has made a fairly decent comeback to the sport of triathlon after taking time out to have her two children. Although Sweeney’s swim was almost three minutes behind Langereis she was able to use her strong bike / run combo to finish almost three minutes ahead of Langereis.
Julie Uebel finished third overall.
In the Sprint race we were lucky as always to watch the ability of 45 year old Mick Maroney as he claimed the overall fastest time of the day. He decided to redline all day and see how long he could keep the pace up. Until the end as we found out. He pulled out one of his fastest runs of the year in doing so.
Cameron Roberts and Luke Chalker rounded out the overall podium. In doing so Roberts won the 16-17 age group and Chalker won the 14-15 age group. Roberts ran a 16:46 for the 5kms and rode very well.
In the women’s race South African Anel Stewart had a solid hit out and was the fastest female on the day with Balmoral’s Hannah Lawrence second overall and Michelle Wiseman third. Stewart has raced at ITU level and on her day is a very fast triathlete. Lawrence is a solid age grouper with some good potential. Loves racing and is always positive and outgoing.
Elite Energy puts on triathlon festivals that we love going to. The atmosphere and vibe from the team is always great. From a couple of events (including Husky of course) three years ago to over 10 triathlon festivals next year is a significant growth curve.
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Triathlon on TV in May – One HD
Channel Ten’s One HD has 10 triathlon programs still to run in May. Saturday May 12 at 1pm sees Ironman Melbourne with a repeat on Sunday at 4:30pm. The San Diego round of the ITU will be shown on Wednesday, Thursday and with highlights early Friday morning next week.
- Sat May 12: Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship, 1-2pm
- Sun May 13: Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship, 4.30-5.30pm (repeat)
- Wed May 16: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Womens Race, 12-2.30pm
- Thur May 17: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Mens Race, 12-2.30pm
- Fri May 18: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 6-7am
- Mon May 21: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Womens Race, 6-8.30am (repeat)
- Mon May 21: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Mens Race, 8.30-11am (repeat)
- Wed May 23: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 2-3am (repeat)
- Sat May 26: Ironman Australia 2011, 6-7am
- Sat May 26: ITU World Championship Triathlon Round 2 San Diego Highlights, 7-8am (repeat)
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