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Challenge Batemans Bay – Matty White, Race Report

downloadI entered Challenge Batemans Bay a few months ago with my only previous Challenge experience being Cairns in 2011 and Wanaka this year and I liked what I saw and the feel of the race. I also entered the race thinking that due to it being an innaugrial event the field might not be that stacked! I was wrong as it was packed full of names, which is becoming the norm on todays half ironman circuit.

On a personal note I had just come off a big break and a bout of gastro and other ailments so I only had a sparse 3 weeks of work behind me and in with the caliber of field that was racing I was hoping for a good solid day and a finish between 5th and 10th would set me up nicely for my Port Mac prep through April.

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Challenge Cairns

The swimmers were out in force for this one with Fettell, Amberger, Fox, Appleton, Jacobs and Sanson, so I knew I would be behind the eight ball from the beginning so my whole approach for this race was to get some good training data and go solid from the gun which I did. I managed to come out in the 3rd group with Ogden, Whistler, Polson so had some good cyclists to keep me company and we got to work in catching the large 2nd pack containing the majority of the field.

I managed to work myself into the race and felt better as it went on, and due to the lack of racing I expected that, as we caught up to pack 2 at 60km, this left me around 5minutes behind the main swim group into T2 which I thought was not too bad and gave me a good chance to run with some fast guys like Cam Millward, Polson etc.

The run for me was very encouraging as I held a consistent pace the whole way, running a workman like 1:16 on a windy out and back course, plugging away I ran with Ogden and stayed about a minute behind Polson and Millward the whole way finishing 8th after miscalculating the finish chute in 4:01. Overall I achieved what I wanted to do on a limited prep and more importantly I felt good doing it, so the sign are encouraging for the next 4 – 6 weeks.

On another note it was my first race with the new Scody Optimise AIR full race suit and I loved it with the increased flexibility and breathability. Most of you would have seen me wear the full suit at Shep 70.3 and Ironman WA late last year. After that race I spoke with John Polson about how we can improve the suit to increase performance and I am happy to say they achieved that.

The suits are now available for the public so go to www.scody.com.au and check them out, as no one wants one of those unfashionable singlet tan lines that last for 6 months!

Next for me is Karri Valley Tri with the Team Latitude crew and then its full lock down for Port Mac Ironman.

 

Matty

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Yeppoon 70.3 Race report

On a mission for a solid race after some good form heading into the weekend and a hole new mental preparation from training off road I headed up to Yeppoon 70.3 hungry to go in quietly confident to have a solid hit out and hopefully turn a few heads. adam gordon

Race morning rolled around and as you no or may not no the race starts at a lovely 8am so having a sleep in and rolling down to transition bellow your balcony makes a very easy race prep (gold).

Swim start with a beach start and a one way swim had everyone full of nerves with a plan to hang on for dear life I managed a better start and found myself trying to hang off the back of White, Clarke, Whistler I entered transition just behind them as they were exciting transition so I new with some solid bike intensity prior to the race I would catch them and with in 15 km had caught and passed the boys – and said to Ollie I reckon we can get across he kinda looked at me with a blank look maybe thinking no chance but I new I was able to and set off with one mission only to bridge across the 2.30 and at 60 km had caught the boys passing Munro, Fox, Roch, Robbins, and a few others I sat to my power and pulled the train along to my disgust seeing someone’s front wheels shadow between my legs I new they were rather close.

A ride time of 2.13 and a pack of boys sitting on we entered transition with reedy showing his share class and fabulous form he was up the road by 7 minutes and Berkel picking up a very bizarre penalty we had a a big group of boys racing for the minor placing’s and the chance to sneak onto the podium it was on, A few boys went out like an ITU race but with in 8 km I found myself in 3rd with Berkel in sight – hitting the 16 km mark and still Berkel in sight I new I just needed to hang in there and stay strong and I would end up in 3rd. and contemplated so many things what if I cramp,what if I blow up, but with all the mental training I have learnt from Gilsey I held onto a very very memorable moment in my triathlon racing and crossed in 3rd.

The feeling of finishing in the pointy end is a feeling that is so rewarding and something I am in pursue of doing again very soon. What I have learnt from this experience moving forward is going to only make me stronger more confident in my ability and now i’m ready for more.

With out having amazing people in my corner I would not be able to race at this level and I have a wonderful support crew and want to thank you all so much for believing in me it’s amazing and I am truly grateful.

Next race sunshine coast 70.3 in 3 weeks.

cheers adsy

adam

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Keeping things in perspective – Leanda Cave

Since turning to long course racing, early season form has never been my focus. For this reason, despite the high expectations triathlon media and fans have placed on me, I am actually happy with my 6th place in the Ironman 70.3 San Juan this past weekend. It is impossible to stay in peak form all year round because the body and mind need rest. No rest can result in chronic fatigue, injury, and ultimately a very short career in sports.

I am coming off one of the longest breaks in my 14-year career as a professional triathlete. In addition, the new list of obligations and commitments from winning the Ironman World Championships less than 6 months ago has grown exponentially. Unlike some of my competition, I have not had months to prepare and train for this event. And to be perfectly honest, in the grand scheme of things, my goal is defending my Kona title and this is when I will definitely have my “A” game. 6th place is not a “sub-par” performance for me this time of year. It does not mean that I did not give 100% in San Juan. This race hurt a lot! It was a tough course, hot conditions, and the competition was fierce. There were also some new faces on the start line who were keen to show they mean business in their IM 70.3 distance debut. These girls were the ones who stole the show on the day, with Helle Fredrikson claiming victory.

Winning in Kona is a day that seems so far from my immediate reference of fitness and state of mind. But after being a professional triathlete for so long I know what I need to do to be hitting my peak when and where it matters. I love what I do and sometimes it is very hard to justify calling it a job. Racing and trying my best to win races is all I know and at the time, that was what winning Kona was all about: doing my job as best I can. My office is anywhere in the world. My co-workers are some of the fittest, nicest, and most driven people on the planet. Sometimes I stand on a start line in the shape of my life with my eye on the big prize and sometimes I am simply on the journey to that place.

Racing in San Juan helped me recognize in a profound way that what I do is not a pursuit of a selfish goal, but a journey that enables me to inspire, motivate and encourage people of all ages, in and out of triathlon. I have had many humbling experiences as a direct result of finally reaching the ultimate goal of my triathlon career. I’m excited about future races so that I can continue this journey. The next race on my schedule is the Ironman US Pro Championships in St. George on May 4.

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Even more on Coles Bay – Race report from Dan Robins

Coles Bay Half – Tassie

So I’ve never written a race report before, party because I have done nothing to warrant writing one before, and secondly because I think the scope of interest would struggle to extend my mum and dad. But the man behind the creation of a cool concept Team Latitude asked me to put pen to paper and write something, and after his generosity I couldn’t say no. Here goes…

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The boys…

Being relatively new and naïve to this whole triathlon thing, I was lucky enough to be asked by Guy Besley to be involved in the whole Team Latitude concept which incorporates a bunch of professional athletes and a few not so, myself the latter, promoting low key races around Australia.

I quickly learned half ironman racing is tough going, after the Team Latitude boys taught me a lesson in Port Douglas in my first race which saw me morph into a lobster in the heat and humidity of far north QLD and spend my day deliriously zig zagging up and down the beach in Port Douglas for 20 odd kilometres. Ouch.

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Heading out on the Bike

My low IQ then tricked me into signing up to Port Macquarie 70.3 which I was glad to somewhat redeem myself over the distance and have a reasonably more successful day racing around Port Macquarie, where I grew up. I was then lucky enough to be invited down to Coles Bay Half in Tasmania again with the Team Latitude guys.

Doing my last year of University which currently involves full time (unpaid – ouch) physio practice, I havn’t had the chance to race at all since Port Macquarie or train as I would ideally like. Anyway, I made to the trip to Hobart and onto the beautiful Coles Bay a little apprehensive to say the least. The team latitude boys are always good fun so it made my hasty weekend much enjoyable.

Anyway, as I said, ill keep this short and spare you an influx of excessively boring race details. The swim was in the bay itself, and despite my extreme distaste for swimming, I can say it was the only swim in a triathlon I have genuinely enjoyed, crystal clear and surprisingly warm water, easily mistakable for somewhere in north QLD. Jumping out of the water in my usual lousy time, it was time to ride my bike. The ride in Tassie was tough, dead undulating roads and long false flats made the mostly 90km solo ride tough on my strange little head. I managed to ride ok by myself despite a lack of real training and jumped off my pushie in 4th overall and about 5 or 6 mins behind fellow Team Latitude lads Matty White and Michael Murphy and a local guy who was apparently dropping bombs up the road. Onto the run saw me quickly projectile vomit everything I’d taken in on the bike and I watched hopelessly as a whole bunch of guys run past while I stood on the side of the road emptying the fluid contents of my body. From there it was a long way to jog/crawl/grovel my way through the long run which involved 16 of the 21km on sand. If it wasn’t for the backdrop and a few km’s running beside teammate Adam Gordon chatting about how unreal the scenery was I would have struggled to get to the end at all. I slowly grovelled home in 7th overall.

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Coles Bay, Perfect conditions…

Congrats to Matty and Murph for 1st and 2nd overall and the rest of the lads for an enjoyable weekend, and to Guy Beasley for selflessly giving me the chance to get out and do these races purely for my own benefit. Thanks also to Mum and Dad for being my sponsors throughout my uni degree which allows me to get out and experience travel and racing like this. I’d also like to thank my main sponsor VB…ok I lie, they don’t sponsor me, but I wish they did and I’m going to leave their sticker on my bike anyway

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Boulder 70.3: Joining the mile high club…..- Leanda Cave

……racing that is! I have raced up here at altitude once before in the Boulder Peak Olympic distance triathlon back in 2006 after living in Colorado Springs for 6 months. Fast forward 6 years and only 2 weeks of living and training at altitude makes quite a difference! While I do think 2 weeks was enough time to adjust to the 5000ft of altitude, getting the job done today was a whole different animal compared to racing at sea level.

While I was warming up for the swim I remember thinking “I feel like shit” (in my exact words!) and it was then the word “altitude” flashed in my mind. I chalked my less than great warm up to feeling fairly normal considering a lack of oxygen and realized that my lungs would be on the edge of combustion for the entire race. After the race I talked with some locals and learned this was pretty ‘normal’.

The race itself saw Liz Blatchford take to the start, who is essentially a new comer to the 70.3 distance.  Liz has spent the last 6 months focusing on Team Great Britain selection for the London Olympics.  Unfortunately she missed out on qualifying due to a debatable decision on “discretionary” slots, and therefore Liz understandably had an extra big fire in her belly today with the Olympic Triathlon event falling just days before this race.

When the gun went off for the swim start at the stunning Boulder Reservoir, it was no surprise that Liz took off like a bat out of hell. And I went right with her. I sat on her feet the whole way. I left T1 a little down because I had the slowest transition on the planet and I had to play catch-up! I spent the first 10 miles chasing Liz down on the beautiful, rolling, two lap bike course. I went by and I tried hard to shake her off.  But Liz knows how to dig deep, and she held on to me for the next 20 miles. In the end, all I managed to put between us was a gap of about 2 minutes as I lead into T2, with Melissa Hauschildt a further 2 minutes back.

The run was two laps on a dirt path/road around the Boulder Reservoir. I felt significantly better than my previous race in Vineman 70.3 after getting in a good amount of running back in my legs post injury. I managed to hold off Liz until mile 4 and Melissa until mile 8.  I did not have anywhere near the speed of Liz or Melissa, who have been living and training in Boulder much longer than myself. It was a great race between the three of us as we pushed each other the whole way, which ultimately saw us finishing within 2 minutes of each other, while 4 th place was 10 minutes back.

It’s a wonderful feeling to be back on an Ironman 70.3 podium. I still have a little ways to go before I can say I am 100% fit again. However, things are right on track for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. My next race will be HyVee 5150 at the beginning of September. THANK YOU to all my terrific sponsors for being………..terrific: Driscoll’s Berries, K-Swiss, Pinarello, Pacific Health Labs, Trisports.com, Giro, Easton, Fuel Belt, Blue Seventy, Tor Hans, TriBike Transport, Skins, ISM, Computrainer, and Oakley.  AND a BIG THANK YOU to my family, friends and fans for your on-going support. I love racing high!!!

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First of the Big News… Welcome ladies…

Well guys we have some huge news to announce a bit later today, but I will start off by confirming a few of the Female members of Team Latitude

Nicole Ward – Pro triathlete

Welcome on board Nicole Ward, for those of you inthe know this is no surprise, Nicole has given Port Douglas the joy of her racing in the past and was already entered into the O2 Tr-Port Half iron Distance triathlon, so we of course had to lure her accross to be involved with the Team. Great to have her on board to assist us to promote this awesome sport!

A bit about Nicole:

Since competing in the sport of Triathlon Nicole progressed quickly into the professional ranks within Australia, becoming the 2008 Professional Australian Long Course Triathlon Champion and a consistent podium finisher in Half Ironman and Ironman distance events across Australia and overseas. Nicole’s key achievement in 2009 was placing second at Ironman Japan in a highly competitive international field, which earned her a spot to race at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

Nicole was always very athletic as a child and competed at Australian National level for swimming and running over Cross Country and 800/1500m track distance events. After 10 years out of competition and racing, she took up Triathlon in 2005 and has never looked back. In her first season Nicole placed second in the NSW State Olympic Distance Championships and second in the NSW State Sprint Distance Series for her age group. From there Nicole decided to make the step up to the Half Ironman and Ironman distance events.

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