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.
Since being in Germany I have had a problem with my lower left leg and have not being able to train and race to my full potential. Whilst being away you learn a lot about yourself and how to overcome problems when things are not going to plan. Over the last six weeks this has been a massive learning experience on how to deal with things like this in a different country.
Coming into the race on the weekend I have had a solid training block of swimming and biking. The past two weeks I’ve eased back into running again. I didn’t know what to expect in this race as I did not have much running fitness behind me.
My plan in the race was to go off the front in the swim and let the other athletes race my race. I was able to do this by pushing the swim leg very hard and having a fast transition, which allowed me to open up a lead on the rest of the felid.
On the bike there was a head wind the whole way out, on the out and back bike course. Once on the bike I was able to find a good rhythm pushing into the head wind. I was able to maintain the gap coming off the bike.
On the run my legs felt better as the race went on and I was very happy to be running pain free again. Half way through the run the competitors were gaining a little bit on me, but I was able to focus on breathing and technique. This allowed me to cross the line in first.
Now I’m straight back into training, getting back to basics and getting solid days done nothing crazy. My next race that I am starting in is Sassenberg in two weeks, which is a middle distance race. (188.8.131.52)
My plan to finish off the European season is:-
- 4.8 Sassenberg
- 19.8 Witten (Maybe)
- 2.9 Hannover
- 8.9 Schliersee
With main focus on the Hannover and Schliersee which are my last two races in the Bundesliga.
Ok guys its fair to say that this site appears to be about a bunch of professional triathletes pushing themselevs to the limits and winning races. But thats not really what its about. If you read the small print you will quickly gather its about Triathlon, the Sport, and what it means to all people is different! I have attached some footage below that is not only an inspiration, but captures the true essesnce of this great sport!
Liv Cole – an inspiration
triathlon is about personal goals and acheievments more than anything else, more that winning, beating a competitor or a bit of prize money! For the vast majority of athletes thattoe the start line of a triathlon, be it a super sprint enticer or an Ironman, the goal is the saem; Personal Acheivement!
So take the time to watch this footage, and absolute Kudos to Liv Cole for having the courage to put herself out there and fight her own fight!