The hard work pays off. With a finishing time of 4:31 I couldn't be happier. Certainly didn't come easy today. 5th in AG and 24th overall. Thanks to @tweed_enduro_tri for a great event and more importantly all those who supported on course and from afar 🤙 #tweedenduro #1.9kmswim #90kmride #21.1kmrun #ironman703#triathlon
Time to race!! 70.3 Geelong tomorrow. Keen to see what the body can do after a good block of training after WA. Healthy, tapered and great weather predicted so no excuses. #geelong703#ironman703#triathlon#gohard
1 13an hour ago
Wanaka putting on perfect conditions for @challengewanaka today, home in 5:14. Time for a rona 😎 #ironman703 > 🏊♂️ 1.9
> 🚴♂️ 90
9 46an hour ago
First race of the season for many, and today we captured four of the top contenders lining up at tomorrow’s #IM703Geelong
Who’s your pick?
And while young Ruby is in the second photo, she’s not included on the start list. Although she did steal the show at the press conference.
First run in my new @nike.au.nz Zoom 35 running shoes, I have heard a lot of things about these since the sub 2 hour attempt, some good, some not so good... After my first run and 19km in them I have nothing to say but positive things, a few pros for me so far;
☑️ cushioned but stiff especially in the forefoot making up hills feel nice
☑️great fit = comfortable
Over all, felt really easy to get into a rhythm
I loved them as much as Millie loves a post run pat 🥰❤️
I've been into sports since the moment I could walk. After some serious injuries in football, I switched to no-contact sports & ended up running & biking. 6 years ago, it was a colleague at work who was organizing a small, local Olympic-distance Triathlon, & he invited all of us for the event. I thought, "why not?" So I just gave it a try. But after I ended up finishing 3rd in my AG that day - I was hooked. I had found something I could become really passionate about again.
I soon realized that my strengths are in the longer distances, so I did my first 70.3 in Zell 2015, where the WC was held on the same weekend. I was so fascinated by that event, I almost couldn't enjoy my own race day because I wanted to see the best in the world the next day. It was unreal for me, at that moment, to even think that I could be part of the WC at some point.
Now, a few years later, I’m still fully into Triathlon. It just gives me so much energy! And I use it as the perfect counterpart to my office job - where I'm not moving at all throughout the day. I can reboot my systems within minutes of training, & I’m fresh at work again.
However, as a really competitive human being, I challenged myself over the years from season to season & my old memories came back last year, & I noticed that I really could do it on a perfect day. I could become part of the Worlds. So the project was born – #RoadToNice2019. I want to start at the World Champs once in my life. At Bahrain last year in December, I launched my first serious attempt, where I ended up 10th with a total time of 4:29.
At the slot allocation, I needed to face life the hard way when I was the first in my AG to not get a coin for Nice. And the guy who placed 9th was in front of me by only 43 seconds!
That moment was a huge setback, but I told myself that - it must not make you stop chasing your dreams. I'm still on my mission, I’m still burning for Nice, & I know I can do it! So can you! Go out & prove the naysayers wrong! ~ Patrick Sibetz [@pat.sibi]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Patrick! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃
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I started Triathlon in 2011, having ridden bikes for fun since I was a teenager. I joined my local tri-club (@suncity_tri) and never looked back! From that first fight to swim one length of the pool and that gasping crawl to keep up with the social run group, all I wanted to do was be a part of it and keep getting that little bit better each time. Fast forward almost 10 years, one of my biggest sources of pride is that I’m repaying my club for their guidance and support by becoming a Level 2 coach myself, and bringing new people into our sport gives me massive satisfaction. I'm also so proud to have been voted as Chair of Sun City Tri in 2019.
My enthusiasm must have rubbed off at home, as it wasn’t long before my wife Claire (@being.claire) started to show an interest and slowly but surely got herself involved, starting with club sessions, then her first pool sprint, building up to her Iron Distance debut at Outlaw Triathlon in 2015. Sharing the course with her on that day and being at the finishing chute for her crossing the line is my single greatest Triathlon memory.
Although my favourite races are middle and long distance, and I’ve been lucky enough to complete 7 Ironmans (with three in 4 months in 2014 – IM Lanzarote, Outlaw & IM Wales), the arrival of my child, little Eve in 2016 has meant that my training needs to be a little more focussed than before. The turbo trainer and treadmill are my new friends now! In 2019 I will be 40, and I’m doing three 70.3 races across the year with the hope of being faster than ever!
I have anxiety (I will NEVER say “I suffer from anxiety” as that would mean it's winning!) and will often dwell on the smallest things I’ve done/said to people and how they feel about me, or about things that have happened at work – often at 3am! - but as clichéd as it sounds, when I’m on my bike or running none of those thoughts are there.
Triathlon has made me, has inspired me and has honestly changed my life. ~ David Purvis [@david.purvis]
Thank you for sharing your story with us, David! Keep Tri'ing! 🏊🚴🏃 #ordinarypeopleextraordinarypassion
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50 16342 days ago
I had the amazing opportunity to do some aero testing at the A2 Wind Tunnel just outside of Charlotte, NC this past week.
I’ve known for some time that I am producing similar wattage at the same weight as other pro’s but not going quite as fast. I’ve made upgrades in technology over the last few years, like wearing the Giro Aerohead helmet and using aero hydration systems, but I decided it was the right time in my career to know, rather than guess, about what position and equipment is fastest for me (much of this is rider specific). Through a bunch of small changes, I was able to definitively drop 20 watts of drag and come away with ideas of how to drop even more. With the additional mechanical modifications I’ve made to my bike this winter, I’m looking, in the very least, at a 30 watt savings at my ironman race speed compared to last year’s set up.
This is one of those examples of how, if you want to be a world class athlete, it takes more than just fitness. You’ve got to be pushing the boundaries in fitness as well as technology, organizational skills, mental skills, and so much more. And you need to seek experts in all these areas to help you. I’m looking forward to the free speed I got from this work and confident that it will help me get closer to where I want to be...a world class triathlete. I’m behind and I still have a long way to go.
Thanks to @zanescycles for helping me get my bike set up to go to the wind tunnel and for helping with the changes to come.
As the 2019 race season approaches, I am sharpening Sleipnir’s fangs, adding watts, testing new nutrition strategies and products, and practicing my #raceface in the mirror before going to bed.
Triathletes’ hunting season is about to start. I’m coming for y’all!!!
58 28555 days ago
When one door opens..... someone should immediately close it because it's -35 outside and I live in a frozen hellhole
69 37813 days ago
Those rolling hills. Ouch x 10.
East London where they close both lanes of the freeway for their 70.3 race.