We are now getting towards the end of the season with races becoming less regular over the weekends. In the past month we have seen athletes compete at Mooloolaba Triathlon, Kingscliff Triathlon, Gold Coast Luke Harrop Memorial Triathlon and Putrajaya 70.3.
Congratulations to squad members Garry Notridge, Ornaith Hanna and Caren Biddulph who completed their first Olympic Distance Triathlon at Mooloolaba. Both Ornaith and Caren completed our beginners course in October so it was great to see them out there racing.
The girls were leading the results list at Mooloolaba with Jocelyn Hutton and Stella Foley both placing 3rd in the 25-29 and 30-34 categories. Training is going well as both Jocelyn and Stella prepare for long course events Busselton 70.3 and Cairns Ironman respectively.
Gold Coast Triathlon
The Gold Coast Triathlon is becoming one of the must do events on the calendar. It is a great weekend away with the Elite Triathletes racing on the Saturday and many squad members making a weekend of it.
It was great to see new members Brenda Lincez, Megan Lincez and Nicole Murphy complete their first Sprint distance tri at the Gold Coast. All three have been regular faces at training completing their beginner’s course at Raby Bay in February.
Congratulations to Geoff Holt for his 2nd place in the 60-64 category.
We recently had Chris Bailey racing at Putrajaya 70.3. Chris’ goal was to qualify for the Sunshine Coast 70.3 World Champs in September and after missing out on an entry to Cairns and other race dates not working around injury struggles and family commitments this was Chris’ only shot. On race day Putrajaya delivered the hottest conditions that Chris has ever raced in but his 4:34 gave him 3rd place in the 40-44 age group, 7th age grouper overall and a conveted spot to the World Champs.
With two key races left in the season for many athletes in the squad – Byron Bay Triathlon on May 7th and Cairns IM/70.3 on June 12th there will still be a high level of intensity in the sessions before it backs off a bit over winter.
Our new training timetable is working well with the Thursday morning cycling proving to be a popular session and Friday morning running starting to build up.
End of Season Party
This year our End of Season party will be held at the Regatta Hotel on Saturday 18th June. The evening will include dinner, drinks, awards, prizes and celebrations and we would love for your partners to join you for the evening.
Tickets will be available to purchase next month, so just save the date and look forward to a great night out.
New Coach – Kristin Muir
We are excited to announce that long time member Kristin Muir will be joining our coaching team. Kristin has already started helping Brad with the latest beginner’s group on Friday mornings and then will be teaming up with Mark to assist him with on-road cycling and run sessions.
Kristin has a lot to offer the squad with many years coaching hockey as well as having completed 3 Ironman events and multiple other triathlons.
Cairns Training Camp
We have one spot left on our training camp in Noosa over the Anzac Day long weekend. These camps are a great excuse to get away for the weekend and in Noosa we are spoilt for choice with training venues and cycling routes.
Full details of the camp are online on our website. If you are interested in coming along then reply to this email to grab the last spot.
Beginner Triathlon Tip
What swimming fins should I buy?
For beginner swimmers we recommend starting with the long fins. These will provide you with the most forward propulsion whilst lifting your hips higher in the water.
Those that are already capable of swimming 2-3km in the open water comfortably may receive more training benefit from the shorter variety which will help strengthen hamstrings and glutes.
Upcoming races until the end of June that Tri Nation will be at are:
- Byron Bay Triathlon – 7th May
- Cairns Ironman & 70.3 – 12th June