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Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Guillaume Rondy 

This race was the result of a 7 month journey of hard training where I totalled about 10,000kms of swimming, cycling and running, trained in Singapore and Australia, competed in 3 70.3 races in Asia and Europe and 5 shorter multi-sport races in Singapore and Bintan. I averaged about 12 hours of training a week for these 7 months, won my age group in Singapore and Bintan triathlon and got 2nd or 3rd in all the other Asian races – Europe is another level…

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I got to become part of a fantastic triathlon team, and have had the immense privilege to become a brand ambassador to help me in the journey.

 Zell-am-See wasn’t the easiest place to get to but it was definitely worth the trip. I believe the photos spoke for themselves.

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I was aiming for a personal best given where I thought my current fitness was and I thought it was possible on this course.

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The race itself started well for me: I had the swim time I was aiming for roughly and set off on the bike leg feeling good. I pushed hard at the start as agreed with my coach and managed to get over the climb slightly ahead of schedule. I started the climb a bit harder than expected and disregarded the power numbers I was reading, justifying it to myself “It’s the World Champs, FULL GAS!!!”. That meant my power output was a bit high at the top of the climb, but I knew this would be averaged out with the descent. The first 5k of the descent were even steeper than the climb and you could smell brakes on carbon wheels all the way! Clearly confirmed triathletes are not made for descending and I managed to overtake quite a few people on the way down, always nice. The rest of the bike went well despite cramps in my thighs around the 75th kilometre and I was still hopeful for a PB when I started running.

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as my breathing and stomach decided to play up. I couldn’t eat anything during the entire run and everytime I tried to push the pace I had to stop to get rid of stomach cramps. I very quickly realised today wasn’t a PB day, but decided to make the most of the atmosphere, seeing all my Singaporean friends and most importantly my family that was there to cheer me on. The finish time is good but not what I had trained so hard for, although I still managed to come 53rd in my age group. As my coach Arnaud​ said, great experience racing at such a high international level!

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 So although the race didn’t go as planned, I had a fantastic time before, during and after the event. The location was stunning, the team spirit was fantastic and the support from my family and Nix in particular was out of this world. I doubt that a lot of people also managed to see their wife 9 times during the event! It felt like she was everywhere and that made me get through the tough run so much faster.

 Now onto some rest for me, some training for Nix’s next race and planning next year’s events!

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Tri-Corner 14/3/15

Tri-CornerMartin Reynolds – Triathlon Director

The tri season is now well underway with some key races taken place already and some local and regional ones around the corner

NZ ironman

Last Sunday, the incomparable ‘King of Taupo,’ Cameron Brown, rolled back the years to clinch a record-breaking 11th IRONMAN New Zealand victory, while also improving on his own world record to become the oldest winner of an IRONMAN race. Approaching 43 he clocked 8hrs 22mins. Meanwhile, in the elite women’s race, American Meredith Kessler created her own slice of history by racking up her fourth race win and smash her own course record with a 9hr 05 mins time to become the most successful overseas women at IRONMAN New Zealand.

Subic Bay 70.3, Philippines

A new race – Australian star Tim Reed (who catches eyes racing in his purple Budgy Smuggler swimwear!) won the mens in 3hrs 51mins. Parys Edwards from Great Britain took the ladies crown in 4hrs 18mins

Metasport Duathlon

Closer to home, the second part of the Metasprint Tri series takes place this Sunday, 15th March at the F1 “village”. The fun kicks off at 7am with a sprint of 3km run/30km bike/3km run. Kids start at 8:45am and awards are at 10:30am. Good luck to all those taking part

Last call for PJ 70.3 & Vietnam 70.3
Entries are still open for 2 great races. The Putrajaya 70.3 (south of KL) is on Sunday 5th April. The closest 70.3 to Singapore and a very testing race (also includes a 70.3 relay). For those who fancy a bit more sea and sand there is the inaugural Vietnam 70.3 on Sunday 10th May.

Tri factor Series

Full Series of race dates are out for 2015 for this Singapore based series of races.
TYR TRI-Factor Swim: 26th April
QUICKSPEED TRI-Factor Bike: 17th May
Compressport TRI-Factor Run: 26th July
TRI-Factor Tri Triathlon: 23rd August

Guide to first Ironman

A great article for those of you who may be thinking about doing an ironman….

“Triathlons are tough. There is no way around it. Whatever distance you want to complete, doing one is a big project from start to finish. Training to have good results in swimming, cycling or running is a big project, but combine all three, and it starts to look overwhelming. This article will try to break down all the elements of Ironman Triathlon. Hopefully, this article can give the last kick to someone thinking about doing an Ironman and give some tips and ideas for you, who are already training towards an Ironman. Doing an Ironman is all about the experience and the things you learn on the way to the finish line. The goal of this article is to help you have an even more incredible experience”

Full article in the link below.

http://www.training4cyclists.com/ironman-training-the-comprehensive-guide-to-your-first-ironman-triathlon/?awt_l=K5rsI&awt_m=3eb4gWp.dzPaUEx

Tri-Corner 14/2/15

Tri-CornerMartin Reynolds, Tri-Director

Metasprint Aquathlon

A stunning performance by Colin O’shea at last Sunday’s Aquathlon at Sentosa to take overall first place in a very competitive field. Colin did the 750m in an amazing 11 minutes and sprinted the 5k run in 19 min. Well done!

A strong ANZA turnout and other notable ANZA podiums in their respective age groups:

  • Victoria Hill, 2nd (39 mins 32 secs)
  • Wendy Wilcox 2nd (44:45)
  • Ruth Stubbs 3rd (47:17)

Next up in the Metasprint series is the Duathlon on 15th March

Tri-Corner 6/2/15

ImageMartin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

Metasprint Aquathlon

Takes place this Sunday, 8th Feb at Palawan Beach, Sentosa. “Elites” commence the sprint with the wave off at 8:30am on the 750m swim/5k run course. Youth & Discovery distance start at 10:05 and the kids distance start at 10:50. Awards ceremony at 11:45.

Good luck to all those participating and looking forward to seeing some ANZA podiums!

Tri-Corner | 16/1/15


Tri Logo 2Martin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship Auckland
First Big race of the year this Sunday – good luck to any ANZA members taken part

Preview of Upcoming Races
Selection of key races coming up that members should be considering signing up and training for:

Metasprint Aquathlon – The Metasprint series is 3 sprint races held in Singapore. You can take part in all 3 or pick and choose.  Great for those starting the sport and also good for those wanting to focus on their speed work.  Busy but well organized.  First up is the Aquathlon taking place on 8 Feb

Bintan – 23-24 May – a great festival of tri – get signed up now and also sort your accommodation out asap

Putrajaya, Malaysia 70.3 – 5 April.  A hot one and a chance to win a slot the 70.3 World Champs in Austria later this year.  Time to register and sort transport/hotels

Vietnam 70.3 – May 10.  A new event which has generated a lot of interest.  A great one to take the family to as well.

Tri-Corner | 12/12/14

ImageMartin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

WA Ironman

A combination of the weather conditions and strong international fields led to some fast racing at SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia last Sunday

In the men’s race Frenchman Denis Chevrot was the last man standing (8hr 5 min) , while the women’s race honours went to New Zealand’s Britta Martin in a new race-best 8:56

Once again , ANZA cycling were well represented with some excellent performances.  Race of the day coming from Roger Hastie who swam the 3.8k around the iconic jetty in 58 mins; biked the 180k course in 4hr 54mins and polished it off with a 3 hr 21 mins marathon. Incredible performance!

Selected times with age group positions

Roger Hastie 9:20 (4th)
Dean Campbell 10:57 (29th)
Peter Bennett 11:37  (51st)

That’s is pretty much the last big race of the year.  Time for some R&R over the Christmas holidays….

Tri-Corner | 05/12/14

ImageMartin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

Challenge Phuket 70.3
Swiss Olympian Ruedi Wild (4hr 02mins) produced a clockwork performance once again at last Sundays Challenge Laguna Phuket. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) finished first female and led her fellow women athletes by more than 10 minutes.  A field of about 550 individual pro and age group athletes representing 40 nationalities jumped into the waters of Bangtao Bay to tackle the 1.9km swim, followed by a 90km bike ride and a 21km run.

A superb performance from ANZA member Guillaume Rondy with a 4:46 finish and earning him 3rd place in his age group

WA Ironman
Good luck to all those taking part in this weekend’s Western Australia Ironman.

Tri-Corner | 28/11/14

ImageMartin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

Lots of racing last weekend and some great performances from ANZA members both In Singapore and at the tri festival in Phuket

Duathlon
East Coast Park hosted the Singapore National Duathlon Championships.  Some super performances across many of the categories. Selected results (with age group position and time)

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Colin Ives 5th 2:08

Sprint
Kathryn Campbell 1st 1:16
Megan kinder 3rd 1:21

Youth
Jack Grant  2nd 36:54

Kids
Jackson Campbell 1st 21:35

Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Once again Phuket didn’t disappoint with a fantastic race.  The sun was out and conditions were great for the unique 1.9k swim over 2 stretches of water; a pretty technical 50k bike ride which featured the infamous Naithon hills and then took a new route through some villages (and even through a prison!); finishing off with a scorching run over the golf course and the Laguna estate.  The mens title was taken jointly by Massimo Cigano and Alberto Casadei, both from Venice, Italy with a dead heat time of 2 hrs 33mins. Parys Edwards from Australia was the female winner in  2hrs 54mins.

A sizeable contingent from Singapore made the trip up and we saw some great performances from ANZA members against a very strong field.  Performance of the day goes to Vanessa Colless who won her age group and was 7th overall Female.

The main event, of course, was the legendary Awards Party – it is expected that hangovers will be clearing up for those who plan to take part in the Challenge Phuket race this coming Sunday – good luck to those taking part.

image001Selected results (with age group position and time)
Vanessa Colless 1st 3:09 (7th Overall)
Vicky Hill 2nd 3:20
Wendy Wilcox 4th 3:33
Martin Reynolds 7th 3:15
Ruth Stubbs 8th 4:00
Liz Reynolds 14th 4:31
Alexander Kolb 16th 3:11

Tri-Corner | 21/11/14

ImageMartin Reynolds | Triathlon Director

Ballarat Ironman 70.3

The inaugural race in Western Victoria, Australia  saw Michael Raelert take the men’s win in 3hr 48mins and Melanie Mcquaid take the women’s honours in 4hrs 19mins.

ANZA were represented by Colin O’Shea with a superb time of 4hrs 40mins, placing 9th in his age group in a very strong field. Next years race will take place on December 13th 2015

Vietnam 70.3

A new race has just been announced – Ironman 70.3 Vietnam.  Date is 10th May 2015. Registrations open now.  Based in the coastal city of Denang

And Finally…
Good luck to those heading up to Phuket.  A week of triathlon fun awaits, with the ‘classic’ Laguna Phuket Triathlon this Sunday and The Challenge Laguna Phuket race (70.3) the following Sunday