Well, what can we say...it was a tough call this month to select our May "Athlete of the Month" with so many great results that saw 36 of our TEAM CORE athletes racing down at the Busselton Half Ironman. However, we have made this decision based on the fact that we believe that Helen Cuthbert really aspired to our 3-C motto of Commitment, Consistency and Camaraderie during the 16 week program and displayed courage and determination during the race. Most of all though, Helen had a smile on her face the whole way round - awesome! If you don't love it, don't do it.
Helen posted a 37.01 swim split, a 2:48.07 cycle time and a 1:52.27 run split to give her an overall time of 5:22.55 and a very impressive 13th place finish in the 25-29 category in her first ever Half Ironman!
It was personally a great pleasure to coach and work with Helen in the lead-up to this event. Just like in any coach-athlete relationship when the pressure is on in the harder weeks, tempers do get frayed. What inspired me particularly though about Helen's attitude was her openess in communication and willingness to discuss things that were troubling her. In doing so we could work together as a team to address these issues and make sure we were heading on the right track. Well done Helen, it was a privilege to work with you...here's to the Ironman! ;-)
Helen's race report can be seen here.