Just a quick one to say thankyou to those of you whom made the effort to attend our first Awards Party and Social held at the fabulous Bar OneTwenty in Hillary's Boat Harbour, Sorrento Quays. I think we had roughly 40 people attend over the course of the evening with Award Certificates being presented by Captain Core to all those who participated in the Busselton Half Ironman in May. Well done everyone! The Captain, James and Yann managed to prop up the bar until gone 5am if you can believe that - dirty "stop-outs"!
Major thanks and appreciation goes out to Justin Palmer (co-owner of the club) who allowed us to use the venue and also supplied us all with a fair old share of celebratory drinks! Thanks mate - that was tops!
The coveted "Dark Horse" Award (originally given in 2005 to an up and coming athlete by the name of Mike Gee who finished 6th overall at this year's event, some 40 + minutes quicker than 3 years ago) was given out to two people this year (male and female) for their display of talent and future potential as determined by the Captain. Our male winner was Ian Murray (40-44) for his fabulous first-time HIM finish in just a shade over 5 hours (after having walked the last few kilometers with his daughter). Ian is now taking up the Challenge of the Busselton Ironman in December as well as two other HIM events (Singapore and Soth Africa early next year). We wish him the best of luck! The female winner was my first-ever coached athlete here in Perth and someone who over the past few years has displayed increasing potential and performance over the endurance events to post a Personal Best time of 5:11.39, Sue Anderson (45-49). Sue is inspirational to those who she trains with for her grit and determination but equally an overall air of relaxation and awesome pacing ability. Unfortunately Sue was injurred last week on one the Wednesday morining ride and is currently recovering from a broken collar bone - we wish her all the best for a speedy recovery!
This weekend saw the staging of the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver, Canada. Weather conditions were reported to be terrible, so much so that many of the official results for the Age Group events have not yet been published. However, we are reliably informed that Richard Woods (who as been training with the Time:4:Me swim group) took 1st place in the Men's 40-44 Sprint category with a win of over 3 minutes head of 2nd place!! Amazing result - well done Richard, you're a World Champion!
Also overseas at the Eagleman 70.3 race in the USA, our very own Diane Calderon took out a stunning 2nd place finish in the 45-49 age-group category to see her right back on track for Ironman Lake Placid and then hopefully onto Kona for the Hawaii Ironman in October. Top notch Diane! Given that it was touching 100 degrees farenheit and 90+% humidity, this is a truly impressive result!
Don't forget we have the new Tuesday evening Run Technique Session at 6pm this evening down at McGilvray Oval and then the new Wednesday evening swim session at 6pm at the Claremont Pool as well this week - hope you can make it, they're going to be fun!
This week also sees the start of our Ironman WA "Double Peak" training program for many of the athletes in the group. This 26 week program will see the athletes steadily preparing for the event with a midway Half Ironman competition at the start of September in either Singapore (70.3) or down in Busselton (training session). A week of complete rest will follow this event before the athletes will then start to specifically prepare for the Ironman event on the 7th December. We find that this "Double Peak" format with an emphasis on developing speed, form and power in the initial stages before developing the more specific endurance attributes later into the program is the key to success. It also allows our athletes to psychologically break the relative 'monotony' of a long program into two manageable chunks as well.
If you are keen on maybe taking up the challenge yourself, please complete the questionnaire at http://www.theteamcore.com/athletequestionnaire.html - the more the merrier, remember, its all about Commitment, Consistency and most of all, Camaraderie! Cost is $150.00 per month, inclusive of all coached sessions and your own Training Peaks account to see detail of our sessions in advance in case you are away for work etc.
See you out there!
P.S I have some mega new cycle lights to blaze a trail down to Shelley tommorow morning for all those (who like myself) found it very dark last week!