Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Final Countdown

Dear Athletes

Well, 16 weeks have gone by and the TEAM CORE are fit and raring to go for this Saturday's Half Ironman event in Busselton! It looks set to be a great race with record numbers participating and the weather set to be fine, dry and 25. Perfect.

Many of you will be traveling down either today or tomorrow, so please let us take this opportunity to wish you all the very best of luck on Saturday. Swim Smooth, Bike Strong and Run Like the Wind! We'll be out there supporting you all. We plan to head down at lunchtime on Friday, so if ANYONE has any dramas on the day before the race, please give me a buzz on 0431 540 980 and I'll do my very best to try and help out where I can.

We will have a large blue and white marquee on the side of the course very close to the water bidon exchange on the bike course. This allows us easy viewing for you on the bike and also on the run. We shall have a large TEAM CORE banner posted out front, so you'll know where to find us. This "HQ" is there for your convenience. Please feel free to direct your friends and family to us as a point of reference for your cheer squad and also if you would like somewhere to store your dry warm-up gear as well, this will be fine. Please pop your gear in large black bin liners with a name tag clearly attached.

Myself and Adam will be on hand and floating around the transition are first thing in the morning for anyone who feels they need some assistance with their bike / set-up etc. If we can't help you, we'll find someone who don't be afraid to ask!

It will be too much of a kerfuffle trying to get everyone together before the start of the race, so my suggestion is that you take Thursday as your rest day, on Friday do a light spin of 45 mins to 1 hour, followed by a short shuffle off the bike of ~15 mins. That's it. I wouldn't bother with the organized swim event on the Friday morning if I were you...too much stress - focus your energies on yourself. On Saturday morning, make sure you're up a good 3 hrs before the start-time and get in a good breakfast (but not too much and nothing different from what you've practiced these last few weeks). Drink regularly in the count-down to the event, but again don't panic and overdo this aspect!! Keep some toilet paper with you as well because guaranteed they will run out with all the queues that you can expect to see! Above all, enjoy - soak up the atmosphere and look forward to having a great day. You've done the training, now just get out there and do the job on the day!

So, without further ado, The TEAM CORE would like to wish the following athletes the very best of luck for the event - we'll be cheering you all on out there, so make sure you smile for the camera!

  • Karlee Cannon
  • Helen Buckle
  • Anna Foster
  • Nat Sumner
  • Renee Baker
  • Jessica Huston
  • Carly Innes
  • Julie Kiely
  • Helen Masson
  • Joanna Thomson
  • Jen Newman
  • Lindy Brand
  • Mel Cundy
  • Liza Magennis
  • Sally Scafidi
  • Mel Cooney
  • Melissa Murphy
  • Suzanne Laidlaw
  • Judi Clemie
  • Desiree Silva
  • Gillian Evans
  • Sandy Tindale
  • Mary Tennant
  • Joe Kierath
  • Ben MacKinnon
  • Nathan Jones
  • Daniel Tarbosky
  • Dan Timbers
  • Neil Welsh
  • Gabe Alves
  • Glenn Young
  • Ian Klasens
  • Brett Semler
  • Mark Rayner
  • Chris Swallow
  • Nathan Thomson
  • Stuart Murray
  • Jason Hick
  • Ant Tholet
  • Carl Andrews
  • Glen Blackwell
  • Tim Cooney
  • Matt Illingworth
  • Marius Grobbelaar
  • Matt Biddle
  • Bruce Matthews
  • Mike Bowles
  • Tim Howley
  • Mike Hodgson
  • Dean Turner
  • Rob Newman
  • Chris Murphy
  • Sandy Burt
  • Alan Nicholls
  • David Laidlaw
  • Graham Crocker
  • Jane Day (TEAM)
  • Suzanne Williams (TEAM)
  • Paul Merson (TEAM)
  • Ceinwen Williams (TEAM)
  • Sam Poulson (TEAM)
  • Craig Coleman (TEAM)
  • Julie Meehan (TEAM)

May the Force be with you all!


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