Sunday, May 1, 2016

42 - the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything and also the number of great results from Busselton 70.3 for the squad!

Dear Swimmers

Some great achievements this Sunday down in Busselton at the Ironman 70.3 event. Some 42 members of the squad had prepared valiantly for the event which sees the athletes compete over 1.9k in the ocean, 90k on the bike and 21.1k on the run. A special mention - even though he gets a lot of them - to Graham Crocker! 1st in all 3 disciplines and winning his category by over 20 minutes with an average pace of 1:25/100m on the 1.9k swim. Graham will be 67 years young this July. Incredible.

We had an amazing 8 of you post sub-4:20 times too - I just can't believe it! 2 of these were the ladies Emily Loughnan and Kate Bevilaqua (with Renee Baker just a few minutes back in 4:25 too!). Well done to the boys: Guy Crawford, Nick Baldwin, Gary Cousins, Luke Cameron, Matt Illingworth and Sean Jermy. Can a number bod out there please run me some average number comparisons of this race versus years gone by? I reckon it'd have to be 15-20 minutes quicker than say in 2008/9? The top age-groupers are posting times now that the PROs of yesteryear would have been proud of and - for the ladies - would have won with!

And whilst it's "easy" to obviously praise those who finish high up in their respective ranks, of course one of the great things about this event is that we see the coming together of a huge variety of abilities and backgrounds to race over the same brilliant course. I'd like to make special mention to Roberta Lori and her achievement yesterday who finished in 5:46 with an average pace of 2:00/100m on the swim. For those who know Roberta and all that she has been through in the last few years, you'll know that this is a very special achievement indeed. Well done Roberta, you never cease to amaze me!

Well done to everyone else and all those who competed in teams too - your coach is proud! See you all soon! Drop me a line and let me know how you went!

Inspired by their results? Let me know what your goals are over the winter months?



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