Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Busselton Half Ironman Results

Phew! Just got back from down south after a fantastic weekend of racing down in Busselton!

The TEAM had some great results, all of which can be seen here:

There was a total of 37 finishers from the squad, 2 unfortunate DNFs (Did Not Finish) and 2 DNSs (Did Not Start).

In the women's event, Kate Bevilaqua and Katrina Mercer battled it out for 2nd and 3rd place overall behind eventual winner Lisa Marangon. It came down to the final 3km between Kate and Katrina, with Katrina bravely holding off 4th place by just 10 seconds. This was a stellar result for both girls - Kate showing her class, strength and endurance in the latter stages of the race with Katrina doing a fine job in her very first Half Ironman event!! Not many people can say they did a sub-4h30m HIM on their first outing! Brilliant stuff.

Carle Green was similarly impressive in the men's race finishing 12th overall and first age-grouper in just over 4h15m - amazing!

My good friend and the guy who first got me into triathlon way back in 1994 came over for a visit (Garrie Prosser) and came 3rd in the 45-49 age group proving that he's still very much got it!!

Also taking podium places in their age-groups were Alan Nicholls, Nathalie Laurendeau, Sally Scaffidi, Lyndal Tudehope, Graham Crocker and Sandy Tindale. Fine, fine work groovers!

A special mention must go out to Liz McSweeny who took on her very first Half Ironman and was worried about completing the swim distance in the whole lead-up to the event. To see Liz exit the water after 1.9km was probably the highlight of mine and Adam's day and Liz can go away from this feeling extremely proud of herself! Well done Liz, we're chuffed to bits for you!

I am still waiting to hear back from Daniel T who wore a Garmin GPS around the swim course. Swim times across the board seemed to be very slow this year and as such I'm thinking that maybe it was a little long as conditions appeared OK out there - but what do I know, I was stood on the beach in my nice warm uggies sipping a flat white!!

Well done to everyone who competed. I have stripped down some of the data from the official results so you can see a little clearer what your swim, bike and run times were as well as the halfway mark on the bike and the 1/3 and 2/3 mark on the run - should be food for thought for pacing strategies going forward. Top marks on pacing has to go to Carle Green again here whose bike laps were within 6 seconds of each other and run laps within 10 seconds of each other - teacher's pet! Nice job mate!

Cheers and see you all again next week starting at 7am on Monday up at Challenge Stadium - can't wait!


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