Qld All Schools and Qld Athletics - Race report
Queensland Athletics Champs – 800m
Heat – Qualified for Final
Final – 5th Place 13 Years Boys – 2.11
Queensland Schools Triathlon
Distance - 300 / 10 / 2.5
Result – 3rd Place Junior Boys / 1st Sunshine Coast Region / Qualified for Queensland Schools Triathlon Champs
It was that time of year again, first major race of the season, Queensland All Schools. The lead up to the race was great, was fit fast and ready to fire after a really solid block of training in preparation. It was always going to be a challenging, and I knew that, with a strong field of competitors and hot weather it was tough.
I had left in the 2nd wave 2 minutes after the first wave that had majority of the stronger athletes, so I knew I was going to be chasing. The vorgee MK11 were the goggles of choice and were absolutely amazing to race with, which had proved to help leading my wave out of the water and was chasing down the leaders.
Onto the bike and was happy with my position, I was extremely happy with my bike and believed that I had rode well, battling a head wind on the way out and what you could say as quite a technical course had taken a bit out of the legs but was still feeling great. A few issues technique wise, were discovered by coach, that I knew have got to be worked on, however overall it was a great ride. I had dropped 50 seconds to the leader heading into T2 and new time had to be made up on the run.
Advice by Coach Toby Coote was given pre-race about not killing myself in the first km, which was ignored as I had taken it out too hard which resulted in stitching up, thankfully it was bearable and I still ended up with an average run having the quickest split, unfortunately I hadn’t made up the time that was needed but was still happy with a 3rd place.
In the lead up to the Qld All Schools Triathlon, I competed in the Qld Schools Athletics Championships in Brisbane. I was competing in the 800m and 1500m. Unfortunately, the timing of the 15500m final coincided with the Triathlon. It was a hard decision to pull out of the 1500 as I am the reigning National Champion at this distance, but I want to pursue Triathlon so that took precedent.
The heats of the 800m were on the Thursday and Final on the Saturday. It was fast and furious in the Heats but I qualified with a time of 2.13. Now for the Final and it was going to be fast. Dylan took the running at the start and powered on to win in 2.03. I tried to go with him but he was running quickly. I tried to hold off the runners coming from behind. 2 seconds separated 2nd to 6th. I was happy with 5th place in 2.11
My focus turned to recovery and preparation for Sundays Triathlon. My next race will be Round 3 of the Queensland Triathlon Series on 18th November with the Queensland Aquathlon Champs the day before both on home soil at Lake Kawana.
A huge thanks to all the sponsors who had supported me in the lead up to the race and a big wrap for Toby for his guidance and patience for getting me where I am.
Race – Queensland Triathlon Series Race # 2
Venue – Raby Bay
Result – 2nd U/13 Years Male – 25th Overall
Distance – Super Sprint 400/15/4
Raby bay, it was an extremely challenging race on the weekend with absolutely shocking conditions, but I was lucky enough to get through it with no harm done. Preparation leading up to the race wasn’t ideal after having a 4-day touch competition prior to the race as well as sickness a week out.
The normal warm up ritual of the regular run warm up and then having a bit of a swim was carried out however, I did make an error of not giving myself enough time to warm up in the water in the cold conditions. I definitely saw an effect on this with as a result not having the greatest of swims and was a bit behind out of the water; the Vorgee Mk11 were my choice of goggles, and could not fault them.
Into T1 and I knew I had some time to make up on the bike, prior to the race myself and Coach Toby Coote had discussed the hazards on the bike course and the cautions that had to be taken, as it was extremely wet and slippery. It proved to not have worried me that much as I had one of my best rides yet and was extremely happy with it, and had taken some time off the leaders. Unfortunately, the run wasn’t one of my greatest and the legs failed to fire.
Overall, it was a great learning experience that will be beneficial developing as an athlete.
QTS # 1 – Robina Triathlon
Distance – 300/8/2.5
Age Category – U/14 Male
Loved the feeling of the first race of the season knowing the triathlon season has started. It was an interesting race yesterday seeing where I’m at physically and mentally for the season ahead, knowing who will be my competition for throughout the year.
I was happy with my swim coming out of the water in 3rd, I was happy with how I was sitting after T1 and heading into the bike, I think I set a new world record just quietly for the most cones knocked over whilst mounting my bike ;).
I didn’t have the greatest of rides and lost a bit of time to the lead group with it totalling up to 1min 15secs heading into T2. So, I knew I had to make some time up onto the run, I slowly got into a rhythm and felt quite good after the first km and had taken some serious time of the lead group. It was then when I ran up beside the lead group, unfortunately an ongoing ankle injury from a sprain last week, decided to take its toll, which left me pulling out of the rest of the race.
Before the race a discussion with my Coach, Toby, that if there was any pain that wasn’t tolerable on the run that I was to pull out. I was quite devastated and frustrated knowing that I had to pull out, but I guess it will be better in the long run with some bigger races in the pipeline coming up.
A massive shout out to Vorgee, CLIF bar and Mizuno for all the amazing products that helped me throughout the race.
Looking forward to the next race of the QTS at Raby Bay on 14th October and then Qld All Schools at Lake Kawana on 28th October
Race report- Rainbow beach Triathlon
Date - 11-12th August 2018
Race – Saturday - Individual Triathlon / Sunday - Teams Event
Distance – 750/20/5
Result – 2nd 13-14 Years Male / 1st Mixed Teams
Rainbow beach triathlon, was a long hard race on the weekend. Racing on the Saturday afternoon, mixed things up a bit then normal as well as a hard run course. I had a good preparation leading up to the race thanks to the amazing products from Clif bar.
It was a choppy swim on the Saturday afternoon, over the 750m swim with a large current running from right to left, which myself and coach Toby Coote identified in the warm-up. I had a pretty solid swim coming out of the water and headingT1 about 14th overall.
It was a dead flat bike course with some extremely bumpy roads which changed things up a bit, but I managed to get through it and ended up with a pretty good ride. It is a quite slow and hilly run course which kills the legs late in the race, which is where my Clif blocks gave me a massive advantage over others, I felt good throughout the run and was happy to run into 2nd place in my category with a run split time of 19.20.
After the race was all about recovering, knowing I had to back up and compete in a team event the next day, with some fellow squad members. In the team I did the swim leg, which I was extremely happy with how I swam and ecstatic to finish 1st overall in the mixed teams event.
A massive thanks to Mizuno running, which made the pain of the hills a bit more bearable with some amazing Wave Sonics and to Vorgee with Missile Mirrored pair of goggles that didn’t fault once over the 2 swims.
Race - Qld Athletics Cross Country Champs - Maleny
Distance - 3km
Time - 11.21
Place - 9th U/14 Years Boys
It was a hard hot race yesterday at Maleny, a very strong field racing on a tough hilly course. I was happy with how I ran and my lead up to the race. It was great to get a solid out on the course that I will be racing on in a few weeks’ time, at the National Cross Country championships.
It is a very hilly course which was extremely tough on the legs; I had lead most of the race and was feeling comfortable on every section of the course, unfortunately with about 600m to go in the race my calves really tightened up which effected the rest of the race, but still extremely happy to finish with a 9th place.
Nutrition for the race was perfect thanks to CLIF Bar Australia, which kept me going, and the Mizuno running shoes did the job of keeping me light and fast.
My next race will be the Rainbow Beach Triathlon this Saturday / Sunday