Race: National schools Tri Champs Lake Kawana
Date: 3rd-6th May 2019
Result: National Schools U/15 Triathlon Champion
Result: National U/15 Mixed Team Relay Champions
National schools 2019, the big dance and the pinnacle of the season with a home ground advantage. All the hard work that has been put in over the season, all lead up to this race. It was an extremely early 4:00am rise, followed up by the traditional pre-race meal of two pieces of jam on toast and a cup of tea. It was a chilly morning, with the wind slicing through everyone, however the skies were clear and some fast racing was ahead.
There were definitely a lot of nerves building up inside of me whilst setting up transition and throughout the warm-up but they were quickly extracted by race start. The race plan was simple, good swim to be out with front pack, sit on the bike and then back my running ability to win. Race distance was only 300m swim, 15km bike and a 2.5km run, so there was no room for errors.
Wave start was at 7:00am, first race of the day and I was ready to fire. It was about a knee-deep swim start which gave me the opportunity to implement my wading skills and get away with a clean start, and I did. I was 2nd around the first can and was in a good position for a strong swim; I made my way up into 1st, before being overtaken by Billy from NSW midway through the swim.
Out of the water and I was in 2nd with two other QLD boys in Ethan and Seb, Billy had extended his lead out to about a 10 second gap. The long run from the water to T1 was utilised to my advantage by working it hard and gaining some more time on Billy, as discussed with coach pre-race. I had a clean T1 and had made front pack on the bike, I was extremely happy with my position.
It was a 3 Lap ride, and the first lap on the bike was quick, there were some strong cyclist in the group and were pushing the pace up the front. I felt as if I had a bit of an advantage over the other boys as it was in my backyard and I had practised this bike course a fair bit in prep to this race.
Anyway, onto the 2nd lap and the pace had dropped right out, no one wanted to work which resulted in the chase pack merging and forming one group with about 8 of us in it. We all rode together and no real attacks were made on the final lap, this left me in an excellent position to win and I knew I could.
I must admit it wasn’t my cleanest transition and I did drop a tiny amount of time to the other boys but nothing I knew I couldn’t get back. My mentality on the run was to break the boys early and run away from them. I automatically picked the leg speed up and was able to put a gap into the field, it was now just a matter of hanging on which was made easy by a huge support crew who were riding me home as well as much needed words by coach throughout the 2 lap run course.
I was able to do it, and it was an unreal feeling of satisfaction knowing that the hard work had paid off, but definitely couldn’t have been achieved by my incredible support crew as well as my amazing coach, and last but not least my parents, so thank you to everyone who made this possible.
Race Report- Queensland schools Triathlon Champs
Distance - 300/10/2
Result - 1st Place Junior Boys
Qualified for Queensland Team for National Schools Triathlon Champs
It was that time of year again, state schools 2019, one of, if not the biggest race of the season. I had extremely high expectations for this race, coming off a great season so far and was training well, I was ready to fire. There is a lot riding on this race whether its making the Queensland team for national schools or taking out a state title and for this year I had my eyes set on the state title.
My race was 300m swim, 10km ride and a 2km run, so short but fast style of racing. The main plan for this race that was discussed with coach was simple, setting the swim and bike up to execute on the run, and it worked, I had to work for it a bit more then I wanted too, but got the job done.
Pre- race nutrition was the regular- Cup of tea with two pieces of jam on toast earlier in the morning and a banana and CLIF blocks closer to race start. The swim conditions given to us was a regular Hervey Bay morning (clear, flat, fast) it was basically a pool swim. The Vorgee MK11 were the goggles of choice with the slight bit of tint in them that gave me the perfect vision. I was able to use the beach start to my advantage as I got away out in front with no dramas at all to find myself leading around the first can.
I lead basically the whole way in the swim until the last 60-70m until Ethan swam up beside me. Overall there are some improvements to be made but I was still happy with my swim. As discussed with coach, the fairly lengthy run to transition was used to my advantage, with a nice fast transition to find myself mounting the bike in 1st
My bike was definitely nowhere near where I had wanted it to be, after getting onto the bike in 1st I had slipped back to about 3rd after the first 5km loop. The plan on the bike was to not drop that much time to the stronger cyclists such as Sebastian, although credit to him, he was riding like a machine. So the first 5km loop was done and I had probably dropped about 25 seconds to the leader and was sitting around 3rd.
Onto the 2nd lap I knew I couldn’t drop anymore time if I wanted to win this race, but my legs just didn’t respond, it was one of those days were they were just flat. After the second lap I had slipped back to 5th and had dropped around about 50 seconds to the leader in Sebastian. At this point I knew I was going have to pull out a special run if I still want this title.
The advice given from coach was leg speed, I was extremely concentrating on my leg speed throughout the run as it was helping me flush out any lactate from the bike and being able to settle into a rhythm. I must admit I may have went out slightly too fast, but it was what I needed to do if I was going to chase down Sebastian.
It was 2 1km loops on the run so I had eyes on the boys at all times, after the first lap I had picked up 3 spots which put me into second and had took some serious time off Sebastian who was currently leading. At that point the margin was only about 10-15 seconds and I was confident I could catch him. Feedback from coach after the first lap was to relax, to minimise the chances of any sudden cramps or stitches.
During the second lap was when I was able to find my rhythm and it was great. I was able to close the gap from Sebastian and overtake him with about 200m to go, and thankfully I was able to hold on and take the win. A huge thanks to the team that had made this happen, it wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s support .
Next Race - Luke Harrop Memorial Gold Coast Triathlon
Canberra Race Report
Race – Australian Junior Youth Triathlon Series
Race # 1 – 1st Overall Youth A + B
Race # 2 – 12th Overall Youth A + B
Result – Winner Youth B
It was the 2nd round of the AJTS series in Black Mountain, Canberra and it was awesome. It was a challenging two days of racing with a total of 3 races all up. On Saturday I had my 2 individual races at 8:00am and 10:30am so it was an extremely small time of recovery in between the two races. The distances of each race were a 200m swim, 6.4km ride and a 1.2km run, this meant it was a short and fast style of racing which was extremely tough.
As well as the mixed team relay on the Sunday. There was some extreme heat on the Saturday with temperatures getting up to 38 degrees, this meant changes had to be made, these changes were; I had limited the amount of time spent on my run warm-up so I didn’t become dehydrated before race start, along with drinking a lot of water and electrolytes the day before.
We had arrived in Canberra on the Friday and did a course familiarisation with Toby along with other SCTA squad members who were racing, this helped become more familiar with the bike course as well as highlighting and practising certain corners or hazards on the course. The bike course was a tough one, quite a hilly and technical course along with some loose gravel and bumps throughout it, I had made the decision to drop my tyre pressure slightly with the bumps in the course as well as the heat that was expected.
I had developed a lot of nerves before the first race but that was to be expected, this meant that I was ready to go. With it being draft legal racing I knew the importance of being out with the front pack. Toby and I had discussed a few tactics pre-race but they all revolved around getting out of the water with the front group, so I knew what I had to do.
The Vorgee mk11 were used in the water as it was earlier in the morning and they only have a small amount of tint in the goggles, they were perfect. I hadn’t had my greatest swim getting caught up around the cans slightly, this was due to having so many people on the small start line since I was racing with the older category (Youth A) this meant the ages on the start line varied between 12-15 years old.
I was able to do enough on my swim as I had worked the long run to transition hard and got onto the bike with the front pack. It was now a matter of hanging onto the pack throughout the ride and setting my race up for the run, I had successfully done this, with heading in to T2 at the back of the front pack which consisted of about 12 of us, now it was a foot race.
After not having the greatest transition I was about 20 seconds down on the leader, and knew I was going to have to run well to catch them in the short 1200m, the Mizuno Wave Sonics were perfect in this situation. I was just thinking about picking each person off at a time, and eventually heading to the lead. 600m was down at the turn around with another 600m to go and I had made my way up into about 5th with the leaders in sight, I had gone past 4th and was closing in on the top 3 who were running together, I had made my move with about 100m metres to go causing it to end up in a sprint finish. I was absolutely stoked to win the race, especially against boys up to 2 years older than me.
I always knew race 2 was going to be tough and it sure as hell didn’t disappoint. Backing up after the first race with a small amount of recovery time and with the temperature rising, it was hard! Once again, I didn’t have a very good swim and this led to unfortunately missing the front pack and I then found myself riding solo chasing the leaders, this wasn’t an ideal position to be in.
I rode the whole 1st lap of the 2-lap ride by myself until eventually being picked up by a pack to the end of the 2nd lap. I was off the bike and had found myself much further away from the leaders then I did in my first race, I gave it my all in the run but just didn’t have enough time to impact the leaders finishing the 2nd race 12th overall but still winning my category (Youth B).
Although I didn’t have the greatest 2nd race there was still many positives to take away from it as well as many lessons learnt from the race.
A massive thanks to everyone who helped me reach this point, I couldn’t have done it without you all.
Next Race QTS # 6 on home soil at Caloundra this weekend
Robina Race Report
Date – 13/01/19
Distance – 300/8/2.5
Result – 1st U/14 Years Male – 2nd Overall
It was the 5th race of the QTS series and it was a great one. There was a bit of panic the night before my race as I was getting everything ready the night before until I realised I had forgotten my tri suit. Yep that’s right, one of the most important things and I had forgotten it. Luckily, I was staying with the Marsh’s and they were able to lend me one… thankfully.
Me and Toby had decided that we were going to use this race as a training race in the lead up of preparation for Canberra the following week, so this meant no taper. With no taper off a hard week of training the body was always going to be a little bit sore, surprisingly for me I felt great and was ready to go.
The Vorgee MK11 were the goggles of choice for the swim, as there a lighter tint compared to my other goggles which was beneficial for the time my wave started (early in the morning). I had done quite a bit of slow aerobic swimming for a warm-up with a little bit of pick-ups towards the end of it, me and coach have figured out this is what works best for me before the race. A short run warm-up with a few run drills and some run throughs was done before I hoped into the water.
In my race I had an extremely strong swimmer in Tom Feldmann, the plan was to get onto his feet and let him pull me around the swim, which I did execute quite well I had gotten out to the turn buoy with him however after a long week of hard training the arms were quite heavy and he had pulled away.
I headed into T1 with two other guys with Tom being further ahead and overall I was quite happy with the swim I had as I had a bit of time onto my bigger competition in that race in Sebastian and Ethan. I had a great T1 and was onto the bike in 2nd.
I was feeling good on the bike however I knew Ethan and Seb were closing in on me and they had eventually caught me with about 2.5km to go on the 8km bike leg. However when the boys came past me I had worked to try and stay with, which I did successfully and the 3 of us headed into T2 together. I was extremely happy with where I was off the bike and felt I had put myself into a good spot to do well.
Onto the run and I wasn’t feeling that great, I had battled a stitch throughout the 1st km m or so but was able to breath it out and get going. I had put time into the two boys behind me and was finally starting to get into a rhythm. It was a 2.5km run and I did seem to struggle a little bit during the run, but I guess that was expected after a tough week of training. I was stoked to hold on and take the win in my category and 2nd overall with Tom taking the win.
Once again a massive thanks to all the sponsors who had played a key role in supplying the equipment for the race along with everybody else who has helped in supporting and preparing me for this race.
Next Race will be Round # 2 of the Triathlon Australia National Junior / Youth Series this weekend at Canberra.
Race Report- Kawana Aquathlon incorporating Qld Aquathlon Champs
Date : 17/11/18
Distance : 300m swim / 2.5km Run
Result : State Champion U/14 Years Male
It was an extremely hot day racing in the aquathlon which I knew was going to be challenging. Talking with coach pre-race we discussed how we were going to adapt to the heat, with the solution being a shorter run warm-up, this had helped keep the body temperature down before the race with still doing a regular swim warm-up.
With a bit of glare coming off the water the tinted Mk11 were the choice of goggles which were perfect. I had a good start off the beach which was about a 20m run before I had started swimming. I was tied 1st around the first boy and had sat on his hip for most of the swim until picking the pace up heading into the beach, to come out in front.
With a quick transition I had extended the lead and was now heading out onto the run. Nobody looked threatening so I decided to run it at a comfortable, relaxed pace saving my legs for the triathlon the next day, I had extended the lead as the run went on and was extremely to take the win quite easily.
Race Report- Kawana Triathlon
Date : 18/11/18
Distance : 300m swim / 10km Cycle / 2.5km Run
Result : 1st Place U/14 Years Male / 1st Overall in Enticer
It had turned out to be a wet overcast day for the triathlon on the Sunday which was going to be it a bit more difficult. I was feeling nice and fresh knowing it was going to be a fast day of racing with a stacked field. With the roads being wet it was discussed with coach Toby Coote to be a bit more cautious cornering on quite a technical bike course.
The regular run and swim warm up were undertaken. With Minor technique changes being made in my swim stroke from yesterday in the Auathlon, identified by coach, I was feeling fast and ready to swim, proving to make a massive difference as I lead out of the water by 6 seconds and was onto the bike in front. It was a 2-lap bike course with the 2 boys being close behind me catching me on the first lap, I knew I couldn’t let them get too far in front so they were within striking distance.
Both the boys got off the bike together and had a 25 second lead on me into the run, my legs felt great and light running in the Mizuno Wave Sonics. I knew I could run them down I caught 2nd place just after the first km clocking a 3.20 1st km, by that time I had 1st in my sight. I was taking serious ground off him quite quickly and had caught him by the turn around. There was about 1km to go from there and knew I could hold on and take the victory, I had averaged 3.20’s for the run leg and was extremely happy to take the victory.
My next race will be QTS # 4 at Raby Bay then we have the first round of the Australian Junior Series with the Super Sprint Race Weekend on 13-16th December at Runaway Bay
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