RACE - QTS # 3 - Kawana Tri]
Distance - 750/20/5
First OPEN Race
QTS Kawana was race 3 of the series I knew it was going to be a challenging race deciding to race again in the open men category. However, I was determined to have a strong race.
The swim was a beach start, the field was not very large which was good because I knew many of the other competitor's capabilities, I was positioned on the inside and knew and needed to have a good start to be at the front around the first swim buoy. I started well but got bashed up around the first swim buoy which I expected, but I found my swim rhythm early and just sat at the back of the group saving my energy for the rest of the race.
I had fast transition and made up some time, I knew on the bike I just had to settle into a fast pace and try not to lose any ground to some of the older and stronger athletes ahead of me. I tried to find a good pace to sit through on the somewhat technical course. I sat at an average tempo for most of the bike leg but was lacking the legs in the final lap. Unfortunately, as I was coming around to the far turnaround point on the last lap (1km from transition), I was given a 3min drafting penalty. Just before the corner where a few riders around me came together bunching up for the turn. I was both annoyed and frustrated about receiving the penalty as I was not given any warning unlike others and I had ridden the entire race myself until the last kilometer.
Yes, I must admit I was bitterly disappointed and felt very deflated. I was more annoyed having ridden pretty much the entire race with no-one in front of me and to receive the penalty felt like a kick in the teeth. I had to slow down when the official was speaking to me which allowed other riders to go past. I gathered myself and made the decision to continue to ride on and not serve the 3 minute penalty knowing I would be disqualified at the end of the race.
Reflecting back and after speaking with my coach Toby Coote about my frustration, I should have approached the official after the race for some feedback on why I was given the penalty. I understand this is racing but I pride myself on doing the right thing and following the rules
I ran out of transition and yes I was not happy. I had lost my concentration and was not mentally focused for the run ahead. I should have been focused on finishing the race and putting in a strong run leg. I could not find my rhythm, I felt I was just going through the motions of just finish the race.
I was pleased with my swim and the start of the bike, but after my legs started to fatigue and I received a penalty, my race was over mentally and I just made it my goal to finish. Being able to speak with Toby about the penalty and some strategies for future racing will hopefully help me to better manage the mental side of racing.
Now my focus is to work on some shorter stuff for SSRW coming up in December at Runaway Bay as part of the Australian Junior Series Race # 1
I would like to personally thank the SCTA Junior scholarship sponsors for all your support.
I would also like to thank the Event Crew for running the series and supporting the SCTA Junior Scholarship Holders and Triathlon Queensland Officials and all the volunteers for making these events possible.
Race: Queensland All Schools Triathlon – Lake Kawana
Date: Sunday 27th of October 2019
Category: Senior Men
Result: 8th Place
It was that time of year again — Queensland All Schools at Kawana, a race that is fun but challenging. I had
a goal with this race, and it was to finish on the podium. I felt as if I had prepared well for the race. I had felt strong in training well and was excited to race.
The swim was a knee depth start, it was a pretty large field as usual, and I knew it was essential to be in the leading swim group to give myself the best chance for the rest of the race. The buoys were positioned quite a long way out, allowing the swim to start not to be so hectic. I waited on the start line, I tightened my Vorgee stealth Mark II goggles I determined and focused. The start siren went off. I started the swim with a solid start and found my swim stroke early on. For the entire swim, I was in the front group just sitting in comfortable trying to save energy for the rest of the race.
I had a fast transition and was out onto the bike with the leaders. I had a plan to push
on the bike on the technical course, but that plan went south after crashing on the first U-turn. I came into the corner to fast, and my back wheel slides right out on the off-camber section of the curve. After eventually getting back up and fixing up my chain, I tried to settle into a nice speed and gain some ground and limit my losses on the bike.
I went on to the run with some lost time needing to gained, and I started with a steady
tempo that I knew I needed to hold for the rest of the race. I felt good running in my new
Mizuno Wave Duals and made some good ground overtaking a few competitors. Ultimately, I need just a little bit more run distance, and I would have caught up to some fast-fading
runners and finish 5th place. But I just fell short, coming in 8th overall not bad for having
crashed and lost a fair bit of time.
Overall, I started the race very strong with a fantastic swim, and I was pleased to
see that the hard training is beginning to pay off. The crash on the bike was not ideal for a
race I had some high expectations for, but that didn’t stop me from just pushing hard to the
finish line. Ended up with some nasty skin off my back, elbow and hip but luckily no damage
to my bike and cannibal suit.
Now ready and looking forward to more racing to come.
Thank you to the following sponsors for your support; Unique Health foods, Vorgee,
Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Intune Sports Massage, Tara Leanne
Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport
Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Queensland Triathlon Series, Felt Bicycles
Australia, Kawana Aquatic Centre, Rackley Swimming, Titan Performance Group / Zone 3
Australia and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all your support.
Raby Bay Triathlon Race Report
Race: Queensland Triathlon Series
Date: Sunday 13th of October 2019
Category: Open Men
Result – 11th Place / 13th Overall
QTS Robina race 2 of the series I knew it was going to be a challenging
race deciding to race the long distance in the open men category, however, I
was determined to have a strong race.
The swim was longer than what I usually swim but I didn't see this as a disadvantage, I knew that I just have to swim strong and hold my speed and rhythm throughout the entire swim. I knew because I was racing opens, I would most likely come out behind everyone in the swim yet I didn’t let that thought slow me down. I started the swim strong but was beat up a bit, but nevertheless I still I was positioned pretty well in the
second swim group. I stayed with the pack for the whole swim and came out of the water in a good position.
I had a fast transition and made up some time, I knew on the bike I just had to settle into a fast pace and try not to lose any ground on the competitors in front of me. I watched as the lead riders started to get further and further away but it didn’t bother me, they were all TT Bikes and have lots more experience and strength on me. This was a massive learning curve that will enhance my development further into this season of racing. I was happy to hold my position from the swim to the bike only being overtaken once. Now I knew it was up to the run
I came out of transition strong and knew that I needed to hold my leg cadence (been working on this in training) and find my rhythm for the duration of the run. I found a comfortable speed at which I slowly started to increase leading up to the finish. I had a pretty strong run, although I lost my rhythm / Form and cadence in the final lap and was overtaken. I finished strong and was quite happy with my run. There are some points I have taken out of the race and will adapt into training to perform better next race.
In summary, I was pleased with my outcome from the race. I know that there is still some work to do but it is early in the season. Racing Opens opposed to Age Group showed the next level at which I need to be at. I am proud to see the progression from training being implemented into the racing arena.
Queensland All Schools on home turf at Lake Kawana on 27th October
Robina Triathlon Race Report
Race: Queensland Triathlon Series Race # 1
Date: Sunday 29th of September 2019
Category: 16 -19 Men
Result : DNF
QTS Robina was the first race back since Lausanne and was the first race of the Queensland Triathlon Series. I would like to thank the Event Crew who has given me the opportunity to participate in this race as well as the entire QTS series as part of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy Protector Aluminum Junior Scholarship.
The swim was a hip depth start; it was a pretty large field as usual and I knew it was important to be in the leading swim group. The buoys were positioned quite a long way out allowing the swim to start to not be so hectic. I started the swim with a very strong start and found my swim stroke early on. for the entry of the swim I was in the front group. It was great to see all the swimming practice had paid off with the swim feeling relatively easy and I was able to be one of the leading swimmers out.
I had a fast transition and was out onto the bike I tried to settle into a nice speed but I was starting to have some stomach cramps and pains I had started to feel in the day leading up to the race. On the bike, I was losing time I couldn’t get comfortable with the stomach pains I was facing. The goal was just to finish the bike and limit my losses and try and stretched it out on the run.
I went onto the run with some lost time needing to gain however after stretching out in transition the pains kept holding me back. I decided I would finish the first lap of the run and see how it was from there. But it kept getting worse I pulled up with a lap to go after vomiting at the aid station and thought it was the best option for my general health.
Overall, I started the race very strong with a fantastic swim, and I was pleased to see that the hard training is starting to pay off. The cramping I suffered throughout the race was just a case of bad luck since I have never had cramping like this before, after speaking to coach Toby he said it was most likely a stomach bug that I picked up in the lead-up days causes the cramping. Hence was still happy to be out there racing again. There were positives that I will take out of the race and implement in the coming races that I will be competing in.
Thank you to the following sponsors for your support; Unique Health foods, Vorgee, Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Intune Sports Massage, Tara Leanne Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, , Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Queensland Triathlon Series, Felt Bicycles Australia, Kawana Aquatic Centre, Rackley Swimming, Titan Performance Group / Zone 3 Australia and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all your support.
ITU World Triathlon Championships Lausanne, Switzerland - Race Report
Race: World Triathlon Championships
Date: Saturday 31st of August 2019
Distance: 750/20/5 - Draft Legal
Result: 9th Place 16-19 Year Male
I arrived in Lausanne 7 days prior to racing in my first International event. First day was relax and sleep to catch on the time zone change over. The rest of the week was all about familiarizing myself with the swim, bike and run legs of the race. We were staying close by which was great as it allowed me to ride each day on the cycle course. As for the swim, I was able to use the local pool for laps and the lake for open water training. The run was pretty straight forward; there were plenty flat and hilly areas for run training. I spread my training over both as the race bike and run course were both hilly. I also took over my Normatec Boots to help with recovery in between races as well as my Fisiocrem. I am fortunate as the scholarship holder to have a nutrition plan provided by Tara Leanne Nutrition which is both helping me to understand the right nutrition I need before, during and after racing. Thank-you Tara.
Preparation for the race: I kept on top of my hydration from the moment I stepped of the plane, as it was much hotter in Lausanne then in Australia. All the hard training sessions with Coach Toby Coote and my team mates from SCTA, meal plans, blood, sweat and tears had all lead to this moment. I was eager to race! It was my first-time racing internationally, and I was really stoked to be here. I was ready!
Swim: It was a stacked field with 85 other competitors on the start line with me. I knew it was vital for a fast and clean start. It was a deep water start, so I made sure I positioned myself on the outside with some other fellow Australians which I knew were strong swimmers. It was a crammed start line. The start hooter went off. I had a clean start and was positioned on the back of the front group. The first buoy was 200 meters out so it was spread out, but when we hit the buoy it was carnage. I managed to get hit in the stomach and was winded slightly, finding it hard to get my rhythm and breathe for a few meters, yet I kept pushing the pace on the swim to try to be there in the front pack. I came out of the water roughly around 20th around 30sec off the top swimmer, so I knew I had to have a fast transition to make up some lost time from the swim.
Bike: I had a great transition making up some good ground but just missed the front pack. I found myself in the second pack consisting of around 15 other athletes with a group of 5 up the road. The course was very hilly and I knew I could use this to my advantage and put some attacks on to break up the pack and that is exactly what I did. The pace on the bike was brutal we came into transition 5 seconds off the lead group; it all came down to the run.
Run: I had yet another fast transition and ran out in 6th position. A small group of roughly 5 of us came together on the run trying to catch up to the leaders. We passed a couple of the boys from the front group on the hill. The run course was also hilly and again the pace was hot. I was still in a fairly large group with about 1km to go, we were fighting it out. A few of the boys put some surges on and I was dropped with 600m to go the legs were cooked from the hard bike, but I knew I had to keep going hard till the end. I managed to find some final reserves and came in for 9th place.
Summary: I was stoked with a top 10 finish. I was happy with how I executed my race and gave it all out on the course. It was a completely different experience racing Internationally, I learnt many things and I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.
Congratulations to all the other Australians who raced. Thank you to Coach Toby Coote for preparation, SCTA sponsors who provide me with the best equipment and opportunities for racing and my family and friends for supporting me.
2019/20 SCTA Junior Scholarship Male Recipient - Ryan Marsh
Hi I am Ryan Marsh and I have been a member of the Sunshine Coast Triathlon Academy (SCTA) and coached under the guidance of Head Coach Toby Coote for the past four years.
This year I have been fortunate to be selected to represent SCTA as the 2019/2020 SCTA/Protector Aluminum Junior Scholarship recipient.
I am incredibly honoured and excited that SCTA can provide this fantastic opportunity to its Junior athletes and I hope to represent SCTA/Protector Aluminium (Grant Symes) and sponsors of this scholarship in a respectful and professional demeanour as my journey grows in the sport of Triathlon both locally and internationally.
Learning and Listening as an athlete in Sport
I have learnt over the past four years, having the right support crew and guidance provided by all those involved in SCTA has developed me to where I am now. With the additional assistance of SCTA coach Toby at racing both local and interstate events, as well as mentors and friendships built with other SCTA members, have taught me that to become a good athlete is about learning to accept the good highlights along with the adverse outcomes which as a result has enabled me in growing as a person.
I understand to be a good athlete is an opportunity to compete against others and to be successful. Focusing on the great things I can do will allow me to pursue excellence, not perfection. I have in the past had a few setbacks when the race outcome was not what I wanted it to be. Toby has been there to help me remain focused and point me in the right direction through his advice, which has kept me humble, built my self-confidence and made me more driven and committed to achieving my goals.
My Goals for this season and looking forward.
This season starts off with being selected in the Australian Team in the 16-19 Age Group Team for the World ITU Triathlon Champs in Lausanne. And then I will be competing in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series as well as locally supported triathlon events, especially the Queensland Triathlon Series.
Sequentially my goal for each race is to aim high, learn and build on experiences learnt from each race (good or bad results) to move towards my ultimate goal of being selected in the Junior/U23 Australian team in the future. I understand this may not happen this year or even the one after that, but I am very committed and love this sport.
I would love to thank all the sponsors of SCTA including Vorgee, Clif Bar Australia, Cannibal Australia, Mizuno Running Australia, Tara Leanne Nutrition, Rydges Hotels and Resorts, The Event Crew, Intune Sports Massage, Ironman Oceania, Allez Sport Mooloolaba, Davey and Associates Optometrist, Stratton Finance Mooloolaba, Felt Bicycles Australia, Titan Performance Group and of course Grant Symes from protector Aluminium for all the hard work, effort and all the support provided for us young athletes.
Can’t wait for the season to begin!
2018-19 Season Highlights
Australian Triathlon Team Selection 16-19 Years Sprint World Champs
1st Place 14-15 Years Triathlon Queensland State Series
1st Place 14-15 Years QTS # 5 Robina
1st Place 14-15 Years Kurnell Triathlon
2nd Place 13-15 Years Queensland Sprint Champs
2nd Place 15-16 Years Male Bribie Island Tri Race # 1
3rd Place 14-15 Years QTS # 3 Robina
6th Place "Youth A" - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 2
7th Place 14-15 Years Australian Sprint Champs
7th Place Intermediate Male - Qld All schools Triathlon Champs
9th Place "Youth A" - Oceania + Australian Sprint Champs - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 3
10th Place Intermediate Male - Qld Schools Triathlon Champs
12th Place "Youth A" - Australian Junior Triathlon Series # 1