STG WRAP-UP: 15 April 2014

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Was this the last Ironman mass start in the Hastings River?

3 weeks to Busselton 70.3

3 weeks to Ironman Australia

4 weeks to Byron Bay Olympic Triathlon

5 weeks to SMH Half Marathon

8 weeks to Ironman Cairns and 70.3

Hi team,

Happy Easter and welcome to another edition of the Wrap-Up in which a very busy couple of weeks of racing and training takes the spotlight. We will also recap the STG Club Championships table and preview our potential winners for the 2013/14 season.

Easter Weekend Sessions

Please note we will have limited sessions over the Easter long weekend as follows, in the following week a special long run session will be held on Anzac Day on Friday 25th April.Rabbit-Chocolate

Good Friday – No Session

Sat 19th – Brick session as usual

Sunday 20th – Long Ride as usual

Easter Monday – No Sessions

Anzac Day (Friday 25th April) – Long Run, meet 7:30am on the beach side across from Bondi SLSC.

 

STG Club Event at Malabar

 

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STG not afraid of the mass start

Thanks to everyone who came along and competed, volunteered, supported, marked, timed, photographed, directed, fed and cheered our members and guests at our first event of this scale in many years. I think everyone agreed that apart from a few burnt snags, the morning was a great success. I must admit I was momentarily concerned at the sight of two little black fins chasing Jeremy Foote’s feet, but they turned out to be two large ears belonging to a exceedingly fast-swimming, playful Alsatian.

Congratulations to Steve Ellis for taking out the long course division honors in 3:18:17, Matt Malady for his part in beating home the foreign competition in the short course event with a time of 1:22:40 and Nicola Ellis proving she’s lost nothing in motherhood beating a quality field to finish in 32:15 in the biathlon event.

Special mention to Harrison Cunningham who finished 2nd to Nicola taking out the junior honors, evidently the day 13 year-old Harrison starts humbling senior members, draws very near.

All results for the swim, biathlon, short course and long course events can be seen here.

Nicola Speed

Nicola Ellis with motion blur

NSW Triathlon Club Championships

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Asha and Steve enjoying a refreshment in one of Forster’s more salubrious venues

Despite a poor STG participation rate compared to previous years, this years Club Champs race proved a real winner with all those who attended.

Congratulations again to Steve Ellis who was the fastest STG male on the day and Asha Hum who was the speediest female. Granted Asha was the only STG female racing this year, but one could argue she deserves a prize for putting up with all the blokes for the weekend anyway. The transition award went to Dean Ormston a.k.a. “Dash” with a 58 second T2.

Everyone who finished Club Champs earned themselves double STG championship points, see commentary below for the latest update.

The state club winners, as far as I can tell from a single tweet, were as follows;

Div 1 – Warringah

Div 2 – Northern Suburbs

Div 3 – Performance Tri (Canberra).

STG Results

Club Champs, Forster 2014

Finish Time

Cat

Swim

T1

Cycle

T2

Run

Steve ELLIS (442)

1:40:48

35-39  (8)

0:19:08

0:01:49

0:51:50

0:01:04

0:26:55

Nick CUNNINGHAM (616)

1:44:41

40-44  (20)

0:17:12

0:01:40

0:53:51

0:01:08

0:30:48

Gary MAHER (59)

1:46:09

30-34  (27)

0:18:30

0:01:53

0:53:38

0:01:26

0:30:40

Matthew CURNOW (248)

1:48:13

25-29  (18)

0:19:10

0:02:14

0:50:37

0:01:08

0:35:03

Gareth CHANG (13)

1:50:00

30-34  (41)

0:17:23

0:02:22

0:55:34

0:01:06

0:33:34

Jeff SAPIER (862)

1:51:03

45-49  (23)

0:19:13

0:02:18

0:53:46

0:01:27

0:34:16

Dean ORMSTON (852)

1:54:25

45-49  (30)

0:19:49

0:01:56

0:56:02

0:00:58

0:35:38

Brent EBERT (440)

1:58:00

35-39  (49)

0:22:56

0:01:59

0:56:04

0:01:09

0:35:50

William JOHNSON (969)

2:01:52

50-54  (36)

0:24:12

0:03:12

0:56:54

0:01:47

0:35:45

Mathew BIRCH (424)

2:02:03

35-39  (63)

0:18:24

0:03:26

0:58:51

0:02:32

0:38:49

Daniel BUTTARD (802)

2:02:25

45-49  (49)

0:22:38

0:02:54

0:52:39

0:01:35

0:42:37

Asha HUM (550)

2:20:22

35-39  (36)

0:25:29

0:03:24

1:08:59

0:03:56

0:38:32

Nick MERCER (978)

DNF

50-54  (0)

0:21:46

0:03:10

0:37:40

0:02:19

0:45:39

Gareth RYDON (80)

DNF

30-34  (0)

0:16:31

0:01:50

0:49:35

0:01:28

 

Kids Aquathon
Harrison CUNNINGHAM (476)

0:14:24

13-14  (3)

 

Congratulations to Bruce Flaherty who came 2nd in a field of 34 in his age-group in the Canberra 10km race over the weekend, Bruce finished with a very impressive time of 47:17 which I might add, was split perfectly as 23:54 and 23:23.

STG Club Championships

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Alex coming in off the bike at the STG Malabar Long Course event

 

The latest version of the STG Club Championship table was updated just prior the Tri NSW Club Championships, as is traditional this will be the last update until final announcements and awards at the STG End of Year Party, which is currently scheduled for late June, a further announcement on that will be made shortly.

We have a new leader in the women’s field, on 4,622 points after four qualifying races, Alex Rudge has jumped up from 3rd place following her exceptional performances at Kurnell Race 3 and Wollongong OD. This puts Cathy Verry who has had a stellar season featuring seven qualifying races into 2nd place on 4,123 points. Just behind her in 3rd place is current club champion Faith Geraghty on 3,297 from just three races. Just behind Faith is Fran Boase on 3,261 from three races and Dani Barclay on 3,142 also from three races.

In the men’s field Gareth Rydon remains atop the table on 4,659 from four races, unfortunately Gareth was unable to finish Club Champs owing to a running injury, however I believe he still needs to meet remaining qualifying criteria to be in contention this season. Last years most improved male Simon Hatlee, has moved up into second place with 4,540 from six races. Daniel Buttard who has been in the top three all year has moved into third place with 4,038 from six races. Bearing down on the top three however is current male champion Steve Ellis after a strong performance in Forster. Steve is on 3,548 after three races, both he and Daniel have Club Champs and Ironman yet to add to their total, which means we will have a very exciting finish in the final men’s results this season. Also still in contention are last year’s runner-up Nick Glozier 3,408 from three races and Gary Maher 3,276 also from three races.

Importantly NSW Club Champs counts as double points so Daniel Buttard, Steve Ellis and Gary Maher who all raced in Forster have a better chance to move up the standings even further.

The current table can be seen at the following link; STG Club Championship table.

Qualification criteria for the awards can be viewed on the STG website.

Ironman Australia

Sadly we’ve had more scratching’s for this year’s race than my cat’s sharpening post. But at last count we still have eleven keen athletes who’ve been training hard, so they assure me, and will all hopefully be celebrating together late in the day on Sunday 4th May. For those people, it’s crucial you continue to train regularly over the next training block, you’ve put in a lot of hard work so far, these last few weeks are all about consolidation. Keep up the effort and you should have a great race day.

I was interested to find out this week about some new changes to the way Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie on 4th May will be run.

  1. Rolling Swim Start; instead of the manic mass swim starts that characterise Ironman races. This year Port Macquarie will feature a rolling start whereby each competitors time will be started from when they cross a timing mat before they enter the water. Competitors will be required to self-seed themselves so the swim will be far less frenetic than usual.

The reasoning behind the swim start change is to make the swim safer and reduce the mayhem and associated anxiety of the mass start, while this is essentially a good thing, particularly for some weaker swimmers, we might find a portion of these swimmers jumping into the sub 60 minute coral as this will give them more time to finish before the cut-off which will 2:20 after the last competitor crosses the mat. Another factor worth considering is that someone finishing behind you, may end up beating you on corrected time, significantly altering the race dynamic.

  1. The swim is now one lap only, a scaffold is in place above a weir which competitors must cross to before and after the turn-around point.
  2. Tri Club Championship; this year they’ve introduced a ‘club champs’ format competition. Competitors will gain points for their club based on their finishing time with respect to their age-group winner. STG with 10 entrants, will just fall into category 2 which is 10-29 entrants. Prizes and awards will be presented to winning clubs.
  3. Transition area is back in the Westport park some distance from the swim start.
  4. The run course is 4 laps, it goes out through town and back along the river and includes one small hill.

 

STG supporters joining us in Port Macquarie might be interested in the Spectator Hot Spots information. We will also have the STG marquee set up on the run course near the finish chute. Nick Cunningham and Nick Mercer have kindly volunteered to assist us with the official STG T-shirts this year, if you would like one and haven’t yet ordered, you can contact Nick C via email on nicholas_cunningham@mlc.com.au.

Races 2014

Please note we have updated the ‘race list’ sheet in the squad program to include running events over winter, as well as the early season triathlons such as Port 70.3, Sunshine Coast 70.3, Noosa OD and Sydney 70.3. If you’ve entered any of these races and are not already on the list, or aren’t currently receiving the program please email jeff@stgfitness.com.au so I can make sure you’re on the list. Nicola Ellis and I use this list to check up on your times after the race to report on results and calculate your STG club championship points. So if you’re not listed then you risk missing out on valuable club points and worse, failing to get a mention in the wrap-up!!! The squad program is sent out each week to all Premium and Squad Program level members each week.

Clif GelsProduct of the Week

Clif Gel Shots – no idea what these taste like, but the nifty cut-out they call a “litter-leash” means you no longer need to feel guilty spitting the top on the road.

Sydney Training Weather

If you’re sick of the rain like me, you’ll be pleased to hear it should clear up later this week for a mild and sunny Easter weekend. Time to clean the bike! Temps have dropped to the low twenties however and you might need an extra layer for the early morning sessions.

Sunrise: 06:16 (first light 5:51)

Sunset: 17:34 (last light 17:59)

Remember exercise is the best way to work off chocolate calories, see you at training.

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Jeff Sapier

Head Coach