Late season races can be tricky, athletes might be tired from training and racing the whole summer. The key in the training and racing process is an athlete-specific balance of recovery from previous races and the targeted training towards the next event. Despite most of our athletes started their season early, racing in spring, they were still going strong in December.
Katherine only few weeks after racing Kona, where she finished 9th in her AG, won her age group and finished 9th female overall in Ironman Busselton. Kat put a very solid race together with a highlight being the fastest female swim (just over 53mins). Her finishing time is equally very impressive - a Personal Best of 9:41. Kona calling again!
Annah continues her progress in the Pro ranks when she earned a 5th place in 70.3 Bahrain in the time of 4hrs and 13mins. Most satisfying for the Coach is the fact that with every race she is not only improving but also slowly closing the gap to the top Pro female finishers. More to come from Annah - a very hard-working lady!
Also in 70.3 Bahrain, Milosz had yet another very strong race, finishing 9th in the time of 3hrs 45min in a very strong Male Pro field. Milosz had not only beaten his PB but also the unofficial Polish record in middle distance. It was a tricky back to back racing for him, only 3 weeks after 3rd place in 70.3 Xiamen with over 40 hours of plane travel and crossing back and forth time zones. Travel has not been ideal from a performance and training perspective, but we had the goal and the plan and Milosz made it happen. Very well done!
Staying with Ironman 70.3 Bahrain, Patryk showed that he was not only a very good runner, but he could also hold his own on the bike. The race started with a solid swim followed by a very strong bike which had no negative impact on the run (1:28). He crossed the finish line in the impressive time of 4:32, recording a 21min PB. It was his strongest performance since we have started working together. Congratulations Patryk!
On the other side of the Globe we had Chris racing in his second race as a Pro in Challenge Daytona. The flu he caught heading towards the race day luckily went away and did not affected his performance. Chris was in the main pack out of the water, held a very strong pace on the bike getting off in 6th and fought to the end on the run crossing the finish line in 7th place. It is just the beginning of his journey in the Pro ranks!
Rafal started his preparation for Kona a few weeks too late and as he has described his Hawaii race - “he was missing a gear”. That certainly fueled him in the training block that followed. Tough conditions in IM Argentina played into his strengths, in particular on the bike which he finished as 9th AG overall and 2nd in his AG. Steady on the run he finished the race in 6th place breaking 9hrs (1,500m swim certainly helped!) securing his 5th Kona slot. Well done Rafal!
In his Ironman debut Michal managed the pressure very well and was in the mix on the swim and on the bike. Unfortunately, severe stomach issues didn’t allow him to cross the finish line this time. I know Michal is a fighter and we are already planning his next Ironman!
Leszek probably should not have started the race. He was feeling sick for 2 days before the start but as stubborn (and therefore successful) as he is, Leszek decided to start and take it easy from the very beginning. This race was a success of his mind over the body. Slowly but surely, he got to the finish line. Leszek, we all applaud you for your determination! In this case the Ironman mantra ‘Impossible is nothing’ are not just words.
We are very happy with the performance of all our athletes racing throughout 2018. With the journey we went through, not only from the performance perspective but also the character and determination every athlete showed on the race day and in training. Thank you ALL for your trust, commitment, diligence, determination and your hard work! We are looking forward to 2019 season with a lot of excitement already! Happy festive season to everyone!
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