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Long time member Henning von Poser (Poserlicious) raced in Rügen at the weekend and qualified for the 70.3 Worlds in Australia 2016! He shares his race report below.


My race report: IM 70.3 Rügen
Result: IM 70.3 World Championship qualification
Overall rank: 68
AG rank: 5 (AG 45-49, I will be 49 in November) so next year AG 50-55 wink emoticon
Overall time: 4:42:22
Swim: 38:36
Bike: 2:20:24
Run: 1:36:36

11259975_1022999257764356_8048274827398029299_nSwim: Well it was raining in the morning and very windy so the sea was rough. But I told myself: “Damn it” it is for everybody the same so just go for it. Of course sighting was not easy with high waves. Normally I swim 30-32 min. for 1.9k but in those conditions it took me about 36 min. when I reached the beach again, however the time mat was on the way to transition so my official time was 38:36 min. My thoughts were “swim was fine in those conditions”, I felt well, loved the adventure und thought all the time during the swim of the tips I received from Brenton Ford and Rebekah Bruhwiller etc. thanks again! So tried to run the very long way to transition fast, so nobody passed me pushing up the pulse but hey it was race day not pussy day.

Quickly taking off the neopren, grabing my socks and all other stuff and off to the bike, already thinking “now it is judgement day and full gas”

12038035_1022999261097689_8428788665664063779_nBike: Felt excellent right from the beginning, good legs, temperatures of around 18 degrees, which I love and quickly found my rhythm. So passing people all the time, only the leading Pros and relay guys catched me on the course which was a 2x45k loop with a lot of wind and about 420m elevation gain. Pushing @ about 90-95% and ended up with a 2:20. Was happy with it, i.e. 2nd best bike split in my AG and 34th overall bike split. But of course I felt my legs at the end and thought well let us see what is left in the tank for the run.

Quick transition off I went to the 2.5x run loop with a 4x times hill of 300m with 11% gradient but felt well and knew that I should end up Top 10 in my AG. Last 7k were tough but I thought of all advice Chris McCormack always told us: “It’s all in your mind embrace the suck and they suffer all” So ended up with a 1:36:36 which is fine although I was hoping for a sub 1:35 but the hill was too tough.

So great day, great race, great atmosphere and thought of you all. Hopefully I can make it to Mooloolaba next year and meet some of you Aussies in person. Cheers Henning

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Brace yourselves, this is going to be a long one!

A great race report from Tim Ford. Check out the full report on his blog here.

The lead up to Bintan did not start out too well for me. About 10 days out from the race the start list was released and there were some really good athletes in my age-group. I mean, very fast.  My coach told me to not think about the things I couldn’t control and to go and race the smartest race I could. I decided to go but i had lost all interest in the event. I

I was in a bad way mentally, I did not want to race at all. On Saturday I went out for a easy ride to make sure the bike was ok and I came across a kind of look out where the water was so blue and there were palm trees along the coast, it was beautiful. It made me realise how selfish I was being. I had been hoping for a free ride almost and I had forgotten how lucky I was to be able to even race, or travel. Something in me changed. I became excited about the race.

The Swim – 29:20
I was unusually calm at the start line. We were told that because of the low tide the start had been moved about 50 metres into the surf for a water start. I positioned myself on the far left as it was a series of left hand turns and there was a good line of buoys to follow. I made sure that my Garmin had GPS locked on and was set on triathlon mode as I didn’t want to have it miss the swim leg like it did in Melbourne earlier this year. As the gun went off I decided to try and shallow dive as many times as I could before swimming due to the depth of the water. I think I did it about 6 times and noticed I was out the front of the start group. Once I started swimming I put in a serious effort and was leading for a good 200m. Then I started to settle into my rhythm and saw a few other green caps pass me. I was ok with it. My swim has become very strong recently and I was curious to see what I could do. Very quickly we started swimming through some of the slower swimmers from the other wave starts. I actually found it quite difficult to navigate through them as there were many doing breastroke. I had someone try ad grab me at one point as well. I found sighting quite difficult as there was a kind of haze meaning it was light but it wasn’t bright. I just kept going buoy to buoy. I could have swum a better line but I was heading in the right direction. As we started to approach the beach I picked up my pace a little and once we hit the shallow water I started diving again like I had at the start. I came out of the water and was happy that my arms were a bit sore. I had swum hard.

Tim bikeThe Bike – 2:27
I had heard horror stories about the bike leg at Bintan. I had been very worried about it and had gone away from my normal 90mm aero wheels to my 40mm wheels which I usually only use when road racing. I put on an 11-28 cassette to make climbing easier. What I noticed quite quickly though was that these hills were not going to be horrific like I had expected. I was expecting climbs like I had to endure at Challenge Phuket. Instead this was the definition of a rolling bike course.

It was starting to get hot after 90 minutes on the bike and I was trying to focus on staying hydrated. After about 60kms a rider on a road bike overtook me. I looked at his number and he was in my AG. I noticed that he was faster than me on the climbs but not on the flats or downhills so we started our game of cat and mouse. He would pass me going up a hill and I would pass him going down again. This must have happened 10 times and was becoming a little frustrating. Before turning on the major road that would take you towards transition there was a long climb and he put maybe 20 metres into me. So when we got to the top I hammered the pace to catch back up to him. Coming down the other side of the hill there was a 90 degree right turn. Nice and wide, plenty of room to go around quick. I slowed down a bit and took the turn. Something went wrong.

I am not sure exactly what happened but my back wheel locked. I managed to get one foot unclipped and then there was pain and a hard bang on my head. I had gone down HARD abut 5km from the finish line. Moments before I was thinking I might of been on track to go under 4:30 I was looking at a 2:20ish bike split. Next thing I know I am on the ground. It is amazing how adrenalin kicks in. I was up right away and couldn’t feel too much pain. I knew I had done some damage because there was a lot of stinging and there was a big scratch on my handle bars. But the bike seemed ok. I was trying to get the chain back on but the police there (marshalling the course) were panicking, trying to take me and my bike off the course. I don’t know what I was saying to them but lots of F’s were used. I eventually managed to get my chain on but then the wheel wouldn’t turn. At this point I thought the race was over because I had done something serious to my bike. But luckily I am quite logical and after I took a moment to impose myself I noticed the tyre had come off my rim I race tubular tyres where there is no inner tube, the tyre and tube are one and they are glued to the rim. Well my tyre was wedged between the rim and the bike frame and was still fully inflated. I knew what had happened now. The try had rolled off the rim. I assume it was because it was so hot that the glue had melted. When I checked the wheel yesterday the glue had stuck again. So I deflated the wheel until I was able to snap it back on the tyre then I jumped back on the bike and carefully rode the 5km back to transition.

Run – 1:42
I stared out feeling awful like normal off the bike but expected it to go away. I also noticed that it was incredibly hot. The course was 3 laps of the lake. My pace was ok for the first couple of kms but it was becoming harder and harder. I was struggling to run the way I wanted to and the heat was killing me. The mental games started then too. “Mate you crashed, if you pull out you have an excuse” I just kept telling myself that no doubt the others might be struggling in the heat too and 21kms is a long way. The first 7km was one of the hardest runs I have done in a triathlon. I just kept hoping it would get better. It was impossible to cool down as well. The sponges would warm up so quickly. On my second lap it became a matter of survival. I stared to walk the aid stations and drink anything cold. I thought if I could just stay in 4th position I might get a slot at the role down. I also knew that there were a lot of people tracking me online and the thought of them watching my splits kept me going. At the end of the first and second lap I saw Dez and she said “You are in 3rd place! Keep going” I thought she was mistaken as I was sure I was in 4th. But she was right. Somewhere along the way I had passed the leader who had obviously been struggling with the heat. By the last lap I was running over 5 min kms but I just kept telling myself, “5km is nothing, 3km is a cool down” I was starting to feel sick with about 3km to go and stopped drinking and eating at the aid stations. I threw out the sponges with 1km to go so I would look good for the cameras and I came into the finish area. I didn’t realise but they were letting all the athletes cross with the tape across the line but I got bloody out sprinted by another guy. I didn’t care. I was happy to cross the line. I heard the announced say I was provisionally 3rd in my age group. What was going on?

Total Time – 4:42

Tim podium 2After
When I crossed the line I must have looked in pretty bad shape. There was blood all over me and they came rushing up to me. All I asked was “which way to the medical tent?” They insisted on walking me over there. The guys in the medical tent were sensations. They cleaned all of my wounds and dressed them. I realised the extent of the damage because I came out of there looking like a mummy. As I made my way to the recovery area I saw the results were being pinned up and I had 3rd place. I couldn’t believe it. I found Dez and she was ecstatic. I was speechless. Another friend of mine from Team MaccaX Timo found me a while later and knowing I wanted the WC slot told me the guy who own my age group wasn’t taking his. We had to wait around for about 5 hours after the race but it didn’t bother me. I got changed into my Thanyapura shirt which always gets me lots of looks and questions. Going up on stage to receive my third place award was surreal and was only outdone when my name was called to accept the World Championship slot. I could not believe it. I had qualified. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.

tim bandagedIt has now been a couple of days since the race and my body is pretty sliced up. So many people are saying that they can’t believe I crashed and still managed to finish let along get on the podium. When I went down there was only the briefest moment where I thought I wouldn’t finish and I forced myself not to use it as an excuse on the run. The support, congratulations and comments I have received from people literally brought tears to my eyes on Sunday night. I have written in other blogs how I have failed often. This time I succeeded. I set myself a goal and worked hard. It is funny but even though I had so much success over the weekend I am still disappointed that I didn’t race to my potential. Who knows what would have happened if I didn’t crash. Would I have gone under 4:30? Would I have won the age group? At the end of the day I will never know. Instead I think back to the advice my coach, Ben gave me “Only worry about the things you can control”. So that is what I am going to do.

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MY tactical decision to race Vichy was simple. I wanted to podium and get a slot to Worlds Mooloolaba. Why Vichy? because it was close to Switzerland (6 hours drive) and was on the same weekend of the worlds … hence all the fast athletes were absent.
Lead up to the race was not ideal as was building a house, sold old house, moved into a rental house… then 1 day before the race house we sold fell through… so mind not on the race.

Swim: I really need to practice my sighting, and not tangle myself up while getting out of wetsuit. I must have zig-zag all the way.
Bek BikeCycle: Big mistake was that I had 2 gels and only 500ml bottle on the bike in 35 degree heat. I did not bonk as I rode very very conservatively. I think I need to train more at race pace as my race pace was more training pace. started to feel hungry at the 80km mark (ooops). In addition I did not like the EGO male athletes out there hating women passing them, who would speed up pass then slow down… continuously then bonk at 70km mark.




Bek RunRun: leg felt good… but had not fueled so really wanted to stop when i ran past my hotel at the 5km mark. I refocused and walked the aid stations and refueled. I have a masters in Nutrition so really had no excuses, just too much going on outside of the sport.

Result was what I wanted podium and 2016 slot. I was lucky as some chick was running me down (i did not notice) and did not quite get there. She lost by 2 seconds

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Just a reflection… The 2012 Cleveland Triathlon was my first Olympic Distance race, finishing in 3 hours and 9 minutes bottoming out my age group. Life was different. I was out of shape and thought the race would kill me. Not knowing what or where I was going, I soon after joined MaccaX and a whole new world opened to me…

Fast forward to Sunday, finishing same race 52 minutes faster, I felt strong and fresh. It’s true that you are who you surround yourself with. All of you in MaccaX have opened new possibilities. Tim Ford inspires to improve my OD time by a full hour. Encouraged by the group I know it is possible. 

nick Cleveland nick cleveland 2Race results are a byproduct, however. I’m different and better than 4 years ago. Things I take for granted keep me in the right direction. Like my FB news feed filled with your inspiring and entertaining posts, crowding out all fodder from the past. Thanks everyone for creating this environment. My face shows I’m a bit happier than a few years ago…

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Team MaccaX were represented in numbers at the world’s greatest triathlon, Challenge Roth. Mathias Amon did a great job co-ordinating everyone! The results of those racing were inspiring from Kenneth Heney with a 10.03 including a puncture to a couple of DNFs.  Included below, some race reports, quotes as well as the race times from the team, and of course the pictures!

Tomas Arendas – 11.38
Tomas Arenas Roth Bike



“Challenge Roth 2015 – my first full distance. Everything went well until the run where I struggled with my stomach. But overall result as planned so satisfied! Big thanks to everyone who supported on the course as it helped me to get through.”

Our Iron Couple Kenneth Heney and Vicky Arscott certainly had different experiences on the day.  Kenneth had a puncture but still finished in 10.03, Vicky didn’t fare so well “An unfriendly German shove and it was game over. Reached 160km on the bike but had to pull out since I could no longer pedal the bike. Very disappointed because the race itself is really great. Thanks for all your support and concern”

Ian Graham 10.22
Ian Graham Roth WheelWell what a day…everything that could go wrong on the bike pretty much did go wrong! Worst of which was a big tear in my tube which couldnt be fixed with pitstop etc. so hosited the bike on my shoulder and ran till I could find a mechanic…only solution was duck tape around the rim/tube, more pitstop and about 20 psi so I could wobble the 7km down the road to switch out wheels. Decided to stop “racing” at that point and just soak up the atmosphere of the biggest triathlon crowd in the world. Stopped in t2 for a feed, actually used toilets, walked the aid stations, smiled and waved – had a ball – couldn’t be happier

Craig Toh 13.24
Craig Toh Roth BikeAnother full IM distance race in the bank.. Was a bummer to get GI issues and not do as well as I hoped to do and after training so hard.. gave up ‘racing’ during the marathon and just soaked up the atmosphere. The crowd and volunteers were phenomenal and they are the real heroes of the race standing in the hot sun and cheering us on. Happy to make new friends before and during the race as well as finally meeting up some members of Team MaccaX. This is why I love this sport


Tim Recher
“Not my day. Ended after the swim and 60some miles on the bike. Had 2 flats and the seat post clamp failed so I couldn’t really sit for about twenty miles. Messed up my hip some. But even without the bike mechanical issues it would have been a rough time to finish in time. I just didn’t have the training for those hills. Had my best swim time time ever though so I was hoping for a good day. It was an incredible experience though. I’ll be back in a few years to finish this one! Thank you for the support and encouragement. It means a lot to me. And the opportunity, Roth is everything the say it is…and the Solar Hill crowd is unbelievable. If you ever thought about long distance, Roth should be on your list! I’ll do a more detailed report later when things quiet down some. My family and I actually had a pretty bad event last week that for personal reasons I won’t go in to, so much that I almost canceled this trip but focus on Roth and getting away from home was just what we needed. So thank you for that too.”

Craig Willows-Keetley – 14.57, Cory Spooner 14.37, Stuart Gray 14.32
Cory Spooner, CWK and Stuart Gray RothCraig’s race report:
Swim -1:36.05
4.2km…whoops, i think i need to learn to swim in straight lines
T1 i took my time to get some food, the volunteers came and put sunscreen on me, but the missed most of my arms and legs

Bike – 6:57.02
For the first 6 hours of the bike i was dealing with some pretty bad abdominal cramping, consequently i couldn’t get in any of my nutrition, this combined with the heat and strong winds that didn’t seem to let up until about the 150km mark had me considering pulling the pin from about 100km into the bike. Had to walk a couple of the aid stations, which i have never had to do before.
T2 – again took my time made sure to get the sunscreen applied really well this time, got some food in.

Run – 6:09.50
Had nothing left for the run after the bike,i saw Lucy WK at the start of the run and said to her “never again”, found a couple of MaccaX team mates and we walked for most of the first 20km, then we decided from there we would walk 1km run 1km to the end, stopping at every aid station to use the portaloo.

Well outside of my goal time, got there in the end and glad i didn’t pull the pin, a lot of lessons from the race, and a sore body today.

“Thanks for all those that were following me and supporting me from all over the globe and thanks to Cory and Stuart for helping me get across the line when things were getting tough”

Triman Jack
“And ‪Triman Jack 1st dnf. Collaspsed at t2 spend 50 minutes in medical then thought I’ll give the run a crack. Passed out at 31kms and got evacuated. 3 bags later I’m good. I left it all out there but shattered I didn’t finish. Oh well you win some you lose some. Congrats to all above who finished. Tough day”

Andrei Zintchenko – 12.03
Andrei Roth Bike

“I was really proud too – to be a part of the team. And I was really happy to meet some MaccaX team members in real life. last few days i’ll never forget! Thank you all! “






Monica Haydock 10.58

Here’s an excerpt from Monica’s race report – you can read the full report here.

The swim went quite well. I didn’t get kicked in the face or swum over. At one stage I clashed arms with someone in a green swim cap from the previous wave. “Wait a minute, weren’t there only pros in front of me? How well am i swimming?! Oh no, also the 65 year old men…” Then I felt like a real bully. I wished the guy a great race and said sorry in my head, and swam past.
I finished up in 1:18. Still, it was sub-1hr20 and I was very happy. I raced up into the change tent and was slightly overwhelmed by how busy and loud  it was. But I changed quickly and headed out to pick up my bike.

Onto the bike and I was greeted by HUGE cheers. Then I realized they were for a man just in front of me, cycling his disabled son, not me. I wished them a great race and took off……Anyone who has cycled hills with me knows I am not a great descender, with my hands constantly on the brakes. But in a race, I overcome my fears and I flew down the hill to bring my time back up. Unfortunately around the 60km mark my stomach started cramping up. I’m not sure what caused it, but it felt like hands were wringing out my stomach. Not good, but hey, I still had four hours to cycle, so I figured it would calm down. I stayed off the nutrition as long as I felt was possible, hoping sticking to water would help the stomach. It didn’t.
Monica Roth BikeAs I started my second loop though, I did feel a second wind and took advantage. I was about three minutes off pace, but over 90 km that was not bad.
The wind had really picked up though, so now the continued ascent was tougher – and for most of the rest of the course we faced a headwind. I watched the time carefully, but was still off the pace. The chances of me going under 6 hours were disappearing … would 11 hours still be possible?

Monica Solar Hill Roth bikeSolar Hill. It’s every competitor’s opportunity to feel like they’re in the Tour de France. A relatively short, but steep stretch of hill rises before you, with pedestrians lining the sides, almost touching, only to part as the triathletes come through. They are cheering so much it is deafening. The first round, I tried not to get too caught up, as I know too many stories of people getting too excited and going too hard, only to regret it later. The second time, I really reveled in the moment, a huge smile splitting my face as spectators cheered me on. The emotion hit me – what a fantastic opportunity I had to race this course! Over the hill and to the home stretch. I was relieved when the transition was finally in view and it suddenly it was over … In 6 hours 7 minutes. I stumbled off the bike.

Onto the run course, my legs were wobbly, but not too bad. I looked down at my watch and saw I was doing my half distance pace, about 45 seconds a kilometer too fast. “Slow down!” I instructed myself. “You feel good, but it’s not the plan.” My stomach was still in agony, but I hoped the change of position from bent down on the bike to upright on the run would help. Nope. My thought of taking on my gel had my stomach heaving in addition to the cramps.
A couple of friends from the Macca X community saw me and cheered me on, which helped me ignore the pain for about … twenty seconds.
After about 10km, my cramps still hadn’t subsided, but I was keenly aware of the fact that you can’t run a marathon on no nutrition – especially after 180km on the bike. So at the next aid station, I grabbed a coke.
Monica Roth RunI was really hitting my stride now, a few seconds per kilometer faster than my goal pace, allowing me to slow to a walk every time I hit an aid station and take in water, one of my salt & electrolyte tablets, and cola.As I approached 30km, I allowed myself to look at my watch and start some calculations. It would be really tight to come in under 11 hours … Did I feel good? Then now was the time to hit the gas.
From kilometer 36 I really started a charge… Winding up the speed to finish as fast as possible. 1km splits: 4:44 … 4:32 … 4:40 … 4:36… 4:35 and 4:56 as I slowed down to high five my excited fiance, and smile and wave to the crowd in appreciation for all the support as I was cheered in across the line … In a time of 10:56:28, buoyed by a marathon time of 3:25.  I’m absolutely delighted with the result!

And finally the rest of the results, Volker Stahl 12.04, Anthony Holdsworth 11.41 and Daniela Trinca 12.13

Huge well done to all!



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by Phil Jarvis

IM Austria 2015 race report – here I am with my wife at Salzburg Airport having had 2 days to reflect on my DNF due to injury. Everybody who had raced here before told me what an awesome race this was, and they were absolutely right, it was awesome.This years race introduced wave starts for the swim which was a great idea but didn’t count in my favour for a quick swim as I was in the last wave off. By the first bouy turn I was already into the ladies swim wave and had to be ‘more caring’ ! Than I normally am, trying not to clobber any pink hats!
The second turn bouy, rounded and the sun was so bright that you couldn’t see the marker bouys for the canal. Ironman organisers for some reason didn’t have a line of pencil bouys leading the way in to the canal, like they had on the way out. Consequently, the field split into two. I followed a line between the two which seemed to work. Swimming up the canal was fun, I’d listened to Adrian O’Briens tip of swimming up the left hand side and it worked a treat( cheers dude!) – I exited the swim with a 1:07.
The bike course was perfect but a lot tougher than expected, the climbs and then the rain made the descents extremely tricky in places, 3 ambulances passed me on the way back to Klargenfurt – bike slower than I wanted at 5:38 but still ok.
Out on the run felt great, was on schedule for a sub 11 hour, hit the canal downward tow path and my right calf popped – game over.
I’ve taken lots of positives from this, now looking forward to a big performance at Challenge Weymouth Half, and helping get the rest of the Macca X Challenge Weymouth team prepared for a great race in September !

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Following the death of an age grouper at IM Frankfurt, Francesco Deledda shared his own experience of IM Frankfurt.

Ironman nr 3, Frankfurt 2015. 

This race will be remembered for the extreme heat conditions that put everyone at risk. My race report is, unfortunately, very conditioned by the death of the Australian age grouper (my age) that collapsed after the finish line. I saw the guy when he was taken away consciousless, intubated and nobody was really thinking that the outcome would have been like this.
WE are age groupers, WE are here for the love of the Sport, we are NOT here to chase stupid pbs: of course we have to if the conditions are good and allow it but for God’s sake we don’t have to risk our damn LIVES on this!
My name is NOT Frodeno, nor Kienle nor Macca…. I am a crazy fucker that trains in his free time and this has to be a fun thing to do with friends – and I had LOTS of friends in Frankfurt this year – and we had LOTS of beer and fun.
Sorry guys but it’s two days that I think of this guy.
My race report starts with a big thank you: thank you to Mathias Amon, thank you to Patrick Ernst and his lovely wife Maria, thank you to Stephanie Dirr who helped me with her smile to get through the laps of the run, guys your genuine support was AMAZING, and a big thanks to my crew of friends, first of all my best man and “brotha from another motha” Marco, we had this 40th year Ironman in our bucket list since ages and we pulled it through in the toughest conditions.
The race was literally nothing like I had wanted it and planned it.
For once I had trained almost religiously well as planned, and I was there to make my pb with a BANG. As all of you already know, instead, weather conditions were exceptional and the heat was really bad.

Swim course
Swim course

Swim: with 26c water it was a non wetsuit swim, something I don’t mind this at all, and I think I pulled it off pretty well considering the usual boxing match. I had one of my friends (good swimmer) in front of me this time as well but just for the first 300 mt, then I got slammed twice by two guys and had to give back a couple of kicks and punches. Overall, I ended up with a good 1h03 swimming well and with long strokes most of the time, and to say it in boxing terms I think I won the match at points, fell down but got up and fought back.

: As the heat was not that high at 8am, I started as planned building effort, putting nutrition in and hydrating a lot. The first lap was awesome, I was FLYING and going really well. Power was good, HR was perfect and everything in check. I finished the first 90k in 2h43 which makes it for my PB on 90k.
Then I got to the 120k and my nightmares became real: the heat got really high (to give you an idea at this point Frodo was already on the run so he did NOT feel this… lucky guy) and, thing that really killed me, a hot wind started blowing outside Frankfurt. Imagine a desert like wind Las Vegas type, blowing against your face like a hairdryer. I did the last 40k (by the way mostly downhill…. You guys don’t know what a hill is if the heartbreak hill is a hill…..) half the speed I had in the first lap and with power going down.
At this point I seriously wanted to give up. I was starting seeing monsters and, honestly, I do this for FUN not to end up in a hospital so this time DNF was a very real option.
The last 20k were the turning point. I finished the bike in 5h45 which is good, not great but good (my plan was ANYTHING below 5h30 and I have it in me) but I was drained.
The heat was really unbearable (especially for a big guy like me…. 80kg are all there and heavy).
At this point I decided to get to transition, take it easy and then manage the run just to get my skin safe at home. No more pb hunt, no more bullshit, just lots of FUN and survival spirit.
Run: Obviously, even if I did my worst marathon EVER, it was far from easy to pull off. Here I really made a big use of every aid station, getting salts and water and bananas all the time, but my stomach was not agreeing with me. Every little drop I was putting down my stomach would get swallen (any ideas on this??? I can’t figure it out) and I had to push it with my hands to fart it out or burp it out. Sorry for the ugly image but as you guys know at this point you reach the most disgusting levels you can reach in your life and there is no sugarcoating.
Francesco finishI had the luck of having my wife run with me for a while and all my supporters friends there, and this makes a BIG difference when you are out there struggling, and at the end I pulled it off in 12h03. Not good, not great not fantastic.
Frankly: I didn’t care and I don’t care about my time.
I had the best time EVER, and had the luck of having so many people really caring for eachother around me. This is what counts for REAL for me and I was blessed of having my wife and my friends around me for this journey. I had my kids at the seaside with my parents (nice and safe) checking up on me online and I was feeling their energy, and that was what really counted for me.
Francesco and FriendsAfter the race we realized what was around. It was a real nightmare for MANY people out there, both in and out the race, and doctors had to work overtime for us crazy people. I spoke to a volunteer and basically they were taking away dozens of people to the hospital with ANY means.
IM was very adamant and clear about being safe, and made sure we had a lot of aid stations and salts and everything but could there be something more to prevent tragic events better?
Trust me these were NOT conditions for racing, especially in the afternoon.
Frodo, Sebi and the other pros were already safe and done when the heat picked up, but everyone knew the heat would have been unbearable in the afternoon.
Nevertheless I am really happy about this race and the road that took me here, about the friendships that are built around our Sport and the internal and external road that takes us to the end of an Ironman. This race is never the same, and you discover things about yourself and about the others that are with you that remain with you for life. Definitely even this time I think I grew up a bit more, and more than anything this was about cherishing the OTHER people that were around me during the preparation of the race and during the race. We can’t forget who loves us and we have to make it a real statement every day to thank them for being present for us.

Have fun guys! Fun is what our Sport is all about!

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Can a race report be too long? I don’t believe it can.  Team member and fast guy Aaron Hewitt shares his report from the 70.3 at Cairns.

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The last four weeks of the my training block was severely interrupted with a massive work load and my ability to have any consistency limited. I arrived in Cairns the Thursday before the race off the back of a less than ideal training block and questioning the form I was in. Adding to the self doubt the weather wasn’t looking promising either with predictions of strong winds and rain. Far North Queensland wasn’t looking like or feeling like paradise.

With having so little control over so many things leading into the race, I decided to try and focus on controlling as much as possible, including hydration, nutrition and sleep and try and ease the self doubt and have a good race. In step the Triathlon Gods with a more than playful mood to throw every possible curve-ball at me.

Curve-ball one was thrown as soon as I arrived to Cairns. I thought it would be best to build my bike and un-pack to settle in as quickly as possible, how wrong was I. This was the first time I have travelled with this bike and I made some rookie errors in packing, leaving bolts loose not unplugging cables, this made for a stressful rebuild. At one stage I had to MacGyver the seat-post clamp out of the frame with a coat-hanger. I eventually won the battle.

Curve-ball two wasn’t thrown until the day before the race but it was probably the best one. To paint the picture, the event course involved the swim and transition one being in Palm Cove 25 kilometres north of Cairns where transition 2 and the finish was. Needing to spin the legs out I decided it would be a good idea to casually ride up to Palm Cove to rack my bike overnight and catch the shuttle bus back, simple. I had just rolled out from the hotel bound for Palm Cove when I heard the sound no triathlete wants to hear, a tyre exploding. In a stressful panic I changed wheels (an example of my over preparedness), raced to the nearest bike stores and begged and pleaded for the mechanic to save my race and glue a new tyre on. A massive thanks to Trinity Cycles. I eventually made it to Palm Cove racked my bike and made it back to Cairns with enough time to relax before having an early night.

Finally it’s race morning!

3:10am ALARM, and with it comes the usual self cursing, why do I do this stupid sport why didn’t I race yesterday, I cant believe I paid for this. Then the very small rational thinking side of my brain kicks in: Remember you love this sport, remember to control the things you can, have fun, relax. by about 3:20am I am race mode, and nutrition and hydration is my first step to charging through the forthcoming race.

4:00am I am on one of the first shuttle buses bound for Palm Cove. 45 minutes later we arrive to a cool but firm breeze and light rain
5:00am Transition open and this is where reality hits you, 1000 plus athletes roll in to prepare their war horses for battle. A quick wheel change, the days hydration and nutrition is put on the bike and I am ready to head towards the swim start.
6:30am The professionals are off and the day is ready to start for the rest of us. A final few words from my coach and a warm up swim before we are corralled into the starting gates.
6:45am I am running across the timing mat and into the water. This year event organisers decided on a rolling start based on an honesty system and expected swim finish time, this did allow the ability to swim swim very little traffic and I could settle into a rhythm early but I do like the chaos of a mass start where arms and legs go everywhere and looks like piranha’s in a feeding frenzy. The conditions were pretty rough with plenty of choppy swell.

After what felt like a pretty average swim I looked at my watch and saw that the time just snuck under my upper limit. A fairly long run up the beach and into transition to find my bike, doing the usual but highly entertaining art of removing a wetsuit on the move. I arrive at my bike, remove the rest of the wetsuit, put my helmet on, grabbed my bike and took off towards the mount line.

Aaron with Jo 'the Stalker' at the finish
Aaron with Jo ‘the Stalker’ at the finish

Out on the bike I soon realised how windy it was, for now it was behind me. The most scenic part of the course is the 30 kilometres north around the headlands to just short of Port Douglass. During this part of the bike course I was battling with myself and my coaches orders, knowing I had a 60 kilometre return trip to Cairns into a headwind I decided to conserve a little early to help me later on the bike. Hitting the turn around point, nailing my my nutrition I felt pretty good. The group that I was in then just splintered on the hills and wind and I managed to take off in pursuit of a reasonable bike time. My decision to conserve early on the bike paid dividends as I passed so many people heading back to Cairns. With about 10km to go on the bike the heavens opened up and it rained very heavily, this was a welcome relief to the earlier sun and humidity.

A quick, wet final kilometre passing the growing crowd I was off the bike and the running shoes where on.Not feeling great I ran out at a pretty solid pace for the first few kilometres, this was to hopefully run myself into some form or it meant I would be closer to the finish line in case things got worse. A surprise verbal attack from my stealthy coach, who was cruising around the course on an electric bike, I suddenly found some comfort in running even though my pace was now slipping to behind race target. Falling to bits in the last 5 or 6 kilometres it was a matter of digging deeper to try and minimise any further losses in placings or time. Finally I turned onto the red carpet, pretty much spent, I crossed the finish line.

Race specifics

Swim: 28:37
Bike: 2:27:05
Run: 1:30:52
Overall: 4:31:40

10th out of 133 finishers in my age-group
37th out of 1157 finishers in the race

What have I taken away from this race:

1 – I would be a very handy Professional Female Triathlete, could have claimed another podium!
2 – I am still getting chicked – ok yes they are professionals
3 – Consistent training helps
4 – Cairns isn’t always paradise
5 – Schnitzel and beer are the best for post race recovery
6 – Austria is closer than it should be but have amazing schnitzels and beer


Well done to Clinton Millar, Pawel Chalacis and Stephen Burrowes who also finished IM Cairns!

Clinton Millar Bike
Clinton Millar on the bike leg

“Finished another ironman extremely tough day and had to go real deep on the run to come in sub 11hrs again.” – Clinton Millar




“You could have been happy. But have you ever been THAT happy?” – Pawel Chalacis

Pawel Chalacis
Pawel Chalacis






Stephen Burrowes
Stephen Burrowes

“Feeling a real sense of achievement today. Really happy to have got it done in 11 hrs 17 mins. I felt strong throughout the swim and comfortable on the bike and really strong for the first half of the marathon. Then I really had to dig deep to get to the finish line. I cant thank you enough Justin Granger. Your training plan I followed religiously for 12 weeks and I know I would not have got it done without this structure approach. Thanks to all the Maccax support. Joanne Baxas you’re amazing.
Thanks for cheering me on.” – Stephen Burrowes

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Chris Stevens

Always one to enjoy the full ironman experience I decided to pass out outside so I could enjoy the medical service. An IV drip later I’m good as new… Unfortunately they couldn’t do anything about my excruciatingly sore quads – Chris Stevens


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