Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hawaii Ironman

Stephen Natoli

Wow, what a Winter. A big load of work was put in by our Hawaii Ironman team (6members)over the cold Winter months in Melbourne.
Qualifying can sometimes be the easier bit of racing Hawaii, but to bring a solid performance on the World stage can be the real challenge.
Each of the guys raced close to their ability, which was so rewarding to see as a coach.

Stephen Natoli was first home in 9:37:20
He's nicname is Nuggett and for good reason. So strong, and once the weather got tough, i knew Stephen would revel in it. He was solid all day with a 1:07 swim, 5:11 bike and 3:12 run.

Steve Guy
 Steve Guy was the teams second home. in 9:46:05
Steve is very light, so once it got windy on the Queen K, the bike hurt him a bity, but he came storming home with a 3:08:06, Ride for show, run for dough!

Alex Houghton was next, just sneaking in under 10hrs in 9:59:21. Alex is a jack of all trades, Adventure racer, triathlete. In the 18-24age, strength with young legs would always be the test in the conditions of Hawaii. Great swim, solid ride and tough run. Looked to be in trouble during the marathon, but stuck with it and came through with a great finish

Alex Houghton

Mark Johnston was the next to come in with a 10:38:39 finish
This is Marks second Ironman so his strength is developing. Solid swim, tough day but held it together on the bike. The lack of bike strength hurt with the weather, but Mark stuck the run still, running a 3:46 marathon. Gutsy mate

Darren Phelps followed close behind with 10:41:58 
Darren came to me with multiple IM finishes but wanted to take the next step to get to the big show. He made the necessary changes and got there. What a great effort, another tough day on the bike, but as with all of the FM athletes, ran well backing up with a 3:50:07 marathon.

Mark Johnston

Last, but definately not least Cryma Hearn, finishing in 12:01:16
Second Ironman ever, and including Hawaii competed in 3World Championships in 2012. Wow.
Spain Long Course in July, Hawaii and New Zealand Olympic Worlds. Just loves the sport and did so well, cant wait to see what happens when Cym gets strong on the bike.

Darren Phelps with Mark
This kind of result for our program makes coaching so rewarding. 3athletes sub 10:00hours on a tough day, and each of the competitors finished strong.
We stepped up our Ironman program and stucture in 2011, and the new way has seen the results come in over the last 2years. Cant wait for 2013.

My next blog will detail the great efforts by our sprint team at New Zealand Worlds. 

Never stop improving!

Coach Foz
Cyrma Hearn finishing

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